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al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
as rendered by Safi Kaskas

Safi Kaskas rendition of Surah The Pilgrimage(al-Hajj)
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22:1 [The Pilgrimage]O Humankind, be ever mindful of your Lord. The tremor of the [final] Hour is a mighty thing.
22:2 On the Day you see it every nursing mother will be distracted from the child she is nursing, and every pregnant woman will abort her pregnancy, and you will think that people are drunk while they are not-but God's punishment is severe
22:3 Yet some people still argue about God without knowledge, following every rebellious devil
22:4 who is destined to lead astray those who ally themselves with him, and guide them toward the suffering of the blazing flame.
22:5 People-If you should be in doubt about the Resurrection, then [consider that] We created you from dust, then from a fertilized ovum, then a leach like, and then a chewed morsel, differentiated and undifferentiated so We may show you [our power]. And We settle in the womb what We wish for a specified term, then We bring you forth as an infant, and then you may grow to reach maturity. And among you some will die, and some will reach the most decrepit age in which he no longer knows what he once knew. You see the earth barren, yet when We send down rain, it shakes and swells and produces every kind of beautiful plant.
22:6 That is because God is the Ultimate Truth and because He alone brings the dead to life and because He is competent over all things.
22:7 And [that they may know] that the Hour is coming; no doubt about it, and that God will resurrect all those in the graves.
22:8 Yet among men there is he who argues about God without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening Book,
22:9 turning away [from the truth] in his arrogance to lead [people] astray from the path of God. For him there is only disgrace in the world, and We will make him taste the punishment of the burning fire on the Day of Resurrection
22:10 [He will be told] "This is for what you have done. God is never unfair to His servants."
22:11 And among people you would find one who worships God with shaky faith. If good befalls him, he is reassured by it; but if he is tested, he reverts to his old ways, [thereby] losing both [this] world and the next. That is a manifest loss.
22:12 Instead of God, he calls upon what can neither harm him nor benefit him. That is the ultimate misguidance.
22:13 He calls on one who is more likely to harm than to benefit [him]. How miserable are both the protector and the companion.
22:14 But God will admit those who believe and do righteous deeds to Gardens with rivers flowing through them. God does what He wills.
22:15 Anyone who thinks that God will not help him [the Prophet] in this world and in the Hereafter, let him find a way to reach out to heaven, then try to make headway, and see if his scheme will eliminate what enrages him.
22:16 And thus have We sent the Qur'an down as verses of clear evidence for God guides those who want to be guided.
22:17 As for those who believed, the Jews, the Sabeans, the Christians, the Magians and those ascribing divinity to other than God-God will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection. God witnesses all thing
22:18 Do you not see that everyone in the heavens and everyone on earth and the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the moving creatures and many human beings bow down before God? But for many others their punishment is justified and he who is disgraced by God cannot have his honor restored by anyone. God does whatever He wills
22:19 These are two adversaries who have disputed over their Lord. But the unbelievers will have cut out garments of fire cut out for them, and boiling water will be poured over their heads-
22:20 which will melt the contents of their bellies as well as their skin-
22:21 and they shall be held by iron grips.
22:22 Every time they try to escape [the fire) of it in their anguish, they will be returned to it, and [it will be said], "Taste the punishment of the Burning Fire!"
22:23 As for those who believe and do righteous deeds, God will admit them to Gardens with rivers flowing through them. They will be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments will be silk,
22:24 for they were [willing to be] guided [in this life] to speak the best words, and so they were guided to the path that leads to Him Who is Worthy of [all] Praise.
22:25 As for the unbelievers who divert [others] from the path of God and [from] the Sacred House, which We made for all People equally-[both] those who dwell there, and those who come from abroad - We will let those who desire to profane it with wrongdoing taste a painful punishment.
22:26 For when We showed Abraham the site of the House, [We told him], "Do not associate anything with Me and purify My House for those who will circle around it, and those who stand to pray and those who bow down and prostrate themselves.
22:27 "And proclaim the Pilgrimage to all people: they will come to you on foot and on every kind of swift and lean mount, through distant passes;
22:28 so that they may receive benefits for themselves and to celebrate God's name on appointed days. He has provided [sacrificial] animals for their purposes. So eat of them and feed the miserable and poor.
22:29 So let the pilgrims perform their acts of purification and fulfill their vows. And then circle around the Ancient House."
22:30 All of that [has been commanded]. As for anyone who honors the sacred ordinances of God, it is good for him in the sight of his Lord. Livestock have been permitted to you, except what has been explicitly forbidden. So turn away from the filth of idols, and turn away from telling lies
22:31 inclining [only] to God, not associating [anything] with Him. And he who associates others with God- it is as though he had fallen from the sky and was snatched by the birds or the wind carried him down into a remote place.
22:32 Thus it is; and whoever venerates the sacred rites of God-[their acts] proceed from a pious heart.
22:33 You have benefits in these animals marked for sacrifice for a specified time; then, their place of sacrifice is at the Ancient House.
22:34 We have appointed a rite [of sacrifice] for every nation, so that they may mention the name of God over whatever [sacrificial] animals He has provided them. Your god is one God, so submit to Him. And, give good news to the humble of heart-
22:35 those whose hearts tremble when God is mentioned, and those who patiently persevere over what has afflicted them, and those who perform prayer and those who spend from what We have provided them.
22:36 We have appointed sacrificial animals for you among the rituals of God. There is much good for you in them, so mention God's name over them when they lined up [for sacrifice], and, when they are [lifeless] on their sides, then eat from them and feed the needy and the beggar. Thus We have subjected them to you so that hopefully you may be grateful.
22:37 It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Good: what reaches Him is your piety. Thus He has made them subject to you, so that you may glorify God for having guided you. And give good news to those who do their best at whatever they do.
22:38 God will defend the believers. God does not like the treacherous and ungrateful.
22:39 Permission [to fight] has been given to those against whom war is being waged wrongfully, because they were wronged. And God is surely capable of giving them victory.
22:40 [They are] those who have been driven from their homes unjustly, for saying only that "Our Lord is God." And, if God did not intervene by using some people to drive out others, many monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, where God's name is much remembered, would have been destroyed. God is sure to help those who help His cause, for truly God is strong and mighty.
22:41 [And they are] those who, if We give them authority in the land, establish prayer, and give the purifying alms, and order what is obviously right, and forbid what is obviously wrong. And to God belongs the outcome of [all] matters.
22:42 And if they deny you [Prophet], so, did the people of Noah and Aad and Thamud deny [their prophets],
22:43 as did the people of Abraham and the people of Lot
22:44 and the inhabitants of Midian. And Moses was called a liar. So, I indulged the unbelievers for a time, and then I seized them, and how [terrible] was My reproach.
22:45 And how many a town did We destroy while it was committing wrong, so It is [now] fallen into ruin, and [how many] an abandoned well, and [how many] a lofty palace?
22:46 Have they not traveled through the land, so that their hearts gain wisdom and their ears learn to listen? For it is not the eyes that are blind, but the hearts within the breasts.
22:47 They challenge you [Prophet] to bring on their punishment [if you can]. But God will never fail to deliver His promise. A day with your Lord is like a thousand years as you count them.
22:48 And how many a community did I indulge while it was unjust? Then I seized it, and their [final] destination is up to Me.
22:49 Say [Prophet) , "O People, I am sent only to deliver a clear warning to you."
22:50 And those who have believed and done righteous deeds - for them is forgiveness and generous rewards.
22:51 But those who oppose Our message, [seeking] in vain to cause it to fail-those are the companions of Hell.
22:52 Yet, whenever We sent a messenger or a prophet ahead of you, and he was hoping [that his warning will be headed], Satan would cast [doubt] on his hopes. But God destroys that what Satan insinuates, and God confirms His messages, for God is All-Knowing and All-Wise.
22:53 He makes what Satan spews forth a temptation only to those whose hearts are sick or hardened-surely the unjust are profoundly opposed to the Truth.
22:54 So that those who have been given knowledge may understand that it is the Truth from your Lord and believe in Him, while their hearts humbly submit to Him. God will guide the believers to a straight path,
22:55 but the unbelievers will continue to be in doubt about it until the Hour comes suddenly on them, or punishment strikes them on the Day of desolation.
22:56 [All] sovereignty on that Day will belong to God; He will judge between them. So, those who believed and did righteous deeds will be in the Gardens of Delight.
22:57 While the unbelievers and those who reject Our signs will receive a humiliating punishment.
22:58 And those who emigrated for the cause of God and then were killed or died-God will surely provide for them handsomely, for God is surely the best of providers.
22:59 He will surely admit them into a place that well pleases them, for God is All-Knowing and Forbearing.
22:60 That [is so]; and whoever responds [to an act of aggression] only with an equivalent force and is then wronged again, God will surely help him. God is pardoning and forgiving.
22:61 Thus it is, because God merges the night into day and merges the day into night, and because God is All-Hearing and All-Seeing.
22:62 Thus it is, because God is the Ultimate Truth, and anything they call upon other than Him is falsehood, because God is the Most High, the Most Great.
22:63 Do you not see that God has sent down rain from the sky, and then the earth becomes green? God is Most-Subtle, All-Aware.
22:64 To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth, God is the Rich Beyond Need; the Praiseworthy.
22:65 Do you not see that God has made everything on the earth of service to you-including the ships that run through the sea by His command- and that He prevents heaven from falling on the earth without His permission? God is most compassionate and most Merciful-to-all people.
22:66 He is the One Who gave you life, and then will causes you to die, and then will bring you back to life. Human being however is ungrateful.
22:67 We have appointed acts of worship for every nation, which they [are to] observe. So, let the unbelievers not contend with you over the matter, but invite them to your Lord. You are on the straight path,
22:68 and if they argue with you, then say, "God knows best what you are doing.
22:69 On the Day of Resurrection, God will judge between you regarding your differences."
22:70 Do you not know that God knows what is in the heaven and earth? All this is written in a Record. This is easy for God.
22:71 Nevertheless, they worship others besides God, something for which He has granted no authority, and about which they have no knowledge. There will not be any helper for the unjust.
22:72 And when Our verses are recited to them as clear evidence, you will detect disapproval in the faces of the unbelievers. They all but assault those who recite Our verses. Say, "Shall I inform you of [what is] worse than that? [It is] the Fire that God has promised the unbelievers. How miserable is their destination."
22:73 People, an example is presented, so listen to it. Those you call on besides God will never be able to create [as much as] a fly, even if they all gathered together for that purpose. And if the fly robs them of anything, they will not be able to retrieve it. How feeble are the petitioners and those they petition.
22:74 They do not give God His due esteem. God is omnipotent, almighty.
22:75 God chooses messengers from among the angels and people. God is All-Hearing and All- Seeing.
22:76 He knows what lies before them and what is behind them, for all matters will go back to God.
22:77 Believers: bow, and prostrate, and worship your Lord and do good, so that you may succeed.
22:78 And strive for God as He deserves. He has chosen you and has not imposed hardships on you in religion- the faith of your father, Abraham. He named you "Muslims" [submitters] before [in former Books] and in this [revelation], so that the Messenger may be a witness over you, and you may be witnesses over other human beings. So, perform prayer, and give the purifying alms and hold fast to God. He is your protector, and how excellent is this protector, how excellent this helper.


   


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