Tafsir of Ayah 70 of Surah Ya-Sin

Q 4: Allah (Exalted be He) says (the meanings of which are translated as): That he or it (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم or the Qur’ân) may give warning to him who is living (a healthy minded - the believer), and that Word (charge) may be justified against the disbelievers (dead, as they reject the warnings). I would like you to explain this Ayah in detail.


A: Allah (Exalted be He) says (the meanings of which are translated as): And We have not taught him (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) poetry, nor is it suitable for him. This is only a Reminder and a plain Qur’ân. That he or it (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم or the Qur’ân) may give warning to him who is living (a healthy minded - the believer), and that Word (charge) may be justified against the disbelievers (dead, as they reject the warnings). (Part No. 4; Page No. 285) These two Ayahs mean that the disbelievers accused the Prophet (peace be upon him) of being a poet and claimed that the Qur’an was poetry.Allah (Exalted be He) refuted their allegations by stating that He did not teach poetry to His Prophet or inspire him with it. He (Glorified be He) stated that it is not befitting for the Prophet (peace be upon him) to be a mere poet because he is the truthful, the trustworthy and the Imam (leader) of those who are guided to the truth. He brought forth truth, light and guidance for his Ummah (nation). As for poets, they roam in every valley and are followed by deviants; except for those who believe and work righteousness. Therefore, there is a great difference between the Prophet (peace be upon him) and poets in their morals and character. Then, Allah (Exalted be He) pointed out that what He revealed to him was not poetry. Moreover, the Qur’an is completely different from poetry with regard to its style, composition, meaning, guidance and lessons. The Qur’an is a reminder, light, happiness, and guidance for those who listen to it with the ear of their hearts. Allah (Glorified be He) states: This is only a Reminder and a plain Qur’ân. That he or it (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم or the Qur’ân) may give warning to him who is living (a healthy minded - the believer) This Ayah means that the Prophet (peace be upon him) warns with the Qur’an all those living from among mankind and Jinn. Moreover, he warns against the consequences of rejecting belief, so that the Word, meaning punishment, may be justified against those who disbelieve in Allah, His Messenger and what is revealed in the Qur’an. In these two Ayahs, Allah refuted the allegations of disbelievers who said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was a poet and the Qur’an was poetry.Moreover, Allah describes in these two Ayahs the high rank of His Prophet (peace be upon him), (Part No. 4; Page No. 286) the lofty status of the Qur’an, and the universality of the Message of the Prophet (peace be upon him) that addresses mankind and Jinn.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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