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al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley

Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah The Pilgrimage(al-Hajj)
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22:1 Mankind, have taqwa of your Lord! The quaking of the Hour is a terrible thing.
22:2 On the day they see it, every nursing woman will be oblivious of the baby at her breast, and every pregnant woman will abort the contents of her womb, and you will think people drunk when they are not drunk; it is just that the punishment of Allah is so severe.
22:3 Among people there is one who argues about Allah without knowledge, and follows every rebellious shaytan.
22:4 It is written of him that if anyone takes him as a friend, he will mislead him and guide him to the punishment of the Searing Blaze.
22:5 Mankind! if you are in any doubt about the Rising, know that We created you from dust then from a drop of sperm then from a clot of blood then from a lump of flesh, formed yet unformed, so We may make things clear to you. We make whatever We want stay in the womb until a specified time and then We bring you out as children so that you can reach your full maturity. Some of you die and some of you revert to the lowest form of life so that, after having knowledge, they then know nothing at all. And you see the earth dead and barren; then when We send down water onto it it quivers and swells and sprouts with luxuriant plants of every kind.
22:6 That is because Allah is the Real and gives life to the dead and has power over all things
22:7 and the Hour is coming without any doubt and Allah will raise up all those in the graves.
22:8 Among people there is one who argues about Allah without knowledge or guidance or any light-giving Book,
22:9 turning away arrogantly, to misguide people from the Way of Allah. He will be disgraced in this world and on the Day of Rising We will make him taste the punishment of the Burning:
22:10 ´That is for what you did before. Allah does not wrong His slaves.´
22:11 Among the people there is one who worships Allah right on the edge. If good befalls him, he is content with it, but if a trial befalls him, he reverts to his former ways, losing both this world and the Next World. That is indeed sheer loss.
22:12 Instead of Allah, he calls on something which cannot harm him or help him. That is extreme misguidance.
22:13 He calls on what is far more likely to harm than help. What an evil protector! What an evil associate!
22:14 Allah will admit those who have iman and do right actions into Gardens with rivers flowing under them. Allah does whatever He wishes.
22:15 Anyone who thinks that Allah will not help him in this world and the Next World should stretch a rope up to the ceiling and then hang himself. Let him see whether his stratagem gets rid of what enrages him!
22:16 In this way We have sent it down as Clear Signs. Allah guides anyone He wills.
22:17 As for those who have iman and those who are Jews and the Sabaeans and the Christians, Magians and idolaters, Allah will distinguish between them on the Day of Rising. Allah is witness of all things.
22:18 Do you not see that everyone in the heavens and everyone on the earth prostrates to Allah, and the sun and moon and stars and the mountains, trees and beasts and many of mankind? But many of them inevitably merit punishment. Those Allah humiliates will have no one to honour them. Allah does whatever He wills.
22:19 Here are two rival groups who disputed concerning their Lord. Those who are kafir will have garments of fire cut out for them, and boiling water poured over their heads,
22:20 which will melt the contents of their bellies as well as their skin,
22:21 and they will be beaten with cudgels made of iron.
22:22 Every time they want to come out of it, because of their suffering, they will be driven back into it: ´Taste the punishment of the Burning!´
22:23 But Allah will admit those who have iman and do right actions into Gardens with rivers flowing under them where they will be adorned with gold bracelets and pearls, and where their clothing will be of silk.
22:24 They have been guided to speak good words and guided to the praiseworthy path.
22:25 Those who are kafir and bar access to the Way of Allah and to the Masjid al-Haram which We have appointed for all mankind — equally for those who live near it and those who come from far away — those who desire to profane it with wrongdoing, We will let them taste a painful punishment.
22:26 And We located the position of the House for Ibrahim: ´Do not associate anything with Me and purify My House for those who circle it, and those who stand and bow and prostrate.
22:27 Announce the Hajj to mankind. They will come to you on foot and on every sort of lean animal, coming by every distant road
22:28 so that they can be present at what will profit them and invoke Allah´s name on specific days over livestock He has provided for them. Eat of them and feed those who are poor and in need.
22:29 Then they should end their state of self-neglect and fufil their vows and circle the Ancient House.´
22:30 That is it. If someone honours Allah´s sacred things, that is better for him in his Lord´s sight. All livestock are permitted to you except what has already been recited to you. Have done with the defilement of idols and have done with telling lies.
22:31 Be people of pure natural belief in Allah, not associating anything else with Him. As for anyone who associates others with Allah, it is as though he had fallen from the sky and the birds had seized him and carried him away or the wind had dropped him in a distant place.
22:32 That is it. As for those who honour Allah´s sacred rites, that comes from the taqwa in their hearts.
22:33 You can make use of the sacrificial animals until a specified time, and then their place of sacrifice is by the Ancient House.
22:34 We have appointed a rite of sacrifice for every nation so that they may invoke Allah´s name over the livestock He has given them. Your God is One God so submit to Him. Give good news to the humble-hearted,
22:35 whose hearts quake at the mention of Allah, and who are steadfast in the face of all that happens to them, those who establish salat and give of what We have provided for them.
22:36 We have appointed the sacrificial animals for you as one of the sacred rites of Allah. There is good in them for you, so invoke Allah´s name over them, as they stand in rows. And then when they collapse on their sides, eat of them and feed both those who ask and those who are too shy to ask. In this way We have subjected them to you so that hopefully you will be thankful.
22:37 Their flesh and blood does not reach Allah but your taqwa does reach Him. In this way He has subjected them to you so that you might proclaim Allah´s greatness for the way that He has guided you. Give good news to the good-doers.
22:38 Allah will defend those who have iman. Allah does not love any thankless traitor.
22:39 Permission to fight is given to those who are fought against because they have been wronged — truly Allah has the power to come to their support —
22:40 those who were expelled from their homes without any right, merely for saying, ´Our Lord is Allah´ (if Allah had not driven some people back by means of others, monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques, where Allah´s name is mentioned much, would have been pulled down and destroyed. Allah will certainly help those who help Him — Allah is All-Strong, Almighty),
22:41 those who, if We establish them firmly on the earth, will establish salat and pay zakat, and command what is right and forbid what is wrong. The end result of all affairs is with Allah.
22:42 If they deny you, the people of Nuh before them denied him and those of ´Ad and of Thamud
22:43 and the people of Ibrahim and the people of Lut
22:44 and the companions of Madyan; and Musa was denied as well. I allowed time to the kafirun but then I seized them. How terrible was My denial!
22:45 How many wrongdoing cities We destroyed, and now all their roofs and walls are fallen in; how many abandoned wells and stuccoed palaces!
22:46 Have they not travelled about the earth and do they not have hearts to understand with or ears to hear with? It is not their eyes which are blind but the hearts in their breasts which are blind.
22:47 They ask you to hasten the punishment. Allah will not break His promise. A day with your Lord is equivalent to a thousand years in the way you count.
22:48 How many wrongdoing cities I allowed time to and then I seized them. I am their final destination!
22:49 Say: ´Mankind, I am only a clear warner to you.´
22:50 As for those who have iman and do right actions, they will have forgiveness and generous provision.
22:51 But as for those who strive against My Signs and try to thwart them, they will be the Companions of the Blazing Fire.
22:52 We did not send any Messenger or any Prophet before you without Shaytan insinuating something into his recitation while he was reciting. But Allah revokes whatever Shaytan insinuates and then Allah confirms His Signs — Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise —
22:53 so that He can make what Shaytan insinuates a trial for those with sickness in their hearts and for those whose hearts are hard — the wrongdoers are entrenched in hostility —
22:54 and so that those who have been given knowledge will know it is the truth from their Lord and have iman in it and their hearts will be humbled to Him. Allah guides those who have iman to a straight path.
22:55 But those who are kafir will not cease to be in doubt of it until the Hour comes on them suddenly or the punishment of a desolate Day arrives.
22:56 Sovereignty on that Day will be Allah´s. He will judge between them. Those who have iman and do right actions will be in Gardens of Delight.
22:57 But those who are kafir and deny Our Signs will have a humiliating punishment.
22:58 Those who make hijra in the Way of Allah and then are killed or die, Allah will provide for them handsomely. Truly Allah is the best Provider.
22:59 He will admit them by an entrance which is pleasing to them. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Forbearing.
22:60 That is so. And if anyone inflicts an injury the same as the one done to him and then is again oppressed, Allah will come to his aid. Allah is All-Pardoning, Ever-Forgiving.
22:61 That is because Allah merges night into day and merges day into night and because Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.
22:62 That is because Allah is the Real and what you call on apart from Him is false. Allah is the All-High, the Most Great.
22:63 Do you not see that Allah sends down water from the sky and then in the morning the earth is covered in green? Allah is All-Subtle, All-Aware.
22:64 Everything in the heavens and everything in the earth belongs to Him. Allah is the Rich Beyond Need, the Praiseworthy.
22:65 Do you not see that Allah has made everything on the earth subservient to you and the ships running upon the sea by His command? He holds back the heaven, preventing it from falling to the earth — except by His permission. Allah is All-Compassionate to mankind, Most Merciful.
22:66 It is He who gave you life and then will cause you to die and then will give you life again. Man is truly ungrateful.
22:67 We have appointed for every nation a rite that they observe, so let them not dispute with you about the matter. Call the people to your Lord. You are guided straight.
22:68 If they do argue with you, say: ´Allah knows best what you are doing.´
22:69 Allah will judge between you on the Day of Rising regarding everything about which you differed.
22:70 Do you not know that Allah knows everything in heaven and earth? That is in a Book. That is easy for Allah.
22:71 They worship besides Allah something for which no authority has come down, something about which they have no knowledge. There is no helper for the wrongdoers.
22:72 When Our Signs are recited to them — Clear Signs — you can detect denial in the faces of those who are kafir. They all but assault those who recite Our Signs to them! Say: ´Shall I inform you of something worse than that? The Fire which Allah has promised those who are kafir. What an evil destination!´
22:73 Mankind! an example has been made, so listen to it carefully. Those whom you call upon besides Allah are not even able to create a single fly, even if they were to join together to do it. And if a fly steals something from them, they cannot get it back. How feeble are both the seeker and the sought!
22:74 They do not measure Allah with His true measure. Allah is All-Strong, Almighty.
22:75 Allah chooses Messengers from the angels and from mankind. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.
22:76 He knows what is before them and what is behind them. All matters return to Allah.
22:77 You who have iman! bow and prostrate and worship your Lord, and do good, so that hopefully you will be successful.
22:78 Do jihad for Allah with the jihad due to Him. He has selected you and not placed any constraint upon you in the deen — the religion of your forefather Ibrahim. He named you Muslims before and also in this, so that the Messenger could be witness against you and you could be witnesses against all mankind. So establish salat and pay zakat and hold fast to Allah. He is your Protector — the Best Protector, the Best Helper.


   


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