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Surah Zukhruf 43:61-70

43:61 And, Behold, this [divine writ] is indeed a means to know [that] the Last Hour [is bound to come], hence, have no doubt whatever about it, but follow Me, this [alone] is a straightway.


A reference to falsely deified saints or prophets and, particularly (in view of the context), to Jesus.

43:62 And let not Satan bar you [from it] – For, Verily, he is your open foe. 


For an explanation of the Qur’anic concept of “intercession”, see 10:3 – “There is none that could intercede with Him unless He grants leave therefor” – and the corresponding note 7. – My interpolation, at the end of the above verse, of the words “that God is one and unique” is based on Razi’s interpretation of this passage, implying that a mere oral “bearing witness to the truth” is useless if it is not the outcome of an inner awareness of God’s oneness and uniqueness.

43:63 Now when Jesus came [to his people] with all evidence of the truth, he said “I have now come unto you with wisdom, and to make clear unto you some of that on which you are at variance, hence, be conscious of God, and pay heed unto me.


Razi (on whose commentary the above interpolation is based), regards this as a reference to the Prophet Muhammad. It seems, however, that the meaning is wider, embracing every believer, of whatever denomination, who is distressed at the blindness of people who attribute divinity or divine qualities to any being other than God Himself.

43:64 “Verily, God is my Sustainer as well as your Sustainer, so worship [none but] Him, this [alone] is a straight way!”

43:65 But factions from among those [who came after Jesus] began to hold divergent views, woe, then, unto those who are bent on evildoing – [woe] for the suffering [that will befall them] on a grievous Day!

43:66 Are they [who are lost in sin] but waiting for the Last Hour – [waiting] that it comes upon them of a sudden, without their being aware [of its approach]?

43:67 On that Day, [erstwhile] friends will be foes unto one another – [all] save the God-conscious.

43:68 [And God will say] O you servants of Mine! No fear need you to have today, and neither shall you grieve.

43:69 [O you] who have attained to faith in Our messages and have surrendered your own selves unto Us!

43:70 Enter paradise, you and your spouses, with happiness blest!

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