Losing the Contact Prayers (Salat) 19:59 – 19:67

Losing the Contact Prayers (Salat)

[19:59] After them, He substituted generations who lost the Contact Prayers (Salat), and pursued their lusts. They will suffer the consequences.
[19:60] Only those who repent, believe, and lead a righteous life will enter Paradise, without the least injustice.
[19:61] The gardens of Eden await them, as promised by the Most Gracious for those who worship Him, even in privacy. Certainly, His promise must come to pass.
[19:62] They will not hear any nonsense therein; only peace. They receive their provisions therein, day and night.
[19:63] Such is Paradise; we grant it to those among our servants who are righteous.
[19:64] We do not come down except by the command of your Lord. To Him belongs our past, our future, and everything between them. Your Lord is never forgetful.
[19:65] The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them; you shall worship Him and steadfastly persevere in worshiping Him. Do you know of anyone who equals Him?
[19:66] The human being asks, “After I die, do I come back to life?”
[19:67] Did the human being forget that we created him already, and he was nothing?

What is the connection between losing the Contact Prayer and pursuing lust?

It is a tradeoff between self-control and setting your priorities based on logic and reason vs. following hedonism. Immediate gratification vs. long-term success.

The Contact Prayers (Salat)

[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.

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. 

Re-arrange Your Priorities

[29:64] This worldly life is no more than vanity and play, while the abode of the Hereafter is the real life, if they only knew. [29:65] When they ride on a ship, they implore GOD, devoting their prayers to Him. But as soon as He saves them to the shore, they revert to idolatry.

Preoccupation With the Wrong Life

[30:6] Such is GOD’s promise—and GOD never breaks His promise—but most people do not know. [30:7] They care only about things of this world that are visible to them, while being totally oblivious to the Hereafter. 

The Contact Prayers are a gift from God and if we become unappreciative we risk losing it.

The Contact Prayers: Gift From God

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

Appreciative vs Unappreciative

[14:7] Your Lord has decreed: “The more you thank Me, the more I give you.” But if you turn unappreciative, then My retribution is severe. 

When it refers to the “we” in 19:64 is that referring to the angels or the scripture?

[51:50] You shall escape to GOD. I am sent by Him to you as a manifest warner. [51:51] Do not set up besides GOD any other god. I am sent by Him to you as a manifest warner.

Footnote **2:3 When God uses the plural tense, this indicates that other entities, usually the angels, are involved. When God spoke to Moses, the singular form was used (20:12- 14). See Appendix 10.

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. [11:3] “You shall seek your Lord’s forgiveness, then repent to Him. He will then bless you generously for a predetermined period, and bestow His grace upon those who deserve it. If you turn away, then I fear for you the retribution of an awesome day.”

[65:10] GOD has prepared for them severe retribution. Therefore, you shall reverence GOD, O you who possess intelligence and believed. GOD has sent down to you a message—* [65:11] a messenger* who recites to you GOD’s revelations, clearly, to lead those who believe and work righteousness out of the darkness into the light. Anyone who believes in GOD and leads a righteous life, He will admit him into gardens with flowing streams; they abide therein forever. GOD will generously reward him.
*65:10-11 The “Messenger” here is clearly the Quran. Verse 10 talks about “sending down a message,” and this points to the Quran as the messenger in 65:11 (App. 20).

SP Nov 21989

Appendix 18

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

Quran: All You Need For Salvation

The words of the Quran speak in 19:64, saying, “We come down in accordance with the commandments of your Lord. To Him belongs the past, present, and the future. Your Lord never forgets.” God did not forget, for example, to tell us how to sleep (18:10931:27). Yet, the fabricators of such false doctrine as Hadith & Sunna have come up with religious teachings dictating on their followers how to sleep, and even how to cut your nails. The Sacred Mosque in Mecca and the illegal “Sacred Mosque” of Medina, hire some individuals to seek out the exhausted visitors and beat them with a stick if they fall asleep on the wrong side!

The Quran proclaims that the Quran is complete, perfect, and fully detailed (6:193811411550:45), and that religious regulations not specifically instituted in the Quran constitute a religion other than Islam (42:2117:46). The true believers uphold the Quran, the whole Quran, and nothing but the Quran. This principle is confirmed by the Quran’s mathematical code. Verse 46 of Sura 17 proclaims that we shall uphold the Quran ALONE. The word “ALONE” occurs in the Quran 6 times: 7:7017:4639:4540:12 & 84, and 60:4. All these occurrences refer to God, except 17:46. When we add the numbers of suras and verses which refer to “GOD ALONE,” we get 361, 19×19. This proves that 17:46 refers to “the Quran ALONE.”

http://www.masjidtucson.org/quran/appendices/appendix18.html

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Moses (19:51 – 19:58)

Moses

[19:51] Mention in the scripture Moses. He was devoted, and he was a messenger prophet.

[19:52] We called him from the right side of Mount Sinai. We brought him close, to confer with him.

[19:53] And we granted him, out of our mercy, his brother Aaron as a prophet.

[19:54] And mention in the scripture Ismail. He was truthful when he made a promise, and he was a messenger prophet.

[19:55] He used to enjoin his family to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat); he was acceptable to his Lord.

[19:56] And mention in the scripture Idrîs. He was a saint, a prophet.

[19:57] We raised him to an honorable rank.

[19:58] These are some of the prophets whom GOD blessed. They were chosen from among the descendants of Adam, and the descendants of those whom we carried with Noah, and the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and from among those whom we guided and selected. When the revelations of the Most Gracious are recited to them, they fall prostrate, weeping.

In 19:58 why does it differentiate between the decedents of Adam and the other prophet’s decedents because wouldn’t all people be the decedent of Adam?

Perhaps because not all the descendants of Adam were decedents of Noah, Abraham, and Israel; each group is a subset of the decedent of Adam and the generations before.

What makes a person a saint? Is this something we can attribute to people or is it only used by God to certain individuals?

Equality of Believers

[4:69] Those who obey GOD and the messenger belong with those blessed by GOD—the prophets, the saints, the martyrs, and the righteous. These are the best company. 

[57:19] Those who believed in GOD and His messengers are the saints and martyrs. Reserved for them at their Lord are their rewards and their light. As for those who disbelieved and rejected our revelations, they have incurred Hell. 

[5:75] The Messiah, son of Mary, is no more than a messenger like the messengers before him, and his mother was a saint. Both of them used to eat the food. Note how we explain the revelations for them, and note how they still deviate!

[19:41] Mention in the scripture Abraham; he was a saint, a prophet.

[19:56] And mention in the scripture Idrîs. He was a saint, a prophet.