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al-`Ankabut (The Spider)
as rendered by Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
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Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali rendition of Surah The Spider(al-`Ankabut)
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29:1 Alif, Lam, Mim (These are the names of letters of Arabic alphabet, and only Allah knows their meaning here).
29:2 Does mankind reckon that they will be left to say, "We believe" and will not be tempted?
29:3 And indeed We already tempted the ones that were even before them, so indeed Allah definitely knows the ones who (act) sincerely, and indeed Allah definitely knows the liars.
29:4 Or even do they reckon- the ones who do odious deeds- that they will outstrip Us? Odious is (the way) they judge!
29:5 Whoever hopes for the meeting with Allah, then surely the term of Allah is indeed coming up; and He is The Ever-Hearing, the Ever-Knowing.
29:6 And whoever strives, then surely he strives only for himself; surely Allah is indeed (so) Ever-Affluent (as to dispense) with the worlds.
29:7 And the ones who have believed and done deeds of righteousness, indeed We will definitely expiate for them their odious deeds, and indeed We will definitely recompense them the best of whatever they were doing.
29:8 And We have enjoined upon man the fair (companionship) to his parents; and in case they strive with you to make you associate with Me that whereof you have no knowledge, then do not obey them. To Me will be your return, then I will (fully) inform you of whatever you were doing.
29:9 And the ones who have believed and have done deeds of righteousness, indeed We will definitely admit them among the righteous.
29:10 And of mankind are (the ones) who say, "We have believed in Allah." Then when (any of them) is hurt in (the cause of) Allah, he makes the temptation of mankind as the torment of Allah, and in case victory indeed comes from your Lord, indeed they will definitely say, "Surely we were with you." And does not Allah know best whatever is in the breasts of the worlds?
29:11 And indeed Allah definitely knows the ones who have believed, and indeed He definitely knows the hypocrites.
29:12 And the ones who have disbelieved said to the ones who have believed, "Closely follow our way and let us carry your sins." And in no way can they carry anything of their sins. Surely they are indeed liars.
29:13 And indeed they will definitely carry their heavy burdens and other heavy burdens with their (own) heavy burdens. And indeed they will be definitely asked on the Day of the Resurrection concerning whatever they used to fabricate.
29:14 And indeed We already sent Nuh (Noah) to his people. So he lingered among them a thousand years except fifty seasons. Then the Deluge took them (away) (for) they were unjust.
29:15 So We delivered him and the companions of the Ark, and We made it a sign for the worlds.
29:16 AndIbrahim, (Abraham) as he said to his people, "Worship Allah and be pious to Him. This is most charitable (i.e., best) for you, in case you know (the Truth).
29:17 Surely you only worship, apart from Allah, graven images, and you create falsehood. Surely the ones you worship apart from Allah possess no provision for you. So seek after (your) provision from the Providence of Allah, and worship Him, and be thankful to Him. To Him you will be returned.
29:18 And in case you (i.e., the disbelievers) cry lies, then nations already cried lies even before you. And in no way is the Messenger's (duty) anything except the evident proclamation."
29:19 And have they not seen how Allah starts creation, thereafter He brings it back again. Surely that is easy for Allah.
29:20 Say, "Travel in the earth, then look how He began creation. Thereafter Allah brings into being the last bringing up. Surely Allah is Ever-Determiner of everything.
29:21 He torments whomever He decides, and He has mercy on whomever He decides. And to Him you will be turned over.
29:22 And in no way are you able to be defiant to (Him), either in the earth or in the heaven. And in no way do you have, apart from Allah, either an Ever-Patronizing Patron or a Ready Vindicator."
29:23 And the ones who disbelieve in the signs of Allah and the meeting with Him, those despair of My mercy, and those will have a painful torment.
29:24 Yet in no way was the answer of his people (anything) except that they said, "Kill him or burn him away!" Then Allah delivered him from the fire. Surely in that are indeed signs for a people who believe.
29:25 And he said, "Surely you have taken to yourselves graven images, apart form Allah, only as (a mark of mutual) amity between you in the present life (Literally: the lowly life, i.e., the life of this world) thereafter on the Day of the Resurrection you will disbelieve in each other, and you will curse each other, (Literally: some of you will curse some "others") and your abode is the Fire, and in no way will you have any vindicators."
29:26 Then Lut (Lot) believed him; and he (Ibrahim) (Abraham) said, "Surely I am migrating to my Lord; surely He, Ever He, is The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Wise."
29:27 And We bestowed upon him Ishaq (Isaac) and Yaaqub (Jacob) and made the prophethood and the Book among his offspring. And We brought him his reward in the present (life), (Literally: the lowly "life", i.e., the life of this world) and surely in the Hereafter he will be indeed among the righteous.
29:28 And Lut, as he said to his people, "Surely you indeed come up to (such) obscenity as in no way has any of the worlds (that) preceded you (done so).
29:29 Do you really come up to (obscenity) to men, and cut the way, and come up in your assembly to maleficence?" Yet, in no way was the answer of his people (anything) except that they said, "Come up with the torment of Allah in case you are of the sincere."
29:30 He said, "Lord! Give me victory over the people who are corruptors."
29:31 And as soon as Our Messengers came to Ibrahim with the good tidings, they said, "Surely we will cause the population of this town to perish; surely its population have been unjust."
29:32 He said, "Surely L?t is in it." They said, " we know best who is in it; indeed we will definitely deliver him safe and his family, except his wife; she has (become) of the laggards."
29:33 And as soon as Our Messengers (readily) came to Lut, he was vexed on their account and (his expediency) was straitened for them (i.e., He felt his hands tied up). And they said, "Do not fear nor grieve; surely we will safely deliver you and your family, except your wife; she has (become) of the laggards.
29:34 Surely we will send down upon the population of this town a chastisement from the heaven for that they have been acting immorally."
29:35 And indeed We have already left thereof a supremely evident sign for a people who consider.
29:36 And to Madyan (We sent) their brother Shuaayb. So he said, "O my people, worship Allah, and hope for the Last Day, and do not perpetrate (mischief) in the land (as) corruptors."
29:37 Yet they cried lies to him. Then the Commotion took them (away); so in the morning they became cowering (bodies) in their home-residence.
29:38 And Aad and Thamud-and (their fate) is already evident to you from their dwellings. And Ash-Shaytan (The ever-vicious, i.e., the Devil) adorned for them their deeds, (i.e., made their deeds attractive to them) so he barred them from the way, (though) they used to be keen beholders.
29:39 And Qarun (Aaron) and Firaawn (Pharaoh) and Haman- and indeed Musa (Moses) already came to them with the supreme evidence (s), yet they waxed proud in the land, and in no way were they forerunners (i.e., they were not the first people to disbelieve).
29:40 Then We took each one for his guilty (deed); so of them was he on whom We sent (a squall of) gravel and (some) whom the Shout took (away), and of them was he who was caved in (into) the earth, and some We drowned. And in no way, indeed, did Allah do (any) injustice to them, but they did injustice to themselves.
29:41 The likeness of the ones who have taken to themselves patrons apart from Allah is as the likeness of the spider that takes to itself a home; and surely the feeblest of homes is indeed the spider's house, if they knew (the Truth).
29:42 Surely Allah knows that in no way do they (really) invoke anything (else), apart from Him; and He is The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Wise.
29:43 And those similitudes, We strike them for mankind, and in no way does anyone consider them except the knowledgeable (people).
29:44 Allah created the heavens and the earth with the Truth; surely in that is indeed a sign to the believers.
29:45 Recite what has been revealed to you (i.e., the Prophet) of the Book, and keep up the prayer. Surely prayer forbids obscenity and malfeasance; and indeed the Remembrance of Allah is greater, and Allah knows whatever you (The pronoun is plural) work.
29:46 And do not dispute (This is addressed to the believers) with the population of the Book (Or: family of the Book; i.e., the Jews and Christians) except in the fairest (manner), except for the ones of them who have done injustice; and say, "We believe in that which has been sent down to us and has been sent down to you. And our God and your God is One, and to Him we are Muslims." (Literally: We surrender).
29:47 And thus We have sent down to you the Book. So the ones to whom We have brought the Book believe in it; and (some) of these believe in it; and in no way does anyone repudiate Our signs except the disbelievers.
29:48 And in no way did you recite any Book before (this), nor did you pen it with your right (hand); then the wrongdoers (Literally: the doers) would indeed suspect it.
29:49 No indeed; it (i.e., the Book) is supremely evident signs in the breasts of the ones who have been brought knowledge; and in no way does anyone repudiate Our signs except the unjust.
29:50 And they have said, " (if only) the had been signs sent down upon him from his Lord!" Say, "Surely the signs are only in the Providence of Allah, and surely I am only an evident warner."
29:51 And does it not suffice them that We have sent down upon you the Book (that is) recited to them? Surely in that is indeed a mercy and reminding to a people who believe.
29:52 Say, " Allah suffices as an Ever-Present witness between me and you. He knows whatever is in the heavens and the earth." And the ones who have believed in untruth and disbelieved in Allah, those are they who are the losers.
29:53 And they ask you to hasten the torment; and had it not been for a stated term, the torment would indeed have come to them; and indeed it will definitely come upon them suddenly, and (when) they are not aware.
29:54 They ask you to hasten the torment, and surely Hell will indeed be encompassing the disbelievers.
29:55 On the Day when the torment will envelop them from above them and from beneath their legs (i.e., their feet) and He will say, "Taste (now) whatever you were doing."
29:56 O My bondmen who have believed, surely My earth is wide; so Me (only) do you worship!
29:57 Every self will be tasting of death; thereafter to Us you will be returned.
29:58 And the ones who have believed and done deeds of righteousness, indeed We will definitely locate them in compartments of the Garden, from beneath which rivers run, eternally (abiding) therein. Excellent is the reward of the (ones) (Literally: of the doers) who do (good)!
29:59 Who (endure) patiently and put their trust in their Lord.
29:60 And (similarly) many a beast (there is) that does not bear (i.e., it does not carry burers to get its provision) its provision; Allah provides for it and for you (too); and He is The Ever-Hearing, The Ever-Knowing.
29:61 And indeed in case you were to ask them, "Who created the heavens and the earth and subjected the sun and the moon?" Indeed they would definitely say, " Allah." However then are they diverged (from the truth)?
29:62 Allah outspreads the provision to whomever He decides of His bondmen and estimates it (for all). Surely Allah is Ever-Knowing of everything.
29:63 And indeed in case you were to ask them, "Who has been sending down from the heaven water, so therewith gives life to the earth even after its death?" Indeed they would definitely say, " Allah." Say, "Praise be to Allah." No indeed, (but) most of them do not consider.
29:64 And in no way is this present life (Literally: this lowly life, i.e., the life of this world) anything except a diversion and a plaything; and surely the Last Home is indeed the (Eternal) Life, (Literally: the all-blessed life) if they know (the Truth).
29:65 So when they embark in the ships, they invoke Allah, making the religion His faithfully; then, as soon as He delivers them safe on the dry land, only then do they associate others (with Him).
29:66 Let them disbelieve in whatever We brought them, and let them take their enjoyment; then they will eventually know!
29:67 And have they not seen that We have made a sanctuary secure, and mankind are snatched away all round about them? Do they then believe in untruth and disbelieve in the favor of Allah?
29:68 And who is more unjust than he who fabricates against Allah a lie, or cries lies to the Truth as soon as it comes to him? Is there not in Hell a lodging for the disbelievers?
29:69 And the ones who have striven in (our way), (Literally: in us) indeed We will definitely guide them to Our ways; and surely Allah is indeed with the fair-doers.


   


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