As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 144-155. These verses assert that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is no more than a Messenger of God, but we not disobey the Messenger and follow the disbelievers for there is no escape from death.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Muhammad is no more than a Messenger of Allah, like the Messengers that passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you turn back on your heels (become unbelievers)? He that turns back on his heels will do no harm to Allah; but Allah will reward the thankful. No one dies without the permission of Allah. The term of every life is fixed. He that desires the reward in this world shall be given it here, and he that desires the reward in the hereafter shall be given it there. Soon We will reward the thankful. 3:[144-145]
In the past, many Prophets have fought, in the Way of Allah, with a large number of godly people. They did not lose heart during the adversities that befell them in the path of Allah; they neither showed weakness nor submitted to falsehood. Allah loves the steadfast. Their only words were, “Our Lord! Forgive our sins and our excesses; establish our feet firmly and give us victory over the unbelievers.” Therefore, Allah gave them the reward in this world and also an excellent reward awaits them in the Hereafter. Allah loves the righteous who are good to others. 3:[146- 148]
O believers! If you yield to the unbelievers they will drag you back to unbelief and you will become the losers. The fact is that Allah is your Protector and He is the best of all helpers. Soon We shall cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers for they commit shirk with Allah, for whom He has revealed no authority. The hell-fire shall be their home; and evil is the home of the wrongdoers. 3:[149-151]
Allah did indeed fulfill His promise to you when, with His leave, you defeated them until you flinched and fell into dispute about the order and disobeyed the Prophet, after Allah had brought within your sight the booty which you loved. Among you there were some who desired the gain of this world and some who desired the gain of the Hereafter. He allowed you to be defeated in order to test you, but now He has forgiven you, for Allah is gracious to the believers. Remember how you fled in panic and did not even look back at one another while the Messenger, at your rear, was calling out to you! Consequently, Allah inflicted upon you one sorrow after another to teach you a lesson; not to grieve for what you lose nor at any misfortune you may encounter. Allah is well aware of all that you do. 3:[152-153]
Then, after this grief, He bestowed peace on some of you – a slumber which overcame them – while the others were stirred to anxiety by their own fancies, holding unjust and wrong suspicions about Allah, the suspicions of ignorance. Now they ask: “Have we any say in the matter?” Tell them: “All matters are in the hands of Allah.” They hide in their minds what they dare not reveal to you. They mean to say: “If we had any say in the matter, none of us would have been killed here.” Say to them: “Even if you had remained in your homes, those of you who were destined to be killed would nevertheless have been killed; but it was Allah’s will to test your faith and purge what was in your hearts. Allah has knowledge of the secrets of your hearts.” As for those of you who turned their backs on the day when the two armies met, they failed in their duty because they were seduced by Shaitãn on account of some of their shortcomings. But now Allah has pardoned them; for Allah is Forgiving, Forbearing. 3:[154-155]
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.