TOPIC: Quran >> Translations
Q.Dear Moazzam sb,  
pls can u explain the (21:58), "Then he broke them all into pieces, sparing only the supreme one among them that they may possibly return to him".... what broken ... what let spare.?
By: sajjad hussain On: 2/14/2013

1.Brother Sajjad Hussain! As we know Mushrikeen use to believe in ALLAH as their ABSOLUTE ILAH and their PEER/IMAM/RELIGIOUS LEADERS as media between Allah and people[called ILAHA as well]. Refer to 39/3  
أَلَا لِلَّهِ الدِّينُ الْخَالِصُ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مِن دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ مَا نَعْبُدُهُمْ إِلَّا لِيُقَرِّبُونَا إِلَى اللَّهِ زُلْفَى إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَحْكُمُ بَيْنَهُمْ فِي مَا هُمْ فِيهِ يَخْتَلِفُونَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي مَنْ هُوَ كَاذِبٌ كَفَّارٌ  
Is it not to Allah that sincere devotion is due? But those who take for protectors other than Allah (say): "We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to Allah." Truly Allah will judge between them in that wherein they differ. But Allah guides not such as are false and ungrateful  
The story described in verses 21/57-70 is not about the physical destruction of idols by any sort of arm, rather,it describes what happened with their religious priest those has been defeated/humiliated by ibraheem through his strong arguments. Ibraheem proved their ULTIMATE ILAH only and rejected rest of all [small ilah], so that they might turn to Him only.  
21/58: فَجَعَلَهُمْ جُذَاذًا إِلَّا كَبِيرًا لَّهُمْ لَعَلَّهُمْ إِلَيْهِ يَرْجِعُونَ  
So he broke them to pieces, (all) but the biggest of them that they might turn to Him.  
Remember; Any happening by any person [by following due course of process] is called “ALLAH DID IT” refer to 8/17 . Therefore whatever Ibraheem did with their Ilah [religious leaders/peer] has been refereed to ALLAH [THE ABSOLUTE ILAH]  
21/62 قَالُوا أَأَنتَ فَعَلْتَ هَذَا بِآلِهَتِنَا يَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ  
They said, "Have you done this to our gods, O Ibraheem?"  
21/63: قَالَ بَلْ فَعَلَهُ كَبِيرُهُمْ هَذَا فَاسْأَلُوهُمْ إِن كَانُوا يَنطِقُونَ  
He said, "Rather, this - the largest of them - did it, so ask them, if they should [be able to reply intelligently] speak."  
45/37: وَلَهُ الْكِبْرِيَاءُ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ  
Comments by: moazzam On: 2/15/2013

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