As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 28, Al-Qasas or the Narrations, verses 61-75. These verses make two broad claims. The first – that, on the Day of Judgment, the disbelievers will wish that had accepted God’s guidance. And second – God has not allowed those who associate others with Him to assign His powers to whomever they want.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Can a person to whom We have made a handsome promise and he is sure to receive it, be like the one to whom We have only given the provisions of this world and he is scheduled to be presented on the Day of Resurrection for punishment? Let them not forget that Day when We shall call them and ask: “Where are those whom you deemed to be My associates?” Those who are proven guilty as charged will say: “Our Lord! These are the ones whom we led astray; we led them astray as we were astray ourselves. However, we plead our innocence before You; it was not us that they worshipped.” Then they will be told: “Appeal to your shorakã’ (associate gods) ” so they will appeal them but will get no answer. They will see the punishment and wish that they had accepted guidance. Let them also not forget that, on that Day, He will call them and ask: “How did you answer Our Messengers?” They will be so confused on that Day that they will not even ask one another. However, the one who has repented in this life, and believed, and done good deeds may hope to be among those who will achieve salvation. 28:[61-67]
Your Lord creates whatever He wills and chooses for His work whom He pleases. It is not for them (mushrikïn) to choose and assign the powers of Allah to whom they want. Glory be to Allah! He is far above the shirk that these people commit. Your Lord knows all that they conceal in their hearts and all that they reveal. He is Allah; there is no god but Him. Praise belongs to Him in this world and in the hereafter: His is the Judgement and to Him you all shall be brought back. O Prophet, ask them: “Have you ever considered that if Allah were to make the night perpetual till the Day of Resurrection, which deity other than Allah could bring you light?” Will you not listen? Ask them again: “Have you ever considered that if Allah were to make the day perpetual till the Day of Resurrection, which deity other than Allah could bring you the night in which you could rest? Will you not see? It is out of His mercy that He has made for you the night that you may rest in it, and the day that you may seek His bounty, so that you may render thanks. They should be mindful of that Day when He will call them and ask: “Where are those deities whom you deemed My associates?” And We shall bring forth a witness from every nation and ask: “Bring your proof about other deities besides Me.” Then they shall come to know that in reality there is only One God, Allah, and gods of their own inventions have left them in the lurch.” 28:[68-75]
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.