Friday, July 28, 2017

Trading during Hajj - Quran Chapter 2- 198a (Pt-2, Stg-1) (L-248) - درس قرآن

Quran Chapter 2- 198a (Pt-2, Stg-1) (L-248) - درس قرآن

Trading during Hajj

Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim. 
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast.)


(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.)

198a لَيْسَ عَلَيْكُمْ جُنَاحٌ أَن تَبْتَغُوا۟ فَضْلًا مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ ۚ

198a.  It is no sin for you that ye seek the bounty of your Lord (by trading).
198a.  Laysa   ‘alaykum   junaahun  ‘an-  tab-taguu  fazlam-mir-Rab-bikum.


Fazlan – (the Bounty of Lord) literally it means “excessive, too much, more”. Here it signifies towards the profit from trading, business, wealth and property. This word has been used in these meanings many times in Holy Qur’an.

A Companion of Holy Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) Ibne Abbas (God Almighty be pleased with him) says that during the times of ignorance ‘Akkaaz, Majnah and Zul-Majaaz were very big markets. During the days of Pilgrimage, trade and bargaining was at high level. After embracing Islam, the people considered that it is not reasonable to trade during the days of Hajj. They thought that the merchants who either bring their commodities to the bazaars of Minaa and Makkah or those camel drivers who bring their camels to Muzdalfah, Arfaat and Minaa for selling, their Hajj is not acceptable because where trade has entered, there is no worship anymore. Allah Almighty revealed this verse to remove this misunderstanding and cleared this matter until the Last Day (the Day of Resurrection) that Islam is not against wealth, property or worldly things but It is against the acts which make any individual careless from thinking about the religion and the Doomsday.

As Islam is the Guarantor of prosperity and success of the Day of Resurrection, likewise; It desires also the people’s worldly prosperity and welfare. And this characteristic exists in Its every kind of worship. Even the parts of Ablution, Prayers, Congregational Prayers, Fasting, Zakaah (Poor-due) and Hajj increase the human’s worldly, material, physical, economical and political prosperity and welfare along with increasing his spiritual power.

The Muslims, who come from far flung areas for performing Hajj, move by land routes, air and sea. The People of Islamic nation get together from different parts of the world. At this occasion; there can be gotten uncountable economical and commercial benefits. Keeping in view these things, Holy Qur’an permitted it that the Pilgrims’ real purpose of this Visit should be Hajj only and if they do some trade also along with it, then it is not a wrong or sin. However it is necessary that the trade shouldn’t become the object.

Saying the sentence of mir-Rab-bikum it has been told also that which livelihood or benefits you get, these aren’t the result of your personal efforts or labor. It is the Bounty of Allah Almighty only. He gives you with His blessings. Therefore, bear in mind during trading and business that whatever benefits you will get, is from God Almighty.
Every that work; which is performed by any individual in accord with Commands of God Almighty and he doesn’t disobey Him, Islam counts it a worship and doesn’t say it against the religion. The things, from which; Islam forbids, are - hoarding, raising prices, unlawful trading and illegal business.

Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).