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By this divine ‘Book’, which reveals the ultimate truth, is a Revelation Knowledge from Allâh.
We certainly made it an Arabic ‘Qur’ān’ so that you may be able to comprehend (the divine order).
Indeed, It is in the Mother of the Book which We possess, truly elevated and fraught with wisdom.
Well then, should We take away the Reminder (or) 'Revealer of Truth' and ignore you because you are folk of prodigals?
We sent so many ‘Prophets’ to the ancient people.
Never came there to them a ‘Prophet’ but they mocked at him.
Then We annihilated those who were more powerful than these (Pagan Arabs), and the divine retribution of the ancients has gone before.
If it happens that you ask them, (the Pagan Arabs) : "Who created the heavens and earth?” they would definitely say: "It is the All-Mighty (Allâh), the All-Knowing Who has created them."
He made the earth for you a cradle and set up roads therein so that you may be able to find your way.
He is the One Who sent down from the sky water according to a measure. Then, We resuscitate a dead land therewith. In the same manner you will be resurrected.
He is the One who created all things in pairs and made for you ships and cattle on which you ride,
So that you may mount upon their backs, remember the grace of your Lord when you thereon and say: "Glory be to Him who has subjected this to us since we were incapable of doing it.
Indeed, to our Lord, we are all destined to return."
Yet they ascribe to some of His servants a share with Him. Indeed man is evidently ungrateful.
Or has He taken daughters to Himself of what He creates and favored you with sons?
When one of them is informed of the news of that the like of which he ascribes to the Most Beneficent (God), his face becomes gloomy. And he is filled with sorrow.
Do they ascribe to Allâh one who is reared amid ornaments and incapable of making plain speech in disputes?
They have mythologized that the ‘Angels’ who are the servants of the Most Beneficent (God) are females. Their testimony will be set down in writing and they will be questioned.
They even said: "If the Most Beneficent (God) had willed, we would not have worshiped (& venerated) them, (-the mythological gods-)." They have no knowledge whatsoever of that. They only try to impose a misleading belief.
Or have We given them any book before, (this ‘Qur’ān’), and so they are holding fast to it?
Nay, they say, "We found our fathers following a certain system of faith and worship, and so we are certainly guided by their footsteps."
In the same manner, whenever We sent a ‘Messenger’ before you into a township (to warn & preach), the wealthy ones of it said: “We found our fathers following a certain system of faith and worship. Thus, it is part of our duty to walk in their Footsteps."
He said: “What! Even if I bring you better guide on which you found your fathers following?” They said: “Undoubtedly, we are not going to believe in whatever you bring.”
Therefore, We inflicted the divine retribution on them. Look and see the dreadful end of those who belied the ‘Messenger’.
(Mention) when ‘Abraham’ said to his father and his people: "I disown what you worship (& venerate)
Except Him Who created me. Indeed, He will illuminate my path."
He made it a word to enduring among his posterity so that they might return.
Nay, I gave enjoyment to these (-people of Mecca-), and to their fathers until there came to them the truth and a ‘Messenger’ making things explicit (for them).
When the knowledge of Truth came to them, they said: “This mere magic, and we are not going to give credence to it."
They said: "Why was not this ‘Qur’ān’ sent down upon a great man from one of the two cities?"
Are they the ones who divide and allocate the mercy of your Lord? It is We who distribute between them their livelihood in this ‘worldly life’. And We exalt some of them above others in rank so that some of them may take others in subjection. The mercy of your Lord is far better than that which they accumulate.
If it were not that, the people would have become one community. And We would have made for those who disbelieve in the Most Beneficent (God) - for their houses - roofs and stairs of silver whereby to mount,
And for their houses, doors (of silver), and couches (of silver) on which they recline,
And ornaments of gold. Yet all this is naught but a provision of ‘this worldly life’. The ‘Hereafter’ with your Lord is only for the ‘Pious ones’ (whose faith is unfeigned) .
The one whose sight is dim to the remembrance of the Most Beneficent ( God)- We assign to him a devil who becomes his intimate companion.
Indeed, these companions will surely make them to turn way from the (right) path, and yet they presume that they attain spiritual insight.
Until when he comes to Us, he says (unto his companion): “"Oh, I wish there was between you and me the distance between the east and west - how wretched a companion!"
Since you acted wrongfully, regret will not profit you this ‘Day’. Thus, both of you will be partners in punishment!
Are you, (O’ ‘Muhammad’), capable of making the deaf hear, or guiding the blind and the one who is in manifest error?
Even if We take you away, still We are going to inflict retribution on them,
Or We may show you the chastisement, which We have promised them. Definitely, We have all the capability over them.
Thus, hold fast to that which has been revealed to you ( from Allâh, the Lord of all the worlds) . You are absolutely on the right path.
This ‘Qur’ān’ is absolutely a ‘Revealer of Truth’ for you and for your people. And you will soon be questioned.
Ask those of Our ‘Messengers’ whom We sent before you. Did We ever appoint gods to be worshiped beside the Most Beneficent ( God)?
We have sent ‘Moses’ (as Our ‘Messenger’) with Our ‘Revelations’ to ‘Pharaoh’ and his chiefs, so he said: "I am the ‘Messenger’ of the Lord of all the worlds."
But when he brought them Our Signs (of power& glory), they mocked at them.
Every sign We showed them was greater than its sister (sign). We overtook them with chastisement so that they may quit their perversion.
They said: "O’ you magician, pray to your Lord for us since He has made a covenant with you. We will then attain spiritual insight."
But when We removed the chastisement from them, they broke (their solemn promise).
‘Pharaoh’ announced to his people: "O’ my people, is not mine the sovereignty of Egypt and these rivers flowing under me? Do you not then see?
Am I not better than this one, who is despicable, and can hardly speak the words clearly?
Then why have there not been placed upon him armlets of gold or angels been sent down to accompany him?"
Thus, he bluffed his people, and so they followed him. They certainly were a people who preferred to walk in the path of disobedience.
But when they continued to oppose us, We inflicted a divine retribution on them and drowned them all.
We made them a precedent and an example for the others.
When the ‘son of Mary’ is presented as an example, your people laughed aloud.
They said: "Are our gods better, or is he?" They mentioned not this example except for argument. Nay, they are but pugnacious folk.
He, (‘Jesus’), was not more than a servant on whom We bestowed favor. And We made him an epitome for the ‘Children of Israel’.
If We willed, We could assign among you ‘Angels’ to be successors on the earth.
Indeed, he (-’Jesus’ -) is a sign of the inevitable ‘Hour’ (of Reckoning). Therefore, do not harbour doubts about It and follow me. This is the straight path.
Let not ‘Satan’ avert you (away from the right path). He is your sworn enemy.
When ‘Jesus’ came with the full knowledge of the truth, he said: "I have come to you indeed with wisdom, and to clarify for you some of the issues in which you differ. Therefore, act piously toward your Lord and follow me.
Indeed, Allâh is my Lord and your Lord. Thus, worship Him (Alone). This is the straight path.”
But the sects from among themselves differed. Then woe unto those who do wrong from the chastisement of a painful day!
Are they waiting for the Inevitable ‘Hour’ (of Reckoning) to come on them all of a sudden when they least expect it?
The intimate friends on that day will be enemies one to another, except for the ‘Pious’ (whose faith is unfeigned) .
O’ My monotheistic servants, there will be no fear upon you this ‘Day’, nor will you ever grieve.
(O’ You) who believed in Our ‘Revelations’ and submitted (yourselves completely to the authority of Allâh),
Enter ‘Al-Jannah’, you and your wives, in utter delight!
Trays of gold and cups will be circulated among them. Therein will be all that the inner-selves could desires and all that the eyes might delight in. Therein shall you abide.
This is Al-Jannah which you are made to inherit as a result of what you used to do.
For you therein will be different kinds of fruits, which you would desire to eat.
Unquestionably, the ungodly sinners will be subjected to the eternal chastisement of ‘Hellfire’.
The chastisement will not be lightened for them and they, therein, will be completely nonplussed.
We wronged them not, but they themselves were grossly unfair and morally wrong.
They will cry: "O’ ‘Malik’, (Keeper of Hell), let Your Lord put an end to us!” He will say: “Here where you must remain.”
We certainly brought the ultimate truth to you but most of you loathe the truth.
Or Have they devised a plan? Then We too are devising.
Or do they think that We do not hear their secrets and their consultations? Nay, but Our emissaries with them set down in writing.
Say, (O’ ‘Muhammad’): "If the Most Beneficent (God) had a son, then I would be the first to worship (& venerate).”
Glory be to the Lord of the heavens and of the earth, the Lord of the Throne, from all that which they ascribe.
Therefore, let them converse vainly and play until they meet the ‘Day’ of theirs, which they have been promised.
He is the One Who is God in the heavens and God on the earth. He is the All-Wise, the All-Knowing.
Most Exalted is He to Whom belongs the (absolute) sovereignty of the heavens and of the earth, and all that is between them, and with Whom is the knowledge of the ‘Hour’ of (Reckoning). And to Whom you are all destined to return.
Those whom they implore and pray besides Him possess no power of intercession, except for the one who bears witness of the truth and they know (Him).
If it happens that you ask them who created these idols, they would certainly say: “ It is Allâh.” So how they are deceived into going away from the established course?
His saying: "O my Lord, indeed, these are a people who are not willing to accept Allâh (into their life) ."
Therefore, turn away from them and say: “Peace”. Indeed, they will come to know (the consequence of their disbelief).
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