Quranic Inspiration 273

Quranic Inspiration 273

And say: “Truth (i.e. Islamic Monotheism or this Quran or Jihad against polytheists) has come and Batil (falsehood, i.e. Satan or polytheism, etc.) has vanished. Surely! Batil is ever bound to vanish.”

Chapter 17 Al-‘Isrā : Verse 81

Explanatory Notes:

A Threat to the Disbelievers of the Quraysh

(And say: “Truth has come and falsehood has vanished…”) This is a threat and a warning to the disbelievers of the Quraysh, for there has come to them from Allah the truth of which there can be no doubt and which they have no power to resist. This is what Allah has sent to them of the Qur’an, faith and beneficial knowledge. Their falsehood has perished or vanished and been destroyed, it cannot remain or stand firm in the face of the truth.

Nay, We fling the truth against the falsehood, so it destroys it, and behold, it dis- appears. Al-Bukhari recorded that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud said: The Prophet entered Makkah (at the Conquest), and around the House (the Ka`bah) were three hundred and sixty idols. He started to strike them with a stick in his hand, saying,

Truth has come and falsehood has vanished. Surely falsehood is ever bound to vanish.) (17:81)

(Truth has come, and falsehood can neither create anything nor resurrect (anything).) (34:49)

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