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23:1  Triumphant indeed are the believers
23:2  who are submissive to God in their prayers
23:3  who avoid impious talks
23:4  pay their religious ta
23:5  and restrain their carnal desire
23:6  except with their spouses and slave-girls. The practice of carnal relations is lawful with them
23:7  Those who desire to go beyond such limits they commit transgression
23:8  those who are true to their trust
23:9  to their promise
23:10  and who are steadfast in their prayer
23:11  These are the heirs of Paradise wherein they will live forever
23:12  We have created the human being from an extract of cla
23:13  which was then turned into a living germ and placed in safe depository
23:14  The living germ, then, was turned into a shapeless lump of flesh from which bones were formed. The bones, then, were covered with flesh. At this stage, We caused it to become another creature. All blessings belong to God, the best Creator
23:15  Thereafter you will certainly di
23:16  and you will be brought back to life again on the Day of Resurrection
23:17  We have created seven heavens above you and have never been neglectful to Our Creation
23:18  We have sent a measure of water from the sky to stay on earth and We have the power to take it away
23:19  We have established for you gardens of palm trees and vineyards with this water with many fruits for you to consume
23:20  We have also created for you the tree that grows on Mount Sinai which produces oil and relish for those who use it
23:21  There is a lesson for you concerning cattle. We provide you with drink from their bellies and many other benefits. You can consume them as meat
23:22  You are carried by the animals on land and by the ships in the sea
23:23  We sent Noah to his people who said, "My people, worship God for He is your only Lord. Will you then not have fear of Him?"
23:24  The chiefs of the unbelievers said to the others, "He is a mere mortal like you. He wants only to be superior to you. Had God wanted He would have sent the angels (instead of him). We have never heard from our fathers anything like what he says
23:25  He is only an insane person. Wait for some time. Perhaps he will come to his senses."
23:26  Noah prayed, "Lord, help me; they have called me a liar"
23:27  We inspired him, saying, "Build the Ark before Our eyes and by the instruction of Our revelation. When our decree comes to pass and water comes forth from the Oven, embark in the Ark with a pair of every kind of animals and your family except those already doomed (to perish). Do not plead with Me for the unjust; they will be drowned."
23:28  When all of you settle in the Ark, say, "Only God Who has saved us from the unjust people deserves all praise"
23:29  Say, "Lord, grant us a blessed landing from the Ark; You are the One who provides the safest landing"
23:30  In this story there is enough evidence (of the Truth); thus do We try (mankind
23:31  We brought another generation into existence after the people of Noah
23:32  We sent to them a Messenger from among their own people who told them, "Worship God; He is your only Lord. Will you then not have fear of Him?"
23:33  A group of his people who disbelieved him and had called the Day of Judgment a lie and whom We had made prosperous in this life, said, "He is a mere mortal like you. He eats and drinks as you do
23:34  If you follow a mortal like yourselves you will certainly be lost
23:35  Does he promise you that after you die and become dust and bones you will be brought back to life again
23:36  Such a promise will never come true
23:37  This is our only life. We live and will die but we will never be brought back to life again
23:38  He is only a man who invents lies against God, so have no faith in him"
23:39  The Messenger prayed, "Lord, help me; they have called me a liar"
23:40  God replied, "After a very short time they will certainly regret for their deeds."
23:41  A blast struck them for a just cause, and We made them look like withered leaves. God keeps the unjust people away from His mercy
23:42  After them We brought another generation into existence
23:43  Every nation has an appointed life span
23:44  We sent Our messengers one after the other but whenever a Messenger would come to a nation, its people would call him a liar and We would destroy one nation after the other, thus, only their stories were left behind them. God keeps the unbelievers far away from His Mercy
23:45  Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron with Our miracles and clear authorit
23:46  to the Pharaoh and his nobles. But they behaved proudly and thought themselves superior people
23:47  They said, "Should we believe in two mere mortals who are like ourselves and whose people are our slaves?"
23:48  They called them liars and consequently were destroyed
23:49  We gave the Book to Moses so that perhaps they may have guidance
23:50  We made the son of Mary and his mother a miracle and settled them on a high land, quite secure and watered by a spring
23:51  I told them, "Messengers, eat from the pure things and act righteously; I know all that you do
23:52  Your religion is one and I am your Lord. Have fear of Me"
23:53  The people divided themselves into many sects, each with their own book and each happy with whatever they had
23:54  (Muhammad), leave them alone in their dark ignorance for an appointed time
23:55  Do they think that We are helping them by giving them children and property
23:56  We provide them with the means of competing with each other in virtuous deeds, but they do not realize this
23:57  Only those who are, out of fear of Him, humble before their Lord
23:58  who believe in the revelations of their Lord
23:59  who consider nothing equal to their Lord
23:60  who spend their property for the cause of God, and whose hearts are afraid of their retur
23:61  to God, these are the ones who really compete with each other in virtuous deeds and are the foremost ones in the task
23:62  We do not impose on any soul what is beyond its capacity. We have the Book which speaks the truth and no injustice will be done to it
23:63  In fact, the hearts of the unbelievers are in the dark because of their ignorance of real virtue; they act against it
23:64  But when We will strike with torment those (unbelievers) who are rich, they will start to cry for help
23:65  We shall tell them, "Do not cry for help on this day; you will receive none from Us"
23:66  Our revelations had certainly been recited to you, but you turned your backs to the
23:67  and arrogantly mocked and reviled them
23:68  Was it that you did not give any thought to it (the Quran)? Was it different from what was revealed to your fathers
23:69  Or did you not recognize your Messenger and, thus, denied him (Muhammad
23:70  or you said that he is possessed by satan? In fact, he has brought you the truth, but most of you dislike it
23:71  Had the truth followed their desires, the heavens and the earth and all that is in them would have been destroyed. We sent them the Quran but they ignored it
23:72  (Do they disbelieve because) you asked them for payment? The reward that you will receive from your Lord is the best. He is the best Provider
23:73  (Muhammad), you certainly have called them to the right path
23:74  but those who disbelieve the life hereafter deviate from the right path
23:75  Even if We were to grant them mercy and rescue them from hardship, they would still blindly persist in their rebellion
23:76  We struck them with torment, but they did not submit themselves to their Lord, nor did they make themselves humbl
23:77  until We opened the gate of greater torment (death) and they suddenly found themselves in despair
23:78  It is God who has created ears, eyes, and hearts for you. Little are the thanks that you give
23:79  It is God who has settled you on the earth and before Him you will all be assembled
23:80  It is He who gives life and causes death and it is He who alternates night and day. Will you not then understand
23:81  They say exactly the same thing as the people who lived before
23:82  They say, "When we die and become dust and bones, shall we then be raised up again
23:83  Our fathers and we have been given such promises before. These are no more than ancient legends."
23:84  (Muhammad), say to them, "Tell me, if you know, to whom does the earth and its contents belong?"
23:85  They will quickly reply, "It belongs to God." Say, "Will you not, then, take heed?"
23:86  Ask them, "Who is the Lord of the seven heavens and the Great Throne?"
23:87  They will quickly say, "It is God." Say, "Will you not then have fear of Him?"
23:88  Ask them, "If you have any knowledge, in whose hands is the ownership of all things? Who is the one who gives protection and yet He Himself is never protected?"
23:89  They will reply spontaneously, "It is God." Ask them, "Why has falsehood bewitched you?"
23:90  We have sent them the truth and they, certainly, are liars
23:91  God has never given birth to a son and there is no other god besides Him. If there were, each god would have taken away his creatures and claimed superiority over the others. God is too exalted to be as they believe Him to be
23:92  He has the knowledge of all seen and unseen things. He is too exalted to be considered equal to anything else
23:93  Say, "Lord, if you will afflict them with punishment
23:94  exclude me from the unjust people"
23:95  We have the Power to strike them with torment before your very eyes
23:96  Respond to the injustice (done to you) with the better deed. We know best what they attribute to God
23:97  Say, "Lord, I seek your protection against the strong temptations of the devils
23:98  I seek your protection should they approach me."
23:99  When death approaches one of the unbelievers, he says, "Lord, send me back agai
23:100  so that perhaps I shall act righteously for the rest of my life." Although he will say so but his wish will never come true. After death they will be behind a barrier until the day of their resurrection
23:101  There will be no kindred relations nor any opportunity to ask about others or seek their assistance after the trumpet has sounded
23:102  If the side of ones good deeds weighs heavier on a scale, he will have everlasting happiness
23:103  but if it weighs less, one will be lost forever in hell
23:104  The fire will scorch their faces and they will be groaning therein in pain
23:105  (They will be told), "Were Our revelations not recited to you and did you not call them lies?"
23:106  They will reply, "Lord, our hard-heartedness overcame us and we went astray
23:107  Lord, take us out of this and if we sin again, we shall certainly be unjust"
23:108  He will say, "Be quiet and say nothing."
23:109  There was a group of my servants among you who always prayed: Lord, forgive us and grant us mercy; You are the best of those who show mercy
23:110  "You mocked and laughed at them until you forgot all about Me
23:111  On this day I have given them their reward for their exercising patience and it is they who have triumphed."
23:112  God will ask them, "How many years did you live in your graves?"
23:113  They will reply. "We remained for about a day or part of it, but ask those who have kept count"
23:114  God will say, "You have indeed remained there for a short time. Would that you knew it during your life time
23:115  Did you think that We had created you for a playful purpose and that you were not to return to Us?"
23:116  God is the most exalted King and the Supreme Truth. He is the only God and the Lord of the Gracious Throne
23:117  One who worships things besides God has no proof of the authority of such things. God is certainly keeping the record of his deeds. The unbelievers will not have everlasting happiness
23:118  (Muhammad), say, "Lord, forgive me and grant me mercy; You are the best of the Merciful Ones