Beautified is the life of the world for those who disbelieve
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses – 212 & 213a of 286, Section – 26 of 40 (Part - 2)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Beautified is the life of the world for those who disbelieve; and they make a jest of the believers. But those who keep their duty to Allah will be above them on the Day of Resurrection. And Allah giveth without stint to whom He will.
Zuyyina lillaziina kafarul-hayaatud-dunyaa wa yas-kharuuna minallaziina ‘aamanuu. Wallaziinat-taqaw fawqa-hum Yawmal-Qiyaamah. WAllaahu yarzuqu many-yashaaa- ‘u bi-gayri hisaab.
Reason of revelation of this verse is that leaders of Idolaters used to make a jest of Muslims and suppose them contemptible. They used to make a jest of Bilal, ‘Ammaar, Suhaib and other poor Companions (God may please with them) of the Messenger of God Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) and say: These stupid people accepted the worldly calamities and difficulties on the thought of the Hereafter (we seek refuge in Allah), and look at Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) Who wants conquest over the powerful Arab leaders and chieftains with assistance of these beggars, needy and poor people, and expects to correct the entire world with the help of these poor people. This verse was revealed on the foundation of this buffoonery test and jest of those people.
They were told that it was ignorance and immaturity to think like this. They don’t know that these poor and distressed people will be superior and excellent to these leaders on the Day of Judgment. To whom Allah Almighty desires, bestows him uncountable livelihood. So they saw a day that these poor people, upon whom the infidels made jokes, got the wealth of Banu Qureza and Banu Nuzair. And Allah Almighty bestowed them reign over two major kingdoms of that times - Iran and Rome, and bestowed them worldly leadership, wealth and sovereignty.
It has often been that the rich and leaders, who are deniers of Allah Almighty, are proud of their wealth and think that they will purchase everything of this world, and will conquer every power of the world with their wealth. Due to this pride and arrogance, these people make a jest of the poor, honest and truth-lovers. To them; wealth is the only sign of nobility and the state. To them; superiority of the morality and purity of the character is nothing. But they don’t know that the wealth is a moving shadow, it is a passing shadow, sometimes hither and sometimes thither, and it has no stopping place. The thing on which one hasn’t power and control and which would be temporary and unstable, being proud to this extent; is unprofitable and useless.
The real thing is goodness and abstinence. It is the greatest wealth. On The Day of Judgment the best reward will be bestowed in its exchange and the entire rich and deniers will be overwhelmed on that Day. They will sink in the ignominy and disgrace, and will repent on their deeds. How much it would be good if these individuals would have understood that Allah Almighty gives livelihood to every creature. He can give it to the honest people by snatching from them. They shouldn’t make a jest of the poor and needy people. They should incline to correct their own Hereafter. Our God: Guide us so that we don’t say anything wrong from our mouths. Aameen.
Mankind were one community, and Allah sent (unto them) Prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and revealed therewith the Scripture with the truth that it might judge between mankind concerning that wherein they differed.
Kaanan-naasu ‘um-matanw-waahidah. Faba-‘asAllaahun-nabiyyiina Mubash-shiriina wa Munziriin; wa ‘anzala ma-‘ahumul-Kitaaba bil-haqqi liyahkuma banyan-naasi fiimakh-talafuu fiih.
‘Um-matanw-waahidah – (one community, one nation) ‘ummah means a religious sect or creed. This word has come in use many times ago.
God Almighty commanded that the entire children of Adam (peace be upon Him) were one community in the beginning. They all had one religion. They were established on Oneness of God. Whenever any misunderstanding used to grow in their beliefs, the Prophets (peace be upon them) were sent by God Almighty as the Bearers of good tidings and warners, and they used to sweep their differences.
As though, their thought that, “nobody knew about the true religion in the beginning and for reaching the present ‘Oneness of God’ has passed through many stages”, is baseless.
Faba-‘asa – (then He sent) here Fa aims ‘after a long time’ that is to say; when the absurd radicals had invented uncountable faiths and religions, and the contradictions increased among them.
Mubash-shiriina – (the bearers of good tidings), its origin is bashara which means ‘happy news, glad or good tidings’. Those individuals, who embrace the Divine law, will be caused to hear the happy news.
Munziriin – (the warners), it aims that the Prophets (peace be upon them) were sent to warn the people who deny and rebel against the laws given by Allah Almighty.
Liyahkuma – (that it might judge between the mankind) that is to say, ‘God Almighty might decide by means of these Prophets’ (peace be upon Them).
Only one religion has been coming from Prophet Adam (peace be upon Him). The people put difference in this religion after some time, Allah Almighty sent His Prophets (peace be upon Them) again and again, who used to cause to hear the good tidings of rewards to the Believers and warn the Infidels from His wrath, and He revealed also the True Scriptures, so that the differences and strives may be swept, and the true religion may be saved from their differences.