As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s 17 Verses episode is from Surah 27, An-Naml or the Ants, verses 1-14. These verses proclaim the Qur’an as a guide and bearing good news for the Believers. Next is told the story of Prophet Moses’ selection as a Messenger of God and the nine signs which he showed to the Pharaoh of Egypt.
Tafseer for this Surah explains the nine signs themselves.
Tã Sïn. These are verses of the Qur’an, the Glorious Book; a guide and good news for the believers, who establish prayer and pay charity and firmly believe in the hereafter. As for those who do not believe in the hereafter, We make their deeds seem fair to them, therefore they blunder about in their folly. They are the ones for whom there is an evil punishment, and in the hereafter, they will be the greatest losers. And O Muhammad, most surely you are receiving this Qur’an from the One Who is wise and All-Knowing. 27:[1-6]
Relate to them the story of Moses, when he said to his family: “I have seen a fire; soon I may either bring you some information from there or a lighted torch to warm yourselves with.” When he came to it, a voice called out to him, “Blessed be He Who is in this fire and all around it! Glory be to God, the Lord of the Worlds! O Moses, this is Me, God, the All-Mighty, the Wise. Throw down your staff.” When he saw it moving like a snake, he turned back and fled without even looking back. “O Moses, do not be afraid,” said Allah, “My Messenger need not be afraid in My presence, unless, of course, he is guilty of wrongdoing; even then, if he replaces that wrongdoing with a good deed, I am indeed Forgiving, Merciful. Now put your hand into your pocket, it will come out shining white without any harm. These two signs are from the nine signs that you will be given during your mission to the Pharaoh (of Egypt) and his people; for truly, they are a people of transgressors.” 27:[7-12]
But, when our signs were shown to them, they said: “This is clear sorcery.” They were convinced in their hearts about the truth of those miracles, yet they denied those signs in their wickedness and pride. So you see, what was the end of those transgressors. 27:[13-14]
The Nine Clear Signs:
- the Rod
- the Radiant Hand
- the years of drought or shortage of water
- short crops
- epidemics among men and beasts
- water turning to blood
The Signs should have clearly opened the eyes of any persons who honestly examined them and thought about them. Those who rejected them were perverse and were going against their own light and inner conviction. That was the aggravating feature of their sin.