Monday, July 15, 2013

Al Maedah:48

Assalamualaykum,

Why suddenly this surah? I have always wanted to know where does the phrase " فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ ۚ   " comes from. From which surah and verse. I frequently heard people using this phrase in their conversation and so do the asatizah in their preaching. When I come across this ayat this morning, I just need to mark it. So I think it it is wise to also share it.

In Tafseer Ibnu Katsir, these verses were the words of Allah that praises the Quran ul-kareem. And it is also a markor order from Allah SWT for his 'abd (mankind) to be guided by this kitab in all the doings.

(وَأَنْزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ مُصَدِّقًا لِمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَمُهَيْمِنًا عَلَيْهِ ۖ فَاحْكُمْ بَيْنَهُمْ بِمَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ ۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ عَمَّا جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ ۚ لِكُلٍّ جَعَلْنَا مِنْكُمْ شِرْعَةً وَمِنْهَاجًا ۚ وَلَوْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ لَجَعَلَكُمْ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً وَلَٰكِنْ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ فِي مَا آتَاكُمْ ۖ فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ ۚ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَرْجِعُكُمْ جَمِيعًا فَيُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ فِيهِ تَخْتَلِفُونَ) 
[Surat Al-Maeda : 48] via @QuranAndroid

English Translation:
And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee. For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced-out way. Had Allah willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He hath given you (He hath made you as ye are). So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ.

Melayu:
Dan Kami turunkan kepadamu (wahai Muhammad) Kitab (Al-Quran) dengan membawa kebenaran, untuk mengesahkan benarnya Kitab-kitab Suci yang telah diturunkan sebelumnya dan untuk memelihara serta mengawasinya. Maka jalankanlah hukum di antara mereka (Ahli Kitab) itu dengan apa yang telah diturunkan oleh Allah (kepadamu) dan janganlah engkau mengikut kehendak hawa nafsu mereka (dengan menyeleweng) dari apa yang telah datang kepadamu dari kebenaran. Bagi tiap-tiap umat yang ada di antara kamu, Kami jadikan (tetapkan) suatu Syariat dan jalan agama (yang wajib diikuti oleh masing-masing) dan kalau Allah menghendaki nescaya Dia menjadikan kamu satu umat (yang bersatu dalam agama yang satu), tetapi Dia hendak menguji kamu (dalam menjalankan) apa yang telah disampaikan kepada kamu. Oleh itu berlumba-lumbalah kamu membuat kebaikan (beriman dan beramal soleh). Kepada Allah jualah tempat kembali kamu semuanya, maka Dia akan memberitahu kamu apa yang kamu berselisihan padanya. 

This verse is also a mark that alQuran is the last kitab sent by Allah through His Messenger, Muhammad SAW and to disregard all the earlier kitab sent through other prophets.

Wallahua'lam.


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