Part not with God’s Revelations for a trifling price and keep your duty unto Him
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 41 of 286, Section – 5 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
And believe in that which I have revealed, confirming that which ye possess already (of the Scripture), and be not first to disbelieve therein, and part not with My Revelations for a trifling price, and keep your duty unto Me.
Wa ‘aaminuu bimaaa ‘an-zaltu musaddiqal-limaa ma-‘a-kum wa laa takuunuuu ‘aw-wala kaafirim-bih. Wa laa tash-taruu bi-‘Aayaati samanan qaliilaa; wa ‘iyyaaya fattaquun.
Maaa ‘an-zaltu – (which I have revealed) it signifies toward Holy Qur’aan, which was revealed on the last Prophet (Peace be upon Him). This is the last Holy Word of God Almighty.
Maa ma-‘a-kum – (which you have), it aims the Holy Scripture Torah which was revealed on the Prophet Moses (Peace be upon Him). Its truth and religious rules are approved by Holy Qur’aan.
The Children of Israel are the people, who have been invited first of all to believe in Holy Qur’aan. These people were the most famous out of the Believers of Heavenly Scripture. They used to live in the vicinity of Madinah. This principle was also in accord with the rule that invitation of goodness should be begun from the relatives and neighbors first. In the previous verse Allah Almighty reminded them His rewards and blessings upon them and commanded to fulfill the covenant, which they had promised with Him.
The covenant which is being asked to be fulfilled is, believing in this Scripture “Holy Qur’aan”, which is revealed upon the Last Messenger, Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him). So they should believe in It and act upon Its Instructions. This Scripture, “Holy Qur’aan” authenticates the Principles of their Holy Scripture too.
After this, it is being admonished that anyhow they shouldn’t be the first disbelievers of the Holy Qur’aan from the people, who know the Religion of God Almighty. As much knowledge regarding acquaintance of the last Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) and truth of Holy Qur’aan you have, no other nation has so much. Therefore, it is expected from you that you will not become an example of infidelity and refusal for others. But as you are being invited first out of the learned men (the persons who believe in one of the four inspired Books of God), you will become cause of temptation for others by believing it first, that they admit and believe in it observing you. You shouldn’t be afraid that if you will believe in this last Holy Word and last Messenger (Peace be upon Him), you will lose your worldly dignity, influence and impression. Moreover you will see that all badness will perish due to blessings of Islam. This world will become comfortable for you and in the next life, on the Day of Resurrection, you will be avoided from punishment.
Samanan qaliila- (a trifling price) it means that you should not become desirous of wealth giving up the Right. The world is a contemptible and undervalued thing comparing to the Right and the Truth, whether it seems how great apparently because it is temporary and frail.
Wa ‘iyyaaya fattaquun – (and keep your duty unto Me). It’tiqaa means “to save oneself from the badness (evils)”. Here it aims “the fear of agony of God should be cause of avoiding the badness”. As though, the individual who has fear of Allah in his heart, he can save himself from the act of badness”.
As Holy Qur’aan has behaved softly with the Jews and as invited them toward Islam fairly that it is also a proof about Holy Qur’aan that it is the Word of God. Manner of declaring the events and method of addressing shows respect of the Jews. Nothing is narrated like that, which may provoke them. It is the miracle of Holy Qur’aan which created proper environment for declaration of the Truth. If we, the Muslims follow at least some of it, then all the fears of the world will be finished.
The behavior which the Jews adopted with Islam, its foundation seems nothing but stubbornness and misunderstanding. The aim from selling the verses of God is that “the Jewish Scholars changed the Commands of God (Torah) for casual benefits of this world, issued self invented religious decrees for some money, and hid the Orders of God and committed them inter-mixed for hiding their own badness. When scholars of any nation indulge in these types of defects, then it is difficult for that nation to save herself from the destruction.
In this lesson Allah Almighty caused much to understand about the good conduct. The Life in this world and its benefits are for a few days. Due to this reason, He advised the Jews not to take decisions by changing His Orders for the sake of contemptible rewards. Because the reward of telling correctly about My orders is better for the both worlds (this life and on the Day of Resurrection) than these casual advantages and some compensations.