speaking the truth before any cruel ruler is Jihad
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 174 of 286, Section –21 of 40 (Part - 2)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Lo! Those who hide aught of the Scripture which Allah hath revealed and purchase a small gain therewith, they eat into their bellies nothing else than fire. And Allah will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He make them grow. And theirs will be a painful doom.
‘Innallaziina yaktumuuna maaa ‘anzalAllaahu minal-Kitaabi wa yashtaruuna bihii samanan-qaliilan, ‘ulaaa-‘ika maa ya’-kuluuna fii butuuni-him ‘illan-Naara wa laa yukal-limu-humUllaahu Yawmal-Qi-yaamati wa laa yuzakkiihim. Wa lahum ‘azaabun ‘aliim.
Samanan-qaliilan – (a small gain), the worldly gains whether those are more comparatively to the gains and rewards of the Doomsday, even then, those are very lesser and unreal. This is the actual meaning of samanan-qaliilan.
God Almighty had also included the orders and instructions regarding lawful and forbidden things in the Divine’s laws of the Children of Israel, so that; the nation may recognize the Straight Path. But out of that nation, a group of individuals monopolized the religion and this group was considered as the scholars of the religion and the monks. They began to explain and comment on the Scripture revealed heavenly. Then, due to worldly temptation, they used to tell the people those points, which favored them and purchased a small gain therewith explaining topsy-turvy and exchanging according to the will of the people. Hence the purpose of God’s commands finished. So like this; the class of scholars went astray as well as they misled also the other people.
In this verse, their punishment is being mentioned that; due to such error, they eat into their bellies nothing else than fire, as if; the poison has been mixed in a very delicious food, even then, apparently that food will be much tasty but after reaching into the belly, it will ignite. Like this, these individuals are ruining their hereafter due to worldly greed. Although, apparently, they are passing their lives with pomp and show, and comfortably, the people respect them, but in fact, their consequence will be much horrible.
Now three more punishments are being narrated for those persons in this verse:
· Allah Almighty will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection. So these bad scholars will be kept deprived from the Mercy and Kindness of God Almighty. The Creator of the universe and Master of the Doomsday will turn His face from them. It will be deprivation from His Mercy and declaration of His anger.
· They would never be pure from the sins. Due to their sins God Almighty will put them into the Hell. Purification and correction will never be obtainable by them. God Almighty will forgive some other evildoers after punishment with His Mercy and purify them. But these bad scholars will remain always in the Fire for burning. Neither their sins will fall off, nor will they become pure and nor they will enter the Paradise.
· Horrible doom will be for them; not only physically but also mentally and spiritually, and they will get never rid of this trouble. May God Almighty save us from that Doom.
It is known from this verse that how a big evil is “to hide the Just, not to disclose the Truth, to interpret false of the true talks and expose wrongfully the Orders of God Almighty, which has too many punishments”. It is a very great sin because due to this sin, the entire nation goes to ruin and falls into the dark well of the stray giving up the Straight Path. If, on the one side; speaking the truth and fearlessness are superior qualities then; on the other side; hypocrisy and hiding the truth are the worst moral crimes, and the Messenger (glory, grace, blessings and peace be upon Him) of God Almighty has explained that “speaking the truth before any cruel ruler is Jihad (to try and strive).