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an-Najm (The Star)
as rendered by Syed Vickar Ahamed
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Syed Vickar Ahamed rendition of Surah The Star(an-Najm)
53:1 By the Star when it goes down (and sets)—
53:2 Your Companion (the Prophet) is not in evil ways and (he is) not being misled.
53:3 And he does not say (anything) from (his own) desire.
53:4 It is nothing less than Revelation sent down to him:
53:5 He was taught by one (Angel Gabriel, who is) mighty in power,
53:6 Gifted with wisdom, because he came clearly (in a noble way from limit of understanding to High Throne of Allah.)
53:7 While he was in the highest place of the horizon (in the distant skies):
53:8 Then he approached (nearer) and came closer,
53:9 And was at a distance of only two bow-lengths (of spiritual union) or even nearer;
53:10 Like this (Allah) brought the Revelation (and the Message) to His servant (the Prophet)— (made known) what He (wanted) to reveal.
53:11 The (mind and) heart (of the Prophet) in no way lied about what he saw.
53:12 Then will you disagree with him about what he saw?
53:13 And indeed, he (the Prophet) truly saw him (Gabriel) as (he) came down second (time),
53:14 Near the lote-tree (a thorny but a fruit bearing tree in Middle East beyond which none may pass: Symbolically, it is the limit of human understanding):
53:15 Near it is the Garden of Abode (Allah’s Divine Presence and His Paradise.)
53:16 When the lote-tree was covered (in mystic wisdom that cannot be spoken!)
53:17 The (Prophet’s) vision (of Angel Gabriel) was never broken and it did not go wrong!
53:18 Indeed he (the Prophet) saw, from the Signs of his Lord, the Greatest!
53:19 Have you seen Al-Lat and Al-Uzza, (two forms of pagan Arabs goddesses in human forms)
53:20 And another, the third (goddess), Manat?
53:21 What (silliness)! For you (yourselves) the male sex, and for Him, the female?
53:22 That indeed, such a division will truly be most unjust!
53:23 These are nothing (at all) except names that you have made up— You and your fathers— For which Allah has not sent down any authority (whatever). They follow nothing but their own guesswork and what their own souls wish! Even though, already there has come to them guidance from their Lord!
53:24 No! Shall man have anything (just because) he wishes for it?
53:25 But it is Allah to Whom the end and the beginning (of everything) belong.
53:26 And there are many angels in the heavens, their pleading will be of no use except after Allah has given permission for whom He pleases and that he is acceptable to Him.
53:27 Verily, those who do not believe in the Hereafter, give names to the angels that are female names
53:28 But they do not have knowledge about it. They follow nothing except (their) guesswork; And, surely, guesswork is of no use against Truth.
53:29 Therefore keep away from those who turn away from Our Message and (those who) want nothing except the life of this world.
53:30 That is as far as knowledge will reach them. Surely, your Lord knows best those who wander away from His Path, and He knows best those who receive guidance.
53:31 And, to Allah belongs all there is in the heavens and on earth: So He rewards those who do evil, according to their actions, and He rewards those who do good, with what is best.
53:32 Those who keep away from great sins and shameful deeds, only (being caught up in) small faults— Surely, your Lord is plentiful in forgiveness. He knows you well when he creates you out of the earth (your chromosomes), and when you are hidden in your mothers’ wombs. Therefore do not justify yourselves: He knows best who it is who keeps away evil.
53:33 Do you see the one who turns back (from Faith),
53:34 Gives (in) a little then hardens his heart (and his feelings)?
53:35 Does he have knowledge about the unseen so that he can see?
53:36 No! Is he not familiar with what is in the books of Musa (Moses)—
53:37 And of Ibrahim (Abraham) who filled his promises?
53:38 Namely, that no bearer of burdens can carry the burden of another;
53:39 And that man can have nothing except what he works (hard) for;
53:40 That (the fruit of) his work will soon come in sight;
53:41 Then will he be rewarded with a complete reward;
53:42 And that the final Goal is to your Lord;
53:43 That it is He Who gives laughter and tears;
53:44 That it is He Who causes death and gives life (again);
53:45 And that He created in pairs— Male and female,
53:46 From a seed when placed (finally in the womb);
53:47 And that He has promised a second Creation (by raising the dead at Resurrection);
53:48 And that it is He Who gives wealth and satisfaction;
53:49 That He is the Lord of Sirius (Shi'ra, the Mighty Star in the constellation of Canis Major)
53:50 And that it is He Who destroyed the (powerful) 'Ad (people) of the old,
53:51 And the Samood (Thamud), and (He) did not grant them an eternal life.
53:52 And before them, the people of Nuh (Noah) because they were (all) most unjust and most arrogant (people) exceeding their limits,
53:53 And He destroyed the defeated Cities (of Sodom and Gomorrah),
53:54 So that (soil and debris) have covered them up.
53:55 Then which of the gifts of your Lord (O man) will you question?
53:56 This is a warner (the Prophet), from the (number of) warners of old!
53:57 The (Judgment) ever approaching comes nearer:
53:58 None besides Allah, can alter (the timing of) it.
53:59 Then, do you wonder at (the recitation of) this message?
53:60 And will you laugh and not weep—
53:61 Wasting your time in useless things?
53:62 But you fall down in prostration to Allah, and (adoringly) worship (Him)!


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