A Goodly Loan
LESSON # 287 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
A Goodly Loan
BAQARAH – 2 (The Cow)
Verse –244-245 of 286, Section –32 (Part - 2)
244. Fight in the Way of Allah, and know that Allah is Hearer, Knower.
245. Who is it that will lend unto Allah a goodly loan, so that He may give it increase manifold for him? And Allah straiteneth and enlargeth. And unto Him ye will return.
244. Wa qaa-tiluu fii sabiilil-laahi wa’-lamuuu ‘annallaaha Samii-‘un ‘Aliim.
245. Man-zallazii yuqrizullaaha Qarzan Hasanan fa—yuzaa-‘ifa-huu lahuuu ‘az-‘aafan- kasiirah. Wallaahu yaqbizu wa yab-sut. Wa ‘ilayhi turja-‘uun.
‘Aliim – (Knower), it denotes that Allah Almighty knows the intentions of heart and announcements by tongue of those persons who try and strive in His Path and who don’t.
Qarzan Hasanan – (goodly loan) the loan, after which neither the debtor would be troubled, nor kindness would be shown, nor revenge would be taken and nor the debtor would be despised. In broad terms, it signifies also, each that amount which is spent in any respect of the religion. Here it aims the amount spent in fight (Ji-haad). The Arabs called every act of good remuneration as goodly loan and every act of bad remuneration as bad loan. Though, due to spending the wealth in Fight (Ji-haad) in the Way of Allah is returned many times more in the Hereafter, so this act of spending is determined by Holy Qur’an as goodly loan (Qarzan Hasanan).
fa—yuzaa-‘ifa-huu – (so that He may give it increase), it means ‘to increase the future reward and remuneration of this action’. Infinitive mood of this word is ‘Az-’aaf (to increase manifold).
Allah Almighty cleared by mentioning about a nation in the previous verse that control of life and death is only in His hand. So, you shouldn't run away due to fear of enemy. Now it is being ordered clearly for fighting in the Way of Allah (Ji-haad) that “Fight in the Path of Right Religion against its enemies”.
Arms and equipment, tools and other things are required for war (Ji-haad). So, God Almighty ordered those people who have power to afford it that they should spend their wealth whole heartedly. Allah Almighty will return their sacrifice by increasing it many times (manifold) in this world as well as on the Day of Resurrection. They should never think that due to spending the money in the Way of God Almighty they will become poor.