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al-Hadid (The Iron)
as rendered by Amatul Rahman Omar
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Amatul Rahman Omar rendition of Surah The Iron(al-Hadid)
57:1 Whatever is in the heavens and the earth declares the glory of Allah. And He is the All-Mighty the All-Wise.
57:2 The kingdom of the heavens and the earth belongs to Him. He gives life and causes death and He is the Possessor of power to do all that He will.
57:3 He is (from) the very First (there was nothing before Him), and (He will exist to) the Last (there will be nothing after Him), and when nothing remains He will remain (He being an eternal Being). He is the Supreme Being (subordinate to no one). And (whereas He comprehends everything) He is Incomprehensible. He has full knowledge of every thing.
57:4 It is He Who created the heavens and the earth in six aeons. And He is established on the Throne (of Power). He knows what goes down into the earth and what comes out of it, and what descends from above and what ascends to it. He is with you wherever you may be. Allah is watchful of all that you do.
57:5 The kingdom of the heavens and the earth belongs to Him. All matters are referred to Allah (for His judgment).
57:6 He causes the night to gain on the day (in one season) and He causes the day to gain on the night (in the other season). He has full knowledge of the inmost secrets of hearts.
57:7 (Mankind!) believe in Allah and His Messenger and spend (in the cause of Allah) out of the possessions He has entrusted you with as His vicegerent. Indeed, there awaits a great reward for such of you as believe and spend (in His cause).
57:8 What is wrong with you that you do not believe in Allah, though the Messenger invites you to believe in your Lord, and though He has already bound you to a covenant. (Now is the time) if you care to believe.
57:9 It is He Who sends down clear signs to His servant that He may lead you from all kinds of darkness into the light (of faith). And behold, Allah is Compassionate and Ever Merciful to you.
57:10 What is wrong with you that you do not spend in the way of Allah, for all that the heavens and the earth contain shall finally revert to Allah. Those of you who spent and fought (in the cause of Allah) before the Victory (of Hudaibiyah) cannot be equal (to those who joined the ranks later). They are higher in rank than those who spent and fought afterwards (after the truth had gained ground). Yet Allah has promised a good reward to them all. Allah is Well-Aware of what you do.
57:11 Who is he that will separate a handsome portion (of his possessions) to give (in the cause of) Allah? (Let him remember) He will increase it manifold (to repay it to him many times over). Indeed, there awaits such a one a generous and honourable reward.
57:12 (Think of) the day when you will see the believing men and the believing women that their (faith having become a torch of) light is advancing rapidly in front of them and on their right sides. (It will be said to them,) `Glad tidings to you this day. (There await you) Gardens (of Paradise) served with running streams.' (The recipients of glad tidings) will abide therein (for ever). This indeed is a mighty achievement!
57:13 That day the hypocritical men and hypocritical women will say to those who believe, `Wait for us so that we might obtain some illumination from your (this) light.' It will be said to them, `Go back (if you can) and seek for light.' Then a wall with a gateway will be set up separating them (and the believers). The inside of it will be all mercy (where the righteous have to go) and the outside of it shall be facing torment (where the hypocrites have to stay).
57:14 These (hypocrites) will call out to these (believers), `Were we not with you (in the worldly life)?' They will reply, `Yes, but you let yourselves fall into temptations and you waited (uselessly for our destruction), and you doubted (about the truth). Infact, your vain desires deceived you till the decree of Allah (about your punishment) came to be implemented. And the arch-deceiver deceived you in respect of Allah.
57:15 `So this day, no ransom shall be accepted from you, nor from those who disbelieved. Hell-Fire is the final abode of you all. That is your friendly-protector. And very evil is that resort.'
57:16 Is it not yet time for those who believe that their hearts should feel humbled at the mention (of the name) of Allah and at the truth that has been revealed to them (in the form of the Qur'an), and that they do not become like those who were given the Scripture before (them). But their hearts hardened because a long period of time passed over them (enjoying the favours of Allah. (As for their present state) they are mostly transgressors.
57:17 Know that Allah brings (the inhabitants of) the earth to life after their death. We have indeed explained Our Messages to you that you may abstain (from evil deeds).
57:18 Verily, (as to) the men who give alms and the women who give alms and those who perform excellent deeds for the sake of Allah, their recompense shall be increased manifold for them and (there awaits them) a generous and honourable reward.
57:19 And for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers they alone are the truthful people and faithful witnesses in the sight of their Lord, they will have their full reward and their light. But those who disbelieve and cry lies to Our commandments are the very inmates of Hell.
57:20 Know that the life of this world is but a sport, wanton, an empty show, (a source of) boasting among yourselves and an emulous quest for more riches and children. It is like the rain, the vegetation produced whereby pleases the cultivators. Then it (- the vegetation) blooms and flourishes so that you can see it turn yellow (on ripening). Then (there comes a time when) it becomes (worthless) chaff. But the Hereafter promises both, a severe punishment (for the wicked) and (for the righteous there is) protection from Allah and (His) pleasure. The life of this world is nothing but a (temporary) enjoyment of delusive things.
57:21 (Mankind!) advance quickly, outstripping one another, towards the protection from your Lord and (towards) a Garden the extensiveness of which is (beyond measure) as the extensiveness of the heaven and the earth. It has been prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers; that (protection) is Allah's grace and bounty. He grants it to such of those who wish to attain it (and strive for it). Allah is the Lord of immense grace and bounty.
57:22 No disaster befalls either on the earth or in your ownselves but it forms part of the divine Law before We bring it into being. Indeed, it is easy for Allah (to make such a law).
57:23 (Allah has apprised you of this) that you may neither grieve over that (good) which is lost to you, nor exult because of that which He has granted you. Allah has no love for all those who are haughty and boastful.
57:24 (Neither has He love for) those who practice niggardliness themselves and (also) enjoin others to be niggardly. He who turns his back (upon His commandments should beware). Verily, Allah is Self-Sufficient (free from all needs and) Worthy of all praise (in His own right).
57:25 Certainly, We sent Our Messengers with clear proofs and We (also) sent down with them the Code (of Shari`at - law and justice) and the Balance (- the practice of the Prophet and right use of the Book of God) so that people might conduct themselves with equity and justice. And We have given (to them) iron (which has great strength and) wherein is (material for) violent warfare and for many (other) uses for mankind. All this has been done that Allah may distinguish those who help Him and His Messengers without having seen Him. Indeed Allah is All-Powerful, All- Mighty.
57:26 Indeed, We sent Noah and Abraham and We set up among their children (a system of) Prophethood and the Book. So some of them followed true guidance but many of them became transgressors.
57:27 Then We caused a series of Our Messengers one after the other to follow them closely in their footsteps, and we caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow them, and We gave him (- Jesus) the Evangel. And We placed compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him, but as for monasticism they invented it themselves, We did not enjoin it upon them. (They started monastic life) to seek Allah's pleasure, but they did not observe it (as faithfully) as it should have been observed. Yet We duly rewarded such of them as (truly) believed but many of them were transgressors.
57:28 O you who believe! take Allah as a shield and believe in His Messenger. (If you do so) Allah will grant you double the share of His mercy (in this world and the Hereafter) and will provide for you a light with the help of which you will advance forward and will grant you protection (against pitfalls). And Allah is Great Protector, Ever Merciful.
57:29 (You will be so treated) lest the people of the Scripture should think that they (- the Muslims) have no control over the attainment of the grace and bounty of Allah and (so that they should know) that grace and bounty is entirely in the hands of Allah; He bestows it upon such as wishes to be granted it (and strives for it). And Allah is the Lord of immense grace and bounty.


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