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al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
as rendered by Syed Vickar Ahamed

Syed Vickar Ahamed rendition of Surah The Pilgrimage(al-Hajj)
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22:1 O Mankind! Fear your Lord! Because the (violent) earthquake of the Hour (of Judgment) will be a terrible thing!
22:2 The Day when you will see that every nursing mother (feeding her baby from her breast) will forget her suckling-baby, and every pregnant female will drop her (unformed) load: You will see mankind as (if it is) in a drunken state, even though not drunk: But fearful will be the Anger of Allah.
22:3 And still there are among men who dispute about Allah, without knowledge, and follow each (Satan) of the Satans' (Shayatin, from its evil race) bent upon revolt!
22:4 About him (the Satan), it is ordained that anyone who turns to him for friendship, he (Satan, the Evil one) will lead him astray, and he will lead him to the penalty of the Fire.
22:5 O Mankind! If you have doubt about being raised (for Judgment, remember that) We created you from dust, then out of semen (see verse 36.77), then out of a watery clot then out of a part of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, so that We may make you be aware of (Our Power); And We make whom We wish to stay in the wombs for a fixed time, then We bring you out as (baby) infants, then (make you grow up so) that you may reach your age of full strength; And some of you are picked to die young, and some are picked for the weak old age, so that he does not know much after knowing (a lot), and (also), you see the earth that is empty and lifeless but when We pour rain upon it, it is moved (to life), and it swells, and it puts out every type of beautiful growth (in pairs).
22:6 This is so, because Allah is the Truth (and reality): And it is He Who gives life to the dead, and it is He Who is Able (Khadir) to do all things.
22:7 And the Hour will surely come: There can be no doubt about it, and certainly Allah will raise up all who are in the graves.
22:8 And still there is (one) among the men who disputes about Allah, without knowledge, without guidance, and without a Book of enlightenment from Allah—
22:9 Moving his side, so as to lead (men) astray from the Path of Allah: For him there is dishonor in this life, and on the Day of Judgment We shall make him taste the penalty of burning (Fire).
22:10 (It will be said to him): "This is because of the acts which your hands sent before, for surely, Allah is not unjust to His servants,"
22:11 Among men, there is (one) who worship Allah, as if like being on the edge (of Faith): If (something) nice comes to him, he is well content with it: But if a trial comes near him, he turns on his face (in sorrow and disbelief): He loses both this world and the Hereafter: That is loss for all to see!
22:12 He (in disbelief) calls on other gods besides Allah, (those) who can neither harm nor help him: Truly, that is going far away (from the right)!
22:13 (Perhaps) he calls on the (Evil) one whose harm is closer than his help: Truly, evil is the helper and evil the companion!
22:14 Surely, Allah will admit those who believe and work rightful deeds, to Gardens, under which rivers flow: Verily, Allah makes all that He plans happen.
22:15 If any (one) thinks that Allah will not help him (His Prophet) in this world and in the Hereafter, let him pull out a rope to the ceiling and cut (himself) off: Then let him see whether his plan will remove what makes (him) angry!
22:16 Thus, We have sent down Clear Signs like this; And surely, Allah guides (those) whom He wills!
22:17 Verily, those who believe (in the Quran,) those who are the Jews, and the Sabians (a small religious tribe from southern Iraq), Christians, Magians (the fire-worshipers from Persia, Madyan (Midian) and old Mesopotamian valleys) and Polytheists (worshipers of many gods)— Truly, Allah will judge between them (all) on the Day of Judgment: Verily, Allah is Witness of all things.
22:18 Do you not see that all things that are in the heavens and on earth, bow down to Allah in worship— And the sun, and the moon, and the stars; And the hills, and the trees, and the animals; And a great number among mankind prostrate themselves to Allah? But there are those in a great number, for whom Punishment is (coming and) justified: And those whom Allah shall disgrace— None can lift (them) to grace: Because Allah fulfills everything that He wills.
22:19 Those two (groups) who are opposed fought with each other about their Lord: But those who reject (their Lord)— For them will be cut out garments of Fire: Boiling water will be poured over their heads.
22:20 What is in their bodies and (their) skins will be burned with it (the boiling water).
22:21 Also there will be (spiked) clubs of iron (to punish) them.
22:22 Every time they like to get away there from, in (the most severe) pain, they will be pushed back therein, and (it will be) said to them: "You taste the Penalty of burning!"
22:23 Allah will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds, to Gardens below which rivers flow (Paradise): In there, they shall be decorated with (thick) bangles of gold and pearls; And their garments therein will be of silk.
22:24 And they have been guided to the purest of sayings; They have been guided to His Path, Who is Worthy of all Praise (Al-Hameed).
22:25 Verily, as to those who have rejected (Allah), and have kept back (men) from the Way of Allah, and from the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah), which We have made (open) to (all) men— Equal is the one who lives (near) there and the visitor from the country— And any whose reason in there is not pious but wrong-doing— We will make them taste of a most painful Penalty.
22:26 And (remember) when We gave the site to Ibrahim (Abraham) for the (Sacred) House, (saying): "Do not associate anything (in worship) with Me; And purify (and cleanse) My House for those who go round it (in the ceremonial act of Tawaf), and those who stand up (for prayer), and those who bow, and those who prostrate themselves (while being in the House).
22:27 "And proclaim (the duties of pilgrimage) among men: They will come to you on foot and on every kind of camel, (turned) lean because of travels through deep and distant mountain roads;
22:28 "That they may see the rewards for themselves, and celebrate the Name of Allah, through the appointed Days over the (sacrifice of the) cattle which He has provided for them: Then (you) eat from there and feed the poor in need.
22:29 "Then let them complete the specific rites stated for them, make their (sacred) vows, and go around (in Tawaf) the Ancient House (i.e., Kab’ah in Makkah)."
22:30 Like this (is the pilgrimage): Whoever (respectfully) obeys the sacred duties (rites) of Allah, for him, this is good in the sight of his Lord. Lawful to you (for food during pilgrimage) are cattle, except those mentioned to you (before): But avoid all the (intensely) hateful things about idols, and avoid the word that is not true—
22:31 Being true in faith to Allah and never assigning partners to Him: If (anyone) assigns partners to Allah, it is as if he had fallen from heavens and been snatched up by birds, or (as if) the wind had snatched (him) and thrown him into a faraway place.
22:32 (His condition is) like this: And for he who respects the Symbols of Allah, such (respect) should truly come from the devotion of the heart (to Allah).
22:33 In these (cattle for sacrifice) you have benefits (the meat, hide, etc.) for a fixed time: In the end their place of sacrifice is near the Ancient House.
22:34 And to every nation (and people) We have appointed rites (of sacrifice), so that they might celebrate the Name of Allah over the food He gave them from animals (fit for sacrifice). But your God is One (Allah); Then submit your will to Him (in Islam): And you give the good news to those who humble themselves (before Allah)—
22:35 (To those) whose hearts are filled with fear, when (the Name of) Allah is mentioned— And who show patient steadfastness over their sorrows, perform regular prayer, and spend (in charity) from what We have given to them.
22:36 And We have made for you the camels for sacrifice as among of the Symbols from Allah: In them, there is (much) good for you: Then pronounce the Name of Allah over them as they line up (for the sacrifice): Then when they are down on their sides (after the slaughter), you eat there from and feed those who live in contentment (but who do not beg) and those who beg with due humility: Thus We have made animals at your command, so that you may be thankful.
22:37 It is neither their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: It is your devotion (to Allah) that reaches Him: He has thus made them at your command, for you may glorify Allah for His guidance to you: And declare the good news to all who do right.
22:38 Surely, Allah protects those who believe: (And) surely, Allah does not love anyone who betrays faith (or shows ingratitude to Allah.)
22:39 Permission (to fight) is given to those believers against whom war is made, because they (the righteous) have been wronged— And surely, Allah is Most Powerful (Khad’ir) for their help and (He) grants them the victory;
22:40 Those who have been expelled from their homes (unjustly) in defiance of right— (For no reason) except that they say, "Our Lord is Allah." Did Allah not stop one set of people by means of another, for sure, there have been destroyed, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, where the Name of Allah is praised most often. Allah will surely help those who support (His) cause— Because truly, Allah is Full of Strength (Qhavi), exalted in Might (Aziz).
22:41 Those (are the believers) who, if We establish them firmly (in power) in the land, they establish regular prayer and give regular charity, enjoin the right and forbid wrong: And with Allah rests the end of (all) affairs.
22:42 And if they treat your (cause for Islam) as untrue, like so did the peoples before them (with their prophets)— The People of Nuh (Noah), and ‘Ad and Samood (Thamud);
22:43 Those of Ibrahim (Abraham) and Lut (Lot);
22:44 And the companions of the Madyan people; And Musa (Moses) was rejected (like this). But I gave (some) relief to the disbelievers, and (only) after that I did punish them: But how (terrible) was My rejection (of them)!
22:45 And how many townships (or populations) have We destroyed, which were used to doing wrong? They fell down on their tops. And how many wells are lying idle and neglected, and the tall and well-built castles?
22:46 Do they not go through the land, so that their hearts can thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to listen? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts that are in their chests.
22:47 And yet they ask you to quicken the punishment! But Allah will not fail in His promise. Surely, a Day in the sight of your Lord is like a thousand years of your calculation.
22:48 And to how many populations did I (Allah) give relief, those who were used to doing wrong? In the end I (Allah) punished them. To Me is the destination (of all).
22:49 Say: "O men! I am (sent) to you only to give a clear warning:
22:50 "Those who believe and do righteous deeds, for them is forgiveness and a livelihood most plentiful.
22:51 "But those who work hard against Our Signs, to stop (or block) them— They will be companions of the Fire."
22:52 We never sent a messenger or a prophet before you, but, when he (the messenger or prophet) alluded a call (towards Allah), Satan threw some (lowliness) into his call: But Allah will hide anything (lowly) that Satan brings in, and Allah will confirm (and clarify) His Signs: For Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom:
22:53 (It is) that He (Allah) causes the thought of Satan, only a trial for those in whose hearts is a disease and who are hardened in heart: Surely, the wrongdoers are removed far (from the Truth):
22:54 And that those to whom knowledge has been granted may learn that (the Quran) is the Truth from your Lord, and that they may believe in it, and their hearts may be made humbly (open) to it: For surely Allah is the Guide to the Straight Path, for those who believe.
22:55 And those who reject Faith will never stop to remain in doubt about (the Revelation) until the Hour (of Judgment) falls suddenly upon them, or the penalty of a Day of disaster comes to them.
22:56 On that Day, the Kingdom will be that of Allah He will be the Judge between them: So those who believe and do the rightful deeds will be in Gardens of delight.
22:57 And for those who reject Faith and refuse Our Signs, there will be a humiliating Punishment.
22:58 Those who leave their homes in Allah’s cause, and are then killed or die— Surely, Allah will grant a large provision upon them: Truly Allah is He Who is the Best of (all) the providers (Khair-ur-Razi’kheen).
22:59 Surely, He will admit them to a place with which they will be very pleased: Verily, Allah indeed is All Knowing (Aleem), Most Forbearing (Haleem).
22:60 That is so. And if one retaliates with no greater an (injury) than the injury received, and is again forced to act (in retaliation due to additional injury) inordinately, Allah will help him: Verily, Allah is One Who wipes out sins, (Au’fu) and forgives (Ghafoor, again and again).
22:61 That is because Allah merges night into day, and He merges day into night, and surely, it is Allah Who hears (Sami’) and sees, (Baseer, all things).
22:62 That is because Allah— He is the Truth (Al-Haqq); And those besides Him whom they invoke— They are only useless lies; Surely, Allah is He, the Most High (Al-A'li), the Most Great (Al-Kabir).
22:63 Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky, and with it the earth becomes covered with green? Verily, Allah is He Who understands the finest mysteries (Al-Lateef), and is Well Acquainted (Khabeer).
22:64 All that is in the heavens and on earth belongs to Him: Because surely Allah— And verily, He is One free of all wants (Al-Ghani), Worthy of Praise (Al-Hameed).
22:65 Do you not see that Allah has made to serve you all that is on the earth, and the ships that sail through the ocean by His command? He stops the sky from falling on the earth except by His permission: Verily, Allah is, for mankind, Most Kind (Ra'uf), Most Merciful (Raheem).
22:66 It is He Who gave you life, (And He) will cause you to die, and (He) will again give you life: Truly, man is most ungrateful (creature)!
22:67 To every nation (people) have We set out (their) rites and customs which they must obey: Let them not dispute with you about this matter, but you invite (them) to your Lord: Verily, you are guided onto the straight (way).
22:68 If they argue with you, say, "Allah knows best of what it is, you are doing.
22:69 "Allah will judge between you on the Day of Judgment about the matters in which you differ."
22:70 Do you not know that Allah knows all that is in heavens and on earth? Truly, it is all in a book, truly that is easy for Allah.
22:71 And they worship, besides Allah, things for which no authority has been sent down to them, and about which (things) they have no knowledge: And for those who do wrong there is no helper.
22:72 And when Our Clear Signs are recited to them, you will see a denial on the faces of the disbelievers! They almost attack with force those who recite Our Signs to them. Say, "Shall I tell you of something worse than these Signs? It is the Fire (of Hell)! Allah has promised it to the disbelievers! And evil is that place to go!"
22:73 O Mankind! Here is a story told (to you)! Listen to it! Verily, those to whom you call, besides Allah, cannot create (even) a fly, if they all get together for the purpose! And if the fly should grab anything from them, they would have no power to regain it from the fly. Weak are those who call and (weak are) those to whom they call!
22:74 They have not made a true estimate of Allah: For Allah is He Who is strong (Qhavi) and Almighty (Aziz to carry out His Will).
22:75 Allah chooses messengers from angels and from men. Verily, Allah is He Who hears (Sami’) and sees (Baseer, all things).
22:76 He knows what is before them and what is behind them: And to Allah all questions return (for decision),
22:77 O you who believe! Bow down, prostrate yourselves, and worship your Lord; And do good: That you may prosper.
22:78 And strive in His cause like you should strive, (with devotion and dedication). He has chosen you, and has made no hardships for you in (your) religion; It is the religion of your father Ibrahim (Abraham). It is He Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation, the Quran); So that the Messenger (Muhammad) may be a witness for you, and you be a witness for mankind! So perform regular Prayer, give regular Charity, and hold strongly to Allah! He is your Protector (Maula)— Best to protect (An-Na’um), Best to help (An-Naseer) !


   


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