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al-Jinn (The Jinn)
as rendered by Linda "iLham" Barto
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Linda “iLHam” Barto rendition of Surah The Jinn(al-Jinn)
72:1 Say, “It has been revealed to me that a company of spirit-beings listened [as the Qur’an was being recited]. They said, ‘Truly, we have heard a wonderful Qur’an!
72:2 “‘It gives guidance to the righteous, and we have believed in it. We will not attribute any others with our Lord.
72:3 “‘Exalted is the majesty of our Lord. He has not taken a wife and has no son.
72:4 “‘Some foolish ones among us made huge lies against Allah.
72:5 “‘We had thought, however, that humans and spirit-beings would never state lies concerning Allah.
72:6 “‘It is true that some people among humanity took refuge with individuals among the spirit-beings, but they [the spirit-beings] caused them [the misguided humans] to increase their foolishness.
72:7 “‘They began to think, as you [misguided people] think –that Allah will not raise anyone [to face the judgment].
72:8 “‘We sought to reach Heaven, but we found it surrounded with unyielding guards and flaming fires.
72:9 “‘We used to sit in hidden realms to hear, but anyone who tries to listen now will find flaming fire waiting in ambush.
72:10 “‘We do not understand whether disaster is intended for those on earth, or whether their Lord intends to guide them to proper conduct.’
72:11 “‘Among us [spirit-beings] are some who are righteous and some who are contrary. We follow divergent paths.
72:12 “‘But we think that we can by no means frustrate Allah throughout the earth, nor can we frustrate Him by flight.
72:13 “‘As for us, since we have listened to guidance, we have accepted it. Any who believes in his/her Lord fears neither injustice nor oppression.
72:14 “‘Among us are some who submit their wills and some who deviate. Those who submit their wills have sought correct conduct.
72:15 “‘But those who deviate are only fuel for Hell fire.’”
72:16 If (the idolaters) had remained on the [divine] path, We should certainly have given them plenty to drink [eg, good rain].
72:17 [That would be] so We could test them by that [blessing]. As for any who turns from the remembrance of his/her Lord, He will cause him/her to endure a severe penalty.
72:18 The places of worship are only for Allah, so do not invoke anyone else along with Allah.
72:19 Yet, when a devotee of Allah approaches in order to invoke Him, (the idolaters) crowd around him/her to intimidate him/her.
72:20 Say, “I only call upon my Lord, and I do not associate anyone with Him [as equal].”
72:21 Say, “It is certainly not within my power to cause you harm or to bring you into proper conduct.”
72:22 Say, “No one could save me from [the wrath of] Allah, and I will find no refuge without Him.
72:23 [That is] unless I convey what I receive from Allah and His messages. As for any who disobey Allah and His messenger, for them is Hell where they shall dwell eternally.”
72:24 At length, when they see that [Hell] which they are promised, then they will know who is most helpless and counts for less.
72:25 Say, “I do not know if that which you are promised is near or whether my Lord will appoint it far into the future.
72:26 “He knows the unseen, and He does not acquaint anyone with His mysteries.
72:27 “The exception is a messenger whom He has chosen, and then He appoints a guard [ie, guardian angel] to march before him and behind him.
72:28 “[That is] so that (Allah) may ensure that they [the messenger and the angel] have indeed conveyed the messages of their Lord. He encompasses what is with them, and takes account of every single thing.”


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