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an-Najm (The Star)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Star(an-Najm)
53:1 BY THE star when it declines,
53:2 your compatriot¹ is not in error, nor is he deceived!
53:3 He does not speak out of his own fancy.
53:4 This is a revelation inspired.
53:5 He is taught by one who is powerful and mighty.²
53:7 He stood on the uppermost horizon;
53:8 then, drawing near,
53:9 he came down within two bows‘ length or even closer,
53:10 and revealed to his servant that which he revealed.
53:11 His³ own heart did not deny his vision.
53:12 Do you⁴ doubt, then, what he beholds?
53:13 He beheld him once again
53:14 at the sidra tree, beyond which no one may pass.
53:15 Nearby it is the Garden of Repose.
53:16 When that tree was covered with what covered it,
53:17 his eyes did not wander, nor did they turn aside:
53:18 he beheld some of his Lord‘s mightiest signs.
53:19 Have you thought on Al-Lāt and Al-‘Uzzā,
53:20 and on Manāt, the third other?¹
53:21 Are you to have the male, and He the female?
53:22 This is indeed an unfair distinction!
53:23 They are but names which you and your forefathers have invented: God has vested no authority in them. The unbelievers follow but vain conjectures and the whims of their own souls, although the guidance of their Lord has long since come to them.
53:24 Or is man to attain all that he desires?
53:25 To God belongs the life to come, and this first life.
53:26 Numerous are the angels in the heavens; yet their intercession shall avail nothing until God gives leave to whom He wills and accepts.
53:27 Those that disbelieve in the hereafter call the angels by the names of females.
53:28 Yet of this they have no knowledge: they follow mere conjecture, and conjecture is no substitute for Truth.
53:29 Pay no heed, then, to those who ignore Our Admonition and seek only the life of this world.
53:30 This is the sum of their knowledge. Your Lord best knows who has strayed from His path, and He best knows who has followed the right guidance.
53:31 And to God belongs what the heavens and the earth contain. He will requite the evil-doers according to their deeds, and richly recompense those who do good works.
53:32 To those who avoid the grossest sins and indecencies and commit only small offences, your Lord will show abundant forgiveness. He knew you well when He created you from earth and when you were still in your mothers‘ wombs. Do not pretend to purity; He best knows those who fear Him.
53:33 Have you considered him who turns his back,
53:34 giving little at first and then nothing at all?
53:35 Does he know, and can he see, what is hidden?
53:36 Or has he not been told of what is writ in the Scriptures of Moses
53:37 and Abraham, who was true to his covenant:
53:38 that no burdened soul shall bear another‘s burden,
53:39 and that man shall be judged only by his labours;
53:40 that his labours shall be scrutinized,
53:41 and that he shall be justly requited for them;
53:42 that all things shall in the end return to your Lord;
53:43 that it is He who moves to laughter and to tears,
53:44 and He who ordains death and life;
53:45 that God created the two sexes, the male and the female,
53:46 from a drop of ejaculated semen,
53:47 and will bring about the other creation;
53:48 that it is He who bestows and enriches,
53:49 He who is the Lord of Sirius;¹
53:50 that it was He who obliterated ‘Ād at first
53:51 and then Thamūd, sparing no one,
53:52 and before them the people of Noah, who were more sinful and more rebellious.
53:53 The Mu‘tafikah² He also doomed,
53:54 so that they were smitten by the scourge that smote them.
53:55 Which then of your Lord‘s blessings would you deny?
53:56 He that now warns you is just like those who warned the others before you.
53:57 That which is coming is near at hand;
53:58 none but God can disclose the Hour.
53:59 Do you marvel then at this revelation,
53:60 and laugh instead of weeping?
53:61 Making merry still?
53:62 Rather prostrate yourselves before God, and worship.


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