[20:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
[20:1] T. H.*
[20:2] We did not reveal the Quran to you, to cause you any hardship.
[20:3] Only to remind the reverent.
[20:4] A revelation from the Creator of the earth and the high heavens.
[20:5] The Most Gracious; He has assumed all authority.
[20:6] To Him belongs everything in the heavens, and the earth, and everything between them, and everything beneath the ground.
[20:7] Whether you declare your convictions (or not) He knows the secret, and what is even more hidden.
[20:8] GOD: there is no other god besides Him. To Him belong the most beautiful names.
[20:9] Have you noted the history of Moses?
[20:10] When he saw a fire, he said to his family, “Stay here. I have seen a fire. Maybe I can bring you some of it, or find some guidance at the fire.”
[20:11] When he came to it, he was called, “O, Moses.
[20:12] “I am your Lord; remove your sandals. You are in the sacred valley, Tuwã.
[20:13] “I have chosen you, so listen to what is being revealed.
[20:14] “I am GOD; there is no other god beside Me. You shall worship Me alone, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) to remember Me.
*20:1 The role of these Quranic initials as components of the Quran’s awesome mathematical miracle is given in detail in Appendix 1.
What in the Quran could cause us hardship (20:2)?
Having to do your Contact Prayer five times a day, fast for a month, give Zakat could be hard, but God makes it easy. Take the example of Moses.
[90:10] Did we not show him the two paths? [90:11] He should choose the difficult path. [90:12] Which one is the difficult path? [90:13] The freeing of slaves. [90:14] Feeding, during the time of hardship. [90:15] Orphans who are related. [90:16] Or the poor who is in need. [90:17] And being one of those who believe, and exhorting one another to be steadfast, and exhorting one another to be kind. [90:18] These have deserved happiness.
[65:4] As for the women who have reached menopause, if you have any doubts, their interim shall be three months. As for those who do not menstruate, and discover that they are pregnant, their interim ends upon giving birth. Anyone who reverences GOD, He makes everything easy for him.
God’s Revelation is Heavy
[11:12] You may wish to disregard some of that which is revealed to you, and you may be annoyed by it. Also, they may say, “How come no treasure comes down to him, or an angel?” You are only a warner; GOD controls all things.
Example of Moses when he first spoke to God he was unsure of himself and the request of what he was supposed to do seemed like real hardship, but by the time Pharaoh was chasing him his response was “no way”.
[26:60] They pursued them towards the east. [26:61] When both parties saw each other, Moses’ people said, “We will be caught.” [26:62] He said, “No way. My Lord is with me; He will guide me.”
Purpose of the Contact Prayer is to remember God (20:14)
[13:28] They are the ones whose hearts rejoice in remembering GOD. Absolutely, by remembering GOD, the hearts rejoice.
The Quran: Messenger of God
[11:2] Proclaiming: “You shall not worship except GOD. I come to you from Him as a warner, as well as a bearer of good news.
[2:152] You shall remember Me, that I may remember you, and be thankful to Me; do not be unappreciative.
[29:45] You shall recite what is revealed to you of the scripture, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), for the Contact Prayers prohibit evil and vice. But the remembrance of GOD (through Salat) is the most important objective.* GOD knows everything you do.
[14:40] “My Lord, make me one who consistently observes the Contact Prayers (Salat), and also my children. Our Lord, please answer my prayers.
[40:14] Therefore, you shall devote your worship absolutely to GOD ALONE, even if the disbelievers dislike it.
In 20:12 it references that Moses was ordered to remove his sandals. Is that why we remove our shoes when we perform our Contact Prayer?
Acts 7:33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.