As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 28, Al-Qasas or the Narrations, verses 43-60. These verses gives us information about the destruction of prior generations in order to teach us a lesson. It is asserted that righteous Jews & Christians can recognize the truth of the Qur’an, yet the Prophets cannot give guidance; it is only God who gives guidance.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
We gave Moses (Musa) the Book (Torah), after We had destroyed the former generations; an eye-opener, a guide, and a blessing so that they may be reminded. O Muhammad, you were not present on the western side of the mountain when We gave Moses the Law, nor did you witness that event. We raised many generations and a long time has passed over them; you were not living among the people of Madyan, reciting to them Our revelations; but it is We Who are sending to you the news of that time. Nor were you at the side of the mountain of Tür when We called out to Moses, but it is your Lord’s mercy that you are being given this information so that you may forewarn a nation to whom no Warner had come before you. Maybe they will take heed, so that they may not be able to say, when a disaster befalls them on account of their misdeeds: “Our Lord, had You sent us a Messenger, we should have followed Your revelations and become the believers.” Now that the Truth has come to them from Us, they are saying: “Why is he (Muhammad) not given the like of what was given to Moses?” Have they not rejected that which was given to Moses before? They claim: “These (Torah and Qur’an) are the two works of sorcery complementing each other!” And they say: “We believe in neither.” Ask them: “Bring a Book from Allah which is a better guide than these two, I will follow it, if what you say be true!” So if they do not meet this demand, you should know that they only follow their own desires. And who is more misguided than the one who follows his own desires rather than the guidance from Allah? In fact, Allah does not guide such wrongdoing people. 28:[43-50]
We have conveyed Our Word to them over and over again in order that they may take heed. Those to whom the scriptures were given before this (Jews and Christians), they do recognize the Truth and believe in this (Qur’an). When it is recited to them they say: “We believe in it, surely this is the Truth from our Lord: indeed we were Muslims even before this.” They are the ones who will be given their reward twice, because they have endured with fortitude, repelling evil with good and giving in charity out of what We have given them. When they hear vain talk, they withdraw from it saying: “Our deeds are for us and yours for you; peace be on to you: we do not desire the way of the ignorant.” 28:[51-55]
O Prophet, you cannot give guidance to whom you wish, it is Allah Who gives guidance to whom He pleases, and He is quite aware of those who are guided. Those who do not wish to be guided say: “If we go along with you and accept this guidance, we shall be driven out from our land.” But have We not given them a secure sanctuary to which are brought the fruits of all kinds as a provision from Us? But most of them have no knowledge. How many towns have We destroyed which once flourished in their economy? Just see those dwellings of theirs, only a few of which have been inhabited after them; at last We Alone became their inheritors. Your Lord would never destroy the towns until He had sent in their metropolis a Messenger, proclaiming to them Our revelations; and We would not destroy towns except when their dwellers had become wrongdoers. The things which you have been given are but the provisions and adornments of this worldly life; and that which is with Allah is better and more lasting. Why don’t you use your common sense? 28:[52-60]
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.