As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 16, An-Nahl or the Bees, verses 90-110. These verses discuss the good deeds which Allah commands and the evil which he forbids. What is with you is transitory and what is with Allah is everlasting. Lastly, unbelievers accused Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) of learning the Qur’an from another man but that man was a non-Arab while the Qur’an was revealed in Arabic.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Allah commands justice, doing good to others, and giving to near relatives, and He forbids indecency, wickedness, and rebellion: He admonishes you so that you may take heed. Fulfill the covenant of Allah when you have pledged to do so, and do not break your oaths after you have sworn them; for swearing in His name you have made Allah your surety; surely Allah has knowledge of all your actions. Do not behave like that woman who had spun her yarn strongly and then had herself broken it into pieces; nor take your oaths for mutual deceit so that one people may take undue advantage over the other, for Allah puts you to trial by these oaths; and on the Day of Judgment He will certainly reveal to you the truth about which you differed. If Allah wanted, He could have made you all one nation, but He lets go astray whom He wants and guides whom He pleases: but most certainly you will be questioned about all your actions. O believers! Do not take oaths to deceive each other, lest your foot slip after being firmly fixed upon guidance; and taste the evil consequences for debarring others from the Way of Allah and incur a mighty punishment. 16:[90-94]
Do not sell the covenant of Allah for a petty price. Certainly Allah’s reward is far better than all your gain, if you but knew it. Whatever is with you is transitory and what is with Allah is everlasting. We will certainly reward those who are patient according to the noblest of their deeds. Whoever does righteous deeds, whether male or female, provided he is a believer, We shall surely grant him a new life, a life that is good, and We will certainly reward such people according to the noblest of their deeds in the hereafter. When you recite The Qur’an, seek Allah’s protection from the accursed Shaitãn, surely he has no authority over those who believe and put their trust in their Lord. His authority is only over those who befriend him and commit shirk by his temptation. 16:[95-100]
When We substitute one verse in favor of another to elaborate with different examples – and Allah knows best what He reveals in stages – they say: “You are but a forger.” The fact is that most of them do not understand. Say, “The Holy Spirit (Gabriel) has brought it down piecemeal intact from your Lord to strengthen the faith of the believers, and to give guidance and good news to the Muslims.” We know very well what they say about you, O Muhammad: “A certain man teaches him.” But the man they allude to speaks a foreign language while this (The Qur’an) is in eloquent Arabic. In fact, Allah does not show guidance to those who do not believe in His revelations and they will have a painful punishment. Surely those who do not believe in the revelations of Allah, are the ones who forge the falsehood and they are the ones who are liars! Anyone who is forced to deny faith after its acceptance, while his heart remains loyal to the faith, shall be absolved; but any who denies faith willingly after its acceptance and opens his breast to unbelief, shall incur the wrath of Allah and shall be sternly punished. This is because such people love the life of this world more than the hereafter, and that Allah does not guide those who knowingly reject faith. Such are those whose hearts, ears and eyes are sealed by Allah; and they are the ones who are heedless. There is no doubt that in the hereafter they will be the losers. On the other hand, Allah is most surely forgiving and compassionate towards those who had to leave their homes after being persecuted because of their faith, struggled hard and remained steadfastly patient. 16:[101-110]
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.