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Juz’ 8 – A Garment of Righteousness

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-An‘am [6]:111 to Al-A‘raf [7]:87.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) faith in God’s revelation; (2) Divine warning before destruction; (3) food regulations; (4) forbidden behavior; (5) the continuity of God’s true religion through Abraham and Moses; (6) the results of Adam and Eve’s sin; (7) end time judgment; and (8) the six-day creation.

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

 

The ayat I have chosen reminds us of God’s original act of mercy after Adam and Eve sinned.

“Children of Adam, We have given you garments to cover your nakedness and as adornment for you; the garment of God-consciousness is the best of all garments—this is one of God’s signs so that people may take heed. Children of Adam, do not let Satan seduce you, as he did your parents, causing them to leave the Garden, stripping them of their garments to expose their nakedness to them….” (Al-A‘raf [7]:26-27)

 

According to the Tawra, when God created Adam and Eve, they did not need clothes (“Now the man and his wife were naked, but they felt no shame.” [Genesis 2:25]). Apparently, they were adorned with the “garment of God-consciousness” which the Qur’an asserts is “the best of all garments.” After they sinned, they became aware of their nakedness and “the LORD God made clothing from animal skins” for them (Genesis 3:21).

The material garments were successful in covering their bodies, but could not cover their shameful spiritual condition—they had lost their “God-consicousness.” All who love God will live with the faith that He is also able to cover them with His “God-consciousness.” In fact, as we read in Al-A‘raf it is a unique “sign” from God. The Scriptures often refer to this “God-consciousness” as a “robe of righteousness.”

 

Listen: 

“I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels. The Sovereign LORD will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere.” (Isaiah 61:10-11)

 

Prayer:

In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate, thank you for taking away my sinful shame and covering me with your “God-consciousness”—your “robe of righteousness.” In your holy name I pray, amen.