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al-Mu`minun (The Believers)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi
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Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Believers(al-Mu`minun)
23:1 Truly do the believers succeed!
23:2 Those that remain humble in their prayers,
23:3 And those that shun vanity,
23:4 And those that practise charity,
23:5 And those that guard their chastity,
23:6 Except from their spouses or from those whom they rightfully possess. For indulging in sex with them, they are, of course, not to be blamed.
23:7 But whoever seeks to go beyond that — those are the ones that go beyond limits.
23:8 And those who are true to their trusts and who keep their word,
23:9 And those who guard their prayers,h
23:10 They are the ones who shall inherit.
23:11 They shall inherit the Paradise. And they shall be therein forever.
23:12 And We did create the human being from an extract of clay. @ @ The Nobel Prize winner for medicine Jack W. Czostak says, "...a common clay mineral montmorillonite might have played a role in helping to make RNA." RNA, is one of the three major macromolecules (along with DNA and proteins) that are essential for all known forms of life. [Source]
23:13 Then We made him/her a small seed (fertilized ovum) dropped into a resting-place, secure and compact.
23:14 Then We made the seed a clinging leech-like clot of blood, then We made it a thing looking like a chewed morsel of food, then We made it bones, then We dressed the bones with flesh, and then We caused it to grow into another creature. Blessed then is Allah, the Best of the creators!
23:15 Then, after that, you will indeed certainly die.
23:16 Then, on the day of Resurrection, you shall indeed be raised from the dead.
23:17 And We did make above you seven layers. And We have not ever been heedless about what We have created.
23:18 And We send down water from the sky in measured quantities, then We cause it to settle down in the earth. And We can indeed certainly make it evaporate.
23:19 Then We bring up thereby gardens of date-palm and grapes for you. There are plenty of fruits for you to eat, in those gardens.
23:20 And a tree (olive) that grows out around Mount Sinai and produces oil and condiment for those who use these in their food.
23:21 And certainly indeed there is a pointer for you in the cattle. We provide for you a drink out of what their bellies contain. And you have in them many benefits. And from them you get meat to eat.
23:22 And on them and on the ships you are carried.
23:23 And We did certainly send Noah to his people. And he said, "O my people! Worship Allah, you have no god other than Him. Will you not then fear Him?"
23:24 And then the leaders of those who suppressed the Truth from among his people said, "He is nothing but a man, like you. He desires to gain superiority over you. And if Allah had willed, He could certainly have sent down angels. We have not heard of such a thing happening during our forefathers' time."
23:25 "He is just a mad man. So keep a watch over him for some time."
23:26 He said, "My Lord! Help me; for, they have rejected me."
23:27 We then revealed our instructions to him: "Build the Ark under Our supervision and revealed instructions. And when, at Our command, the surface of the earth starts overflowing with water, put into it (Ark) two of every pair, and members of your family, except those among them against whom the Word (Allah's decree) has already been issued. And do not plead with Me on behalf of those who are cruel. They shall indeed be drowned."
23:28 "And when you and those with you go on board the Ark, say, `Praise is to Allah Who delivered us from the cruel people.'"
23:29 "And say, `My Lord! Take me to a blessed destination. And You are the One to take us to the best destination.'"
23:30 Surely indeed there are signs in this. And surely, We do put people on trial.
23:31 Then We raised up after them another generation.
23:32 And We sent to them a Messenger from among them to tell them, "Worship Allah! You have no god other than Him. Will you not then take heed?"
23:33 And the leaders of those among his people who suppressed the Truth and considered the appointment in the hereafter a lie, and to whom We had afforded ease and comfort in the life this world, said, "This is none but a man like you! He eats of what you eat from and drinks of what you drink."
23:34 "And if you obey but a man like you, then surely you are doomed."
23:35 "Does he promise you that when you are dead and become dust and bones you shall then be brought out alive!?"
23:36 "What you are promised of is utterly nonsense."
23:37 "There is nothing but our life in this world. We die and we live. And we shall not be raised again."
23:38 "He is none other than a man who has forged a lie against Allah. And we are not going to believe in him."
23:39 He (the Messenger) said, "O my Lord, help me! For, they have rejected me."
23:40 Allah said, "Soon they shall be regretful."
23:41 So the divine punishment caught up with them fairly and squarely. And We turned them into rubble. And so, the wicked people perished!
23:42 Then We raised, after them, other generations.
23:43 They cannot bring about the end of a community before the appointed time, nor can they delay it.
23:44 Then We sent Our Messengers one after another. Whenever their Messenger came to a people, they denied he was the divine Messenger sent to them. So We made one community succeed another to doom and We got them mentioned in tales. And so, people, who believed not, perished!
23:45 And then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron, with Our signs and a clear mandate.
23:46 We sent them to Pharaoh and his chieftains, but they behaved haughtily and they were an egoist people.
23:47 And they said, "What! Shall we believe in two men like us and their people are in our service?"
23:48 So they rejected the two and became of those who were destroyed.
23:49 And We did give Moses the Book to guide them.
23:50 And We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign. And We gave them shelter on a lofty quiet ground with springs.
23:51 Allah told every Messenger, "Eat of the things that are good and wholesome, and act righteously. I do indeed know what you do."
23:52 "And, indeed, this community of yours, is one single community. And I am the Lord of you all! Do take due heed of Me, then."
23:53 But they divided themselves into communities pursuing different ways scripturewise. People of every sect are happy with what they have.
23:54 So leave them with their delusions for a while.
23:55 Do they think that by helping them with wealth and children,
23:56 We are giving good things to them in a hurry? Nay, they do not perceive (that Allah is only testing them therewith).
23:57 Indeed those that are, out of fear of their Lord, on their guard against evil,
23:58 And those that believe in the Verses/signs of their Lord,
23:59 And those that do not worship anything or anyone other than their Lord,
23:60 And those that give what they should, with their hearts apprehending that they are bound to return to their Lord some day,
23:61 Those are the ones that hasten to do good things and they are in the forefront in doing them.
23:62 And We do not lay on anyone a burden except to the extent he/she can bear. And with Us is a Book that speaks the truth. And they shall not be wronged.
23:63 Nay, they are deluded about this. And, besides, they have other things to do.
23:64 Until, when We punish the affluent among them, they cry foul.
23:65 Cry not this day! You shall indeed not be given any help from Us.
23:66 My Verses were certainly recited to you, but you used to turn back on your heels
23:67 To ridicule the Verses in nocturnal confabulations.
23:68 Is it then that they do not understand the Word, or is it that there has come to them that which did not come to their forefathers?
23:69 Or, are they not acquainted with their Messenger, and so they deny him?h
23:70 Or do they say he is possessed? Nay! He has brought them the Truth, and most of them are averse to the Truth.
23:71 And should the Truth follow their passions, there would certainly be chaos in the heavens and the earth and in everything therein. But We have brought them their Reminder, and from their Reminder they turn aside!
23:72 Or, do you ask them for recompense? But the recompense of your Lord is the best! And He is the best of those who provide sustenance.
23:73 And you do indeed invite them to the Straight Path.
23:74 And those who do not believe in the Hereafter do indeed deviate from the Path.
23:75 And if We show them mercy and free them of the distress they have, they would still blindly continue with their transgressions.
23:76 And We did certainly punish them, but they did not become humble towards their Lord, nor do they submit.
23:77 Until when We open upon them a door to severe punishment, they are despaired!
23:78 And He it is Who gave you the ears and the eyes and the minds. You thank but little.
23:79 And He it is Who multiplied you on the earth, and to Him you shall be gathered.
23:80 And He it is Who gives life and causes death. And alternation of the night and the day is His handiwork. Do you not then understand?
23:81 But they say the like of what the earlier peoples said.
23:82 They say, "Are we certain to be raised again to life when we are dead and become dust and bones!?"
23:83 "This promise given to us now was also certainly given to our forefathers. These are nothing but stories of the ancients."
23:84 Ask, "Whose — if you know — is the earth, and whose is whatever therein?"
23:85 They will say, "Allah's." Ask, "Why do you not remember [and worship Him alone] then?"
23:86 Ask, "Who is the Lord of the seven heavens and the Lord of the mighty Throne?"
23:87 They will say, "Allah's." Ask, "Will you not then take heed of Him?
23:88 Ask, "Who is it in Whose hand is the absolute control of all things and Who shelters, but Who needs none to shelter Him, if you do but know?"
23:89 They will say, "Allah." Ask, "How then are you deluded into worshipping someone/thing other than Him?"
23:90 But We have brought them the Truth, and certainly indeed they are lying.
23:91 Never did Allah take to Himself a son, and never was there with him any other god! In that case every god would certainly have taken away what he created. And they would certainly have tried to overpower one another. Glorified is Allah above what they attribute to Him!
23:92 The Knower of the unseen and the seen, He is exalted far above what they worship other than Him!
23:93 Say, "My Lord! If You should make me see what they are warned against"
23:94 "My Lord, place me not then with the wicked people!"
23:95 And We can certainly indeed make you see what We warn them against.
23:96 Dispel evil with what is good! We do know what they say.
23:97 And say, "My Lord! I seek refuge in You against satanic promptings."
23:98 "And I seek refuge in You, my Lord, lest they approach me."
23:99 Wicked people continue with their misdeeds until when death comes to one of them, he says, "My Lord! Send me back."
23:100 "So that I may do good deeds in what I have left behind." Nay! It is just a wishful utterance that he makes. And before them is a barrier until the day they are raised.
23:101 So when the trumpet is blown on the Resurrection Day, there shall be no ties of relationship between them, nor shall they ask of one another.
23:102 Then all those are the successful ones who are heavy with good deeds.
23:103 And those that are light in good deeds are the ones who have doomed themselves to live in Hell.
23:104 The fire shall scorch their faces, and their lips therein shall be distorted in pain.
23:105 Were not My Verses/signs recited to you and you rejected them?
23:106 They would say, "Our Lord! It was our misfortune that made us a people gone astray."
23:107 "Our Lord! Take us out of it. And if we return to evil ways as before, then we shall indeed be doing wrong."
23:108 The Lord shall say, "Get doomed therein! And speak to Me not!"
23:109 "There was indeed a group of My subjects who said, `Our Lord! We do believe. So forgive us and have mercy on us. And You are the Best Bestower of mercies.'"
23:110 "But you held them so much in ridicule that you forgot to remember Me. And you continued laughing at them!"
23:111 "Because they were patient, I have indeed rewarded them by making them (— and not you —) the winners this Day."
23:112 The Lord would ask, "How many years did you stay in the earth?"
23:113 They would say, "We stayed a day or part of a day. We are not sure. So ask those who keep count."
23:114 The Lord would say, "You did stay but a little — had you but known it."
23:115 "Did you then think that We had created you as an idle pursuit and that you shall not be returned to Us!?"
23:116 So, exalted is Allah, the True Sovereign! There is no god but He, the Lord of the noble Throne.
23:117 And he who prays to Allah, as also to another god besides Him, does have no evidence of any such god existing. So his case rests with his Lord only. The suppressors of the Truth shall indeed not succeed!
23:118 And say, "Forgive, my Lord, and have mercy! And You are the best Bestower of mercies."


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