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 5 STRUGGLES (continued)
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14:5 We sent Moses with Our signs saying to him, “Bring your people out from the darkness into the light, and remind them of the days of Allah’s favors.” There are signs here for every patient and grateful person.
14:6 Remind them that Moses said to his people, “Remember Allah’s kindness to you when He freed you from the tyranny of the family of Pharaoh. They afflicted you with severe torments and slaughtered your male children while they spared your females.” This was a great trial from your Lord. Remember. Your Lord made it known: “If you give thanks, then I will surely give you more and more, but if you are thankless, my chastisement is terrible.” And Moses said, “If you and all who are on the earth are thankless, still Allah is self-sufficient and worthy of all praise.”
14:9 Has the story not reached you of those who came before you, the people of Noah, and Ad [an ancient people of southern Arabia], and Thamud [Thamud was a trade town in ruins north of Mecca], and of those who lived after them? No one knows them but Allah. Their messengers came to them with clear proofs of their mission, but they put their hands on their mouths and said, “We do not believe in your mission, and we doubt what you say.”
14:10 Their messengers said, “Is there any doubt about Allah, maker of the heavens and of the earth? It is He who invites you so that He may pardon your sins and give you a reprieve until an appointed time.” They said, “You are just men like us. If you desire to turn us away from our fathers’ worship, then bring us some clear proof.”
14:11 Their messengers said to them, “Yes, we are only men like you, but Allah gives His favors to whom He pleases. It is not in our power to bring you any special proof except by the permission of Allah. Let the believers put their trust in Allah. What reason do we have for not putting our trust in Allah since He has already guided us in our ways? We will certainly bear with patience the harm you would do to us. Let the trusting put their trust in Allah.”
14:13 And those who did not believe said to their messengers, “We will surely drive you from our land unless you return to the religion of our ancestors.” Then their Lord revealed to them, “We will certainly destroy the unjust. We will certainly cause you to dwell in the land after them. This for him who dreads the time he will stand at My judgment-seat and who dreads My threats!” They sought a decision that moment, and every rebellious unbeliever perished.
14:16 Hell is before him, and for drink he will have boiling, stinking water. He will drink it in gulps, but he will not swallow it because he detests it. Death will come at him from every side, but he cannot die. Before him will be an unrelenting doom.