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Alif Lam Ra: (This is) a Book, with true Verses (and firm meaning), explained in more detail, from One Who is All Wise, Well-Acquainted: (With all things
(It teaches) you should worship none but Allah. (Say:) "Surely, I am (sent) to you from Him to warn and to bring good news
"(And it also teaches you like this), ‘You ask for the forgiveness of your Lord, and come back to Him in repentance; So that He may let you have the good (and true) enjoyment, for a time given (fixed for you), and grant His plentiful Grace on all who deserve merit! But if you turn away, then I fear for you the penalty of a great Day
" ‘ To Allah is your return, and He is able to do all things (and everything)’. "
Without doubt! They (the disbelievers) close their hearts that they may stay hiding from Him! Surely! Even when they cover themselves with their clothes, He knows what they hide, and what they reveal: Verily, He knows well the (deepest secrets) of the hearts
And there is no moving creature on earth whose sustenance does not depend on Allah: And He knows the time and place of its firm home and its temporary stay: All is (recorded) in a clear Book
And it is He Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days— And His Throne was over the Waters, that He might try you, which of you is the best in deeds (and conduct). But if you were to say to them, "You shall truly be raised up after death;" The disbeliever will surely say; "This is nothing but clear (and open) magic!"
If We postpone the penalty for them for a fixed time, they are sure to say, "What keeps it back?" Verily! On the day when it reaches them, nothing will turn it away from them, and they will completely fall into what they used to joke about
And if We give man a taste of mercy from Us, and then take it away from him, surely! He is in sadness and turns ungrateful (to Us)
But if We give him a taste of (Our) kindness after sorrow (and hardship) has come upon him, he is sure to say, "All evil has gone away from me:" Surely! He falls into (victorious) joy and pride
Except those who show patience and constancy do not act thus, and (they) work righteousness; (For) those, theirs will be forgiveness and a great reward (Paradise)
If by chance you may (feel the desire) to give up a part of what is revealed to you, and your heart feels heavy (sad) for it, because they say, "Why is not a treasure sent down to him, or why does not an angel come down with him?" But you are only a warner (to them)! Allah is Guardian (Wakil, Who arranges) all things
Or they say, "He has forged it (made it up himself)." Say: "Then you bring ten Suras made up, similar to it, and call anyone you can (to help), other than Allah! If you speak the truth
"If then they (your false gods) do not answer your (call for help), you will know that this (Book of) Revelation is sent down with (full) knowledge of Allah, and that there is no god except He! Even then, will you submit (to Islam)?"
Those who want the life of the world and its (showy) brightness— We shall pay them (for) their deeds in there— And they will have no reduction (in their penalty)
They are those for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter but the Fire: Useless are the deeds they did there in (the world), and of no effect are the acts that they did
Can they be (like) those (Muslims) who accept a Clear (Message, the Quran) from their Lord, and whom a witness (Gabriel) from (Allah) Him(self) recites (and follows) it, like the Book of Musa (Moses) before it— A Guide and a Mercy? They believe in it; But those of the Sects that reject it— The Fire will be their promised meeting-place. So do not be in doubt about it: Verily, it is the Truth from your Lord: But many among men do not believe
And who does more wrong than he who invents (makes up) a lie against Allah? They will be sent back to the Presence of their Lord, and the witnesses will say, "These are the ones who lied against their Lord! No doubt! The Curse of Allah is on those who do wrong
"Those who would (try to) block (others) from the path of Allah and search for something crooked in it: These were they who denied the Hereafter!"
In no way, will they escape (His design) on earth, and they have no protectors besides Allah! Their penalty will be doubled! They lost the power to hear, and they did not see (the truth)
They are the ones who have lost their own souls: And the (things) they invented have left them in the (most) difficult position
No doubt, they are the greatest losers in the Hereafter
Surely, those who believe and act the good deeds, and humble themselves before their Lord— They will be companions of the Garden, to live in there forever
The likeness two types (of men) may be compared to the blind and deaf, and those who can see and hear well. Are they equal when compared? Will you not then take the warning
And indeed, We sent Nuh (Noah) to his people (with a message, and he said): "I have come to you with a clear Warning
"So that you worship none except Allah: Surely, I do fear for you the penalty of a painful Day."
But the chiefs of the disbelievers from his people said: "We see (in) you only a man like ourselves: Nor do we see that any follow you except the lowest from us, (those who are) immature in judgment: Nor do we see in (all of) you any merit above us: In fact, we think you are all liars!"
He (Nuh, Noah) said: "O my people! Tell me, if (it is that), I have a Clear Sign from my Lord, and that He has sent (His) Mercy to me from His own Presence, and that (the Mercy) is hidden from your sight? Shall we compel you to accept it when you do not like it
"And O my people! I do not ask you for wealth in return: My reward is from no one except Allah: But I will not drive (send) away those who believe: Surely, they are going to meet their Lord, and I see that you are the ignorant ones
"And O my people! Who would help me against Allah if I drove (sent) them away? Then will you not take the warning
"And, I do not tell you that the treasures of Allah are with me, nor do I know what is hidden, nor do I claim to be an angel, nor do I say, that of those whom you look down in contempt that Allah will not grant them what is good: Allah knows best what is in their souls: I should, if I did (drive them away), truly be a wrong-doer."
They said: O Nuh (Noah)! "You have disputed with us, and you have prolonged the dispute with us: Now bring upon us what you threaten us with, if you speak the truth!"
He said: "Truly, Allah will bring it (the punishment) on you if He wills— And then, you will not be able to escape (or stop it)
"And, my advice will be of no benefit for you, even though I would like much to give you good advice, if it be Allah Who wills to leave you astray: He is your Lord! And to Him will you return!"
Or do they (the pagans) say, "He has forged it?" Say (then): "If I had forged it, my sin is upon me! But I am free of the sins of which you are guilty!"
And it was revealed to Nuh (Noah): "None of your people will believe except those who have already believed! So do not be sad because of what they are used to do
"And build an Ark under Our eyes and Our Inspiration, and address Me, not (any more) on behalf of those who are in sin: For they are about to be drowned (in the Flood)."
Right away he (Nuh) started building the Ark: Every time that the Chiefs of his people passed by him, they mocked him. He said: "If you ridicule us now, we can (also) look down on you with similar ridicule
"And soon you will know who it is on whom a penalty will fall that will cover him with shame— On whom will be open a Penalty lasting:"
At the end, look! There came Our Command, and the fountains (of water from the earth) gushed out! We said: "Climb in there, two of each kind, male and female, and your family— Except those against whom the word has gone forth, and the believers." And only a few believed with him
And he said: "Climb in to the Ark, in the Name of Allah will be its moving (path) or (its place of ) rest! Surely, my Lord is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem)!"
So the Ark floated with them on the waves (high) as the mountains, and Nuh (Noah) called out to his son, who had separated himself (from the rest of the believers): "O my son! Climb in with us, and do not be with the disbelievers!"
The son replied: "I will take myself to some Mountain: It will save me from the water." Nuh (Noah) said: "This day nothing can save from the Order of Allah, except those on whom He has Mercy!" — And the waves came between them, so (the son) was among those drowned in the Flood
Then the Word (from Allah) was said: "O earth! Swallow up your water, and O sky! Hold back (your rain)! And the water lowered, and the matter was ended." The Ark rested on Mount Judi, and the Word (from Allah) was said: "Away with those who are wrongdoers!"
And Nuh (Noah) called to his Lord, and said: "O my Lord! Surely my son is of my family! And Your promise is true, and You are the Most Just (and Truest) of judges!"
He (Allah) said: "O Nuh (Noah)! He (your son) is not of your family: Surely, his conduct is not righteous. So do not ask from Me, that about which you have no knowledge! I give you advice, in case you act like one who does not know!"
Nuh (Noah) said: "O my Lord! I seek refuge with You, in case I ask You for that about which I have no knowledge. And until You forgive me and have Mercy on me, I will truly be lost!"
The Word (from Allah) came: "O Nuh (Noah)! Come down (from the Ark) with Peace from Us, and blessing on you and on some of the peoples (to come) from those with you: But (there will be other) peoples to whom We shall grant their (worldly) pleasures, but in the end, a painful Penalty will reach them from Us."
Some of the news of the Unseen are like this, which We have made known to you: Neither you nor your people knew them till now. So remain firm (on right) and (work) patiently: Because the End is for those who are righteous
To the ‘Ad (people, We sent) Hud, one of their own brothers. He said: "O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other god except Him. Certainly, you do nothing but invent lies
"O my people! I ask no reward for it (for this Message). My reward is from Him, He Who created me: Then will you not understand
"And O my people! Ask forgiveness from your Lord and turn to Him (in repentance): He will send you the (clouds in the) skies pouring plentiful rain and add strength to your (own) strength: So you do not turn back (from Him) as criminals!"
They (his people) said: "O Hud! No clear (proof) have you brought to us, and we are not the ones to give up our gods (based only) upon your word! And we shall not believe in you
"We say nothing except that some of our gods may (possibly) have trapped you in stupidity." He said: "I call Allah to witness, and (also) you to witness, that I am free from the sin of joining (others) with Him
"Other gods as ‘partners’! So, all of you, plan (what you wish) against me, and give me no relief (or favors)
"I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord, there is not a moving creature, whom He does not (firmly) grasp by its hair in front (of the head). Surely, it is my Lord Who is on (and along) a the Straight Path (the Ultimate Path of Truth)
"So, if you (my people) turn away— Still I have (at least) given the Message (to you) with which I was sent to you. My Lord will make another People to come after you, and you will not, in the least harm Him. Surely, my Lord is the Protector (Hafeez) over all things."
And when Our Commandment came forth, We saved Hud and those who believed with him, by (special) grace from Us (Allah): And We saved them from a severe Penalty
The ‘Ad people were like this: They rejected the Signs of their Lord and Cherisher; Disobeyed His messengers; And followed the orders of every powerful, difficult (and harsh) outlaw (and ruler who acted beyond his limits)
And they were followed by a curse in this world— (through and till) the Day of Judgment. Surely! Because the ‘Ad (people) rejected their Lord (and Cherisher)! So ‘Ad, the people of Hud were removed (and banished from sight)
And to the Samood (Thamud people, We sent) Salih, one of their brothers. He said: "O my people! Worship Allah: You have no other god but Him. It is He Who has created you from the earth and settled you in there: Ask then forgiveness from Him, and turn to Him (in repentance): Certainly, my Lord is Near (Khareeb), Responsive (Mujib)."
They said: "O Salih! You have been among us, as a figure and focus of our hopes, so far do you (now) stop us from the worship of what our fathers worshipped? But we are really in suspicious doubt about that to which you invite us (to worship)."
He said: "O my people! Tell me— If I have a Clear (Sign) from my Lord and He has sent mercy to me from Him— Who then can help me against Allah if I were to disobey Him? Then what could you add to my (portion) except a bad curse
"And O my people! This she-camel from Allah is a Symbol to you: Let her (freely) feed on Allah’s earth, and cause no harm to her, or a swift penalty will seize you!"
But they slaughtered her (by cutting her tendons). So he said: "Enjoy yourselves for three days in your homes: (Then there will be your ruin): (Look!) There is a promise not to be false!"
So when Our Commandment came forth, We saved Salih and those who believed with him, by (special) Grace from Us (Allah)— And from the shame (and dishonor) of that day. Verily, your Lord— He is All Strong (Al-Qhavi, in every sense), and All Mighty (Al-Aziz)
And the (mighty) explosion (an awful cry) came over the wrong doers, and they lay in their homes dead, before the morning
As if they had never lived and grown up happily there. Verily! Because the Samood (Thamud) rejected their Lord and Cherisher! The Samood (Thamud) were removed (and banished from sight)
And surely, there came Our messengers to Ibrahim (Abraham) with good news. They said, "Peace!" He answered, "Peace!" And he hastened to welcome and feast them with a roasted calf
But when he saw their hands did not go to (the food), he felt a little distrust towards them, and became fearful of them. They said: "Do not fear: We have been sent against the people of Lut (Lot)."
And his wife was standing there, and she laughed: But We gave her the good news of Isaac, and after him, of (a grandson) Yaqoub (Jacob)
She said: "Alas for me! Shall I bear a child seeing that I am an old woman, and my husband here is (also) an old man? Verily! That would indeed be a strange thing!"
They said: "Do you wonder at Allah’s Command? The Grace of Allah and His blessings be on you, O you people of the house! For He is truly worthy of all Praise (Hameed), full of all Glory (Majeed)!"
When the fear had left (the mind of) Ibrahim (Abraham) and the good news had reached him, He began to plead with Us for the good of Luts' (Lots') people
Surely, Ibrahim (Abraham) was truly forgiving, and used to pray in humility (to Allah, Ibrahim) was repentant
"O Ibrahim (Abraham)! Do not ask for this. Indeed, the order of your Lord is out: For them (Luts' people), there will come a penalty that cannot be turned back
And when Our messengers came to Lut (Lot), he was saddened for them (his people) and felt himself helpless (to protect) them. He said: "This is a distressful day."
And his people came forward towards him, and for long they were used to practice of hateful and loathsome things (of alleged homosexuality). He said: "O my people! Here are my daughters: They are purer for you (if you marry)! Now fear Allah, and do not cover me with shame about my guests! Is there not one single right-minded man among you?"
They said: "Surely, you know well that we do not need your daughters: Indeed, you know very well what we want!"
He said: "Should that I had strength to over power you or that I could take myself to some powerful support."
They (the messengers) said: "O Lut (Lot)! Verily we are messengers from your Lord in no way can they reach you! Now travel with your family in a (remaining) part of the night and let not any of you look back: But your wife (will remain behind): The punishment for the people will (also) be upon her; Indeed, their appointed time is the morning: Is the morning not near?"
So when Our Commandment came forth, We turned (their cities) upside down, and sent down upon them rains of stones: hard as baked clay, spread, layer upon layer—
As if marked from your Lord, they (the stones and their cities) are not at all far apart: From those who do wrong
And to the Madyan people, (We sent) Shu’aib, their brother: He said: "O my people! Worship Allah: You have no other god but Him. And do not give short in measure or in weight: I see you in prosperity, and verily, I fear for you the penalty of a Day that will circle (you) all round
"And O my people! Give full measure and weight, in (total) justice and do not keep away from the people the things that are due to them: Do not do evil making mischief in the land causing corruption
"What is left for you by Allah is good for you, if you believe (in Him)! But I am not placed over you to keep watch!"
They said: "O Shu’aib! Does your prayer order you that we stop the worship our fathers practiced, or that we stop doing what we like with our property? Truly, you are the one who forgives (our) faults, and are right-minded!"
He said: "O my people! Tell me if I have a clear (proof) from my Lord, and He has given me good (and pure) livelihood from Himself, (shall I corrupt it with unjust money?), I do not wish to do what I forbid you to do. I only wish for (your) betterment to the best of my power (and ability); And my guidance can only come from Allah. In Him I trust, and to Him I look in repentance
"And O my people! Let not my differing (with you) cause you, to suffer a fate similar to that of the people of Nuh (Noah), or of Hud, or of Salih, and the people of Lut (Lot) are not far off from you
"Then ask forgiveness from your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance: Verily, my Lord is Most Merciful (Raheem), Lovingly Kind (Wadood)."
They said: "O Shu’aib! We do not understand much of what you say: In fact, some of us see that you are (indeed) weak, if it was not for your family, we would really have stoned you! Because with us, you have no great position!"
He said: "O my people! Then, does my family have more consideration with you than Allah? And you have thrown Him away behind your backs (with disregard). But surely my Lord encompasses all you do from all sides
"And O my people! Do what you are able to do, (but) I will do (my part): And soon you will know on whom comes down the penalty of shame (and dishonor), and who is a liar! And you watch; Verily, I am also watching with you!"
When Our Order came forth, We saved Shu’aib and those who believed with him, by (special) mercy from Us: But the explosion (an awful cry) caught the wrongdoers, and they lay (dead) in their homes bent down
As if they had never lived and grown happily there. So the Madyan were removed (from sight), just like the Samood (Thamud) were removed
And indeed, We sent Musa (Moses), with Our Clear (Signs) and open authority
To Firon (Pharaoh) and his chiefs, but they followed the order of Firon (Pharaoh), and the order of Firon (Pharaoh) was not the right guide
He (Pharaoh) will go ahead of his people on the Day of Judgment, and lead them into the Fire: And truly terrible is the place to which they are led
And they are followed by a curse in this (life) and (also) on the Day of Judgment: Terrible is the gift to be given (to them)
Those are some of the stories of the (peoples of) town that We tell you: Some of them are (still) standing (here) and some have been ripped down (by time)
We did not wrong them: But they wronged their own souls: The (unholy) objects, other than Allah, whom they called upon did not help them (even) a little when the Order of your Lord was issued: And they added little but suffering
Such is the punishment of your Lord: When He punishes peoples in the midst of their wrong; Truly painful and severe is His punishment
Indeed, in that is a definite lesson for those who fear the Punishment in the Hereafter: That is a Day for which mankind will be brought together: And that will be the Day when all will be present (for testimony)
And We delay it only for an (already) fixed term
On the Day when it arrives, no person shall speak except by His Permission: From those (brought up) some will be miserable and (some will be) blessed
As for those who are miserable shall be in Fire: For them there will be (only) a lot of sighs and sobs in there
They will live there for all the time that the heavens and the earth can bear, except as what your Lord wills: Verily, your Lord is (truly the) Accomplisher of what He plans
And those who are blessed shall be in the Garden: They will live there for all the time that the heavens and the earth can bear, except as what your Lord wills: An (eternal) gift without an end
Then do not be in doubt as to what these men worship. They worship only what their fathers worshipped before: And surely We shall pay them back their portion without the least (bit of) decrease in it
Indeed, We really gave the Book to Musa (Moses), but differences came about in it: And if it was not for a Word from your Lord that was out before, the matter would have been decided between them: And indeed, they are in suspicious doubt about it (the Quran)
And, surely, your Lord will pay back (in full) for their deeds: For He is Well-Acquainted (Khabeer) with all that they do
So hold firmly (to the Straight Path) as you are commanded— You and those who repent with you and turn (to Allah); And do not transgress away (from the Straight Path): Verily, He is All Seeing (Baseer) of all that you do
And do not lean (or move) towards those who do wrong, or the Fire will catch (up to) you; And you have no protectors other than Allah, then you shall not be helped
And perform prayers regularly at the two ends of the day and at the approaches of the night: Surely those things that are good (for you) remove those that are evil: Let that be the word to remember (the Lord) for those who remember
And be steady (and consistent) in patience; Surely Allah will not let the reward of the righteous to be lost
Why were there not, from generations before you, persons with balanced wisdom (and good sense), who prohibited (men) from mischief in the earth— Except a few of them whom We saved (from harm)? But the wrongdoers chased the enjoyment of the good things of life that were given to them and continued in sin (as criminals)
And your Lord would not be the One to destroy towns for a single wrong-doing, while the members were likely to become better
And if your Lord had so willed, He could have made (all) mankind one People, but (even then) they will not stop disagreeing
Except those on whom your Lord has granted His Mercy: And for this did He create them: And the Word of your Lord (is that); "I will fill Hell with jinns' and men all together," has been (already) fulfilled
All that We reveal to you (O Muhammad) from the stories of the messengers— With it We strengthen (and affirm) your heart: And in them comes to you the Truth, with a strong warning and a message to remember for those who believe
And say to those who do not believe: "Act according to your ability: We (too) are acting (in our own way)"
"And you wait! We will also wait."
And to Allah belong the unseen (secrets) of the heavens and the earth, and to Him goes back every affair (for decision): So worship Him, and put your trust in Him: And your Lord is not unaware in the least of what you do