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A Righteous Band of People 

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A Righteous Band of People Q13:17   He   sends   down   water   from   the   skies,   and   the   channels   flow   each   according   to   its   measure:   but   the   torrent   bears   away   the foam   like   the   scum   that   mounts   up   to   the   surface.   Even   so,   from   that   (ore)   which   they   heat   in   the   fire   to   make   ornaments   or utensils.   In   addition   to   that,   there   is   a   scum   likewise.   Thus,   doth   Allah   (by   parables)   show   forth   Truth   and   falsehood:   for   the   scum disappears like foam cast out; while that which is for good for humanity remains on the earth. Thus, doth Allah set forth parables. This   paragraph   Q13:17   from   the   Holy   Quran   is   a   parable,   and   I   believe   that   a   parable   reflects   the   reader’s   interpretation   of   his   or her   understanding   to   serve   as   a   tool   to   help   explain   something   more   clearly   to   others.   In   this   parable   above,   I   believe   God   is   saying that   when   you   forge   metal   in   a   fire   to   make   ornaments   or   utensils,   a   scrum   will   separate   from   the   metal.   However,   after   the   scum separates   from   the   metal,   it   will   perish   on   its   own   or   is   thrown   away.   This   parable   is   saying   that   this   scum   will   be   like   the   foam   that rises   to   the   top   of   a   wave   or   torrent   that   will   be   cast   out   onto   the   shore.   I   am   sure   God   is   using   the   example   of   forging   the   metal   in the   fire   because   the   people   that   lived   in   the   time   of   Mohammed   seen   this   done   with   metal   before.   I   believe   the   scum   represents everything   that   is   forbidden   by   God   and   God   is   promising   to   destroy   the   evil   after   it   has   separated   from   the   good   in   our   lives   and our   societies.   I   believe   the   fire   in   this   parable   represents   the   people   who   have   banded   together   in   what   God   said   is   right   and   who   is forbidding   each   other   from   doing   what   God   said   is   wrong.   I   don’t   believe   God   is   going   to   bless   any   people   to   be   righteous   or prosperous   if   they   are   disobeying   Him   or   are   still   clinging   to   others   who   are   defying   Him.   I   believe   there   is   only   one   way   a   people can   be   blessed   to   become   the   fire   that   will   forge   a   new   righteous   world,   and   that   is   to   separate   themselves   from   those   who   are   still disobeying God. Q3:104   Let   there   arise   out   of   you   a   band   of   people   inviting   to   all   that   is   good,   enjoining   what   is   right,   and   forbidding   what   is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity. I   believe   that   if   just   a   small   group   of   people   who   are   obeying   God   will   forbid   each   other   from   doing   what   God   said   is   wrong,   God will   bless   this   group   of   people   to   change   an   evil   world   into   a   righteous   one.   We   have   a   perfect   example   of   this   that   Prophet Mohammed,   and   his   following   change   their   country   from   an   evil   one   to   a   righteous   one   in   just   23   years.   If   a   group   of   believers   will obey   what   God   is   saying   in   paragraph   Q3:104   almost   immediately   the   scum   that   is   disobeying   God   will   begin   to   separate themselves   from   that   group.   Evil   people   will   leave   your   community   on   their   own   once   they   realize   they   can   no   longer   get   away   with doing   what   God   says   is   wrong   with   you.   If   this   band   of   people   who   are   forbidding   each   other   from   doing   what   God   said   is   wrong will   challenge   the   wrong   in   their   Masjids   and   Churches,   God   will   cast   the   scum   out   of   their   places   of   worship.   If   this   band   of   people who   are   forbidding   each   other   from   doing   what   God   said   is   wrong   will   challenge   what   is   wrong   in   their   communities,   God   will   cast the   scum   out   of   their   communities.   If   this   band   of   people   who   are   forbidding   each   other   from   doing   what   God   said   is   wrong   will challenge   what   God   said   is   wrong   in   their   cities,   God   will   cast   the   scum   out   of   their   towns.   If   this   band   of   people   who   are   forbidding each   other   from   doing   what   God   said   is   wrong   will   challenge   what   God   said   is   wrong   in   their   country,   God   will   cast   the   scum   out   of their   country.   If   this   band   of   people   who   are   forbidding   each   other   from   doing   what   God   said   is   wrong   would   challenge   what   God said   is   wrong   on   their   planet,   God   will   cast   the   scum   out   of   the   world.   And,   the   only   thing   that   will   remain   on   earth   will   be   that which is good for humanity, because God has power over everything. Q2:60   There   is   for   you   an   excellent   example   (to   follow)   in   Abraham   and   those   with   him,   when   they   said   to   their   people:   “We   are clear   of   you   and   whatever   ye   worship   besides   God:   we   have   rejected   you,   and   there   has   arisen,   between   us   and   you,   enmity   and hatred   for   ever,-   unless   ye   believe   in   God   and   Him   alone”:   But   not   when   Abraham   said   to   his   father:   “I   will   pray   for   forgiveness for   thee,   though   I   have   no   power   (to   get)   aught   on   thy   behalf   from   God.”   (They   prayed):   “Our   Lord!   In   Thee   do   we   trust,   and   to Thee do we turn in repentance: to Thee is (our) Final Goal.