Abraham Proves His Point (21:63 – 21:67)

Abraham Proves His Point

[21:63] He said, “It is that big one who did it. Go ask them, if they can speak.”
[21:64] They were taken aback, and said to themselves, “Indeed, you are the ones who have been transgressing.”
[21:65] Yet, they reverted to their old ideas: “You know full well that these cannot speak.”
[21:66] He said, “Do you then worship besides GOD what possesses no power to benefit you or harm you?
[21:67] “You have incurred shame by worshiping idols beside GOD. Do you not understand?”

The people of Abraham had a moment where they experienced cognitive dissonance and realized they were the transgressors, yet they reverted back to their old ways

Carol Tavris – Psychology Lecture Series: Self-Justification in Everyday Life
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYcgiX70WsI

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Abraham (21:51 – 21:62)

Abraham

[21:51] Before that, we granted Abraham his guidance and understanding, for we were fully aware of him.*
[21:52] He said to his father and his people, “What are these statues to which you are devoting yourselves?”
[21:53] They said, “We found our parents worshiping them.”
[21:54] He said, “Indeed, you and your parents have gone totally astray.”
[21:55] They said, “Are you telling us the truth, or are you playing?”
[21:56] He said, “Your only Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, who created them. This is the testimony to which I bear witness.
[21:57] “I swear by GOD, I have a plan to deal with your statues, as soon as you leave.”
[21:58] He broke them into pieces, except for a big one, that they may refer to it.
[21:59] They said, “Whoever did this to our gods is really a transgressor.”
[21:60] They said, “We heard a youth threaten them; he is called Abraham.”
[21:61] They said, “Bring him before the eyes of all the people, that they may bear witness.”
[21:62] They said, “Did you do this to our gods, O Abraham?”
*21:51 Was Abraham so smart as to discover God, or, did God grant him the intelligence because He knew that he deserved to be saved? As it turns out, this whole world was created to redeem those among us who deserve redemption. When the angels suggested that all the rebels, humans and jinns, must be banished out of God’s kingdom, ‘I know what you do not know’ (2:30). At the same time, this world proves Satan’s incompetence as a god (App. 7).

What does 21:51 mean when it says “Before that” 

Perhaps it is in reference that Abraham occurred before Moses and Aaron who are mentioned in 21:48

In 21:51 it shows that God knows the end outcome of every human, because God knew that Abraham deserved salvation He blessed him with guidance. 

The Tyrants’ Inevitable Fate

[28:81] We then caused the earth to swallow him and his mansion. No army could have helped him against GOD; he was not destined to be a winner.

Do we have an example of someone who was righteous, but turned evil?

[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. 

According to Genesis 17, Abraham’s name was changed from Abram to Abraham at the age of 99. Verse 21:60 shows that Abraham’s name as a youth was Abraham.  

Genesis 17: Abraham and the Covenant of Circumcision

17 Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless. 2 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly.” 3 Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, 4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 “No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.

 

21:61 shows that in order to bear witness to a fact you need to see it with your own eyes.

 

Addressing God’s Messenger of the Covenant

[28:44] You were not present on the slope of the western mount, when we issued the command to Moses; you were not a witness.[28:45] But we established many generations, and, because of the length of time, (they deviated). Nor were you among the people of Midyan, reciting our revelations to them. But we did send messengers. [28:46] Nor were you on the slope of Mount Sinai when we called (Moses). But it is mercy from your Lord, (towards the people,) in order to warn people who received no warner before you, that they may take heed.

 

Priorities Confused (21:42 – 21:47)

Priorities Confused

[21:42] Say, “Who can protect you from the Most Gracious during the night or during the day?” Indeed, they are totally oblivious to the message of their Lord.
[21:43] Do they have gods who can protect them from us? They cannot even help themselves. Nor can they accompany one another when they are summoned to face us.
[21:44] We have provided for these people and their ancestors, up until an old age. Do they not see that every day on earth brings them closer to the end? Can they reverse this process?
[21:45] Say, “I am warning you in accordance with divine inspiration.” However, the deaf cannot hear the call, when they are warned.
[21:46] When a sample of your Lord’s retribution afflicts them, they readily say, “We were indeed wicked.”
[21:47] We will establish the scales of justice on the Day of Resurrection. No soul will suffer the least injustice. Even the equivalent of a mustard seed will be accounted for. We are the most efficient reckoners.

How do we determine if we are testing God because we believe God will protect us so you take excessive risk (e.g. going to war with a feather), verse lack of trust in God by not trusting God will protect the believers?

[12:67] And he said, “O my sons, do not enter from one door; enter through separate doors. However, I cannot save you from anything that is predetermined by GOD. To GOD belongs all judgments. I trust in Him, and in Him shall all the trusters put their trust.” 

Luke 4:
9Then the devil led Him to Jerusalem and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple. “If You are God’s chosen,” he said, “throw Yourself down from here. 10For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You to guard You carefully; 11and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’c” 12But Jesus declared, “It also says, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’d” 13When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time. 

[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? 

If Abraham knew the punishment for destroying idols would be that they would be thrown in the fire would he still have destroyed the idols and if so would that be testing God?

[2:195] You shall spend in the cause of GOD; do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction. You shall be charitable; GOD loves the charitable.

Genesis 20 – Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech
1Now Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the Negev, and settled between Kadesh and Shur; then he sojourned in Gerar. 2Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is married.”… 

Matthew 4: The Temptation of Jesus
6“If You are the Son of God,” he said, “throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” 7Jesus replied, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.…

All Messengers Ridiculed (21:36 – 21:41)

All Messengers Ridiculed

[21:36] When those who disbelieve see you, they ridicule you: “Is this the one who challenges your gods?” Meanwhile, they remain totally heedless of the message from the Most Gracious.
[21:37] The human being is impatient by nature. I will inevitably show you My signs; do not be in such a hurry.
[21:38] They challenge: “Where is that (retribution), if you are truthful?”
[21:39] If only those who disbelieve could envision themselves when they try to ward off the fire; off their faces and their backs! No one will help them then.
[21:40] Indeed, it will come to them suddenly, and they will be utterly stunned. They can neither avoid it, nor can they receive any respite.
[21:41] Messengers before you have been ridiculed, and, consequently, those who ridiculed them incurred the retribution for their ridiculing.
The human being is impatient per 21:37. This is in the index as Hurry, do not be in a.

[70:19] Indeed, the human being is anxious. [70:20] If touched by adversity, despondent. [70:21] If blessed by wealth, stingy. [70:22] Except for the worshipers. [70:23] Who always observe their contact prayers (Salat). [70:24] Part of their money is set aside. [70:25] For the poor and the needy.

[52:16] Suffer the burning. Whether you are patient or impatient, it will be the same for you. This is the just requital for what you did.

God’s Messenger of the Covenant*

[46:35] Therefore, be patient like the messengers before you who possessed strength and resorted to patience. Do not be in a hurry to see the retribution that will inevitably come to them. The day they see it, it will seem as if they lasted one hour of the day. This is a proclamation: Is it not the wicked who are consistently annihilated? 

[79:15] Have you known about the history of Moses? [79:16] His Lord called him at the holy valley of Tuwaa. [79:17] “Go to Pharaoh; he has transgressed.” [79:18] Tell him, “Would you not reform? [79:19] “Let me guide you to your Lord, that you may turn reverent.” [79:20] He then showed him the great miracle. [79:21] But he disbelieved and rebelled. [79:22] Then he turned away in a hurry. [79:23] He summoned and proclaimed. [79:24] He said, “I am your Lord; most high.”

[16:1] GOD’s command has already been issued (and everything has already been written), so do not rush it.* Be He glorified; the Most High, far above any idols they set up.

All Messengers Must Be Ridiculed

[13:32] Messengers before you have been ridiculed; I permitted the disbelievers to carry on, then I punished them. How terrible was My retribution!

Why are patients at a hospital called patient?

https://www.etymonline.com/word/patient

patient (adj.) mid-14c., “enduring without complaint,” from Old French pacient and directly from Latin patientem “bearing, supporting, suffering, enduring, permitting” (see patience). Meaning “pertaining to a medical patient” is late 14c., from the noun.

Patiently. patient (n.) “suffering or sick person under medical treatment,” late 14c., from Old French pacient (n.), from the adjective, from Latin patientem (see patience). 

https://www.etymonline.com/word/patience

patience (n.) c. 1200, “quality of being willing to bear adversities, calm endurance of misfortune, suffering, etc.,” from Old French pacience “patience; sufferance, permission” (12c.) and directly from Latin patientia “patience, endurance, submission,” also “indulgence, leniency; humility; submissiveness; submission to lust;” literally “quality of suffering.” It is an abstract noun formed from the adjective patientem (nominative patiens) “bearing, supporting; suffering, enduring, permitting; tolerant,” but also “firm, unyielding, hard,” used of persons as well as of navigable rivers, present participle of pati “to endure, undergo, experience,” which is of uncertain origin.

The Big Bang Theory Confirmed (21:30 – 21:35)

The Big Bang Theory Confirmed*

[21:30] Do the unbelievers not realize that the heaven and the earth used to be one solid mass that we exploded into existence? And from water we made all living things. Would they believe?
[21:31] And we placed on earth stabilizers, lest it tumbles with them, and we placed straight roads therein, that they may be guided.
[21:32] And we rendered the sky a guarded ceiling. Yet, they are totally oblivious to all the portents therein.
[21:33] And He is the One who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon; each floating in its own orbit.
[21:34] We never decreed immortality for anyone before you; should you die, are they immortal?
[21:35] Every soul will taste death, after we put you to the test through adversity and prosperity, then to us you ultimately return.
*21:30 The Big Bang Theory is now supported by the Creator’s infallible mathematical code (Appendix 1). Thus, it is no longer a theory; it is a law, a proven fact. 

Scientific Miracles in the Quran

[41:10] He placed on it stabilizers (mountains), made it productive, and He calculated its provisions in four days, to satisfy the needs of all its inhabitants. [41:11] Then He turned to the sky, when it was still gas, and said to it, and to the earth, “Come into existence, willingly or unwillingly.” They said, “We come willingly.” 

[78:6] Did we not make the earth habitable? [78:7] And the mountains stabilizers? [78:8] We created you as mates (for one another). [78:9] We created sleeping so you can rest. [78:10] We made the night a cover. [78:11] And the day to seek provisions. [78:12] We built above you seven universes. [78:13] We created a bright lamp. [78:14] We send down from the clouds pouring water. [78:15] To produce with it grains and plants. [78:16] And various orchards. 

[51:47] We constructed the sky with our hands, and we will continue to expand it. [51:48] And we made the earth habitable; a perfect design. [51:49] We created a pair (male and female) of everything, that you may take heed. 

27:88, 45:5. 51:20-21, 71:16, 10:5-6 & 67, 22:65, 23:14,18, 24:45, 25:2,45,46,53,54,61,62, 28:71-73, 29:20, 16:79, 30:21, 31:29

Is there a difference between a disbeliever and unbeliever?

The messenger seems to use these two words interchangeable.

Footnote*40:78 We learn from 17:45-46, 18:57, and 56:79 that the unbelievers have no access to the Quran; only the believers and the sincere seekers are permitted by God to understand it. The Quran’s mathematical code, “One of the great miracles” (74:30-35), was authorized by God, and revealed through His Messenger of the Covenant (Appendix 2).

Basic Law Regulating Relations With Unbelievers

[60:8] GOD does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. GOD loves the equitable.

[3:137] Precedents have been set for you in the past; roam the earth and note the consequences for the unbelievers. 

Appendix 20 Quran: Unlike Any Other Book

Since the Quran is God’s message to all the people, regardless of their language, the Quran is accessible to the believers, regardless of their language (41:44). This explains a profound phenomenon: the believers who do not know Arabic know the Quran better than the Arabic speaking unbelievers. Because of the invisible forces serving the Quran, it is readily and enjoyably accessible to the sincere believers, and utterly inaccessible to the unbelievers (17:4518:5756:79).

http://www.masjidtucson.org/quran/appendices/appendix20.html

Disbelievers Cannot Understand Quran

[17:45] When you read the Quran, we place between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter an invisible barrier.

[18:57] Who are more evil than those who are reminded of their Lord’s proofs, then disregard them, without realizing what they are doing. Consequently, we place shields on their hearts to prevent them from understanding it (the Quran), and deafness in their ears. Thus, no matter what you do to guide them, they can never ever be guided.

[56:79] None can grasp it except the sincere.*

Every soul will taste death in 21:35

[29:57] Every soul will taste death, then to us you will be ultimately returned.

The Beginning of Everything — The Big Bang
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNDGgL73ihY

 

The Big Bang theory. Dark Matter and the Expanding Universe. Origin of the universe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eePtgqReD4

 

Dark Matter in the Quran

[13:2] GOD is the One who raised the heavens without pillars that you can see, then assumed all authority. He committed the sun and the moon, each running (in its orbit) for a predetermined period. He controls all things, and explains the revelations, that you may attain certainty about meeting your Lord.

[31:10] He created the heavens without pillars that you can see. He established on earth stabilizers (mountains) lest it tumbles with you, and He spread on it all kinds of creatures. We send down from the sky water to grow all kinds of beautiful plants.

What is Dark Matter and Dark Energy?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAa2O_8wBUQ

 

Privileged Species featuring Dr. Michael Denton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoI2ms5UHWg&t

 

Wonder of Water
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2i0g1sL-X4

 

The Fine Tuning of the Universe: The Teleological Argument
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSa7cq3QOwU

The Myth of Intercession (21:28 – 21:29)

The Myth of Intercession

[21:28] He knows their future and their past. They do not intercede, except for those already accepted by Him, and they are worried about their own necks.*
[21:29] If any of them claims to be a god beside Him, we requite him with Hell; we thus requite the wicked.
*21:28 The myth of intercession is Satan’s most effective bait (see Appendix 8).

Can we ask for help without it being intercession?

If we acknowledge that the end source of our happiness and misery is God or His absence.

Why does the human being seek intercession?

  • People love to have what they don’t work for
  • People love to forgo responsibility to others 

[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.

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

 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.
*26:210 A false messenger is a messenger of Satan, for he is the fabricator of the most horrendous lie. Such a messenger can never denounce idolatry, or preach the worship of God ALONE.

[5:105] O you who believe, you should worry only about your own necks. If the others go astray, they cannot hurt you, as long as you are guided. To GOD is your ultimate destiny, all of you, then He will inform you of everything you had done. 

[21:49] The ones who reverence their Lord, even when alone in their privacy, and they worry about the Hour. 

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.

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

The Idols as Mediators A Common Myth

[39:3] Absolutely, the religion shall be devoted to GOD alone. Those who set up idols beside Him say, “We idolize them only to bring us closer to GOD; for they are in a better position!” GOD will judge them regarding their disputes. GOD does not guide such liars, disbelievers.

[25:30] The messenger* said, “My Lord, my people have deserted this Quran.” 

[35:18] No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. The only people to heed your warnings are those who reverence their Lord, even when alone in their privacy, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat). Whoever purifies his soul, does so for his own good. To GOD is the final destiny. 

Ezekiel 18 (No one can bear the sins of another)

God Deals Justly with Individuals

18 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, ‘The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children’s teeth [a]are set on edge’? 3 As I live,” declares the Lord [b]God, “you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore. 4 Behold, all [c]souls are Mine; the [d]soul of the father as well as the [e]soul of the son is Mine. The [f]soul who sins will die. 5 “But if a man is righteous and practices justice and righteousness, 6 and does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor’s wife or approach a woman during her menstrual period— 7 if a man does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, does not commit robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing, 8 if he does not lend money on interest or take increase, if he keeps his hand from iniquity and executes true justice between man and man, 9 if he walks in My statutes and My ordinances so as to deal faithfully—he is righteous and will surely live,” declares the Lord God. 10 “Then he may [g]have a violent son who sheds blood and who does any of these things to a brother 11 (though he himself did not do any of these things), that is, he even eats at the mountain shrines, and defiles his neighbor’s wife, 12 oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore a pledge, but lifts up his eyes to the idols and commits abomination, 13 he lends money on interest and takes increase; will he live? He will not live! He has committed all these abominations, he will surely be put to death; his blood will be [h]on his own head.

14 “Now behold, he [i]has a son who has observed all his father’s sins which he committed, and observing does not do likewise. 15 He does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor’s wife, 16 or oppress anyone, or retain a pledge, or commit robbery, but he gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing, 17 he keeps his hand from [j]the poor, does not take interest or increase, but executes My ordinances, and walks in My statutes; he will not die for his father’s iniquity, he will surely live.  

18 As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was not good among his people, behold, he will die for his iniquity. 19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity?’ When the son has practiced justice and righteousness and has observed all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live. 20 The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. 21 “But if the wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed and observes all My statutes and practices justice and righteousness, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions which he has committed will not be remembered against him; because of his righteousness which he has practiced, he will live. 23 Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” declares the Lord God, “[k]rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?

24 “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity and does according to all the abominations that a wicked man does, will he live? All his righteous deeds which he has done will not be remembered for his treachery which he has committed and his sin which he has committed; for them he will die. 25 Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right.’ Hear now, O house of Israel! Is My way not right? Is it not your ways that are not right? 26 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity and dies because of it, for his iniquity which he has committed he will die. 27 Again, when a wicked man turns away from his wickedness which he has committed and practices justice and righteousness, he will save his life. 28 Because he considered and turned away from all his transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 But the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not right.’ Are My ways not right, O house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are not right? 30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct,” declares the Lord God. “Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you. 31 Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live.” 

What is the Quranic evidence against reincarnation?

If you ask me, reincarnation is just another way to procrastinate. – Chuck Palahniuk