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Alif. Lam. Ra! (This is a) Book, (the Glorious Qur'ân), which We have revealed unto you so that you may bring forth men, by the permission of their Lord, from darkness into light, to the way of the All-Mighty, the Lord of all Praise.
It is Allâh! Unto whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. Woe unto those who lack Faith in Allâh for a dreadful chastisement.
They are the ones who prefer this worldly life over the Hereafter, hinder (people) from the way of Allâh and seek to make it sinuous. They went far astray on the paths of error.
We sent no ‘Messenger’ except with the language of his people in order that he could explain to them clearly. Allâh then sends astray whomsoever He wills, and guides (into all the truth) whomsoever He wills. He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.
We verily sent ‘Moses’ with Our ‘Revelations’, (commanding): "Bring out your people from darkness into the light, and remind them of the days of Allâh. Verily, in this are signs (of Allâh’s authority) for all who persist in patience and constancy and express their deepest gratitude (to Allâh for His endless blessings).
(Recall) when Moses said unto his people: "Remember the grace of your Lord to you when He saved you from the clan of ‘Pharaoh’, who were afflicting you with dreadful torment, slaughtering your sons and sparing your women alive. It was an overwhelming ordeal from your Lord."
(Remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If it happens that you show gratitude, I will give you more, and if you fall in disbelief, then My retribution will be absolutely severe."
‘Moses’ said: "If you act impiously (toward your Lord), then you, and all on the earth together, (will need to know that) Allâh is absolutely Self-sufficient, Lord of all Praise."
Have you not heard about those before you, the people of ‘Noah’, ‘A’ad’ and ‘Thamūd’, and those after them? No one knows them except for Allâh. Their ‘Messengers’ came to them with the full knowledge of the Truth, but thrust their hands into their mouths and said: “Indeed, we are not going to believe in that with which you have been sent, and seriously we are in grave doubt concerning that to which you invite us.”
Their ‘Messengers’ said: “What! Is there any doubt concerning Allâh, the Creator of the heavens and earth? He invites you in order to forgive your sins and to respite you until an appointed term.” They said: "You are only human beings like us. You seek to divert us from what our fathers used to worship (& venerate). Thus, bring us an evident proof (of what you say)."
Their ‘Messengers’ said unto them: "We are not more than human beings like yourselves, but Allâh bestows His grace upon whomsoever He wills of His servants. It is not (possible) for us to bring you an authority without the permission of Allâh. Thus, Let those who adhere to monotheism depend on Allâh with full trust.
Why should we not depend on Allâh with full trust when He guided us in our ways? We will certainly endure the hurt you cause us, and in Allâh (Alone), let those who trust, put their trust."
Those who excessively indulge in disbelief in Allâh said unto their ‘Messengers’: “ If it happens that you revert not to our creed, we will definitely drive you out from our land.” Thus, their Lord inspired them: “Verily, We are going to destroy those who are grossly unfair and morally wrong.
Verily, We are going to make you dwell in the land after them. This is for those who show honor and reverence for the majestic glory of Allâh and take heed of His warnings.”
They sought victory and help (from Allâh), and every supercilious tyrant brought destruction to himself.
In front of him is ‘Gehenna’, and he will be made to drink scalding water.
He will gulp it little by little, being incapable of swallowing it. And death surrounds him on all sides, yet he dies not. And before him is ruthless chastisement.
The parable of those who lack faith in their Lord is that their deeds are as ashes on which the wind blows violently on a stormy day. Thus, they are incapable of getting anything from what they earned. That is straying far away.
Do you not see that Allâh has created the heavens and earth for a certain reason? If He willed, He could eliminate you and bring (instead of you) a new creation.
That is not too difficult for Allâh.
They will all stand before Allâh ( on the ‘Day of Judgment’ ), then the weak will say unto those who used to display an arrogant attitude: “We were your followers, so can you avail us anything against the chastisement of Allâh? They will say: “If Allâh had guided us, we would have definitely guided you. It is all the same for us whether we flare up or endure (the chastisement) with patience, there is no place of refuge for us."
The devil will say when the matter has been decided: "Verily, Allâh promised you a promise of truth, and I too promised, but I failed in my promise to you..I had no power over you, except for that I called you and you responded to me. Therefore, blame me not, but blame yourselves. I am incapable of helping you; neither are you incapable of helping me. Verily, I deny your former allegations about associating me as a partner with Allâh. Verily, an agonizing chastisement awaits those who are grossly unfair and morally wrong.
Those who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism, and do righteous acts (in this ‘worldly life’), will be admitted into gardens underneath which rivers flow, therein they will abide by the permission of their Lord, their greeting therein: "Peace!"
Have you not considered how Allâh sets forth a parable of a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly established and its branches rising up into the sky?
It yields its fruit in each season by the permission of its Lord. Allâh sets forth parables for people, so that they may celebrate the Praises of Allâh and declare His indefinite glory.
The parable of an evil word is that of a bad tree uprooted from the surface of earth possessing no stability.
Allâh entrenches the Faith of those who accept Him into their life with the Firm Word in this ‘worldly life’ and in the ‘Hereafter’. Allâh will cause those who are grossly unfair and morally wrong to go astray. And Allâh does whatever He wills.
Have you not seen those who have converted the (endless) blessings of Allâh into disbelief, and led their own people to dwell in the chamber of ruin?
(It is) ‘Gehenna’, in which they will burn. Evil indeed is the abode!
They set up equals with Allâh in order to mislead the people from His path. Say: "Enjoy yourselves (for a while)! Verily, your destination is the inferno."
Tell My servants who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism to establish the regular prayer, and to expand from what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, before the coming of a day in which there will be neither selling nor befriending.
Allâh is the One Who created the heavens and earth, sent down from the sky water, brought forth with it fruits as a sustenance for you, made the ships subservient to you to sail through the sea by His Command and made (also) the rivers subservient to you
He made the sun and the moon, constant in their courses, subservient to you. He (also) made the day and night subservient to you.
He gives you of all you ask of Him. If it happens that you (intend to) count the blessings of your Lord, you will not be able to compute them. Verily, man is subdued to injustice and ingratitude.
(Recall) when ‘Abraham’ said: "O’ my Lord, make this city (‘Mecca’) safe, and keep me and my sons away from serving ( & venerating) idols.
My Lord, they have indeed led astray so many people. However, howsoever follows me is certainly of me. Whosoever refuses to follow me (needs to know that) you are absolutely Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Our Lord, I have made some of my descendants to dwell in a valley, 'not possessing crops or plants' namely, ‘Mecca’, by Your ‘Sacred House’, that they may establish prayer. Thus, make the hearts of some people to feel favorably disposed toward them and provide them with fruits, that they may be grateful (to You for your endless blessings).
Our Lord, indeed You know whatever we keep from sight and whatever we divulge. And nothing is hidden from Allâh whether is on the earth or in the heavens.
All the praises and gratitude belong to Allâh, Who has given me, despite my old age, ‘Ishmael’ and ‘Isaac’! Verily! My Lord is absolutely the All-Hearer of supplication.
My Lord, make me one who establishes prayer, and (also) from my offspring. O’ our Lord, accept my supplication and prayer!
Our Lord, forgive me and my parents, and the Monotheistic Believers on the day when the reckoning will come to pass!”
Deem not that Allâh is oblivious to what the iniquitous do. He only gives them a respite until a day when the eyes will stare in horror.
(They will be) hastening forward, their heads upraised, their glimpse returning not to them, and their hearts becoming void.
Warn, the people of a day when the chastisement will come to them, then the ones who are grossly unfair and morally wrong will say: "Our Lord, reprieve us for a little while. We will respond to Your call and follow the ‘Messengers’!" (It will be said): "Did you not swear before that there would be no end for you?”
You lived in the dwellings of those who wronged their own selves, although it was clear to you how We dealt with them and made examples for you.
They hatched a plot ( to murder the ‘Prophet’), but all their crafty scheme is within the knowledge of Allâh, even if their crafty scheme was such that the mountains could be moved thereby.
Thus, deem not that Allâh will fail in His promise to His ‘Messengers’. Indeed, Allâh is All-Mighty, Lord of Retribution.
On the day when the earth will be changed into a different earth and so will be the heavens, and they (-all creatures-) will be brought before Allâh , the One, the Omnipotent.
You will see the ungodly sinners, on that day, chained in shackles.
Their clothes will be made of tar; and fire will cover their faces.
That Allâh may requite each ‘Human Self’ according to what it has earned. Indeed, Allâh is Swift at reckoning.
This, (Qur’ān), is a proclamation for the people, that they may be warned thereby, that they may know that He is only One God, and that those who possess high self-awareness may celebrate the Praises of Allâh and declare His indefinite glory.
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