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ad-Dukhan (Smoke, The Evident Smoke)
as rendered by Rashad Khalifa
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Rashad Khalifa rendition of Surah Smoke, The Evident Smoke(ad-Dukhan)
44:1 H. M.
44:2 And this enlightening scripture.
44:3 We have sent it down in a blessed night, for we are to warn.
44:4 In it (the scripture), every matter of wisdom is clarified.
44:5 It is a predetermined command from us that we send messengers.
44:6 This is a mercy from your Lord. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.
44:7 Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them. If only you could be certain!
44:8 There is no other god beside Him. He controls life and death; your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors.
44:9 Indeed, they are doubtful, heedless.
44:10 Therefore, watch for the day when the sky brings a profound smoke.
44:11 It will envelope the people; this is a painful retribution.
44:12 "Our Lord, relieve this retribution for us; we are believers."
44:13 Now that it is too late, they remember! An enlightening messenger had come to them.
44:14 But they turned away from him, saying, "Well educated, but crazy!"
44:15 We will relieve the retribution for awhile; you will soon revert.
44:16 The day we strike the big stroke, we will avenge.
44:17 We have tested before them the people of Pharaoh; an honorable messenger went to them.
44:18 Proclaiming: "Listen to me, servants of GOD. I am an honest messenger to you."
44:19 And, "Do not transgress against GOD. I bring to you powerful proofs.
44:20 "I seek refuge in my Lord and your Lord, if you oppose me.
44:21 "If you do not wish to believe, then simply leave me alone."
44:22 Subsequently, he implored his Lord: "These are wicked people."
44:23 (God said,) "Travel with My servants during the night; you will be pursued.
44:24 "Cross the sea quickly; their troops will be drowned."
44:25 Thus, they left behind many gardens and springs.
44:26 Crops and a luxurious life.
44:27 Blessings that they enjoyed.
44:28 All these we caused to be inherited by other people.
44:29 Neither the heaven, nor the earth wept over them, and they were not respited.
44:30 Meanwhile, we saved the Children of Israel from the humiliating persecution.
44:31 From Pharaoh; he was a tyrant.
44:32 We have chosen them from among all the people, knowingly.
44:33 We showed them so many proofs, which constituted a great test.
44:34 The present generations say,
44:35 "We only die the first death; we will never be resurrected!
44:36 "Bring back our forefathers, if you are truthful."
44:37 Are they better than the people of Tubba` and others before them? We annihilated them for their crimes.
44:38 We did not create the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, just to play.
44:39 We created them for a specific purpose, but most of them do not know.
44:40 The Day of Decision awaits them all.
44:41 That is the day when no friend can help his friend in any way; no one can be helped.
44:42 Only those who attain mercy from GOD. He is the Almighty, Most Merciful.
44:43 Surely, the tree of bitterness -
44:44 will provide the food for the sinful.
44:45 Like lye, it will boil in the stomachs.
44:46 Like the boiling of hellish drinks.
44:47 Take him and throw him into the center of Hell.
44:48 Then pour upon his head the retribution of the Inferno.
44:49 "Taste this; you were so powerful, so honorable."
44:50 This is what you used to doubt.
44:51 The righteous will be in a secure position.
44:52 Enjoying gardens and springs.
44:53 Wearing velvet and satin; close to each other.
44:54 We grant them wonderful spouses.
44:55 They enjoy in it all kinds of fruits, in perfect peace.
44:56 They do not taste death therein - beyond the first death - and He has spared them the retribution of Hell.
44:57 Such is the blessing from your Lord. Such is the great triumph.
44:58 We have thus clarified it in your language, that they may take heed.
44:59 Therefore, wait; they too will have to wait


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