60. It is He Who takes you by night, and He knows what you earn by day. Then He raises you up in it, until a fixed term is fulfilled. Then to Him is your return, then He will inform you of what you used to do.
61. He is the Conqueror over His servants, and He sends guardians over you, until, when death overtakes one of you, Our envoys take him away, and they never fail.
62. Then they are brought back to God, their True Master. Unquestionably, His is the judgment, and He is the Swiftest of reckoners.
63. Say, “Who delivers you from the darkness of land and sea?” You call upon Him humbly and inwardly: “If He delivers us from this, We will surely be among the thankful.”
64. Say, “It is God who delivers you from it, and from every disaster. Yet then you associate others with Him.”
65. Say, “He is Able to send upon you an affliction, from above you, or from under your feet. Or He can divide you into factions, and make you taste the violence of one another. Note how We explain the revelations, so that they may understand.”
66. But your people rejected it, though it is the truth. Say, “I am not responsible for you.”
67. For every happening is a finality, and you will surely know.
68. When you encounter those who gossip about Our revelations, turn away from them, until they engage in another topic. But should Satan make you forget, do not sit after the recollection with the wicked people.
69. The righteous are in no way accountable for them; it is only a reminder, that they may be careful.
70. So leave alone those who take their religion for play and pastime, and whom the worldly life has deceived. But remind with it, lest a soul becomes damned on account of what it has earned. It has no helper or intercessor besides God. Even if it offers every equivalent, none will be accepted from it. These are the ones who are delivered to perdition by their actions. They will have a drink of scalding water, and a painful punishment, because they used to disbelieve.
Muhammad has been told that God is reflecting on our nature by night while we dream, and until the last day of our breath where we return to God.
God is the conqueror of Muhammad’s and all the messengers’ hearts. I know from personal experience that once I started to fully embrace my faith, God is all I can think about. I am constantly in my mind thanking and praising God. As a strong woman, who hates the idea of “losing” arguments or being conquered in life…I have gladly given up the fight against disbelief with God. So I can understand this idea of God as the Conqueror. Good always triumphs over evil in the end.
The guardians that are sent to us are the angels, that have been enlisted to protect humans. It is said in the Quran we have a few around us at all times. So anything bad that may happen is on accordance to what we may experience as a natural consequence to our action, or it was God’s decision for an unknown reason.
But Angels are not only our guardians, they also take us away in death and bring us to God, to stand before Him and allow Him to see us for who we really are. There is no hiding from God and all good and bad that we have done is taken into account.
Gabriel is telling Muhammad to tell the people that God as the Grand Master of Universe is the only Creator who they can receive help from. No other deities will help them release their suffering on earth. God has the power to split the earth and cause destruction, or cause more division between unruly people to cause more war and suffering. So we must always become humble enough to ask God for help in our weakest moments to prevent further turmoil.
Muhammad is told in line 66, that unfortunately some people will reject these messages and it is no sin on Muhammad for what they decide. Muhammad is told to ignore these people who will talk badly about the Quran revelations and he is to inform the others that is what to do. They are to ignore people speaking badly about Islam, until they change the subject and redeem themselves as friends and allies to you. This is what I personally do in my life. If people start to talk badly about Islam, I simply try to teach them what I can and then move on to another subject or ignore completely until they come back to me with sincerity in their hearts to SEE me as a person. I choose not to indulge in arguments with people that can just lead to more stress and heartache.
There is an important wisdom given here to Muhammad that we all can be reminded of from time to time. Satan wishes to keep us bickering and divided amongst each other in illusion of mind. So we must fight against this inner need to try to get the last word in, or fight with others. The internet is a wonderful resource to spread awareness, love and unity. But it can also be used for evil to continue division and hatred. As muslims, and people of all faiths, we must not get caught up in this cycle of anger.
There is so much to debate about in today’s world about religion, God, and Islam in general. But if people choose to love one another and open their minds to unity, then maybe there could be a choice to not argue and just continue in our diversities while respecting and trusting each other. This is the type of world I believe Muhammad was being guided to help bring about and what I choose to follow today.
In the last line, Muhammad is told to leave those who play with their faith and with their own lives if they do not want to listen to the revelations. If men want to include deities, strange rituals, and idols into religion that is on them. In the end, it will be shown to them what they neglected to learn and accept. The drinking of scalding water is a graphic image of the types of punishments that await close minded disbelievers. I can see it interpreted as two ways: One way, it can mean that people without faith will be only hurting themselves. And the second way, it is a physical representation of the End Times, when the disbelieving souls will not be saved by the angels, by a burning world being destroyed by fire.