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Ghafir (The Forgiver, The Forgiving One)
as rendered by Bilal Muhammad 2018
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A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) rendition of Surah The Forgiver, The Forgiving One(Ghafir)
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40:1 Haa, Miim.
40:2 The revelation of this Book is from God, Exalted in Power, Full of Knowledge,
40:3 He Who forgives harmful deeds, accepts repentance, is strict in punishment, and has a long reach. There is no god but He. To Him is the final goal.
40:4 None dispute about the signs of God except the unbelievers. So do not let their strutting about through the land deceive you.
40:5 There were people before them who denied the signs, like the people of Noah, and the confederates who came after them. Every people plotted against their messenger, to seize him, and disputed by falsehood to condemn the truth with him. But it was I Who seized them, and how terrible was My penalty.
40:6 So the decree of your Lord was proven true against the unbelievers, that they are companions of the fire.
40:7 Those who sustain the throne, and those around it sing glory and praise to their Lord. Believe in Him, and ask forgiveness for those who believe. “Our Lord, Your reach is over all things, in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who turn in repentance and follow Your path, and preserve them from the penalty of the blazing fire.
40:8 “And grant them, Our Lord, entrance into the gardens of eternity which You have promised to them, and to the righteous among their parents, their spouses, and their descendants, for You are the Exalted in Might, Full of Wisdom.
40:9 “And preserve them from all harm, and any whom You preserve from harm that day, on them will You have bestowed mercy indeed, and that will truly be the highest achievement.”
40:10 The unbelievers will be addressed, “Greater was the aversion of God to you than is your aversion to yourselves, seeing that you were called to the faith and you refused.”
40:11 They will say, “Our Lord, twice have You made us without life, and twice have You given us life. Now that we acknowledge our sins, is there any way out?”
40:12 This is because when God was invoked as One, you rejected faith, but when partners were joined to Him, you believed. The command is with God, Most High, Most Great.
40:13 He is the One Who shows you His signs, and sends down sustenance for you from the universe, but only those receive advice who turn to God.
40:14 Then call upon God with sincere devotion to Him, even though the unbelievers may detest it.
40:15 Raised high above ranks is the Lord of the throne. By His command does He send the Spirit to any of His servants He pleases, that it may warn the people of the Day of the Meeting,
40:16 The day they will all come forth. Not a single thing concerning them is hidden from God. For whom is the control that day? For God, the One, the Irresistible.
40:17 That day will every soul be rewarded for what it earned, no injustice will there be that day, for God is swift in taking account.
40:18 Warn them of the day that is drawing near, when the hearts will come right up to the throats to choke them. No close friend or intercessor will the wrongdoers have, and they cannot be obeyed.
40:19 God knows of that which deceives the eyes, and all that the hearts conceal.
40:20 And God will judge with truth. But those whom the people invoke besides Him, will not be in a position to judge at all, indeed it is God Who hears and sees all things.
40:21 Do they not travel through the earth and see what the end of those before them was? They were superior to them in strength, and in the traces they have left in the land, but God called them to account for their wrongdoing, and they had none to defend them against God.
40:22 That was because there came to them their messengers with guidance, but they rejected them. So God called them to account, for He is Full of Strength, Strict in Punishment.
40:23 Indeed We sent Moses with Our signs and a manifest authority,
40:24 To Pharaoh, Haman, and Qarun, but they called him a deceiver telling lies.
40:25 Now when he came to them in truth from Us they said, “Slay the males of those who believe with him, but keep alive their females.” But the plots of unbelievers end in nothing but error.
40:26 Pharaoh said, “Leave me to slay Moses, and let him call on his Lord. What I fear is that he should change your way of life, or that he will cause problems to appear in the land.”
40:27 Moses said, “I have indeed called upon my Lord and your Lord for protection from every arrogant one who does not believe in the Day of Account.”
40:28 A believing person from among the people of Pharaoh, who had concealed his faith said, “Will you slay a person because he says, ‘My Lord is God?’ When he has indeed come to you with guidance from your Lord? And if he were a liar, on him is his lie, but if he is telling the truth, then there will fall on you, something of that which he warns you. Truly God does not guide one who transgresses and lies.
40:29 “O my people, yours is the control this day. You have the upper hand in the land, but who will help us from the punishment of God, should it befall us?” Pharaoh said, “I only point out to you that which I see, nor do I guide you, except to the path of right.”
40:30 Then the person who believed said, “O my people, truly I fear for you something like the day of disaster of the Confederates.
40:31 “Something like the fate of the people of Noah, the ‘Ad, and the Thamud, and those who came after them, but God never wishes injustice on His servants.
40:32 “And O my people, I fear for you, the Day of Calling,
40:33 “A day when you will turn your backs and flee. No defender will you have against God. Any whom God leaves to stray, there is none to guide.
40:34 “And to you, there came Joseph in times gone by, with clear signs, but you did not cease to doubt the mission for which he had come. Then when he died you said, ‘No messenger will God send after him.’ So God leaves to stray those who transgress and live in doubt,
40:35 “Those who dispute about the signs of God, without any authority that has reached them, terrible is such conduct in the sight of God and the believers. So God seals up every heart of arrogant and obstinate transgressors.”
40:36 Pharaoh said, “O Haman, build me a lofty palace, that I may attain the destiny.
40:37 “The destiny of the heavens, and that I may mount up to the God of Moses, but as far as I am concerned, I think Moses is a liar.” So it was made alluring in Pharaoh’s eyes, the harm from his deeds, and he was hindered from the path, and the plot of Pharaoh led to nothing but perdition.
40:38 The person who believed said in addition, “O my people follow me. I will lead you to the right path.
40:39 “O my people, this life of the present is nothing but temporary convenience. It is the hereafter that is the home that will last.
40:40 “He who does wrong will not be rewarded except by the likes of it, and he who does a righteous deed, whether male or female, and is a believer, they will enter the garden. Therein they will have abundance without measure.
40:41 “And O my people, how strange it is for me to call you to salvation while you call me to the fire.
40:42 “You call upon me to reject God, and to join with Him partners of whom I do not know, and I call you to the Exalted in Power, Who forgives again and again.”
40:43 “Without doubt, you call me to one that is not fit to be called on. Whether in the present, or in the hereafter, our return will be to God, and the transgressors will be companions of the fire.
40:44 “Soon will you remember what I say to you, my cause I commit to God, for God watches over His servants.”
40:45 Then God saved him from the harm that they plotted, and the pain of the penalty surrounded the people of Pharaoh on all sides.
40:46 They will be brought in front of the fire, morning and evening, and the sentence will be on the day that Judgment will be established, “Go you people of Pharaoh into the severest penalty.”
40:47 Behold, they will dispute with each other in the fire. The weak ones will say to those who had been arrogant, “We were only following you. Can you then take from us some part of the fire?
40:48 Those who had been arrogant will say, “We are all in this together.” Truly God will judge His servants.
40:49 Those in the fire will say to the keepers of hell, “Pray to your Lord to lighten the penalty for us for a day.”
40:50 They will say, “Did there not come to you your messengers with clear signs?” They will say, “Yes.” They will reply, “Then pray.” But the prayer of those without faith is futile.”
40:51 We will, without doubt, help Our messengers and those who believe, both in the present life and on the day when the witnesses will stand forth.
40:52 The day when no profit will it be for wrongdoers to present their excuses, but they will have the curse and the worst of homes.
40:53 We gave Moses the Guidance, and We gave the Book in inheritance to the Children of Israel,
40:54 A guide and a message to people of understanding.
40:55 Patiently persevere, for the promise of God is true, and ask forgiveness for your wrong, and glorify your Lord with praise, in the evening and in the morning.
40:56 Those who dispute about the signs of God without any authority bestowed on them, there is nothing in their breasts but a quest of greatness which they will never attain. Seek refuge then in God. It is He Who hears and sees all things.
40:57 Surely the creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of humankind. Yet most people do not understand.
40:58 Not equal are the blind and those who see, nor those who believe and do deeds of righteousness and those who do wrong. Little do you learn by advice.
40:59 The Hour will certainly come. There is no doubt about it. Yet most people do not believe.
40:60 And your Lord says, “Call on Me, I will answer you, but those who are too arrogant to serve Me, will surely find themselves in hell, and in humiliation.”
40:61 It is God Who has made the night for you, that you may rest therein, and the days as that which helps you to see. Indeed God is Full of Grace and Bounty to humanity. Yet most people give no thanks.
40:62 Such is God, your Guardian Evolver, the Creator of all things, there is no god but Him. Then how are you deluded away from the truth.
40:63 Deluded are those who are accustomed to rejecting the signs of God.
40:64 It is God Who has made for you the earth as a resting place, and the sky as a canopy, and has given you shape, and made your shapes beautiful, and has provided for you sustenance of things pure and good. Such is God your Lord. So glory be to God, the Lord of all worlds.
40:65 He is the Living, there is no god but Him. Call upon Him, giving Him sincere devotion, praise God, Lord of all worlds.
40:66 Say, “I have been forbidden to invoke those whom you invoke besides God, seeing that the clear signs have come to me from my Lord, and I have been asked to bow to the Lord of all worlds.”
40:67 It is He Who has created you from dust, then from a zygote, then from a fetus, and then He delivers you as an infant. Then causes you to reach your age of full strength, then causes you to become old, although there are some who die before, and lets you reach a term appointed, in order that you may learn wisdom.
40:68 It is He Who gives life and death, and when He decides upon an affair, He says to it: “Be”. And it is.
40:69 Do you not see those who dispute concerning the signs of God? How are they turned away?
40:70 Those who reject the Book and that with which We sent our messengers, but soon will they know.
40:71 When the chains will be around their necks, and in the chains, they will be dragged along—
40:72 In the boiling fluid, then in the fire, they will be burned.
40:73 Then it will be said to them, “Where are those to which you gave part worship,
40:74 “To other than God?” They will reply, “They have left us lost. No, we invoked nothing from the past.” So God leaves the unbelievers to stray.
40:75 “That is because you were accustomed to rejoicing on the earth in things other than the truth, and that you were accustomed to being insolent.
40:76 “Enter the gates of hell, to dwell therein, and terrible is the abode of the arrogant.”
40:77 So persevere in patience, for the promise of God is true, and whether We show you some part of what We promise them, or We take your soul before that, it is to Us that they will all return.
40:78 We sent messengers before you. Of them there are some whose story We have related to you, and some whose story We have not related to you. It was not possible for any messenger to bring a sign except by the permission of God, but when the command of God issued, the matter was decided in truth and justice, and they perished there, those who stood on falsehood.
40:79 It is God Who made livestock for you, that you might use some for riding and some for food.
40:80 And there are other advantages in them for you, that you may attain through them any need in your chest, and on them, and on ships you are carried.
40:81 And He shows you His signs. Then which of the signs of God will you deny?
40:82 Do they not travel through the earth and see what the end of those before them was? They were more numerous, and superior in strength, and in the traces they have left in the land. Yet all that they accomplished was of no profit to them.
40:83 For when their messengers came to them with clear signs, they reveled in the knowledge and skill they had. But the very thing, at which they were accustomed to ridicule, captured them.
40:84 But when they saw Our punishment they said, “We believe in God, the one God, and we reject the partners we joined with Him.”
40:85 But their professing the faith when they saw Our punishment was not going to profit them. Such has been God's way of dealing with His servants from the most ancient of times, and lost were the rejecters.


   


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