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Nuh (Noah)
as rendered by Rashad Khalifa
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Rashad Khalifa rendition of Surah Noah(Nuh)
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71:1 We sent Noah to his people: "You shall warn your people before a painful retribution afflicts them."
71:2 He said, "O my people, I am a manifest warner to you.
71:3 "To alert you that you shall worship GOD, reverence Him, and obey me.
71:4 "He will then forgive you your sins and respite you for a predetermined period. Most assuredly, GOD's appointment can never be delayed, once it is due, if you only knew."
71:5 He said, "My Lord, I have invited my people night and day.
71:6 "But my invitation only increased their aversion.
71:7 "Whenever I invited them to be forgiven by You, they placed their fingers in their ears, covered themselves with their clothes, insisted, and turned arrogant.
71:8 "Then I invited them publicly
71:9 "Then I proclaimed to them loudly, and I spoke to them privately.
71:10 "I said, `Implore your Lord for forgiveness; He is Forgiving.
71:11 " `He will then shower you generously with rain.
71:12 " `And provide you with money and children, and orchards, and streams.'
71:13 Why should you not strive to reverence GOD?
71:14 He is the One who created you in stages.
71:15 Do you not realize that GOD created seven universes in layers?
71:16 He designed the moon therein to be a light, and placed the sun to be a lamp.
71:17 And GOD germinated you from the earth like plants.
71:18 Then He returns you into it, and He will surely bring you out.
71:19 GOD made the earth habitable for you.
71:20 That you may build roads therein.
71:21 Noah said, "My Lord, they disobeyed me, and followed those who were even more corrupted when blessed with money and children.
71:22 "They schemed terrible schemes.
71:23 "They said, `Do not abandon your gods. Do not abandon Wadd, Suwaa`, Yaghouth, Ya`ooq, and Nasr.'
71:24 "They misled many. Therefore, let the wicked plunge deeper into loss."
71:25 Because of their sins they were drowned and assigned to the hellfire. They found no helpers to protect them from GOD.
71:26 Noah also said, "My Lord, do not leave a single disbeliever on earth.
71:27 "For if you let them, they will only mislead your servants and give birth to nothing but wicked disbelievers.
71:28 "My Lord, forgive me and my parents, and anyone who enters my home as a believer, and all the believing men and women. But do not give the disbelievers anything but annihilation."


   


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