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al-A`raf (The Heights, The Elevated Places)
as rendered by Syed Vickar Ahamed
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Syed Vickar Ahamed rendition of Surah The Heights, The Elevated Places(al-A`raf)
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7:1 Alif Lam Mim Sad:
7:2 (This is) a Book (the Quran) sent down unto you— (O Prophet,) so do not let your heart be held back by any difficulty because of it— And with it, you may warn (the disbelievers), and teach the believers:
7:3 (O people!) follow the revealed teachings given to you from your Lord and do not follow (any) other than Him, as (your) friends or protectors; You remember little of the warning (given to you).
7:4 And how many towns have We destroyed (for the sins of their people)? Our punishment took them all of a sudden by night or during their sleep for their afternoon rest.
7:5 When Our punishment got them, they did not say anything except this: Truly, we did wrong!
7:6 Then surely, shall We ask those to whom Our Message was sent and those (messengers) by whom We sent it.
7:7 Then surely, We shall bring up (their whole story) with (full) knowledge, for We were never absent (at any time or place).
7:8 And the (weighing) balance on that Day will be true: Those whose scale (of good deeds) will be heavy, shall prosper (by entering into the Paradise):
7:9 And for those whose scale (of good) will be light, will find their souls in contempt (and danger), because they mistreated Our Signs.
7:10 And surely, it is We Who have placed you (O men!) with authority on earth, and given you there the means to fulfill your life: Small are the thanks that you give!
7:11 It is We Who created you and gave you shape; Then We asked the angels to bow down to Adam, and they bowed down, except Satan, he refused to be of those (angels) who bowed down.
7:12 (Allah) said: "What prevented you (O Satan) from bowing down when I Commanded you?" He (Satan) said: "I am better than he (Adam): You created me from Fire, and him (Adam) from clay."
7:13 (Allah) said: "Get yourself down of it (Paradise): It is not for you to be arrogant here: Get out because you are of the disgraced and shameful."
7:14 He (Satan) said: "Give me respite (rest) till the Day (of Resurrection when) they are raised up."
7:15 (Allah) said: "You be among those who have a rest."
7:16 He (Satan) said: "Because you have thrown me out of the Way: Look! I will lie in wait against them on Your Straight Path:
7:17 "Then I will attack them, from before them and behind them, from their right and their left: And You will not find most of them to be thankful (for Your Mercies)."
7:18 (Allah) said: "Get out from it, disgraced and expelled. If any of them follow you— Then, surely, I will fill the Hell with all of you.
7:19 "And, O Adam! You and your wife live in the Paradise, and enjoy (the good things) as you like (them): But do not go near this tree, or you will be unjust and wrongdoers (in sin)."
7:20 Then Satan began to whisper doubts to both them, bringing openly to their minds all their shame that was hidden from them: He said: "Your Lord asked you not to come near this tree, lest you should become angels or such beings as (those who) live forever."
7:21 And he (Satan) swore to both of them: "I am one of the sincere well wishers to both of you."
7:22 So by lying (and deception) he brought about their Fall: When they tasted (the fruit) from the tree, their shame became clear to them, and they began to sew together the leaves of the Garden over their bodies. And their Lord called to them: "Did I not ask you to keep away from that tree, and tell you that Satan (Shaitan) was an avowed enemy to you?"
7:23 They said: "Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: If You will not forgive us and grant from your Mercy upon us, We shall certainly be losers."
7:24 (Allah) said: "Get yourselves down with enmity between yourselves. On earth shall be your place to live and your means of livelihood— For a time."
7:25 He said: "You shall live there, and there you shall die; But you shall be taken out of it (the earth)."
7:26 O you Children of Adam! We have given you clothing to cover yourselves (and private parts), and also for decoration for you. But the clothing of righteousness— That is the best. These are among the Signs of Allah, that they may receive the warning (and advice).
7:27 O you Children of Adam! Let not the Satan misguide you, in the same way that he got your parents out of the Garden, taking away from them their clothing, to expose their shameful (private) parts: Surely, he and his tribe (other jinns') watch you from a position that you cannot see them; Truly, we have made the Satans' as friends (only) of those without Faith.
7:28 And when they do a little that is shameful, they say: "We found our fathers doing the same;" And, "Allah commands us like this (or that):" Say: "No! Allah never commands what is shameful: Do you speak about Allah what you do not know?"
7:29 Say: "My Lord has ordered Justice; And that you give your entire selves (to Him) at every time and place of prayer, and call upon Him, making your prayers true (and sincere) as it would be in His Sight: Like He created you in the beginning, like that you shall return."
7:30 Some (people,) He has guided: Others (by their own doing) have earned the loss of their Way; By doing that, they took the Satans', by (their own) choice over Allah, as their friends and their protectors, and think that they receive guidance.
7:31 O Children of Adam! Put on your beautiful clothing at every time and place of prayer: Eat and drink, but waste not by excess: For Allah does not like the wasters.
7:32 Say: "Who has forbidden the beautiful (gifts) of Allah, which He has made for His servants, and (those) clean and pure things He provided, for living?" Say: "In the life of this world, they are for those who believe, (and only) purely for them on the Day of Judgment: Thus We explain the Signs in detail for those who understand."
7:33 Say: "The things that my Lord has truly forbidden are: Shameful deeds, in open or in secret; Sins and lies against truth or reason; Assigning partners to Allah, for which He has given no authority; And saying things about Allah, which you do not know."
7:34 To every People is a time period fixed: When their time ends, they cannot delay an hour, and not (an hour) can they advance (the end).
7:35 O Children of Adam! Whenever there come to you messengers from among you, reciting my Signs to you— Those who are righteous and correct (themselves)— For them there shall be no fear and they will not be sad.
7:36 But those who deny Our Signs and treat them with displeasure and false pride— They are Companions of the Fire, to live in there (for ever).
7:37 Who is more unjust than the one who makes up a lie against Allah or rejects His Signs? For such (people), their punishment given must come to them from the Book (of Judgment): Until, when Our messengers (of death) come and take their souls, they say: "Where are the things that you used to call other than Allah?" They will reply: "They have left us in a difficult position," and they will speak against themselves, that they had rejected Allah.
7:38 He (Allah) will say: "You enter the company of the peoples who passed away before you— Men and jinns'— Into the Fire." Every time a new (group of) people enters, it curses its peoples of related place (and time before) until they follow each other, all into the Fire. Say the last (group) about the first (group): "Our Lord! It is these (people) who misled us: So give them a double the penalty of the Fire." He will say: "Doubled for all:" But this you do not understand.
7:39 Then the first (group) will say to the last (one): "Now you see! You have no advantage over us; So you taste the penalty for all that you did!"
7:40 Verily, for those (people) who deny Our Signs and treat them with displeasure and false pride, there will be no opening of the gates of heavens, and they will not enter the Garden, until the camel can pass through the eye of the needle: Our reward is like this for those in sin.
7:41 For them there is Hell, as a seat (to hold them from below) and folds and folds (of Fire) for covering above: Our repayment is like this for those who do wrong.
7:42 But for those who believe and do righteousness— We place no burden on any soul, except that which it can bear- They will be Companions of the Garden, to live in there (for ever).
7:43 And We shall remove from their hearts any left over sense of hurt— Beneath them will be rivers flowing— And they shall say: "Praises (and thanks) be to Allah, Who has guided us to this (happiness): We could never have found guidance, if it was not for the Guidance of Allah: Indeed it was the truth that the messengers of our Lord brought to us," and they shall hear the cry: "Look! The Gardens before you! You have been made to take them over, because of your acts (of righteousness)."
7:44 The Companions of the Garden will call out to the companions of the Fire: "We have truly found the promise of our Lord to us to be true: Have you also found your lords promises true?" They shall say: "Yes;" But a crier shall speak out between them: "The curse of Allah is on the wrongdoers—
7:45 Those who would make it difficult for (men) to come to the Path of Allah, and would seek in it something crooked: And they were those who denied the Hereafter."
7:46 Between them shall be a veil, and on the heights (of honor) will be men who would know everyone by his marks: They will call out to the companions of the Garden, "Peace upon you:" And at that time they will not have gone in (the Garden), but they will be assured (of their entry).
7:47 When their eyes shall be turned towards the companions of the Fire, they will say: "Our Lord! Do not send us to the company of the wrongdoers."
7:48 The men on the heights (of honor) will call certain (others) whom they will know by their marks, saying: "What profit to you were your heaps (of wealth) and your haughty (and unpleasant) habits?
7:49 "Look! Are these not the men whom you swore that Allah with His Mercy will never bless?" It has been said to them: "You enter the Garden: There shall be no fear on you, and you shall not be sorrowful."
7:50 The companions of the Fire will call to the companions of the Garden: "Pour down to us water or anything of that Allah does provide for your living." (In reply) they will say: "Both (water and provisions), Allah has forbidden for those who rejected Him—
7:51 "Those who took their religion only as amusement and play, and were deceived by the present life” —On that day We shall forget them like they forgot their meeting on this day, and like they used to reject Our Signs.
7:52 And, We had certainly sent a Book to them, based on knowledge, which We explained in detail— As a guide and a mercy to all who believe.
7:53 Do they just wait for the final completion of the event? On the day that the event is finally completed, those who disregarded it before will say: "Surely, the messengers of our Lord in fact brought true (news). Have we nobody to speak for us now (and) to intercede on our behalf? Or could we be sent back? Then we will do (good) deeds other than our evil actions." In fact, they will have lost their souls, and the things they invented will leave them in the lurch (and without help).
7:54 Indeed, your Guardian-Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and then He rose over on the Throne (of authority): He draws the night as a veil over the day, each (day and night) searching the other in rapid sequence: And He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, (all) governed by laws of His (divine) Order. Surely, is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed is Allah, the Lord (and the Cherisher) of all the Worlds (Rab-Al-'Ala'meen)!
7:55 Call on your Lord (in prayer) while being humble and in private: Because Allah does not love those who exceed (their) bounds.
7:56 And do not do mischief in the land, after it has been put in order, but call to Him with fear and (longing) in hope (for Him): Because the Mercy of Allah is close to those who do good.
7:57 It is He Who sends the winds like giver of happy news, coming (to you) before His Mercy (the rains): When they have carried the heavily loaded clouds (with water), We drive them to a land that is dead, make rain to fall on it; Then We produce every kind of crop with it: Like this We shall raise up the dead: In case you may remember or take the warning.
7:58 From the land that is clean and good, (and) by the Will of its Cherisher, comes up a crop (rich) after its kind: But from the land that is bad, comes up nothing except that which is meager: Thus We explain the Signs in many (ways) to those who are grateful.
7:59 Indeed, We sent Nuh (Noah) to his people, he said: "O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other god except Him. Truly, I fear for you the punishment of an awful Day!"
7:60 The leaders of his people said: "Verily, We see you clearly in error."
7:61 He said: "O my people! There is no wandering in my (mind): Quite the opposite, I am a messenger from the Lord (and Cherisher) of the Worlds!
7:62 "I only do (my) duties for you from the Will of my Lord: My advice is sincere to you. And I know from Allah something that you do not know.
7:63 "Do you wonder that a message from your Lord has come to you, through a man of your own people, to warn you— So that you may fear Allah and by chance receive His Mercy?"
7:64 But they rejected him (Nuh) and We delivered him, and those with him, in the Ark: But We overcame (and drowned) in the Flood those (of his people) who rejected Our Signs (verses). They were truly a blind people!
7:65 To the ‘Ad people, (We sent) Hud, one of their (own) brothers: He said: "O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other god but Him. Will you not fear (Allah)?"
7:66 The leaders of disbelievers from his people said: "Verily, we see you are a fool, and verily, we think you are among the liars."
7:67 He said: "O my people! I am not a fool, but (I am) a messenger from the Lord (and Cherisher) of the Worlds!
7:68 "I (only) convey unto you the Message of my Lord: To you, I am a sincere and trustworthy advisor.
7:69 "Do you wonder that a message from your Lord has come to you, through a man of your own people, to warn you— And remember that He made you successors after the people of Nuh (Noah), and gave you a position high among the nations. So remember the benefits (to you) from Allah: So that you may prosper."
7:70 They said: "Do you come to us (saying), that we may worship Allah alone, and give up the way (for worship) of our fathers? So bring us what you threaten us with, if you are (really) telling the truth!"
7:71 He said: "Punishment and anger have already come to you from your Lord: Do you (still) argue with me over names which you have made up—, you and your fathers— Without authority from Allah? Then wait, I am with you among those who are waiting."
7:72 We saved him and those who stayed close to him, by Our Mercy, and We cut off the roots of those who rejected Our Signs and did not believe.
7:73 To the Samood (Thamud people, We sent) Salih, one of their own brothers: He said: "O my people! Worship Allah; You have no other god but Him. Now a clear (Sign) has come to you from your Lord! This female camel (she-camel) of Allah is a Sign to you: So let her graze in Allah’s earth, and do not harm her, or you shall be caught up in a painful punishment.
7:74 "And remember how He made you to take after the ‘Ad people, and gave you places to live in the land: You built for yourselves palaces and castles in (open) plains, and carve out homes in the mountains; So remember the benefits (to you) from Allah, and keep away from evil and mischief on the earth."
7:75 The leaders of the proud ones from among his people said to those who were known to be powerless— Those among them who believed: "Do you know that Salih is truly a messenger from his Lord?" They said: "We do indeed believe in the Revelation which has been sent through him."
7:76 The proud ones said: "As our part, we reject what you believe in."
7:77 Then they crippled (by cutting the hamstrings of) the she-camel, and proudly opposed the order of their Lord, saying: "O Salih! Bring on your threats, if you are truly a messenger (of Allah)!"
7:78 So the earthquake overtook them while they were not aware, and they lay on their face down in their homes in the morning!
7:79 He (Salih) left them, saying: "O my people! I did truly bring to you the Message for which I was sent by my Lord: I gave you good advice, but you did not love good advisors!"
7:80 We also (sent) Lut (Lot): He said to his people: "Do you practice indecent acts that no people in creation (ever) did before you?
7:81 "Because you practice your (sexual) desires on men in preference to women: You are truly a people going beyond bounds,"
7:82 And his people did not answer except this: They said: "Drive them out of your city: These are men who want to be clean and pure from sins!"
7:83 But We saved him and his family, except his wife: She was of those who lagged behind,
7:84 And We rained on them a shower (of brimstone): See then, what was the end of those who practiced sin and crime!
7:85 To the Madyan people, We sent Shu’aib, one of their own brothers: He said: "O my people! Worship Allah; You have no other god except Him. Surely, a clear (Sign) has come to you from your Lord! Give just (and proper) measure and weight, and do not keep away from the people the things that are their due; And do not do mischief in the land after it has been put in order: That will be best for you, if you have Faith.
7:86 "And do not sit on every road, saying threats, blocking from the Path of Allah those who believe in Him and searching for something crooked in it; Remember how you were a few and He gave you increase. And hold in you mind's eye what was the end of those who did mischief.
7:87 "And if there is a group (of people) from you who believes in the Message with which I have been sent, and a group which does not believe, keep yourselves in patience till Allah decides between us: For He is the best to decide (Qha’ir-ul-Hakeemin)."
7:88 The leaders, the proud group from among his people said: "O Shu’aib! We shall really drive you out of our city— (You) and those who believe with you; Or else you (both) will have to return to our ways and religion." He said: "What! Even though we (strongly) dislike (them)?
7:89 "We should really make up a lie against Allah, if we returned to your religion after Allah has saved us from them; And we could not return to it by any way or means, unless it is in the Will and Plan of Allah, Our Lord. Our Lord can reach out to the deepest corners of things by His knowledge. In Allah Alone is our trust. Our Lord! You decide between us and our people in truth, because You are the Best to judge (Qha’ir-ul-Fateheen)."
7:90 The leaders of the disbelievers from his people, said to their people: "If you follow Shu’aib, be sure then you will be the losers!"
7:91 But the earthquake took them without warning, and they lay on their face in their homes before the morning!
7:92 The men who rejected Shu’aib became as if they had never been in the homes where the had grown up (in joy and happiness): The men who rejected Shu’aib— Were ruined!
7:93 (So Shu’aib) left them, saying: "O my people! I really brought the Message to you for which I was sent by my Lord: I gave you good advice, but how shall I feel sad for people who refuse to believe!"
7:94 And whenever We sent a prophet to a town (and they rejected him,) We helped its people in suffering and misfortune, so that they might learn humility.
7:95 Then We changed their suffering into success and joy, until they grew and multiplied, and began to say: "Our fathers (too) had suffering and success"— Look! We called them to account all of a sudden, when they were not aware (of the situation).
7:96 And if the people of the towns had only believed and feared Allah, certainly We should indeed have opened out to them blessings from heavens and earth; But they rejected (the truth), and We brought them to account for their wrong doings.
7:97 Did the people of the towns feel safe against the coming of Our anger (on them) during the night while they slept?
7:98 Or else did they feel safe against the coming of Our Punishment, in open (broad) daylight while they played about?
7:99 Did they then feel safe against the Plan of Allah? But no one can feel safe from the Plan of Allah, except those (falling) into (his own) ruin!]
7:100 To those (people) who take over the earth after its (previous) owners, is it not a guiding (lesson) that, if We so wanted, We could (also) punish them for their sins, and close their hearts so that they could not hear?
7:101 Such were the towns whose story We bring to you (like this): Truly, there came to them their messengers with clear (Signs): But they would not believe what they had rejected before, thus does Allah close the hearts of those who reject Faith.
7:102 We did not find most of them, those men (true) to their promise: But We found most of them rebellious and disobedient.
7:103 Then after them We sent Musa (Moses) with Our Signs to Firon (Pharaoh) and his chiefs, but they wrongfully rejected them: So (then) see what was the end of those who caused mischief.
7:104 Musa (Moses) said: "O Firon (Pharaoh)! I am a messenger from the Lord of the Worlds (Rab-Al-'Ala'meen)—
7:105 "One for whom, it is right to say nothing but the truth about Allah! Now I have come to you (People), from your Lord, with a clear (Sign): So let the Children of Israel depart with me."
7:106 (Firon) said: "If you have truly come with a Sign, show it forth— If you tell the truth."
7:107 Then (Musa) threw his (wooden) stick (his rod), and look! It simply was a (huge) snake!
7:108 And, he drew out his hand, and look! It was white (lit up) to all those seeing!
7:109 Said the Chiefs of the people of Firon (Pharaoh): "This is truly a (very) well-versed magician.
7:110 "His plan is to get you out of your land: So then what do you advise?"
7:111 They said: "Keep him and his brother wondering (for a while); And send (out) callers to the cities to find—
7:112 "And bring up to you all (our very) good magicians."
7:113 And so there came the magicians to Firon (Pharaoh): They said: "Of course, we want a (suitable) reward if we win!"
7:114 He (Firon) said: "Yes, (and more)— And in that case (you win), you shall be (given positions) closest (to me)."
7:115 They said: "O Musa (Moses), will you throw (first), or shall we have the (first) throw?"
7:116 Said Musa (Moses): "You throw (first)." So when they threw, they surprised the eyes of the people, and struck fear in them: Because they showed a great (act of) magic.
7:117 And We revealed to Musa (Moses): "(Now) throw your (wooden) stick:" And look! It swallowed up at once all the lies that they made up!
7:118 Like this the truth was proved. And all that they did, had no effect.
7:119 So the (great ones) were put to shame there and then, and were made to look small.
7:120 But the magicians fell down on their face (praying) in praise and appreciation (of Allah).
7:121 Saying: "We believe in the Lord of the Worlds (Rab-Al-'Ala'meen),
7:122 "The Lord of Musa (Moses) and Haroon (Aaron)."
7:123 Firon (Pharaoh) said: "You have believed in him (Moses) before I give you permission? Surely, this is a trick that you had planned in the City to drive out its people: But soon you will know (what will happen).
7:124 "Be sure I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, then and I will make all die on the cross."
7:125 They said: "For us, we are only sent back to our Lord:
7:126 "And you do take out your revenge on us simply because we believed in the Signs of our Lord when they reached us! Our Lord! Pour out on us patience and constancy, and take our souls as Muslims to You."
7:127 Said the chiefs of Firon (Pharaoh)s people: "Will you leave Musa (Moses) and his people, to spread mischief in the land, and to give up you and your gods?" He (Firon) said: "We will kill their male children; (Only) their females will we save alive; And we have over them (power) supreme."
7:128 Said Musa (Moses) to his people: "Pray for help from Allah, and (wait) in patience and constancy: Because the earth is Allah’s, to give as a gift to such of His servants whom He pleases; And the end will be (best) for the righteous."
7:129 They said: "We have had (only) trouble, both before and after you came to us." He said: "It may be that your Lord will destroy your enemy and make you the inheritors in the earth; That so He may try you by your actions."
7:130 And indeed, We punished the people of Firon (Pharaoh) with years (of drought) and shortness of crops; That they might listen to guidance.
7:131 But when good (times) came, they said: "This is due to us;" When overcome by hardship, they made the reason for it to evil omens connected with Musa (Moses) and those with him! Look! In truth the omens of the evil are theirs, in Allah’s sight, but most of them do not understand!
7:132 They said (to Musa): "Whatever are the Signs that you will bring, to work your magic on us with them, we will never believe in you."
7:133 So We sent (misfortunes) on them: Typhoons, locusts, lice, frogs, and blood: Signs openly self-explained: But they remained (unjustly) proud— A people given to sin.
7:134 And when the punishment fell upon them, they said: "O Musa (Moses)! Call to your Lord with virtue on behalf of His promise to you: If you will remove the punishment from us, we will truly believe in you, and we will send away the Children of Israel with you."
7:135 But every time We removed the punishment from them lasting for a fixed time, which they had to undergo— Look! They broke their word!
7:136 So We took the toll (penalty) from them: We drowned them in the sea, because they rejected Our Signs, and failed to take the warning from them.
7:137 And We (still) made a people, who were thought as being rather weak, the inheritors of lands in both East and West— Those lands in which, We sent Our blessings. The holy promise of your Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel, because they had patience and constancy, and We brought down to the ground the great works and fine buildings that Firon (Pharaoh) and his people had erected (in their pride).
7:138 And We took the Children of Israel (safely) to the other side of the sea. And (here) they found a people who were completely devoted to some idols that they had (worshipped) they said: "O Musa (Moses)! Put together for us a god like the gods that they have." He said: "Surely, you are a people without Knowledge.
7:139 "Surely, these people (from here)— Will be destroyed for what they practice (idol worship): And the (worship) that they do is useless."
7:140 He (Musa) said: "Shall I find a god for you other than the (True and Only) Allah, when He has given you the gift above the creations (of men and jinns)?"
7:141 And (remember when) We saved you from Firon's (Pharaohs) people, who punished you with the harshest of penalties, who killed your male children and kept alive your females. And in that was a great trial from your Lord.
7:142 And We set out thirty nights for Musa (Moses), and completed (the period) with ten (more): Thus the term of (holy fellowship) with his Lord, was completed in forty nights. And Musa (Moses) had instructed his brother (Haroon, before he went upon the mountain): "(Take over and) act for me among my people: Do right, and do not follow the way of those who do mischief."
7:143 And When Musa (Moses) came to the place set by Us, and his Lord called to him, he (Musa) said: "O my Lord! Show (Yourself) to me, that I may look at You." Allah said: "By no means can you see Me (directly); But look upon the mountain; If it still there in its place, then you shall see Me." When his Lord showed His Glory to the Mountain, He made it like dust, and Musa (Moses) fell down (being) unconscious. When he came back to his senses he said: "Glory be to You! To You, I come in repentance, and I am the first (one) to believe."
7:144 (Allah) said: "O Musa (Moses)! I have chosen you over (other) men, by my message that I (have given to you) and by my words I (have spoken to you): Take then the (revelation) that I give to you, and be of those who give thanks."
7:145 And We put together laws for him (written) in tablets (of stone), regarding all matters, both by commanding and by explaining all things, (and said to him): "Take and hold these (laws) with firmness, and instruct your people to firmly follow by the best in the standards (of conduct): Soon I will show you the homes of the rebellious— (How they will be destroyed)."
7:146 I will turn them away from My Signs (verses), those who behave with pride on the earth opposing the right— And even if they see all the Signs (verses), they will not believe in them; And if they see the way to right conduct, they will not follow it as the Way; But if they see the way to wrong, that is the way they will follow. (They do this) because they rejected Our Signs (verses), and have not taken the warning from them.
7:147 Those who reject Our Signs (these verses of Quran), and the Meeting in the Hereafter, their actions are useless: Can they expect to be given (anything) other than what they have worked for?
7:148 During his absence, the People of Musa (Moses), from their (own) ornaments made, the image of a calf, (for worship): It seemed so low (and improper): (That also, it had a low pitch sound when struck) did they not see that it could not speak to them, nor show them the Way? They took it (for worship) and they did wrong.
7:149 When they felt sorry (and regretted), and saw that they had made a mistake, they said: "If our Lord does not have mercy upon us and forgive us, we shall be truly of those who perish."
7:150 When Musa (Moses) came back to his people, angry and sad, said: "It is evil, what you have done in my place (and) in my absence: Did you make haste to bring on (yourselves) the judgment (and anger) of your Lord?" He threw the Tablets, held his brother (Haroon) by (the hair of) his head, and dragged him to himself. Haroon (Aaron) said: "Son of my mother! Indeed, the people truly treated me as nothing and came near to killing me! So do not make the enemies rejoice over my misfortune, and you do not count me with the people in sin."
7:151 Musa (Moses) prayed: "O my Lord! Forgive me, and my brother! And admit us into Your mercy because You are the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!"
7:152 Certainly, those who took the calf (for worship) will truly be overcome by the anger of their Lord, and with shame in this life: Thus do We recompense those who make up (lies).
7:153 But those who do wrong and repent afterwards and (truly) believe— Surely, your Lord is afterwards Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem).
7:154 And when the anger of Musa (Moses) was calmed he took up the Tablets (of stone), with the writing upon them; (And) it was the guidance and Mercy for those who fear their Lord.
7:155 And Musa (Moses) chose from his people, seventy of his (best) men for Our place of meeting: When they were caught in severe earthquake, he prayed: "O my Lord! If it was Your Will, you could have destroyed, much before, both them and me: Would You destroy us for the actions of the foolish ones among us? This is no more than Your trial: By it You make whom You will to lose the path, and You lead whom You will to the right path. You are our Protector:— So forgive us and give us Your mercy; For You are the Best of those who forgive.
7:156 "And grant for us that which is good, in this life and in the Hereafter: Because we have (repented and) returned to You." He (Allah) said: "With My Punishment, I visit whom I will; But My Mercy extends to all things. That I shall grant for those who do right, and practice regular charity, and for those who believe in Our Signs;"—
7:157 Those who follow the Messenger, Prophet (Muhammad), the unlettered who can neither read nor write, whom they find mentioned in their own (books)— In the Torah and the Gospel)— For he (the Prophet) commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; He allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the heavy yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honor him, help him, and follow the light sent down with him— It is they who will prosper."
7:158 (O Prophet!) say: "O Mankind! I am sent to you all, as the Messenger of Allah, to Whom belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth: There is no god but He: It is He Who gives both life and death. So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet, who believes in Allah and His Words: Follow him that you may be guided."
7:159 And from the people of Musa (Moses) there is a community who guide and do justice in the light of truth.
7:160 We divided them into twelve Tribes or nations. We directed Musa (Moses) by inspiration, when his (thirsty) people asked him for water: "Strike the rock with your (wooden) staff:" Out of it gushed out twelve springs: Each group knew its own place for water. We gave them the shade of the clouds, and sent down to them (the gifts of) manna (something sweet like honey) and quails (small birds for their food), (saying): "Eat from the good things We have given to you:" (But they rebelled); To Us they did no harm, but they hurt their own themselves.
7:161 And (remember) when it was said to them: "Live in this town and eat from there as you wish, but say the word of modesty (without pride) and enter the gate in a state of being humble: We shall forgive you for your faults; We shall increase (the portion of) those who do good."
7:162 But those who exceeded the limits among them changed the word from what was given to them; So We sent on them a misery from heavens— For that they exceeded their limits many times.
7:163 Ask them about the town standing close to the sea. Look! They transgressed about the Sabbath. Because on the day of their Sabbath their fish did come to them, openly holding up their heads; But on the day they had no Sabbath, they did not come: Thus did We make a trial for them, because they were used to transgression.
7:164 When some of them said: "Why do you teach to a people whom Allah will destroy or come down with a terrible punishment?"— Said the teachers: "To fulfill our duty to your Lord, so that they may fear Him."
7:165 When they had rejected the warnings that were given to them, We saved those who prevented evil; But We came down upon the wrongdoers with a painful punishment, because they were given to transgression.
7:166 When in their haughtiness, they exceeded (all) that was prevented, We said to them: "You be (like) monkeys, disliked and rejected."
7:167 And (remember), your Lord did (clearly) state that He would send against them, till the Day of Judgment, those who would hurt them with grievous penalty. Your Lord is quick in retribution (getting back), but (He) is also Often Forgiving, Most Merciful.
7:168 And We broke them up in sections on this earth. There are among them some who are the righteous, and some who are the opposite. And We have tried them with plenty and little (prosperity and adversity): So that they might turn (to Us).
7:169 After them succeeded an (evil) generation: They took over the (holy) Book, but they chose the showy things of this world, saying (for excuse): "(Everything) will be forgiven for us." (Even then), when similar things came their way, they would (once again) grab them. Was the sacred Promise of the Book not taken from them, that they would not say about Allah anything but the truth? And that they would study what is in the Book? And best for the righteous is the home in the Hereafter. Will you not understand?
7:170 And to those who hold fast to the Book and establish regular Prayer— Certainly, We shall never let the reward of the righteous to perish.
7:171 And (remember), when We shook the mount over them, as if it had been a cloud, and they thought it was going to fall on them (We said): "Hold firmly to what We have given to you, and (always) remember what is in there, so that you fear Allah and obey Him."
7:172 And (remember) when your Lord took from the Children of Adam— From their loins— Their descendants, and made them speak out about themselves: "Am I not your Lord?" — They said: "Yes! We testify for sure." (This is so), just in case you may say on the Day of Judgment: "We were never aware of this:"
7:173 Or in case you may say: "Our fathers before us may have taken false gods, but we are (their) descendants: Then will You destroy us because of the deeds of men who were useless?"
7:174 Like this We explain the Signs in detail; And so that they may come back (to Us).
7:175 Tell them the story of the man to whom We sent Our Signs, but he let them pass: So Satan kept after him, and he went astray.
7:176 And if it had been Our Will, We should have raised him with Our Signs; But he was tempted (down) to the earth, and followed his own useless desires. So the similarity is that of a dog: If you attack him, he puts out his tongue (and pants), or if you leave him alone, he (still) hangs out his tongue (and pants). That is the similarity of those who reject Our Signs; So relate the stories; So that they may think.
7:177 Evil is the example of people who reject Our Signs and (they) used to wrong themselves.
7:178 And surely, whomsoever Allah guides, he is on the right path; Whom He rejects from His guidance— Such are the persons who perish.
7:179 We have made many jinns' and men for Hell: They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear (the truth). They are like cattle— No (even) more lost: Because they are careless (of warning).
7:180 The Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah: So call on Him by them; And keep away from such men who use vulgarity (blasphemy) in His names: For what they do, they will be soon punished.
7:181 And of those people, We have created are such (people) who help (others) with truth. And give out justice with it.
7:182 For those who reject Our Signs, We shall slowly come down with punishment, in ways that they are not (even) aware;
7:183 And I will grant (some) relief to them: For My plan is Mighty (and never failing).
7:184 Do they not think (deeply)? Their companion (the Prophet) is not taken by madness: He is only a clear (and an unmistakable) Warner.
7:185 Do they see nothing in the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all things that Allah has created? (Do they not see) that it may really be that their time is nearly coming to an end? In what Message after this will they believe?
7:186 For those whom Allah rejects from His guidance, there can be no guide: And He will leave them exceeding their limits, wandering aimlessly (without going anywhere).
7:187 They ask you about the (final) Hour, (Resurrection)— When is its appointed time? Say: "Its knowledge is with my Lord (alone): No one except He can say when it will happen. Its burden was heavy through the heavens and the earth. Only, all of a sudden it will come to you." They ask you as if you were eager in search of it: Say: "Its knowledge is with Allah (alone), but most men do not know."
7:188 Say: "I have no power over any good or harm to myself except as Allah wills. If I had knowledge of the unseen, I should have multiplied all good, and no evil could have touched me: I am only a Warner, and a bringer of glad tidings to those who have Faith (in Allah)."
7:189 It is He Who created you from a single person (Adam), and made his mate (Hawwa) of similar nature, that he might live with her (in peace and love). When they are close together, she bears a light burden (and responsibility) and carries it about (well and easily). When she grows heavy, they both pray to Allah their Lord, (saying): "If You give us a good child, we promise we shall be grateful."
7:190 But when He does give them a good child, they give to others a share (of thanks) for the gift that they have received: But Allah is supremely High above the partners they ascribe to Him.
7:191 Do they truly give to Him as partners’ things that can create nothing, but are themselves created (by Him)?
7:192 No help can they (the partners) give to them, nor can they help themselves!
7:193 If you call them to guidance, they follow you not: For you it is the same whether you call them or you hold your peace!
7:194 Surely, those whom you (people) call upon besides Allah are (mere) servants like you: Call to them, and let them hear your prayer, if you are (really) truthful!
7:195 Do they have feet to walk with? Or hands to hold with? Or eyes to see with? Or ears to hear with? Say: "Call your ‘god-partners’, plan (the worst) against me, and give me no relief!
7:196 "Surely, my Protector is Allah, Who revealed the Book (the Quran), and He protects the righteous.
7:197 "But those you call upon besides Him (Allah) are not able to help you, and indeed (even) to help themselves."
7:198 If you call them to guidance— They will not hear, you will see them looking at you, yet they do not see.
7:199 Show forgiveness (on your part); Instruct what is right; But turn away from those who are foolish.
7:200 If a suggestion from Satan attacks your (mind), find (your) shelter with Allah; Verily, He hears and knows (all things).
7:201 Verily, those who fear Allah— When an evil thought from Satan attacks them, bring Allah to mind (by remembering Him), indeed, they see (alright again)!
7:202 But their brothers (the Satans' among them) get them deeper into error, and never let go.
7:203 And if you do not bring them a miracle, they say: "Why have you not put it together?" Say: "I only follow what is revealed to me from my Lord: This is (only) Light, (the Quran) from your Lord, and Guidance and Mercy for any who have Faith."
7:204 So when the Quran is read, listen to it with attention, and hold your peace: That you may receive (your Lord’s) Mercy.
7:205 And you (also, O reader!) bring your Lord into yourselves [by remembering Him, in your (very) soul], with modesty and in respect, without loud words, in mornings and evenings; And you do not be of those who do not listen (to warning).
7:206 Indeed, those who are with your Lord (the angels), do not stop (or hesitate) to worship Him: They recite His Praises, and bow down before Him.


   


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