previous verses, the entire human beings have been reminded that every
individual is responsible to know Allah Almighty. He should not consider his
Lord to any other, being entangled in imitation for anyone else, but should
believe that his Lord is God Almighty only.
If he has not stained
his soul by imitating the people, then there is no reason of his denial from admitting
after knowing Allah Almighty that He is his Lord. His soul has accepted before
his coming in this world in front of Allah Almighty that “You are my Lord”. Now
in this verse, condition of those people is being described who forget
everything being entangled in the greed of casual benefits of this world, and
begin to consider their guardian, patron and a giver to any individual or
thing. They hear and see the Revelations of God Almighty, examine His Tokens
continuously but disregard them totally.
commanded: O Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him)! Recite
unto all of them; the tale of that individual whom We gave Our Revelations,
from which, he knew clearly that everything is in the obedience of Allah
Almighty. But when the time of trial came, he could not perform according to
his knowledge and opposed to the Revelations. He became blind; being entangled
in the greed of the world. Satan is on the look out for such occasions. He pursued
him closely in spite of everything and brought him nowhere by seducing. Consequently,
his name was deleted from the list of those who are righteous and was written
in the list of those who went astray and perverse.
regard, the Commentators differ that who was that person? Maximum of them have
told that his name was Bal-‘am bin Baa-‘uur.
This man was living during the period of Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him). He was
a great devout person and an adorer of God Almighty. His supplication was
accepted immediately. He knew well-efficiently that Moses (peace be upon Him)
was a Messenger of Allah Almighty. Even then, the enemies of Moses (peace be
upon Him) prepared him by giving many rarities that he should imprecate for Moses
(peace be upon Him). And he was ready due to the greed of wealth and riches.
But it is clear
that we have no concern with the name of that individual. Those signs which
have been described, were found in many earlier people also. And today too,
there is no deficiency of the people like him, who choose intentionally the
wrong way and destroy their Hereafter being entangled in the greed of worldly
goods. We should take a warning from such kind of people and hold the Straight
Path fast by spurning the avarice and desire.
Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from
Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall,
Published by PaakCompany,
17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to
English by Muhammad Sharif)