Juz 24 (The Power of Love)

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Zumar [39]:32 to Fussilat [41]:46.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) taking God’s name in vain; (2) the fate of the righteous and the wicked; (3) Moses’ warning and Pharaoh’s rebellion; (4) ungrateful responses to God’s mercies; (5) the surety of God’s judgment; and (6) the reason for an Arabic message of warning.



Ramadan Mubarak.

The selected ayat for the day remind us of the transforming power of love.

“Who speaks better than someone who calls people to God, does what is right, and says, ‘I am one of those devoted to God’? Good and evil cannot be equal. [Prophet], repel evil with what is better and your enemy will become as close as an old and valued friend, but only those who are steadfast in patience, only those who are blessed with righteousness, will attain to such goodness. If a prompting from Satan should stir you, seek refuge with God: He is the All Hearing and the All Knowing.” (Fussilat [41]:33-36)


It is only natural for humans to want revenge when they have been wronged. Many believe that vengeance will give a sense of satisfaction and atone for the violation. However, anyone who has taken matters into her own hands knows that this is far from the truth. Revenge often opens the floodgate to an endless cycle of vengeance that can never be quenched.

Perhaps it is for this very reason that the Prophet (pbuh) reveals the power of good over evil. Those who are devoted to God and blessed with His righteousness may be tempted to avenge their enemies, but the love of God compels them to reach out in kindness and witness how the Power of God can transform human hearts. A similar sentiment is found in the Bible.



“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-21)




In the Name of God the Merciful the Compassionate, I confess that there are times that I feel like taking matters into my own hands when I am insulted, hurt or betrayed. Teach me to treat my enemy with the same love I have experienced from You, and grant me Your Gracious Humility to see him as a friend. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.