‘La Yaskhar’: A beautiful lesson from surah al-Hujurat from the Qur’an

O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former.

al-Qur’an: al-Hujurat

The Mushaf infront of you lay open at surah al-Hujurat in the Holy Qur’an.
The highlighted part of the verse says, “Laa Yaskhar”
‘Do Not Scoff’, the words mean.

Do you know what actually ‘to scoff’ mean?

It is when the rich aunty thought it was fun to count the number of dishes at the wedding buffet of someone who couldn’t afford much.
It is when the handsome lad thought it was OK to pass the remarks on that average cousin of him.
It is when a skilled homemaker thought she had all right to comment on the cooking skills of all her acquaintances.
It is when the topper of the class thought it was lively to laugh at the mark-sheets of her mates.
It is when you thought it was funny to pass remarks on the dressing sense of your mother-in-law.
It is when that foreign-returned thought to lampoon his neighbors for they couldn’t twist tongue like him.

And, you know what…
Sometimes we do not even have to say anything to scoff. In fact, most of the times we guard our best to not utter anything derisive from mouth while scoffing. So that if confronted, we could say, “But what did I even say, nothing?”

But what makes us do this, to scoff?
Simple. Because we consider ourselves better than others.

And, true! It might be true in that particular scenario.

A rich might be true in his assumption that he is better ‘with money’ than someone poor. An intelligent guy might be better in his IQ than a dumb fellow. A skilled daughter in law might be better at cooking than her Mom-in-law. A pretty lady might be better in terms of looks than all her friends.

HOWEVER!We might be lesser, and much lesser, than the same person in hundred other things. Things that not necessarily might be in picture at that moment of time.

The aunty who was laughing at the new mother for how the poor lady was handling her baby, might be terrible with many other things. And the Mom struggling with her baby might be actually better than her in matters that matter even more.

You don’t second that, what I say?

Look how beautifully the Qur’an, the Book of Allaah Subhanahu Ta’ala, sheds lights on this human psyche.

 يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لَا يَسۡخَرۡ قَوۡمٌ۬ مِّن قَوۡمٍ عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَكُونُواْ خَيۡرً۬ا مِّنۡہُمۡ وَلَا نِسَآءٌ۬ مِّن نِّسَآءٍ عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَكُنَّ خَيۡرً۬ا مِّنۡہُنَّ‌ۖ 

O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former.

al-Qur’an: al-Hujurat

By, Allaah!
So True.
How easily we mock others for a trait or two without even realising that they might be better than us in eyes of Allaah for something good we might not aware of.

One day, companion of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (may Allaah be pleased with him) ran to climb a tree to pick the Prophet’s ﷺ miswak. That day, as he climbed a tree, his lower garment rose a bit more than usual and exposed his lower legs. Some Companions who were there laughed at the sight of such skinny legs.
The Messenger of Allaah, (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘Why are you laughing?’
“Abdullah’s foot is heavier in the balance than the mountain of Uhud.'”


And, the root cause of this scoffing is pride. The arrogance.
And, what do we think what arrogance is?

In the Sahih, it is recorded that the Messenger of Allah said, الْكِبْرُ بَطَرُ الْحَقِّ وَغَمْصُ النَّاس

Arrogance is refusing the truth and belittling people.

Prophet Muhammad

Arrogance is not driving a Ferrari. They might still be humble while driving that.
Pride is not wearing a Chanel cologne. They might still be gentle with others.
It is belittling others.
And, one might belittle others in his/her tatters too.

How apt somebody said, “the vices we scoff at in others laugh at us within ourselves.”

I fear the vices laughing within me.
La taskhar La taskhar La taskhar.

Let’s get rid of the pride within us. Let’s learn how to do that.
And, never scoff at others.

Sisterly Yours ❤️
The Might of Pen


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