Lesson # 414
Friendship with the People of the Scripture
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 119 of 200, Section – 12 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
119. Lo! ye are those who love them though they love you not, and ye believe in all the Scripture. And when they fall in with you they say: We believe; and when they go apart they bite their finger-tips at you, for rage. Say: Perish in your rage! Lo! Allah is Aware of what is hidden in (your) breasts.
119. Haaa-‘antum ‘ulaaa-‘i tu-hibbuunahum wa laa yuhib-buunakum wa tu’-minuuna bil-Kitaabi kullih. Wa ‘izaa la-quukum qaaluuu’ ‘aamannaa. Wa ‘izaa khalaw azzuu ‘alay-kumul-‘anaamila minal-gayz. Qul- muutuu bi-gayzikum. ‘InnAllaaha ‘Alii-mum- bizaatis-suduur.
God Almighty has commanded the Muslims, “You are exhausted in the friendship of the People of the Scripture but they are not your friends, but they are such enemies who desire to destroy you utterly. You believe in the entire Heavenly Scriptures whether those belong to any nation and revealed during any Prophet’s (peace be upon him) time. On the contrary, they do not believe in your Book (Holy Qur’aan) and Prophet, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him). Even their faith in their own Scripture is not correct too. It was necessary for them that they would have to love you and you had to disclose displeasure from them but the case is going at variance here.
As the common Hypocrites used to claim with their tongue that they were Muslims, likewise the Christians and the Jews began saying the word ‘aamannaa (we are Muslims) for acquiring the meanings from it that they believed in their Scripture and acknowledged them. Therefore, they used to try deceiving the Believers in the screen of saying “As we believe in our books and admit them, therefore we are also Muslim”.
Their malice with the Muslims can be felt from the fact that observing the elevation of Islam and mutual affection among the Muslims, they become jealous. When they cannot do something, then due to anger and anguish, they gnash their teeth and bite their fingers. The Muslims will not get any damage from their enmity. The People of the Scripture will continue dying in their rage; and their desires will never be fulfilled. Allah Almighty has informed the Muslims about their secret wickedness, so that they may be saved always from the enemies of their own and of Allah Almighty.