Day Fifty Nine (A Journey with Quran)

Surah Al Maidah: Ayats 31–40

Then Allah sent a raven, scratching on the ground, to show him a way to hide the body of his brother. “I’m ruined!” he cried out. “Couldn’t I (at least have been) like that raven over there and buried my brother’sbody?” Then sorrowful regret began to well up within him. [31]

It was for the sake (of that crime) that We made it a principle for the Children of Israel that if anyone took a life, unless it be (to punish) a murder or to prevent the spread of chaos in the land, that it would be as if he had murdered the whole of humanity. Conversely, if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he had saved the life of the whole of humanity. However, even though Our messengers came to them with clear evidence (of the truth) – even after that many of them continued to commit abuses in the land. [32]

The punishment for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and who strive hard to cause chaos and murder throughout the land, is execution or crucifixion or the cutting off of their hands and feet from opposite sides or (at the very least) exile from the land. That’s the humiliation that they’ll receive in this world, but an even more painful punishment awaits them in the next, [33] except for those who repent before they fall into your power, for in that case know that Allah is forgiving and merciful. [34]

All you who believe! Be mindful of Allah. Aspire to get closer to Him, and exert your utmost in His cause so you can be successful. [35]

As for those who cover over (their inner knowledge of the truth), even if they had everything in the whole wide world, and even double that, and offered it as a ransom on the Day of Assembly, no offers to avoid punishment will be accepted – and their punishment will be painful! [36]

Their only wish will be to get out of the Fire, but they’ll never be able to escape from it, for their punishment will endure. [37]

As for the thief, male or female, cut off the hand of both by way of payback, for this is a fitting (example of poetic justice) from Allah as a consequence for (the sin) they earned, and Allah is powerful and wise. [38]

Though, if (the thief) repents after his crime and reforms himself, then Allah will turn to him (in forgiveness), for Allah is forgiving and merciful. [39]

Don’t you know that the control of the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah? He punishes whomever He wants, and He forgives whomever He wants, for Allah has power over all things. [40]

Translation: Yahiya Emerick

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