Reading the Koran. 83

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 10 OTHER RELIGIONS (continued)

Throughout history Allah has punished all cultures and civilizations who did not do what their prophets said.

64:1 All that is in the heavens and in the earth give praise to Allah. The entire kingdom and all glory are His. He has power over all things.

64:2 It was He who created you, and although some of you are unbelievers and others believers, He sees everything you do. He created the heavens and the earth to reveal the truth. He created you and gave you your beautiful shape. All will return to Him.

64:4 He knows everything that is in the heavens and earth. He knows all that you hide and all that you make known. Allah knows all your deepest secrets.

64:5 Have you not heard of what happened to the unbelievers who came before you? They experienced the evil consequences of their actions, and a terrible punishment still awaits them. This is because when messengers came to them with clear signs they said, “Will simple humans be our guides?” So they rejected the message and turned away. Allah does not need them. Allah is self-sufficient and worthy of praise.

64:7 The unbelievers think that they will not be raised to life on the Day of Judgment. Say: Yes, you will be raised by my Lord, and you will be informed of everything you have ever done! That is easy for Allah. Therefore, believe in Allah and His messenger and in the light which we have sent down to you. Allah knows all your actions.

64:9 That day when He will gather you all together for a Day of Assembly, that will be a day of cheating. The believers will cheat the unbelievers out of their place in Paradise. Those who believe in Allah and do what is right, He will take away all their sins and lead them into the Gardens watered by flowing rivers, where they will live forever. This is the ultimate reward. But the unbelievers, those who reject Our revelations, will be prisoners of the Fire, where they will live forever. A torturous end!

The Koran gives proof of Allah:

2:258 Have you not remembered the one [Nimrod] who argued with Abraham about his Lord because Allah had given him power? Abraham said, “My Lord is the one who gives life and causes death.” The other said, “I too have the power of life and death.” “Allah causes the sun to rise in the east,” Abraham said, “You make it rise in the west, then.” The unbeliever was bewildered. Allah does not guide those who do evil.

2:259 Or remember the man [Esdras doubted that Jerusalem could be restored after its destruction by Nebuchadrezzar] who passed by a ruined and abandoned city and said, “How will Allah ever bring life to this city now that it is dead?” So then Allah caused him to die, and one hundred years later raised him back to life. “How long have you waited?” Allah asked him. He said, “A day, or part of a day.” Allah said, “No, you have been gone a hundred years, but look at your food and drink which show no signs of having aged, and look at your donkey. And so We may use you as an example for mankind, see how We fix your bones and cover them with flesh.” And when he [Esdras] realized what had happened to him he said, “I now know that Allah has the power to do all things.”

3:189 All that is in the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah. Allah holds power over everything. In the creation of the heavens and the earth and in the changing of day to night, there are clear signs for those who are wise. Those who remember Allah when they stand, sit, and lie down, and reflect upon the creation of the heavens and earth say, “Lord! You have not made this creation in vain. All glory to You! Keep us from the torture of the Fire. My Lord! Surely those whom you cast into the Fire will be eternally shamed. The evil-doers will have no one to help them.”

3:193 Lord! We have heard the voice of the one calling us to the true faith saying, “Believe in your Lord,” and we have obeyed him. Lord! Forgive us of our sins and cleanse us of our evil deeds and cause us to die with the righteous. Lord! Give us that which Your messengers promised us, and keep us from shame on the Day of Resurrection. Truly, You never break your promise.”

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