Respect for the Word of God (6:68 – 6:73)

Respect for the Word of God

[6:68] If you see those who mock our revelations, you shall avoid them until they delve into another subject. If the devil causes you to forget, then, as soon as you remember, do not sit with such evil people.
[6:69] The righteous are not responsible for the utterances of those people, but it may help to remind them; perhaps they may be saved.
[6:70] You shall disregard those who take their religion in vain, as if it is a social function, and are totally absorbed in this worldly life. Remind with this (Quran), lest a soul may suffer the consequences of its evil earnings. It has none beside GOD as a Lord and Master, nor an intercessor. If it could offer any kind of ransom, it would not be accepted. They suffer the consequences of the evil works they earn; they have incurred hellish drinks, and a painful retribution because of their disbelief.
[6:71] Say, “Shall we implore, beside GOD, what possesses no power to benefit us or hurt us, and turn back on our heels after GOD has guided us? In that case, we would join those possessed by the devils, and rendered utterly confused, while their friends try to save them: `Stay with us on the right path.’ ” Say, “GOD’s guidance is the right guidance. We are commanded to submit to the Lord of the universe.
[6:72] “And to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and to reverence Him – He is the One before whom you will be summoned (for the reckoning).”
[6:73] He is the One who created the heavens and the earth, truthfully. Whenever He says, “Be,” it is. His word is the absolute truth. All sovereignty belongs to Him the day the horn is blown. Knower of all secrets and declarations, He is the Most Wise, the Cognizant.

6:68 shows that in a submitting society there is freedom of speech. The punishment for blaspheme is to not sit with such people.

Freedom of speech, expression, religion, to remind by example is how we respect the word of God.

Freedom of Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vVohGWhMWs

Vote with your feet. It is our responsibility to get up and move if people use speech we are not happy with. Vote with your dollars and do not support what you don’t like. We cannot force our opinions on other people.

Peer pressure to encourage people to be righteous without using force.

6:73 – When God uses the term “Be” it could be instant or it could be within a process that God initiates.

Megyn Kelly Explodes at Muslim Guest over Ayaan Hirsi Ali Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzOtiShw-Oo

What is our example for representing the religion to the masses who are aggressive towards “muslims” and the Quran?

We can remind, but it is not our duty to convert or force people to believe. The best thing to do is to lead by example.

Desmond Tutu: Mandela, lead by example
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-EYDJHbAts

If someone asks you what your religion is what should we say?

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.”

The Idols: Innovating New Religious Laws*

[42:21] They follow idols who decree for them religious laws never authorized by GOD. If it were not for the predetermined decision, they would have been judged immediately. Indeed, the transgressors have incurred a painful retribution.*
*42:21 The Islam of today’s Muslim world has been so distorted, it has become a Satanic cult. The Ulama, or religious scholars, have added many extraneous laws, prohibitions, dress codes, dietary regulations, and religious practices never authorized by God. This is one of the main reasons for sending God’s Messenger of the Covenant (9:31, 33:67, and Appendix 33). 

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.

1 James 4:7-8

  1. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
  2. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.

Submitters Perspective #57
http://www.masjidtucson.org/publications/books/sp/1989/sep/page1.html

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