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.
71. Say, “Shall we invoke besides God something that can neither benefit us nor harm us, and turn back on our heels after God has guided us; like someone seduced by the devils and confused on earth, who has friends calling him to guidance: ‘Come to us’?” Say, “The guidance of God is the guidance, and we are commanded to surrender to the Lord of the Universe.”
72. “And to perform the prayers, and to revere Him; it is to Him that you will be gathered.”
73. It is He who created the heavens and the earth in truth. On the Day when He says: “Be,” it will be. His saying is the truth, and His is the sovereignty on the Day when the trumpet is blown. The Knower of secrets and declarations. He is the Wise, the Expert.
74. Abraham said to his father Azar, “Do you take idols for gods? I see that you and your people are in evident error.”
75. Thus We showed Abraham the empire of the heavens and the earth, that he might be one of those with certainty.
76. When the night fell over him, he saw a planet. He said, “This is my lord.” But when it set, he said, “I do not love those that set.”
77. Then, when he saw the moon rising, he said, “This is my lord.” But when it set, he said, “If my Lord does not guide me, I will be one of the erring people.”
78. Then, when he saw the sun rising, he said, “This is my lord, this is bigger.” But when it set, he said, “O my people, I am innocent of your idolatry.
79. I have directed my attention towards Him Who created the heavens and the earth-a monotheist-and I am not of the idolaters.”
80. And his people argued with him. He said, “Do you argue with me about God, when He has guided me? I do not fear what you associate with Him, unless my Lord wills it. My Lord comprehends all things in knowledge. Will you not reconsider?
Muhammad is a pioneer in his country in the Middle East. He is a man who has been chosen to teach people that have been taught to call on one of their 300 gods or goddesses for help, to start to ask help from and pray to ONE God. Once again, anything that says “Say” in the Quran is what is being told to Muhammad to say exactly to the people. He is being taught how to teach the people to THINK for themselves about the essence of God. This is such an important step for the pagan Arab civilization predating Islam. The masses of people were never taught to question about their faiths, only to accept what was told to them by those in charge in Mecca. Giving the people the right AND permission to logically question about God, was one of the greatest allowances given to humanity at this time. This is what the Quran allows you to do with it’s rhetorical nature.
One other reason that it was important for the people to stop worshipping these gods and goddesses, is because they were following energies unknown to them. Followers of Satan they are called. Entities that are non human waiting to take advantage of humans who are vulnerable in their quest for knowledge and power. Following the guidance of God, laid out in these revelations is how you protect yourself from following blindly into this trap of Satan.
Gabriel in line 73 is going into how God has dominion over the material and non-material worlds. He has created everything by saying “Be” and it becomes. There is no other King of Heaven, except our Lord and everything on the day of the trumpet blown, will be gathered back to Him. Nothing can escape this calling back to Him.
Muhammad is told about how Abraham became one of God’s messengers. Abraham questioned his father, Azar, about the idol worship of his ancient civilization and God saw this service and purified him in his faith to know God, by guiding him further on this path of knowledge.
Abraham saw the sky clearly one night to see a planet, and believed that shining spot in the sky to be God like his fellow people. But when the planet “set” or rotated out of sight in the sky, he saw that such a thing that could not stay constant in the sky was not God. Next, he saw the moon, but realized it went away during the day and came back at night. He quickly realized this was not God either as his people worshipped as another god. Lastly, he saw the bigger light of the sun, and thought that God was the sun. But he soon realized that the sun was not God. At this point, he decided that he did not believe in what his father or any people of his nation believed about gods. He was a pioneer of his civilization and became a messenger to his people to help spread the message of how vast God really is by using logic to compare the physical bodies found in space.
Any lie you hear about Islam being the worship of the moon God of ancient times, now you know the truth within these verses. “Allah” is the same God Abraham was guided towards and created ALL of the heavens and earth.
An artist’s interpretation of Abraham looking to the sky for the truth.