In this new short, Meccan surah, “Bowing Down in Worship” or “Prostration,” we read many of the same ideas we have already had: the Qur’an comes from God, not from the imagination of Muhammad; God testifies to himself through creation; the Hereafter is real and coming, so be prepared; God has given disbelievers a chance, so they should only be expecting punishment now; good people are rewarded and rebellious people are punished.

I really like the description of a believer that comes halfway through the surah:

The only people who truly believe in Our messages are those who, when they are reminded of them, bow down in worship, celebrate their Lord’s praises, and do not think themselves above this.  Their sides shun their beds in order to pray to their Lord in fear and hope; they give to others some of what We have given them.  No soul knows what joy is kept hidden in store for them as a reward for what they have done. . . . Those who believe and do good deeds will have Gardens awaiting them as their home and as a reward for what they have done. (32:15-17, 19)

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