Harun Yahya

Living in Accordance with the Qur'an 7/9



Keeping in Mind That Believers Are Responsible for Protecting All Believers



Those who believe and have migrated and strived with their wealth and themselves in the Way of God, and those who have given refuge and help, they are the friends and protectors of one another. But as for those who believe but have not migrated, you are not in any way responsible for their protection until they migrate. But if they ask you for help in respect of the religion, it is your duty to help them, except against people you have a treaty with. God sees what you do. (Surat al-Anfal, 72)

Those who disbelieve are the friends and protectors of one another. If you do not act in this way there will be turmoil in the land and great corruption. (Surat al-Anfal, 73)

Those who believe and have migrated and strived in the Way of God and those who have given refuge and help, they are the true believers. They will have forgiveness and generous provision. (Surat al-Anfal, 74)

And take the believers who follow you under your wing. (Surat ash- Shu`ara’, 215)

(Booty is also) for the poor of the emigrants who were driven from their homes and wealth desiring the favour and the pleasure of God and supporting God and His Messenger. Such people are the truly sincere. (Surat al-Hashr, 8)

Those who were already settled in the abode (Madina), and in faith, before they came, love those who have migrated to them and do not find in their hearts any need for what they have been given and prefer them to themselves even if they themselves are needy. It is the people who are safe-guarded from the avarice of their own selves who are successful. (Surat al-Hashr, 9)

Those of you possessing affluence and ample wealth should not make oaths that they will not give to their relatives and the very poor and those who have migrated in the way of God. They should rather pardon and overlook. Would you not love God to forgive you? God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat an-Nur, 22)

They give food, despite their love for it, to the poor and orphans and captives. (Believers say,) ‘We feed you only out of desire for the Face of God. We do not want any repayment from you or any thanks.’ Truly We fear from our Lord a glowering, calamitous Day.´ (Surat al-Insan, 8-10)

It is not devoutness to turn your faces to the East or to the West. Rather, those with true devoutness are those who believe in God and the Last Day, the Angels, the Book and the Prophets, and who, despite their love for it, give away their wealth to their relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to travellers and beggars and to set slaves free, and who perform prayer and give the alms; those who honour their contracts when they make them, and are steadfast in poverty and illness and in battle. Those are the people who are true. They are the people who guard against evil. (Surat al-Baqarah, 177)

Muhammad is the Messenger of God, and those who are with him are fierce to the disbelievers, merciful to one another. You see them bowing and prostrating, seeking God’s good favour and His pleasure…(Surat al-Fath, 29)

What reason could you have for not fighting in the Way of God–for those men, women and children who are oppressed and say, ‘Our Lord, take us out of this city whose inhabitants are wrongdoers! Give us a protector from You! Give us a helper from You!’? (Surat an-Nisa’, 75)

Do not chase away those who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking His Face. Their reckoning is in no way your responsibility and your reckoning is in no way their responsibility. Indeed if you did chase them away, you would be among the wrongdoers. (Surat al-An’am, 52)

You who believe! When women who believe come to you as emigrants, submit them to a test. God has best knowledge of their faith. If you know they are believers, do not return them to the disbelievers. They are not lawful for the disbelievers nor are the disbelievers lawful for them…(Surat al-Mumtahinah, 10)

Hold fast to the rope of God all together, and do not separate. Remember God’s blessing to you when you were enemies and He joined your hearts together so that you became brothers by His blessing. You were on the very brink of a pit of the Fire and He rescued you from it. in this way God makes His Signs clear to you, so that hopefully you will be guided. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 103)

Those who believe and migrate later on and accompany you in striving, they also are of your number…(Surat al-Anfal, 75)

Your friend is only God and His Messenger and those who believe: those who perform prayer and give the alms, and bow. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 55)

But if they repent and perform prayer and give the alms, they are your brothers in the religion…(Surat at-Tawba, 11)

The men and women of the believers are friends of one another. They command what is right and forbid what is wrong, and perform prayer and give the alms, and obey God and His Messenger. They are the people on whom God will have mercy. God is Almighty, All-Wise. (Surat at-Tawba, 71)

(Believers are) those who, when they are wronged, defend themselves. (Surat ash-Shura, 39)

A Messenger has come to you from among yourselves. Your suffering is distressing to him; he is deeply concerned for you; he is gentle and merciful to the believers. (Surat at-Tawba,128)

The believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and have fear of God so that hopefully you will gain mercy. (Surat al-Hujurat, 10)

The believers should not take disbelievers as friends rather than believers. Anyone who does that has nothing to do with God at all–unless it is because you are afraid of them. God advises you to be afraid of Him. God is the final destination. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 28)

Not Feeling Sorry for the Things We Have Lost or Becoming Spoiled by the Blessings Bestowed Upon Us



Nothing occurs, either in the earth or in yourselves, without its being in a Book before We make it happen. That is something easy for God. That is so that you will not be grieved about the things that pass you by or exult about the things that come to you. God does not love any vain or boastful man. (Surat al-Hadid, 22-23)

Remember when you were scrambling up the slope, refusing to turn back for anyone, and the Messenger was calling to you from the rear. God rewarded you with one distress in return for another so you would not feel grief for what escaped you or what assailed you. God is aware of what you do. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 153)

When they forgot what they had been reminded of, We opened up for them the doors to everything, until, when they were exulting in what they had been given, We suddenly seized them and at once they were in despair. (Surat al-An’am, 44)

Do not be like those who left their homes in arrogance, showing off to people and barring them from the way of God–God encompasses what they do. (Surat al-Anfal, 47)

But if We let him taste blessings after hardship has afflicted him, he says, ‘My troubles have gone away,’ and he is overjoyed, boastful. (Surah Hud, 10)

´Do not run away! Return to the life of luxury you enjoyed and to the places where you lived, so that you can be interrogated!´ (Surat al-Anbiya’, 13)

How many cities We have destroyed which lived in insolent ingratitude! There are their houses, never again inhabited after them, except a little. It was We who were their Heir. (Surat al-Qasas, 58)

Qarun was one of the people of Musa but he lorded it over them. We gave him treasures, the keys alone to which were a heavy weight for a party of strong men. When his people said to him, ‘Do not gloat. God does not love people who gloat.’ (Surat al-Qasas, 76)

We never sent a warner into any city without the affluent people in it saying, ‘We reject what you have been sent with.’ (Surah Saba’, 34)

(Disbelievers will be told,) ‘That is because you exulted on the earth, without any right to do so; and strutted about.’ (Surah Ghafir, 75)

Similarly We never sent any warner before you to any city without the affluent among them saying, ‘We found our fathers following a religion and we are simply following in their footsteps.’ (Surat az-Zukhruf, 23)

Not Rubbing a Past Favor in a Person’s Face



Those who spend their wealth in the Way of God, and then do not follow what they have spent by demands for gratitude or insulting words will have their reward with their Lord. They will feel no fear and will know no sorrow. (Surat al-Baqarah, 262)

Correct and courteous words accompanied by forgiveness are better than charity followed by insulting words. God is Rich Beyond Need, All-Forbearing. (Surat al-Baqarah, 263)

You who believe! Do not nullify your charity by demands for gratitude or insulting words, like him who spends his wealth, showing off to people and not believing in God and the Last Day. His likeness is that of a smooth rock coated with soil, which, when heavy rain falls on it, is left stripped bare. They have no power over anything they have earned. God does not guide disbelieving people. the metaphor of those who spend their wealth, desiring the pleasure of God and firmness for themselves, is that of a garden on a hillside. When heavy rain falls on it, it doubles its produce; and if heavy rain does not fall, there is dew. God sees what you do. (Surat al-Baqarah, 264-265)

Do not give out of a desire for gain. (Surat al-Mudathir, 6)

Making Room for Others in Mosques and Meetings



You who believe! When you are told: ‘Make room in the gathering,’ then make room and God will make room for you! and when it is said, ‘Get up’, get up. God will raise in rank those of you who believe and those who have been given knowledge. God is aware of what you do. (Surat al-Mujadilah, 11)

You who believe! Do not enter houses other than your own until you have asked permission and greeted their inhabitants. That is better for you, so that hopefully you will pay heed. If you find no one in the house, enter not until permission is given to you: if you are asked to go back, go back: that makes for greater purity for yourselves: and God knows well all that you do. (Surat an-Nur, 27-28)

Being Conscientious About Sleep; Not Sleeping More Than Needed



The part of the night they spent asleep was small. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 11)

Eagerly Obeying God, His Commandments and Messengers



You who believe! Obey God and His Messenger. and do not turn away from him when you are able to hear. (Surat al-Anfal, 20)

When God and His Messenger have decided something it is not for any man or woman of the believers to have a choice about it. Anyone who disobeys God and His Messenger is clearly misguided. (Surat al-Ahzab, 36)

We sent no Messenger except to be obeyed by God’s permission. If only when they wronged themselves they had come to you and asked God’s forgiveness and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them they would have found God Ever-Returning, Most Merciful. (Surat an-Nisa’, 64)

Whoever obeys the Messenger has obeyed God. If anyone turns away, we did not send you to them as their keeper. (Surat an-Nisa’, 80)

They will ask you about booty. Say: ‘Booty belongs to God and the Messenger. So have fear of God and put things right between you. Obey God and His Messenger if you are believers.’ (Surat al-Anfal, 1)

Obey God and His Messenger and do not quarrel among yourselves lest you lose heart and your momentum disappear. and be steadfast. God is with the steadfast. (Surat al-Anfal, 46)

Ibrahim was a community in himself, exemplary, obedient to God, a man of pure natural belief. He was not one of the idolaters. (Surat an-Nahl, 120)

They say, ‘We believe in God and in the Messenger and we obey.’ Then after that a group of them turn away. Such people are not believers. (Surat an-Nur, 47)

The reply of the believers when they are summoned to God and His Messenger so that he can judge between them, is to say, ‘We hear and we obey.’ They are ones who are successful. (Surat an-Nur, 51)

(The angels said,) ‘Maryam, obey your Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow.’ (Surah Al ‘Imran, 43)

These are God’s limits. As for those who obey God and His Messenger, We will admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever. That is the Great Victory. (Surat an-Nisa’, 13)

All who obey God and His Messenger and have awe of God and fear of Him, they are the ones who are victorious. (Surat an-Nur, 52)

Men and women who are Muslims, men and women who are believers, men and women who are obedient, men and women who are truthful, men and women who are steadfast, men and women who are humble, men and women who give charity, men and women who fast, men and women who guard their chastity, men and women who remember God much: God has prepared forgiveness for them and an immense reward. (Surat al-Ahzab, 35)

They will say on the Day their faces are rolled over in the Fire, ‘If only we had obeyed God and obeyed the Messenger!’ (Surat al-Ahzab, 66)

There is no constraint on the blind, nor on the lame, nor on the sick. We will admit all who obey God and His Messenger into Gardens with rivers flowing under them. But We will punish with a painful punishment anyone who turns his back. (Surat al-Fath, 17)

The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. Each one believes in God and His angels and His Books and His Messengers. We do not differentiate between any of His Messengers. They say, ‘We hear and we obey. Forgive us, our Lord! You are our journey’s end.’ (Surat al-Baqarah, 285)

Say, ‘If you love God, then follow me and God will love you and forgive you for your wrong actions. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’ (Surah Al ‘Imran, 31)

Some of the Jews distort the true meaning of words, saying, ‘We hear and disobey,’ and ‘Listen without listening,’ and ‘Listen to us!’ twisting them with their tongues, disparaging the religion. If they had said, ‘We hear and we obey,’ and ‘Listen,’ and, ‘Look at us!’ that would have been better for them and more upright. But God has cursed them for their disbelief. Very few of them believe. (Surat an-Nisa’, 46)

Perform prayer and give the alms and obey the Messenger so that hopefully mercy will be shown to you. (Surat an-Nur, 56)

So have fear of God, as much as you are able to, and listen and obey and spend for your own benefit. It is the people who are safe-guarded from the avarice of their own selves who are successful. (Surat at-Taghabun, 16)

Obey God and the Messenger so that hopefully you will gain mercy. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 132)

Men have charge of women because God has preferred the one above the other and because they spend their wealth on them. Right-acting women are obedient (to God), guarding the unseen as God has guarded…(Surat an-Nisa’ 34)

Whoever obeys God and the Messenger will be with those whom God has blessed: the Prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. What excellent company such people are! (Surat an-Nisa’, 69)

The men and women of the believers are friends of one another. They command what is right and forbid what is wrong, and perform prayer and give the alms, and obey God and His Messenger. They are the people on whom God will have mercy. God is Almighty, All-Wise. (Surat at-Tawba, 71)

Say: ‘Obey God and obey the Messenger. Then if they turn away he is only responsible for what he is charged with and you are responsible for what you are charged with. If you obey him, you will be guided.’ the Messenger is only responsible for clear transmission. (Surat an-Nur, 54)

The desert Arabs say, ‘We believe.’ Say: ‘You do not believe. Say rather, “We have become Muslim,” for faith has not yet entered into your hearts. If you obey God and His Messenger, He will not undervalue your actions in any way. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’ (Surat al-Hujurat, 14)

You who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger and those in command among you. If you have a dispute about something, refer it back to God and the Messenger, if you believe in God and the Last Day. That is the best thing to do and gives the best result. (Surat an-Nisa’, 59)

Remember God’s blessing to you and the covenant He made with you when you said, ‘We hear and we obey.’ Have fear of God. God knows what the heart contains. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 7)

You who believe! Obey God and His Messenger. and do not turn away from him when you are able to hear. (Surat al-Anfal, 20)

He will put your actions right for you and forgive you your wrong deeds. All who obey God and His Messenger have won a mighty victory. (Surat al-Ahzab, 71)

You who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger. Do not make your actions of no worth. (Surah Muhammad, 33)

Obey God and obey the Messenger. But if you turn your backs, the Messenger is only responsible for clear transmission. (Surat at-Taghabun, 12)

Refraining from Any Turbulent Tone or Behavior and Corruption



My people! Give full measure and full weight with justice; do not diminish people’s goods; and do not go about the earth, corrupting it. (Surah Hud, 85)

And when Musa was looking for water for his people, We said, ‘Strike the rock with your staff.’ Then twelve fountains gushed out from it and all the people knew their drinking place. ‘Eat and drink of God’s provision and do not go about the earth corrupting it.’ (Surat al-Baqarah, 60)

Would that there had been more people with a vestige of good among the generations of those who came before you, who forbade corruption in the earth, other than the few among them whom We saved. Those who did wrong gladly pursued the life of luxury that they were given and were evildoers. (Surah Hud, 116)

Those who break God’s contract after it has been agreed, and sever what God has commanded to be joined, and cause corruption on the earth, it is they who are the lost. (Surat al-Baqarah, 27)

When he leaves you, he goes about the earth corrupting it, destroying crops and animals. God does not love corruption. (Surat al-Baqarah, 205)

(God makes the Signs clear to you, so that hopefully you will reflect) on this world and the hereafter. They will ask you about the property of orphans. Say, ‘Managing it in their best interests is best.’ If you mix your property with theirs, they are your brothers. God knows a squanderer from a good manager. If God had wanted, He could have been hard on you. God is Almighty, All-Wise. (Surat al-Baqarah, 220)

Do not corrupt the earth after it has been put right. Call on Him fearfully and eagerly. God’s mercy is close to the good-doers. (Surat al-A’raf, 56)

Do not lie in wait on every pathway, threatening people, barring those who believe from the Way of God, seeking in it something crooked. Remember when you were few and He increased your number: see the final fate of the corrupters! (Surat al-A’raf, 86)

Would We make those who believe and do right actions the same as those who cause corruption on the earth? Would We make those who guard against evil the same as the dissolute? (Surah Sad, 28)

Do not diminish people’s goods and do not go about the earth, corrupting it. (Surat ash- Shu`ara’, 183)

(His people said to Qarun,) ‘Seek the abode of the hereafter with what God has given you, without forgetting your portion of this world. and do good as God has been good to you. and do not seek to cause corruption in the earth. God does not love corrupters.’ (Surat al-Qasas, 77)

That abode of the hereafter–We grant it to those who do not seek to exalt themselves in the earth or to cause corruption in it. the successful outcome is for those who guard against evil. (Surat al-Qasas, 83)

We set aside thirty nights for Musa and then completed them with ten, so the appointed time of his Lord was forty nights in all. Musa said to his brother Harun, ‘Take my place among my people. Keep order and do not follow the way of the corrupters.’ (Surat al-A’raf, 142)

Those who disbelieve are the friends and protectors of one another. If you do not act in this way there will be turmoil in the land and great corruption. (Surat al-Anfal, 73)

Among them there are some who believe in it and some who do not. Your Lord best knows the corrupters. (Surah Yunus, 40)

When they had thrown, Musa said, ‘What you have brought is magic. God will certainly prove it false. God does not uphold the actions of corrupters.’ (Surah Yunus, 81)

But as for those who break God’s contract after it has been agreed and sever what God has commanded to be joined, and cause corruption in the earth, the curse will be upon them. They will have the Evil Abode. (Surat ar-Ra`d, 25)

As for those who disbelieved and barred access to the way of God, We will heap punishment on top of their punishment because of the corruption they brought about. (Surat an-Nahl, 88)

Not Sending a Believer Away



Do not chase away those who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking His Face. Their reckoning is in no way your responsibility and your reckoning is in no way their responsibility. Indeed if you did chase them away, you would be among the wrongdoers. (Surat al-An’am, 52)

(Nuh said,) ‘I am not going to chase away the believers.’ (Surat ash- Shu`ara’, 114)

(Nuh said,) ‘My people! I do not ask you for any wealth for it. My wage is the responsibility of God alone. I will not chase away those who believe. They are surely going to meet their Lord. However, I see you as ignorant people.’ (Surah Hud, 29)

Being Loyal to God, the Qur’an and Muslims



The believers are only those who have believed in God and His Messenger and then have had no doubt and have strived with their wealth and themselves in the Way of God. They are the ones who are true to their word. (Surat al-Hujurat, 15)

So that God might recompense the truthful for their truth and punish the hypocrites, if He wills, or turn towards them. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat al-Ahzab, 24)

Men and women who are Muslims, men and women who are believers, men and women who are obedient, men and women who are truthful, men and women who are steadfast, men and women who are humble, men and women who give charity, men and women who fast, men and women who guard their chastity, men and women who remember God much: God has prepared forgiveness for them and an immense reward. (Surat al-Ahzab, 35)

It (booty) is for the poor of the emigrants who were driven from their homes and wealth desiring the favour and the pleasure of God and supporting God and His Messenger. Such people are the truly sincere. (Surat al-Hashr, 8)

Being Consistent in Good Moral Behavior and Benevolent Services



Wealth and sons are the embellishment of the life of this world. But, in your Lord’s Sight, right actions which are lasting bring a better reward and are a better basis for hope. (Surat al-Kahf, 46)

Taking Safety Measures As a Form of Worship Told in the Qur’an



That was the situation when we woke them up so they could question one another. One of them asked, ‘How long have you been here?’ They replied, ‘We have been here for a day or part of a day.’ They said, ‘Your Lord knows best how long you have been here. Send one of your number into the city with this silver you have, so he can see which food is purest and bring you some of it to eat. But he should go about with caution so that no one is aware of you,’ (Surat al-Kahf, 19)

You who believe! Take all necessary precautions, then go out to fight in separate groups or go out as one body. (Surat an-Nisa’, 71)

When you are with them and leading them in prayer, a group of them should stand with you, keeping hold of their weapons. When they prostrate, the others should guard your backs. Then the other group who have not yet prayed should come and pray with you. They too should be careful and keep hold of their weapons. Those who disbelieve would like you to be negligent of your arms and equipment so that they can swoop down on you once and for all. There is nothing wrong, if you are bothered by rain or you are ill, in laying your weapons down; but take every precaution. God has prepared a humiliating punishment for the disbelievers. (Surat an-Nisa’, 102)

He (Ya‘qub) said, ‘My sons! You must not enter through a single gate. Go in through different gates. But I cannot save you from God at all, for judgement comes from no one but God. in Him I put my trust, and let all those who put their trust, put it in Him alone.’ (Surah Yusuf, 67)

Casting Evil Away in the Best Way



A good action and a bad action are not the same. Repel the bad with something better and, if there is enmity between you and someone else, he will be like a bosom friend. (Surah Fussilat, 34)

Overcome evil with good- We are well aware of what they are saying. (Surat al-Mu’minun, 96)

They will be given their reward twice over because they have been steadfast and because they ward off the bad with the good and give from what we have provided for them. (Surat al-Qasas, 54)

Even if you do raise your hand against me to kill me, I am not going to raise my hand against you to kill you. Truly I fear God, the Lord of all the worlds. (One of Adam’s two sons said to the other,) ‘I want you to take on both my wrongdoing and your wrongdoing and so become one of the Companions of the Fire. That is the repayment of the wrongdoers.’ (Surat al-Ma’idah, 28-29)

Aiming for the Highest of Morals in One’s Attitude and Behaviors



Those believers who stay behind–other than those forced to by necessity–are not the same as those who strive in the Way of God, sacrificing their wealth and themselves. God has given those who strive with their wealth and themselves a higher rank than those who stay behind. God has promised the Best to both, but God has preferred those who strive over those who stay behind by an immense reward. (Surat an-Nisa’, 95)

And how is it with you that you do not give in the Way of God, when the inheritance of the heavens and the earth belongs to God? Those of you who gave and fought before the Victory are not the same as those who gave and fought afterwards. They are higher in rank. But to each of them God has promised the Best. God is aware of what you do. (Surat al-Hadid, 10)

Do you make the giving of water to the pilgrims and looking after the Sacred Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) the same as believing in God and the Last Day and striving in the Way of God? They are not equal in the Sight of God. God does not guide wrongdoing people. (Surat at-Tawba, 19)

He Who created death and life to test which of you is best in action. He is the Almighty, the Ever-Forgiving. (Surat al-Mulk, 2)

We did not create the heavens and earth and everything between them, except with truth. the Hour is certainly coming, so turn away graciously. (Surat al-Hijr, 85)

Indeed you are truly vast in character. (Surat al-Qalam, 4)

Those who listen well to what is said and follow the best of it, they are the ones whom God has guided, they are the people of intelligence. (Surat az-Zumar, 18)

The heedful will be among Gardens and Fountains, receiving what their Lord has given them. Certainly before that they were good-doers. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 15-16)

Those who believe and do right actions and perform prayer and give the alms, will have their reward with their Lord. They will feel no fear and will know no sorrow. (Surat al-Baqarah, 277)

Refraining from Using Unpleasant Nicknames



You who believe! People should not ridicule others who may be better than themselves; nor should any women ridicule other women who may be better than themselves. and do not find fault with one another or insult each other with derogatory nicknames. How evil it is to have a name for evil conduct after coming to faith! Those people who do not turn from it are wrongdoers. (Surat al-Hujurat, 11)

Being Rational and Serious Where Religion Is Concerned; Being Aware of the Fact That Religion Is Not a Subject of Entertainment



Abandon those who have turned their religion into a game and a diversion and who have been deluded by the life of this world. Remind by it lest a person is delivered up to destruction for what he has earned with no protector or intercessor besides God. Were he to offer every kind of compensation, it would not be accepted from him. Such people are delivered up to destruction for what they have earned. They will have scalding water to drink and a painful punishment because they disbelieved. (Surat al-An’am, 70)

... Do not make a mockery of God’s Signs. Remember God’s blessing to you and the Book and Wisdom He has sent down to you to admonish you. Have fear of God and know that God has knowledge of all things. (Surat al-Baqarah, 231)

Never does a new reminder come to them from their Lord but they listen to it playful amusement. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 2)

Surely this [Qur’an] is a decisive word, it’s not a joke. (Surat at-Tariq, 13-14)

We never created the heavens and the earth and all that is between just for fun. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 16)

(Companions of the Garden will say, ‘Disbelievers are) those who took their religion as a diversion and a game, and were deluded by the life of this world.’ Today We will forget them just as they forgot the encounter of this Day and denied Our Signs. (Surat al-A’raf, 51)

We did not create the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them for play. (Surat ad-Dukhan, 38)

When you call to prayer they make a mockery and a game of it. That is because they are people who do not use their intellect. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 58)

If We had desired to have some amusement, We would have derived it from Our Presence, if such had been Our will. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 17)

Leaving Any Place Where There Are Those Who Expressively Reject the Verses of God and Make Light of Religion



When you see people engrossed in mockery of Our Signs, turn from them until they start to talk of other things. and if Satan should ever cause you to forget, once you remember, do not stay sitting with the wrongdoers. (Surat al-An’am, 68)

It has been sent down to you in the Book that when you hear God’s Signs being rejected and mocked at by people, you must not sit with them till they start talking of other things. If you do you are just the same as them. God will gather all the hypocrites and disbelievers into Hell. (Surat an-Nisa’, 140)

Treating Parents Well and Taking Great Care of Them in Their Elderly Years



We have instructed man to be good to his parents. His mother bore him with difficulty and with difficulty gave birth to him; and his bearing and weaning take thirty months. Then when he achieves his full strength and reaches forty, he says, ‘My Lord, keep me thankful for the blessing You bestowed on me and on my parents, and keep me acting rightly, pleasing You. and make my descendants righteous. I have repented to You and I am truly one of the Muslims.’ (Surat al-Ahqaf, 15)

Your Lord has decreed that you should worship none but Him, and that you should show kindness to your parents. Whether one or both of them reach old age with you, do not say ‘Ugh!’ to them out of irritation and do not be harsh with them but speak to them with gentleness and generosity. Take them under your wing, out of mercy, with due humility and say: ‘Lord, show mercy to them as they did in looking after me when I was small.’ (Surat al-Isra’, 23-24)

We have instructed man concerning his parents. Bearing him caused his mother great debility and the period of his weaning was two years: ‘Give thanks to Me and to your parents. I am your final destination.’ (Surah Luqman, 14)

We have instructed man to honour his parents, but if they endeavour to make you associate with Me something about which you have no knowledge, do not obey them. It is to Me you will return and I will inform you about the things you did. (Surat al-Anqabut, 8)

They will ask you what they should give away. Say, ‘Any wealth you give away should go to your parents and relatives and to orphans and the very poor and travellers.’ Whatever good you do, God knows it. (Surat al-Baqarah, 215)

Worship God and do not associate anything with Him. Be good to your parents and relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to neighbours who are related to you and neighbours who are not related to you, and to companions and travellers and your slaves. God does not love anyone vain or boastful. (Surat an-Nisa’, 36)

Say: ‘Come and I will recite to you what your Lord has made forbidden for you’: that you do not associate anything with Him; that you are good to your parents; that you do not kill your children because of poverty–We will provide for you and them; that you do not approach indecency–outward or inward; that you do not kill any person God has made inviolate–except with the right to) do so. That is what He instructs you to do so that hopefully you will use your intellect. (Surat al-An’am, 151)

Remember when We made a covenant with the tribe of Israel: ‘Worship none but God and be good to your parents and to relatives and orphans and the very poor. and speak good words to people. and perform prayer and give the alms.’ But then you turned away–except a few of you–you turned aside. (Surat al-Baqarah, 83)

Treating Orphans Well and Being Meticulous About Their Rights



(God makes the Signs clear to you, so that hopefully you will reflect) on this world and the hereafter. They will ask you about the property of orphans. Say, ‘Managing it in their best interests is best.’ If you mix your property with theirs, they are your brothers…(Surat al-Baqarah, 220)

And your Lord will give you and you will be pleased. Did He not find you orphaned and shelter you? Did He not find you wandering and guide you? Did He not find you impoverished and enrich you? So as for orphans, do not oppress them. (Surat ad-Dhuha, 5-9)

Have you seen him who denies the religion? He is the one who harshly rebuffs the orphan and does not urge the feeding of the poor. (Surat al-Ma’un, 1-3)

Remember when We made a covenant with the tribe of Israel: ‘Worship none but God and be good to your parents and to relatives and orphans and the very poor. and speak good words to people. and perform prayer and give the alms.’ But then you turned away–except a few of you–you turned aside. (Surat al-Baqarah, 83)

People who consume the property of orphans wrongfully consume nothing in their bellies except fire. They will roast in a Searing Blaze. (Surat an-Nisa’, 10)

If other relatives or orphans or poor people attend the sharing-out, provide for them out of it and speak to them correctly and courteously. (Surat an-Nisa’, 8)

Worship God and do not associate anything with Him. Be good to your parents and relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to neighbours who are related to you and neighbours who are not related to you, and to companions and travellers and your slaves. God does not love anyone vain or boastful. (Surat an-Nisa’, 36)

Give orphans their property, and do not substitute bad things for good. Do not assimilate their property into your own. Doing that is a serious crime. (Surat an, Nisa’, 2)

And that you do not go near the property of orphans before they reach maturity–except in a good way; that you give full measure and full weight with justice–We impose on no self any more than it can bear; that you are equitable when you speak–even if a near relative is concerned; and that you fulfil God’s contract. That is what He instructs you to do, so that hopefully you will pay heed. (Surat al-An’am, 152)

Do not go near the property of orphans before they reach maturity, except in a good way. Fulfil your contracts. Contracts will be asked about. (Surat al-Isra’, 34)

Encouraging People to Feed the Poor



No indeed! You do not honour orphans nor do you urge the feeding of the poor. (Surat al-Fajr, 17-18)

Nor encouraged the feeding of the poor. Therefore here today he has no friend. (Surat al-Haqqah, 34-35)

Have you seen him who denies the religion? He is the one who harshly rebuffs the orphan and does not urge the feeding of the poor. (Surat al-Ma’un, 1-3)

‘What drove you to the Scorching Fire?’ They will say, ‘We were not among those who performed prayer and we did not feed the poor.’ (Surat al-Mudathir, 42-44)

…They will come to you on foot and on every sort of lean animal, coming by every distant road so that they can be present at what will profit them and invoke God’s name on specific days over livestock He has provided for them. Eat of them and feed those who are poor and in need. (Surat al-Hajj, 28)

They give food, despite their love for it, to the poor and orphans and captives. (Surat al-Insan, 8)

If other relatives or orphans or poor people attend the sharing-out (of what one leaves), provide for them out of it and speak to them correctly and courteously. (Surat an-Nisa’, 8)

Give your relatives their due, and the very poor and travellers but do not squander what you have. (Surat al-Isra’, 26)

Not Rebuking Those Who Beg of Their Own Accord



And as for beggars, do not berate them. (Surat ad-Dhuha, 10)

Refraining from Showing Off to Others and Pleading with People When Helping Others



You who believe! Do not nullify your charity by demands for gratitude or insulting words, like him who spends his wealth, showing off to people and not believing in God and the Last Day. His likeness is that of a smooth rock coated with soil, which, when heavy rain falls on it, is left stripped bare. They have no power over anything they have earned. God does not guide disbelieving people. (Surat al-Baqarah, 264)

Those who spend their wealth in the Way of God, and then do not follow what they have spent by demands for gratitude or insulting words will have their reward with their Lord. They will feel no fear and will know no sorrow. (Surat al-Baqarah, 262)

And (We have prepared a humiliating punishment) also for those who spend their wealth to show off to people, not believing in God and the Last Day. Anyone who has made Satan his comrade, what an evil comrade he is! (Surat an-Nisa’, 38)

They give food, despite their love for it, to the poor and orphans and captives. (Believers say,) ‘We feed you only out of desire for the Face of God. We do not want any repayment from you or any thanks.’ (Surat al-Insan, 8-10)

The metaphor of those who spend their wealth, desiring the pleasure of God and firmness for themselves, is that of a garden on a hillside. When heavy rain falls on it, it doubles its produce; and if heavy rain does not fall, there is dew. God sees what you do. (Surat al-Baqarah, 265)

Among the desert arabs there are some who regard what they give as an imposition and are waiting for your fortunes to change. the evil turn of fortune will be theirs! God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. and among the desert arabs there are some who believe in God and the Last Day and regard what they give as something which will bring them nearer to God and to the prayers of the Messenger. It does indeed bring them near. God will admit them into His mercy. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat at-Tawba, 98-99)

Say: ‘Whether you give readily or reluctantly, it will not be accepted from you. You are people who are deviators. Nothing prevents what they give from being accepted from them but the fact that they have rejected God and His Messenger, and that they only come to prayer lethargically, and that they only give reluctantly. (Surat at-Tawba, 53-54)

You are not responsible for their guidance, but God guides whoever He wills. Whatever good you give away is to your own benefit, when you give desiring only the Face of God. Whatever good you give away will be repaid to you in full. You will not be wronged. (Surat al-Baqarah, 272)

Give relatives their due, and the poor and travellers. That is best for those who seek the pleasure of God. They are the ones who are successful. (Surat ar-Rum, 38)

 

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