Lesson # 370
Behavior of Hypocrites
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verses – 72 & 73a of 200, Section – 8 of 20, (Part – 3)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
72. And a party of the People of the Scripture says: Believe in that which hath been revealed unto those who believe at the opening of the day, and disbelieve at the end thereof, in order that they may return.
73a. And believe not save in one who followeth your religion.
72. Wa qaalat-taaa-‘ifatum-min ‘Ahlil-Kitaabi ‘aaminuu billaziii ‘unzila ‘alallaziina ’aa-manuu wajhan-nahaari wakfuruuu ‘aakhirahuu la-‘allahum yarji-‘uun.
73a. Wa laa tu’-minuuu ‘illaa li-man- tabi-‘a Diinakum.
Cunning activities and embezzlement of the People of the Scripture have been discussed in these verses. Their one ingenuity was that “some people of the Scripture use to become Muslims with planning in the morning and offer prayers with the Muslims. But they would have to disbelieve in the evening; saying: [we have come to know from our great scholars. After verification it is found that he “Muhammad” (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) is not the Prophet, about whom; glad tidings was told, and also his circumstances did not prove like the right person]” (God forbid).
Resultant the persons, who are weak in their belief, when they will see that some Muslims have left Islam, they will return away also and will suppose that surely there might be any fault and blemish in the religion Islam, due to which these people have seen off it after embracing Islam. The Ignorant people of the Arab used to consider the People of the Scripture as great scholars and learned persons. By this reason, they will imagine that if this new religion were true, then such “learned persons” would not have reject it, despite they would have accepted it before all.
Along with this plan, the Jews were also taught that, “You should publicize yourselves as Muslims before them, but remember that really you should not embrace Islam. Notwithstanding, you should remain the Jews. Do not be taken in the Muslims. Moreover, remain follower wholeheartedly of the Divine religion of Moses (peace be upon him). The only purpose to offer prayers and worship along with the Muslims should be that it would be left afterwards and deceive them whose belief is weak. We shall follow only our own religion”.
It appears from this verse that how they made up their minds for enmity of Islam with cheating. In what manners they schemed to deceive the people. But Allah Almighty is Protecting Guardian of the Muslims. They will never succeed in their plans. It is duty of the entire Muslims to be careful also at their own places and they should be saved themselves from the mischief of the enemies of Islam. For example; danger of Israelite state in the center of Islamic Countries, its preparations and plans against the Muslim states are sufficient to open our eyes.