God 6:102 – 6:110

God

[6:102] Such is GOD your Lord, there is no god except He, the Creator of all things. You shall worship Him alone. He is in control of all things.
[6:103] No visions can encompass Him, but He encompasses all visions. He is the Compassionate, the Cognizant.
[6:104] Enlightenments have come to you from your Lord. As for those who can see, they do so for their own good, and those who turn blind, do so to their own detriment. I am not your guardian.
[6:105] We thus explain the revelations, to prove that you have received knowledge, and to clarify them for people who know.
[6:106] Follow what is revealed to you from your Lord, there is no god except He, and disregard the idol worshipers.
[6:107] Had GOD willed, they would not have worshiped idols. We did not appoint you as their guardian, nor are you their advocate.
[6:108] Do not curse the idols they set up beside GOD, lest they blaspheme and curse GOD, out of ignorance. We have adorned the works of every group in their eyes. Ultimately, they return to their Lord, then He informs them of everything they had done.
[6:109] They swore by GOD, solemnly, that if a miracle came to them, they would surely believe. Say, “Miracles come only from GOD.” For all you know, if a miracle did come to them, they would continue to disbelieve.
[6:110] We control their minds and their hearts. Thus, since their decision is to disbelieve, we leave them in their transgressions, blundering.

What does it mean in 103 when it says that “no vision can encompass Him, but He encompasses all visions.”?

God created both time and space, attempting to perceive something outside of time and space is beyond our capability as humans in a three-dimensional world travelling through time. God can see things through all perceptions. He knows everything that happens in the universe and is Cognizant and All Knowing.

Privileged Species
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoI2ms5UHWg

 

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False Messengers Condemned (6:93 – 6:94) & Greatness of God (6:95 – 101)

False Messengers Condemned

[6:93] Who is more evil than one who fabricates lies and attributes them to GOD, or says, “I have received divine inspiration,” when no such inspiration was given to him, or says, “I can write the same as GOD’s revelations?” If only you could see the transgressors at the time of death! The angels extend their hands to them, saying, “Let go of your souls. Today, you have incurred a shameful retribution for saying about GOD other than the truth, and for being too arrogant to accept His revelations.
[6:94] “You have come back to us as individuals, just as we created you the first time, and you have left behind what we provided for you. We do not see with you the intercessors that you idolized and claimed that they will help you. All ties among you have been severed; the idols you set up have abandoned you.” 

Greatness of God

[6:95] GOD is the One who causes the grains and the seeds to crack and germinate. He produces the living from the dead, and the dead from the living. Such is GOD; how could you deviate!
[6:96] At the crack of dawn, He causes the morning to emerge. He made the night still, and He rendered the sun and the moon to serve as calculation devices. Such is the design of the Almighty, the Omniscient.
[6:97] And He is the One who made the stars to guide you during the darkness, on land and on sea. We thus clarify the revelations for people who know.
[6:98] He initiated you from one person, and decided your path, as well as your final destiny. We thus clarify the revelations for people who understand.
[6:99] He is the One who sends down from the sky water, whereby we produce all kinds of plants. We produce from the green material multitudes of complex grains, palm trees with hanging clusters, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranate; fruits that are similar, yet dissimilar. Note their fruits as they grow and ripen. These are signs for people who believe.
[6:100] Yet, they set up beside GOD idols from among the jinns, though He is the One who created them. They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.
[6:101] The Initiator of the heavens and the earth. How can He have a son, when He never had a mate? He created all things, and He is fully aware of all things. 

In verse 98 God says that He initiated you from “one person”

[4:1] O people, observe your Lord; the One who created you from one being, and created from it its mate, then spread from the two many men and women. You shall regard GOD, by whom you swear, and regard the parents. GOD is watching over you.

Perhaps this is because all humans spawned from Adam. From Adam God created Eve. Could have been a genetic clone.

What does it mean that God “decided our path”?
God decided when we were born into this world, where we would be born, who our parents and siblings will be etc. Each person’s life is custom tailored for that specific individual to bring out their true convictions. 

In verse 100 it says that they set up idols from among the jinns. Do we have modern day examples of this?

Voodoo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtKpkm7xYi8

[37:158] They even invented a special relationship between Him and the jinns. The jinns themselves know that they are subservient. 

[34:40] On the day when He summons them all, He will say to the angels, “Did these people worship you?”
[34:41] They will answer, “Be You glorified. You are our Lord and Master, not them. Instead, they were worshiping the jinns; most of them were believers therein.”

God’s Messages to the World (6:91 – 6:92)

God’s Messages to the World

[6:91] They never valued GOD as He should be valued. Thus, they said, “GOD does not reveal anything to any human being.” Say, “Who then revealed the scripture that Moses brought, with light and guidance for the people?” You put it down on paper to proclaim it, while concealing a lot of it. You were taught what you never knew – you and your parents. Say, “GOD (is the One who revealed it),” then leave them in their heedlessness, playing.
[6:92] This too is a blessed scripture that we have revealed, confirming the previous scriptures, that you may warn the most important community* and all those around it. Those who believe in the Hereafter will believe in this (scripture), and will observe the Contact Prayers (Salat). 
*6:92 Today’s “most important community” is America, where God’s message is being restored. When the Quran was revealed, Mecca was the most important community.

In verse 91 it states “They never valued God as He should be valued.” How do we value God? 

[22:74] They do not value GOD as He should be valued. GOD is the Most Powerful, the Almighty.

We value God through following His commandments and being appreciative. By making God our top priority it shows how much we value God. Being mindful of the blessings God provided to us shows how much we value God.

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. 

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. 

It is ironic that the United States is the closest to God’s laws and therefore the most prosperous country in the world as oppose to the “Islamic” nations who are some of the most oppressive and backward societies on the planet. The countries that have the Quran in their language are the last ones to follow the laws instituted in the Quran.

In 91 does it mean that the previous scriptures are from God?
Yes, the previous scriptures are from God. Unfortunately some of the scriptures have been lost and some have been tampered with, but the origins of the scriptures are from God.

[57:27] Subsequent to them, we sent our messengers. We sent Jesus the son of Mary, and we gave him the Injeel (Gospel), and we placed in the hearts of his followers kindness and mercy. But they invented hermitism which we never decreed for them. All we asked them to do was to uphold the commandments approved by GOD. But they did not uphold the message as they should have. Consequently, we gave those who believed among them their recompense, while many of them were wicked.

[3:3] He sent down to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming all previous scriptures, and He sent down the Torah and the Gospel

[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. 

[2:101] Now that a messenger from GOD has come to them, and even though he proves and confirms their own scripture, some followers of the scripture (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) disregard GOD’s scripture behind their backs, as if they never had any scripture.

The Gospel of Jesus: Guidance and Light

[5:46] Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous.
[5:47] The people of the Gospel shall rule in accordance with GOD’s revelations therein. Those who do not rule in accordance with GOD’s revelations are the wicked.

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.

Perfect Security for Believers (6:82 – 6:90)

Perfect Security for Believers

[6:82] Those who believe, and do not pollute their belief with idol worship, have deserved the perfect security, and they are truly guided.
[6:83] Such was our argument, with which we supported Abraham against his people. We exalt whomever we will to higher ranks. Your Lord is Most Wise, Omniscient.
[6:84] And we granted him Isaac and Jacob, and we guided both of them. Similarly, we guided Noah before that, and from his descendants (we guided) David, Solomon, Job, Joseph, Moses, and Aaron. We thus reward the righteous.
[6:85] Also, Zachariah, John, Jesus, and Elias; all were righteous.
[6:86] And Ismail, Elisha, Jonah, and Lot; each of these we distinguished over all the people.
[6:87] From among their ancestors, their descendants, and their siblings, we chose many, and we guided them in a straight path.
[6:88] Such is GOD’s guidance, with which He guides whomever He chooses from among His servants. Had any of them fallen into idolatry, their works would have been nullified.
[6:89] Those were the ones to whom we have given the scripture, wisdom, and prophethood. If these people disbelieve, we will substitute others in their place, and the new people will not be disbelievers.
[6:90] These are the ones guided by GOD; you shall be guided in their footsteps. Say, “I do not ask you for any wage. This is but a message for all the people.”

Book of Daniel (55min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP0M3fl2nU8

Elisha and the Syrian Army
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH1LyZ2kbvs

Abraham Debates with Idol Worshipers (6:74 – 6:81)

Abraham Debates With Idol Worshipers

[6:74] Recall that Abraham said to his father Azar, “How could you worship statues as gods? I see that you and your people have gone far astray.”
[6:75] We showed Abraham the marvels of the heavens and the earth, and blessed him with certainty:
[6:76] When the night fell, he saw a shining planet. “Maybe this is my Lord,” he said. When it disappeared, he said, “I do not like (gods) that disappear.”
[6:77] When he saw the moon rising, he said, “Maybe this is my Lord!” When it disappeared, he said, “Unless my Lord guides me, I will be with the strayers.”
[6:78] When he saw the sun rising, he said, “This must be my Lord. This is the biggest.” But when it set, he said, “O my people, I denounce your idolatry.
[6:79] “I have devoted myself absolutely to the One who initiated the heavens and the earth; I will never be an idol worshiper.”
[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?” 

If Abraham was certain about God In 6:74 why is Abraham asking about the sun and the moon and a planet being his Lord?
it states that God showed Abraham the marvels of the heavens and the earth and blessed him with certainty. God knew about the moon and the sun and this shows that he was providing an example to his people and that he knew that the moon or the sun was not his Lord. God taught Abraham about the sun, moon and planet and is explaining it to people who do not understand the characteristics of God.

Bill Bryson: The Four Most Remarkable Things I Know (11min 28sec)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LVT_sp44c0

[17:84] Say, “Everyone works in accordance with his belief, and your Lord knows best which ones are guided in the right path.”

Wisdom vs. Knowledge

Anyone can gain knowledge, but wisdom only comes from God.

[2:129] “Our Lord, and raise among them a messenger to recite to them Your revelations, teach them the scripture and wisdom, and purify them. You are the Almighty, Most Wise.”

Wisdom: A Great Treasure

[2:269] He bestows wisdom upon whomever He chooses, and whoever attains wisdom, has attained a great bounty. Only those who possess intelligence will take heed.

[2:32] They said, “Be You glorified, we have no knowledge, except that which You have taught us. You are the Omniscient, Most Wise.” 

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. 

Knowledge is the answer to how and wisdom is the answer to why.

Wisdom in the Age of Information: Maria Popova (Future of StoryTelling 2014)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjoO6Y29f7I

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