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29:1  Alif Lam Mi
29:2  Do people think they will be left alone after saying ‘We believe’ without being put to the test
29:3  We tested those who went before them: God will certainly mark out which ones are truthful and which are lying
29:4  Do the evildoers think they can escape us? How ill they judge
29:5  But as for those who strive for their meeting with God, God’s appointed time is bound to come; He is the All Seeing, the All Knowing
29:6  Those who exert themselves do so for their own benefit––God does not need His creatures–&ndash
29:7  We shall certainly blot out the misdeeds of those who believe and do good deeds, and We shall reward them according to the best of their actions
29:8  We have commanded people to be good to their parents, but do not obey them if they strive to make you serve, beside Me, anything of which you have no knowledge: you will all return to Me, and I shall inform you of what you have done
29:9  We shall be sure to admit those who believe and do good deeds to the ranks of the righteous
29:10  There are some people who say, ‘We believe in God,’ but, when they suffer for His cause, they think that human persecution is as severe as God’s punishment––yet, if any help comes to you [Prophet] from your Lord, they will say, ‘We have always been with you’. Does God not know best what is in everyone’s hearts
29:11  God will be sure to mark out which ones are the believers, and which the hypocrites
29:12  Those who disbelieve say to the believers, ‘Follow our path and we shall bear [the consequences for] your sins,’ yet they will not do so––they are liars
29:13  They will bear their own burdens and others besides: they will be questioned about their false assertions on the Day of Resurrection
29:14  We sent Noah out to his people. He lived among them for fifty years short of a thousand but when the Flood overwhelmed them they were still doing evil
29:15  We saved him and those with him on the Ark. We made this a sign for all people
29:16  We also sent Abraham. He said to his people, ‘Serve God and be mindful of Him: that is better for you, if only you knew
29:17  What you worship instead of God are mere idols; what you invent is nothing but falsehood. Those you serve instead of God have no power to give you provisions, so seek provisions from God, serve Him, and give Him thanks: you will all be returned to Him
29:18  If you say this is a lie, [be warned that] other communities before you said the same. The messenger’s only duty is to give clear warning.’
29:19  Do they not see that God brings life into being and reproduces it? Truly this is easy for God
29:20  Say, ‘Travel throughout the earth and see how He brings life into being: and He will bring the next life into being. God has power over all things
29:21  He punishes whoever He will and shows mercy to whoever He will. You will all be returned to Him
29:22  You cannot escape Him on earth or in the heavens; you will have no one to protect or help you besides God.’
29:23  Those who deny God’s Revelation and their meeting with Him have no hope of receiving My grace: they will have a grievous torment
29:24  The only answer Abraham’s people gave was, ‘Kill him or burn him!’ but God saved him from the Fire: there truly are signs in this for people who believe
29:25  Abraham said to them, ‘You have chosen idols instead of God but your love for them will only last for the present life: on the Day of Resurrection, you will disown and reject one another. Hell will be your home and no one will help you.’
29:26  Lot believed him, and said, ‘I will flee to my Lord: He is the Almighty, the All Wise.’
29:27  We gave Isaac and Jacob to Abraham, and placed prophethood and Scripture among his offspring. We gave him his rewards in this world, and in the life to come he will be among the righteous
29:28  And Lot: when He said to his people, ‘You practise outrageous acts that no people before you have ever committed
29:29  How can you lust after men, waylay travellers, and commit evil in your gatherings?’ the only answer his people gave was, ‘Bring God’s punishment down on us, if what you say is true.’
29:30  So he prayed, ‘My Lord, help me against these people who spread corruption.’
29:31  When Our mes-sengers brought the good news [of the birth of a son] to Abraham,they told him, ‘We are about to destroy the people of that town. They are wrongdoers.’
29:32  Abraham said, ‘But Lot lives there.’ They answered, ‘We know who lives there better than you do. We shall save him and his household, except for his wife: she will be one of those who stay behind.’
29:33  When Our messengers came to Lot, he was troubled and distressed on their account. They said, ‘Have no fear or grief: we shall certainly save you and your household, except for your wife- she will be one of those who stay behind
29:34  and we shall send a punishment from heaven down on the people of this town because they violate [God’s order].&rsquo
29:35  We left some [of the town] there as a clear sign for those who use their reason
29:36  To the people of Midian We sent their brother Shuayb. He said, ‘My people, serve God and think ahead to the Last Day. Do not commit evil and spread corruption in the land.’
29:37  They rejected him and so the earthquake overtook them. When morning came, they were lying dead in their homes
29:38  [Remember] the tribes of 'Ad and Thamud: their history is made clear to you by [what is left of] their dwelling places. Satan made their foul deeds seem alluring to them and barred them from the right way, though they were capable of seeing
29:39  [Remember] Qarun and Pharaoh and Haman: Moses brought them clear signs, but they behaved arrogantly on earth. They could not escape U
29:40  and We punished each one of them for their sins: some We struck with a violent storm; some were overcome by a sudden blast; some We made the earth swallow; and some We drowned. It was not God who wronged them; they wronged themselves
29:41  Those who take protectors other than God can be compared to spiders building themselves houses- the spider’s is the frailest of all houses- if only they could understand
29:42  God knows what things they call upon beside Him: He is the Mighty, the Wise
29:43  Such are the comparisons We draw for people, though only the wise can grasp them
29:44  God has created the heavens and earth for a true purpose. There truly is a sign in this for those who believe
29:45  [Prophet], recite what has been revealed to you of the Scripture; keep up the prayer: prayer restrains outrageous and unacceptable behaviour. Remembering God is greater: God knows everything you are doing
29:46  [Believers], argue only in the best way with the People of the Book, except with those of them who act unjustly. Say, ‘We believe in what was revealed to us and in what was revealed to you; our God and your God are one [and the same]; we are devoted to Him.’
29:47  This is the way We sent the Scripture to you [Muhammad]. Those to whom We had already given Scripture believe in [the Quran] and so do some of these people. No one refuses to acknowledge Our revelations but the defiant
29:48  You never recited any Scripture before We revealed this one to you; you never wrote one down with your hand. If you had done so, those who follow falsehood might have had cause to doubt
29:49  But no, [this Quran] is a revelation that is clear to the hearts of those endowed with knowledge. No one refuses to acknowledge Our revelations but the evildoers
29:50  They say, ‘Why have no miracles been sent to him by his Lord?’ Say, ‘Miracles lie in God’s hands; I am simply here to warn you plainly.’
29:51  Do they not think it is enough that We have sent down to you the Scripture that is recited to them? There is a mercy in this and a lesson for believing people
29:52  Say, ‘God is sufficient witness between me and you: He knows what is in the heavens and earth. Those who believe in false deities and deny God will be the losers.’
29:53  They challenge you to hasten the punishment: they would already have received a punishment if God had not set a time for it, and indeed it will come to them suddenly and catch them unawares
29:54  They challenge you to hasten the punishment: Hell will encompass all those who deny the truth
29:55  on the Day when punishment overwhelms them from above and from below their very feet, and they will be told, ‘Now taste the punishment for what you used to do.’
29:56  My believing servants! My earth is vast, so worship Me and Me alone
29:57  Every soul will taste death, then it is to Us that you will be returned
29:58  We shall lodge those who believed and did good deeds in lofty dwellings, in the Garden graced with flowing streams, there to remain. How excellent is the reward of those who labour
29:59  those who are steadfast, those who put their trust in their Lord
29:60  How many are the creatures who do not store their sustenance! God sustains them and you: He alone is the All Hearing, the All Knowing
29:61  If you ask the disbelievers who created the heavens and earth and who harnessed the sun and moon, they are sure to say, ‘God.’ Then why do they turn away from Him
29:62  It is God who gives abundantly to whichever of His servants He will, and sparingly to whichever He will: He has full knowledge of everything
29:63  If you ask them, ‘Who sends water down from the sky and gives life with it to the earth after it has died?’ they are sure to say, ‘God.’ Say, ‘Praise belongs to God!’ Truly, most of them do not use their reason
29:64  The life of this world is merely an amusement and a diversion; the true life is in the Hereafter, if only they knew
29:65  Whenever they go on board a ship they call on God, and dedicate their faith to Him alone, but once He has delivered them safely back to land, see how they ascribe partners to Him
29:66  Let them show their ingratitude for what We have given them; let them take their enjoyment- soon they will know
29:67  Can they not see that We have made [them] a secure sanctuary though all around them people are snatched away? Then how can they believe in what is false and deny God’s blessing
29:68  Who could be more wicked than the person who invents lies about God, or denies the truth when it comes to him? Is Hell not the home for the disbelievers
29:69  But We shall be sure to guide to Our ways those who strive hard for Our cause: God is with those who do good