Jan 092018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.


Today’s selection is from Surah 48, Al-Fath or the Victory, verses 1-17. These verses speak of the great victory of the early Muslims at Hudaibiyah. And the Bedouins who did not go to war with the Prophet (pbuh) are condemned for lagging behind.

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Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.

O Prophet, Surely We have granted you a manifest victory in the shape of a Treaty concluded at Hudaibiyah,[1] so that Allah may forgive your past as well as your future sins, and may perfect His blessings upon you, and keep you on the Right Way,[2] and that Allah may bestow on you His mighty help.[3] It was He who sent down tranquility into the hearts of the believers, so that they may add more faith to their Faith. To Allah belong the forces of the heavens and the earth. Allah is All-Knowledgeable, All-Wise.[4] He has caused you to do as you have done, so that He may admit the believing men and believing women into the gardens beneath which rivers flow, to live therein forever and remove their ills from them; and that is the highest achievement for men in the sight of Allah.[5] And that He may punish the hypocritical men and the hypocritical women and the mushrik men and the mushrik women, who entertained an evil thought about Allah. A turn of evil shall befall them, for Allah’s wrath is upon them. He has laid His curse on them and prepared for them the fire of hell, which is a very evil abode.[6] To Allah belong the forces of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.[7] O Prophet, We have sent you as a witness, as a bearer of good news, and as a Warner.[8] So that you, O people, may believe in Allah and His Messenger, and that you may help him and honor him and glorify Allah morning and evening.[9] Surely those who swore allegiance to you O Prophet, indeed swore allegiance to Allah Himself. The Hand of Allah was above their hands. Now, the one who will break his pledge, will break it at his own peril, and the one who will keep his pledge that he has made with Allah, shall soon be given a great reward by Him.[10] 48:[1-10]

The bedouin Arabs who stayed behind will soon say to you: “Our goods and families kept us occupied, so please ask forgiveness for us.” They say with their tongues what is not in their hearts. Tell them: “Who can intervene on your behalf with Allah if it be His will to do you harm or He pleases to do you good? Allah is well aware of your actions.[11] Rather you thought that the Messenger and the believers would never return to their families; this fancy seemed pleasing to your hearts. You conceived evil thoughts and thus incurred damnation.”[12] He who does not believe in Allah and His Messenger, We have prepared a blazing fire for such unbelievers.[13] To Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth: He forgives whom He pleases and He punishes whom He wills. Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.[14] When you set forth to take the spoils of war, those who stayed behind will say: “Let us come with you.” They wish to change Allah’s decree. Tell them plainly: “You shall not come with us. Allah has already said this before.” Then they will say: “Nay! But you are jealous of us.” Whereas there is no question of jealousy, but little do they understand such things.[15] Tell the Bedouin Arabs who stayed behind: “You shall soon be called upon to fight against a mighty people; then either you will fight or they will embrace Islam. Then if you obey, Allah will grant you a good reward, but if you turn away as you have done before, He will inflict on you a painful penalty.”[16] There is no blame on the blind, the lame, and the sick if they stay behind. He that obeys Allah and His Messenger shall be admitted to gardens beneath which the rivers flow, and he that turns away shall be punished with a painful punishment.[17] 48:[11-17]


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.