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adh-Dhariyat (The Winnowing Winds, The Scatterers)
as rendered by Hamid S. Aziz
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Hamid S. Aziz rendition of Surah The Winnowing Winds, The Scatterers(adh-Dhariyat)
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51:1 (I swear) By the wind that scatters far and wide,
51:2 And those that lift and bear heavy loads,
51:3 And those that flow with ease and gentleness,
51:4 And those that distribute and apportion by Our command;
51:5 That of which you are warned is most surely true,
51:6 And the judgment must most surely come about.
51:7 Swear by the heaven (sky) full of paths (orbits).
51:8 Most surely you are in doctrines (opinions, teachings, ideologies) discordant (or inconsistent or contradictory),
51:9 He is turned away by them from truth, who would be (or wishes to be) turned away.
51:10 Cursed be the conjecturers (or lie-mongers),
51:11 Who flounder heedless in an abyss (of ignorance and confusion).
51:12 They ask, "When will be the day of judgment?"
51:13 It is the day on which they shall be tried at the Fire.
51:14 Taste you your torment! This is what you sought to hasten.
51:15 Surely those who guard (against evil) shall be in Gardens and Springs.
51:16 Taking joy in what their Lord gives them; surely they were before that, the doers of good.
51:17 They used to sleep but little in the night.
51:18 And in the morning they prayed for forgiveness.
51:19 And in their wealth a portion was allotted for him who asked (the needy) and to him who was denied (the outcast, the deprived person or the one who could not ask).
51:20 And in the earth there are signs for those who have sure faith,
51:21 And also in your own souls; will you not then see?
51:22 And in the heaven is your sustenance and that which you are promised.
51:23 And by the Lord of the heavens and the earth! It is most surely the truth, even as you speak.
51:24 Has there come to you information about the honoured guests of Abraham?
51:25 When they entered his presence they said, "Peace. Peace." Said he, "What a strange people."
51:26 Then he turned aside to his family secretly and brought a fat (roasted) calf,
51:27 And placed it before them. He said, "What! Will you not eat?"
51:28 (When they did not eat) he conceived in his mind a fear of them. They said, "Fear not." And they gave him the good news of a son endowed with knowledge.
51:29 Then his wife came up in great grief, and she struck her face and said, "An old barren woman!"
51:30 They said, "Thus says your Lord: Surely He is the Wise, the Knowing."
51:31 He said, "What is your errand then, O Messengers!"
51:32 They said, "Surely we are sent to a guilty people,
51:33 "That we may send down upon them stone of clay (or brimstones),
51:34 "Sent forth from your Lord for the extravagant (those who transgress beyond bounds)."
51:35 Then We brought forth such believers as were therein.
51:36 But We found not therein but one house of those who had Surrendered (Muslims).
51:37 And We left therein a sign for those who fear the grievous penalty.
51:38 And in Moses (was another sign). When We sent him to Pharaoh with clear authority.
51:39 But he turned away with his forces and said, "A sorcerer or a mad man."
51:40 So We seized him and his hosts and hurled them into the sea and his was the blame.
51:41 And in A´ad (was another sign). When We sent upon them the destructive wind.
51:42 It spared naught on which it blew, but made it like dust.
51:43 And in Thamud (was another sign). When it was said to them, "Enjoy yourselves for a while."
51:44 But they revolted against the commandment of their Lord, so the rumbling (thunderbolt or stunning noise of an earthquake) overtook them while they looked.
51:45 And they were not able to rise up, nor could they defend themselves.
51:46 And the people of Noah (were also a sign) before that, surely they were a transgressing people.
51:47 And the heaven, We raised it high with power, and it is We that expand the vastness of space (or We are the expanders of it).
51:48 And the earth, We have spread it out; how gracious was the Spreader thereof.
51:49 And of all things have We created pairs, that you may reflect (or receive instruction).
51:50 Therefore flee unto Allah, surely I am a plain Warner to you from Him.
51:51 And set not up with Allah another God: surely I am a plain Warner to you from Him.
51:52 Thus there did not come to those before them a messenger but they said, "(He is) A sorcerer or a mad man."
51:53 Is this the legacy (or tradition) they have transmitted to each other? Nay! They are a people extravagant (transgressing beyond bounds).
51:54 Then turn your back upon them for you are not to blame;
51:55 And continue to teach (or remind), for surely the reminder profits the believers.
51:56 And I have not created the jinn and mankind except to worship (serve) Me.
51:57 No sustenance do I require from them, nor do I require that they should feed Me.
51:58 Surely it is Allah Who is the Bestower of sustenance, the Lord of Power, the ever Steadfast.
51:59 And lo! Those who do wrong shall have a portion like the portion of those of earlier generations, therefore let them not ask Me to hasten.
51:60 Woe to those who disbelieve because of their Day which they are promised.


   


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