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an-Najm (The Star)
as rendered by Mustafa Khattab 2018
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The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab rendition of Surah The Star(an-Najm)
53:1 By the stars when they fade away!
53:2 Your fellow man is neither misguided nor astray.
53:3 Nor does he speak of his own whims.
53:4 It is only a revelation sent down ˹to him˺.
53:5 He has been taught by one ˹angel˺ of mighty power
53:6 and great perfection, who once rose to ˹his˺ true form
53:7 while on the highest point above the horizon,
53:8 then he approached ˹the Prophet˺, coming so close
53:9 that he was only two arms-lengths away or even less.
53:10 Then Allah revealed to His servant what He revealed ˹through Gabriel˺.
53:11 The ˹Prophet’s˺ heart did not doubt what he saw.
53:12 How can you ˹O pagans˺ then dispute with him regarding what he saw?
53:13 And he certainly saw that ˹angel descend˺ a second time
53:14 at the Lote Tree of the most extreme limit ˹in the seventh heaven˺—
53:15 near which is the Garden of ˹Eternal˺ Residence—
53:16 while the Lote Tree was overwhelmed with ˹heavenly˺ splendours!
53:17 The ˹Prophet’s˺ sight never wandered, nor did it overreach.
53:18 He certainly saw some of his Lord’s greatest signs.
53:19 Now, have you considered ˹the idols of˺ Lât and ’Uzza,
53:20 and the third one, Manât, as well?
53:21 Do you ˹prefer to˺ have sons while ˹you attribute˺ to Him daughters?
53:22 Then this is ˹truly˺ a biased distribution!
53:23 These ˹idols˺ are mere names that you and your forefathers have made up—a practice Allah has never authorized. They follow nothing but ˹inherited˺ assumptions and whatever ˹their˺ souls desire, although ˹true˺ guidance has already come to them from their Lord.
53:24 Or should every person ˹simply˺ have whatever ˹intercessors˺ they desire?
53:25 In fact, to Allah ˹alone˺ belongs this world and the next.
53:26 ˹Imagine˺ how many ˹noble˺ angels are in the heavens! ˹Even˺ their intercession would be of no benefit whatsoever, until Allah gives permission to whoever He wills and ˹only for the people He˺ approves.
53:27 Indeed, those who do not believe in the Hereafter label angels as female,
53:28 although they have no knowledge ˹in support˺ of this. They follow nothing but ˹inherited˺ assumptions. And surely assumptions can in no way replace the truth.
53:29 So turn away ˹O Prophet˺ from whoever has shunned Our Reminder, only seeking the ˹fleeting˺ life of this world.
53:30 This is the extent of their knowledge. Surely your Lord knows best who has strayed from His Way and who is ˹rightly˺ guided.
53:31 To Allah ˹alone˺ belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth so that He may reward the evildoers according to what they did, and reward the good-doers with the finest reward—
53:32 those who avoid major sins and shameful deeds, despite ˹stumbling on˺ minor sins. Surely your Lord is infinite in forgiveness. He knew well what would become of you as He created you from the earth and while you were ˹still˺ fetuses in the wombs of your mothers. So do not ˹falsely˺ elevate yourselves. He knows best who is ˹truly˺ righteous.
53:33 Have you seen the one who turned away ˹from Islam,˺
53:34 and ˹initially˺ paid a little ˹for his salvation˺, and then stopped?
53:35 Does he have the knowledge of the unseen so that he sees ˹the Hereafter˺?
53:36 Or has he not been informed of what is in the Scripture of Moses,
53:37 and ˹that of˺ Abraham, who ˹perfectly˺ fulfilled ˹his covenant˺?
53:38 ˹They state˺ that no soul burdened with sin will bear the burden of another,
53:39 and that each person will only have what they endeavoured towards,
53:40 and that ˹the outcome of˺ their endeavours will be seen ˹in their record˺,
53:41 then they will be fully rewarded,
53:42 and that to your Lord ˹alone˺ is the ultimate return ˹of all things˺.
53:43 Moreover, He is the One Who brings about joy and sadness.
53:44 And He is the One Who gives life and causes death.
53:45 And He created the pairs—males and females—
53:46 from a sperm-drop when it is emitted.
53:47 And it is upon Him to bring about re-creation.
53:48 And He is the One Who enriches and impoverishes.
53:49 And He alone is the Lord of Sirius.
53:50 And He destroyed the first ˹people of˺ ’Ȃd,
53:51 and ˹then˺ Thamûd, sparing no one.
53:52 And before ˹that He destroyed˺ the people of Noah, who were truly far worse in wrongdoing and transgression.
53:53 And ˹it was˺ He ˹Who˺ turned the cities ˹of Sodom and Gomorrah˺ upside down.
53:54 How overwhelming was what covered ˹them˺!
53:55 Now, which of your Lord’s favours will you dispute?
53:56 This ˹Prophet˺ is a warner like earlier ones.
53:57 The approaching ˹Hour˺ has drawn near.
53:58 None but Allah can disclose it.
53:59 Do you find this revelation astonishing,
53:60 laughing ˹at it˺ and not weeping ˹in awe˺,
53:61 while persisting in heedlessness?
53:62 Instead, prostrate to Allah and worship ˹Him alone˺!


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