﴿40﴾ أمْ تَسْألُهُمْ أجْرًا فَهُم مِّن مَّغْرَمٍ مُّثْقَلُونَ
40. Or is it that you ask a wage from them [for your Prophetic Call] so that
they are burdened with a load
The blessed Verse in question makes a reference to something which may be made
use of by them as a pretext thereby the Noble Prophet (SAW) is addressed by a
rhetorical question: "Do you ask some remuneration from them for your Prophetic
Call such that it bears heavily on their shoulders?"
The Arabic word maghram designates the loss incurred without any cause.
The word muthqal which is cognate with ithqāl denotes imposing
heavy burden and hardship on someone. Thus the contextual meaning of the blessed
Verse is "Do you ask for indemnity against propagation of your Prophetic Call
such that they are unable to settle their debt and thereby fail to convert to
the Islamic faith?" The same motif is recurrently used in the Holy Qur’an not
only regarding the Noble Prophet of Islam (SAW) but also for many other Prophets
(AS), since the latter opened their Prophetic Call by saying that they did not
expect any remuneration against propagation of Divine Call, such that their
impartiality be substantiated and there remains no room for making excuses by
those who find faults with everything.