Ordeal Of Crusaders
LESSON # 292 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
Ordeal Of Crusaders
BAQARAH – 2 (The Cow)
Verse –249a of 286, Section –33 (Part - 2)
And when Saul set out with the army, he said: Lo! Allah will try you by (the ordeal of) a river. Whosoever therefore drinketh thereof he is not of me, and whosoever tasteth it not he is of me, save him who taketh (thereof) in the hollow of his hand. But they drank thereof, all save a few of them.
Fa-lammaa fasala Taa-luutu bil-junuudi, qaala ‘innal-laaha mubtaliikum-bi-nahar. Faman-shariba minhu falaysa minnii. Wa mal-lam yat-‘amhu fa-‘innahuu miniii ‘illaa manig-tarafa gurfatam- bi-yadih. Fa-sharibuu minhu ‘illaa qaliilam-minhum.
Nahar – (canal), a river from which the army had to pass through. The name of this river is stated as Jordan River. Name of Hashmiite Government of the Eastern Jordan is also related to this river. It flows from north to south and drops down in to the Dead Sea.
man-shariba minhu – (whosoever drinks out of it), it means that the person who will drink water from this river bellyful, he will be disobedient and he will be expelled from my group.
gurfatam- bi-yadih – (in the hollow of his hand), that is to say; there will be permission only to drink the water quantity of which should not be more than a hollow of the hand for wetting the dry lips and quenching the thirst.
When the Saul (peace be upon him) set out with the Jews’ army to fight against Goliath, Allah Almighty fixed for them a test, which was that nobody would drink the water bellyful of Jordan River in the way.
No command and order from God Almighty is without advisability and wisdom. Surely any use and advantage is hidden for human being in each order and restriction. So it was not only a test but there were many advantages in this restriction respecting their health and character, which they could not understand at that time. However they knew it very soon.
Transliteration in Roman Script & English Translation of Holy Qur’an written by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore and Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated by Muhammad Sharif)