God hath cursed them for their unbelief
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses – 87b & 88 of 286, Section – 11 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Is it ever so, that, when there cometh unto you a Messenger (from Allah) with that which ye yourself desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disbelieve and some ye slay?
‘Afa-kullamaa jaaa-‘akum Rasuulum- bimaa laa tahwaaa ‘anfu-sukumus-takbar-tum. Fa-fariiqan- kazzabtum wa fariiqan-taqtuluun.
God Almighty has bestowed upon the human beings two powers:
• Power of Belief (faith, religion, certainty and confidence).
• Power of practice (procedure compliance, operation and action).
If these powers are right and straight forward then the path of object will become easy. In the previous verse, God Almighty has described those badness and crimes of the Children of Israel which belong to their power of practice. They used to slay one another themselves, exile the feeble people. Weakness of the power of their belief and faith has been disclosed in this verse.
God Almighty commands, “We bestowed the Book to Moses (peace be upon Him) for their guidance but when the Children of Israel began to change the Commands of this Scripture and disobey them, then We sent many Prophets after Moses (peace be upon Them). But these people continued disobeying some of Them and even they slew some of Them (peace be upon Them) also. Then We sent Jesus Christ (peace be upon Him) with the Holy Scripture Gospel, and to prove His truth, We bestowed many Miracles to Him, and detailed the Angel, Gabriel (peace be upon Him) for His help, but the Jews did not shun from their habits and prepared to slay Him (peace be upon Him)”.
Now Allah Almighty says, “your circumstances are also strange, whenever any Messenger (peace be upon Him) brought the order of God Almighty against your personal matters and sensual wishes, you turned your faces from it with proud, falsified some Prophets (peace be upon Them) and slew some of Them.
The Prophet Jesus Christ (peace be upon Him) was bestowed with many miracles by Allah Almighty. For instance; He (peace be upon Him) was bestowed to heal the blinds discerning , sound the lepers and healthy the ailing, God produced Him (peace be upon Him) without father and powered to speak in the cradle etc. But even then, the Children of Israel did not believe in Him (peace be upon Him) and continued opposing and troublesome acts.
And they say: Our hearts are enfolded in covers. Nay, but Allah hath cursed them for their unbelief. Little is that which they believe.
Wa qaaluu quluubunaa gulf. Bal-la-‘ana-humUllaahu bi-kufrihim fa-qaliilam-maa yu’-minuun.
Gulfun – (enfolded in covers) ‘aglaf is its singular. It means, “Covered thing”, the thing, which is enfolded in cover and hidden in the curtain. The Jews used to claim that their hearts are enfolded in covers and filled with the teachings of Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him). So they did not need to accept any new teachings.
La-‘anahumUllaahu – (Allah hath cursed them) La’-nat means distance from the Mercy, someone’s deprival from God Almighty’s Grace and Mercy. It is also called the curse as that person is ignored by all.
Qaliilan – (little), it signifies that they used to disclose a dim attention towards the belief off and on and only a few people, out of them used to believe. Majority was inclined towards dishonesty, faithless and violence.
When God Almighty determined the self made faiths of the Jews that those were False and the Word of Allah Almighty proved them wrong clearly then there was no trick or argument remained with the Jews. They began to say that their hearts were enfolded in the covers and nothing could effect on their hearts. They would never obey or become loyal to the instructions of any body.
The Jews used to state their false proof with much pride but God Almighty proclaimed clearly that they are totally liars. There is no any enfolded cover. But Allah Almighty has cursed them for their chained unbelief and its covers have enfolded their hearts. They have been removed from His Mercy and Kindness. So they do not believe in their true religion. Out of them, only a few people have believed in the Last Messenger Muhammad (grace, peace and blessings on Him).
It has been known from this verse that if the human beings either deny the Revelations of God Almighty or change them or transpose words between them, or disobey continuously, then Allah Almighty curses them. The individual like this cannot draw his attention towards the Religion and Belief.