God Defends and Protects the Believers (5:11 – 5:12)

God Defends the Believers

[5:11] O you who believe, remember GOD’s blessings upon you; when some people extended their hands to aggress against you, He protected you and withheld their hands. You shall observe GOD; in GOD the believers shall trust.

Conditions for Staying Within God’s Protection*

[5:12] GOD had taken a covenant from the Children of Israel, and we raised among them twelve patriarchs. And GOD said, “I am with you, so long as you observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and believe in My messengers and respect them, and continue to lend GOD a loan of righteousness. I will then remit your sins, and admit you into gardens with flowing streams. Anyone who disbelieves after this, has indeed strayed off the right path.”
*5:12 If you fulfill the requirements stated in this verse, God will let you know that He is with you; you will have no doubt about it. Prominent among God’s signs are mathematical signs for those who understand the Quran’s miracle (Appendix One).

Simple guidelines to staying in God’s protection.

[3:173] When the people say to them, “People have mobilized against you; you should fear them,” this only strengthens their faith, and they say, “GOD suffices us; He is the best Protector.”
[3:174] They have deserved GOD’s blessings and grace. No harm ever touches them, for they have attained GOD’s approval. GOD possesses infinite grace.

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You Shall Not Bear False Witness – Do Not Be Bias (5:8 – 5:10)

You Shall Not Bear False Witness

[5:8] O you who believe, you shall be absolutely equitable, and observe GOD, when you serve as witnesses. Do not be provoked by your conflicts with some people into committing injustice. You shall be absolutely equitable, for it is more righteous. You shall observe GOD. GOD is fully Cognizant of everything you do.
[5:9] GOD promises those who believe and lead a righteous life forgiveness and a great recompense.
[5:10] As for those who disbelieve and reject our revelations, they are the dwellers of Hell.

Do Not Bear False Witness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd0LpVe3Lkk

 

Nelson Mandela’s Life Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgQBoXsxr8w

Barbra Lee was the only representative who showed constraint after the September 11th attacks.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/60-words/

Barbara Lee’s 9/14/01 Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh_sxilhyV0

[6:116] If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will divert you from the path of GOD. They follow only conjecture; they only guess.

U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Abuse of Boys
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/world/asia/us-soldiers-told-to-ignore-afghan-allies-abuse-of-boys.html?mwrsm=Facebook&_r=0

“One with God is always the majority”

What do we do if we are going through a disposition and the lawyer is trying to ask you a question to get a certain answer from you that will put the situation in his favor?

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. 

You Shall Not Bear False Witness

[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.

In the example of Joseph even though he was innocent and the evidence was in his favor they still decided to put him in prison. Our duty is to be honest God is the one who determines the outcome.

[12:33] He said, “My Lord, the prison is better than giving in to them. Unless You divert their scheming from me, I may desire them and behave like the ignorant ones.”
[12:34] His Lord answered his prayer and diverted their scheming from him. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.
[12:35] Later, they saw to it, despite the clear proofs, that they should imprison him for awhile.

[6:80] His people argued with him. He said, “Do you argue with me about GOD, after He has guided me? I have no fear of the idols you set up. Nothing can happen to me, unless my Lord wills it. My Lord’s knowledge encompasses all things. Would you not take heed?
[6:81] “Why should I fear your idols? It is you who should be afraid, since you worship instead of GOD idols that are utterly powerless to help you. Which side is more deserving of security, if you know?”

“The further society drifts from truth the more it will hate those that speak it…” – George Orwell

 George

 

Ablution (5:6 – 5:7)

Ablution

[5:6] O you who believe, when you observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), you shall: (1) wash your faces, (2) wash your arms to the elbows, (3) wipe your heads, and (4) wash your feet to the ankles. If you were unclean due to sexual orgasm, you shall bathe. If you are ill, or traveling, or had any digestive excretion (urinary, fecal, or gas), or had (sexual) contact with the women, and you cannot find water, you shall observe the dry ablution (Tayammum) by touching clean dry soil, then rubbing your faces and hands. GOD does not wish to make the religion difficult for you; He wishes to cleanse you and to perfect His blessing upon you, that you may be appreciative. 
[5:7] Remember GOD’s blessing upon you, and His covenant that He covenanted with you: you said, “We hear and we obey.” You shall observe GOD; GOD is fully aware of the innermost thoughts.

How to perform ablution (wudu) the correct way
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W_rDQ9m6YY

Is it more righteous to do your prayer at the exact time it comes due?

The Children of Israel Rebel

[20:83] “Why did you rush away from your people, O Moses?”
[20:84] He said, “They are close behind me. I have rushed to You my Lord, that You may be pleased.”

[5:6]… GOD does not wish to make the religion difficult for you…

[6:54]… Anyone who reverences GOD, He makes everything easy for him.

Can you make up Contact Prayers if you miss the time window?
No. See example of Solomon in 38:30 – 32

[70:23] Who always observe their contact prayers (Salat).

[70:34] They consistently observe their contact prayers (Salat) on time. 

Where are the times for the Contact Prayer mentioned?
The Five Times Are Specified in the Quran
The Dawn Prayer is mentioned by name in 24:58. Before sunrise.
The Noon Prayer is specified in 17:78. When the sun declines.
The Afternoon Prayer is in 2:238. Midway between noon and sunset.
The Sunset Prayer is mentioned in 11:114. Immediately after sunset.
The Night Prayer is in 11:114, and is mentioned by name in 24:58.

How do we know that there is a period of time to do our Contact Prayer?

Solomon’s Exemplary Devotion

[38:30] To David we granted Solomon; a good and obedient servant.
[38:31] One day he became preoccupied with beautiful horses, until the night fell.
[38:32] He then said, “I enjoyed the material things more than I enjoyed worshiping my Lord, until the sun was gone.*

Do you have to have ablution to read the Quran?
No. This is a misunderstanding of the following verse about sincerity, but some misunderstood this as being clean and thinking that people need to be physically clean to read the Quran. It is ironic that this verse about sincerity is misunderstood by people. This is a sign of their insincerity.

Only the Sincere Can Understand the Quran

[56:75] I swear by the positions of the stars.
[56:76] This is an oath, if you only knew, that is awesome.
[56:77] This is an honorable Quran.
[56:78] In a protected book.
[56:79] None can grasp it except the sincere.*
Footnote*56:79 The insincere who are not satisfied with the Quran alone are divinely prevented from understanding the Quran. This concept is repeated throughout the Quran (17:45-46, 18:57). Consequently, they cannot understand this verse. For example, compare this translation of 7:3, 17:46, 41:44, and 56:79 with other translations.

People of The Scripture (5:5)

[5:5] Today, all good food is made lawful for you. The food of the people of the scripture is lawful for you. Also, you may marry the chaste women among the believers, as well as the chaste women among the followers of previous scripture, provided you pay them their due dowries. You shall maintain chastity, not committing adultery, nor taking secret lovers. Anyone who rejects faith, all his work will be in vain, and in the Hereafter he will be with the losers. 

How do we know someone is a believer among all the religions?
Someone who believes in God alone and worships God alone.

Unity of All Submitters

[2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

Introduction to the Quran – Rashad Khalifa:
“While every religion has been corrupted by innovations, traditions, and false, idolatrous doctrines, there may be “Submitters” within every religion. There may be Submitters who are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or anything else. These Submitters, collectively, constitute the only religion acceptable to God. As emphasized by the theme on the front page of this book, all Submitters who are devoted to God ALONE, and do not set up any idols beside God, are redeemed into God’s eternal kingdom (2:62). A criterion of the true submitters is that they will find nothing objectionable in the Quran.”

There is a difference between a follower of Jesus who worships God alone and an idol worshiper.
[5:82] You will find that the worst enemies of the believers are the Jews and the idol worshipers. And you will find that the closest people in friendship to the believers are those who say, “We are Christian.” This is because they have priests and monks among them, and they are not arrogant.

Today’s Christianity Not Jesus’ Religion*

[5:72] Pagans indeed are those who say that GOD is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah himself said, “O Children of Israel, you shall worship GOD; my Lord* and your Lord.” Anyone who sets up any idol beside GOD, GOD has forbidden Paradise for him, and his destiny is Hell. The wicked have no helpers.

[2:221] Do not marry idolatresses unless they believe; a believing woman is better than an idolatress, even if you like her. Nor shall you give your daughters in marriage to idolatrous men, unless they believe. A believing man is better than an idolater, even if you like him. These invite to Hell, while GOD invites to Paradise and forgiveness, as He wills. He clarifies His revelations for the people, that they may take heed.

When is “today” in this verse?
This is probably referring from the revelation of the Quran. Sura 5 is the 112 revelation with only Chapter 9 and 110 after this chapter.

Do other people of the scripture have to follow the Quran?
According to 5:48 we are each responsible for what we have, but as we hear of the Quran we will eventually be responsible to follow the Quran as well since the Quran is the ultimate reference. Additionally we need to believe in all of God’s messengers if we become aware of them.

The Quran: God’s Message to the Jews and Christians

[5:15] O people of the scripture, our messenger has come to you to proclaim for you many things you have concealed in the scripture, and to pardon many other transgressions you have committed. A beacon has come to you from GOD, and a profound scripture.
[5:16] With it, GOD guides those who seek His approval. He guides them to the paths of peace, leads them out of darkness into the light by His leave, and guides them in a straight path.

God’s Messenger to the Jews, Christians and Muslims

[5:18] The Jews and the Christians said, “We are GOD’s children and His beloved.” Say, “Why then does He punish you for your sins? You are just humans like the other humans He created.” He forgives whomever He wills and punishes whomever He wills. To GOD belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, and to Him is the final destiny.

Quran: The Ultimate Reference

[5:48] Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD’s revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they differ from the truth that came to you. For each of you, we have decreed laws and different rites. Had GOD willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations He has given each of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To GOD is your final destiny – all of you – then He will inform you of everything you had disputed. 

They Must Believe in This Quran

[5:66] If only they would uphold the Torah and the Gospel, and what is sent down to them herein from their Lord, they would be showered with blessings from above them and from beneath their feet. Some of them are righteous, but many of them are evildoers.

[2:146] Those who received the scripture recognize the truth herein, as they recognize their own children. Yet, some of them conceal the truth, knowingly.

[6:20] Those to whom we have given the scripture recognize this as they recognize their own children. The ones who lose their souls are those who do not believe.

Hunting Using Trained Animals (5:4)

[5:4] They consult you concerning what is lawful for them; say, “Lawful for you are all good things, including what trained dogs and falcons catch for you.” You train them according to GOD’s teachings. You may eat what they catch for you, and mention GOD’s name thereupon. You shall observe GOD. GOD is most efficient in reckoning. 

This verse shows that dogs are not prohibited that even their saliva touching your food is okay.

Hunting Golden eagle Vs Fox – Human Planet – BBC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewr-vzw4ZWo

Only Four Meats Prohibited (5:3)

Only Four Meats Prohibited “Animals that die of themselves” Defined

[5:3] Prohibited for you are animals that die of themselves, blood, the meat of pigs,* and animals dedicated to other than GOD. (Animals that die of themselves include those) strangled, struck with an object, fallen from a height, gored, attacked by a wild animal – unless you save your animal before it dies – and animals sacrificed on altars. Also prohibited is dividing the meat through a game of chance; this is an abomination. Today, the disbelievers have given up concerning (the eradication of) your religion; do not fear them and fear Me instead. Today, I have completed your religion, perfected My blessing upon you, and I have decreed Submission as the religion for you. If one is forced by famine (to eat prohibited food), without being deliberately sinful, then GOD is Forgiver, Merciful.
*5:3 The “meat” of the pig is prohibited, not the “fat.” Anything that is not specifically prohibited in the Quran must be considered lawful. See 6:145-146.

Is it prohibited to eat the meat that was divided through a game of chance?
The verse states that the action of dividing the meat through a game of chance is prohibited, but the meat itself is not prohibited. If the meat was also prohibited then it would be a fifth prohibition.

What is the definition of animals that die of themselves?
The definition of animals that die of themselves is animals that are not killed with the intent of being food. So if someone hits a deer with their car and kills it by accident they shouldn’t eat that animal because it wasn’t killed for the intent of food. But if the person saves the animal before it dies and then kills it with the intention of it being food then it is okay to eat.

The speed by which animals decompose is incredibly fast:

Carrion: Decomposition Process
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=2&v=C6sFP_7Vezg

Life Cycle of A Maggot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saswW8A5FVo

Below is further reason why the meat of pigs is contaminated:

Brain Parasites From Pork
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBf0fgUOXuc

Joel Osteen teaches Christians clean/unclean foods! No pork!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJrJkFBEt_c

The pig genome and human genome are surprisingly similar, and this may be a further reason why we shouldn’t eat pigs.

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/pig-heart-transplants-humans-are-way

Man regrows severed finger using pig cells
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v88JRVuoMY8

Sequenced Pig Genome Creates Opportunities for Health Research
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08NIdnTWKkU

Sura 5: The Feast (5:1 – 5:2)

[5:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
[5:1] O you who believe, you shall fulfill your covenants. Permitted for you to eat are the livestock, except those specifically prohibited herein. You shall not permit hunting throughout Hajj pilgrimage. GOD decrees whatever He wills.
[5:2] O you who believe, do not violate the rites instituted by GOD, nor the Sacred Months, nor the animals to be offered, nor the garlands marking them, nor the people who head for the Sacred Shrine (Ka`bah) seeking blessings from their Lord and approval. Once you complete the pilgrimage, you may hunt.* Do not be provoked into aggression by your hatred of people who once prevented you from going to the Sacred Masjid. You shall cooperate in matters of righteousness and piety; do not cooperate in matters that are sinful and evil. You shall observe GOD. GOD is strict in enforcing retribution.
*5:2 Hunting and the cutting of plants are forbidden during pilgrimage for the conservation of natural resources. With thousands of pilgrims converging on Mecca, if hunting were permitted, the land would quickly be stripped of its natural resources. Animal offerings are made part of the pilgrimage to provide for the converging pilgrims, as well as the local population, and to replenish any depleted supplies. See 2:196.