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Alif Laam Raa, (This is) a book, the communications of which are established (in wisdom, decisive), then explained in detail, from One Wise, Informed,
that you should not serve anyone but Allah, I am a warner from Him and a conveyer of good news,
and that you should ask for protective forgiveness from your Fosterer, then turn to Him (in repentance). He provides you with a good provision till an appointed term and bestows His grace on every possessor of grace. But if you turn back, then I fear for you the punishment of the great day.
To Allah is your return and He has power over everything.
Beware ! they cover up their bosoms doubly that they may hide from Him. Beware ! even when they cover themselves with their clothes, He knows that which they hide and that which they make public, He certainly knows the contents of their bosoms.
And there is no moving creature in the earth but (the responsibility of) its provision is on Allah, and He knows its place/time of stay and its place/time of departure, everything is in a clear record.
And He it is Who created the skies and the earth in six periods when His throne was on water,* that He may test you as to which of you is best in action. And if you say, “You will be raised up after death,” those who do not believe will definitely say, “This is nothing but clear magic.” * Fluid
And if We postpone the punishment from them for a measured period of time, they will definitely say, “What stops it? Beware ! the day it will come on them, nothing will turn it away from them and that which they used to mock at will surround them.
And if We make man taste mercy from Us then take it off from him, he certainly becomes despairing, ungrateful.
And if We make him taste happiness after the harm that afflicted him, he definitely says, “Evils have gone away from me,” and he is exultant, boastful,
except those who are patient and do righteous works; those are the persons for whom there is protective forgiveness and a great reward.
Then it may be that you will give up part of that which is communicated to you, and your bosom will become straitened by it, because they say, “Why has not a treasure been sent down on him or an angel come with him?” You are only a warner while Allah is the Trustee over everything.
Or they say, “He has forged it.” Say, “Then bring ten chapters like it, forged (if it is humanly possible) and call upon whom you can, besides Allah, (for helping you in forging it), if you are truthful.”
But if they do not respond to you, then know that it has been sent down by the knowledge of Allah and that there is no god but He. Then will you be those who submit (as Muslims)?
Whoever intends the life of this world and its adornment, We will pay them in full for their deeds in (this world) itself and they will not have anything reduced in it.
Those are the persons for whom there is nothing in the hereafter except the fire, and the work which they did in the (world) will be fruitless and that which they used to do will become vain.
Then will he, who is on a clear proof from his Fosterer and a witness from Him reads it to him, and before it (when) there is the book of Musa, (as) a guide and a mercy, (not believe in the Quran)? They will believe in it. And whoever does not believe in it from among the parties, then the fire is his promised place. So do not be in doubt about it, it is certainly the truth from your Fosterer but the majority of human beings does not believe.
And who is more unjust than he who forges a lie against Allah? Those will be presented before their Fosterer and the witnesses will say, “These are the persons who lied against their Fosterer.” Beware ! the curse of Allah is on the unjust.
Those who turn away (people) from the way of Allah and seek crookedness in it and they do not believe in the hereafter,
those cannot frustrate (Him) in the earth, and for them there will be no guardians besides Allah, the punishment will be doubled for them (because) they did not use their capacity of hearing and they did not see.
Those are the persons who have caused loss to their souls and that which they used to forge has gone away from them.
Assuredly, they will be the losers in the hereafter.
Those who believe and do righteous works and humble themselves before their Fosterer, those are certainly the inhabitants of the garden, they will stay therein.
The likeness of the two parties is as the blind and the deaf and the seeing and the hearing. Are they equal in likeness, will you not then mind?
And We had sent Nuh to his people, (he said), “I am a clear warner for you
that you should not serve anyone except Allah, I fear for you the punishment of a painful day.”
So the leaders of those who did not believe from among his people said, “We see that you are only a man like us and we do not see anyone following you except those who are the lowest among us, immature in judgment, and we do not see in you any excellence (in anything) over us. No ! we think you are liars.”
He said, “O my people ! you see, if I am on a clear proof from my Fosterer and mercy has come to me from His presence but it has been made obscure to you, shall we compel you to accept it while you dislike it?
And O my people ! I do not ask you for wealth (as a reward) for it, my reward is with none but Allah and I am not going to drive away those who believe, they will certainly meet their Fosterer, but I see that you are an ignorant people.
And O my people ! who will help me against Allah if I drive them away, will you not then mind?
And I do not say to you that with me are treasures of Allah, nor do I know the unseen, and I do not say to you that I am an angel and I do not say about those whom your eyes hold in low estimation that Allah will never grant them good, Allah knows best that which is there in their souls, then I will certainly be of those who are unjust.”
They said, “O Nuh, ! you have disputed with us and disputed too much with us, so bring upon us that which you threaten us with, if you are of the truthful.”
He said. “Only Allah can bring it upon you if He wills and you will not be able to frustrate (it).
And my advice will not profit you, if I intend to advise you while Allah intends to leave you in error, He is your Fosterer and towards Him you will be returned.”
Or do they say, “He has forged it.” Say, “If I have forged it then on me is my crime and I am free from the crimes which are committed by you.”
And it was communicated to Nuh that, “None of your people will believe except those who have already believed, so do not grieve because of what they do.
And build the ship before Our eyes and (according to) Our communication and do not speak to Me about those who are unjust, they will certainly be drowned.”
And he (became engaged in) building the ship. So every time the leaders of his people passed by him, they ridiculed him, he said, “If you ridicule us (now) then we (too) will certainly ridicule you as you ridicule,
then you will know, who it is on whom the punishment will come which will disgrace him, and on whom will the eternal punishment be let loose.”
(This dispute continued) until when Our commandment came and the water gushed forth from the (reservoir in the) valley (and) We said, “Load in the (ship) two from every pair and your people and whoever believes, except him against whom the word has already gone forth,” and a small number believed with him.
And he said, “Embark in it. In the name of Allah be its sailing and its anchoring, your Fosterer is certainly Protectively Forgiving, Merciful.”
And it sailed with them in waves like mountains and Nuh called out to his son while he was separate (from those in the ship), “O my son ! embark with us and do not be with the infidels.”
He said, “I will betake myself to a mountain, it will protect me from the water.” He said, “This day there is no protector (for anyone) against the commandment of Allah except for him on whom He has mercy,” and a wave came in between them so he was among those who were drowned.
And it was said, “O earth ! swallow your water and O sky ! withhold (the rain).” And the water was absorbed (in the earth) and the affair was decided and the (ship) rested on (the mountain) Al Judi. And it was said, “Away with the unjust people.”
And Nuh called out to his Fosterer and said, “My Fosterer ! my son is certainly from my people and your promise is certainly true and you are the Best Judge of (all) the judges.”
He said, “O Nuh ! he (your son) is certainly not from your people, his work is certainly other than righteous, so do not ask of Me that of which you have no knowledge, I admonish you lest you be of the ignorant.”
He said, “My Fosterer ! I seek Your protection lest I ask You that of which I have no knowledge, and if You do not protectively forgive me and have mercy on me I will be of the losers.”
It was said, “O Nuh ! go down (from the ship and the mountain) with peace from Us and blessings on you and on communities from him who is with you. And (there will be) communities whom We will give provision, then a painful punishment from Us will afflict them.”
That is from the news of the unseen which We communicate to you, before this you did not know it, you nor your people, so be patient, the (best) end is certainly for those who guard (against evil).
And to (the people of) Aad (We sent) their brother Hud (as a messenger), he said, “O my people ! serve Allah, there is no god for you other than Him, you are nothing but forgers.
O my people ! I do not ask you for a reward for it, my reward is with none but Him Who initiated my creation. Do you not then understand?
And, O my people ! ask protective forgiveness from your Fosterer, then turn to Him (in repentance), He will send (down from) the sky abundant rain on you and add strength to your strength, and do not turn back to be criminals.”
They said, “O Hud ! you have not come to us with a clear proof and we are not going to give up our gods on your word and we do not believe in you.
We say nothing but that some of our gods have attacked you with evil.” He said, “I call Allah to witness and you (too) bear witness, that I am certainly free from (worshipping) that which you associate as partners (with Allah),
instead of Him. So plot against me all together, then do not wait (to execute it),
I certainly put my trust in Allah, my Fosterer and your Fosterer. There is no moving creature but He holds it by its forelock. My Fosterer is certainly on the straight path.
So if you turn back, then I have conveyed to you that with which I was sent to you, and my Fosterer will make a people other than you to succeed you, and you cannot harm Him in anything; my Fosterer is certainly a Protector over everything.”
And when Our commandment came to pass, by Our mercy, We saved Hud and those who believed with him and We saved them from a hard punishment.
And that was (the community of) Aad, they denied the signs of their Fosterer and disobeyed His messengers and followed the command of every compelling opponent.
And a curse was made to follow them in this world and on the day of resurrection. Beware ! Aad did not believe in their Fosterer, so away with Aad the people of Hud.
And to (the community of) Samood (We sent) their brother Salih, he said, “O my people ! serve Allah, there is no god for you other than Him. He produced you from the earth and made you dwell therein. So ask Him for protective forgiveness then turn to Him (in repentance), my Fosterer is certainly Near, Responsive.” you dwell therein. So ask Him for protective forgiveness then turn to Him (in repentance), my Fosterer is certainly Near, Responsive.”
They said, “O Salih ! earlier to this, you were one among us, in whom our (high) hopes were placed. Do you forbid us to worship that which our fathers worshipped? And we are certainly in doubt causing restlessness, concerning that which you invite us to.”
He said, “O my people ! do you see, if I am on a clear proof from my Fosterer and there has come to me mercy from Him, then who will help me against Allah if I disobey Him? Then you will add nothing to me except loss.
And O my people ! this is the she camel of Allah, a sign for you, so leave her to pasture in the earth of Allah and do not afflict her with (any) harm (and if you do so), then a near punishment will seize you.”
But they slew her, so he said, “Enjoy yourselves in your houses for three days, that is a promise not to be belied.”
Then, when Our commandment came, by Our mercy, We saved Salih and those who believed with him, from the disgrace of that day. Certainly your Fosterer, He is the Strong, the Mighty.
And the loud cry seized those who were unjust, so that the morning found them prostrate in their houses,
as if they had never dwelt therein. Beware ! Samood did not believe in their Fosterer, so away with the Samood.
And Our messengers came to Ibrahim with good news. They said, “Peace,” he said, “Peace,” then he did not delay in bringing a roasted calf.
Then when he saw their hands not extending towards it, he considered them strange and conceived a fear due to them. They said, “Do not fear, we have been sent to the people of Lut.”
And his wife (who was) standing, laughed when We gave her the good news of (a son) Ishaq and after Ishaq (of a grandson) Yaqub.
She said, “Sorrowful is my state, shall I have a child when I am an old woman and this my husband is an old man? This is certainly a wonderful thing.”
They said, “Do you wonder at the commandment of Allah? The mercy of Allah and His blessings be upon you O people of the house. He is certainly Praised, Glorious.”
So when the fear went away from Ibrahim and the good news came to him, he began to plead with Us for the people of Lut.
Ibrahim was certainly kind, tender-hearted, frequently turning (to Allah).
(It was said), “O Ibrahim keep away from this, the command of your Fosterer has (already) gone forth, and a punishment that cannot be turned back will certainly come upon them.”
And when Our messengers came to Lut he was grieved on account of them and straitened due to them, being unable (to protect them); and he said, “This is a distressful day,”
when his people came rushing towards him. And (he knew, that) earlier (too) they used to do evil things, (therefore) he said, “O my people ! these are my daughters, they are cleaner for you (if you marry them), so fear Allah and do not disgrace me with regard to my guests, is there not (even a single) right minded man among you?”
They said, “You already know that we do not have any real (interest) in your daughters and you certainly know that which we intend.”
He said, “I wish I had strength against you or could be take myself to a strong support.”
They (messengers) said, “O Lut ! we are messengers of your Fosterer, they cannot (even) approach towards you. So travel with your people during a part of the night, and do not let anyone of you turn back, except your wife, that which befalls them will certainly befall her. Certainly, their promised time is the morning. Is not the morn near?”
So when Our commandment came to pass, We made its high places (to become) its low places (turning them upside down, probably through an earthquake) and rained on them porous stones of baked clay (which probably erupted from an associated volcano and got deposited in the form of) layers,
having been marked from your Fosterer, and the (township of Lut) is not far from the unjust (people, who did not believe in the Quran).
And to the (people of) Midian (We sent) their brother Shuaib, he said, “O my people ! serve Allah, there is no god for you other than Him. And do not measure and weigh less than what is due. I see you in prosperity and I fear for you the punishment of the encompassing day.
And O my people ! give back full measure and weight, with justice and do not reduce those things that are due to people and do not cause disturbance in the earth, being corrupt.
That which Allah causes to remain (with you with honesty) is better for you if you are believers; and I am not a protector over you.”
They said, “O Shuaib ! does your worshipping (Allah) enjoin on you (the condition) that we should give up (worshipping) that which our fathers worshipped or that we should not do whatever we like (to do) with our wealth? You are certainly kind, one on the right way (therefore think it over).”
He said, “O my people ! do you see? If I am on a clear proof from my Fosterer and He has promised me (with a) good provision from Himself, and that, disagreeing with you (on your wrong practices, if) I do not intend to go towards that from which I (myself) forbid you, (then am I wrong)? I do not intend anything but to reform to the extent of my capability, and (the success of) my conciliatory (effort, depends) on no one but Allah, in Him I trust and to Him I turn. wrong practices, if) I do not intend to go towards that from which I (myself) forbid you, (then am I wrong)? I do not intend anything but to reform to the extent of my capability, and (the success of) my conciliatory (effort, depends) on no one but Allah, in Him I trust and to Him I turn.
And O my people ! do not let (your) opposition to me make you commit a crime so that there may befall you the like of that which befell the people of Nuh or the people of Hud or the people of Salih, and the people of Lut are not far off from you.
And ask for protective forgiveness from your Fosterer then turn to Him (in repentance), my Fosterer is certainly Merciful, Loving.”
They said, “O Shuaib ! we do not understand much of that which you say and we certainly see you weak among us, and were it not for your family we would have stoned you and you are not mighty against us.”
He said, “O my people ! do you esteem my family more than Allah and you take Him (as something) cast behind your back? My Fosterer is certainly an Encompasser of all that you do.
And O my people ! work according to your ability, I (too) am working. You will come to know, on whom will come the punishment which will disgrace him, and who is the one who lies? And be vigilant I too am vigilant with you.”
And when Our commandment came, by Our mercy, We saved Shuaib and those who believed with him, and the loud cry seized those who did injustice, so the morning found them prostrate in their houses,
as if they did not dwell therein. So away with (the people of) Midian as were removed Samood.
And We had sent Musa with Our signs and clear authority
to Firawn and the leaders of his (community), but they followed the commandment of Firawn and the commandment of Firawn was not right.
He will lead his people on the day of resurrection so as to present them to the fire, and evil will be the place of presentation and those presented.
And a curse was made to follow them in this (world) and on the day of resurrection. Evil will be the gift which will be gifted.
That is from the news of the cities which We narrate to you, (some cities are still) standing while (others are) reaped (having been uprooted).
And We did not do injustice to them but they did injustice to themselves; and their (presumed) gods whom they prayed to, besides Allah, were of no use to them in anything when the commandment of your Fosterer came to pass, and they did not add to them anything other than ruin.
And like that your Fosterer seizes when He seizes the cities while they are unjust. His seizing is certainly severely painful.
In that there is certainly a sign for one who fears the punishment of the hereafter. That is the day on which mankind will be gathered and that is the day which will be witnessed.
And We do not delay it but till a term computed.
The day when it comes, no soul will be able to speak except by His permission. Then of them (some) will be wretched while others blessed.
As for those who are wretched, they will be in the fire, therein for them there will be sighing and groaning,
they will stay in it so long as the skies and the earth endure, except as your Fosterer wills. Your Fosterer is certainly the Doer of what He intends.
And as for those who are blessed, they will be in the garden, they will stay in it so long as the skies and the earth endure, except as your Fosterer wills, a gift without break.
So do not be in doubt concerning that which they worship. They do not worship but in the manner in which their fathers worshipped earlier. And We will certainly pay them back in full their portion without reduction.
And We certainly gave the book to Musa, but disagreement arose therein, and if a (decisive) word had not gone forth from your Fosterer, the matter would have been decided between them, and about it they are certainly in a doubt causing restlessness.
And your Fosterer will definitely pay back in full (the reward of) their deeds to all. He is certainly informed of that which they do.
So establish yourself as you are commanded, (you) and he who turns (to Allah) with you, and do not rebel. He is certainly a Seer of what you do.
And do not incline towards those who are unjust, lest the fire afflict you, and you have no guardians besides Allah, then you will not be helped.
And establish worship at the two ends of the day and in the early parts of the night. Good deeds certainly remove evil deeds. That is a reminder for those who are mindful.
And be patient, Allah certainly does not waste the reward of the doers of good.
So among the generations before you, why, persons retaining (religious understanding) did not come (forward) to forbid (people) from being corrupt in the earth, except a small number of those whom We had saved from among them? And those who were unjust pursued that which was made for their enjoyment therein, and (thus) they became criminals. those whom We had saved from among them? And those who were unjust pursued that which was made for their enjoyment therein, and (thus) they became criminals.
And your Fosterer is not (such as) to destroy the cities unjustly while their people are righteous.
And had your Fosterer willed He would have made mankind a single community, and they will not cease to disagree (among themselves),
except those on whom your Fosterer has mercy and for that did He create them. And the word of your Fosterer will be fulfilled, “I will definitely fill hell with the jinn and mankind all together.”
And We narrate to you all the news from (the histories) of the messengers (just) to strengthen your heart there with, and through this there has come to you the truth and an admonition and a reminder for the believers.
And say to those who do not believe, “Work according to your ability, we too are working,
and wait, we too are waiting.”
And Allah’s is the unseen of the skies and the earth, and to Him is returned every affair. So serve Him, and put your trust in Him and your Fosterer is not unaware of that which you do.