In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious
Assalamua’laikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh
Actually, I have been wanting to post lots of other things as I have promised by I am just so busy. Pray for me to have time. So today, I have chosen to post the continuation of Surah Al-Kahfi-Introduction.
[All] praise is [due] to Allah , who has sent down upon His Servant the Book and has not made therein any deviance.14:1
[He has made it] straight, to warn of severe punishment from Him and to give good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a good reward. 14:2
In which they will remain forever. 14:3
Allah Almighty deserves complete continuous praise as He has revealed the Quran to the Prophet PBUH to guide us, as was said in Surah Al-Baqarah verse 2. We are commanded in this verse to praise Allah Almighty because in the Book he sent down, there are lots of guidance that guides mankind from darkness to The Light, and to things that will make them happy in their religion, in this world, and in the next.
The word ‘His Servant” refers to Muhammad PBUH. Allah almighty uses the word servant instead of the name Muhammad to
1) Honor the Prophet PBUH. This is by putting His messenger’s name connected to ‘His’. For example, saying my book means that there is a strong connection between me and my book as it is mine.
2) Show that however high the rank of the Prophet PBUH in our hearts, he is still a Slave of The Almighty. This is to avoid humans from worshiping him, like some Christians worship Jesus, a prophet.
The word Kitaab refers to the al-Quran.
The word ‘deviance’ in the first verse followed by the word ‘straight’ in the second verse is to stress more on the fact that the Quran is straight with no deviance as a thing may appear straight but in truth, it is really twisted and bent. So, the Almighty combines both of denial of the quran being deviant and the fact of the Quran’s staightness to show that the Quran is completely straight, without any bends.
The word ‘warn’ is used to scare the disbelievers of the threat they face in the Hereafter. Allah Almighty uses ‘indzaar’ (warn) instead of ‘i’laam’ (inform) as to warn is telling threateningly while to inform is just telling generally. The definition of warn is to scare and threaten while informing. Every ‘i’laam’ is an ‘indzaar’ but not vice versa.
The warning here is for whoever who disbelieves is a severe punishment which is to burn eternally in the blazing Fire of Hell. Imagine, being in a place eternally. Without doubt, everyone would not want to be in a painful place eternally. If a piece of Hellfire is thrown in this world, it will destroy the world completely. Imagine being in a place filled with infinite pieces of this substance that! Astonishingly, many of us chooses this final abode over Paradise, even if we do not notice this fact. This is obvious via our sinful actions.
After warning the disbelievers, Allah Almighty than gives glad tidings to the Believers-those who do righteous deeds- that for them is a great Reward, that is Paradise and its blessings and that they will reside in it for eternity. Among the blessings of Paradise is that there is no sadness, no fears(Surah Taha, verse 112), no headaches (37:47, 56:19), eternal youth, you can have all you want (50:25).
The first two verses tells us about the task of the Quran, a warning and also a giver of glad tidings. This shows that the Quran is very balanced. It also talks about the Quran being a huge blessing for the slaves from their Master.
All these are but only what He lets me know of. (I’ll elaborate more on this point later)