Path towards Enlightenment (955)
Welcome to another episode of our weekly series titled “Path towards Enlightenment” which is an endeavour to make you and us familiar with an easy and fluent explanation of God’s Final Scripture to all mankind, the holy Qur’an, which was revealed to the Last and Greatest of all Messengers, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny).
We continue from where we left you last week, and here are Ayahs 31, 32, and 33 of Surah Qaaf:
“And Paradise will be brought near for the Godwary, not distant (anymore):
‘This is what you were promised for every penitent and dutiful [servant].”
“Who fears the All-Beneficent in secret and comes with a penitent heart.”
If you remember, in our explanation of the previous Ayahs of this Surah last Friday, we had had spoken about the miserable fate of the disbelievers and the unrepentant sinners on the Day of Judgement, pointing out that Hell and its punishment are only a reflection of one’s evil deeds and disbelief.
The Ayah that we recited to you now refers to the rewards reserved for the true believers who will be granted the bliss of Paradise for their faith, Godwariness, piety, and abstinence from forbidden things. It means Paradise is not far away from the God-fearing, but it is in their inward natural disposition and manifests itself on the Day of Resurrection, as a result of their good deeds.
The next Ayah means to say that God has promised Paradise to the dutiful, who were staunch monotheists and kept themselves away from all kinds of disbelief, including atheism and polytheism, by obeying the Divine commandments. It has also been promised to those who while alive had repented of their sins and sought forgiveness from the One and Only Creator of the universe.
Ayah 33 refers to the state of the true believers who are always cognizance of the awe of God Almighty in their hearts as well as in their outward behaviour. In other words, these are the pure hearts that are devoid of polytheism, hypocrisy, hatred, and other vices. It also refers to the hearts of the penitents who have repentant of their past wrongdoings and returned to the path of the All-Forgiving Lord.
From these Ayahs we learn that:
- Paradise is the reward for the true believers who never willfully committed any wrongs.
- Paradise has been promised to the all those who have repented of their wrongdoings while alive and sought forgiveness from the Lord Most High for their previous shortcomings, whether sins or indulgence in disbelief.
- Those who are Godwary and had never committed sins, as well as those who have repented in earnest of their past sins or indulgence in disbelief, will avail of God’s bounties.
Now we listen to Ayahs 34 and 35 of the same Surah:
“Enter it in peace! This is the day of immortality.’
“There they will have whatever they wish, and with Us there is yet more.”
The Godwary will be told to enter Paradise the everlasting abode. Four attributes are enumerated in these two blessed Ayahs, that is, security, peace, eternal life, and enjoyment of Divine Bounties. They true believers will be granted every wish. There will be in store for them bounties that are beyond human imagination, which have not been ever seen, neither heard of, nor occurred to anyone during the transient life of the mortal world.
These Ayahs teach us that:
- The inhabitants of Paradise will be greeted eternal bliss.
- The Bounties reserved for them are beyond imagination.
- Human beings always seek perpetuity and that is the reason God grants them far more than their demands and wishes.
Now let is listen to Ayahs 36 and 37 in conclusion of this week’s episode:
“How many generations We have destroyed before them, who were stronger than these, insomuch that they ransacked the towns?! Is there any escape [from Allah’s punishment]?
“There is indeed an admonition in that for one who has a heart, or gives ear, being attentive.”
These Ayahs refer to the fate of the oppressors who think that their power can safeguard them against God’s will. Many oppressors and tyrants have conquered lands and massacred millions of people but in the end they have all been destroyed by Divine wrath, since no one can escape Divine punishment.
These Ayahs are meant to admonish us by reflecting on the fate of the previous generations in order to refrain from disobedience to God’s commandments. In other words, these Ayahs are reminders to those whose hearts are pure or those who listen to the wondrous words of Truth.
These Ayahs teach us that:
- Knowing the causes of destruction of the previous civilizations should be the light for guidance of the current and next generations.
- Annihilation of oppressive and tyrannical nations and rulers is a Divine tradition.
- Power paves the way for oppression and corruption, unless faith prevents man from wronging others.
- Studying the accounts of the previous nations is not enough, we should know the Divine laws that govern us and the entire universe.