As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s 17 Verses episode is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 25-35. These verses concern Prophet Noah’s ministry to his people and how they challenged him and invited the scourge of the flood upon themselves.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
We sent Noah (Nüh) to his people. Noah said: “I have come to warn you plainly, not to worship anyone except Allah; otherwise I am afraid for you the punishment of a painful Day.” In answer to this, the chiefs of the unbelievers among his people said: “We see you as no more than merely a human being like ourselves: and we see that no one has followed you except the meanest among us, whose judgement abilities are immature, and we find nothing in you which gives you superiority over us: in fact we think that you are a liar.” He said: “O my people, look! If I am given clear proof from my Lord, and He has bestowed on me His grace, although it be hidden from you, can we compel you to accept it against your will? O my people! I do not ask you any wealth for this work, for none but Allah can reward me. I am not going to drive away those who believe; for they will surely meet their Lord. But I can see that you are acting out of ignorance. And O my people! Who will save me from Allah, if I drive them away? Don’t you understand this simple thing? I do not say that I possess the Treasures of Allah, nor do I say that I have knowledge of the unseen, nor do I claim to be an angel; nor do I say of those who are mean in your eyes, that Allah will not grant them any good – Allah knows best what is in their hearts – for if I utter any thing like this, then I will indeed become a wrongdoer.” 11:[25-31]
They said: “O Noah! You have argued with us and argued too much, now bring upon us the scourge with which you threaten us, if what you say is true.” He replied: “ Allah will surely bring it on you if He pleases and then you will not be able to escape from it! My counsel will not profit you, much as I desire to give you good counsel, if Allah wants to leave you astray; He is your Lord, and to Him you shall return.”  Do the unbelievers say “He (Muhammad) himself has forged all this?” Say to them: “If I have indeed forged it, then its sin is on me! And I am clear of the sins which you are committing for not believing it.” 11:[32-35]
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.