As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 22, Al-Hajj or Pilgrimmage, verses 39-48. These verses grant permission to the believers to fight in self-defense and for the cause of Allah. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not the only Prophet who wasn’t believed. All the others were as well. And finally, a day of Allah’s is equal to 1,000 years of human calculation.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Permission to fight back is hereby granted to the believers against whom war is waged and because they are oppressed (before this revelation, Muslims were not allowed to fight even for self defense); certainly Allah has power to grant them victory – those who have been unjustly expelled from their homes only because they said, “Our Lord is Allah.” Had not Allah repelled some people by the might of others, the monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which Allah’s praise is daily celebrated, would have been utterly demolished. Allah will certainly help those who help His cause; most surely Allah is Mighty, Powerful. These are the people who, if We establish them in the land, will establish Prayers and pay Charity, enjoin justice and forbid evil; the final decision of all affairs is in the hands of Allah. 22:[39-41]
If they deny you O Muhammad, remember that before them the people of Nüh (Noah), ‘Ad and Thamüd; the people of Ibrãhïm (Abraham) and Lüt (Lot); as well as the residents of Madyan had denied their Prophets, likewise Musa (Moses) was also denied. Initially, I gave respite to all those unbelievers and then I seized them: see how terrible was My disapproval! How many townships, teaming with wrong doings, have We utterly destroyed! Today, they lie with their roofs fallen in, their wells abandoned, and their lofty castles deserted. 22:[42-45]
Have they not traveled through the land? Have they no hearts to learn wisdom, or ears to hear the Truth? Certainly it is not their eyes which are blind, but it is the hearts in their breasts which are blind. These people ask you to hasten the threatened punishment. Well, Allah will never go back on His promise. In fact a day of your Lord (time period in which Allah’s decision is executed) is equal to a thousand years of your calculation. There have been many townships teeming with wrong doings, to whom at first I gave respite and at the end I smote them. Towards Me is the destination of all. 22:[46-48]
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.