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ad-Dukhan (Smoke, The Evident Smoke)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah Smoke, The Evident Smoke(ad-Dukhan)
44:1 ῌā‘ mīm.
44:2 By the veritable Book,
44:3 We revealed it¹ on a blessed night, intending to give warning;
44:4 on a night when every wise commandment was expounded
44:5 as a commandment from Ourself.
44:6 We it was who sent it down as a blessing from your Lord: surely He it is who hears all and knows all:
44:7 the Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them. Mark this, if you are true believers.
44:8 There is no god but Him. He ordains life and death; He is your God, and the God of your forefathers.
44:9 Yet they divert themselves with doubts.
44:10 Watch for the day when the sky will pour down palpable smoke,
44:11 enveloping mankind: a woeful scourge.
44:12 Then will they say: ‘Lord, lift the scourge from us. We are now believers.‘
44:13 But how will their remembrance help them, when a true apostle did come to them
44:14 and they denied him, and said: ‘A well taught madman!‘
44:15 Yet if We but slightly ease your torment, you will return to unbelief.
44:16 On the day We bring down the supreme scourge. We will surely be avenged.
44:17 Before them, We tested Pharaoh‘s people. A gracious apostle had come to them,
44:18 saying: ‘Hand over to me God‘s servants. I am an honest emissary.
44:19 And do not hold yourselves above God. I bring you clear authority.
44:20 I adjure you by Him who is my Lord and your Lord not to stone me.
44:21 If you have no faith in me, leave me well alone.‘
44:22 Then he cried out to his Lord, saying: ‘Surely these are a sinful people.‘
44:23 Set forth with My servants in the night, for you will be pursued.
44:24 Leave the sea at rest behind you. They are warriors doomed to be drowned.‘
44:25 How many gardens and fountains they left behind them!
44:26 Cornfields, and noble palaces,
44:27 and good things in which they took delight.
44:28 All this We gave to others to inherit.
44:29 Neither heaven nor earth shed tears for them; nor were they reprieved.
44:30 We saved the Israelites from the degrading scourge,
44:31 from Pharaoh, who surely was a tyrant and a transgressor,
44:32 and chose them knowingly above the nations.
44:33 We showed them such miracles as manifestly tested them.
44:34 Yet there are those who say:
44:35 We shall die but one death, nor shall we ever be raised to life again.
44:36 Bring back to us our forefathers, if what you say be true.‘
44:37 Are they better than the people of Tubba‘¹ and those who thrived before them? We destroyed them all, for they too were wicked men.
44:38 It was not in jest that We created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them.
44:39 We created them both only to reveal the Truth. But of this the larger part of them have no knowledge.
44:40 The Day of Judgement is the appointed time for them all.
44:41 On that day no friend shall help a friend; none shall be helped
44:42 save those to whom God shows mercy. He is the Mighty One, the Compassionate.
44:43 The Zaqqūm tree
44:44 shall provide the sinner‘s food.
44:45 Like dregs of oil,
44:46 like scalding water, it shall simmer in his belly.
44:47 Seize him and drag him into the depths of Hell.
44:48 Then pour out the scourge of scalding water over his head:
44:49 "Taste this, you illustrious and honourable man!
44:50 This is the very fate you always doubted."‘
44:51 Surely the righteous shall be lodged in a mansion secure
44:52 amid gardens and fountains face to face,
44:53 arrayed in rich silks and fine brocade.
44:54 Even thus; and We shall wed them to dark-eyed houris.
44:55 Secure against all ills, they shall call for every kind of fruit;
44:56 and, having died once, they shall never die again. Your Lord will in His mercy shield them from the scourge of Hell.
44:57 That will be the supreme triumph.
44:58 We have made it easy in your own tongue, that they may remember.
44:59 Wait, then; they too are waiting.


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