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Interpretation of Sura Cow - Verse 172

172. " O' you who have Faith! eat of the good things We have provided youwith, and be grateful to Allah, if Him it is you worship."

Commentary

In this verse, too, Allah advises us to be grateful for using the blessings and bounties, and thank Him. There is a tradition from the holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) , cited in Tafsir-us¤-Safi, stating that Allah says that He creates people, but they worship other than Him; and, He provides (them) sustenance, but they thank others save Allah. 23

It is made clear in this verse that we ought to eat from the good wholesome foods that Allah has provided us sustenance and be thankful to Him. " O' you who have Faith! eat of the good things We have provided you with, and be grateful to Allah, ..." Intellect necessiates the act of thankfulness to the giver of a bounty, too.

"... if Him it is you worship." However, being thankful to Allah is a means of continuity and abundancy of bounties. And, to be grateful to Allah is a sign of sincerity and the purity of one's Faith.

It is narrated from Imam Hadi (a.s.) who said that the wrath of Allah encompasses those who prohibit or deprive themselves from the godly lawful things and permissible deeds. 24

Notes:

23. Tafsir-us-Safi, vol. 1, p. 193

24. Tafsir-i-Nur, vol. 1, p. 329

Adapted from the book: "The Light of The Quran - Interpretation of Sura Al-Baqarah (The Cow)" by: "Sayyid Kamal Faghih Imani and A Group of Muslim Scholars"

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