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al-Qamar (The Moon)
as rendered by Linda "iLham" Barto
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Linda “iLHam” Barto rendition of Surah The Moon(al-Qamar)
54:1 The hour advances, the moon splitting asunder.
54:2 But when [the unbelievers] see a sign, they turn away and claim, “[This is nothing but] recurring illusion.”
54:3 They reject [the warning] and follow their own inclinations, but every matter is already settled [in cosmic time].
54:4 There has already come to (the unbelievers) information with ample warning…
54:5 …and profound wisdom, but (such advice) has no effect.
54:6 Therefore, turn away from them. [There will be] a day when the caller will summon to a terrible affair.
54:7 They will come forth, with humbled eyes, from graves. [They will be] like scattered locusts.
54:8 [They will] hurry toward the caller. “This day is difficult,” the unbelievers will say.
54:9 Prior to them, the people of Noah were in rejection. They rejected Our servant and said, “Here is one possessed!” He was driven away.
54:10 Then he called on his Lord, “I am one overcome. Help!”
54:11 We opened the gates of heaven, with water pouring forth.
54:12 We caused the earth to gush forth with springs so that the waters met for a decreed measure.
54:13 But We carried him on [a vessel of] planks and caulking.
54:14 [The ark] floated under Our eyes. [It was] a reward for one who had been rejected.
54:15 We certainly have left it as a sign. Is there any who will accept warning?
54:16 How were My penalty and My warning?
54:17 We have certainly made the Qur’an easy to remember. Is there any who will accept warning?
54:18 The Ad were in rejection. How was My penalty and My warning?
54:19 Indeed, We sent a furious wind against them on a day of ongoing disaster.
54:20 It plucked people as if they were trunks of uprooted palm trees.
54:21 How were My penalty and My warning?
54:22 We have certainly made the Qur’an easy to remember. Is there anyone who will accept warning?
54:23 The Thamud rejected the warnings.
54:24 They said, “Is a single person from among us to be followed? If we did that, then we would certainly be misguided and stupid!
54:25 Has the message been sent to him, of all people among us? No, he is an insolent liar.”
54:26 Tomorrow they will know who is a liar and an insolent person.
54:27 Indeed, We will send the female camel as a trial for them. Watch them and be patient.
54:28 Tell them that the water is to be shared among them. Each will have a turn to drink.
54:29 But they called to their companion. He took a sword and killed [the camel when it was her turn to drink].
54:30 How were My penalty and My warning?
54:31 Indeed, We sent a single, mighty blast against them. They became like dry sticks for fence building.
54:32 We have certainly made the Qur’an easy to remember. Is there anyone who will accept warning?
54:33 The people of Lot rejected warning.
54:34 We sent against them a storm of stones. Lot’s family was exempt. We had saved them by dawn.
54:35 [It was] a grace from Us. Thus do We reward the grateful.
54:36 Certainly, (Lot) warned them of Our punishment, but they argued about the warning.
54:37 They even demanded his guests from him, so We blinded their eyes. “Taste My wrath and My warning!”
54:38 Early in the morning, an eternal punishment seized them.
54:39 “Taste My wrath and My warning!”
54:40 We have certainly made the Qur’an easy to remember. Is there anyone who will accept warning?
54:41 Warnings certainly came to the people of Pharaoh.
54:42 They rejected all Our signs, so We seized them with a penalty from the Victorious, the Prevailing Force.
54:43 Are you unbelievers better than they? Or do you have immunity in the Scriptures?
54:44 Or do they say, “United, we can defend ourselves”?
54:45 Their crowd will soon turn their backs.
54:46 The hour [of judgment] is the time promised them. That hour will be most dreadful and most bitter.
54:47 Truly, those lost in sin are the ones deluded and confused.
54:48 One day, they will be dragged through the fire, face down. “Taste the touch of Hell!”
54:49 We have created everything according to plan.
54:50 Our command is only one [action], like the twinkling of an eye.
54:51 [In the past] We destroyed mobs like you [unbelievers], so are there any willing to take heed?
54:52 All that they do is recorded in books.
54:53 Every matter, small or great, is a matter of record.
54:54 As for the righteous, they will be in the midst of gardens and rivers.
54:55 [They will be] in an assembly for truth, in the presence of a Sovereign King.


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