Sorcery, Brand Islam, And More: Surah 61 With Exposition

In this talk I discuss surah 61, and explain — among other things — why I think the Traditionalist often takes the wrong message from it by quoting single verses rather than looking at the surah as whole.

1 What is in the heavens and what is in the earth gives glory1 to God; and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
2 O you who heed warning: why do you say what you do not?
3 Most hateful is it to God, that you say what you do not.
4 God loves those who fight in His cause in ranks, as though they were a compacted structure.
5 And when Moses said to his people: “O my people: why do you hinder me when you know that I am the messenger of God to you?” Then when they deviated, God caused their hearts to deviate; and God guides not the perfidious people.
6 And when Jesus, son of Mary said: “O Children of Israel: I am the messenger of God to you, confirming what is before me of the Torah, and bringing glad tidings of a messenger coming after me, whose name is more praiseworthy.” Then when he came to them with clear signs, they said: “This is obvious sorcery.”


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