As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection concludes Surah 48, Al-Fath or the Victory, verses 18-29. These verses declare that God was well-pleased with those who swore allegiance to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) before the treaty of Hudaibiyah. Had there not been believers in Makkah, God would have allowed the Muslims to fight against the Quraysh. Next, the Qur’an discusses the vision which the Prophet received of conquering Makkah. And lastly, the characteristics of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers are laid out.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Allah was well pleased with the believers when they swore allegiance to you under the tree. He knew what was in their hearts, so He sent down tranquility upon them and He rewarded them with a speedy victory, and many spoils which they will soon acquire. Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise. Allah has promised you many spoils which you shall acquire, and has given you these spoils of Khayber with all promptness. He has restrained the hands of enemies from you, so that it may serve as a sign to the believers and that He may guide you to the Right Way. Besides, He promises you other spoils as well, which are not yet within your reach but Allah has surely encompassed them. Allah has power over everything. Even if the unbelievers had fought with you, they would have been put to flight, and would not have found any protector or helper. Such has been the practice of Allah in the past; and you shall find no change in the practice of Allah. It is He Who has restrained their hands from you and your hands from them in the valley of Makkah, through the Peace Treaty of Hudaibiyah, after that He had given you victory over them, and Allah was watching all your actions. They are the ones who disbelieved and obstructed you from Al-Masjid-al-Harãm (Sacred Mosque – Ka’bah) and prevented your offerings from reaching their destination. Had there not been believing men and believing women in the city of Makkah, whom you did not know, and their possibility of being trampled under your feet and thus incurring unwitting guilt on their account, Allah would have allowed you to fight, but He held back your hands, so that He may admit to His mercy whom He will. Had the believers stood apart from them, We would certainly have punished the disbelievers among them with painful punishment. While the unbelievers set up in their hearts the arrogance – the arrogance of the time of ignorance – Allah sent down His tranquillity upon His Messenger and the believers and made the believers to adhere to the word of piety; for they were most worthy and deserving of it. Allah has full knowledge of everything. 48:[18-26]
Indeed Allah has in all truth shown the vision to His Messenger, that, Allah willing, you shall enter the Masjid-al-Harãm (Ka’bah) fearless and secure to perform Umrah or Hajj and some having their heads shaved and others having their hair cut, for He knows what you do not know. So, He granted you a near victory before the fulfillment of that vision. It is He who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the religion of truth, so that He may exalt this religion over all other religions: and sufficient is Allah as a witness. Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, and those with him are strong against the unbelievers and compassionate to each other among themselves. When you see them, you will find them making Ruküh (bowing down) and Sujüd (prostrate in prayers), and craving for the blessings from Allah and His good pleasure. They have the marks of Sujüd (prostration) on their foreheads, the traces of their prostration. This is their similitude in the Taurãt (Torah); and their similitude in the Injeel (Gospel): they are like the seed which puts forth its sprout, then strengthens it, then becomes thick and stands firmly on its stem, delighting the sowers of the seed, so that through them He may enrage the unbelievers. Yet to those of them who will believe and do good deeds, Allah has promised forgiveness and a great reward. 48:[27-29]
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.