We certainly gave Moses the Book aforetime: but disputes arose therein. Had it not been for a Word that went forth before from thy Lord, (their differences) would have been settled between them: but they remained in suspicious disquieting doubt thereon.
Callousness and self-sufficiency in religion are
often illustrated by sects like the Pharisees and
Sadducees among the Jews. Where there are honest
differences of opinion, they can, in Allah’s Plan, lead to
greater enquiry and emulation. Where the differences
are fractious, there is often even then time left for
In any case the Word or Decree of God is for the best
good of all, and should not disturb Faith. Cf. 10:19.
A good life, of faith and truth, is in our own interests,
and the opposite against our own interests. Allah is
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 41 verse 45). Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (quran4u.com)