Lesson # 477
Trick of the Hypocrites
Surah ‘Aali- ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran -3),
Stage– 1, Verse – 156a of 200, Section 17 of 20, (Par – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
156a. O ye who believe! Be not as those who disbelieved and said of their brethren who went abroad in the land or were fighting in the field: If they had been (here) with us they would not have died or been killed; that Allah may make it anguish in their hearts.
156a. Yaaa-‘ayyu-hallaziina ‘aamanuu laa takuunuu kallaziina kafaruu wa qaaluu li-‘ikhwaa-nihim ‘izaa zarabuu fil-‘arzi ‘aw kaanuu Guz-zal-law kaanuu ‘indanaa maa maatuu wa maa qutiluu. Li-yaj-‘alAllaahu zaalika hasratan- fii quluubihim.
The Muslims have been advised that they should not place such absurd thoughts in their hearts like Hypocrites, “If we had been in our houses then we would not have been died or killed”. Remember it always that place and time of death is fixed since the beginning. Neither it can be changed, not it can be delayed.
‘Ikhwaa-nihim - (the Hypocrites), they were apparently Muslims. Therefore, they called the Muslims as their brethren here. In addition, because they have used these words in the style of well wishing, so the word ’ikh-waan (Brothers) is used in this verse. They said, “Our Muslim brothers died without any cause going abroad, if they had been with us in their houses, then why would have they been killed”?
The Hypocrites had aim that grief and sorrow should be produced in the hearts of the Muslims that, “Really we did wrong as we went abroad from our houses without thinking and plunged in to the war. If we would have acted upon the advice of Hypocrites and remained in our houses, then we would not have suffered from troublesome.”
Although the Jews tried their best to produce sorrow and grief in the hearts of Muslims and used such words by their mouths, but the Muslims were not too much weak that they would have been taken in their words. On the contrary, due to such absurd talks, their secret was betrayed and their badness of intention manifested upon the Muslims.
Li-yaj-‘alAllaahu zaalika hasratan- fii quluubihim – (that Allah may make it anguish in their hearts). Some commentators of Holy Qur’an have explained its meanings in such a manner that “Allah Almighty released such words from the tongues and hearts of the Hypocrites, so that they would be left burning in the fire of that sorrow and grief, and they remain grieving until the Hereafter. Other grief they would have that, “Alas! The Muslims did not turn like us, they did not listen to us but some of them were martyred and remaining returned with victory. Today too, much can be learnt from the incidents of the day of the Battle of ‘Uhud. Therefore, a field of battle among faith and hypocrisy, right and wrong will remain existing always.