Exposition of the Holy Quran – 106 Quraish (G A Parwez)
Surah 106: Quraish
(1-2) The Quraish are the custodians of the Ka’bah and therefore they are held in great esteem by the people. It is due to this respect, status and commanding influence that neighbouring tribes and states have entered into covenants giving a guarantee that these tribes would not plunder their caravans. Accordingly, they can continue to dispatch their trade caravans everywhere, all year around. They can do so in summer and winter, always safely and securely.
(3-4) Because of their position as custodians of the Ka’bah, they enjoy many facilities. They have however, neglected the reason for which they were made the custodians. The Almighty had given them protection against hunger and fear, so that happily satisfied, safe and secure, they could make the Ka’bah the centre of the divine system. (In fact, they became holy priests, making the Ka’bah a shrine for visiting pilgrims.)
This is wrong. They should obey the divine laws of the Rabb Who owns this house and with Whose reference they enjoy this status. (Now this task will be undertaken by the Muslim community, which is being formed for this purpose.)
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