Our Children Can be Idols (7:189 – 7:206)

Our Children Can be Idols

[7:189] He created you from one person (Adam). Subsequently, He gives every man a mate to find tranquility with her. She then carries a light load that she can hardly notice. As the load gets heavier, they implore GOD their Lord: “If You give us a good baby, we will be appreciative.”
[7:190] But when He gives them a good baby, they turn His gift into an idol that rivals Him. GOD be exalted, far above any partnership.
[7:191] Is it not a fact that they are idolizing idols who create nothing, and are themselves created?
[7:192] Idols that can neither help them, nor even help themselves?
[7:193] When you invite them to the guidance, they do not follow you. Thus, it is the same for them whether you invite them, or remain silent.
[7:194] The idols you invoke besides GOD are creatures like you. Go ahead and call upon them; let them respond to you, if you are right.
[7:195] Do they have legs on which they walk? Do they have hands with which they defend themselves? Do they have eyes with which they see? Do they have ears with which they hear? Say, “Call upon your idols, and ask them to smite me without delay.
[7:196] “GOD is my only Lord and Master; the One who revealed this scripture. He protects the righteous.
[7:197] “As for the idols you set up beside Him, they cannot help you, nor can they help themselves.”
[7:198] When you invite them to the guidance, they do not hear. And you see them looking at you, but they do not see.
[7:199] You shall resort to pardon, advocate tolerance, and disregard the ignorant.
[7:200] When the devil whispers to you any whisper, seek refuge in GOD; He is Hearer, Omniscient.
[7:201] Those who are righteous, whenever the devil approaches them with an idea, they remember, whereupon they become seers.
[7:202] Their brethren ceaselessly entice them to go astray.
[7:203] If you do not produce a miracle that they demand, they say, “Why not ask for it?” Say, “I simply follow what is revealed to me from my Lord.” These are enlightenments from your Lord, and guidance, and mercy for people who believe.
[7:204] When the Quran is recited, you shall listen to it and take heed, that you may attain mercy.
[7:205] You shall remember your Lord within yourself, publicly, privately, and quietly, day and night; do not be unaware.*
*7:205 Your god is whoever or whatever occupies your mind most of the day. This explains the fact that most of those who believe in God are destined for Hell (See 12:106, 23:84-90, and Appendix 27).

[7:206] Those at your Lord are never too proud to worship Him; they glorify Him and fall prostrate before Him.

Scientific Adam and Eve
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3LLtZUdpvA

[76:1] Is it not a fact that there was a time when the human being was nothing to be mentioned?

Psalms 135:
15. The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. 16. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. 17. They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. 18. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.

 

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Messengers Are Powerless; They Do Not Know the Future. (7:188)

Messengers Are Powerless; They Do Not Know the Future.

[7:188] Say, “I have no power to benefit myself, or harm myself. Only what GOD wills happens to me. If I knew the future, I would have increased my wealth, and no harm would have afflicted me. I am no more than a warner, and a bearer of good news for those who believe.”

Satan Hypnotizes His Constituents (7:179 – 7:18)

Satan Hypnotizes His Constituents

[7:179] We have committed to Hell multitudes of jinns and humans. They have minds with which they do not understand, eyes with which they do not see, and ears with which they do not hear. They are like animals; no, they are far worse—they are totally unaware.
[7:180] To GOD belongs the most beautiful names; call upon Him therewith, and disregard those who distort His names. They will be requited for their sins.
[7:181] Among our creations, there are those who guide with the truth, and the truth renders them righteous.
[7:182] As for those who reject our revelations, we lead them on without them ever realizing it.
[7:183] I will even encourage them; My scheming is formidable.
[7:184] Why do they not reflect upon their friend (the messenger)? He is not crazy. He is simply a profound warner.
[7:185] Have they not looked at the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all the things GOD has created? Does it ever occur to them that the end of their life may be near? Which Hadith, beside this, do they believe in?
[7:186] Whomever GOD commits to straying, there is no way for anyone to guide him. He leaves them in their sins, blundering.
[7:187] They ask you about the end of the world (the Hour),* and when it will come to pass. Say, “The knowledge thereof is with my Lord. Only He reveals its time.* Heavy it is, in the heavens and the earth. It will not come to you except suddenly.”** They ask you as if you are in control thereof. Say, “The knowledge thereof is with GOD,” but most people do not know.
*7:187 The right time to reveal this information was predestined to be 1980 A.D., through God’s Messenger of the Covenant (See 15:87, 72:27, and Appendices 2 & 11).
**7:187 The “Hour” comes “suddenly” only to the disbelievers (See Appendix 11).
Hypnosis: to influence, control, or direct completely as by personal charm, words or domination.

How To Read Someone’s Mind – Derren Brown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHNq4SQxyv0

How To Hypnotise Simon Pegg – Derren Brown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEmCQzueyEQ

Benny Hinn: Let the Bodies Hit the Floor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lvU-DislkI

In 7:187 what does it mean when it says “Heavy it is, in the heavens and the earth.”?
Perhaps the “it” is referring to the knowledge of the end of the world.

We Are Born With Instinctive Knowledge About God* (7:172 – 7:178)

We Are Born With Instinctive Knowledge About God*

[7:172] Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: “Am I not your Lord?” They all said, “Yes. We bear witness.” Thus, you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection, “We were not aware of this.”
*7:172 Thus, every human being is born with an instinctive knowledge about God.  

[7:173] Nor can you say, “It was our parents who practiced idolatry, and we simply followed in their footsteps. Will You punish us because of what others have innovated?”
[7:174] We thus explain the revelations, to enable the people to redeem themselves.*
*7:174 This life is our last chance to return to God’s Kingdom (See INTRODUCTION).

[7:175] Recite for them the news of one who was given our proofs, but chose to disregard them. Consequently, the devil pursued him, until he became a strayer.
[7:176] Had we willed, we could have elevated him therewith, but he insisted on sticking to the ground, and pursued his own opinions. Thus, he is like the dog; whether you pet him or scold him, he pants. Such is the example of people who reject our proofs. Narrate these narrations, that they may reflect.
[7:177] Bad indeed is the example of people who reject our proofs; it is only their own souls that they wrong.
[7:178] Whomever GOD guides is the truly guided one, and whomever He commits to straying, these are the losers. 

How do we extract the subtitle of 7:172 from the verse?
Since we can’t say on the Day of Resurrection that we did not know this information it shows that it is instinctively in us.

All societies of all civilizations throughout time contemplated the existence beyond one’s self.

Would it not be strange if a universe without purpose accidentally created humans who are so obsessed with purpose? – Sir John Templeton

Monotheism: Natural Instinct*

[30:30] Therefore, you shall devote yourself to the religion of strict monotheism. Such is the natural instinct placed into the people by GOD. Such creation of GOD will never change. This is the perfect religion, but most people do not know.

In 7:175 what proof was given?
Everyone sees every day the proof of God’s existence and characteristic. The difference between the believer and the disbeliever is the believer sees purpose in the existence, while the disbeliever disregards any purpose to our existence.

The function of God’s proof can be seen below:

[74:31] …(1) to disturb the disbelievers, (2) to convince the Christians and Jews (that this is a divine scripture), (3) to strengthen the faith of the faithful, (4) to remove all traces of doubt from the hearts of Christians, Jews, as well as the believers, and (5) to expose those who harbor doubt in their hearts, and the disbelievers; they will say, “What did GOD mean by this allegory?” GOD thus sends astray whomever He wills, and guides whomever He wills. None knows the soldiers of your Lord except He. This is a reminder for the people.

Miracles: Is Belief in the Supernatural Irrational? With John Lennox at Harvard (@32 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Kz4OgXsN1w

Mocking and Ridiculing God’s Message (7:164 – 7:171)

Mocking and Ridiculing God’s Message

[7:164] Recall that a group of them said, “Why should you preach to people whom GOD will surely annihilate or punish severely?” They answered, “Apologize to your Lord,” that they might be saved.
[7:165] When they disregarded what they were reminded of, we saved those who prohibited evil, and afflicted the wrongdoers with a terrible retribution for their wickedness.
[7:166] When they continued to defy the commandments, we said to them, “Be you despicable apes.”
[7:167] Additionally, your Lord has decreed that He will raise up against them people who will inflict severe persecution upon them, until the Day of Resurrection. Your Lord is most efficient in enforcing retribution, and He is certainly the Forgiver, Most Merciful.
[7:168] We scattered them among many communities throughout the land. Some of them were righteous, and some were less than righteous. We tested them with prosperity and hardship, that they may return.
[7:169] Subsequent to them, He substituted new generations who inherited the scripture. But they opted for the worldly life instead, saying, “We will be forgiven.” But then they continued to opt for the materials of this world. Did they not make a covenant to uphold the scripture, and not to say about GOD except the truth? Did they not study the scripture? Certainly, the abode of the Hereafter is far better for those who maintain righteousness. Do you not understand?
[7:170] Those who uphold the scripture, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), we never fail to recompense the pious.
[7:171] We raised the mountain above them like an umbrella, and they thought it was going to fall on them: “You shall uphold what we have given you, strongly, and remember the contents thereof, that you may be saved.”

How is 7:164 mocking and ridiculing God’s message?

It could be that these people are mocking the messenger from preaching to a group of people they deem not believers.

[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.

Alternatively, it sounds like the messengers are preaching to them and they are mocking the messenger with sarcasm that “God will annihilate them” and the response from the messenger is to “Apologize to your Lord” 

 

Observing The Commandments Brings Prosperity (7:163)

Observing the Commandments Brings Prosperity

[7:163] Remind them of the community by the sea, who desecrated the Sabbath. When they observed the Sabbath, the fish came to them abundantly. And when they violated the Sabbath, the fish did not come. We thus afflicted them, as a consequence of their transgression.

Prohibiting Lawful Food Brings Deprivation

[16:112] GOD cites the example of a community that used to be secure and prosperous, with provisions coming to it from everywhere. But then, it turned unappreciative of GOD’s blessings. Consequently, GOD caused them to taste the hardships of starvation and insecurity. Such is the requital for what they did. 

Believing Nations Prosper

[10:98] Any community that believes will surely be rewarded for believing. For example, the people of Jonah: when they believed, we relieved the humiliating retribution they had been suffering in this world, and we made them prosperous. 

The Sabbath Abrogated

[16:124] The Sabbath was decreed only for those who ended up disputing it (Jews & Christians). Your Lord is the One who will judge them on the Day of Resurrection regarding their disputes. 

[2:65] You have known about those among you who desecrated the Sabbath. We said to them, “Be you as despicable as apes.”