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Juz’ 14 – The God of Creation

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Hijr [15]:1 to Al-Nahl [16]:128.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) Satan’s rebellion after Adam’s creation; (2) consequences of disbelief; (3) God as Creator and Sustainer; (3) a defense of Muhammad’s (pbuh) gift of prophecy; (4) resurrection and judgment; (5) God’s revelation in nature; and (6) the blessings of God.

 

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

The ayat I have chosen for today laud nature as a solid sign of the existence of God.

“And your Lord inspired the bee, saying, ‘Build yourselves houses in the mountains and trees and what people construct. Then feed on all kinds of fruit and follow the ways made easy for you by our Lord.’ From their bellies come a drink of different colors in which there is healing for people. There truly is a sign in this for those who think.” (Al-Nahl [16]:68-69)

 

The entire surah is named “the bee” (Al-Nahl) in honor of these beautiful ayat. The surah itself addresses those who wish to add God to their other idols and reminds them that God demands unrivaled loyalty. Since there is no god but God, there can be no compromise when it comes to giving Him our allegiance.

These ayat also demonstrate how certain aspects of God’s creation illustrate His care for humans. Anyone who reflects on the miracles contained in nature is forced to declare like David in the Zabur, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” (Psalm 14:1) Elsewhere in Scripture, we read about the dire consequences experienced by those who consciously reject God’s signs in nature.

 

Listen: 

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Divinity, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:18-21)

Prayer:

In the name of God the Merciful and Compassionate, I thank You for revealing Yourself to me in Your Works of creation. Forgive me for the times I’ve taken Your Works for granted. May my mind always be in awe of Your Majesty and may my worship forever be directed to You. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.