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Alif Lam Ra. These are the verses of the Book, full of wisdom
It is a matter of wonder for men that WE have sent down revelation to a man from among them, saying, `Warn mankind and give glad tidings to those who believe that they have a true rank of honour with their Lord?' The disbelievers say, `Surely, this is a manifest sorcerer.
Verily, your Lord is ALLAH WHO created the heavens and the earth in six periods, then HE settled HIMSELF firmly on the Throne; HE governs everything. There is no intercessors with HIM save after HIS permission. This is ALLAH, your Lord, so worship HIM. Will you not, then, mind
To HIM shall you all return. The promise of ALLAH is true. Surely, HE originates the creation; then HE reproduces it, that HE may reward those who believe and do good works, with equity; and as for those who disbelieve, they shall have boiling water to drink and a painful punishment, because they disbelieved
HE it is WHO made the sun radiate a brilliant light and the moon reflect a lustre, and ordained for it proper stages, that you might know the count of years and the reckoning of time. ALLAH has not created this system but in accordance with the requirements of truth. HE details the signs for a people who possess knowledge
Verily, in the alternation of night and day, and in all that ALLAH has created in the heavens and the earth there are signs for a God fearing people
Those who hope not for the meeting with Us and are pleased and satisfied with the life of this world and those who are heedless of Our Signs
It is these whose abode is Fire, because of what they earned
As for those who believe and do good works - their Lord shall guide them along the path of success because of their faith. Streams shall flow beneath them in the Gardens of bliss
Their prayer therein shall be, `Glory be to Thee, O ALLAH ! and their greeting therein to each other shall be, `Peace ! And the end of their prayer shall be, `All praise be to ALLAH, the Lord of all the worlds.
And if ALLAH were to hasten for men the ill consequences of their actions as they would seek to hasten on good, the end of their term of life would have been already brought upon them. But We leave those who look not for the meeting with Us to wonder distractedly in their transgression
And when trouble befalls a man, he calls on Us, lying on his side, or sitting or standing, but when We have removed his trouble from him, he goes his way as though he had never called on Us for the removal of the trouble that befell him. Thus it is that the doings of the extravagant are made to seem fair in their eyes
And We destroyed many generations before you when they did wrong; and there came to them Messengers with clear Signs, but they would not believe. Thus do We requite the guilty people
Then, We made you their successors in the earth after them that We might see how you would act
And when Our clear Signs are recited unto them, those who hope not for the meeting with Us say, `Bring a Qur'an other than this or change it.' Say, `It is not for me to change it of my own accord. I only follow what is revealed to me. Indeed, I fear, if I disobey my Lord, the punishment of an awful day.
Say, `If ALLAH had so willed, I should not have recited it to you, nor would I have made it known to you. I have indeed lived a whole lifetime before this. Will you not then understand?
Who is more unjust than he who forges a lie against ALLAH or he who treats His Signs as lies? Surely, the guilty shall never prosper
And they worship, instead of ALLAH, that which neither harms them nor profits them; and they say,`These are our intercessors with ALLAH. Say, `Do you presume to inform ALLAH what HE knows not in the heavens or in the earth? Glory be to HIM ! High be HE exalted above all that which they associate with HIM
And mankind were but one community, then they differed among themselves; and had it not been for a word that had gone before from thy Lord, it would have already been decided between them concerning that in which they differed
And they say, `Why has not a Sign been sent down to him from his Lord? Say, `The knowledge of the unseen belongs only to ALLAH. So wait. I am with you among those who wait?
And when WE make people taste of mercy after adversity has touched them, behold ! they begin to devise plans against Our Signs. Say, `ALLAH is far swifter in planing.' Surely, Our Messengers write down all that you plan
HE it is Who enables you to journey through land and sea until when you are on board the ships and they sail with them with a fair breeze and they rejoice in it, there overtakes them (the ships) a violent wind and the waves come on them from every side and they think that they are encompassed, then they call upon ALLAH, in sincere submission to HIM, saying, `If thou deliver us from this, we will surely be of the thankful.
But when HE delivered them, lo ! they begin to commit excesses in the earth wrongfully. O ye people, your excesses in seeking the enjoyment of the present life are only against your own selves. Then to US shall be your return; and WE will inform you of what you used to do
The likeness of the present life is only as water which WE sent down from the clouds, then there mingles with it the produce of the earth, of which men and cattle eat till when the earth takes on its ornament and looks beautiful and its owners think that they have full power over it, there comes to it by Our command by night or by day and WE render it like a mown down field, as if nothing existed there the day before. Thus do WE expound the Signs for a people who reflect
And ALLAH calls to the abode of peace, and guides whom HE pleases to the straight path
For those who do good deeds, there shall be the best reward and yet more blessings. And neither darkness nor ignominy shall cover their faces. It is these who are the inmates of Heaven; therein shall they abide
And as for those who do evil deeds, the punishment of an evil deed shall be the like thereof, and ignominy shall cover them. They shall have none to protect them from ALLAH. And they shall look as if their faces had been covered with dark patches of night. It is these who are the inmates of the Fire; therein shall they abide
And remember the day when WE shall gather them all together, then shall WE say to those who associated gods with US, `Stand back in your places, you and your associated gods.' Then WE shall separate them widely from one another, and their associated gods will say, `Surely, it was not us that you worshiped
`So ALLAH is now sufficient as a Witness between us and you. We were certainly unaware of your worship.
There shall every soul realize what it shall have sent on before. And they shall be brought back to ALLAH, their True Master, and all that they used to forge shall be lost to them
Say, `Who provides sustenance for you from the heaven or the earth? Or who is it that has power over the ears and the eyes? And who brings forth the living from the dead and brings forth the dead from the living? And who regulates all affairs? They will say, `ALLAH.' Then say, `Will you not seek HIS protection?
Such is ALLAH, your True Lord. So what is there other than the truth but error? How then are you being turned away from the truth
Thus is the word of thy Lord proved true against those who rebel, that they believe not
Say, `Is there any of your associated-gods who originates creation and then reproduces it?' Say, `It is ALLAH alone Who originates creation and then reproduces it. Wither then are you turned away?
Say, `Is there any of your associated-gods who guides to the truth?' Say, `It is ALLAH alone Who guides to the truth. Is then HE Who guides to the truth more worthy to be followed, or he who finds not the way himself unless he be guided? What, then, is the matter with you? How judge ye?
And most of them follow only conjecture. Surely, conjecture avails naught against the truth. Verily, ALLAH is well aware of what they do
And this Qur'an is not such that could be produced by anyone other than ALLAH. On the contrary, it fulfills that revelation which is before it and is an exposition of the perfect Law. There is no doubt about it that it is from the Lord of all the worlds
Do they say, `He has forged it?' Say, `Bring then a Surah like unto it, and call for help on all you can, apart from ALLAH, if you are truthful.
Nay, but they have rejected that, full knowledge of which they did not compass nor has the true significance thereof yet come to them. In like manner did those before them reject the truth. But see what was the end of the wrongdoers
And of them there are some who believe therein, and of them are others who do not believe therein, and thy Lord knows the mischief-makers very well
And if they charge thee with lying, say, `For me is my work and for you is your work. You are not accountable for what I do and I am not accountable for what you do.
And among them are some who give ear to thee. But canst thou make the deaf hear, even though they understand not
And among them are some who look towards thee. But canst thou guide the blind, even though they will not see
Certainly, ALLAH wrongs not men at all; it is they who wrong their own souls
And on the day when HE will gather them together, it will appear to them as though they had not tarried in the world save for an hour of a day. They will recognize one another. Losers indeed are those who deny the meeting with ALLAH and would not follow guidance
And if WE show thee in thy lifetime the fulfillment of some of the things with which WE have threatened them, thou wilt know it; or if WE cause thee to die before that, then to US is their return, and thou wilt have knowledge of it in the next world; and ALLAH is Witness to all that they do
And for every people there is a Messenger. So when their Messenger comes, it is judged between them with equity, and they are not wronged
And they say, `When will this promise be fulfilled, if you are truthful?
Say, `I have no power over any harm or benefit for myself save that which ALLAH wills. For every people there is an appointed term. When their term is come, they cannot remain behind a single moment, nor can they get ahead of it.
Say, `Tell me, if HIS punishment come upon you by night or by day, how will the guilty run away from it
`Is it then when it has overtaken you that you will believe in it? What ! you believe now ! And before this you used to demand its speedy coming
Then it will be said to those who did wrong, `Taste ye the abiding punishment. You are not requited save for that which you earned.
And they ask thee to tell them whether it is true? Say, `Yea, by my Lord ! it is most surely true; and you cannot frustrate it.
And if every soul that does wrong possessed all that is in the earth, it would surely offer to ransom itself therewith. And they will conceal their remorse, when they see the punishment. And judgment shall be passed between them with equity and they shall not be wronged
Remember, to ALLAH surely belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. Remember, that ALLAH's promise is surely true. But most of them understand not
HE it is who gives life and causes death, and to HIM shall you all be brought back
O mankind ! there indeed has come to you an Exhortation from your Lord and a healing for whatever disease there is in the hearts, and a guidance and a mercy to the believers
Say, `All this is through the grace of ALLAH and through HIS mercy; therein, therefore, let them rejoice. That is better than what they hoard.
Say, `Have you ever considered that ALLAH has sent down provision for you, then you make some of it unlawful and some lawful? Say, `Has ALLAH permitted you that, or do you invent lies against ALLAH?
What think those who invent lies against ALLAH of the Day of Resurrection? Surely, ALLAH is Gracious towards mankind, but most of them are not thankful
And thou art not engaged in anything, and thou recitest not from HIM any portion of the Qur'an, and you do no work, but WE are Witness of you when you are engrossed therein. And there is not hidden from thy Lord even an atom's weight in the earth or in heaven. And there is nothing smaller than that or greater, but it is recorded in a clear Book
Behold ! the friends of ALLAH shall certainly have no fear nor shall they grieve
Those who believe and were ever righteous
For them are glad tidings in the present life and also in the Hereafter - there is no changing the words of ALLAH - that indeed is the supreme achievement
And let not their words grieve thee. Surely, all power belongs to ALLAH. HE is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing
Behold ! whoever is in the heavens and whoever is in the earth is ALLAH's. Those who call on others than ALLAH do not really follow these associated-gods; they only follow conjecture, and they only make guesses
HE it is Who has made for you the night dark that you may rest therein, and the day full of light that you may pursue your occupations. Surely, therein are Signs for a people who listen to the divine Message
They say, `ALLAH has taken unto HIM a son,' Holy is HE ! HE is Self-Sufficient. To HIM belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. You have no authority for this. What ! do you say concerning ALLAH what you know not
Say, `Those who invent a lie against ALLAH shall not prosper.
They will have some enjoyment in this world. Then to US is their return. Then WE shall make them taste a severe torment, because they continued to disbelieve
And recite unto them the story of Noah, when he said to his people, `O my people, if my station with God and my reminding you of your duty through the Signs of ALLAH offend you - and in ALLAH do I put my trust - muster then all your designs, and your associated-gods; then let not your course of action remain obscure to you in any respect; then carry out your designs against me and give me no respite
`But if you turn back, then remember, I have not asked of you any reward. My reward is with ALLAH alone, and I have been commanded to be of those who are wholly resigned to Him
But they rejected him, so WE saved him and those who were with him in the Ark. And WE made them inheritors of Our favours, while WE drowned those who rejected our Signs. See then, how evil was the end of those who had been warned
The WE sent, after him, other Messengers to their respective peoples, and they brought them clear proofs. But they would not believe in them, because they had rejected them before. Thus do WE seal the hearts of the transgressors
Then WE sent after them Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh and his chiefs with Our Signs, but they behaved arrogantly. And they were a sinful people
And when there came to them the truth from US, they said, `This is surely a manifest enchantment.
Moses said, `Do you say this of the truth when it has come to you? Can this be enchantment? And the enchanters never prosper
They said, `Hast thou come to us that thou mayest turn us away from what we found our fathers following, and that you two may have greatness in the land? But we will not believe in either of you.
And Pharaoh said, `Bring to me every expert sorcerer.
And when the sorcerers came, Moses said to them, cast ye what you would cast.
And when they had cast, Moses said, `What you have brought is mere sorcery. Surely ALLAH will bring it to naught. Verily, ALLAH does not permit the work of mischief-makers to prosper
`And ALLAH establishes the truth by HIS words, even though the guilty be averse to it.
And none obeyed Moses save some youths from among his people, because of the fear of pharaoh and their chiefs, lest he should persecute them. And surely Pharaoh was a tyrant in the land and surely he was of the transgressors
And Moses said, `O my people, if you have believed in ALLAH, then in HIM put your trust, if you have truly submitted to His Will.
And they said, `In ALLAH do we put our trust. Our Lord, make us not a trial for the wrongdoing people
`And deliver us by Thy mercy from the tyranny of the disbelieving people.
And WE revealed to Moses and his brother, saying, `Take for your people some houses in the town, and construct your houses so that they face each other and observe Prayer. And give glad tidings to the believers.
And Moses said, `Our Lord, Thou hast bestowed upon Pharaoh and his chiefs splendour and riches in the present life, with the result, our Lord, that they are leading men astray from Thy path. Our Lord ! destroy their riches and harden their hearts so that they believe not until they see the grievous punishment.
God said, `Your prayer is accepted. So be ye twain steadfast, and follow not the path of those who know not.
And WE brought the children of Israel across the sea; and Pharaoh and his hosts pursued them wrongfully and aggressively, till when the calamity of drowning overtook him, he cried, `I believe that there is no god but HE in Whom the Children of Israel believe, and I am of those who submit to Him.
What ! Now ! while thou wast disobedient before this and wast of the mischief-makers
So this day WE will save thee in thy body alone that thou mayest be a Sign to those who come after thee. And surely many of mankind are heedless of Our Signs
And when WE assigned to the Children of Israel and excellent abode and WE provided them with good things, and they differed not until there came to them the knowledge. Surely, thy Lord will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that which they now differ
And if thou art in doubt concerning that which WE have sent down to thee, ask those who have been reading the Book before thee. Indeed the truth has come to thee from thy Lord; be not, therefore, of those who doubt
And be not of those who reject the Signs of ALLAH, or thou shalt be of the losers
Surely, those against whom the decree of punishment of thy Lord has taken effect will not believe
Even if there come to them every Sign till they see the grievous punishment
Why was there no town, which believed so that their belief should have profited them, save the people of Jonah? When they believed, We removed from them the punishment of disgrace in the present life, and WE gave them provision for a while
And if thy Lord had enforced HIS Will, surely, all who are in the earth would have believed together. Wilt thou, then, force men to become believers
And no soul can believe except by the permission of ALLAH. And HE causes HIS wrath to descend on those who would not use their judgment
Say, `Ponder over what is happening in the heavens and the earth.' But the Signs and warning avail not a people who will not believe
What, then, do they wait for, save the like of the days of punishment suffered by those who passed away before them? Say, `Wait, then, I am with you among those who wait.
Then shall WE save Our Messengers and those who believe. Thus have WE made it incumbent on US to save the believers
Say, `O ye men, if you are in doubt concerning my religion, then know that I worship not those whom you worship instead of ALLAH, but I worship ALLAH alone who causes you to die and I have been commanded to be of the believers
`And I have also been commanded to convey to you God's command: `Set thy face toward religion as one ever inclined to ALLAH, and be not of those who ascribe partners to Him
`And call not, besides ALLAH, on any other that can neither profit thee nor harm thee. And if thou didst so, thou wouldst then certainly be of the wrongdoers.
And if ALLAH afflicts thee with harm, there is none who can remove it but HE; and if HE intends good for thee, there is none who can repel HIS grace. HE causes it to reach whomsoever of His servants HE wills. And HE is the Most Forgiving, Merciful
Say, `O men, now has the truth come to you from your Lord. So whoever follow the guidance, follows it only for the good of his own soul, and whoever errs, errs only against it. And I am not a keeper over you.
And follow that which is revealed to thee and be steadfast until ALLAH gives HIS judgment. And ALLAH is the Best of judges