Lesson # 659 From Holy Qur’aan
Let the matters go on everyone’s own free will, which are neither lawful nor unlawful
‘Al-Maaa-‘idah (the Table Spread) – Chapter – 5)–Stage - 2
Verses –101 of 120, Section – 14 of 16 (Part - 7)
In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
O ye who believe! Ask not of things which, if they were made known unto you, would but trouble you; and if ye ask of them when the Qur’an is being revealed, they will be made known unto you. Allaah has pardoned this. And Allaah is Forgiving, Clement.
Yaaa-‘ayyu -hallaziina ‘aamanuu laa tas-‘aluu ‘an ‘ashyaaa-‘a ‘in-tubda lakum tasu’-kum. Wa ‘in tas-‘aluu ‘anhaa hiina yunazza-lul-Qur-‘aanu tubda lakum. ‘AfAllaahu ‘anhaa. WAllaahu Gafuurun Haliim.
Summary of that narration, which has been being described with effect from the last two sections, is that you should neither increase anything, nor decrease yourselves in the matters of the religion. Do that, about which you are enjoined to do and refrain from that, which has been forbidden.
Attention of the Muslims has been drawn towards another matter in this verse. Some people began to ask such questions that if they were made known, then those matters would have been framed as the laws of the religion, and it would have become indispensable to act upon them. So this kind of investigation has been prohibited. There is a chance of narrowing an open way in it, willing or unwilling.
Allaah Almighty says that it is necessary for the believers that they should not ask the questions about such things, due to which, either the labour may increase, or the grief and sorrow can be created, because at the time of Divine Revelation, every answer will be descended by inspiration. And then it would become incumbent to act according to the revealed command.
This is a facility from Allaah Almighty that a lot of matters have been left without illustration. Bear in mind along with it also that Allaah Almighty is Forgiving too. Actually it should be in the manner that everyone would have to be ready to act upon that which is commanded, and none should ask any question from one’s own side willing or unwilling about anything.
This verse has the same instruction, which has been accepted as the best method of framing the laws. That is to say; to make those things lawful, which are useful clearly, to prevent entirely from those things, which are harmful openly, and to let the remaining matters go on every person’s own free will, that one may decide oneself thoughtfully. This is the Way, which Islam has chosen. Alas! Either many people do not understand, or they do not act in accord with it, who understands.