Allah burdens not any soul beyond its capacity

Huzoor cited verse 287 of Surah Al Baqarah. The translation reads: ‘Allah burdens not any soul beyond its capacity. It shall have the reward it earns, and it shall get the punishment it incurs. Our Lord, do not punish us, if we forget or fall into error; and our Lord, lay not on us a responsibility as Thou didst lay upon those before us. Our Lord, burden us not with what we have not the strength to bear; and efface our sins, and grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us; Thou art our Master; so help us Thou against the disbelieving people.’  

Huzoor delivered today’s Friday Sermon in light of the elucidation of this verse as given by the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace).

Huzoor explained that in the above verse the word ‘wus’aha’ (capacity) is used for humans to connote their limited capacity. However, generally speaking, for God the word Wasi (The Bountiful, the All-Embracing) is used to connote His boundless and limitless capacity. He is the Master of all powers, His knowledge is ceaseless therefore man cannot comprehend it. God does not give any such commandment which man cannot put in practice. It is man’s duty to abide by the commandments. In Islam the commandments are in accordance with man’s natural capacities therefore each person is answerable for his/her actions. Islam does not present the irrational concept that a pure Prophet of God was given an accursed death for the sake of negligent people. The Holy Qur’an declares that in accordance with the nature of man the commandments given are in line with human capacities and weaknesses. Man tries to do good works but that does not purify him completely as Hadith relates that the presence of Satan in us is like blood running through veins. As a result, any inadvertent sins, followed by genuine repentance and seeking God’s forgiveness lead man towards piety. Man has to continually endeavour to bring about pious changes in himself. God’s mercy is expansive and His forgiveness is all-embracing; He forgives. This is the teaching of the Holy Qur’an for which no penance is required.

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