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al-Jathiyah (The Kneeling, Crouching)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Kneeling, Crouching(al-Jathiyah)
45:1 ῌā‘ mīm.
45:2 The revelation of the Book is from God, the Mighty One, the Wise One.
45:3 Surely in the heavens and the earth there are signs for the faithful;
45:4 in your own creation, and in the beasts He scatters far and near, signs for firm believers;
45:5 in the alternation of night and day, in the sustenance God sends down from the sky with which He resurrects the earth after its death, and in the marshalling of the winds, signs for those who can understand.
45:6 Such are God‘s revelations: We recite them to you in all Truth. But in what words will they believe, if not in God Himself and all His signs?
45:7 Woe betide every untruthful sinner!
45:8 He hears God‘s revelations recited to Him and then, as though he never heard them, persists in scorn. Forewarn him of a woeful scourge.
45:9 And if he new a little of Our signs, he would deride them: such men shall suffer degrading torment.
45:10 Hell is at their rear. Their gains shall not avail them, nor shall the masters they have served besides God. Grievous punishment awaits them.
45:11 This is true guidance. Those that deny their Lord‘s revelations shall suffer the anguish of a woeful scourge.
45:12 God it is who has subdued for you the ocean, that the ships may sail upon it at His bidding; that you may seek His bounty and render thanks.
45:13 He has subjected to you what the heavens and the earth contain; all is from Him. Surely in this there are signs for people who reflect.
45:14 Tell the believers to pardon those who cannot wish for the days of God,¹ when He will requite people according to what they did.
45:15 He that does a good deed does it for his own soul; and he that commits evil does so at his own peril. Then to your Lord shall you be recalled.
45:16 To the Israelites We gave the Book and bestowed on them judgement and prophethood. We provided them with wholesome things and exalted them above the nations.
45:17 We gave them explicit commandments: yet it was not till knowledge had been vouchsafed them that they disagreed, maliciously, among themselves. Your Lord will on the Day of Resurrection judge what they differ about.
45:18 We then set for you a law to the right path. Follow it, and do not yield to the desires of those that are devoid of knowledge;
45:19 for they can in no way shelter you from God. The wrongdoers are protectors of each other; but the righteous have God Himself for their protectors.
45:20 This is an Admonition to mankind; a guide and a blessing to firm believers.
45:21 Or do those who committed evil deeds think that they are equal in Our sight to those who believe and do good works, and likewise their lives and deaths? How ill they judge!
45:22 God created the heavens and the earth to manifest the Truth, and to recompense each soul according to its deeds. They shall not be wronged.
45:23 Do but consider: who, besides God, can guide him who makes his lust his god, whom God deliberately confounds, setting a seal upon his ears and heart, and drawing a veil over his eyes? Will you not take thought?
45:24 They say: ‘There is but one life in this world and no other. We die and live; nothing but Time destroys us.‘ Surely of this they have no knowledge. They are merely guessing.
45:25 And when Our veritable revelations are recited to them, their only argument is: ‘Bring back our forefathers, if what you say be true!‘
45:26 Say: ‘God it is who gives you life and then causes you to die; He will then gather you all on the Day of Resurrection, of which there is no doubt; yet most do not know it.‘
45:27 God it is who has sovereignty over the heavens and the earth. On the day the Hour strikes, those who have denied His revelations will assuredly lose all.
45:28 You shall see each community on its knees. Each community shall be summoned to its Book: ‘You shall this day be requited for your deeds.
45:29 This book of Ours speaks with Truth against you. We have recorded what you did.‘
45:30 As for those who believe and do good works, their Lord will usher them into His mercy. This shall be the veritable triumph.
45:31 As for the unbelievers: ‘Were My revelations not declared to you? Did you not scorn them and commit evil?
45:32 When you were told: "God‘s promise is true: the Hour is sure to come," you said: "We know nothing of the Hour. It is but a vain conjecture, nor are we convinced."‘
45:33 The evil of their deeds will manifest itself to them, and the scourge at which they scoffed will encompass them.
45:34 They will be told: ‘We will this day forget you, as you yourselves forgot you would meet this day. The Fire shall be your shelter, and none will help you.
45:35 That is because you scoffed at God‘s revelations and were seduced by your earthly life.‘ On that day there shall be no way out for them; nor shall they be asked to make amends.
45:36 Praise, then, be to God, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth, Lord of the Universe.
45:37 Supremacy be His in the heavens and on earth. He it is who is the Mighty One, the Wise One.


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