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Alif-Lam-Ra. This is a book, the Verses in it are perfected, then explained in detail from One (Allah), who is All-Wise and Well-Acquainted,
(saying) you to worship none but Allah. Surely, I (Muhammad) am to you from Him a Warner and a bearer of glad tidings.
And you should seek forgiveness of your Lord, and turn in repentance to Him, He will grant you good enjoyment for an appointed term, and bestow His Grace to every owner of grace. But if you turn away, then I (Muhammad) fear for you the punishment of a great Day (of Resurrection).
To Allah is your return, and He is Omnipotent (has power) over every thing
No doubt! They cover up their hearts so that they may hide from Him. Surely, even when they cover themselves with their garments, He knows what they conceal and what they reveal. Surely, He is All-Knower of everything of that (innermost secrets) which is in the hearts.
And there is no moving creature on earth but its provision is due from Allah. And He knows its residing place and its deposit (uterus or grave); all is in a clear book.
And it is He Who has created the heavens and the earth in 6 days and His Throne was on the water, so that He may test you which of you are the best in deeds. But if you say (to them): “You shall indeed be raised up after death,” those who disbelieve would be sure to say: “This is nothing but obvious magic.”
And if We delay the punishment for them till a determined time, they are sure to say: “What keeps it back?” Surely, on the day it reaches them, nothing will turn it away from them and they will be surrounded by what they used to mock at it!
And if We give a person taste of Mercy from Us, and then withdraws it from him, surely he is despairing, ungrateful.
But if We let those taste good (favor) after evil (poverty and harm) have touched them, they are sure to say: “The ills have departed from us.” Surely they are jubilant, and arrogant.
Except those who show patience and do righteous good deeds, those will have their forgiveness and a great reward.
So perhaps you (Muhammad) may omit to recite a part of what is revealed to you and your heart may feel straitened for it because they might say: “Why a treasure has not been sent down to him or an angel has come with him?” But you are only a Warner! And Allah is the guardian over all things.
Or they say: “He (Muhammad) has forged it (the Qur’an).” Say: “Then you bring 10 forged chapters like it, and call whoever you can other than Allah, if you speak the truth
Then if they don’t answer you, then know that it (the Qur’an) is sent down with the knowledge of Allah and that there is no one worthy of worship except He! Will you then be Muslims?”
Whoever desires the life of the world and its glitter; We shall pay in full to them (the wages of) their deeds therein and they will have no reduction therein.
They are those there will be nothing for them in the Hereafter but fire and whatever they did (deeds) are in vain. There is no effect of that which they used to do.
Can they (be like those) who have clear proof (the Qur’an) from their Lord and to whom a witness (Muhammad) from Him recites it; and before them came the book of Moses, a guidance and a Mercy? They will believe in it, but those of the sects that reject it (the Qur’an); the fire will be their promised meeting place. So don’t be in doubt about it. Surely, it is the truth from your Lord, but most of the mankind does not believe.
Who does more wrong than the one who invents a lie against Allah? Such people will be brought before their Lord and the witnesses will say: “These are the ones who lied against their Lord!” No doubt! The curse of Allah is on the wrongdoers,
those who hinder others from the way of Allah and seek a crookedness therein, they are disbelievers in the Hereafter.
Such people will not be able to escape (from Allah’s punishment) on earth, or they will have any protectors besides Allah. The punishment will be doubled for them. They could not bear to hear the truth and they used not to see the truth.
They are those who have lost their own selves and what they were inventing (false deities) will vanish from them.
Certainly, they are those who will be the greatest losers in the Hereafter.
Surely, those who believe, do righteous deeds, and humble themselves before their Lord, they will be residents of Paradise, and they will reside therein forever.
The example of the 2 parties is as the (one who is) blind and the deaf, and the (other who is) seer and the hearer. Are they equal when compared? Will you not then take heed?
And indeed We sent Noah to his people (and he said): “Surely I have come to you as a plain Warner
that you worship none but Allah, surely I fear for you the punishment of a painful Day.”
So the chiefs of those who disbelieved among his people said: “We see you not but a man like ourselves, and we see anyone follow you but those who are the rejected among us without deep thinking. We don’t see in you any merit above us, in fact we think you are a liar.”
He said: “O my people! See if I am on a clear proof from my Lord, and has given me a Mercy from Him, but that Mercy has been hidden from your sight. Can I compel you to accept it when you have hatred for it?
And O my people! I ask you no wealth for it, my reward is from none but Allah. I am not going to drive away those who have believed. Surely, they are going to meet their Lord, but I see you a people that are ignorant.
And O my people! Who will help me against Allah, if I drove them away? Will you not then give a thought?
And I don’t say to you that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor that I know the unseen; nor do I say surely I am an angel, nor I say of those whom your eyes look down upon that Allah will never bestow any good on them. Allah knows best what is in their inner-selves (belief). Surely I will be in that case (if I say anything like this) indeed one of the wrongdoers.”
They said: “O Noah! Surely you have disputed us and you have prolonged much the dispute with us, now bring upon us what you have threatened us with if you are of the truthful.”
He said: “Only Allah will bring it (punishment) on you if He wills, and then you will not escape it.
My advice will not profit you even if I wish to give you good counsel, if Allah’s Will is to keep you astray. He is your Lord and to Him you shall return.”
Or they (disbelievers of Makkah) say: “He (Muhammad) has fabricated it (the Qur’an).” Say: “If I have fabricated it, upon me be my crimes, but I am innocent of what crime you commit.”
And it was revealed to Noah: “None of your people will believe except those who have already believed. So don’t be sad because of what they do.
Construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Revelation, and don’t plead with Me on behalf of those who do wrong; they are surely to be drowned.”
He was constructing the ship, and whenever the chiefs of his people passed by him, they made a mockery of him. He said: “If you mock at us, so we mock at you as you mock.
You will know who will be covered by a humiliating punishment and who will fall on a lasting punishment.
It was till when there came Our Command and the oven (Al-Tannur) gushed forth (water from the earth). We said: “Carry therein, of each kind 2 (male and female), and your family, except those against whom the word has already gone forth, and those who believe. Those who believed with him were only a few.”
And he (Noah) said: “Embark in it, in the name of Allah (who has) its moving course and its resting anchorage. Surely, my Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.”
So it (the ship) sailed with them amidst the waves like mountains, and Noah called out to his son and he was in apart: “O my son! Embark with us and not be with the disbelievers.”
He (the son) replied: “I will take myself (refuge) to a mountain; which will save me from the water.” Noah said: This Day there is no savior from the Decree of Allah except the one on whom He has Mercy.” The wave came in between them, so he (the son) was among the drowned.
And it was said: “O earth! Swallow up your water, and O sky! Withhold (your rain).” The water subsided and the Decree (of Allah) was fulfilled. And it (the ship) rested on mount Judi, and it was said: “Away with the people who are wrongdoers!”
And Noah called his Lord and said: “O my Lord! Surely, my son is of my family. Certainly, Your Promise is true, and You are the most Just of the judges.”
He replied: “O Noah! Surely, he is not of your family; surely his work is not righteous. So don’t ask Me anything of which you have no knowledge! Indeed I admonish you, lest you become one of the ignorant.”
Noah said: “O my Lord! Surely I seek refuge with You for asking You that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have Mercy on me, I shall indeed be one of the losers.”
It was said: “O Noah! Come down (from the ship) with peace from Us and blessings on you and on the people who are with you. Other people to whom We shall grant their pleasures (for some time), then a painful punishment will reach them from Us.”
This is the news of the unseen which We have revealed to you (O Muhammad). Neither you nor your people knew this before. So be patient. Surely, the (good) end is for the pious.
And to Ad people (We sent) their brother Hud. He said: “O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other one worthy of worship but Him. You don’thing but invent lies.
O my people! I ask you no reward for it (message). My reward is not but from Him, Who created me. Then will you not understand?
And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord, and then repent to Him. He will send (from the sky) abundant rain to you, and add strength to your strength. So don’t turn away as sinners.”
They said: “O Hud! No evidence you have brought to us. We shall not leave our deity just for your saying! We are not believers in you.
We don’t say but (perhaps) some of our gods - (false deities) has seized you with evil.” He said: “Surely I call Allah to witness and bear you witness that I am free from that which you ascribe as partners (in worship)
other than Him. So plot against me, all of you, and give me no respite.
Surely I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature but He has grasped its destiny. Surely, my Lord is on the Right Way.
So if you turn away, then surely, I have conveyed the message what I was sent with to you. My Lord will make other people succeed besides you, and you will not harm Him in the least. Surely, my Lord is Guardian over all things.”
And when Our Commandment came, We saved Hud and those who believed with him by a Mercy from Us, and We saved them from a severe punishment.
Such were Ad (people). They rejected the Verses of their Lord and disobeyed His Messengers, and followed the command of every proud stubborn oppressor.
And they were pursued by a curse in this world and will be on the Day of Resurrection. No doubt! Surely, Ad disbelieved in their Lord. So away with Ad, the people of Hud.
And to the Thamud people, (We sent) their brother Saleh. He said: “O my people! Worship Allah, you have no other deity but Him. He brought you forth from the earth and settled you therein. So ask the forgiveness of Him, and then turn to Him in repentance. Certainly, my Lord is Near, Responsive.”
They said: “O Saleh! Surely you have been among us as a figure of good hope before this message. Do you now forbid us to worship what our fathers have worshipped? Surely, we are really in grave doubt as to that which you invite us to it.”
He said: “O my people! Do you see if I am on a clear proof from my Lord, and has given me Mercy from Him, who then will help me against Allah if I disobey Him? Then you increase me not but in loss.
O my people! This she-camel of Allah is a sign to you. So leave her to feed on Allah’s earth, and don’t touch her with evil, lest a near punishment should seize you.”
But they killed her. So he said: “Enjoy yourselves in your homes for 3 days. This is a promise that will not be denied.”
So when Our Commandment came, We saved Saleh and those who believed with him by a Mercy from Us, and from the disgrace of that Day. Surely, your Lord, He is the All-Strong, the All-Mighty.
The awful blast overtook those who wronged, so they lay (dead), prostrate in their homes,
as if they had never lived there. No doubt! Surely, Thamud disbelieved in their Lord. So away the people of Thamud!
And surely, there came Our Messengers (angels) to Abraham with glad tidings. They said: “Greetings of peace!” He answered: “Greetings of peace!” and he hastened to entertain with a roasted calf.
But when he saw their hands not reaching towards it (the meal), he felt some mistrust of them, and conceived a fear of them. They said: “Don’t fear, we have been sent against the people of Lot.”
His wife was standing there and she laughed. But We gave her glad tidings of (her son) Isaac, and after Isaac, of (grandson) Jacob.
She said: “Woe unto me! Shall I bear a child now when I am an old woman, and this is my husband, an old man? Surely! This is a strange thing!”
They said: “Do you wonder at the Decree of Allah? The Mercy of Allah and His Blessings be on you, O the family (of Abraham) of the house. Surely, He is All-Praiseworthy, All-Glorious.”
Then when the fear had gone away from (the mind of) Abraham, and the glad tidings had reached him, he began to plead with Us for the people of Lot.
Surely, Abraham was, without doubt, forbearing, used to invoke Allah with humility, and was regretful (to Allah).
(The angels said): “O Abraham! Forsake this (topic). Indeed, the commandment of your Lord surely has come. Surely, a punishment will come for them which cannot be turned back.”
And when Our Messengers (angels) came to Lot, he was grieved on their account and felt helpless to offer protection for them. He said: “This is a painful Day.”
And his people came rushing towards him, and since they used to commit crimes (sodomy) before, he said: “O my people! Here are my daughters (of my nation); they are purer for you (if you marry lawfully). So fear Allah and don’t disgrace me with regard to my guests! Is there not among you a single man right-minded?
They said: “Surely you know that we don’t have any desire in your daughters, and indeed you know well what we want!”
He said: “I wish if I had that strength (to overpower) you or that I could find myself some powerful support.”
They (Messengers) said: “O Lot! Surely, we are the Messengers (angels) from your Lord! They will not reach you! So travel with your family in a part of the night, and let not any of you look back except your wife (who should remain behind). Surely, it (punishment) will afflict her, will afflict them. Indeed, morning is their appointed time. Is not the morning near?”
So when Our Commandment came, We turned (towns of Sodom) upside down, and rained on it stones of baked clay, piled up,
marked from your Lord, and they are not far from the wrongdoers.
To the Midian people (We sent) their brother Shuaib. He said: "O my people! Worship Allah, you have no other one worthy of worship but Him, and don’t give short measure and weight. Surely I see you in prosperity; and surely I fear for you punishment of a Day encompassing.
O my people! Give full measure and weight in justice. Don’t defraud the people of their due things and don’t commit mischief in the land causing corruption.
What is left by Allah is better for you if you are believers. And I am not a guardian over you.”
They said: “O Shuaib! Does your prayer command that we give up what our forefathers used to worship or that we give up doing what we like with our property? Surely, you are the gracious, right-minded!”
He said: “O my people! You see if I am on clear evidence from my Lord and He has given me a good sustenance from Him. I don’t wish that I contradict to you what I forbid you from it. I don’t desire but reform so far as I am able (within my power). My success is not except from Allah, in Him I trust and to Him I repent.
And O my people! Let not my separation harm you to befall you similar to what befall on the people of Noah or of Hud people or of Saleh people, and the people of Lot are not far off from you!
And ask forgiveness of your Lord, and then turn in repentance to Him. Surely, my Lord is Merciful, Loving.”
They said: “O Shuaib! We don’t understand much of what you say. We see you a weak (blind man) among us. Was it not for your family, we would certainly have stoned you, and you are not powerful against us.”
He said: “O my people! Is then my family of more weight with you than Allah? You have taken Him away behind your backs. Surely, my Lord surrounds of what all you do.
And O my people! Act according to your ability, and surely I am acting my way. You will know who it is on whom the punishment descends that will cover with disgrace, and who is a liar! Watch you! Surely, I too am watching with you.”
And when Our Commandment came, We saved Shuaib and those who believed with him by a Mercy from Us. The awful blast seized the wrongdoers and they lay prostrate dead in their homes,
as if they had never lived there! So away with Midian just as away with Thamud!
And indeed We sent Moses with Our Verses and a clear authority;
to Pharaoh and his chiefs, but they followed the command of Pharaoh, and the command of Pharaoh was not rightly guide.
He will go ahead of his people on the Day of Resurrection, and will lead them into the fire. Evil indeed is the place to which they will be brought.
They were pursued by a curse in this life and on the Day of Resurrection. How bad is the given gift (curse)?
That is from the news of the towns which We relate to you (Muhammad); of them (some are) standing, and (some have) ceased to exist.
We wronged them not, but they wronged themselves. So their deity was other than Allah whom they invoked, profited them nothing when there came the command of your Lord, nor did they add to them but destruction.
Such is the seizure of your Lord when He seizes the town (population) while they are doing wrong. Surely, His seizure is painful and severe.
Indeed in that there is a sure lesson for those who fear the punishment of the Hereafter. That is a Day when mankind will be gathered together for it, and that will be a Day of witness (all will be present).
And We don’t delay it but for a fixed term.
When the Day will come, no one will speak except by His permission. Some among them will be wretched and others blessed.
As for those who are wretched, they will be in the fire, for them in it is sighing and inhaling.
They will reside therein as long as the heavens and the earth will last, except what your Lord wills. Surely your Lord is the doer of what He wants.
And as for those who are blessed, they will be in Paradise, abiding therein as long as the heavens and the earth will last, except what your Lord wills, a gift without an end.
So don’t be in doubt as to what these people worship. They worship nothing but what their forefathers used to worship before them. Surely, We shall repay them their portion in full without any decrease
Indeed We gave the book to Moses, but differences arose therein, and had it not been for a word that had gone forth before from your Lord, the case would have been judged between them. Indeed they are in suspicious doubt about it (this Qur’an).
And surely to each of them your Lord will repay them in full for their works. Surely, He is fully aware of what they do.
So you (Muhammad) stand firm and straight (on religion) as you are commanded and those who turn in repentance (to Allah) with you, and don’t transgress. Surely, He is All-Seer of what you do.
Don’t incline towards those who do wrong, lest the fire should touch you, and you will not have any protector other than Allah, nor you will be helped.
Establish prayers perfectly at the 2 ends of the day and in some Hours of the night. Surely the good deeds remove the evil deeds (small sins). That is a reminder for the mindful.
Be patient; for surely, Allah does not waste the reward of the righteous people.
If there had not been among the generations before you, people having wisdom, prohibiting others from mischief in the earth, except a few of those whom We saved from among them. Those who did wrong, pursued what they were provided with good things in it (worldly life), and they were sinners.
Your Lord would never destroy the towns wrongfully, while their people were right-doers.
If your Lord had so willed, He could surely have made mankind one nation, but they will not cease to disagree,
except those on whom your Lord has bestowed His Mercy and for that He created them. The Word of your Lord shall be fulfilled (His saying): “Surely, I shall fill hell with jinns and human all together.”
And all that We relate to you (O Muhammad) of the news of the Messengers is that We may make strong and firm your heart thereby. In this (the Qur’an) has come to you with the truth, as well as an admonition and a reminder for the believers.
Say to those who don’t believe: “Act according to your ability, surely We are acting (in our way).
And you wait! We (too) are waiting.”
And to Allah belongs the unseen of the heavens and the earth and to Him all affairs return. So worship Him (O Muhammad) and put your trust in Him. Your Lord is not unaware of what you people do.
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