Laying Down the Law With Gentleness

From what I noticed in the Quran, every time you have the phrase تِلكَ حُدُودُ اللهِ , it’s always followed by a prohibition or a warning not to transgress Allah’s limit or to even come near it. I only noticed it because flow-wise in recitation, that’s what you’d expect to hear or recite, but in Surah An Nisaa, it’s not followed by a prohibition or a warning. In fact, it’s followed by a different kind of reminder, a somewhat gentler, softer reminder if you will. Why is this? I asked Ustaadh Nouman.

An Nisaa 4:13

4:13
Sahih International

These are the limits [set by] Allah , and whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger will be admitted by Him to gardens [in Paradise] under which rivers flow, abiding eternally therein; and that is the great attainment.

Ustaadh Nouman said that this surah is an early Madinan surah, so Madinah was in its early formation of the shariah.  Therefore, Allah starts it with more positive encouragement. Subhaanallah…it’s amazing how merciful Allah is, and how amazing that this is reflected in His book for us to know and appreciate and increase in love for Him.

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