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Alif Lam Ra. This is a Book, whose verses have been made firm and free from imperfection and then they have been expounded in detail. It is from One Wise, and All-Aware
It teaches that you should worship none but ALLAH - I am to you a Warner; and a bearer of glad tidings from Him -
And that you seek forgiveness of your Lord, and then turn to HIM. HE will provide for you a goodly provision until an appointed term. And HE will grant HIS grace to everyone possessed of merit. And if you turn away, then surely I fear for you the punishment of a dreadful day
To ALLAH is your return; and HE has full power over all things
Now surely, they fold up their breast that they may hide their evil thoughts from HIM. Aye, even when they cover themselves up with their garments, HE knows what they hide and what they reveal. Surely, HE knows full well what is in their breast
And there is no creature that moves on the earth but it is for ALLAH to provide it with sustenance. And HE knows its place of temporary sojourn and its permanent dwelling. All this is recorded in a clear Book
And HE it is who created the heavens and the earth in six periods, - and HIS throne rest on water - that HE might try you which of you is best in conduct. And if you sayest, `You shall surely be raised after death,' those who disbelieve will certainly say, `This is naught but clear deception.
And if WE put off their punishment until a reckoned time, they would certainly say, `What withholds it?' Now, surely, on the day it shall come unto them, it shall not be averted from them, and that which they used to mock at shall encompass them
And if WE make man taste of mercy from US, and then take it away from him, verily he is despairing, ungrateful
And if after an adversity has touched him, WE let him taste prosperity, he will assuredly say, `Gone are the ills from me.' Lo ! he is exultant, boastful
Save those who are steadfast and do good works. It is they who have forgiveness and a great reward
Perchance the disbelievers vainly hope that thou mayest be persuaded to abandon part of that which has been revealed to thee; and thy bosom may become straitened thereby, because they say, `Wherefore has not a treasure been sent down to him or an angel come with him? Verily, thou art only a Warner, and ALLAH is Guardian over all things
Do they say, `He has forged it?' Say, `Then bring ten Surahs like it forged, and call on whom you can apart from ALLAH, if you are truthful.
And if they do not accept your challenge, then know that it has been revealed comprising that which is only within ALLAH's knowledge and there is no god but HE. Will you then submit
Whoso desires the present life and its adornment, WE will fully repay them for their works in this life and they shall not be wronged therein
Those are they who shall have nothing in the Hereafter save the Fire, and that which they wrought in this life shall come to naught, and vain shall be that which they used to do
Can he, then, who stands upon a clear proof from his Lord, and to testify to whose truth a witness from HIM shall follow him, and who was preceded by the Book of Moses, a guide and a mercy, be an impostor? Those who are the true followers of Moses believe therein, and whoever of the opposing parties disbelieve in it, the Fire shall be his promised place. So be not thou, O reader, in doubt about it. Surely, it is the truth from thy Lord; but most men believe not
And who is more unjust than he who forges a lie against ALLAH? Such shall be presented before their Lord, and the witness will all say, `These are they who lied against their Lord.' Now, surely, the curse of ALLAH is on the wrongdoers
Who turn men away from the path of ALLAH and seek to make it crooked. And these it is who disbelieve in the Hereafter
Such can never frustrate God's plan in the land nor have they any friends besides ALLAH. Punishment will be doubled for them. They can neither hear, nor can they see
It is these who have ruined their souls, and that which they fabricated shall fail them
Undoubtedly, it is they who shall be the greatest losers in the Hereafter
Verily, those who believe and do good works, and humble themselves before their Lord - these are the dwellers of Heaven; therein shall they abide forever
The case of two parties is like that of the blind and deaf, and the seeing and the hearing. Is the case of the two alike? Will you not then understand
And WE sent Noah to his people, and he said, `Truly, I am a plain Warner to you
That you worship none but ALLAH. Indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a grievous day.
The chiefs of his people, who disbelieved, replied, `We see thee nothing but a mortal like ourselves, and we see that none have followed thee but those who, to all outward appearance, are the meanest of us. And we do not see in you any superiority over us; nay, we believe you to be liars.
He said, `O my people, tell me if I stand on a clear proof from my Lord and HE has bestowed upon me from Himself a great mercy which has remained obscure to you, how will it fare with you? Shall we force it upon you, while you are averse thereto
`And O my people, I do not ask of you any wealth in return for it. My reward is only with ALLAH. And I am not going to drive away those who believe. They shall certainly meet their Lord. But I see that you are an ignorant people
`And O my people, who would help me against ALLAH, If I were to drive them away? Will you not then take heed
`And I do not say to you, I possess the treasures of ALLAH nor do I know the unseen,' nor do I say, `I am an angel.' Nor do I say concerning those whom your eyes despise, `ALLAH will not bestow any good on them' - ALLAH knows best what is in their minds. Surely, in that case I should be of the unjust.
They said, `O Noah, thou hast indeed disputed with us and disputed long and often; bring us now what thou threatenest us with, if thou art of the truthful.
He said, `ALLAH alone will bring it to you, if HE please, and you cannot frustrate HIS purpose
`And my advice will profit you not even if I seek to give you sincere advice if ALLAH intends to destroy you. HE is your Lord and to HIM shall you be made to return.
Do they say, `He has forged it?' Say, `If I have forged it, on be my guilt and I am clear of all the crimes you commit.
And it was revealed to Noah: `None of thy people will believe except those who have already believed; grieve not, therefore, at what they have been doing
And build thou the Ark under Our eyes and as commanded by Our revelation. And address ME not concerning the wrongdoers. They are surely going to be drowned
And he started making the Ark; and every time the chiefs of his people passed by him, they mocked at him. He said, `If now you mock at us, the time is coming when we shall mock at you even just as you mock now
Then you shall know who it is on whom will come a punishment that will disgrace him; and on whom will fall a lasting punishment.
Till -- when our command came and the fountains of the earth gushed forth - WE said, `Embark therein two of every kind, male and female, and thy family, except those against whom the word has already gone forth, and those who believe.' And there had not believe in him except a few
And he said, `Embark therein. In the name of ALLAH, be its course and its mooring. My Lord is assuredly Most Forgiving, Merciful.
And it moved along with them amid waves like mountains. And Noah cried unto his son, while he was keeping apart, `O my son, embark with us and be not with the disbelievers.
He replied, `I shall soon betake myself for refuge to a mountain which will shelter me from the water.' Noah said, `There is no shelter for anyone this day from the decree of ALLAH, except for him to whom HE shows mercy.' And the waves came in between the two; so he was among the drowned
And it was said, `O earth, swallow thy water, and O sky, cease raining.' And the water was made to subside and the matter was decided. And the Ark came to rest on Al-Judi. And it was said, `Cursed be the wrongdoing people.
And Noah cried unto his Lord and said, `My Lord, verily, my son is of my family, and surely Thy promise is true, and Thou art the Most Just of judges.
ALLAH said, `O Noah, he is surely not of thy family; he is indeed a man of unrighteous conduct. So do not ask of ME that, of which thou hast no knowledge, I admonish thee lest thou be one of the ignorant.
Noah said, `My Lord, I beg Thee to protect me from asking Thee that whereof I have no knowledge. And unless Thou forgive me and have mercy on me, I shall be among the losers.
It was said, `O Noah, descend then with peace from US and blessings upon thee and upon peoples to be born of those with thee. And there will be other peoples whom WE shall grant provision for a time, then shall a grievous punishment overtake them from US.
This is of the tidings of the unseen which WE reveal to thee. Thou didst not know them, neither thou nor thy people, before this. So be thou patient; for the good end is for the God-fearing
And to Ad, WE sent their brother, Hud. He said, `O my people worship ALLAH alone. You have no God save Him. In associating other gods with Him you but forge lies
`O my people, I do not ask of you any reward therefor. My reward is only with HIM Who created me. Will you not then understand
`And O my people, ask forgiveness of your Lord, then turn to HIM, HE will send over you clouds pouring down abundant rain, and will add strength to your strength. And turn not away from HIM, being sinners.
They said, `O Hud, thou hast not brought us any clear proof, and we are not going to forsake our gods merely because of thy saying, nor are we going to believe in thee
`We can only say that some of our gods have smitten thee with evil.' He replied, `Surely, I call ALLAH to witness, and do ye also bear witness that I am clear of the sin of your associatin
`Other gods with HIM. So devise plans against me, all of you, and give me no respite
`I have indeed put my trust in ALLAH, my Lord and your Lord. There is no creature that moves on the earth but HE holds it by the forelock. Surely, my Lord is on the straight path to help those who put their trust in HIM
`If, then, you turn away, I have already conveyed to you that with which I have been sent to you, and my Lord will make another people to take your place, and you cannot harm HIM at all. Surely, my Lord is Guardian over all things.
And when our command came, WE saved Hud and those who believed with him, by OUR special mercy. And WE save them from a severe torment
And such was `Ad. They denied the Signs of their Lord and disobeyed HIS Messengers and followed the bidding of every haughty enemy of truth
And they were pursued by a curse in this world, and on the Day of Resurrection. Behold ! the `Ad were ungrateful to their Lord. Behold ! destruction is decreed for `Ad, the people of Hud
And to the tribe of Thamud, WE sent their brother Salih. He said, `O my people, worship ALLAH; you have no god other than HIM. HE raised you up from the earth and settled you therein. So ask forgiveness of HIM, then turn to HIM wholly. Verily, my Lord is nigh, and answers prayers.
They said, `O Salih, thou wast among us one whom we placed our hopes. Dost thou forbid us to worship what our fathers worshiped? And we are surely in disquieting doubt concerning that to which thou callest us.
He said, `O my people, tell me, If I base my claim on a clear proof from my Lord and HE has granted me a special mercy from Himself, who then will help me against ALLAH, if I disobey HIM? So you will only add to my destruction
`And O my people, this is the she-camel of ALLAH, a Sign for you, so leave her free that she may feed in ALLAH's earth, and touch her not with harm lest a near punishment seize you.
But they hamstrung her; then he said, `Enjoy yourselves in your houses for three days. This is a promise which will not be belied
And when Our command came to pass, WE saved Salih and those who believed with him by Our special mercy from the ignominy of that day. Surely, thy Lord is Powerful, Mighty
And punishment overtook those who done wrong, and they lay prostrate in their houses
As though they had never dwelt therein. Remember ! The Thamud believed not in their Lord. So away with the tribe of Thamud
And surely, Our Messengers came to Abraham with glad tidings. They said, `We bid you peace.' He answered, `Peace be on you,' and he was not long in bringing a roasted calf
But when he saw their hands not reaching thereto, he considered this strange on their part and conceived fear of them. They said, `Fear not, we have been sent to the people of Lot.
And his wife was standing by and she too was frightened, whereupon to assure her we gave her glad tidings of birth of Isaac, and, after Isaac, of Jacob
She said, `Oh, woe is me ! Shall I bear a child when I am an extremely old women and this my husband also is a very old man? This is indeed a strange thing !
They said, `Dost thou marvel at ALLAH's decree? The mercy of ALLAH and HIS blessings are upon you, O people of the house. Surely, HE is Praiseworthy, Glorious.
And when fear departed from Abraham and the glad tidings came to him, he began to plead with US for the people of Lot
Indeed, Abraham was clement, tender-hearted, and oft-returning to US
`O Abraham, desist from this. Surely, the decree of thy Lord has gone forth, and surely, there is coming to them a punishment that cannot be averted
And when Our Messengers came to Lot, he was grieved on their account and felt helpless for them and he said, `This is a distressful day.
And his people came to him, running towards him, trembling with rage, and before this too they used to do evils. He said, `O my people, these are my daughters; they are purer for you. So fear ALLAH and do not disgrace me in the presence of my guest. Is there not among you one right-minded man
They answered, `Thou surely knowest that we have no claim against thy daughters, and thou surely knowest what we desire
He said, `Would that I had power to deal with you, or that I could betake myself to a mighty support for shelter
The messengers said, `O Lot, we are the messengers of thy Lord. They shall by no means reach thee so depart with thy family while yet a part of the night remain and let none of you look back, but thy wife. Surely, what is going to befall them shall befall her also. Verily, there appointed time is the morning. It not morning nigh?
So when Our decree came to pass, WE turned that town upside down and WE rain upon it stones of clay, layer upon layer
Marked for them in the decree of thy Lord. And such punishment is not far from the wrongdoers of the present age
And to Midian WE sent their brother Shu'aib. He said, `O my people, worship ALLAH. You have no god other than HIM. And give not short measure and short weight. I see you in a state of prosperity and I fear for you the punishment of a destructive day
And O my people, give full measure and full weight with equity and defraud not people of their things and commit not iniquity in the land, causing disorder
That which is left with you by ALLAH is better for you, if you are believers. And I am not appointed a keeper over you.
They replied, `O Shu'aib, does thy Prayer bid thee that we should leave what our fathers worshiped, or that we cease to do with our property what we please? Surely, thou dost consider thyself very intelligent and right-minded.
He said, `O my people, tell me if I stand on a clear evidence from my Lord, and HE has provided for me from HIMSELF with a handsome provision, what answer will you give HIM? And I do not desire to do against you the very thing which I ask you not to do. I only desire to set things right as far as I can. I have no power to accomplish anything save through ALLAH. In HIM do I put my trust and to HIM do I turn
`And O my people, let not your hostility towards me lead you to this that there should befall you the like of that which befell the people of Noah or the people of Hud or the people of Salih; and the people of Lot are not far from you
`And seek forgiveness of your Lord; then turn wholly to HIM. Verily, my Lord is Merciful, Most Loving.
They replied, `O Shu'aib, we do not understand much of what thou sayest, and surely we see that thou art weak among us. And were it not for thy tribe, we would surely stone thee. And thou holdest no strong position among us.
He replied, `O my people, is my tribe mightier with you than ALLAH? And you have cast HIM behind your backs as a thing neglected. Surely, my Lord encompasses all that you do
`And O my people, act according to your power. I, too, am acting. You will soon know on whom descends a punishment that will disgrace him, and who it is that is a liar. And wait; I too wait with you.
And when OUR decree came to pass WE saved Shu'aib, and those who had believed with him by OUR special mercy; and chastisement seized those who had done wrong, so that they lay prostrate in their houses
As though they had never dwelt therein. So perished Midian even as Thamud had perished
And, surely, WE sent Moses with Our Signs and manifest authority
To Pharaoh and his chiefs; but they followed the command of Pharaoh, and the command of Pharaoh was not at all rightful
He will go before his people on the Day of Resurrection and will lead them into the Fire. And evil indeed will be the watering-place arrived at
And they are pursued by a curse in this life and on the Day of Resurrection. Evil is the gift which will be given them
That is part of the tidings of the ruin cities, WE relate it to thee. Of them some are standing and some have been mowed down like the harvest
And WE did not wrong them, but they wronged themselves, and their gods on whom they called instead of ALLAH were of no avail to them at all when the decree of punishment of thy Lord came to pass; and they added to them naught but perdition
Such is the seizure of thy Lord when HE seizes the cities while they are doing wrong. Surely, HIS seizure is grievous and severe
In that surely is a Sign for him who fears the punishment of the Hereafter. That is a day on which all mankind shall be gathered together and that is the day which shall be witnessed by all
And WE delay it not save for a computed term
On the day it comes, no soul shall speak except by HIS permission; then some of them will be unfortunate and other fortunate
As to the unfortunate, they shall be in the Fire, wherein there will be for them sighing and sobbing
Abiding therein, so long as the heavens and the earth endure, except as thy Lord may will. Surely, thy Lord does what HE pleases
But as for the fortunate, they shall be in Heaven, abiding therein as long as the heavens and the earth endure save as thy Lord may wish - a gift that shall not be cut off
So be thou not in doubt, O reader, concerning that which these people worship. They only worship as their fathers worshiped before, and WE shall surely pay them in full their portion undiminished
And WE certainly gave Moses the Book, but differences were created therein; and had it not been for a word already gone forth from thy Lord, surely the matter would have been decided between them long before, and now these people are in a disquieting doubt concerning it
Thy Lord will certainly repay them in full, according to their works. HE is surely Well-Aware of all that they do
So stand thou upright, as thou hast been commanded, and also those who have turned to ALLAH with thee; and exceed ye not the bounds, for surely, HE sees what you do
And incline not toward those who do wrong, lest the Fire touch you; and you will have no friend other than ALLAH, nor shall you be helped
And observe Prayer at the two ends of the day, and in some hours of the night. Surely, good works drive away evil ones. This is a reminder for those who would remember
And be thou steadfast; surely, ALLAH suffers not the reward of the righteous to perish
Why, then, were there not among the generations before you persons possessed of understanding, who would have forbidden corruption in the earth, except a few among them whom WE saved? But the wrongdoers pursued the enjoyment of the good things which they were given in plenty, and they became guilty
And thy Lord would not destroy the cities unjustly while the people thereof were righteous
And if thy Lord had enforced HIS will, HE would have surely made mankind one people; but they would not cease to differ
Save those on whom thy Lord has had mercy, and for this has HE created them. But the word of thy Lord shall be fulfilled: `Verily, I will fill Hell with the disobedient jinn and men all together.
And WE relate unto thee all the important tidings of the Messengers, whereby WE strengthen thy heart. And herein has come to thee the truth and an exhortation and a reminder for the believers
And say to those who believe not, `Act as you can, we too are acting;
`And wait ye, we too are waiting.
And to ALLAH belongs the unseen in the heavens and the earth, and to HIM shall the whole affair be referred. So worship HIM and put thy trust in HIM alone. And thy Lord is not unmindful of what you do