Juz 8

Summary of Juz 8

The summary of the eighth Juz covers Surah Al Anaam Ayahs 111 to Ayahs 87 of Surah Al Araf.

Allah commands Rasulullah SAW to announce to the people, “Certainly my Rabb has guided me to the straight path … Surely my Salah, all my acts of worship, my life and my death are for Allah, the Rabb of the universe. 
He has no partner. With this have I been commanded and I am the first of those who surrender.” (Surah Anaam,
ayahs161-163)

 The following aspects have been emphasised in Surah Anaam:

1⃣ Never ascribe any partner to Allah.
2⃣ Treat parents kindly.
3⃣ Never slay your children for fear of poverty because Allah sustains everyone.
4⃣ Never even come close to acts of promiscuity and immodesty.
5⃣ Never take the life of any person without a legal right to do so.
6⃣ Be just when weighing and measuring.
7⃣ Always speak the truth and implement justice even though it may impact negatively on one’s relatives.
8⃣ Keep your word to Allah and to fellow men.

Much of Surah A’raf concerns about the Akhirah.

In this regard Allâh instructs man to “Follow what has been revealed to you from your Rabb and, leaving Him aside, do not follow other companions” ( Ayah 3). Allah also says, “We shall definitely question those to whom Ambiya were sent and We will surely question the Ambiya.” (Ayah 6)

People will be questioned about whether they followed the teachings of the Ambiya and the Ambiya will also be asked whether they fulfilled the task of propagation and about the attitude of their people. Every person will definitely have to pass the scales to have his/her acts weighed.

Allah draws man’s attention to the fact that rejecting the truth like Qiyamah and Risalah [prophethood] is an act of Shaytan. To illustrate this point, Allah mentions the disobedience of Shaytan when he refused to prostrate to Adam AS when Allah commanded him to do so.

Allah warns man not to act in a similar manner. Allah also mentions that He granted man many favours when He settled him on earth and also granted him honour by commanding the angels to prostrate before his father Adam AS. However, despite all these boons, man is still ungrateful.

Later in the Surah, Allah cautions man not to transgress the limits that Allah has set because “Allah does not like those who transgress.”

Allah declares that He has forbidden all acts of immodesty, be they secret or public.

He has also forbidden people from ascribing partners to Him and from ascribing false statements to Him. This is referred to in Ayah 33 where Allah says, “And that you say against Allah what you do not know.”

In Ayah 40 Allah says, “Indeed those who deny our verses and are arrogant towards them, the doors of the heavens will not be opened to them and they will not enter jannah until a camel enters through the eye of a needle.” It will therefore be impossible for them to enter Jannah.

On the other hand, the righteous ones have been promised entry into Jannah. Therefore, the Mu’minin should respond to Allah’s call with hope in His mercy and fear for His punishment because Allah’s mercy is definitely close to the righteous ones.

Thereafter Allah relates the incidents of several Ambiya and states how the nations of these Ambiya refused to accept the truth, thereby inviting Allah’s punishment to annihilate them.

These incidents are intended to be lessons for people so that they accept the message of Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam