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February 17, 2013

He made this Revelation a brilliant light in the obscurity of ignorance, a lustrous star in the twilight of uncertainty, a sure guide against wandering in the ways of confusion, and a leader on the paths to salvation and truth, ‘whereby God guides whosoever follows His good pleasure in the ways of peace, and brings them forth from the shadows into the light by His leave; and He guides them to a straight path’ (5:16). Its pillars will never crumble, its way-marks will never be obliterated by the span of time; he who follows it will not deviate from the goal of the path, he who journeys with it will not wander from the way of guidance; he who compiles with its directions will attain success and will be well directed, but he who strays will take the wrong turning and lose his way.

This Revelation is the refuge to which those who are guided by it repair in case of differences; it is the stronghold to which they resort in times of adversity, the fortress in which they entrench themselves against the whisperings of Satan, the wisdom of their Lord in which they seek arbitration, the binding decision of His judgment between them to which they ultimately have recourse and in accordance with which they act; it is His rope by clinging to which they are saved from destruction.

Al-Tabari – The Commentary on the Quran

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