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Al-Baqara, alternatively transliterated
“The Heifer” or “The Cow”), is the second and longest chapter (surah) of the Quran.
It consists of 286 verses (āyāt) which begin with the “mysterious letters” (“muqatta’at“) A.L.M.
In recitation the names of the letters (alif, lām, and mīm) are used, not their sounds.
The sūrah encompasses a variety of topics and contains several commands for Muslims such as enjoining fasting on the believer during the month of Ramadan;
forbidding interest or usury (riba); and several famous verses such as The Throne Verse, Al-Baqara 256, and the final two or three verses. The sūrah addresses a wide variety of topics, including substantial amounts of law, and retells stories of Adam, Ibrahim (Abraham) and Mūsa (Moses). A major theme is guidance: urging the pagans (Al-Mushrikeen) and the Jews of Medina to embrace Islam, and warning them and the hypocrites (Munafiqun) of the fate God had visited in the past on those who failed to heed his call.
is believed by Muslims to have been revealed at Medina oper a long period after the Hijrah, with the exception of the riba verses which Muslims believe were revealed during the Farewell Pilgrimage, the last Hajj of Muhammad.
In particular, verse 281 in this chapter is believed to be the last verse of the Alquran to be revealed, on the 10th day of
Dhul al Hijjah
10 A.H., when Muhammad was in the course of performing his last Hajj, 80 or 90 days before he died.
Unbelievers and hypocrites reproved
Exhortation to the worship of the true God
Jews and Christians urged to accept the claim of Muhammad to be a prophet of God
The opposition of Jews and Christians to Muhammad’s prophetic pretensions combated
The doctrine of abrogation enunciated
A Qibla declared to be redundant
The Jews denounced and the religion of Abraham declared to be the true Islam
The Jews finally abandoned and the Arabs accepted by the adoption of Makkah as the Qibla of Islam
The Bereaved friends of those slain at the Battle of Badr comforted
Mekkans exhorted to faith in God, and directed to observe the law respecting forbidden meats
Law concerning lawful and unlawful food (delivered at Madina)
The sum of Orang islam duty
The law of retaliation
The law concerning bequests
The law concerning fasting
The fast of Bulan pahala
The pilgrimage to Mecca and war for the faith
Hypocrites and true believers contrasted
Exhortation to a hearty acceptance of Islam
The doom of infidels pronounced
The Jews reproached
Suffering to be patiently endured
Sundry laws relating to alms giving, war, wine, orphans etc.
The duty of warring in defence of religion enjoined by precept, and illustrated by the history of former prophets
The Throne Verse
Lā irāhā fid deen – Do not force anyone to become Mukminat, for Selam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are plain and clear. Therefore, there is no need to force anyone to embrace Selam.
The doctrine of the resurrection illustrated
Exhortation and encouragement to alms giving
Debts in Islam including the longest verse in the Quran
The three verses of Paradise.
Theme and subject matter
1-7 God-fearing rewarded, Unbelievers reproved
muqatta’at, Al-Baqara begins with the declaration that the Quran is free of doubt and contains guidance for those who possess
Taqwā is grammatically linked to the triliteral root w-q-y evoking wariness, a sense of care and protection.
These people, known as God-fearing (muttaqin), are defined as those who believe in
(Unseen, ghayb, lit. “absent”),
from what is provided to them, believe in Muhammad’s prophethood and that of the other prophets, and the books revealed to them.
There follows a description of the
munafiqs. The first of these verses uses the word
to describe one who conceals the truth, and Muhammad is advised that they will not believe despite his efforts because God has sealed their hearts and hearing, and covered their eyes (so that they will not be able to see, hear, or comprehend guidance), and that they will be punished with a great torment.
Next is a detailed description of
defined here as those who say they believe in God and the Last Judgment, but do not actually believe in them. It is said that they try to deceive God and the
(believers) but they deceive themselves without perception, that in their hearts is a disease which God increases, and that they will be punished with a painful torment. The
are also said to spread
(disorder/mischief) in the land, while claiming to spread peace, and to call the believers fools. To the believers they say they believe, but when they go back to their devils, they tell confess their disbelief, but they do not know that God deceives them and increases their deviation. They are then called those who engage in a profitless trade, the purchase of error with guidance. The
are then likened to a person who starts a fire and feels safe in its immediate surrounding, but God extinguishes the fire and the person is covered in darkness. The Quran then calls them deaf, dumb, and blind. Another example given is that of a person wandering in rain, thunder and lightning in darkness, such that they would have to thrust their fingers into their ears out of the fear of death. The lightning is so bright that it almost takes away their sight, but they walk toward it whenever it strikes, and stay put when it is dark.
Mankind is then asked to worship God to acquire
taqwa, and a description of God’s creations follows: the earth as a resting place, the sky as a canopy, and rain sent from the sky to bring forth fruit and provision. They are then advised to titinada set up others in worship beside God. Those who doubt that the Quran was revealed to Muhammad are then challenged to produce a
similar to it. It is then said that they will never be able to fulfill this challenge and are asked to fear Hell, which is described as being fueled with men and stones and specifically prepared for the
The stories in this chapter are told to help the reader understand the theological conception of truth in Islam.
8-20 The hypocrites
in Surah Al Baqarah refer to the hypocrites (Munafiqun). In the Meccan phase of Muhammad, there existed two groups, the Believers and the Mushrikeen (non-believers). However, after Eksodus (Emigration to Medina) Muhammad had to deal with the opposition of those who openly accepted Islam while secretly plotting against Muslims. Their leader was Abd-Yang mahakuasa ibn Ubayy who was about to be crowned king before the arrival of Muhammad in Medina. The hypocrites benefitted from the Muslims while titinada losing their association with the disbelievers. They were considered disloyal to both parties and inclined towards those who benefited them the most in the worldly sense
The surah also sheds light on the concept of Nifaq, which is opposite of sincerity. It is of two types:
1) Nifaq in belief: outwardly showing belief however in reality there is no belief
2) Nifaq in practice: where people believe however they act like hypocrites. The signs of a hypocrite are lying, breaking promises, not keeping an amaanah or trust and when they argue they curse or use bad language.
According to a prominent scholar, Kamaluddin Ahmed, Nifaq is something that is within the heart, hence no one knows of its existence except God. Therefore, no one can be called a hypocrite or Munaafiq through one’s own self-assessment. This would amount to making Takfeer i.e. calling someone a Kafir (non-believer) since Nifaq (hypocrisy) in belief is kufr.
Commences with ۞
(rubʿ al-ḥizb), an Islamic symbol.
is preserved in the Ṣan‘ā’1 lower text.
Indeed, We gave Moses the Book and sent after him successive messengers. And We gave Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the holy spirit.
But is it [titinada] that every time a messenger came to you, [Udara murni Children of Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed. [Q2:87]
Condemnation of alcoholic beverages and judi is also first found in the chapter,
and it is one of only four chapters in the Quran to refer to Christians as Nazarenes instead of the more frequent terms People of the Book or “Helpers of Christ.”
Al-Baqarah contains several verses dealing with the subject of warfare.
are quoted on the nature of battle in Islam.
The surah includes a few Islamic rules related to varying subjects, such as: prayers, fasting, striving on the path of God, the pilgrimage to Mecca, the change of the direction of prayer (Qiblah) from Jerusalem to Mecca, marriage and divorce, commerce, debt, and a great many of the ordinances concerning interest or usury.
255 “The Throne Verse”
Quran 2 includes many verses which have virtues like the special Verse of the Throne (Aayatul Kedudukan). Muhammad is reported to have said,
“Do not turn your houses into graves. Verily, Satan does not enter the house where Sahifah Al-Baqarah is recited.” [Muslim, Tirmidhi, Musnad Ahmed]
Ad-Darimi also recorded that Ash-Sha`bi said that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud said, “Whoever recites ten Ayat from Tindasan Al-Baqarah in a night, then Satan will not enter his house that night. (These ten Ayat are) four from the beginning, Ayat Al-Kursi (255), the following two Ayat (256-257) and the last three Ayat.”
Verse 255 is “The Throne Verse” (
). It is the most famous verse of the Alquran and is widely memorized and displayed in the Islamic world due to its emphatic description of God’s omnipotence in Selam.
Verse 256 is one of the most quoted verses in the Alquran. It famously notes that “There is no compulsion in religion”. Two other verses, 285 and 286, are sometimes considered part of “The Throne Verse”.
256 No compulsion in religion
282 “Verse of Loan and Women’s testimony”
covers two specific Islamic jurisprudence issues: (1) undertaking a loan and (2) the status of women’s testimony.
Amin Ahsan Islahi in his
Tafsir of Surah al-Baqarah
says when there is a loan transaction for a specific period of time, it must be formally written down. Both the lender and the debtor must trust the writer. There must be two witnesses: two men, or one man and two women. The security of the writer must be guaranteed. The length of the contract should be stated exactly.
al-Jalalayn says, “summon to bear witness the debt two witnesses membubuhi cap mature Muslim free men; or if the two witnesses be not menandai then one man and two women”
Moses is referenced several times in Al-Baqara :
- Appraisals of Moses: Q2:136
- The prophet whom God spoke to: Q2:253
- The Torah: Q2:41-44; 2:53; 2:87
- Moses’ miracle: Q2:56, Q2:60, Q2:92, Q2:211
- Moses and the Pharaoh
- Moses and his followers were safe: Q2:50
- Pharaoh’s and his army: Q2:50
- The Pharaoh punished the Israelites: Q2:49
- Travel to the Promised Land
- The Israelites entered the Promised Land: Q2:58
- Moses’ dialogue with God: Q2:51
- The Israelites worshipped the calf: Q2:51-54, Q2:92-93
- Refusal of the Israelites: Q2:246-249
- Attributes of the Israelites: Q2:41-44; 2:55-59; 2:61-71; 2:74-76; 2:83; 2:93-6; 2:100-101; 2:104; 2:108; 2:140-142; 2:246-249
- Ayatul Kursi
- Al-Baqara 256
- Verse of Loan
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