7 The Heights
(7:4-5) “How many a township have We destroyed! As a raid by night, or while they slept at noon, Our terror came unto them.”
(7:9) “Those are they who lose their souls because they disbelieved Our revelations.”
(7:11) “We created you ... then told the angels: Fall ye prostrate before Adam! And they fell prostrate, all save Iblis.”
Allah commanded the angels to worship Adam. They all did except for Iblis. (According to the Sunnah, Muhammed said that Adam was 60 cubits tall. )
Is Iblis an angel or a jinn?
“I shall lurk in ambush for them on Thy Right Path.”
Allah allows Iblis to lead people astray (and then sends them all to hell).
Does Iblis mislead Muslims?
(7:16) “Thou hast sent me astray.”
Iblis claims that Allah sent him astray (and Allah doesn’‘t deny it).
(7:18) “Go forth from hence, degraded, banished. As for such of them as follow thee, surely I will fill hell with all of you.”
Allah banishes Iblis and promises to fill hell with those who are mislead by him.
Hell in the Quran
7:20 Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before): he said: “Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such beings as live for ever.”
7:22 So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted of the tree, their shame became manifest to them, and they began to sew together the leaves of the garden over their bodies. And their Lord called unto them: “Did I not forbid you that tree, and tell you that Satan was an avowed enemy unto you?”
(7:22) “And when they tasted of the tree their shame was manifest to them and they began to hide (by heaping) on themselves some of the leaves of the Garden.”
Adam and his nameles wife (Eve?) didn’‘t know they were naked until they ate from the tree.
“Go down (from hence), one of you a foe unto the other”
Men and women are enemies! (Or is it humans and Iblis? Sometimes Allah isn’‘t all that clear about these things.)
7:26 O ye Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover your shame, as well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness,- that is the best. Such are among the Signs of God, that they may receive admonition!
7:27 O ye Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you, in the same manner as He got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where ye cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith.
(7:27) “We have made the devils protecting friends for those who believe not.”
Who chooses devils to be friends of disbelievers?
7:29 Say: “My Lord hath commanded justice; and that ye set your whole selves (to Him) at every time and place of prayer, and call upon Him, making your devotion sincere as in His sight: such as He created you in the beginning, so shall ye return.”
7:30 Some He hath guided: Others have (by their choice) deserved the loss of their way; in that they took the evil ones, in preference to God, for their friends and protectors, and think that they receive guidance.
(7:30) “They (disbelievers) choose the devils for protecting supporters instead of Allah.”
Who chooses devils to be friends of disbelievers?
7:32 Say: Who hath forbidden the beautiful (gifts) of God, which He hath produced for His servants, and the things, clean and pure, (which He hath provided) for sustenance? Say: They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) purely for them on the Day of Judgment. Thus do We explain the signs in detail for those who understand.
(7:32) “On the Day of Resurrection, will be only for those who believed during the life of the world.”
Only believers go to heaven.
7:33 Say: the things that my Lord hath indeed forbidden are: shameful deeds, whether open or secret; sins and trespasses against truth or reason; assigning of partners to God, for which He hath given no authority; and saying things about God of which ye have no knowledge.
(7:33) “My Lord forbiddeth ... that ye associate with Allah that for which no warrant hath been revealed.”
Allah forbids beliefs that he hasn’‘t revealed (i.e., all non-muslim beliefs).
7:35 O ye Children of Adam! whenever there come to you apostles from amongst you, rehearsing My signs unto you,- those who are righteous and mend (their lives),- on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.
(7:36) “They who deny Our revelations and scorn them - each are rightful owners of the Fire.”
Disbelievers are the rightful owners of the Fire.
7:37 Who is more unjust than one who invents a lie against God or rejects His Signs? For such, their portion appointed must reach them from the Book (of decrees): until, when our messengers (of death) arrive and take their souls, they say: “Where a re the things that ye used to invoke besides God?” They will reply, “They have left us in the lurch,” And they will bear witness against themselves, that they had rejected God.
(7:37) “Who doeth greater wrong than he who inventeth a lie concerning Allah?”
Disbelief is the greatest evil.
7:38 He will say: “Enter ye in the company of the peoples who passed away before you - men and jinns, - into the Fire.” Every time a new people enters, it curses its sister-people (that went before), until they follow each other, all into the Fire. Saith the last about the first: “Our Lord! it is these that misled us: so give them a double penalty in the Fire.” He will say: “Doubled for all” : but this ye do not understand.
(7:38) “Give them double torment of the Fire”
Entire nations have entered the Fire. Some get a double torment.
7:40 To those who reject Our signs and treat them with arrogance, no opening will there be of the gates of heaven, nor will they enter the garden, until the camel can pass through the eye of the needle: Such is Our reward for those in sin.
(7:40-41) “They who deny Our revelations and scorn them, for them the gates of heaven will nor be opened ... Theirs will be a bed of hell.”
Disbelievers will be excluded from heaven. Theirs will be a bed of hell.
7:43 And We shall remove from their hearts any lurking sense of injury;- beneath them will be rivers flowing;- and they shall say: “Praise be to God, who hath guided us to this (felicity): never could we have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance of God: indeed it was the truth, that the apostles of our Lord brought unto us.” And they shall hear the cry: “Behold! the garden before you! Ye have been made its inheritors, for your deeds (of righteousness).”
7:44 The Companions of the Garden will call out to the Companions of the Fire: “We have indeed found the promises of our Lord to us true: Have you also found Your Lord’s promises true?” They shall say, “Yes”; but a crier shall proclaim between them : “The curse of God is on the wrong-doers;-
“And the dwellers of the Garden cry unto the dwellers of the Fire ...”
Those in the fire will be taunted by those in the Garden. “So how’‘s it going down there? Are you enjoying the warmth of the Fire?”
7:46 Between them shall be a veil, and on the heights will be men who would know every one by his marks: they will call out to the Companions of the Garden, “peace on you”: they will not have entered, but they will have an assurance (thereof).
(7:47) “Place us not with the wrong-doing folk.”
Those in the Garden will plead with Allah not to be cast into the Fire.
7:50 The Companions of the Fire will call to the Companions of the Garden: “Pour down to us water or anything that God doth provide for your sustenance.” They will say: “Both these things hath God forbidden to those who rejected Him.”
(7:50) “Pour on us some water or some wherewith Allah hath provided you. They say: Lo! Allah hath forbidden both to disbelievers.”
Those in the Fire will cry out to those in heaven, saying: “Pour water on us.” But Allah has forbidden that to disbelievers.
Is Allah kind and merciful?
7:51 “Such as took their religion to be mere amusement and play, and were deceived by the life of the world.” That day shall We forget them as they forgot the meeting of this day of theirs, and as they were wont to reject Our signs.
(7:51) “Who took their religion for a sport and pastime”
Those who forget Allah will be forgotten (sent to hell) on Judgement Day.
7:53 Do they just wait for the final fulfilment of the event? On the day the event is finally fulfilled, those who disregarded it before will say: “The apostles of our Lord did indeed bring true (tidings). Have we no intercessors now to intercede on our behalf? Or could we be sent back? then should we behave differently from our behaviour in the past.” In fact they will have lost their souls, and the things they invented will leave them in the lurch.
7:54 Your Guardian-Lord is God, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is firmly established on the throne (of authority): He draweth the night as a veil o’er the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession: He created the sun, t he moon, and the stars, (all) governed by laws under His command. Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds!
(7:54) “Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days”
How long did it take to create the heavens and the earth?
7:57 It is He Who sendeth the winds like heralds of glad tidings, going before His mercy: when they have carried the heavy-laden clouds, We drive them to a land that is dead, make rain to descend thereon, and produce every kind of harvest therewith: thus shall We raise up the dead: perchance ye may remember.
7:58 From the land that is clean and good, by the will of its Cherisher, springs up produce, (rich) after its kind: but from the land that is bad, springs up nothing but that which is niggardly: thus do we explain the signs by various (symbols) to t hose who are grateful.
(7:59) “I fear for you the retribution of an Awful Day.”
Serve Allah or go to hell.
“We drowned those who denied Our tokens.”
Allah drowned everyone on earth (except Noah and his family) because they disbelieved.
(7:66) “We deem thee of the liars.”
Disbelievers are liars.
7:69 “Do ye wonder that there hath come to you a message from your Lord through a man of your own people, to warn you? call in remembrance that He made you inheritors after the people of Noah, and gave you a stature tall among the nations. Call in remembrance the benefits (ye have received) from God: that so ye may prosper.”
7:71 He said: “Punishment and wrath have already come upon you from your Lord: dispute ye with me over names which ye have devised - ye and your fathers,- without authority from God? then wait: I am amongst you, also waiting.”
(7:71) “Terror and wrath from your Lord”
Those who believe incorrectly will face the terror and wrath of Allah.
(7:72) “We cut the root of those who denied Our revelations and were not believers.”
Allah killed the unbelievers.
7:73 To the Thamud people (We sent) Salih, one of their own brethren: He said: “O my people! worship God: ye have no other god but Him. Now hath come unto you a clear (Sign) from your Lord! This she-camel of God is a Sign unto you: So leave her to graze in God’s earth, and let her come to no harm, or ye shall be seized with a grievous punishment.
(7:73) “A wonder from your Lord hath come unto you. Lo! this is the camel of Allah”
Muslim commentators on the Quran tell us that Salih, through the power of Allah, turned a stone into a female camel.
The Story of Prophet Salih
7:74 “And remember how He made you inheritors after the ‘Ad people and gave you habitations in the land: ye build for yourselves palaces and castles in (open) plains, and care out homes in the mountains; so bring to remembrance the benefits (ye have received) from God, and refrain from evil and mischief on the earth.”
7:75 The leaders of the arrogant party among his people said to those who were reckoned powerless - those among them who believed: “know ye indeed that Salih is an apostle from his Lord?” They said: “We do indeed believe in the revelation which hat h been sent through him.”
(7:78) “So the earthquake seized them.”
Allah killed the disbelievers with an earthquake.
(7:80-81) “Will ye commit abomination such as no creature ever did before you?
Homosexual acts are condemned as unnatural. But, in fact, such acts are common in many other species.
(7:83-84) “So we rained a rain upon them.”
Allah killed everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah except Lot and his daughters.
“Save his wife, who was of those who stayed behind.”
Compare with the Genesis story, in which Lot’‘s wife didn’‘t stay behind but was turned into salt for looking back.
7:85 To the Madyan people We sent Shu’aib, one of their own brethren: he said: “O my people! worship God; Ye have no other god but Him. Now hath come unto you a clear (Sign) from your Lord! Give just measure and weight, nor withhold from the people the things that are their due; and do no mischief on the earth after it has been set in order: that will be best for you, if ye have Faith.
7:86 “And squat not on every road, breathing threats, hindering from the path of God those who believe in Him, and seeking in it something crooked; But remember how ye were little, and He gave you increase. And hold in your mind’s eye what was the end of those who did mischief.
7:87 “And if there is a party among you who believes in the message with which I have been sent, and a party which does not believe, hold yourselves in patience until God doth decide between us: for He is the best to decide.
7:88 The leaders, the arrogant party among his people, said: “O Shu’aib! we shall certainly drive thee out of our city - (thee) and those who believe with thee; or else ye (thou and they) shall have to return to our ways and religion.” He said: “Wha t! even though we do detest (them)?
7:89 “We should indeed invent a lie against God, if we returned to your ways after God hath rescued us therefrom; nor could we by any manner of means return thereto unless it be as in the will and plan of God, Our Lord. Our Lord can reach out to th e utmost recesses of things by His knowledge. In the God is our trust. our Lord! decide Thou between us and our people in truth, for Thou art the best to decide.”
(7:90-91) “So the earthquake seized them.”
Allah killed the disbelievers with an earthquake.
7:93 So Shu’aib left them, saying: “O my people! I did indeed convey to you the messages for which I was sent by my Lord: I gave you good counsel, but how shall I lament over a people who refuse to believe!”
“How can I sorrow for a people that rejected (truth)?”
Shu’‘eyb tells Allah’‘s victims that they deserved to die for rejecting Islam.
(7:94) “We did afflict its folk with tribulation and adversity that haply they might grow humble.”
7:95 Then We changed their suffering into prosperity, until they grew and multiplied, and began to say: “Our fathers (too) were touched by suffering and affluence” ... Behold! We called them to account of a sudden, while they realised not (their peril).
(7:95-99) “Then We seized them unawares, when they perceived not.”
Unbelievers are never safe from Allah’‘s wrath.
7:96 If the people of the towns had but believed and feared God, We should indeed have opened out to them (All kinds of) blessings from heaven and earth; but they rejected (the truth), and We brought them to book for their misdeeds.
7:100 To those who inherit the earth in succession to its (previous) possessors, is it not a guiding, (lesson) that, if We so willed, We could punish them (too) for their sins, and seal up their hearts so that they could not hear?
(7:100-1) “Thus doth Allah print upon the hearts of disbelievers (that they hear not).”
Allah makes it so that some people cannot be believers.
7:101 Such were the towns whose story We (thus) relate unto thee: There came indeed to them their apostles with clear (signs): But they would not believe what they had rejected before. Thus doth God seal up the hearts of those who reject faith.
(7:107) “Then he [Moses] flung down his staff and lo! it was a serpent.”
(7:108) “And he [Moses] drew forth his hand (from his bosom), and lo! it was white.”
(7:117) “We inspired Moses (saying): Throw thy staff! And lo! it swallowed up their lying show.”
(7:120-2) “We believe in ... the Lord of Moses and Aaron.”
Did Pharaoh’‘s wizards believe in Moses and Allah?
(7:124) “I shall crucify you every one.”
Crucifixion is a Roman punishment, unknown in Egypt at the time this story supposedly occurred.
7:126 “But thou dost wreak thy vengeance on us simply because we believed in the Signs of our Lord when they reached us! Our Lord! pour out on us patience and constancy, and take our souls unto thee as Muslims (who bow to thy will)!
7:127 Said the chiefs of Pharaoh’s people: “Wilt thou leave Moses and his people, to spread mischief in the land, and to abandon thee and thy gods?” He said: “Their male children will we slay; (only) their females will we save alive; and we have over them (power) irresistible.”
7:128 Said Moses to his people: “Pray for help from God, and (wait) in patience and constancy: for the earth is God’s, to give as a heritage to such of His servants as He pleaseth; and the end is (best) for the righteous.
7:129 They said: “We have had (nothing but) trouble, both before and after thou camest to us.” He said: “It may be that your Lord will destroy your enemy and make you inheritors in the earth; that so He may try you by your deeds.”
(7:130) “We straitened Pharaoh’‘s folk with famine.”
Allah sent a famine on all of the Egyptians to punish Pharaoh.
7:131 But when good (times) came, they said, “This is due to us;” When gripped by calamity, they ascribed it to evil omens connected with Moses and those with him! Behold! in truth the omens of evil are theirs in God’s sight, but most of them do not understand!
(7:133) “So We sent against them the flood and the locusts and the vermin and the frogs and the blood - a succession of clear signs.”
7:134 Every time the penalty fell on them, they said: “O Moses! on your behalf call on thy Lord in virtue of his promise to thee: If thou wilt remove the penalty from us, we shall truly believe in thee, and we shall send away the Children of Israel with thee.”
(7:136) “We drowned them in the sea: because they denied Our revelations.”
7:137 And We made a people, considered weak (and of no account), inheritors of lands in both east and west, - lands whereon We sent down Our blessings. The fair promise of thy Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel, because they had patience and constancy, and We levelled to the ground the great works and fine buildings which Pharaoh and his people erected (with such pride).
“We annihilated (all) that Pharaoh and his folk had done.”
7:138 We took the Children of Israel (with safety) across the sea. They came upon a people devoted entirely to some idols they had. They said: “O Moses! fashion for us a god like unto the gods they have.” He said: “Surely ye are a people without knowledge.
(7:138-9) Their way will be destroyed.”
Allah will destroy non-muslim cultures.
7:141 And remember We rescued you from Pharaoh’s people, who afflicted you with the worst of penalties, who slew your male children and saved alive your females: in that was a momentous trial from your Lord.
7:142 We appointed for Moses thirty nights, and completed (the period) with ten (more): thus was completed the term (of communion) with his Lord, forty nights. And Moses had charged his brother Aaron (before he went up): “Act for me amongst my peopl e: Do right, and follow not the way of those who do mischief.”
7:143 When Moses came to the place appointed by Us, and his Lord addressed him, He said: “O my Lord! show (Thyself) to me, that I may look upon thee.” God said: “By no means canst thou see Me (direct); But look upon the mount; if it abide in its place, then shalt thou see Me.” When his Lord manifested His glory on the Mount, He made it as dust. And Moses fell down in a swoon. When he recovered his senses he said: “Glory be to Thee! to Thee I turn in repentance, and I am the first to believe.”
“When his Lord revealed (His) glory to the mountain He sent it crashing down.”
When Allah revealed himself to Moses, the mountain (Mt. Sinai?) came crashing down.
Who was the first Muslim?
7:144 (God) said: “O Moses! I have chosen thee above (other) men, by the mission I (have given thee) and the words I (have spoken to thee): take then the (revelation) which I give thee, and be of those who give thanks.”
(7:144) “O Moses! I have preferred thee above mankind.”
Allah preferred Moses to all other humans.
7:145 And We ordained laws for him in the tablets in all matters, both commanding and explaining all things, (and said): “Take and hold these with firmness, and enjoin thy people to hold fast by the best in the precepts: soon shall I show you the ho mes of the wicked,- (How they lie desolate).”
7:146 Those who behave arrogantly on the earth in defiance of right - them will I turn away from My signs: Even if they see all the signs, they will not believe in them; and if they see the way of right conduct, they will not adopt it as the way; but if they see the way of error, that is the way they will adopt. For they have rejected our signs, and failed to take warning from them.
(7:147) “Those who deny Our revelations and the meeting of the Hereafter, their works are fruitless.”
7:148 The people of Moses made, in his absence, out of their ornaments, the image of calf, (for worship): it seemed to low: did they not see that it could neither speak to them, nor show them the way? They took it for worship and they did wrong.
(7:148) “A calf ... (made) out of their ornaments, of saffron hue, which gave a lowing sound.”
The golden calf mooed.
(7:149) “Unless our Lord have mercy on us and forgive us, we verily are of the lost.”
When did the people repent?
7:150 When Moses came back to his people, angry and grieved, he said: “Evil it is that ye have done in my place in my absence: did ye make haste to bring on the judgment of your Lord?” He put down the tablets, seized his brother by (the hair of) his head, and dragged him to him. Aaron said: “Son of my mother! the people did indeed reckon me as naught, and went near to slaying me! Make not the enemies rejoice over my misfortune, nor count thou me amongst the people of sin.”
(7:152) “Terror from their Lord and humiliation will come upon them.”
Those who worship the calf will suffer terror and humiliation from Allah.
7:155 And Moses chose seventy of his people for Our place of meeting: when they were seized with violent quaking, he prayed: “O my Lord! if it had been Thy will Thou couldst have destroyed, long before, both them and me: wouldst Thou destroy us for the deeds of the foolish ones among us? this is no more than Thy trial: by it Thou causest whom Thou wilt to stray, and Thou leadest whom Thou wilt into the right path. Thou art our Protector: so forgive us and give us Thy mercy; for Thou art the best of those who forgive.
(7:155) “Thou sendest whom Thou wilt astray.”
Allah sends some astray.
7:156 “And ordain for us that which is good, in this life and in the Hereafter: for we have turned unto Thee.” He said: “With My punishment I visit whom I will; but My mercy extendeth to all things. That (mercy) I shall ordain for those who do right, and practise regular charity, and those who believe in Our signs;-
(7:156) “Pay the poor-due.”
7:157 “Those who follow the apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures),- in the law and the Gospel;- for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is [style=injustice]those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him,- it is they who will prosper.”
(7:157) “Those who believe in him, and honour him, and help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him: they are the successful.”
7:158 day: “O men! I am sent unto you all, as the Apostle of God, to Whom belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no god but He: it is He That giveth both life and death. So believe in God and His Apostle, the Unlettered Prophet, who believeth in God and His words: follow him that (so) ye may be guided.”
7:160 We divided them into twelve tribes or nations. We directed Moses by inspiration, when his (thirsty) people asked him for water: “Strike the rock with thy staff”: out of it there gushed forth twelve springs: Each group knew its own place for water. We gave them the shade of clouds, and sent down to them manna and quails, (saying): “Eat of the good things We have provided for you”: (but they rebelled); to Us they did no harm, but they harmed their own souls.
(7:160) “Smite with thy staff the rock! And there gushed forth therefrom twelve springs.”
The Quran repeats (and embellishes somewhat) the absurdities of the Biblical Exodus.
7:161 And remember it was said to them: “Dwell in this town and eat therein as ye wish, but say the word of humility and enter the gate in a posture of humility: We shall forgive you your faults; We shall increase (the portion of) those who do good.”
(7:162) “But those of them who ... changed the word ... We sent down upon them wrath from heaven.”
7:163 Ask them concerning the town standing close by the sea. Behold! they transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath. For on the day of their Sabbath their fish did come to them, openly holding up their heads, but on the day they had no Sabbath, they came not: thus did We make a trial of them, for they were given to transgression.
Allah presented the Jews a big fish on the Sabbath day when they were forbidden to fish, and then withheld the fish on the day that they were permitted to fish. That’‘ll teach them!
7:164 When some of them said: “Why do ye preach to a people whom God will destroy or visit with a terrible punishment?”- said the preachers:” To discharge our duty to your Lord, and perchance they may fear Him.”
(7:164) “Why preach ye to a folk whom Allah is about to destroy or punish with an awful doom?”
Doom in the Quran
7:165 When they disregarded the warnings that had been given them, We rescued those who forbade Evil; but We visited the wrong-doers with a grievous punishment because they were given to transgression.
(7:165) “When they forgot that whereof they had been reminded, We ... visited [them] with dreadful punishment.”
“We said unto them: Be ye apes despised and loathed!”
Allah turns Jews into apes!
7:167 Behold! thy Lord did declare that He would send against them, to the Day of Judgment, those who would afflict them with grievous penalty. Thy Lord is quick in retribution, but He is also Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
(7:167) “He would raise against them till the Day of Resurrection those who would lay on them a cruel torment. Lo! verily thy Lord is swift in prosecution.”
Allah will punish the disbelieving Jews until the Day of Resurrection.
7:168 We broke them up into sections on this earth. There are among them some that are the righteous, and some that are the opposite. We have tried them with both prosperity and adversity: In order that they might turn (to us).
7:169 After them succeeded an (evil) generation: They inherited the Book, but they chose (for themselves) the vanities of this world, saying (for excuse): “(Everything) will be forgiven us.” (Even so), if similar vanities came their way, they would (again) seize them. Was not the covenant of the Book taken from them, that they would not ascribe to God anything but the truth? and they study what is in the Book. But best for the righteous is the home in the Hereafter. Will ye not understand?
7:171 When We shook the Mount over them, as if it had been a canopy, and they thought it was going to fall on them (We said): “Hold firmly to what We have given you, and bring (ever) to remembrance what is therein; perchance ye may fear God.”
7:172 When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): “Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?”- They said: “Yea! We do testify!” (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: “Of this we were never mindful”:
7:176 If it had been Our will, We should have elevated him with Our signs; but he inclined to the earth, and followed his own vain desires. His similitude is that of a dog: if you attack him, he lolls out his tongue, or if you leave him alone, he (st ill) lolls out his tongue. That is the similitude of those who reject Our signs; So relate the story; perchance they may reflect.
(7:176) “He panteth with his tongue out. Such is the likeness of the people who deny Our revelations.”
Those who deny Muhammad’‘s revelations are like dogs.
(7:177) “Evil as an example are the folk who denied Our revelations.”
Those who deny Muhammad’‘s revelation are evil.
(7:178) “Whom Allah sendeth astray - they indeed are losers.”
Allah sends some people astray. They are losers.
7:179 Many are the Jinns and men we have made for Hell: They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle,- nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning).
(7:179) “Already have We urged unto hell many of the jinn and humankind.”
Allah has already sent many people and jinn to hell. They were worse than cows: they couldn’‘t see or hear and were neglectful.
Hell in the Quran
(7:180) “Leave the company of those who blaspheme His names. They will be requited what they do.”
Stay away from those who blaspheme Allah’‘s names. They will be punished for it.
(7:182-4) “We lead them .. I give them ... He is but a”
If the Quran is such a perfect book, why can’‘t Allah keep his pronouns straight?
7:185 Do they see nothing in the government of the heavens and the earth and all that God hath created? (Do they not see) that it may well be that their terms is nigh drawing to an end? In what message after this will they then believe?
(7:186) “Those whom Allah sendeth astray, there is no guide for them. He leaveth them to wander blindly on in their contumacy.”
Allah leads some people astray. There is no guide for them. They are left to wander alone blindly.
7:187 They ask thee about the (final) Hour - when will be its appointed time? Say: “The knowledge thereof is with my Lord (alone): None but He can reveal as to when it will occur. Heavy were its burden through the heavens and the earth. Only, all of a sudden will it come to you.” They ask thee as if thou Wert eager in search thereof: Say: “The knowledge thereof is with God (alone), but most men know not.”
7:188 Say: “I have no power over any good or harm to myself except as God willeth. If I had knowledge of the unseen, I should have multiplied all good, and no evil should have touched me: I am but a warner, and a bringer of glad tidings to those who have faith.”
7:189 It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love). When they are united, she bears a light burden and carries it about (unnoticed). When she grows heavy, they both pray to God their Lord, (saying): “If Thou givest us a goodly child, we vow we shall (ever) be grateful.”
(7:189) “Who did create you from a single soul.”
7:199) “Keep to forgiveness (O Muhammad), and enjoin kindness”
Be kind and forgiving toward others.
7:203 If thou bring them not a revelation, they say: “Why hast thou not got it together?” Say: “I but follow what is revealed to me from my Lord: this is (nothing but) lights from your Lord, and Guidance, and mercy, for any who have faith.”
7:205 And do thou (O reader!) Bring thy Lord to remembrance in thy (very) soul, with humility and in reverence, without loudness in words, in the mornings and evenings; and be not thou of those who are unheedful.
7: The Wall Between Heaven and Hell (Part I—GTFO: Adam, Eve & Iblis get the boot)
7: The Wall Between Heaven and Hell (Part II—The inmates of paradise.)
Chapter 7: The Wall Between Heaven and Hell (Part III—It’s not magic. It’s an illusion!)
Dwindling in Unbelief
The Bible and the Quran agree: God and Satan force nonbelievers to disbelieve (7:16-18)
For disbelievers a painful doom (7:39, 164)
Lot the just and righteous (7:83-4)
Things on which the Bible and Quran agree (7:83-4)
The worst beasts in Allah’s sight (7:166, 176)
SAQ Discussion Board
Surah 7 (Al-Araf) 7:1-25 - Punishment, Exhibit A: Iblis/Satan
7:26-58 - Punishment, Exhibit B: Afterlife
7:59-79 - Exhibits C, D, E: Noah, Hud, Salih
7:80-102 - Exhibits F & G: Lot and Shuaib
7:103-137 - Punishment, Exhibit H: Pharaoh
7:138-147 - Moses: from Egypt to Sinai
7:148-154 - The Golden Calf
7:155-162 - 70 Elders & Allah’s Prophet
7:163-179 - Ape-Men & Other Stories
7:180-206 - Idolaters & Mosque-Manners