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Allah says:

)وَاسْأَلْهُمْ عَنِ الْقَرْيَةِ الَّتِي كَانَتْ حَاضِرَةَ الْبَحْرِ إِذْ يَعْدُونَ فِي السَّبْتِ إِذْ تَأْتِيهِمْ حِيتَانُهُمْ يَوْمَ سَبْتِهِمْ شُرَّعًا وَيَوْمَ لَا يَسْبِتُونَ لَا تَأْتِيهِمْ كَذَلِكَ نَبْلُوهُمْ بِمَا كَانُوا يَفْسُقُونَ * وَإِذْ قَالَتْ أُمَّةٌ مِنْهُمْ لِمَ تَعِظُونَ قَوْمًا اللَّهُ مُهْلِكُهُمْ أَوْ مُعَذِّبُهُمْ عَذَابًا شَدِيدًا قَالُوا مَعْذِرَةً إِلَى رَبِّكُمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ * فَلَمَّا نَسُوا مَا ذُكِّرُوا بِهِ أَنْجَيْنَا الَّذِينَ يَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ السُّوءِ وَأَخَذْنَا الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا بِعَذَابٍ بَئِيسٍ بِمَا كَانُوا يَفْسُقُونَ * فَلَمَّا عَتَوْا عَنْ مَا نُهُوا عَنْهُ قُلْنَا لَهُمْ كُونُوا قِرَدَةً خَاسِئِينَ * وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكَ لَيَبْعَثَنَّ عَلَيْهِمْ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ مَنْ يَسُومُهُمْ سُوءَ الْعَذَابِ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَسَرِيعُ الْعِقَابِ وَإِنَّهُ لَغَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ * وَقَطَّعْنَاهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ أُمَمًا مِنْهُمُ الصَّالِحُونَ وَمِنْهُمْ دُونَ ذَلِكَ وَبَلَوْنَاهُمْ بِالْحَسَنَاتِ وَالسَّيِّئَاتِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ(

This can be translated as:

"And ask them about the town that was by the sea - when they transgressed in [the matter of] the sabbath - when their fish came to them openly on their sabbath day, and the day they had no sabbath they did not come to them. Thus did We give them trial because they were defiantly disobedient. And when a community among them said, "Why do you advise [or warn] a people whom Allah is [about] to destroy or to punish with a severe punishment?" they [the advisors] said, "To be absolved before your Lord and perhaps they may fear Him." And when they forgot that by which they had been reminded, We saved those who had forbidden evil and seized those who wronged, with a wretched punishment, because they were defiantly disobeying. So when they were insolent about that which they had been forbidden, We said to them, "Be apes, despised." And [mention] when your Lord declared that He would surely [continue to] send upon them until the Day of Resurrection those who would afflict them with the worst torment. Indeed, your Lord is swift in penalty; but indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful. And We divided them throughout the earth into nations. Of them some were righteous, and of them some were otherwise. And We tested them with good [times] and bad that perhaps they would return [to obedience]."  (Q7:163-168)


The above verses tell the story of the people of Sabbath or the Sabaath transgressors, and a summary of this story is that there was a Jewish village located on the shore of the sea (the sea of Ilyah). Allah the Almighty had commanded the Jewish residents of this village not to go fishing (hunting whales and fish) on Saturday, while they are permitted to do so the rest part of the week. Allah, God Almighty tempted them with this assignment; because the  fish kept away from there reach in the days hunting was allowed while they (the fish) came up in voluminous numbers on Saturday (the Sabbath day) in which they were prohibited to hunt .


The devil whispered in the hearts of a group of people among them, and made them damn crazy about and bent on going to catch the fish, though in such a tricky way that they (in their thought) may not flout the divine instruction of Allah, not to go fishing on the Sabbath day. And they started reasoning how to circumvent the order of God. Until Shaytan (Satan) the Devil himself inspired them with a satanic cunning trick , which was that they would spread their nets on Saturday (the day they were forbidden to fish and in which the fish come out in numbers), and on Sunday, they go get what the nets have caught for them the previous day.


At this point, the villagers split into  two groups regarding this act:

The first group : they were the righteous preachers. They did their duty and discharged it well by calling onto the deviant hunters to God , and rebuked them for trying to trickishly flout  the orders of God not to hunt on Saturday.

The second group: they were the silent ones; they kept silent about the aggression of the aggressors , and went ahead blaming the righteous preachers, under the pretext that it was a waste of time and not useful to give advice to a lost and doomed, set of people ready to face Allah's tormented .

Finally, Allah's torment and punishment befell the disobedient while the righteous ones who kept warning the wrong doers to abstain from their wrong doings were safe from the punishment.

The following are some of the lessons which can be derived from their story:

1.    An establishment of the authenticity of the message and Prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him) because the news of these people, a past Jewish nation was only known to the Jews, but was being related to them by the Messenger of Allah, as revealed to him by Allah the Almighty.

2.    The essence, importance and virtue of enjoining good and forbidding evil. We notice that those who carried out this duty were safe from Allah's punishment.

3.    It also points to the obligatory nature of this duty of enjoining good and forbidding evil upon every single individual Muslim. And that one should mind his company by staying away from evil doers and abstaining from their ways because one is judges mostly according to those with whom he mingles .

4.    Denial of Allah's grace and favour; When the grace of Allah and His favour upon a people or nation is not being appreciated by them, it would lead to grievous consequences in the form of all sorts of temptations, tribulation and punishments from Allah the Almighty.

5.     The story supports and upholds the jurisprudential principle of Sad adh-Dharaai'ie; which is the prohibition of whatever could lead to Haram (sin). Hence, "whatever leads to Haram (a sin) is Haram (prohibited)".

6.    The perilous end of those who try to circumvent Allah's orders and commandments. As Muslims we say "We have heard and we obey" to the very best of our ability. One should never try to play tricks or pranks with the laws of Allah.

7.    Finally, we derive the universal lesson of learning from the past; the experiences of others. As it is widely said that learning from history is the best of learning for the wise.



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