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Blessed is the One Who sends down the Criterion on His servant so that he may give warning to all the worlds.
He unto Whom belongs the (absolute) sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. He has not taken to Himself (any) child, nor has He any partner in the sovereignty. He has created everything, and then ordained for it a measure.
Yet some choose to take, apart from Him, gods that create nothing but are themselves created, and have no power to hurt or profit themselves, and they have no authority over death, or over life, or over resurrection.
Those who persist in disbelief (in Allâh) say: "This ('Qur’ān') is nothing but a mendacity that he, (‘Muhammad’), himself has mythologized It, and others have helped him at it”. Verily, they have brought an inequity and a falsehood.
They say: "Legends of the ancients, which he has written, and they are dictated to him in the early mornings and evenings."
Say (unto them): "It has been sent down by the One Who knows the secret of the heavens and earth. Indeed, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
They say: "What kind of ‘Messenger’ is this? He eats food and goes about in marketplaces. Why is not an ‘Angel’ sent down to him to be a herald with him?
Or (why) has not a treasure been sent down upon him from the heaven? Or why has he not a garden whereof he may eat?" Those who are grossly unfair and morally wrong say: “You follow but a bewitched man!”
See how they set forth parables for you. But they have gone astray, and they never be able to find a way.
Most Blessed is the One Who, if He willed, He could easily give better than all that - gardens under which rivers flow- and will assign to you mansions.
But they refused to admit the existence of the ‘Hour’ (i.e. the ‘Day of Judgment’), and We have prepared a blazing inferno for those who refuse to admit the existence of the ‘Hour’.
When the inferno sees them from a distant place, they will hear its raging and its sighing.
And when they are cast into a narrow place thereof, chained together,, they will plead there for destruction.
(They will be told) “Plead not today for one destruction, but plead for many!'
Say, (O’ Muhammad): "Is that (punishment) better or the Eternal Paradise, which has been promised to those who act piously? It will be a reward and a final destination for them.
Abiding therein, they will have whatever they desire. This is a promise which your Lord has bound Himself to fulfill.
The day will come when He gathers them together, and all those whom they worship ( & venerate) besides Allâh He will say (unto them): "Was it you who led my servants astray, or did they themselves stray from the (right) path?”
They will say: “Glory be to You! It would not be appropriate for us to take any guardian besides You, but You make them and their fathers live a life of luxury until they forgot to honor and celebrate Your name. Thus, they are doomed to eternal perdition."
So those whom you used to worship will give you the lie regarding what you allege. Thus, you can neither avert (the chastisement), nor obtain help. (O’ mankind), whoever among you act unfairly, We shall make him taste the severe punishment.
We never sent any ‘Messengers’ before you but they definitely eat food and went about in the marketplaces. We have made some of you a trial for others. Will you endure patiently? Consequently, Your Lord is Ever All-Seer.
Those who expect not to meet Us (in the ‘Hereafter’) say: "Why are no ‘Angels’ sent down on us, or why do we not see our Lord?" Verily, they are arrogantly proud of themselves, and exceed all bounds (in their transgressing).
The day when they will see the ‘Angels’, no joyful news will be there for the ungodly sinners, and (the Angel) will say: "All kinds of joyful news are prohibited and unreachable."
We will look upon whatever deeds they have done; and We will turn them into scattered motes.
The companions of ‘Al-Jannah’ will, on that day, be in a better lodging and better resting place.
They day will come when the sky is split open with glittering white clouds, and the ‘Angels’ are caused to descend in a spectacular descending.
The sovereignty on that day will be the true (sovereignty), belonging unto the Most Beneficent, and it will be a tough day for those who persist in disbelief (in Allâh) .
They day will come when the one who is grossly unfair and morally wrong bites his hands, saying: “Oh, would that I had taken a way in the company of the ‘Messenger’!
Ah! Woe unto me! Would that I had not taken so-and-so for a friend!
He verily led me astray from the 'Revealer of Truth', (the 'Qur’ān'), after it had come unto me. ‘Satan’ is proved to be a deserter to man in the time of need."
The Messenger will say: "O’ my Lord, certainly my people have taken this 'Qur’ān' as a thing to be neglected."
This is how We made for every ‘Prophet’ an enemy among the impious. But Your Lord is sufficient as a guide and a helper.
Those who persist in disbelief say: "Why has not the 'Qur’ān' been revealed unto him all at once?" We send it down in parts so that We may (entrench it in your mind) and strengthen your heart with it. We are revealing it (unto you) clearly and progressively.
Whenever they come to you with a pretext, We provide you with the truth (to refute their pretext), and the best explication (to raise their awareness).
Those who will be gathered on their faces to ‘Gehenna’, such will be in a dreadful situation, and further astray from the right way.
Verily, We gave ‘Moses’ the ‘Scripture’ and appointed his brother, ‘Aaron’, with him (as) an assistant.
Then We said: "Go both of you to the people who deny Our signs (of power & glory) Then (after they had been warned), We destroyed them with complete destruction.
The people of ‘Noah’, when they denied the ‘Messengers’, We drowned them, and made them a lesson for the people. We have prepared an extremely painful punishment for those who are grossly unfair and morally wrong.
(We also destroyed the people of) 'Aad’, ‘Thamūd’, the ‘companions of the well’ and many generations between them.
For each We presented examples; and each We destroyed with complete destruction.
Verily they have passed by the township on which was showered with the rain of evil. Can it be that they have not seen it? Nay, they have no expectation of being resurrected.
Whenever they see you, they take you not except in ridicule, (saying): "Is this the one whom Allâh has sent as a ‘Messenger’?
He would almost have led us astray from our gods if we had not been faithful to them." They will come to know when they see the chastisement, who is more astray from the (right) path.
Have you seen the one who takes his self-deceived beliefs as his god? Would you then be a guardian over him?
Or do you think that most of them hear (or discern) and understand? They are but like cattle; nay, they are farther astray from the (right) path.
Have you not seen how your Lord extend the shadow? If He willed, He would definitely make it still. We have made the sun its indication.
Then We slowly draw it back up towards Us.
He is the One Who makes the night for you to be a garment and sleep for a rest, and Who makes the day for a rising.
He is the One Who sends forth the winds as joyful news of His Mercy. We send down pure water from the sky
So that We may resuscitate by it a dead land, and give it for drink to many living beings among Our creation, beasts and people.
Verily, We distribute it among them, so that they may remember ( Allâh"s blessings). But most of the people refuse except ingratitude.
Had We willed, We could have sent a warner into every town.
So do not obey those who lack faith (in Allâh) and strive hard against them with this ( 'Qur’ān') in a mighty striving.
He is the One who merges the two seas; one palatable and sweet, and the other salty and sour. And He has set a barrier and insuperable partition between them .
He is the One who created man from water and made him kindred of blood and marriage. Lo! Your Lord is Ever All- Powerful.
Yet they worship (& venerate), besides Allâh, that which can neither benefit them or harm them. Thus, the one who lack faith in Allâh is a strong supporter (of ‘Satan’) against his own Lord.
We have sent you (O’ Muhammad) but as a herald of good tidings, and a warner.
Say: “I ask of you no wage for (my efforts to guide you) except that one who may decide to take a way unto his Lord.”
Depend on the Ever-Living One with full trust, who dies not, and celebrate His praises and declare His divine glory. Sufficient is He to be the one who is Fully Aware of the sins of His servants.
He is the One who created the heavens and earth, and all that is between them in six Days, and then established Himself on the Glorious Throne. (That is) the Most Beneficent. (O’ Prophet) ask (only) Him about (His divine & majestic qualities), since He is Fully Aware of all things.
When it is said unto them: "Prostrate before the Most Beneficent", they say: What is the Most Beneficent? Shall we prostrate before whatever you order us?" Your preaching but increases aversion in them.
Most blessed is the One who has placed mansions of the stars in the sky; and He placed therein a tremendous lamp (sun) and luminous moon.
He is the One who has appointed the night and the day to succeed one another for whoever seeks to ruminate (on His Sovereignty) or to express his gratitude (to Him).
The (devoted) servants of the Most Beneficent (Allâh) are those who walk modestly on the earth, and when the ignorant ones address them, they reply: “Peace."
They are the ones who spend the night prostrating themselves before their Lord and standing.
(They are) those who say: “Our Lord, save us from entering the torment of ‘Gehenna’! Its torment is definitely an everlasting agony.
How dreadful indeed it is as a lodging-place and an abode!"
Those who, when they spend, are not recklessly extravagant and not niggardly, but maintain moderation.
They never implore and pray to any other god along with Allâh, neither do they kill anyone- since Allâh has made life sacred- except in the cause of justice, nor do they commit adultery, for Whoever commits any of these offense will have to incur an extremely severe penalty.
His punishment will be much greater on the ‘Day of Resurrection’, and he will abide therein in disgrace (and humiliation),
Except for those who repent, adhere to Islamic monotheism, and do righteous deeds. For such, Allâh will replace their evil deeds with good deeds. Lo! Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Whoever repents and does righteous good deeds has surely turned unto Allâh with sincere repentance.
(They are) those who never testify in the favor of falsehood, and when they pass near an evil vain talk, they pass by with sublimity.
Those who, when they are reminded of the ‘Revelations’ of their Lord, they fall not down deaf or blind.
And who say: “Our Lord, vouchsafe us the feeling of great pleasure of our wives and of our offspring, and make us an example for the Pious ”( or for those who show honor and reverence for Allâh/ or for those who guard themselves against falling into temptation or sin)
Those will be recompensed with the loftiest dwelling for what they endured patiently (in their struggle for the cause of Allâh), and they will be met therein with a salutation of welcome and peace,
Abiding therein. How marvelous it is as a lodging-place and an abode!
Say (O’ Muhammad) ""My Lord would not concern Himself with you if it were not for your prayer. Now that you have denied (the Truth), then the punishment is inevitable.
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