Al-Maidah · Juz 6 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah al-Ma’idah Ayah 43

In ayah 43, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala chastises the Jews for their false ideas and deviant desires to abandon what they believe is true in their Book, and which they claim is their eternal Law that they are always commanded to adhere to. Yet, they do not adhere to the Torah, but they prefer other laws over it, although they believe that these other laws are not correct and do not apply to them.

وَكَيْفَ يُحَكّمُونَكَ وَعِندَهُمُ التَّوْرَاةُ فِيهَا حُكْمُ اللَّهِ ثُمَّ يَتَوَلَّوْنَ مِن بَعْدِ ذلِكَ وَمَآ أُوْلَـئِكَ بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ

“But how do they come to you for a decision while they have the Torah, in which is the decision of Allah; yet even after that they turn away. For they are not believers.”

The Jews rejected the Prophet sallAllahu aalyhi wa sallam claiming that they already have a Book and they don’t need to believe in him. But when they sort a ruling other than what was present in their Book, they came to him. When he gave them the same ruling as present in the Torah, they refused to accept it.

Such people are not believers. They neither believed in the Prophet sallAllahu aalyhi wa sallam nor did they believe in their own Scripture.

LESSONS:

– A person who asks a fatwa from an alim seeking ruksah, he has resemblance to the disbelievers. A true believers says, “I hear and I obey” and not that he keeps searching for one mufti after another in order to get a fatwa that suits his desires.

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