007 - Soorah al-A'raaf - (The Heights (or The Wall with Elevations)) - [Makkee]

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[007:138] And We brought the Children of Israel (with safety) across the sea, and they came upon a people devoted to some of their idols (in worship). They said: "O Mūsā (Moses)! Make for us an ilāh (a god) as they have ālihah (gods)." He said: "Verily, you are a people who know not (the Majesty and Greatness of Allāh and what is obligatory upon you, i.e. to worship none but Allāh Alone, the One and the Only God of all that exists)."


[007:139] [Mūsā (Moses) added:] "Verily, these people will be destroyed for that which they are engaged in (idols' worship). And all that they are doing is in vain."


[007:140] He said: "Shall I seek for you an ilāh (a god) other than Allāh, while He has given you superiority over the 'Ālamīn (mankind and jinn of your time)."


[007:141] And (remember) when We rescued you from Fir'aun's (Pharaoh) people, who were afflicting you with the worst torment, killing your sons and letting your women live. And in that was a great trial from your Lord.


[007:142] And We appointed for Mūsā (Moses) thirty nights and added (to the period) ten (more), and he completed the term, appointed by his Lord, of forty nights. And Mūsā (Moses) said to his brother Hārūn (Aaron): "Replace me among my people, act in the right way (by ordering the people to obey Allāh and to worship Him Alone) and follow not the way of the Mufsidūn (mischief-makers)."


[007:143] And when Mūsā (Moses) came at the time and place appointed by Us, and his Lord (Allāh) spoke to him; he said: "O my Lord! Show me (Yourself), that I may look upon You." Allāh said: "You cannot see Me, but look upon the mountain; if it stands still in its place then you shall see Me." So when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He made it collapse to dust, and Mūsā (Moses) fell down unconscious. Then when he recovered his senses he said: "Glorified are You, I turn to You in repentance and I am the first of the believers."




(V.7:138) ilāh: Who has all the right to be worshipped.


(V.7:143) The appearance of Allāh to the mountain was very little of Him. It was approximately equal to the tip of one's little finger as explained by the Prophet [sal-Allāhu 'alayhi wa sallam] when he recited this Verse. (This Hadith is quoted by At-Tirmidhi)


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