Don't Worry Over Their Plots
 

VERSE NO.6975

Now the prophet is addressed, and is ordered to tell the obstinate disbelievers who always look for new excuses: ``Travel in the earth and see how was the end of the sinners.'' They said; we and our fathers have been promised of this, which is nothing but the fables of the ancients. They say so, but they do not mind to take lessons from the incidents of past and present, and from the fates of other people. If they would tour in the lands, they would see that evil has always come to an evil end, and the truth has always been the winner.

Qura"n repeatedly has asked people to travel on the earth and observe the monuments, and the surviving traces of the great ancient towns, palaces, and houses of those who were smitten by God's wrath, and then study their customs, states, and deeds, and that, what was the consequences of their rejecting the truth.

Our prophet suffered from the denial of the polytheists and refusal of the Jews, but was always full of pity for them, because of seeing them digging their graves with their own hands, and providing for their own destruction.

[ 533 ] Their plots and plans against the prophet was also not rare. Here Allah consoles His Messenger and Muslims to assure them that the plots of the unbelievers will never frustrate Allah in His purpose and plan.

Those obstinate refusers of truth, took no care of the warnings of our prophet and by a way of scoff and irony said: ``When is the promise to come if you are truthfuls.'' To answer their mockery, Qura"n in a serious and dignified manner says:

``....Some of what you seek to hasten might be well behind you. How do we know that this very hour is not the last hour of our life, and the first hour of our Dooms Day. For man every hour should be that of repentance and return.'' The conclusion of the above passage is a mention of the infinite knowledge of God that encompasses everything large or small, visible or invisible:

``And there is nothing hidden in the sky and earth except that it is recorded in a Perspicuous Book.'' Everything that happens or does not happen has been written in a perspicuous Book by the pen of cause and on the paper of effect. It is so with the exception that God may want it to be otherwise. His Grace may sometimes want to modify or amend something. This is because God's Mercy is always willing to call back actions from disorderly to a regular and tamed state.

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76- VERILY THIS QURA"N DECLARES TO THE ISRAELITES MOST OF THAT IN WHICH THEY DIFFER. (ARE IN VARIANCE)

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77- AND THAT IT IS A GUIDANCE AND A MERCY FOR THE BELIEVERS.

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78- VERILY YOUR LORD WILL JUDGE BETWEEN THEM BY HIS DECREE, AND HE IS EXALTED IN MIGHT, ALL-KNOWING.

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79- SO PUT YOUR TRUST IN ALLAH, THAT YOU ARE IN CLEAR TRUTH.

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80- THAT YOU DO NOT MAKE THE DEAD TO HEAR, NOR DO YOU MAKE THE DEAF TO HEAR THE CALL, WHEN THEY TURN THEIR BACKS RETREATING.

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81- AND YOU ARE NOT TO GUIDE THE BLIND OUT OF THEIR STRAYING. YOU MAKE NOT TO HEAR EXCEPT HE WHO BELIEVES IN OUR SIGNS, AND THOSE WHO SURRENDER THEMSELVES TO US. (THE MUSLIMS)

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THE COMMENTARY
DEAFS AND BLINDS WILL NOT CATCH YOUR WORD


VERSE NO.7681

The Israelites were at variance in many important matters, such as Mary the Virgin, Jesus Christ, the Messiah to come, and many a commandment of the Law.

Qura"n revealed, and declares most of such differences which is a real guidance and true Mercy for those who do believe in Qura"n: ``Verily this Qura"n makes clear to the Israelites most of that in which they are at variance.''

The Jews and Christians have numerous sects with different ideas even in their orthodox body. They have various scriptures with important conflicts in their texts, some of which have canonically been approved and accepted as true, and some have been rejected like the Gospel of Barnabas which proves to be more truthful. Both of the main groups of the Mosaic Law (JEWS AND CHRISTIANS) have a large volume of traditions with which they have overlaid the Law of Moses. This is where Jesus has said: ``Do not think that I have come to do away with the Law of Moses, and the teachings of the prophets. I have rather come to make their teachings to come true. Remember that as long as heavens and earth last, not the least point, nor the smallest detail of the Law will be done away withnot until the end of all things. So, whoever disobeys the least important of the commandments, and teaches the others to do so, will be the least in the kingdom of heaven. MATTHEWS5:17''

Therefore many of their disputes can be settled up by Qura"n, such as the nature of God-the true personality of Jesus-the revelation and inspiration, and the Hereafter and Resurrection Day.

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deaf, how can he enjoy a song. Those can be addressed by the Messenger of God, who are alivewho are willing to see and hear, and not the deads who have turned their backs retreating:

``And you are not to guide the blinds out of their straying. You make not to hear except he who believes in our signs, and those who surrender themselves to us.''

The duty of the Messenger of God was to convey God's Message to His servants, and he did that very well. Then he is not responsible for what the people do or do not, or he is not authorized to make people to convert through force majeure: ``There is no compulsion in religion. Verily the truth has been made distinct from error. Whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that will never break, and Allah hears and knows all things....S 2:256''

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82- WHEN THE WORD (OF PUNISHMENT) OCCURED AGAINST THEM, WE WILL BRING OUT OF THE EARTH A CREATURE FOR THEM, SPEAKING TO THEM THAT PEOPLE WERE NOT SURE OF OUR SIGNS.

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83- AND THE DAY IN WHICH WE WILL RESURRECT A TROOP FROM EACH NATION, OF THOSE WHO BELIED OUR SIGNS, AND THEM WE WILL HALT, FOR OTHERS TO JOIN THEM.

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84- UNTIL THEY HAVE COME (BEFORE THE COURT OF JUSTICE) HE SAID: ``DID YOU BELIE MY SIGNS WHICH YOU ENCOMPASSED THEM NOT WITH KNOWLEDGE? WHAT WERE YOU DOING?''

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85- AND THE WORD (OF PUNISHMENT) WILL FALL AGAINST THEM FOR WHAT THEY HAVE OPPRESSED, THEN THEY DO NOT SPEAK. (THEY WILL HAVE NOTHING TO SAY)

THE COMMENTARY

VERSE NO.8285

The advent of the creature is before this world is ended, and the new world is brought into being: ``And when the word of punishment came to pass against them, We will bring out of the earth a creature for them, who speaks to them, telling that the people had not faith in our signs. Qura"n does not give enough detail, as to who or how the creature is. From the verse we can understand that he is a moving creature, which may mean he is very hardy and active. He is also intelligent and well aware of the social conditions, that he makes speech, and informs the people that their difficulties are due to their lack of faith in the signs of God.

Of course, the creature, through some Islamic, traditions, has been illustrated well enough. It is narrated that the creature is one of [ 538 ]

the signs and evidences that the Resurrection Day would occur soon after. Some of the expounders of Qura"n, have understood the moving creature to be some sort of a superman who is very active, and through his earnest movements will separate the line of the believers from the non-believers and in particular, that of the hypocrites. There are some traditions that he is Hazrat Imam Ali (AS) and some other commentators like, ``ABULFOTUH RAZI'' have understood the creature to be Hazrat Al-Mahdi (AS), who is the 12th and the last Imam of the Shiite sect of Islam.

Whoever, or whatever, the moving creature of the earth might be, he will admonish people that they arrogantly and without having knowledge have rejected the signs of God, and provided for their ruin, with their own hands. Then God's decree against the non-believers will be executed, while they have nothing to say for being sure that they are guilty.

REJAT = RETURN

Some scholars have taken moving creature of the earth, to be one of the signs of ``REJ-AT''.

The Arabic, ``Rej-at'' which means, ``THE RETURN'' is a sure incident which will happen, according to the Shiite Doctrine. This will happen after the advent of Al-Mahdi, and before the Resurrection Day. Thereby a group of believers and a troop of non-believers will return back to life. The believers will then develop to higher ranks in their way of evolution, and the non-believers will be punished severely for their oppressions. This Return is not general, and for all. It rather is applicable to certain people, specified from both parties. Jurisprudents say that, the Return is not one of the necessary [ 539 ] principles of Shiite; and those who have denied it, have not been excommunicated from the sect.

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86- DO THEY NOT SEE THAT WE HAVE MADE THE NIGHT, SO AS TO REST IN IT; AND THE DAY, LIGHT GIVING? VERILY IN THAT THERE ARE SIGNS FOR A PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE.

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87- AND THE DAY (IN WHICH) IT IS BLOWN IN THE TRUMPET, THEN TERRIFIED IS WHOEVER IS IN THE HEAVENS, AND WHOEVER IS ON THE EARTH, EXCEPT HE WHO, ALLAH WILLS, AND ALL WILL COME TO HIM IN HUMILITY.

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88- AND YOU SEE THE MOUNTAINS CONSIDERING IT TO BE SOLID (STATIONARY), AND YET IT MOVES AS THE CLOUDS MOVE! IT IS THE WORKMANSHIP OF ALLAH, WHO HAS MADE EVERYTHING FIRM. VERILY HE IS AWARE OF WHATEVER YOU DO.

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THE COMMENTARY
EARTH'S MOVEMENTA SCIENTIFIC MIRACLE OF QURA"N

VERSE NO.8688

Here the immediate reference is to some natural phenomena, and physical Law that may serve to enlighten our heart with the light of truth: ``Do they not see that We have made the night so as to rest in it, and the day light-giving.'' The comfort which is provided by darkness in the night is vital to life of all creatures. It forces all of them to cease their tiresome endeavours and tedious attempts, in order to have a rest and repose. Night is for rest and day for work, and we must harmonize ourselves with it. The importance of the dark of night for rest is no less than that of the light of day for work. Both of them are God's blessings, and misusing both of them, is a bad sort of ingratitude. A patient who cannot fall asleep for pain, during the night long, can understand the value of night and rest.

The next verse applies to the Resurrection Day: ``And the day in which it is blown in the trumpet, and every one in the heavens and earth will be terrified, except he whom Allah wills.'' The angels who are in the heavens, and the pious believers who live in the earth, and all the good people are exceptions, and are not afraid of the dread of that awful day. As a matter of fact, an honest man has nothing to fear. When something dreadful happens, such as the earthquake, or an attack with artillery, of throwing shells, bombs, or missiles, causing the roofs to fall upon the heads, and man sees through it the awful face of death and destruction, his arrogance will flee. Then he may see his true place which is that of humility and lowliness.

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The next verse points to one of the physical phenomena in the nature, which is the moving mountains that seem to be stationary, as it is the case with the globe. Some of the commentators have understood that the verse (NO.88) refers to an incident which will happen at the down of Resurrection Day, wherein the mountains will be smashed.

But the verse, whatever it may mean, is also true with the present physical condition of the mountainsthey have indeed various movement while they seem to be stationary in our eyes. Nowadays, it is a proved scientific matter that even those things that we consider them as solid and without any movement, they consist of molecules and atoms that do have many kinds of movements and in different directionsthey spin round themselves, they encircle about other bodies in their orbits, and they travel longitudinally, and in such laws of gravitation, and among all, a mountain is not exceptional.

On the other hand, when Qura"n says that the mountain moves as the cloud moves, and in several other places of Qura"n it is cited that the mountains are nailed and fixed into the earth, it clearly means that the earth is moving and this is one of the scientific miracles of the Glorious Qura"n.

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89- AND HE WHO CAME WITH A GOOD DEED, FOR HIM IS A BETTER THAN IT, AND THEY SHALL BE SECURE FROM THE TERROR OF THAT DAY.

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90- AND HE WHO CAME WITH AN EVIL DEED, THEY SHALL BE

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HURLED INTO FIRE WITH FACES DOWNWARD. (HEADLONG) ARE YOU REWARDED EXCEPT FOR WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING.

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91- VERILY I AM ORDERED TO WORSHIP THE LORD OF THIS CITY (MECCA). HE WHO HAS SANCTIFIED IT, AND EVERYTHING BELONGS TO HIM, AND I AM COMMANDED TO BE OF THE MUSLIMS. (THOSE WHO HAVE SURRENDERED TO GOD'S WILL)

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92- AND TO REHEARSE THE QURA"N. THEN HE WHO IS GUIDED, HE IS GUIDED FOR (THE BENEFIT OF) HIMSELF, AND HE WHO WENT ASTRAY, THEN YOU SAY, I AM ONLY OF THE WARNERS.

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93- AND SAY: ``PRAISE BELONGS TO ALLAH. SOON SHALL HE SHOW YOU HIS SIGNS SO THAT YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THEM, AND YOUR LORD IS NOT NEGLIGENT OF WHATEVER YOU DO.

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THE COMMENTARY
THE PROPHET'S LAST COMMISSION


VERSE NO.8993

Again the argument is about the wonders of Resurrection, and the profoundly impressive terror of that Day, of which only the believers with good deeds are secure. The evil doers who are also non-believers will be hurled into the blazing fire of Hell, headlong, which is the worst kind of punishment. Some have said that the punishment is relatively very severe, and far from justice. Here the answer of Qura"n is: ``You are not rewarded except for what you have been doing.''

In other word, the punishment, whatever it is; it is only the consequence of our deeds. When we saw a seed say, a wheat; and then we harvest a bunch of 70 grains, no one will object, because we all know it to be the natural result of our work.

Then comes the next verse by which the prophet is ordered to worship the Lord of this city, which is Mecca. The Lord God Who has sanctified the town by the presence of KAABEH, the first mosque which was rebuilt by Abraham for the worship of Allah, the only one and true God. The city has always been respected by God, and has been sanctified and kept safe and secure. Then in the following verses, mention is made of some of the duties of the prophet: ``I am ordered to worship the Lord of this city (MECCA). The Lord Who has sanctified it. I am also commanded to be of the Muslims, and to rehears Qura"n.''

The ending of this chapter (S27) consists of a promise: ``And say: ``Praise belongs to Allah. Soon shall He show you His signs so that you will recognize them and your Lord is not negligent of what you do.''

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Some years later, with the prophet and after him, up to now which is our time in the 14th centure, so many wonderful incidents has happened about Islam and Qura"n, proving that what the prophet brought to us as the Message of God, is controlled and supported by the mysterious and meanwhile intelligent and powerful hand of God. So far all the doubts should have been removed from the minds of those who do not mean to reject the truth deliberately.

THE END OF THE SUREH ANT (27)

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THE NARRATION


IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MERCIFUL THE COMPASSIONATE.

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1- T-S-M (TA"-SIN-MIM)

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2- THESE ARE THE SIGNS OF THE PERSPICUOUS BOOK.

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3- WE READ TO YOU SOME OF THE STORY OF MOSES AND PHARAOH IN TRUTH, FOR A PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE.

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4- VERILY PHARAOH EXCEEDED IN THE LAND (EGYPT), AND DIVIDED ITS INHABITANTS INTO CASTES, WEAKENING A PARTY OF THEM BY KILLING THEIR SONS, AND KEEPING ALIVE THEIR WOMEN, THAT HE WAS OF THE CORRUPTOR.

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5- AND IT IS OUR WILL, TO OBLIGE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WEAKEND IN THE EARTH, AND TO MAKE THEM LEADERS, AND TO MAKE THEM INHERITORS.

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6- AND TO SETTLE THEM IN THE LAND, AND TO SHOW PHARAOH AND HA"MA"N AND THEIR HOSTS, THAT WHICH THEY WERE AVOIDING.

THE COMMENTARY
GOD'S WILL WAS TO SUPPORT THE WEAKEND


VERSE 16

In the above verse (NO.2) by the perspicuous book, the Holy Qura"n is wanted. The Arabic, ``MOBIN'' translated to, ``PERSPICUOUS'' is a transitive, as well as an intransitive word which means it is clear and also it makes things clear. Pharaoh who was intoxicated with pride of race, and vanity of power, issued a decree that all the male born to his Israelite subjects had to be killed, and the females kept alive for the pleasure of Egyptians! Further in these verses, it is related how Moses was saved from that wonderful general slaughter of babies. As to the weakened party in Egypt; Pharaoh's plan was to crush them but God's will was otherwise. He wanted to protect them and to make them custodians of His religion.

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assets. Such were the calamities of which Pharaoh and his hosts were afraid, and against all their precautionary actions it afflicted them.

As to the cause of Pharaoh's hostility against the children of Israel, commentators and historians have narrated that Pharaoh dreamt that a great burning brand of fire came out of Jerusalem and took over all the Egyptian houses, burning them all, but the fire did not touch any Israelite house! The interpreters told him that a man will rise from among the children of Israel who will perish Egyptian king and conquer Egypt. This dream of his, made him to issue a decree through which the Israelites new born baby sons had to be killed and the female separed.

Then the immediate reference is to a part of the story of Moses which is related in truth and far from superstitions and fables. The part of the story of Moses which is rehearsed here is how his mother trusted Allah in her most critical situation and put her trust in her Lord, and threw here beloved child into the sea with the hope that God would protect him. Then it is narrated how Moses himself escaped the deathful judgement of their tyrant of ages, and away from home, he found love and support due to his good deeds.

Pharaoh himself was a weak servant of God, who had lost or forgotten his very self; and by psychological disease he was thinking too much of himself. He, by the wings of ignorance and vanity flew as high as calling himself a god.

Pharaoh's policy was to divide and rule by which a small minority of people would rule a great majority. He had divided the people of Egypt in two main groups. A party was called, ``GHEBTIES'' which included all the Egyptains, and those who were known as, ``Sebties'' were generally the children of Israel who had emigrated to Egypt.

The unjust king had made envious distinction between his subjects. He declared a caste of the Israelites, depressing their men, killing their newly born male, and enslaving their females for the pleasure of Egyptians.

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7- AND WE INSPIRED THE MOTHER OF MOSES, TO SUCKLE HIM, AND WHEN YOU FEAR FOR HIM, CAST HIM IN THE SEA, AND FEAR NOT AND GRIEVE NOT. WE WILL RETURN HIM TO YOU, AND WILL MAKE HIM OF THE APOSTLES.

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8- (WHEN THE MOTHER WAS VERY AFRAID, SHE PUT HER CHILD IN A WOODEN BOX, AND GAVE IT TO THE FLOW OF NILE, AS PER ORDER OF GOD) THEN PHARAOH'S FOLK PICKED HIM UP, SO AS TO BE AN ENEMY FOR THEM, AND (A CAUSE OF) GRIEF; THAT PHARAOH, HA"MA"N, AND THEIR HOSTS, WERE WRONG DOERS.

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9- AND PHARAOH'S WIFE SAID: ``A JOY OF EYE FOR ME AND YOU. DO NOT KILL HIM. PERHAPS HE MAY PROFIT US; OR WE MAY TAKE HIM FOR A SON, AND THEY WERE NOT AWARE.'' (THAT GOD'S PLAN WAS OTHERWISE)

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