Quran 2 - 55 (Lesson – 86)
One more arrogance of the Jews
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
55. And when ye said: O Moses! We will not believe in thee till we see Allah manifestly; and even while ye gazed the lightning seized you.
55. Wa ‘iz qultum yaa-Muusaa lan-nu’-mina laka hattaa narAllaaha jahratan- fa-‘akhazat-kumus-saa-‘iqatu wa ‘antum tanzuruun.
Naraa – (we will see). Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) brought chosen seventy persons from the Children of Israel on the Mountain Sinai for listening to the Speech of God Almighty. When they heard the Word, they said, “O Moses! We do not believe in listening from the veil. Show us with open eyes.
‘Akhazat-kumus-saa-‘iqatu – (the lightning seized you). The Children of Israel were falsifying the words of Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) and claiming that they desired to see God obviously, otherwise they would not believe in Him. So they were punished as the lightning fell suddenly upon them due to which their eyes were dazzled and their eyesight became unable to see anything.
It has been discussed earlier that when Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) went on the Mountain Sinai for obtaining Guide Book (Torah) for the Children of Israel, then they began worshiping the calf in His absence and involved in plurality of God. When He returned, it was announced by God Almighty that they should kill one another as punishment of plurality with Him. Then they began killing one another. At that time God, the Most High relented and their penitence was accepted.
After that, seventy old-men from the Children of Israel demanded that they would go on the Mount of Sinai with the Prophet Moses to hear the Speech of God Almighty. Prophet Moses brought them with Himself. He instructed them to stay in the feet of Mountain and went on the Mountain Himself. God Almighty spoke with the Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) and after returning He told them. Then they said, “We wish to see God Almighty with our sight”.
Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore and translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif.