Thursday, October 22, 2015

Concealing the truth and confounding it with falsehood is prohibited

Concealing the truth and confounding it with falsehood is prohibited

Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 42 of 286, Section – 5 of 40 (Part - 1)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And confound not truth with falsehood, and do not conceal the truth knowingly.  
Wa laa talbisul-Haqqa bil-baatili  wa taktumul-Haqqa  wa ‘antum  ta’-lamuun.

Laa talbisu – (do not confound). This word has been derived from labasa. It means to mix up a thing with any other, so that, it may become difficult to distinguish among them i.e. to expose the false as true or to coat the lie as such that it appears like really true.

Taktumu - do not conceal. This word has come out from the word katama. Meaning of katama is to conceal. There are two ways for changing the Commands of God Almighty, which are as under:

•        Changing the meaning or the word itself.

•        Concealing the truth.

The Children of Israel used both methods to change the foretelling about teachings of the Heavenly Scriptures and the last Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessing and peace be upon Him). Due to waste of Torah, some commands of God Almighty had been disappeared or lost, then which commands were remained, those were changed by these people for the sake of good and proper for the time being.

At the time of ascent of Islam, the scholars from the Children of Israel had ruined the remaining form of their religion. They used to change the orders of those Celestial Scriptures according to their wishes, which had been lost. They had produced self written books upon the names of Heavenly Books. Often, after writing paraphrase and explanation, these were mixed with the original text and did not use to mark the difference between the two. The scholar, priest or monk, who had the Heavenly Instructions, he used to reduce or increase it for the sake of any worldly temptation or earnings greed.

All the signs and tokens regarding the birth and prophet-hood of the last Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) did exist in their Holy Books. But when He was born, they began to hide these all signs and tokens due to burning in the fire of their jealousy and used to narrate from some of them topsy. So God Almighty commanded, “Confound not truth with falsehood, and do not conceal the truth knowingly. Due to your depravity, other people go astray also.”

Cause of discussion regarding important events of the history in respect of the Children of Israel is that the Jews might be informed about their evils on one side, and on the other hand to admonish the Muslims properly that there is no scope in the religion for these kinds of misguidance. So we should think about these events, which our Lord, Allah Almighty has revealed for us in the Holy Qur’aan, and the rising and wretchedness of the Children of Israel. We should not cause to grow the badness and evils in ourselves like this.

Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)