Al-Maidah · Juz 6 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah al-Ma’idah Ayah 29

The reply of Habeel continues,

إِنِّى أُرِيدُ أَن تَبُوءَ بِإِثْمِى وَإِثْمِكَ فَتَكُونَ مِنْ أَصْحَـبِ النَّارِ وَذَلِكَ جَزَآءُ الظَّـلِمِينَ

“Verily, I intend to let you draw my sin on yourself as well as yours, then you will be one of the dwellers of the Fire, and that is the recompense of the wrongdoers.”

Habeel said that by not even trying to kill you, I want you to end up with my sin and your sin. What is meant by my sin? Meaning the sin of killing me. And what is meant by your sin? The sins which were done before this.

Apparently, this may appear as a selfish reply but in reality this is an advice. Earlier we read the indirect way in which he tried to advise his brother. Now he is being direct. He straight away told his brother that if you kill me then you will end up in hellfire.


– In this ayah we learn the different ways of advising people. Initially, we should try to advice someone indirectly and when they don’t listen at all we can be direct. If we keep pinpointing their mistakes or shortcomings every day they will get agitated and may even turn rebellious. If however we tell them the same thing in an indirect way, they may be more open to counseling. A person should adopt that way which is appropriate according to the situation. Parents who keep scolding their children all the time, their children become stubborn. On the other hand, the parents who are gentle and yet firm, their children grow up to obedient and friendly children.

– Killing someone is the cause of entry into the hellfire. [May Allah save us from it, aameen]. No one has the right to take someone’s life, this is zulm. It is only Allah’s right to give or take away someone’s life.


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