As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle verses 1-20. These verses deal with the reactions of those who received the revelations and with the obstinacy of the unbelievers. It talks of the mercy of God in not punishing the misdeeds of humans right away. Lastly, it discusses the punishments of the Day of Judgment and asserts the Qur’an as the source of God’s testimony.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
All praise be to Allah, the One Who has created the heavens and the earth and made the darkness and the light; yet, the unbelievers set up equal partners with their Lord. He is the One Who has created you from clay, then decreed a fixed term of life and a specified time (for your resurrection) known to Him; yet, you go on doubting! He is the same One Allah in both the heavens and the earth. He knows what you conceal, what you reveal and what you do. Yet, the reaction of the people has been that whenever a revelation came to them from their Lord, they ignored it. Now that the truth has come to them, they have denied it. Soon they will come to know the reality which they are ridiculing. Have they not seen how many generations We have destroyed before them? We had made those nations more powerful in the land than yourselves. We sent down for them abundant rain from the sky and made the rivers flow beneath their feet: yet, for their sins We destroyed them all and raised up other generations in their places. 6:[1-6]
O Prophet, if We had sent you a Book written on paper and they touched it with their own hands, the unbelievers would still have said: “This is nothing but plain sorcery!” They ask: “Why has no angel been sent down to us?” Well, if We had sent down an angel, the matter would have been settled at once and no respite would have been granted after that; and even if We had sent an angel, We would have certainly sent him in a human form and thus involved them in the same confusion as they are in at this time. O Muhammad! Many Messengers before you were also ridiculed, but in the long run those who ridiculed were hemmed in by the very thing they were ridiculing. 6:[7-10]
O Muhammad, say: “Travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who denied the truth.” Ask them: “To whom belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth?” If they don’t respond, tell them: “To Allah!” He has decreed mercy for Himself, that is why He does not punish you for your misdeeds right away. He will certainly gather you all together on the Day of Resurrection; there is no doubt about it. Yet, those who have lost their souls will not believe. To Him belongs all that takes rest in the night and in the day. He is the Hearer, the Knower. 6:[11-13]
Say: “Should I take as my protector anyone other than Allah, who is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Who feeds all and is fed by none?” Say: “Nay! I am commanded to be the first of those who submit to Allah in Islam, and do not ever be of the mushrikeen (unbelievers).” Say: “I fear the torment of a Mighty Day if I disobey my Lord.” He who is delivered from the torment of that Day, has indeed received Allah’s Mercy; and this is a glorious achievement. If Allah afflicts you with any harm, none can relieve you other than Him; and if He blesses you with happiness, you should know that He has power over everything. He is the Supreme Authority over His servants; and He is the Wise, the Aware. 6:[14-18]
Ask them: “Whose testimony is the most reliable?” When they say Allah, then tell them: “Let Allah be Witness between me and you (that I am the Messenger of Allah); this Qur’an has been revealed to me by Him so that I may warn you thereby and all those whom it may reach. Can you really testify that there are other gods besides Allah?” Tell them: “As far as I am concerned, I will never testify to this!” Say: “Indeed, worthy of worship is One and Only God, and indeed, I am free of the shirk you commit. Those to whom We have given the Book recognize this fact as they recognize their own sons. In fact, those who have lost their souls will not believe. 6: [19-20]
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.