Follow The Word of God [39:18]

الَّذينَ يَستَمِعونَ القَولَ فَيَتَّبِعونَ أَحسَنَهُ ۚ أُولٰئِكَ الَّذينَ هَداهُمُ اللَّهُ ۖ وَأُولٰئِكَ هُم أُولُو الأَلبابِ

Follow the word of God

[39:18] They are the ones who examine all words, then follow the best. These are the ones whom GOD has guided; these are the ones who possess intelligence.

In the past I wondered why Rashad included the header “Follow the word of God”. Clearly God’s word is the best, but couldn’t the best be applicable to any information that is true and righteous?

Today I noticed the following verse that seems unrelated, but on further inspection found something interesting.

[92:6] And upholds the scripture. [92:7] We will direct him towards happiness. [92:8] But he who is stingy, though he is rich. [92:9] And disbelieves in the scripture.

The Arabic for this verse is the following:

Notice that the arabic indicates the word ” الْحُسْنَىٰ ” which literally translates to “the best”, yet Rashad translated this as “the scripture”. This is because God’s word is the best and the disbelievers, they reject God’s words and are therefore forbidden from seeing the truth.

The Quran Consummates All Scriptures
[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. [2:90] Miserable indeed is what they sold their souls for—rejecting these revelations of GOD out of sheer resentment that GOD should bestow His grace upon whomever He chooses from among His servants. Consequently, they incurred wrath upon wrath. The disbelievers have incurred a humiliating retribution.

What is interesting is that 39:18 is mistranslated by many into the opposite of what it actually means. Below are several translations including Rashad’s.

The word ” الْقَوْلَ ” can either be translated as “The Word” as in the word of God, or as “all words”. If one was to translate this as “The Word” this it makes it appear that we should be selective which words of God we should follow. As many traditional Muslims believe that some of the verses of the Quran have been abrogated by Hadith. This style of translation suits their understanding.

[16:37] No matter how hard you try to guide them, GOD does not guide the ones He had committed to straying. Thus, no one can help them.

By God’s leave we have been blessed with a translation that is authorized, and communicates to us God’s word to guide us out of darkness into the light.

[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.

81:15 The Meaning of بِالْخُنَّسِ

The root for the word ” خ ن س ” means to recede, withdraw, retreat. In 81:15 the word ” بِالْخُنَّسِ ” God is specifically swearing “by the heavenly bodies that retreat.”

The significance of understanding this word is in understanding that this word can’t simply just mean the planets and heavenly bodies that one sees in the sky as the Earth spins on its axis orbiting the sun. This word has a more profound meaning. This can be understood by looking at the word retreat. The word retreat has a specific meaning that they are moving away from the observer.

We take for granted that earth is the only planet in the entire solar system that is positioned to witness a perfect solar eclipse. This can be appreciated by new footage showing a solar eclipse from the perspective of a viewer on Mars.

Additionally, it also happens that this is the only time in Earth’s history where the proportions between the sun, moon and Earth are perfectly matched to form such an ideal solar eclipse where the moon perfectly blocks out the sun leaving only its chromosphere. Millions of years ago the earth was not only closer to the moon, but the rotation of the earth was also much faster which would have destroyed the ability to witness the perfect proportions necessary to witness such an event.

This compounded with the fact that this is the only time in Earth’s 3.8 billion years that there is the intelligent life necessary to appreciate and benefit from such an event is truly a blessing from God for those who reflect.

Because of a perfect solar eclipse, we were able to confirm the composition of the sun and stars by analyzing the chromosphere of the sun through spectroscopy. We were also able determine Einstein’s theory of general relativity by measuring the position of stars behind the sun during a solar eclipse.

Using this crucial information, it allowed us to determine that galaxies are all retreating away from Earth and from one another (e.g. that the universe is expanding).

We constructed the sky with our hands, and we will continue to expand it.

Quran 51:47

This finding ultimately allowed us to conclude that the universe started from one solid mass that exploded into existence under the Big Bang.

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?

Quran 21:30

All this because we are living in the exact moment in the cosmic history on the perfect planet that can witness a perfect solar eclipse.

This discovery of concluding that the galaxies are all retreating from us shows that this word ” بِالْخُنَّسِ ” is best translated as galaxies and not in reference to the planets or stars that one simply sees as the Earth spins on its axis while orbiting the sun. God be glorified.