End of the World is Not Hidden (20:15 – 20:69)

End of the World is Not Hidden*

[20:15] “The Hour (end of the world) is surely coming; I will keep it almost hidden. For each soul must be paid for its works.
[20:16] “Do not be diverted therefrom by those who do not believe in it— those who pursue their own opinions—lest you fall.
[20:17] “What is this in your right hand, Moses?”
[20:18] He said, “This is my staff. I lean on it, herd my sheep with it, and I use it for other purposes.”
[20:19] He said, “Throw it down, Moses.”
[20:20] He threw it down, whereupon it turned into a moving serpent.
[20:21] He said, “Pick it up; do not be afraid. We will return it to its original state.
[20:22] “And hold your hand under your wing; it will come out white without a blemish; another proof.
[20:23] “We thus show you some of our great portents.
[20:24] “Go to Pharaoh, for he has transgressed.”
[20:25] He said, “My Lord, cool my temper.
[20:26] “And make this matter easy for me.
[20:27] “And untie a knot from my tongue.
[20:28] “So they can understand my speech.
[20:29] “And appoint an assistant for me from my family.
[20:30] “My brother Aaron.
[20:31] “Strengthen me with him.
[20:32] “Let him be my partner in this matter.
[20:33] “That we may glorify You frequently.
[20:34] “And commemorate You frequently.
[20:35] “You are Seer of us.”
[20:36] He said, “Your request is granted, O Moses.
[20:37] “We have blessed you another time.
[20:38] “When we revealed to your mother what we revealed.
[20:39] “Saying: ‘Throw him into the box, then throw him into the river. The river will throw him onto the shore, to be picked up by an enemy of Mine and an enemy of his.’ I showered you with love from Me, and I had you made before My watchful eye.
[20:40] “Your sister walked to them and said, ‘I can tell you about a nursing mother who can take good care of him.’ We thus returned you to your mother, that she may be happy and stop worrying. And when you killed a soul, we saved you from the grievous consequences; indeed we tested you thoroughly. You stayed years with the people of Midyan, and now you have come back in accordance with a precise plan.
[20:41] “I have made you just for Me.
[20:42] “Go with your brother, supported by My signs, and do not waver in remembering Me.
[20:43] “Go to Pharaoh, for he transgressed.
[20:44] “Speak to him nicely; he may take heed, or become reverent.”
[20:45] They said, “Our Lord, we fear lest he may attack us, or transgress.”
[20:46] He said, “Do not be afraid, for I will be with you, listening and watching.
[20:47] “Go to him and say, ‘We are two messengers from your Lord. Let the Children of Israel go. You must refrain from persecuting them. We bring a sign from your Lord, and peace is the lot of those who heed the guidance.
[20:48] “‘We have been inspired that the retribution will inevitably afflict those who disbelieve and turn away.'”
[20:49] He said, “Who is your Lord, O Moses.”
[20:50] He said, “Our Lord is the One who granted everything its existence, and its guidance.”
[20:51] He said, “What about the past generations?”
[20:52] He said, “The knowledge thereof is with my Lord in a record. My Lord never errs, nor does He forget.”
[20:53] He is the One who made the earth habitable for you, and paved in it roads for you. And He sends down from the sky water with which we produce many different kinds of plants.
[20:54] Eat and raise your livestock. These are sufficient proofs for those who possess intelligence.*
[20:55] From it we created you, into it we return you, and from it we bring you out once more.
[20:56] We showed him all our proofs, but he disbelieved and refused.
[20:57] He said, “Did you come here to take us out of our land with your magic, O Moses?
[20:58] “We will surely show you similar magic. Therefore, set an appointment that neither we, nor you will violate; in a neutral place.”
[20:59] He said, “Your appointed time shall be the day of festivities. Let us all meet in the forenoon.”
[20:60] Pharaoh summoned his forces, then came.
[20:61] Moses said to them, “Woe to you. Do you fabricate lies to fight GOD and thus incur His retribution? Such fabricators will surely fail.”
[20:62] They disputed among themselves, as they conferred privately.
[20:63] They said, “These two are no more than magicians who wish to take you out of your land with their magic, and to destroy your ideal way of life.
[20:64] “Let us agree upon one scheme and face them as a united front. The winner today will have the upper hand.”
[20:65] They said, “O Moses, either you throw, or we will be the first to throw.”
[20:66] He said, “You throw.” Whereupon, their ropes and sticks appeared to him, because of their magic, as if they were moving.
[20:67] Moses harbored some fear.
[20:68] We said, “Have no fear. You will prevail.
[20:69] “Throw what you hold in your right hand, and it will swallow what they fabricated. What they fabricated is no more than the scheming of a magician. The magician’s work will not succeed.”
*20:15 The end of the world is given in the Quran, God’s final message (15:87).
*20:54 Those who possess intelligence appreciate the fact that we are astronauts who were launched into space on this ‘Spaceship Earth.’ God provided us with renewable food, water, pets, wildlife, and livestock, as we embark on this temporary space odyssey. Compare God’s provisions to ‘Spaceship Earth’ with the provisions we give to our astronauts (Appendix 7).

God keeps knowledge about the end of the world almost hidden:

[27:66] In fact, their knowledge concerning the Hereafter is confused. In fact, they harbor doubts about it. In fact, they are totally heedless thereof.

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

[79:43] It is not you (Muhammad) who is destined to announce its time. 

[43:61] He is to serve as a marker for knowing the end of the world,* so you can no longer harbor any doubt about it. You shall follow Me; this is the right path. 

Almost: Arabic: 28:10, 42:5, 67:8, 9:117, 17:74, 27:72, 18:93, 43:52, 24:40, 2:20, 19:90, 24:35, 17:76

20:14 – 15 is the ideal response when people ask about individuals who are not aware of God’s message. That the knowledge of these people is with God.

20:18 – Whatever we lean on we can through it down and God will support us

[22:15] If anyone thinks that GOD cannot support him in this life and in the Hereafter, let him turn completely to (his Creator in) heaven, and sever (his dependence on anyone else). He will then see that this plan eliminates anything that bothers him.

20:25 – God removes our temper when we are righteous:

[9:14] You shall fight them, for GOD will punish them at your hands, humiliate them, grant you victory over them, and cool the chests of the believers. [9:15] He will also remove the rage from the believers’ hearts. GOD redeems whomever He wills. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise.

Sura 94: Cooling the Temper (Al-Sharrhh) [94:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful [94:1] Did we not cool your temper? [94:2] And we unloaded your load (of sins). [94:3] One that burdened your back. [94:4] We exalted you to an honorable position. [94:5] With pain there is gain. [94:6] Indeed, with pain there is gain. [94:7] Whenever possible you shall strive. [94:8] Seeking only your Lord. 

If we have a temper problem is it possible to remove this deficiency through will power alone?

Alcoholism used to be an incurable disease until Bill Wilson and the 12 step program:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-step_program#Twelve_Steps

Moses seems to be suffering from imposter syndrome when he first spoke with God

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. The term was coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes. Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. While early research focused on the prevalence among high-achieving women[2], impostor syndrome has been found to affect both men and women, in roughly equal numbers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor_syndrome

What does it mean in 20:41 when God says “I made you just for Me” to Moses?

God could take the most persecuted of a society (a baby that was sentenced to death) and have them topple the most affluent and powerful in a society. 

Appendix 25

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

End Of The World

(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 up 27:82add up to 19.
  4. Appearance of God’s Messenger of the Covenant(3:81): As detailed in Appendix 2, 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 Submission (Islam) 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 in 18:94and 21:96. If you count the verses from 18:94to 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.

http://www.masjidtucson.org/quran/appendices/appendix25.html

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Sura 20: T.H. (TãHã) (20:0 0 – 20:14)

[20:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
[20:1] T. H.*
[20:2] We did not reveal the Quran to you, to cause you any hardship.
[20:3] Only to remind the reverent.
[20:4] A revelation from the Creator of the earth and the high heavens.
[20:5] The Most Gracious; He has assumed all authority.
[20:6] To Him belongs everything in the heavens, and the earth, and everything between them, and everything beneath the ground.
[20:7] Whether you declare your convictions (or not) He knows the secret, and what is even more hidden.
[20:8] GOD: there is no other god besides Him. To Him belong the most beautiful names.
[20:9] Have you noted the history of Moses?
[20:10] When he saw a fire, he said to his family, “Stay here. I have seen a fire. Maybe I can bring you some of it, or find some guidance at the fire.”
[20:11] When he came to it, he was called, “O, Moses.
[20:12] “I am your Lord; remove your sandals. You are in the sacred valley, Tuwã.
[20:13] “I have chosen you, so listen to what is being revealed.
[20:14] “I am GOD; there is no other god beside Me. You shall worship Me alone, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) to remember Me.
*20:1 The role of these Quranic initials as components of the Quran’s awesome mathematical miracle is given in detail in Appendix 1.

What in the Quran could cause us hardship (20:2)?

Having to do your Contact Prayer five times a day, fast for a month, give Zakat could be hard, but God makes it easy. Take the example of Moses.

[90:10] Did we not show him the two paths? [90:11] He should choose the difficult path. [90:12] Which one is the difficult path? [90:13] The freeing of slaves. [90:14] Feeding, during the time of hardship. [90:15] Orphans who are related. [90:16] Or the poor who is in need. [90:17] And being one of those who believe, and exhorting one another to be steadfast, and exhorting one another to be kind. [90:18] These have deserved happiness. 

[65:4] As for the women who have reached menopause, if you have any doubts, their interim shall be three months. As for those who do not menstruate, and discover that they are pregnant, their interim ends upon giving birth. Anyone who reverences GOD, He makes everything easy for him. 

God’s Revelation is Heavy

[11:12] You may wish to disregard some of that which is revealed to you, and you may be annoyed by it. Also, they may say, “How come no treasure comes down to him, or an angel?” You are only a warner; GOD controls all things. 

Example of Moses when he first spoke to God he was unsure of himself and the request of what he was supposed to do seemed like real hardship, but by the time Pharaoh was chasing him his response was “no way”. 

[26:60] They pursued them towards the east. [26:61] When both parties saw each other, Moses’ people said, “We will be caught.” [26:62] He said, “No way. My Lord is with me; He will guide me.” 

Purpose of the Contact Prayer is to remember God (20:14)

[13:28] They are the ones whose hearts rejoice in remembering GOD. Absolutely, by remembering GOD, the hearts rejoice. 

The Quran: Messenger of God

[11:2] Proclaiming: “You shall not worship except GOD. I come to you from Him as a warner, as well as a bearer of good news.

[2:152] You shall remember Me, that I may remember you, and be thankful to Me; do not be unappreciative. 

[29:45] You shall recite what is revealed to you of the scripture, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), for the Contact Prayers prohibit evil and vice. But the remembrance of GOD (through Salat) is the most important objective.* GOD knows everything you do. 

[14:40] “My Lord, make me one who consistently observes the Contact Prayers (Salat), and also my children. Our Lord, please answer my prayers.

[40:14] Therefore, you shall devote your worship absolutely to GOD ALONE, even if the disbelievers dislike it.

In 20:12 it references that Moses was ordered to remove his sandals. Is that why we remove our shoes when we perform our Contact Prayer?

Acts 7:33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.

Gross Blasphemy (19:88 – 19:98)

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.
[19:97] We thus made this (Quran) elucidated in your tongue, in order to deliver good news to the righteous, and to warn with it the opponents.
[19:98] Many a generation before them we annihilated; can you perceive any of them, or hear from them any sound?

What does it mean elucidated in 19:97? How did this happen?

Elucidated: to make clear

[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. 

[22:18] Do you not realize that to GOD prostrates everyone in the heavens and the earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the mountains, and the trees, and the animals, and many people? Many others among the people are committed to doom. Whomever GOD shames, none will honor him. Everything is in accordance with GOD’s will. 

[72:28] This is to ascertain that they have delivered their Lord’s messages. He is fully aware of what they have. He has counted the numbers of all things.

[26:198] If we revealed this to people who do not know Arabic. [26:199] And had him recite it (in Arabic), they could not possibly believe in it. [26:200] We thus render it (like a foreign language) in the hearts of the guilty. [26:201] Thus, they cannot believe in it; not until they see the painful retribution.

Language is Irrelevant

[41:44] If we made it a non-Arabic Quran they would have said, “Why did it come down in that language?” Whether it is Arabic or non-Arabic, say, “For those who believe, it is a guide and healing. As for those who disbelieve, they will be deaf and blind to it, as if they are being addressed from faraway.”

 

The Idols Disown Their Worshipers (19:82 – 19:87)

The Idols Disown Their Worshipers

[19:82] On the contrary; they will reject their idolatry, and will be their enemies.
[19:83] Do you not see how we unleash the devils upon the disbelievers to stir them up?
[19:84] Do not be impatient; we are preparing for them some preparation.
[19:85] The day will come when we summon the righteous before the Most Gracious in a group.
[19:86] And we will herd the guilty to Hell, to be their eternal abode.
[19:87] No one will possess the power to intercede, except those who conform to the laws of the Most Gracious. 

Why does 19:83 use the expression “devils” as opposed to “devil”?

[2:14] When they meet the believers, they say, “We believe,” but when alone with their devils, they say, “We are with you; we were only mocking.” 

[6:112] We have permitted the enemies of every prophet—human and jinn devils—to inspire in each other fancy words, in order to deceive. Had your Lord willed, they would not have done it. You shall disregard them and their fabrications. 

Intercession

[20:109] On that day, intercession will be useless, except for those permitted by the Most Gracious, and whose utterances conform to His will. 

Appendix 8 – 

The Myth of Intercession

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

To believe that anyone, other than God, can intercede on our behalf to have our sins forgiven or our wishes fulfilled, is to set up partners with God. This is idolatry. The Quran proclaims that “All intercession belongs to God” (39:44), and that there will be “no intercession on the Day of Judgment” (2:254).

The myth of intercession is one of Satan’s most effective tricks to dupe millions of people into idol worship. Millions of Christians believe that Jesus will intercede for them at God, and millions of Muslims believe that Muhammad will intercede on their behalf. Consequently, these people idolize Jesus and Muhammad.

The concept of intercession is utterly illogical. Those who believe in Muhammad’s intercession, for example, claim that he will ask God to forgive them and admit them into Paradise. They imagine Muhammad on the Day of Judgment choosing the candidates for his intercession. If you ask those who believe in intercession: “How will Muhammad recognize those who deserve his intercession?” they tell you, “God will tell him!” According to this concept, a person will go to Muhammad and request his intercession. Muhammad will then ask God whether this person deserves his intercession or not. God will inform Muhammad that the person deserves to go to Paradise. Muhammad will then turn around and tell God that the person deserves to go to Paradise! The blasphemy is obvious; those who believe in intercession make God a secretary of their idol Muhammad. God be glorified.

Since the Quran is the most accurate book, it acknowledges that everyone in Paradise will intercede on behalf of his or her loved ones: “Please God, admit my mother into Paradise.” This intercession will work if the person’s mother deserves to go to Paradise (2:25520:10921:28). Thus, intercession, though it will take place in this manner, is utterly useless.

We learn from the Quran that Abraham, God’s beloved servant, could not intercede on behalf of his father (9:114). Noah could not intercede on behalf of his son (11:46). Muhammad could not intercede on behalf of his uncle (111:1-3) or relatives (9:80). What makes anyone think that a prophet or a saint will intercede on behalf of a perfect stranger?! See 2:481236:5170947:5310:319:8726:10030:1332:436:2339:4440:1843:8653:26 & 74:48. Muhammad’s intercession is in 25:30.

http://www.masjidtucson.org/quran/appendices/appendix8.html

The Majority (19:73 – 19:81)

The Majority

[19:73] When our revelations are recited to them, clearly, those who disbelieve say to those who believe, “Which of us is more prosperous? Which of us is in the majority?
[19:74] Many a generation have we annihilated before them; they were more powerful, and more prosperous.
[19:75] Say, “Those who choose to go astray, the Most Gracious will lead them on, until they see what is promised for them—either the retribution or the Hour. That is when they find out who really is worse off, and weaker in power.”
[19:76] GOD augments the guidance of those who choose to be guided. For the good deeds are eternally rewarded by your Lord, and bring far better returns.
[19:77] Have you noted the one who rejected our revelations then said, “I will be given wealth and children“?!
[19:78] Has he seen the future? Has he taken such a pledge from the Most Gracious?
[19:79] Indeed, we will record what he utters, then commit him to ever-increasing retribution.
[19:80] Then we inherit everything he possessed, and he comes back to us all alone.
[19:81] They worship beside GOD other gods that may be of help to them. 

In 19:73 why does it say “our revelations” as opposed to “My revelations”?

[33:22] When the true believers saw the parties (ready to attack), they said, “This is what GOD and His messenger have promised us, and GOD and His messenger are truthful.” This (dangerous situation) only strengthened their faith and augmented their submission.

[33:12] The hypocrites and those with doubts in their hearts said, “What GOD and His messenger promised us was no more than an illusion!” [33:13] A group of them said, “O people of Yathrib, you cannot attain victory; go back.” Others made up excuses to the prophet: “Our homes are vulnerable,” when they were not vulnerable. They just wanted to flee.

[16:93] Had GOD willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He sends astray whoever chooses to go astray, and He guides whoever wishes to be guided.* You will surely be asked about everything you have done. 

[9:74] They swear by GOD that they never said it, although they have uttered the word of disbelief; they have disbelieved after becoming submitters. In fact, they gave up what they never had. They have rebelled even though GOD and His messenger have showered them with His grace and provisions. If they repent, it would be best for them. But if they turn away, GOD will commit them to painful retribution in this life and in the Hereafter. They will find no one on earth to be their lord and master. 

The Winners and the Losers

[35:39] He is the One who made you inheritors of the earth. Subsequently, whoever chooses to disbelieve does so to his own detriment. The disbelief of the disbelievers only augments their Lord’s abhorrence towards them. The disbelief of the disbelievers plunges them deeper into loss.

[3:178] Let not the disbelievers think that we lead them on for their own good. We only lead them on to confirm their sinfulness. They have incurred a humiliating retribution. 

[6:110] We control their minds and their hearts. Thus, since their decision is to disbelieve, we leave them in their transgressions, blundering.

A Consequence of Their Own Decision

[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.

[10:99] Had your Lord willed, all the people on earth would have believed.* Do you want to force the people to become believers?

The Disbelievers Blocked Out*

[10:100] No soul can believe except in accordance with GOD’s will. For He places a curse upon those who refuse to understand. [10:101] 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.
*10:99-101 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.

[81:29] Whatever you will is in accordance with the will of GOD, Lord of the universe.

 Divine Intervention Keeps the Disbelievers in the Dark

[7:146] I will divert from My revelations those who are arrogant on earth, without justification. Consequently, when they see every kind of proof they will not believe. And when they see the path of guidance they will not adopt it as their path, but when they see the path of straying they will adopt it as their path. This is the consequence of their rejecting our proofs, and being totally heedless thereof. 

[92:5] As for him who gives to charity and maintains righteousness. [92:6] And upholds the scripture. [92:7] We will direct him towards happiness. [92:8] But he who is stingy, though he is rich. [92:9] And disbelieves in the scripture. [92:10] We will direct him towards misery. [92:11] His money cannot help him when he falls. 

[4:115] As for him who opposes the messenger, after the guidance has been pointed out to him, and follows other than the believers’ way, we will direct him in the direction he has chosen, and commit him to Hell; what a miserable destiny!

[48:4] He is the One who places contentment into the hearts of believers to augment more faith, in addition to their faith. To GOD belongs all forces of the heavens and the earth. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise. 

[36:74] They set up beside GOD other gods, perhaps they can be of help to them! [36:75] On the contrary, they cannot help them; they end up serving them as devoted soldiers. 

If we do not make the decision to change God will not change our situation

[13:11] Shifts (of angels) take turns, staying with each one of you—they are in front of you and behind you. They stay with you, and guard you in accordance with GOD’s commands. Thus, GOD does not change the condition of any people unless they themselves make the decision to change. If GOD wills any hardship for any people, no force can stop it. For they have none beside Him as Lord and Master.

Cognition: How Your Mind Can Amaze and Betray You – Crash Course Psychology #15

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Everyone Sees Hell (19:71 – 19:72)

Everyone Sees Hell*

[19:71] Every single one of you must see it; this is an irrevocable decision of your Lord.
[19:72] Then we rescue the righteous, and leave the transgressors in it, humiliated.
*19:71 As detailed in Appendix 11, we will be resurrected prior to God’s physical arrival to our universe. That will be a temporary taste of Hell, since the absence of God is Hell. When God comes (89:22), the righteous will be rescued. See 19:72.

Sometimes we have to witness the alternative so we can be truly appreciative for what you have. It is not meant to be scary, but to be appreciative.              

They Are in Hell

[29:53] They challenge you to bring the retribution! If it were not for a predetermined appointment, the retribution would have come to them immediately.* Certainly, it will come to them suddenly, when they least expect it. Footnote [29:54] They challenge you to bring retribution! Hell already surrounds the disbelievers. [29:55] The day will come when the retribution overwhelms them, from above them and from beneath their feet; He will say, “Taste the consequences of your works.”

For the Disbelievers: Miserable Life Unavoidable

[20:124] “As for the one who disregards My message, he will have a miserable life, and we resurrect him, on the Day of Resurrection, blind.” [20:125] He will say, “My Lord, why did you summon me blind, when I used to be a seer?” [20:126] He will say, “Because you forgot our revelations when they came to you, you are now forgotten.” [20:127] We thus requite those who transgress and refuse to believe in the revelations of their Lord. The retribution in the Hereafter is far worse and everlasting. [20:128] Does it ever occur to them how many previous generations we have annihilated? They are now walking in the homes of those before them. These are signs for those who possess intelligence. [20:129] If it were not for your Lord’s predetermined plan, they would have been judged immediately. [20:130] Therefore, be patient in the face of their utterances, and praise and glorify your Lord before sunrise and before sunset. And during the night glorify Him, as well as at both ends of the day, that you may be happy. [20:131] And do not covet what we bestowed upon any other people. Such are temporary ornaments of this life, whereby we put them to the test. What your Lord provides for you is far better, and everlasting.

[7:143] When Moses came at our appointed time, and his Lord spoke with him, he said, “My Lord, let me look and see You.” He said, “You cannot see Me. Look at that mountain; if it stays in its place, then you can see Me.” Then, his Lord manifested Himself to the mountain, and this caused it to crumble. Moses fell unconscious. When he came to, he said, “Be You glorified. I repent to You, and I am the most convinced believer.”

The Dwellers of Heaven Visit the Dwellers of Hell

[37:50] They will come to each other, and confer with one another. [37:51] One of them will say, “I used to have a friend. [37:52] “He used to mock: ‘Do you believe all this? [37:53] “‘After we die and turn into dust and bones, do we get called to account?'” [37:54] He will say, “Just take a look!” [37:55] When he looks, he will see his friend in the heart of Hell. [37:56] He (will go to him and) say, “By GOD, you almost ruined me. [37:57] “If it were not for my Lord’s blessing, I would have been with you now. [37:58] “(Do you still believe) that we die, [37:59] “only the first death, and we never receive any requital?”
*37:55 People who make it to Heaven will be able to visit their relatives and friends in Hell, without adverse consequences. In the Hereafter, anyone can move downward, but not upward beyond a certain limit. The limit is decided by one’s degree of growth and development (App. 5).

How would people behave if there was no Hell?

Materials of This World: All That The Disbelievers Get

[43:33] If it were not that all the people might become one (disbelieving) congregation, we would have granted everyone who disbelieves in the Most Gracious mansions with silver roofs, and stairs upon which they could climb. [43:34] Their mansions would have impressive gates, and luxurious furnishings. [43:35] Also many ornaments. All these are the temporary materials of this lowly life. The Hereafter—at your Lord—is far better for the righteous.

Proverbs 9:10: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Appendix 11  – The Day of Resurrection 

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

The horn is blown, whereupon everyone in the heavens and the earth is struck unconscious, except those spared by God. Then it is blown a second time, whereupon they rise up. [39:68]

All generations of humans and jinns will be resurrected on this earth; about 150 billion of them. But we will not be earthbound. God teaches us through the example of the caterpillar; it turns into a pupa in the cocoon (grave), then exits the cocoon as an airborne butterfly. Similarly, we live here on earth, and when we exit the grave on the Day of Resurrection we will not be earthbound; like the butterfly (101:4).

The earth will shine with the light of God (39:69) as He comes to our universe, together with the angels (89:22). Since our universe is a temporary dominion for Satan, it cannot stand the physical presence of God (7:143). As the Almighty approaches, the stars will crash into one another (77:881:2), and the earth will shatter under our feet (69:1489:21). These horrors will not worry the believers (21:103).

The High Heaven

Upon arrival of Almighty God, all the humans and jinns will be automatically stratified according to their degree of growth and development. Those who nourished their souls through worshiping God alone, believing in the Hereafter, and leading a righteous life will be strong enough to stay close to God; they will occupy the highest ranks (see Appendix 5).

The Lower Heaven

Those who developed their souls to a lesser degree, as well as those who die before the age of forty, will move downward to the Lower Heaven. They will go to the location where they can be as close to God as their degree of growth and development permits them to be.

The Purgatory

There will be people who nourished their souls just enough to spare them Hell, but not enough to enter the Lower Heaven. They are neither in Hell, nor in Heaven. They will implore God to admit them into the Lower Heaven (7:46-50). God will have mercy on them, and will merge the Purgatory into the Lower Heaven.

Hell

A new, eighth universe will be created to house those who run away from God due to their weakness; they failed to nourish and develop their souls (69:17). God does not put a single being in Hell; they go to it on their own volition (Appendix 5). 

http://www.masjidtucson.org/quran/appendices/appendix11.html

Special Warning to the Leaders (19:68 – 19:70)

Special Warning to the Leaders

[19:68] By your Lord, we will certainly summon them, together with the devils, and will gather them around Hell, humiliated.
[19:69] Then we will pick out from each group the most ardent opponent of the Most Gracious.
[19:70] We know full well those who are most deserving of burning therein.

What does it mean in 19:69?
Leaders bear more responsibility than their constituents