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When Truth crushes falsehood…!

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem.

Today I would like to discuss verse number 18 of Surah al Anbiyaa. An extremely beautiful and a lovely verse! Mashaaallah!

This verse speaks about the nature of Truth and Falsehood in such a candid and lucid way that one falls in love with it.

Every sensible human being will accept the fact that the Lord Almighty is the Ultimate Truth. 

In fact one of the beautiful names of Allah, the Lord Almighty, is that He is ‘The Truth’ (Al Haqq)

So whatever emanates from the Almighty Lord is nothing but the Truth.

No wonder then that The Truth is from your Lord, so never be among the doubters!

The Arabic word used for truth is ‘al haqq’ الحقّ and al Baatil الباطل is used to refer to falsehood.

Now, let us read this beautiful verse of Surah al Anbiyaa:

“Nay, We hurl the Truth at falsehood so that it (the Truth) crushes it (falsehood), and lo! it (falsehood) vanishes. Woe to you for what you utter!” (21: 18)

Let us understand the key words:

بل means nay! This is a particle denoting turning away from or dismissing what precedes it and retrieving or confirming what follows it.

نقذف comes from qadhafa which means we hurl, we pelt (here, we is not used in plural form but is used to denote respect)

بالحقّ with the truth

على on, at

الباطل falsehood, vanity, untrue, futile, void

فيدمغه  the word fayadmaghuhu is the most interesting part of this verse. This word comes from damagha which means brain, to fracture a skull, to kill by a blow to the head, to vanquish, to destroy.

Yadmaghu – to break the head of, to annihilate, to vanquish

so fayadmaghuhu means ‘then it smashed its brain’! 

زاهق Zahiq – one who vanishes, dies, expires. This word comes from zahaqa which means  to expire, to run out, to pass away, to die, to vanquish, to disappear, to meet defeat.

Read the interpretation of the above mentioned verse again:

“Nay! We hurl the Truth against Falsehood and it (the Truth) crushes it (falsehood), and lo! it vanishes!”

We know that when the Truth is hurled at falsehood, the truth triumphs destroying falsehood completely!

Only the Truth remains then and falsehood disappears!

The following verse of Surah Bani Israeel sums up the discussion in an elegant manner:

“And declare: Truth has come and falsehood has vanished. Falsehood (by its nature) is bound to vanish! (17: 81)

In this verse the word ‘zahooq’ is used which means ‘that which is given, or much susceptible to vanishing’. Obviously falsehood by its nature is bound to vanish and disappear one day or the other!

At the peaceful conquest of Makkah, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recited this verse (17: 81) after the removing all traces of barbarism, polytheism and idolatry from the land of Arabia. He literally pushed down the idols kept around Ka’bah by the then pagan Arabs while he was reciting this verse.

Thus glorious Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) announced the triumph of Truth over falsehood. He testified and declared to the people of the world that the way of life he preached and practiced is here in this world to stay till the end of time!

Allah says, “O People of the World! Truth has come from your Lord”.

All attempts to wipe out Islam will ultimately face failure because one can’t simply destroy the Truth. (Refer this verse)

If one still has doubt about the truthfulness of Qur’an and yet persists in falsehood, then ‘woe to you for what you utter!’

Jazakallahu Khayra for reading this post.

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  1. Reblogged this on The Islamic Champer and commented:
    Mashallah…..I love it.thank you for sharing,I will reblog it..

    Comment by IslamicChamper | May 25, 2012 | Reply

    • Barakallah Feek. Thank you and Jazakillah Khayr for reblogging.

      Comment by MuQeet | May 25, 2012 | Reply

  2. Fayadmaghuhu could mean that the truth crushes the head(in a high position/main) of the falsehood, meaning that the truth(Islam) crushes the greatest falsehood(Syirik).
    JazakAllah for the beautiful information:)

    Comment by Suhailah | May 27, 2012 | Reply

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