Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy


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  • Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy


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    15. Bring us a Qur’an other than this
    or change it!

    By way of mockery and scoffing, the
    disbelievers asked the Messenger of Allah r to bring them a book
    other than this Qur’an, which condemned neither their gods nor their way of
    life. Or to change it altogether by replacing the Ayah speaking of
    punishment with an Ayah of reward, and the censure of their idols with
    praise of them, and the things unlawful with making them lawful, and to omit
    any mention of resurrection1.
    Allah U
    says: (And
    when Our Clear Ayat are recited to them, those who hope not for their meeting
    with Us, say, “Bring us a Qur’an other than this or change it.”
    )2

    Allah U
    told his Messenger r
    to answer them saying: (Say
    (O Muhammad), “It is not for me to change it of my own accord. I only follow
    that which is revealed to me. Indeed I fear, if I should disobey my Lord, the
    torment of a Great Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection).”
    )

    The adverse attitudes of rejection, avoidance,
    and denial built barriers within the disbelievers and placed heavy locks that
    sealed their hearts against the Noble Qur’an, allowing in no air or light. They
    obstructed their reflection on its Words that are able to remove the blindness,
    break the locks, pour in the light, refine the feelings, awaken the hearts, and
    purify the souls
    3. (Do they not then
    reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon (their) hearts?
    )4


    1 Al-Qurtubi,
    Al-Jami
    Li-Ahkam Al-Qur’an, and Muhammad ‘Ali
    As-Sabuni, Safwat At-Tafasir
    ,
    interpretation of Surat Yunus [
    10: 15].

    2
    Translated
    meanings of Yunus 10: 15.

    3 Sayyid Qutb, In the Shade of the
    Qur’an,
    Surat
    Muhammad [47: 24].

    4
    Translated
    meanings of Muhammad 47: 24.

     

     

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