Study: Surah Al-Qamar
This Is Surah 54 of the 114 Chapters in the Quran. It begins by explaining how the people wanted a miracle and so Muhammad (SAW) split the moon into two. The non-believers belied and said that it was magic and sorcery. It says how hellfire will be their abode. They rejected the Quran and followed their own desires. Even though they had the Quran as clear signs towards them so that they could correct their behavior, they rejected. So, Allah says that even if a righteous person comes forth it will be of no use. Then Allah goes on to say of how different tribes denied their prophets and messengers.
First, he mentions Nuh (AS) and how he came and called them to the path of good, but they turned their faces and ridiculed him. So, the Prophet Nuh (AS) turned to Allah and prayed: he said to Allah that he had been overcome and was seeking help. Allah then caused the flood to happen while saving those who believed and did righteous deeds. Then Allah asks a question as he said: “then will there be any who will remember (or give admonition?)”.
Then Allah asks a question about his torments. The next prophet he talks about is Hud (as). They denied their prophet and so Allah punished them. Allah describes this as plucking them out of the ground like Palm trees. He set a calamity and a punishment. He then says how he made the Quran easy to understand and repeats the question from before. (“then will there be any who will remember (or give admonition?)”).
Then it goes on to say about the People of Thamud and how they belied the message. They turned against Prophet Salih (AS) and called him a liar. The people said if we were to follow him we would surely be in madness. So Allah put a test on them so he sent a she-camel. He commanded that they not harm her and to take turns with her in drinking water. Salih (AS) was ordered to watch. Though, the people killed her and failed their test. Allah punished them. Then again Allah says: “indeed we have made the Quran easy to understand” and states, “then will there be any who will remember (or give admonition?).
Then Allah goes on to say about Prophet Lut (AS) and his people. He also warned them and they turned away. He was given guests, but when the people found out they wanted the men. So, Allah put a seizure (punishment) on them. Allah pelted them with rocks except for Lut (AS) and his family (not his wife, who helped her the people and didn’t support her husband). Allah then says the same thing again about how he has made the Quran easy to understand. (“then will there be any who will remember (or give admonition?)
Next Allah mentions Prophet Musa (AS), Prophet Haroon (AS) as well as Firawn and his people. Allah also put a seizure on them. These are the last of the Prophets mentioned in the surah.
Then Allah goes on to say to the Quraish, are you disbelievers better than that of the people of Nuh (AS), Hud (AS), Salih (AS), Lut (AS) and the people of Firawn? Or say they are more in numbers or more victorious? Their strength or claim will be put to test and they will show their backs (in other words weakness). Allah says that the disbelievers and polytheists are in error in this world and they will burn in the hellfire. On the day of recompense where they will be questioned and be given results, they will be dragged on their faces into hellfire. Everything that happens is with Allah’s will. It all is destined and everything big or small is already written down. All those who are pious and righteous and those who believe will be sent to paradise.
In this time the people have the same state of mind as the Quraish people. Many people deny the truth. When you try to tell people that they are doing something wrong they will call you crazy. There once was a family who put their house on sale to get out of mortgage. Everyone called them crazy and started to talk behind their back. It became so hard for them because of all the things people were saying but they knew what the Truth was and they continued. When it came to Allah they sacrificed. They weren’t going to lose their faith on people words and actions.
Muhammad (SAW) had a tough time because he was giving extremely clear signs and still he was being called very mean things. He strived and struggled against these things. Whenever we feel this way, we should look to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and how much patience he had. He and his followers endured many torments, but that made them stronger.