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(11) ROPE [3:103] And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Quran), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses,lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.
MEANING: When the Holy Prophet [Pbuh] came as a Messenger in Arabia, the various polytheist tribes were war-like and on [continually] hostile terms with one another. The religion of Islam unified all these tribes. The religion of Islam is given the metaphor of ‘a rope’, without the help of which these disbelieving tribes would have been condemned to the Fire of Hell.
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(12) FROSTY WIND [3:117]
The likeness of what they spend in this world is the likeness of a wind which is extremely cold; it
struck the harvest of a people who did wrong against themselves and destroyed it, (i.e. the good deed of a person is only accepted if he is a monotheist and believes in all the Prophets of Allah, including Christ and Muhammad SAW). Allah wronged them not, but they wronged themselves.
MEANING: The deeds of unbelievers are of no use to their salvation; their worldly life resembles a bare field, bereft of produce, its crops destroyed by a sharp frost.
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(13) SPIRTUAL LIFE & DEATH (6: 122)
Is he who was dead (without Faith by ignorance and disbelief) and We gave him life (by
knowledge and Faith) and set for him a light (of Belief) whereby he can walk amongst men, like him who is in the darkness (of disbelief, polytheism and hypocrisy) from which he can never come out? Thus it is made fair seeming to the disbelievers that which they used to do.
MEANING: Lack of faith in Allah is similar to being dead or being in utter darkness while faith in Allah is the true life in this world & in the hereafter. However, no one can give faith or leaves one to be unguided except Allah. The disbelievers think their actions are fine: they worship gods other than Allah, worship their desires, rule by laws other than the law of Allah, become slaves to money, fashion, alcohol, sex, etc. Satan beautifies sins for them & they think whatever they doing are good & acceptable to Allah e.g. astrology , fornication & adultery are given better names (boy-friend & girl-friend), legalization of lesbianism, gay, prostitution, abortion, gambling, bribery, dishonesty etc.
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(14) DOG WHO LOLLS OUT HIS TONGUE [7:176] And had We willed, We would surely have elevated him therewith but he clung to the earth and followed his own vain desire. So his description is the description of a dog: if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls his tongue out. Such is the description of the people who reject Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). So relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect.
MEANING: Those to whom guidance is sent, but they reject it by ignoring it, have only themselves to blame.
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(15) UNDERMINED SAND CLIFF [9:109-110] Is it then he, who laid the foundation of his building on piety to Allah and His Good Pleasure, better, or he who laid the foundation of his building on an undetermined brink of a precipice ready to crumble down, so that it crumbled to pieces with him into the Fire of Hell. And Allah guides not the people who are the Zalimoon (cruel, violent, proud, polytheist and wrong-doer).The building which they built will never cease to be a cause of hypocrisy and doubt in their hearts, unless their hearts are cut to pieces. (i.e. till they die). And Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
MEANING: Disbelief has a very tenuous foundation: the unbeliever is never sure of his deeds or what will happen to him in the future, living in constant fear of death. In contrast, those who believe are resolute, putting their faith in being rewarded by God for their good deeds and the situation of God being pleased with them.
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(16) RAIN AND STORM [10:24 ] Verily the likeness of (this) worldly life is as the water (rain) which We send down from the sky, so by it arises the intermingled produce of the earth of which men and cattle eat until when the earth is clad with its adornments and is beautified, and its people think that they have all the powers of disposal over it, Our Command reaches it by night or by day and We make it like a clean-mown harvest, as if it had not flourished yesterday! Thus do We explain the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, laws, etc.) in detail for the people who reflect.
MEANING: Just like the rain, the crops are only temporary, yet the farmer believes them to be permanent. So, too, is the life of this world temporary, though the unbeliever does not think of its end.
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(17) BLIND AND DEAF [11: 24 ] The likeness of the two parties is as the blind and the deaf and the seer and the hearer. Are they equal when compared? Will you not then take heed?
MEANING: ‘Blind’ and ‘deaf’ are metaphors for the unbelievers, who cannot see the Truth and will not listen to the Truth. ‘See’ and ‘hear well’ are metaphors for the faculties of the believers on whom the Truth makes a vivid impact. ‘Truth’ may be defined as, ‘Belief in one God, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, the decree of good and evil, and life after death.’
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(18) FOAM PASSING AWAY AS SCUM. (13:17) He sends down water (rain) from the sky, and the valleys flow according to their measure, but the flood bears away the foam that mounts up to the surface, and (also) from that (ore) which they heat in the fire in order to make ornaments or utensils, rises a foam like unto it, thus does Allah (by parables) show forth truth and falsehood. Then, as for the foam it passes away as scum upon the banks, while that which is for the good of mankind remains in the earth. Thus Allah sets forth parables (for the truth and falsehood, i.e. Belief and disbelief).
MEANING: This refers to the encounter between the truth & falsehood, believe & disbelieve. It is the sunnah of Allah that any encounter between them, the truth will always be victorious over falsehood & the truth is always beneficial & the falsehood is not beneficial(the scum of the flood & the gold smith) .
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(19) GARDEN OF JOY [13:35 ]
The description of the Paradise which the Muttaqoon (pious – see V.2:2): have been promised! –
Underneath it rivers flow, its provision is eternal and so is its shade, this is the end (final destination) of the Muttaqoon (pious – see V.2:2), and the end (final destination) of the disbelievers is Fire. (See Verse 47:15)
MEANING: Those who believe and do good will enjoy perpetual reward, but the disbelievers will end up in Hell.
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(20) ASHES BLOWN ABOUT BY THE WIND [14:18 ] The parable of those who disbelieve in their Lord is that their works are as ashes, on which the wind blows furiously on a stormy day, they shall not be able to get aught of what they have earned. That is the straying, far away (from the Right Path).
MEANING: It is impossible to collect the ashes which a furious gale blows in all directions. Likewise, the kafirs will not get any reward because their good deeds have dispersed to such an extent through disbelief that they lose everything.