For the Disbelievers: Miserable Life Unavoidable (20:124 – 131)

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.

What is 20:128 a sign for those who posses intelligence?

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

The Denial of Death

In 20:125 was the blindness physical blindness or spiritual blindness?

[22:46] Did they not roam the earth, then use their minds to understand, and use their ears to hear? Indeed, the real blindness is not the blindness of the eyes, but the blindness of the hearts inside the chests.

The Disbelievers Blocked Out

[8:21] Do not be like those who say, “We hear,” when they do not hear. [8:22] The worst creatures in the sight of GOD are the deaf and dumb, who do not understand. [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. 

[75:7] Once the vision is sharpened.

[50:22] You used to be oblivious to this. We now remove your veil; today, your vision is (as strong as) steel.

Why does the Contact Prayer bring happiness? 

[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. 

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

[53:43] He is the One who makes you laugh or cry.

[87:15] By remembering the name of his Lord, and observing the contact prayers (Salat).

Formula for Success

[24:56] You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and obey the messenger, that you may attain mercy.

Why is a miserable life inevitable for the disbelievers? 

[92:10] We will direct him towards misery. 

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. 

[27:72] Say, “You are already suffering some of the retribution you challenge.”

[6:137] Thus were the idol worshipers duped by their idols, to the extent of killing their own children.* In fact, their idols inflict great pain upon them, and confuse their religion for them. Had GOD willed, they would not have done it. You shall disregard them and their fabrications. 

Forgetting God?

[6:68] If you see those who mock our revelations, you shall avoid them until they delve into another subject. If the devil causes you to forget, then, as soon as you remember, do not sit with such evil people.

[12:42] He then said to the one to be saved “Remember me at your lord.”* Thus, the devil caused him to forget his Lord, and, consequently, he remained in prison a few more years.

[18:63] He said, “Remember when we sat by the rock back there? I paid no attention to the fish. It was the devil who made me forget it, and it found its way back to the river, strangely.” 

[59:19] Do not be like those who forgot GOD, so He made them forget themselves. These are the wicked.

[45:34] It will be proclaimed: “Today we forget you, just as you forgot the meeting of this day. Your abode is the hellfire, and you will have no helpers.

[32:14] Taste the consequences of your forgetting this day; now we forget you. You have incurred eternal retribution in return for your own works.

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

[32:26] Does it ever occur to them how many generations we have annihilated before them? They now live and walk in their ancestors’ homes. This should provide sufficient proofs. Do they not hear? 

Preoccupation With This Life Leads to Exile From God

[16:107] This is because they have given priority to this life over the Hereafter, and GOD does not guide such disbelieving people. [16:108] Those are the ones whom GOD has sealed their hearts, and their hearing, and their eyesight. Consequently, they remain unaware.

Preoccupation With This Life Condemned

[57:20] Know that this worldly life is no more than play and games, and boasting among you, and hoarding of money and children. It is like abundant rain that produces plants and pleases the disbelievers. But then the plants turn into useless hay, and are blown away by the wind. In the Hereafter there is either severe retribution, or forgiveness from GOD and approval. This worldly life is no more than a temporary illusion.

The Idols: Innovating New Religious Laws*

[42:21] They follow idols who decree for them religious laws never authorized by GOD. If it were not for the predetermined decision, they would have been judged immediately. Indeed, the transgressors have incurred a painful retribution.* 

Times for glorifying God and performing our Contact Prayers?

[50:39] Therefore, be patient in the face of their utterances, and praise and glorify your Lord before sunrise, and before sunset. 

Three of the Five Prayers

[11:114] You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) at both ends of the day, and during the night. The righteous works wipe out the evil works. This is a reminder for those who would take heed. 

Etiquette Two Prayers Mentioned by Name

[24:58] O you who believe, permission must be requested by your servants and the children who have not attained puberty (before entering your rooms). This is to be done in three instances—before the Dawn Prayer, at noon when you change your clothes to rest, and after the Night Prayer. These are three private times for you. At other times, it is not wrong for you or them to mingle with one another. GOD thus clarifies the revelations for you. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise.

The Noon Prayer

[17:78] You shall observe the Contact Prayer (Salat) when the sun declines from its highest point at noon, as it moves towards sunset. You shall also observe (the recitation of) the Quran at dawn. (Reciting) the Quran at dawn is witnessed. 

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Humans Fail to Make a Firm Stand* (20:115 – 20:123)

Humans Fail to Make a Firm Stand*

[20:115] We tested Adam in the past, but he forgot, and we found him indecisive.
[20:116] Recall that we said to the angels, “Fall prostrate before Adam.” They fell prostrate, except Satan; he refused.
[20:117] We then said, “O Adam, this is an enemy of you and your wife. Do not let him evict you from Paradise, lest you become miserable.
[20:118] “You are guaranteed never to hunger therein, nor go unsheltered.
[20:119] “Nor will you thirst therein, nor suffer from any heat.”
[20:120] But the devil whispered to him, saying, “O Adam, let me show you the tree of eternity and unending kingship.”
[20:121] They ate from it, whereupon their bodies became visible to them, and they tried to cover themselves with the leaves of Paradise. Adam thus disobeyed his Lord, and fell.
[20:122] Subsequently, his Lord chose him, redeemed him, and guided him.
[20:123] He said, “Go down therefrom, all of you. You are enemies of one another. When guidance comes to you from Me, anyone who follows My guidance will not go astray, nor suffer any misery.
*20:115 When Satan challenged God’s absolute authority (38:69), you and I did not make a firm stand against Satan. God is giving us a chance, on this earth, to redeem ourselves by denouncing Satan and upholding God’s absolute authority (Appendix 7). 

Human Fickleness

[39:49] If the human is touched by adversity, he implores us, but as soon as we bestow a blessing upon him, he says, “I attained this because of my cleverness!” Indeed, this is only a test, but most of them do not know. 

20:117 shows that if we follow God’s guidance we will have perfect happiness. If we step out of God’s kingdom and listen to Satan then we are guaranteed misery.  

The human tendency to want what we have not earned 

We want a shortcut to get things rather than doing the hard work to earn it.

Why would Adam make such a mistake when in paradise?

If I had a lottery ticket and I will give it to you that I guarantee will make you rich – would you take it? 

Knowing we are being tested is a sign of being blessed by God.

[38:46] We bestowed upon them a great blessing: awareness of the Hereafter. 

Is it bad to have doubt?

How do we know that we trust in God? 

The Story of Blondin

This shows that despite Adam slipping God sends him a lifeline to redeem him 

[2:37] Then, Adam received from his Lord words, whereby He redeemed him. He is the Redeemer, Most Merciful. 

Where is Eve in this mistake?

Interesting that in the Bible Adam’s slip up is pushed on Eve, but in the Quran Eve is not to be mentioned. Perhaps that is because it is irrelevant. We are each responsible for our own decisions.

The subtitle says “humans” despite the verses being about Adam. Seems like Adam represents all the humans.

The human being is quick to forget

[7:19] “As for you, Adam, dwell with your wife in Paradise, and eat therefrom as you please, but do not approach this one tree, lest you fall in sin.” [7:20] The devil whispered to them, in order to reveal their bodies, which were invisible to them. He said, “Your Lord did not forbid you from this tree, except to prevent you from becoming angels, and from attaining eternal existence.” [7:21] He swore to them, “I am giving you good advice.” [7:22] He thus duped them with lies. As soon as they tasted the tree, their bodies became visible to them, and they tried to cover themselves with the leaves of Paradise. Their Lord called upon them: “Did I not enjoin you from that tree, and warn you that the devil is your most ardent enemy?” 

[18:63] He said, “Remember when we sat by the rock back there? I paid no attention to the fish. It was the devil who made me forget it, and it found its way back to the river, strangely.”

On the Day of Resurrection (20:105 – 20:114)

On the Day of Resurrection

[20:105] They ask you about the mountains. Say, “My Lord will wipe them out.
[20:106] “He will leave them like a barren, flat land.
[20:107] “Not even the slightest hill will you see therein, nor a dip.”
[20:108] On that day, everyone will follow the caller, without the slightest deviation. All sounds will be hushed before the Most Gracious; you will hear nothing but whispers.
[20:109] On that day, intercession will be useless, except for those permitted by the Most Gracious, and whose utterances conform to His will.
[20:110] He knows their past and their future, while none encompasses His knowledge.
[20:111] All faces will submit to the Living, the Eternal, and those who are burdened by their transgressions will fail.
[20:112] As for those who worked righteousness, while believing, they will have no fear of injustice or adversity.
[20:113] We thus revealed it, an Arabic Quran, and we cited in it all kinds of prophecies, that they may be saved, or it may cause them to take heed.
[20:114] Most Exalted is GOD, the only true King. Do not rush into uttering the Quran before it is revealed to you, and say, “My Lord, increase my knowledge.” 

[2:128] “Our Lord, make us submitters to You, and from our descendants let there be a community of submitters to You. Teach us the rites of our religion, and redeem us. You are the Redeemer, Most Merciful. 

[2:48] Beware of the day when no soul can avail another soul, no intercession will be accepted, no ransom can be paid, nor can anyone be helped.

[19:87] No one will possess the power to intercede, except those who conform to the laws of the Most Gracious. 

[72:13] “‘When we heard the guidance, we believed therein. Anyone who believes in his Lord will never fear any injustice, nor any affliction.

[59:21] If we revealed this Quran to a mountain, you would see it trembling, crumbling, out of reverence for GOD. We cite these examples for the people, that they may reflect. 

[5:101] O you who believe, do not ask about matters which, if revealed to you prematurely, would hurt you. If you ask about them in light of the Quran, they will become obvious to you. GOD has deliberately overlooked them. GOD is Forgiver, Clement.

[58:11] O you who believe, if you are told, “Please make room,” you shall make room for each other to sit. GOD will then make room for you. If you are asked to get up and move, get up and move. GOD raises those among you who believe, and those who acquire knowledge to higher ranks. GOD is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

How does 20:114 apply to the people of today? 

Did people know about the Quran before the Quran was first revealed to Muhammad? 

[26:196] It has been prophesied in the books of previous generations. 

[2:89] When this scripture came to them from GOD, and even though it agrees with, and confirms what they have, and even though they used to prophesy its advent when they talked with the disbelievers, when their own prophecy came to pass, they disbelieved therein. GOD’s condemnation thus afflicts the disbelievers. 

“For he revealed it as a knowledge with which all its emanations agree, namely, the knowledge of the living book which he revealed to the Aeons at last as his letters, displaying to them that these are not merely vowels nor consonants, so that one may read them and think of something void of meaning; on the contrary, they are letters which convey the truth. They are pronounced only when they are known. Each letter is a perfect truth like a perfect book, for they are letters written by the hand of the unity, since the Father wrote them for the Aeons, so that they by means of his letters might come to know the Father.” – Gospel of Truth 

Gospel of Truth Wikipedia

Miracles Of Quran – Mountains

Fractals Hidden Dimension – PBS Documentary

Appendix 8

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

The Myth of Intercession

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.

You Have But One God (20:98 – 20:104)

You Have But One God

[20:98] Your only god is GOD; the One beside whom there is no other god. His knowledge encompasses all things.
[20:99] We thus narrate to you some news from the past generations. We have revealed to you a message from us.
[20:100] Those who disregard it will bear a load (of sins) on the Day of Resurrection.
[20:101] Eternally they abide therein; what a miserable load on the Day of Resurrection!
[20:102] That is the day when the horn is blown, and we summon the guilty on that day blue.
[20:103] Whispering among themselves, they will say, “You have stayed (in the first life) no more than ten days!”
[20:104] We are fully aware of their utterances. The most accurate among them will say, “You stayed no more than a day.”

What does it mean in 20:102 when it says “we summon the guilty on that day blue.”?

[47:27] How will it be for them when the angels put them to death? They will beat them on their faces and their rear ends.

[79:1] The (angels who) snatch (the souls of the disbelievers) forcibly. [79:2] And those who gently take (the souls of the believers) joyfully.

[10:27] As for those who earned sins, their requital is equivalent to their sin. Humiliation is their lot, and no one beside GOD can protect them. Their faces will seem overwhelmed by masses of dark night. They will be the dwellers of Hell; they abide therein forever. 

Blue – Wikipedia

What Does it Mean if Your Baby is Born Blue?
There could be many reasons why a child is born blue. Labor and delivery is a stressful event for both mother and child. During the process, the child might not receive enough oxygen, or the heart rate might have slowed – both of these can cause a baby to be blue upon birth. Problems with the birth itself, such as a baby who gets stuck in the birth canal, or a compressed umbilical cord, could lead to a blue baby. Difficulties with establishing an airway upon birth might be an issue as well.

Could our ancestors see blue?

The Invention of Blue


[39:68] The horn will be blown, whereupon everyone in the heavens and the earth will be struck unconscious, except those who will be spared by GOD. Then it will be blown another time, whereupon they will all rise up, looking.*

[23:114] He said, “In fact, you stayed but a brief interim, if you only knew. 

[60:6] A good example has been set by them for those who seek GOD and the Last Day. As for those who turn away, GOD is in no need (of them), Most Praiseworthy.

[23:112] He said, “How long have you lasted on earth? How many years?” [23:113] They said, “We lasted a day or part of a day. Ask those who counted.” [23:114] He said, “In fact, you stayed but a brief interim, if you only knew.

The Children of Israel Rebel (20:83 – 20:97)

The Children of Israel Rebel

[20:83] “Why did you rush away from your people, O Moses?”
[20:84] He said, “They are close behind me. I have rushed to You my Lord, that You may be pleased.”
[20:85] He said, “We have put your people to the test after you left, but the Samarian misled them.”
[20:86] Moses returned to his people, angry and disappointed, saying, “O my people, did your Lord not promise you a good promise? Could you not wait? Did you want to incur wrath from your Lord? Is this why you broke your agreement with me?”
[20:87] They said, “We did not break our agreement with you on purpose. But we were loaded down with jewelry, and decided to throw our loads in. This is what the Samarian suggested.”
[20:88] He produced for them a sculpted calf, complete with a calf’s sound.* They said, “This is your god, and the god of Moses.” Thus, he forgot.
[20:89] Could they not see that it neither responded to them, nor possessed any power to harm them, or benefit them?
[20:90] And Aaron had told them, “O my people, this is a test for you. Your only Lord is the Most Gracious, so follow me, and obey my commands.”
[20:91] They said, “We will continue to worship it, until Moses comes back.”
[20:92] (Moses) said, “O Aaron, what is it that prevented you, when you saw them go astray,
[20:93] “from following my orders? Have you rebelled against me?”
[20:94] He said, “O son of my mother, do not pull me by my beard and my head. I was afraid that you might say, ‘You have divided the Children of Israel, and disobeyed my orders.’ “
[20:95] He said, “What is the matter with you, O Samarian?”
[20:96] He said, “I saw what they could not see. I grabbed a fistful (of dust) from the place where the messenger stood, and used it (to mix into the golden calf). This is what my mind inspired me to do.”*
[20:97] He said, “Then go, and, throughout your life, do not even come close. You have an appointed time (for your final judgment) that you can never evade. Look at your god that you used to worship; we will burn it and throw it into the sea, to stay down there forever.”
Footnote*20:88 & 96 The Samarian went to the spot where God spoke to Moses, and grabbed a fistful of dust upon which God’s voice had echoed. This dust, when mixed with the molten gold caused the golden statue to acquire the sound of a calf.

Why is the reason for God asking Moses the question in 20:83?

The Children of Israel had a choice, but despite all that they witnessed they chose the wrong path: 

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.

[13:31] Even if a Quran caused mountains to move, or the earth to tear asunder, or the dead to speak (they will not believe). GOD controls all things. Is it not time for the believers to give up and realize that if GOD willed, He could have guided all the people? The disbelievers will continue to suffer disasters, as a consequence of their own works, or have disasters strike close to them, until GOD’s promise is fulfilled. GOD will never change the predetermined destiny.

Verse 20:87 shows the human tendency of self-justification. No matter the heinousness of the act someone they can find a way to justify the behavior to appease their egos.

He was so smart, he could convince himself of anything.

20:87 shows that the human being falls into sin when they become rich.

[96:6] Indeed, the human transgresses. [96:7] When he becomes rich. [96:8] To your Lord is the ultimate destiny.

The Children of Israel held as much of responsibility as the Samarian. If they were against his actions then he wouldn’t of had buy-in from everyone.

Interesting that in 20:88 both the plural “They” and singular “he” is used. Who is the “they” and who is the “he” in this verse? 

In 20:91 it shows the human tendency to try to justify a little bit of sin. I will sin now cause it feels good and then be righteous later. But if we do this then it shows we do not really believe.  

[12:9] “Let us kill Joseph, or banish him, that you may get some attention from your father. Afterwards, you can be righteous people.”*

Was Aaron’s intention of not wanting to divide the Children of Israel wrong?

It is interesting the level of patience that Moses had with them despite their continuous transgressions. They blamed Moses when Pharaoh threatened to kill their sons again 7:129, they complained to Moses about lacking in food variety 2:61, they asked Moses for a statue to worship 7:138. Then they worshiped the golden calf, even then he took seventy men and asked God for forgiveness 7:155.

[7:129] They said, “We were persecuted before you came to us, and after you came to us.” He said, “Your Lord will annihilate your enemy and establish you on earth, then He will see how you behave.”

[2:61] Recall that you said, “O Moses, we can no longer tolerate one kind of food. Call upon your Lord to produce for us such earthly crops as beans, cucumbers, garlic, lentils, and onions.” He said, “Do you wish to substitute that which is inferior for that which is good? Go down to Egypt, where you can find what you asked for.” They have incurred condemnation, humiliation, and disgrace, and brought upon themselves wrath from GOD. This is because they rejected GOD’s revelations, and killed the prophets unjustly. This is because they disobeyed and transgressed. 

[7:138] We delivered the Children of Israel across the sea. When they passed by people who were worshiping statues, they said, “O Moses, make a god for us, like the gods they have.” He said, “Indeed, you are ignorant people. 

[7:155] Moses then selected seventy men from among his people, to come to our appointed audience. When the quake shook them, he said, “My Lord, You could have annihilated them in the past, together with me, if You so willed. Would You annihilate us for the deeds of those among us who are foolish? This must be the test that You have instituted for us. With it, You condemn whomever You will, and guide whomever You will. You are our Lord and Master, so forgive us, shower us with Your mercy; You are the best Forgiver.

20:96 shows that we shouldn’t believe everything we think. Also, our prepotency to sin is commensurate to the amount we have sinned. Inspiration can come from God or Satan.

[3:155] Surely, those among you who turned back the day the two armies clashed have been duped by the devil. This reflects some of the (evil) works they had committed. GOD has pardoned them. GOD is Forgiver, Clement.

We see a similar phenomenon today as to what the Samarian did with the dust to make the golden calf in regards to the mathematical miracle. People string numbers and verses and gematrical values of letters to produce new “discoveries” as proof to their messengership.

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.

False Messengers Incapable of Preaching the Worship of God ALONE*

[26:210] The devils can never reveal this.  [26:211] They neither would, nor could. [26:212] For they are prevented from hearing. [26:213] Therefore, do not idolize beside GOD any other god, lest you incur the retribution.

In 20:96 why is that that when the Samarian is explaining to Moses why he did what he did, her refers to Moses as a third person by saying “the place where the messenger stood” as opposed to “the place where you stood”

The Experts Recognize The Truth (20:70 – 20:82)

The Experts Recognize The Truth

[20:70] The magicians fell prostrate, saying, “We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses.”
[20:71] He said, “Did you believe in him without my permission? He must be your chief; the one who taught you magic. I will surely sever your hands and feet on alternate sides. I will crucify you on the palm trunks. You will find out which of us can inflict the worst retribution, and who outlasts whom.”
[20:72] They said, “We will not prefer you over the clear proofs that came to us, and over the One who created us. Therefore, issue whatever judgment you wish to issue. You can only rule in this lowly life.
[20:73] “We have believed in our Lord, that He may forgive us our sins, and the magic that you forced us to perform. GOD is far better and Everlasting.”
[20:74] Anyone who comes to his Lord guilty will incur Hell, wherein he never dies, nor stays alive.
[20:75] As for those who come to Him as believers who had led a righteous life, they attain the high ranks.
[20:76] The gardens of Eden, beneath which rivers flow, will be their abode forever. Such is the reward for those who purify themselves.
[20:77] We inspired Moses: “Lead My servants out, and strike for them a dry road across the sea. You shall not fear that you may get caught, nor shall you worry.”
[20:78] Pharaoh pursued them with his troops, but the sea overwhelmed them, as it was destined to overwhelm them.
[20:79] Thus, Pharaoh misled his people; he did not guide them.
[20:80] O Children of Israel, we delivered you from your enemy, summoned you to the right side of Mount Sinai, and we sent down to you manna and quails.
[20:81] Eat from the good things we provided for you, and do not transgress, lest you incur My wrath. Whoever incurs My wrath has fallen.
[20:82] I am surely Forgiving for those who repent, believe, lead a righteous life, and steadfastly remain guided.

Why is what stated by Pharaoh different in the two verses: 20:71 and 7:124?

[20:71] He said, “Did you believe in him without my permission? He must be your chief; the one who taught you magic. I will surely sever your hands and feet on alternate sides. I will crucify you on the palm trunks. You will find out which of us can inflict the worst retribution, and who outlasts whom.” 

[7:123] Pharaoh said, “Did you believe in him without my permission? This must be a conspiracy you schemed in the city, in order to take its people away. You will surely find out. [7:124] “I will cut your hands and feet on alternate sides, then I will crucify you all.” [7:125] They said, “We will then return to our Lord. 

What is the connection between the punishment that Pharaoh threatened the magicians in 20:71 versus the one from God in 5:33?

  • When God institutes something it comes from righteousness, but when Pharaoh does it comes from wickedness. Similar to the Samarian and Moses.
  • This was the way that capital punishment was doled out since the time of Pharaoh to Muhammad’s time.
  • In 5:34 God gives a caveat for people to get out of capital punishment.
  • This shows that just because God sets the laws we can abuse the laws when we apply them incorrectly.

[20:71] He said, “Did you believe in him without my permission? He must be your chief; the one who taught you magic. I will surely sever your hands and feet on alternate sides. I will crucify you on the palm trunks. You will find out which of us can inflict the worst retribution, and who outlasts whom.” 

Capital Punishment: When is it Justified?

[5:33] The just retribution for those who fight GOD and His messenger, and commit horrendous crimes, is to be killed, or crucified, or to have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or to be banished from the land. This is to humiliate them in this life, then they suffer a far worse retribution in the Hereafter. [5:34] Exempted are those who repent before you overcome them. You should know that GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful. [5:35] O you who believe, you shall reverence GOD and seek the ways and means to Him, and strive in His cause, that you may succeed. 

[75:13] The human being will be informed, on that day, of everything he did to advance himself, and everything he did to regress himself. [75:14] The human being will be his own judge.

Interesting that the magicians automatically submit to God and have no fear of Pharaoh and they don’t complain or object in 20:72 

According to 20:73 the magicians claim that they were forced to perform their magic. This is contrary to what they said earlier.

[7:112] “Let them summon every experienced magician.” [7:113] The magicians came to Pharaoh and said, “Do we get paid if we are the winners?” [7:114] He said, “Yes indeed; you will even become close to me.”

[26:39] The people were told: “Come one and all; let us gather together here. [26:40] “Maybe we will follow the magicians, if they are the winners.” [26:41] When the magicians came, they said to Pharaoh, “Do we get paid, if we are the winners?” [26:42] He said, “Yes indeed; you will even be close to me.”

20:74 describes Hell as a place wherein he never dies, nor stays alive: 

[87:13] Wherein he never dies, nor stays alive.

Pharaoh thought what he was doing was good for his people. This shows the arrogance in his heart as seen in 20:79. Arrogance + Authority = Tyrant  

Arrogance is certainty without truth, and is amplified when people with arrogance force their beliefs onto others.

[40:29] “O my people, today you have kingship and the upperhand. But who will help us against GOD’s judgment, should it come to us?” Pharaoh said, “You are to follow only what I see fit; I will guide you only in the right path.” 

[40:35] They argue against GOD’s revelations, without any basis. This is a trait that is most abhorred by GOD and by those who believe. GOD thus seals the hearts of every arrogant tyrant. 

[40:56] Surely, those who argue against GOD’s revelations without proof are exposing the arrogance that is hidden inside their chests, and they are not even aware of it. Therefore, seek refuge in GOD; He is the Hearer, the Seer.

[28:41] We made them imams who led their people to Hell. Furthermore, on the Day of Resurrection, they will have no help.

What is the significance of the “right side” when mentioned in 20:80?

[18:17] You could see the sun when it rose coming from the right side of their cave, and when it set, it shone on them from the left, as they slept in the hollow thereof. This is one of GOD’s portents.* Whomever GOD guides is the truly guided one, and whomever He sends astray, you will not find for him a guiding teacher. 

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

[28:30] When he reached it, he was called from the edge of the right side of the valley, in the blessed spot where the burning bush was located: “O Moses, this is Me. GOD; Lord of the universe. 

The Lower Heaven

[56:27] Those of the right side, will be on the right side. 

[69:19] As for the one who receives his record with his right hand, he will say, “Come read my record.

[84:7] As for the one who receives his record in his right hand, [84:8] His reckoning will be easy. 

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Why did God use Moses’s staff to perform the miracle?

God uses tools to achieve things in this world without His direct presence needed to be involved e.g. messengers, angels, scriptures, etc.