The news of former people
Lesson # 1108 from Holy Qur-’aan
The news of former people
Surah ‘TAWBAH or BARAAA-‘AH (REPENTANCE) – Chapter – 9)
Stage – 2, Verse – 70 of 129, Section – 9 of 16 (Part – 10)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
70. Hath not the news of those before them reached them – the folk of Noah, Aad, Thamud, the folk of Abraham, the dwellers of Madian and the over thrown cities? Their Messengers (from Allah) came unto them with proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty). So Allah sure wronged them not, but they did wrong themselves.
70. ‘Alam ya’-tihim naba-‘ulla-ziina min qablihim qawmi- Nuuhinw-wa ‘Aadinw-wa Samuuda, wa qawmi ‘Ibraahiima wa ‘As-haabi Madyana wal-Mu’-tafikaat. ‘Atat-hum Rusuluhum bil-bayyi-naat. Famaa kaa-nAllaahu liyaz-limahum wa laakin kaanuuu ‘anfusa-hum yaz-limuun.
God Almighty commanded in the previous verse that condition of habitual negligence of the Hypocrites and being entangled only in pleasantness of this life by them, is the same as of those disobedient people, who were before them. Whereas, how much portion of the world has been given to them, certainly that is very less than that, which was given to those who passed away before them. But lifestyle of these people is the same as of those. Considering that only this world is everything, and their thinking that “being entangled in the temporal confusions is the actual gain of life” is just like those people who have passed away.
Ultimately, they should think about the consequence of ancient people. How they have become fearless from it that they may also suffer from disasters as the old people suffered. In this verse, the intention has been drawn particularly unto those special nations, which belonged to former times.
It is commanded: How is it possible that these people would not have known the circumstances of those nations, which have elapsed in the countries around their country. The folk of Noah (peace be upon him) rebelled and they were ruined by a storm of water. The people of Aad were proud and arrogant, so they were destroyed by wind-storm. The Thamud became obstinate; therefore they were killed by an unseen scream. The folk of Madian, who are also called “As-haabul Aykah” fell with the face down by earthquake and thundering sound.
Stories of all above mentioned people were discussed in Surah ‘A’-raaf and further description will come about them in the next lessons also. Mu’-tafikaat is name of villages of the folk of Lot. Land of those people was overthrown and stones were rained over them.
Allah Almighty commands that those people were ruined due to their habitual negligence and intransigence. We did not wrong them, but they wronged themselves. The Hypocrites should fear “whether their resurrection may not be like them”.