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40:1  Ha Mim.
40:2  The revelation of the Book is from Allah, the Almighty, the All-Knowing.
40:3  The Forgiver of wrong action, the Accepter of tawba, the Severe in retribution, the Possessor of abundance. There is no god but Him. He is the final destination.
40:4  No one disputes Allah´s Signs except those who are kafir. Do not let their free movement about the earth deceive you.
40:5  The people of Nuh denied the truth before them, and the Confederates after them. Every nation planned to seize its Messenger and used false arguments to rebut the truth. So I seized them, and how was My retribution!
40:6  So your Lord´s Words about those who are kafir proved true, that they are indeed the Companions of the Fire.
40:7  Those who bear the Throne, and all those around it, glorify their Lord with praise and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who have iman: ´Our Lord, You encompass everything in mercy and knowledge! Forgive those who turn to You and who follow Your Way and safeguard them from the punishment of the Blazing Fire.
40:8  Our Lord, admit them to the Gardens of Eden You have promised them, and all of their parents, wives and children who acted rightly. Truly You are the Almighty, the All-Wise.
40:9  And safeguard them from evil acts. Those You safeguard from evil acts are truly the recipients of Your mercy on that Day. That is the Mighty Victory.´
40:10  Those who were kafir will be addressed: ´Allah´s hatred of you, when you were called to iman but then chose kufr, is even greater than your hatred of yourselves.´
40:11  They will say, ´Our Lord, twice You caused us to die and twice You gave us life. We admit our wrong actions. Is there no way out?´
40:12  That is because when Allah alone is called upon you are kafir, but if others are associated with Him, you have iman. Judgement belongs to Allah, the All-High, the All-Great.
40:13  It is He who shows you His Signs and sends down provision to you out of heaven. But none pay heed save those who make tawba.
40:14  So call upon Allah, making your deen sincerely His, even though the kafirun detest it.
40:15  He is the Raiser of ranks, the Possessor of the Throne, He sends the Ruh by His command to whichever of His slaves He wills so that he may warn mankind about the Day of Meeting:
40:16  the Day when they will issue forth and when not one thing about them will be hidden from Allah. ´To whom does the kingdom belong today? To Allah, the One, the Conqueror!
40:17  Every self will be repaid today for what it earned. Today there will be no injustice. Allah is swift at reckoning.´
40:18  And warn them of the Day of Immediacy when hearts rise choking to the throat. The wrongdoers will have no close friend nor any intercessor who might be heard.
40:19  He knows the eyes´ deceit and what people´s breasts conceal.
40:20  Allah will judge with truth; and those you call upon apart from Him will not judge with anything at all. It is Allah who is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing.
40:21  Have they not travelled in the earth and seen the final fate of those before them? They were greater than them in strength and left far deeper traces on the earth, yet Allah seized them for their wrong actions and they had no one to protect them from Allah.
40:22  That was because their Messengers brought them the Clear Signs but they remained kafir. So Allah seized them. He is Most Strong, Severe in Retribution.
40:23  We sent Musa with Our Signs and clear authority
40:24  to Pharaoh, Haman and Qarun. But they said, ´A lying magician.´
40:25  When he brought them the truth from Us they said, ´Slaughter the sons of those who have iman with him but let their women live.´ The stratagems of the kafirun are nothing but errors.
40:26  Pharaoh said, ´Let me kill Musa and let him call upon his Lord! I am afraid that he may change your deen and bring about corruption in the land.´
40:27  Musa said, ´I seek refuge in my Lord and your Lord from every proud man who does not have iman in the Day of Reckoning.´
40:28  A man among Pharaoh´s people who had iman, but kept his iman concealed, said, ´Are you going to kill a man for saying "My Lord is Allah" when he has brought you Clear Signs from your Lord? If he is telling a lie, be it on his own head. But if he is telling the truth, then some of what he is promising you will certainly happen to you. Allah does not guide any unbridled inveterate liar.
40:29  My people! the kingdom is yours today, as masters in the land, but who will help us against Allah´s violent force, if it comes upon us?´ Pharoah said, ´I only show you what I see myself and I only guide you to the path of rectitude.´
40:30  The man who had iman said, ´My people! I fear for you a day like that of the Confederates,
40:31  the same as happened to the people of Nuh and ´Ad and Thamud and those who followed after them. Allah does not want any injustice for His slaves.
40:32  My people! I fear for you the Day of Calling Out,
40:33  the Day when you will turn your backs in flight, having no one to protect you from Allah. Whoever Allah misguides will have no guide.
40:34  Yusuf brought you the Clear Signs before, but you never stopped doubting what he brought to you to the extent that when he died, you said, "Allah will never send another Messenger after him." That is how Allah misguides those who are unbridled and full of doubt.´
40:35  Those who argue about the Signs of Allah without any authority coming to them do something hateful in the sight of Allah and in the sight of the people who have iman. That is how Allah seals up the heart of every arrogant oppressor.
40:36  Pharaoh said, ´Haman, build me a tower so that perhaps I may gain means of access,
40:37  access to the heavens, so that I can look on Musa´s God. Truly I think he is a liar.´ That is how Pharaoh´s evil actions were made attractive to him and he debarred others from the Path. Pharaoh´s scheming led to nothing but ruin.
40:38  The man who had iman said, ´My people! follow me and I will guide you to the path of rectitude.
40:39  My people! the life of this world is only fleeting enjoyment. It is the Next World which is the abode of permanence.
40:40  Whoever does an evil act will only be repaid with its equivalent. But whoever acts rightly, male or female, being a mumin, such a person will enter the Garden, provided for in it without any reckoning.
40:41  My people! how is it that I call you to salvation while you call me to the Fire?
40:42  You call me to reject Allah and to associate something with Him about which I have no knowledge, while I call you to the Almighty, the Endlessly Forgiving.
40:43  There is no question that what you call me to has no foundation either in this world or the Next World, that our return is to Allah, and that the profligate will be Companions of the Fire.
40:44  You will remember what I say to you. I consign my affair completely to Allah. Truly Allah sees His slaves.´
40:45  So Allah safeguarded him from the evil things they plotted and a most evil torment engulfed Pharaoh´s people —
40:46  the Fire, morning and night, to which they are exposed; and on the Day the Hour takes place: ´Admit Pharaoh´s people to the harshest punishment!´
40:47  When they are squabbling with one another in the Fire, the weak will say to those deemed great, ´We were your followers, so why do you not relieve us of a portion of the Fire?´
40:48  Those deemed great will say, ´All of us are in it. Allah has clearly judged between His slaves.´
40:49  Those in the Fire will say to the custodians of Hell, ´Call on your Lord to make the punishment less for us for just one day.´
40:50  They will ask, ´Did your Messengers not bring you the Clear Signs?´ They will answer, ´Yes.´ They will say, ´Then you call!´ But the calling of the kafirun only goes astray.
40:51  We will certainly help Our Messengers and those who have iman both in the life of this world and on the Day the witnesses appear,
40:52  the Day when the excuses of the wrongdoers will not help them. The curse will be on them and they will have the most evil Home.
40:53  We gave Musa the guidance and bequeathed the Book to the tribe of Israel,
40:54  as guidance and a reminder for people of intelligence.
40:55  So remain steadfast. Allah´s promise is true. Ask forgiveness for your wrong action and glorify your Lord with praise in the evening and the early morning.
40:56  Certainly those who argue about the Signs of Allah without any authority having come to them have nothing in their breasts except for pride which they will never be able to vindicate. Therefore seek refuge with Allah. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing.
40:57  The creation of the heavens and earth is far greater than the creation of mankind. But most of mankind do not know it.
40:58  The blind and the seeing are not the same. Nor are those who have iman and do right actions the same as evildoers. What little heed they pay!
40:59  The Hour is coming — there is no doubt about it. But most of mankind have no iman.
40:60  Your Lord says, ´Call on Me and I will answer you. Those who who are too proud to worship Me will enter Hell abject.´
40:61  Allah is He who appointed the night for you so that you might rest in it, and the day for seeing. Allah pours out His favour on mankind but most people do not show thanks.
40:62  That is Allah, your Lord, the Creator of everything. There is no god but Him — so how have you been perverted?
40:63  That is how those who deny Allah´s Signs have been perverted.
40:64  It is Allah who made the earth a stable home for you and the sky a dome, and formed you, giving you the best of forms, and provided you with good and wholesome things. That is Allah, your Lord. Blessed be Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.
40:65  He is the Living — there is no god but Him — so call on Him, making your deen sincerely His. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.
40:66  Say: ´I was forbidden to worship those you call upon besides Allah when the Clear Signs came to me from my Lord and I was commanded to submit to the Lord of all the worlds.´
40:67  It is He who created you from earth, then from a drop of sperm, then from a clot of blood, then He brings you out as infants, then so you may achieve full strength, then so you may become old men — though some of you may die before that time — so that you may reach a predetermined age and so that hopefully you will use your intellect.
40:68  It is He who gives life and causes to die. When He decides on something, He just says to it, ´Be!´ and it is.
40:69  Do you not see those who argue about Allah´s Signs? How have they been turned around?
40:70  Those who deny the Book and that with which We sent Our Messengers will certainly come to know
40:71  when they have shackles and chains around their necks and are dragged along the ground
40:72  into the boiling water and then are thrown into the Fire!
40:73  Then they will be asked, ´Where are those besides Allah you associated with Him?´
40:74  and they will reply, ´They have forsaken us. Or rather we were not calling to anything at all before.´ That is how Allah misguides the kafirun.
40:75  ´That is because you exulted on the earth, without any right to do so; and strutted about.
40:76  Enter the gates of Hell, remaining in it timelessly, for ever. How evil is the abode of the arrogant!´
40:77  So be steadfast, Allah´s promise is true. Whether We show you some of what We have promised them, or take you back to Us, they will in any case be returned to Us.
40:78  We sent Messengers before you. Some of them We have told you about and others We have not told you about. No Messenger can bring a Sign except with Allah´s permission. But when Allah´s command comes the matter will be decided with truth and then and there the liars will be lost.
40:79  It is Allah who has given you livestock, some for you to ride and some to eat.
40:80  You gain various benefits from them, and on them you can obtain what your hearts desire, and on them and on the ships you are transported.
40:81  He shows you His Signs, so which of Allah´s Signs do you deny?
40:82  Have they not travelled in the land and seen the final fate of those before them? They were more numerous than them and greater in strength and left more and deeper traces on earth, but what they earned was of no use to them.
40:83  When their Messengers brought them the Clear Signs, they exulted in the knowledge they had and then were engulfed by the very things they mocked.
40:84  When they saw Our violent force, they said, ´We have iman in Allah alone and reject what we associated with Him.´
40:85  But when they saw Our violent force their iman was of no use to them. That is the pattern Allah has always followed with His slaves. Then and there the kafirun were lost.