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Everything of Heaven and Earth glorifies Allah –the Sovereign, Holy One, the Victorious, the Perfectly Wise.
He sent to the uneducated people a messenger from among them to recite to them His verses, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in the Book and wisdom. [He did this] although they had been in obvious error.
[They had been in error] along with others [throughout the world] who have not yet joined them [in pursuit of Islam]. He is the Victorious, the Perfectly Wise.
Such is the grace of Allah, which He bestows on whomever He will. Allah is the Lord of the most wonderful blessings.
Here is a simile of those responsible for keeping the Torah but who have failed to uphold it: They are like a donkey carrying books [but unable to read them and apply their teachings]. Evil is the simile of people who falsify the verses of Allah [by professing Judaism (or any other religion) but failing to apply its true teachings]. Allah does not guide people in the wrong.
Say, “O you of Judaism, if you think that you, and no others, are Allah’s exclusive friends, then express your desire for death [in order to be closer to Allah], if you are truthful.”
They [who think such a thing] would not express such a desire because of (the deeds) their hands have forwarded [for the eternal record]. Allah is the All-knowing of the ones who sin.
Say, “Truly, the death you avoid will certainly overcome you, and then you will return to the All-knowing of private and public affairs. He will announce your deeds.”
O [Muslim] Believers, when the call is proclaimed to pray on Friday [the Day of Assembly], hasten to the remembrance of Allah, leaving business behind. That is best for you, if you only knew.
Then, when prayer is finished, you may disperse across the land and seek the gifts of Allah. Glorify Allah often so you may prosper.
[Some], however, when they see some bargain or entertainment, they rush off to it and leave you [the Prophet] standing [alone]. Say, “What is in the presence of Allah is better than any amusement or sale! Allah is the Best Provider.”
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