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Alif Lam Ra. This is a Book which WE have revealed to thee that thou mayest bring mankind out of the depths of darkness into light, by the command of their Lord, to the path of the Mighty, the Praiseworthy -
The path of ALLAH to Whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. And woe to the disbelievers for a terrible punishment
Those who prefer the present life to the Hereafter, and hinder men from the way of ALLAH and seek to make it crooked. It is these who have gone far off in error
And WE have not sent any Messenger except with revelation in the language of his people in order that he might make things clear to them. Then ALLAH leaves to go astray whom HE wills and guides whom HE wills. And HE is the Mighty, the Wise
And WE sent Moses with Our Signs, saying, `Bring forth thy people from the depths of darkness into light and remind them of the days of ALLAH.' Surely, therein are Signs for every patient and thankful person
And call to mind when Moses said to his people, `Remember ALLAH's favour upon you when HE delivered you from Pharaoh's people who afflicted you with grievous torment, slaying your sons and sparing your women; and in that there was a great trial for you from your Lord.
And when your Lord declared: `If you are grateful, I will surely bestow more favours on you; but if you are ungrateful, then know that MY punishment is severe indeed.
And Moses said, `If you disbelieve, you and those who are in the earth all together, you can do no harm to ALLAH; verily, ALLAH is Self-Sufficient, Praiseworthy.
Have not the tidings come to you of those before you, the people of Noah and the tribes of Ad and Thamud and those after them? None knows them now save ALLAH. Their Messengers came to them with clear Signs, but they trust their hands into their mouths and said, `We disbelieve in what you have sent with and surely, we are disquieting doubt concerning that to which you call us.
The Messengers said, `Are you in doubt concerning ALLAH, Maker of the heavens and the earth? HE calls you that HE may forgive you your sins and grant you respite till an appointed term.' They said, `You are but mortals like us, you desire to turn us away from that which our fathers used to worship. Bring us, then, some clear proof.
Their Messengers said to them, `We are indeed only mortals like you but ALLAH bestows HIS favours on whomsoever HE wills from among HIS servants. And it is not for us to bring you a proof except by the permission of ALLAH. And in ALLAH alone should the believers put their trust
`And why should we not put our trust in ALLAH when HE has showed us our appropriate ways? And we will, surely, bear with patience all the harm you do to us. So, in ALLAH let those who trust put their trust.
And those who disbelieved said to their Messengers, `We will surely, expel you from our land unless you return to our religion.' Then their Lord sent unto them the revelation: `We will surely destroy the wrongdoers
`And WE shall, surely, make you dwell in the land after them. This promise is for him who fears to stand before MY Tribunal and fears MY warning.
And they prayed for victory, and every haughty enemy of truth came to naught
Before him is Hell; and he shall be made to drink boiling water
He shall sip it in and shall not be able to swallow it easily. And death shall come to him from every quarter, yet he shall not die. And besides that there shall be for him a severe chastisement
The case of those who disbelieve in their Lord is that their works are like ashes, on which wind blows violently on a stormy day. They shall have no power over what they earn. That, indeed, is utter ruin
Dost thou not see that ALLAH created the heaven and the earth in accordance with the requirements of wisdom? If HE please, HE can do away with you, and bring a new creation
And that is not at all difficult for ALLAH
They shall all appear before ALLAH; then shall those who were considered weak say to those who were arrogant, `Surely, we were your followers can you not them avail us aught against ALLAH's punishment?' They will say, `If ALLAH had guided us, we should have, surely, guided you. It is the same for us whether we show impatience or are patient, there is no way of escape for us.
And when the matter is decided, Satan will say, `ALLAH promised you a promise of truth, But I promised you and failed you. I had no power over you, except that I called you and you obeyed me. So blame me not, but blame your ownselves. I cannot succour you nor can you succour me. I have already disclaimed your associating me with ALLAH. For the wrongdoers there shall, surely, be a grievous punishment.
And those who believe and act righteously, will be admitted into Gardens through which streams flow, wherein they will abide by the command of their Lord. Their greeting therein for each other will be, `Peace be on you.
Dost thou not see how ALLAH sets forth a parable of a good word? It is like a good tree, whose root is firm and whose branches reach into heaven
It brings forth its fruit at all times by the command of its Lord. And ALLAH sets forth parables for men that they may be reminded
And the case of an evil word, is like that of an evil tree, which is uprooted from above the earth and has no stability
ALLAH strengthens the believers with the word that is firmly established, both in the present life and in the Hereafter; and ALLAH lets the wrongdoers go astray. And ALLAH does what HE wills
Dost thou not see those who changed ALLAH's favour for ingratitude and landed their people into the abode of ruin
Into Hell. They shall burn therein; and an evil place of rest it is
And they have set up rivals to ALLAH to lead people astray from HIS way. Say, `Enjoy yourselves a while, then, surely, your journey is toward the Fire.
Say to My servants who believe that they should observe Prayer, and spend out of what WE have given them, secretly and openly, before there comes a day where there will be neither bargaining nor friendship
ALLAH is HE Who created the heavens and the earth and caused water to come down from the clouds, and brought forth therewith fruits for your sustenance, and HE has subjected to you the ships that they may sail through the sea by HIS command, and the rivers too has HE subjected to you
And HE has also subjected to you the sun and the moon, both performing their functions constantly. And HE has subjected to you the night as well as the day
And HE gives you all that you ask of HIM, and if you try to count the favours of ALLAH, you will not be able to number them. Verily man is very unjust, very ungrateful
And call to mind when Abraham said, `My Lord, make this a city of peace, and preserve me and my children from worshiping idols
`My Lord, they have indeed led astray many among mankind. So whoever follows me, he is certainly of me; and whoever disobeys me Thou art, surely, Most Forgiving, Merciful
`Our Lord, I have settled some of my progeny in an uncultivable valley near Thy Sacred House. - Our Lord, - that they may observe Prayer. So make men's heart incline towards them and provide them with fruits that they may be thankful
`Our Lord, certainly, Thou knowest what we keep secret and what we make known. And nothing whatever is hidden from ALLAH, whether in the earth or the heaven
`All praise belongs to ALLAH Who has given me, despite my old age, Ishmael and Isaac. Surely, my Lord is the Hearer of Prayer
`My Lord make me constant in observing Prayer, and my children too. Our Lord ! bestow thy grace on me and accept my prayer
`Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and the believers on the day when the reckoning will take place.
And think not that ALLAH is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. HE only gives them respite till the day on which their eyes will fixedly stare in horror
They will hurry along in fright, raising up their heads, their gaze not returning to them, and their hearts utterly void
And warn people of the day when the promised chastisement will come upon them, and the wrongdoers will say, Our Lord, grant us respite for a short term, we will respond to thy call and will follow the Messengers.' HE will say, `Did you not swear before this that you would never have a fall
`And you dwell in the dwellings of those who wronged themselves and it has become plain to you how WE dealt with them; and WE set forth clear parables for you.
And they have tried all their designs; but their designs are with ALLAH. And even though their designs be such as to make the mountains move, they will not succeed
Think not then that ALLAH will ever fail to keep HIS promise to HIS Messengers. Surely, ALLAH is Mighty, Lord of retribution
On the day when this earth will be changed into another earth, and the heavens too; and they will appear before ALLAH, the One, the Most Supreme
And thou wilt see the guilty on that day bound in chains
Their garments will be, as if, of pitch and the fire shall envelop their faces
This will be so that ALLAH may requite each soul for what it has wrought. Surely, ALLAH is swift at reckoning
This is a sufficient admonition for mankind that they may benefit by it and that they may be warned thereby, and that they may know that HE is the only One God and that those possessed of understanding may take heed