Mar 082018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.


Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 121-129. These verses talk about the lessons from the early Muslims’ battles at Badr and Uhud.

Tafseer for this selection is a further explanation of the significance of those battles.

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

O Muhammad, remember that morning when you left your household at an early hour to assign the believers to their battle-posts (in the Battle of Uhud): Allah hears and knows everything.[121] Remember when two of your companies became fainthearted and Allah protected them through strengthening their hearts. In Allah should the believers put their trust.[122] Allah helped you at the Battle of Badr when you were helpless. Therefore, have fear of Allah; perhaps you may become thankful.[123] Remember when you said to the believers, “Is it not enough that Allah should send down three thousand angels to help you?”[124] Of course! If you remain patient and on your guard, Allah will send to your aid not three thousand but, five thousand specially marked angels in case of a sudden attack from the enemy.[125] Allah has told you this as good news and that your hearts may be at ease thereby; victory comes only from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise.[126] (Allah sent the aid of Angels for the believers to offset the aid of shaitãns to the unbelievers) so that He might cut off a flank of the unbelievers or put them to flight, making them withdraw with utter disappointment.[127] O Prophet, you have no authority to decide the affair; it is up to Allah whether He pardon or punish them since they are wrongdoers.[128] To Allah belongs all that is in the Heavens and in the earth. He pardons whom He pleases and punishes whom He pleases. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.[129] 3:[121-129]



Concerning the Battles of Uhud and Badr:

Uhud is as much a signpost for Islam as Badr. For us in these latter days, it carries an ever greater lesson. Allah’s help will come if we have faith, obedience, discipline, unity, and the spirit of acting in righteousness and justice. If we fail, His mercy is always open to us. but it is also open to our enemies, and those who seem to us [to be] His enemies. His Plan may be to bring sinner to repentance, and to teach us righteousness and wisdom through those who seem in our eyes to be rebellious or even defiant. There may be good in them that He sees and we do not – a humbling though that must lead to our own self-examination and self-improvement.

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.