As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 23, Al-Mu’minun or the Believers, verses 1-22. These verses cover the characteristics of true believers, the creation of humanity and the purpose of heaven and earth.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Indeed! Successful are those believers who are humble in their Salat (prayers), who avoid vain talk, who are punctual in the payment of Zakah (charity), who guard themselves except from their spouses or those whom their right hand possesses, for in that case they shall not be blamed, those who seek to go beyond that in lust are the ones who are the transgressors – Also successful are those who are true to their trust and covenants, and who are diligent about their Salat (prayers). These are the heirs who will inherit paradise; and live therein forever.
Indeed! We have created man from an extract of clay, then placed him as a drop of semen in a firm resting place, then changed the semen into a leech-like mass, then the leech-like mass into a fetus, then the fetus into bones, then clothed the bones with flesh, and then We brought him forth as quite a different creature from the embryo – so blessed is Allah, the best of all creators! Then after living for a while you shall all die, then most surely, you shall be raised to life again on the Day of Resurrection. 13:[12-16]
We have made seven avenues (heavens) above you; and We are never unmindful of Our creation. We send down water from the sky according to a due measure, then We cause it to settle in the soil – you should know that if We please, We are certainly able to take it away – then with it We cause to grow gardens of palm trees and grapes for you; yielding abundant fruit of which you eat, and also a tree which grows from Mount Sinai which produces oil and relish as a food for those who like to eat it. In cattle, too, there is a lesson for you: from within their bodies We produce milk for you to drink, besides this you gain numerous other benefits; some of them you eat, yet, on others as well as on ships you ride. 23:[17-22]
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.
Thank you and be well.