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Qaf (The Letter Qaf)
as rendered by Muhammad Asad
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Muhammad Asad rendition of Surah The Letter Qaf(Qaf)
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50:1 Qaf. CONSIDER this sublime Qur’an!
50:2 But nay - they deem it strange that a warner should have come unto them from their own midst; and so these deniers of the truth are saying, “A strange thing is this!
50:3 Why - [how could we be resurrected] after we have died and become mere dust? Such a return seems far-fetched indeed!”
50:4 Well do We know how the earth consumes their bodies, for with Us is a record unfailing.
50:5 Nay, but they [who refuse to believe in resurrection] have been wont to give the lie to this truth whenever it was proffered to them; and so they are in a state of confusion.
50:6 Do they not look at the sky above them - how We have built it and made it beautiful and free of all faults?
50:7 And the earth - We have spread it wide, and set upon it mountains firm, and caused it to bring forth plants of all beauteous kinds,
50:8 thus offering an insight and a reminder unto every human being who willingly turns unto God.
50:9 And We send down from the skies water rich in blessings, and cause thereby gardens to grow, and fields of grain,
50:10 and tall palm-trees with their thickly-clustered dates,
50:11 as sustenance apportioned to men; and by [all] this We bring dead land to life: [and] even so will be [man’s] coming-forth from death.
50:12 [Long] before those [who now deny resurrection] did Noah’s people give the lie to this truth, and [so did] the folk of Ar-Rass, and [the tribes of] Thamud
50:13 and Ad, and Pharaoh, and Lot’s brethren,
50:14 and the dwellers of the wooded dales [of Madyan], and the people of Tubba: they all gave the lie to the apostles - and thereupon that whereof I had warned [them] came true.
50:15 Could We, then, be [thought of as being] worn out by the first creation? Nay - but some people are [still] lost in doubt about [the possibility of] a new creation!
50:16 NOW, VERILY, it is We who have created man, and We know what his innermost self whispers within him: for We are closer to him than his neck-vein.
50:17 [And so,] whenever the two demands [of his nature] come face to face, contending from the right and from the left,
50:18 not even a word can he utter but there is a watcher with him, ever-present.
50:19 And [then,] the twilight of death brings with it the [full] truth that [very thing, O man,] from which thou wouldst always look away! –
50:20 and [in the end] the trumpet [of resurrection] will be blown: that will be the Day of a warning fulfilled.
50:21 And every human being will come forward with [his erstwhile] inner urges and [his] conscious mind,
50:22 [and will be told:] “Indeed, unmindful hast thou been of this [Day of Judgment]; but now We have lifted from thee thy veil, and sharp is thy sight today!”
50:23 And one part of him will say: “This it is that has been ever-present with me!”
50:24 [Whereupon God will command:] “Cast, cast into hell every [such] stubborn enemy of the truth,
50:25 [every] withholder of good [and] sinful aggressor [and] fomentor of distrust [between man and man – everyone]
50:26 who has set up another deity beside God: cast him, then, cast him into suffering severe!”
50:27 Man’s other self’ will say: “O our Sustainer! It was not I that led his conscious mind into evil [nay,] but it had gone far astray [of its own accord]!
50:28 [And] He will say: “Contend not before Me, [O you sinners,] for I gave you a forewarning [of this Day of Reckoning].
50:29 The judgment passed by Me shall not be altered; but never do I do the least wrong unto My creatures!”
50:30 On that Day We will ask hell, “Art thou filled?”- and it will answer, “[Nay,] is there yet more [for me]?”
50:31 And [on that Day] paradise will be brought within the sight of the God-conscious, and will no longer be far away; [and they will be told:]
50:32 “This is what you were promised - [promised] unto everyone who was wont to turn unto God and to keep Him always in mind –
50:33 [everyone] who stood in awe of the Most Gracious although He is beyond the reach of human perception, and who has come [unto Him] with a heart full of contrition.
50:34 Enter this [paradise] in peace; this is the Day on which life abiding begins!”
50:35 In that [paradise] they shall have whatever they may desire - but there is yet more with Us.
50:36 AND HOW MANY a generation have We destroyed before those [who now deny the truth] people of greater might than theirs; but [when Our chastisement befell them,] they became wanderers on the face of the earth, seeking no more than a place of refuge
50:37 In this, behold, there is indeed a reminder for everyone whose heart is wide-awake -that is, [everyone who] lends ear with a conscious mind -
50:38 and [who knows that] We have indeed created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six aeons, and [that] no weariness could ever touch Us.
50:39 HENCE, [O believer,] bear thou with patience whatever they may say, and extol thy Sustainer’s limitless glory and praise before the rising of the sun and before its setting;
50:40 and in the night, too, extol His glory, and at every prayer’s end.
50:41 And [always] listen for the day when He who issues the call [of death] shall call [thee] from close-by;
50:42 [and bethink thyself, too, of] the Day on which all [human beings] will in truth hear the final blast - that Day of [their] coming-forth [from death].
50:43 Verily, it is We who grant life and deal death; and with Us will be all journeys’ end
50:44 on the Day when the earth is riven asunder all around them as they hasten forth [towards God’s judgment]: that gathering will be easy for Us [to encompass].
50:45 Fully aware are We of what they [who deny resurrection] do say; and thou canst by no means force them [to believe in it]. Yet none the less, remind, through this Qur’an, all such as may fear My warning.


   


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