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ad-Dukhan (Smoke, The Evident Smoke)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah Smoke, The Evident Smoke(ad-Dukhan)
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44:1 HA MIM.
44:2 The perspicuous Book is witness
44:3 (That) We sent it down one night of blessing -- so that We could warn --
44:4 On which all affairs are sorted out and decided
44:5 As commands from Us. It is indeed We who send (messengers),
44:6 A mercy from your Lord. Verily He is all-hearing and all-knowing,
44:7 The Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, if you really do believe.
44:8 There is no god other than He, who gives you life and death, your Lord and the Lord of your fathers of old.
44:9 Yet they are lost in doubt and play.
44:10 So watch for the day when the sky begins to emit clear smoke,
44:11 Which would envelope mankind. That would be a grievous affliction.
44:12 "O Lord, take away this torment from us," (they will pray); "we have come to believe."
44:13 How can a warning benefit them? The Apostle who explained all things clearly had come to them,
44:14 But they turned away from him, and said: "He is well-instructed, (but) possessed."
44:15 If We remove the torment a little, you revert back (to misdeeds).
44:16 The day that We shall seize them with a grievous hold, We will indeed castigate them.
44:17 We had tried the people of Pharaoh before them. A respected prophet had come to them (saying):
44:18 "Deliver the creatures of God to me. I am the trusted messenger sent to you.
44:19 Do not think yourselves to be above God: I have come to you with clear authority.
44:20 I have taken refuge in my Lord and your Lord against your stoning me to death.
44:21 If you do not believe in me, leave me alone."
44:22 Then he called to his Lord: "These are a sinful people."
44:23 "Journey by night with My devotees," (it was said); "you will certainly be pursued.
44:24 (Cross and) leave the sea undisturbed. The (pursuing) hosts will surely be drowned,"
44:25 How many gardens and fountains did they leave behind,
44:26 And fields and stately mansions,
44:27 And the comfort they enjoyed.
44:28 Thus it was; and We passed them on to another people.
44:29 Neither did the heavens weep for them, nor the earth, nor were they granted respite.
44:30 So We saved the children of Israel from degrading suffering
44:31 They (had experienced) under the Pharaoh. He was certainly a tyrant, guilty of excess.
44:32 And We exalted them over the other people knowingly,
44:33 And sent them tokens to bring out the best in them.
44:34 Even then they say:
44:35 "There is no dying for us but once; and we shall not be raised again.
44:36 So bring our ancestors back, if you are truthful."
44:37 Are they better than the people of Tubba, and those who had lived before them, whom We destroyed as they were sinners?
44:38 We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, out of play.
44:39 We created them with definite purpose; but most of them do not understand.
44:40 The Day of Judgement is your promised day of meeting,
44:41 The day when friend will help no friend in the least, nor will they be helped,
44:42 Apart from those to whom God is kind. He is all-mighty and all-merciful.
44:43 The tree of Zaqqum will indeed be
44:44 The food of sinners.
44:45 It is like pitch. It will fume in the belly
44:46 As does boiling water.
44:47 "Seize him and drag him into the depths of Hell," (it will be said),
44:48 "Then pour over his head the torment of scalding water."
44:49 "Taste it," (they will be told). "You were indeed the mighty and noble!
44:50 This is certainly what you had denied."
44:51 Surely those who fear and follow the straight path will be in a place of peace and security
44:52 In the midst of gardens and of springs,
44:53 Dressed in brocade and shot silk, facing one another.
44:54 Just like that. We shall pair them with companions with large black eyes.
44:55 They will call for every kind of fruit with satisfaction.
44:56 There they will not know any death apart from the first death they had died, and will be kept safe from the torment of Hell
44:57 By the beneficence of your Lord. This will be the great success.
44:58 Therefore We have made this (Qur'an) easy in your tongue. They may haply take a warning.
44:59 So you wait. They are also waiting.


   


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