Practice of persecuting is worse than slaughter
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses – 217b of 286, Section – 27 of 40 (Part - 2)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
But to turn (men) from the Way of Allah, and to disbelieve in Him and in the Inviolable Place of Worship, and to expel His people thence, is a greater with Allah; and persecution is worse than killing.
Wa saddun ‘an- sabiiLIllaahi wa kufrum-bihii wal-Masjidil-Haraami wa ‘ikh-raaju ‘ahliHii minhu ‘akbaru ‘indAllaah. Wal-fitnatu ‘akbaru minal-qatl.
SabiiLIllaahi – (the Way of God Almighty), its aim is Islam. It is the selected Path of God Almighty. The human being can arrange his World and the Hereafter by going on this Straight Path.
We have explained in the previous lesson that once; in a warfare a few Muslims killed an Infidel. It happened unknowingly during a sacred month. The Infidels reproached and taunted them due to it. Allah Almighty has commanded in these verses that although, it is a sin to fight during any sacred month, but those sins are comparatively bigger which are committed by these Infidels. Some kinds of sins are being submitted in today’s lesson.
Saddun ‘an- SabiiLIllaahi – (to turn (men) from the Way of Allah) that is to say, “to prevent the people from embracing Islam and torture them with cruelty who have embraced Islam, to threaten them who incline to embrace Islam”. The Infidels of Makkah used to commit all these evils. They used to forbid the people from believing in the Messenger of Islam (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him). They used to beat them and lay them down on the hot stones who embraced Islam. They used to prevent them from leaving Makkah who wished to migrate from this sacred Place.
Kufrum-biHii – (to disbelieve in Him), second sin, which the Infidels used to commit, was “denial from Allah Almighty, refusal from His Existence and Attributes”.
‘Al-Masjidil-Haraami – (the Inviolable Place of Worship) BaytUllaah (the Square Building of Makkah) – this House of Allah Almighty was only for worship, but the Infidels had put in it uncountable Idols. The Muslims wished to make it the House of Oneness of God Almighty, but the Infidels used to prevent them to enter in this Inviolable Place of Worship and hindered them from worshiping.
‘Ikh-raaju ‘ahlihii – (to expel the people from Makkah, who were its residents), the Infidels of Makkah tyrannized and oppressed the Muslims as much that they were compelled ultimately to leave Makkah. These poor and helpless Muslims took refuge in Madinah leaving behind their families and properties and ran away to save their lives. How big this sin is which was committed by the Idolaters of Makkah?
‘Al-fitnatu – (the persecution, mischief, sedition, plundering and turning the people away from the true religion) the Infidels of Makkah had been creating these entire evils but they did not consider them as their crimes. Allah Almighty commands, “Killing is reasonable in all respect while the situations arise as such”.