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Fourteenth Night of Ramaḍān

Allāh, the Al-Mighty, says what can be interpreted to mean:

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Surat an-Nahl – The Bee (016)

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy 

1. God’s Judgement is coming, so do not ask to bring it on sooner. Glory be to Him! He is far above anything they join with Him!

2. He sends down angels with inspiration at His command, to whichever of His servants He chooses, to give [His] warning: ‘There is no god but Me, so beware of Me.’

3. He created the heavens and earth for a true purpose, and He is far above whatever they join with Him!

4. He created man from a drop of fluid, and yet man openly challenges Him.

5. And livestock––He created them too. You derive warmth and other benefits from them: you get food from them;

6. you find beauty in them when you bring them home to rest and when you drive them out to pasture.

7. They carry your loads to lands you yourselves could not reach without great hardship––truly your Lord is kind and merciful––

8. horses, mules, and donkeys for you to ride and use for show, and other things you know nothing about.

9. God use their reason.

13. He has made of benefit to you the many- coloured things He has multiplied on the earth. There truly are signs in this for those who take it to heart.

14. It is He who made the sea of benefit to you: you eat fresh fish from it and bring out jewellery to wear; you see the ships cutting through its waves so that you may go in search of His bounty and give thanks.

15. He has made mountains stand firm on the earth, to prevent it shaking under you, and rivers and paths so that you may find your way,

16. and landmarks and stars to guide people.

17. Can He who creates be compared to one who cannot create? Why do you not take heed?

18. If you tried to count God’s blessings, you could never take them all in: He is truly most forgiving and most merciful.

19. He knows what you conceal and what you reveal.

20. Those they invoke beside God create nothing; they are themselves created. 21. They are dead, not living. They do not know when they will be raised up.

22. Your God is the One God. As for those who deny the life to come, their hearts refuse to admit the truth and they are arrogant.

23. There is no doubt that God knows what they conceal and what they reveal. He does not love the arrogant.

24. When they are asked, ‘What has your Lord sent down?’ they say, ‘Ancient fables.’

25. On the Day of Resurrection they will bear the full weight of their own burden, as well as some of the burden of those they misled with no true knowledge. How terrible their burden will be!

26. Those who went before them also schemed, but God attacked the very foundations of what they built. The roof fell down on them: punishment came on them from unimagined directions.

27. In the end, on the Day of Resurrection, He will shame them, saying, ‘Where are these “partners” of Mine on whose account you opposed [Me]?’ Those given knowledge will say, ‘Shame and misery on the disbelievers today!’

28. Those whose lives the angels take while they are wronging themselves will show submission: ‘We were doing no evil.’ ‘Yes you were: God knows fully everything that you have done,

29. so enter the gates of Hell. There you will remain– the home of the arrogant is evil indeed.’

30. But when the righteous are asked, ‘What has your Lord sent down?’ they will say, ‘All that is good.’ There is a reward in this present world for those who do good, but their home in the Hereafter is far better: the home of the righteous is excellent.

31. They will enter perpetual Gardens graced with flowing streams. There they will have everything they wish. This is the way God rewards the righteous,

32. those whose lives the angels take in a state of goodness. They will say to them, ‘Peace be upon you. Enter the Garden as a reward for what you have done.’

Further on Allāh, the Al-Mighty, says what can be interpreted to mean:

 65. It is God who sends water down from the sky and with it revives the earth when it is dead. There truly is a sign in this for people who listen.

66. In livestock, too, you have a lesson– We give you a drink from the contents of their bellies, between waste matter and blood, pure milk, sweet to the drinker. 67. From the fruits of date palms and grapes you take sweet juice and wholesome provisions. There truly is a sign in this for people who use their reason.

68. And your Lord inspired the bee, saying, ‘Build yourselves houses in the mountains and trees and what people construct.

69. Then feed on all kinds of fruit and follow the ways made easy for you by your Lord.’ From their bellies comes a drink of different colours in which there is healing for people. There truly is a sign in this for those who think.

70. It is God who has created you and in time will cause you to die. Some of you will be reduced, in old age, to a most abject state, so that, after having knowledge, they will know nothing at all: God is truly all knowing and all powerful.

71. God has given some of you more provision than others. Those who have been given more are unwilling to pass their provision on to the slaves they possess so that they become their equals. How can they refuse to acknowledge God’s blessings?

72. And it is God who has given you spouses from amongst yourselves and through them He has given you children and grandchildren and provided you with good things. How can they believe in falsehood and deny God’s blessings? 73. Those they worship beside God have no power to provide anything for them from the heavens or the earth: they can do nothing.

74. So do not make up images about God: God knows and you do not.

75. God presents this illustration: a slave controlled by his master, with no power over anything, and another man We have supplied with good provision, from which he gives alms privately and openly. Can they be considered equal? All praise belongs to God, but most of them do not recognize this.

76. God presents another illustration: two men, one of them dumb, unable to do anything, a burden to his carer– whatever task he directs him to, he achieves nothing good– can he be considered equal to one who commands justice and is on the straight path?

77. All that is hidden from view in the heavens and earth belongs to God. The coming of the Hour of Judgment is like the blink of an eye, or even quicker: God has power over everything.

78. It is God who brought you out of your mothers’ wombs knowing nothing, and gave you hearing and sight and minds, so that you might be thankful.

79. Do they not see the birds made to fly through the air in the sky? Nothing holds them up except God. There truly are signs in this for those who believe.

Further on Allāh, the Al-Mighty, says what can be interpreted to mean:

90. God commands justice, doing good, and generosity towards relatives and He forbids what is shameful, blameworthy, and oppressive. He teaches you, so that you may take heed.

91. Fulfil any pledge you make in God’s name and do not break oaths after you have sworn them, for you have made God your surety: God knows everything you do.

92. Do not use your oaths to deceive each other– like a woman who unravels the thread she has firmly spun– just because one party may be more numerous than another. God tests you with this, and on the Day of the Resurrection He will make clear to you those things you differed about.

93. If God so willed, He would have made you all one people, but He leaves to stray whoever He will and guides whoever He will. You will be questioned about your deeds.

94. Do not use your oaths to deceive each other lest any foot should slip after being firmly placed and lest you should taste the penalty for having hindered others from the path of God, and suffer terrible torment.

95. Do not sell for a small price any pledge made in God’s name: what God has [to give] is better for you, if you only knew.

96. What you have runs out but what God has endures, and We shall certainly reward those who remain steadfast according to the best of their actions.

97. To whoever, male or female, does good deeds and has faith, We shall give a good life and reward them according to the best of their actions.

98. [Prophet], when you recite the Qurʾān, seek God’s protection from the outcast, Satan.

99. He has no power over those who believe and trust in their Lord; 100 his power is only over those who ally themselves with him and those who, because of him, join partners with God.

Further on Allāh, the Al-Mighty, says what can be interpreted to mean:

120. Abraham was truly an example: devoutly obedient to God and true in faith. He was not an idolater;

121. he was thankful for the blessings of God who chose him and guided him to a straight path.

122. We gave him blessings in this world, and he is among the righteous in the Hereafter.

123. Then We revealed to you [Muhammad], ‘Follow the creed of Abraham, a man of pure faith who was not an idolater.’

124. The Sabbath was made obligatory only for those who differed about it. On the Day of Resurrection your Lord will judge between them as to their differences.

125. [Prophet], call [people] to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good teaching. Argue with them in the most courteous way, for your Lord knows best who has strayed from His way and who is rightly guided.

126. If you [believers] have to respond to an attack, make your response proportionate, but it is best to stand fast.

127. So [Prophet] be steadfast: your steadfastness comes only from God. Do not grieve over them; do not be distressed by their scheming,

128. for God is with those who are mindful of Him and who do good.

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Imam Yahya Ibrahim, Director of Islamic Community Service; A/Principal of the Langford Islamic College, Perth & Head of Islamic Studies. Imam Yahya Ibrahim is also Curtin University & University of Western Australia's Muslim chaplain and sits on the Human Research Ethics Committee at St Charles Gairdner Hospital for Western Australian Health Services. Imam Yahya is also an instructor for the world-renowned AlMaghrib Institute. His initiatives in Australia and internationally include diversity training, cultural sensitivity programs, educational lectures, and media presentations. His expertise is sought by schools, universities, and a wide range of government & non-government organizations. In recognition of his valuable contribution, Imam Yahya was awarded the West Australian Multicultural Community Service Award for Individual Excellence. He currently oversees a unique educational Online project through https://YahyaIbrahim.com/School and his social media outreach.

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