As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 16, An-Nahl or the Bees, verses 77-89. These verses reminds us of the signs of Allah in the lives of birds and other animals. on the Day of Judgment, a witness will be called from each nation and those who ignored the signs will face the reality of their false gods.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Allah Alone has knowledge of the unseen things of the Heavens and the Earth. As for the taking place of the Hour of Judgment, it will be like a twinkling of an eye or even quicker: surely Allah has power over everything. Allah brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when you knew nothing, and He gave you hearing, sight and intelligence so that you may give thanks to Him. Do they not see the birds, that wing their flight in the air towards the sky? Who holds them up but Allah? Surely in this there are signs for the true believers. Allah has made your homes the place for your rest, and animal skins for tents like houses so that you may find them light when you travel and easy to pitch when you stop; while from their wool, fur, and hair He provides you household items and articles of convenience for your prescribed term of life. Allah has provided you shades from the sun out of what He has created. He has granted you resorts in the mountains, has granted you garments to protect yourselves from heat; and coats of armor to protect you during your wars. Thus He completes his favors to you, so that you may become Muslims. If they still give no heed to you O Muhammad, you need not worry, for your duty is only to convey the message clearly. They recognize the favors of Allah, yet they deny them; most of them are ungrateful disbelievers. 16:[77-83]
Do they realize what will happen on that Day when We shall call a witness from every nation? Then the unbelievers will neither be allowed to put forward any excuse nor will they receive any favor. When the wrongdoers face the punishment, it will neither be lightened for them nor will they be granted a delay. When the mushrikïn see their deities whom they associated with Allah, they will say: “Our Lord! Here are our ‘associate gods’ whom we used to invoke besides You.” At this their deities will toss their statement back at them saying: “You are liars!” They shall tender their submission to Allah that Day: and the gods of their own inventions will leave them in the lurch. As for those who disbelieve and debar others from the Way of Allah, We shall punish them all the more for their misdeeds. O Muhammad, warn them about that Day when We shall call a witness from every nation to testify against it, and We shall call you O Muhammad to testify against your people: that is why We have sent down to you this Book (The Qur’an) to explain everything – a guide, a blessing and good news for Muslims. 16:[84-89]
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.