English translation of the meaning Page No 172

Quran in English Language - Page no 172 172

Sura Al-A'raf from 164 to 170

164. And when a community among them said: « Why do you preach to a people whom Allâh is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment? » ( The preachers ) said: « In order to be free from guilt before your Lord ( Allâh ) , and perhaps they may fear Allâh. »
165. So when they forgot the remindings that had been given to them, We rescued those who forbade evil, but We seized those who did wrong with a severe torment because they used to rebel against Allâh’s Command ( disobey Allâh ) .
166. So when they exceeded the limits of what they were prohibited, We said to them: « Be you monkeys, despised and rejected. » [ 1 ]
167. And ( remember ) when your Lord declared that He would certainly keep on sending against them ( i.e. the Jews ) , till the Day of Resurrection, those who would afflict them with a humiliating torment. Verily, your Lord is Quick in Retribution ( for the disobedient, wicked ) and certainly He is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful ( for the obedient and those who beg Allâh’s Forgiveness ) .
168. And We have broken them ( i.e. the Jews ) up into various separate groups on the earth: some of them are righteous and some are away from that. And We tried them with good ( blessings ) and evil ( calamities ) in order that they might turn ( to Allâh’s Obedience ) .
169. Then after them succeeded an ( evil ) generation, which inherited the Book, but they chose ( for themselves ) the goods of this low life ( evil pleasures of this world ) saying ( as an excuse ) : « ( Everything ) will be forgiven to us. » And if ( again ) the offer of the like ( evil pleasures of this world ) came their way, they would ( again ) seize them ( would commit those sins ) . Was not the covenant of the Book taken from them that they would not say about Allâh anything but the truth? And they have studied what is in it ( the Book ) . And the home of the Hereafter is better for those who are Al- Muttaqûn ( the pious - See V.2:2 ) . Do not you then understand?
170. And as to those who hold fast to the Book ( i.e. act on its teachings ) and perform As- Salât ( Iqâmat- as- Salât ) , certainly We shall never waste the reward of those who do righteous deeds.

[1] (V.7:166) It is a severe warning to the mankind that they should not disobey what Allâh commands them to do, and keep far away from what He prohibits them.*
* See the footnote of ( V.9: 112 ) .