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“Worship none but God. Truly I am a warner from Him, and a bearer of glad tidings
And seek forgiveness from your Lord; then turn unto Him in repentance. He will grant you goodly enjoyment for a term appointed and give His Bounty unto everyone possessed of merit. But if you turn away, then truly I fear for you the punishment of a great Day
Unto God is your return, and He is Powerful over all things.
Behold! They fold up their breasts to hide from Him. Behold! When they cover themselves with their garments, He knows that which they hide and that which they disclose. Truly He knows what lies within breasts
There is no creature that crawls upon the earth but that its provision lies with God. And He knows its dwelling place and its repository. All is in a clear Book
He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six days, while His Throne was upon the water, that He may try you as to which of you is most virtuous in deed. Yet if thou sayest, “Truly you shall be resurrected after death,” the disbelievers will surely say, “This is naught but manifest sorcery!
And if We grant them reprieve from the punishment for a limited time, they will surely say, “What holds it back?” Behold! On the day when it comes upon them, it shall not be turned away from them, and that which they used to mock will beset them
And if We cause man to taste Mercy from Us, and then withdraw it from him, verily he is despondent, ungrateful
And if We cause him to taste some favor after adversity has befallen him, he will surely say, “The evils have gone from me.” Verily he is exultant, boastful
save those who are patient and perform righteous deeds; it is they for whom there shall be forgiveness and a great reward
Perchance thou mightest omit some of that which We have revealed unto thee, and thy breast might be constrained because they say, “Why has no treasure been sent down upon him, or an angel not come with him?” Thou art only a warner, and God is Guardian over all things
Or do they say, “He has fabricated it”? Say, “Then bring ten surahs like it, fabricated, and call upon whomsoever you can apart from God, if you are truthful.
But if they answer thee not, then know that it has been sent down with God’s Knowledge and that there is no god but He. So are you submitters
Whosoever desires the life of this world and its adornment, We shall pay them in full for their deeds therein, and therein they will not be deprived
They are those for whom there shall be naught in the Hereafter but the Fire. Whatsoever they had wrought therein shall come to naught, and vain was that which they used to do
So what of the one who stands upon a clear proof from his Lord, and for whom it is recited by a witness from Him? And before it there was the Book of Moses, a guide and a mercy. It is they who believe in it. And whosoever disbelieves in it from among the parties, the Fire is their tryst. So be not in doubt concerning it. Verily it is the truth from thy Lord, but most of mankind believe not
And who does greater wrong than one who fabricates a lie against God? It is they who will be brought before their Lord, and the witnesses will say, “These are the ones who lied against their Lord.” Behold! The curse of God is upon the wrongdoers
those who turn from the way of God and seek to make it crooked, and who disbelieve in the Hereafter
Such as these cannot thwart [aught] on earth, and they have no protector apart from God. For them the punishment will be multiplied. They were not able to hear; neither did they see
They are those who have lost their souls, and that which they used to fabricate has forsaken them
There is no doubt that in the Hereafter they shall be the greatest losers
Truly those who believe and perform righteous deeds and are humble before their Lord, it is they who are the inhabitants of the Garden; they shall abide therein
The parable of these two groups is that of one blind and deaf, and one hearing and seeing. Are they equal when compared? Will you not remember
Indeed, We sent Noah unto his people, “Truly I am unto you a clear warner
that you might worship none but God. Truly I fear for you the punishment of a painful day.
But the notables among his people who disbelieved said, “We see you as naught but a human being like us, and we see none who follow you, save the lowliest among us, as is clear to see. Nor do we see that you have any merit over us; nay, we think that you are liars.
He said, “O my people! What think you: if I stand upon a clear proof from my Lord, and He has granted me Mercy from Himself, and you are blind to it. Shall we force it upon you, though you are unwilling
O my people! I ask not of you any wealth in return for it; my reward lies only with God. And I shall not drive away those who believe; truly they shall meet their Lord. But I see that you are an ignorant people
O my people! Who would help me against God, were I to drive them away? Will you not remember
I say not unto you that with me are the treasuries of God; nor do I know the Unseen. And I say not that I am an angel; nor do I say of those who are despicable in your eyes, ‘God will not give them any good’—God knows best what is in their souls—for then I would indeed be among the wrongdoers.
They said, “O Noah! You have disputed with us, and have prolonged the disputation; so bring upon us that wherewith you have threatened us, if you are among the truthful.
He said, “God alone shall bring it to you, if He will, and you cannot thwart [it]
And my sincere advice will not benefit you, much as I desire to advise you, if God desires to cause you to err. He is your Lord, and unto Him shall you be returned.
Or do they say, “He has fabricated it”? Say, “If I fabricated it, then my guilt is upon me; but I am quit of that which you commit.
And it was revealed unto Noah, “None of thy people shall believe, save those who had already believed. So be not distressed by that which they used to do
Build the Ark before Our Eyes and by Our Revelation. And address Me not concerning those who did wrong; surely they shall be drowned.
And he was building the Ark, and whenever notables among his people passed by him, they would scoff at him. He said, “If you scoff at us, surely we shall scoff at you, just as you scoff
For soon you shall know upon whom there comes a punishment that disgraces him and upon whom there falls a punishment enduring.
Till when Our Command came, and the oven gushed forth, We said, “Carry on board two of every kind, and thy family—save the one against whom the Word has already gone forth—and those who believe.” And none believed along with him, save a few
He said, “Embark upon it. In the Name of God be its coursing and its mooring. Truly my Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.
And it sailed with them upon waves like mountains. And Noah called out to his son, who remained aloof, “O my son! Embark with us, and be not with the disbelievers.
He said, “I shall take refuge on a mountain; it will protect me from the water.” He said, “There is no protector on this day from the Command of God, save for the one upon whom He has Mercy.” And the waves came between them, and he was among the drowned
And it was said, “O earth! Swallow your water! And O sky! Hold back!” And the water was made to recede, and the command was carried out, and it settled on [Mount] Judi. And it was said, “Away with the wrongdoing people!
And Noah called out to his Lord and said, “O my Lord! Truly my son is from my family. Thy Promise is indeed true, and Thou art the most just of judges.
He said, “O Noah! Truly he is not from thy family; surely such conduct was not righteous. So question Me not concerning that whereof thou hast no knowledge; truly I exhort thee, lest thou be among the ignorant.
He said, “My Lord! Truly I seek refuge in Thee from questioning Thee concerning that whereof I have no knowledge. If thou dost not forgive me and have Mercy upon me, I shall be among the losers.
It was said, “O Noah! Disembark with peace from Us, and blessings upon thee and upon the communities that [will arise] from those with thee, and communities for whom We shall grant enjoyment. Then a painful punishment from Us shall befall them.
These are among the accounts of the Unseen that We reveal unto thee. Thou knewest not of them, neither thou nor thy people, beforehand. So be patient. Truly the end belongs to the reverent
And unto ?Ad, their brother Hud. He said, “O my people! Worship God! You have no god other than Him. You are naught but fabricators
O my people! I ask not of you any reward for it. My reward lies only with the One Who originated me. Do you not understand
O my people! Seek forgiveness from your Lord; then turn unto Him in repentance. He will send the sky upon you with abundant rain, and add strength to your strength. And turn not away, guilty.
They said, “O Hud! You have not brought us a clear proof, and we shall not forsake our gods on your word, for we are not believers in you
We say only that one of our gods has smitten you with evil.” He said, “I call God as witness—and you be witness—that I am quit of that which you ascribe as partner
apart from Him. So scheme against me then, all together, and grant me no respite
Truly I trust in God, my Lord and your Lord. There is no creature that crawls, but that He holds it by its forelock. Truly my Lord is upon a straight path
But if you turn away, [know that] I have delivered unto you the message wherewith I have been sent by Him. My Lord will cause you to be succeeded by a people other than yourselves, and you harm Him not in the least. Truly my Lord is Watcher over all things.
And when Our Command came, We saved Hud and those who believed with him through a Mercy from Us; and We saved them from a grave punishment
That was ?Ad. They rejected the signs of their Lord, disobeyed the messengers, and followed the command of every stubborn tyrant
And they were pursued by a curse in this world, and [shall be] on the Day of Resurrection. Behold! Truly ?Ad disbelieved in their Lord. Behold! Away with ?Ad, the people of Hud
And to Thamud, their brother ?ali?. He said, “O my people! Worship God! You have no god other than Him. He brought you forth from the earth and settled you therein. So seek forgiveness from Him; then turn unto Him in repentance. Truly my Lord is Nigh, Responsive.
They said, “O ?ali?! You were a source of hope among us before this. Do you forbid us to worship that which our fathers worshipped, while we remain in grave doubt about that to which you call us?
He said, “O my people! What think you: if I stand up on a clear proof from my Lord, and He has granted me Mercy from Himself, then who can help me against God, were I to disobey Him? For you would increase me in naught but loss.
O my people! This she-camel of God is a sign unto you. Leave her to graze freely on God’s earth, and cause her no harm, lest you be seized by a punishment nigh.
But they hamstrung her. So he said, “Enjoy yourselves in your abode for three days—that is a promise that will not be belied.
So when Our Command came, We saved ?ali? and those who believed with him, through a Mercy from Us, and from the disgrace of that day. Truly thy Lord, He is the Strong, the Mighty
The Cry seized those who did wrong, and morning found them lying lifeless in their abode
as though they had never dwelt there. Behold! Truly Thamud disbelieved in their Lord. Behold! Away with Thamud
And indeed Our messengers came to Abraham with glad tidings. They said, “Peace.” “Peace,” he said, and he hastened to bring them a roasted calf
Then when he saw that their hands reached not toward it, he conceived a fear of them. They said, “Fear not. Verily we have been sent unto the people of Lot.
And his wife was standing there and she laughed. Then We gave her glad tidings of Isaac, and after Isaac, of Jacob
She said, “Oh, woe unto me! Shall I bear a child when I am an old woman, and this husband of mine is an old man? That would surely be an astounding thing.
They said, “Do you marvel at the Command of God? The Mercy of God and His Blessings be upon you, O People of the House! Truly He is Praised, Glorious.
So when the awe had left Abraham and glad tidings had come unto him, he pleaded with Us concerning the people of Lot
Truly Abraham was clement, tenderhearted, penitent
“O Abraham! Turn away from this. Truly the Command of thy Lord has come, and surely a punishment that cannot be repelled comes upon them.
When Our messengers came to Lot, he was distressed on their account, and felt himself powerless concerning them. And he said, “This is a terrible day!
And his people came hurrying toward him, while earlier they had been committing evil deeds. He said, “O my people! These are my daughters; they are purer for you. So reverence God, and disgrace me not with regard to my guests. Is there not among you a man of sound judgment?
They said, “Certainly you know that we have no right to your daughters, and surely you know that which we desire.
He said, “Would that I had the strength [to resist] you, or could seek refuge in some mighty support!
They said, “O Lot! We are the envoys of thy Lord. They shall not reach thee. So set out with thy family during the night, and let none of you turn around, save thy wife; surely that which befalls them shall befall her. Indeed, the morning shall be their tryst. Is not the morning nigh?
So when Our Command came, We made its uppermost to be its lowermost, and We rained down upon them stones of baked clay, one upon another
marked by thy Lord; and they are never far from the wrongdoers
And unto Midian, their brother Shu?ayb. He said, “O my people! Worship God! You have no god other than Him. Diminish not the measure and the balance. Truly I see you faring well, but I fear for you the punishment of an all-encompassing Day
O my people! Observe fully the measure and the balance with justice and diminish not people’s goods, and behave not wickedly upon the earth, working corruption
The remnant from God is better for you, if you are believers, and I am not a keeper over you.
They said, “O Shu?ayb! Does your manner of praying require that we forsake that which our fathers worshipped, or that we should not do as we will with our wealth? Surely you are a man of forbearance and sound judgment.
He said, “O my people! What think you: if I stand upon a clear proof from my Lord, and He has provided me with goodly provision from Himself? I desire not to do behind your backs that which I forbid you. I desire naught but to set matters aright so far as I am able; but my success lies with God alone. In Him do I trust and unto Him do I turn
O my people! Let not your dissension with me lead you into sin, such that there should befall you that which befell the people of Noah, or the people of Hud, or the people of ?ali?; and the people of Lot are not far from you
And seek forgiveness from your Lord; then turn unto Him in repentance. Truly my Lord is Merciful, Loving.
They said, “O Shu?ayb! We do not comprehend much of what you say, and verily we consider you to be weak among us. And were it not for your clan, we would surely stone you, for you have no power over us.
He said, “O my people! Is my clan mightier over you than God? Yet, you would put Him behind you with disregard. Surely my Lord encompasses whatsoever you do
O my people! Act according to your position; I, too, am acting. Soon you shall know upon whom there comes a punishment that disgraces him, and who is a liar. So keep watch! I, too, am among you watching.
And when Our Command came, We saved Shu?ayb and those who believed with him, through a Mercy from Us. And the Cry seized those who did wrong, and morning found them lying lifeless in their abode
as though they had never dwelt there. Behold! Away with Midian, just as Thamud was done away
And indeed We sent Moses with Our signs and a manifest authorit
unto Pharaoh and his notables. But they followed the command of Pharaoh, and the command of Pharaoh was not sound
He shall go before his people on the Day of Resurrection and lead them to the Fire. Evil indeed is the watering place to which they are led
And they were pursued in this [world] by a curse, and [shall be] on the Day of Resurrection. Evil indeed is the gift that will be offered them
These are among the stories We have recounted unto thee of the towns. Among them are some that remain and some that have been mown down
We wronged them not, but they wronged themselves. And their gods whom they called upon apart from God did not avail them in the least when the Command of thy Lord came, and they increased them in naught but ruin
Such is the seizing of thy Lord when He seizes the towns while they are doing wrong. Surely His seizing is painful, severe
Truly in that is a sign for those who fear the punishment of the Hereafter. That is a Day on which mankind shall be gathered together, and that is a Day that shall be witnessed
And We delay it not, save for a limited term
On the Day it comes, no soul shall speak save by His Leave. Among them shall be the wretched and the felicitous
As for those who are wretched, they shall be in the Fire, wherein there shall be for them groaning and wailing
abiding therein for so long as the heavens and the earth endure, save as thy Lord wills. Surely thy Lord does whatsoever He wills
And as for those who are felicitous, they shall be in the Garden, abiding therein for so long as the heavens and the earth endure, save as thy Lord wills—a gift unfailing
So be not in doubt concerning that which these [people] worship; they worship only as their fathers worshipped before. We shall surely give them their share, undiminished
Indeed, We gave unto Moses the Book; then difference arose regarding it. And were it not for a Word that had preceded from thy Lord, judgment would have been rendered between them. Yet, truly they are confounded by doubt regarding it
Surely for each, thy Lord shall pay them in full for their deeds. Truly He is Aware of what they do
So be steadfast, as thou hast been commanded—and those who turn in repentance along with you—and be not rebellious. Truly He sees whatsoever you do
And incline not toward the wrongdoers, lest the Fire should touch you—and you will have no protector apart from God. Thereafter you will not be helped
And perform the prayer at the two ends of the day and in the early hours of the night. Truly good deeds remove those that are evil. This is a reminder for those who remember
And be thou patient. Truly God neglects not the reward of the virtuous
So why were there not among the generations before you those possessing merit, who would forbid corruption upon the earth, other than a few of those whom We saved among them? Those who did wrong pursued the luxuries they had been given, and they were guilty
And thy Lord would never destroy the towns unjustly, while their people were reforming
And had thy Lord willed, He would have made mankind one community. But they cease not to differ
save those upon whom thy Lord has Mercy—and for this He created them. And the Word of thy Lord is fulfilled: “I shall surely fill Hell with jinn and men all together!
All that We recount unto thee of the stories of the messengers is that whereby We make firm thine heart. And herein there has come unto thee the Truth, and an exhortation and a reminder for the believers
And say unto those who believe not, “Act according to your position; we, too, are acting
And wait! We, too, are waiting.
Unto God belongs the Unseen in the heavens and on the earth, and unto Him are all matters returned. So worship Him, and trust in Him. And thy Lord is not heedless of that which you do