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Praise Allah, Originator of the skies and Earth, who made the angels as messengers with wings of two, three, or four [sets]. He adds to creation as He pleases, for truly Allah has power over all things.
What Allah, from mercy, bestows on humanity cannot be withheld by anyone. What He withholds, no one else can grant. He is the Victorious, the Perfectly Wise.
O Humanity, remember the grace of Allah to you. Is there a creator other than Allah to provide for you from Heaven or Earth? No deity is there except Him. How then are you deluded from the truth?
If people reject you [Prophet Muhammed], it is the same rejection suffered by messengers before you, but all accounts are returned to Allah.
O Humanity, certainly the promise of Allah is true. Do not let this present life deceive you, and do not let the deceiver [Satan] betray you about Allah.
Truly, Satan is an enemy to you, so treat him as your adversary. He only invites his advocates so they may become companions of the blaze.
For the unbelievers, there is a terrible penalty. For those who believe and perform righteous deeds, there is forgiveness and a magnificent reward.
[Consider] one whose evil conduct is appealing so that he/she thinks that it is good. Truly, Allah leaves astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. Do not let your soul grieve for them. Truly, Allah is the All-knowing over what they do.
It is Allah who sends the winds to beckon the clouds, and We herd them to a land [that seems] dead and revive the earth after its decay. Thus will be the resurrection.
Whoever desires glory and honor, glory and honor belong to Allah. Words of purity rise to Him. He exalts each deed of righteousness. For those that plan evil plots, there is a terrible penalty. The plans of (such people) will perish.
Allah created you from dust, and then from a sperm drop. He made you into pairs. No female conceives or gives birth without His knowledge. No person of age has been granted life or has part of his/her life cut short without its being in a Book. Indeed, that is easy for Allah.
The two bodies of flowing water are not alike. One is fresh, sweet, and pleasant to drink. The other is salty and bitter. Yet, from each, you eat fresh meat. You extract ornaments to wear. You see the ships plowing (the waves) so you may seek His bounty and have reason to be grateful.
He merges night into day and day into night. He has subjected the sun and the moon each to its own laws [of physics] for an appointed time. Such is Allah your Lord. To Him belongs all dominion. Those whom you may invoke besides Him have no power in the least –not even the measure of the membrane of a date seed.
If you call them, they will not hear your call; and, if they were to hear, they cannot answer your petition. On the Day of Judgment, they will reject your association. No one can inform you like the Fully Aware.
O Humanity, you need Allah! Allah, however, is Independent, the Praised One.
If He wanted, He could eliminate you and bring in a new creation.
That would not be difficult for Allah.
A carrier cannot bear the burdens of another. If one heavily laden [with sin] calls on another to help with his/her burden, not even the least mote can be relieved, even if he/she is a close relative. Truly, you can only admonish those who fear their unseen Lord and establish routine prayers. Whoever purifies him-/herself, does so for the benefit of his/her own soul. The final destination is to Allah.
The unseeing and the seeing are not alike.
Neither are the depths of darkness and light.
Neither are the cool shade and the blazing heat of the sun.
Not alike are the living and the dead. Allah can certainly make anyone [dead or alive] to hear if He wants, but you cannot make those in the graves hear you.
You [Prophet Muhammed] are only a warner.
Truly, We have sent you with the truth, as a herald of good news and as a warner. There has never been a people without a warner among them.
If they reject you, so did those who preceded them, and messengers came to them with clear signs, Scriptures, and the Book of Enlightenment.
Finally, I seized those who rejected faith. How was My rejection!
Do you not see that Allah descends rain from the sky? With it We produce fruits of various colors. In mountains are tracts of hues varying from white to red to very black.
Among people, wildlife, and domestic animals are also a variety of colors. Only His servants who have knowledge fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is the Victorious, the Most Forgiving.
Truly, those who recite the Book of Allah do pray routinely and invest [in charity], privately and publicly. [They do this] from what We have provided for them, hoping for an exchange that will never perish.
He will give them their rewards in full and give them extra from His bounty. Truly, He is Most Forgiving, Most Appreciative.
That which We have revealed to you of the Book is the truth. [It] confirms what came before it. Allah is certainly well acquainted and All-seeing in regards to His servants.
We have given the Book as a heritage to such of Our servants as We have chosen. Among them are some who wrong their own souls, some who are moderate, and some who, by Allah’s will, are foremost in good deeds. That is the highest grace.
They will enter an eternal Paradise, wherein they will be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments will be of silk.
They will say, “Praise Allah, who has removed all our sorrow! Truly, Our Lord is Most Forgiving, Most Appreciative.
“Out of His bounty, He has settled us into a home that will prevail. No strife or sense of weariness shall affect us here.”
For those who reject faith will be the fire of Hell. No term will be determined for them so that they can die [in Hell], and its torment will not be lightened for them. That’s how We reward every ungrateful one.
(In Hell,) they will cry aloud, “Our Lord, bring us out. We will work righteousness instead of the deeds we used to do.” Did We not give you a long enough life that anyone who would receive warning could receive it? The warner came to you. So taste! For the sinners, there is no helper.
Truly, Allah knows the hidden things of the skies and Earth. Truly, He has full knowledge of all that is in hearts.
He has made you inheritors of the earth. Whoever rejects faith has his/her rejection pitted against him-/herself. Their rejection only adds to the disgust for the unbelievers in the sight of their Lord. Their rejection only adds to their demise.
Say, “Have you seen your partners that you call upon besides Allah? Show me what they have created on the earth.” Or do they have a share in the skies? Or have We given them a Book from which they have definition? Nonsense! The sinners promise each other nothing but delusions.
Certainly, Allah sustains the skies and Earth; otherwise, they would cease. If they did fail, no one could sustain them thereafter. Truly, He is Most Tolerant, Most Forgiving.
They swore their strongest oaths by Allah that, if a warner came to them, they would follow his guidance better than any other people. When a warner came to them, however, it only increased their aversion.
That was because of their arrogance in the land and their plotting of evil. Evil plans, however, will only confine those who made them. Are they waiting for what happened to the previous generations [when they denied Allah]? You will not find a change in the ways of Allah. You will not find a substitute in the ways of Allah.
Have they not traveled across the earth and seen what became of those before them? They were superior to them in strength. Allah won’t be foiled by anything in the skies or on the earth. He is the All-knowing, the Most Capable.
If Allah were to punish people according to what they deserve, He would not leave a single living creature on the surface of the earth. He gives them respite, however, for a stated term. When their term expires, truly, Allah is the All-seeing over His servants.
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