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Qaf (The Letter Qaf)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Letter Qaf(Qaf)
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50:1 Qāf. BY the Glorious Koran!
50:2 They indeed marvel that one of their own has come to warn them; so that the unbelievers say: ‘This is indeed a wondrous thing.
50:3 When we are dead and turned to dust . . . ?¹ Such a return is most improbable!‘
50:4 We know how the earth consumes them. We hold a book which records all.
50:5 Indeed, they denied the Truth when it had come to them, and now they are perplexed.
50:6 Have they never observed the sky above them, how We built it up and furnished it with ornaments, leaving no crack in its expanse?
50:7 And We spread out the earth and set upon it immovable mountains. We brought forth from it all kinds of delectable plants.
50:8 A lesson and an Admonition to every penitent mortal.
50:9 We send down blessed water from the sky with which We bring forth gardens and the harvest grain,
50:10 and tall palm-trees laden with clusters of dates,
50:11 a sustenance for humankind; thereby giving new life to a dead land. Such shall be the Resurrection.
50:12 Long before these the people of Noah and the dwellers of Al-Rass¹ denied the Truth; and so did Thamūd
50:13 and ‘Ād, Pharaoh and the kin of Lot,
50:14 the dwellers of the Forest² and the people of Tubba‘;³ all disbelieved the apostles and were thus visited by My threatened scourge.
50:15 Were We worn out by the First Creation? Yet they are in doubt about a new creation.⁴
50:16 We created man; We know the promptings of his soul, and are closer to him than his jugular vein.
50:17 When the twin keepers receive him, seated on his right, and on his left,
50:18 no word he utters but shall be noted down by a vigilant guard.
50:19 And when the agony of death comes upon him with the Truth, they will say: ‘This was the fate you endeavoured to avoid.‘
50:20 And the Trumpet shall be blown: that is the promised day.
50:21 Each soul shall come attended by one who will drive it on, and another to testify against it:
50:22 Of this you have been heedless; now we have removed your veil, so that today your sight is keen.‘
50:23 And his companion will say: ‘My testimony is ready to hand.‘
50:24 Cast, you two, into Hell every hardened unbeliever,
50:25 every opponent of good, every doubting transgressor
50:26 who has set up another deity besides God. Hurl him, you two, into the harrowing scourge!‘
50:27 His companion¹ will say: ‘Lord, I did not mislead him. He had already strayed far into error.‘
50:28 He will say: ‘Do not dispute in My presence. I did forewarn you.
50:29 My word cannot be changed, nor am I unjust to mortals.‘
50:30 On that day, We shall say to Hell: ‘Are you now full?‘ And Hell will say: ‘Are there any more?‘
50:31 And, not far thence, Paradise shall be brought close to the righteous.
50:32 Here is what you were promised: for every penitent and honest man,
50:33 who fears the Merciful though unseen, and comes before Him with a contrite heart.
50:34 Enter it in peace. This is the day of immortality.‘
50:35 Therein shall they have all that they desire; and We have yet more.
50:36 How many generations, far greater in prowess, have We wiped out before them! They searched the entire land: but could they find a refuge?
50:37 Surely in this there is a lesson for everyone who is of a heart possessed, and can hear and see.
50:38 In six days We created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them; nor were We ever wearied.
50:39 Bear then with what they² say. Give glory to your Lord before sunrise and before sunset.
50:40 In the night praise Him, and make the additional prostrations.
50:41 Listen on the day when the Crier will call from near;
50:42 the day when they will hear the cry of Truth. On that day they will rise up from their graves.
50:43 It is We who ordain life and death; and to Us shall all return.
50:44 On that day the earth will be rent asunder over them, and from it they shall emerge in haste. To herd them all is easy enough for Us.
50:45 We well know what they say. You shall not use coercion with them. Admonish with the Koran whoever fears My threat.


   


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