As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 56-70. These verses posit that only Allah has judgment authority and only Allah sees the unseen. God appoints guardians angels over mankind and is the one who saves mankind from calamities. Believers are counseled not to associate with those who argue about God’s revelations or those who take religion as a matter of amusement.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
O Muhammad, tell them: “I am forbidden to worship those whom you call upon besides Allah.” Say: “I am not going to follow your wishes: if I do, I would be lost and cease to be from the rightly guided.” Say: “I am on a clear proof from my Rabb which you have denied, but the scourge of Allah, which you are in such a rush to see, is not in my power. No one has the authority of passing Judgment except Allah: He declares the truth and He is the best of Judges.” Say: “If what you rush to see was in my power, the matter between you and me would have been settled long ago; but Allah knows best how to deal with wrongdoers. He Alone has the keys of the unseen treasures, of which no one knows except Him. He knows whatever is in the land and in the sea; there is not a single leaf that falls without His knowledge, there is neither a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry which has not been recorded in a Clear Book. He is the One Who takes your souls at night (makes you go to sleep) and knows what you do during the day, then next day raises you up again to complete your allotted span of life. To Him you shall all return, then He will notify you of all that you have done.” 6:[56-60]
He is the Irresistible (reigns supreme) over his servants and sends guardian angels over you. At length, when death approaches anyone of you, Our angels take his soul and they are not negligent in performing their duty. Then those souls are brought back to Allah, their real Master. Beware! He is the Judge and He is the swiftest in settling accounts. 6:[61-62]
Ask them: “Who delivers you from calamities in the darkness of the land and of the sea, when you call upon Him in open humility and silent terror: If You deliver us from this affliction, we shall become truly grateful.” Say: “Allah delivers you from these and all other calamities, yet you commit shirk (worship false gods)!” Say: “He has the power to send calamities on you from above and from below or to split you into discordant factions to make you taste the violence of one another. See how We present Our revelations over and over again so that they may understand the reality. But your people are rejecting this (The Qur’an), although it is the very truth.” Tell them: “I am not appointed as your caretaker. For every prophecy there is an appointed time, and soon you will come to know.” 6:[63-67]
When you see those who are engaged in arguments about Our revelations, turn away from them until they change their topic of discussion. If Shaitãn ever makes you forget this commandment, then as soon as you realize, withdraw from the company of wrongdoers. Though righteous people will not be held responsible for wrongdoers’ actions, yet it is their duty to admonish them; perhaps they may refrain from evil deeds. 6:[68-69]
Leave those people alone, who take their religion as mere play and amusement and are deceived by the life of this world. However, keep on admonishing them with this (The Qur’an), lest their souls be damned by their own sinful deeds. They will not have any protector or intercessor to rescue them from Allah, and if they seek to offer every imaginable ransom, it shall not be accepted from them. Such are those who are damned by their own sinful deeds. They will get boiling water to drink and painful torture for their rejection of the Truth. 6:
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.