Nouman Ali Khan – Surat Al-Baqarah – Part 37

Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan begins his lecture with an explicit elaboration on Ayats 103 and 104 of the magnificent Surah Al Baqarah.

Regarding Ayat 103, the Ustadh explains that If the jews had followed the principles of Islam, instead of following Shaytan and practising sorcery, they would have got its reward from Allah.

The Jews had believed in the Deen without a doubt, but they did not guard themselves against evil and did not take a detour from the things forbidden by Allah. Henceforth, Allah did not attach any importance to their belief and they were called the disbelievers and were abstained from the rewards and profits that Allah would have given them rather than what they tried to seek through sorcery.

Elucidating about Ayat number 104 of Surah Al Baqarah, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan says that during the time of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, some of the Bani Israel invented a new way to make fun of the Prophet ﷺ as is said in the Ayat,

“O you who believe, do not say Ra’ina, but say Unzurna, and listen. And for the unbelievers, there is a grievous punishment.”

“Ra’ina” in Arabic means “be mindful of us”, but in Hebrew, the word is a curse. The Arabs and Muslims, not knowing the double intention of the Bani Israel, also began to address the Prophet ﷺ with this word, much to the great glee of the Bani Israelis. Therefore, Allah (SWT) commands Muslims to address the Prophet ﷺ by using the word Unzurna. What did the word mean? Listen intently to find out.