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Day Fifty Eight (A Journey with Quran)

Surah Al Maidah: Ayats 21–30

My people! Enter the holy land, which Allah has assigned to you, and don’t turn back, for then you’ll be among the losers.” [21]

“But Moses!” they cried. “There’s a powerful nation already here in this land, and We’ll never be able to enter it unless they leave. If they go away, then, and only then, can we go in!” [22]

However, two God-fearing men – upon whom Allah had granted His favor – came forward and (boldly) suggested, “Enter (their main stronghold) through a certain entrance (that we discovered on our scouting mission). When you’re inside (the walls of the city), victory will be yours, so trust in Allah if you really have faith.” [23]

Yet, many of the people persisted in their cowardice) and said, “Moses! As long as they’re present we’ll never be able to enter this land – even until the end of time! You and your Lord can go and fight while we sit here (and watch).” [24]

(Moses) called out, “My Lord! I only have power over myself and my brother, so separate us from these rebellious people!” [25]

(Allah) answered, “So indeed it shall be. This land will be forbidden for them for forty years. Until then, they’ll wander aimlessly in the wilderness, but don’t feel depressed on account of these rebellious people.” [26]

Relate to them the story of the two sons of Adam in all accuracy. They both presented an offering (to Allah), but it was accepted from one, though not from the other. (In a jealous rage, Cain) said to his brother, “I’m going to kill you!” “Allah (only) accepts offerings,” (Abel) replied, “from those who are mindful (and sincere to Him).” [27]

(Then he tried to reason with his angry brother), saying, “If you raise your hand against me to kill me, I won’t raise my hand against you to kill you, for I fear Allah, the Lord of All the Worlds. [28]

As for me, I want you take my sins upon yourself to add them with yours, for then you’ll become a companion of the Fire, and that’s the payback of all those who do wrong.” [29]

(Cain’s jealous) soul incited him to murder his brother, and so he killed him and became hopelessly lost. [30]

Translation: Yahiya Emerick

Footnote: A short time after freeing the believers from Egypt, Moses was given the mission to settle them in a new land where they could become a nation. He sent 12 scouts to reconnoiter the area. They returned with glowing reports of a bountiful region. In the land of Canaan there were many areas in which the weary refugees could settle. All that stood in the way were several war-like peoples, chief among them were fearsome natives called the Canaanites, who would never let the people of Moses settle in their territory without a fight.

Footnote to verse 29-30: Islam teaches that if one person harms another, then on Judgement Day the wrongdoer will have to give up some of his, or her good deeds to pay back the victim. The villain also runs the risk of having some of the victim’s sins assigned to him.

Day Six (A Journey with Quran)

Today’s Ayats begin with Ayat 35, and ends with Ayat 54. From Ayat 34 to 39 is the story of Adam. Allah had explicitly told him, and his wife not to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree. They were misled by Satan, and thus banished to earth. Children of Israel means the Jews.

35. We said: “O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden; and eat of the bountiful things therein as (where and when) ye will; but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression.”

36. Then did Satan make them slip from the (garden), and get them out of the state (of felicity) in which they had been. We said: “Get ye down, all (ye people), with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be your dwelling-place and your means of livelihood – for a time.”

37. Then learnt Adam from his Lord words of inspiration, and his Lord Turned towards him; for He is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.

38. We said: “Get ye down all from here; and if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance from me, whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

39. “But those who reject Faith and belie Our Signs, they shall be companions of the Fire; they shall abide therein.”

40. O Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and fulfil your covenant with Me as I fulfil My Covenant with you, and fear none but Me.

41. And believe in what I reveal, confirming the revelation which is with you, and be not the first to reject Faith therein, nor sell My Signs for a small price; and fear Me, and Me alone.

42. And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is).

43. And be steadfast in prayer; practise regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship).

44. Do ye enjoin right conduct on the people, and forget (To practise it) yourselves, and yet ye study the Scripture? Will ye not understand?

45. Nay, seek ((Allah)’s) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is indeed hard, except to those who bring a lowly spirit,-

46. Who bear in mind the certainty that they are to meet their Lord, and that they are to return to Him.

47. Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all other (for My Message).

48. Then guard yourselves against a day when one soul shall not avail another nor shall intercession be accepted for her, nor shall compensation be taken from her, nor shall anyone be helped (from outside).

49. And remember, We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: They set you hard tasks and punishments, slaughtered your sons and let your women-folk live; therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord.

50. And remember We divided the sea for you and saved you and drowned Pharaoh’s people within your very sight.

51. And remember We appointed forty nights for Moses, and in his absence ye took the calf (for worship), and ye did grievous wrong.

52. Even then We did forgive you; there was a chance for you to be grateful.

53. And remember We gave Moses the Scripture and the Criterion (Between right and wrong): There was a chance for you to be guided aright.

54. And remember Moses said to his people: “O my people! Ye have indeed wronged yourselves by your worship of the calf: So turn (in repentance) to your Maker, and slay yourselves (the wrong-doers); that will be better for you in the sight of your Maker.” Then He turned towards you (in forgiveness): For He is Oft- Returning, Most Merciful.

Translation: (Abdullah Yusuf)

Day Five (A Journey with Quran)

Today Ayats are from Surah Al-Baqarah (the longest surah in the Quran) are from Ayat 25 – 34. The story of Adam begins in Ayat 30. Iblis means Satan or Devil.

25. But give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness, that their portion is Gardens, beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are fed with fruits therefrom, they say: “Why, this is what we were fed with before,” for they are given things in similitude; and they have therein companions pure (and holy); and they abide therein (for ever).

26. Allah disdains not to use the similitude of things, lowest as well as highest. Those who believe know that it is truth from their Lord; but those who reject Faith say: “What means Allah by this similitude?” By it He causes many to stray, and many He leads into the right path; but He causes not to stray, except those who forsake (the path),-

27. Those who break Allah.s Covenant after it is ratified, and who sunder what Allah Has ordered to be joined, and do mischief on earth: These cause loss (only) to themselves.

28. How can ye reject the faith in Allah.- seeing that ye were without life, and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring you to life; and again to Him will ye return.

29. It is He Who hath created for you all things that are on earth; Moreover His design comprehended the heavens, for He gave order and perfection to the seven firmaments; and of all things He hath perfect knowledge.

30. Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: “I will create a vicegerent on earth.” They said: “Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?” He said: “I know what ye know not.”

31. And He taught Adam the nature of all things; then He placed them before the angels, and said: “Tell me the nature of these if ye are right.”

32. They said: “Glory to Thee, of knowledge We have none, save what Thou Hast taught us: In truth it is Thou Who art perfect in knowledge and wisdom.”

33. He said: “O Adam! Tell them their natures.” When he had told them, Allah said: “Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and I know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?”

34. And behold, We said to the angels: “Bow down to Adam” and they bowed down. Not so Iblis: he refused and was haughty: He was of those who reject Faith.

Translation: Abdullah Yusuf

The Last Sunset

I took this photo of sunset last evening in a parking lot.

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Today the sky is slate grey. It’s a gloomy day for sure. It seems to me more so with the sudden death of an an acquaintance’s father. I had met the old couple at their son’s home. They lived with their son. The burial is for tomorrow, and the family is waiting for the couple’s second son to reach Houston in time to see his father for the last time.

To me it’s a sad time to hear about someone dying. It brings home to me that our stay on earth is transient, and at the end everyone is going to leave the earthy abode for someplace else. One friend always used to grumble as to why Adam, and Eve ate from the forbidden tree? If they had not done so, the humans wouldn’t have to get banished to earth, and wouldn’t have suffered death. Her question would make us laugh.

I have noticed that the day death occurs in my family, or those I have known, the weather turns gloomy, and I feel cold.

Does this happens to you too?