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"They are not except like the cattle." (V.25:44 Al-Furqan)


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« on: December 26, 2020, 12:36:48 pm »




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Salam my dear MV folks.  I'm trying to help a friend with Verses 25:43:44 as she needs to clarify to her teenage daughter whom she's teaching the Quran.  Though  just a teenager with Faith based and conscientious parents, the girl is quite misguided and argumentative, giving her parents a tough time.  Her latest tantrum began on reading V.25:44 quoted as follows (focus on underlined words). Both Verses need to be studied for interpretation. 

V.25:43-44
"Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire?  Then would you be responsible for him?  Or do you think that most of them hear or reason?  They are not except like the cattle.  Rather, they are [even] more astray in [their] way." 
 

She thinks V.25:44 derides cattle for being dumb.  Then she brings up the argument citing Verses 16:49, 17:44 and 22:18 that the Quran states all animals also worship Allah as humans do.  So she says, if all animals (including cattle) worship Allah, how can cattle be viewed dumb or astray?  The girl's mother knows she has completely misunderstood this Verse and she wants me to send her a write-up explaining her daughter's oversight.  I too know for sure the girl has totally misconstrued V.25:44 and there is no derision of any animals in this Verse.   I'm working on preparing a write-up / commentary on Verses 25:43-44.  I would thoroughly appreciate if any one of you can kindly send me your opinion.  Would be very helpful.  Thanks dear all. 



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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2020, 01:00:50 pm »




Walaikum As-Salaam Sister Ruhi.   Yeah I understand, such hissy fits aren't too rare with some grouchy kids with orientation problems.  You're absolutely right that the daughter has completely misunderstood Verse 25:44.  There's absolutely no derision, ridicule or mockery of any animal in this Verse.  The theme of Verses 25:43-44 together conveys a warning to misguided or disbelieving humans.  The analogy of cattle carries a very different connotation compared to that girl's perception.  The underlined sentence in V.25:44  "They are not except like the cattle" refers to those humans with weak or no will-power and stunted conscience who are slaves of their lusts and desires.  It doesn't mean that cattle or any animal for that matter, has lusts or stunted conscience like humans.  The reference is simply to a lower level of cognizance and grasp in all animals compared to humans.  The apathy of cattle within themselves does not denote anything negative about them as that is the way Allah Almighty has created them.  But if humans stoop to that level of apathy, then that would be awfully shameful on their part.

Abu Ala Maududi explains the same phenomenon differently, quote:  "Just as the sheep and cattle do not know where they are being led by the person who is in charge of them, whether to the meadows or to the slaughterhouse, similarly the disbelieving or skeptical humans follow the people who influence them blindly without knowing or judging where they are being led - whether to success or to destruction. The only difference is that unlike humans, cattle (and all other animals) do not have the kind of intelligence  which humans possess as bestowed by The Almighty, and thus cattle will not be accountable for blindly following the person controlling them.  But it is a pity that human beings who are endowed with reason should behave like cattle; therefore their condition is worse than that of cattle."  

Furthermore, apathy and awareness within all animals have differing levels, and the natural aptitude of awareness in all animals is certainly much below that of humans.  However, what's common in all animals is that they too worship Allah Almighty as humans do, but only Allah understands their worship because of the natural communication barrier between humans and animals as ordained by The Almighty.  

"Have you not seen that Allah, He it is Whom all who are in the heavens and the earth praise, and the birds in their flight? Of each He knows verily the worship and the praise; and Allah is Aware of what they do."  24:41.  

"The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein praise Him, and there is not a thing but hymns His praise; but you understand not their praise.  Indeed! He is ever Clement, Forgiving."   17:44.


Everything on earth, including all animals - hills, mountains, trees, flowers, grass, sands, stones, pebbles, rivers, streams, sea etc. etc.-  hymn the praises (zikr) of Allah Almighty.  Every animate and inanimate species has their own way of praising Allah, that is, worshiping Him, and only HE understands the worship of every species.  Similarly, animals don't understand when humans worship Allah.  But Allah Almighty understands it, every bit.   Thus, like all other animals, cattle too worship Allah Almighty and only Allah understands it.  Though animals do worship Allah, they aren't capable of thinking and reflecting as deeply as humans do. Humans are far more superior creations of The Almighty or the superior-most of all species, that is, Ashraf-ul-Makhluqat.  Therefore yes, animals have a much lesser intelligence and perception compared to humans even though animals too worship The Almighty as humans do.    

That's the simple elucidation of Verses 25:43-44.

Another similar example is that of Verse 176 of Surah Al-Araf in which Allah Almighty mentions about people who follow their own desires and dismiss His Revelations.

"Therefor his likeness is as the likeness of a dog: if you attack him he pants with his tongue out, and if you leave him he pants with his tongue out."  7:176  Al-Araf.  

Now, a dumb reader might think that Allah Almighty is comparing disbelievers with dogs in this Verse.  But NO.  That would be a thoroughly wrong presumption.  The true interpretation is that Allah is comparing the biological aspect of dogs with the attitude of a stubborn human, and that attitude is a personal choice of that individual. Needless to say, there is nothing wrong with a dog panting with his tongue out. That's the nature of dogs as created by The Almighty.  When the weather is warm, dogs always pant in order to breathe, a common biological need for dogs which helps them to respire.  The comparison of a disbeliever's attitude or habits with this natural phenomenon of an animal shows the obstinacy of that human being, not of the animal.  It's NOT derogatory in any way concerning the dog.   Verses 25:43-44 carry a similar analogy.



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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2020, 01:23:35 pm »




Very well perceived explication.  Alhumdulilah.  This is precisely what I had in mind but was thinking how to put it in a way that kid can grasp.  InshAllah, I will send this to the girl's mom as your response at MV.  Big thanks dear Sis.
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2020, 01:25:36 pm »




You're welcome Sister Ruhi.    Sure, do please send it by all means, Insh'Allah.
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