ARE ALL “O YOU WHO BELIEVE” VERSES APPLICABLE TO US ?

The Answer is No. The commanding verses which begin with “O You Who Believe” are not applicable to us because most of the verses are directly referring to the believers at the time of Prophet Muhammad.

Here are some verses 33:53, 49:2, 58:12-13 & 9:123 as an example from the Quran.

O YOU WHO BELIEVE, DO NOT ENTER THE HOMES OF THE PROPHET

33:53 O you who believe, do not enter the homes of the prophet unless you are invited to a meal, without you forcing such an invitation. But if you are invited, you may enter. And when you finish eating, you shall leave, without staying to wait for a Hadith. This used to bother the prophet, and he was shy to tell you. But God does not shy away from the truth. And if you ask his wives for something, ask them from behind a barrier. This is purer for your hearts and their hearts. And it is not for you to harm the messenger of God, nor that you should marry his wives after him. This is indeed a gross offence with God.

O YOU WHO BELIEVE, DO NOT RAISE YOUR VOICES ABOVE THE VOICE OF THE PROPHET

49:2 O you who believe, do not raise your voices above the voice of the prophet, nor shall you speak loudly to him as you would speak loudly to each other, lest your works become nullified while you do not perceive.

O YOU WHO BELIEVE, IF YOU WISH TO HOLD A PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE MESSENGER

58:12 O you who believe, if you wish to hold a private meeting with the messenger, you shall offer a charity before you do so. This is better for you, and purer. If you cannot do so, then God is Forgiver, Merciful.

58:13 Are you reluctant to offer a charity before such meeting? If you cannot do such, and God has forgiven you; then you shall establish the Closeness/Attachment (Salat), and contribute towards purification, and obey God and His messenger. God is fully Aware of everything you do.

O YOU WHO BELIEVE, FIGHT THOSE WHO ARE AROUND YOU

9:123 O you who believe, fight those who are around you of the rejecters, and let them find strength in you; and know that God is with the righteous.

NATION THAT HAS PASSED AWAY

By using the Quranic logic about the nations that has passed away we may come to this conclusion that these commandments in “O You Who Believe” verses were for the nation at the time of Prophet Muhammad which has passed away before us.

2:134 That is a nation that has passed away; to them is what they have earned, and to you is what you have earned; and you will not be asked regarding what they did.

2:141 That is a nation that has passed away; to them is what they have earned, and to you is what you have earned; and you will not be asked regarding what they did.

CONCLUSION

The direct audiences of verses “O YOU WHO BELIEVE” were the believers at the time of Prophet Muhammad.

We know that the Quran was revealed in 7th century and we are living in 21st century.

So as the believers we only have to take the lesson and idea from the verses which were meant for the believers in 7th century.

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