Allah brings the dead to life but hardened hearts do not believe
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses – 72 to 74 of 286, Section – 9 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
72. And (remember) when ye slew a man and disagreed concerning it and Allah brought forth that which ye were hiding.
73. So We said: Smite him with some of it. Thus Allah bringeth the dead to life and showeth you His portents so that ye may understand.
72. Wa ‘iz qataltum nafsan-faddaara’-tum fiihaa. WAllaahu mukhrijum-maa kuntum tak-tumuun.
73. Faqul-Nazribuuhu bi-ba’-zi-haa. Kazaalika yuhyIllaahul-mawtaa, wa yuriikum ‘Aayaati-Hii la-‘allakum ta’qiluun.
Faddaara’-tum – (then you disagreed, accused/charged each other).
Summary of the previous verses has been stated in these verses. As we have discussed formerly that a person from the Children of Israel was killed but the killer was not traceable because the doubtful people were trying to charge/accuse one another and disagreed concerning it.
God Almighty commanded the Children of Israel that they should sacrifice a cow for knowing the name of the killer. They evaded. When after making much tricks and excuses, they prepared to sacrifice the cow, God Almighty commanded them then to smite the dead body with a piece of meat of that cow. As soon as, the piece of meat was smitten to the killed, he returned to life and told the name and address of his killer. So a great problem was resolved by obeying the commands of God Almighty. The killed expired again after telling about his murderer.
God Almighty taught the people also, “It is Omnipotence of Me to bring the dead to life again”. As the murdered told about his first life’s incidents after getting life again, like him, the entire human beings will be brought to life again. Then every individual will be witness against himself about his own deeds.
These advice and happenings are being told by Allah Almighty to the all human beings, so that they think about them and correct their lives. We should take lesson from the happenings and incidents of previous nations, and get it as warning for us.
Then, even after that, your hearts were hardened and became as rocks, or worse than rocks, for hardness. For indeed there are some rocks from which rivers gush, and indeed there are rocks which split asunder so that water floweth from them. And indeed there are rocks which fall down for the fear of Allah. And Allah is not unaware of what ye do.
Summa qasat quluubukum-mim-ba’-di zaalika fahiya kal-hijaarati ‘aw ‘ashaddu qaswah. Wa ‘inna minal-hijaarati lamaa yatafajjaru minhul-‘anhaar. Wa ‘inna minhaa lamaa yash-shaqqaqu fa-yakhruju minhul-maaa’. Wa ‘inna minhaa lamaa yahbitu min khash-yatil-laah. Wa mallaahu bi-gaafilin ‘ammaa ta’-maluun.
In the previous verses, God Almighty commanded about some incidents happened in the history of the Children of Israel to consider them lessons, from which we may know that they remained involved in different kinds of evil-doings and disobedience. God Almighty used to forgive them but they, even then, did not understand. As though, their hearts were hardened and became as rocks, or worse than the rocks, for hardness, because there are some rocks which are useful and advantageous for the creature of the Creator, some rocks are from which rivers and springs gush and the people get water for their personal use, for their animals and for their crops. Hence every field of life needs water, there is no conception of life without it and that is the great favor of God Almighty, Who provides us through rocks.
And indeed there are some rocks which fall down from the peaks of the mountains as they are falling in the prostration for the fear of Allah Almighty.
The commentators of the religion have made comments that example of the rocks, from which the rivers and springs gush, is like the Messengers and Prophets (peace be upon Them) in the population of human beings. Due to their springs of favor and kindness, the people (the creature of God) extinguish their spiritual thirst. Example of the second kind of rocks is like the saints of God Almighty. Many people reap advantage and blessing from them. Like them, there are the Believers and Righteous persons, who, if may not guide and correct others, even then their own faith and act remains sound.
Neither the Children of Israel obtained advantage from the teachings of Prophets (peace be upon Them), nor they listened to the advice of the servants of God Almighty, as if their hearts were hardened and became as rocks, or worse than rocks, for hardness on which, no speech becomes effective. And Allah Almighty is not unaware of what the entire individuals do.