The Term Of Takhliq-Bil-Batil

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

The term Takhliq-bil-Batil is used as a synonym for tala‘ub or mere sport.

“We have not created the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them in sport: We have not created them but for a serious end: but the greater part of them understand it not.”

Surah: Al-Dukhan (Smoke) – Chapter 44 – Verses: 38-39

The Qur’an itself gives an exposition of the term used in the above passage, the term Takhliq-bil-Batil, in more than one place. For instance, at one place, it draws attention to an aspect of its connotation which emphasizes that everything that exists does not exist without its value to life, and that Nature itself desire that whatever is to be fashioned, should be so fashioned, that it must contain within itself all that it needs for its welfare.

“In right form hath He set the heavens and the earth: It is of Him that the night returneth upon the day, and that the day returneth upon the night: and He controlled the sun and the moon, so that each speedeth to an appointed goal. Is He not the Mighty, the Gracious!”

Surah: Al-Zumar (The Crowds) – Chapter: 39 – Verse: 5