Purchasing Error at the price of Guidance
Surah ‘Al-‘Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses – 14, 15 & 16 of 286, Section – 2 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
14. And when they fall in with those who believe, they say: We believe; and when they go apart to their devils they declare: Lo! We are with you; verily we did but mock.
15. Allah (Himself) doth mock them, leaving them to wander blindly on in their contumacy.
14. Wa ‘izaa laqul-laziina ‘aamanuu qaaluu ‘aamannaa. Wa ‘izaa khalaw ‘ilaa shayaatiini-him, qaaluu ‘innaa ma-‘akum, ‘innamaa nahnu mus-tahzi-‘uun.
15. ‘Allaahu yas-tahzi-‘u bi-him wa yamuddu-hum fii tug-yaanihim ya’-mahuun.
Shayaatiini-him – (Their devils), the word ‘Shaytaan’ has vast meanings in Arabic language. Mischievous and contumacious are also called devils. It is applied on the human beings and demons (ghosts) who have the nature of devils. In this verse ‘Shayaatiini-him’ means the Leaders of the Hypocrites who had become devils due to their mischief and contumacy.
Mus-tahzi-‘uun – (We mock), ridicule by imitating
Tug-yaanihim – (in their contumacies)
Ya’-mahuun – (wandering blindly). Here it means the condition of a person, in which, he may not see the straight path and wanders hither and thither blindly. Another stubbornness of the Hypocrites is being described here that they, being doubled faced, deceived the people. When they used to meet the Muslims, deceiving ,them and winning their favor, said, “ We also believed”. But when they went nigh their leaders in solitude, said: “We are with you, we deceive the Muslims. They are foolish and simpletons. They tell their secrets considering us true and inform about their intentions and plans.”
Replying them, Allah Almighty turned their mock back to them.
Following proverb may be applied here, “As you sow, so you shall reap”. God Almighty has left them in so much worst condition that they have been wandering blindly in their contumacy and struggling in the dark without Light of the Holy Qur’aan.
These are they who purchase
error at the price of guidance, so their commerce doth not prosper, neither are they guided.
‘Ulaaa-‘ikallazii-nashtara-wuz-zalaalata bilhudaa: famaa rabihat-tijaaratuhum wa maa kaanuu muhtadiin.
Ishtara-wu – (They purchase) to get exchange with the other. This word is used for the both ‘buy’ and ‘sell’. Hypocrites have option of choice to accept either Belief or otherwise. But they choose the way of infidelity and hypocrisy.
Maa rabihat – (Do not prosper).
The consequence of hypocrisy has been stated in this lesson that these people go astray leaving the path of Guidance. It means that the hypocrites extinguished the Light of humanity due to which, every person can get comfort of perpetual Life and goodness. The guidance they had to get, forgot it and produced bad habits into themselves and evil manners. They thought themselves that they had tried to strike a good bargain. Saying oneness of God by their mouths, keeping infidelity in their hearts and being glad on these deeds, how a good wonderful bargaining?
God Almighty commands that they are losers in this bargaining. They reaped casual and sensual, destroy-able advantages, spending their entire life. If they desired to achieve the comfort of their perpetual Lives, they would have to spend their casual lives and wealth in the way of God Almighty, which was a good bargaining. But they have destroyed also their real capital.
This depravity and lose of hypocrites is the result of their deeds, which have been discussed in the previous verses (lessons).