As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 40, which goes by two names, Ghãfir which means Forgiver or Al-Mu’min or the Believer, verses 38-50. These verses continue the story of Prophet Moses’ confrontation with the Pharaoh of Egypt. In the previous selection, a believer from the Pharaoh’s own family had spoken out in favor of Prophet Moses’ message. In this selection, God saved that believer from the plots of Pharaoh and destroyed his people; they are then presented at the fires of Hell, morning and evening.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
The man who was a true believer, said: “O my people! Follow me, I shall guide you to the Right Way. O my people! The life of this world is only temporary enjoyment, while the abode of hereafter is everlasting. The one who does evil shall be recompensed to the extent of the evil done; and the one who is a believer and does good deeds, whether man or woman, shall enter the paradise and therein receive sustenance without measure. And O my people! How is it that I call you to salvation, while you call me to the fire? You bid me to deny Allah and worship other gods I know nothing of; while I bid you to worship the All-Mighty, the All-Forgiving. No doubt you call me towards those who can be invoked neither in this world nor in the hereafter. In fact, we all have to return back to Allah and the transgressors are the ones who shall go to hell. Soon you will remember what I have told you, I am entrusting my affairs to Allah, surely Allah is ever watchful over His servants.” So Allah saved that believer from all those evil plots that the people devised against him, and the people of Fir’on were overtaken by a horrible scourge. It is the fire of hell before which they are presented morning and evening, and on the Day when the time of their Judgment will come, it will be commanded: “Make the people of Fir’on (Pharaoh) to enter the severest punishment.” Then imagine that time when these people will start arguing with each other in the fire, and the weak followers will say to the arrogant leaders: “We were your followers: can you now save us from some of these flames?” The arrogant leaders will reply: “We are all in it together! Allah has already judged between His servants.” Also imagine when the dwellers of fire will ask the Keepers of hell: “Pray to your Lord for relieving our punishment at least for one day!” The Keepers of hell will ask: “Did there not come to you Rasools with clear revelations?” “Yes,” they will answer. The Keepers of hell will say: “Then pray yourselves.” But vain shall be the prayer of the disbelievers. 40:[38-50]
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.