God’s Blessings (16:7 – 16:19)

 God’s Blessings

[16:7] And they carry your loads to lands that you could not reach without a great hardship. Surely, your Lord is Compassionate, Most Merciful.
[16:8] And (He created) the horses, the mules, and the donkeys for you to ride, and for luxury. Additionally, He creates what you do not know.
[16:9] GOD points out the paths, including the wrong ones. If He willed, He could have guided all of you.
[16:10] He sends down from the sky water for your drink, and to grow trees for your benefit.
[16:11] With it, He grows for you crops, olives, date palms, grapes, and all kinds of fruits. This is (sufficient) proof for people who think.
[16:12] And He commits, in your service, the night and the day, as well as the sun and the moon. Also, the stars are committed by His command. These are (sufficient) proofs for people who understand.
[16:13] And (He created) for you on earth things of various colors. This is a (sufficient) proof for people who take heed.
[16:14] And He committed the sea to serve you; you eat from it tender meat, and extract jewelry which you wear. And you see the ships roaming it for your commercial benefits, as you seek His bounties, that you may be appreciative.
[16:15] And He placed stabilizers (mountains) on earth, lest it tumbles with you, as well as rivers and roads, that you may be guided.
[16:16] And landmarks, as well as the stars; to be used for navigation.
[16:17] Is One who creates like one who does not create? Would you now take heed?
[16:18] If you count GOD’s blessings, you cannot possibly encompass them. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
[16:19] And GOD knows whatever you conceal and whatever you declare. 

From verse 16:11 through 16:15 is a formula:

Think => Understand => Take Heed => Guided

How does God point out the wrong paths in verse 16:9?

Does not knowing deserve a punishment

[16:119] Yet, as regards those who fall in sin out of ignorance then repent thereafter and reform, your Lord, after this is done, is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[9:115] GOD does not send any people astray, after He had guided them, without first pointing out for them what to expect. GOD is fully aware of all things.

[7:33] Say, “My Lord prohibits only evil deeds, be they obvious or hidden, and sins, and unjustifiable aggression, and to set up beside GOD powerless idols, and to say about GOD what you do not know.” 

[6:120] You shall avoid obvious sins, as well as the hidden ones. Those who have earned sins will surely pay for their transgressions.

Is Your Red The Same as My Red?
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Sura 16, The Bee (Al-Nahl) 16:0 – 16:6

[16:0] In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
[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.
*16:1 Everything is already recorded (57:22). See also Appendix 14. 

[16:2] He sends down the angels with the revelations, carrying His commands, to whomever He chooses from among His servants: “You shall preach that there is no other god beside Me; You shall reverence Me.”
[16:3] He created the heavens and the earth for a specific purpose. He is much too High, far above any idols they set up.
[16:4] He created the human from a tiny drop, then he turns into an ardent opponent.
[16:5] And He created the livestock for you, to provide you with warmth, and many other benefits, as well as food.
[16:6] They also provide you with luxury during your leisure, and when you travel.
[17:11] The human being often prays for something that may hurt him, thinking that he is praying for something good. The human being is impatient. [17:12] We rendered the night and the day two signs. We made the night dark, and the day lighted, that you may seek provisions from your Lord therein. This also establishes for you a timing system, and the means of calculation. We thus explain everything in detail. 

Profound Fact*

[57:22] Anything that happens on earth, or to you, has already been recorded, even before the creation. This is easy for GOD to do. 

[75:16] Do not move your tongue to hasten it. [75:17] It is we who will collect it into Quran. [75:18] Once we recite it, you shall follow such a Quran. [75:19] Then it is we who will explain it.

The Purpose of Our Life*

[67:2] The One who created death and life for the purpose of distinguishing those among you who would do better.* He is the Almighty, the Forgiving.

From 16:2 we assume that all revelations with the exception of when God spoke with Moses is done by the angels?

[42:51] No human being can communicate with GOD except through inspiration, or from behind a barrier, or by sending a messenger through whom He reveals what He wills. He is the Most High, Most Wise. 

Verse 16:6 = Leather seats

End of the World Unveiled (15:85 – 15:99)

End of the World Unveiled*

[15:85] We did not create the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, except for a specific purpose. The end of the world will come, so treat them with benign neglect.
*15:85-88 One of the functions of God’s Messenger of the Covenant is to deliver the Quranic assertion that the world will end in AD 2280 (20:15, 72:27 & Appendix 25). 

[15:86] Your Lord is the Creator, the Omniscient.
[15:87] We have given you the seven pairs, and the great Quran.
[15:88] Do not be jealous of what we bestowed upon the other (messengers), and do not be saddened (by the disbelievers), and lower your wing for the believers.
[15:89] And proclaim: “I am the manifest warner.”
[15:90] We will deal with the dividers.
[15:91] They accept the Quran only partially.
[15:92] By your Lord, we will question them all,
[15:93] about everything they have done.
[15:94] Therefore, carry out the orders given to you, and disregard the idol worshipers.
[15:95] We will spare you the mockers,
[15:96] who set up another god beside GOD. They will surely find out.
[15:97] We know full well that you may be annoyed by their utterances.
[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.*
*15:99 The practices of worship are our means of attaining certainty (Appendix 15).

Appendix 25 – End Of The World

(from: Quran The Final Testament, by Rashad Khalifa, PhD.) 

(God is) the Knower of the future; 
He does not permit anyone to unveil such knowledge.
Only through the messengers that He chooses
does He reveal future and past events.
 [ 72:27 ]

Among the duties charged to me as God’s Messenger of the Covenant is unveiling the end of the world (Page 415). We learn from 18:7-8 and 69:13-15 that this world will come to an end. A new earth and new heavens will replace the present heavens and earth (14:48). 

Signs of the Approaching End of the World

The Quran provides many signs, and states that the means for unveiling the end of the world have been given (47:18). The signs given in the Quran include:

  1. The splitting of the moon: This already happened in June 1969 when we landed on the moon and brought back moon rocks. People on earth can go now to many museums, colleges and observatories to look at pieces of the moon.
  2. Discovering the Quran’s 19-based mathematical code(74:30-37): Fulfilled in 1969-1974.
  3. The creature(27:82): “Made from the earth, it alerts the people that they have been oblivious to their Creator.” The Creature, made from the earth, did appear and was instrumental in unveiling the Quran’s numerical code, and proclaiming that the world has neglected God’s message; the creature is the computer. Note that the digits that make up27:82 add up to 19.
  4. Appearance of God’s Messenger of the Covenant(3:81): As detailed in Appendix2, a consolidating messenger, prophesied in the Quran, comes after all the prophets have delivered the scriptures, to purify and unify. This prophecy was fulfilled in Ramadan 1408.
  5. The Smoke(44:10): occurs after God’s Messenger of the Covenant has delivered the unified message and proclaimed Islam (Submission) as the only religion acceptable by God.
  6. Gog and Magog: they re-appear, in accordance with God’s plan, in the year 1700 AH (2271 AD). Gog and Magog are mentioned in18:94and 21:96. If you count the verses from 18:94 to the end of Sura 18, you find them 17. If you count the verses from 21:96 to the end of Sura 21, you find them also 17. This is the Quran’s sign that Gog and Magog will re-appear in 1700 AH.

It Will Not Remain Hidden [20:15]

Verse 15 of Sura 20 informs us that the end of the world will be revealed by God before the end of the world, and Sura 15, Verse 87, gives the time for that event:

We have given you the seven pairs, and the great Quran. [ 15:87 ]

The seven pairs are the 14 Quranic Initials. The total gematrical value of these profound pillars of the Quran’s miracle pinpoints the year of the end of the world. It is noteworthy that Verse 85 of Sura 15 states: “The end of the world will surely come to pass.” The next verse, 15:86, tells us that God is the Creator of this world, and, of course, He knows when it will end. The following verse, 15:87, tells us when the world will end. As shown in Table 1, the gematrical values of “The Seven Pairs” of Quranic Initials total 1709 (see also Table 1 of Appendix 1). According to 15:87, the world will survive for 1709 lunar years from the time this prophecy is stated in the Quran. This means that the world will end in the year 1710 AH. This number is a multiple of 19; 1710 = 19×90.

Table 1: Total Gematrical Value of “The Seven Pairs” of Quranic Initials
  Quranic Initial Gematrical Value
  ——- ———-
1. Q 100
2. N 50
3. S (Saad) 90
4. H.M. 48
5. Y.S. 70
6. T.H. 14
7. T.S. 69
8. A.L.M. 71
9. A.L.R. 231
10. T.S.M. 109
11. `A.S.Q. 230
12. A.L.M.S. 161
13. A.L.M.R. 271
14. K.H.Y.`A.S. 195
    —-
    1709

The unveiling of this information took place in the year 1400 AH, 309 years before the prophesied end of the world (1709-1400=309). The number 309 is a Quranic number (18:25), and is connected with the end of the world (18:21). The peculiar way of writing 309 in 18:25, “Three hundred years, increased by nine,” indicates that the 309 are lunar years. The difference between 300 solar years and 300 lunar years is 9 years.

The year of this discovery, 1400 AH, coincided with 1980 AD, and 1980 plus 300 solar years is 2280, also a multiple of 19, 19×120. Thus the world ends in 1710 AH, 19×90, which coincides with 2280 AD, 19×120. For the disbelievers who do not accept these powerful Quranic proofs, the end of the world will come suddenly (6:31, 44, 47; 7:95, 187; 12:10721:4022:5526:20229:5339:5543:66; and 47:18).

While Hadith is forbidden as a source of religious teachings (Appendix 19), it can be a useful source of history. We can derive a lot of information about historical events and local customs and traditions during the early centuries of Islam. The books of Hadith indicate that the Quranic Initials were believed to determine the life span of the Muslim Ummah. The classic exegesis by Al-Baydaawy cites the following historical event as a possible explanation of the Quranic Initials. The same event is detailed in Al-Suyooty’s ITQAAN, First Printing, 1318 AH, Vol 2, Page 10:

The Jews of Medina went to the Prophet and said, “Your Quran is initialed with A.L.M., and these Initials determine the life span of your religion. Since `A’ is 1, `L’ is 30, and `M’ is 40, this means that your religion will survive only 71 years.” Muhammad said, “We also have A.L.M.S.” They said, “The `A’ is 1, the `L’ is 30, the `M’ is 40, and the `S’ is 90. This adds up to 161. Do you have anything else?” The Prophet said, “Yes, A.L.M.R.” They said, “This is longer and heavier; the `A’ is 1, `L’ is 30, `M’ is 40, and `R’ is 200, making the total 271.” They finally gave up, saying, “We do not know how many of these Initials he was given!” [Al-Suyuty’s Famous Reference ITQAAN]

Although this narration is well known, many scholars have been reluctant to accept the unmistakable connection between the Quranic Initials and the end of the world. They could not bring themselves to deal with this subject for the simple reason that the calculation makes the end of the world, and judgment, a reality.

 

Lot (15:61 – 15:84)

Lot

[15:61] The messengers went to Lot’s town.
[15:62] He said, “You are unknown people.”
[15:63] They said, “We bring to you what they have been doubting.
[15:64] “We bring to you the truth; we are truthful.
[15:65] “You shall take your family during the night. Stay behind them, and make sure that none of you looks back. Go straight as commanded.”
[15:66] We delivered to him this command: those people are to be annihilated in the morning.
[15:67] The people of the city came joyfully.
[15:68] He said, “These are my guests; do not embarrass me.
[15:69] “Fear GOD, and do not shame me.”
[15:70] They said, “Did we not enjoin you from contacting anyone?”
[15:71] He said, “Here are my daughters, if you must.”
[15:72] But, alas, they were totally blinded by their lust.
[15:73] Consequently, the disaster struck them in the morning.
[15:74] We turned it upside down, and showered them with devastating rocks.
[15:75] This is a lesson for those who possess intelligence.
[15:76] This will always be the system.
[15:77] This is a sign for the believers.
[15:78] The people of the woods also were transgressors.
[15:79] Consequently, we avenged from them, and both communities are fully documented.
[15:80] The people of Al-Hijr disbelieved the messengers.
[15:81] We gave them our revelations, but they disregarded them.
[15:82] They used to carve secure homes out of the mountains.
[15:83] The disaster hit them in the morning.
[15:84] What they hoarded did not help them.

Why does it say “Fear God” in 15:69?

Fearing the Lord is the start of wisdom. If you don’t understand good and evil then you have no wisdom. Evil is the absence of God. To fear God is to fear His absence or the knowledge of not knowing between right and wrong. Start with fearing of God and the thought of falling out of His graces and as we grow the fear is eliminated and replaced by love.

What was it that the people were doubting in 15:63?

The word lust in 15:72 is the same word as intoxication
See 4:43, 15:72, 22:2 and 50:19 

See how Lot treats the travelling alien

[24:22] Those among you who are blessed with resources and wealth shall be charitable towards their relatives, the poor, and those who have immigrated for the sake of GOD. They shall treat them with kindness and tolerance; do you not love to attain GOD’s forgiveness? GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful. 

[59:9] As for those who provided them with a home and a refuge, and were believers before them, they love those who immigrated to them, and find no hesitation in their hearts in helping them. In fact, they readily give them priority over themselves, even when they themselves need what they give away. Indeed, those who overcome their natural stinginess are the successful ones.

Is there a significance to the annihilation happening in the morning? 

What does it mean to be annihilated? 

[40:77] You shall be patient, for GOD’s promise is truth. Whether we show you some of (the retribution) we have promised for them, or terminate your life before that, they will be returned to us. 

[10:46] Whether we show you some (of the retribution) we promise them, or terminate your life before that, to us is their ultimate return. GOD witnesses everything they do.

Angels Visit Abraham (15:51 – 15:60)

Angels Visit Abraham

[15:51] Inform them about Abraham’s guests.
[15:52] When they entered his quarters, they said, “Peace.” He said, “We are apprehensive about you.”
[15:53] They said, “Do not be apprehensive. We have good news for you: an enlightened son.”
[15:54] He said, “How can you give me such good news, when I am so old? Do you still give me this good news?”
[15:55] They said, “The good news we give you is true; do not despair.”
[15:56] He said, “None despairs of his Lord’s mercy, except the strayers.”
[15:57] He said, “What is your mission, O messengers?”
[15:58] They said, “We are being dispatched to guilty people.
[15:59] “As for Lot’s family, we will save them all.
[15:60] “But not his wife; she is destined to be with the doomed.” 

Is the messenger in verse 15:57 the same messenger at verse 15:61? 

Interesting that in 15:52 Abraham is upfront with the angel with his comment. Similar to when Mary was informed about Jesus.

Was Abraham being extravagant when he gave the travellers a roasted calf?

The Human Race – 15:26 – 15:50

5The Human Race

[15:26] We created the human being from aged mud, like the potter’s clay.
[15:27] As for the jinns, we created them, before that, from blazing fire.
[15:28] Your Lord said to the angels, “I am creating a human being from aged mud, like the potter’s clay.
[15:29] “Once I perfect him, and blow into him from My spirit, you shall fall prostrate before him.”
[15:30] The angels fell prostrate; all of them,
[15:31] except Iblis (Satan). He refused to be with the prostrators.
[15:32] He said, “O Iblis (Satan), why are you not with the prostrators?”
[15:33] He said, “I am not to prostrate before a human being, whom You created from aged mud, like the potter’s clay.”
[15:34] He said, “Therefore, you must get out; you are banished.
[15:35] “You have incurred My condemnation until the Day of Judgment.”
[15:36] He said, “My Lord, respite me until the day they are resurrected.”
[15:37] He said, “You are respited.
[15:38] “Until the specified day and time.”
[15:39] He said, “My Lord, since You have willed that I go astray, I will surely entice them on earth; I will send them all astray.
[15:40] “Except those among Your worshipers who are devoted absolutely to You alone.”
[15:41] He said, “This is a law that is inviolable.
[15:42] “You have no power over My servants. You only have power over the strayers who follow you.
[15:43] “And Hell awaits them all.
[15:44] “It will have seven gates. Each gate will get a specific share of them.”
[15:45] As for the righteous, they will enjoy gardens and springs.
[15:46] Enter therein, peaceful and secure.
[15:47] We remove all jealousy from their hearts. Like one family, they will be on adjacent furnishings.
[15:48] Never will they suffer any fatigue therein; never will they be evicted therefrom.
[15:49] Inform My servants that I am the Forgiver, Most Merciful.
[15:50] And that My retribution is the most painful retribution.

What were the order of events around the Great Feud

  1. There are God and his creatures (no humans, jinns, angels)
  2. Satan has supercilious thoughts that he could be a god beside God
  3. A group of God’s creatures thought maybe there could be a god beside God they became the rebels
  4. God told the rebels that He is creating an experiment they could come to this experiment as an animal and disavow their egos or come back as a human and decide for themselves if there could be a god beside God
  5. God creates the heavens and earth and puts the humans and animals to death
  6. God tells the angels to prostrate (serve) the humans on earth during their interim
  7. Satan is exposed
  8. Shows that this experiment was also created to bring out Satan’s claims

By defying God, Satan has set himself up as a god beside God

[6:121] Do not eat from that upon which the name of GOD has not been mentioned, for it is an abomination. The devils inspire their allies to argue with you; if you obey them, you will be idol worshipers.*

Appendix 21 

(from: Quran The Final Testament, by Rashad Khalifa, PhD.) 

Satan: Fallen Angel

In God’s kingdom, certain creatures are necessarily given the powers needed to perform their duties. Satan believed that his God-given powers qualified him to function as an independent god. As evidenced by the prevalence of misery, disease, accidents, and war in his dominion, we now know that Satan is incompetent.

The Quran clearly states that Satan was an angel, by virtue of the immense powers and rank bestowed upon him. This is why he is addressed as an angel (2:347:1115:2917:6118:5020:11638:71) prior to his fall. By definition, a jinn is a fallen angel (18:50). Satan’s rebellion teaches us that the angels were created with minds of their own, and absolute freedom of choice (2:34).

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Jeremiah Chapter 18

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he was making a work on the wheels. 4 And when the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5 Then the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, 6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith Jehovah. Behold, as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are ye in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it; 8 if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. 9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; 10 if they do that which is evil in my sight, that they obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. 

[55:14] He created the human from aged clay, like the potter’s clay. [55:15] And created the jinns from blazing fire. 

[7:12] He said, “What prevented you from prostrating when I ordered you?” He said, “I am better than he; You created me from fire, and created him from mud.”

[38:76] He said, “I am better than he; You created me from fire, and created him from clay.”

Why does Hell have seven gates?  

Appendix 5

(from: Quran The Final Testament, by Rashad Khalifa, PhD.)

Heaven and Hell

The descriptions of Heaven and Hell throughout the Quran are allegorical. And the Quran tells us so whenever such descriptions occur as independent statements, not within a general subject. See 2:24-26, 13:35, and 47:15. The word “Mathal” (allegory) is used in these verses. Linguistically, the word “Mathal” in these verses can be removed, and we still have perfect sentences. But it is there because the descriptions of Heaven and Hell are allegorical.

What Heaven and Hell are really like is far beyond our comprehension. Hence the need for allegory.

How can one describe, for example, the taste of chocolate to a person who never tasted chocolate? Allegory will have to be used. The person has to wait to actually taste chocolate in order to know what chocolate tastes like. Whatever allegory we use to describe the taste of chocolate can never approximate the real thing.

Heaven already exists, since Adam and Eve were placed in it during their days of innocence (2:35). We learn from Sura 55 that there are two “High Heavens” – one for the humans and one for the jinns – and two “Lower Heavens” – one for the humans and one for the jinns (see Appendix 11 for more details).

Hell is not created yet. It will be created on the Day of Judgment (69:17 & 89:23). More details are given in Appendix 11.

The High Heaven vs The Lower Heaven

There are profound differences between the High Heaven and the Lower Heaven. Allegorically, water in the High Heaven flows freely (55:50), while the water of the Lower Heaven needs to be pumped out (55:66).

Allegorically, the High Heaven has all kinds of fruit (55:52), while the Lower Heaven has a limited variety of fruits (55:68).

Allegorically, the pure spouses readily join their spouses in the High Heaven (55:56), while the dwellers of the Lower Heaven must go fetch their spouses (55:72).

Yet, even the Lower Heaven is an incredibly fantastic prize for those who are fortunate enough to escape Hell and end up in the Lower Heaven (3:185) – going to the Lower Heaven is a great triumph. People who depart this life before reaching their 40th birthday, and did not sufficiently develop their souls, will go to the Lower Heaven (46:15Appendices 11 & 32). The High Heaven is reserved for those who believed, led a righteous life, and developed their souls sufficiently.

Whoever succeeds in barely missing Hell, and is admitted into Heaven, has attained a great triumph. [3:185]

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What is the significance of humans being made out of clay and the jinns being made out of fire?

  • God created us from dust (stardust) 30:20
  • God created us from wet mud (evolution) 37:11
  • God created us from inside our mothers bellies (39:6)
  • God created us from an embryo 22:5 and 96:2

[30:20] Among His proofs is that He created you from dust, then you became reproducing humans.

[37:11] Ask them, “Are they more difficult to create, or the other creations?” We created them from wet mud. 

[39:6] He created you from one person, then created from him his mate. He sent down to you eight kinds of livestock. He creates you in your mothers’ bellies, creation after creation, in trimesters of darkness. Such is GOD your Lord. To Him belongs all sovereignty. There is no other god beside Him. How could you deviate?

[22:5] O people, if you have any doubt about resurrection, (remember that) we created you from dust, and subsequently from a tiny drop, which turns into a hanging (embryo), then it becomes a fetus that is given life or deemed lifeless. We thus clarify things for you. We settle in the wombs whatever we will for a predetermined period. We then bring you out as infants, then you reach maturity. While some of you die young, others live to the worst age, only to find out that no more knowledge can be attained beyond a certain limit. Also, you look at a land that is dead, then as soon as we shower it with water, it vibrates with life and grows all kinds of beautiful plants. 

[96:2] He created man from an embryo.

[36:71] Have they not seen that we created for them, with our own hands, livestock that they own?

[39:6] He created you from one person, then created from him his mate. He sent down to you eight kinds of livestock. He creates you in your mothers’ bellies, creation after creation, in trimesters of darkness. Such is GOD your Lord. To Him belongs all sovereignty. There is no other god beside Him. How could you deviate?

  • Fire is shapeless
  • Fire when it is out of control is destructive, but when it’s in control is productive.
  • Clay needs to be molded by a potter
  • Clay burns impurities under fire
  • Clay can withstand fire