Lesson – 73
Prohibition from hiding the Truth
Surah ‘Al-‘Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 42 of 286, Section – 5 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
42. And confound not truth with falsehood, and do not conceal the truth knowingly.
42. Wa laa talbisul-Haqqa bil-baatili wa taktumul-Haqqa wa ‘antum ta’-lamuun.
Laa talbisuu – (do not confound). This word has been derived from labasa, which means “to mix up a thing with any other, so that, it may become difficult to distinguish among them i.e. to expose the false as true or to coat the lie as such that it appears like really true.
Taktumuu – (do not conceal). This word has come out from the word katama. Meaning of katama is to conceal. There are two ways to change the Commands of God Almighty, which are as under:
• Changing the meaning or the word itself.
• Concealing the truth.
The Children of Israel used both methods to change the foretelling about the teachings of the Heavenly Scriptures and the last Messenger, Muhammad (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam). Due to destruction of Torah, some commandments of God Almighty had been disappeared or lost, then which commands remained in existence, those were changed by these people for the sake of their own convenience for time being.
At the time of ascension of Islam, the scholars from the Children of Israel had ruined the remaining form of their religion. They used to change the commandments of those Celestial Scriptures according to their wishes. Which Scriptures had been lost, they had produced self written books with the names of those Heavenly Books. Often, after writing paraphrase and explanation, these were mixed up with the original text and they did not use to mark any difference between the two. The scholar, priest or monk, who had the Heavenly Commandments, he used to reduce or increase it for the sake of any worldly temptation or earnings greed.
The entire signs and foretelling regarding the birth and prophet-hood of the last Messenger, Muhammad (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) did exist in their Holy Books. But when He (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) was born, they began to hide these all signs due to burning in the fire of their jealousy and began to narrate from some of them by perverting. So, God Almighty commanded, “Confound not truth with falsehood, and do not conceal the truth knowingly. Due to your depravity, other people go astray also.”
Purpose of discussion regarding important incidents of the history in respect of the Children of Israel, which Holy Qur’an describes, is that the Jews might be informed about their evils on one side, and on the other hand, the Muslims should be caused to understand properly that there is no scope in the religion for these kinds of misguidance. So, we should meditate in these events, which our Lord, Allah Almighty has revealed for us in the Holy Qur’aan, and the rising and wretchedness of the Children of Israel. We should not cause to grow the badness and evils in ourselves like this.