Quran Chapter 2- 141 (Pt-1, Stg-1) (L-165) - درس قرآن
You will not be asked of others’ acts
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
تِلْكَ أُمَّةٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَلَكُم مَّا كَسَبْتُمْ وَلَا تُسْـَٔلُونَ عَمَّا كَانُوا۟ يَعْمَلُونَ (141
141. Those are a people who have passed away; theirs is that which they earned and yours that which ye earn. And ye will not be asked of what they used to do.
141. Tilka ‘Ummatun- qad khalat. Lahaa maa kasabat wa la-kum-maa kasabtum. Wa laa tus-‘aluuna ‘ammaa kaanuu ya’-maluun.
We have already learnt in this verse, which has passed in the previous lessons; and is being repeated here to warn the Children of Israel and the Christians. Their wrong beliefs have been rejected with the proof of common sense in it.
The People of the Scripture were very much proud of it that they were from the generation of the Prophets (peace be upon Them), who were strongly Accepted Servants of God Almighty. So they would not be punished due to their sins. Also the good acts of their Reverends would be useful for them and they would be forgiven freely and easily. So, they do not feel any particular need to be saved themselves from the sins and to incline unto the goodness.
Due to influence of this wrong belief, they used to consider that their sins and the matters against the religion were correct. And they did not use to distinguish among good and evil in their daily routine works and dealing. They used to think also that they were on the path, upon which, their reverends were standing already, so they have no need to believe in the last Messenger, Muhammad (glory, grace, blessings and peace be upon Him).
Allah Almighty adjudged conclusively that their wrong religious trends were null and void and commanded that He knows well about those people who have passed away. They were steadfast on the foundation of Unity. Neither they were Jews and nor Christians. They were only of Allah Almighty leaving all others.
Their goodness cannot be useful for you or any other individual. Only that goodness is useful for any person or nation which they earned. Good acts of a person can neither save any other and nor harm. So, Having trust in the acts of others is stupidity.
When a nation sits down, by having trust in the inheritance of their Reverends only and by leaving to do good acts, it becomes impossible for that nation to live, to acquire success and betterment. Many nations have been ruined and destroyed due to this misunderstanding. Our Lord! Keep us on the true religious trends and bestow us strength to do good acts.