As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 22-41. In this selection we learn that the Qur’an is consistent in its verses but repeats its teachings in different ways. God has cited every kind of parable in the Qur’an so that people may clearly understand. Who can be more wicked than the one who invents a lie against God? Lastly, if God intends to harm you, no one can save you and if God intends to bless you, no one can prevent that either.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Is the one whose heart Allah has opened to Islam and is walking in the light from his Lord like the one who has learned no lesson and is still a non-Muslim. So woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of Allah! They are clearly in error. Allah has revealed the most beautiful message, a Book consistent in its verses yet repeating its teachings in different ways. Those who fear their Lord are filled with awe when they hear it, their skins and their hearts become pliant to the remembrance of Allah. Such is the guidance of Allah: He guides with it whom He pleases. But he whom He lets go astray shall have none to guide him. Is the one who shall face the terrors of the Day of Resurrection like the one who shall enter paradise? To such wrongdoers it will be said: “Now taste the fruits of your labor.” Those who have gone before them also disbelieved, consequently, the punishment overtook them from the directions they least expected. So Allah made them taste humiliation in this worldly life, and the punishment in the life to come shall be even more terrible, if they but knew it. We have cited for mankind every kind of parable in this Qur’an, so that they may learn a lesson. This Qur’an is revealed in Arabic, without any kind of crookedness, so that they may learn to be righteous. Allah cites you a parable – there is a slave man who is shared by many masters, each pulling this man to himself (like the man who worships other deities along with Allah), and there is another slave man who belongs entirely to one master (like the man who worships Allah Alone)- are the two alike in comparison? Praise be to Allah! But most of them do not know. O Prophet, you shall die and they too shall die. Then on the Day of Resurrection, your disputes shall be settled in the presence of your Lord. 39:[22-31]
Who could be more wicked than the one who invents a lie against Allah and rejects the truth when it comes to him? Is there not an abode in hell for such unbelievers? And the one who comes with the truth and the one who confirms it – surely are the God-fearing. They shall have from their Lord all that they wish for. Thus shall the righteous be rewarded. Allah will do away from their account their worst deeds and reward them according to their best deeds. Is Allah not all-sufficient for His servants? Yet they try to frighten you with others besides Him! For such whom Allah lets go astray, there can be no guide. But the one whom Allah guides, none can lead him astray. Is not Allah All-Mighty, the Lord of retribution? If you ask them: “Who created the heavens and the earth?” They will surely say: “Allah.” Ask them: “Do you think then, that if Allah intends to harm me, can they (your goddesses) – whom you invoke besides Allah – save me from His harm or if He wants to bestow on me His blessings, can they withhold His blessings?” Tell them: “Allah is all-sufficient for me. On Him do the reliant rely.” Say: “O my people! If you do not believe me, then do whatever you want in your positions and so shall I. Soon you will find out as to whom shall come the disgraceful scourge and who shall get the everlasting punishment.” O Prophet, surely We have revealed to you the Book with the truth, for the instruction of Mankind. He who follows the Right Way shall follow it for his own good; and he who goes astray shall do so at his own peril. You are not set up as a guardian over them. 39:[32-41]
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.