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al-Jumu`ah (The Congregation, Friday, The Day of Congregation)
as rendered by Linda "iLham" Barto
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Linda “iLHam” Barto rendition of Surah The Congregation, Friday, The Day of Congregation(al-Jumu`ah)
62:1 Everything of Heaven and Earth glorifies Allah –the Sovereign, Holy One, the Victorious, the Perfectly Wise.
62:2 It is He who sent to the uneducated people a messenger from among them to recite to them His verses, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in the Book and wisdom. [He did this] although they had been in obvious error.
62:3 [They had been in error] along with others [throughout the world] who have not yet joined them [in pursuit of Islam]. He is the Victorious, the Perfectly Wise.
62:4 Such is the grace of Allah, which He bestows on whomever He will. Allah is the Lord of the most wonderful blessings.
62:5 Here is a simile of those responsible for keeping the Torah but who have failed to uphold it: They are like a donkey carrying books [but unable to read them and apply their teachings]. Evil is the simile of people who falsify the verses of Allah [by professing Judaism (or any other religion) but failing to apply its true teachings]. Allah does not guide people in the wrong.
62:6 Say, “O you of Judaism, if you think that you, and no others, are Allah’s exclusive friends, then express your desire for death [in order to be closer to Allah], if you are truthful.”
62:7 They [who think such a thing] would not express such a desire because of (the deeds) their hands have forwarded [for the eternal record]. Allah is the All-knowing of the ones who sin.
62:8 Say, “Truly, the death you avoid will certainly overcome you, and then you will return to the All-knowing of private and public affairs. He will announce your deeds.”
62:9 O [Muslim] Believers, when the call is proclaimed to pray on Friday [the Day of Assembly], hasten to the remembrance of Allah, leaving business behind. That is best for you, if you only knew.
62:10 Then, when prayer is finished, you may disperse across the land and seek the gifts of Allah. Glorify Allah often so you may prosper.
62:11 [Some], however, when they see some bargain or entertainment, they rush off to it and leave you [the Prophet] standing [alone]. Say, “What is in the presence of Allah is better than any amusement or sale! Allah is the Best Provider.”


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