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Juz’ 7 – Wells of Mercy

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Ma’ida [5]:82 to Al-An‘am [6]:110.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) relating to Jews and Christians; (2) reasons for sacrifice; (3) witnesses to wills; (4) Jesus Divinely authorized ministry; (5) warning and judgment; (6) the resurrection of the dead; and (7) biblical characters who had a special relationship with God.

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

 

The ayat I have chosen contain the names of several biblical characters the Qur’an deems exemplary.

“We gave [to Abraham] Isaac and Jacob, each of whom We guided, as We had guided Noah before, and among his descendants were David, Solomon, Job, Joseph, Moses and Aaron—in this way We reward those who do good—Zachariah, John, Jesus, and Elijah—every one of them was righteous—Ishmael, Elisha, Jonah and Lot. We favored each of them over other people, and also some of their forefathers, their offspring, and their brothers: We chose them and guided them on a straight path.” (Al-An‘am [6]:84-87)

 

From a biblical perspective, we know that all of these worthies in some way received a direct or indirect revelation from God. While viewing Abraham as the ultimate paradigm of faith, Muslims have a strong affinity to Ishmael, a name which means “heard by Allah.” Ishmael’s story illustrates God’s grace. Forced to leave the security of home, Ishmael and his mother Hagar are stranded in the wilderness and feel that death is imminent after they had exhausted their food and water supplies. The Tawra provides details about what happened next.

 

Listen: 

“When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. ‘I don’t want to watch the boy die,’ she said, as she burst into tears. But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, ‘Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.’ Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness. He became a skillful archer, and he settled in the wilderness of Paran. His mother arranged for him to marry a woman from the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 21:15-21)

Prayer:

In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate, thank You for finding me when I felt hopeless in my spiritual wilderness, and leading me to eternal wells of grace and mercy. In your holy name I pray, amen.