Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Remarks on verses from Surat al-Ma’ida

Remarks on verses from Surat al-Ma’ida (13.11.2013)



Remarks on verses from Surat al-Ma’ida 

From Mr. Adnan Oktar’s interview on A9 TV 13 November 2013

ADNAN OKTAR: Surat al-Ma’ida, verse 114; “‘Jesus son of Maryam said, ‘God, our Lord, send down a table to us out of heaven to be a feast for us, for the first and last of us, and as a Sign from You’.” Look, “for the first and last of us, and as a Sign from You.” As a miracle. “Provide for us! You are the Best of Providers!” All food is actually created as a miracle, but the need for free will is not done away with in the hereafter. And the need for free will is not done away with here, either. That table came down, and the believers ate at it. When they entered the room, they found a table all ready for them. They found a table sent down from the Presence of God. If a table comes down from the sky, so will angels and human beings. In other words, Jesus the Messiah (pbuh) will also come down. That sign appears in order to show how reasonable the coming of Jesus the Messiah is. He says, “Send down a table.” If a table comes down, so can a person, insha’Allah. “God said, ‘I will send it down to you but if anyone among you is unbeliever after that, I will punish him with a punishment the like of which I will not inflict on anyone else in all the worlds’!”

 “I will send it down to you.” So the table has come down. The meaning of the verse is explicit. It came down as a miracle. “but if anyone among you is unbeliever after that, I will punish him with a punishment the like of which I will not inflict on anyone else in all the worlds’!” Who was unbeliever? Judas Iscariot. He betrayed Jesus the Messiah. So Almighty God will inflict a terrible punishment on him, as the verse says. “And when God says, ‘Jesus son of Maryam! Did you say to people, “Take me and my mother as gods besides God?”  In other words, did you tell people of belief in the Trinity? Jesus the Messiah (pbuh) says, “Glory be to You,” to Almighty God. “It is not for me to say what I have no right to say!” This is not something a Muslim could say, he means. He says he would never do that. “If I had said it, then You would have known it.” This would be known, it would be known in destiny. “You know what is in my self but I do not know what is in Your Self.”  In other words, he is saying, “O Lord, you are asking me even though You already know.” You are the Knower of all unseen things.” He is emphasizing the might and power of God. “You are the Knower of all unseen things,” says Jesus the Messiah (pbuh). “I said to them nothing but what You ordered me to say: ‘Worship God, my Lord and your Lord’.” The Gospel says the same thing. Look; “Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.” I was a witness against them as long as I remained among them, but when You took me back to You, You were the One watching over them. You are Witness of all things.” In other words, when you took me into Your Presence, You were the witness, the observer. “If You punish them, they are Your servants. If you forgive them, You are the Almighty, the All-Wise.” He is stressing the forgiving aspect of Almighty God. The verse is hinting that they will be forgiven, insha’Allah. When they see the truth and renounce their earlier ways they will be forgiven. “God will say, ‘This is the Day when the sincerity of the sincere will benefit them’.” What comes from their telling the truth? It benefits them. They attain God’s approval, a lightness descends on them and their paradise is broadened. “They will have Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever and ever.” Look, were it not for the seas, the adornment of Istanbul, that adornment would largely vanish. Much of its natural beauty would be lost, in other words. That is why Almighty God says, “They will have Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever and ever.” What is it that Muslims strive for? For God’s approval. What does God say? “God is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him.” What does that mean? They are pleased with one another.  “The kingdom of the heavens and the earth and everything in them belongs to God. He has power over all things.”

Nobody can stand up and say these things are his. According to the Qur’an, people can only be temporarily entrusted with things. “He has power over all things.” It is God Who grants the ability to speak and walk.

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