Lesson # 660 From Holy Qur’aan
Bahira, Sa-‘ibah, Wasilah and Ham’i
‘Al-Maaa-‘idah (the Table Spread) – Chapter – 5)–Stage - 2
Verses –102 & 103 of 120, Section – 14 of 16 (Part - 7)
In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
102. A folk before you asked (for such disclosers) and then disbelieved therein.
103. Allaah hath not appointed anything in the nature of a Bahirah or a Sa’ibah or a Wasilah or a Ham’i, but those who disbelieve invent a lie against Allaah. And most of them have no sense.
102. Qad sa-‘alahaa- qawmum-min- qablikum summa ‘asbahuu bihaa kafiriin.
103. Maa ja-’alAllaahu mim bahiira-tinw-wa laa saaa-‘ibatinw-wa laa wasiilatinw-wa laa haaminw-wa laakin-nallaziina kafaruu yafta-ruuna ‘alAllaahil-kazib. Wa ‘aksaruhum laa ya’-qiluun.
Allaah Almighty commands that there was a folk before you, who asked about such disclosers, which were not made unlawful clearly, when they were replied then they knew that it was difficult to act upon them, so they denied from believing into them.
At first, they met with difficulty due to asking the command about such a matter, which was left only for their easiness. Secondly, when they were bidden to do as commanded, they felt trouble in its procedure compliance and refused to obey this order, and became disbelievers.
In the second verse, it has been forbidden from another absurd tradition of the idolaters, due to which, such lawful things were used to make unlawful by them, which were not made unlawful by Allaah Almighty. For example; they used to give up drinking the milk of any animal and say that it was left on the name of so and so idol. Only that particular idol was authorized to reap advantage from those ‘free’ animals, as now a day too, any male buffalo, bull or stallion etc. is set free.
These animals had separate names. The Bahirah was a female camel whose ears were cut; one would not allow his wife, daughters, or any of his household to benefit from its wool, hair or milk. But, if it died, they would share it. The Sa'ibah was a female camel, let loose for free pasture for the idols, and nothing was allowed to be carried on it. As for the Wasilah, it was the female camel that gives birth to twelve offspring females without any male camel’s birth in between the twelve. When female camel delivered for the thirteenth time, they would cut its ears and saying, It has Wasalat (connected deliveries),' and they would not slaughter it, hit it or prevent it from drinking from any pool. Ham’i was the male buffalo, bull or stallion etc. which was father of many offspring.
This all was done to please the idols, but along with it they used to say too that Allaah is also pleased due to these deeds. It is commanded that Allaah Almighty has not appointed anything in this nature (as explained above). They invent a lie and most of them have no sense, who say it the order of Allaah Almighty.