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Juz’ 29 – God’s Appointed Time

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Mulk [67]:1 – Al-Mursalat [77]:50.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) God’s ultimate control; (2) defense of Muhammad’s (pbuh) call; (3) the inevitability of judgment; (4) the response to Noah’s ministry; (5) the jinns’ response to the reading of the Qur’an; (6) details of punishment at the judgment; and (7) the reward of the righteous.

 

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

The selected ayat for the day remind us that God’s warning message cannot continue indefinitely.

“We sent Noah to his people: ‘Warn your people, before a painful punishment comes to them.’ And so he said, ‘My people I am here to warn you plainly. Serve God, be mindful of Him, and obey me and He will forgive you your sins and spare you until your appointed time—when God’s appointed time arrives it cannot be postponed. If only you could understand!’” (Nuh [71]:1-4)

 

 

Throughout the Qur’an, we read of God’s relentless quest to save humanity. The pattern throughout history follows a similar script. God sends messengers to invite people to devote their all to him. Some people accept the message. Too many others reject the message and have to face the judgment at His appointed time.

 

The significance of Noah as a messenger cannot be understated. God commissioned him at a time in earth’s history when the world had become so decadent that He had to destroy all but a few. God’s decision to destroy was not arbitrary but followed a period in which he called earth’s citizens to righteousness and offered to cover their sins with His grace. Only after their continuous rejection did He painfully execute his judgment.

 

Faithful believers have a shared responsibility to repeat the message of warning to a conflicted world. Given the absence of any great supernatural sign, some may not feel the urgency to echo God’s warning. However, Isa al-Masih shares the temperament of the world before his future descent.

 

 

Listen:

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)

 

 

Prayer:

In the name of God the Merciful the Compassionate, I thank You for the opportunity to be an ambassador of Your Gracious Love. I plead for Your Spirit to speak to my rebellious friends and loved ones, and others who have not yet responded to Your Grace. May their hearts be turned to You this day. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.