(07-03-2015, 03:25 AM)Thunderian Wrote: Scimitar, I already asked you about this and you told me I was stupid. Thank you for posting all that, but I would prefer someone else explain the context to me.
I know very little about the Quran. I was hoping someone could explain the surah I posted.
Hello and salaamu alaikum and Ramadaan mubaarik to the Muslims,
New here. Was reading other posts in this section and joined so I might give you additional information about the aayah - actually it is an aayah that you posted and not a surah (Scimitar posted the entire surah, jazaakallaahu khair).
Surah could be called a "chapter" and each surah consists of a number of aayah which literally means "signs." as in:
We will show them Our signs (aayaatinaa)
in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness? (Al-Quran 41:53)
Here is some more explanation of the aayah in question:
Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, (This is Muhammad -sallAllaahu `alaihi wasallam)
whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, (meaning his coming was prophesied by the prophets before him (peace be upon them all) and this is mentioned in the earlier scriptures, [whether some Jews/Christians accept that or not.])
who enjoins upon them what is right (meaning Tawheed - Islaamic monotheism and all the good things that it enjoins like dutifulness to parents, kindness to neighbors, giving charity, feeding the poor and helping the travelers, being chaste and all that is good etc...)
and forbids them what is wrong (meaning polytheism or making partners with God in what is rightly His Alone and due to Him Alone and other evil deeds and words )
and makes lawful for them the good things (the early mufassireen (exegetes) said that this refers to certain camels that they used to forbid for themselves – their milk or using them for work)
and prohibits for them the evil (meaning things they would make lawful that God did not make lawful like pig meat and other types of unlawful food and also usury)
and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. (meaning Muhammad came with leniency and the easy, moderate religion where the previous nations had things made difficult for them in their laws.)
and so they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him - it is those who will be the successful. (meaning whoever says “I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah and Muhammad is His Messenger" – with conviction and a pure heart, such a one will be granted a good life in this world and Paradise in the Afterlife.)
source: Hilali, Khan translation of meanings of Qur'aan and Tafseer ibn Katheer.