Lesson # 372
Some people of the Scripture are honest and some dishonest
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verses – 75 & 76 of 200, Section – 8 of 20, (Part – 3)
BisMIllaahir-Rahmaanir-RahiimIn the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
75. Among the People of the Scripture there is he who, if thou trust him with a weight of treasure, will return it to thee. And among them there is he who, if thou trust him with a piece of gold, will not return it to thee unless thou keep standing over him. That is because they say: We have no duty to the Gentiles. And they tell a lie concerning Allah knowingly.
76. Nay, but (the chosen of Allah is) he who fulfilleth his pledge and wardeth off (evil); for lo! Allah loveth those who ward off (evil).
75. Wa min ‘Ahlil-Kitaabi man ‘in- ta’-manhu bi-qintaa-riny-yu-‘addihiii ‘ilayk. Wa minhum-man ‘in ta’-manhu bi-diinaaril-laa yu-‘addihiii ‘ilayka ‘illaa maa dumta ‘alayhi qaaa-‘imaa. Zaalika bi-‘annahum qaaluu laysa ‘alaynaa fil-‘um-miyyiina sabiil. Wa yaquu-luuna ‘alAllaahil-kaziba wa hum ya’-lamuun.
76. Balaa man ‘awfaa bi-‘ahdi-hii wattaqaa fa-‘innAllaaha yu-hibbul-Muttaqiin.
Along with the religious embezzlement, now recital in respect of the People of the Scripture regarding their worldly dishonesty has also been described. Those people, who cannot be honest for a little money, how can we rely on them that they will be faithful in the religious matters?
Some people from them are those who, if you trust them with a piece of gold, they will belie and will not return it to you unless you keep standing over them each time. Certainly, all persons of them are not equal. Some are those who, if you trust them with a weight of treasure, they will return it to you. They will never embezzle. These are the honest and well-disposed persons, who are fed up from Judaism and on becoming servants of Islam, as Abdullah bin Salaam (Radi Allaahu ‘Anhu) etc. The Jews adduce this argument in favor of their worldly embezzlement and dishonesty, “We have no duty to the Gentiles of the Arab, who are not upon our religion. Their wealth is lawful for us in all respect. There is no sin to embezzle the trust of non-religious persons, particularly those people who have left their religion and become Muslims. Whereas, God Almighty has not given them any right like this. Breach of trust is prohibited as per commands of Allah Almighty. Moreover, the individual, who is honest, trustworthy and faithful, remains under the fear of Allah Almighty and abstains from censured manners; God Almighty likes such people.