Don’t Be Impressed by the Abundance of Bad (5:98-5:100)

[5:98] Know that GOD is strict in enforcing retribution, and that GOD is Forgiving, Most Merciful.
[5:99] The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message, and GOD knows everything you declare and everything you conceal.
[5:100] Proclaim: “The bad and the good are not the same, even if the abundance of the bad may impress you. You shall reverence GOD, (even if you are in the minority) O you who possess intelligence, that you may succeed.” 

Interesting that God is speaking of “enforcing retribution”, but ends the verse by reminding us that He is “Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

An example of people being impressed by an abundance of bad is Qaaroon.

Qaaroon

[28:76] Qaaroon (the slave driver) was one of Moses’ people who betrayed them and oppressed them. We gave him so many treasures that the keys thereof were almost too heavy for the strongest band. His people said to him, “Do not be so arrogant; GOD does not love those who are arrogant.
[28:77] “Use the provisions bestowed upon you by GOD to seek the abode of the Hereafter, without neglecting your share in this world. Be charitable, as GOD has been charitable towards you. Do not keep on corrupting the earth. GOD does not love the corruptors.”
[28:78] He said, “I attained all this because of my own cleverness.” Did he not realize that GOD had annihilated before him generations that were much stronger than he, and greater in number? The (annihilated) transgressors were not asked about their crimes.
[28:79] One day, he came out to his people in full splendor. Those who preferred this worldly life said, “Oh, we wish that we possessed what Qaaroon has attained. Indeed, he is very fortunate.” 

The Real Wealth

[28:80] As for those who were blessed with knowledge, they said, “Woe to you, GOD’s recompense is far better for those who believe and lead a righteous life.” None attains this except the steadfast. 

The Tyrants’ Inevitable Fate

[28:81] We then caused the earth to swallow him and his mansion. No army could have helped him against GOD; he was not destined to be a winner.
[28:82] Those who were envious of him the day before said, “Now we realize that GOD is the One who provides for whomever He chooses from among His servants, and withholds. If it were not for GOD’s grace towards us, He could have caused the earth to swallow us too. We now realize that the disbelievers never succeed.”

One with God is the majority.

Example of Abraham:

[21:57] “I swear by GOD, I have a plan to deal with your statues, as soon as you leave.”
[21:58] He broke them into pieces, except for a big one, that they may refer to it.
[21:59] They said, “Whoever did this to our gods is really a transgressor.”
[21:60] They said, “We heard a youth threaten them; he is called Abraham.”
[21:61] They said, “Bring him before the eyes of all the people, that they may bear witness.”
[21:62] They said, “Did you do this to our gods, O Abraham?” Abraham Proves His Point
[21:63] He said, “It is that big one who did it. Go ask them, if they can speak.”
[21:64] They were taken aback, and said to themselves, “Indeed, you are the ones who have been transgressing.”
[21:65] Yet, they reverted to their old ideas: “You know full well that these cannot speak.”
[21:66] He said, “Do you then worship beside GOD what possesses no power to benefit you or harm you?
[21:67] “You have incurred shame by worshiping idols beside GOD. Do you not understand?” Profound Miracle
[21:68] They said, “Burn him and support your gods, if this is what you decide to do.”
[21:69] We said, “O fire, be cool and safe for Abraham.”*

A rich life with less stuff | The Minimalists | TEDxWhitefish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgBpyNsS-jU

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All Creatures of the Sea Lawful to Eat (5:96 – 5:97)

All Creatures of the Sea Lawful to Eat

[5:96] All fish of the sea are made lawful for you to eat. During pilgrimage, this may provide for you during your journey. You shall not hunt throughout the pilgrimage. You shall reverence GOD, before whom you will be summoned.
[5:97] GOD has appointed the Ka’bah, the Sacred Masjid,* to be a sanctuary for the people, and also the Sacred Months, the offerings (to the Sacred Masjid), and the garlands marking them. You should know that GOD knows everything in the heavens and the earth, and that GOD is Omniscient. 
Footnote *5:97 The idol-worshiping Muslims have instituted two “Sacred Masjids” by consecrating the Prophet’s tomb. The Quran talks only about one Sacred Masjid.

This verse shows that all fish in the sea are lawful to eat. We do not see any prohibitions against shellfish or any other animals of the sea. 

The Only Dietary Prohibitions*

[6:145] Say, “I do not find in the revelations given to me any food that is prohibited for any eater except: (1) carrion, (2) running blood, (3) the meat* of pigs, for it is contaminated, and (4) the meat of animals blasphemously dedicated to other than GOD.” If one is forced (to eat these), without being deliberate or malicious, then your Lord is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Game Conservation (5:94 – 5:95)

Game Conservation

[5:94] O you who believe, GOD will test you with some game within reach of your hands and your arrows (during pilgrimage). GOD thus distinguishes those among you who observe Him in their privacy. Those who transgress after this have incurred a painful retribution.
[5:95] O you who believe, do not kill any game during pilgrimage. Anyone who kills any game on purpose, his fine shall be a number of livestock animals that is equivalent to the game animals he killed. The judgment shall be set by two equitable people among you. They shall make sure that the offerings reach the Ka`bah. Otherwise, he may expiate by feeding poor people, or by an equivalent fast to atone for his offense. GOD has pardoned past offenses. But if anyone returns to such an offense, GOD will avenge it. GOD is Almighty, Avenger.

God encourages us to reverence God in public and in privacy. When we are reverence God in private it shows that we are doing it strictly to please God.

Tragedy of the Commons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj_gLquca7Q

 

Birds doing Tawaaf of Ka’bah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGnQT9qZlrM

Interesting observation about the birds of the Ka’bah:
https://www.reddit.com/r/islam/comments/1n5zmw/birds_around_the_kaba/

 

Intoxicants and Gambling Prohibited (5:90 – 5:93)

Intoxicants and Gambling Prohibited

[5:90] O you who believe, intoxicants, and gambling, and the altars of idols, and the games of chance are abominations of the devil; you shall avoid them, that you may succeed.
[5:91] The devil wants to provoke animosity and hatred among you through intoxicants and gambling, and to distract you from remembering GOD, and from observing the Contact Prayers (Salat). Will you then refrain?
[5:92] You shall obey GOD, and you shall obey the messenger, and beware. If you turn away, then know that the sole duty of our messenger is to deliver the message efficiently.
[5:93] Those who believe and lead a righteous life bear no guilt by eating any food, so long as they observe the commandments, believe and lead a righteous life, then maintain their piety and faith, and continue to observe piety and righteousness. GOD loves the righteous. 

God says to AVOID intoxicants and gambling.
For our entire existence here Satan is going to try and make us forget God. These are tools of the devil. If we use them we will be impacted by what He says here.

What does gambling have to do with contact prayer?
When you are losing you can think of nothing else other than how to get your money back. No windows or clocks in a casino so that you don’t know what time of day it is. That is how you forget your contact prayer, obsession and distraction. Peoples’ focus is so strong when gambling; remember to seek refuge in God from Satan the rejected.

The $249B hangover: How much binge drinking costs the US
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/15/cdc-binge-drinking-cost-us-economy-249b-in-2010-on-hangovers-crime-healthcare.html
http://player.cnbc.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&byGuid=3000433055&size=530_298

Alcohol Will Kill You ! You Must Watch This Documentary (Shocking, Undisputed truth)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVeXY4i-a_w

Do Not Take God’s Name in Vain (5:89)

Do Not Take God’s Name in Vain

[5:89] GOD does not hold you responsible for the mere utterance of oaths; He holds you responsible for your actual intentions. If you violate an oath, you shall atone by feeding ten poor people from the same food you offer to your own family, or clothing them, or by freeing a slave. If you cannot afford this, then you shall fast three days. This is the atonement for violating the oaths that you swore to keep. You shall fulfill your oaths. GOD thus explains His revelations to you, that you may be appreciative.

God forgives us if we didn’t have the intention. Example Moses killed the person. Small distractions in prayer are counted for too, make sure we have right intentions for prayer too.

Why People Suck at Keeping Promises | Alex Sheen | TEDxSDSU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq5BcrBLzMI

Do Not Prohibit Lawful Things (5:87 – 5:88)

Do Not Prohibit Lawful Things

[5:87] O you who believe, do not prohibit good things that are made lawful by GOD, and do not aggress; GOD dislikes the aggressors.
[5:88] And eat from the good and lawful things that GOD has provided for you. You shall reverence GOD, in whom you are believers.

Preference is not the same as prohibition.

Going above the laws that God established does not make one more righteous. So by prohibiting more than God did you cannot be more godly than God.

[5:101] O you who believe, do not ask about matters which, if revealed to you prematurely, would hurt you. If you ask about them in light of the Quran, they will become obvious to you. GOD has deliberately overlooked them. GOD is Forgiver, Clement.

Human-made Dietary Prohibitions

[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?”
[10:60] Does it ever occur to those who fabricate lies about GOD that they will have to face Him on the Day of Resurrection? Certainly, GODshowers the people with His grace, but most of them are unappreciative.

Innovated Prohibitions Condemned

[7:32] Say, “Who prohibited the nice things GOD has created for His creatures, and the good provisions?” Say, “Such provisions are to be enjoyed in this life by those who believe. Moreover, the good provisions will be exclusively theirs on the Day of Resurrection.” We thus explain the revelations for people who know.

What is the difference between good & lawful?
Good doesn’t have a negative effect on your body. Lawful is for us to eat.

Does good and lawful relate to 2:61? Are lentils and cucumber inferior?
They are inferior because they had to be grown out of the ground and the others came down from the sky. But they are good and lawful. Some foods are not prohibited but they are not the best for you. Negates argument that you must eat organic, God knows and designed the provisions for us. The key is moderation.

[2:61] Recall that you said, “O Moses, we can no longer tolerate one kind of food. Call upon your Lord to produce for us such earthly crops as beans, cucumbers, garlic, lentils, and onions.” He said, “Do you wish to substitute that which is inferior for that which is good? Go down to Egypt, where you can find what you asked for.” They have incurred condemnation, humiliation, and disgrace, and brought upon themselves wrath from GOD. This is because they rejected GOD’s revelations, and killed the prophets unjustly. This is because they disobeyed and transgressed.

Are prohibition and aggression linked?
From the examples we see, it frequently seems so, as prohibitions are often instituted one group onto another. Saudis telling women that they have to cover head to toe is a prohibition and this is an aggression against ½ of the population.

Statement of Fact (5:82 – 5:86)

A Statement of Fact

[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.
[5:83] When they hear what was revealed to the messenger, you see their eyes flooding with tears as they recognize the truth therein, and they say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so count us among the witnesses.
[5:84] “Why should we not believe in GOD, and in the truth that has come to us, and hope that our Lord may admit us with the righteous people?”
[5:85] GOD has rewarded them for saying this; He will admit them into gardens with flowing streams. They abide therein forever. Such is the reward for the righteous.
[5:86] As for those who disbelieve and reject our revelations, they are the dwellers of Hell.

Why monks & priests makes them best friends? Who are not arrogant?
Even though they have priests preaching among them they are not arrogant. They are not arrogant goes back to the Christians not the priests & monks. The Jews & the idol worshipers are arrogant whereas the Christians are not. Shows the importance of humility and not being arrogant in our religion. They are usually peaceful people, shows in the daily life and God blessed them with humbleness & kindness.

Is this referring to all time Christians or the time of Jesus?
All time, anyone who calls themselves Christians.

Is this related to 5:14? 
[5:14] Also from those who said, “We are Christian,” we took their covenant. But they disregarded some of the commandments given to them. Consequently, we condemned them to animosity and hatred among themselves, until the Day of Resurrection. GOD will then inform them of everything they had done.