Lesson # 399
God’s favor - you were enemies of one another, He made you friends
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 103b of 200, Section – 11 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
103b. And remember Allah’s favour unto you: How ye were enemies and He made friendship between your hearts so that ye became as brothers by His Grace; and (how) ye were upon the brink of an abyss of fire, and He did save you from it. Thus Allah maketh clear His Revelations unto you, that haply ye may be guided.
103b. Waz-kuruu ni’-matAllaahi ‘alaykum ‘iz kuntum ‘a’-daaa-‘an- fa-‘allafa bayna quluubikum fa-‘asbahtum bi-ni’-matiHiii ‘ikhwaanaa, wa kuntum ‘alaa shafaa hufratim-minannaari fa-‘anqa-zakum-minhaa. Kazaalika yuba-yyinUllaahu lakum ‘aayaatiHii la-‘al-lakum tahtaduun.
Before Islam, the inhabitants of Arab were ignorant, impolite and incautious in manners. They had fallen into idol-worshiping, polytheism, malice and obstinacy. A brother was enemy of the other. The wars and bloodshed were as their routine works. Events of theft and highway robbery were common. In short, those people used to pass their lives like beasts of prey, by falling down from the dignity of humanity.
In such circumstances, Mercy of God Almighty ran over. His Light disclosed. The Last Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) came for the Guidance of the humankind, who purified the human beings from the entire rudeness, guided them towards the goodness and happiness, and made them brothers of one another.
Above-mentioned verse signifies towards such Bounty and Favor of Allah Almighty. He is reminding the Muslims His Beneficence. He made them intimate friends and sympathizers of one another by discharging hundreds of the years old malice and enmities from the hearts of the people with His Management. He collected them upon one religion due to which such trust established that their enemies were overawed by feeling their unity. This society and unity are too much big Graciousness of God Almighty, which can never be gotten by the Muslims by spending their entire treasures.
Allah Almighty exemplified it to manifest the life before Islam that the people were standing upon the brink of an abyss of fire (Hell) due to Infidelity and disbelief, and they were near to destruction. Allah Almighty saved you encroaching and bestowed the Light of Belief by means of His Last Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him). If the people remember these magnificent religious and worldly kindnesses of Allah Almighty, then they will never return astray. For this reason, God Almighty has described His Signs and Revelations openly, and signified the life of dissensions as the Hell.