Big Government As God: Surah 64 With Exposition

In this talk I read through surah 64 and discourse by way of tangents other topics, including that of government tyranny.

1 What is in the heavens and what is in the earth gives glory to God. To Him belongs the dominion, and to Him belongs the praise; and He is over all things powerful.
2 He it is that created you; and among you is a spurner of guidance, and among you is a believer; and God sees what you do.
3 He created the heavens and the earth in truth, and He formed you and made good your forms; and to Him is the journey’s end.
4 He knows what is in the heavens and the earth, and He knows what you conceal and what you make known; and God knows that which is in the breasts.
5 Has not the report reached you of those who ignored warning before? Then they tasted the evil consequence of their affair; and they will have a painful punishment
6 For it is that when their messengers came to them with the clear signs: — and they said: “Shall mortals guide us?” — then they denied and turned away! But God is self-sufficient; and God is free from need and praiseworthy.
7 Those who ignore warning claim that they will never be raised. Say thou: “Verily, by my Lord, you will be raised! Then will you be informed of what you did; and that is easy for God.”
8 So believe in1 God and His messenger, and in the light which We have sent down; and God is aware of what you do.
9 The day He gathers you for the Day of Gathering: that will be the Day of Mutual Overcoming in Trade. And whoso believes in God and works righteousness, He will remove from him his evil deeds, and make him enter gardens beneath which rivers flow, they abiding eternally therein forever; that is the Great Achievement.
10 And those who ignore warning and deny Our proofs — those are the companions of the Fire, they abiding eternally therein; and evil is the journey’s end.
11 No calamity befalls save by the leave of God. And whoso believes in God, He will guide his heart; and God knows all things.
12 And obey God, and obey the Messenger; but if you turn away — then upon Our messenger is only the clear notification.
13 God, there is no god save He. And in God then let the believers place their trust.
14 O you who heed warning:1 among your spouses and your children is an enemy to you, so beware of them. But if you pardon, and overlook, and forgive, then is God forgiving and merciful.
15 Your wealth and your children are only a means of denial; and God, with Him is a great reward.
16 So be in prudent fear of God as much as you are able, and listen, and obey, and spend; it is better for your souls. And whoso is protected from the avarice of his soul, it is they who are the successful.
17 If you lend to God a goodly loan, He will double it for you, and will forgive you; and God is appreciative and clement,
18 The Knower of the Unseen and the Seen, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

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Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCPTEYnsl5s

Second Part Of “The Shahada” In The Qur’an: Surah 63 With Exposition

In this talk I discourse on subjects arising in surah 63.

1 When the waverers come to thee they say: “We bear witness that thou art the messenger of God.” But God knows that thou art His messenger, and God bears witness that the waverers are liars.
They have taken their oaths as a cover, then they turned away from the path of God — evil is what they did
3 For it is that1 they believed, then denied! Then were their hearts sealed, and they understand not.
4 And when thou seest them, their forms please thee; and if they speak, thou listenest to their speech as if they were propped up pieces of dry wood. They think every blast is against them. They are the enemy; so beware thou of them. May God curse them! How are they deluded!
5 And when it is said to them: “Come, the messenger of God will ask forgiveness for you,” they turn aside their heads, and thou seest them turning away, waxing proud.
6 It is the same for them whether thou askest forgiveness for them or hast not asked forgiveness for them; God will never forgive them. God guides not the perfidious people.
7 Those are they who say: “Spend not on those with the messenger of God until they disband.” And to God belong the treasuries of the heavens and the earth, but the waverers understand not.
8 They say: “If we return to the city, the more honoured will drive therefrom the meaner.” But to God belong power and glory, and to His messenger, and to the believers, but the waverers know not.
9 O you who heed warning: let not your wealth or your children divert you from the remembrance of God; and whose does that, it is they who are the losers.
10 And spend of what We have provided you before death comes to one among you and he says: “My Lord: hadst Thou but delayed me to a near term, that I might give charity and be among the righteous!”
11 But God delays no soul when its term comes; and God is aware of what you do.
63:1-11

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Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd0ITJk1uVc

Donkeys Carrying Books: Surah 62 With Exposition

In this talk I cover surah 62 as part of my exposition of all surahs from 50 through to the end of the Qur’an. In it, I touch on subjects which include why I do not accept the assertion that the hadith literature “explains” the Qur’an, why it is you need to look at surah 62 in the context of the end of surah 61, and flesh out my thoughts on the meaning of salat.

1 What is in the heavens and what is in the earth gives glory to God, the King, the Holy, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
2 He it is that raised up among the unschooled1 a messenger from among them, reciting to them His proofs, and increasing them in purity, and teaching them the Writ and wisdom — though they were before in manifest error —
3 And others of them who have not yet joined them. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
4 That is the bounty of God; — He gives it to whom He wills — and God is possessor of tremendous bounty.
5 The likeness of those given to bear the Torah then have borne it not, is as the likeness of a donkey bearing books: evil is the example of the people who deny the proofs of God. And God guides not the wrongdoing3 people.
6 Say thou: “O you who hold to Judaism: if you claim that you are the allies of God to the exclusion of other men, then wish for death, if you be truthful.”
7 But never will they wish for it, because of what their hands have sent ahead. And God knows the wrongdoers.
8 Say thou: “The death from which you flee, it will meet you. Then will you be sent back to the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen, and He will tell you what you did.”
9 O you who heed warning: when the call is heard for the duty of the day of assembly, then hasten to the remembrance of God, and leave commerce; that is better for you, if you but knew.
10 And when the duty is concluded, disperse in the land, and seek of the bounty of God, and remember God much that you might be successful.
11 But when they see trade or diversion they disband towards it, and leave thee standing. Say thou: “That which is with God is better than diversion or trade”; and God is the best of providers.

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Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgW6v_fRhBc

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.”
61:1-6

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Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD-z6qQtVn0

Choose Where You Stand: Surah 60 With Exposition

Here I outline surah 60 both as a structure and with the import as I see it which that structure expresses. The purpose of this series of videos is to showcase a toolkit with which anyone who chooses to put the the time in, can enrich his understanding of the Qur’an.

1 O you who heed warning: take not My enemy and your enemy as allies, extending to them love, when they have denied that which has come to you of the truth — they, turning out the Messenger and you because you believe in God, your Lord, if you go forth to strive in My cause and seeking My pleasure — showing them love in secret. And I best know what you conceal and what you proclaim; and whoso does it among you, he has strayed from the right path.

2 If they come upon you, they will be enemies to you, and stretch out their hands and their tongues against you with evil; and they wish that you should deny.

3 Neither your kin nor your children will benefit you on the Day of Resurrection; He will judge between you; and God sees what you do.

4 There was for you a good model in Abraham and those with him when they said to their people: “We are quit of you and what you serve, besides God. We deny you, and become clear between us and you are enmity and hatred forever until you believe in God alone,” — save the saying of Abraham to his father: “I will ask forgiveness for thee, but I have no power for thee against God.” — “Our Lord: in Thee we place our trust; and to Thee have we turned; and to Thee is the journey’s end.

5“Our Lord: make Thou not us a means of denial1 for those who ignore warning; and forgive Thou us. Our Lord: thou art the Exalted in Might, the Wise.”

6 There was for you in them a good model1 for one who hopes for God and the Last Day. And whoso turns away: — God, He is the Free from Need, the Praiseworthy.

60:1-6

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Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6TfaRLR5cc

“What The Messenger Gives You, Take It” — Surah 59 With Exposition

This talk looks at the whole of Surah 59, and gives special attention to one of the key “proof texts” the Traditionalist uses to shoe-horn his usurping literature into the mind of the unwary.

6 And what God gave in spoil to His messenger from them: you spurred not for it any horse or camel; but God gives His messengers authority over whom He wills; and God is over all things powerful.

7 What God gave in spoil to His messenger from the people of the cities belongs to God and His messenger, and to relatives, and the fatherless, and the needy, and the wayfarer[…] that it be not a distribution by turns between the rich among you. And what the Messenger gives you: take it, and from what he forbids you: refrain — and be in prudent fear of God; God is severe in retribution —

8 For the poor émigrés, who were turned out of their homes and their possessions, seeking favour from God and approval, and helping God and His messenger; it is they who are the truthful.

59:6-8

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Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdJY89C3WhI