Tafsir of Surah al-Baqarah 196-203: al-Tafsir al-Muyassar

This is the twentieth installment of our translation of al-Tafsir al-Muyassar‘s explanation of surah al-Baqarah, covering ayaat 196-203. This passage focuses on Hajj and sincerity in worship. See the series guide here for more information about this series and other installments.

وَأَتِمُّوا الْحَجَّ وَالْعُمْرَةَ لِلَّهِ ۚ فَإِنْ أُحْصِرْتُمْ فَمَا اسْتَيْسَرَ مِنَ الْهَدْيِ ۖ وَلَا تَحْلِقُوا رُءُوسَكُمْ حَتَّىٰ يَبْلُغَ الْهَدْيُ مَحِلَّهُ ۚ فَمَن كَانَ مِنكُم مَّرِيضًا أَوْ بِهِ أَذًى مِّن رَّأْسِهِ فَفِدْيَةٌ مِّن صِيَامٍ أَوْ صَدَقَةٍ أَوْ نُسُكٍ ۚ فَإِذَا أَمِنتُمْ فَمَن تَمَتَّعَ بِالْعُمْرَةِ إِلَى الْحَجِّ فَمَا اسْتَيْسَرَ مِنَ الْهَدْيِ ۚ فَمَن لَّمْ يَجِدْ فَصِيَامُ ثَلَاثَةِ أَيَّامٍ فِي الْحَجِّ وَسَبْعَةٍ إِذَا رَجَعْتُمْ ۗ تِلْكَ عَشَرَةٌ كَامِلَةٌ ۗ ذَٰلِكَ لِمَن لَّمْ يَكُنْ أَهْلُهُ حَاضِرِي الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ

Complete the Hajj and ‘Umrah for Allah. But if you are prevented, then offer what sacrificial animals can be easily attained. And do not shave your heads until the sacrificial animal has reached its place. Then whoever of you is sick or has an injury on his head, then his ransom is fasting or charity or sacrifice. Then when you are safe, whoever performs ‘Umrah followed by Hajj, then he should offer what sacrificial animal can be easily attained. But whoever cannot find one, then he should fast three days during the Hajj and seven once he goes back. That is a full ten days. That is for anyone whose family does not live around al-Masjid al-Haram. And have taqwa of Allah, and know that Allah is severe in punishment. [2:196]

وأدُّوا الحج والعمرة تامَّيْنِ، خالصين لوجه الله تعالى. فإن منعكم عن الذهاب لإتمامهما بعد الإحرام بهما مانع كالعدو والمرض، فالواجب عليكم ذَبْحُ ما تيسر لكم من الإبل أو البقر أو الغنم تقربًا إلى الله تعالى؛ لكي تَخْرُجوا من إحرامكم بحلق شعر الرأس أو تقصيره، ولا تحلقوا رؤوسكم إذا كنتم محصرين حتى ينحر المحصر هديه في الموضع الذي حُصر فيه ثم يحل من إحرامه، كما نحر النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم في الحديبية ثم حلق رأسه، وغير المحصر لا ينحر الهدي إلا في الحرم، الذي هو محله في يوم العيد، اليوم العاشر وما بعده من أيام التشريق. فمن كان منكم مريضًا، أو به أذى من رأسه يحتاج معه إلى الحلق- وهو مُحْرِم- حَلَق، وعليه فدية: بأن يصوم ثلاثة أيام، أو يتصدق على ستة مساكين لكل مسكين نصف صاع من طعام، أو يذبح شاة لفقراء الحرم. فإذا كنتم في أمن وصحَّة: فمن استمتع بالعمرة إلى الحج وذلك باستباحة ما حُرِّم عليه بسبب الإحرام بعد انتهاء عمرته، فعليه ذبح ما تيسر من الهدي، فمن لم يجد هَدْيًا يذبحه فعليه صيام ثلاثة أيام في أشهر الحج، وسبعة إذا فرغتم من أعمال الحج ورجعتم إلى أهليكم، تلك عشرة كاملة لا بد من صيامها. ذلك الهَدْيُ وما ترتب عليه من الصيام لمن لم يكن أهله من ساكني أرض الحرم، وخافوا الله تعالى وحافظوا على امتثال أوامره واجتناب نواهيه، واعلموا أن الله شديد العقاب لمن خالف أمره، وارتكب ما عنه زجر. ـ

196. Perform Hajj and ‘Umrah in times of safety sincerely for the sake of Allah. If you are prevented from completing either of these rituals by some factor such as an enemy or illness after entering the state of ihram for them, then you must sacrifice whatever animal such as a camel, cow, or sheep is easy for you to attain as an act of drawing close to Allah. This is so that you may exit from your state of ihram by shaving or cutting the hair on your head. But do not shave your heads when you have been detained until the detained person has sacrificed his sacrificial animal in the place where he has been detained; then he can exit his state of ihram. This is just as the Prophet made his sacrifice at al-Hudaybiyyah and then shaved his head. But those who are not prevented from completing the Hajj or ‘Umrah can only sacrifice their sacrificial animal in the Haram, which is the place for sacrifice on the day of ‘Eid, the tenth day, and the following days of Tashreeq. Then if any of you are sick or has an injury on his head which would require him to shave his head while in a state of ihram, then he should shave it and he will have to pay a ransom: fasting for three days, or giving charity to six poor people with each of them receiving half a sa’a of food, or sacrificing a sheep to give to the poor people of the Haram. But if you are in a state of security and health, then whoever would like to perform a tamatta’u ‘Umrah leading up to Hajj, and that involves being able to partake of the things that had been forbidden because of his state of ihram after completing his ‘Umrah, then he must sacrifice whatever kind of sacrificial animal is easy for him. But whoever cannot find a sacrificial animal to sacrifice, then he must fast three days during the months of Hajj and seven more days after completing the Hajj rituals and returning to his people. That is a full ten days that he must fast. That sacrificial animal and the fasting related to it are for those whose families are not residents of the Haram area. And fear Allah and be consistent in fulfilling His commands and avoiding His prohibitions, and know that Allah is severe in punishing those who go against His command and commit acts which they have been forbidden from doing.

الْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَّعْلُومَاتٌ ۚ فَمَن فَرَضَ فِيهِنَّ الْحَجَّ فَلَا رَفَثَ وَلَا فُسُوقَ وَلَا جِدَالَ فِي الْحَجِّ ۗ وَمَا تَفْعَلُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللَّهُ ۗ وَتَزَوَّدُوا فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَىٰ ۚ وَاتَّقُونِ يَا أُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

Hajj is during the well-known months. So whoever undertakes Hajj, then there is no sexual relations, no disobedience and no quarreling during Hajj. And whatever good you do, Allah knows it. And take up provisions, but the best of provisions is taqwa. And have taqwa of Me, O people of understanding.  [2:197]

وقت الحج أشهر معلومات، وهي: شوال، وذو القعدة، وعشر من ذي الحجة. فمن أوجب الحج على نفسه فيهن بالإحرام، فيحرم عليه الجماع ومقدماته القولية والفعلية، ويحرم عليه الخروج عن طاعة الله تعالى بفعل المعاصي، والجدال في الحج الذي يؤدي إلى الغضب والكراهية. وما تفعلوا من خير يعلمه الله، فيجازي كلا على عمله. وخذوا لأنفسكم زادًا من الطعام والشراب لسفر الحج، وزادًا من صالح الأعمال للدار الآخرة، فإن خير الزاد تقوى الله، وخافوني يا أصحاب العقول السليمة. ـ

197. The time of Hajj is during the well-known months, which are: Shawwaal, Dhu’l-Qa’dah, and the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah. So whoever makes the Hajj binding on himself but undertaking the ihram, then he has made sexual relations and the verbal and physical precursors to that forbidden for him, and he has made deviating from obedience to Allah by committing acts of disobedience forbidden for him, as well as any quarreling which would lead to anger and hatred during Hajj. And whatever good you do, Allah knows it and He will reward everyone for their deeds. And take provisions of food and drink for yourself while you travel to Hajj, as well as the provisions of good deeds for the journey to the hereafter, for the best provision is fearing Allah. And fear Me, O people of sound intellect!

لَيْسَ عَلَيْكُمْ جُنَاحٌ أَن تَبْتَغُوا فَضْلًا مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ ۚ فَإِذَا أَفَضْتُم مِّنْ عَرَفَاتٍ فَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ عِندَ الْمَشْعَرِ الْحَرَامِ ۖ وَاذْكُرُوهُ كَمَا هَدَاكُمْ وَإِن كُنتُم مِّن قَبْلِهِ لَمِنَ الضَّالِّينَ

There is no blame of you for seeking a bounty from your Lord. But when you depart from ‘Arafat, remember Allah at al-Mash’ar al-Haram. And remember Him as He guided you, for before that you were certainly misguided. [2:198]

ليس عليكم حرج في أن تطلبوا رزقًا من ربكم بالربح من التجارة في أيام الحج. فإذا دفعتم بعد غروب الشمس راجعين من عرفات- وهي المكان الذي يقف فيه الحجاج يوم التاسع من ذي الحجة- فاذكروا الله بالتسبيح والتلبية والدعاء عند المشعر الحرام (المزدلفة)، واذكروا الله على الوجه الصحيح الذي هداكم إليه، ولقد كنتم من قبل هذا الهدى في ضلال لا تعرفون معه الحق. ـ

198. There is no blame of you for seeking provision from your Lord in the form of some profit from trade during the days of Hajj. When, after the setting of the sun, you set out to return from ‘Arafat – which is the place when the pilgrims stop on the ninth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah – then remember Allah by saying “subhanAllah“, making the talbiyah, and supplicating at al-Mash’ar al-Haram (al-Muzdalifah), and remember Allah in the correct way that He guided you to, for prior to this guidance you were certainly in a state of misguidance not knowing the truth.

ثُمَّ أَفِيضُوا مِنْ حَيْثُ أَفَاضَ النَّاسُ وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Then depart from where the people depart, and seek forgiveness from Allah. Allah is certainly Forgiving, Merciful. [2:199]

وليكن اندفاعكم من عرفات التي أفاض منها إبراهيم عليه السلام مخالفين بذلك من لا يقف بها من أهل الجاهلية، واسألوا الله أن يغفر لكم ذنوبكم. إن الله غفور لعباده المستغفرين التائبين، رحيم بهم. ـ

199. And set out from ‘Arafat, which is the place from which Ibrahim departed. In this way, you are distinct from the people of pre-Islamic ignorance who did not stop there. And ask Allah to forgive you of your sins. Allah is certainly forgiving and merciful towards His slaves who seek forgiveness and repent.

فَإِذَا قَضَيْتُم مَّنَاسِكَكُمْ فَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ كَذِكْرِكُمْ آبَاءَكُمْ أَوْ أَشَدَّ ذِكْرًا ۗ فَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا وَمَا لَهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَاقٍ

And when you have completed your rituals, then remember Allah like your remembrance of your fathers or even greater remembrance. And there are some people who say, “Our Lord, give us in this life,” and he will have no share of the hereafter. [2:200]

فإذا أتممتم عبادتكم، وفرغتم من أعمال الحج، فأكثروا من ذكر الله والثناء عليه، مثل ذكركم مفاخر آبائكم وأعظم من ذلك. فمن الناس فريق يجعل همه الدنيا فقط، فيدعو قائلا ربنا آتنا في الدنيا صحة، ومالا وأولادًا، وهؤلاء ليس لهم في الآخرة حظ ولا نصيب؛ لرغبتهم عنها وقَصْرِ هَمِّهم على الدنيا. ـ

200. When you have finished your acts of worship and completed the Hajj rituals, then engage in a lot of remembering and praising Allah, like your remembrance of the accomplishments of your forefathers or even more than that. There is a group of people whose only concern is this life, so they supplicate by saying, “Our Lord, give us good health, wealth and offspring in this life.” These people do not have any portion or share of the hereafter due to their craving for those things and limiting their attention to this worldly life.

وَمِنْهُم مَّن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

But there are some who say, “Our Lord, give us good in this life and good in the hereafter and protect us from the punishment of the fire.” [2:201]

ومن الناس فريق مؤمن يقول في دعائه: ربنا آتنا في الدنيا عافية ورزقًا وعلمًا نافعًا، وعملا صالحًا، وغير ذلك من أمور الدين والدنيا، وفي الآخرة الجنة، واصرف عنَّا عذاب النار. وهذا الدعاء من أجمع الأدعية، ولهذا كان أكثر دعاء النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، كما ثبت في الصحيحين. ـ

201. There is a believing group of people who say in their supplications, “Our Lord, give us well-being, provision, beneficial knowledge, good deeds and other things for our religious and worldly lives in this life, and give us al-Jannah in the hereafter, and turn the punishment of the fire away from us.” This is one of the most comprehensive supplications, which is why it was one of the most frequent supplications of the Prophet, as is authentically mentioned in both Saheeh al-Bukhari and Saheeh Muslim.

أُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمْ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا كَسَبُوا ۚ وَاللَّهُ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ

Those ones will have a share of what they have earned, and Allah is quick in reckoning. [2:202]

أولئك الداعون بهذا الدعاء لهم ثواب عظيم بسبب ما كسبوه من الأعمال الصالحة. والله سريع الحساب، مُحْصٍ أعمال عباده، ومجازيهم بها. ـ

202. Those who make this supplication will have a great reward as a result of the good deeds they have done. And Allah is quick in reckoning, recording the deeds of His slaves and repaying them for them.

وَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْدُودَاتٍ ۚ فَمَن تَعَجَّلَ فِي يَوْمَيْنِ فَلَا إِثْمَ عَلَيْهِ وَمَن تَأَخَّرَ فَلَا إِثْمَ عَلَيْهِ ۚ لِمَنِ اتَّقَىٰ ۗ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَ

And remember Allah during the numbered days. So whoever hastens in two days, then there is no sin on him. And whoever stays on, there is no sin on him. That is for one who has taqwa. And have taqwa of Allah and know that you will be gathered back to Him. [2:203]

واذكروا الله تسبيحًا وتكبيرًا في أيام قلائل، وهي أيام التشريق: الحادي عشر والثاني عشر والثالث عشر من شهر ذي الحجة. فمن أراد التعجل وخرج من مِنى قبل غروب شمس اليوم الثاني عشر بعد رمي الجمار فلا ذنب عليه، ومن تأخر بأن بات بمِنى حتى يرمي الجمار في اليوم الثالث عشر فلا ذنب عليه، لمن اتقى الله في حجه. والتأخر أفضل؛ لأنه تزوُّد في العبادة واقتداء بفعل النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم. وخافوا الله- أيها المسلمون- وراقبوه في كل أعمالكم، واعلموا أنكم إليه وحده تُحْشَرون بعد موتكم للحساب والجزاء. ـ

203. And remember Allah by saying “subhanAllah” and “Allah akbar” during a few days, those being the days of Tashreeq which are the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth of the month of Dhu’l-Hijjah. Then whoever wants to go quickly and leave Mina before the setting of the sun on the twelfth day after stoning the pillars, then there is no sin on him. And whoever wants to leave later and spend another night in Mina until stoning the pillars on the thirteenth day, then there is no sin on him. That is for whoever has had taqwa of Allah during his Hajj. But leaving later is better as that allows one to perform more acts of worship and is following the example of the Prophet. And fear Allah, O Muslims, and be mindful of Him in everything that you do. And know that you will be gathered back to Him alone after your deaths for reckoning and recompense.

[al-Tafsir al-Muyassar pages 30-32]

See also: Hajj is During Well-Known Months: Tafsir al-Sa’di

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