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Aestheics in the Qur'an
By:Dr Shabbir, Florida
Date: Friday, 30 December 2016, 11:10 am

16:5 And the cattle He has created for you. From them you derive warmth, and numerous benefits, and from them you obtain food.

16:6 And you find beauty in them when you drive them home in the evenings and when you take them out to pasture in the mornings.

16:7 They carry your loads to places you could not reach without much hardship. Surely, your Lord is Compassionate, Merciful.

16:8 And He created horses, mules, and donkeys for you to ride and for joyful decor. And He will yet create things of which (today) you have no knowledge.

16:9 (You see that these animals serve you and follow their instinct). God alone can show the right path, but there are ways that turn aside towards wrong. If God willed, He could have guided all of you. [He could have created you driven by instinct without the ability to make choices]

16:10 He is the One Who sends down water from the sky for you to drink from it, and out of it grow trees for you to graze your cattle.

16:11 Therewith He causes to grow for you crops, olives, date palms, grapes, vineyards, and all kinds of fruit. This is a convincing sign for those who reflect (on the universal order). [ZAR'A = Crops, agriculture, vegetation, plants, corn]

16:12 He has committed to your service the night and the day, as well as the sun and the moon. And the stars are committed by His command. These are sufficient signs for people who use their intellect.

16:13 And all that He has created for you on earth is of diverse colors and qualities. Therein is a Message for people who would reflect (and study the Book of Nature).

16:14 And He it is Who has made the sea subservient that you eat from it tender fresh meat and extract from it gems and ornaments to wear. And you see the ships roaming through the waves that you may seek of His bounty and be appreciative.

16:15 And He has placed mountains firm like stabilizing pegs in the earth, lest it sway with you; and made streams and paths, so that you may find your way. [21:31, 31:10. Mountains are the most vivid evidence of the geological history of the earth. With the earth’s interior still being almost a molten fluid, the earth crust cooled off becoming hard, and mountains came into being like pegs as the crest shrank. Mountains clench different plates of the earth together like a peg. In this way, they create more stability in the earth’s crust and take away much energy from earthquakes. 78:6-7]

16:16 And the natural landmarks as well as the stars to help people navigate.

16:17 Is the One Who creates comparable to anyone that cannot create? Will you then not reflect?

16:18 If you count up God’s favors, you would never be able to fathom them. God is Forgiving, Merciful. [His blessings abound in the Universe. He is the Absolver of imperfections. And He nourishes all mankind 1:1, 114:1]

16:19 And God knows which of His blessings you keep hidden and which of them you bring into the open.

16:20 Those whom they invoke besides God create nothing and are themselves created.

16:21 (Powerless are the so-called saints, mystics and monks, whom you make holier and holier with the passage of time.) They are dead, disintegrated bodies, not living. They are not even aware when they will be raised. [And you still call upon them for help!]

16:22 Your God is One God. Those who do not believe in the Afterlife, their hearts refuse to admit, for they are proud. [The very thought of accountability before a Supreme Being hurts their arrogance]

16:26 Those who lived before them, had also plotted (against God’s way) whereupon God struck at the very foundations of all they had built and contrived; such that the roofs caved in upon them from above. And the doom befell them from directions they had not even perceived.

16:30 And to those who live upright, it is said, “What has your Lord sent down?” They say, “All that is good.” (The Qur’an ordains people to benefit others.) For those who do good to others in this world, is a goodly return here, and the home of the Hereafter will be better. Pleasant will be the home of those who live upright.

16:31 The Gardens of Eden they will enter, underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will have whatever they wish. This is how God rewards the upright.

16:32 (The upright are contented even as they depart from the world.) Angels cause them to die saying, “Peace unto you! Enter the Garden now because of what you used to do.”