016 - Soorah an-Nahl - (The Bees) - [Makkee]

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[016:035] And those who joined others in worship with All‚h said: "If All‚h had so willed, neither we nor our fathers would have worshipped aught but Him, nor would we have forbidden anything without (Command from) Him." So did those before them. Then! Are the Messengers charged with anything but to convey clearly the Message?

 

[016:036] And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): "Worship All‚h (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) T‚ghŻt (all false deities, i.e. do not worship anything besides All‚h)." Then of them were some whom All‚h guided and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied (the truth).

 

[016:037] If you (O Muhammad [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam]) covet for their guidance, then verily, All‚h guides not those whom He makes to go astray (or none can guide him whom All‚h sends astray). And they will have no helpers.

 

[016:038] And they swear by All‚h their strongest oaths, that All‚h will not raise up him who dies. Yes, (He will raise them up), a promise (binding) upon Him in truth, but most of mankind know not.

 

[016:039] In order that He may make manifest to them the truth of that wherein they differ, and that those who disbelieved (in Resurrection, and in the Oneness of All‚h) may know that they were liars.

 

[016:040] Verily, Our Word (Command) to a thing when We intend it, is only that We say to it: "Be!" Ė and it is.

 

[016:041] And as for those who emigrated for the Cause of All‚h, after they had been wronged, We will certainly give them goodly residence in this world, but indeed the reward of the Hereafter will be greater; if they but knew!

 

[016:042] (They are) those who remained patient (in this world for All‚h's sake), and put their trust in their Lord (All‚h Alone).

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(V.16:36) T‚ghut: See the footnote of (V.2:256).

 

(V.16:37) Narrated Abu Hurairah [radhi-yAll‚hu 'anhu]: I heard All‚h's Messenger [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam] saying, "My example and the example of the people is that of a man who made a fire, and when it lighted what was around it, moths and other insects started falling into the fire. The man tried (his best) to prevent them, (from falling in the fire) but they overpowered him and rushed into the fire." The Prophet [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam] added; "Now, similarly, I take hold of the knots at your waist (belts) to prevent you from falling into the fire, but you insist on falling into it."* [Sahih Al-Bukhari, 8/6483 (O.P.490)]

*The fire symbolizes the unlawful deeds which the Prophet [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam] warned the people of.

 

(V.16:40) See the footnote of (V.51:30).

 

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