As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 130-141. These verses talk of the scourge of God against the Pharaoh of Egypt and his chiefs and their final destruction. Allah then rescued the Children of Israel but they still disbelieved in one God.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
We afflicted (Fir’on) Pharaoh’s people with several years of famine and shortages of fruit so that they might come to their senses. But whenever they had good times they said “It is our due,” and whenever evil befell them, they ascribed that bad luck to Moses and those with him. Behold! In fact their misfortune was in the hands of Allah; yet most of them do not know. They said to Moses: “No matter what sign you may bring us to put your magic spell, we are not going to believe you.” So We plagued them with storms, locusts, lice, frogs and blood: clear cut signs, yet they persisted in their arrogance, for they were a criminal nation. Every time the plague befell them, they said: “O Moses! Pray for us to your Lord as He has made the promise with you, if you help remove the plague from us, we shall truly believe in you and send the Children of Israel with you.” But every time We removed the plague from them and the appointed time for the release of the Children of Israel came, lo! They broke their promise. Therefore, We inflicted retribution on them and drowned them in the sea, for they denied Our signs and became heedless of them. Thus We made that nation which was oppressed, the inheritors of the eastern and western lands which We had blessed. That’s how the fair promise of your Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel because they had endured with patience; and We levelled to the ground the great works and fine buildings which Pharaoh and his nation had erected with such pride. 7:[130-137]
We made the Children of Israel cross the (Red) sea. On their way they came across a people who were worshipping their idols. They said: “O Moses (Moses) fashion for us an Ilãh (a god for worship) like the gods of these people.” He replied: “You are indeed very ignorant people, don’t you realize, what these people are following is doomed to destruction and their deeds are in vain.” He further said: “Should I seek for you a god for worship other than Allah: when it is He who has exalted you above all the nations.” And remember Allah says, “Remember that We rescued you from people of Fir‘on (Pharaoh), who subjected you to cruel torment, putting your sons to death and sparing your women and in that condition of slavery here was a great trial from your Lord.” 7:[138-141]
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.