Lesson # 405
The Good People
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 110a of 200, Section – 12 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
110a. Ye are the best community that hath been raised up for mankind, ye enjoin right conduct and forbid the wrong; and ye believe in Allah.
110a. kuntum khayra ‘ummatin ‘ukhrijat linnaasi ta’-muruuna bil-ma’-ruufi wa tan-hawna ‘anil-munkari wa tu’-minuuna BIllaah.
In the beginning of previous section it was commanded that “Yaaa-‘ayyuhal-laziina ‘aa-manut-taqUllaaha haqqa tuqaa-tihii” (O ye who believe! Observe your duty to Allah with right observance). Some such matters were explained during the description, about which God Almighty has commanded to perform them. Moreover, some such matters were described which were forbidden by Him. Then reward for the righteous people and the punishment for the sinners was narrated. Again, the subject is being turned towards the beginning. That is to say; “O Muslims! Allah Almighty has declared you as the best Nation from the entire people of the world. It had been destined in His knowledge that you would get excellence over all other communities. Moreover, this news had been delivered to the former Prophets (peace be upon them).
As the Last Prophet, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) is the most distinguished of all Prophets (peace be upon them), likewise his (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) Nation is also the most distinguished and superior of all the other communities and nations. Because this nation has been bestowed with the noblest Messenger ((grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him), the most comprehensive and perfect religious law, and the doors of Knowledge and Science have been opened for it.
khayra ‘ummatin – (best community), the Muslim Nation was given the title of khayra ‘ummatin too besides the Moderate Nation, the Community of Abraham and several other honorable titles.
ukhrijat linnaasi – (raised up for mankind), it means that this community will bring the entire nations of the world at the door of Belief by preaching and inviting the people. It will forbid the wrong deeds. This Muslim nation will prevent the people from bad deeds by their tongue, the hand, the pen and by the sword. Every kind of strife and struggle, and a Muhammadan religious war (Jihad) has been prescribed on it.
One more characteristic of this best nation has been described here that it believes in Allah Almighty. All good qualities, which are found in the Muslim nation with the correct management, those did not exist in any previous nation. The Companion Umer (May Allah be pleased with him) said, “whosoever of you wants to join this nation (the best of nations), he should fulfill its all terms and conditions, it means ‘Amr bil-ma’-ruufi, (enjoining the right conduct) and Nahii ‘anil-munkar, (to forbid the wrong), and Believe in Allah. It can happen so, at such time, when every person will dress himself first because he cannot correct others without dressing itself.