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Saba` (Saba, Sheba)
as rendered by Syed Vickar Ahamed
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Syed Vickar Ahamed rendition of Surah Saba, Sheba(Saba`)
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34:1 All the Praise, (admiration and gratitude) be to Allah, to Whom belong all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth: To Him be Praise in the Hereafter: And He is the All Wise (Al-Hakeem), the All Aware (Al-Khabir).
34:2 He knows (all) that which goes into the earth, and (all) that which comes out from it; (All) that which comes down from the heaven, and (all) that which rises to it; And He is the Most Merciful (Ar-Raheem), the Often Forgiving (Al-Ghafoor).
34:3 The unbelievers say: "The Hour will never come to us;" Say: "No! By my Lord, but most surely, it will come upon you— By Him Who knows (everything) not (even) seen— From Whom is not hidden the smallest little (indivisible) particle in the heavens or on earth: And there is not a thing less than that, or greater, which is not clearly written in the Clear Book (Record):
34:4 "That He may reward those who believe and work deeds of righteousness: For such (persons there) is forgiveness and most generous ways (and means) to live."
34:5 But those who strive against Our Signs, to stop them (from success) in every way.— For such (persons there) will be a Penalty— A Punishment that is most humiliating.
34:6 And those to whom knowledge has come see that the (Revelation) sent down to you (O Prophet, is) from your Lord— That (it) is the Truth, and that it guides to the Path of the (One Allah) Supreme in Strength (Aziz), Worthy of all Praise (Hameed).
34:7 (To mock) the unbelievers say: "Shall we show you a man who will tell you, (that) when you are all thrown about in dust with total disintegration, that you shall (then be raised) in a New Creation?
34:8 "Has he invented a lie against Allah, or has madness (seized) him?"— No, but those who do not believe in the Hereafter, (they) are in (real) penalty, and in greatest error.
34:9 Do they not see what is before them and (what is) behind them, of the heaven and the earth? If We wished, We could make the earth swallow them up, or make a piece of the heaven fall upon them. Surely, in this is a Sign for the (loyal) servant who turns to Allah (in repentance).
34:10 And indeed, We have bestowed grace on Dawood (David) from Us, by saying: (And by ordering the mountains and birds) "O you Mountains! Glorify the Name of Allah with him! And you birds (also sing back with him)!" And We made the iron soft for him—
34:11 (By saying to him), "You make perfect coats of (metallic) rings and by balancing the rings of chain in the (defensive) clothing, and you work rightful deeds; For be sure, I am All Seeing (Baseer) of all that you do."
34:12 And (We made) the Wind (obedient) to Sulaiman (Solomon): Its early morning (flow) was a months (journey), and its evening (flow) was a months (journey); And We made a (large) container (made) from molten brass to flow (like water) for him; And by the leave of their Lord, there were jinns' that worked in front of him, and if anyone of them turned away from Our command, We made him taste the penalty of the blazing Fire.
34:13 They (the jinns') worked for him as he wished (making) arches, images, basins (to hold liquids) as large as ponds (of water) and (large cooking vats or) kettles held (firmly in places): "Family of Dawood (David), you work with thanks! But only a few of My servants are thankful!"
34:14 Then when We ordered the death (for Sulaiman) nothing showed them (the jinns') his death except a little worm from the earth, which (slowly) kept biting away at his stick (staff): So when he (Sulaiman) fell down, the jinns' clearly saw that, if they had known the unseen, they would not have been in the humiliating penalty (of their work for him).
34:15 (Even) before this time, there was Sign for (the people of the City of) Saba (Sheba, see verse 27.22) in their home-land two (rows of) Gardens to the right and to the left. Eat from the provisions (provided) by your Lord, and be grateful to Him: A fair and happy place (for the) City, and a Lord Often Forgiving (Ghafoor)!
34:16 But they turned away (from Allah), and against them, We sent a flood from the dams, and We made their two (rows of) Gardens into gardens growing bitter bad fruit, and shrubs and some few lote-trees (thorny bushes).
34:17 That was the repayment We gave them because they thanklessly rejected Faith: And We never give (such) repayment except to those who are thankless disbelievers (of Faith).
34:18 And We had placed for them, between the Towns on which We had granted Our blessings, (other) Cities in important locations, and between them We had fixed stages of journey in due proportion, saying: "Travel in there, safely, by night and by day."
34:19 But they said: "Our Lord! Place longer distances between the stages of our journey." And (so doing), they wronged themselves; So We made them like a story (that is told in the land), and We spread them out all in small groups. Surely, in this are Signs for every (one who is) always patient and grateful.
34:20 And indeed, Satan did prove his true purpose to be against them: And they followed him all, except a group who believed.
34:21 And he had no authority over them— Except that We may test the man who believes in the Hereafter, from him who is in doubt about it: And your Lord watches Protectively (Hafeez) over all things.
34:22 (O Prophet!) Say: "Call upon those who you think are your other (gods), besides Allah: (But) they have no power— Not the weight of an atom— In the heavens or on earth: Nor any share do they have in there nor is any of them a helper to Allah.
34:23 "No intercession (or help) can be of use in His Presence except for those to whom He has given permission. So far (is this true) that, when the fear is taken away from their (even the angel’s) hearts, they will say: ‘What is it that your Lord ordered?’ (But then again) they will say: 'That which is true and just; And He is the Highest (Al-Ali’i), the Greatest (Al-Kabir).' "
34:24 Say: "Who gives you provision (your livelihood), from the heavens and (from) the earth?" Say: "It is Allah; And it is (also) certain that either we or you are in right guidance or in clear error!"
34:25 Say: "You shall not be asked about our sins, and we shall not be asked about what you do."
34:26 Say: "Our Lord will bring (all of) us together and in the end, (He) will judge the matter between us in truth and justice: And He is the One to judge (Al-Fatta'h), the All Knowing (Al-Aleem, of the true status of all affairs)."
34:27 Say: "Show me those whom you have joined with Him as 'partners' (to Him): Nay! But He is Allah, the Almighty (Al-Aziz), All Wise (Al-Hakeem)."
34:28 And We have not sent you except as one to give them good news, and to warn them (of the punishment; As a messenger and a guide to mankind), but most men do not understand.
34:29 And they say: "When will this promise (come true), if you are (really) telling the truth?"
34:30 Say: "The time (fixed) for you is till a Day, which you cannot delay even by an hour nor make it sooner."
34:31 And those who disbelieve say: "We shall neither believe in this Quran nor in (any) that (came) before it." But if you could only see when the wrongdoer will be made to stand before their Lord, shifting the word (blaming) one another! Those who had been disliked will say to the proud and arrogant ones: "If it was not for you, we should certainly have been believers!"
34:32 Those who were arrogant will say to those weak ones: "Did we keep you back from Guidance (even) after it reached you? No! Instead, it was you were at fault."
34:33 Those who were the weak ones will say to the arrogant ones: "No! It was a (your) plot by day and by night: When, you (always) ordered us to be thankless to Allah and to find (others) equal with Him!" And they will say (their) repentance when they see the Penalty: And We shall put (stiff) clamps on the necks of the unbelievers: It would only be a repayment for their (ill) deeds.
34:34 And We never sent a warner to a (group in) town but the wealthy ones from them said: "We do not believe in the (Message) with which you (the warner) have been sent with."
34:35 And they said: "We have more in wealth and sons, and we are not going to be punished."
34:36 Say: "Surely, my Lord gives more or less things to whom He pleases, but most men do not understand."
34:37 And it is not your wealth, nor your children, that will bring you (by the least bit) nearer to Us: But only those who believe and work righteousness— These are the ones for whom there is an increased Reward many times for their deeds, while they are safely placed in (the high home of) Paradise in peaceful bliss.
34:38 And those who work against Our Signs, to block and impede them, they will be put in punishment.
34:39 Say: "Surely, my Lord gives more or less livelihood to those of His servants as He pleases: And there is nothing of what you spend in the least (for Him) that He does not replace it: And He is the Best of those to give livelihood (Khair-ur-Razikheen)."
34:40 And the Day He will gather them all together, and say to the angels, "Was it you that these men used to worship?"
34:41 They (the angels) will say: "Glory to You! — You are (our) Protector (Wali), not them. No! But they worshipped the jinns': Most of them (even) believed in them (jinns')."
34:42 So, today (the Day or Judgment), no one can help or harm each other: And We shall say to the wrongdoers, "You taste the Penalty of the Fire; The one which you used to deny!"
34:43 And when Our Clear Signs (verses) are recited to them, they say: "Here is only a man who wishes to get in your way of the (worship) which your fathers practiced." And they say: "This is only a lie that is invented!" And about the Truth, when it comes to them the unbelievers say, "This is nothing but clear magic!"
34:44 And We had not given them the Books (of Scripture) that they could read (and understand), nor sent messengers to them before you as warners.
34:45 And their earlier generations rejected (the Truth): These have not received a tenth (of the Guidance) of what We had granted to those: Yet when they rejected My messengers how (terrible) was My rejection (of them)!
34:46 Say: "I do warn (and advice) you on one point: That you stand up before Allah— (Either) in pairs, or as single (individuals)— And think deeply (within yourselves): Your Companion (the Prophet) is not possessed: He is no less than a warner to you, (as those) who will face a terrible Penalty."
34:47 Say: "Whatever reward I might have asked from you is yours: My reward is only to come from Allah; And He is a Witness (Shaheed) over all things."
34:48 Say: "Surely, my Lord sheds the (brightness of) truth (over some of His servants)— He, Who is All Knowing of what is hidden (Aa'lam- Al-Ghaib)."
34:49 Say: "The Truth (Al-Haqq) has come (now), and lies neither create anything new, nor bring back anything (hidden)."
34:50 Say: "If I am lost (from the Straight Way), my loss will only harm my own soul: But if I receive guidance, it is because of the inspiration from my Lord to me: Verily, He is All Hearing (Sami’), the Nearest (Khareeb to all)."
34:51 If you can only see when they will tremble with fear; But at that time there will be no escape and they will be grabbed from a place very near.
34:52 And they will say: "We believe (now) in the (Truth);" But how can they receive (Faith) from a place (so) far away—
34:53 Knowing that they rejected Faith before, and that they told lies about the Unseen from a place far off?
34:54 And between them and their desires, a barrier is placed, as was done (and a barrier placed) in the past with the people of their party: Verily, they were truly in a grave doubt.


   


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