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Hud (Hud)
as rendered by Ali Quli Qara'i
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Ali Quli Qara'i rendition of Surah Hud(Hud)
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11:1 Alif, Lam, Ra. [This is] a Book, whose signs have been made definitive and then elaborated, from One [who is] all-wise, all-aware,
11:2 declaring: ‘Worship no one but Allah. I am indeed a warner from Him to you and a bearer of good news.
11:3 Plead with your Lord for forgiveness, then turn to Him penitently. He will provide you with a good provision for a specified term and grant His grace to every meritorious person. But if you turn your backs [on Him], indeed I fear for you the punishment of a terrible day.
11:4 To Allah will be your return, and He has power over all things.’
11:5 Look! They fold up their breasts to hide [their secret feelings] from Him. Look! When they draw their cloaks over their heads, He knows whatever they keep secret and whatever they disclose. Indeed He knows best whatever is in the breasts.
11:6 There is no animal on the earth, but that its sustenance lies with Allah, and He knows its [enduring] abode and its temporary place of lodging. Everything is in a manifest Book.
11:7 It is He who created the heavens and the earth in six days —and His Throne was [then] upon the waters— that He may test you [to see] which of you is best in conduct. Yet if you say, ‘You will indeed be raised up after death,’ the faithless will surely say, ‘This is nothing but plain magic.’
11:8 And if We defer their punishment until a certain time, they will surely say, ‘What holds it back?’ Look! On the day it overtakes them it shall not be turned away from them, and they will be besieged by what they used to deride.
11:9 If We let man taste a mercy from Us, and then withdraw it from him, he becomes despondent, ungrateful.
11:10 And if We let him have a taste of Our blessings after adversities have befallen him, he will surely say, ‘All ills have left me.’ Indeed he becomes an exultant braggart,
11:11 excepting those who are patient and do righteous deeds. For such there will be forgiveness and a great reward.
11:12 [Look out] lest you should disregard aught of what has been revealed to you, and be upset because they say, ‘Why has not a treasure been sent down to him, or [why does] not an angel accompany him?’ You are only a warner, and Allah watches over all things.
11:13 Do they say, ‘He has fabricated it?’ Say, ‘Then bring ten surahs like it, fabricated, and invoke whomever you can, besides Allah, should you be truthful.’
11:14 But if they do not respond to you, know that it has been sent down by Allah’s knowledge, and that there is no god except Him. Will you, then, submit [to Allah]?
11:15 As for those who desire the life of this world and its glitter, We will recompense them fully for their works therein, and they shall not be underpaid in it.
11:16 They are the ones for whom there shall be nothing in the Hereafter but Fire: what they had accomplished in the world has failed, and their works have come to naught.
11:17 Is he who stands on a manifest proof from his Lord, and whom a witness of his own [family] follows? And before him there was the Book of Moses, a guide and mercy. It is they who have faith in it, and whoever defies him from among the factions, the Fire is their tryst. So do not be in doubt about it; it is the truth from your Lord, but most people do not have faith.
11:18 And who is a greater wrongdoer than him who fabricates a lie against Allah? They shall be presented before their Lord, and the witnesses will say, ‘It is these who lied against their Lord.’ Look! The curse of Allah is upon the wrongdoers
11:19 —those who bar [others] from the way of Allah, and seek to make it crooked, and disbelieve in the Hereafter.
11:20 They cannot thwart [Allah] on the earth, nor do they have besides Allah any guardian. For them the punishment shall be doubled, for they could neither listen, nor did they use to see.
11:21 They are the ones who have ruined their souls, and what they used to fabricate has forsaken them.
11:22 Undoubtedly, they are the ones who will be the biggest losers in the Hereafter.
11:23 Indeed those who have faith and do righteous deeds and are humble before their Lord —they shall be the inhabitants of paradise, and they shall remain in it [forever].
11:24 The parable of the two parties is that of one who is blind and deaf and one who sees and hears. Are they equal in comparison? Will you not then take admonition?
11:25 Certainly We sent Noah to his people [to declare]: ‘Indeed I am a manifest warner to you,
11:26 Worship none but Allah. Indeed I fear for you the punishment of a painful day.’
11:27 But the elite of the faithless from among his people said, ‘We do not see you to be anything but a human being like ourselves, and we do not see anyone following you except those who are simpleminded riffraff from our midst. Nor do we see that you have any merit over us. Rather we consider you to be liars.’
11:28 He said, ‘O my people! Tell me, should I stand on a manifest proof from my Lord, and He has granted me His own mercy —though it should be invisible to you— shall we force it upon you while you are averse to it?
11:29 O my people! I do not ask you any material reward for it. My reward lies only with Allah. But I will not drive away those who have faith. Indeed they will encounter their Lord. But I see that you are an ignorant lot.
11:30 O my people! Who would come to my help against Allah were I to drive them away? Will you not then take admonition?
11:31 I do not say to you that I possess the treasuries of Allah, neither do I know the Unseen. I do not claim to be an angel, neither do I say of those who are despicable in your eyes that Allah will not grant them any good —Allah knows best what is in their hearts— for then I would indeed be a wrongdoer.’
11:32 They said, ‘O Noah, you have disputed with us already, and you have disputed with us exceedingly. Now bring us what you threaten us with should you be truthful.
11:33 He said, ‘Allah will indeed bring it on you if He wishes, and you cannot thwart [Him].
11:34 My exhorting will not benefit you, much as I may seek to exhort you, if Allah desires to consign you to perversity. He is your Lord, and to Him you shall be brought back.’
11:35 Do they say, ‘He has fabricated it?’ Say, ‘Should I have fabricated it, then my guilt will be upon me, and I am absolved of your guilty conduct.’
11:36 It was revealed to Noah: ‘None of your people will believe except those who already have faith; so do not sorrow for what they used to do.
11:37 Build the ark before Our eyes and by Our revelation, and do not plead with Me for those who are wrongdoers: they shall indeed be drowned.’
11:38 As he was building the ark, whenever the elders of his people passed by him, they would ridicule him. He said, ‘If you ridicule us [today], we shall ridicule you [tomorrow] just as you ridicule us [now].
11:39 Soon you will know whom a disgraceful punishment will overtake and on whom a lasting punishment will descend.’
11:40 When Our edict came and the oven gushed [a stream of water], We said, ‘Carry in it a pair of every kind [of animal], along with your family —except those [of them] against whom the edict has already been given— and those who have faith.’ And none believed with him except a few.
11:41 He said, ‘Board it: In the Name of Allah it shall set sail and cast anchor. Indeed my Lord is all-forgiving, all-merciful.’
11:42 And it sailed along with them amid waves [rising] like mountains. Noah called out to his son, who stood aloof, ‘O my son! ‘Board with us, and do not be with the faithless!’
11:43 He said, ‘I shall take refuge on a mountain; it will protect me from the flood.’ He said, ‘There is none today who can protect from Allah’s edict, except someone upon whom He has mercy.’ Then the waves came between them, and he was among those who were drowned.
11:44 Then it was said, ‘O earth, swallow your water! O sky, leave off!’ The waters receded; the edict was carried out, and it settled on [Mount] Judi. Then it was said, ‘Away with the wrongdoing lot!’
11:45 Noah called out to his Lord, and said, ‘My Lord! My son is indeed from my family. Your promise is indeed true, and You are the fairest of all judges.’
11:46 Said He, ‘O Noah! Indeed He is not of your family. Indeed he is [personification of] unrighteous conduct. So do not ask Me [something] of which you have no knowledge. I advise you lest you should be among the ignorant.’
11:47 He said, ‘My Lord! I seek Your protection lest I should ask You something of which I have no knowledge. If You do not forgive me and have mercy upon me I shall be among the losers.’
11:48 It was said, ‘O Noah! Disembark in peace from Us and with [Our] blessings upon you and upon nations [to descend] from those who are with you, and nations whom We shall provide for, then a painful punishment from Us shall befall them.’
11:49 These are accounts of the Unseen which We reveal to you. Neither you nor your people used to know them before this. So be patient. Indeed the outcome will be in favour of the Godwary.
11:50 And to ‘a€d [We sent] Hud, their brother. He said, ‘O my people! Worship Allah. You have no other god besides Him: you merely fabricate [the deities that you worship].
11:51 ‘O my people! I do not ask you any reward for it. My reward lies only with Him who originated me. Do you not apply reason?
11:52 ‘O my people! Plead with your Lord for forgiveness, then turn to Him penitently: He will send copious rains for you from the sky, and add power to your [present] power. So do not turn your backs [on Him] as guilty ones.’
11:53 They said, ‘O Hud, you have not brought us any manifest proof. We are not going to abandon our gods for what you say, and we are not going to believe you.
11:54 All we say is that some of our gods have visited you with some evil.’ He said, ‘I call Allah to witness —and you too be [my] witnesses— that I repudiate what you take as [His] partners
11:55 besides Him. Now try out your stratagems against me, together, without granting me any respite.
11:56 Indeed I have put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord. There is no living being but He holds it by its forelock. Indeed my Lord is on a straight path.
11:57 But if you turn your backs [on me], then [know that] I have communicated to you whatever I was sent to you with. My Lord will make another people succeed you, and you will not hurt Allah in the least. Indeed my Lord is watchful over all things.’
11:58 And when Our edict came, We delivered Hud and the faithful who were with him, by a mercy from Us, and We delivered them from a harsh punishment.
11:59 Such were [the people of] ‘a€d: they impugned the signs of their Lord and disobeyed His apostles, and followed the dictates of every obdurate tyrant.
11:60 So they were pursued by a curse in this world and on the Day of Resurrection. Look! Indeed ‘a€d defied their Lord. Look! Away with ‘a€d, the people of Hud!
11:61 And to Thamud [We sent] á¹¢aliḥ, their brother. He said, ‘O my people! Worship Allah. You have no other god besides Him. He brought you forth from the earth and made it your habitation. So plead with Him for forgiveness, then turn to Him penitently. My Lord is indeed nearmost [and] responsive.’
11:62 They said, ‘O á¹¢aliḥ! You were a source of hope to us before this. Do you forbid us to worship what our fathers have been worshiping? Indeed we have grave doubts concerning that to which you invite us.’
11:63 He said, ‘O my people! Tell me, should I stand on a manifest proof from my Lord, and He has granted me His own mercy, who will protect me from Allah should I disobey Him? For then you will increase me in nothing but loss.
11:64 O my people! This she-camel of Allah is a sign for you. Let her graze [freely] in Allah’s land, and do not cause her any harm, for then you shall be seized by a prompt punishment.’
11:65 But they hamstrung her, whereupon he said, ‘Enjoy yourselves in your homes for three days: that is a promise not to be belied!’
11:66 So when Our edict came, We delivered á¹¢aliḥ and the faithful who were with him by a mercy from Us, and from the [punishment and] disgrace of that day. Your Lord is indeed the All-strong, the All-mighty.
11:67 The Cry seized those who were wrongdoers, and they lay lifeless prostrate in their homes,
11:68 as if they had never lived there. Look! Indeed Thamud defied their Lord. Look! Away with Thamud!
11:69 Certainly Our messengers came to Abraham with the good news, and said, ‘Peace!’ ‘Peace!’ He replied. Presently he brought [for them] a roasted calf.
11:70 But when he saw their hands not reaching for it, he took them amiss and felt a fear of them. They said, ‘Do not be afraid. We have been sent to the people of Lot.’
11:71 His wife, standing by, laughed as We gave her the good news of [the birth of] Isaac, and of Jacob, after Isaac.
11:72 She said, ‘Oh, my! Shall I, an old woman, bear [children], and [while] this husband of mine is an old man?! That is indeed an odd thing!’
11:73 They said, ‘Are you amazed at Allah’s dispensation? [That is] Allah’s mercy and His blessings upon you, members of the household. Indeed He is all-laudable, all-glorious.’
11:74 So when the awe had left Abraham and the good news had reached him, he pleaded with Us concerning the people of Lot.
11:75 Abraham was indeed most forbearing, plaintive, [and] penitent.
11:76 ‘O Abraham, let this matter alone! Your Lord’s edict has certainly come, and an irrevocable punishment shall overtake them.’
11:77 When Our messengers came to Lot, he was distressed on their account and in a predicament for their sake, and he said, ‘This is a terrible day!’
11:78 Then his people came running toward him, and they had been committing vices aforetime. He said, ‘O my people, these are my daughters: they are purer for you. Be wary of Allah and do not humiliate me with regard to my guests. Is there not a right-minded man among you?’
11:79 They said, ‘You certainly know that we have no interest in your daughters, and indeed you know what we want.’
11:80 He said, ‘If only I had the power to deter you, or could take refuge in a mighty support!’
11:81 They said, ‘O Lot, we are messengers of your Lord. They will never get at you. Set out with your family in a watch of the night; and none of you shall turn round, except your wife; indeed she will be struck by what strikes them. Indeed their tryst is the dawn. Is not the dawn [already] near?’
11:82 So when Our edict came, We made its topmost part its nethermost, and We rained on it stones of laminar shale,
11:83 marked with your Lord [for the profligate], never far from the wrongdoers.
11:84 And to Midian [We sent] Shu‘ayb, their brother. He said, ‘O my people! Worship Allah. You have no other god besides Him. Do not diminish the measure or the balance. Indeed I see that you are faring well, but I fear for you the punishment of an all-embracing day.’
11:85 ‘O my people! Observe fully the measure and the balance, with justice, and do not cheat the people of their goods, and do not act wickedly on the earth, causing corruption.’
11:86 ‘What remains of Allah’s provision is better for you, should you be faithful, and I am not a keeper over you.’
11:87 They said, ‘O Shu‘ayb, does your worship require that we abandon what our fathers have been worshiping, or that we should not do with our wealth whatever we wish? You are indeed [a] gentle and sensible [person].’
11:88 He said, ‘O my people! Have you considered, should I stand on a manifest proof from my Lord, who has provided me a good provision from Himself? I do not wish to oppose you by what I forbid you. I only desire to put things in order, as far as I can, and my success lies only with Allah: in Him I have put my trust, and to Him I turn penitently.
11:89 O my people, do not let your defiance toward me lead you to be visited by the like of what was visited on the people of Noah, or the people of Hud, or the people of á¹¢aliḥ, and the people of Lot are not distant from you.
11:90 Plead with your Lord for forgiveness, then turn to Him penitently. My Lord is indeed all-merciful, all-affectionate.’
11:91 They said, ‘O Shu‘ayb, we do not understand much of what you say. Indeed we see you are weak amongst us, and were it not for your tribe, we would have stoned you, and you are not venerable to us.’
11:92 He said, ‘O my people! Is my tribe more venerable in your sight than Allah, to whom you pay no regard? Indeed my Lord comprehends whatever you do.
11:93 O my people! Act according to your ability; I too am acting. Soon you will know who will be overtaken by a punishment that will disgrace him, and who is a liar. So be on the watch; I too will be watching along with you.’
11:94 And when Our edict came, We delivered Shu‘ayb and the faithful who were with him by a mercy from Us. And the Cry seized those who were wrongdoers, whereat they lay lifeless prostrate in their homes,
11:95 as if they had never lived there. Look! Away with Midian! —just as Thamud was done away with!
11:96 Certainly We sent Moses with Our signs and a manifest authority
11:97 to Pharaoh and his elite, but they followed Pharaoh’s dictates, and Pharaoh’s dictates were not right-minded.
11:98 On the Day of Resurrection he will lead his people and conduct them into the Fire: an evil goal for the incoming!
11:99 They were pursued by a curse in this [world], as well as on the Day of Resurrection; evil is the award conferred [upon them]!
11:100 These are from the accounts of the townships which We recount to you. Of them there are some that still stand, and some that have been mown down.
11:101 We did not wrong them, but they wronged themselves. Of no avail to them were their gods whom they would invoke besides Allah, in any wise, when your Lord’s edict came, and they did not increase them in anything but ruin.
11:102 Such is the seizing of your Lord when He seizes the townships that are wrongdoing. Indeed His seizing is painful, severe.
11:103 There is indeed a sign in that for him who fears the punishment of the Hereafter. That is a day on which all mankind will be gathered, and it is a day witnessed [by all creatures].
11:104 And We do not defer it but for a determinate term.
11:105 The day it comes, no one shall speak except by His leave. [On that day,] some of them will be wretched and [some] felicitous.
11:106 As for the wretched, they shall be in the Fire: their lot therein will be groaning and wailing.
11:107 They shall remain in it for as long as the heavens and the earth endure —except what your Lord may wish; indeed your Lord does whatever He desires.
11:108 As for the felicitous, they will be in paradise. They will remain in it for as long as the heavens and the earth endure —except what your Lord may wish— an endless bounty.
11:109 So do not be in doubt about what these worship: they worship just as their fathers worshiped before, and We shall surely pay them their full share, undiminished.
11:110 Certainly We gave Moses the Book, but differences arose about it, and were it not for a prior decree of your Lord, a decision would have been made between them; indeed they are in grave doubt concerning it.
11:111 Your Lord will indeed recompense everyone fully for their works. Indeed He is well aware of what they do.
11:112 So be steadfast, just as you have been commanded— [you] and whoever has turned [to Allah] with you— and do not overstep the bounds. Indeed He sees best what you do.
11:113 And do not incline toward the wrongdoers, lest the Fire should touch you, and you will not have any friend besides Allah, then you will not be helped.
11:114 Maintain the prayer at the two ends of the day, and during the early hours of the night. Indeed good deeds efface misdeeds. That is an admonition for the mindful.
11:115 And be patient; indeed Allah does not waste the reward of the virtuous.
11:116 Why were there not among the generations before you a remnant [of the wise] who might forbid corruption in the earth, except a few of those whom We delivered from among them? Those who were wrongdoers pursued that in which they had been granted affluence, and they were a guilty lot.
11:117 Your Lord would never destroy the townships unjustly while their inhabitants were bringing about reform.
11:118 Had your Lord wished, He would have made mankind one community; but they continue to differ,
11:119 except those on whom your Lord has mercy —and that is why He created them— and the word of your Lord has been fulfilled: ‘I will surely fill hell with jinn and humans, all together!’
11:120 Whatever We relate to you of the accounts of the apostles are those by which We strengthen your heart, and there has come to you in this [surah] the truth and an advice and admonition for the faithful.
11:121 And say to those who do not have faith, ‘Act according to your ability; we too are acting.
11:122 And wait! We too are waiting.’
11:123 To Allah belongs the Unseen of the heavens and the earth, and to Him all matters are returned. So worship Him and trust in Him. Your Lord is not oblivious of what you do.


   


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