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al-Mu`minun (The Believers)
as rendered by Hamid S. Aziz
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Hamid S. Aziz rendition of Surah The Believers(al-Mu`minun)
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23:1 Successful indeed are the believers (or the believers will eventually win)
23:2 Who in their prayers are humble,
23:3 And who shun vain talk,
23:4 And who are constantly active in charitable works.
23:5 And who abstain from sexual immodesty (or guard their modesty or chastity or sexual purity).
23:6 Except for with those joined with them in marriage or the captive whom their right hand possesses, for then, verily, they are free from blame.
23:7 But whoever craves aught beyond that, they are the transgressors
23:8 And those who faithfully observe their trusts and covenants,
23:9 And who guard well (pay heed to) their prayers:
23:10 These will be the heirs,
23:11 Who shall inherit Paradise; they shall dwell therein.
23:12 We have created man from an extract of clay;
23:13 Then We made him a drop (sperm) in a safe depository (the womb);
23:14 Then We made the drop into a clot, and We made the clot into a lump (foetus); then We made the lump into bone, and We clothed the bone with flesh; then We produced from it another creature. Blessed be Allah, the best of Creators.
23:15 Then shall you after that surely die;
23:16 Then, lo! On the Day of Resurrection shall you surely be raised.
23:17 And We have created above you seven paths; and We are never heedless of creation.
23:18 And We send down from the heaven water by measure, and We make it rest in the earth; but, verily, We are able to withdraw it.
23:19 Then We produce for you thereby gardens of date-palms and grapes wherein you have much fruits, and whereof you eat.
23:20 And a tree growing out of Mount Sinai (Olives) which produces oil, and a relish for eaters.
23:21 And, verily, you have a lesson in the cattle; We give you to drink of what is in their bodies; and you have therein many uses, and of them you eat,
23:22 And on them and on ships you are carried.
23:23 We sent Noah unto his people, and he said, "O my people! Serve Allah, you have no God but Him; do you then not fear (evil)?"
23:24 Said the chiefs of those who disbelieved among his people, "This is nothing but a mortal like yourselves who wishes to make himself superior to you. Had Allah pleased He could surely have sent angels. We have not heard of this from our forefathers.
23:25 "He is nothing but a man possessed; so watch him for a while."
23:26 Said he, "My Lord! Help me, for they deny me."
23:27 And We inspired him, saying "Make the ark under Our eyes and Our inspiration; and when the oven (of Allah´s wrath) boils over (or the fountains or springs of the earth are about to gush forth), conduct into it of every kind two spouses, and you
23:28 "But when you are settled, you and those with you in the ark, say, "Praise belongs to Allah, Who saved us from the unjust people."
23:29 "And say, ´My Lord! Cause me to land on a blessed landing place, for you are the best of all who bring to land.´"
23:30 Verily, in this is a sign, and, verily, We are ever trying them (mankind).
23:31 Then We raised up after them another generation;
23:32 And We sent amongst them a messenger of their own (or from among them), saying, "Serve Allah, you have no God but He; will you then not fear (evil)?"
23:33 Said the chiefs of the people who disbelieved, and denied the meeting in the Hereafter, and to whom We gave enjoyment in the life of this world, "This is only 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, verily, you will then be surely losers.
23:35 "Does he promise you that when you are dead, and have become dust and bones, that then you will be brought forth?
23:36 "Be gone, be gone, with that which you are promised (or it is far-fetched).
23:37 "There is only our life in this world. We die and we live, and we shall not be raised again.
23:38 "He is only a man who invents a lie about Allah. And we believe him not."
23:39 Said he, "My Lord! Help me, for they deny me."
23:40 He said, "Within a little while they will surely be sorry!"
23:41 Then the blast seized them rightfully; and We made them as rubbish borne by a torrent (of Time); so, away with the wrong-doing people!
23:42 Then after them We brought forth other generations.
23:43 No nation (or people) can hasten its appointed term, nor delay it.
23:44 Then We sent Our messengers one after another. Whenever its messenger came unto any nation they denied him; so We caused them to follow one another (to disaster); and We made them bywords. Away then with a people who believe not!
23:45 Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron with Our signs, and with plain authority
23:46 To Pharaoh and his chiefs, but they were inflated with pride, and were a despotic people.
23:47 And they said, "Shall we believe two mortals like ourselves, and whose people are servile unto us?"
23:48 So they accused them of lying, and became of those who perished.
23:49 And We verily gave Moses the Book, that per chance (or possibly) they might be guided.
23:50 And We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign; and We gave them both shelter on high, a place of security and springs.
23:51 O you messengers! Eat of the good things and do right; verily, I am aware of what you do.
23:52 And, verily, this your religion (or brotherhood) is one religion (or brotherhood), and I am your Lord; so keep your duty unto Me.
23:53 But they (mankind) have broken their religion (or affair) between them into sects, each sect rejoicing in its own tenets.
23:54 So leave them in their confused error (or ignorance) for a time.
23:55 Think they that in the wealth and children, wherewith We provide them
23:56 We hasten unto them with good things? Nay, but they perceive not.
23:57 Verily, those who walk in awe of their Lord,
23:58 And those who believe in the revelations of their Lord,
23:59 And those who ascribe not partners unto their Lord
23:60 And those who give what they give with heart afraid because they are about to return unto their Lord,
23:61 These race to good things, and they shall be the first in the race.
23:62 But We will not oblige a soul beyond its capacity; for with us is a Record that utters the truth, and they shall not be wronged.
23:63 Nay, their heart are in ignorance of this, and they do deeds beside this which they continue to do,
23:64 Until, when We catch the affluent ones amongst them with the punishment, then lo! They cry in supplication.
23:65 Supplicate not this day! Assuredly, you will not be helped by (or against) Us.
23:66 My revelations were recited to you, but you turned back upon your heels,
23:67 In arrogant scorn thereof, raving vain nonsensical tales by night.
23:68 Have they not pondered over the words, or has something new come unto them which came not to their forefathers?
23:69 Or know they not their messenger that they thus deny him?
23:70 Or do they say, "He is possessed"? Nay, but he came to them with the Truth, and most of them are haters of Truth.
23:71 But if the truth were to conform to their desires, verily, the heavens and the earth and whoever is therein would be corrupted. Nay, We brought them their Reminder (The Quran), but from their Reminder they now turn away.
23:72 Or do you ask them for a tribute? But the bounty of your Lord is better, for He is the best of those who provide.
23:73 And, verily, you do call them to the Straight Way;
23:74 But, verily, those who believe not in the Hereafter, they are indeed astray from that Way.
23:75 But if We had mercy on them, and relieved their distress, they still would persist in their rebellion, blindly wandering on.
23:76 And We caught them with the punishment, but they humble not themselves before their Lord, nor do they pray,
23:77 Until, when We open for them the gate of extreme torment, then lo! They are plunged into despair.
23:78 He it is who produced for you hearing and sight, and heart (or feelings, understanding, mind). Little thanks give you.
23:79 And He it is Who has sown you broadcast in the earth, and unto Him shall you be gathered.
23:80 And He it is Who gives you life and death; and His is the alternation of the night and the day; have you then no sense?
23:81 Nay, but they say the like of that which those of yore did say.
23:82 They said, "What! When we have become earth and bones, are we then going to be raised again?
23:83 "We were already promised this, we and our forefathers. Lo! this is naught but old folks´ tales!"
23:84 Say, "Whose is the earth and those who are therein, if you have knowledge?"
23:85 They will say, "Allah´s." Say, "Will you then not remember?"
23:86 Say, "Who is Lord of the seven heavens, and Lord of the Mighty Throne?"
23:87 They will say, "Allah." Say, "Will you then not keep your duty unto Him?"
23:88 Say, "In whose hand is the dominion over all things; He succours (or protects) but is not succoured (or needs no protection or against whom there is no protection), if you did but know?"
23:89 They will say, "Allah´s". Say, "How then can you be so deluded?"
23:90 Nay, We have brought them the Truth, but, verily, they are Liars!
23:91 Allah never took a son, nor was there ever any God with Him; else would each God have assuredly gone off with (or championed, controlled) that which he had created, and some would assuredly have exalted themselves over (or overcome) others. Glorified be A
23:92 Knower of the invisible and the visible, exalted be He above what they associate with Him!
23:93 Say, "My Lord! if you should show me what they are promised,
23:94 My Lord! Then place me not amongst the wrong-doing people."
23:95 And verily We are able to show you that which We have promised them.
23:96 Repel evil by that which is best. We are best Aware of that which they allege.
23:97 And say, "My Lord! I seek refuge in Thee from the suggestions of the devils;
23:98 And I seek refuge in Thee from their presence!"
23:99 Until when death comes to any one of them he says, "My Lord! Send me back,
23:100 That I may do right in that which I have left behind." Nay! It is but a mere word he speaks; behind them is a barrier until the Day they shall be raised.
23:101 And when the trumpet shall be blown, and there shall be no kinship between them on that day, nor will they ask about each other then!
23:102 And those whose scales are heavy (with good deeds), they are the successful.
23:103 But those whose scales are light, these are they who lose their souls, in hell will they abide.
23:104 The fire shall scorch their faces, and they shall curl their lips (in gloom) therein.
23:105 (It will be said) "Were not My revelations recited to you? And did you not treat them as falsehoods?"
23:106 They will say, "Our Lord our misfortune overcame us, and we became a people astray.
23:107 "Our Lord! Take us out of this, and if we return to evil, then shall we be unjust indeed."
23:108 He will say, "Be gone into it, and speak you not to Me."
23:109 "Verily, there was a sect of My servants who used to pray, "Our Lord! We believe, so forgive us, and have mercy upon us, for Thou art the best of the merciful ones."
23:110 "But you took them for a jest (treated them with ridicule) until you forgot My reminder and did laugh at them.
23:111 "Verily, I have rewarded them this day that they were steadfast; verily, they are indeed triumphant, blissful now.
23:112 He will say, "How long a number of years did you tarry on earth?"
23:113 They will say, "We tarried but a day or part of a day, but ask those who keep count."
23:114 He will say, "You have only tarried a little, if you but knew.
23:115 "Did you then think that We created you for jest (or sport, without purpose), and that you would not be returned to Us?"
23:116 But exalted be Allah, the True King; there is no God but He, the Lord of the Noble Throne (or Throne of Honour)!
23:117 He who calls unto any other God along with Allah has no proof thereof; verily, his account is only with his Lord; verily, the disbelievers shall not be successful.
23:118 And say, "Lord, Forgive and have mercy, for you are the best of the merciful ones!"


   


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