THE MESSAGE OF THE HOLY QUR’AN: A MERCY TO THE WORLDS

Amid the current disturbing and hostile events around the world we are in a desperate need for a reminder of the humanitarian side of Islam which currently faces a predicament that involves attempts at tarnishing its image. In a previous posting I pointed out that the Holy Qur’an cannot be translated but it can be interpreted, I chose to include the Arabic original verses, or a part of some verses, next to what I considered to be the closest interpretation of their content in English from online sources.

A Mercy to the Worlds:

In the 21st chapter of the Holy Qur’an Al-Anbiya (The Prophets) verse 21:107 reminds us that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sent to help mankind “And we have not sent you, [o Muhammad], not but as a mercy to the worlds”aya-1

 

Islam promotesthe spread of good moral values much more than its focus on performing religious rituals. Al-Qalam (The Pen) verse68:4 emphasizes the Prophet’s high moral values “And Verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted (standard of) character”aya-2

 

Al-Omran3:159 reiterates the Prophets kind demeanor “And by the mercy of God you [O Prophet] dealt with them(you followers) gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted and hard of heart, they would indeed have broken away from about you. So pass over their faults and ask God’s forgiveness for them and consult them in the affairs….”aya-3

 

 

Freedom of Belief:

Some individuals have appointed themselves as judges of the validity of others’ faith and have been prosecuting others for being different. In contrast, Al-Baqarah (The Cow) verse 2:256 states that “there shall be no coercion in matters of faith.Verily, the right path has become distinct from the wrong path”aya-4

 

Justice, Good Deeds, and Generosity:

Al-Nahl (The Bees) 16:90: “Behold, God enjoins justice, and the doing of good, and generosity towards [one’s] fellow-men; and He forbids all that is shameful and all that runs counter to reason, as well as envy.[And] He exhorts you [repeatedly] so that you might bear [all this] in mind. “aya-5

 

 

 

No Unjustified Murder:

Al-Isra’ (The Night Journey) 17:33 “And do not take any human being’s life – [the life] which God has willed to be, sacred – except for a just cause.”aya-6

 

Alnisa (The Women)4:93 “But whoever deliberately slays another believer, his requital shall be hell, therein to abide; and God will condemn him, and will reject him, and will prepare for him awesome suffering”.aya-7

 

 

 

Al-Ma’idah (The Repast) 5:32 “if anyone slays a human being unless it be [in punishment] for murder or for spreading corruption on earth – it shall be as though he had slain all mankind; whereas, if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he had saved the lives of all mankind.aya-8

 

 

 

Interestingly, verse2:191 reminds that spreading mischief is worse than killingaya-9

 

Handling Differences With Others:

Al-Nahl (The Bees)16: 125 “Call thou (all mankind] unto thy Sustainer’s path with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in the most kindly manner…”aya-10

 

Al-Isra’ (The Night Journey)17:53 “and tell my servants that they should speak in the most kindly manner [unto those who do not share their beliefs]…”aya-11

 

Peaceful Conflict Resolution:

Al-Anfal (Spoils Of War)8:61 “But if they [those who do not share your beliefs] incline to peace, incline thou to it as well”aya-12

 

Al-Hujurat (The Dwellings)49:10 “All believers are but brethren.Hence, [whenever they are at odds,] make peace between your two brethren..”aya-13

 

Granting Opponents Protection If They Request It:

Al-Taubah (The Repentance)9:6 “And if any of those disbelievers seeks thy protection, thengrant him protection, so that he might [be able to] hear the word of God [the Qur’an from you]; and then escort him to a place where he can feel secure:that is because they [may be] people who [sin only because they] do not know [the truth].”aya-14

 

 

 

Reaping What We Sow:

Alnisa (The Women)4:85 “Whoever intercedes for a good cause shall have the reward thereofand whoever intercedes for an evil cause will have a share in its burden..”aya-15

 

 

 

Hud 11:114 “..For, verily, good deeds drive away evil deeds..”aya-16

 

Respect and Trust:

Al-Hujurat (The Dwellings)49:11 “O you who have attained to faith! No men shall deride [other] men: it may well be that those [whom they deride] are better than themselves….And neither shall you defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames..”aya-17

 

Al-Hujurat (The Dwellings)49:12 “…Avoid much suspicion indeed some suspicions are sins; and spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? …”aya-18

 

 

 

Good Versus Evil Words:

In the 14th chapter of Ibrahim verses14:24 and 26 state that a good word is like a good tree, firmly rooted, reaching out with its branches towards the sky, yielding its fruit at all times. In contrast an evil word is like an evil tree uprooted from the surface of earth, having no stability. …”aya-19

 

 

 

 

 

Avoiding Usury and Forgiving debt:

Al-Baqarah (The Cow) 2:276 “God deprives usurious gains of all blessing, whereas He blesses charitable deeds with manifold increase” …”aya-20

 

Forgiving of debt is encouraged, AlBaqara (The Cow)2:280“And if the debtor is in a hard time (has no money), then grant him time till it is easy for him to repay; – if you remit [forgive the debt entirely] by way of charity it would be better for your own good. If you but knew it” …”aya-21

 

 

 

No False Testimony:

Al-Nur (The Light) 24:4 “And as for those who accuse chaste women [of adultery] and then are unable to produce four witnesses [in support of their accusation], flog them with eighty stripes;7 and ever after refuse to accept from them any testimony – since it is they, they that are truly depraved!” …”aya-22

 

 

 

Al-Furqan (The Criterion)25:72 And Believers are “.. those who do not bear witness to falsehood” …”aya-23

 

 

Do Not Believe Slander:

Al-Hujurat (The Dwellings) 49:6 “O YOU who have attained to faith! If any iniquitous person comes to you with a [slanderous) tale, use your discernment, lest you hurt people unwittingly and afterwards be filled with remorse for what you have done.”

Al-Qalam (The Pen) 68:10 “Furthermore, defer not to the contemptible swearer of oaths 68:11 defer not to “the slanderer that goes about with defaming tales”

The Character Of Believers:

Finally, inAl-Taubah (The Repentance)9:112The believers are described as those who “….enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong, and keep to the bounds set by God.” …”aya-24

 

 

 

Az-Zumar (The groups) 39:18 believers are “those who listen to all that is said, and follow the best of it:…” …”aya-25

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