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Juz’ 5 – A Friend of God

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Nisa’ [4]: 24-147.
The themes discussed in these ayat are: (1) marriage; (2) community relations; (3) prayer; (4) war; (5) murder and manslaughter; and (6) acceptance of Muhammad (pbuh) as a messenger of God.

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

 

The ayat I have chosen elevates Abraham as the paradigm of acceptable religion.

“Who could do better in religion than those who direct themselves wholly to God, do good, and follow the religion of Abraham, who are true in faith? God took Abraham as a friend. It is to God that everything in the heavens and earth belongs. God is fully aware of all things.” (Al-Nisa’ [4]:125-126)

 

What stands out to me is the reminder that the omnipotent God saw Abraham as a “friend.” This is such an important thing to remember at a time when Muslim believers pray for God’s mercy (rahmat). An interesting commentary on Abraham’s faith is recorded in the Injil (New Testament).

 

Listen: 

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son… on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture (tawra) was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”(James 2:14-24, NIV)

 

Prayer:

In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate, I thank You for leading me to the path upon which Your servant Abraham walked; as I follow You on this path, may I demonstrate Your love to others and may You also call me friend. In Your holy name I pray, amen.