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Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli

al-Anbiya` (The Prophets)
as rendered by Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli

Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli rendition of Surah The Prophets(al-Anbiya`)
21:1 Nigh unto mankind has drawn (the day) of their Reckoning, while they turn away in heedlessness.
21:2 Never comes to them a new reminder from their Lord, but they listen to it while they play.
21:3 Their hearts trifling, and those who did wrong (to themselves) counsel together in secret (saying): �Is this (man) other than a human being like yourselves? Will you then go to sorcery while you see (it)?�
21:4 He said: �My Lord knows (every) word (spoken) in the heaven and the earth, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-knowing�.
21:5 �Nay!�, They say: �(These are) medleys of dreams! Nay! he has forged it! Nay! he is a poet! Let him then bring us a sign like the ones that were sent unto (the prophets) of old.
21:6 There did not believe before them any town which We destroyed; will these (now) believe?
21:7 And We sent none before you, but men to whom We made revelation. So ask the people of �Thikr� (the Reminder) if you do not know.
21:8 And We did not make them (such) bodies not eating the food, nor were they immortals.
21:9 Then We fulfilled the promise unto them. So We delivered them and whomever We would, and We destroyed the extravagant ones.
21:10 We have sent down to you a Book wherein is your Reminder. Have you then no sense?
21:11 And how many a town We utterly destroyed (the people of) which were iniquitous, and We raised up after them another people.
21:12 So when they felt (the coming of) Our punishment, behold, they (tried to) flee from it.
21:13 (But it was said to them) �Do not fly (now) and come back unto what you were made to lead easy lives in and unto your dwellings, haply you will be questioned.
21:14 They said: �Oh woe to us! Verily we were unjust�.
21:15 And this their crying ceased not till We made them as reaped corn, extinct.
21:16 And We did not create the heaven and the earth and what is between them in play.
21:17 Had We intended that We should take amusement we would certainly have taken it from before Ourselves, if We would do (such a thing).
21:18 Nay! But We hurl the truth against falsehood so that it breaks out its brain, and behold, falsehood vanishes away. And yours will be woe for that which you ascribe (unto Allah).
21:19 And to Him belongs whoever is in the heavens and the earth; and those who are with Him are not proud to worship Him, nor do they get weary.
21:20 They glorify (Him) by night and day; they never intermit.
21:21 Or have they taken gods from the earth who can raise (the dead)?
21:22 If there were, in the heavens and the earth, (other) gods besides Allah, they would both certainly go to ruin. So glorified is Allah, the Lord of the �Arsh, from what they attribute (unto Him).
21:23 He (Allah) will not be questioned as to what He does, but they will be questioned (for their deeds).
21:24 Or have they taken other gods besides Him? Say: �Bring your proof! This (Qur�?n) is the remembrance of those who are with me, and the remembrance of those before me. But most of them do not know the truth, so they are averse�.
21:25 And We sent no Messenger before you but We revealed unto him that �Verily there is no god but I; so worship Me (alone)�.
21:26 And they say: �The Beneficent (Allah) has taken to Him a son.� Glory be to Him! Nay, but (angels) are (His) honoured servants.
21:27 They do not precede Him in speech, and (only) according to His commandment do they act.
21:28 He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they (angels) do not intercede except for him with whom He is well-pleased and they tremble in awe of Him.
21:29 And whoever of them (the angels) says: �Verily I am a god besides Him, such a one We recompense with Hell, even so do We recompense the unjust.
21:30 Do not those who disbelieve see that the heavens and the earth were joined together before We clove them asunder, and We made from water every living thing? Will they not then believe?
21:31 And We set in the earth firm mountains lest it should shake with them (people), and We set therein broad high ways that they may be guided.
21:32 And We set up the heaven as a roof well-protected, and yet they turn away from its signs.
21:33 And He it is Who created the night and the day and the sun and the moon. They float, each in an orbit.
21:34 And We appointed immortality for no man before you. Then if you die, can they be immortal?
21:35 Every soul shall taste of death; and We try you with evil and good for a testing, and unto Us you shall be returned.
21:36 And when those who disbelieve see you, they take you not but for mockery; (saying each other): �Is this the one who makes mention of your gods?� And (while) they, at the mention of the Beneficent (Allah), are themselves disbelievers.
21:37 (The nature of mortals is such that as if) man has been created of haste; soon (enough) I will show you My signs, so do not ask Me to hasten (them) on.
21:38 And they (the disbelievers) say: When will this promise (be fulfilled) if you are truthful?
21:39 If those who disbelieve but know the time when they will not be able to ward off the Fire from their faces and from their backs, nor shall they be helped, (they would not hasten about the Resurrection).
21:40 Nay, but it (the Fire) will come to them all of a sudden and make them confounded, so they will neither be able to repel it, nor will they be respited.
21:41 And indeed Messengers before you were (also) mocked, but that whereat they mocked encompassed those who scoffed at them.
21:42 Say: �Who guards you by night and by day from (the Wrath of) the Beneficent (Allah)?� But (yet) they turn away from the remembrance of their Lord!
21:43 Or have they gods that can protect them from (the wrath of) Us? They are not able to help themselves nor can they be defended from Us.
21:44 Yet, We gave provision to these and their fathers until life grew long for them. Do they not see that We come to the land, curtailing it of its sides? Are they then the victors?
21:45 Say: �Verily I warn you only by the revelation. But the deaf do not hear the call when they are warned.
21:46 And if a blast of the punishment of your Lord touches them, they will certainly say: �Woe unto us! Verily we were unjust�.
21:47 And We shall set up the balances of justice for the Resurrection Day, so that no soul shall be wronged anything; and even if there be (an action) of the weight of grain of mustard seed, We will bring it (into account), and sufficient are We (as) reckoners.
21:48 And indeed We gave Moses and Aaron the Furq?n (criterion) and a Light and a Reminder for the pious ones.
21:49 Those who fear their Lord in secret and they dread the Hour (of doom).
21:50 And this (Qur�?n) is a blessed Reminder which We have sent down (for you). Do you then deny it?
21:51 And indeed We gave Abraham aforetime his rectitude, and We were aware of him (his eligibilities).
21:52 When he said to his father and his people: �What are these images (and lifeless statues) unto which you pay devotion�?
21:53 They said: �We found our fathers worshipping them�.
21:54 He said: �Indeed you and your fathers have been in manifest error�.
21:55 They said: �Have you brought to us the truth, or are you one of the triflers�.
21:56 He said: �Nay! But your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth Who originated them, and I am unto this (fact) one of the witnesses�.
21:57 And, by Allah, I will certainly plan against your idols after you go away turning your backs�.
21:58 So he broke them into pieces, (all) except the chief of them, that haply they may return to it.
21:59 They said: �Who has done this with our gods? Surely he is (one) of the unjust�.
21:60 They said: �We heard a youth making mention of them, who is called Abraham�.
21:61 They said: �Then bring him before the eyes of the people, that they may bear witness�.
21:62 They said: �Are you the man that did this with our gods, O Abraham?�
21:63 (Abraham) said: �Nay, it was done by this, the chief of them! Ask them if they can speak�.
21:64 So they turned to themselves and said: �Verily, you yourselves are the unjust�.
21:65 Then they were made to hang down their heads, (saying:) �Very well indeed you know these (idols) do not speak�.
21:66 (Abraham) said: �Do you then worship, besides Allah, that which profits you nothing, neither hurts you?
21:67 Fie on you and on what you worship besides Allah! Have you then no sense?
21:68 They said: �If you would do aught, burn him, and help your gods�.
21:69 We said: �O fire! Be you cold and safety for Abraham!�
21:70 And they intended a device against him, but We made them the worse losers.
21:71 And we delivered him, and Lot, unto the land which We have blessed for (all) peoples.
21:72 And We bestowed on him Isaac and Jacob as a further gift, and We made them all righteous.
21:73 And We made them leaders guiding (the people) by Our command, and We revealed to them the doing of good deeds, and the establishing prayer, and the giving of alms, and they were worshippers of Us (alone).
21:74 And Lot, We gave him wisdom and knowledge, and We delivered him from the town which were doing abominations. Verily they were evil people, perverse,
21:75 And We admitted him into Our mercy; verily he was of the righteous.
21:76 And (remember) Noah, when he called (his Lord) before, then We answered him, and delivered him and his family from the great calamity.
21:77 And We helped him against the people who rejected Our signs; verily they were an evil people, so We drowned them all together.
21:78 And (remember) David and Solomon when they gave judgment concerning the field, when the sheep of the people pastured in it by night, and We were witnesses to their judgment.
21:79 So We made Solomon to understand it, and unto each (of them) We gave wisdom and knowledge. And with David We subdued the mountains to give glory, and the birds, and We were the doers (thereof).
21:80 And We taught him the art of making the coat of mail for you to protect you in your wars. Are you then thankful?
21:81 And for Solomon We (subdued) the wind blowing violent, that ran at his command unto the land where We had blessed; and of everything We are aware.
21:82 And some of the Satans dived for him and did (also) other work besides that, and We were watching over them.
21:83 And (remember) Job when he called unto his Lord (saying:) �Verily distress has touched me, and You are the Most Merciful of the merciful ones�.
21:84 So We responded to him (his prayer) and We removed the distress that was upon him, and We restored his family to him, and the like of them with them; a mercy from Us and a reminder for the worshippers.
21:85 And (remember) Ishmael and Idr?s, and Zul-kifl; all were of the patient.
21:86 And We admitted them into Our Mercy; verily they were of the righteous.
21:87 And (remember) Zan-N?n (Jonah) when he departed (his people) in anger and imagined that We would not straiten him; so he called out in the darkness: �There is no god but You (O my Lord!). Glory be to You! Verily I was of the unjust ones�!
21:88 So We responded to him (his prayer) and delivered him from the grief; and thus do We deliver the believers.
21:89 And (remember) Zechariah, when he called unto his Lord: �O my Lord! Leave me not alone (without a child); and You are the best of inheritors�.
21:90 So We responded to him (his prayer) and bestowed upon him Yahy? (John), and We set his wife right (of her barrenness) for him; verily they used to vie one with the other, hastening to good deeds, and called upon Us in yearning and awe; and were humbled before Us.
21:91 And (remember) her (Mary) who guarded her chastity so We breathed unto her from Our spirit and We appointed her and her son a sign for (all) people.
21:92 Verily, this Ummah of yours is a single Ummah, and I am your Lord: so worship Me.
21:93 And they split up their affair among them, (yet, finally,) will they all return unto Us.
21:94 Therefore, whoever does deeds of righteousness and he is a believer, there shall not be any rejection of his effort, and verily We will write (it) down for him.
21:95 And there is a ban upon (the people of) the towns which We destroyed: that they shall not return.
21:96 Until, when Gog and Magog are let through (the way), and they hasten forth from every elevation.
21:97 And the true promise has drawn nigh; then behold, staring wide (in terror), the eyes of those who disbelieve! (They say:) �Alas for us! We were heedless of this (Day); nay; we were unjust ones�.
21:98 Verily you and what you worship besides Allah shall be the fuel of Hell; you shall go down to it.
21:99 If these had been (real) gods, they would not have gone down thither, but all will abide therein.
21:100 There shall be sighing for them therein, and they therein shall not hear (any answer).
21:101 Verily those for whom the good (promise) has already gone forth from Us, they will be kept far off from it (Hell).
21:102 They will hear the slightest sound of it, and they, in what their souls desire, shall abide.
21:103 The Great Terror (of that Day) shall not grieve them, and the angels shall receive them (saying): �This is your day, which you were promised�.
21:104 The Day when We will roll up the heaven as the rolling up of the scroll for writing; as We originated the first creation, (so) We shall get it return. (This is) a promise binding on Us; (and) surely We are to perform it.
21:105 And We have written in the Psalms (Zab?r), after the Reminder (the Torah), �My righteous servants shall inherit the earth�.
21:106 Verily in this is a (great) message for a people (who) worship.
21:107 And We sent you not save a Mercy for (all) the worlds.
21:108 Say: �It is revealed to me that your God is One God; do you then surrender?�
21:109 Then if they turn back, say: �I have warned you equally, and I know not whether nigh or far is that which you are promised�.
21:110 Verily He knows what is spoken aloud and He knows what you conceal.
21:111 And I know not haply this (respite) may be a trial for you, and an enjoyment for a while.
21:112 He said: �O my Lord! Judge You with truth! And our Lord is the Beneficent, Whose help is sought against that which you ascribe (unto Him)�.


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