All Power Belongs To God (10:107 – 10:109)

 All Power Belongs To God

[10:107] If GOD touches you with a hardship, none can relieve it except He. And when He blesses you, no force can prevent His grace. He bestows it upon whomever He chooses from among His servants. He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful.
[10:108] Proclaim: “O people, the truth has come to you herein from your Lord. Whoever is guided is guided for his own good. And whoever goes astray, goes astray to his own detriment. I am not a guardian over you.”
[10:109] Follow what is revealed to you, and be patient until GOD issues His judgment; He is the best judge.

[10:18] They worship beside GOD idols that possess no power to harm them or benefit them, and they say, “These are our intercessors at GOD!” Say, “Are you informing GOD of something He does not know in the heavens or the earth?” Be He glorified. He is the Most High; far above needing partners.

The Messenger Possesses No Power

[10:49] Say, “I possess no power to harm myself, or benefit myself; only what GOD wills takes place.” Each community has a predetermined life span. Once their interim comes to an end, they cannot delay it by one hour, nor advance it.

[10:106] “You shall not worship beside GOD what possesses no power to benefit you or harm you. If you do, you will be a transgressor.”

All Power Belongs To God

[10:107] If GOD touches you with a hardship, none can relieve it except He. And when He blesses you, no force can prevent His grace. He bestows it upon whomever He chooses from among His servants. He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful.
[10:108] Proclaim: “O people, the truth has come to you herein from your Lord. Whoever is guided is guided for his own good. And whoever goes astray, goes astray to his own detriment. I am not a guardian over you.”
[10:109] Follow what is revealed to you, and be patient until GOD issues His judgment; He is the best judge.

Alan Watts on How to make Yourself a Better Person
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj4Yfdg4Nfw

Alan Watts on How to make Yourself a Better Person (Full Lecture)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4jBd4fArfQ

The Shift – Full Movie – Wayne Dryer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIx0Clb6_0A

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. 

[16:1] GOD’s command has already been issued (and everything has already been written), so do not rush it.* Be He glorified; the Most High, far above any idols they set up.

It is not the what you are doing it is the how you are doing that really matters. You can give to charity, do your Contact Prayer, give Zakat etc., but if you are not doing it with the right understanding or to fuel your ego as oppose to your soul then it is all for waste.

Appendix 7 – Why Were We Created

The Original Sin

Contrary to common belief, the “Original Sin” was not Adam’s violation of God’s law when he ate from the forbidden tree. The original sin was our failure to uphold God’s absolute authority during the Great Feud. If the human person convinces his or her jinn companion to denounce that original sin, and uphold God’s absolute authority, both creatures are redeemed to God’s eternal kingdom on the Day of Judgment. But if the jinn companion convinces the human being to uphold Satan’s idolatrous views, then both creatures are exiled forever from God’s kingdom. To promote his point of view, Satan and his representatives advocate the idolization of such powerless creatures as Muhammad, Jesus, Mary, and the saints. Since we are here due to our polytheistic tendencies, most of us are easy prey for Satan. Satan’s incompetence as a “god” has already been proven by the prevalence of chaos, disease, accidents, misery, and war throughout his dominion (36:66). On the other hand, the human beings who denounce Satan, uphold God’s absolute authority, and refrain from idolizing powerless and dead creatures like Jesus and Muhammad, are restored to God’s protection – they enjoy a perfect life here in this world and forever. Because our life in this world is a series of tests designed to expose our polytheistic ideas, idol worship is the only unforgivable offense (4:48, 116). The world is divinely designed to manifest our decision to uphold either God’s absolute authority, or Satan’s idolatrous views (67:1-2). The day and the night change constantly to test our willingness to uphold God’s laws by observing the Dawn Prayer and fasting during the hottest and longest days. Only those who are totally certain about God’s absolute authority are redeemed (26:89).

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Guaranteed Victory (10:103 – 10:106)

Guaranteed Victory

[10:103] We ultimately save our messengers and those who believe. It is our immutable law that we save the believers.
[10:104] Say, “O people, if you have any doubt regarding my religion, I do not worship what you worship beside GOD. I worship GOD alone; the One who will terminate your lives. I am commanded to be a believer.”
[10:105] I was commanded: “Keep yourself devoted to the religion of monotheism; you shall not practice idol worship.
[10:106] “You shall not worship beside GOD what possesses no power to benefit you or harm you. If you do, you will be a transgressor.”

When we understand God is the only one who can benefit or harm us that nothing independent of God has this capability then we have fully submitted to God. The last idol that we need to overcome is ego. How do you know that you have fully submitted to God and have killed our ego?

Do you get angry, upset, complain, get frustrated, etc.

Do Not Abandon the Messenger

[9:118] Also (redeemed were) the three who stayed behind. The spacious earth became so straitened for them, that they almost gave up all hope for themselves. Finally, they realized that there was no escape from GOD, except to Him. He then redeemed them that they may repent. GOD is the Redeemer, Most Merciful.

Jonah

[21:87] And Zan-Noon (Jonah, “the one with an ‘N’ in his name”), abandoned his mission in protest, thinking that we could not control him. He ended up imploring from the darkness (of the big fish’s belly): “There is no god other than You. Be You glorified. I have committed a gross sin.” [21:88] We responded to him, and saved him from the crisis; we thus save the believers. 

[27:19] He smiled and laughed at her statement,* and said, “My Lord, direct me to be appreciative of the blessings You have bestowed upon me and my parents, and to do the righteous works that please You. Admit me by Your mercy into the company of Your righteous servants.”

[27:42] When she arrived, she was asked, “Does your mansion look like this?” She said, “It seems that this is it.” (Solomon said,) “We knew beforehand what she was going to do, and we were already submitters.” 

Why does the messenger say that he was commanded to be a believer and not he chose to be a believer in 10:104?

[24:53] They swear by GOD, solemnly, that if you commanded them to mobilize, they would mobilize. Say, “Do not swear. Obedience is an obligation. GOD is fully Cognizant of everything you do.”

[40:66] Say, “I have been enjoined from worshiping the idols you worship beside GOD, when the clear revelations came to me from my Lord. I was commanded to submit to the Lord of the universe.”
*40:66 The Arabic word “Nahaa” used in this verse indicates the stopping of something that was going on. See for example the same word in 4:171. See also 93:7.

In 10:103 does the save belong to this world or the Hereafter

God Controls Everything and Plans for the Believers

[8:42] Recall that you were on this side of the valley, while they were on the other side. Then their caravan had to move to lower ground. Had you planned it this way, you could not have done it. But GOD was to carry out a predetermined matter, whereby those destined to be annihilated were annihilated for an obvious reason, and those destined to be saved were saved for an obvious reason. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.

Believing Nations Prosper ( 10:98 – 10:102)

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.
[10:99] Had your Lord willed, all the people on earth would have believed.* Do you want to force the people to become believers?
[10:100] No soul can believe except in accordance with GOD’s will. For He places a curse upon those who refuse to understand.
*10:99-101 The test demands that we denounce idolatry on our own, without divine intervention in our initial decision. God blocks out those who choose to disbelieve. 

[10:101] Say, “Look at all the signs in the heavens and the earth.” All the proofs and all the warnings can never help people who decided to disbelieve.
[10:102] Can they expect other than the fate of their counterparts in the past? Say, “Just wait, and, along with you, I am also waiting.” 

Can humiliation be some sort of retribution accordingly to 10:98?

[2:90] Miserable indeed is what they sold their souls for—rejecting these revelations of GOD out of sheer resentment that GOD should bestow His grace upon whomever He chooses from among His servants. Consequently, they incurred wrath upon wrath. The disbelievers have incurred a humiliating retribution. 

What is an example of a humiliating retribution?

  • Saddam Hussein
  • Gaddafi

Fire-Maker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an98jVCyApo

Believing Nations Prosper – Unbelieving Nations Fall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj63936L964

The Messenger’s Doubt (10:94 – 10:97)

The Messenger’s Doubt

[10:94] If you have any doubt regarding what is revealed to you from your Lord, then ask those who read the previous scripture. Indeed, the truth has come to you from your Lord. Do not be with the doubters.
[10:95] Nor shall you join those who rejected GOD’s revelations, lest you be with the losers.
[10:96] Surely, those condemned by a decree from your Lord cannot believe.
[10:97] No matter what kind of proof you show them, (they cannot believe), until they see the painful retribution.

This is the 51st revelation so he was pretty far along his messengership, so what is the messenger doubting in 10:94? 

Chapter 17 is 50th revelation

God Strengthens the Messenger

[17:73] They almost diverted you from the revelations we have given you. They wanted you to fabricate something else, in order to consider you a friend. [17:74] If it were not that we strengthened you, you almost leaned towards them just a little bit. [17:75] Had you done that, we would have doubled the retribution for you in this life, and after death, and you would have found no one to help you against us. [17:76] They almost banished you from the land to get rid of you, so they could revert as soon as you left. [17:77] This has been consistently the case with all the messengers that we sent before you, and you will find that our system never changes.

Pharaoh’s Body Preserved (10:92 – 10:93)

Pharaoh’s Body Preserved*

[10:92] “Today, we will preserve your body, to set you up as a lesson for future generations.”* Unfortunately, many people are totally oblivious to our signs.
*10:92 God endowed the Egyptians with the exclusive knowledge of mummification. Today, Pharaoh’s mummified body is on display at the Cairo Museum. 

[10:93] We have endowed the Children of Israel with a position of honor, and blessed them with good provisions. Yet, they disputed when this knowledge came to them. Your Lord will judge them on the Day of Resurrection regarding everything they disputed. 

During which era is 10:93 referring to? Was this before or after the Quran’s revelation?  

Body of Ramesses II
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvLCH70apEw

 

The Truth Prevails (10:79 – 10:91)

The Truth Prevails

[10:79] Pharaoh said, “Bring to me every experienced magician.”
[10:80] When the magicians came, Moses said to them, “Throw whatever you are going to throw.”
[10:81] When they threw, Moses said, “What you have produced is magic, and GOD will make it fail. GOD does not support the transgressors’ work.”
[10:82] GOD establishes the truth with His words, despite the criminals.
[10:83] None believed with Moses except a few of his people, while fearing the tyranny of Pharaoh and his elders. Surely, Pharaoh was much too arrogant on earth, and a real tyrant.
[10:84] Moses said, “O my people, if you have really believed in GOD, then put your trust in Him, if you are really submitters.”
[10:85] They said, “We trust in GOD. Our Lord, save us from the persecution of these oppressive people.
[10:86] “Deliver us, with Your mercy, from the disbelieving people.”
[10:87] We inspired Moses and his brother. “Maintain your homes in Egypt for the time being, turn your homes into synagogues, and maintain the Contact Prayers (Salat). Give good news to the believers.”
[10:88] Moses said, “Our Lord, You have given Pharaoh and his elders luxuries and wealth in this world. Our Lord, they only use them to repulse others from Your path. Our Lord, wipe out their wealth, and harden their hearts to prevent them from believing, until they see the painful retribution.”
[10:89] He said, “Your prayer has been answered (O Moses and Aaron), so be steadfast, and do not follow the ways of those who do not know.”
[10:90] We delivered the Children of Israel across the sea. Pharaoh and his troops pursued them, aggressively and sinfully. When drowning became a reality for him, he said, “I believe that there is no god except the One in whom the Children of Israel have believed; I am a submitter.”
[10:91] “Too late!* For you have rebelled already, and chose to be a transgressor.
*10:91 Believing in God is the first step. Thereafter, one needs to nourish and develop the soul through the practices of worship (see Appendix 15). 

How can we increase our trust in God?

[15:98] You shall sing the praises of your Lord, and be with the prostrators. [15:99] And worship your Lord, in order to attain certainty.*

[73:8] You shall commemorate the name of your Lord, to come ever closer and closer to Him. 

Truth is the best argument 

[23:99] When death comes to one of them, he says, “My Lord, send me back. [23:100] “I will then work righteousness in everything I left.” Not true. This is a false claim that he makes. A barrier will separate his soul from this world until resurrection. 

[6:27] If only you could see them when they face the hellfire! They would say then, “Woe to us. Oh, we wish if we could go back, and never reject our Lord’s revelations, and join the believers.” [6:28] As a matter of fact, (they only say this because) their secrets have been exposed. If they go back, they will commit exactly the same crimes. They are liars. 

How did God communicate to Moses that his prayer was answered in 10:89?

In 10:87 it states that God inspired Moses

At what point does someone pray a prayer like 10:87? Was his prayer wrong?

[71:26] Noah also said, “My Lord, do not leave a single disbeliever on earth. [71:27] “For if you let them, they will only mislead your servants and give birth to nothing but wicked disbelievers. [71:28] “My Lord, forgive me and my parents, and anyone who enters my home as a believer, and all the believing men and women. But do not give the disbelievers anything but annihilation.” 

Basic Law Regulating Relations With Unbelievers

[60:8] GOD does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. GOD loves the equitable. [60:9] GOD enjoins you only from befriending those who fight you because of religion, evict you from your homes, and band together with others to banish you. You shall not befriend them. Those who befriend them are the transgressors.

[60:13] O you who believe, do not befriend people with whom GOD is angry, and who are hopelessly stuck in disbelief; they are just as hopeless as the disbelievers who are already in the graves. 

[20:44] “Speak to him nicely; he may take heed, or become reverent.” 

God Answers the Prayers of “His Servants”

[2:186] When My servants ask you about Me, I am always near. I answer their prayers when they pray to Me. The people shall respond to Me and believe in Me, in order to be guided.

Moses and Aaron (10:75 – 10:78)

Moses and Aaron

[10:75] Then we sent after them Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh and his group, with our proofs. But they turned arrogant; and were transgressing people.
[10:76] When the truth came to them from us, they said, “This is obviously magic!”
[10:77] Moses said, “Is this how you describe the truth when it comes to you? Is this magic? How can any magicians prevail?”
[10:78] They said, “Did you come to divert us from what we found our parents doing, and to attain positions of prominence for yourselves? We will never join you as believers.” 

Intelligent Design: It’s A Kind Of Magic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbngyR0HxZY