Better recompense from God is for them who keep away from the evil
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses –102b & 103 of 286, Section –12 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
102b. Nor did they (the two angels) teach it to anyone till they had said: We are only a temptation, therefore disbelieve not (in the guidance of Allah). And from these two (angels) people learn that by which they cause division between man and his wife; but they injure thereby no-one save by Allah’s leave. And they learn that which harmeth them and profiteth them not. And surely they do know that he who trafficketh therein will have no (happy) portion in the Hereafter; and surely evil is the price for which they sell their souls, if they but knew.
103. And if they had believed and kept away from evil, a recompense from Allah would certainly have been better, if they had only known.
102b. Wa maa yu-‘all-imaani min ‘ahadin hatta ya-quulaaa ‘innamaa nahnu fitna-tun, falaa takfur. Fayata-‘alla-muuna minhumaa maa yufar-riquuna bihii baynal-mar-‘i wa zawjih. Wa maa hum- bi-zaaar-riina bihii min ‘ahadin ‘illaa bi-‘izNIllaah. Wa yata-‘alla-muuna maa yazurruhum wa laa yanfa-‘uhum. Wa laqad ‘alimuu lama-nishtaraahu maa lahu fil ‘Aakhirati min kha-laaq. Wa labi’- sa maa sharaw bihiii ‘anfusa-hum. Law kaanuu ya’-lamuun.
103. Wa law ‘annahum ‘aamanuu wattaqaw lamasuubatum-min ‘inDIllaahi khayr. Law kaa-nuu ya’-lamuun.
Yu-‘all-imaani - (they both taught) this word is from Ta’-liim. It means “to teach”. But here this word isn’t used in these meanings that the angels used to teach the magic to people. Moreover the meanings of Ta’-liim are “to inform, to show and to tell” here.
Fitna-tun-(disorder, badness, quarrel, test, examination, temptation) Here it is used in the meanings of test & examination only.
Some quarrelsome persons of Babel used to come near the Angels and say, “you prevent us from black magic and witchcraft but let we know about the magic. Which are the acts of magic due to which, using them is infidelity? After replying them, when the angels used to tell them about magic, its actions and words, then these evil-doers listened carefully and used it as art.
Allah Almighty commands also about this mischief that these people exercised the particular branch of magic with the help of which. they produced quarrel and misunderstanding between husband and wife. Moreover it is the worst evil-doing creating misunderstanding between the two hearts, and specially creating quarrel between husband and wife is the worst act.
Advice of Harut and Marut was to be enough that they used to tell themselves a test and prevent the Jews from infidelity and evil. But they didn’t learn the lesson. They didn’t listen to their advice but carried on committing violently and evil-doing.
Although they used magic to harm others but Allah Almighty says that without His Command they cannot harm anyone. Moreover they will harm themselves from it. They are going to mar their own future by doing these evil acts. It is possible that they get some temporary worldly benefits but at the end (on the Doomsday) they will have no favor.
Allah Almighty says that these people have sacrificed the advantages of the Day of Resurrection in exchange to worldly ordinary advantages. That is much harmful for them. If they would have adopted the Right Path instead of this way, believed in Allah and had fear of His agony, Allah would have given them better reward surely.