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23:1  Prosperous are the believer
23:2  who in their prayers are humbl
23:3  and from idle talk turn awa
23:4  and at almsgiving are activ
23:5  and guard their private part
23:6  save from their wives and what their right hands own then being not blameworth
23:7  (but whosoever seeks after more than that, those are the transgressors
23:8  and who preserve their trusts and their covenan
23:9  and who observe their prayers
23:10  Those are the inheritor
23:11  who shall inherit Paradise therein dwelling forever
23:12  We created man of an extraction of clay
23:13  then We set him, a drop, in a receptacle secure
23:14  then We created of the drop a clot then We created of the clot a tissue then We created of the tissue bones then We garmented the bones in flesh; thereafter We produced him as another creature. So blessed be God, the fairest of creators
23:15  Then after that you shall surely die
23:16  then on the Day of Resurrection you shall surely be raised up
23:17  And We created above you seven ways, and We were not heedless of creation
23:18  And We sent down out of heaven water in measure and lodged it in the earth; and We are able to take it away
23:19  Then We produced for you therewith gardens of palms and vines wherein are many fruits for you, and of them you eat
23:20  and a tree issuing from the Mount of Sinai that bears oil and seasoning for all to eat
23:21  And surely in the cattle there is a lesson for you; We give you to drink of what is in their bellies, and many uses there are in them for you, and of them you eat
23:22  and upon them, and on the ships, you are borne
23:23  And We sent Noah to his people; and he, said, 'O my people, serve God! You have no god other than He. Will you not be godfearing?"
23:24  Said the Council of the unbelievers of his people, 'This is naught but a mortal like yourselves, who desires to gain superiority over you. And if God willed, He would have sent down angels. We never heard of this among, our fathers, the ancients
23:25  He is naught but a man bedevilled; so wait on him for a time
23:26  He said, 'O my Lord, help me, for that they cry me lies.
23:27  Then We said to him, 'Make thou the Ark under Our eyes and as We reveal, and then, when Our command comes and the Oven boils, insert in it two of every kind and thy, family -- except for him against whom the word already has been spoken; and address Me not concerning those who have done evil; they shall be drowned
23:28  Then, when thou art seated in the Ark and those with thee, say, "Praise belongs to God, who has delivered us from the people of the evildoers."
23:29  And say, "'O my Lord, do Thou harbour me in a blessed harbour, for Thou art the best of harbourers."
23:30  Surely in that are signs, and surely We put to the test
23:31  Thereafter, after them, We produced another generation
23:32  and We sent amongst them a Messenger of themselves, saying, 'Serve God! You have no god other than He. Will you not be godfearing?
23:33  Said the Council of the unbelievers of his people, who cried lies to the encounter of the world to come, and to whom We had given ease in the present' life, 'This is naught but a mortal like yourselves, who eats of what you eat and drinks of what you drink
23:34  If you obey a mortal like yourselves, then you will be losers
23:35  What, does he promise you that when you are dead, and become dust and bones, you shall be brought forth
23:36  Away, away with that you are promised
23:37  There is nothing but our present life; we die, and we live, and we shall not be raised up
23:38  He is naught but a man who has forged against God a lie, and we will not believe him.
23:39  He said, 'O my Lord, help me, for that they cry me lies.
23:40  He said, 'In a little they will be remorseful.
23:41  And the Cry seized them justly, and We made them as scum; so away with the people of the evildoers
23:42  Thereafter, after them, We produced other generations
23:43  no nation outstrips its term, nor do they put it back
23:44  Then sent We Our Messengers successively; whenever its Messenger came to a nation they cried him lies, so We caused some of them to follow others, and We made them as but tales; so away with a people who do not believe
23:45  Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron with Our signs and a manifest authorit
23:46  unto Pharaoh and his Council; but they waxed proud, and they were a lofty people
23:47  and they said, 'What, shall we believe two mortals like ourselves, whose people are our servants?
23:48  So they cried them lies, and they were among the destroyed
23:49  And We gave Moses the Book, that haply they would be guided
23:50  and We made Mary's son, and his mother, to be a sign, and gave them refuge upon a height, where was a hollow and a spring
23:51  'O Messengers, eat of the good things and do righteousness; surely I know the things you do
23:52  Surely this community of yours is one community, and I am your Lord; so fear Me.
23:53  But they split in their affair between them into sects, each party rejoicing in what is with them
23:54  So leave thou them in their perplexity for a time
23:55  What, do they think that We succour them with of wealth and children
23:56  We vie in good works for them? Nay, but they are not aware
23:57  Surely those who tremble in fear of their Lor
23:58  and those who believe in the signs of their Lor
23:59  and those who associate naught with their Lor
23:60  and those who give what they give, their hearts quaking that they are returning to their Lord -
23:61  those vie in good works, outracing to them
23:62  We charge not any soul save to its capacity, and with Us is a Book speaking truth, and they shall not be wronged
23:63  Nay, but their hearts are in perplexity as to this, and they have deeds besides that that they are doing
23:64  Till, when We seize with the chastisement the ones of them that live at ease, behold, they groan
23:65  'Groan not today; surely you shall not be helped from Us
23:66  My signs were recited to you, but upon your heels you withdrew
23:67  waxing proud against it, talking foolish talk by night.
23:68  Have they not pondered the saying, or came there upon them that which came not upon their fathers, the ancients
23:69  Or did they not recognise their Messenger and so denied him
23:70  Or do they say, 'He is bedevilled'? Nay, he has brought them the truth, but most of them are averse from the truth
23:71  Had the truth followed their caprices, the heavens and the earth and whosoever in them is had surely corrupted. Nay, We brought them their Remembrance, but from their Remembrance they turned
23:72  Or dost thou ask them for tribute? Yet the tribute of thy Lord is better, and He is the best of providers
23:73  Assuredly thou art calling them to a straight path
23:74  and surely they that believe not in the world to come are deviating from the path
23:75  Did We have mercy on them, and remove the affliction that is upon them, they would persist in their insolence wandering blindly
23:76  We already seized them with the chastisement, yet they abased not themselves to their Lord nor were they humble
23:77  until, when We open against them a door of terrible chastisement, lo, they are sore confounded at it
23:78  It is He who produced for you hearing, and eyes, and hearts; little thanks you show
23:79  It is He who scattered you in the earth, and to Him you shall be mustered
23:80  It is He who gives life, and makes to die, and to Him belongs the alternation of night and day; what, will you not understand
23:81  Nay, but they said the like of what the ancients said
23:82  They said, 'What, when we are dead and become dust and bones, shall we be indeed raised up
23:83  We and our fathers have been promised this before; this is naught but the fairy-tales of the ancients.
23:84  Say: 'Whose is the earth, and whoso is in it, if you have knowledge?
23:85  They will say, God's.' Say: 'Will you not then remember?
23:86  Say: 'Who is the Lord of the seven heavens and the Lord of the mighty Throne?
23:87  They will say, 'God's.' Say: 'Will you not then be godfearing?
23:88  Say: 'In whose hand is the dominion of everything, protecting and Himself unprotected, if you have knowledge?
23:89  They will say, 'God's.' Say: 'How then are you bewitched
23:90  Nay, but We brought them the truth and they are truly liars
23:91  God has not taken to Himself any son, nor is there any god with Him; for then each god would have taken off that he created and some of them would have risen up over others; glory to be God, beyond that they describe
23:92  who has knowledge of the Unseen and the Visible; high exalted be He, above that they associate
23:93  Say: 'O my Lord, if Thou shouldst show me that they are promised
23:94  O my Lord, put me not among the people of the evildoers.
23:95  Assuredly, We are able to show thee that We promise them
23:96  Repel thou the evil with that which is fairer. We Ourselves know very well that they describe
23:97  And say: 'O my Lord, I take refuge in Thee from the evil suggestions of the Satans
23:98  and I take refuge in Thee, O my Lord, lest they attend me.
23:99  Till, when death comes to one of them, he says, 'My Lord, return me
23:100  haply I shall do righteousness in that I forsook.' Nay, it is but a word he speaks; and there; behind them, is a barrier until the day that they shall be raised up
23:101  For when the Trumpet is blown, that day there shall be no kinship any more between them, neither will they question one another
23:102  Then he whose scales are heavy -- they are the prosperers
23:103  and he whose scales are light -- they have lost their souls in Gehenna dwelling forever
23:104  the Fire smiting their faces the while they glower there
23:105  'What, were My signs not recited to you, and you cried them lies?
23:106  They shall say, 'Our Lord, our adversity prevailed over us; we were an erring people
23:107  Our Lord, bring us forth out of it! Then, if we revert, we shall be evildoers indeed.
23:108  'Slink you into it,' He shall say, 'and do not speak to Me
23:109  There is a party of My servants who said, "Our Lord, we believe; therefore forgive us, and have mercy on us, for Thou art the best of the merciful."
23:110  But you took them for a laughing-stock, till they made you forget My remembrance, mocking at them
23:111  Now today I have recompensed them for their patient endurance; they are the triumphant.
23:112  He shall say, 'How long have you tarried in the earth, by number of years?
23:113  They shall say, 'We have tarried a day, or part of a day; ask the numberers!
23:114  He shall say, 'You have tarried but a little, did you know
23:115  What, did you think that We created you only for sport, and that you would not be returned to Us?
23:116  Then high exalted be God, the King, the True! There is no god but He? the Lord of the noble Throne
23:117  And whosoever calls upon another god with God, whereof he has no proof, his reckoning is with his Lord; surely the unbelievers shall not prosper
23:118  And say: 'My Lord, forgive and have mercy, for Thou art the best of the merciful.