As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection concludes Surah 38, Sâd, verses 65-88. These verses remind us that the mission of Messengers of God is only to warn and declare that there is no god but God. The Surah ends with the story of Adam and how Iblis or Lucifer disobeyed God.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
O Prophet, tell them: “My mission is only as a Warner; there is no divinity except Allah, the One, the Irresistible, the Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, the Almighty, the Forgiver.” Say: “This is a supreme message: yet you pay no heed to it.” Also say: “I have no knowledge of that time when the exalted chiefs disputed among themselves. I am informed about all this through a revelation because I am assigned the mission of a plain Warner.” 38:[65-70]
Behold when your Lord said to the angels: “I am about to create a man from clay: then when I have fashioned him and breathed of My spirit into him, kneel down and prostrate yourselves before him.” Accordingly all the angels prostrated themselves, except Iblis; he acted arrogantly and became one of the disbelievers. Allah said: “O Iblis! What prevented you from prostrating yourself to the one whom I have created with My own hands? Are you too arrogant, or do you think that you are one of the exalted ones?” Iblis said: “I am better than him: You created me from fire and created him from clay.” Allah said: “Get out of here: for you are accursed, and My curse shall be on you till the Day of Judgment.” Iblis said: “O Lord! Then give me respite till the Day of Resurrection.” Allah said: “You are given respite till the Day of Appointed Time.” Iblis said: “I swear by Your Honor, I will mislead them all except your chosen sincere devotees among them.” Allah said: “Fair enough and now what I am going to say is also fair: that I will fill hell with you and all of those who follow you among them.” O Prophet, tell them: “I do not ask you any recompense for conveying this Message, nor do I pretend to be what I am not. This Qur’an is nothing but a Reminder to all the Worlds; and before long, you will certainly know its truth.” 38:[71-88]
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.