The Experts See the Truth (26:46 – 26:52)

The Experts See the Truth

[26:46] The magicians fell prostrate.
[26:47] They said, “We believe in the Lord of the universe.
[26:48] “The Lord of Moses and Aaron.”
[26:49] He said, “Did you believe with him before I give you permission? He must be your teacher, who taught you magic. You will surely find out. I will cut your hands and feet on alternate sides. I will crucify you all.”
[26:50] They said, “This will not change our decision; to our Lord we will return.
[26:51] “We hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, especially that we are the first believers.”
[26:52] We inspired Moses: “Travel with My servants; you will be pursued.”
[26:53] Pharaoh sent to the cities callers.
[26:54] (Proclaiming,) “This is a small gang.
[26:55] “They are now opposing us.
[26:56] “Let us all beware of them.”

How was it that the magicians were able to so quickly come to the truth yet the Children of Israel saw so many miracles but only two of them believed?

God Gives the Holy Land to Israel

[5:21] “O my people, enter the holy land that GOD has decreed for you, and do not rebel, lest you become losers.” [5:22] They said, “O Moses, there are powerful people in it, and we will not enter it, unless they get out of it. If they get out, we are entering.” [5:23] Two men who were reverent and blessed by GOD said, “Just enter the gate. If you just enter it, you will surely prevail. You must trust in GOD, if you are believers.”  

Despite All the Miracles They Saw

[5:24] They said, “O Moses, we will never enter it, so long as they are in it. Therefore, go—you and your Lord —and fight. We are sitting right here.” [5:25] He said, “My Lord, I can only control myself and my brother. So allow us to part company with the wicked people.” [5:26] He said, “Henceforth, it is forbidden them for forty years, during which they will roam the earth aimlessly. Do not grieve over such wicked people.”

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.

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