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Hud (Hud)
as rendered by Maududi
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Maududi rendition of Surah Hud(Hud)
11:1 Alif. Lam. Ra. This is a Divine Command
11:2 that you may worship none but Allah. Verily, I have come to you as a warner and a bearer of good news from Him
11:3 that you may seek forgiveness of your Lord and turn to Him in repentance whereupon He will grant you a fair enjoyment of life until an appointed
11:4 Unto Allah is your return, and He has power to do everything.
11:5 Lo! They fold up their breasts that they may conceal themselves from
11:6 There is not a single moving creature on the earth but Allah is responsible for providing its sustenance. He knows where it dwells and where it will permanently
11:7 And He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six days - and [before that] His Throne was upon the water that He may test you, who of you is better in conduct.
11:8 And were We to put off the chastisement from them for a determined period, they
11:9 If We ever favour man with Our Mercy, and then take it away from him, he becomes
11:10 And if We let him taste favour after harm has touched him, he says: ´All my ills are gone´, and he suddenly becomes exultant and
11:11 except those who are patient and act righteously. Such shall have Allah´s forgiveness and a great reward.
11:12 (O Messenger!) Let it not happen that you omit (to expound) a portion of what was revealed to you. And do not be distressed that they will say: ´Why was a treasure not bestowed upon him?´ or ´Why did no angel accompany him?´ For you are merely a warner, whereas Allah has control over everything.
11:13 Do they say: ´He has invented this Book himself?´ Say: ´If that is so, bring ten surahs the like of it of your composition, and call upon all (the deities) you can other than Allah to your help. Do so if you are truthful.´
11:14 Then if (your deities) do not respond to your call for help then feel assured that this Book was revealed with the knowledge of Allah, and that there is no true god but Him. Will you, then, surrender (to this
11:15 Those who seek merely the present world and its adornment. We fully recompense them for their work in this world, and they are made to suffer no diminution in it concerning what is their due.
11:16 They are the ones who shall have nothing in the Hereafter except
11:17 Can it happen that he who takes his stand on a clear evidence from his
11:18 And who is a greater wrong-doer than he who invents a lie against
11:19 upon those who bar people from the way of Allah, and seek in it
11:20 They had no power to frustrate Allah´s design in the earth, nor did they have any protectors against Allah. Their chastisement will be
11:21 They caused utter loss to themselves, and all that they had invented failed
11:22 Doubtlessly, they shall be the greatest losers in the Hereafter.
11:23 As for those who believed and acted righteously and dedicated themselves totally to their Lord -they are the people of Paradise, and there they shall abide
11:24 The example of the two parties is that one is blind and deaf, and the other capable of seeing and hearing. Can the two be
11:25 (Such were the circumstances) when We sent forth Noah to his
11:26 that you may worship none but Allah or else I fear for you the chastisement of a Grievous
11:27 The notables among Noah´s own people, who had refused to follow him, responded: ´We merely consider you a human being like
11:28 Noah said: ´My people! If I base myself on a clear evidence from my Lord, and I have also been blessed by His
11:29 My people! I seek no recompense from you. My recompense is only with Allah. Nor will I drive away those who believe. They are destined to meet their
11:30 My people! Were I to drive the men of faith away, who will protect me from (the chastisement of) Allah? Do you not understand even this much?
11:31 I do not say to you that I possess Allah´s treasures, nor that I have access to the realm beyond the ken of sense-perception, nor do I claim to be an
11:32 They said: ´O Noah! Surely you have disputed with us and have prolonged your dispute. Now bring upon us the chastisement that you threaten us with; do so, if you are truthful.´
11:33 Noah said: ´Only Allah will bring it upon you if He so wills, and you will be utterly unable to frustrate that.
11:34 If I want to give you good advice that will not profit you if Allah Himself has decided to let you go
11:35 (O Muhammad!) Do they say that he himself has forged this message? Tell them: ´If I have forged this, the guilt of it will fall upon me, but I am not responsible for the crimes you are
11:36 It was revealed to Noah that no more of your people, other than those who already believe, will ever come to believe. So do not grieve over their deeds,
11:37 and build the Ark under Our eyes and Our direction. And do not supplicate Me concerning those who have engaged in wrong-doing. They are doomed to be
11:38 As Noah was building the Ark, whenever the leading men of his nation passed by him, they would scoff at him. He said: ´If you scoff at us, we too scoff at you in like manner.
11:39 You will come to know who will be struck by a humiliating chastisement, and who will be subjected to an unceasing
11:40 Thus it was until Our command came to pass and the oven boiled
11:41 Noah said: ´ Embark in it. In the name of Allah is its sailing and its anchorage. My Lord is Ever Forgiving, Most
11:42 The Ark sailed along with them amid mountain-like waves. Noah, spotting his son at a distance, called out to him: ´My son. embark with us. and do not be with the unbelievers.´
11:43 The son replied: ´I will go to a mountain for refuge and it will save me from the water.´ Noah said: ´None can save anyone today from the command of Allah except those on whom He may have mercy.´ Thereupon a wave swept in between the two and he was drowned.
11:44 And the command was given: ´Earth! Swallow up your water´; and: ´Heaven! Abate!´ So the water subsided, the command was fulfilled, and the Ark settled on Mount
11:45 And Noah called out to his Lord, saying: ´My Lord! My son is of my family. Surely Your promise is
11:46 In response Noah was told: ´Most certainly he is not of your family; verily he is of unrighteous
11:47 Noah said: ´My Lord! I take refuge with You that I should ask you for that concerning which I have no knowledge. And if You do not forgive me and do not show mercy to me, I shall be among the
11:48 It was said: ´Noah! Disembark, with Our peace, and with blessings upon you and upon those who are with you. There are also people whom We shall allow to enjoy themselves for a while, and
11:49 We reveal to you these accounts of matters that are beyond the reach of human perception. Neither you nor
11:50 And to ´Ad We sent their brother Hud. He said: ´My people! Serve Allah: you have no god save Him. (In
11:51 My people! I seek no reward from you for my work. My reward lies only with Him Who created me. Do you not understand
11:52 My people! Ask your Lord for forgiveness and turn to Him in repentance. He will shower abundant rains upon you from the heaven, and will add strength to your
11:53 They said: ´O Hud! You have not brought to us any clear
11:54 All we can say is that some god of ours has afflicted you with
11:55 others than Him in His divinity. So conspire against me, all of you, and give me no
11:56 I have put my trust in Allah, Who is my Lord and your Lord. There is no moving creature which He does not hold by its forelock. Surely, My Lord is on the straight
11:57 If you, then, turn away (from the truth), know that I have delivered the message with which I was sent to you. Now my Lord will set up another people in place of you and you shall in no way be able to harm
11:58 And when Our com-mand came to pass, We delivered Hud, together with those who shared his faith, out of special mercy from Us. We delivered them from a woeful chastisement.
11:59 Such were ´Ad. They repudiated the signs of their Lord, disobeyed His
11:60 They were pursued by a curse in this world, and so will they be on the Day of Judgement. Lo! ´Ad disbelieved in the Lord. Lo! ruined are ´Ad, the people of Hud.
11:61 And to Thamud We sent their brother Sali´h. He said: ´My people! Serve Allah; you have no god other than Him. He brought you into being out of the earth, and has made you dwell in
11:62 They said: ´O Salih! Until now you were one of those among us on whom we placed great
11:63 Salih said: ´My people! What do you think? If I had a clear evidence from my Lord, and then He also bestowed His mercy upon me, who will rescue me from the punishment of Allah if I still disobey Him? You can only make me lose even
11:64 My people! This she-camel of Allah is a sign for you. So let her pasture on Allah´s earth, and do not hurt her or else some chastisement - which is near at hand -should overtake you.´
11:65 But they slaughtered her. Thereupon Salih warned them: ´Enjoy yourselves in your homes for a maximum of three days. This is a promise which shall not be belied.´
11:66 Then, when Our command came to pass, We saved Salih and those who shared his faith through Our special mercy, from the disgrace of that
11:67 And the Blast overtook those who were wont to do wrong, and then they lay lifeless in their homes
11:68 as though they had never lived there before. Oh, verily the Thamud denied their Lord! Oh, the Thamud were destroyed.
11:69 Indeed Our messengers came to Abraham, bearing glad tidings. They greeted him with ´peace´, and Abraham answered back to them ´peace´, and hurriedly brought to them a roasted
11:70 When he perceived that their hands could not reach it, he mistrusted them, and felt afraid of
11:71 And Abraham´s wife was standing by and on hearing this she
11:72 She said: ´Woe is me! Shall I bear a child now that I am an old woman and my husband is well advanced in years. This is indeed strange!´
11:73 They said: ´Do you wonder at Allah´s decree? Allah´s mercy and His blessings be upon you, O people of the house. Surely, He is Praiseworthy, Glorious.´
11:74 Thus when fear had left Abraham and the good news had been conveyed to him, he began to dispute with Us concerning the people of
11:75 Surely Abraham was forbearing, tenderhearted and oft-turning to Allah.
11:76 Thereupon (Our angels) said to him: ´O Abraham! Desist from this, for indeed your Lord´s command has come; and a chastisement which cannot be
11:77 And when Our messengers came to Lot, he was perturbed by their coming and felt troubled on their account, and said: ´This is a distressing
11:78 And his people came to him rushing. Before this they were wont to commit evil deeds. Lot said: ´My people! Here are my daughters; they are purer for
11:79 They said: ´Surely you already know that we have nothing to do with your
11:80 He said: ´Would that I had the strength to set you straight, or could seek refuge in some powerful support.´
11:81 Thereupon the angels said: ´O Lot! We indeed are messengers of your Lord. And your people will in no way be able to hurt you. So depart with your family in a part of the night and let no one of you turn
11:82 And when Our command came to pass, We turned the town upside down, and rained on it stones of baked clay, one on
11:83 marked from your Lord. Nor is the punishment far off from the
11:84 And to (the people of) Midian We sent their brother Shu´ayb. He said: ´My people! Serve Allah; you have no god other than Him. And do not diminish the measure and weight. Indeed I see that you are prospering now, but I fear for you the chastisement of an encompassing day in the future.
11:85 My people! Give full measure and weight with justice, do not diminish the goods of others, and do not go about creating corruption in the land.
11:86 The gains that Allah lets you retain are better for you, if you indeed believe. In any case, I have not been appointed a keeper over
11:87 They replied: ´O Shu´ayb! Does your Prayer enjoin upon you that we should forsake the deities whom our forefathers worshipped, or that we should give up using our wealth as we
11:88 Shu´ayb said: ´My people! What do you think? If I stand on clear evidence from my Lord, and He has also provided me a handsome provision from
11:89 My people! Let not your opposition to me lead you to guilt that would bring upon you the chastisement that struck earlier the people of Noah, and the people of Hud, and the people of Salih. And the land of the people of Lot is not far from
11:90 Seek the forgiveness of your Lord and turn to Him in repentance. Surely my Lord is Ever Merciful, Most
11:91 They said: ´O Shu´ayb! We do not understand much of what you
11:92 Shu´ayb said: ´My people! Are my kinsmen mightier with you than Allah that you (hold the kinsmen in awe while) you cast Allah behind your back? Surely my Lord encompasses all what you do.
11:93 My people! Go on working according to your way and I will keep working (according to mine). Soon you will come to know who will be afflicted by a humiliating chastisement, and who is proved a liar. And watch, I shall also watch with you.´
11:94 And when Our command came to pass, We delivered Shu´ayb and those who shared his faith, through Our mercy, and the Blast seized those who were engaged in wrong-doing, so they lay lifeless in their homes
11:95 as though they had never dwelt in them before. Lo! Away with (the people of) Midian, even as the Thamud were done away with!
11:96 And indeed We sent Moses with Our signs and with a clear authority
11:97 to Pharaoh and his nobles. But they obeyed the command of Pharaoh even though Pharaoh´s command was not rightly-directed.
11:98 He shall stand at the head of his people on the Day of Resurrection, and will bring them down to the
11:99 They were pursued by a curse in this world and so will they be on the Day of Resurrection. What an evil reward will they receive!
11:100 That is an account of some towns which We recount to you. Of them some are still standing and some have been mown down.
11:101 We did not wrong them; it is rather they who wronged themselves. And when the command of your Lord came to pass, the gods besides Allah whom they had called upon, did not avail them in the least. They added nothing to them except ruin.
11:102 Such is the seizing of your Lord that when He does seize the towns immersed in wrong-doing, His seizing is painful, terrible.
11:103 Surely in that is a sign for him who fears the chastisement of the
11:104 Nor shall We withhold it except till an appointed term.
11:105 And when the appointed Day comes, no one shall even dare to speak except by the leave of
11:106 As for the wretched, they shall be in the Fire, and in it they shall sigh and groan.
11:107 They shall abide in it as long as the heavens and the earth
11:108 And as for those who are blessed, they shall abide in the Garden as long as the heavens and the earth endure, unless your Lord
11:109 [O Prophet!] Have no doubt about what they worship. For they worship what their fathers worshipped
11:110 And We certainly gave Moses the Book before, and there arose disagreements about it (even as there are disagreements now about the Book revealed to
11:111 Surely your Lord will recompense all to the full for their deeds. For indeed He is well aware of all what they do.
11:112 So remain, (O Muhammad), you and those who have returned with you (to the fold of faith and obedience from unbelief and rebellion) steadfast (in adhering to the straight way) as you were commanded. And do not exceed the limits of (service to Allah). For certainly He is aware of all what you do.
11:113 And do not incline towards the wrong-doers lest the Fire might seize you and you will have none as your protector against Allah; and then you will not be helped from anywhere.
11:114 And establish the Prayer at the two ends of the day and in the first hours of the night. Indeed the good deeds drive away the evil deeds. This is a Reminder to those who are mindful of Allah.
11:115 And be patient; for indeed Allah never lets the reward of those who do good go to waste.
11:116 Why were there not, out of the generations that passed away before you, righteous men who would forbid others from causing corruption on the earth? And if such were there, they were only a few whom We had saved from those generations, or else the wrong-doers kept pursuing the ease and comfort which had been conferred upon them, thus losing themselves in sinfulness.
11:117 And your Lord is not such as would wrongfully destroy human habitations while their inhabitants are
11:118 Had your Lord so willed, He would surely have made mankind one community. But as things stand, now they will not cease to differ among themselves and to follow erroneous ways
11:119 except for those on whom your Lord has mercy. And it is for this (exercise of freedom of choice) that He has created
11:120 (O Muhammad!) We narrate these anecdotes of Messengers to you that We may strengthen through them your heart. In these anecdotes come to you the truth, and an exhortation, and a reminder for the believers.
11:121 As for those who are bent on not believing, tell them: ´Work according to your way and we are working according to our way.
11:122 And do wait for the end of things; we too are waiting.
11:123 All that is hidden in the heavens and the earth lies within the power of Allah. To Him are all matters referred for judgement. So do serve Him, and place in Him all your trust. Your Lord is not heedless of what you


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