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23:1  Successful indeed are the believers
23:2  those who are humble in their prayer
23:3  those who turn away from all that is frivolous
23:4  those who pay the zakat
23:5  those who safeguard their chastit
23:6  except with their wives, and what their right hands possess for then they are free from blame
23:7  but those who seek to go beyond that are transgressor
23:8  those who are faithful to their trusts and promises
23:9  and those who attend to their prayers
23:10  these are the heirs of Paradis
23:11  they shall abide in it forever
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 developed that drop into a clinging form, and We developed that form into a lump of flesh, and We developed that lump into bones, and clothed the bones with flesh. Then We brought him into being as a new creationglory be to God, the best of creator
23:15  after this you shall surely die
23:16  Then you will be raised up again on the Resurrection Day
23:17  We have created seven paths above you; We have never been unmindful of Our creation
23:18  We sent down water from the sky in due measure and lodged it in the earthbut if We please, We have the power to take it awa
23:19  We have produced palm-groves and vineyards for you, in which there are abundant fruits for you; and you eat these
23:20  also a tree growing on Mount Sinai which produces oil and a condiment for those who eat it
23:21  You have a lesson in livestock. We provide you with drink from what is in their bellies, and you have many other benefits from them; some of them you eat
23:22  and you ride on them as you do in ships
23:23  We sent Noah to his people, and he said, My people, worship God; you have no other deity except Him. Will you not fear Him
23:24  The leaders of his people who denied the truth, said, He is only a human being like yourselves who wants to make himself superior to you. If God had wished, He would have sent down angels. We never heard about this from our forefathers
23:25  He is only a madman, so, as far as he is concerned wait for a while
23:26  Noah said, My Lord, help me! for they have rejected me
23:27  then We revealed Our will to him: Build the Ark under Our watchful eye according to Our instructions. When Our command comes, and waters gush up out of the earth, take on board pairs of every species and members of your household, except for any of them on whom sentence has already been passeddo not plead with Me for those who have done wrong: they shall be drowned
23:28  When you and all your followers have settled in the Ark, say, Praise be to God who has delivered us from a wicked people
23:29  and say, My Lord, let me land with Your blessing in a blessed landing place. You alone can provide the best landings
23:30  Surely there are clear signs in that. In this way We put people to the test
23:31  Then We raised another generation after them
23:32  and sent a messenger to them from among themselves: Worship God alone. You have no deity other than Him. Will you not then fear God
23:33  But the leaders of his people who denied the truth and denied the Meeting in the Hereafter, because We had granted them ease and plenty in their worldly life, said, This is only a human being like yourselveshe eats what you eat, and drinks what you drin
23:34  if you obey a human being just like yourselves, then you will surely be lost
23:35  Does he promise you that when you die and have become dust and bones, that you will be brought forth again
23:36  What you are promised is indeed farfetched
23:37  There exists only our present life: we die and we live [but once], and shall never be raised up again
23:38  He is only a man who has invented a lie about God, and we are not going to believe him
23:39  The messenger said, My Lord, help me, for they have rejected me
23:40  God said, Before long they will be filled with regret
23:41  The blast justly struck them and We reduced them to rubble. Away with such wicked people
23:42  Then We raised up other generations after the
23:43  no community can advance or postpone its appointed tim
23:44  then We sent Our messengers in succession. Every time their messenger came to a people, they rejected him. So We destroyed them one after the other, and let them become mere tales. So away with the people who will not believe
23:45  Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron with Our signs and clear authorit
23:46  to Pharaoh and his courtiers, but they behaved insolently, for they were an arrogant people
23:47  They said, Are we to believe in two human beings like ourselves, while their people are subject to us
23:48  So they rejected them both, and became those who were destroyed
23:49  We gave Moses the Book so that they might be guided
23:50  We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign and gave them shelter on a peaceful hillside watered by a fresh spring
23:51  Messengers, eat what is wholesome and do good deeds: I am well aware of what you do
23:52  Your religion is but one religionand I am your only Lord, therefore, fear Me
23:53  Yet they divided themselves into factions, each rejoicing in what they had
23:54  So leave them in their bewilderment for a while
23:55  Do they imagine that the wealth and children We have provide
23:56  have no other purpose except to help them in acquiring material benefits? No indeed. But they do not understand
23:57  Those who tremble with fear of their Lord
23:58  and believe in His message
23:59  and do not ascribe partners to Him
23:60  and those who give to others what has been bestowed upon them with their hearts trembling at the thought that they must return to their Lord
23:61  it is they who vie with one another in doing good works and shall be the foremost in doing so
23:62  We charge no soul with more than it can bear. We have a record which clearly shows the truth and they will not be wronged
23:63  But their hearts are heedless of this. Moreover, there are other deeds besides this which they do
23:64  But then when We seize the affluent among them, they will cry out for help
23:65  Do not cry out for help this day, for surely you shall not be helped by Us
23:66  My revelations were recited to you, but you turned your back
23:67  in arrogance, as if you were abandoning a story-teller
23:68  Have they not pondered over the word of God? Has something come to them that did not come to their forefathers
23:69  Or do they not recognize their Messenger, and so deny him
23:70  Do they say he is possessed? Rather he has brought them the truth, but most of them are averse to the truth
23:71  If truth had followed their whims and desires, heavens and earth and all that lives in them would have been brought to ruin. Rather We have brought them their Reminder. Yet they keep avoiding their Reminder
23:72  Or are you asking them for any reward? But the reward of your Lord is the best, for He is the Best of Providers
23:73  and, most surely, you are calling them to a straight path
23:74  But those who do not believe in the Hereafter have indeed deviated from that path
23:75  Even if We showed them mercy and relieved them of their afflictions, they would still persist in their transgression, wandering blindly
23:76  We seized them with the punishment, but they did not surrender to their Lord, nor will they humble themselve
23:77  until We open before them a gate of harsh punishment and then they will be dumbfounded
23:78  It is He who gave you ears, eyes and hearts, yet how seldom you are grateful![26]
23:79  He it is who has multiplied you on the earth and to Him you shall all be gathered
23:80  He is the One who gives life and causes death and He controls the alternation of night and day. Will you not then understand
23:81  But they say the same as the ancients said
23:82  When we have died and become dust and bones, will we be raised up again
23:83  We and our forefathers were promised this before. This is nothing but fables of the ancients
23:84  Say, To whom do the earth and all therein belong? Tell me, if you have any knowledge
23:85  They will say, To God. Say, So will you not pay heed
23:86  Say, Who is the Lord of the seven heavens, and of the Glorious Throne
23:87  They will say, They belong to God. Say, So do you not fear Him
23:88  Say, In whose hands lies sovereignty over all things, protecting all, while none can seek protection against Him? Tell me, if you have any knowledge
23:89  They will say, All this belongs to God. Say to them, How are you then deluded
23:90  We have revealed to them the truth. But they are certainly liars
23:91  God has not taken to Himself a son, nor is there any other deity besides Him; otherwise, each god would have walked away with what he had created. They would surely have tried to overcome one another. Glory be to God, above all that they ascribe to Him
23:92  Knower of the unseen and the visible; He is exalted above all that which they associate with Him
23:93  Pray, Lord, if you would show me that [the punishment] of which they have been warned
23:94  then do not place me, Lord, with the wrongdoers
23:95  We certainly have the power to show you what they have been warned about
23:96  Repel evil with what is bestWe are well aware of the things they sa
23:97  and say, My Lord, I seek refuge with You from the prompting of the devils
23:98  I seek refuge with You, Lord, lest they should come near me
23:99  When death comes to any of them, he says, My Lord, send me bac
23:100  so that I may do good works in the world I have left behind. Never! It is indeed but a meaningless word that he utters. A barrier shall stand behind such people till the Day they are raised up again
23:101  When the trumpet is blown, on that Day there will be no ties of relationship between them; neither will they ask about one another
23:102  then those whose scales weigh heavy with good works will be successful
23:103  But those whose scales weigh light will have ruined their souls; in Hell will they abide
23:104  The Fire will scorch their faces and they will abide therein with their faces distorted
23:105  Were not My messages recited to you and did you not reject them
23:106  They will answer, Lord, misfortune overcame us and we became an erring people
23:107  Lord, deliver us from Hell. Then, if we revert again, we shall definitely be wrongdoers
23:108  God will say, Stay there and do not speak to Me
23:109  Among My servants, there were those who said, Lord, We believe, so forgive us and have mercy on us. You are the best one to show mercy
23:110  But you made a laughing stock of them to the point where it made you forget My remembrance; and you went on laughing at them
23:111  I have rewarded them this Day for their steadfastness, and it is they who have triumphed
23:112  He will ask, How many years did you stay on earth
23:113  They will say, We stayed a day or part of a day. Ask those who have kept count
23:114  He will say, You only stayed for a little while, if only you knew
23:115  Do you imagine that We created you without any purpose and that you would not be brought back to Us
23:116  Then, exalted be God, the true King, there is no deity except Him, the Lord of the Glorious Throne
23:117  He, who invokes another deity along with Goda deity of whose divinity he has no proofwill be brought to account by his Lord. Certainly, those who deny the truth shall never prosper
23:118  Say, Lord, forgive us and have mercy. You are the best of those who show mercy