Reflecting on Surah Al-Baqarah

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Reflecting on Surah Al-Baqarah

Surah Al-Baqarah contains many commandments regarding the acts of worship and interactions

with people.

The First Lesson

Allah says in Ayah: 67  in Surah Al-Baqarah

“And [recall] when Moses said to his people, “Indeed, Allah commands you to slaughter a cow.”

They said, “Do you take us in ridicule?” He said, “I seek refuge in Allah from being among the


In this Ayah, Allahعزوجل talks about the incident of the cow. Surah Al-Baqarah is called the cow.

When Musaعليه السلام said to his nation ‘No doubt it is Allah in fact commands you to slaughter a

cow’. Their first response was “Do you take us in ridicule?” ‘Do you take us for a joke, are you

kidding us? You want us to slaughter a cow? A murder just happened and your God’s response is

that we should slaughter a cow? This sounds a kind of ridiculous.’

Allah made it a story in The Quran to mention what their reaction was to Allah’s instructions.

A prophet is telling you on Allah’s behalf, to slaughter a cow. Whether or not that makes logical

sense to you or not, it’s Allah’s command and it’s validated because it is coming through His

messenger Musa عليه السلام.

But their response is ‘are you kidding?’ Actually, this is a timeless problem because this day you are

going to have people that hear of an instruction that is clearly from Allah’s messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم

and they will say, ‘Are you kidding me? Are you serious?’ That’s what Islam wants? That is what

Shari’ah says? That is what the Hadiths say? That is what Ayah says? No way, that doesn’t make


And this kind of reaction that makes Musa عليه السلام extremely upset so within the same Ayah He

said ‘I seek Allah’s refuge’. From what?

‘That I should be from those who lose their emotional control.’

Ignorant= Jahil جاهلis the opposite of A’qilعاقل, is someone who controls his emotions, Jahil is

someone who loses them.

This Ayah is not just a warning to those who make a mockery out of Allah’s commandments, on the

another hand, it is also a warning to those who deliver Allah’s message, who try to do the of the

Prophets, who when they say something on behalf of Allah عزوجل and it is mocked and ridiculed they

shouldn’t lose their cool. Because Musa عليه السلام immediately says I seek refuge of Allah that I

should be from those who lose their cool.

In other words, this would enrage him, and he doesn’t want to lose his temper because then he will

not be able to do his job.

So, carrying the message of Islam and giving advice for the sake of Allah requires a thick skin and

you’ll need to deal with some obnoxious people who will say some ridiculous things and you will

have to say I seek refuge in Allah from being among the ignorant.

May Allah makes us of those who never make fun of Allah’s commandments and who are able to

control their emotions and control.

The second lesson

Allah says in Ayah 254  in Surah Al-Baqarah

“O you who have believed, spend from that which We have provided for you before there comes a

Day in which there is no exchange [i.e., ransom] and no friendship and no intercession. And the

disbelievers – they are the wrongdoers.”

• Allahعزوجل commands His servants to spend for His sake, in the path of righteousness, from what

He has granted them so that they acquire the reward of this righteous deed in the Day of


• Allah عزوجل reminds us that the time to act and do righteous deeds is “now” because, on the Day of

Judgment, no one will be able to bargain on behalf of himself or ransom himself with any amount

from the earth’s fill of gold; nor will his friends or acquaintances to anyone benefit him. This is

similar to what Allah says in Surah Al-Mu’minun: 101

“So when the Horn is blown, no relationship will there be among them that Day, nor will they ask

about one another.”

Once caught by the punishment, one cannot be released on someone’s intercession, unless

Allahسبحانه وتعالى wills to forgive the person. Therefore, the time to act is now!

Why does Allahعزوجل keep encouraging us to spend in His cause?

• As stated in the beginning is that spending washes away the sins that we have committed

• Since most of us inherited religion from our parents and did not have to study or strive for it, we

do not know the value of being Muslim. We spend tons of money on whims and worldly

possessions but when it comes to spending in the cause of Allah عزوجلwe count our pennies and can

come up with several excuses for not spending on His cause.

• Do a small test when you get money from somewhere, what is the first thing that comes to your

mind? Generally, it is something related to the dunya: Buy new clothes, a new car, throw a dinner,

invite people, go on a vacation, etc. Why does the spending in the cause of Allah doesn’t come to our

mind first?

We can drive to shopping, restaurant, or a friend’s place but driving to a masjid or an Islamic class

is considered an expense?

How can Islam spread if people are not investing time and money in it?

People who invest their money in good causes (for the promotion of Islam) that money will benefit

them even after their death. Aren’t all of us in dire need of continuous good deeds?

Do not advertise your intention. Let it be a secret between you and Allah.

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