As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 1-20. These verses set up Allah as the supreme being who created the universe in six days or periods of time. There are many signs of His manifestation in the heavens and earth. Next, the behaviors of the wrongdoers towards Allah and the revelations are detailed and lastly, it is mankind which was one undivided nation until they themselves invented different creeds.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Alif L’âm Râ. These are the verses of the wise Book. Does it seem strange to the people that We revealed Our will to a man from among themselves, saying: “Warn mankind and give the good news to the Believers that they are on sound footing with their Lord?” The disbelievers say: “This man is indeed an obvious magician!” 10:[1-2]
The fact is that your Lord is the same Allah Who created the heavens and the earth in six Yaums (days, time periods or stages) and then established Himself on the Throne, in a manner that suits His Majesty, and is directing the affairs of the universe. None can intercede with Him, except the one who receives His permission. This is Allah your Lord, so worship Him: will you not receive admonition? To Him you shall all return. Allah’s promise is true. He is the One Who originates the process of Creation and repeats it (will bring it back to life) so that He may justly reward those who believed in Him and did righteous deeds. As for those who disbelieved, they shall have boiling fluids to drink and shall undergo a painful punishment because they rejected the truth. He is the One Who gave the sun its brightness and the moon its light, established its phases that you may learn to compute the years and other such counts (days, weeks, months). Allah created them only to manifest the truth. He has spelled out His revelations for people who have knowledge. 10:[3-5]
Indeed in the alternation of the night and the day and what Allah has created in the heavens and the earth, there are signs for those who are God-fearing. As for those who do not hope to meet Us on the Day of Judgement, being well pleased and satisfied with this worldly life and those who give no heed to Our revelations, they shall have the Fire as their abode because of what they had earned (erroneous creed and wrong conduct). In fact, those who believe in the truth which is revealed in this Book and do good deeds, their Lord will guide them because of their faith and rivers will flow beneath their feet in the gardens of bliss. Their way of request therein will be: “Glory to You O Allah!” Their greetings therein will be: “Peace be upon you!” And their closing remarks will be: “All praises are for Allah Alone, the Lord of the Worlds!” 10:[6-10]
If Allah were to hasten the punishment for their evil deeds as they hasten in asking good of this world, then the respite given to the people would have been terminated, but this is not Our way. We leave those people alone who do not entertain the hope of meeting Us, to blunder about in their rebellion. Whenever affliction touches a man, he prays to Us, whether lying down on his side, sitting, or standing. But as soon as We relieve his affliction, he walks away as if he had never prayed to Us for removing that affliction which touched him! Thus the foul deeds which they do are made fair-seeming to the transgressors. We have destroyed generations before your time when they adopted unjust attitudes: their Messengers came to them with clear signs but they would not believe! Thus, do We requite the criminals. Then, We made you their successors in the land so that We may observe how you would conduct yourselves. When Our clear revelations are recited to them, those who entertain no hope of meeting Us say to you: “Bring us a Qur’an different than this or make some changes in it.” O Muhammad, tell them: “It is not possible for me to change it myself. I follow only what is revealed to me. Indeed, I cannot disobey my Lord, for I fear the punishment of a Mighty Day.” Say: “If Allah wanted otherwise, I would have not recited this (Qur’an) to you, nor would I have made you aware of it. Indeed, a whole lifetime (40 years) I have lived among you before its revelation. Why do you not use your common-sense?” Who can be more unjust than the one who himself forges a lie, then ascribes it to Allah or falsifies His real Revelations? Indeed, such criminals can never prosper. 10:[11-17]
They worship other deities besides Allah, who can neither harm them nor benefit them, and they say: “These are our intercessors with Allah.” O Muhammad, say to them: “Are you informing Allah of what He knows to exist neither in the heavens nor on the earth? Glory to Him! He is far above from having the partners they ascribe to Him!” Mankind was once just one nation; later on they became divided through inventing different creeds. If your Lord had not already given His word (specified time for the life of mankind on Earth), the matters in which they differ would have certainly been decided. In regards to their saying: “Why has not a sign been sent down to him (Muhammad) from his Lord?” Tell them: “Allah Alone has the knowledge of the unseen. Wait if you will: I too shall wait with you.” 10:[18-20]
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.