Juz 30 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah Al-Ma’un Ayaat 6 – 7

Ayah 6 – 7
الَّذِينَ هُمْ يُرَآءُونَ 

“Those who make show [of their deeds]”

Imam Ahmad recorded from `Amr bin Murrah that he said, “We were sitting with Abu `Ubaydah when the people mentioned showing-off. A man known as Abu Yazid said, “I heard `Abdullah bin `Amr saying that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Whoever tries to make the people hear of his deed, Allah, the One Who hears His creation, will hear it and make him despised and degraded.” From what is related to his statement,

الَّذِينَ هُمْ يُرَآءُونَ

is that whoever does a deed solely for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, but the people come to know about it, and he is pleased with that, then this is not considered showing off.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala ends this Surah by saying,

وَيَمْنَعُونَ الْمَاعُونَ 

“And withhold [simple] assistance.”

This means that they do not worship their Lord well, nor do they treat His creation well. They do not even lend that which others may benefit from and be helped by, even though the object will remain intact and be returned to them. These people are even stingier when it comes to giving Zakah and different types of charity that brings one closer to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Al-Mas`udi narrated from Salamah bin Kuhayl who reported from Abu Al-`Ubaydin that he asked Ibn Mas`ud radhiAllahu ‘anhu about Al-Ma`un and he said, “It is what the people give to each other, like an axe, a pot, a bucket and similar items.”

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make us among those who share their wealth and ‘rizq’ with others and do not hold back simple assistance. May we treat others with kindness especially when they are in need of our help, aameen.

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