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Nuh (Noah)
as rendered by Muhammad Asad
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Muhammad Asad rendition of Surah Noah(Nuh)
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71:1 BEHOLD. We sent Noah unto his people. [saying:] "Warn thy people ere grievous suffering befall them!
71:2 [And Noah] said: "O my people! I am but a plain warner to you, [sent to tell you]
71:3 that you should worship God [alone] and be conscious of Him. "Now do pay heed unto me,
71:4 so that He may forgive you some of your sins, and grant you respite until a term known [to Him alone]: but, behold, when the term appointed by God does come, it can never be put back - if you but knew it!"
71:5 [And after a time, Noah] said: "O my Sustainer! Verily, I have been calling unto my people night and day
71:6 but my call has only caused them to flee farther and farther away [from Thee].
71:7 And behold, whenever I called unto them with a view to Thy granting them forgiveness, they put their fingers into their ears, and wrapped themselves up in their garments [of sin]; and grew obstinate, and became [yet more] arrogant in their false pride.
71:8 "And behold I called unto them openly;
71:9 and, behold I preached to them in public; and I spoke to them secretly, in private;
71:10 and I said: "'Ask your Sustainer to forgive you your sins - for, verily, He is all-forgiving!
71:11 He will shower upon you heavenly blessings abundant,
71:12 and will aid you with worldly goods and children, and will bestow upon you gardens, and bestow upon you running waters.
71:13 "'What is amiss with you that you cannot look forward to God's majesty,
71:14 seeing that He has created [every one of] you in successive stages?
71:15 "'Do you not see how God has created seven heavens in full harmony with one another,
71:16 and has set up within them the moon as a light [reflected] and set up the sun as a [radiant] lamp?
71:17 "'And God has caused you to grow out of the earth in [gradual] growth; and thereafter He will return you to it [in death]:
71:18 and [then] He will bring you forth [from It] in resurrection.
71:19 "'And God has made the earth a wide expanse for you,
71:20 so that you might walk thereon on spacious paths.’"
71:21 [And] Noah continued: "O my Sustainer! Behold, they have opposed me [throughout], for they follow people whose wealth and children lead them increasingly into ruin,
71:22 and who have devised a most awesome blasphemy [against Thee],
71:23 inasmuch as they said [to their followers], 'Do not ever abandon your gods: abandon neither Wadd nor Suwa', and neither Yaghuth nor Ya’uq nor Nasr!'
71:24 "And so they have led many a one astray: hence, ordain Thou that these evildoers stray but farther and farther away [from all that they may desire]!"
71:25 And so, because of their sins, they were drowned [in the great flood], and were doomed to suffer the fire [of the hereafter]; and they found none who could succour them against God.
71:26 And Noah prayed: "O my Sustainer! Leave not on earth any of those who deny the truth:
71:27 for, behold, If Thou dost leave them, they will [always try to] lead astray those who worship Thee, and will give birth to nothing but wickedness and stubborn ingratitude.
71:28 "O my Sustainer! Grant Thy forgiveness unto me and unto my parents, and unto everyone who enters my house as a believer, and unto all believing men and believing women [of later times]; and grant Thou that the doers of evil shall increasingly meet with destruction!"'


   


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