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‘They were made to drink’


I haven’t put up a word analysis post for a while. Do forgive me inshaAllah. Here it goes. Just to add: you know sometimes, certain verses just hit you? This is one of them I want to share inshaAllah.

Surah AlBaqarah, verse 93, goes as the following:

 وَإِذۡ أَخَذۡنَا مِيثَـٰقَكُمۡ وَرَفَعۡنَا فَوۡقَڪُمُ ٱلطُّورَ خُذُواْ مَآ ءَاتَيۡنَـٰڪُم بِقُوَّةٍ۬ وَٱسۡمَعُواْ‌ۖ قَالُواْ سَمِعۡنَا وَعَصَيۡنَا وَأُشۡرِبُواْ فِى قُلُوبِهِمُ ٱلۡعِجۡلَ بِڪُفۡرِهِمۡ‌ۚ قُلۡ بِئۡسَمَا يَأۡمُرُڪُم بِهِۦۤ إِيمَـٰنُكُمۡ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤۡمِنِينَ  

 ‘And remember when we took a covenant from you and We lifted the mount of Tur over your heads saying: “Take what We have given you firmly and listen to our commandments.” You replied, “We have heard but we will not obey.” So much was the love of that calf in their hearts due to their unbelief. Tell them, “If you are real believers, then why does your faith prompt you to do such evil thoughts?” ‘ (93)

This verse is in reference to Bani Isra’eel and their taking the calf as worship. I’m just examining the underlined part of the verse inshaAllah. This part really hit me.

وَأُشۡرِبُواْ فِى قُلُوبِهِمُ ٱلۡعِجۡلَ بِڪُفۡرِهِمۡ‌ۚ

Glass of Water

Literally, this part should read ‘They were made to drink in their hearts the calf because of their disbelief.’ Why is the word ‘to drink’ used? In arabic, when feelings of love or hate are settled very much in a person’s heart, the word ‘sharab’ or ‘to drink’ is used. Think about it. When you drink something, it affects you directly. You feel the cool water go down your mouth, throat, stomach, and then the feeling spreads. It’s not limited. So what does this mean in context?

1. Bani Isra’eel are completely filled with love of the calf. That’s all they have and know.

2. They are absorbed with the love of the calf – so much so that they can’t take it out. Because of their kufr, their disbelief, this love has settled in their hearts.

SubhanAllah – it’s like they’re stuck. May Allah swt protect us from this state. May we be immsersed in love for Allah – rabbil alameen.


11 thoughts on “‘They were made to drink’

  1. Just another thought.. a very long one.. anyhoo
    from surat albaqarah

    275. Those who eat Ribâ[] (usury) will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaitân (Satan) leading him to insanity. That is because they say: “Trading is only like Ribâ (usury),” whereas Allâh has permitted trading and forbidden Ribâ (usury). So whosoever receives an admonition from his Lord and stops eating Ribâ (usury) shall not be punished for the past; his case is for Allâh (to judge); but whoever returns [to Ribâ (usury)], such are the dwellers of the Fire – they will abide therein.

    This is similar to what you said. When something is in you its so hard to take it out. Whoever gets addicted to ribaa’ they will have a hard time to get rid of it. They always say ‘Get rich or die trying’. Subhanallah this is an insanity, they are so in love with money!

    and this is why Allah swt place

    ayah 274 before it because He teaches us to spend in His way. Its hard as humans to comprehend that when you donate and you get back what you gave and even more.

    274. Those who spend their wealth (in Allâh’s Cause) by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

    and Allah assures us that He will

    276. Allâh will destroy Ribâ (usury) and will give increase for Sadaqât (deeds of charity, alms, etc.) And Allâh likes not the disbelievers, sinners.

    278. O you who believe! Be afraid of Allâh and give up what remains (due to you) from Ribâ (usury) (from now onward), if you are (really) believers.

    If you are a TRUE believer you will follow His laws. He ordained one thing and allowed another, so stay away from Ribaa!

    lastly if you do not follow this

    279. And if you do not do it, then take a notice of war from Allâh and His Messenger[] but if you repent, you shall have your capital sums. Deal not unjustly (by asking more than your capital sums), and you shall not be dealt with unjustly (by receiving less than your capital sums).

    ok i’m done! 🙂
    sorry for the lengthy reply 😉 lol

  2. SubhanAllah….That’s such a powerful image…
    Jazakialllahu khairan for sharing…
    And thanks Dania for the clarifications and examples 😉

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