As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 53-63. These verses argue that those who have transgressed against their souls should not despair of God’s mercy; they should repent while they can.
Tafseer for this selection concerns the obligation to follow God’s course in verse 55.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Allah says: “O My servants who have transgressed against their souls, do not despair of Allah’s mercy, for Allah forgives all sins. It is He Who is the Forgiving, the Merciful. Turn in repentance to your Lord, and submit to Him before there comes to you the scourge: for then, there shall be none to help you. Follow the best way that is revealed to you by your Lord before the scourge comes to you all of a sudden while you do not perceive it. Lest someone should say: ‘Alas! I neglected my duty towards Allah and I was one of those who mocked at His revelations.’ Or lest he should say: ‘If Allah had guided me, I would have been one of the righteous.’ Or lest he should say upon seeing the punishment: ‘I wish I had another chance, I would certainly be among the righteous.'” Then Allah will say to him: “My revelations did come to you; but you denied them, were arrogant and you were among the disbelievers.” On the Day of Judgment you shall see that the faces of those who uttered falsehood gainst Allah shall be darkened. Is there not an abode in hell for such arrogant? On the contrary, Allah will deliver the righteous to their place of salvation. No harm shall touch them, nor shall they ever grieve. Allah is the Creator of all things and of all things He is the Guardian. To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth. Those who deny the revelations of Allah, it is they who will be the losers. 39:[53-63]
Concerning Allah’s Command in verse 55:
Allah’s Command meets the weakness of His weakest servatns, and only asks that His servants should surrender their selfish will to Allah’s Will. In divine compassion, therefore, we are allowed to to just what we can, even though our standard should fall short of the highest assistance. We must not delay a momoent, for the Judgment may come at any time, suddenly, before we even perceive where we are.
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.