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Children of Israel reached the coast across the sea
Lesson # 916 from the Noble Quran
Children of Israel reached the coast across the
Surah ‘A’-RAAF(The Heights) – Chapter – 7)
Stage – 2, Verses – 138 & 139 of 206,
Section – 16 of 24 (Part - 9)
In the name ofAllah, the Beneficent, the
138. And We brought
the Children of Israel across the sea, and they came unto a people who were
given up to idols which they had. They said: O Moses! Make for us a god even
as they have gods. He said: Lo! ye are a folk who know not.
139. Lo! as for
these, their way will be destroyed and all that they are doing is in vain.
haaa-‘ulaaa-‘i mutab-barum-maa hum
fiihi wa baa-tilum-maa kaanuu ya’-maluun.
Ya’-kufuuna – (have been
restrained), this word has been derived from ‘akafa, which means “to sit a side and giving full attention
towards one point”. The word ‘A’-takaaf
has been made also from it, which means “Restraining, curbing one’s passion
from religious motives continuing in the Mosque (particularly at Makkah), sitting by oneself in a mosque
and think of God (Allah) Almighty”.
‘Asnaa-min – (idols), it
is plural of sanam. Any image or
thought, which is displayed in a form of any statue or idol; is called Sanam. The idol, to which these people
used to worship, was of a cow, which is a collection of useful thing for the
mankind. In the beginning, the people used to keep its statue in front to show
the idea of “Lord”. Then they forgot “Lord” and began to worship it.
‘Al-bahru – (Sea or
river), the aim from this word ‘Al-bahru is, that branch of “The Red Sea”
which is in the middle of Egypt and Sinai Peninsula. When the Children of
Israel flew away from Egypt under the command of Prophet Moses (peace be upon
Him), they reached the coast across the Sea with the Grace of God Almighty. They
saw there some people, who were going to worship an idol, which was lying
before them. They also though: What is problem in it if, we worship God and retain
any statue in front of us to keep the thinking at one point? Therefore, they
came unto Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) and said: We should also be
permitted to make the countenances, statues and idols as they have made, so
that, we should worship keeping them in front.
(peace be upon Him) replied them: You don’t know that what harm does exist in
it. Listen! That, which they have been doing, is baseless absurdity and it shall
be finished one day, because there is a lot of loss and harm in it, without any
benefit. The Children of Israel had been dwelling in Egypt for a long time
between the idol worshipers. When they saw the people here worshiping idols,
the same passion was born into them again. Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him)
said to them: It is a net of polytheism. It is our duty to remove it.
Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from
Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall,
Published by PaakCompany,
17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to
English by Muhammad Sharif)