As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 21, Al-Anbiyã’ or the Prophets, verses 1-10. This short selection concerns the Day of Accountability (or Judgment) and how the unbelievers dispute the admonitions to obey God and argue about whether a human being can be a Messenger of God.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
The Day of Accountability for mankind is getting closer and closer, yet they are heedless and are turning away from the admonition. They listen with ridicule to each fresh warning that comes to them from their Lord and remain engaged in the sports. 21:[1-2]
Their hearts are preoccupied with worldly affairs; these wrongdoers say to each other in private: “Is this man (Muhammad) not a human being like yourselves? Would you follow witchcraft with your eyes open?” Tell them: “My Lord has knowledge of every word which is spoken in the heavens and the earth, and He hears all and knows all.” Rather, some of them say, “this Qur’an is jumble of dreams!” Others say: “He has made it all up!” And yet others say: “He is a poet! Let him bring to us a sign as did the former Messenger.” 21:[3-5]
The fact, however, is that even though We showed Signs to the prior people, not a single nation before them, which We destroyed, ever believed. Will they believe? The Messengers which We sent before you, O Muhammad, were also human to whom We sent revelation. If you, O objectors, do not know this, then ask the people of the reminder (Jews and Christians). We did not give them bodies which could survive without food, nor were they immortal. Then We fulfilled Our promise with them: We saved them and those whom We pleased, and destroyed the transgressors. 21:[6-9]
Now, O People, We have sent down to you a Book (The Qur’an) which deals with matters concerning yourselves; why don’t you understand? 21:
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.