The good men and true, who succeeded
Abraham, received the gifts
Of revelation and guidance, and kept
Alive Allah’s Message, which now
Is proclaimed in the Quran,
In which is blessing and confirmation
Of all that went before. In the daily
Pageants of Nature – the dawn
And the restful night, the sun,
The moon, the stars that guide
The mariner in the distant seas
The rain-clouds pouring abundance,
And the fruits that delight the heart
Of man – can ye not read
Signs of Allah? No vision can
Comprehend Him, yet He
Knoweth and comprehendeth all.
وَتِلْكَ حُجَّتُنَا آتَيْنَاهَا إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَلَىٰ قَوْمِهِ
That was the reasoning
About Us, which
We gave to Abraham
(To struggle) against his people:
& > The spiritual education of Abraham raised him many degrees above his contemporaries, and he was expected to use that knowledge and dignity for preaching the truth among his own people.
نَرْفَعُ دَرَجَاتٍ مَّن نَّشَاءُ ۗ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ حَكِيمٌ عَلِيمٌ
We raise whom We will,
Degree after degree:
For thy Lord is full
Of wisdom and knowledge.
وَوَهَبْنَا لَهُ إِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ ۚ كُلًّا هَدَيْنَا
We gave him Isaac
And Jacob: all
& > the great Teachers accepted among the great religions founded on Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. The first to be mentioned are Abraham, his son Isaac, and Isaac’s son, Jacob. Abraham was the first to have a Book. His Book is mentioned though it is now lost.
& > They were therefore the first to receive Guidance in the sense of a Book.
صُحُفِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَىٰ
The Books of Abraham and Moses.
Wonderful are the ways of Allah
In creation, and the love with which
He guides His creatures’ destinies,
Gives them the means by which to strive
For maturity by ordered steps, and reach
The ending most fitted for their natures.
His Law is just and easy, and His Grace
Is ever ready to help: let us look
To the Eternal Goal, with hearts and souls
Of Purity, and glorify His name:
For in this changing, fleeting world,
His Word is always true, and will remain,
Through all the ages, ever the same.