Major and Minor Priorities in Islam

Today we are going to start a new chapter of the Holy Qur’an . Chapter # 102 is Surat-Tu-Takasur(Arabic: التكاثر‎). In this Surat Allah Subhan O Talah is encircling those who are indulge in competition and love for worldly gains. And those gains formulize a curtain around them that they forget their purpose of life.

Our today’s discussion Verse # 01 , Chapter # 102 would underline the subject of competition for worldly gains.

اَلْهٰىكُمُ التَّكَاثُرُ

Competition for more [gains] diverts you [from Allah].

By WordNo. of Instance
in The Holy Quran
Meaning  First Placement
in the Holy Quran
Last Placement
in the Holy Quran
اَلْهٰىكُم16Diverts youVerse # 32
Chapter # 06
Verse # 01
Chapter # 102
التَّكَاثُرُ167Action of augmenting,
Being augmented,
the competition to increase  
Verse # 26
Chapter # 02
Verse # 01
Chapter # 108

وَمَا الْحَيٰوةُ الدُّنْيَآ اِلَّا لَعِبٌ وَّلَهْوٌ ۭ وَلَلدَّارُ الْاٰخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ لِّلَّذِيْنَ يَتَّقُوْنَ ۭ اَفَلَا تَعْقِلُوْنَ

The first placement of the root word اَلْهٰىكُم is in Verse # 32 Chapter # 06 ( وَّلَهْوٌ ) . Three subjects were discussed in this verse .

First, Allah Subhan O Talah is elaborating that temptation for worldly gains is very temporary . He declare that the worldly life is like a play and amusement. ( وَمَا الْحَيٰوةُ الدُّنْيَآ اِلَّا لَعِبٌ وَّلَهْوٌ )

After that Allah Subhan O Talah is declaring that far better is the [eternal] Home(Dar وَلَلدَّارُ ) of the Hereafter for those who are God conscious. ( وَلَلدَّارُ الْاٰخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ لِّلَّذِيْنَ يَتَّقُوْنَ )

In the end Allah Subhan O Talah is questioning that why you do not use your intellect.( اَفَلَا تَعْقِلُوْنَ )

The last placement of the root word اَلْهٰىكُم is in Verse # 01 Chapter # 102 in which Allah Subhan O Talah is describing that worldly gains and amusement have diverted you from your actual purpose. In Verse # 32 Chapter # 06 Allah Subhan O Talah is emphasizing that worldly life is not more than play and amusement. Actual Home(Dar وَلَلدَّارُ ) is life hereafter. We have involved our self in worldly homes and forgot about our actual home.


اِنَّ اللّٰهَ لَا يَسْتَحْىٖٓ اَنْ يَّضْرِبَ مَثَلًا مَّا بَعُوْضَةً فَمَا فَوْقَهَا ۭ فَاَمَّا الَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوْا فَيَعْلَمُوْنَ اَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ مِنْ رَّبِّهِمْ ۚ وَاَمَّا الَّذِيْنَ كَفَرُوْا فَيَقُوْلُوْنَ مَاذَآ اَرَادَ اللّٰهُ بِهٰذَا مَثَلًا ۘ يُضِلُّ بِهٖ كَثِيْرًا ۙ وَّيَهْدِىْ بِهٖ كَثِيْرًا ۭ وَمَا يُضِلُّ بِهٖٓ اِلَّا الْفٰسِقِيْن

The first placement of the root word التَّكَاثُرُ is in Verse # 26 Chapter # 02 ( كَثِيْرًا ۙ ) . Allah Subhan O Talah is exemplifying his glory with an example of a mosquito. If we co-relate our earlier discussion that worldly life is a place of joy and amusement. And as for the disbelievers, they argue, “What does Allah mean by such a parable?” Worldly gains are not more than a mosquito. He distracts a lot يُضِلُّ بِهٖ كَثِيْرًا in this word. We are spending our major time on minor things.

The last placement of the root word التَّكَاثُرُ is in Verse # 01 Chapter # 108 (الْكَوْثَرَ). Those who spend their Major time to major things Allah Subhan O Talah would bless them (الْكَوْثَرَ). Rasool Allah (SAW) has been blessed with a status. Indeed, We have granted you ˹O Prophet˺ abundant goodness(اِنَّآ اَعْطَيْنٰكَ الْكَوْثَرَ)


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