God’s wrath due to disbelief and slaying the Prophets wrongfully
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse –61b of 286, Section – 7 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
And humiliation and wretchedness were stamped upon them and they were visited with wrath from Allah.
Wa zuribat ‘alayhimuz-zillatu wal-mas-kanah; wa baaa’uu bi-gazabim- minAllaah.
Zuribat – (stamped, struck, hit, hammered) in this verse this word is used for ‘stamped upon them’ (humiliation).
Zillatun – (humiliation, disgrace, insult)
Mas-kanatun – (wretchedness, poverty, needs, destitution) it is said usually that the Jews as a nation are the richest but it is a deception and misunderstanding. The wealth and property which the Jews have, that is limited only to their some superior people, otherwise, public and common people are weak financially.
God Almighty bestowed many kinds of blessings and kindness but they did not thank Him. They used to disobey the Laws of God Almighty. They were given Manna and Quails for their food but they had not patience on this favor and claimed for ignoble items like vegetables, cucumbers and corn etc.
Due to their ingratitude behavior, the wrath of God Almighty appeared upon them. So, humiliation was affixed upon them. So this nation remained subordinate to the Muslims and the Christians always. During May 1949 their Government was established with the name of “State of Israel” but that was established with the help of Western Governments and even now their existence is due to injustice behavior of the western countries.
Besides humiliation, wretchedness and poverty were sticking together upon them also. There are only some individuals, who are fortunate; otherwise maximum people of the Jews are very poor. The people who suppose it their native country and if they are rich, they are involved in avarice and the love of wealth. They have ambition, lust and greed of wealth surpassing everything.
It is known from this lesson that an individual should be thankful to God Almighty always for His blessings, so that the blessings are remained forever, because till the time any nation thanks God for His blessings, He bestows His favors. And no individual should criticize the religion of God Almighty because the human being is ignorant from the result of goodness, betterment and virtue of anything.
That was because they disbelieved in Allah’s Revelations and slew the Prophets wrongfully. That was for their disobedience and transgression.
Zaalika bi-‘annahum kaanuu yakfuruuna bi-‘AayaaTIllaahi wa yaq-tuluunan-nabiy-yiina bi-gayril-haq. Zaalika bimaa ‘asaw-wa kaanuu ya’-taduun.
Yakfuruuna – (Disbelieved) this word has been derived from the word kafara. Literal meaning of kafara is ‘not to believe, to hide’. Technically, “not to believe in the Oneness of God and Prophet-hood is called infidelity. So Kaafir means “the Infidel”. It aims in this verse that the Children of Israel had become habitual of infidelity and denial.
‘Aayaatillaahi – (Allah’s Revelations, verses, tokens, signs), it signifies also toward the Miracles of the Prophets (peace be upon Them), Heavenly Scriptures, Orders and Commands of God Almighty too.
Yaq-tuluuna – (Slew, murdered, killed) the Children of Israel used to kill the Prophets (peace be upon Them) crossing the limits of infidelity and violence. They committed slaying of the Prophets John, Zachariah, Yasa’-yaa’ and Yarmiaa (peace be upon Them).
As we have read in the previous lessons that the Children of Israel suffered the wrath of God Almighty. Humiliation and wretchedness were affixed upon them. Causes of wrath are being narrated in this verse.
God Almighty commands that the Children of Israel had become guilty of two main crimes:
· They did not act upon the Commands of God Almighty whole heartily. Moreover they used to find faults willing or not willing, and criticize in each matter unreasonably with improper arguments.
· They used to slay their Prophets (peace be upon Them). After the Prophet Moses, God Almighty sent many Prophets (peace be upon Them) but they did not listen to anyone of Them. Moreover they became their (Prophets) enemies. Some of them were blamed and some were slain.
Causes of these guilt have been narrated also in this verse that they used to disobey the Orders of God Almighty and Instructions of His Prophets (peace be upon Them), and had become habitual to cross the prescribed limits of the Religion. It was the result that as they turned their faces from the Revelations of God Almighty and slew the Prophets (peace be upon Them), so they would have to suffer the wrath of God Almighty.