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al-Ahqaf (The Wind-curved Sandhills, The Dunes, The Sandhills)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi
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Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Wind-curved Sandhills, The Dunes, The Sandhills(al-Ahqaf)
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46:1 Ha-mim
46:2 The Book [Qur'aan] is a revelation from Allah the Omnipotent, Wise.
46:3 We created not the heavens and the earth and all that is in between them save with truthful purpose, and for a term appointed. And those who suppress the Truth heed not the warning they are given.
46:4 Say, "Have you considered those that you invoke besides Allah? Show me what part of the earth they have created! Or have they any share in the heavens? Bring me a divine book preceding this one (Qur'aan), or some shred of knowledge in support, if what you say is true."
46:5 And who is gone further astray than those who pray, instead of Allah, to such as hear not their prayer till the Day of Resurrection, and are unaware of their prayer.
46:6 And when mankind is gathered (on the Judgment Day, those whom they prayed to, besides Allah,) will become their enemies, and will deny they were worshipped by them.
46:7 And when Our clear Verses are recited to them, those who suppress the Truth say of the Truth when it reaches them, "This is nothing but magic."
46:8 Or do they say you [Muhammad] fabricated it [Qur'aan]? Say, "If I have fabricated it, you do have no power to support me against Allah. He is aware of what [lies] you utter concerning it. He is enough as a witness between me and you. And He is the One, Forgiving, Merciful."
46:9 Say, "I am not the first one among the Messengers. And I know not what will be done with me or with you. I do but follow what is revealed to me, and I am but a plain warner."
46:10 Say, "Do you consider what could happen to you if it [Qur'aan] is from Allah and you suppress your belief in it, and a witness from among the Children of Israel testifies to the like thereof [Torah] and then believes, and you are too proud!?" Allah does indeed not guide the people that are wicked!
46:11 And those who refuse to believe say of those who believe, "Had it [the Qur'aanic revelations] been (any) good, they would not have preceded us to it." And since they would not be guided by it, they say, "This is an ancient lie."h
46:12 And, before it, the Book revealed to Moses [Torah] was leading guide and mercy. And this Book [Qur'aan], confirming [the guidance given in Torah], is in the Arabic language to warn those who wrong others and themselves and to bring good tidings for the righteous people.
46:13 Those indeed who say `Allah is Our Lord' and then remain steadfast, they shall have no fear then, nor shall they grieve!"
46:14 They shall be inhabitants of the Garden (Paradise), living eternal lives therein as rewards for their deeds.
46:15 And We have commended to man to be kind to parents. His mother bears him in pain and in pain does she deliver him. And the bearing and feeding of him till he is weaned away from mother's milk takes thirty months. Then as he attains to full strength and reaches forty years of age, he says, "My Lord! Inspire me to be thankful for the favour You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and to do righteous deeds that would please You. And make me righteous in the matter of my offspring. I do indeed turn to You in repentance, and indeed I am of those who submit.
46:16 Such are the ones from whom We accept the good of what they do, and overlook the bad. They shall be among the inhabitants of the Garden (Paradise) — a true promise given to them.
46:17 And he who says to his parents, "Fie upon you both! Do you tell me that I shall be brought out (to life again) and generations before me have passed away!?" And the two cry to Allah for help and say, "Woe to you! Believe! Allah's promise is indeed true." But he says, "These are nothing but fables of the ancient people!"
46:18 Such are the ones among peoples of the jinn and mankind, which have passed away before them, on whom the divine Word has proved true. They indeed are the doomed ones.
46:19 And for all there will be ranks on the basis of what they do, so that He may justly compensate them for their deeds. And they will not be wronged.
46:20 And the Day those who suppress the Truth are exposed to the Fire: "You squandered your good things in your worldly life to enjoy its pleasures. So this Day you are made to suffer the humiliating punishment because you were unjustly arrogant on the earth, and because you committed transgression."
46:21 And relate the story of the brother of AAad when he warned his people in the sand dunes — and warners did come and go before and after him — saying, "Worship none but Allah. I am indeed afraid punishment of an awesome Day may befall you."
46:22 They said, "Have you come to turn us away from our gods? Then bring upon us what you warn us of, if you are of the truthful ones."
46:23 He (Allah's Messenger) said, "The knowledge [of everything, including the future] is only with Allah! I convey to you what I have been sent with, but I do see you are a people behaving ignorantly."
46:24 Then, when they saw it as a dense cloud coming toward their valleys, they said, "Here is a cloud bringing us rain. But it is what you sought to hasten — a wind wherein is painful torment.
46:25 [A wind] destroying all things by its Lord's command! And by morning, nothing could be seen save their dwellings. We do thus `reward' the sinful people.
46:26 And We did certainly empower them with what We have not empowered you, and We had assigned to them ears and eyes and hearts. But then their ears and eyes and hearts availed those naught since they denied Allah's Verses/signs. And what they scoffed at surrounded them.
46:27 And We did certainly destroy habitations around you, and We had displayed to them Our Verses/signs, so that they might return to the Right Path.
46:28 Then why did those, whom they had taken as means — besides Allah — of approach to divinity, not help them? Nay! But they shunned them. And it was all their lie and forgery.
46:29 And when We directed toward you (Muhammad) a party of the jinn, who wished to hear the Qur'aan! And when they attended it [Qur'aan reading session], they said, "Listen!" And, when it was finished, they turned back to their people to warn them.
46:30 They said, "O our people! We have heard a Book revealed after Moses, confirming that which was in it, guiding to the Truth and to a Straight Path."
46:31 "O our people! Respond to Allah's caller and believe in Him. He will forgive you some of your sins and save you from a painful punishment."
46:32 And he who responds not to Allah's caller, he can noway escape [from Him] on the earth. And he has no awliya besides Him. Such people are in clear delusion.
46:33 Do they not see that it is Allah Who has created the heavens and the earth, Who is not tired by the process of their creation, and Who is Able to give life to the dead? Yes indeed, He is capable of doing anything!
46:34 And the Day when the suppressors of the Truth are brought up to the Fire! "Is not this real?" They say, "Yes, by our Lord, it is!" The Lord says, "Then taste the punishment; for, you had refused to believe!"
46:35 Then have patience (O Muhammad) just as those endowed with determination among the Messengers (of old) had patience! And be not in haste concerning them. The Day they see what they are promised (it will so appear to them) as though they had stayed but an hour of daytime. A culmination! Shall any be destroyed [then] save the transgressing rebels?


   


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