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Ha-Mim. (Only Allah and the Messenger [blessings and peace be upon him] know the real meaning.
(It is) sent down from the Most Kind (Lord), the Ever-Merciful
A Book whose signs are expounded in detail, the Qur’an, in the Arabic (language) for a people who possess knowledge and wisdom
A Bearer of good news and a Warner. Then most of them turned away. So they do not listen (to it)
And they say: ‘Our hearts are in covers against that to which you call us, and in our ears is heaviness (of deafness), and between us and you is a barrier. So you keep doing (your) work and we do our work.
(To remove their barrier and to inspire them to listen,) say: ‘(O disbelievers!) Well, being a human outwardly, I am like you. (Then why are you so averse to me and my call?) This Revelation has been sent down to me that your God is One God, so be straight turned towards Him alone and seek forgiveness from Him. And destruction awaits those who associate partners with Him
Those who do not pay Zakat (the Alms-due), and it is they who deny the Hereafter as well
Surely, those who believe and do righteous works persistently, for them is endless reward
Say: ‘Do you deny Him (Allah) Who created the earth in two days (i.e., two time-lengths) and set up peers with Him? He is the One Who is the Lord of all the worlds.
And He placed over it heavy mountains (brought forth) from within it and treasured in it (His infinite) blessings (minerals, water reservoirs, natural resources and other substances and forces and energies) and provided and appointed in it sustenance (i.e., necessities of life for all the creatures. He) accomplished (all that) in four days (i.e., four evolutionary periods. All of this sustenance is in fact) equal for all seekers (and the needy)
Then He turned towards the heavenly universe—that was (all) smoke. So He said to it (the heavenly spheres) and the earth: ‘Get in (compliance with Our system) either under the influence of mutual attraction and coordination or under aversion and revulsion.’ Both said: ‘We submit with pleasure.
Then He made seven heavens in two days (i.e., two phases), and endued every heavenly universe with its (built-in) system. And We adorned the lower heaven with lamps (i.e., stars and planets), and made it secure as well (so that the system of one may not interfere with the other). This is the system programmed by the Lord of Absolute Dominance (and Might), the All-Knowing (Lord)
Then if they turn away, say: ‘I warn you of a terrible torment like the destruction of ‘Ad and Thamud.
When the Messengers came to them from their front and from their rear (or before them and after them and said:) ‘Worship none but Allah,’ they said: ‘Had our Lord willed, He would have sent down angels. So we deny whatever you have been sent with.
As for the people of ‘Ad, they were unrightfully arrogant (and rebellious) in the land and said: ‘Who is greater in might than we are?’ And have they not seen that Allah, Who has created them, is far mightier in power than they are? And they kept denying Our Revelations
So We sent upon them an appalling and violent wind during ill-omened days to make them taste the torment of humiliation in the worldly life, and the torment of the Hereafter will be far more degrading. And they will not be helped at all
And as for the people of Thamud, We showed them the path of guidance, but they preferred blindness to guidance. So a blast of humiliating devastation seized them for the deeds that they used to earn
And We delivered those who believed and performed acts of piety (and self-protection)
And the Day when the enemies of Allah will be gathered and driven to Hell, they will be impeded (i.e., shepherded) and driven (forcefully)
Until, when they reach Hell, their ears, their eyes and their skins will bear witness against them concerning the works that they used to do
Then they will say to their skins: ‘Why did you bear witness against us?’ They will say: ‘Allah, Who gives speech to everything, has enabled us to speak. And He is the One Who created you the first time, and you will be returned to Him alone.
(Whilst committing the sin) you did not take any cover even against this (fear) that your ears would bear witness against you and (that) your eyes and (that) your skins (might even bear witness), but you imagined that even Allah did not know many of the deeds that you do
And it is this notion that you developed about your Lord which ruined you. So you became of the losers
Now even if they keep patience, their abode is Hell; and if they seek to earn (Allah’s) pleasure (by turning to Him in repentance), even then they will not be amongst those who attain to Allah’s pleasure
And We appointed for them companions (satans). So they made (all those deeds) fair seeming to them which were in their front and in their rear. And the same command of torment proved true against them that had gone forth against the communities of jinn and mankind that had passed before them. Surely, they were the losers
And the disbelievers say: ‘Do not listen to this Qur’an, but make noises in (its recitation sessions), so that you may overwhelm (their recitation from the Qur’an).
So We will most certainly make the disbelievers taste the severe torment, and will most certainly requite them for the evil deeds which they used to do
This Hell is the recompense of the enemies of Allah. There is a home in it for them to dwell in forever—a requital for their denial of Our Revelations
And those who disbelieved will say: ‘O our Lord, show us those of the jinn and men who led us astray, so that we may (crush) them under our feet, and so that they may become of the most humiliated ones.
Surely, those who say: ‘Our Lord is Allah,’ then stick to it (firmly), angels descend upon them (and say:) ‘Do not fear or grieve, and rejoice in the Paradise that you were promised
We are your friends and helpers in the life of this world and in the Hereafter (too). And there is for you every blessing that you long for. And all those things that you ask for are (available) for you there
(This) is hospitality from the Most Forgiving, Ever-Merciful (Lord).
And who can be more pleasing in speech than one who calls towards Allah and does pious work and says: ‘Surely, I am of the obedient servants (of Allah and the Holy Prophet)’
And good and evil cannot be equal. And remove the evil in a better (way) with the result that the one with whom you had rivalry becomes your most warmhearted friend
And this (virtue) is granted only to those who observe patience. And only he who is blessed with a large share of bounty acquires this (capability)
And, (O believing servant,) if an evil whisper of Satan stirs your mind, seek refuge with Allah; surely, He is All-Hearing, All-Knowing
And of His signs are the night and the day and the sun and the moon. So prostrate yourselves neither before the sun nor before the moon. But fall down in prostration only before Allah, Who has created them (all), if He is the One Whom you worship
Then if they show arrogance (do not care for them). So the angels that are in the presence of your Lord glorify Him night and day, and never are they tired (and disgruntled)
And of His signs is also that you (first) see the earth dry (and worthless), but when We rain water on it, it becomes green and fresh and brings forth vegetation. Surely, He Who has brought this (dead earth) to life again, certainly He is the One Who will give life to the dead (on the Day of Resurrection). Surely, He has Absolute Power over everything
Verily, those who turn away from the straight path with regard to (the meanings of) Our Verses are not hidden from Us. Then, is he who is thrown into the Fire of Hell better, or someone who comes safe and secure (from the torment) on the Day of Resurrection? Do as you wish. Surely, He sees all that you do
Indeed, those who disbelieved in the Qur’an when it had come to them, (that is their ill fortune). And surely, it (the Qur’an) is a Mighty, Venerable Book
Falsehood can approach it (the Qur’an) neither from before nor from behind. (It) has been sent down by the Most Wise, the Most Praiseworthy (Lord)
(O Beloved!) Whatever is said to you are the same words that have been said to the Messengers before you. Surely, your Lord is Most Forgiving and the Master of agonizing chastisement (as well)
And if We had revealed this (Book) as a Qur’an in a non-Arabic language, they would certainly have said: ‘Why have its Verses not been expounded expressly? Is the Book non-Arabic and the Prophet an Arab?’ (So, O Esteemed Beloved, We have revealed the Qur’an also in your language.) Say: ‘That (Qur’an) is guidance as well as healing for the believers, but those who do not believe, their ears are heavy with deafness, and that is blindness (as well) in their case, (as if) they are like men called from afar.
And verily, We gave the Book to Musa (Moses), but disagreement was perpetrated in that (too). And had not a command already been given by your Lord, the matter would have been judged between them. And surely, they are (suffering from) a deceitful doubt about this (Qur’an as well)
Whoever does pious work does it for (the benefit) of his own self, and whoever commits sin, its (resultant evil suffering) will fall back on him alone. And your Lord is not at all unjust to His servants
The knowledge of the Hour of Resurrection is referred to Him (Allah) alone. And no fruits come out of their sheath, nor does a female conceive or give birth to a child but (all this) is in His knowledge. And on the Day when He will call out to them: ‘Where are My partners?’ they (the polytheists) will say: ‘We submit that none of us is a witness (to anyone being Your partner).
And all those (idols) that they used to worship will disappear from them. And they will make out that they are not left with any way to escape
Man does not tire of praying for good, and if an evil touches him, he loses all hope—becomes a pessimist
And if We give him a taste of mercy from Us after that misery which touched him, he surely starts saying: ‘This is my privilege. And I do not think that the Last Hour will ever take place. And if at all I am returned to my Lord, even then there will surely be good fortune for me in His presence.’ So We shall certainly inform the disbelievers of the deeds which they did, and We shall indeed make them taste the most severe torment
And when We bestow a favour upon man, he turns his face away and, keeping withdrawn, strides far from Us. And when distress touches him, he entreats with lengthy prayers
Say: ‘Well, give your view, if this (Qur’an) is really (sent down) from Allah and you keep denying it, then who is more astray than he who is (engaged) in extreme opposition?
We will soon show them Our signs all around the world and in their own selves, until it dawns on them that indeed this is the truth. Is your Lord not Sufficient (to confirm your veracity), for He alone is (also) witness to everything
Beware that they are in doubt about the meeting with their Lord. Beware! He is the One Who encompasses everything (with His Knowledge and Power)