Today’s a bit of a potpourri of verses that stood out to me from today’s section:

We [Allah] have bound each human being’s destiny to his neck.  On the Day of Resurrection, We shall bring out a record for each of them, which they will find spread wide open, “Read your record.  Today your own soul is enough to calculate your account.” (17:13-14)

We have talked about this before.  The eschatology of Islam describes Allah as opening a written record on human merits and demerits on the Day of Judgment and declaring one’s destiny from what is written there.  The issue is that the average person cannot know for sure the contents of this record book while one lives, therefore making salvation an unknown while we live.  Here we see though that, in fact, some can know ahead of time.  Their lifestyle is so obviously for or against the will of Allah that they can know what will happen.

No soul will bear another’s burden, nor do We punish until We have sent a messenger. (17:15)

Everyone gets a chance.  Kind of takes away the question skeptics like to ask about what happens to the African bushman who never hears, doesn’t it?

Your Lord has commanded that you should worship none but Him, and that you be kind to your parents.  (17:23)

It is interesting that respect of parents is coupled with avoiding idolatry.  Maybe that is because we learn to relate to an authoritative God by learning to relate well to authoritative parents.  It is also interesting that this passage is talking to grown kids about respecting their aging parents.  That is certainly a message that still resonates today.

Give relatives their due, and the needy, and travellers — do not squander your wealth wastefully. (17:26)

It appears conspicuous consumption was a problem back then too!

Do not kill your children for fear of poverty — We shall provide for them and for you — killing them is a great sin. (17:31)

Really?  Evidently some did.  Yikes!

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