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Ya Sin (Ya Sin, Ya-Seen)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah Ya Sin, Ya-Seen(Ya Sin)
36:1 Yā‘ sīn
36:2 By the Wise Koran,
36:3 you are surely one sent forth
36:4 upon a straight path.
36:5 A revelation from the Almighty, the Forgiving:
36:6 that you may forewarn a people who, because their fathers were not warned before them, are now heedless.
36:7 On most of them judgement has been passed, yet still they disbelieve.
36:8 We have bound their necks with chains of iron reaching up to their chins, so that they cannot bow their heads.
36:9 We have put a barrier before them and a barrier behind them and covered them over, so that they cannot see.
36:10 It is the same for them whether or not you warn them: they will not believe.
36:11 You shall warn only those who observe the Admonition and fear the Merciful, though they cannot see Him. To these give joyful tidings of pardon and a rich reward.
36:12 It is We who will resurrect the dead. We record their deeds and the vestiges they leave behind: We keep account of all things in a veritable book.
36:13 You shall cite, as a case in point, the people of the city¹ to which the emissaries made their way.
36:14 We first sent to them two, but when they rejected both We strengthened them with a third. They said: ‘We have been sent to you as emissaries.‘
36:15 But they said: ‘You are but mortals like ourselves. The Merciful has revealed nothing: you are only lying.‘
36:16 They said: ‘Our Lord knows that we are true emissaries.
36:17 Our only duty is to give plain warning.‘
36:18 They said: ‘Your presence bodes but evil for us. Desist, or we will stone you or inflict on you a painful scourge.‘
36:19 They said: ‘The evil you forebode can come only from yourselves. Will you not take heed? Surely you are great transgressors.‘
36:20 Thereupon a man came running from the far quarter of the city. ‘My people,‘ he said, ‘follow those who have been sent to you.
36:21 Follow those who ask no recompense of you and are rightly guided.
36:22 Why should I not serve Him who has created me and to whom you shall be recalled?
36:23 Should I serve other gods than Him? If it is the will of the Merciful to afflict me, their intercession will avail me nothing, nor will they save me.
36:24 Indeed, I should then be in evident error.
36:25 I believe in your Lord; so hear me.‘
36:26 He was told: ‘Enter Paradise,‘ and he said ‘Would that my people knew
36:27 how gracious my Lord has been to me, how highly He has honoured me!‘
36:28 After him, We sent down no host from heaven against his people: this We never do.
36:29 There was but one shout ― and, behold, they were lifeless.
36:30 Alas for My bondsmen! They laugh to scorn every apostle that comes to them.
36:31 Do they not see how many generations We have destroyed before them? Never shall they return to them:
36:32 all shall be brought before Us.
36:33 Let the once-dead earth be a sign for them. We gave it life, and from it produced grain for their sustenance.
36:34 We planted it with gardens of the palm and the vine, and watered it with gushing springs,
36:35 that they might feed on its fruit. It was not their hands that made all this.¹ Should they not give thanks?
36:36 Glory be to Him who made all things in pairs: the plants of the earth, mankind themselves, and things they know nothing of.
36:37 Another sign for them is the night. From the night We sheer off the day ― and lo they are plunged in darkness.
36:38 And the sun hastens to its own resting-place: its course is laid by the Almighty, the All-knowing.
36:39 And for the moon We have ordained phases; it wanes, until it returns like a bent old twig.
36:40 The sun is not to overtake the moon, nor does the night outpace the day. Each in its own orbit swims.
36:41 Another sign for them is that We carried their offspring in the laden ark.
36:42 And similar vessels We have made for them to ride on.
36:43 We drown them if We will: none can help or rescue them,
36:44 except through Our mercy and unless enjoyment is allowed for a time.
36:45 When they are told: ‘Have fear of that which is before you and behind you, that you may be shown mercy,‘
36:46 they turn away from every sign that comes to them from their Lord.
36:47 And when they are told: ‘Give from that which God has given you,‘ the unbelievers say to the faithful: ‘Are we to feed those whom God can feed if He chooses? ‘Surely you are in glaring error.‘
36:48 And they say: ‘When will this promise be fulfilled, if what you say be true?‘
36:49 They must be waiting but for a single blast, which will take them while they are still disputing.
36:50 They will have no time to make a will, nor shall they return to their kin.
36:51 The Trumpet will be blown and, behold, from the graves they will stand before their Lord.
36:52 Woe betide us!‘ they will say. ‘Who has roused us from our resting-place? This is what the Lord of Mercy promised: the apostles have told the truth!‘
36:53 And with but one blast they shall be gathered all before Us.
36:54 On that day no soul shall suffer the least injustice. You shall be rewarded only according to your deeds.
36:55 On that day the tenants of Paradise will be busy with their joys.
36:56 They and their spouses in shady groves upon soft couches they shall recline;
36:57 therein shall they have fruits, and all that they call for.
36:58 Peace!‘ shall be the word from a compassionate God.
36:59 Keep yourselves apart, you sinners, this day!
36:60 Children of Adam, did I not charge you never to worship Satan, your veritable foe,
36:61 but to worship Me? That is a straight path.
36:62 Yet has he led from among you many a generation astray. Had you no sense?
36:63 This is the Hell you have been promised.
36:64 Burn therein this day on account of your disbelief.‘
36:65 On that day We shall seal their mouths. Their hands will speak to Us, and their very feet will testify to what they did.
36:66 Had it been Our will, We could have put out their eyes: yet even then they would have rushed headlong upon their wonted path. But how could they see their error?
36:67 Had it been Our will, We could have transformed them where they stood, so that they could neither go forward nor retrace their steps.
36:68 We reverse the growth of those to whom We give long life. Have they no sense?
36:69 We have taught¹ him no poetry, nor would poetry befit him. This is but an Admonition: an eloquent Koran
36:70 to exhort the living and to pass judgement on the unbelievers.
36:71 Or have they not considered how, among the things Our hands have made, We have created for them the beasts of which they are masters?
36:72 We have subjected these to them, that they may ride on some and eat the flesh of others;
36:73 they drink their milk and put them to other uses. Will they not give thanks?
36:74 They have set up other gods besides God, hoping they may be helped.
36:75 They cannot help them: yet they stand like warriors ready to defend their idols.
36:76 So let not their words grieve you. We have knowledge of what they conceal and what they reveal.
36:77 Has not man considered that We created him from a little germ? Yet is he brazenly contentious.
36:78 He answers Us back with arguments, and forgets his own creation. He says: ‘Who will give life to rotten bones?‘
36:79 Say: ‘He who first brought them into being will give them life again: He has knowledge of every creature;
36:80 He who gives you from the green tree a flame, and lo! you light a fire.‘
36:81 Or has He who created the heavens and the earth no power to create others like them? That He surely has. He is the all-knowing Creator.
36:82 When He decrees a thing He need only say: ‘Be,‘ and it is.
36:83 So glory be to Him who with His hands holds sovereignty over all things and to whome shall you be recalled.


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