Reading the Koran. 18

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.

CHAPTER 4 (continued)

Mecca was a small town and there were meetings about what to do about Mohammed.

43:68 My servants, there is no fear for you that day, nor will you grieve, because you have believed in Our signs and surrendered your will to Allah. You and your wives shall enter the Garden rejoicing. Trays and goblets of gold will be passed around to them, and they will have everything they desire. They will dwell there forever. This is the Garden that will be given you because of your good deeds in life. There is an abundance of fruit there for you to enjoy.

43:74 The guilty, however, will dwell forever in the torment of Hell. The punishment will not be lightened for them, and they will be overwhelmed with despair. We were not unjust toward them. It was they who were unjust. They will cry, “Malik [an angel who is a keeper of Hell], let your Lord put us out of our misery.” He will respond, “No! You will remain here.” Surely, We have brought the truth to you, but most of you hate the truth.

43:79 Do they make plots against you? We also make plots. Do they think that We do not hear their secrets and their private conversations? We do, and Our messengers are there to record them.

The Koran records some of the resistance of the Meccans to Mohammed.

38:1 SAD. I swear by the Koran, full of warning! Truly, the unbelievers must be filled with arrogant pride to oppose you. How many earlier generations did We destroy? In the end, they cried for mercy when there was no time to escape!

38:4 They are skeptical that a messenger would come to them from their own people, and the unbelievers say, “This man is a sorcerer and a liar! Has he combined all the gods into one Allah? That is an amazing thing!” And their chiefs [the leaders of the opposition to Mohammed in Mecca] went about and said, “Walk away. Remain faithful to your gods. This is a plot. We have never heard of such a thing in the earlier religion. This is nothing but an invented tale!”

38:8 They say, “Why, of all people, has the message been sent to him [Mohammed]?” Yes! They doubt My warnings because they have not tasted My vengeance. Do they possess the blessings of the mighty, your Lord’s mercy? Is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and everything in between in their hands? If so, let them climb up to the heavens if they can! Any allies [Mohammed’s opponents] remaining here will be defeated.

38:12 Before them the people of Noah and Ad [Ad lay on an old trade route north of Mecca. It was abandoned in Mohammed’s day] and Pharaoh, the impaler, rejected their prophets. The people of Thamud [the people of a ruined Nabatean city near Medina] and Lot and the people who lived in the forest also rejected their prophets. They all called My messengers liars; therefore, their punishment was justified.

38:15 The unbelievers of Mecca today are only waiting for a single trumpet blast [announcing the Final Day] to happen soon. They will say, “Oh, our Lord, hurry our fate to us. Do not make us wait until the Judgment Day.”


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