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al-`Ankabut (The Spider)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi
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Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Spider(al-`Ankabut)
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29:1 These are some of the letters of the Arabic language that appear at the beginning of some Qur'aanic chapters. Significance of these letters is a mystery. Omniscient Allah has perhaps purposely kept it mysterious to remind mankind of the limitation of knowledge that it is bestowed with.
29:2 Do people think that they shall be left alone once they say "We believe" and that they shall not be tested?
29:3 And We did test those before them. And then Allah does certainly know those that are truthful and He does certainly know those that lie.
29:4 Or do those who do ill deeds think that they shall outsmart Us? How badly do they judge!
29:5 Let him, who is hopeful of meeting Allah, know that the term fixed by Allah for the meeting is surely coming! And He is the One wbo listens, the One who knows.
29:6 And he who strives, strives only for himself! Allah is indeed Independent of the worlds.
29:7 And those who believe and do righteous deeds, We shall certainly purge them of their bad deeds and shall certainly reward them for the good work that they did.
29:8 And We have instructed mankind to be good to one's own parents. And if the two (parents) try to make you worship besides Me anyone that you have no knowledge of, obey them not! To Me is your return, and then I shall tell you what you have been doing.
29:9 And those who believe and do righteous deeds, We shall certainly put them among the righteous.
29:10 And among the people there are some who say, "We believe in Allah." Then when they get hurt in Allah's way, they treat man-inflicted persecution as Allah's punishment. And then, if help comes from your Lord, they say, "We were indeed with you." Is not Allah well aware of what is going on in the minds of the worlds ?
29:11 And Allah does certainly know those who believe, and He does certainly know the hypocrites.
29:12 And those who suppress the Truth say to those who believe, "Follow our path, and we shall surely bear with your errors. And they shall bear with none of their errors! They are liars, certainly indeed!"
29:13 And surely they shall bear their burdens and bear other burdens besides their own. And surely they shall be questioned on the Day of Resurrection about things they fabricated.
29:14 And We did send Noah to his people. And he lived among them for a thousand years, save fifty. Then the deluge overtook them, and they were wicked.
29:15 Then We saved him and those in the Ark, and made it a sign for the worlds.
29:16 And (We did send) Abraham (to his people) when he told them, "Worship Allah, and fear Him! That is good for you if you but knew."
29:17 "You worship mere idols instead of Allah, and you create a falsehood. Indeed, those whom you worship instead of Allah can provide you with nothing! Seek the provision therefore with Allah, worship Him, and give Him thanks. To Him it is that you shall be returned."
29:18 "And if you deny, then communities before you had also denied. And the Messenger is responsible only to deliver the divine Message clearly."
29:19 Do they not see how Allah generates creation and then regenerates it? That is indeed easy for Allah.
29:20 Say, "Travel on the earth and see how He has originated creation. And then Allah shall raise another type of existence. Indeed, Allah can do anything!"
29:21 He punishes whom He wills, and shows mercy to whom He wills. And Him you shall be turned to.
29:22 And you can get away neither on the earth nor in the heavens. And, besides Allah, there is none to be close to or to help you!
29:23 Those who suppress the signs of Allah and disbelieve in their meeting with Him, they shall despair of My mercy, and those are the ones for whom shall there be a painful punishment!
29:24 The response of his (Abraham's) people then was naught but that they said, "Kill him, or put him into fire." Then Allah saved him from the fire. Therein indeed are signs for a people who believe.
29:25 And he (Abraham) said, "You have taken mere idols, instead of Allah, as mutual objects of affection amongst you in the life of this world. Then on the Day of Resurrection you shall deny each other and you shall curse each other. And the Fire shall be your abode. And you shall have none to help you."
29:26 And Lot believed in him. And he said, "I am indeed migrating to my Lord! He is indeed the One Omnipotent, Wise."
29:27 And We bestowed on him Isaac and Jacob, and We placed among his posterity prophethood and the Book, and We granted him his reward in this World, and certainly indeed in the Hereafter he shall be among the righteous!
29:28 And Lot! When he said to his people, "You do certainly indeed commit the indecency (homosexuality) which none has committed before you in the Worlds."
29:29 "You do come to men (for sexual pleasure, instead of to women ), you waylay, and you do forbidden things in your assemblies, do you!?" Then the answer of his people was naught but that they said, "Bring Allah's punishment on us if what you say is true."
29:30 Lot said, "My Lord! Help me against these corrupt people."
29:31 And when Our Messengers (angels) came to Abraham with the glad tidings for him (of imminent birth of a son), they said, "We are going to destroy the inhabitants of that locality (to whom Lot was sent). Indeed, the inhabitants thereof have been wicked!
29:32 Abraham said, "But Lot lives therein!" The angels said, "We know who live therein. We shall certainly save him and his household except for his wife. She is to be among those left behind."
29:33 And when Our Messengers (angels) came to Lot, he was worried about them, and he felt powerless to protect them. And they said, "Fear not, nor grieve. We shall indeed save you and your household except for your wife. She is to be among those left behind.
29:34 We are indeed going to bring down upon the inhabitants of this city a scourge from the heaven, for they have rebelled against Allah's commandments.
29:35 And verily We have left thereof a manifest sign for a people who reflect.
29:36 And to Midian (people) We sent their brother, Shu'aib. He said, "O my people! Worship Allah, prepare yourselves for the Last Day, and do no harm on the earth wickedly."
29:37 And they disbelieved him! And then a violent convulsion shook them, and they lay buried in the debris of their homes.
29:38 And (the peoples of) AAad and Thamood! Verily, their destruction is apparent to you from their dwellings. The Satan made their deeds look good to them, and thus hindered them from the Right Path that was within their sight.
29:39 And Korah (Qaroon) and Pharaoh and Haman! Verily, Moses came to them with the clear signs. Yet they behaved arrogantly in the land. But they could not get ahead.
29:40 We then got hold of everyone for his crime. Of them were some on whom We sent a violent storm; and of them were some who were overtaken by a deafening blast; and of them were some with whom We sank the earth; and of them were some whom We drowned. And Allah wronged them not, but they wronged themselves!
29:41 Those taking patrons other than Allah are like the spider building a web of a house. And, certainly indeed, the frailest of all houses is the spider's house — if they but knew!
29:42 Allah does indeed know anything they invoke besides Him (to be as weak as the spider's web). And He is the One omnipotent, wise.
29:43 And We give these examples for mankind. And none, but the knowledgeable, understandh them.
29:44 Allah hath created the heavens and the earth in truth. Certainly indeed, therein is a sign for the believers.
29:45 "Recite what is revealed to you of the Book and establish the prayer !" The prayer indeedh prevents man from doing indecent and forbidden things: and surely remembrance of Allah is great. And Allah knows what you do.
29:46 And argue not with the people of the Book but in the best manner, except with those of them who are unjust and wicked. And say, "We believe in that which has been sent down to us and in that which hath been sent down to you. The One we ought to worship and the One you ought to worship are One and the Same Being. And to that Being we submit."
29:47 And just as (We had sent down Books on Prophets like Jesus and Moses earlier) We have sent down to you the Book (Qur'aan). So those to whom We have given the Book believe therein, and of these (others) too some believe therein. And none dispute Our Verses/signs save those who suppress the Truth.
29:48 And you (Prophet Muhammad) have not read any book before it (Qur'aan), nor have you written anything in your own hand. Had you been so literate, the followers of falsehood might have some reason to doubt (the divine authorship of the Qur'aan).
29:49 But it (Qur'aan) in itself is embodiment of manifest signs in the minds of those given knowledge. And none dispute Our Verses/signs save those that are wicked.
29:50 And they say, "Why are no miracles sent down upon him from his Lord?" Say, "The miracles are with Allah alone, and I am but one who gives clear warnings!"
29:51 Is it not sufficient for them that We have sent down the Book (Qur'aan) to you that is recited to them? Therein, certainly indeed, is mercy and admonition for people who believe!
29:52 Say, "It is sufficient that Allah is witness between me and you. He knows whatsoever is there in the heavens and the earth. And those who believe in falsehood and disbelieve in Allah, it is they who shall be the ones doomed!"
29:53 And they ask you to hasten the punishment. And had not there been a term appointed, the punishment would surely have come to them. And surely it shall come upon them suddenly, unawares.
29:54 They ask you to hasten the punishment. And, certainly indeed, Hell is surrounding the suppressors of Truth,
29:55 The Day when the punishment shall cover them from above them and from underneath their feet. And He shall say, "Taste what you have been doing!"
29:56 O my believing worshippers! My earth is indeed wide. So worship Me alone (and succumb to no force compelling you to worship others)!
29:57 Everyone shall taste death. Then to Us you shall all be returned.
29:58 And We shall surely settle those who believe and do righteous deeds in lofty mansions of the Garden beneath which the rivers flow. They shall live therein forever — excellent reward for those who do good deeds.
29:59 (The excellent reward is) for those who are patient and put their trust in their Lord!
29:60 And how many a creature there is that carries not its provision! Allah provides for it and for you. And He is the One Who always listens, knows.
29:61 And were you to ask them, "Who has created the heavens and the earth and made the sun and the moon subservient?" they would surely say, "Allah." How then are they deluded?
29:62 Allah gives the provision for living in ample measure to whom He wills of His subjects and restricts it to whom He wills. Allah is indeed aware of everything.
29:63 And were you to ask them, "Who sends down water from the heaven, and therewith brings the earth back to life after its death?" they would surely say, "Allah." Say, "All praise to Allah!" But most of them reflect not.
29:64 And this life of the world is nothing but pastime and play. And the home of the Hereafter — that is life indeed, if they but knew!
29:65 And when they board a vessel they pray exclusively to Allah as if they keep their way of life purely for Him. Then when He delivers them safely on the land, they pray to others besides Him!
29:66 So that they remain ungrateful despite what We have given to them, and so that they enjoy themselves. Soon they shall come to know!
29:67 Do they not see that We have made it (Makkah) into a sanctuary of peace, while men are being snatched away from around them? Do they then believe in falsehood, and turn unfrateful to Allah's favours!?
29:68 And who does a greater wrong than he who concocts a lie against Allah or rejects the truth when it comes to him? Do not the supprssors of Truth deserve an abode in Hell?
29:69 And those who strive hard for us, We shall surely show them Our paths. And Allah surely indeed is with those who perform their duties well!


   


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