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al-Hadid (The Iron)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Iron(al-Hadid)
57:1 ALL THAT is in the heavens and on the earth gives glory to God. He is the Almighty, the Wise One.
57:2 He it is that has sovereignty over the heavens and the earth. He ordains life and death, and has power over all things.
57:3 He is the First and the Last, the Visible and the Unseen. He has knowledge of all things.
57:4 He it was who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and then seated Himself upon the throne. He knows all that goes into the earth and all that comes out from it, all that descends from heaven and all that ascends to it. And He is with you wherever you are. God is cognizant of what you do.
57:5 He has sovereignty over the heavens and the earth. To God shall all things return.
57:6 He causes the night to pass into the day, and causes the day to pass into the night. He has knowledge of one‘s innermost thoughts.
57:7 Have faith in God and His apostle and give from that which He has made your inheritance; for whoever of you believes and gives shall be richly recompensed.
57:8 And what cause have you not to believe in God, when the Apostle calls on you to believe in your Lord, with whom you have made a covenant, if you are true believers?
57:9 He it is who sends down clear revelations to His servant, that he may lead you out of darkness into the light. Surely God is benignant to you and compassionate
57:10 And why should you not give to the cause of God, when God alone will inherit the heavens and the earth? Those of you that gave before the victory, and took part in the fighting, shall receive greater honour than the others who gave and fought thereafter. Yet God has promised you all a good reward; God has knowledge of what you do.
57:11 Who will give a generous loan to God? He will pay him back twofold and his shall be a noble recompense.
57:12 The day when you behold the believers, men and women, with their light shining before them and on their right hands: ‘Rejoice this day, in Gardens watered by running brooks, wherein shall you abide for ever.‘ That is the supreme triumph.
57:13 On that day the hypocrites, men and women, will say to the believers: ‘Wait for us, that we may borrow some of your light.‘ They will be told: ‘Go back, and seek a light!‘ A wall with a gate shall be set before them. Inside there shall be mercy, and without, to the fore, the torment.
57:14 They will call out to them, saying: ‘Were we not on your side?‘ ‘Yes,‘ they will reply, ‘but you tempted yourselves, you bided your time, you doubted, and were seduced by vain desires until God‘s will was done and the Dissembler misled you about God.
57:15 Today no ransom shall be accepted from you, nor from the unbelievers. The Fire shall be your refuge: justly have you earned it, a wretched end!‘
57:16 Is it not time for true believers to submit with humble hearts to God‘s remembrance and to the Truth He has revealed, that they may not be like those who were given the Book before this, whose days were prolonged and whose hearts were hardened? Many of them are ungodly.
57:17 Know that God restores the earth to life after its death. We have made Our revelations clear to you, that you may understand.
57:18 Those that give alms, be they men or women, and those that give a generous loan to God, shall be repaid twofold. Theirs shall be a noble recompense.
57:19 And those that believe in God and His apostles are the men of Truth who shall testify in their Lord‘s presence. They shall have their guerdon and their light. But those that disbelieve Our revelations and deny them are the heirs of Hell.
57:20 Know that the life of this world is but a sport and a diversion, a show and an empty boast among you, a quest for greater riches and more children. It is like the plants that flourish after rain: the unbelievers rejoices to see them grow; but then they wither and turn yellow, soon becoming worthless stubble. In the life to come there is a grievous scourge, forgiveness from God and good pleasure. The life of this world is but a pleasurable delusion.
57:21 Therefore vie for the pardon of your Lord, and for a Paradise as vast as heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in God and His apostles. Such is the grace of God: He bestows it on whom He will. God‘s grace is infinite.
57:22 No misfortune befalls the earth, or your own persons, but is ordained before We bring it into being. That is easy enough for God;
57:23 so that you may not grieve for the good things you miss, or be overjoyed at what you gain. God does not love the haughty, the vainglorious;
57:24 nor those who, being niggardly themselves, enjoin people to be niggardly. As for him that pays no heed ― God alone is self-sufficient and worthy of praise.
57:25 We have sent Our apostles with signs manifest, and with them sent down the Book and the Balance, that people might conduct themselves with fairness. We have sent down iron, with its mighty strength and diverse uses for mankind, so that God may recognize those who aid Him, though unseen, and His apostles. Strong is God, and mighty.
57:26 We sent forth Noah and Abraham, and bestowed on their offspring prophethood and the Book. Some were rightly guided, but many were degenerate.
57:27 In their trail We sent Our apostles, and after those Jesus son of Mary. We gave him the Gospel, and put compassion and mercy in the hearts of his followers. As for monasticism, they instituted it themselves (for We had not enjoined it on them), seeking thereby to please God; but they did not observe it faithfully. We rewarded only those who believed; many of them were degenerate.
57:28 Believers, fear God and put your trust in His apostle. He will grant you a double share of His mercy, He will bestow on you a light to walk in, and He will forgive you: God is forgiving and compassionate.
57:29 Let the People of the Book recognize that they have no control over anything within the grace of God; and that grace is in His hands alone, He vouchsafes it to whom He will, and God‘s grace is infinite.


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