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If they believe not in the last Messenger, they are in Schism

If they believe not in the last Messenger, they are in Schism

Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses – 136 & 137 of 286, Section – 16 of 40 ( Part - 1)


BisMIllaahir-Rahmaanir-Rahiim
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the Prophets received   from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered.
Quuluuu ‘aamannaa bIllaahi wa maaa ‘unzila  ‘ilayNaa  wa maa ‘unzila ‘ilaaa ‘Ibraa-hiima wa ‘Ismaa-iila wa ‘Is-haaqa wa Ya’-quuba wal-‘as-baati wa maaa ‘uutiya Muusaa wa ‘Iisaa wa maaa ‘uutiyan-nabiyyuuna mir-Rabbihim. Laa nufarriqu bayna ‘ahadim-minhum, wa nahnu lahuu Muslimuun.

Lesson

Al-‘as-baati – (the children), this word is plural of the word sabt, which means child, that is to say, children of the children (grandsons from forefathers and fore-mothers). Here it aims “the generation of Prophet Jacob” (peace be upon Him).

The Muslims are being taught in this verse, “Say: O people of the Scripture! You have fallen in the curses of anger, stubbornness, violence, jealousy, malice and bigotry. You follow some Prophets and falsify some of Them (peace be upon Them). You reserve the prophet-hood with the race and nation. You take greatness due to race for source of freedom, and determine as wrong to the entire other religions except your own.

We, the Muslims believe that all the Prophets (peace be upon Them) are true and we do not disagree to anyone of Them. The entire Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon Them), who have come in this world, whether, they belong to any country, any nation and any era, they all brought the only one Message of Truth. We testify all of Them (peace be upon Them) equally. 

And if they believe in the like of that which ye believe, then are they rightly guided. And if they turn away, then they are in schism, so Allah will suffice thee (for defence) against them.   And He is the Hearer, the Knower.
Fa-‘in  ‘aamanuu  bi-misli maaa ‘aamantum- bihii faqa-dihta-daw. Wa ‘in- tawallaw fa-‘innamaa hum fii shiqaaq. Fa-sa-yakfiikahumUllaah.  Wa Huwas-Samii-ul-‘Aliim.

Lesson

The Holy Qur’an invites the People of the Scripture to embrace Islam after proving its Truth and being the Word of Allah Almighty, refutes their false beliefs. Wrong hopes and desires were determined absurd, and proves from their own arguments that due to which religion of Abraham (peace be upon Him) they claim to be firm, its original form has not remained as it was. Now that ancient religion, in its original form, is being presented by the Holy Qur’an. So somehow or other, after embracing Islam they should acquire betterment of the religion and the world.

After hearing these verses of advice and preaching, even then, the Children of Israel and the Christians remained standing on violence and opposite. Moreover, instead of embracing Islam themselves, they used to invite the Muslims to adopt the Jewish religion and the Christianity. What can be more selfishness, impudence and bigotry than it? 

Allah Almighty commands in this verse, “(O Messenger! (glory, grace, blessings and peace be upon Him) You have completed your duty conveying Our Message to them. Now, if they wish their goodness, then they should embrace Islam. They will succeed. We shall forgive their previous sins”. “And if they believe in the like of that which ye believe, then are they rightly guided. And if they turn away, then they are in schism”, it is their hardheartedness and violence, and not other than it.  “So Allah will suffice Thee (for defence) against them. And He is the Hearer, the Knower”. (You (glory, grace, blessings and peace be upon Him) should not be sorrowful due to their anger, bigotry and enmity. We are sufficient for their encounter from your side. We surely hear their entire talks and We know that which is in their hearts, their inside and outside.

How great and higher glad-tidings is in the last part of this verse for the Last Messenger (glory, grace, blessings and peace be upon Him) and His nation that “So Allah will suffice thee (for defence) against them”. With whom is Allah Almighty, what more will he need? If Lord Merciful becomes Protecting Friend of anyone then he does not require any more Supporters.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)