Quran Chapter 4-88 & 89a (Pt-5, Stg-1) (L-579) - درس قرآن
The Standard of the Faith
Suratun-Nisaaa’ (The Women) – Chapter – 4)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
88. What aileth you that ye are become two parties regarding the hypocrites, when Allah cast them back (to disbelief) because of what they earned? Seek ye to guide him whom Allah hath sent astray? And he whom Allah sendeth astray, for him thou (O Muhammad) canst not find a way.
89a. They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the Way of Allah;
88. Famaa lakum fil-Munaafi-qiina fi-‘atayni wAllaahu ‘ar-kasahum bimaa kasabuu. ‘A-turiiduuna ‘an- tahduu man ‘azal-lAllaah. Wa many-yuzli- Lillaahu falan tajida lahuu Sabiilaa.
89a. Wadduu law tak-furuuna kamaa kafaruu fata-kuunuuna sawaaa-‘an falaa tattakhizuu minhum ‘aw-liyaaa-‘a hattaa yuhaajiruu fii SabiiLillaah.
Munaafi-qiina - it is plural of Munaafi-q which means hypocrites, which are being discussed since many lessons back. They are called hypocrites, whose outward appearance and inward qualities are not uniform, whose outward behavior is only for showing. In the beginning of Islam, these people were of two kinds.
- Those persons, who used to say themselves Muslims, but actually they were infidels by hearts.
- The people, who were infidels, but they wished to keep association, union and friendly relationship with the Muslims.
Now the discussion about the second kind of group begins.
In the beginning of Islam, some people had not embraced Islam, but they used to tie friendship and love with the Muslims. They desired that whenever Muslims fight against the infidels, they should leave them considering their friends, and their wealth and lives might be remained safe. When it was known that their aim is only to save themselves from any kind of loss and to hurt the Muslims, then the Muslims became two parties. One of them used to say, “we should give up meeting the fiends of their own intentions cordially”. The other party used to say, “What do they mar us? May be some of them become Muslims in imitation”.
It has been declared in this verse that it was useless to meet the selfish people cordially. Their deeds are too much bad that Allah Almighty has kept them deprived of such blessing like Islam and returned them towards infidelity. Nobody can guide them towards the Straight Path, to whom Allah Almighty sends astray due to punishment of their wicked deeds. Actually, they wish to bring you also back to infidelity. But you have embraced Islam and even left your birth-place. Therefore, as long as they also do not leave their native land and do not get ready to sacrifice their wealth and property, wives and children, rest and comfort (even everything), you should never make them friends.