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al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi

Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Pilgrimage(al-Hajj)
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22:1 O people! Fear your Lord. Indeed, the cataclysm of the Hour is a trmendous thing.
22:2 That day, were you to witness it, every woman giving suck shall abandon what she suckled, and every pregnant woman shall abort what she bore. And you would see humans appear intoxicated, and they shall not be intoxicated. But the cataclysmic Act of Allah will be so severe (as to make them appear intoxicated).
22:3 And among mankind, one who disputes about Allah without knowledge and follows every rebellious satan;
22:4 Against such a one, it is ordained that he/she shall lead astray — and guide towards the punishment of the Fire — whoever takes him/her for a very close friend (wali).
22:5 O mankind! If you are in doubt about the Resurrection, then — to make things clear to you — We did indeed create you from dust, then from a little seed of fertilized ovum, then from a leech-like clinging clot of curdled blood, then from a chewed-like lump of flesh (foetus) with formed and unformed parts. And We facilitate what We will in the wombs till an appointed time, and then We bring you out as babies. Then We facilitate conditions for you to attain to your maturity. And of you is he who is made to die, and of you is he who is reduced to the worst part of life (very old age), so that he does not remember anything of the knowledge he had acquired earlier. And you see the earth barren, but when We send down the water on it, it stirs to life and flourishes and produces every kind of a beautiful spouse of herbage.
22:6 That (Resurrection) is bound to happen because Allah is the Truth and because He gives life to the dead and because He has power over all things.
22:7 And because the Hour is coming and there is no doubt about it; and because Allah shall raise up those who are in the graves.
22:8 And among mankind there is such a one as disputes about Allah without knowledge, without guidance and without an enlightening book.h
22:9 Such a one turns his face away in pride from divine guidance that he may lead others astray from Allah's Path. For him is disgrace in this world. And on the Day of Resurrection We will make him taste punishment in the Hell.
22:10 "This punishment is for what your two hands have sent before." And remember that Allah is not in the least unjust to those whom He has created for His worship.
22:11 And among mankind is he who worships Allah sitting on the fence. Then if anything good happens to him he is satisfied with that. But if he is put to trial with some adversity he turns his face away in disgust. He is doomed here and he is doomed in the Hereafter. That is the doom manifest!
22:12 He prays to someone — other than Allah — who can neither harm nor benefit him. That is going far, far astray!
22:13 He prays to him whose harm is closer than his benefit. Evil certainly is such guardian and evil certainly is such associate.
22:14 Allah will indeed cause those who believe and do good deeds to enter gardens beneath which rivers flow. Allah does indeed do what He wills.
22:15 If anyone thinks that Allah does not help him in this life and the Hereafter, let him reach out to the heavens by means available to him, then (study its functions meticulously by) cutting himself off (his earthly connection), and then see if his obstinacy gets rid of its severity.
22:16 And thus have We revealed it (the Qur'aan) with Verses made clear. And Allah it is Who guides whom He wills.
22:17 Those who believe (in the Qur'aan) and those who are Jews and the Saabieen and theh Christians and the Magians (Zoroastrians or Parsis or fire-worshippers) and the polytheists — Allah will indeed decide between them on the day of Resurrection. Allah indeed is a witness to all things.
22:18 Do you not see that it is Allah to Whom prostrates whatever is in the heavens and whatever in the earth — the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the living creatures and many among mankind. And among mankind there are many upon whom punishment has become due. And whomsoever Allah abases, there is none who can make him honourable. Allah does indeed do what He wills.
22:19 These are two adversaries who dispute about their Lord. And garments of fire shall be cut out for those who suppress the Truth, with boiling water being poured over their heads.
22:20 What there is in their bellies, and skins, shall be melted therewith.
22:21 And for them there shall be cages of iron.
22:22 Whenever they will, in their anguish, desire to go out from it, they shall be pushed back into it and told, "Taste punishment by the Fire."
22:23 Allah will indeed admit those who believe and do good deeds into gardens beneath which rivers flow. They shall be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments therein shall be of silk.
22:24 And they will be guided to say good things while speaking and they will be guided onto the Path of the Praised One.
22:25 As regards those indeed who suppress the Truth and hinder people away from Allah's Path and from the Sacred Place of Worship — which We have made open equally for all mankind, for the local resident as well as for the visitor — We shall make him taste a painful punishment who intends making unjust and wrongful deviations therein.
22:26 And when We assigned to Abraham the location of the House (at Makkah), Allah told him, "Worship not anyone but Me, and sanctify My House for those who take the rounds thereof and stand in prayer and bow and prostrate."
22:27 And proclaim among mankind the duty of performing the Pilgrimage. Let them come to you on foot and on every means of conveyance. They will come from every distant broad way.
22:28 That they may witness benefits for themand take Allah's name, during days appointed, over what He has provided for them of the quadruped cattle. Then they eat thereof and feed the distressed, the needy.
22:29 Then let them attend to personal hygiene like cutting superfluous hair and nails, and let them fulfil their vows (like praying for their near and dear ones back home) and let them take rounds of the Ancient House.
22:30 And so it is better for anyone, in the eyes of his Lord, that he honours Allah's injunctions. And the cattle — except for what are mentioned to you — are made lawful for you. Avoid then the abomination of the idols and utter no falsehood.
22:31 Stand firm and upright for Allah, and worship none but Him. And he who worships anyone/anything besides Allah, it is as though he had fallen from the skies, and the bird has snatched him away or the wind carried him off to a distant place.h
22:32 And so when anyone honours the sacred rites/signs sanctioned by Allah, then it is of the acts that make hearts pious.
22:33 You have benefits in them (cattle brought for sacrifice during the Hajj) for a time, and then their destination is the Ancient House.
22:34 And for every community We appointed a sacrificial rite that they may remember and mention Allah's name over what He has given them of the quadruped cattle. The Entity worthy of your worship then is One and Only. So to Him you all should submit. And give good tidings to the humble.
22:35 Those whose hearts tremble when Allah is mentioned, and those who are patienth over what afflicts them, and those who keep up the prayer as prescribed, and spend appropriately (as prescribed in the Qur'aan) out of what We have given them.
22:36 And the camel! We have made it one of those things (emblems) through which one could come to know Allah. And there is much good in it for you. Mention Allah's name over it as it is lined up (for its sacrifice during the Hajj), and then when it falls down on its sides, eat therefrom and feed the contented as well as the poor. We have thus made it subservient to you, in order that you be grateful.
22:37 Its (the sacrificed animal's) flesh reaches not Allah, nor does its blood. But it is your piety that reaches Him. He has thus made it subservient to you, in order that you may glorify Allah for what He has gifted to you. And give glad tidings to those who do handsome good deeds.
22:38 Allah does indeed repel evil from those who believe. Allah indeed does not love any one who is unfaithful, ungrateful.
22:39 Permission to fight back is given to those who are wrongfully attacked. And indeed Allah is certainly capable of helping them.
22:40 Those that have been displaced from their homes unjustly just because they say, "Our Lord is Allah." And had Allah not withstood some with others among mankind, certainly then monastries and churches and synagogues and masajid, in which Allah's name is much remembered, would have been pulled down. And surely Allah will help him who helps His cause. Certainly indeed Allah is Strong, Powerful.
22:41 Those who will establish prayer, spend in charity, enjoin good and forbid evil, once We give them a foothold in the land. And with Allah is the end of all matters.
22:42 And if they reject you, then so did the people of Noah and AAad and Thamood, before them, reject.
22:43 And the people of Abraham and the people of Lot.
22:44 And those that lived in Madyan (Midian in Hebrew). And Moses was rejected. I let the suppressors of Truth enjoy for a while, and then I seized them. And how severe in effect was My forsaking them!
22:45 And many a town/village We did destroy when it committed injustices. And it lay in ruins with its roofs coming down.. And many a well and lofty castle were deserted.
22:46 Why do they not so conduct themselves on the earth as to have minds with which to understand, or ears with which to hear? For, surely, it is not the eyes that are blind, but it is the minds that are in the heads, which are blind.
22:47 And they ask you to hasten with the punishment; and Allah is not the One to fail in His promise. And, indeed, a day with your Lord is a thousand years as you keep count of time.
22:48 And how many an unjust town/village had I been indulgent to and patient with! And then I seized it!! And to Me is the final destination.
22:49 Say, "O people! I am here only to give you a plain warning."
22:50 Those then that believe and do good deeds — they shall have forgiveness and a liberal provision.
22:51 And those who strive to get the better of (or defeat the purpose of) Our Verses/signs — they shall be the inmates of the Hell.
22:52 And no Messenger, nor Prophet, did we send before you, but when he delivered the divine Message to the people, the Satan cast doubts into that Message. And Allah blots out that which the Satan casts, and then does Allah make His Verses/signs prevail. And Allah is Knowledgeable, Wise.
22:53 So that He may make what the Satan casts a temptation for those in whose hearts is a disease, and the means for hardening their hearts. And indeed the wrongdoers are in a state of extreme rebellion.
22:54 And so that those endowed with the knowledge know that it is the truth from your Lord, and so they believe in it and their hearts do humbly submit to it. And Allah is certainly indeed the Guide, of those who believe, towards a straight path.
22:55 And those who suppress the Truth shall not cease to be in doubt concerning it until, suddenly, the Hourcomes upon them, or, there comes upon them the torment of a day, any remedial action wherein would be fruitless.
22:56 The sovereignty that day shall be absolutely Allah's; He will judge between them. And those who believe and do good deeds will be in gardens of bliss.
22:57 And those who suppress the Truth and reject Our Verses/signs — for those will there be a disgraceful punishment.
22:58 And those who migrate in Allah's way and are then killed or they die, them shall Allah give the best of provisions. And indeed Allah it is Who is the Best of the providers.
22:59 He will certainly admit them to a place which they shall be well pleased with. And Allah is indeed Knowledgeable, Gentle and Kind.
22:60 So shall that be! And Allah surely helps the one that retaliates to the extent one was wronged but then an excess is committed. Allah is certainly indeed Lenient, Forgiving.
22:61 That is because Allah causes the night to enter into the day and causes the day to enter into the night, and because Allah hears, sees.
22:62 That is because Allah is the Truth, and that what they pray to besides Him — that is the falsehood. And because, Allah is the One that is high, the One that is great.
22:63 Don't you see that Allah sends down water from the skies and then the earth becomes green? Allah is indeed meticulous, well-informed.
22:64 His it is whatsoever there is in the heavens and whatsoever there is in the earth! And Allah indeed it is that surely is the Self-sufficient One, the Praised One.
22:65 Don't you see that Allah has made everything in the earth subservient to you? And the ship sails on the sea by His command. And He keeps the heavens from falling on the earth, except with His leave. Allah is indeed Kind and Merciful to men.
22:66 And He it is Who has brought you to life, He will then cause you to die, and then again He will bring you to life. Certainly indeed man is ungrateful.
22:67 For every community We devised rites for them to observe. They should not therefore raise a dispute with you in the matter. And do invite them to your Lord! You are indeed on right guidance.h
22:68 And if they quarrel with you, say, "Allah knows what you do."
22:69 Allah will judge between you on the Day of Resurrection on matters in which you differ.
22:70 Don't you know that Allah knows what is there in the heaven and the earth? That is indeed recorded in a book. That is indeed easy for Allah.
22:71 And they worship, other than Allah, that for which He has sent no authority, and about which they have no knowledge. And no help shall avail those who indulge in wrong-doing.
22:72 And when Our clear Verses are read out to them you will find denial in the faces of those who suppress the Truth. They well-nigh assault those who read out Our Verses to them. Say, "Shall I tell you what is worse than this? The Fire! Allah has promised it to those who suppress the Truth. And it's a horrible place to go to!"
22:73 O mankind! An example is given; listen to it: Those, whom you pray to besides Allah, cannot create a fly, even though they combine together for the purpose. And if the fly snatches away something from them, they have no power to get that something released from the fly. Weak are the seeker and the sought, both!
22:74 They have not given Allah the Credit due to Him! Allah is indeed Strong, Mighty.
22:75 Allah chooses Messengers from among the angels and from among mankind. Allah does indeed hear, He does indeed see.
22:76 HE knows what is before them and what is behind them. And to Allah are all matters returned.
22:77 O you who believe! Bow and prostrate and worship your Lord. And do that which is good so that you may achieve success.
22:78 And strive in Allah's way, as one ought to strive in His way. HE has chosen you [the pronoun is in plural] and has not laid upon you any severity in following the way of life approved by Him for you — the lifestyle of your forefather Abraham. HE named you as the Muslims before and in this (Qur'aan), so that the Messenger may be a witness over you, and you may be witnesses over mankind. Hence, pray to Allah regularly and properly, give charity and hold fast unto Him! HE is your Guardian. How excellent the Guardian, and how excellent the Supporter!h


   


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