Selling Qur’anic Verses for a Meagre Price
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Answered by Dr Khalid Zaheer

Please explain the following Qur’anic verse:

“...nor sell my revelations for a meagre price....” (2:41)


It basically warns against ignoring the verses of the Almighty for the petty reason of love of this world. In other words, the Qur’an is telling us that when the Almighty demands from us sacrifice for the sake of religion, like spending wealth in his way, or accepting the opinion of someone whom we otherwise don’t like, we have to, indeed, sacrifice our wealth or pride. Those who don’t respond to the Almighty’s call, are, as if, selling the Almighty’s verses and purchasing petty worldly gains in exchange. The Jews, who are the direct addressees of this verse, were especially guilty of this crime, when they refused to accept the Prophet Muhammad (sws) as the messenger of Allah. And this was for the petty reason that they did not want to accept a prophet from Banu Isma‘il, who they thought was an inferior race to theirs.

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