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The Romans have been defeated…
…in a land close by. After their defeat, however, they will become victorious.
[This will happen] within a few years. Allah has the command of the past and future. On that day, believers will rejoice.
[It will be] with the help of Allah. He helps whomever He will. He is Victorious, Most Merciful.
[It is] the promise of Allah. Allah never fails in His promise. Most people don’t understand, however.
They only know what appears of this world. They are unaware of the hereafter.
Do (the unbelievers) not ponder in their own minds? Only for good cause and for a determined time did Allah create the skies and the earth and all among them. Yet, certainly there are many among people who deny their meeting with their Lord.
Do they not travel throughout the earth and see what was the end of those before them? They were superior to them in strength, they tilled the soil. They populated in greater numbers than these [unbelievers] have done. Their messengers came to them with evidence, which they rejected. Allah did not wrong them, but they wronged their own souls.
In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil, because they rejected the signs of Allah and displayed them for ridicule.
Allah alone begins creation and then repeats it. You shall then be returned to Him.
On the day that the hour [of judgment] happens, the guilty will be dumbstruck with despair.
No intercessor will be among their partners, and they will reject their partners.
On the day that the hour happens, people will be divided.
Those who have believed and lived righteously will be in a state of delight.
Those who have rejected faith and denied Our signs and the meeting of the hereafter will be brought to the punishment.
So glorify Allah at twilight and when you rise in the morning.
Yes, to Him be praise in Heaven and on Earth, in evening and noon.
He brings the living from the dead and the dead from the living. He gives life to the earth after it appears dead; thus, you shall be brought.
Among His signs is that He created you from dust, and then, behold, you were human beings, dispersed.
Among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves so that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy among you. Truly, in this are signs for people who ponder.
Among His signs are the creation of the skies and Earth, and the variations in your languages and your [skin] colors. Truly, in these are signs for those of knowledge.
Among His signs are your sleep night or day and your pursuit of His bounty. Truly, in these are signs for people who listen.
Among His signs is that He shows you the lightning which invokes fear [for the destruction it may bring] and hope [for the rain it may bring]. He sends down rain from the sky. With it, He gives life to a dead earth. Truly, in these are signs for people who are wise.
Among His signs are that Heaven and Earth stand by His command and that when He calls you by a single call, behold, you will emerge from the earth.
To Him belongs every being in Heaven and on Earth; all are devoutly obedient to Him.
He is the One who begins creation and then repeats it, and for Him that is quite easy. For Him are the most meritorious similes in Heaven and on Earth, for He is the Victorious, the Perfectly Wise.
He offers you an example from your own life: Do you have partners from among your servants with whom you share equally from the wealth We have given you? Do you fear them as you fear others [in your position]? [How then can people equate things of creation with the Creator?] Thus do We explain the verses in detail to people using reasoning skills.
The sinners, however, follow their own desires, being void of knowledge. Who can guide those whom Allah leaves astray? For them there are no aids.
So lift your face sincerely to the faith, which is natural according to how Allah made humanity. No change [should be] in the design of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most people do not understand.
Repent to Him, fear Him, establish routine prayers, and do not be among the polytheists.
[Do not be among] those who fragment their religion so that each sect rejoices with its own doctrine.
When trouble comes to people, they cry to their Lord and turn to Him. When He gives them a taste of mercy from Himself, some of them credit other gods with their Lord.
[This] shows their ingratitude for what We have bestowed on them. Enjoy! Soon, however, you will come to realization.
Or have We sent down authority to them that shows them what to credit with Him?
When We give people a taste of mercy, they rejoice in it. When some tragedy afflicts them as a result of their own actions, they are in despair.
Do they not see that Allah enlarges or restricts the provision to whomever He pleases? Truly, in that are signs for those who believe.
Give what is due to relatives, the needy, and the traveler. That is best for those who seek the countenance of Allah. It is they who will prosper.
What you give in usury to increase other people’s wealth will have no profit with Allah. That which you give for required charity, seeking the countenance of Allah, will grant you a multiplied benefit.
It is Allah who has created you, and He has provided for your sustenance. He will cause you to die, and again He will give you life. Can any of your partners do a single one of those things? Glory to Him! He is above the partners they attribute.
Corruption has appeared on land and sea because of what people have wrought with their hands. [This is so] that (Allah) may give them a taste of some of their deeds so that they may return [to Him].
Say, “Travel across the land and see what happened to those before you. Most of them worshiped others besides Allah.”
Set your face toward the true religion before Allah sends the day from which there is no chance of escape. On that day, people will be divided.
Those who reject faith will suffer from that rejection. Those who live righteously are preparing for themselves [for a blessed life in the hereafter].
This is so He may, from His bounty, reward those who believe and live righteously. Indeed, He does not love the unbelievers.
Among His signs is that He sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings. They give you a taste of His mercy so that ships may sail by His command and you may seek His bounty so you may be grateful.
Indeed, before you [Muhammed], We sent messengers to their peoples. They came to them with clear signs. To those who continued to sin, We handed out punishment. It was Our will to help the believers.
Allah sends the winds, and they raise the clouds. He spreads them in the sky as He wills. He breaks them into fragments until you see raindrops coming from their midst. When He has caused (the raindrops) to reach as many of His servants as He will, (the servants) rejoice.
Just before receiving the rain, however, they were surely in despair.
Think about the effects of Allah’s mercy. [Think about] how He gives life to a dead earth. Truly, He will give life to dead people. He is Most Capable over all things.
If We send a wind that yellows [their crops], they become ungrateful.
Truly, you cannot make the dead to hear. You cannot make the unhearing to hear the call when they turn and retreat.
You cannot lead the unseeing back from their straying. The only ones you can cause to hear are those who believe in Our signs and submit.
Allah created you in a state of weakness, and then gave strength after weakness. After strength, he gave weakness and gray hair. He creates as He wills. He is the All-knowing, the Most Capable.
On the day the hour will be established, the sinners will swear that they tarried [in death] only an hour. They were so deluded!
Those with knowledge and faith, however, will say, “Indeed, you tarried, by Allah’s decree, till the Day of Resurrection, and this is the Day of Resurrection. You were unaware, however.”
On that day, their excuses will not help the sinners, and they will not be invited to seek grace.
Truly, We have explained for people, in this Qur’an, every kind of parable. If you bring to them any sign, the unbelievers are sure to say, “You do nothing but talk nonsense.”
That is how Allah seals the hearts of those without wisdom.
Persevere with patience. Truly the promise of Allah is true. Do not let your faith be shaken by those who have no faith.