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Day Sixty Three (A Journey with Quran)

Surah Al Maidah: Ayats 71–80

They didn’t think there would be any dangerous repercussions from it, so they became blind and deaf (to faith). Yet, even then, Allah kept turning towards them (to give them more chances), though many of them remained blind and deaf (to faith). Allah was watching what they were doing. [71]

Those who say that Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary – they’re covering over (the truth)! The Messiah, himself, said, “Children of Israel! Serve Allah, the One Who is my Lord and your Lord.” Whoever makes partners with Allah, well, Allah will forbid him entry into the Garden, and instead the Fire will be his home – and the corrupt will have no one to help them. [72]

Those who say that Allah is one of three (in a trinity) are covering over (the truth, as well), for there is no god but the One God. If they don’t stop what they’re saying, then a painful punishment will overtake those among them who suppress (their awareness of the truth). [73]

So why don’t they turn to Allah and ask for His forgiveness? Allah is forgiving and merciful! [74]

The Messiah, the son of Mary, was no more than a messenger, and many messengers passed away before him. His mother was an honest woman – they both had to eat food (like any other mortal human being). Do you see how Allah is making His proofs clear for them? Yet, look how they’re deceived away (from the truth)! [75]

Ask them, “Are you going to serve something besides Allah – something that has no power to bring you any harm or benefit? (Well, then remember that) Allah is the Hearing and the Knowing.” [76]

Then say to them, “Followers of Earlier Revelation! Don’t go beyond the boundaries in your way of life without any justification, nor should you follow the fickle whims of the peoples who went astray before you, for they’ve misled many from the even way.” [77]

Those who suppressed (Allah’s truth) from among the Children of Israel were cursed by David’s own tongue and also by Jesus, the son of Mary, for their disobedience and constant violation (of Allah’s law). [78]

They rarely discouraged each other from the immorality in which they themselves used to indulge, and their actions were quite evil! [79]

Now you see many of (the Jews of Medina) turning towards the faithless (idol-worshippers for alliances), and the deeds that they’re sending ahead for themselves are quite evil, indeed! Allah’s wrath is upon them, and they will linger in eternal damnation. [80]

Translation: Yahiya Emerick

Footnote:

The Quran is pointing out that both Mary, and Jesus had to eat to live. They were both dependent upon God for their daily bread. So how can anyone claim that one, or both of them were of divine origin. The fact is that Jesus was a mortal, and not a god in the flesh.

Jesus taught monotheism. However Apostle Paul introduced Greco-Roman trinitarian-ism without any authority into the Christian world. There were many pagan customs incorporated into Christian culture. The Roman holiday celebrating the god of sun into Christmas. The theology of god born on earth was lifted from Greek, and Roman mythology. Greek mysticism was melded into the early Gnostic sect which had influence on the Book of John.

The idea of redemption by the suffering, or death of a god goes back to the stories of Heracles, who suffered madness after killing his children before salvation was allowed. Cultural trappings such as festive mistletoe, Easter eggs, decorated Christmas trees are actually forbidden in Jeremiah 10:1-5. Halloween, the significance of the number twelve, choosing Sunday over Saturday for a Sabbath, the celebration of Christmas have their roots in the paganism of Babylonians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vikings, and Egyptians.

Day Fifty Seven (A Journey with Quran)

Surah Al Maidah: Ayats 11–20

All you who believe! Remember the favor of Allah that He bestowed upon you when certain people made plans to move their hands against you, but He restrained their hands from ever reaching you. Therefore, be mindful of Allah, and the believers should trust in Allah. [11]

And so it was that Allah made a covenant with the Children of Israel. We appointed twelve scouts from among them (to go into the land of Canaan to gather intelligence in preparation for their entry). Allah had already told (the Children of Israel), “I’ll be with you as long as you establish regular prayer, give in charity, believe in My messengers, respect them, and loan to Allah a beautiful loan. Indeed, I‘ll erase your shortcomings and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow. If any of you cover over (your ability to have faith) after this, then he’s truly wandered far from the even path.” [12]

However, because (the Children of Israel) broke their agreement, We cursed them and allowed their hearts to grow hard. (They manipulated the words of revelation) by rearranging them from their (proper) places, and they forgot a good part of the message that was sent to them. Even still you’ll find many of them engaged in new trickery, but forgive them and try to overlook (their shortcomings), for Allah loves those who are good. [13]

We also took a covenant from those who call themselves Christians, but they forgot most of the message that was sent to them. That’s why We’ve let them become disunited in mutual envy and hatred of each other, even until the Day of Assembly. Allah will soon inform them (of the true meaning) of that in which they were engaged. [14]

Followers of Earlier Revelation! Our Messenger has come to you revealing many things that you used to hide in (your religious) scriptures and passing over many (practices of the past that are now unnecessary). A (new) light and a clear scripture have come to you from Allah. [15]

With these Allah will guide any who seek His good pleasure towards the pathways of peace and safety. Furthermore, He’ll lead them out of darkness and into a light, by His will, and lead them to a straight path. [16]

Those who say that God is Jesus, the Messiah, the son of Mary, are covering over (the real truth). Say to them, “Who has the power to hold back Allah if He wanted to destroy the Messiah, the son of Mary, his mother and everyone else on earth? To Allah belongs the control of the heavens and the earth and everything in between. He creates whatever He wants, for Allah has power over all things.” [17]

The Jews and the Christians say, “We’re the sons of God, and He loves us (above all others).” Then ask them, “So, why will He punish you for your sins (if you don’t repent of them)? By no means! You’re only mortals from among the (many peoples) that He’s created. He forgives whomever He wants, and He punishes whomever He wants. The control of the heavens and the earth and all that’s in between them belongs to Allah, and back to Him is the final destination.” [18]

Followers of Earlier Revelation! Now Our Messenger has come to you making (things) clear for you after a pause in (the chain of) Our messengers. That way you won’t be able to say, “No bearer (of good news) or warner ever came to us!” Now a bearer (of good news) and a warner has come to you, and Allah has power over all things. [19]

Recall when Moses said to his people, “My people! Remember Allah’s favor towards you when He placed prophets within your midst, and when He placed you in charge (of your own destiny after you were enslaved in Egypt) and how He gave you what He hadn’t given to any other nation. [20]

Translation: Yahiya Emerick

Background on verse 11: A man named Ghawrath met with the leaders of the hostile tribes of the desert, namely the Muhareb and Ghatafan tribes, and asked if they wanted him to kill Prophet Muhammad, (Peace be upon him). They agreed and asked him how he could possibly accomplish that. He replied that he would take him by surprise. Ghawrath bided his time and kept an eye out for an opportunity to approach his prey. One day, he saw the Prophet sitting alone under the shade of a tree with his sword on his lap. He approached him and casually asked if he could have a look at the blade. The Prophet handed it to him, and Ghawrath drew it and immediately pointed it at the Prophet menacingly, though he couldn’t bring himself to thrust it in for the kill. Finally, he asked him, “Muhammad, aren’t you afraid?” He replied that he was not. Then Ghawrath said two or three times, “Who will protect you from me now?” The Prophet answered, “Allah will.” Ghawrath hesitated and then suddenly dropped the sword. The Prophet picked it up and called to his nearby companions. While the assailant was still sitting there, he narrated the incident and then Ghawrath was allowed to go free.

Some time later, Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was visiting the Jewish neighborhood of the Banu Nadir, seeking their assistance in settling a blood-money suit brought by a desert tribe against one of the companions who had killed two of their men. Ka’b ibn Ashraf, the Jewish leader, invited the Prophet into his courtyard and bade him and his companions to sit under the shade of a wall while he ostensibly went to order food to be made. Ka’b then retreated into another room and told a man named ‘Amr ibn Jahsh ibn Ka’b to drop a heavy stone from the roof down upon Muhammad (Peace be upon him)to kill him. Just before the man could do the deed, however, Angel Gabriel came and warned the Prophet, who promptly got up and left. This verse was revealed soon afterwards, referencing both incidents, and was meant to emphasize that Allah would protect this prophet until the end of his mission. (Asbab ul-Nuzul, Ibn Kathir)

Footnote:

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) once said that in the intervening years between Jesus, and himself there were no prophets sent by God. (Bukhari, Muslim)

He said on another occasion that there would be no more prophets after me. Therefore any religions founded between the time of Jesus, and Muhammad, and then after the time of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) are not accepted as authentic expressions of divine revelation by Muslims.

Day Fifty Five (A Journey with Quran)

Surah An Nisa: Ayats 171–176

Followers of Earlier Revelation! Don’t go to extremes in your religious (doctrines), and don’t make statements about Allah that aren’t true. Jesus, the son of Mary, was a messenger from Allah and His (creative) word bestowed upon (the virgin) Mary and a spirit sent from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers (who were mortal men). Don’t say, “Trinity.” Don’t do it, as that would be best for you. Truly, Allah is just one God, glory be to Him! He’s (far above) having a child! He owns everything in the heavens and on the earth, and Allah is quite enough to take care of matters (for Himself)! [171]

The Messiah never refused to be Allah’s servant, nor have the angels, nor the nearest (people devoted to Him). Whoever arrogantly refuses to serve Him will be gathered back to Him (for judgment). [172]

Those who believed and did what was morally right will be given their due reward by Him, and even more out of His bounty! But those who were hesitant and arrogant will be punished by Him with a painful punishment, and they’ll find no one to help them or protect them besides Allah! [173]

All you people! Absolute proof has now come to you from your Lord in that We’ve sent you a clear light. [174]

So those who believe in Allah and hold firmly to Him will soon be admitted to (a state of) mercy and grace from Him, and He will guide them to Himself along a straight path. [175]

Now they’re asking you for (an additional) legal decision (concerning inheritance in cases in which there are no descendants or ascendants). Say to them, “Allah gives you the following instructions for people who leave neither descendants nor ascendants as heirs. If it’s a man who dies and he leaves a sister, but no children, she will get half the estate he leaves. If (the deceased was) a woman who left no children, her brother gets her estate. If there are (only) two sisters (left as heirs), they will get two-thirds of the estate (to share between them). If there are brothers and sisters, males and females, (then they will share the entire inheritance, with) the male receiving twice the share of the female.” And so Allah makes things clear to you so you won’t do anything in error, (and remember that) Allah knows about all things. [176]

Translation: Yahiya Emerick

Day Fifty Three (A Journey with Quran)

Surah An Nisa: Ayats 152 — 160

To those who believe in Allah and His messengers and who make no distinction between any of the messengers, We will soon give them their reward, for Allah is forgiving and merciful. [152]

The (Jewish leaders among) the Followers of Earlier Revelation (in Medina) are asking you to bring down a (holy) book from the sky for them (to see, before they will accept you as a true prophet). (Their forefathers) asked Moses for an even greater (miracle than that) when they demanded of him, “Show us Allah in the flesh!” They were seized by thunder (and rendered unconscious) for their unjust presumption! Yet, they worshipped the calf even after all the clear proofs that had come to them! Even still We forgave them, and We also gave Moses a clear mandate (to lead them). [153]

For their covenant We (brought them) to the raised heights of the mountain, (and afterwards, while they were traveling,) We had commanded them, “Enter this (city’s) gate with humility.” We also commanded them, “Don’t violate the Sabbath,” and We took from them a solemn promise. [154]

However, they broke their promise, rejected the signs of Allah, killed the prophets against all right, and now they’re saying, “Our hearts are the covers (within which are written Allah’s truth, so we don’t need any other revelations).” But no! Allah has set a seal upon (their hearts) on account of their rejection, and they have only a little faith. (Furthermore, they’re in such a state because) they suppressed (Allah’s truth), made unfounded accusations against Mary, and boasted, “We killed Jesus, the Messiah, the son of Mary.” However, they didn’t kill him, nor did they crucify him, but it was made to appear to them that they did. Those who argue about it are full of doubts and have no (concrete) information. On the contrary, they only follow theories, for they certainly didn’t kill him. [157]

Certainly not! Allah raised (Jesus) up to Himself, for Allah is powerful and wise. [158] Each of the Followers of Earlier Revelation must believe in (Jesus) before they die, for on the Day of Assembly, (Jesus) will be a witness against them. [159]

For the misbehavior of the Jews, We made certain (foods) forbidden to them that were (otherwise) good and wholesome – (food) that was allowed to them (before), but they had hindered too many people from Allah’s path, (and were thus given these harsh dietary guidelines as a punishment). [160]

Translation: Yahiya Emerick

Background on verse 153: A group of Jews in Medina challenged Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to bring down a scripture from the sky, even as Moses received his revelation on Mount Tur from the hand of Allah. Only then, they said, would they believe that he was a true prophet. This verse references this challenge. (Asbab ul-Nuzul)

Footnote:

The followers of Judaism do not believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, and hold that a man, possibly a paramour, must have impregnated Mary, mother of Jesus. However, both Islam, and Christianity hold that God caused her pregnancy miraculously. Mention of the charge against Mary is found in 19: 27 —28.

Footnote to Ayat 157:

European Christians have long persecuted Jews on the ground that they killed their god Jesus. Muslims do not believe that Jesus was killed, or crucified: thus Muslims never held a religious grudge against the Jews. If someone did die on the cross two thousand years ago, it might have been Judas Iscariot, or someone the Romans thought looked like Jesus. Only Allah knows the truth.

Records from early Christians sect (like Basilidians) reveal that some believers thought that Jesus escaped to safety before being raised to Allah. The clear statement of the Quran is that Jesus was neither killed, or crucified.

This is of course is unacceptable to modern Christian theology whose view is based that a man god died to assuage the anger of father god, and then a ghost god entered the world to save humans from their sins. Jesus said, “the first of all commandments is, Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is One Lord.” (Mark 12:29)

Jesus himself said in 12:44-50 (Quran) . In verse 44 he makes a clear distinction between a person believing in him, and believing in God. From the Quranic point of view is: he was God’s Messenger, not His biological son. The saying of a son, or child of God was never meant that someone was a biological son of a god. Jesus said in John 1:12 : “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God.” It was only a beautiful metaphor that later people took too literally!

Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) said, “Don’t overly praise me like the Christians exaggerated Jesus, the son of Mary, for I’m only a servant, so say ‘God’s servant, and Messenger.” (Bukhari)

The Prophet also said, “Whoever testifies that there is no god but God, alone with no partners, that Mohammad is His servant, and messenger, that Jesus is God’s servant, and messenger, and His word bestowed upon Mary a spirit created by Him, and that Paradise is true, and Hellfire is real, then God will admit him to Paradise with whatever deeds he has done. (Bukhari)

Day Twenty third (A Journey with Quran)

Quran is the Islamic sacred book. It is the the word of God addressed to the last Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him), brought to him by the archangel Gabriel, and written down in Arabic. It consists of 114 chapters of varying lengths, and are called Surahs. The first Surah is part of our daily prayers.

The Quran calls out to all the human beings on earth. It touches all aspects of our human life.

Quran means the Criterion. It means to differentiate between right, and wrong.

Our twenty third day journey with Quran continues: the third Surah Al Imran. Ayats (verses) 51-60. In the previous Ayat forty nine Jesus tells the people to obey Allah.

51“It is Allah who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him. This is a way that is straight.”

52When Jesus found unbelief on their part he said: “Who will be my helpers to (the work of) Allah?” Said the Disciples: “We are Allah’s helpers we believe in Allah and do thou bear witness that we are Muslims.

53“Our Lord! we believe in what thou hast revealed and we follow the Apostle; then write us down among those who bear witness.”

54And (then unbelievers) plotted and planned and Allah too planned and the best of planners is Allah.

55Behold! Allah said: “O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject Faith to the Day of Resurrection; then shall ye all return unto Me and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute.

56“As to those who reject faith I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter nor will they have anyone to help.

57“As to those who believe and work righteousness Allah will pay them (in full) their reward; but Allah loveth not those who do wrong.

58“This is what We rehearse unto thee of the Signs and the Message of Wisdom.”

59This similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam: He created him from dust then said to him: “Be” and he was.

60The truth (comes) from Allah alone; so be not of those who doubt.

Translation: Abdullah Yusuf

God is One

Daily Prompt: Reason to Believe
In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, At the end of every hard-earned day/people find some reason to believe.
What’s your reason to believe?

My mother died, when I was very young. My elder brother, (eight years elder than me) and I lived with father, after her death. My three younger siblings were looked after by the grandmothers.

Father was away most of the time. My older brother would be out playing with his friends. My life was school and home. At home, I would be found, swinging in the garden.

My education from class1 to class 3, was at a Convent School. My earlier religious education was conflicting. The Mother Superior at the Convent would drill the children, that Jesus was the son of God. The Maulvi Sahib, (religious teacher) at home, who used to teach me reading of the Quran, would say, “God is One, there is no god but He.”

I was, but a child. I thought that probably two gods existed in a parallel Universe.

At the same time, I would watch our cook saying his five times prayers. Sometimes I would stand beside him, emulating the way he used to pray, without understanding one bit. At night time, when he was saying the Isha Prayers, I would stand beside him. During prostration, I would fall asleep on the prayer mat.

Growing up, I started reading the translation of the Quran by myself. I loved reading it, and discovered the One, True God.

I understood that God is One. He sent his Messengers on earth, and Jesus was one of the Messengers. God has no need to beget a son. It’s but a lie.

In Surah Ikhlas (The Purity of Faith) Chapter 112, God Says:
Say: He is Allah
The One and Only
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute
He begetteth not
Nor is He begotten
And there is none
Like unto Him

Without my belief in God, I would have had a miserable life. I am thankful to God, for everything in my life.

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Good Wishes

Daily Prompt: The Best Day Ever
You get to enjoy the best day ever — Describe in detail what that means to you. Where are you? What will you do? What’s the weather like? What will you eat? Who will you see?

Muslims revere Jesus as one of their Prophets. On this day 25th December, my first grand child was born. We have two special days, the two Eids. One is Eid-ul-Fitr, which comes after our month of fasting (called Ramadan). The other one is called Eid-ul-Duha, which occurs after the annual Pilgrimage is over and Muslims all over the world offer Sacrifice.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas.

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