Oct 052017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.


Today’s selection concludes Surah 32, As-Sajdah or the Prostration, with verses 15-30. These verses detail the special reward given to those who spend of themselves out of love and fear for theird Lord. Lastly, it links the Qur’an to the Torah, the book given to Prophet Moses.

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Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.

Only those people believe in Our revelations, who, when they are reminded of them, prostrate themselves in adoration and celebrate the praises of their Lord and are not puffed up with pride.[15] Who forsake their beds and invoke their Lord with fear and hope; and they spend in charity out of the sustenance which We have given them.[16] No one knows what delights of the eye have been kept hidden for them as a reward for their good deeds.[17] Can he who is a believer be like the one who is a transgressor? Of course, they are not alike.[18] As for those who believe and do good deeds, they shall be awarded the gardens of paradise as a reward of their labors.[19] But those who transgress shall be cast into the fire. Whenever they try to escape from it, they shall be pushed back into it, and it will be said to them: “Taste the punishment of the fire which you used to deny.”[20] We shall certainly make them taste the lighter torment in this life before the greater punishment of the hereafter, so that they may return to the Right Way.[21] Who could be more unjust than the one who is reminded of the revelations of his Lord and he turns away from them? Surely We shall take vengeance on such criminals.[22] 32:[15-22]

We gave the Book to Moses – so be not in doubt for receiving this Book which meets the same criteria – and We made it a guide for the Children of Israel.[23] When they showed patience, We appointed from among them leaders giving guidance under Our command so long as they continued to have faith in Our revelations.[24] Surely your Lord will decide between them, on the Day of Resurrection, concerning those matters wherein they differ among themselves.[25] Do they not learn a lesson from the historical events of how many generations We have destroyed before them in whose dwelling-places they move about? Surely there are signs in this. Do they not listen?[26] Do they not see how We drive the rain to the parched lands and therefrom bring forth crops of which they and their cattle eat? Have they no vision?[27] Still they say: “When will this judgement take place, if you are telling the truth?”[28] Tell them: “On the Day of Judgement it will be of no benefit to the unbelievers even if they believe, since at that time they will not be granted a respite.”[29] Therefore, pay no heed to them, and wait as they are waiting.[30] 32:[23-30]

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.