Lesson # 386
No ransom would be accepted from disbelievers
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 91a of 200, Section – 9 of 20, (Part – 3)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
91a. Lo! those who disbelieve, and die in disbelief, the (whole) earth full of gold would not be accepted from such an one if it were offered as a ransom (for his soul).
91a. ‘Innal-laziina kafaruu wa maatuu wa hum kuffaarun- falany-yuqbala min ‘ahadihim mil-‘ul-‘arzi zahabanw-wa la-wiftadaa bih.
In this verse, such infidels and sinners have been admonished who think always that gold and silver (wealth and property) are the actual source of whole power and strength. Money covers the entire sins and conceals all the evils. They think that; as they are saved from punishment of their crimes by giving a bribe or ransom in this world, likewise they would be saved from the wrath of God Almighty by giving Him silver and gold as a ransom in the Hereafter.
Allah Almighty has explained them that their thoughts were vain. If any evildoer; out of them has gold equivalent to the entire earth and he wishes to present it as ransom of his evil deeds to God Almighty, it will never be accepted. He has no need of the gold. He is Owner of the whole universe, earth and skies, Creator of all the creatures and existences, all are obedient unto Him from an atom to the sun, from an ant to elephant and from inferior sinner human being to a highest grade Prophet (peace be upon him). Gold, silver, money, wealth and riches, all are in His Ownership and He is the One, Who gives these all things to the people. Then why would He forgive the sinners against the ransom of it?
In fact, ideology of bribe and ransom is creation of those people, whose religion is money and wealth, whose purpose of life is wealth, who look for it during their entire life, spend their time and labor to acquire it and pass their age for its collection. At last, taking its grief in their hearts, they leave this mortal world with empty hands. These people used to run behind the gold and silver, and did close pursuit for the wealth. They endowed their entire attention and labor for it, but found too much dreadful, full of pain and suffering result. They remained in the same wrong supposition that this thing is the origin of salvation and cause of success. But these blind of wisdom do not know that the real wealth is the wealth of Belief. Real capital is the capital of virtue. Gold and silver have the value; not even like just a worthless straw comparatively to good acts. On the Doomsday, just righteousness can save. Heaps of gold and silver would not work in the Hereafter.
Iftadaa- (offered as a ransom), ransom means to repay, which is paid in return of any fault or sin in the form of wealth or any other thing.
The People of the Scripture had false belief about ransom, which became cause of their waywardness and easiness.