As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection concludes Surah 20, Tâ-Hâ, verses 116-135. These verses tell the story of Adam’s creation and Satan’s temptation of him. Yet God forgave Adam and guided him to the right way. Furthermore, those who do not read the Qur’an and follow its guidance will be raised as blind on the Day of Resurrection. And lastly, do not envy others’ worldly benefits; rather seek Allah’s pleasure instead.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
When We said to the angels “Prostrate yourselves before Adam,” they all prostrated themselves except Iblis (Shaitãn), who refused. Then We said: “O Adam! This Shaitãn is a real enemy to you and to your wife. Do not let him get you both out of Paradise and get you in trouble. Here in Paradise you shall go neither hungry nor naked; you shall neither suffer from thirst nor from the scorching heat.” – But Shaitãn seduced him saying: “O Adam! Should I show you the Tree of Immortality and an everlasting kingdom?” They both ended up eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. As a result their private parts became apparent to them and they both began to cover themselves with the leaves from the Garden. Thus did Adam disobey His Lord and go astray. Later on Adam repented and his Lord chose him, accepted his repentance and gave him guidance, saying: “Get down from here all of you (Adam, Eve and Iblis); you will remain enemies to one another, whenever there comes to you guidance from Me and whosoever will follow My guidance will neither go astray nor get into trouble; but the one who will turn away from My reminder shall live a meager life and We shall raise him back to life as a blind person on the Day of Resurrection.” He will say: “O Lord! Why have you raised me up blind here, while I was clear-sighted before?” Allah will say: “Just as Our revelation came to you and you played blind; so are you blind today.” Thus do We reward the one who is a transgressor and does not believe in the revelations of his Lord. The punishment of the Hereafter is more terrible and more lasting. Have these people not learned a lesson that We have destroyed before them many generations in whose ruins they walk through? Certainly in these ruins there are Signs for people of understanding. 20:[116-128]
Had it not been already decreed by your Lord and a term for respite been appointed, they would have been punished. Therefore be patient with what they say. Glorify your Lord with His praise before sunrise and before sunset, glorify Him during the hours of the night as well as at the ends of the day, so that you may find satisfaction. Do not strain your eyes with envy regarding the worldly benefits We have bestowed on some among them, for with these We seek to test them, the lawful provision of your Lord is better and more lasting. Enjoin Salah on your people and be diligent in its observance. We demand nothing of you; instead We provide you sustenance. Blessed shall be the end of the Righteous. 20:[129-132] They say: “Why does he (Muhammad) not bring us a Sign from His Lord?” Has not a clear Sign (The Qur’an) come to them containing all the teachings of the former Scriptures? Had We destroyed them as punishment before its revelation, they would have said: “Our Lord! If only You had sent us a Rasool, we would certainly have followed Your revelations before being humiliated and disgraced.”  Say: “All are waiting: so wait if you will. Very soon you shall find out, who is following the Right Way and who has been rightly guided.” 20:[133-135]
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.