As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm, verses 42-55. These verses assert that prosperity in this world is not a reward but a respite. Messengers of God never claim that they know the unseen or that they are Angels. True belief is a favor bestowed by God, irrespective of one’s worldly status.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
We did send Messengers before you to other nations and afflicted them with suffering and adversities so that they might learn humility. Why did they not humble themselves when the sufferings overtook them? On the contrary their hearts became hardened and Shaitãn made their sinful acts seem fair to them. When they neglected the warning they had received, then, instead of punishment, We opened the gates of every kind of prosperity for them; but just as they were rejoicing in what they were given, We suddenly seized them; lo! They were plunged into despair! Thus We cut off the roots of the wrongdoers. All praises are due to Allah the Lord of the worlds. 6:[42-45]
Ask them: “Just think, if Allah takes away your hearing and your sight and seals up your hearts, is there any deity other than Allah who could restore them to you?” See how We present Our revelations over and over again and yet they turn away. Say: “Just think if the punishment of Allah comes to you whether suddenly or openly, would any be destroyed other than the wrongdoers?” We have sent the Messengers only to give good news and to warn: so those who believe and mend their ways shall have nothing to fear or to regret. But those who deny Our Revelations shall be punished for their transgression. Say: “I do not claim that I possess the treasures of Allah, or that I know the unseen nor do I claim that I am an angel. What I say is that I follow only that which is revealed to me.” Ask them: “Are the blind and the seeing alike? Why don’t you think?” 6:[46-50]
O Muhammad, admonish with this (The Qur’an), those who have the fear of being assembled before their Lord in such a condition that there will be no one to protect them or intercede on their behalf other than Him. It may be that, by this admonition, they may become righteous. Do not drive away those (poor people like Bilal, Ammar and Suhaib) who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking only to gain His favor. You are in no way accountable for their deeds nor they are in any way accountable for yours. So if you drive them away, you shall be counted among the wrongdoers. That’s how We have made some of them (poor and slaves who accepted Islam) a means for testing the others (the chiefs of Qureysh), so that they should say: “Are these the people whom Allah favors among us (the poor, indigent and low class)?” Well, does Allah not know best those who are grateful? When those who believe in Our revelations come to you, say: “Peace be upon you. Your Lord has decreed mercy upon Himself. If anyone among you commits evil because of ignorance and thereafter repents and mends his ways; you will find Allah Forgiving, Merciful.” Thus, We spell out Our revelations, so that the way of the culprits may become evident. 6:[51-55]
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.