Aayaathullaah, The Signs of Allaah, and their supreme importance.

The Qur-aan provides evidences to prove the existence of Allaah, the one and the only God. In Qur-aan, Allaah states that Qur-aan could not have been invented by (anyone) other than Allaah. Thus, the Qur-aan itself is a Sign of Allaah. Its verses are collectively called Aayaathullaah : the Signs of Allaah or Kitaabullaah : the Book of Allaah.

There are dozens of verses in Qur-aan, by studying which we come to know the supreme importance of the Signs of Allaah or Aayathullaah. A collection of such verses are quoted in this chapter and in the following chapters.

The sum of this study is that whosoever ignores or belittles or rejects the Aayaathullaah or the verses of Qur-aan and, instead, follows the desires of himself or other person/s, the consequences for him would be dreadful.

The following three verses narrate the story of a person on whom Allaah bestowed His signs, but he followed his own desires and gave importance to his worldly affairs, becoming like a dog, degraded.

" Recite unto them the tale of the man to whom We gave Our Signs, but he passed them by: so Satan followed him up, and he became of those who went astray." (7:175)
" And had We willed, We could have elevated him with Our Signs; but he clung to the earth, and followed his own desires. His similitude is that of a dog: if you attack him, he droops out his tongue, or if you leave him alone, he (still) droops out his tongue. That is the similitude of those who reject Our Signs; so relate the story; possibly they may reflect. " (7:176)
" Evil as an example are people who reject Our Signs and wrong their own souls." (7:177)

The following six verses of Surah Al-Jaathiyah, warn sternly of sorrow, grievous penalty, tremendous penalty, humiliating penalty and a painful doom of wrath for those who listen to the verses of Qur-aan and continue in pride, heedlessly.The last verse asserts about Qur-aan: "This is guidance", to the exclusion of everything else.

"These are the Signs of Allaah (Aayaathullaah), which We recite unto you (Muhammad) with truth. Then in what fact will they believe, after (rejecting) Allaah and His Signs (Aaayaathihee)?" (45:6)
(Translation note:  In what fact : Arabic word for fact in the verse: Hadeeth)

" Woe unto each sinful liar, who hears the signs of Allaah (Aayaathillaah) recited unto him, and then continues in pride, as though he heard them not. Give him news of a grievous penalty." (45:7&8)

"And when he knows something of Our revelations (Aayaathina), he makes it a jest (joke). For such there is a humiliating penalty. Beyond them there is hell, and that which they have earned will avail them nothing, nor protectors they have taken to themselves beside Allaah. Theirs will be a tremendous Penalty." 45: 9 & 10

"This is guidance. And those who disbelieve the revelations of their Lord (Aayaathi Rabbihim), for them there is a painful doom of wrath." 45:11

Another verse of the same surah extolls the virtues of Qur-aan:
"These are clear evidences for mankind, and a Guidance and Mercy for a people of assured Faith." 45:20

The following verse records the reaction of the non-believers to the verses of Qur-aan.

"And when Our clear revelations (aayaathuna) are recited unto them their only argument is that they say: Bring (back) our forefathers, if you are truthful." 45:25

The following verse informs that on the judgment day, Each nation will be called towards its book:

" And you will see each nation crouching, each nation summoned to its book. (And it will be said unto them): This day you are requited what you used to do." 45:28

The following two verses of surah ash-shoora inform that the same religion was commended unto the previous nations and that they were told to establish the religion and be not divided. Later they got divided and, in spite of inheriting the book, they are in hopeless doubt concerning it.

42:13."The same religion has He ordained for you as that which He commended unto Nooh - that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad) - and that which We commended unto Ibraaheem and Moosa and Eesaa : saying: Establish the religion, and be not divided therein. To those who worship other things than Allaah, hard is the (way) to which you call them. Allaah chooses to Himself whom He will, and guides to Himself him who turns (toward Him)."
42:14 "And they were not divided until after the knowledge came unto them, through rivalry among themselves; and had it not been for a Word that had already gone forth from your Lord for an appointed term, it surely had been judged between them. And those who were made to inherit the Scripture after them are verily in hopeless doubt concerning it."

In the later verse, as a means of rectifying the situation, our prophet is being commanded:

The following verses of surah az-zumar describe the plight of those who rejected the signs of Allaah.
39:54 "Turn unto your Lord (repentant), and surrender unto Him, before the Penalty comes on you, then you cannot be helped.
39:55 "And follow the Best of (the courses) revealed to you from your Lord, before the Penalty comes on you - of a sudden while you perceive not! -
39:56 " Lest any soul should say: Alas, my grief that I neglected (my duty) towards Allaah, and I was indeed among the scoffers!
39:57 " Or should say: If Allaah had but guided me I should have been among the dutiful!
39:58 " Or should say, when it sees the Penalty : 'If only I had another chance that I might be among the righteous!
39:59 " (The reply will be:) Nay, for My revelations came unto you, but you did deny them and was scornful and was among the disbelievers.
39:60 " And on the Day of Judgment you (Muhammad) see those who lied concerning Allaah with their faces blackened; Is there not in Hell an abode for the arrogant ?
39:61 " But Allaah will deliver the cautious to their place of salvation: no evil shall touch them, nor shall they grieve.
39:62 " Allaah is Creator of all things, and He is Guardian over all things.
39:63 " To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth: and those who reject the Signs of Allaah, it is they who will be in loss."
39:64 " Say: Is it (someone) other than Allaah that you order me to worship (serve), O you ignorant ones?"
39:65 "And verily it has been revealed unto you as unto those before you, (saying): If you ascribe a partner to Allaah, your work will fail and you indeed will be among the losers."
39:66 " (No), but Allaah must you serve, and be among the thankful."
39:67 "And they esteem not Allaah, such as is due to Him; on the Day of Judgment the whole of the earth will be but His handful, and the heavens will be rolled in His right hand. Glorified is He and High Exalted from all that they ascribe as partner (unto Him)."
39:68 " And the trumpet is blown, and all who are in the heavens and all who are in the earth swoon away, except him whom Allaah wills. Then it is blown a second time, and behold them standing waiting!"
39:69 "And the earth shines with the light of her Lord, and the book is set up, and the prophets and the witnesses are brought, and it is judged between them with truth, and they are not wronged."
39:70 "And each soul is paid in full for what it did. And He is Best Aware of what they do."
39:71 " And those who disbelieve are driven unto hell in troops, till, when they reach it and the gates thereof are opened, and the warders thereof say unto them: Did not messengers come to you from among yourselves, reciting unto you the revelations of your Lord and warning you of the meeting of this your Day? They say: Yes, verily. But the Decree of Punishment of disbelievers is fulfilled."
When the kuffaar, those who rejected the signs of Allaah, reach their end-point they are enquired by the gate-keepers of the hell: Did not messengers come to you from among yourselves, reciting unto you the revelations of your Lord and warning you of the meeting of this your Day?

The first two verses of Surah az-zumar tell our prophet (peace upon him) that Allaah has revealed the Book unto him with the truth; so worship (serve) Allaah, making religion pure for Him. Serving or worshipping Allaah not only means standing towards the Qiblah and praying to Him, but to obey all that He says in His book which He has revealed with truth, (and which we also hear in the prayer), thus becoming His true servant.
"The revelation of the Book is from Allaah, the Mighty, the Wise." (39:1)
"Indeed We have revealed the Book unto you with the truth; so worship (serve) Allaah, making religion pure for Him (only). " (39:2)
" Surely to Allaah (belongs) devotion, purely ;
And those who choose protectors beside Him (say): 'We worship / serve them only that they may bring us near unto Allaah' .
Indeed Allaah will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ.
Surely Allaah guides not him who is a liar, an ingrate." (39:3)

There are two hindrances for the kuffaar, of their own making, which prevent them from accepting the guidance brought by the messengers of Allaah :

1. They will not accept that which they once rejected before.
2. The pride keeps them involved in sin.

" Such were the towns whose story We (thus) relate unto you : there came indeed to them their Messengers with Clear (Signs): but they would not believe what they had rejected before. Thus does Allaah seal up the hearts of those who reject Faith." (7:101)


" And when it is said unto him: 'Fear Allaah', pride takes him to sin. Enough for him is hell , an evil resting-place." 2:206 

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