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7 Al-A'raf (The Lofty Barrier between the Inhabitants of Paradise and Hell)

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image Revealed at Mecca 206 Words of Revelation (ayat)

The following Ayats (signs) are randomly selected on this day as a reminder to those believers in the Unique Creator of all that exists, that seeking answers to daily problems are most efficient through the journey offered within the sacred texts of the Holy Quran, the latest divine words of revelation brought to mankind through the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Messenger of God.

 

 

In the Name of Allah the Merciful Beneficient

 

 

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7:159       And of the people of Moses there is a party who guides to the Truth*1 and do Justice according to the Truth.*2

7:160       We divided them [the Children of Israel] into twelve Tribes and considered each of them a community [descended from Jacob's Family]. When Moses' people asked him for water, We revealed to him: "Strike the rock with your stick!" There gushed forth twelve springs out of it, so each group knew its own place for water. We bestowed upon them the shade of clouds and sent down to them Manna and Quails, [stating:] "Eat of the good and lawful things We have provided for you. " They did not wrong Us [by their disobedience] but they only did wrong to themselves;

7:161       And it was stated to them: "Dwell in this town*3 and eat whatever you wish [of the sustenance] and say: "O, our Creator&Nurturer! Fall down[pardon] our sins." And enter the gate of the temple prostrating; [if you obey Our Command] We will forgive your wrongdoings and soon We will increase the reward of the good-doers among you."

7:162       But the evil doers of them changed the word which was stated to them, for an irrelevant word;*4 so We sent down upon them a plague from the heaven due to their evildoing.

7:163       And [O, Messenger!] ask them about the people who lived in a town beside the sea, how they exceeded the limit of the Sabbath?*5 When their fish came on the surface of the water in abundance on the Sabbath day, and did not come to them on the day they had no Sabbath. Thus We made a trial of that people by the Decree which they disobeyed it.

7:164       And when a group among them said: "Why do you preach a people whom [God] will destroy or will punish them with a Severe Torment?" [the preachers] said:" In order to do our duty before your Creator&Nurturer, [regarding to enjoin good to forbid evildoing] and perhaps they become pious [by our warnings]."

7:165       So when they forgot the warnings, We saved those who forbade evil and seized the evil-doers with a dreadful torment because they were disobedient;

7:166       So when they proudly transgressed what they had been forbidden, so We stated to them with the Word of Command: "Be you apes, despised and loathed!"*6

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1- "Truth" here means [God]'s Way

2- Here "the truth" means what is Just

3- Jerusalem

4- Instead of saying Hettah, meaning : Fall down [pardon] our sins", they said : "Hentah" meaning: Wheat"; and thus they showed their disobedience.

5- Saturday

6- And they were transformed into apes (Commentators)

 

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