004 - Soorah an-Nisaa. - (The Women) - [Madanee]

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[004:148] Allh does not like that the evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged. And Allh is Ever All-Hearer, All-Knower.


[004:149] Whether you (mankind) disclose (by good words of thanks) a good deed (done to you in the form of a favour by someone), or conceal it, or pardon an evil, ... verily, Allh is Ever Oft-Pardoning, All-Powerful.


[004:150] Verily, those who disbelieve in Allh and His Messengers and wish to make distinction between Allh and His Messengers (by believing in Allh and disbelieving in His Messengers) saying, "We believe in some but reject others," and wish to adopt a way in between.


[004:151] They are in truth disbelievers. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating torment.


[004:152] And those who believe in Allh and His Messengers and make no distinction between any of them (Messengers), We shall give them their rewards; and Allh is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.


[004:153] The people of the Scripture (Jews) ask you to cause a book to descend upon them from heaven. Indeed, they asked Ms (Moses) for even greater than that, when they said: "Show us Allh in public," but they were struck with thunderclap and lightning for their wickedness. Then they worshipped the calf even after clear proofs, evidences, and signs had come to them. (Even) so We forgave them. And We gave Ms (Moses) a clear proof of authority.


[004:154] And for (breaking) their covenant, We raised over them the Mount and (on the other occasion) We said to them: "Enter the gate prostrating (or bowing) with humility;" and We commanded them: "Transgress not (by doing worldly works) on the Sabbath (Saturday)." And We took from them a firm covenant.




(V.4:154) Narrated Abu Hurairah [radhi-yAllhu 'anhu]: Allh's Messenger [sal-Allhu 'alayhi wa sallam] said, "It was said to Ban Israel, 'Enter the gate (of the town) bowing with humility (prostrating yourselves) and say: 'Repentance', but they changed the word and entered the town crawling on their buttocks and said: 'A wheat grain in the hair'*."

[Sahih Al-Bukhri, 4/3403 (O.P.615)].

* They said so just to ridicule Allh's Order as they were disobedient to Him. So Allh punished them severely by sending on them punishment, most probably in the form of (an epidemic of) plague. (See Tafsir At-Tabari).


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