Al Hadid (The Iron) (57)- 29 M

1>        Whatever is in the heavens and on earth let it declare the Praises and Glory of Allah: for He is the Exalted in Might the Wise.

       *** Plagiarised from

Isaiah 5 : "16. But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God who is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness"***

2>        To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; it is He Who gives life and Death; and He has Power over all things.        

       *** Copied from

Psalms 103:" 20. Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones, who do his word, listening to the voice of his word!21. Bless the Lord, all his hosts! O you his ministers, who do his will!22. Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion! Bless the Lord, O my soul!***

3>        He is the First and the Last the Evident and the immanent: and He has full knowledge of all things.        

       *** Plundered from

Isaiah 44:" 6. Thus says the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.***

4>        He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days and is moreover firmly established on the Throne (of authority).  He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out of it what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it.  And He is with you wheresoever ye may be.  And Allah sees well all that ye do.

5>        To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: and all affairs are referred back to Allah.        

       *** Perverted from

Daniel 4: "19.  It is you, O king, who are grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown, and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the end of the earth.***

6>        He merges Night into Day and He merges Day into Night; and He has full knowledge of the secrets of (all) hearts.

7>        Believe in Allah and His Apostle and spend (in charity) out of the (substance) whereof He has made you heirs.  For those of you who believe and spend (in charity) for them is a great Reward.

8        What cause have ye why ye should not believe in Allah? And the Apostle invites you to believe in your Lord and has indeed taken your Covenant if ye are men of faith

9>        He is the One Who Sends to His Servants manifest Signs that He may lead you from the depths of Darkness into the Light.  And verily Allah is to you Most Kind and Merciful.

       #5284        THe holy Prophet Muhammad. The Signs sent to him were: (1) the Ayats of the Qur-an, and (2) his life and work, in which Allah's Plan and Purpose were unfolded.#

       *** This verse confirms and reinforces the fact that the pagan Arabs were totally in the 'dark' and ignorant of the previous revelations ***

10>        And what cause have ye why ye should not spend in the cause of Allah?  For to Allah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth.  Not equal among you are those who spent (freely) and fought before the Victory (with those who did so later).  Those are higher in rank than those who spent (freely) and fought afterwards.  But to all has Allah promised a goodly (reward) and Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.

       #5285        "To Allah belongs the heritage of...": see n. 485 to iii. 180; also n. 988 to vi. 165; and n. 1964 to xv. 23. 5286        This is usually understood to refer to the Conquest of Makkah, after which the Muslims succeeded to the power and position which the Pagan Quraish had so misused at Makkah. Thereafter the Muslims had the hegemony of Arabia, and in a few centuries, for a time, the hegemony of the world. But the words are perfectly general, and we must understand the general meaning also: that the people who fight and struggle in Allah's Cause and give of their best to it at any time are worthy of praise: but those are worthy of special distinction who do it when the Cause is being persecuted and in most need of assistance, before victory comes.#

       *** The Muhammadan Arabs were not satisfied to be in their poor and harsh land and decided to conquer the world - if possible - in pursuit of plunder, slavery, rape and wealth***

11        Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful Loan? For (Allah) will increase it manifold to his credit and he will have (besides) a liberal reward.

12>        One Day shalt thou see the believing men and the believing women how their Light runs forward before them and by their right hands: (their greeting will be): "Good News for you this Day! Gardens beneath which flow rivers! To dwell therein for aye! this is indeed the highest Achievement!"

13        One day will the Hypocrites men and women say to the Believers: "Wait for us! let us borrow (a light) from your Light!" It will be said: "turn ye back to your rear! then seek a light (where ye can)!" So a wall will be put up betwixt them with a gate therein.  Within it will be Mercy throughout and without it all alongside will be (wrath and) Punishment!

               #5290        Watchful preparation in Life, and the light of Faith, which reflects the divine Light, are matters of personal Life, and cannot be borrowed from another. So, in Christ's parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. xv. 1-13), when the foolish ones had let their lamps go out for want of oil, they asked to borrow oil from the wise ones, but the wise ones answered and said, "Not so;...but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves"#        

       *** As the translator admits, this is another parable that has been plagiarized and perverted  from Mathew 25:1-13***

14        (Those without) will call out "were we not with you?" (The others) will reply "True! but ye led yourselves into temptation; ye looked forward (to our ruin); ye doubted (Allah's promise); and (your false) desires deceived you; until there issued the Command of Allah.  And the Deceiver deceived you in respect of Allah.

15>        "This Day shall no ransom be accepted of you nor of those who rejected Allah.  Your abode is the fire: That is the proper place to claim you: and an evil refuge it is!"

16>        Has not the time arrived for the Believers that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of Allah and of the truth which has been revealed (to them) and that they should not become like those to whom was given Revelation aforetime but long ages passed over them and their hearts grew hard? For many among them are rebellious transgressors.

       #5295        Humility and the remembrance of Allah and His Message are never more necessary than in the hour of victory and prosperity. 5296        The men immediately referred to are the contemporary Jews and Christians. To each of these Ummats was given Allah's Revelation, but as time passed, they corrupted it, became arrogant and hard-hearted, and subverted justice, truth, and the purity of Life. But the general lesson is far wider. No one is favoured of Allah except on the score of righteousness. Except on that score, there is no chosen individual or race. There is no blind good fortune or ill fortune. All happens according to the just laws and will of Allah. But at no time is humility or righteousness more necessary than in the hour of victory or triumph.#

       *** The 'Umma al Islamia', from the death of Muhammad until today have themselves corrupted, twisted, ignored, backslided and blasphemed the instructions of Muhammad and of Allah.

       They have undergone the same vicissitudes, sectarianism and dissention that they have been complaining about regarding the People of the Book***

17>        Know ye (all) that Allah giveth life to the earth after its death! already have We shown the Signs plainly to you that ye may learn wisdom.

18>        For those who give in Charity men and women and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan it shall be increased manifold (to their credit) and they shall have (besides) a liberal reward.

19>        And those who believe in Allah and His apostles they are the Sincere (Lovers of truth) and the witnesses (who testify) in the eyes of their Lord: they shall have their Reward and their Light but those who reject Allah and deny Our Signs they are the Companions of Hell-Fire.

20>        Know ye (all) that the life of this world is but play and amusement pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying (in rivalry) among yourselves riches and children: Here is a similitude: How rain and the growth which it brings forth delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; thou wilt see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away.  But in the Hereafter is a Penalty severe (for the devotees of wrong) and Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the devotees of Allah).  And what is the life of this world but goods and chattels of deception?

21>        Be ye foremost (in seeking) forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden (of Bliss) the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth prepared for those who believe in Allah and His apostles: that is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases: and Allah is the Lord of Grace abounding.

22>        No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence: that is truly easy for Allah:

23>        In order that ye may not despair over matters that pass you by nor exult over favors bestowed upon you.  For Allah loveth not any vainglorious boaster

24        Such persons as are covetous and commend covetousness to men.  And if any turn back (from Allah's Way) verily Allah is free of all needs worthy of all praise

57:25>        We sent aforetime our apostles with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of Right and Wrong) that men may stand forth in justice; and We sent down Iron in which is (material for) mighty war as well as many benefits for mankind that Allah may test who it is that will help unseen Him and His apostles; for Allah is Full of Strength exalted in Might (and able to enforce His will).
26>        And We sent Noah and Abraham and established in their line Prophethood and Revelation: and some of them were on right guidance but many of them became rebellious transgressors.
27>        Then in their wake We followed them up with (others of) Our apostles: We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary and bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him Compassion and Mercy.  But the monasticism which they invented for themselves We did not prescribe for them: (We commanded) only the seeking for the Good pleasure of Allah; but that they did not foster as they should have done.  Yet We bestowed on those among them who believed their (due) reward but many of them are rebellious transgressors.
28>        O ye that believe! fear Allah and believe in His apostle and He will bestow on you a double portion of His Mercy: He will provide for you a light by which ye shall walk (straight in your path) and He will forgive you (your past): For Allah is Oft-Forgiving.  Most Merciful:

       #5325        From the context before (see n. 5323 above) and after (see next note), this is held to refer to the Christians and People of the Book who kept their Faith true and undefiled. 5326        The double portion refers to the past and the future. As noted in the last note, this passage is addressed to the Christians and the People of the Book, who, when honestly facing the question of the new Revelation in Islam, find in it the fulfilment of previous revelations, and therefore believe in Allah's Messenger Muhammad, and walk by the new light. Their previous merits will be duly recognised, and they will be treated on fully equal terms in the new Ummat. This is their double share, not necessarily more in quantity than that of their brethren in Islam who passed through no other gate, but having a twofold aspect. 5327        As this refers to the Christians and the People of the Book, the following saying of Christ in his last days may interest them: "Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you... While ye have the fight, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them". (John, xii. 35-36). The light of Christ's Gospel soon departed; his Church was enveloped in darkness; then came the fight again, in the fuller light of Islam. And they are asked to believe in the light, and to walk in it. Cf. also lvii. 12. and n. 5288 above. 5328        Any wrong they may have committed through ignorance or misconceptions in their previous religion will be forgiven them, as they have seen the new light and walk by it.#

       *** It must repeated once more, that as far as the People of the Book were concerned, the Quran was the revelation for the pagan Arabs only and not for them since it is only an INAUTHENTIC COPY of their Torah and contained absolutely nothing new or equal to what they already had.

       It is unreasonable to expect people to exchange their ORIGINAL MASTERPIECE for a very bad COPY.

       In fact, it was due to the Jews of Arabia after all, who acted as the 'Light' to clear the 'Darkness' of pagan Arabia and not the other way round***

29>        That the People of the Book may know that they have no power whatever over the Grace of Allah that (His) Grace is (entirely) in his hand to bestow it on whomsoever He wills.  For Allah is the Lord of Grace abounding.

       #5329        Let not any race, or people, or community, or group, believe that they have exclusive possession of Allah's Grace, or that they can influence its grant or its withholding. Allah's Grace is free, and entirely controlled by Him, independently of any priests and priviledged people. He dispenses it according to His own wise and holy Will and Plan; and to His Grace there is no limit. It is up to Him to bestow His Grace upon whom He likes. The Qur-an is the final revelation in which He said: "ye are the best Ummah brought forward to mankind." So in order to receive His Grace, one should submit to Islam.#

       *** The People of the Book agree totally with the interpreter's explanations and they only want to be left alone to continue serving God in exactly the same manner that they have been doing for the previous 2500 years during which period the pagan Arabs - including Muhammad - were serving useless figures of stone that they considered as their gods ***