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Interpretation of Sura Maryam (Mary) - Verse 76

76. " And Allah increases in guidance those who are guided aright, and the everlasting good deeds are better with your Lord in reward, and better in return.”

Commentary

The Arabic word /?awab/ means the recompense of man's deed which returns to him, whether it is good or evil, but it is often used for a good deed. 76

The previous verse referred to the fate of the oppressors and those who were deluded by the dazzling glare and lusts of the world, while this verse refers to situation of the believers and those who are guided. It says:

" And Allah increases in guidance those who are guided aright, …"

It is evident that guidance has some degrees. When the beginning degrees of guidance are practiced by a person, Allah may help him to gain some higher and higher degrees of it. Similar to a fruitful tree, which develops to a new stage of growth and perfection every day, these guided ones, too, in the light of their Faith and good deeds, promote to some higher stages every day.

At the end of the verse, the Qur'an gives an answer to those who have relied on their fleeting ornaments in this life and have taken it as a means of boasting to others. It implies that the end and the value of the righteous deeds is better with the Lord. 77 The verse says:

"…and the everlasting good deeds are better with your Lord in reward, and better in return."

However, some Islamic traditions indicate that the purpose of the phrase 'the everlasting good deeds' is the invocation saying: "Glory be to Allah; Praise belongs to Allah; and there is no god save Allah. Allah is the greatest." (Tafsir-i-Nur-uth-Thaqalatn; and Tafsir-i-Burhan)

Notes:

76. Al-Mizan, the Commentary

77. The Arabic word 'marad' is either 'an infinitive' with the sense of 'to pass, to return', or it is a 'noun of place' with the sense of 'the site of return', which here means Paradise.

Adopted from the book : "The Light of the Holy Qur'an; Interpretation of Surah Maryam" by : "Sayyid Kamal Faghih Imani and a Group of Muslim Scholars"

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