Additional Proofs From God (16:65 – 16:67)

Additional Proofs From God

[16:65] GOD sends down from the sky water to revive the land after it had died. This should be (sufficient) proof for people who hear.
[16:66] And in the livestock there is a lesson for you: we provide you with a drink from their bellies. From the midst of digested food and blood, you get pure milk, delicious for the drinkers.
[16:67] And from the fruits of date palms and grapes you produce intoxicants, as well as good provisions. This should be (sufficient) proof for people who understand.

In verse 16:67 it shows that the only thing that is absolutely good is God. Everything else that God creates can be use for good or for evil.

[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.” [34:42] On that day, you possess no power to help or harm one another, and we will say to the transgressors, “Taste the retribution of the Hell that you used to deny.”

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The Formation of Milk

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Phosphorus helps plants grow. Each year in the Amazon forest during the rain season as the rain comes in it washes the phosphorus off the top soil which is a huge disaster for the forest, but somehow after the season the phosphorus is restored and scientist weren’t sure how until they found the origins of the phosphorus to be the Sahara desert. Each year roughly 182 million tons of dust is lifted from the Sahara and as much of this has falls into the Atlantic roughly 30 million tons gets deposited to the Amazon forest. Why does the Sahara have so much phosphorus? Millions of years ago the Sahara desert was actually a giant lake, but as the water dried up and the life decomposed it seeded the ground with nutrients. So despite being dry and uninhabitable to life today its reminisce is exactly what life needs.

The Original Sin (16:61 – 16:64)

The Original Sin

[16:61] If GOD punished the people for their transgressions, He would have annihilated every creature on earth. But He respites them for a specific, predetermined time. Once their interim ends, they cannot delay it by one hour, nor advance it.
[16:62] They ascribe to GOD what they dislike for themselves, then utter the lie with their own tongues that they are righteous! Without any doubt, they have incurred Hell, for they have rebelled.
[16:63] By GOD, we have sent (messengers) to communities before you, but the devil adorned their works in their eyes. Consequently, he is now their lord, and they have incurred a painful retribution.
[16:64] We have revealed this scripture to you, to point out for them what they dispute, and to provide guidance and mercy for people who believe.

In 16:59 it shows that every person and every creature in this world committed the original sin, including all the prophets, messengers, animals, trees, plants, stars, planets etc.

[5:17] Pagans indeed are those who say that GOD is the Messiah, the son of Mary. Say, “Who could oppose GOD if He willed to annihilate the Messiah, son of Mary, and his mother, and everyone on earth?” To GOD belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them. He creates whatever He wills. GOD is Omnipotent.

Bigoted Bias Against Baby Girls (6:57 – 16:60)

Bigoted Bias Against Baby Girls

[16:57] They even assign daughters to GOD, be He glorified, while they prefer for themselves what they like.
[16:58] When one of them gets a baby girl, his face becomes darkened with overwhelming grief.
[16:59] Ashamed, he hides from the people, because of the bad news given to him. He even ponders: should he keep the baby grudgingly, or bury her in the dust. Miserable indeed is their judgment.
[16:60] Those who do not believe in the Hereafter set the worst examples, while to GOD belongs the most sublime examples. He is the Almighty, the Most Wise.

Female Infanticide – Wikipedia

Female infanticide is the deliberate killing of newborn female children. In countries with a history of female infanticide, the modern practice of sex-selective abortion is often discussed as a closely related issue. Female infanticide is a major cause of concern in several nations such as China and India. It has been argued that the “low status” in which women are viewed in patriarchal societies creates a bias against females.

In 1978, anthropologist Laila Williamson, in a summary of data she had collated on how widespread infanticide was among both tribal and developed, or “civilized” nations, found that infanticide had occurred on every continent and was carried out by groups ranging from hunter gatherers to highly developed societies and that rather than this practice being an exception, it has been commonplace. The practice has been well documented among the indigenous peoples of Australia, Northern Alaska and South Asia, and Barbara Miller argues the practice to be “almost universal”, even in the West. Miller contends that in regions where women are not employed in agriculture and regions in which dowries are the norm then female infanticide is commonplace, and in 1871 in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, Charles Darwin wrote that the practice was commonplace among the aboriginal tribes of Australia.

In 1990, Amartya Sen writing in the New York Review of Books estimated that there were 100 million fewer women in Asia than would be expected, and that this amount of “missing” women “tell[s] us, quietly, a terrible story of inequality and neglect leading to the excess mortality of women.” Initially Sen’s suggestion of gender bias was contested and it was suggested that hepatitis B was the cause of the alteration in the natural sex ratio. However it is now widely accepted that the numerical worldwide deficit in women, is due to gender specific abortions, infanticide and neglect.

In seventh-century Arabia, before Islamic culture became established, female infanticide was widely practiced. This is attributed by scholars to the fact that women were deemed “property” within those societies. Others have speculated that to prevent their daughters from a life of misery, the mothers would kill the child. With the arrival of Islamic rule the practice was made illegal.

In 16:59 it shows that people are more concerned with what others think rather than what God thinks of them.

[4:108] They hide from the people, and do not care to hide from GOD, though He is with them as they harbor ideas He dislikes. GOD is fully aware of everything they do.

[11:5] Indeed, they hide their innermost thoughts, as if to keep Him from knowing them. In fact, as they cover themselves with their clothes, He knows all their secrets and declarations. He knows the innermost thoughts.

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The Demand for Sons

Why is it that historically across most all cultures is there a bias against girls?

Why does it sound like God is preferring the boys over the girls in the verses about gender bias?

[17:40] Has your Lord given you boys, while giving Himself the angels as daughters?! How could you utter such a blasphemy?

Gross Blasphemy

[19:88] They said, “The Most Gracious has begotten a son!” [19:89] You have uttered a gross blasphemy. [19:90] The heavens are about to shatter, the earth is about to tear asunder, and the mountains are about to crumble. [19:91] Because they claim that the Most Gracious has begotten a son. [19:92] It is not befitting the Most Gracious that He should beget a son. [19:93] Every single one in the heavens and the earth is a servant of the Most Gracious. [19:94] He has encompassed them, and has counted them one by one. [19:95] All of them will come before Him on the Day of Resurrection as individuals. [19:96] Surely, those who believe and lead a righteous life, the Most Gracious will shower them with love. 

Angels As Daughters: A Blasphemy

[43:15] They even assigned for Him a share from His own creation! Surely, the human being is profoundly unappreciative. [43:16] Has He chosen from among His creations daughters for Himself, while blessing you with sons? [43:17] When one of them is given news (of a daughter) as they claimed for the Most Gracious, his face is darkened with misery and anger! [43:18] (They say,) “What is good about an offspring that is brought up to be beautiful, and cannot help in war?” [43:19] They claimed that the angels, who are servants of the Most Gracious, are females! Have they witnessed their creation? Their claims are recorded, and they will be asked. [43:20] They even said, “If the Most Gracious willed, we would not have worshiped them.” They have no basis for such a claim; they only conjecture.*

Honor Killing – Wikipedia
An honor killing (also spelt honour, see spelling differences) or shame killing[1] is the homicide of a member of a family by other members, due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family, or has violated the principles of a community or a religion, usually for reasons such as refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by their family, having sex outside marriage, becoming the victim of rape, dressing in ways which are deemed inappropriate, engaging in non-heterosexual relations or renouncing a faith.[2][3][4][5][6]

Moving story of Sindhutai Sapkal – Radhanath Swami @ Narayan Mandir June 4th 2013

To Resurrect the Dead (16:40 – 16:56)

To Resurrect the Dead

[16:40] To have anything done, we simply say to it, “Be,” and it is.
[16:41] Those who emigrated for the sake of GOD, because they were persecuted, we will surely make it up to them generously in this life, and the recompense of the Hereafter is even greater, if they only knew.
[16:42] This is because they steadfastly persevere, and in their Lord they trust.
[16:43] We did not send before you except men whom we inspired. Ask those who know the scripture, if you do not know.
[16:44] We provided them with the proofs and the scriptures. And we sent down to you this message, to proclaim for the people everything that is sent down to them, perhaps they will reflect.
[16:45] Did those who scheme evil schemes guarantee that GOD will not cause the earth to swallow them, or that the retribution will not come to them when they least expect it?
[16:46] It may strike them while they are asleep; they can never escape.
[16:47] Or it may strike them while they are fearfully expecting it. Your Lord is Compassionate, Most Merciful.
[16:48] Have they not seen all the things created by GOD? Their shadows surround them right and left, in total submission to GOD, and willingly.
[16:49] To GOD prostrates everything in the heavens and everything on earth — every creature—and so do the angels; without the least arrogance.*
*16:49 The human body, whether it belongs to a believer or a disbeliever, submits to God; the heartbeats, the lungs’ movement, and peristalsis illustrate this submission.

[16:50] They reverence their Lord, high above them, and they do what they are commanded to do.
[16:51] GOD has proclaimed: “Do not worship two gods; there is only one god. You shall reverence Me alone.”
[16:52] To Him belongs everything in the heavens and the earth and therefore, the religion shall be devoted absolutely to Him alone. Would you worship other than GOD?
[16:53] Any blessing you enjoy is from GOD. Yet, whenever you incur any adversity you immediately complain to Him.
[16:54] Yet, as soon as He relieves your affliction, some of you revert to idol worship.
[16:55] Let them disbelieve in what we have given them. Go ahead and enjoy temporarily; you will surely find out.
[16:56] They designate for the idols they set up out of ignorance, a share of the provisions we bestow upon them. By GOD, you will be held accountable for your innovations.

What is the definition of innovation for 16:56?

When something is added to the practice of religion and it is considered a sin if they either perform or refrain from performing the act. This is different than a personal preference that is not considered mandatory as part of the religion.

Could there be personal innovation?

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Deep In Their Minds (16:38 – 16:39)

Deep In Their Minds

[16:38] They swore solemnly by GOD: “GOD will not resurrect the dead.” Absolutely, such is His inviolable promise, but most people do not know.
[16:39] He will then point out to everyone all the things they had disputed, and will let those who disbelieved know that they were liars. 

[17:98] Such is their just retribution, since they rejected our revelations. They said, “After we turn into bones and fragments, do we get resurrected into a new creation?” 

[21:65] Yet, they reverted to their old ideas: “You know full well that these cannot speak.”

[27:49] They said, “Let us swear by GOD that we kill him and his people, then tell his tribe, ‘We know nothing about their death. We are truthful.'”

[16:86] And when those who committed idol worship see their idols, they will say, “Our Lord, these are the idols we had set up beside You.” The idols will then confront them and say, “You are liars.”

Famous Excuse (16:35 – 16:37)

Famous Excuse

[16:35] The idol worshipers say, “Had GOD willed, we would not worship any idols besides Him, nor would our parents. Nor would we prohibit anything besides His prohibitions.” Those before them have done the same. Can the messengers do anything but deliver the complete message?
[16:36] We have sent a messenger to every community, saying, “You shall worship GOD, and avoid idolatry.” Subsequently, some were guided by GOD, while others were committed to straying. Roam the earth and note the consequences for the rejectors.
[16:37] No matter how hard you try to guide them, GOD does not guide the ones He had committed to straying. Thus, no one can help them.

[43:20] They even said, “If the Most Gracious willed, we would not have worshiped them.” They have no basis for such a claim; they only conjecture.* 

[7:16] He said, “Since You have willed that I go astray,* I will skulk for them on Your straight path. 

[16:82] If they still turn away, then your sole mission is the clear delivery (of the message). 

[16:92] Do not be like the knitter who unravels her strong knitting into piles of flimsy yarn. This is your example if you abuse the oaths to take advantage of one another. Whether one group is larger than the other, GOD thus puts you to the test. He will surely show you on the Day of Resurrection everything you had disputed. 

[34:34] Every time we sent a warner to a community, the leaders of that community said, “We reject the message you are sent with.” 

[34:28] We have sent you (O Rashad)* to all the people, a bearer of good news, as well as a warner, but most people do not know.

[28:56] You cannot guide the ones you love. GOD is the only One who guides in accordance with His will, and in accordance with His knowledge of those who deserve the guidance.

The Disbelievers (16:33 – 16:34)

The Disbelievers

[16:33] Are they waiting for the angels to come to them, or until your Lord’s judgment comes to pass? Those before them did the same thing. GOD is not the One who wronged them; they are the ones who wronged their own souls.
[16:34] They have incurred the consequences of their evil works, and the very things they ridiculed came back to haunt them. 

Consequence: the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual 

[6:7] Even if we sent down to them a physical book, written on paper, and they touched it with their hands, those who disbelieved would have said, “This is no more than clever magic.” 

[6:35] If their rejection gets to be too much for you, you should know that even if you dug a tunnel through the earth, or climbed a ladder into the sky, and produced a miracle for them (they still would not believe). Had GOD willed, He could have guided them, unanimously. Therefore, do not behave like the ignorant ones. 

[6:111] Even if we sent down the angels to them; even if the dead spoke to them; even if we summoned every miracle before them; they cannot believe unless GOD wills it. Indeed, most of them are ignorant.

[8:23] Had GOD known of any good in them, He would have made them hearers. Even if He made them hearers, they still would turn away in aversion.

They Go Straight to Paradise (16:32)

They Go Straight to Paradise

[16:32] The angels terminate their lives in a state of righteousness, saying, “Peace be upon you. Enter Paradise (now) as a reward for your works.”*
*16:30-32 The righteous taste only the first death, which has been already experienced by all of us (see 44:56). At the end of their interim in this world, the angels of death simply invite them to move on to the Paradise where Adam and Eve once lived (2:154, 3:169, 8:24, 22:58, 36:27).

The Believers Do Not Really Die (16:30 – 16:31)

The Believers Do Not Really Die*

[16:30] As for the righteous, when they are asked, “What do you think of these revelations from your Lord,” they say, “Good.” For those who lead a righteous life, happiness, and the abode of the Hereafter is even better. What a blissful abode for the righteous.
[16:31] The gardens of Eden are reserved for them, wherein rivers flow. They have anything they wish therein. GOD thus rewards the righteous.

Death for the Disbelievers (16:28 – 16:29)

Death for the Disbelievers

[16:28] The angels put them to death in a state of wronging their souls. That is when they finally submit, and say, “We did not do anything wrong!” Yes indeed. GOD is fully aware of everything you have done.
[16:29] Therefore, enter the gates of Hell, wherein you abide forever. What a miserable destiny for the arrogant ones.

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.”

[32:11] Say, “You will be put to death by the angel in whose charge you are placed, then to your Lord you will be returned.”