As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 130-143. These verses deal with the prohibition against usury. Then they move on to Allah’s love of charitable people and how believers are promised to have the upper hand though not without encountering trials and tribulations.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
O believers! Do not live on usury (compound interest) which is compounded over and over again. Have fear of Allah so that you may prosper. Guard yourself against the Fire which is prepared for the unbelievers. Obey Allah and His Messenger so that you may find mercy. Rush towards the forgiveness from your Lord to a paradise as vast as the heavens and the earth which is prepared for the righteous people; they are those who spend generously in the Way of Allah, whether they are in prosperity or in adversity, who control their anger and forgive other people for Allah loves such charitable people, who, if they commit an indecency or wrong their own souls, earnestly remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins; for no one can forgive sins except Allah, and those who do not knowingly persist in something wrong which they have done. Such people will be rewarded with forgiveness from their Lord beside gardens beneath which rivers flow, to live therein forever. How excellent is the reward for such laborers! 3:[130-136]
As for those who rejected the Divine Revelations, there have been many examples before you. Travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who rejected the truth. This (The Qur’an) is a clear declaration to mankind, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah! Do not grieve and get disheartened: for you will have the upper hand if you are the believers. If you have suffered a wound, so did the enemy. We alternate these days of varying fortunes among mankind so that Allah may know the true believers and take witnesses to the truth (grant martyrdom) from among you, for Allah does not love the unjust people, and that Allah may purge the believers and annihilate the unbelievers. 3:[137-141]
Do you think that you will enter paradise without going through the trial? Allah has not yet tested you to see who among you strive hard for His cause and show patience for His sake. You certainly used to wish for death before you confronted it; now you have seen with your own eyes what it is like. 3:[142-143]
This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.
Thank you and be well.