As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection concludes Surah 16, An-Nahl or the Bees, verses 111-128. These verses talk of the Day of Judgment, that only Allah can declare what is lawful (halal) and unlawful (haram), that Prophet Abraham was a worthy model and lastly, the admonition to call others towards the Way of Allah.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
On the Day of Judgment every soul will come pleading for itself and every soul will be paid in full for what it has done, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly. Allah gives you an example of a town which was enjoying security and peace, receiving its provisions in abundance from every quarter, but it became ungrateful to the favors of Allah. As a result, Allah made its residents taste the consequences of their doings, through inflicting upon them misfortunes of hunger and fear. A Messenger was sent to them from among themselves, but they denied him; so the punishment overtook them because they were wrongdoers. So eat of the good and lawful things which Allah has provided for you; and be grateful to Allah for His favors, if you are sincere in His worship. He has only forbidden you to eat carrion (meat of a dead body), blood, pork, and that over which any name other than Allah’s has been invoked. But if one is forced by necessity, intending neither to break the Divine Law nor to transgress limits, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. You shall not falsely declare with your tongues: “This is lawful, and that is forbidden,” in order to ascribe false things to Allah, for those who forge lies against Allah will never prosper. Brief is their enjoyment of this life, and they shall have a painful punishment. To the Jews, We prohibited those things which We have already mentioned to you, and it was not We Who imposed the hardships on them but they imposed those hardships on themselves. Yet your Lord is forgiving and merciful towards those who do something wrong through ignorance, but later repent and mend their ways. 16:[111-119]
In fact Ibrãhïm (Abraham) was a nation in himself, an upright man obedient to Allah, and he was not of the mushrikïn. He was always grateful for the favors of Allah, Who chose him and guided him to the Right Way.[121 ] We gave him a good life in this world, and in the hereafter he will be among the righteous. And now We have revealed to you Our will, saying: “Follow the faith of Abraham the upright, he was not of the mushrikïn.” As for the Sabbath, it was ordained for those who differed about its observance. Surely your Lord will judge between them on the Day of Judgment about that over which they differ. 16:[120-124]
Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and best advice, and reason with them, if you have to, in the most courteous manner: for your Lord knows best who strays from His Way and He knows best who is rightly guided. If you have to retaliate, let your retaliation be commensurate with the wrong which was done to you; but if you endure with patience, the best reward indeed is for those who endure with patience. Be patient – for your patience is not but with the help of Allah – do not grieve over them and do not distress yourself because of their plots, for Allah is with those who fear Him and adopt the righteous attitude. 16:[125-128]
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.