Lesson # 395
Be careful in obedience of the People of the Scripture
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 100 of 200, Section – 10 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
100. O ye who believe! If ye obey a party of those who have received the Scripture they will make you disbelievers after your belief.
100. Yaaa- ‘ayyuhal-laziina ‘aa-manuuu ‘in- tutii-‘uu fariiqam-minallaziina ‘uutul-Kitaaba ya-rudduukum- ba’-da ‘imaani-kum kaafiriin.
The people of the Scripture were threatened in the previous verses: “It is not convenient for you that you misguide the people intentionally by telling them fictitious faults regarding the religion of Islam, while open signs and proofs in respect of the Truth of Islam, Holy Qur-’aan and the Last Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of God Almighty be upon him) have been manifested upon you”.
It is clear that the Children of Israel used to keep malice unnecessarily in their hearts against the Muslims. They did not refrain, after listening to the advice. Therefore, along with this, the Muslims have also been advised: “You should not be deceived by these mischievous persons. They will try to make you disbelievers with tricks of various kinds. If you will obey their suggestions and follow them, then you will throw yourselves into such state of anxiety; that gradually, you will fall again in the darkness of the infidelity, after coming out from the light of Belief, whence it will be very difficult to come back afterwards.
ya-rudduukum – (they will make you disbelievers), the origin of this word is Raddun and the word Murtad has also come out from it. Hardest and severest punishment in Islam is for the Murtad, (the person, who turns away from Islam (renegade), is called Murtad). We cannot compel any person to accept Islam, but he cannot be forgiven who becomes Renegade (who turns away from Islam), because he falls in the well of darkness of the infidelity willfully and with knowledge.
Several matters are obvious from this verse:
· The people of the Scripture are extremely enemies of Islam and they try always that the Muslims would have turned from the religion Islam towards the infidelity and believed in a plurality of God (polytheism). It is there deliberate conspiracy.
· A man is known by the company he keeps and the company affects itself very soon. If the Muslims will choose friendship with the People of the Scripture, act upon their advice and accept their sayings, then in process of the time, their wickedness, depravity, denial and diabolical acts will infect the Muslims too.
The Muslims must learn in these circumstances that they should neither attend more; the company of the People of the Scripture, nor listen to their talks, nor be deceived and nor increase their relations with them. It is the only form to save oneself from their evil.