As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection concludes Surah 47, Muhammad, verses 20-38. These verses assert that promises of obedience from the believers which are not followed by action will be cursed by God. God tests the believers in order to reveal those who are valiant and resolute. In case of war, God is on the side of the believers. Lastly, the believers are commanded not to be stingy in giving to the cause of Allah.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
The believers were asking: “Why is not a Sürah revealed allowing us to fight?” But when a decisive Sürah carrying the order of allowing them to fight is revealed, you saw those in whose hearts was a disease looking at you like the one under the shadow of death. Woe to them! On their tongues is the promise of obedience and good talk, so if they would have proved their promise with Allah when the final command was given, it would have been better for them. Now what can be expected of you if you are put in authority, other than to do evil in the land and violate the ties of blood. Such are those whom Allah has cursed and made them deaf and blinded their sight. Will they not ponder upon the Qur’an? Are there locks upon their hearts? Those who turn back to unbelief after the guidance has become clear are seduced by Shaitãn who gives them false hopes. That is why they said to those who showed an aversion to what Allah has revealed: “We shall obey you in some matters,” and Allah knows their secret talks. Then what will they do when the angels carry off their souls, smiting their faces and their backs? That will happen because they followed the way that called for the wrath of Allah and hated to adopt the way of His pleasure, therefore He made all their deeds void. 47:[20-28]
Do those in whose hearts is a disease think that Allah will not reveal their malice? Had We so pleased, We could have pointed them out to you and you would have recognized them promptly by their faces. But you will surely know them by the tone of their speech. Allah knows all of your actions. We shall put you to test until We know the valiant and the resolute among you, and test all that is said about you. The unbelievers who obstruct others from the Way of Allah and disputed the Messenger after the guidance has become clear to them shall in no way harm Allah; as a result, he will bring their deeds to nothing. O believers! Obey Allah and obey His Messenger, and do not let your deeds come to nothing. Those who disbelieve and obstruct the Way of Allah and die while they were still disbelievers, Allah will never forgive them. 47:[ 29-34]
Therefore, do not be fainthearted crying for peace, for you will surely gain the upper hand. Allah is on your side and will never let your deeds be wasted. The life of this world is but a play and amusement. If you believe and follow the way of piety, He will grant you your rewards and will not ask you to give up your possessions. 47:[35-36]
If He were to demand all of your possessions and press you for it, you would grow stingy, and He would bring out all your malice. Behold, you are those who are being asked to give in the cause of Allah. Yet some of you are stingy, whereas whoever is stingy to His cause, is in fact stingy to himself. Allah is self sufficient, it is you who are needy. If you turn away He will replace you by some other folk; who will not be like you. 47:[37-38]
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.