Lesson # 741 From the Noble Quran
Reply - criticism by the idolaters
Surah ‘Al-‘An-‘aam (Cattle) – Chapter – 6)–Stage - 2
Verses –80 of 165, Section – 9 of 20 (Part - 7)
In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
80. His people argued with him. He said: Dispute ye with me concerning Allah when He hath guided me? I fear not at all that which ye set up beside Him unless my Lord willeth aught. My Lord includeth all things in His knowledge. Will ye not then remember?
80. Wa haaaj-jahuu qawmuh. Qaala ‘a-tuhaaaj-juuunnii FIillaahi wa qad hadaan. Wa laaa ‘akhaafu maa tush-rikuuna bihiii ‘illaaa ‘any-yashaaa-‘a Rabbii shay-‘aa. Wasi-‘a Rabbii kulla shay-‘in ‘ilmaa. ‘Afalaa tata-zakkaruun.
Haaaj-jaHuu – (argued with Him), its origin is Hujjah, which aims “to argue, to criticize, to adduce argument”. The word Muhaajjah has also been derived from it which means “to spoil the argument of others and emphasize one’s own argument”, result of which is nothing but a dispute. Therefore, aim of this word is “to criticize or to dispute”.
It is a characteristic of the human being that he settles a town along with other humankind mutually who are also alike him, and after a few days, those people of the town establish a style of living. Slowly and gradually, they become habitual in such a manner that they think never to leave it. This system of living mutually with one another is called the customs and the traditions.
Some affairs in the customs and traditions are right and some are wrong. To correct those wrong customs and traditions, Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon Them) were sent by Allaah Almighty. They faced hard that the people didn’t want to step back from those customs and traditions. They seemed their wrong customs and traditions as correct, and rejected the reforms adhered by the Messengers (peace be upon Them) and the Messengers (peace be upon Them) carried on the attempt to teach them.
Abraham (peace be upon Him) was Prophet of Allaah Almighty. He (peace be upon Him) observed that having faith in the liar gods has prevailed among the people and its correction is incumbent. It was described in the previous verses that He (peace be upon Him) determined that the idols, the stars, the moon, the sun and all other things are unable to be God.
Abraham (peace be upon Him) said to the people that they should give up worship of idols and ascribed partners of Allah Almighty, and believe in only one God, but they were accustomed to worship many gods. Therefore, they began to criticize Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) and said: How is it possible?
The dispute among Abraham (peace be upon Him) and His people has been described in this verse. It is commanded that His nation didn’t obey Him and began to argue. Abraham (peace be upon Him) said: You want Me to believe in the liar gods instead of Allaah Almighty like you, How can it be possible?
“Allaah Almighty has guided Me towards the right path of His acquaintance by showing His clear signs. So, I (peace be upon Him) find everything helpless before Him, then how can I consider them My God and Creator giving up Allah Almighty? Saying of you people, “If You will not acknowledge our gods then they will punish You angrily”. I don’t believe in them. I am sure that they can do nothing against Me, Neither they can profit Me nor hurt. However, Allah Almighty is Able to do whatsoever He desires, He is My Lord and He is well Aware of everyone’s necessities”.