Saturday, March 12, 2016

Abraham said: My Lord! Show me how Thou givest life to the dead

Abraham said: My Lord! Show me how Thou givest life to the dead

Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 260 of 286, Section – 35 of 40 (Part - 3)

In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

260.  And when Abraham said (unto his Lord): My Lord! Show me how Thou givest life to the dead! He said: Dost thou not believe? Abraham said: Yea, but (I ask) in order that my heart may be at   ease. (His Lord) said: Take four of the birds and cause them to incline unto thee, then place a part of them on each hill, then call them, they will come to thee in haste. And know that Allah is Mighty, Wise.
260.  Wa  ‘Iz  qaala  ‘Ibrahiimu  Rabbi  ‘arinii  kayfa  Tuh-yil-mawtaa.  Qaala  ‘awa  lam  tu’-min.  Qaala  balaa  wa  laakilli-yatma-‘inna  qalbii.  Qaala  fakhuz  ‘arba- ‘atam-minat-tayri  fasur- hunna  ‘ilayka  summaj- ‘al  ‘alaa  kulli  jabalim-min-hunna  juz- ‘an- summad- ‘u-hunnna  ya’-tii-naka  sa’-yaa.  Wa’-lam  ‘annAllaaha  ‘Aziizun Hakiim.


Kayfa – (how), here it is clear that Prophet Abraham did not expose his doubt in becoming alive of the dead, but he asked only that in which special condition will they be brought back to life. What the particular method would be adopted to give them life again?

min-hunna  juz- ‘an – {a part of their (the birds’) bodies each}), that is to say; pieces from the mixed minced-meat of those four birds.

In the verses numbers 255-257, Allah Almighty commanded after describing about His Omnipotence and Greatness that the Paths of Guidance and Straying have been obvious (The right direction is henceforth distinct from error). Therefore, now every sensible person should adopt the Path of goodness.

Then, Holy Qur’an explained after mentioning different incidents that; in spite of opening the Paths of right and error clearly, some people go astray. In this connection, stories of Abraham (peace be upon Him) and Namrud, power of giving life to the dead, and Ezra (peace be up[on Him) were told. In this verse, one more story of Abraham has been described.   

Oneness of God and Belief in the Hereafter are those two realities, upon which; the Foundation of Islam has been established. Such individual who believes in the Oneness of God Almighty can never go astray and the believer of life after death keeps an strict eye on his actions always, and tries to care and abstain from the sins and evil entirely. In fact, every Believer has perfect faith in the life after death and the Day of Resurrection, like this, Abraham (peace be upon him) had full faith. However, He (peace be upon him) questioned from Allah Almighty for the purpose of observing that how He gives life after death. Allah Almighty asked, “Do you not believe in it? Abraham (peace be upon him) requested, “I have Faith; even up to the level of Belief till now, of course; I wish only that my heart may get more satisfaction after witnessing”.  

Lord Almighty told the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), “Take four of the birds and cause them to incline with you, so that their acquaintance with you may be well. Then mix their minced meat after slaughtering, then place pieces of that mixed minced meat of all those four birds on every hilltop, then call them by name staying in the centre, they will come to you in haste”. Abraham (peace be upon him) did so. When he called one of the birds, the pieces of the body of that bird assembled altogether themselves from the hilltops and becoming in the form of living bird, they reached close to Abraham (peace be upon him). Like this, all the four birds came back to life and came running near him (peace be upon him).

Some full of philosophy advice have been declared from this lesson, which are appended below:

·         With the observations, which the accepted servants of God Almighty see, their belief and faith increases.

·         Type of question which was asked by Abraham (peace be upon him), these types of questions don’t grow due to disbelief, but in their depth; the passion of goodness and research is driven.

·         Satisfaction of the heart is produced due to increasing of belief.

·         Coming back to life of the birds and their running unto Abraham (peace be upon him) on his call should not be taken as impossible. Here; we discuss about a little example. Suppose! If thin pieces of iron, copper, brass and gold are kept duly mutually mixed as four different piles separately, and then magnet is put in their centre, you will see that the pieces of iron will be drawn towards the magnet; being separate from all four piles. Like this, the magnet power did exist in the voice of Abraham (peace be upon him). Which bird was called by him, that bird came running toward him. Our aim from this example is that the Miracles like this are not impossible from the power of Allah Almighty.

·         Allah Almighty is Able to do all things. Nothing is impossible for Him.

·         His every Command, Revelation and work depends on any advisability.

That topic ends on this verse which had begun from ‘Aayat-ul-Kursii (Verse – 255).       

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)