As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s 17 Verses episode is from Surah 14, Ibrâhim, verses 1-17. These verses claims that a Messenger of God has been sent to all peoples of the earth, including Prophet Moses and his people. Allah does not need adherents; if everyone became unbelievers, it wouldn’t make a difference to God. Believers must put their trust in Allah lest they be punished as the wrongdoers will be punished.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Alif L’âm Râ. O Muhammad! This is a Book which We have revealed to you so that you may bring mankind out of utter darkness (ways of ignorance) to the light, by the leave of their Lord, to the Way of the Mighty, the Praiseworthy, Allah, the One to Whom belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. Woe to the unbelievers, for they will be sternly punished, Those who love the life of this world more than the hereafter, who debar others from the Way of Allah and seek to make it crooked: they have gone far astray into error. 14:[1-3]
We have not sent any Messenger except that he spoke the language of his own people, so that he could explain to them clearly. Then Allah leaves in error whom He wills and guides whom He pleases: He is the Mighty, the Wise. 14:
We sent Musa (Moses) with Our signs, saying: “Lead your people out of utter darkness into light, and remind them of the Days of Allah (their history and Allah’s favors).” Surely, there are signs in this for every steadfast, thankful person. Recall! When Musa said to his people: “Remember Allah’s blessings upon you when He delivered you from the people of Fir‘aun (Pharaoh), who subjected you to cruel afflictions, putting your sons to death and sparing your females, and in this there was a tremendous trial from your Lord.” 14:[5-6]
Remember that your Lord had forewarned: “If you are grateful, I will bestow abundance upon you, but if you are ungrateful (then you should know that) My punishment will be terrible indeed.” Musa said: “If you and all the dwellers of the earth become unbelievers, you should know that He does not stand in need of any of you, surely, Allah is the Self-sufficient, Praiseworthy.” Have you not heard the news of those who passed away before you, the people of Nûh (Noah), ‘Ad and Thamûd, and those who came after them? Allah Alone knows them. Their Messengers came to them with clear signs; but they put their hands in their mouths and said: “Certainly we reject the Message with which you have been sent and certainly we strongly doubt the faith to which you invite us.” Their Messengers responded: “Are you doubting the existence of Allah, Who is the Creator of the heavens and the earth? He is the One Who invites you, so that He may forgive your sins and give you respite till your appointed term.” They said: “You are nothing but humans like us! You only wish to turn us away from the worship of those deities whom our forefathers used to worship. Bring us some clear sign.” Their Messengers said to them: “It is true that we are human like yourselves, but Allah bestows His grace of appointing a Messenger on such of His servants as He pleases. It is not in our power to bring you any sign except by Allah’s permission, and in Allah let the believers put their trust. What reason do we have not to put our trust in Allah, when He has already guided us to the ways of our lives? We shall certainly endure your persecution patiently, and those who want to put their trust, should put their trust in Allah.” 14:[7-12]
Finally, the unbelievers said to their Messengers: “Return to our religion or we will expel you from our land.” But their Lord revealed His will to them: “We shall destroy the wrongdoers and give you the land to dwell in after they are gone! This is the reward for the ones who dread his standing before Me on the Day of Judgment and fear My threats.” The Messengers called for judgement, (and when the judgement was passed) every tyrant opposer of the Truth was destroyed. Hell is next for him wherein he will be given festering water to drink; he will sip this water, but he will hardly swallow it. Death will surround him from all sides, yet, he will not die; beyond that there will be horrible punishment. 14:[13-17]
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.