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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 Seven (A Journey with Quran)

Today around five thirty our lights went out. There was lightning and rain was coming down in torrent. Electricity came back after one. I have been here for almost seven years, and this has been the first time a breakdown occurred.

The next Ayats from Surah Baqarah:

55. And remember ye said: “O Moses! We shall never believe in thee until we see Allah manifestly,” but ye were dazed with thunder and lighting even as ye looked on.

56. Then We raised you up after your death: Ye had the chance to be grateful.

57. And We gave you the shade of clouds and sent down to you Manna and quails, saying: “Eat of the good things We have provided for you:” (But they rebelled); to us they did no harm, but they harmed their own souls.

58. And remember We said: “Enter this town, and eat of the plenty therein as ye wish; but enter the gate with humility, in posture and in words, and We shall forgive you your faults and increase (the portion of) those who do good.”

59. But the transgressors changed the word from that which had been given them; so We sent on the transgressors a plague from heaven, for that they infringed (Our command) repeatedly.

60. And remember Moses prayed for water for his people; We said: “Strike the rock with thy staff.” Then gushed forth therefrom twelve springs. Each group knew its own place for water. So eat and drink of the sustenance provided by Allah, and do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the) earth.

61. And remember ye said: “O Moses! we cannot endure one kind of food (always); so beseech thy Lord for us to produce for us of what the earth groweth, -its pot-herbs, and cucumbers, Its garlic, lentils, and onions.” He said: “Will ye exchange the better for the worse? Go ye down to any town, and ye shall find what ye want!” They were covered with humiliation and misery; they drew on themselves the wrath of Allah. This because they went on rejecting the Signs of Allah and slaying His Messengers without just cause. This because they rebelled and went on transgressing.

62. Those who believe (in the Qur’an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

63. And remember We took your covenant and We raised above you (The towering height) of Mount (Sinai) : (Saying): “Hold firmly to what We have given you and bring (ever) to remembrance what is therein: Perchance ye may fear Allah.”

64. But ye turned back thereafter: Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allah to you, ye had surely been among the lost.

65. And well ye knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath: We said to them: “Be ye apes, despised and rejected.”

66. So We made it an example to their own time and to their posterity, and a lesson to those who fear Allah.

67. And remember Moses said to his people: “(Allah) commands that ye sacrifice a heifer.” They said: “Makest thou a laughing-stock of us?” He said: “(Allah) save me from being an ignorant (fool)!”

68. They said: “Beseech on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us what (heifer) it is!” He said; “He says: The heifer should be neither too old nor too young, but of middling age. Now do what ye are commanded!”

69. They said: “Beseech on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us Her colour.” He said: “He says: A fawn-coloured heifer, pure and rich in tone, the admiration of beholders!”

70. They said: “Beseech on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us what she is: To us are all heifers alike: We wish indeed for guidance, if Allah wills.”

71. He said: “He says: A heifer not trained to till the soil or water the fields; sound and without blemish.” They said: “Now hast thou brought the truth.” Then they offered her in sacrifice, but not with good-will.

72. Remember ye slew a man and fell into a dispute among yourselves as to the crime: But Allah was to bring forth what ye did hide.

73. So We said: “Strike the (body) with a piece of the (heifer).” Thus Allah bringeth the dead to life and showeth you His Signs: Perchance ye may understand.

74. Thenceforth were your hearts hardened: They became like a rock and even worse in hardness. For among rocks there are some from which rivers gush forth; others there are which when split asunder send forth water; and others which sink for fear of Allah. And Allah is not unmindful of what ye do.

75. Can ye (o ye men of Faith) entertain the hope that they will believe in you?- Seeing that a party of them heard the Word of Allah, and perverted it knowingly after they understood it.

Translation: Abdullah Yusuf

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)

A Childhood Fantasy

Second-Hand Stories
by Ben Huberman
What’s the best story someone else has recently told you (in person, preferably)? Share it with us, and feel free to embellish — that’s how good stories become great, after all.

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What went through my head at seven? I would dearly want to know.

A childhood fantasy was: to press my hand into an armpit to make it shine like Prophet Musa’s (Moses) hand. I had read the story in the Quran, and somehow I thought If I prayed enough times for this miracle, it would happen. I was one disappointed little girl.

This memory came, because of Nola (my daughter). She phoned early in the morning. She was talking about two days fasting 9th and 10th Muharram (Lunar Calendar), in remembrance of Prophet Musa, Peace be upon him.
He freed the Israelites from subjugation from the Pharaoh. She said if you fast during these dates, God forgives last year sins.

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Mount Sinai, the location where Musa (Moses) first spoke to God. (Photo credit: Thanks to Wikipedia)

Moses is regarded having urged Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) when the latter ascended the heavens during Mi’raj, to ask God to reduce the number of prayers until five remained.

Every morning I send salutations on all the Prophets by this verse form the Quran, Part 23, Chapter 37, Surah Saffat, verses 180-182:

Glory to thy Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power! (He is free) from what they ascribe (to Him).
And Peace on the Messengers.
And Praise to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds.

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A Change for the Better

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Please bear up with a rant from me.

People change as the years pass into oblivion. Some of them are wise, they change into better humans; while others develop their most hateful traits into perfection.

As the years traverse their known trajectories, these obnoxious ones start thinking they are demi-gods. Whatever uttering comes out from their precious mouths are the sacred tablets of Moses (that’s what they think! The rest of the world can go to hell).

They shut their ears to reasoning. They clearly hear (only) their own devious desires.

These people are not only guided by their own gibbering, they have (blessed!) close relatives, and friends who further aid them into madness.

Why can’t they grow up, and be better humans?

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A Change for the Better