Lesson – 36
Second Likeness of the Hypocrites
Surah ‘Al-‘Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 19a of 286, Section – 2 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
19a. Or like a rainstorm from the sky, wherein is darkness, thunder and the flash of lightning. They thrust their fingers in their ears by reason of the thunder-claps, for fear of death.
19a. ‘Aw kasayyi-bim-minas-samaaa-‘i fiihi zulumaatunw- wa ra’-dunw- wa barq. Yaj-‘aluuna ’asaabi-‘ahum fiii ‘aa-zaani-him- minas-sawaa-‘iqi ha-zaral-mawt.
Kasayyi-bin – (Like a rainstorm), this word has come out from suub, which means “cloud or coming down of the rain”.
‘As-samaaa-‘i – (The skies), it has been derived from samu, which means “elevation, exaltation”. Every such thing which is at height whether that is clouds or skies, are included in it.
As we have discussed in a previous lesson that there are two kinds of hypocrites, first type of the people, who are severe enemies of Islam heartily but apparently they claim that they are Muslims. their likeness has passed in lesson # 34.
In this verse, second type of hypocrites is being explained. They neither enter in Islam wholeheartedly and nor give it up; due to their weak temperament. But they remain immersed in doubt and perplexity, and can’t decide altogether. Likeness of this kind of hypocrites is given with heavy rains. There are uncountable benefits in it. Barren land becomes fertile, crops begin to bloom, canals and stream-lets begin to flow. But along with it, there is thunder of clouds; which causes to tremble the hearts, and the flash of lightening also, which causes the eyes to be purblind. Very dark darkness spreads over everywhere. But still; despite these happenings, none is enemy of the rains.
Islam also came entirely with blessing like rains but there are some difficulties and restrictions too with it like prayer, fasting, paying the poor-due (Zakaah), pilgrimage, try and strive (Jihad) and other commands of Allah Almighty. The Hypocrites neglect and fear from these restrictions.
Whenever these people used to see advantages of Islam, they ran towards it but when the time came to sacrifice, they turned back. Would that they had abandoned their doubts, adopted one way and connected with Islam.