Quran Chptr 2-63 (Pt-1, Stg-1)(L–96)-درس قرآن
To tower the Mount above people
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
63. And (remember, O Children of Israel) when We made a covenant with you and caused the (Mount) Toor to tower above you, (saying): Hold fast that which We have given you, and remember that which is therein, that ye may ward off (evil).
63. Wa ‘iz ‘akhazNaa Miisaaqa-kum wa rafa’-Naa fawqakumut-Tuur. Khuzuu maaa ‘aatay-Naakum- bi-quwwatinw-waz – kuruu maa fiihi Ia-‘allakum tattaquun.
At-Tuur – (Toor), as per Arabic language, every mountain is calledToor. A particular Mountain in the peninsula of Sinai is also named as ‘Toor’. That is called “Jabal-ul-Toor” too.
‘Az–kuruu maa fiihi – (remember that which is therein), remember the subjects which exist in Holy Scripture Torah, so that you may act upon them. Acting upon them is the main necessity for remembering the commandments of God Almighty.
Tattaquun – (having fear of God) this word is from “Taqwaa”. To ward off evil and to pass the life carefully is called Taqwaa. That is called abstinence, control of the passions also. Who has good nature, is a well wisher and has a good disposition, is named “muttaqii”. Islam has stated it as a great excellence and perfection of mankind.
The Children of Israel used to demand obstinately to bring a genuine Book of Orders, so that they might act upon it. These people used to promise that they would follow completely on the religious matters. But when they were given the Scripture Torah, they began to oppose it and say that the Orders mentioned in Torah are very heavy and difficult. We cannot act upon them.
To challenge them from disobeying and violence, Allah Almighty ordered the Mount Toor which was elevated over their heads. Observing it, the Children of Israel began to shiver (for afraid of their death) and they had lost the courage of opposing, and then they admitted the Laws of Torah under compulsion.
At this stage, a covenant was taken from the Children of Israel, “You will neither dispute nor play the stratagems and argue to believe in the Holy Scripture “Torah”. They were also told to make the law of passing their lives according to the Orders and Commandments of this Heavenly Book, abide by them, so that fear of God Almighty is produced in their hearts and “ye may ward off (evil).”