As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 29, Al-‘Ankabüt or the Spiders, verses 1-13. These verses assert that Allah tests the believers to see who is truthful and who is a liar. Be kind to your parents but do not obey them if they commit shirk (or associating others with Allah). Lastly, those who claim to be able to alleviate our burdens are liars.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Alif Lãm M’ïm. Do the people think that they will be left alone on saying “We believe,” and that they will not be tested? We did test those who have gone before them. Allah has to see (for the purpose of reward and punishment) who are the truthful and who are the liars. Or do the evildoers think that they will escape from Our reach? How bad is their judgment! He that hopes to meet Allah must know that Allah’s appointed time is sure to come and He hears all and knows all. He that strives, does that for his own soul; for Allah is certainly transcendent and beyond any need of the worlds. As for those who believe and do good deeds, We shall cleanse them of their sins and We shall reward them according to the best of their deeds. 29:[1-7]
We have enjoined man to show kindness to his parents; but if they (your parents) force you to commit shirk with Me, of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them. To Me is your return and I will inform you of what you have done. Those who have accepted the true faith and do good deeds shall be admitted among the righteous. There are some among people, who say: “We believe in Allah;” yet when they suffer in the cause of Allah they confuse the persecution of people with the punishment of Allah. But when there comes help in the shape of a victory from your Rabb, they are sure to say: “We have always been with you.” Is not Allah fully aware of what is in the hearts of the people of the world. Most surely Allah knows those who believe and knows those who are the hypocrites. The unbelievers say to the believers: “Follow us, and we will bear the burden of your sins.” But they will not bear any burden of their sins; they are surely lying. Of course, they shall bear their own burdens as well as the burdens of others in addition to their own; and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be questioned about their invented lies. 29:[8-13]
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.