Juz' 23

The Quran in general is divided into chapters (surah) and verses (ayat). It is additionally divided into 30 equal sections, called juz . Of note, division into Juzʾ has no relevance to the meaning of the Quran and anyone can start reading from anywhere in the Quran. The divisions of juz do not fall evenly along chapter lines. These divisions make it easier to pace the reading over a month’s period, reading a fairly equal amount each day. This is particularly important during the month of Ramadan, when it is recommended to complete at least one full reading of the Quran from cover to cover. Some use this divisions to facilitate recitation of the Quran in a month, especially during Ramadan when the entire Quran is recited in the Tarawih prayers, reciting approximately one juzʾ a night. 

The twenty-third juz’ of the Qur’an starts from verse 28 of the 36th chapter (36.Ya-Sin :28) and continues to verse 31 of the 39th chapter (39.Az-Zumar :31).

Select Quotations:

“...And you will not be recompensed except for what you did (your own actions)!” (Quran 36:54)

“Did I not enjoin upon you (inform you), O children of Adam, that you not serve Satan (body/bodily and unconscious state of existence deprived of the knowledge of reality; ego driven existence) [for] indeed, he (this state of unconsciousness) is to you a clear enemy! And that you serve only Me (experience and feel the requisites of the reality), [as] this is the straight path (sirat al-mustaqim). Verily, this unconscious state (the assumption that you are merely the physical body prone to perish) has already led astray most of you. Did you not use your reason?” (Quran 36:60-62)

“Verily, when He wills a thing, His Command is, ‘Kun = be(He merely wishes it to be), and it is (formed with ease)! Subhan is He in whose hand (governance) is the Malakut (the force of the Names) of all things, and to Him you will be returned (the illusory self – ego will come to an end and the Absolute Reality will be discerned).” (Quran 36:82-83)

“Indeed, We have adorned earth’s heaven (configured man’s brain) with planets (astrological data) and protected it from every rebellious Satan (the purified consciousness is beyond the reach of illusory impulses).” (Quran 37:6-7)

“Indeed, you will be tasters of the painful suffering. And you will not be recompensed except for what you did (your own actions).” (Quran 37:38-39)

“...While it is Allah who created you and all your doings.” (Quran 37:96)

“And they have assumed between Him (Allah) and the jinn (conscious beings outside the human capacity of perception) a connection (i.e. associated divinity to them), but the jinn know well that, verily, they [who made such assumptions] shall indeed be summoned (will realize such a connection does not actually exist!).” (Quran 37:158)

“You cannot turn (those who are pure in essence) against Him. Except he who is to enter the Hellfire.” (Quran 37:162-163)

“He called to his Rabb (the reality of the Names comprising his essence), ‘Indeed, Satan (the feeling of being this body) has given me hardship and torment.’” (Quran 38:41)

“And recall when your Rabb said to the angels, ‘Indeed I will create a human being from clay (water plus minerals).’ So when I have formed him (by programming his brain) and breathed[1] into him (became manifest to form the brain) of My spirit. So the angels prostrated, all of them entirely. Except Iblis; he (relying on his mind) was arrogant and became of the deniers of the knowledge of Truth (those who cannot recognize the essence/reality of others due to their egos).” (Quran 38:71-74)

“And certainly, upon you is My curse (separation from Me; inability to experience your essential reality, being trapped within your ego) until the Day of Recompense (the period in which the reality of the system will become clearly evident and thus experienced).” (Quran 38:78)

[Iblis] said, ‘I swear by your might (the unchallengeable power within my essence denoted by the secret of the letter B), I will surely mislead them all (deviate them from spirituality, by making them confine their existence to their physical body and pursuing bodily pleasures). Except, among them, who are pure in essence (those to whom You have bestowed the experience of their essential reality).’” (Quran 38:82-83)

“...Say, ‘Can those who know be equal to those who do not know? Only those with deep contemplative intellects can discern this’...” (Quran 39:9)

“Whose heart (essence) Allah has expanded towards comprehending Islam, is he not upon a Nur (knowledge) disclosed by his Rabb (his essential reality)? ...” (Quran 39:22)

“And We have certainly presented for the people in this Quran from every kind of example – that they might contemplate (remember their forgotten reality)!” (Quran 39:27)


[1] The word ‘breath’ which is ‘nafh’ in Arabic literally means to blow out, i.e. to project explicitly, to manifest, to materialize.

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