Quran 2 - 56 (Lesson – 87)
Life after death
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
56. Then We revived you after your extinction, that ye might give thanks.
56. Summa ba-‘asNaakum-mim-ba’-di mawtikum la-‘allakum tash-kuruun.
God Almighty is causing to remember the Children of Israel His favors one by one, so that they should give up evil deeds keeping these favors in view and come back unto the straight path.
In this verse, previous incident has been being explained constantly. When a group from the Children of Israel said to the Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him), “We will see Allah Almighty with our apparent and material eyes manifestly”, the lightning seized them due to this arrogance and they all died. When Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) saw them dead, He called upon God Almighty and prayed, “O my Lord! I brought these people to witness before the Children of Israel. Now they have died. What shall I reply the nation and produce before them argument? Then Allah Almighty brought them to life again.
God Almighty has drawn their attention towards that fact in this verse and Commanded that they should remember His favor: Then We revived you after your extinction, that ye might give thanks”. There is only one way to give thanks to God Almighty, “Obey His Commandments leaving the path of infidelity and depravity.”
It appears from this incident that arrogance in the Court of God Almighty and unreasonable demands from Him is biggest sin and its punishment is very painful. Those people wished to see God Almighty with their material eyes, whereas, it was impossible for the human being till the time living in this world and they were punished due to this arrogance.
So, we should accept and believe in every commandment and order of Allah Almighty and His last Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon Him) also without any doubt and dispute. We should never try to grow any fault finding, criticism and argument in it unnecessarily, because it becomes habit of the human being to find faults in every matter. The individuals who become habitual of finding faults, they shirk from work always. They are rich of talking only.