April 16, 2023
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Yusha Evans Lecture – They Will Laugh At You! [Emotional Video]


This Surah invites the people to accept and follow the Message of the Prophet Muhammad; the whole Surah revolves round this theme. According to an authentic tradition related by Urwah bin Zubair, Sayyiduna Umar, who had embraced Islam by that time, said, “This Surah was revealed in my presence and I observed the state of the Prophet during its revelation. When the revelation ended, the Prophet remarked, ‘On this occasion ten such verses have been sent down to me that the one who measures up to them will most surely go to paradise.’ Then he recited the first ten verses of this Surah.”

رَبَّنَاۤ اَخۡرِجۡنَا مِنۡهَا فَاِنۡ عُدۡنَا فَاِنَّا ظٰلِمُوۡنَ‏
(23:107) Our Lord! Take us out of this ˹Fire˺. Then if we ever return ˹to denial˺, we will truly be wrongdoers.”


قَالَ اخۡسَـُٔـوۡا فِيۡهَا وَلَا تُكَلِّمُوۡنِ
(23:108) Allah will respond, “Be despised in there! Do not ˹ever˺ plead with Me ˹again˺!


اِنَّهٗ كَانَ فَرِيۡقٌ مِّنۡ عِبَادِىۡ يَقُوۡلُوۡنَ رَبَّنَاۤ اٰمَنَّا فَاغۡفِرۡ لَـنَا وَارۡحَمۡنَا وَاَنۡتَ خَيۡرُ الرّٰحِمِيۡنَ
(23:109) Indeed, there was a group of My servants who used to pray, ‘Our Lord! We have believed, so forgive us and have mercy on us, for You are the best of those who show mercy,’


فَاتَّخَذۡتُمُوۡهُمۡ سِخۡرِيًّا حَتّٰٓى اَنۡسَوۡكُمۡ ذِكۡرِىۡ وَكُنۡتُمۡ مِّنۡهُمۡ تَضۡحَكُوۡنَ
(23:110) but you were ˹so busy˺ making fun of them that it made you forget My remembrance. And you used to laugh at them.


اِنِّىۡ جَزَيۡتُهُمُ الۡيَوۡمَ بِمَا صَبَرُوۡۤا ۙ اَنَّهُمۡ هُمُ الۡفَآئِزُوۡنَ‏
(23:111) Today I have indeed rewarded them for their perseverance: they are certainly the triumphant.”

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