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az-Zukhruf (Ornaments of Gold, Luxury, The Embellishment)
as rendered by Safi Kaskas
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Safi Kaskas rendition of Surah Ornaments of Gold, Luxury, The Embellishment(az-Zukhruf)
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43:1 Ha Meem,
43:2 by the Book that make things clear,
43:3 We have caused it to be an Arabic Qur'an that you may understand.
43:4 It is in the Source of the Book with Us, exalted and full of Wisdom.
43:5 Should we then withdraw the Reminder from you, because you are excessive in your rejection?
43:6 How many prophets We sent among the earlier people
43:7 and they used to ridicule every one of them.
43:8 We destroyed people mightier than these, and their example has gone down in history.
43:9 And if you ask them, "Who created the heavens and the earth?" they would say, "They were created by the Almighty, the All-knowing."
43:10 It is He who made the earth a cradle for you and made pathways in it for you, that you might be guided.
43:11 It is He who sends down rain from the sky in measured portions; We resurrect with it a dead town back to life. Similarly you will be brought forth.
43:12 It is He who created the pairs, all of them, and has made it possible for you to ride ships and animals
43:13 That you may settle on their backs and remember your Lord's blessings when you have settled and say. "Exalted in His glory is He who subjected this to us. We on our own would not have been able to have it.
43:14 We will surely return to our Lord."
43:15 Yet they attribute to Him only some of what He has created. Man is clearly ungrateful.
43:16 Or has He taken daughters for himself and favored you with sons?
43:17 Yet when any of them is given the good news of what he himself attributes to the Merciful, his face darkens, and he suppresses grief;
43:18 what [am I to have a daughter], someone to be brought up in ornaments but cannot help in a fight?
43:19 Yet, they designated the angels, who are created to worship the Merciful, as females. Have they witnessed their creation? Their claim will be recorded, and they will be questioned about it.
43:20 They say, "If the Merciful willed it, we would not have worshipped them." But they do not know that. They are merely guessing.
43:21 Or have We given them a Book prior to this one, to which they are adhering?
43:22 No they say, but "We found our fathers following this path, and we are guided by their footsteps."
43:23 Similarly, every time We sent someone before you to a town to warn them, those corrupted by abundance would say, "We found our fathers following this path, and we are following in their footsteps."
43:24 Say, even if I bring you better guidance than what you found your fathers following?" They reply, "We reject, what You have been sent with."
43:25 So we punish them; reflect then on the end of those who rejected the truth.
43:26 And when Abraham said to his father and his people, "I have nothing to do with what you worship
43:27 I worship only the One who created me and gave me purpose, He will guide me."
43:28 He made this as an enduring word remaining among Abraham's descendants that they might return [to it) '
43:29 Now, I let these people of yours [Prophet] and their forefathers have some enjoyment, until the Truth and a messenger who made things clear came to them.
43:30 But when the Truth came to them, they said, "This is magic and we refuse to believe it."
43:31 They also said, "If only this Qur'an was sent down to a great man from the two cities."
43:32 Is it they who distribute your Lord's blessing? It is We who have allocated their livelihood among them in this life. We have raised some of them in rank, so that some would hire others for service. But your Lord's mercy is better than whatever they accumulate.
43:33 Were it not that people might become a single community, We would have provided those who deny the Merciful-to-all, silver roofs for their houses and silver stairways to ascend
43:34 and silver doors to their houses and furnishings on which to recline,
43:35 and gold ornaments. But all that is merely the possessions of this life, while the Hereafter with your Lord is for those who are mindful of Him.
43:36 Whoever overlooks the remembrance of the Merciful, We assign him a devil, for a companion.
43:37 They hinder them from the path, though they think they are guided.
43:38 Then, when such a person comes to Us, he says [to his companion] "I wish you had been as far away from me as east is from west. What an evil companion."
43:39 Since you were both unjust, It will not benefit you today to know, that you are partners in the punishment.
43:40 Can you make the deaf hear, or guide the blind and whoever is clearly misguided?
43:41 Whether We take you away, We will afflict retribution on them.
43:42 Or, We show you what We have promised them; for We have perfect ability to control them.
43:43 So adhere to what is revealed to you. You are on a straight path.
43:44 It is a remembrance for you and your people, and you are all going to be questioned.
43:45 Ask those of Our messengers We sent before you; did We ever appoint any deities besides the Merciful to be worshipped?
43:46 We sent Moses with Our signs to Pharaoh and his inner circle. He said, "I am the Messenger of the Lord of the worlds."
43:47 But when he came to them with Our signs, they laughed at them.
43:48 Each sign We showed them was more marvelous than the previous one. So We afflicted them with punishment, so that they might return.
43:49 They said "Magician, pray to your Lord for us, as He has a covenant with you, and We will be guided."
43:50 But when We lifted the punishment from them, they broke their word.
43:51 Then Pharaoh called out among his people; he said, "My people, does not the kingdom of Egypt belong to me, and these rivers that flow under my feet? Do not you see?
43:52 Am I not better than this insignificant person who can barely make himself understood?
43:53 Why then are not golden bracelets placed on him, or the angels are accompanying him?"
43:54 He [Pharaoh] easily swayed his people, and they obeyed him. [To Us] they were disobedient people
43:55 but when they continued to challenge Us, We inflicted Our punishment on them, and drowned them all:
43:56 We made them a precedent and an example for the others.
43:57 And when the son of Mary was given as an example, immediately your people [Prophet] loudly objected
43:58 and they said, "who is better, our gods or him?" They cite him only for arguments sake. In fact, they are a confrontational people.
43:59 [Jesus] was a servant whom We blessed, and We made him an example for the Children of Israel.
43:60 Had We so willed, We could have made you into angels succeeding one another on earth.
43:61 He [Jesus] is a [sign for] knowledge of the Hour, so have no doubt about it, and follow Me. This is a straight path.
43:62 Never let Satan divert you. He is a clear enemy to you all.
43:63 When Jesus came with clear evidence, he said, "I have brought you Wisdom and to clarify for you some of what you differ about. Be always mindful of God and obey me.
43:64 God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. This is a straight path."
43:65 But the factions differed among themselves. How terrible is the punishment of a painful Day to the unjust.
43:66 What are they waiting for except for the Hour to come suddenly upon them when they are not expecting it?
43:67 On that Day, close friends will be enemies to each other, except for those who are mindful of God
43:68 "My worshipers, you have nothing to fear on that Day, nor will you grieve,
43:69 those who believed in Our revelations and were submissive.
43:70 Enter the Garden, you and your spouses, filled with Joy."
43:71 Passed among them will be plates and cups of gold. They will have whatever their soul desire and whatever delights their eyes. There you will remain forever.
43:72 That is the Garden which you are made to inherit because of what you have done.
43:73 There will be much fruit for you to eat.
43:74 Those who force others to reject Our messages will be in the punishment of Hell forever.
43:75 It will not be allowed to be eased for them. In it, they will be crushed by despair.
43:76 We did not wrong them, but it was they who were the unjust.
43:77 They will call, "Malik, let your Lord finish us off!" He will say, "You are staying."
43:78 We have given you the Truth, but most of you, hate the Truth.
43:79 Or have they thought up some scheme? We too have been scheming
43:80 Or do they think that We cannot hear their secrets and their private talk? Yes, We can, and Our messengers are with them writing it down.
43:81 Say, "If the Merciful-to-all had a son, then I would be the first to worship him."
43:82 Exalted is the Lord of the heavens and the earth in His glory, Lord of the Throne, totally above what they ascribe to Him.
43:83 So, let them indulge in idle talk and play until they face that Day of theirs which they have been promised:
43:84 It is He who is God in heaven, and God on earth. He is the All-Wise, the All-Knowing.
43:85 And blessed is He Who has sovereignty over the heavens and the earth and everything between them. He alone has knowledge of the Hour. You will all be returned to Him.
43:86 Those deities they invoke besides Him have no power of intercession; only those who testify to the Truth and have full knowledge.
43:87 And if you asked them who created them, they would say, "God." Why do they mislead?
43:88 As for his saying, "My Lord, these are people who do not believe."
43:89 So forgive them and talk peace. Eventually they will come to know.


   


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