Surah Al-Nahl (The Bee): Chapter 16 (line 70-80)

70. God created you; then He takes you away. Some of you will be brought back to the worst age, so that he will no longer know anything, after having acquired knowledge. God is Omniscient and Omnipotent.

71. God has favored some of you over others in livelihood. Those who are favored would not give their properties to their servants, to the extent of making them partners in it. Will they then renounce God’s blessings?

72. God has given you mates from among yourselves; and has produced for you, from your mates, children and grandchildren; and has provided you with good things. Will they then believe in falsehood, and refuse God’s favors?

73. And yet they serve besides God what possesses no provisions for them in the heavens, nor on earth, nor are they capable.

74. So do not cite the examples for God. God knows, and you do not know.

75. God cites the example of a bonded slave, who has no power over anything; and someone to whom We have given plentiful provision, from which he gives secretly and openly. Are they equal in comparison? All praise belongs to God, but most of them do not know.

76. And God cites the example of two men: one of them dumb, unable to do anything, and is a burden on his master; whichever way he directs him, he achieves nothing good. Is he equal to him who commands justice, and is on a straight path?

77. To God belongs the unseen of the heavens and the earth. The coming of the Hour is only as the twinkling of the eye, or even nearer. God has power over everything.

78. God brought you out of your mothers’ wombs, not knowing anything; and He gave you the hearing, and the eyesight, and the brains; that you may give thanks.

79. Have they not seen the birds, flying in the midst of the sky? None sustains them except God. In this are signs for people who believe.

80. And God has given you in your homes habitats for you, and has provided for you out of the hides of livestock portable homes for you, so you can use them when you travel, and when you camp; and from their wool, and fur, and hair, furnishings and comfort for a while.

My Interpretation: 

We are learning here how Gabriel is telling Muhammad that all these blessings come to people and they often times do not show appreciation or they worship smaller gods and goddesses, in honor of these things. They serve and worship these deities that will not bring them to Heaven or Unity Consciousness of Allah as I like to refer to it.

The other day, I found a very interesting verse in the Bhagavad Gita, about this:

“These men pray for passage to heaven, thus attaining the realm of Indra, home of the happy; there they delight in celestial pleasures. Pleasures more spacious than any earthly they taste awhile, till the merit that won them is all exhausted: then they return to the world of mortals…hungry still for the food of the senses, drawn by desire to endless returning.…such men must return to life on earth, because they do not recognize me in my true nature. Those who sacrifice to the various deities, will go to those deities. The ancestor-worshippers will go to their ancestors. Those who worship elemental powers and spirits will go to them. So, also, my devotees will come to me” (9:20, 21, 24, 25.–Prabhavananda).

As you can see even the Hindus were never supposed to divide the Supreme Godhead as Islam teaches.

If you fail to recognize the ALL while alive…you may have to come back to this world of suffering (and some joy) in order to learn once again.

Showing gratitude for all the amazing things given to us in nature and in our lives, will allow us to experience more blessings in this life and the hereafter.

For more amazing insight into Hinduism’s unity with Islam, please go here: