Apr 202017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.


Today’s selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 139-166. These verses tell the story of Prophet Jonah and the whale and address the unbelievers’ false claims that the Angels are the daughters of Allah and Jinns are blood relations to Allah.

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Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.

Yünus (Jonah) was surely one of Our Rasools.[139] When he ran to the laden ship,[140] took part in casting of lots, and was condemned.[141] A whale swallowed him for he had become blameworthy.[142] Had he not repented and became of those who glorify Allah,[143] he would certainly have remained inside its belly till the Day of Resurrection.[144] Then We cast him upon a desolate shore in a state of serious illness[145] and caused a gourd plant to grow over him.[146] Then We sent him to a nation of one hundred thousand people or more.[147] They believed in him, so We permitted them to enjoy their life for a while.[148] 37:[139-148]

Just ask the unbelievers: Does it make any sense that their Rabb should have daughters while they choose to have sons?[149] Or is it that We created the angels as females and they were present at their creation?[150] Surely they invent a lie when they say: [151] “Allah has children. They are utter liars.”[152] Would He choose daughters rather than sons?[153] What is the matter with you? How do you judge?[154] Will you not take heed?[155] Or do you have any proof of what you are saying?[156] Show us your scriptures if you are truthful![157] They assert blood-relationship between Him and the jinns; and the jinns know quite well that they will be called to account.[158] Glory be to Allah! He is free from what they ascribe to Him[159] except His sincere devotees who do not attribute such things to Him.[160] Therefore neither you nor those whom you worship[161] can deceive anyone about Allah[162] except him who is destined for hell.[163] The angels in fact say: “We each have our appointed place.[164] We range ourselves in ranks for His service[165] and we are surely those who declare His glory.”[166] 37:[149-166]


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.