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29:1  Alif. Lam. Meem.
29:2  Do people think they will be left alone, just stating, “We believe,” without being tested?
29:3  We tested those before them. God will certainly discern the truthful from the liars.
29:4  Do those who commit evil think they can outmaneuver Us? How delusional they are!
29:5  Whoever hopes to meet God, the appointed time of God is surely coming. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
29:6  Whoever strives, strives for his own benefit. God is self-sufficient, beyond the need of the worlds.
29:7  As for those who believe and lead righteous lives, We will erase their sins and reward them according to the best of their actions.
29:8  We’ve instructed man to honor his parents. However, if they pressure you to associate anything with Me, which you don’t know, don’t obey them. To Me is your return, and I will inform you of everything you did.
29:9  Those who believe and do righteous deeds will be among the righteous.
29:10  Some people profess, “We believe in God.” But when they suffer for God’s sake, they equate human persecution with God’s punishment. Yet, when help comes to them from your Lord, they say, “We were always with you.” Doesn’t God know what resides in the hearts of all beings?
29:11  God will distinguish the believers from the hypocrites.
29:12  Those who disbelieve say to the believers, “Follow our path, and we will carry your sins.” Yet they can’t carry any of their sins. They are liars.
29:13  They will carry their own burdens, and other burdens along with their own. And on Resurrection Day, they will be questioned about their false assertions.
29:14  We sent Noah to his people, and he lived among them for a millennium, less fifty years. Then, the flood seized them while they persisted in wrongdoing.
29:15  But We rescued him and those with him in the Ark, and We made it a symbol for all peoples.
29:16  Consider Abraham, who said to his people, “Worship God and revere Him; this is better for you, if only you understood.
29:17  You worship idols besides God and invent lies. The idols you worship apart from God don’t possess provision for you. Therefore, seek sustenance from God, worship Him, and give thanks to Him. To Him, you will be returned.”
29:18  If you deny the truth, nations before you have also denied. The Messenger’s only duty is to deliver the message clearly.
29:19  Didn’t they see how God originates creation and then repeats it? This is easy for God.
29:20  Say, “Travel through the earth and observe how He initiated creation.” Then, God will produce the next existence. God has power over everything.
29:21  He punishes whom He wills, and He shows mercy to whom He wills. And to Him, you will be restored.
29:22  You can’t escape from Him on Earth or in the heavens, and you have neither protector nor helper besides God.
29:23  Those who reject God’s revelations and the meeting with Him have despaired of My mercy and will face severe punishment.
29:24  The only response of his people was that they said, “Kill him or burn him!” Yet, God saved him from the Fire. In this are signs for those who believe.
29:25  He said, “Instead of God, you’ve taken to worshiping idols; your mutual love will last only in the life of this world; then on the Day of Resurrection, you will deny each other and curse each other; and your refuge shall be the fire, and you will have no helpers.”
29:26  Lot believed in him. He said, “I am migrating to my Lord. He is the Almighty, the Wise.”
29:27  And We gave him Isaac and Jacob, and in his lineage, We established prophethood and the Scripture. We gave him his reward in this life, and in the Hereafter, he will be among the righteous.
29:28  Lot told his people, “You commit such indecency as no other community has ever committed.
29:29  You approach men with desire, cut off roads, and commit indecency in your gatherings.” But his people only responded, “Bring upon us God’s punishment, if you are truthful.”
29:30  He prayed, “My Lord, give me victory against these corrupt people.”
29:31  When Our messengers brought the good news to Abraham, they also announced, “We are about to destroy the inhabitants of this town, for they are immersed in sin.”
29:32  He protested, “But Lot resides there!” They replied, “We are well aware of who resides there. We will rescue him and his family, except for his wife, destined to be among those left behind.”
29:33  When Our messengers arrived at Lot’s home, they were mistreated, and he was distressed on their account. They reassured him, saying, “Fear not, nor grieve, We will save you and your family, except for your wife, destined to be among the doomed.”
29:34  “We are going to bring down on the people of this town a punishment from the sky due to their transgressions.”
29:35  We left behind a clear sign of it for those who reason.
29:36  And to Midian, their brother Shuaib. He implored, “O my people, worship God, have hope in the Last Day and don’t create disorder in the land.”
29:37  But they rejected him, and the earthquake engulfed them, leaving them lifeless in their homes.
29:38  And Aad, and Thamud—it became clear to you from their dwellings. Satan made their deeds appear pleasing to them, leading them astray from the path, even though they could see.
29:39  And Korah, Pharaoh, and Haman—Moses came to them with clear signs, but they behaved arrogantly in the land. Yet, they weren’t out of reach.
29:40  We seized each of them for their sins. Some We swept away in a sandstorm; a blast struck others; some We caused the earth to swallow; and others We drowned. It was not God who wronged them, but they wronged themselves.
29:41  The example of those who take allies other than God is like that of the spider who builds a house. Yet, the weakest of houses is the house of the spider—if they only knew.
29:42  God knows whatever they invoke besides Him. He is the Mighty, the Wise.
29:43  We present such parables to people, but only those with knowledge can comprehend them.
29:44  God created the heavens and the earth with truth. In this, there is a sign for believers.
29:45  Communicate what has been revealed to you from the Scripture, and establish prayer. Prayer repels immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of God is even greater. God is fully aware of what you do.
29:46  Debate with the People of the Scripture only in the kindest manner, except with those who do wrong among them. And say, “We believe in what was revealed to us, and in what was revealed to you. Our God and your God is One, and to Him we submit.”
29:47  Thus, We revealed the Scripture to you. Those to whom We gave the Scripture, as well as some of these, believe in it. None renounce our verses except the unbelievers.
29:48  You didn’t recite any scripture before this or write one with your right hand. If you had, the fabricators of falsehood would have doubted.
29:49  Rather, these are clear signs in the hearts of those endowed with knowledge. None reject Our verses except the unjust.
29:50  They question, “Why are no miracles sent down to him from his Lord?” Respond, “The miracles are solely with God, and I am simply a plain warner.”
29:51  Isn’t it sufficient for them that We revealed to you the Scripture, which is conveyed to them? In it are mercy and reminders for those who believe.
29:52  Say, “God is sufficient as a witness between me and you. He knows everything in the heavens and on earth. Those who believe in falsehood and reject God—they are the ones who will be the losers.”
29:53  They urge you to hasten the punishment. If not for a set term, the punishment would’ve already come upon them. Yet, it will come upon them suddenly while they are unaware.
29:54  They urge you to hasten the punishment. Hell will undoubtedly envelop the unbelievers.
29:55  On the Day when the punishment will envelop them from above them and from below their feet, He will say, “Taste what you used to do!”
29:56  O My servants who have believed, My earth is vast, so worship only Me.
29:57  Every soul will taste death. Then, you will be returned to Us.
29:58  Those who believe and lead righteous lives, We will settle them in Paradise, in dwellings beneath which rivers flow, where they will stay forever. What an excellent reward for the workers.
29:59  Those who exercise patience and put their trust in their Lord.
29:60  Consider the many creatures that don’t carry their sustenance. God provides for them and for you. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
29:61  If you were to ask them, “Who created the heavens and the earth? Who governs the sun and the moon?” They would surely reply, “God.” How then are they deluded?
29:62  God extends the provision for whom He wills of His beings and restricts it. God is fully aware of all things.
29:63  If you were to ask them, “Who sends down rain from the sky, thereby reviving the lifeless earth?” They would surely answer, “God.” Then say, “Praise be to God!” Yet, most of them don’t apply their intellect.
29:64  This worldly life is nothing more than diversion and entertainment. And indeed, the home of the Hereafter—that’s the life, if only they knew.
29:65  When they board a vessel, they call upon God, devoting their prayers solely to Him. However, once He delivers them safely to land, they attribute partners to Him.
29:66  In doing so, they display ingratitude for what We’ve given them. Let them indulge in it. Soon, they will realize.
29:67  Can’t they see that We’ve established a secure sanctuary, while people are being snatched away all around them? Do they place their faith in falsehood and deny God’s blessings?
29:68  Who could be more unjust than the one who invents lies against God or denies the truth when it comes to him? Isn’t there a place in Hell reserved for the unbelievers?
29:69  Those who strive for Us, We will guide them along Our oaths. God is with those who do good.