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Saba` (Saba, Sheba)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi
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Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah Saba, Sheba(Saba`)
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34:1 Praise to Allah! To Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. And to Him belongs praise in the Hereafter! And He is the One wise, aware.
34:2 He knows what goes down into the earth and what comes out of it, and what comes down from the heavens and what goes up there. And He is the Merciful, the Forgiving.
34:3 And those who suppress the Truth say, "The Hour (the time when the present world will end and the Hereafter begin) is not going to come to us ever." Say, "Yes, by my Lord, the Knower of the unseen! It is certainly going to come to you." No mass (weight) particle is hidden from Him, either in the heavens or in the earth. And nor is there anything less than that nor greater, but clearly recorded.
34:4 (The Hour is indeed going to come) in order that He (Allah) may reward those who believe and do good deeds. For them there is forgiveness and a noble provision.
34:5 And for those who strive hard to defeat the purpose of Our Messages, there is punishment of a painful scourge.
34:6 And those who have been given knowledge see that what is revealed to you from your Lord is the Truth, and that it guides towards the path of the Omnipotent, the Praised One.
34:7 And those who suppress the Truth say, "Shall we show you a man who informs you that, when you are completely shred into tiny pieces, you will even then be created anew!?"
34:8 "Has he forged a lie against Allah or has he gone mad?" Nay! Those who believe not in the Hereafter are suffering a far-reaching delusion.
34:9 See they not what is before them and what is behind them of the heaven and the earth? If We so will, We can cause the earth to swallow them or bring down upon them a chunk of the heavens. There is indeed a sign in this for every obedient human turning in repentance to Allah.
34:10 And We certainly granted David favours from Us. "O mountains and the birds! Sing Allah's praises with him (David)." And We softened the iron for him.
34:11 "Make armour (with the softened iron), and measure its links correctly. And do good deeds. I (Allah) do indeed see what you do."
34:12 And for Solomon (We made) the wind (subservient). It sailed a distance of a month's journey in the morning and a month's journey in the evening. And We made a fountain of molten brass to flow for him. And of the jinn there were those who worked under him by his Lord's command. And whoever from among them failed to act upon Our command, We made him taste the punishment of burning.
34:13 They made for him what he pleased — of prayer halls and statues, and bowls like water reservoirs and fixed cooking-pots. "Do your work thankfully, O people of David!" And few among My human subjects are grateful.
34:14 And when We decreed death on him (Solomon), nothing made them aware of his death but a creature of the earth that ate away the stick he was leaning on. So when he fell down, it made the jinn aware that, if they had knowledge of the unseen, they would not have continued to suffer in humiliation.
34:15 Certainly there was a sign for Sheba in their abode: two gardens, on the right and on the left. Eat of your Lord's provision and give thanks to Him. A good land and a Forgiving Lord!
34:16 But they turned away (from the Right Path). Then We sent upon them an inundating flood. And in place of their two gardens, We gave them two gardens yielding bitter fruit and growing tamarisk and some stunted Sidr.
34:17 We punished them thus because they suppressed the Truth. And We punish none but those who suppress the Truth.
34:18 And between them and the towns which We had blessed with our bounties, We had placed other townships within sight of one another to facilitate secure journeys therein, by night and by day.
34:19 But then they said, "Our Lord! Make the stages of our journeys longer." And they wronged themselves! And We reduced them to just a tale among numerous other tales, and scattered them completely. Therein indeed are signs for anyone who is patient and grateful.
34:20 And the devil did certainly find his opinion concerning them come true. And they followed him, except for a group of the believers.
34:21 And he (Satan) holds no authoritative power over them, but that for Us his (satanic) influence distinguishes him who believes in the Hereafter from him who is in doubt concerning it. And your Lord monitors everything.
34:22 Say, "Call upon those whom you consider gods besides Allah; they control not even the weight particle in the heavens or in the earth, nor have they any partnership in either creation. And He has no assistant from among them.
34:23 And intercession is of no avail with Him, except from him whom He permits. Until when fear is removed from their hearts, they (seekers of intercession) ask (those whom they considered to be their intercessors), "What is it that your Lord said?" They say, "The Truth. And He is the Most High, the Great."
34:24 Say, "Who provides for you from the heavens and the earth?" Say, "Allah! And indeed either of us — we or you — are on right guidance or in manifest error."h
34:25 Say, "You will not be asked what we may be guilty of, nor shall we be asked of what you do."
34:26 Say, "Our Lord will gather us together. Then He will judge between us on the basis of truth. And He is the Best Judge, the Best One to know."
34:27 Say, "Show me those whom you worship besides Him. No! But it is Allah, the Omnipotent, the Wise, alone Who is worthy of worship."
34:28 And We have not sent you but as a bearer of good news and as a warner to the entire mankind, but most of mankind knows not.
34:29 And they ask, "When is this promise going to be fulfilled, if what you say is true?"
34:30 Say, "The fulfillment of the promise for you is on a Day which you cannot postpone nor prepone even by a moment."
34:31 And those who suppress the Truth say, "We do not believe in this Qur'aan, nor in that which has preceded it." And if you could but see the wrongdoers, when they are made to stand before their Lord, blaming one another! Those deemed to be weak say to those who were proud, "Had it not been for you, we would have been believers!"
34:32 The proud ones say to those deemed weak, "Did we turn you away from the guidance after it had come to you!? Nay, you yourselves were guilty."
34:33 And those deemed weak say to those who had been proud, "Nay, it was your night-and- day schemings to prod us to be ungrateful to Allah and set up other gods besides Him." And they keep their remorse to themselves when they see the punishment. And We put shackles on the necks of those who suppress the Truth. Are they getting back anything but for what they did?
34:34 And We sent not anyone to warn a township but the well-to-do in it said, "We do indeed disbelieve what you are sent with."
34:35 And they said, "We have abundance of wealth and children, and we are not going to be punished!"
34:36 Say, "My Lord does indeed amplify and straiten provisions for whomsoever He wills, but most of mankind knows this not."
34:37 And it is not your wealth, nor your children, that bring you close to Us; but (the piety of) one who believes and does good deeds. Such ones are entitled to double reward for what they do. And they are secure in their high positions.
34:38 And those who strive to work against Our Verses/signs, those will be brought for punishment.
34:39 Say, "Surely my Lord gives the provision for living in ample measure — and restricts it — to whom He wills of His subjects. And whatsoever you spend, He compensates therefor. And He is the Best Provider."
34:40 And the Day He will gather them all together, and then ask the angels, "Did they worship you?"
34:41 They [the angels] will say, "Glory to You! You are our Wali — not they! Nay, they worshipped the jinn; in them, most of them believed."
34:42 So that Day you will not be able to benefit or harm one another. And We will say to those who were wicked, "Taste punishment by the Fire, which you used to deny!"
34:43 And when Our clear Verses are recited to them, they say, "This is not but a man who wants to turn you away from that which your fathers worshipped." And they say, "It is nothing but a concocted lie!" And those who suppressed the Truth say of the Truth when it comes to them, "This is nothing but magic manifest!"
34:44 And We had not given them any Books to read, nor did We send them, before you, a warner.
34:45 And those before them rejected the Truth. And these here now have not yet attained a tenth of what We gave them, and yet they (those before) rejected My Messengers! And how severe in effect was My forsaking them!!
34:46 Say, "I exhort you only to one thing: that you stand up for Allah in twos and alone, then ponder! There is no madness in your companion (Muhammad). He is but one to warn you of a severe punishment."
34:47 Say, "Whatever reward I ask of you, it is only for you yourselves. It is for Allah to give me my reward. And He is a Witness over all things."
34:48 Say, "My Lord, Knower of the unseen, does indeed project the Truth."
34:49 Say, "The Truth has come, and falsehood neither originates creation, nor reproduces it."
34:50 Say, "If I err, I err only to my own detriment. And if I am right, it is because of what my Lord reveals to me. He does indeed listen, and He is indeed close."
34:51 And if you could see them get terrified! But then there would be no escape; and they would be easily caught.
34:52 And they would say, "We do believe in it." And how could they attain salvation from a place out of bounds from the place (earth) where they could attain to it?
34:53 And they did disbelieve in it before. And they threw stones at the unseen from a place too distant.
34:54 And a barrier would be placed between them and that which they desire, as was done with those of their kind before. The sceptics would indeed be ever in doubt.


   


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