The Devil is an open enemy for the mankind
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses – 208 & 209 of 286, Section – 25 of 40 (Part - 2)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
O ye who believe! enter, into submission (unto Him) one and all; and follow not the footsteps of the devil. Lo! He is an open enemy for you.
Yaaa –‘ayyu-hal-laziina ‘aamanuud-khuluu fis-Silmi kaaaffah. Wa laa tat—tabi-‘uu khutuwaatish-Shay-taan. ‘Innahuu lakum ‘aduw-wum-mubiin.
‘As-Silmi – (Islam) literal meanings of Salama are truce and peace. And this word comes opposite to war. Commentators have taken the meaning of ‘as-Silmi here as Islam. The masters of the dictionary have also accepted this meaning of it.
Kaaaffah – (one and all, entire) origin of this word is kafafa which means ‘to stop’. Kaaaffah means ‘enter into Islam completely and obey Islam in all respects.
Khutuwaati – (the footsteps) its singular is Khutuh, which means the footstep i.e. obedience and Compliance.
Reason of the Revelation of this verse is that a few Jews embraced Islam but they continued compliance with the Jewish religion along with Islamic Divine also, for example; considering the Saturday as a holy day, taking the meat and milk of camel as forbidden and reciting Torah etc. Then some people used to make any false belief by themselves or consider their any act as sacred and include their self made beliefs in the religion along with the Islamic Teachings. Allah almighty revealed this verse to stop obeying other commands along with Islamic orders, and commanded: Enter, into submission (unto Him) one and all. That is to say; make neither false beliefs yourselves, nor follow the myths, nor execute other teachings and nor that anything; you do not like or that which seems difficult to you, not to believe in it.
Islam is neither only the name of a few beliefs, nor it is the collection of a few prayers (devotions), but it is the most perfect, superior and fine code for the entire life. It guides in every field of life, fulfills all requirements of human nature, shows favor in orders keeping in view one’s weaknesses, guides rightly to reach the destination and instructs to get the supreme success of the religion and the world. So it is necessary to embrace Islam wholeheartedly. It is necessary to obey Islamic Instructions in every field of life (moral, social, economical and political matters).
The People, who don’t do so, are as though they follow the Devil’s footsteps whereas he is their open enemy. To hope for good from him is extremely foolish and ignorance. Islam and Infidelity can’t remain together. So either become completely the slaves of The Merciful otherwise you have to follow the footsteps of the Devil, which is the only loss forever.
And if ye slide back after the clear proofs have come unto you, then know that Allah is Mighty, Wise.
Fa-‘in- zalaltum-mim- ba’-di maa jaaa-‘atkumul-Bayyi-naatu fa’-lamuuu ‘annAllaaha ‘Aziizun- Hakiim.
‘Al-Bayyi-naatu – (the clear proofs) it means those orders and instructions which have no doubt and intricacy of any kind. For instance, having Faith to believe in One God, having Belief in the rightfulness of the Last Messenger of God Almighty (Muhammad’s truism) (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) and the commands about the prayers. The entire Command of this kind had reached already the Jews and other groups.
Zalaltum – (you slide back) this word is from zallah which literally means ‘to reel, to stagger, to slip, to err. It happens also without discretion. So we have known from it too that being misled due to forgetting can be cause of sin also. So the repentance is required to be forsworn.
‘Aziizun – (The Mighty, The Powerful) it means the Entity who can punish when and whatever He desires. It can be translated as The Dominant.
Hakiim – (The Wise) here its meaning will be ‘The Entity who punishes always at the right time and in this punishment, a great expedience is hidden because He is The Wise.
It is good luck of human being that Allah Almighty arranged a series of Prophets (peace be upon them) with excellent Mercy and Kindness for guidance. To show him the straight path and cause him embracing to success, Allah Almighty continued sending His Selected Messengers (peace be upon them) in different nations from time to time. Those Messengers (peace be upon them) used to show the right path to the people who forgot and caused to save the straying people from the whirlpool, improved their moralities and cleaned them from the evil. But history of the world tells that unlucky people violated them, sometimes exiled and sometimes killed them. They dug the pit hole for themselves at their own by behaving like this.
At the end Allah Almighty sent His Last Messenger (Muhammad) (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him). Messenger of God Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) explained the heavenly teachings to the people of the world, showed them acting upon these teachings with His (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) good attitude, proved by creating a group of righteous and respectable people with His companionship and company that these are the clear orders of Allah Almighty. And the success can be gotten by acting upon them.
How much misfortune of the mankind is that; in spite of getting so great dignity he deflects away from it, acts against it and becomes its enemy? These evildoers will surely be punished. Because there is no reason and excuse remained for them now. The Argument of Allah Almighty has been established. None of them can say now that the True Religion didn’t come to us.