Apr 092018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.


Today’s selection is from Surah 20, Tâ-Hâ, verses 77-89. These verses tell of the deliverance of the Children of Israel from the bondage of the Pharaoh of Egypt, and their backsliding when Prophet Moses went up Mount Tür.

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

We sent Our revelation to Moses, saying: “Set forth with my servants at night and strike a dry path for them through the sea without fear of being overtaken by Pharaoh (Fir’on)  and without any fear while passing through the sea.”[77] Pharaoh followed them with his armies but the waters completely overwhelmed them and covered them up.[78] Thus Pharaoh misled his people instead of guiding them aright.[79] O Children of Israel! We delivered you from your enemy, We fixed a time to grant you The Taurãt on the right side of Mount Tür and We sent down to you Manna (sweet dish) and Salva (quail meat)[80] – saying: “Eat of the good things We have provided for your sustenance and do not transgress, lest you should incur My wrath, and whoever incurs My wrath, is surely bound to perish,[81] but the one who repents, becomes a believer, does good deeds and follows the Right Way shall be forgiven.”[82] 20:[77-82]

When Moses came to Mount Tür, Allah said: “But, why have you come with such a haste ahead of your people, O Moses?”[83] He replied: “They are close behind me, I hastened to You O Lord so that You may be pleased.”[84] Allah said: “Well, listen! We tested your people after you and the Samiri (Samaritan) has led them astray.”[85] So Moses returned to his people in a state of anger and sorrow. He said: “O my people! Did your Lord not make a gracious promise to you? Did my absence seem too long to you? Or was it to incur the wrath of your Lord that you broke your promise with me?”[86] They replied: “We broke the promise through no fault of ours. We were made to carry the burden of the peoples’ ornaments and throw them into the fire, thus Samiri suggested, who threw in something[87] and forged a calf in the shape of a body which produced the mooing sound. Then they cried out: ‘This is your god and the god of Moses, but Moses forgot to mention it to you.”[88] What! Could they not see that it did not respond to them and that it could neither harm them nor help them?[89] 20:[83-89]


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.