Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Surah Al-Isra', Verse 17

وَكَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا مِنَ الْقُرُونِ مِن بَعْدِ نُوحٍ وَكَفَى بِرَبِّكَ بِذُنُوبِ عِبَادِهِ خَبِيرَا بَصِيرًا

{17. And how many generations have We destroyed after Nuh(AS)! And sufficient is your Lord as All-Knower and Seer of the sins of His servants.}

Allah (SWT) warns the people of Quraysh who disbelieved, that He destroyed other nations who came after Nuh (as) that rejected their Messengers. This indicates that during the centuries between Adam (as) and Nuh (as), people were following Islam. Ibn `Abbas ( RA) said: "Between Adam (AS) and Nuh (AS) there were ten  generations, during all of which humans were following Islam.’'

The meaning of the above verse is: "You disbelievers are not more dear to Allah (SWT)  than they were, and you have rejected the most noble of the Messengers and the best of creation, so you are more deserving of punishment.’'

{And sufficient is your Lord as All-Knower and Seer of the sins of His servants} means, He knows everything they do, good and evil, and nothing at all is hidden from Him, may He be glorified and exalted.

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