God’s Tests Are Never Unreasonable (4:66-4:68)

God’s Tests Are Never Unreasonable

[4:66] Had we decreed for them: “You must offer your lives,” or “Give up your homes,” they would not have done it, except for a few of them. (Even if such a command was issued,) had they done what they were commanded to do, it would have been better for them, and would prove the strength of their faith.
[4:67] And we would have granted them a great recompense.
[4:68] And we would have guided them in the right path. 

“You are given this life, because you are strong enough to live it”

Life

God tests us according to our means and knows exactly how much we can handle. God made each one of us specifically for the life that we are to lead and the obstacles that we are going to face. To doubt ourselves is to doubt the God who created us.

[20:39] “Saying: `Throw him into the box, then throw him into the river. The river will throw him onto the shore, to be picked up by an enemy of Mine and an enemy of his.’ I showered you with love from Me, and I had you made before My watchful eye.
[20:40] “Your sister walked to them and said, `I can tell you about a nursing mother who can take good care of him.’ We thus returned you to your mother, that she may be happy and stop worrying. And when you killed a person, we saved you from the grievous consequences; indeed we tested you thoroughly. You stayed years with the people of Midyan, and now you have come back in accordance with a precise plan.
[20:41] “I have made you just for Me.
[20:42] “Go with your brother, supported by My signs, and do not waver in remembering Me.
[20:43] “Go to Pharaoh, for he transgressed.
[20:44] “Speak to him nicely; he may take heed, or become reverent.”
[20:45] They said, “Our Lord, we fear lest he may attack us, or transgress.”
[20:46] He said, “Do not be afraid, for I will be with you, listening and watching.
[20:47] “Go to him and say, `We are two messengers from your Lord. Let the Children of Israel go. You must refrain from persecuting them. We bring a sign from your Lord, and peace is the lot of those who heed the guidance.

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Unquestioning Submission to God Alone (4:64 – 4:65)

Unquestioning Submission: Quality of the True Believers

[4:64] We did not send any messenger except to be obeyed in accordance with GOD’s will. Had they, when they wronged their souls, come to you and prayed to GOD for forgiveness, and the messenger prayed for their forgiveness, they would have found GOD Redeemer, Most Merciful.

[4:65] Never indeed, by your Lord; they are not believers unless they come to you to judge in their disputes, then find no hesitation in their hearts whatsoever in accepting your judgment. They must submit a total submission. 

What is the difference between obeying and following the messenger?
When you follow one messenger you are following all of God’s messengers. The verses in the Quran where it says to obey the messenger seem to consistently be when the messenger is alive. The Quran is also a messenger.

[3:32] Proclaim: “You shall obey GOD and the messenger.” If they turn away, GOD does not love the disbelievers.

[3:50] “I confirm previous scripture – the Torah – and I revoke certain prohibitions imposed upon you. I come to you with sufficient proof from your Lord. Therefore, you shall observe GOD, and obey me.

“You shall reverence GOD and obey me.” – 26:108, 110, 126, 131, 144, 150, 163, 179

No Distinction Among God’s Messengers

[2:136] Say, “We believe in GOD, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.”

You Shall Not Make Any Distinction Among God’s Messengers

[2:285] The messenger has believed in what was sent down to him from his Lord, and so did the believers. They believe in GOD, His angels, His scripture, and His messengers: “We make no distinction among any of His messengers.” They say, “We hear, and we obey.* Forgive us, our Lord. To You is the ultimate destiny.”

True Believers Follow The Word of God Alone (4:60 – 4:63)

Believers Or Hypocrites?

[4:60] Have you noted those who claim that they believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, then uphold the unjust laws of their idols? They were commanded to reject such laws. Indeed, it is the devil’s wish to lead them far astray.
[4:61] When they are told, “Come to what GOD has revealed, and to the messenger,” you see the hypocrites shunning you completely.
[4:62] How will it be when a disaster hits them, as a consequence of their own works? They will come to you then and swear by GOD: “Our intentions were good and righteous!”
[4:63] GOD is fully aware of their innermost intentions. You shall ignore them, enlighten them, and give them good advice that may save their souls. 

Follow Only The Word of God
https://quranstudy19.com/2015/06/15/follow-only-the-word-of-god-449-457/ 

Intentions Road to Hell

Let your actions speak for themselves 

The Idols as Mediators A Common Myth

[39:3] Absolutely, the religion shall be devoted to GOD alone. Those who set up idols beside Him say, “We idolize them only to bring us closer to GOD; for they are in a better position!” GOD will judge them regarding their disputes. GOD does not guide such liars, disbelievers.

Our actions are the fruit of our intentions. It is impossible to have good intentions and bad actions. If our intentions are truly righteous then our actions will correspond. Our actions should speak for themselves. This is because people can always justify their actions to look at themselves and their actions in the best light. If we need to justify our actions then perhaps we need to revaluate our actions.

Frequently you hear people make the assessment that “on the Day of Judgement they will explain to God why they did…” This raises multiple flags to me because (1) We never need to explain anything to God. God knows everything including our innermost thoughts. (2) If we think that our actions need to be justified and don’t speak for themselves perhaps we are not being honest with our selves.

We judge ourselves by our intentions while others judge us by our actions. Other people do not know our thoughts or internal dialogue. They can only assume what you are thinking by how you act.

Honesty + Justice = Integrity & Hierarchy in Submission (4:58-4:59)

Honesty & Justice Advocated

[4:58] GOD commands you to give back anything the people have entrusted to you. If you judge among the people, you shall judge equitably. The best enlightenment indeed is what GOD recommends for you. GOD is Hearer, Seer.

[4:59] O you who believe, you shall obey GOD, and you shall obey the messenger, and those in charge among you. If you dispute in any matter, you shall refer it to GOD and the messenger, if you do believe in GOD and the Last Day. This is better for you, and provides you with the best solution.

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting” – Elizabeth Bibesco

Blessed

You Be as Honest as This Runner?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq1-4vzXR44

What is INTEGRITY?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACaqvfIGfSs

Cross country runner carries injured competitor across finish line
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxWDQeLgJ0M

The Truth About Dishonesty – Dan Ariely
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGGxguJsirI

When do we judge?
The Quran is the statue book therefore we can judge based on the Quran. What we shouldn’t do is go beyond what is in the Quran.

[4:135] O you who believe, you shall be absolutely equitable, and observe GOD, when you serve as witnesses, even against yourselves, or your parents, or your relatives. Whether the accused is rich or poor, GOD takes care of both. Therefore, do not be biased by your personal wishes. If you deviate or disregard (this commandment), then GOD is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

Be Honest With All People

[3:75] Some followers of the scripture can be trusted with a whole lot, and they will give it back to you. Others among them cannot be trusted with a single dinar; they will not repay you unless you keep after them. That is because they say, “We do not have to be honest when dealing with the gentiles!”* Thus, they attribute lies to GOD, knowingly. 

What does it mean obey “those in charge among you”?
These are people who are in charge organizationally not religiously, due to the fact that in the second part of the verse it states that if we dispute to refer it to God and His messenger.

No Compulsion in Religion

[2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in GOD has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.

No One Above the Law

[3:161] Even the prophet cannot take more of the spoils of war than he is entitled to. Anyone who takes more than his rightful share will have to account for it on the Day of Resurrection. That is when each soul is paid for whatever it earned, without the least injustice. 

Are there religious leaders in Submission aside from messengers?

There are no formal guidelines to religious leaders in Submission. If anything God warns of people who exalt themselves and take the people’s money illicitly.

Beware of Professional Religionists

[9:34] O you who believe, many religious leaders and preachers take the people’s money illicitly, and repel from the path of GOD. Those who hoard the gold and silver, and do not spend them in the cause of GOD, promise them a painful retribution.

The Apache Indians may serve as a good example of what a organization structure can be for Submission without a formal leader or hierarchy.

“Decentralized systems, like the Apaches, are different. There’s no clear leader, no hierarchy, no headquarters. The power is distributed among all the people and across geographic regions. Instead of a chief, the Apaches had a Nant’an –– a spiritual and cultural leader who led by example. On first impression, it may sound like the Apaches were disorganized. In reality, they were an advanced and sophisticated society that was immune to attacks that would have destroyed a centralized society.”

http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/pub/human-resources/careers/new-employees/enwisen/ExecSummaries-The_Starfish_and_The_Spider.pdf

The Starfish and The Spider
http://www.amazon.com/Starfish-Spider-Unstoppable-Leaderless-Organizations-ebook/dp/B000S1LU3M/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1434995574&sr=8-1&keywords=starfish+spider

Authors@Google: Rod Beckstrom – Starfish and the Spider
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fumQ0s7DCEY

The best people to lead are the people who don’t want the power.

[4:49] Have you noted those who exalt themselves? Instead, GOD is the One who exalts whomever He wills, without the least injustice.

Follow Only The Word of God (4:49 – 4:57)

[4:49] Have you noted those who exalt themselves? Instead, GOD is the One who exalts whomever He wills, without the least injustice.
[4:50] Note how they fabricate lies about GOD; what a gross offense this is!
[4:51] Have you noted those who received a portion of the scripture, and how they believe in idolatry and false doctrine, then say, “The disbelievers are better guided than the believers?!”
[4:52] It is they who incurred GOD’s condemnation, and whomever GOD condemns, you will not find any helper for him.
[4:53] Do they own a share of the sovereignty? If they did, they would not give the people as much as a grain.
[4:54] Are they envious of the people because GOD has showered them with His blessings? We have given Abraham’s family the scripture, and wisdom; we granted them a great authority.
[4:55] Some of them believed therein, and some of them repelled therefrom; Hell is the only just retribution for these.
[4:56] Surely, those who disbelieve in our revelations, we will condemn them to the hellfire. Whenever their skins are burnt, we will give them new skins. Thus, they will suffer continuously. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.
[4:57] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, we will admit them into gardens with flowing streams; they abide therein forever. They will have pure spouses therein. We will admit them into a blissful shade. 

Appendix 19 – Hadith & Sunna: Satanic Innovations

http://www.quranalone.com/the-quran/appendices/appendix-19.php

– Which Hadith, other than God and His revelations, do they uphold? [45:6]

– The Quran is not a fabricated Hadith; …it details everything. [12:111]

– Some people uphold vain Hadith to divert others from the path of God. [31:6]

– The only Sunna to follow shall be God’s Sunna. [17:77, 33:62, 48:23, 6:114]

The Quran informs us that some enemies of the Prophet, described as “human and jinn devils,” will fabricate lies and attribute them to the Prophet (6:112, 25:31). This is precisely what happened after the prophet Muhammad’s death; Hadith (oral) and Sunna (actions) were invented and attributed to the Prophet. Hadith and Sunna are satanic innovations because they: [1] defy the divine assertions that the Quran is complete, perfect, fully detailed, and shall be the only source of religious guidance (6:19, 38, 114 & 45:6-7), [2] blaspheme against the Prophet and depict him as a vicious tyrant who did not uphold the Quran, and [3] create false doctrines based on superstition, ignorance, and indefensible nonsensical traditions. The prophet Muhammad was enjoined, in very strong words, from issuing any religious teachings besides the Quran (69:38-48).

Some Muslims compromise: “If a Hadith agrees with the Quran we will accept it, and if it contradicts the Quran, we will reject it!” Such premise proves that these people do not believe God’s assertions that the Quran is “complete, perfect and fully detailed.” The moment they seek guidance from anything besides the Quran, no matter how “right” it seems, they fall into Satan’s trap (see 63:1). For they have rejected God’s word and set up another god besides God (18:57). See Appendix 33.

The Quran’s mathematical miracle provides mathematical evidence that the Quran shall be our only source of religious teachings. Here are just 2 examples:

  1. “We did not leave anything out of this book,” is in Verse 38 (19×2) and consists of 19 Arabic letters (6:38).
  2. “He sent down this book fully detailed,” is in Verse 114 (19×6) and consists of 19 Arabic letters (6:114). 

The amount of things that Muslims prohibit is baffling. Below is an excerpt from Appendix 33 “Why Did God Send A Messenger Now” 

http://www.quranalone.com/the-quran/appendices/appendix-33.php

Islam

If Muhammad came back to this world, the “Muslims” would stone him to death. The religion they follow today has nothing to do with the Islam preached by Abraham and Muhammad. Everything the “Muslims” do is wrong: the First Pillar (Shahaadah), the call to Salat prayer (Azan), the ablution (Wudu), the daily Salat prayers, the Zakat charity, Hajj, and all other practices of Islam (see Appendices 213, & 15).

“A Religion Never Authorized by God” (42:21)

The extent to which Islam (Submission) has been corrupted is illustrated in the following table:

Innovation Violated Quranic Principles
Hadith & Sunna 6:19, 38, 114; 7:1-3; 12:111; 17:46; 31:6; 45:6; 69:38-47; plus more.
Killing whomever they consider an apostate 2:256; 4:90; 10:99; 18:29; 88:21-22.
  • Vicious criminal justice system:
  • Cutting off the hand of the thief
  • Stoning the adulterers to death
  • Killing anyone who does not observe Salat&
  • Killing one who drinks alcohol for the 4th time
  • 5:38, 12:31.
  • 4:25, 24:2.
  • 2:256, 18:29.
  • 2:256, 18:29.
Forbidding menstruating women from worshiping 2:222
Forbidding women from the Friday Prayer 62:9
  • Idolizing Muhammad against his will:
  • Calling him “the most honorable messenger”
  • claiming that he was infallible
  • etting up his tomb as a “Sacred Mosque”
  • claiming that he possesses power of intercession
  • inventing an indefensible story about his ascension to the heavens on a horse, at the speed of light, and talking God out of 50 Salat prayers. At the speed of light, he would still be traveling within the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Adding his name in the Salat prayers & Azan
  • ·Adding his name to the First Pillar of Islam
  • 2:285.
  • 4:79; 9:117; 17:73-74; 33:37; 40:66, 66:1; 80:1-10; 93:7.
  • 2:149-150.17:1; 53:1-18.
  • 20:14; 72:18.
  • 3:18; 37:35; 39:45
  •  Insulting Muhammad by depicting him as a vicious man:
  • They claim he gouged out people’s eyes
  • Claiming he possessed sexual power of 30 men
  • 3:159; 68:4.
  • 18:110; 25:20.
Nullifying the fact that Muhammad was the last prophet by teaching that Jesus will come back to this world. This makes Jesus the last prophet. 33:40
Claiming that Muhammad was illiterate, un-intelligent. see Appendix 28.
A bizarre dietary system with multitudes of prohibitions 6:145-150; 16:115,116
Altering the Sacred Months 9:37.
Neglecting the Zakat charity through distortion 6:141, Appendix 15.
Oppressing women and forcing them to wear head-covers and unreasonable clothes; and depriving them of all rights in marriage, divorce, inheritance, etc. 2:228; 3:195; 4:19,32; 9:71.
Insulting women by instituting that “if a monkey, dog, or a woman passes in front of a praying person, his prayer is nullified” (Hadith)  
Inventing numerous rules from ablution, to prayer, to sleeping, to cutting one’s nails 2:67-71; 5:101; 42:21.
 Prohibiting gold and silk for men 5:48-49; 7:31-32.
 Prohibiting music and the arts 7:32; 34:13; 42:21.
 Ridiculing Islam by stating that the earth is built on top of a giant whale!! ( Ibn Kathir, 1200 AD & Ben Baz, 1975 AD) 79:30;

This is only a minute sample of the violations committed by the “Muslims” on a daily basis. This is why God has sent His Messenger of the Covenant now.

Quran, Hadith, And Islam by Rashad Khalifa
http://www.amazon.com/Quran-Hadith-Islam-Rashad-Khalifa/dp/1881893049/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434345029&sr=8-1&keywords=quran+islam+hadith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wubpQcMfaAE

Hadith Prohibits Music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGaB0dT1AwE

Hadith Prohibits Piercing The Nose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KosnbQIQ448

Hadith Prohibits Women to Dye Their Hair Black
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFcAa4lfcLY

 

[10:59] Say, “Did you note how GOD sends down to you all kinds of provisions, then you render some of them unlawful, and some lawful?” Say, “Did GOD give you permission to do this? Or, do you fabricate lies and attribute them to GOD?”

[16:116] You shall not utter lies with your own tongues stating: “This is lawful, and this is unlawful,” to fabricate lies and attribute them to GOD. Surely, those who fabricate lies and attribute them to GOD will never succeed.

Additionally you have Jews who have added to the laws of their scripture by upholding the Talmun,. Christians who hold their religious leader’s words over the Bible, and Catholics who hold the Pope as a direct mouth piece for God. They all have created unjust laws that were never authorized by God.

Idolatry – The Unforgivable Sin (If Maintained Till Death) 4:48

The Unforgivable Sin

[4:48] GOD does not forgive idolatry,* but He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who sets up idols beside GOD, has forged a horrendous offense.
*4:48 Idol worship is not forgivable, if maintained until death. One can always repent from any offense, including idolatry, before death comes (see 4:18 & 40:66).

[4:18] Not acceptable is the repentance of those who commit sins until death comes to them, then say, “Now I repent.” Nor is it acceptable from those who die as disbelievers. For these, we have prepared a painful retribution. 

Before God’s Blessings Upon Him, Muhammad Used to Worship Idols

[40:66] Say, “I have been enjoined from worshiping the idols you worship beside GOD, when the clear revelations came to me from my Lord. I was commanded to submit to the Lord of the universe.”*
*40:66 The Arabic word “Nahaa” used in this verse indicates the stopping of something that was going on. See for example the same word in 4:171. See also 93:7. 

[12:42] He then said to the one to be saved “Remember me at your lord.”* Thus, the devil caused him to forget his Lord, and, consequently, he remained in prison a few more years.
*12:42 When Joseph begged his companion to intercede with the king on his behalf, he exhibited dependence on other than God to be saved from the prison. This does not befit a true believer, and such a serious slip cost Joseph a few years in the prison. We learn from the Quran that only God can relieve any hardship that might befall us. A true believer trusts in God and depends totally on Him alone (1:5, 6:17, 8:17, 10:107). 

God’s Infinite Mercy

[39:53] Proclaim: “O My servants who exceeded the limits, never despair of GOD’s mercy. For GOD forgives all sins. He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful.” 

Submission (Islam): Abraham’s Religion*

[2:135] They said, “You have to be Jewish or Christian, to be guided.” Say, “We follow the religion of Abraham – monotheism – he never was an idol worshiper.”

[3:67] Abraham was neither Jewish, nor Christian; he was a monotheist submitter. He never was an idol worshiper.

[6:161] Say, “My Lord has guided me in a straight path – the perfect religion of Abraham, monotheism. He never was an idol worshiper.” 

Muhammad: A Follower of Abraham*

[16:123] Then we inspired you (Muhammad) to follow the religion of Abraham,* the monotheist; he never was an idol worshiper.

The Majority of People Do Not Believe

[12:103] Most people, no matter what you do, will not believe.

Choose Our Words Carefully (4:46 – 4:47)

[4:46] Among those who are Jewish, some distort the words beyond the truth, and they say, “We hear, but we disobey,” and “Your words are falling on deaf ears,” and “Raa’ena* (be our shepherd),” as they twist their tongues to mock the religion. Had they said, “We hear, and we obey,” and “We hear you,” and “Unzurna (watch over us),” it would have been better for them, and more righteous. Instead, they have incurred condemnation from GOD due to their disbelief. Consequently, the majority of them cannot believe.
*4:46 The word “Raa’ena” was twisted by some Hebrew speaking people to sound like a dirty word. See 2:104. 

[4:47] O you who received the scripture, you shall believe in what we reveal herein, confirming what you have, before we banish certain faces to exile, or condemn them as we condemned those who desecrated the Sabbath. GOD’s command is done. 

Anne Curzan: What Makes A Word “Real”?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6NU0DMjv0Y

Words don’t always carry the same definition. A word might mean something one day and later on mean the complete opposite of it. Modern examples is the word “bad” and “cool” etc.

Michael_Jackson_-_Bad

“Words change meaning over time in ways that might surprise you. We sometimes notice words changing meaning under our noses (e.g., unique coming to mean “very unusual” rather than “one of a kind”) — and it can be disconcerting. How in the world are we all going to communicate effectively if we allow words to shift in meaning like that? The good news: History tells us that we’ll be fine. Words have been changing meaning — sometimes radically — as long as there have been words and speakers to speak them. Here is just a small sampling of words you may not have realized didn’t always mean what they mean today.

Nice: This word used to mean “silly, foolish, simple.” Far from the compliment it is today!

Silly: Meanwhile, silly went in the opposite direction: in its earliest uses, it referred to things worthy or blessed; from there it came to refer to the weak and vulnerable, and more recently to those who are foolish.

Awful: Awful things used to be “worthy of awe” for a variety of reasons, which is how we get expressions like “the awful majesty of God.””

“20 Words That Used to Have A Different Meaning”
http://ideas.ted.com/20-words-that-once-meant-something-very-different/

In September 1989, Dr. Rashad Khalifa changed the name of his publication from “Muslim Perspective” to “Submitters Perspective”. Below is the reasons explaining the name change.

http://www.masjidtucson.org/publications/books/sp/1989/sep/page1.html

“This marks the advent of momentous changes and ushers in a new era of unification. Henceforth, all believers who devote their worship to the One True God ALONE will join forces under the banner of “One True Religion” (Quran 2:62; 3:19, 85, 113; 5:69).

This is not simply a new bright idea of a human being or a collection of humans; this is a divine plan destined for inevitable enforcement – God will render the hearts of all believers receptive. The Most Merciful has sent His Messenger of the Covenant now to deliver God’s message of unification and purification (Malachi 3:1, Quran 3:81).

I am sending My messenger to prepare the way before me; the Messenger of the Covenant. But who will endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears. For he is like the refiners fire, or like the fuller’s lye. He will sit refining and purifying. [Malachi 3:1-8]
God took a covenant from the prophets: “I will give you the Scripture and wisdom, then a messenger will come after you confirming your message. You shall believe in him and support him.…” [Quran 3:81]

One of the most important items on the unification agenda is the name of God’s people; the unified believers. The words “Muslim” and “Islam” are NOT names; they are Arabic words meaning “Submitter” and “Submission,” respectively. When Noah, Abraham, Solomon, and even the jinns talked about “Islam” and “Muslim” they did not speak in Arabic; they used their own languages. Please read these verses: 2:131; 7:126; 10:72; 22:78; 27:31, 42; 28:53; 72:14. When Jesus’ disciples stated that they were “Muslims,” they did not say it Arabic (3:52). A Christian Arab is called “Nusraany” in Arabic. Yet, we do not use this Arabic word when we speak English. It has been Satan’s plan to transform these “descriptions” into “names” then to give “Islam” and the “Muslims” a bad name. We have now mobilized to pull the rug from under Satan’s feet.”