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23:1  [How] prosperous are the believers
23:2  Those who pray humbly
23:3  who shun idle talk
23:4  who pay the prescribed alms
23:5  who guard their chastit
23:6  except with their spouses or their slaves––with these they are not to blame
23:7  but anyone who seeks more than this is exceeding the limits–&ndash
23:8  who are faithful to their trusts and pledge
23:9  and who keep up their prayers
23:10  will rightly be give
23:11  Paradise as their own, there to remain
23:12  We created man from an essence of clay
23:13  then We placed him as a drop of fluid in a safe place
23:14  then We made that drop into a clinging form, and We made that form into a lump of flesh, and We made that lump into bones, and We clothed those bones with flesh, and later We made him into other forms––glory be to God, the best of creators!–&ndash
23:15  then you will di
23:16  and then, on the Day of Resurrection, you will be raised up again
23:17  We created seven levels above you: We are never unmindful of Our creation
23:18  We sent water down from the sky in due measure and lodged it in the earth––We have the power to take it all away if We so wish–&ndash
23:19  with it We produced for you gardens of date palms and vines, with many fruits there for you to eat
23:20  and a tree, growing out of Mount Sinai, that produces oil and seasoning for your food
23:21  There is a lesson for you in livestock: We produce milk for you to drink from their bellies. And they have many other benefits: you eat the
23:22  and you ride on them, as you do in ships
23:23  We sent Noah to his people. He said, ‘My people, serve God, for He is your only god. Will you not heed Him?’
23:24  But the leading disbelievers among his people said, ‘He is merely a mortal like you, trying to gain some superiority over you. God would have sent down angels if He had wished; besides, we never heard of anything like this from our forefathers
23:25  He is just a madman, so let’s wait and see what happens to him.’
23:26  Noah said, ‘My Lord, help me! They call me a liar,’
23:27  and so We revealed to him: ‘Build the Ark under Our watchful eye and according to Our revelation. When Our command comes and water gushes up out of the earth,take pairs of every species on board, and your family, except for those on whom the sentence has already been passed- do not plead with me for the evildoers: they will be drowned
23:28  and when you and your companions are settled on the Ark, say, “Praise be to God, who delivered us from the wicked people,”
23:29  and say, “My Lord, let me land with Your blessing: it is You who provide the best landings”.&rsquo
23:30  There are signs in all this: We have always put [people] to the test
23:31  Then We raised another generation after them
23:32  and sent one of their own as a messenger: ‘Serve God, for He is your only god. Will you not heed Him?’
23:33  But the leading disbelievers among his people, who denied the Meeting in the Hereafter, to whom We had granted ease and plenty in this life, said, ‘He is just a mortal like you- he eats what you eat and drinks what you drink
23:34  and you will really be losers if you obey a mortal like yourselves
23:35  How can he promise you that after you die and become dust and bones you will be brought out alive
23:36  What you are promised is very farfetched
23:37  There is only the life of this world: we die, we live, but we will never be resurrected
23:38  He is just a man making lies up about God. We will never believe in him.’
23:39  The prophet said, ‘My Lord, help me! They call me a liar,’
23:40  and so God said, ‘Soon they will be filled with regret.’
23:41  The blast justly struck them and We swept them away like scum. Away with the evildoers
23:42  We raised other generations after them
23:43  no community can advance or delay its time
23:44  and We sent Our messengers in succession: whenever a messenger came to a community they invariably called him a liar, so We destroyed them one after the other and made them into cautionary tales. Away with the disbelievers
23:45  Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron, with Our signs and clear authority
23:46  to Pharaoh and his prominent leaders, but they responded with arrogance: they were a haughty people
23:47  They said, ‘Are we to believe in two mortals like us? And their people are our servants?’
23:48  and so they called them both liars: they became another ruined people
23:49  We gave Moses the Scripture, so that they might be rightly guided
23:50  We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign; We gave them shelter on a peaceful hillside with flowing water
23:51  Messengers, eat good things and do good deeds: I am well aware of what you do
23:52  This community of yours is one- and I am your Lord: be mindful of Me
23:53  but they have split their community into sects, each rejoicing in their own
23:54  So [Muhammad] leave them for a while steeped [in their ignorance]
23:55  Do they reckon that, by giving them wealth and sons
23:56  We race to give them good things? They really have no idea
23:57  Those who stand in awe of their Lord
23:58  who believe in His messages
23:59  who do not ascribe partners to Him
23:60  who always give with hearts that tremble at the thought that they must return to Him
23:61  are the ones who race toward good things, and they will be the first to get them
23:62  We do not burden any soul with more than it can bear- We have a Record that tells the truth- they will not be wronged
23:63  But the disbelievers’ hearts are steeped [in ignorance of ] all this; and there are other things besides this that they do
23:64  When We bring Our punishment on those corrupted with wealth, they will cry for help
23:65  ‘Do not cry out today: you will get no help from Us
23:66  Time and time again My messages were recited to you, but you turned arrogantly on your heels
23:67  and spent the evening making fun of [the Quran].&rsquo
23:68  Have they not contemplated the Word of God? Has something come to them that did not come to their forefathers
23:69  Do they not recognize their Messenger? So why do they reject him
23:70  Why do they say he is possessed? He has brought them the truth and most of them hate it
23:71  but if the truth were in accordance with their desires, the heavens, the earth, and everyone in them would disintegrate. We have brought them their Reminder and they turn away from it
23:72  Do you [Prophet] ask them for any payment? Your Lord’s is the best payment: He is the Best of Providers
23:73  You call them to a straight pat
23:74  and those who do not believe in the Hereafter turn away from that path
23:75  Even if We were to show them mercy and relieve them of distress, they would blindly persist in their transgression
23:76  We have already afflicted them, yet they did not submit to their Lord: they will not humble themselve
23:77  until We open a gate to severe torment for them- then they will be plunged into utter despair
23:78  It is God who endowed you with hearing, sight, and hearts- how seldom you are grateful
23:79  It is He who made you multiply on earth. It is to Him that you will be gathered
23:80  it is He who gives life and death; the alternation of night and day depends on Him; will you not use your minds
23:81  But, like others before them
23:82  they say, ‘What? When we die and turn to dust and bones, shall we really be resurrected
23:83  We have heard such promises before, and so did our forefathers. These are just ancient fables.’
23:84  Say [Prophet], ‘Who owns the earth and all who live in it, if you know [so much]?&rsquo
23:85  and they will reply, ‘God.’ Say, ‘Will you not take heed?’
23:86  Say, ‘Who is the Lord of the seven heavens? Who is the Lord of the Mighty Throne?’
23:87  and they will reply, ‘God.’ Say, ‘Will you not be mindful?’
23:88  Say, ‘Who holds control of everything in His hand? Who protects, while there is no protection against Him, if you know [so much]?&rsquo
23:89  and they will reply, ‘God.’ Say, ‘Then how can you be so deluded?’
23:90  The fact is, We brought them the truth and they are lying
23:91  God has never had a child. Nor is there any god beside Him- if there were, each god would have taken his creation aside and tried to overcome the others. May God be exalted above what they describe
23:92  He knows what is not seen as well as what is seen; He is far above any partner they claim for Him
23:93  Say, ‘Lord, if You are going to show me the punishment You have promised them
23:94  then Lord, do not include me among the evildoers!’
23:95  We certainly are able to show you the punishment We have promised them
23:96  Repel evil with good- We are well aware of what they attribute to Us
23:97  and say, ‘Lord, I take refuge with You from the goadings of the evil ones
23:98  I seek refuge with you, Lord, so that they may not come near me.’
23:99  When death comes to one of them, he cries, ‘My Lord, let me retur
23:100  so as to make amends for the things I neglected.’ Never! This will not go beyond his words: a barrier stands behind such people until the very Day they are resurrected
23:101  On that Day when the Trumpet is blown, the ties between them will be as nothing and they will not ask about each other
23:102  those whose good deeds weigh heavy will be successful
23:103  but those whose balance is light will have lost their souls for ever and will stay in Hell
23:104  the Fire will scorch their faces and their lips will be twisted in pain
23:105  ‘Were My messages not recited over and over to you and still you rejected them?’
23:106  They will say, ‘Lord, our waywardness overcame us and we went astray
23:107  Lord, take us away from this and if we go back to our old ways, then we shall really be evildoers.’
23:108  He will say, ‘Away with you! In you go! Do not speak to Me
23:109  Among My servants there were those who said, “Lord, We believe. Forgive us and have mercy on us: You are the most merciful of all.”
23:110  But you kept on laughing at them: so intent were you on laughing at them that it made you forget My warning
23:111  Today I have rewarded them for their patience: it is they who will succeed.’
23:112  He will say, ‘How many years were you on earth?’
23:113  and they will reply, ‘We stayed a day or a part of a day, but ask those who keep count.’
23:114  He will say, ‘You stayed but a little, if you had only known
23:115  Did you think We had created you in vain, and that you would not be brought back to Us?’
23:116  Exalted be God, the true King, there is no god but Him, the Lord of the Glorious Throne
23:117  Whoever prays to another god alongside Him- a god for whose existence he has no evidence- will face his reckoning with his Lord. Those who reject the truth will not prosper
23:118  Say [Prophet], ‘Lord, forgive and have mercy: You are the most merciful of all.’