Getting to Know Allah


A reminder that you don’t do good because it is the right thing to do but because you will be rewarded by God.

2:110 Perform the prayers and give the alms-tax. Whatever good you do for your own sake, you will find it with Allah (you will be rewarded for it), surely Allah is cognizant of what you do.

Allah’s Face is everywhere, even if He never laid claim in the Koran to being the owner of the North and the South.

2:115 To Allah belongs the East and the West. So whichever way you turn (while praying), there is Allah’s Face. Indeed, Allah is Omnipresent and Omniscient.

Have a happy homecoming!

2:121 Those to whom We have given the Book recite it as it ought to be recited. Those [people] believe in it; but those who disbelieve are the losers.

13:28 Those who believe and whose hearts find comfort in remembering Allah.” Indeed, in remembering Allah the hearts find comfort.

13:29 May those who believe and do the good works be blessed and have a happy homecoming!

Don’t bribe the judge!

2:188 Do not devour each other’s money unjustly or offer it to the judges in order to devour a part of other people’s money sinfully and knowingly.

Why some people are smart, and others less so:

2:269 He gives wisdom to whom He wills. And he who receives wisdom has received an abundant good. But none take heed except people of understanding.

Piety has its price.

3:92 You will not achieve piety until you spend part of what you cherish; and whatever you spend, Allah knows it very well.

The "upright people" of Revelation 3:113 are Jews who have embraced Islam.

3:113 They are not all alike. For of the People of the Book, there is an upright nation who recite Allah’s Revelations, throughout the night, while prostrating themselves.

3:114 They believe in Allah and the Last Day, bid the right and forbid the wrong and hasten to do the good deeds. Those are among the righteous people!

3:115 And whatever good they do, they will not be denied. Allah knows well the God-fearing!

A somewhat uncharacteristic admonition from Allah is that women, whom the Koran considers in most circumstances nothing more than chattel, have "a share of what they earned."

4:32 Do not covet that with which Allah has favoured some of you over the others. Men have a share of what they earned, and women a share of what they earned. And ask Allah to give you of His Bounty. Allah indeed has knowledge of everything!

Don’t be a cheapskate!

4:37 Those who are niggardly, and order other people to be niggardly, and conceal what Allah has given them of His Bounty, We have prepared for the unbelievers a demeaning punishment.

Atom comes from the Greek átomos, used by ancient Greeks to describe something infinitely small. The use of the word by the translator, in the following passage, has nothing to do with the atomic structure of matter.

4:40 Surely Allah will not wrong anyone an atom’s weight; and if it is a good deed, He will multiply it and give from Himself in addition a great reward.

Allah exhorts you to judge justly.

4:58 God commands you to deliver trusts to their owners and, if you judge between people, to judge justly. Splendid is Allah’s exhortation to you. Allah is indeed All-Hearing, All-Seeing.

Allah has no objection to lawyers sharing in the proceeds of a successful litigation or mediation.

4:85 He who offers a good intercession (he who intercedes for people in accordance with Muslim law) shall have a share of it; and he who offers a bad intercession shall suffer from its consequences. Allah has power over everything.

A caution on the use of foul language:

4:148 Allah does not like the public uttering of foul words, except by one who has been wronged. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

4:149 Whether you do good openly, or secretly, or pardon an evil deed, Allah is indeed All Pardoning, All-Powerful.

On Judgement Day, Allah will retell what you should already know.

5:105 O believers, take care of yourselves; you will not be harmed by him who has gone astray, if you are well-guided. To Allah you will all return; then He will tell you what you were doing.

Is Allah the flip side of God?

5:98 Know that God is Severe in punishment and that Allah is All-Forgiving, Merciful.

Evil is appealing because of its abundance.

5:100 Say: “The evil and the good are not equal, even if the abundance of the evil should appeal to you.” Fear then Allah, O people of understanding, that perchance you may prosper.

Allah loves to test people.

6:53 Likewise, We test some of them through others so that they may say: “Are these the ones whom Allah has favoured among us?” Does not Allah know best the thankful?


By enabling the poor and the indigent, the people who have a low station in society to precede others in believing, God has put those who wax proud of wealth and honour to a severe test.

Is Allah extending mercy to Himself like He does to those “who perpetrates evil in ignorance?”

6:54 And when those who believe in Our Revelations come to you, say: “Peace be upon you. Your Lord has prescribed Mercy upon Himself (He is making mercy incumbent upon Himself, Moududi), that he who perpetrates evil in ignorance, repents afterwards and mends his ways [will find Him] All-Forgiving, Merciful.

Allah is the only judge you want. He wrote the Book on justice!

6:114 Shall I seek a judge other than Allah, when He is the one Who sent down the Book fully expounded? Those to whom We have given the Book (the Torah) know that it is revealed from your Lord in truth. Do not then be one of the doubters.

6:115 The Word of your Lord has been completed in truth and justice; no one can change His Words. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.

Muslims, at this writing, are almost 2 billion strong. They may soon be in the majority. Should you trust them?

6:116 And were you to obey most people on earth, they will lead you away from the Path of Allah. They follow nothing but conjecture, and they only lie.

6:117 Your Lord knows best who strays from His Path, and He knows best who are the rightly guided.

How it feels to ascend to heaven:

6:125 Whomever Allah wants to guide, He opens his heart up to Islam, and whomever He wants to lead astray, He makes his heart extremely constricted, as though he were ascending to heaven (the opposite should occur since atmospheric pressure decreases as you rise through the air). Thus Allah inflicts His punishment upon those who do not believe.

6:126 This is the Path of your Lord, perfectly Straight. We have expounded the revelations to people who take heed.

6:127 Theirs is the abode of peace with their Lord and He is their Protector, for what they used to do.

People are so ungrateful!

10:12 And if hardship afflicts man, he calls Us lying down, sitting or standing; but when We lift his hardship, he passes on, as if he never called Us to [lift] a hardship that afflicted him. Thus what the transgressors do seems fair to them.

Even what animals do is recorded in a book.

11:6 There is no beast on earth but its sustenance is [provided] by Allah; and He knows its resting place and its repository. All is in a Manifest Book.

I would not play hide-and-go-seek with Allah.

13:10 It is the same whether any of you conceals his words or utters them, and whether he hides by night or goes forth by day.

13:11 There are guardian [angels] before him and behind him, guarding him by Allah’s Command. Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in their hearts. And if Allah wills to afflict a people with a misfortune, it cannot be turned away, and they have, apart from Allah, no protector.


That is, Allah not only directly watches over whatever each person does, and is fully aware of everything he does, but He has also appointed such guardians as accompany him everywhere and keep a full record of all his deeds.

Allah imitating Zeus:

13:12 It is He who shows you the lightning, inspiring fear and hope, and originates the laden clouds.

13:13 And the thunder sounds His praise and the angels, too, in awe of Him. And He sends forth the thunderbolts smiting with them whomever he pleases. Nevertheless, they dispute about Allah, but he is Mighty in prowess.

Allah can’t be bribed, so don’t even try.

13:18 To those who obey their Lord belongs the best [reward (Paradise)], but those who disobey Him, were they to have all that is on earth plus its equal, would offer it as ransom. To those a bad reckoning is reserved, and their abode will be Hell, and what a miserable resting-place!

Another revelation about Allah being a whimsical God who “does whatever He pleases.”

14:27 Allah confirms those who believe with the firm word in the present life, and in the life to come; but He leads the wrongdoers astray. Allah does whatever He pleases. 14:28 Have you not seen those who turn Allah’s Grace into disbelief and lead their people to the abode of ruin (Hell)? 14:29 In Hell they will burn, and what a wretched abode!

Allah is a god who just keeps on giving, but are you appreciative? Nooo… It’s so unfair!

14:34 He gives you all you ask Him for. And were you to count Allah’s favours you will never be able to exhaust them. Man is truly unjust and ungrateful.

Allah is responsible for you getting dementia.

16:70 Allah created you, then He will cause you to die. For some of you will be brought back to the worst age, so that they will no longer know anything, after having acquired knowledge. Surely, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful.

What about daughters and granddaughters?

16:72 Allah has given you wives from among yourselves, and from your wives, sons and grandsons, and has provided you with all the good things. Will they believe in falsehood, then, and deny Allah’s Blessings?

What you don’t understand!

17:43 Glory be to Him and may He be greatly exalted above what they say.

17:44 The seven heavens, the earth what is in them praise Him, and there is nothing which does not celebrate His praise; but you do not understand their praise. He is indeed Clement, All-Forgiving.

Those who were blind to Allah’s Revelations in the here-and-now will remain so in the Hereafter, as odd as that may sound, since they will be surrounded by the evidence of what they contained.

17:72 And he who is blind in this world will be blind in the Hereafter and will stray even more from the right Way.

What is better than wealth and children?

18:46 Wealth and children are the adornment of the present life, but the everlasting good works are better in your Lord’s Sight in reward and better in expectations.

God is not into sports, although He could probably make it as a major league pitcher.

21:16 We did not create the heavens and the earth and what is in between them in sport.

21:17 Had We wished to take to Ourselves a means of sport, We would have found it within Us, if We wanted to do it.

21:18 No, We hurl the truth against falsehood and it overcomes it; and behold it has vanished. Woe unto you (the Meccans), for what you describe (the way you describe Allah).

A community divided.

21:92 This, your community is indeed a single community and I am your Lord; so worship Me.

21:93 They fell apart into factions; but they will all return unto Us.


It means: "O mankind, in reality all of you belonged to one community and had one and the same religion and all the Prophets brought one and the same Creed which was this: `Allah alone is the Lord of all mankind: therefore they should worship Him alone."' But afterwards the people corrupted this Creed and invented and adopted the things they liked and mixed their own theories, whims and practices in it. This brought into being countless communities and religions.

What you risk losing if your worship of Allah is tepid:

22:11 And of the people, there are some who worship Allah tepidly. When good fortune comes his way, he is pleased with it, but if an ordeal befalls him, he turns around (goes back to disbelief) losing both this world and the world to come. That is the manifest lost.

That chirping you hear is birds glorifying Allah.

24:41 Have you not seen how Allah is glorified by whatever is in the heavens or the earth, and by the birds in flight. He knows the prayer of each and its glorification. Allah knows well what they do.

Another revelation about Allah being responsible for the alternation of night and day.

24:44 He alternates the night and day. In that there is a lesson for those who have eyes to see.

Say it like you mean it!

29:2 Have the people supposed that they will be left alone to say: “We believe”, and then they will not be tested?

29:3 We have indeed tested those who preceded them; and Allah shall certainly know those who speak the truth and shall know those who lie.

29:4 Or have those who do the evil deeds supposed that they will outstrip Us? Wretched is what they judge!

Allah provides for both beasts and humans.

29:60 How many a beast does not bear its provision, yet Allah provides for it and for you. He is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

Why Allah will allow some to keep their ill-gotten gains.

30:41 Corruption has appeared in the land and the sea, on account of what men’s hands have earned; so that He may let them taste the reward of some of their deeds, that perchance they may return.

Grey hairs come from Allah.

30:54 It is Allah who created you from a weak substance, then gave you strength after weakness, then after strength weakness and grey hair. He creates what He pleases and He is the All-Knowing, All-Powerful.

Some blessings can be perceived (the “outward”), some cannot (the “inward”), and still “some people” dispute Allah’s wisdom and existence without anything to base it on.

31:20 Have you not seen how Allah has subjected to you whatever is in the heavens and on earth and granted you His Blessings, both outward and inward (visible and invisible, Moududi) ? Some people, however, continue to dispute regarding Allah, without any knowledge or guidance or an illuminating Book.

“To create all of you or to resurrect all of you is to Him like (creating or resurrecting) a single person.” Moududi

31:28 He did not create you or resuscitate you but as a single soul. Indeed, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Hearing.

Allah’s angels extend His blessings on the believers. Believers, in return, when they encounter their Lord, will wish Him peace.

33:43 It is He Who blesses you, with His angels (His angels invoke blessings on you, Moududi), that He may bring you out of the shadows of darkness into light; and He is Ever Merciful towards the believers.

33:44 Their greeting, when they encounter Him (when they are welcomed into Paradise) is: “Peace”, and He has prepared for them a generous reward.

Allah is a real know-it-all, but you already knew that.

34:1 Praise be to Allah, to whom belong whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth, and praise be to him in the Hereafter. He is the All-Wise, the All-Informed. 34:2 He knows what penetrates into the earth and what goes out of it, what descends from heaven and what ascends to it. He is the All-Merciful, the All-Forgiving.

“On the Day of Resurrection, every culprit will be seized in a way as though he lay in hiding close by.” Moududi

34:51 If you could see how they were terrified. There was no escape, and they were seized from a near place.

“They should have believed when they lived in the world; they have come a long way away from it. After having arrived in the Next World how can they get a chance to repent and believe?” Moududi

34:52 And they say: “We believe in it”, but whence can they attain it (the belief) from afar?

Allah is not a modest god, but you already knew that too.

35:10 Whoever wishes Glory, it is to Allah that the glory utterly belongs. Unto Him good words ascend and the righteous deeds uplifts it. Those who contrive evil deeds will incur terrible punishment and the contriving of these will come to grief.

Why should only creatures that crawl die for man’s sins?

35:45 Were Allah to take men to task for what they have earned, He would not have left upon the face of the earth a single creature that crawls; but He defers them unto an appointed term. Then, when their term arrives, Allah is surely fully Conversant with His servants.

If in old age you have lost a few centimeters in height, that is also Allah’s doing, don't you know?

36:68 Whoever We grant old age, We would cause to shrink in form. Do they not understand, then?

Allah did not create what He created in vain, despite what you might have heard from people “who work corruption in the land.”

38:27 We have not created the heaven and the earth and what is between them in vain. That is the presumption of the unbelievers; so woe betide the unbelievers because of the Fire.

38:28 Or shall We regard those who believe and do the righteous deeds like those who work corruption in the land, or shall We regard the God-fearing like the transgressors.

Still another revelation about Allah being responsible for the alternation of night and day.

39:5 He created the heavens and the earth in truth. He wraps up the night around the day and He wraps the day around the night. He has subjected the sun and the moon, each running for an appointed term. He is indeed the All-Mighty, the All-Forgiving.

The bounteous who will have a bounty in both worlds.

39:10 Say: “O My servants who have believed, fear your Lord. Those who have been bounteous in this world will have a bounty, and Allah’s earth is vast. The steadfast will be paid their wages in full, without reckoning.”

Bad deeds don't have to be a deal breaker. Paradise can still be yours if you perform enough offsetting good deeds.

39:32 Who, then, is more unjust than one who imputes lies to Allah and denounces the Truth as a lie when he hears it? Is not in Hell an abode for the unbelievers?

39:33 But he who brings the Truth and believes in it – those are the true God-fearing people.

39:34 They shall have what they wish from their Lord. That is the reward of the beneficent.

39:35 That Allah might remit their worst deeds and reward them their due according to the fairest deeds they used to do.

Allah's punishment is not only lasting, it is downright degrading.

39:40 “Whoever is visited by punishment will be degraded by it and a lasting punishment will befall him.”

If Allah mends an injury, don’t assume it is because you are special, or have “some knowledge” that others don’t. If you do, you may be smitten by something much worse.

39:49 When an injury touches a man, he calls upon Us. Then if We accord him a bounty from Us, he says: “I have been granted it on account of some knowledge.” However, it is a mere trial, but most of them do not know.

39:50 Thus those who preceded them have said it, but what they have earned did not avail them.

39:51 And so the evils of what they had earned smote them, and the evil-doers among these will be smitten by the evils of what they earned; and they will not frustrate Us.

The creation of heaven and Earth was a much more impressive feat than was the creation of the first man.

40:57 Surely, the creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of mankind, but most people do not know.

Allah does not have to be the only one with the fairest of speeches.

41:33 Who is fairer in speech than one who calls unto Allah and performs the righteous deeds and says: “I am one of those who submit.”

Sterility comes from Allah.

42:49 To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. He creates whatever He pleases, and grants whomever He wishes females, and whomever He wishes males.

42:50 Or He marries them, males and females, and makes whomever He wishes sterile. Indeed, He is All-Knowing, All-Powerful.

Angels can write; it is a necessary skill in their case.

43:78 We brought you (Meccans, Moududi) the Truth, but most of you were adverse to the Truth.

43:79 Or had they contrived some scheme. We are certainly contriving too.

43:80 Or do they think that We do not hear their secret and their private counsels. Yes, indeed, and Our Messengers (angels) are in their midst writing down.

You are doubly evil if you think Allah will consider your evilness on a par with those who do good and believe in Him.

45:21 What, do those who have perpetrated the evil deeds believe that We shall regard them as equal to those who have believed and done the righteous deeds, whether in their life or death (making their lives and deaths alike, Moududi)? Evil is their judgement.

If two believers are fighting, help the one who is being oppressed, otherwise try to stop the fight.

49:9 If two parties of the believers should fight one another, bring them peacefully together; but if one of them seeks to oppress the other, then fight the oppressor until it (sic) reverts to Allah’s Command. If it reverts, then bring them together in justice and be equitable; for Allah loves the equitable.

49:10 Surely, the believers are brothers; so bring your two brothers together and fear Allah, so that you may receive Mercy.

Nicknames are out!

49:11 O believers, let not one people scoff at another people, lest they be better than they; nor women at other women, lest they be better than they. Do not slander yourselves and do not revile each other with false names. Wretched is the name of ungodliness, after belief! He who does not repent, such are the wrongdoers, indeed.

The Creation did not weary Allah one bit, and He will do it again.

50:15 Were We wearied by the first creation? No, they are in doubt regarding a new creation (the new world order after the Day of Resurrection, Moududi).

Had Allah wished, you would be a totally different person.

56:60 We have decreed death upon you and We would not be outstripped; 56:61 Had We wanted to change the like of you and form you afresh in a fashion you do not know.

56:62 You have already known the first fashioning; if only you would remember.

You reap what Allah sows!

56:63 Have you seen what you till?

56:64 Do you sow it yourselves, or are We the Sowers?

56:65 Had We wished, We would have reduced it to rubble, and so you would have remained wondering:

56:66”We are penalized, indeed;

56:67 “No, we are being deprived.”

Why Allah sent iron down from heaven:

57:25 We have sent forth our Messengers with clear proofs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance, so that people might act equitably. We have also sent down iron, which has mighty power and benefits for mankind, and that Allah might know who supports Him and His Messengers invisibly. Allah is indeed Strong and Mighty.

Forget Allah, and you will forget who you are.

59:18 O believers, fear Allah and let each soul consider what it has forwarded for the morrow. Fear Allah; He is Aware of what your do.

59:19 Do not be like those who forgot Allah, and so He made them forget themselves. Those are indeed the sinners.

If it’s a choice between Allah and your children...

63:9 O believers, let not your possessions or your children distract you from the remembrance of Allah. Whoever does that – those are the real losers.

Fear Allah, without ever having seen Him, and great things are in store.

67:12 Indeed, those who fear their Lord unseen will be accorded forgiveness and a great reward.

“If you lend Allah a fair loan,” i.e., fund efforts to expand the reach of Islam, expect a good return on your investment.

64:17 If you lend Allah a fair loan, He will multiply it for you and forgive you.[64] Allah is All-Grateful, All-Clement;

64:18 Knower of the Unseen and the Seen, the All-Mighty, the Wise.

 Then again, with Allah, you never know.

67:16 Are you sure that He Who is in heaven will not cause the earth to cave in upon you? Behold how it quakes!

67:17 Or are you sure that He Who is in heaven will not let loose upon you a squall of pebbles? Then you shall know how My Warning sounds.

You and what army?

67:20 Or who is this who is a sentinel (your army, Moududi) for you to protect you against the Compassionate. The unbelievers are simply in error.

67:21 Or who is this who will provide for you, if He withholds His provision? Rather they have persisted in arrogance and aversion.

As if anyone needed a reminder.

76:25 And mention the Name of your Lord morning and evening.

76:26 As for part of the night, prostrate yourself to Him and glorify Him all night long.

76:27 Those people (the unbelievers) love the present world and leave behind them (ahead of them, Moududi) a burdensome Day (Judgement Day).

If you have aching joints, it is not because Allah did not fasten them well.

76:28 We have created them and fastened their joints well; and if We wish We change their likes completely.

76:29 This indeed is a reminder; so he who wishes will follow, unto His Lord, a path.

You must wish in tandem with Allah.

76:30 Yet, you do not wish unless Allah wishes. Allah is truly All-Knowing and Wise.

76:31 He admits into His Mercy whomever He wishes; and for the wrongdoers He has prepared a painful punishment.

Sleep as a period of rest.

78:9 And made your sleep a period of rest?

78:10 And made the night as a garment? 78:11 And made the day a source of livelihood?


25:47 It is He who made the night a raiment for you, and sleep a period of rest, and made the day a rising up.

Allah swears to the stages of life and death and beyond.

84:16 No, I swear by the twilight,

84:17 And by the night and what it brings forth,

84:18 And by the moon when it is full,

84:19 That you will mount stage by stage.


You will not remain in one and the same state, but will have to pass through countless stages gradually, from youth to old age, from old age to death, from death to barzakh (the intermediary state between death and Resurrection), from barzakh to Resurrections from Resurrection to the Plain of Assembly, then to the Reckoning, and then to the meting out of rewards and punishments.

Did Allah witness the burning of believers and do nothing?


85 Al-Burûj

In the Name of Allah,

the Compassionate, the Merciful

85:1 By the heaven of the many constellations;

85:2 And by the Promised Day;

85:3 And by every witness and what is witnessed.

85:4 Perish the companions of the Pit, 85:5 The fire well-stoked; 85:6 While they sat around it,

85:7 And were witnessing what they did to the believers.

85:8 They did not begrudge them except that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, the All-Praiseworthy;

85:9 To Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. Allah is witness of everything.

Why Allah “straightens” out the provision.

89:15 As for man, whenever His Lord tests him, honouring him and favouring him with bounties, he says: “My Lord has honoured me.”

89:16 But when He tests him, straitening his provision, he says: “My Lord has despised me.”

89:17 Not at all: you do not actually honour the orphans;

89:18 And do not advocate the feeding of the destitute;

89:19 And you devour the inheritance greedily;

89:20 And you love wealth ardently.



91 Ash-Shams

In the Name of Allah,

the Compassionate, the Merciful

91:1 By the sun and its forenoon brightness,

91:2 And the moon when it follows it,

91:3 And the day when it exhibits its light,

91:4 And the night when it obscures it;

91:5 And by the heaven and Him who erected it;

91:6 And the earth and Him who spread it out,

91:7 And the soul and Him who fashioned it well,

91:8 Inspiring it to profligacy and piety.

91:9 Prosperous shall be He who purifies it,

91:10 And ruined he who corrupts it.

Who is Allah talking to? The answer is in the footnote.


102 At-Takâthur

In the Name of Allah,

the Compassionate, the Merciful

102:1 Covetousness has distracted you[65],

102:2 Till you visited the graveyards.

102:3 No; you shall surely know.

102:4 Again, no; you shall surely know.

102:5 No; if only you knew with certainty,

102:6 You would surely have perceived Hell (ended up in Hell, Moududi).

102:7 Then, you will have perceived it with visual certainty.

102:8 Then, on that Day (Judgement Day) you will surely be questioned about the Bliss (My Bounties you enjoyed, Moududi).

Believe, do good by Allah, and be steadfast to avoid falling prey to perdition.


103 Al`Asr

In the Name of Allah,

the Compassionate, the Merciful

103:1 By the aeon (time),

103:2 Man is, indeed, a prey to perdition,

103:3 Except for those who believe, do the righteous deeds, urge each other to seek the truth and urge each other to be steadfast.


[64] Example from a fundraising letter:

I am writing to you on behalf of Canberra Islamic Centre (CIC) Executive Committee in the holy month of Ramadan to seek your financial support and prayer for ongoing Islamic project in our National Capital… Your donation is an investment in the path of Islam that will benefit to the Muslim generations in Canberra/Australia. As mentioned in the Holy Qur'an (64.17) “If you lend Allah a fair loan, He will multiply it for you and forgive you. Allah is All Grateful, All Clement.”

[65] “Ibn Abi Hatim has cited Abu Buraidah as saying that this Surah was sent down concerning the two tribes, Bani Harithah and Bani al-Harth, of the Ansar. The two tribes had first recounted the glories and illustrious deeds of their living men; then they had gone to the grave yard and bragged of the glorious deeds of their dead. Thereupon the Divine Revelation Alhakum at takathur came down.“ Moududi