Lesson # 423
Torment for the Usurers
Surah ‘Aali- ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran -3), Stage – 1,
Verses – 131 to 133 of 200, Section 14 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
131. And ward off (from yourselves) the Fire prepared for disbelievers.
132. And obey Allah and the Messenger, that ye may find mercy.
133. And vie one with another for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who ward off (evil)-
131. Wattaqun-Naarallatii ‘u-‘iddat lil-kaafiriin.
132. Wa ‘atii-‘Ullaaha war-Rasuula la-‘allakum turhamuun.
133. Wa saari-‘uuu ‘ilaa magfira-tim-mir-Rabbikum wa Jannatin ‘arzuhas-samaawaatu wal-‘arzu, ‘u-‘iddat lil-Muttaqiin-
Punishment for the usurer has been described after forbidding from devouring the usury that his last abode would be Fire of Hell, which is in fact for the disbelievers. It showed that a usurer would also be produced in the Court of God Almighty as a criminal like a disbeliever. Therefore, Muslims should be saved from the curse of usury/interest, and pass their lives as the abstemious.
Then, it has been commanded that they should obey God Almighty and His Last Messenger, Muhammad (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam). This obedience becomes cause of mercy upon them. To execute the command of Prophet (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) is just like obeying the Order of Allah Almighty, because Allah Almighty has commanded Himself that you would have to obey perfectly the commands of the Messenger (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam). Some Muslims disobeyed the instructions of the Messenger (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) in the Battle of ‘Uhud, which endangered their victory. Therefore, it has been admonished, “Do not fall short and do not commit a mistake as such in future. If you will obey Allah Almighty and His Messenger, (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) then blessing of Allah Almighty will be revealed. Doing so, the doors of success and betterment will be opened for you”.
It is being commanded in the third verse of this lesson, “Vie one with another for forgiveness from your Lord. (Labor too hard towards the good deeds and fine manners, for which God Almighty and His Messenger, (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) has commanded you, due to which you will deserve forgiveness of God Almighty and the Garden. If you will pass your lives in God-fearing and control of the passions, then after death from this mortal world, your last abode will be Paradise, which is so much wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who ward off (evil). The human being cannot think vaster than the space of heavens and the earth collectively. Therefore, width of Paradise has been illustrated by a simile of the space of heavens and the earth.
The difference in the consequence of a usurer and obedient humankind of Allah Almighty has been manifested that one of them is disgraced in the world as well as he will be fuel of the Hell-fire on the Day of Resurrection. The other person, who is obedient, passes his life with honor and he will be entitled to live in the beautiful Gardens of Paradise on the Doomsday.