Almighty God (6:59) & Death and Resurrection: Every Day (6:59 – 6:67)

Almighty God

[6:59] With Him are the keys to all secrets; none knows them except He. He knows everything on land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls without His knowledge. Nor is there a grain in the depths of the soil. Nor is there anything wet or dry, that is not recorded in a profound record.

Death and Resurrection: Every Day*

[6:60] He is the One who puts you to death during the night, and knows even the smallest of your actions during the day. He resurrects you every morning, until your life span is fulfilled, then to Him is your ultimate return. He will then inform you of everything you had done. 
*6:60 The righteous do not really die; they go straight to the same Paradise where Adam and Eve once lived. The unrighteous die and experience a nightmare that lasts until the Day of Resurrection (see 2:154, 3:169, 8:24, 16:32, 22:58, 36:26-27, 40:46, 44:56, and Appendix 17).

[6:61] He is Supreme over His creatures, and He appoints guards to protect you. When the appointed time of death comes to any of you, our messengers put him to death without delay.
[6:62] Then everyone is returned to GOD, their rightful Lord and Master. Absolutely, He is the ultimate judge; He is the most accurate reckoner.
[6:63] Say, “Who can save you from the darkness of the land or the sea?” You implore Him loudly and secretly: “If He saves us this time, we will be eternally appreciative.”
[6:64] Say, “GOD does save you this time, and other times as well, then you still set up idols besides Him.”
[6:65] Say, “He is certainly able to pour upon you retribution from above you, or from beneath your feet. Or He can divide you into factions and have you taste each others’ tyranny. Note how we explain the revelations, that they may understand.”
[6:66] Your people have rejected this, even though it is the truth. Say, “I am not a guardian over you.”
[6:67] Every prophecy herein will come to pass, and you will surely find out.

Proverbs 8:35 – 36
For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”

Proverbs 10:16
The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death. 

Proverbs 11:4
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. 

Sleep is the Minor Death – Powerful Reminder – Mohammed Hoblos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-RflrJKCTA

Why is it called death when you sleep?
May be because you can’t grow your soul while we are sleeping.
We have no control in our sleep. Our bodies are residing without consciousness.

[32:16] Their sides readily forsake their beds, in order to worship their Lord, out of reverence and hope, and from our provisions to them, they give.

Two Deaths and Two Lives for the Disbelievers*

[2:28] How can you disbelieve in GOD when you were dead and He gave you life, then He puts you to death, then He brings you back to life, then to Him you ultimately return?

Disbelievers Only Implore God When in Distress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwGDv4WlJHw

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Role of the Messengers (6:48 – 6:58)

Role of the Messengers

[6:48] We do not send the messengers except as deliverers of good news, as well as warners. Those who believe and reform have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
[6:49] As for those who reject our revelations, they incur the retribution for their wickedness.
[6:50] Say, “I do not say to you that I possess the treasures of GOD. Nor do I know the future. Nor do I say to you that I am an angel. I simply follow what is revealed to me.” Say, “Is the blind the same as the seer? Do you not reflect?”
[6:51] And preach with this (Quran) to those who reverence the summoning before their Lord – they have none beside Him as a Lord and Master, nor an intercessor – that they may attain salvation.
[6:52] And do not dismiss those who implore their Lord day and night, devoting themselves to Him alone. You are not responsible for their reckoning, nor are they responsible for your reckoning. If you dismiss them, you will be a transgressor.
[6:53] We thus test the people by each other, to let them say (mockingly), “Are these the people among us who are blessed by GOD?” Is GOD not aware of the appreciative ones?
[6:54] When those who believe in our revelations come to you, you shall say, “Salamun `Alaykum (Peace be upon you). Your Lord has decreed that mercy is His attribute. Thus, anyone among you who commits a transgression out of ignorance, and repents thereafter and reforms, then He is Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
[6:55] We thus explain the revelations, and point out the ways of the wicked.
[6:56] Say, “I am forbidden from worshiping what you worship besides GOD.” Say, “I will not follow your opinions. Otherwise, I will go astray, and not be guided.”
[6:57] Say, “I have solid proof from my Lord, and you have rejected it. I do not control the retribution you challenge me to bring. Judgment belongs with GOD alone. He narrates the truth, and He is the best judge.”
[6:58] Say, “If I controlled the retribution you challenge me to bring, the whole matter would have been terminated long ago. GOD knows best who the wicked are.”

6:51 emphasizes that we preach with the Quran.

Quran, the Whole Quran, and Nothing But the Quran

[6:19] Say, “Whose testimony is the greatest?” Say, “GOD’s. He is the witness between me and you that this Quran* has been inspired to me, to preach it to you and whomever it reaches. Indeed, you bear witness that there are other gods* beside GOD.” Say, “I do not testify as you do; there is only one god, and I disown your idolatry.”

Since we have to say Salamun Alaykum to believers can we also say this to non-believers?

God is only stating that to submitters this is our greeting, but it is not saying that the opposite is condemned. 

[28:55] When they come across vain talk, they disregard it and say, “We are responsible for our deeds, and you are responsible for your deeds. Peace be upon you. We do not wish to behave like the ignorant ones.”

Abraham greeted strangers with “peace” even though he did not know they were believers or not:

[51:25] They visited him, saying, “Peace.” He said, “Peace to you, strangers!”

6:52 shows that we are responsible for our own necks… 

[5:105] O you who believe, you should worry only about your own necks. If the others go astray, they cannot hurt you, as long as you are guided. To GOD is your ultimate destiny, all of you, then He will inform you of everything you had done.

[11:27] The leaders who disbelieved among his people said, “We see that you are no more than a human being like us, and we see that the first people to follow you are the worst among us. We see that you do not possess any advantage over us. Indeed, we think you are liars.”
[11:28] He said, “O my people, what if I have a solid proof from my Lord? What if He has blessed me out of His mercy, though you cannot see it? Are we going to force you to believe therein? 

The Story of Ruth (1hr 18min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW5WyJ1QNpM

Cyrus the Great (10 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCgkHrllNsY

God Alone Worthy of Worship (6:46 – 6:47)

God Alone Worthy of Worship

[6:46] Say, “What if GOD took away your hearing and your eyesight, and sealed your minds; which god, other than GOD, can restore these for you?” Note how we explain the revelations, and note how they still deviate!
[6:47] Say, “What if GOD’s retribution came to you suddenly, or after an announcement, is it not the wicked who incur annihilation?”

The Book of Daniel Chapter 4 – Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of The Tree
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel%204

The Book of Daniel – Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of The Tree (29min 29sec)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP0M3fl2nU8

Two Blind Sisters See for the First Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EltIpB4EtYU

 

20x20x20 Charity – Giving 20/20 Vision to 20 Million People
http://20x20x20.org/

The System (6:44 – 6:45)

The System*

[6:44] When they thus disregard the message given to them, we open for them the gates of everything. Then, just as they rejoice in what was given to them, we punish them suddenly; they become utterly stunned. 
*6:44 Before the guilty are thrown out the window, they are taken up to a high floor.

[6:45] The wicked are thus annihilated. Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe.

 God directs us in the path that we decide, but the ultimate fate belongs to God.

[3:178] Let not the disbelievers think that we lead them on for their own good. We only lead them on to confirm their sinfulness. They have incurred a humiliating retribution. 

[7:182] As for those who reject our revelations, we lead them on without them ever realizing it. 

[19:75] Say, “Those who choose to go astray, the Most Gracious will lead them on, until they see what is promised for them – either the retribution or the Hour. That is when they find out who really is worse off, and weaker in power.”

[68:44] Therefore, let Me deal with those who reject this Hadith; we will lead them on whence they never perceive. 

[43:33] If it were not that all the people might become one (disbelieving) congregation, we would have granted everyone who disbelieves in the Most Gracious mansions with silver roofs, and stairs upon which they could climb

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.”

The Outcome of Dictators
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgKrFsS8AwM

Overwhelming Miracle of the Quran (6:39 – 6:43)

Overwhelming Miracle of the Quran

[6:39] Those who reject our proofs are deaf and dumb, in total darkness. Whomever GOD wills, He sends astray, and whomever He wills, He leads in a straight path.
[6:40] Say, “What if GOD’s retribution came to you, or the Hour came to you: would you implore other than GOD, if you are truthful?”
[6:41] The fact is: only Him you implore, and He answers your prayer, if He so wills, and you forget your idols.
[6:42] We have sent (messengers) to communities before you, and we put them to the test through adversity and hardship, that they may implore.
[6:43] If only they implored when our test afflicted them! Instead, their hearts were hardened, and the devil adorned their works in their eyes. 

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave – Alex Gendler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RWOpQXTltA

It is important to be conscientious of when we are being tested so we can behave accordingly.

Blessings in Disguise

[7:94] Whenever we sent a prophet to any community, we afflicted its people with adversity and hardship, that they may implore. [7:95] Then we substituted peace and prosperity in place of that hardship. But alas, they turned heedless and said, “It was our parents who experienced that hardship before prosperity.” Consequently, we punished them suddenly when they least expected.

The Inevitable Test*

[3:186] You will certainly be tested, through your money and your lives, and you will hear from those who received the scripture, and from the idol worshipers, a lot of insult. If you steadfastly persevere and lead a righteous life, this will prove the strength of your faith.

“Disasters, he proposed, create a “community of sufferers” that allows individuals to experience an immensely reassuring connection to others. As people come together to face an existential threat, Fritz found, class differences are temporarily erased, income disparities become irrelevant, race is overlooked, and individuals are assessed simply by what they are willing to do for the group. It is a kind of fleeting social utopia that, Fritz felt, is enormously gratifying to the average person and downright therapeutic to people suffering from mental illness.”

Junger, Sebastian (2016-05-24). Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging (Kindle Locations 520-524). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Animals and Birds: Submitting Creatures 6:38

Animals and Birds: Submitting Creatures*

[6:38] All the creatures on earth, and all the birds that fly with wings, are communities like you. We did not leave anything out of this book.** To their Lord, all these creatures will be summoned. 
*6:38 Animals were among the creatures who took advantage of God’s offer to repent after committing the original sin (see the Introduction).
**6:38 All information relevant to our eternal life of the Hereafter is contained in the Quran. The true believers accept, without hesitation, God’s assertion: “We did not leave anything out of this book.” The importance of this statement, and similar statements, is reflected in the fact that each of them consists of 19 Arabic letters (Appendix 19).

How are the birds and animals communities like us?
We can learn from their behavior and therefore better understand our own behaviors.

Chimpanzee Communities (by dr. Robert Sapolsky)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4UMyTnlaMY

Pigeon Superstition – B.F. Skinner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGcEy_W48Kc

Are animals held responsible for their deeds in this world?

Introduction of Quran – Rashad Khalifa:

(2) The Animals

Although the angels suggested that the rebels and their leader should be exiled from God’s kingdom (2:30), the Most Merciful willed to give the rebels a chance to denounce their crime, repent, and submit to His absolute authority (33:72). As represented in the diagram above, the vast majority of the rebels took advantage of God’s gracious offer to re-enter His kingdom. They agreed to kill their egos, come to this world to perform a submissive role, as an expiation for their blasphemy. In return for their submissive role in this world, these creatures are redeemed back to God’s eternal kingdom (6:38). The horse, the dog, the tree, the sun, the moon, the stars, as well as deformed and retarded children are among the intelligent creatures who denounced their crime and repented:

Do you not realize that
to God prostrates everything
in the heavens and the earth;
the sun, the moon, the stars,
the mountains, the trees, the animals,
as well as many people?
Many people, however, are destined for retribution. (22:18)
The stars and the trees prostrate. (55:6)

The horse has no ego. The horse’s owner can be rich or poor, tall or short, fat or thin, young or old, and the horse will serve them all. The dog has no ego; it will wag its tail to its owner, no matter how rich or poor the owner might be. The sun rises and sets every day at precisely the times prescribed by God. The moon follows its synchronized orbit around the earth, without the slightest deviation. The human body – a temporary garment – belongs to the Earth; as such, it is a submitter. The heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs, perform their functions without our control.

[27:20] He inspected the birds, and noted: “Why do I not see the hoopoe? Why is he missing?
[27:21] “I will punish him severely or sacrifice him, unless he gives me a good excuse.”
[27:22] He did not wait for long. (The hoopoe) said, “I have news that you do not have. I brought to you from Sheba, some important information.

Freedom of Choice

[33:72] We have offered the responsibility (freedom of choice) to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains, but they refused to bear it, and were afraid of it. But the human being accepted it; he was transgressing, ignorant.*

Rearranging Our Priorities (6:32 – 6:37)

Rearranging Our Priorities

[6:32] The life of this world is no more than illusion and vanity, while the abode of the Hereafter is far better for the righteous. Do you not understand?!
[6:33] We know that you may be saddened by what they say. You should know that it is not you that they reject; it is GOD’s revelations that the wicked disregard.
[6:34] Messengers before you have been rejected, and they steadfastly persevered in the face of rejection. They were persecuted until our victory came to them. Such is GOD’s system that will never change. The history of My messengers thus sets the precedents for you.
[6:35] If their rejection gets to be too much for you, you should know that even if you dug a tunnel through the earth, or climbed a ladder into the sky, and produced a miracle for them (they still would not believe). Had GOD willed, He could have guided them, unanimously. Therefore, do not behave like the ignorant ones.
[6:36] The only ones to respond are those who listen. GOD resurrects the dead; they ultimately return to Him.
[6:37] They said, “If only a certain sign could come down to him from his Lord!” Say, “GOD is able to send down a sign, but most of them do not know.”

Re-arrange Your Priorities

[29:64] This worldly life is no more than vanity and play, while the abode of the Hereafter is the real life, if they only knew. 

Preoccupation With the Wrong Life

[30:6] Such is GOD’s promise – and GOD never breaks His promise – but most people do not know.
[30:7] They care only about things of this world that are visible to them, while being totally oblivious to the Hereafter.

What is vanity?
Vanity is anything we do in this world for this world. Luxuries and wealth are not a bad thing if it allows us to get closer to God by increasing our appreciation, remembrance of God, and doing of righteous work.

[26:128] “You build on every hill a mansion for vanity’s sake.

[28:60] Everything that is given to you is only the material of this life, and its vanity. What is with GOD is far better, and everlasting. Do you not understand?

[29:64] This worldly life is no more than vanity and play, while the abode of the Hereafter is the real life, if they only knew. 

[47:36] This worldly life is no more than play and vanity. But if you believe and lead a righteous life, He will reward you, without asking you for any money.

Simulation Theory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpwcQi7r8qE

From verse 35 it shows that we should expect to be rejected. This shows that guidance only comes from God.

[57:16] Is it not time for those who believed to open up their hearts for GOD’s message, and the truth that is revealed herein? They should not be like the followers of previous scriptures whose hearts became hardened with time and, consequently, many of them turned wicked. 

[2:272] You are not responsible for guiding anyone. GOD is the only one who guides whoever chooses (to be guided). Any charity you give is for your own good. Any charity you give shall be for the sake of GOD. Any charity you give will be repaid to you, without the least injustice.

[28:56] You cannot guide the ones you love. GOD is the only One who guides in accordance with His will, and in accordance with His knowledge of those who deserve the guidance.

Importance of Listening in 6:36
God is speaking with us in our lives it is our duty to be receptive. We need to listen with our hearts and also with our ears. To actively listen we need to not anticipate how we are going to respond, but actually take in what is being said.

[9:61] Some of them hurt the prophet by saying, “He is all ears!” Say, “It is better for you that he listens to you. He believes in GOD, and trusts the believers. He is a mercy for those among you who believe.” Those who hurt GOD’s messenger have incurred a painful retribution. 

[47:16] Some of them listen to you, then as soon as they leave they ask those who were enlightened, “What did he just say?” GOD thus seals their hearts and, consequently, they follow only their opinions.

Listening to Life’s Whispers | Oprah’s Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki6X6iPeGig

What is our response to God’s message?

Our Response to the Messengers

[28:65] On that day, He will ask everyone, “How did you respond to the messengers?”

[28:66] They will be so stunned by the facts on that day, they will be speechless.
[28:67] As for those who repent, believe, and lead a righteous life, they will end up with the winners.

The Disbelievers Blocked Out

[8:21] Do not be like those who say, “We hear,” when they do not hear.
[8:22] The worst creatures in the sight of GOD are the deaf and dumb, who do not understand.
[8:23] Had GOD known of any good in them, He would have made them hearers. Even if He made them hearers, they still would turn away in aversion.

Actions speak louder than words…

Signs are all around us yet we fail to see: 

Example of God’s sign in 6:37:

Is There Evidence of Something Beyond Nature? John Lennox
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6rd4HEdffw