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Alif Lam Ra. These are Verses of the Book of Wisdom
Is it a matter to wonder at for the people that We revealed to a man from among themselves that he should warn the people and give good news to those who believe that there shall be a truly secure position for them with their Lord? The suppressors of the Truth say, "This man is clearly indeed a magician!"
Indeed, Allah, your Lord, is He Who created the heavens and the earth in six periods in time, then ascended to the Throne, assuming absolute command. No intercessor can dare intercede except after His permission. That is Allah, your Lord; so worship Him! Would you not then take heed
To Him is your return all together — a promise of Allah in truth. He originates creation, and then He recreates it so that He may justly recompense those who believe and do good deeds. And as for those who suppress the Truth, they shall have boiling water to drink and shall suffer a painful punishment for their suppression of the Truth
He it is Who made the sun a source of light and the moon a light, and ordained for it phases that you might count years and keep accounts. Allah did not create all that but on purpose. He explains the Verses/signs for people who know.
Indeed, in the variation of the night and the day, and in what Allah has created in the heavens and the earth, there are signs for people who fear Him.h
Indeed, those who do not expect to meet Us and are pleased with this world's life and are content with it, and those who are heedless of Our Verses/signs
Their abode is the Fire because of what they earned
Indeed, those who believe and do good deeds, their Lord shall guide them by their faith. There shall flow from beneath them rivers in gardens of bliss
Their call in it shall be, `Glory to You, O Allah!' and their greeting in it shall be, `Peace.' And their call shall end with, `Praise is to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
And if Allah should hasten bad things to happen to men as they desire the good things to hasten to them, their doom should certainly have been decreed for them. But We leave them to wander blindly in their inordinateness — those who expect not to meet Us
And when any bad thing afflicts man, he calls Us, lying on his side, sitting or standing. But when We remove his affliction from him, he goes on as if he had never called to Us regarding the bad thing that afflicted him. Their deeds are thus made to look good to the transgressors
And certainly We did destroy generations before you when they became unjust. And their Messengers had come to them with clear signs, but they would not believe. We did thus give the sinning people their dues
Then We made you their successors on the earth to see how you act
And when Our clear Verses are recited to them, those who expect not to meet Us, say, "Bring a Qur'aan other than this, or change it." Say, "I cannot change it on my own initiative. I follow naught but what is revealed to me. I do indeed fear the punishment of a great Day, if I disobey my Lord."
Say, "If Allah had so willed, I would not have recited it to you, nor would you have known anything about it. I did live a lifetime among you before it. Don't you then understand?"
Who is then more unjust than he who forges a lie against Allah or denies His Verses/signs? Never shall the sinners succeed
And they worship, besides Allah, what can neither harm them nor benefit them, and they say, "These are our intercessors with Allah." Say, "Do you inform Allah of what He knows not in the heavens and the earth!?" Glorified and supremely exalted is He above what they worship besides Him
And mankind is naught but a single community, and yet they differ. Had it not been for a word already gone forth from your Lord, the issues, on which they differ, would have certainly been decided among them
And they say, "Why is no sign sent to him from his Lord?" Say, "The knowledge of the unseen is only with Allah. Well, wait! I am indeed with you among those who wait."h
And when We make people taste mercy after a bad thing afflicts them, then it is that they plan to subvert Our Verses/signs. Say, "Allah is quicker in planning. Our messengers do indeed write down what you plan."
He it is Who facilitates your movement by land and sea and you get into the ship. And the ship sails on with a pleasant breeze blowing and with people rejoicing the ride, until a violent wind overtakes them and the billows surge in on them from all sides, and they become certain that they are engulfed therein. They then pray to Allah in all sincerity and obedience to Him, "If You do deliver us from this, we will most certainly be grateful."
But when He delivers them, behold! They become unduly rebellious on earth. "O mankind! Your rebellion will affect you yourselves. These here are the provisions only of this temporal life. To Us is your return thereafter. Then We will relate to you what you did."
This life is but like water which We send down from the sky. Spring forth therewith all kinds of vegetation on the earth, of which men and cattle eat. Until, when the earth puts on its golden raiment and it becomes adorned, and its people think that they have mastery over it, Our command comes to it, by night or by day, and We make it barren, as though it had not flourished anytime in the recent past. Thus do We explain the Verses/signs for a people who reflect
And Allah invites to the abode of peace and guides, whom He pleases, to the Straight Path
There is good — and more besides — for those who do good. And no gloom and no ignominy shall cover their faces. Those shall be the inmates of the Garden. Therein they shall abide
And as for those who have earned evil, the punishment for an evil is the like thereof, and ignominy shall cover them — they shall have none to protect them from Allah — as if their faces were covered with slices of the dense darkness of night. Those shall be the inmates of the Fire. Therein they shall abide
And on the day We gather them all together, We will say to those who worshipped others besides Allah, "Be there where you are — you and your gods other than Allah!" We shall then separate them, one from another. And their gods would say, "It was not us that you worshipped."
"And Allah is sufficient as a witness, between us and you, that we were quite unaware of your worship."
There, everyone will be tried for what it did before, and they shall be brought back to Allah, their true Patron. And what they concocted shall desert them
Ask them, "Who provides for you means of sustenance from the heavens and the earth? Or Who controls the hearing and the sights? And Who brings out the living from the dead, and the dead from the living? And Who plans the affairs prudently and executes them well?" They will reply, "Allah." Then ask, "Won't you then fear Him!?"
This then is Allah, your true Lord! And what remains there after the truth but error? How could you then be turned away from this Absolute Truth
Thus is your Lord's word, that they will not believe, proved true with regard to such as defiantly disobey Allah
Say, "Is there any one among those whom you worship besides Allah, who can pioneer the creation and then reproduce it?" Say, "Allah pioneers the creation and then He reproduces it. How then are you fooled by falsehood?"
Say, "Is there anyone, among those whom you worship besides Allah, who guides to the truth?" Say, "Allah it is Who guides to the truth. Is He then Who guides to the truth more worthy to be followed, or he who himself does not go aright unless he is guided? What's the matter with you? How wrongly do you make your decisions?"
And most of them do not follow anything but conjecture. Conjecture will avail nothing indeed against the Truth. Allah is indeed aware of what they do
And this Qur'aan is not such as could be forged by those besides Allah. But it is a confirmation of what came before it. And it is, no doubt, the book, explained in details, from the Lord of the worlds.
Or do they say that he (the Prophet) has forged it? Say, "Then bring a chapter like this and invite whom you can, besides Allah, if you are truthful."
Nay, they reject all that is beyond their knowledge and comprehension, as false. So did those before them. And see what happened to those wicked people
And among them is he who believes in it and among them is he who does not believe in it, and your Lord knows the troublemakers
And if they belie you, say, "I am responsible for what I do and you, for what you do. You are free of any responsibility for what I do and I am free of any responsibility for what you do
And there are those of them who appear to be listening to you. But can you make the deaf to listen even when they cannot understand
And there are those of them who appear to be looking at you. But can you give guidance to the blind even when they cannot see
Indeed, Allah does not wrong mankind in anything, but they wrong themselves
And the day He will resurrect them and gather them all together, they will introduce one another as if they had halted but for a little while of daytime. Those who belied their meeting with Allah are indeed doomed, and they were not on right guidance
And if We show you some of the things We promised to them, or if We cause you to die, yet to Us is their return, and Allah is witness to what they do
And for every Ummaa Messenger. And when their Messenger came, they were judged equitably and they were not wronged.
And they ask, "When will this prophecy come about, if what you say is true?"
Say, "I have no control over any harm, or any benefit, coming to me, except what Allah pleases. Every Ummah has its term. When their term comes, they shall not then remain here a moment more, nor can they go before their time."
Say, "Have you ever considered that if His punishment overtakes you by night or by day, what then would there be for the sinners to ask for hastening of?"
And will you believe in it only when it comes to pass? What then!? And you did want it hastened
Then those who did wrong shall be told, "Taste the everlasting punishment! Was it not but what you deserved?"
And they ask you, "Is that true?" Say, "Yes, by my Lord! It is indeed the truth. And you cannot elude it."
And had every unjust Person all that is in the earth, he would certainly offer it to ransom himself. And they will feel regret in their hearts the moment they see the punishment they would be made to suffer. And they shall be judged equitably and they shall not be wronged
Beware! To Allah does certainly belong all that is in the heavens and the earth. Beware! Allah's promise is indeed true, but most of them know not
He it is Who gives life and causes death, and to Him you shall be returned
O mankind! Admonition from your Lord and remedy for what the hearts harbour has surely come to you, and guidance and mercy for the believers
Say, "In the grace of Allah and in His mercy — in that they should rejoice. That is better than what they gather."
Say, "Do you see that you make a part of what Allah has sent down for you as sustenance unlawful, and a part, lawful." Say, "Has Allah commanded you to do so? Or do you forge a lie against Allah?"
And what will be the thought of those who forge lies against Allah on the day of Resurrection? Allah is indeed full of grace for mankind, but most of them are ungrateful
And you are engaged not in anything, and you read not concerning it in any portion of the Qur'aan, and you do not do any deed, but We are witnesses over you when you get involved therein. And not an atom-weight of anything, in the earth or in the heavens, lies concealed from your Lord. Nor is there anything less than that or greater, but recorded in a book manifest
Verily, those that are close to Allah shall indeed have no fear. Nor shall they grieve
Those that believe and fear Allah
For them there is good news in this world's life and in the Hereafter. - Allah's words never change! - That is the highest success
And let not what they say grieve you. To Allah indeed belongs all the honour. He is theh One Who hears and knows all things
Verily, indeed, to Allah belongs whatever there is in the heavens and whatever there is in the earth. And they, who call on others besides Allah, follow not any associates of His! They follow not but conjectures and they do not but guess
He it is Who made for you the night that you might rest in it, and the day wherein one can see things clearly. Indeed, there are signs therein for people who would hear
They say, "Allah has got a son!" Glorified is He — the Self-sufficient. His is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth. You have no authority over any of this. How can you say about Allah what you do not know
Say, "They, who forge a lie about Allah, shall not succeed!"
After this temporary provision in this world, to Us shall be their return. Then We shall make them taste severe punishment because they suppressed the Truth
And recite to them the story of Noah when he said to his people, "O my people! If my stay and my reminding (you) of the signs/Verses of Allah is hard on you — and on Allah yet do I rely — then combine your efforts and of those whom you worship besides Allah, then let not your effort remain dubious to you, then have it executed against me and give me no respite."
"And if you turn away, I did not ask for any reward from you; my reward is only with Allah. And I am commanded that I should be of those who submit."
Then they rejected him, so We saved him, and those with him, in the Ark, and We made them vicegerents and drowned those who rejected Our Verses/signs. See then what happened in the end to those who were warned
Then did We raise up after him Messengers to their people, and they came to them with clear evidences. But they could not believe in what they had rejected before. Thus it is that We set seals upon the hearts of those who exceed the limits
Then did We raise up after them Moses and Aaron and send them to Pharaoh and his nobles with Our signs. But they were too proud and they were a sinning people
So when the truth came to them from Us they said, "This indeed is magic manifest!"
Moses said, "Do you say this of the truth when it comes to you? Is this magic? And the magicians prevail not!"
They said, "Have you come to us to turn us away from what we found our fathers upon, and is greatness bestowed just on you two on earth? And we are not going to believe in you."
And Pharaoh ordered, "Bring to me every expert magician."
And when the magicians came, Moses said to them, "Cast down what you have to cast."
So when they cast down their contraptions, Moses said to them, "What you have brought is deception. Allah will indeed bring it to naught. Allah does indeed not promote the work of those who spread discord."
And Allah will show the truth to be the truth by His commands, even though the criminals may not like it.
So then none believed in Moses — except for the progeny of his own people — out of fear of Pharaoh and their nobles, lest he should persecute them. And indeed did Pharaoh have some power on the earth and indeed he was of those who committed excesses
And Moses said, "O my people! If you do believe in Allah and if you are of those who do submit to Him, then do trust Him."
So they said, "On Allah do we trust. O our Lord! Subject us not to the persecution of the unjust people."
"And do deliver us, by Your mercy, from the people who suppress the Truth."
And We told Moses and his brother, "Prepare some houses in Egypt as spiritual centres for your people and establish prayer. And give good tidings to the believers."
And Moses said, "Our Lord! You have indeed given Pharaoh and his nobles glamour and riches in the life this world. Our Lord! You have given them this so that they go astray from Your Path. Our Lord! Spread destruction over their riches and harden their hearts so that they believe not until they see the painful punishment."
Allah said, "The prayer of you two has indeed been accepted, be steadfast and follow not the path of those who do not know."
And We made the Children of Israel cross the sea. Then Pharaoh and his armies followed them with aggressive and inimical intentions. Until, when about to be drowned, he (Pharaoh) said, "I believe that there is no god but He in Whom the Children of Israel believe and I am of those who submit."
"Now! And you did disobey before and you were of those who spread corruption and discord."
"But then We do, this day, save you in your body so that you become a sign for generations that would come after you. And, indeed, most people are oblivious to Our signs." @ @ This revelation about the saving of the Pharaoh's body was made in the seventh century A.D. Although the Bible recounts the exodus and the drowning of the Pharaoh, it makes no mention of his body having been saved — nor does the Torah do it. And there is no evidence at all that anyone knew about it when the Qur'aan made this revelation. And except for the believers, no one knew about it as a fact till the nineteenth century when the body was discovered [Watch the YouTube Video]. This is one of the many signs giving clear indication of the Qur'aan being divine. But man in his self-destuctive obstinacy believes not
And certainly did We settle the Children of Israel in a true settlement and We provided them with good things. And they differed not until the knowledge had come to them! Your Lord will indeed settle among them, on the Resurrection Day, the matters in which they differed
But if you are in doubt about what We have revealed to you, ask those who read the Book revealed before you. Certainly, the truth has come to you from your Lord. Be not then of those who doubt
And you should not be of those who deny the Verses/signs of Allah; for, then, you should be of those who are doomed
Indeed, those, upon whom the word of condemnation from your Lord has in truth been decreed, shall not believe
Though every sign comes to them, until they witness the painful punishment
Why then was there no human settlement, other than the people of Jonah, which would believe and then their belief would prove profitable to them? When they (the people of Jonah) believed, We removed from them the punishment of disgrace in this world's life and, for an appointed time, We made their lives comfortable and easy
And if your Lord had so willed, certainly, all on earth would have believed. Could you then make mankind unwillingly to believe
And it is not possible for anyone to believe except by Allah's leave. And He causes ignominy to befall those who would not use their intelligence
Say, "Observe what there is in the heavens and the earth." And signs and warnings do not benefit a people who believe not
What do they wait for then but the like of the times of those who passed away before them?hSay, "Wait then! I too am indeed with you among those who wait."
We then saved Our Messengers and those who believe. Likewise, it is binding on Us that We save the believers
Say, "O mankind! If you are in doubt as to my way of life, then know that I do not worship those whom you worship besides Allah; but I do worship Allah, Who causes you to die. And I am commanded that I should be of those who believe."
And that "you should keep yourself steadfastly and uprightly on that way of life. And you should not be of those who worship others besides Allah."
"And pray not, besides Allah, to others who can neither benefit nor harm you. And if you do so, then, indeed, you will in that case be of those who do wrong."
And if Allah should afflict you with harm, then there is none to remove it but He. And if He intends doing something good to you, then there is none to cancel His Grace, which He bestows upon whom He wills of His subjects. And He is the One Who forgives, the One Who bestows mercy
Say, "O mankind! Indeed, there has come to you the Truth from your Lord. So whoever is guided, he is guided only for the good of his own self. And whoever goes astray, he goes astray only to the detriment of his own self. And I am not a guardian over you."
And follow what is revealed to you and be patient till Allah gives His ruling. And He is the best of the rulers.