Lesson # 415
Envy of the People of the Book
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 120 of 200, Section – 12 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
120. If a lucky chance befall you, it is evil unto them, and if disaster strike you they rejoice thereat. And if ye persevere and keep from evil, their guile will never harm you. Lo! Allah is Surrounding what they do.
120. ‘In- tamsaskum hasana-tun- tasu’-hum wa in tusibkum sayyi- ‘atuny-yafrahuu bihaa. Wa ‘in- tas-biruu wa tattaquu laa yazurrukum kayduhum shay-‘aa. ‘InnAllaaha bimaa ya’-maluuna Muhiit.
Enmity of the People of the Scripture with the Muslims is apparent from such matter that if any lucky chance befalls them, it is disagreeable to the People of the Book. Observing the union of the Muslims, their prosperity, victory and superiority over the enemies, they burn in the fire of jealousy.
But if any misfortune frustrates the Muslims, then the People of the Scripture gladden at that occasion. What can be expected from this kind of mean nation about good-will and fellow-feeling?
This behavior of the People of the Scripture was not only during the primary times of Islam, but till today, they behave with the Muslims as such. However, it is another thing if they abstain from enmity due to their any personal policy for some time.
There was a possibility that some Muslims might think about restriction from keeping the friendship with the People of the Scripture as, “When they would not keep friendly relations with those People, then perhaps they would conspire more frequently against the Muslims and try to harm them ardently”. To overcome this impediment of anxiety, Allah Almighty commanded, “Don’t fear, if you persevere, keep steadiness and remain away from the evil, any of their guile, conspiracy or deception will never harm you”. Allah Almighty knows entire, what they allure. He is Omnipotent and possesses all Powers and Strength. He will keep them annihilated. The Muslims should keep their matters clear with God Almighty, trust in His Power and Strength and hold fast His rope, leave no stone unturned in mutual union and relations, remain individually steadfast on honesty and integrity. They will not have any fear of confederacies and adversities of the Infidels, the obstinate, the Jews or the Christians.
Even today, while the disbelievers and infidels have become origin of danger for the Muslims, and have encompassed them from each side, it is incumbent on the Muslims that they should be attentive and adopt the path of patience and steadfastness from the beginning. They should keep the fear of Allah Almighty in their breasts and intend to die in the Way of Allah Almighty with self-determination. Then there is no reason that their entire opposite powers may not become helpless through long or observing continuously.