As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 34, Sabã’ or Sheba, verses 22-36. These verses prevails upon the believers that no intercession before God can prevail except that which He permits. Those who do not believe in the message will have yokes placed around their necks before being ushered in to hell. Lastly, wealth and children in this world are not indications of Allah’s pleasure with us.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
O Prophet, say to the mushrikïn (those who associate others with Allah): “Call on those deities to whom you pray besides Allah – they do not have power over an atom’s weight of anything in the heavens or earth, nor have they any share in either, nor is any of them a helper to Allah.” No intercession before Allah can avail anyone except for the one for whom He permits. Until when terror will be removed from their hearts, they shall ask the intercessors: “What has your Lord ordained?” They will answer: “The Truth,” He is the Most High, the Great. O Prophet, ask them: “Who provides your sustenance from the heavens and the earth?” If they do not answer, then say: “It is Allah! Certainly one of us; either we or you are rightly guided or in manifest error.” Further, tell them: “You shall not be questioned about our errors nor shall we be questioned about your actions.” Say: “Our Lord will bring us all together, then He will rightly judge between us. He is the Judge Who knows everything.” Say: “Show me those whom you have made associate gods with Him. Nay! By no means can you do it. Allah Alone is the Almighty, the Wise.” O Prophet, We have sent you to the entire mankind, to give them good news and forewarn them, but most men do not know. They ask you: “When will this promise of resurrection be fulfilled, if you are telling the truth?” Tell them: “For you the appointment of a day is fixed, which you can neither postpone for a moment nor bring it early.” 34:[22-30]
The disbelievers say: “We shall never believe in this Qur’an, nor in the scriptures which came before it.” If you could only see when these wrongdoers will be made to stand before their Lord, tossing accusing words on one another! Those who had been despised as weaklings will say to the arrogant: “If it were not for you, we would certainly have been believers.” The arrogant will say to those despised weaklings: “Did we block you off from guidance when it came to you? Nay! Rather you yourselves were guilty.” Those despised weaklings will say to the arrogant: “No! It was you who plotted day and night, bidding us to disbelieve in Allah and to set up equals with Him,” – They will feel ashamed once they see the punishment, and We shall put yokes on the necks of those disbelievers; can there be any other reward except for what they did? Whenever We have sent a Warner to a town, its wealthy residents have said: “We surely disbelieve in what you are sent with.” They say: “We have more wealth and children, which indicates that our gods are happy with us so we shall never be punished.” O Prophet tell them: “Surely my Lord gives abundantly to whom He wills and sparingly to whom He pleases, but most people do not understand this.” 34:[31-36]
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.