Thus, the Qur’an fulfils marvellously its primary mission, of being the faithful guardian of all the Sacred Books.
“O you people of the book! Believe in what We have (now) revealed confirming what was (already) with you, before We change the face and fame of some (of you) beyond all recognition. And turn them hind wards, or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath-breakers, for the decision of Allâh must be carried out.” (V, 48).
Only, instead of accumulating all pieces of advice at the same time, it very often prefers not to give each lesson except at the right moment. Let us follow, little by little, that Evangelic preaching and let us see how the same principles are confirmed in the Sacred Book of Islam.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:3)
“Beautified is the life of this world for those who disbelieve, and they mock at those who believe. But those who obey Allâh's Orders and keep away from what He has forbidden, will be above them on the Day of Resurrection. (II, 212), “Beautified for men is the love of thing they covet; women, children, much of gold and silver (wealth), branded beautiful horses; cattle and well-tilled land. This is the pleasure of the present world's life; but Allâh has the excel-lent return (Paradise with flowing rivers) with Him.” (III, 14)
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.(Matt. 5:4)
“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sâbirûn (the patient) * Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allâh we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” (II, 155-7).
Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth (Matt, 5:5)
“And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord and for Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for Al-Muttaqûn (the pious) * Those who spend (in Allâh’s Cause) in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allâh loves Al-Muhsinûn (the good-doers).” (III, 133-4); “And when the Word is fulfilled against them (the unjust), We shall bring forth from the earth a beast to speak unto them because mankind had no faith in our signs.” (XXVII, 83)
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Matt. 5:6)
“Or do those who earn evil deeds think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, in their present life and after their death? Worst is the judgement that they make.” (XLV, 21); “Verily (during the worldly life) those who committed crimes used to laugh at those who believed. * And whenever they passed by them, used to wink one to another (in mockery). * And when they returned to their own people they would return jesting: * And when they saw them, they said: “Verily these have indeed gone astray”....* But this Day (the Day of Resurrection) those who believe will laugh at the disbelievers. * On (high) thrones, looking (at all things) * Are not the disbeliever paid (fully) for what they used to do?” (LXXXIII, 29-36)
Blessed are the pure in heart (Matt, 5:8)
“But only he (will prosper) that bring to Allâh a sound heart.” (XXVI, 89); “Who feared the Most Gracious (Allâh) in the Ghaib (Unseen) and brought a heart turned in repentance (to Him and absolutely free from each and every kind of polytheism).” (L, 33)
Blessed are the peacemakers: (Matt; 5:9)
“There is no good in most of their secret talks save (in) him who orders Sadaqah (charity in Allâh's Cause), or Ma‘ruf (Islâmic Monotheism and all the good and righteous deeds which Allâh has ordained), or conciliation between mankind and he who does this, seeking the good pleasure of Allâh, We shall give him a great reward.” (IV, 114)
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake (Matt. 5:10)
“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who be-lieved along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allâh?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allâh is near.” (II, 214); “You shall certainly be tried and tested in your wealth and properties and in your personal selves, and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you from those who received the Scripture before you (Jews and Christians) and from those who ascribe partners to Allâh; but if you persevere patiently and become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious), then verily, that will be a determining factor in all affairs. (and that is from the great matters which you must hold on with all your efforts).” (III, 186).
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy (Matt. 5:7)
“Then he became one of those who believed (in the Islamic Monotheism) and recommended one another to perseverance and patience, and (also) recommended one another to piety and compassion. * They are those on the Right Hand (i.e. the dwellers of Paradise).” (XC, 17-18)
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