Dr. Zohurul Hoque & Husain Nuri
58:11 O you who believe! when it is told to you: "Make room in the assemblies", then make room; Allâh will make room for you. And when it is said: "Rise up", then rise up; Allâh will exalt those who believe from among you and those who are given knowledge to high ranks. And Allâh is well Aware of what you do.
58:11 Since the verse addresses all the believers, obviously the appeal transcends geographic and historic barrier. Most of the classical commentators referred to the assemblies held by the Prophet when the congregates, sometimes out of eagerness to listen to the Prophet, would not offer space to others due to the fear that they would loose their vantage places. The plural use of al-majâlis (lit. the assemblies) appears to indicate not only the assemblies conducted by the Prophet, but also those to be held at later times by other learned people. The significance of the phrase make room, Allâh will make room for you seems to emphasize man's social responsibilities towards each other by providing equal opportunities (not nepotism) to all, especially to those who are deprived and cannot get fair representation. Allâh will provide room by providing welfare and happiness in this life and in the Hereafter. Similarly the command to rise up can also be interpreted to mean to rise up for a good cause (Tabari), although the literal import cannot be ignored.
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