[26:69] Narrate to them Abraham’s history. [26:70] He said to his father and his people, “What is this you are worshiping?” [26:71] They said, “We worship statues; we are totally devoted to them.” [26:72] He said, “Can they hear you when you implore? [26:73] “Can they benefit you, or harm you?” [26:74] They said, “No; but we found our parents doing this.” [26:75] He said, “Do you see these idols that you worship. [26:76] “You and your ancestors. [26:77] “I am against them, for I am devoted only to the Lord of the universe. [26:78] “The One who created me, and guided me. [26:79] “The One who feeds me and waters me. [26:80] “And when I get sick, He heals me. [26:81] “The One who puts me to death, then brings me back to life. [26:82] “The One who hopefully will forgive my sins on the Day of Judgment. [26:83] “My Lord, grant me wisdom, and include me with the righteous. [26:84] “Let the example I set for the future generations be a good one. [26:85] “Make me one of the inheritors of the blissful Paradise. [26:86] “And forgive my father, for he has gone astray. [26:87] “And do not forsake me on the Day of Resurrection.” [26:88] That is the day when neither money, nor children, can help. [26:89] Only those who come to GOD with their whole heart (will be saved). [26:90] Paradise will be presented to the righteous. [26:91] Hell will be set up for the strayers.
Was it wrong for Abraham to destroy the idols of his people?
[37:83] Among his followers was Abraham. [37:84] He came to his Lord wholeheartedly. [37:85] He said to his father and his people, “What are you worshiping? [37:86] “Is it these fabricated gods, instead of GOD, that you want? [37:87] “What do you think of the Lord of the universe?” [37:88] He looked carefully at the stars. [37:89] Then he gave up and said, “I am tired of this!” [37:90] They turned away from him. [37:91] He then turned on their idols, saying, “Would you like to eat? [37:92] “Why do you not speak?” [37:93] He then destroyed them.
[6:108] Do not curse the idols they set up beside GOD, lest they blaspheme and curse GOD, out of ignorance. We have adorned the works of every group in their eyes. Ultimately, they return to their Lord, then He informs them of everything they had done.
26:82 is a good example to differentiate when to use “God willing” and when to use “hopefully”.
[18:23] You shall not say that you will do anything in the future, [18:24] without saying, “GOD willing.” If you forget to do this, you must immediately remember your Lord and say, “May my Lord guide me to do better next time.”
[12:99] When they entered Joseph’s quarters, he embraced his parents, saying, “Welcome to Egypt. GOD willing, you will be safe here.”
[48:27] GOD has fulfilled His messenger’s truthful vision: “You will enter the Sacred Masjid, GOD willing, perfectly secure, and you will cut your hair or shorten it (as you fulfill the pilgrimage rituals) there. You will not have any fear. Since He knew what you did not know, He has coupled this with an immediate victory.”
Wisdom: A Great Treasure
[2:269] He bestows wisdom upon whomever He chooses, and whoever attains wisdom, has attained a great bounty. Only those who possess intelligence will take heed.
Unquestioning Submission: Quality of the True Believers
[4:64] We did not send any messenger except to be obeyed in accordance with GOD’s will. Had they, when they wronged their souls, come to you and prayed to GOD for forgiveness, and the messenger prayed for their forgiveness, they would have found GOD Redeemer, Most Merciful.
Satan’s Most Effective Bait: The Myth of Intercession*
[9:80] Whether you ask forgiveness for them, or do not ask forgiveness for them—even if you ask forgiveness for them seventy times—GOD will not forgive them. This is because they disbelieve in GOD and His messenger. GOD does not guide the wicked people.
[4:85] Whoever mediates a good deed receives a share of the credit thereof, and whoever mediates an evil work, incurs a share thereof. GOD controls all things.
Truth vs Falsehood
[14:24] Do you not see that GOD has cited the example of the good word as a good tree whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches are high in the sky? [14:25] It produces its crop every season, as designed by its Lord. GOD thus cites the examples for the people, that they may take heed. [14:26] And the example of the bad word is that of a bad tree chopped at the soil level; it has no roots to keep it standing. [14:27] GOD strengthens those who believe with the proven word, in this life and in the Hereafter. And GOD sends the transgressors astray. Everything is in accordance with GOD’s will.
[50:31] Paradise will be offered to the righteous, readily. [50:32] This is what was promised to every repenter, steadfast. [50:33] They reverenced the Most Gracious, in their privacy, and came wholeheartedly.