Qur’an: The Cow (26 – 27)


(26 – 27)


Verily, Allâh is not ashamed to set forth a parable

even of a mosquito or so much more

when it is bigger (or less when it is smaller) than it.

And as for those who believe,

they know that it is the Truth from their Lord,

but as for those who disbelieve,

they say: “What did Allâh intend by this parable?”

By it He misleads many,

and many He guides thereby.

And He misleads thereby only those

who are Al-Fâsiqûn (the rebellious, disobedient to Allâh).


COMMENTARY:  A parable is a brief story used to teach some truth or moral lesson. What characters the parable uses to convey the truth is of little significance. The significance of a parable is in the truth or the moral lesson it conveys. The social personality would immediately recognize the true significance of a parable and, therefore, would be guided by it. But the antisocial personality would argue about what the parable means. He would get hung up in the story and its characters, and would never recognize the lesson embedded in it. Therefore, he will never receive the guidance provided through that parable.



Those who break Allâh’s Covenant after ratifying it,

and sever what Allâh has ordered to be joined

(as regards Allâh’s Religion of Islâmic Monotheism,

and to practise its legal laws on the earth

and also as regards keeping good relations with kith and kin),

and do mischief on earth, it is they who are the losers.


COMMENTARY:  Muhammad saw the majority in the Arabic society being oppressed by a few influential people at the top. These few didn’t care for the welfare of the rest of the society. For them, their personal interests were uppermost. Muhammad spoke against this oppression. He spoke of a society where the consideration of mutual survival was uppermost. He thus provided a powerful cause that appealed to the oppressed majority in the society of his time.

Muhammad further provided a simple interpretation to the religious beliefs of his time in support of his cause. This assured a tidal wave of agreement to his cause. At Madinah when Muhammad accused the influential Jews as having gone astray from their own religious beliefs, he had complete support from the society. He was thus able to overcome any opposition to the cause he espoused. Thus, Islam was born.


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  • anon  On August 21, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    fasiq—one who breaks the law
    fajir — one who takes wrong action
    kaffir—one who rejects “right belief”

    By the way—both Judaism and Islam are “religions of law”(jurisprudence)—laws(jurisprudence) are man-made but follow the Divine Guidance in their ethico-moral principles .


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