(5:99) The Messenger is bound only to deliver the message, whereafter Allah
knows well all that you disclose and all that you conceal.
مَا عَلَى الرَّسُوۡلِ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ ؕ وَاللّٰهُ يَعۡلَمُ مَا تُبۡدُوۡنَ
(5:100) (O Messenger!) Say to them: "The bad things and the good things are
not equal, even though the abundance of the bad things might make you pleased
with them.115 Men of understanding, beware of disobeying Allah; then
maybe you will attain true success.'
قُلْ لَّا يَسۡتَوِى الۡخَبِيۡثُ وَالطَّيِّبُ وَلَوۡ اَعۡجَبَكَ كَثۡرَةُ الۡخَبِيۡثِ
ۚ فَاتَّقُوا اللّٰهَ يٰۤاُولِى الۡاَ لۡبَابِ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تُفۡلِحُوۡنَ
115. This verse enunciates a standard of evaluation and judgement quite distinct
from the standards employed by superficial people. For the latter, for instance,
a hundred dollars are worth more than five dollars, since a hundred is more
than five. But, according to this verse, if those hundred dollars have been
earned in a manner entailing the disobedience of God the entire amount becomes
unclean. If, on the contrary, a man earns five dollars while obeying God then
this amount is clean; and anything which is unclean, whatever its quantity,
cannot be worth that which is clean. A drop of perfume is more valuable than
a heap of filth; a palmful of clean water is much more valuable than a huge
cauldron brimming with urine. A truly wise person should therefore necessarily
be content with whatever he acquires by clean, permissible means, however small
and humble its quantity may be. He should not reach out for what is prohibited,
however large in quantity and glittering in appearance.