Lesson # 374
A lie, usually spoken by the People of the Scripture (it is from God)
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 78 of 200, Section – 8 of 20, (Part – 3)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
78. And lo! there is a party of them who distort the Scripture with their tongues, that ye may think that what they say is from the Scripture, when it is not from the Scripture. And they say: It is from Allah, when it is not from Allah; and they speak a lie concerning Allah knowingly.
78. Wa ‘inna minhum lafarii-qany-yal-wuuna ‘alsi-natahum bil-Kitaabi li-tahsabuuhu minal-kitaabi wa maa huwa minal-kitaab. Wa yaquuluuna huwa min ‘inDIllaahi wa maa huwa min ‘inDIllaah. Wa yaquu-luuna ‘alAllaahil-kaziba wa hum ya’-lamuun.
In this verse, God Almighty has mentioned about religious dishonesty and embezzlement of the People of the Scripture. These people deceive the persons in their worldly matters as well as in the religious affairs. They alter the Words of Heavenly Books (the Scripture) and depose duly changed its meanings. They included some false self-invented descriptions in Torah and Gospel and excluded entire those verses from the Holy Books, which they considered apparently not fruitful for them.
Some people from them were those, who distorted the Scripture with their tongues, so that the listeners might be deceived and they might think that what they had said was from the Scripture. Their evil does not end here but they used to claim also that it entire is revealed from God Almighty, while it was not from the Scripture. How much hardheartedness would be more than it that they attributed all these false descriptions as from God, while they knew that it was not from Allah but their self-invented, and they spoke a lie concerning Allah Almighty knowingly. For them; surely there will be a painful doom.
It is known from this verse also that the Children of Israel changed the Scripture of God Almighty intentionally for the purpose of only worldly greediness. Due to revenge of this kind of evils, they were involved in different types of difficulties and torments from Allah Almighty. Entire favors were snatched from them. Their biggest favor was prophet-hood, which was transferred to the Children of Ishmael (Last Messenger, Muhammad – grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) is from them. Now the Word of Allah Almighty is in our trust in the form of Holy Qur’aan. We should preserve Its Words and Meanings completely and should not attribute any thing towards Allah Almighty, which does neither exist in the Holy Qur’aan nor is against the Will of Allah Almighty.