002 - Soorah al-Baqarah - (The Cow) - [Makkee]

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[002.142] The fools (pagans, hypocrites, and Jews) among the people will say: "What has turned them (Muslims) from their Qiblah [prayer direction (towards Jerusalem)] to which they used to face in prayer." Say (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam]): "To Allâh belong both, the east and the west. He guides whom He wills to a Straight Way."

 

[002.143] Thus We have made you [true Muslims – real believers of Islâmic Monotheism, true followers of Prophet Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam] and his Sunnah (legal ways)], a just (and the best) nation, that you will be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger (Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam]) will be a witness over you. And We made the Qiblah (prayer direction towards Jerusalem) which you used to face, only to test those who followed the Messenger (Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam]) from those who would turn on their heels (i.e. disobey the Messenger). Indeed it was great (heavy) except for those whom Allâh guided. And Allâh would never make your faith (prayers) to be lost (i.e. your prayers offered towards Jerusalem). Truly, Allâh is full of kindness, the Most Merciful towards mankind.

 

[002.144] Verily, We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad's ) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid Al-Harâm (at Makkah). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction. Certainly, the people who were given the Scripture (i.e. Jews and the Christians) know well that, that (your turning towards the direction of the Ka'bah at Makkah in prayers) is the truth from their Lord. And Allâh is not unaware of what they do.

 

[002.145] And even if you were to bring to the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) all the Ayât (proofs, verses, evidences, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), they would not follow your Qiblah (prayer direction), nor are you going to follow their Qiblah (prayer direction). And they will not follow each other's Qiblah (prayer direction). Verily, if you follow their desires after that which you have received of knowledge (from Allâh), then indeed you will be one of the Zâliműn (polytheists, wrongdoers).

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(V.2:143) Narrated Abu Sa'îd Al-Khudrî [radhi-yAllâhu 'anhu]: Allâh's Messenger [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam] said: "Nűh (Noah) will be called on the Day of Resurrection and he will say, 'Labbaik and Sa'daik (I respond to Your Call and I am obedient to Your Orders), O my Lord! Allâh will say, 'Did you convey Our Message of Islâmic Monotheism?' Nűh (Noah) will say, 'Yes'. His nation will then be asked, 'Did he convey Our Message of Islâmic Monotheism to you?' They will say, 'No warner came to us.' Then Allâh will say [to Nűh (Noah)], 'Who will bear witness in your favour?' He will say, 'Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam] and his followers.' So they (i.e., Muslims) will testify that he conveyed the Message -- and the Messenger (Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam] ) will be a witness over you, and that is what is meant by the Statement of Allâh [Subhânahu wa Ta'âla]: 'We have made you [true Muslims -- real believers of Islâmic Monotheism, true followers of Prophet Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam] and his Sunnah (legal ways)] a just (and the best) nation that you will be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger (Muhammad ) will be a witness over you'."

[Sahih Al-Bukhâri, 6/4487 (O.P.14)]

 

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