As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 1-24. These verses posit Allah as the Sustainer of all creatures and that Man, except the believers, is ungrateful to God. It asserts that the Qur’an is not a forgery by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and divides the People of the Book into two camps – those who can see the Truth and those who choose not to see the Truth.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Alif L’ãm R’ã. This Book, whose verses are perfected and issued in detail by the One Who is All-Wise, All-Aware, Teaches that you should worship none but Allah – indeed I am a warner and bearer of good news from Him to you. You should seek forgiveness of your Lord and turn to Him in repentance; He will grant you good provisions until an appointed term, and bestow His grace on everyone who has merit! But if you turn away (pay no heed), I fear for you the punishment of a Great Day. To Allah you shall all return and He has power over everything. Behold! They cover up their chests to conceal their thoughts from Him! Beware! Even when they cover themselves with their garments, He knows what they conceal and what they reveal, for He knows even the inmost secrets of the chests. 11:[1-5]
There is no moving creature on Earth whose sustenance is not provided by Allah. He knows its living and its resting place, and all that is recorded in a Glorious Book.  He is the One Who created the heavens and the earth in six periods – at the time when His Throne was resting on the water – so that He may test to find out which of you is the best in deeds. Now if you tell them:” You shall indeed be raised up after death,” the unbelievers would certainly say: “This is nothing but sheer magic!” And if We put off their punishment till an appointed time, they are sure to ask: “What is holding it back?” Beware! When the Day of that punishment comes, nothing will hold it back from them and they will be completely encircled by that which they are ridiculing. 11:[6-8]
If We let man taste any mercy from Us, then withdraw it from him, he becomes despairing, ungrateful. But if We let him taste any favor after adversity has afflicted him, then he says: “All my sorrows are gone from me,” and he becomes jubilantly arrogant. The exception is for those people who are steadfast and do good deeds; they are the ones who will have forgiveness and a great reward. O Prophet, be on your guard lest you omit to recite some things which are being revealed to you feeling distressed in your heart that they might say: “Why has no treasure been sent down to him, or why has no angel come with him?” You should know that you are nothing but a warner! It is Allah Who is the Custodian of everything. Do they say: “He has made up the Qur’an himself.” Say to them: “Make up ten Sürahs like this and call to your aid whomsoever you can, including your gods whom you worship besides Allah, if what you say is true. But if those gods fail to answer you, then you should know that (they are false gods and that) this (Book) is revealed with the knowledge of Allah, and that there is no god but Him! Will you then become Muslims?” 11:[9-14]
Those who desire the life of this world and its splendors, they are given full reward of their deeds therein and shall not be diminished. They are the ones who will have nothing in the hereafter except Hellfire. There they shall come to know that their deeds were fruitless and their actions were worthless. Can they be like those who have clear revelations from their Lord and to whom a witness from Himself recites it, and they have the Book of Moses before them – a guidance and a blessing? Can such people deny the revelation of Al-Qur’an? No of course not, rather such people will believe in this, but those factions who do not believe shall have their promised place in the Hellfire. So, O Prophet, do not be in any doubt about it; it is the Truth from your Lord, even though most people do not believe so. Who can be more wrong than the one who forges a lie against Allah? Such people will be brought before their Lord, and the witnesses will say: “These are the ones who lied against their Lord.” Beware! The Curse of Allah is on those wrongdoers who hinder others from the path of Allah and seek to make it crooked, and who deny the hereafter. These people cannot frustrate His plan in the land and there is none to protect them besides Allah. Their punishment shall be doubled, for they could neither hear others who speak the Truth nor see the Truth for themselves. They are the ones who have lost their own souls, and the fancies they invented have left them in the lurch. No doubt they will be the greatest losers in the Hereafter. As for those who believe and do good deeds and humble themselves before their Lord, they will be residents of paradise to live therein forever. The example of these two kinds of people is like two men, one of whom is blind and deaf, and the other who can see and hear. Are they equal when compared? Will you not then learn a lesson from this example? 11:[15-24]
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.