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Ibrahim (Abraham)
as rendered by N J Dawood (draft)

N J Dawood (draft) rendition of Surah Abraham(Ibrahim)
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14:1 Alif. Lam. Ra. We have revealed to you this Book so that, by their Lord's will, you may lead mankind from darkness to the light; to the path of the Mighty, the Glorious One:
14:2 the path of God, to whom belongs all that the heavens and the earth contain. Woe betide the unbelievers, for they shall be sternly punished!
14:3 Woe betide those who love this life more than the life to come; who debar others from the path of God and seek to make it crooked. They have strayed far into error.
14:4 Each apostle We have sent has spoken only in the language of his own people, so that he might make his precepts clear to them. But God leaves in error whom He will and guides whom He pleases. He is the Mighty, the Wise One.
14:5 We sent forth Moses with Our signs, saying: 'Lead your people out of the darkness into the light, and remind them of God's favours.' Surely in this there are signs for every steadfast, thankful man.
14:6 Moses said to his people: 'Remember God's goodness to you when He delivered you from Pharaoh's nation, who had oppressed you cruelly, slaughtering your sons and sparing only your daughters. Surely that was a grievous trial by your Lord.
14:7 For He had declared: "If you give thanks, I will bestow abundance upon you: but if you deny My favours, My punishment is terrible indeed."'
14:8 And Moses said: 'If you and all who dwell on earth prove thankless, He does not need your thanks, though He deserves your praise.'
14:9 Have you not heard what befell those that have gone before you? The people of Noah, Ad, and Thamud, and those who came after? God alone knows their number. Their apostles came to them with veritable signs, but they bit their hands with their mouths and said: 'We will not believe in your message. Indeed, we strongly doubt the faith to which you call us.'
14:10 Their apostles answered: 'Is God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, to be doubted? He calls you to Him that He may forgive you your sins and reprieve you till your appointed hour.' They said: 'You are but mortals like ourselves. You wish to turn us away from the gods our fathers worshipped. Bring us some clear authority.'
14:11 Their apostles replied: 'We are indeed but mortals like yourselves. Yet God bestows His grace on such of His servants as He chooses. We cannot give you proof, except by God's leave. In God let true believers put their trust.
14:12 And why should we not trust in God, when He has already guided us to our paths? We will endure your persecution patiently. In God let all the trusting put their trust.'
14:13 Return to our ways,' the unbelievers said to their apostles, 'or we will banish you from our land.' But their Lord revealed His will to them, saying: 'We shall destroy the wrongdoers
14:14 and give you the land to dwell in after they are gone. Let him take heed who dreads My eminence and fears My threats.'
14:15 And when they called for help, every hardened sinner came to grief.
14:16 Hell will stretch behind him, and putrid water shall he drink:
14:17 he will sip, but scarcely swallow. Death will assail him from every side, yet he shall not die. Harrowing torment awaits him.
14:18 The works of the unbelievers are like ashes which the wind scatters on a stormy day: they shall gain nothing from what they do. To act thus is to stray far into error.
14:19 Do you not see that God has created the heavens and the earth with truth? He can remove you if He wills and bring into being a new creation:
14:20 that is no difficult thing for God.
14:21 All shall appear before God. The humble will say to those who thought themselves mighty: 'We were your followers. Can you protect us from God's punishment?' They will reply: 'Had God given us guidance, we would have guided you. Neither panic nor patience will help us now. There is no escape for us.'
14:22 And when Our judgement has been passed, Satan will say to them: 'True was the promise which God made you. I too made you a promise, but did not keep it. Yet had I no power over you. I only called you, and you answered me. Do not now blame me, but blame yourselves. I cannot help you, nor can you help me. I never believed, as you did, that I was God's equal.' The wrongdoers shall be sternly punished.
14:23 As for those that have faith and do good works, they shall be admitted to gardens watered by running streams, in which, by their Lord's leave, they shall abide for ever. Their greeting shall be: 'Peace!'
14:24 Do you not see how God compares a good word to a good tree? Its root is firm and its branches are in the sky;
14:25 It yields its fruit in every season by God's leave. God speaks in parables to men so that they may take heed.
14:26 But an evil word is like an evil tree torn out of the earth and shorn of all its roots.
14:27 God will strengthen the faithful with His steadfast Word, both in this life and in the life to come. He leads the wrongdoers astray. God accomplishes what He pleases.
14:28 Have you not seen those who repay the grace of God with unbelief and drive their people into the House of Perdition?
14:29 In Hell shall they burn; evil shall be their fate.
14:30 They set up false gods as the equals of God to lead men away from His path. Say to them: 'Take your pleasure now: you are surely destined for the Fire.'
14:31 Tell My servants, those who are true believers, to be steadfast in prayer and to give alms in private and in public, before that day arrives when all trading shall cease and friendships be no more.
14:32 It was God who created the heavens and the earth. He has sent down water from the sky with which He brings forth fruits for your sustenance. He has subdued the ships which by His leave sail the ocean in your service. He has subdued the rivers for your benefit,
14:33 and subdued for you the sun and the moon, which steadfastly pursue their courses. And He has subdued for you the night and the day.
14:34 Of everything you have asked for He has given you some. If you reckoned up God's favours you could not count them. Truly, man is wicked and thankless.
14:35 Abraham said: 'Lord, make this [1] a secure land. Preserve me and my descendants from serving idols.
14:36 Lord, many have they led astray. He that follows me shall become my brother, but if anyone turns against me, You are surely forgiving and merciful.
14:37 'Lord, I have settled some of my offspring in a barren valley near Your Sacred House, so that they may observe true worship, Lord. Put in the hearts of men kindness towards them, and provide them with the earth's fruits, so that they may give thanks.
14:38 'Lord, You have knowledge of all that we conceal and all that we reveal: nothing on earth or in heaven is hidden from God.
14:39 'Praise be to God who has given me Ishmael and Isaac in my old age! All prayers are heard by Him.
14:40 Lord, make me and my descendants steadfast in prayer. Lord, accept my prayer.
14:41 'Forgive me, Lord, and forgive my parents and all the faithful on the Day of Reckoning.'
14:42 Never think that God is unaware of the wrongdoers' actions. He only gives them respite till the day on which all eyes will stare with consternation.
14:43 They shall rush in terror with heads uplifted and hearts utterly vacant. They shall stare, but see nothing.
14:44 Forewarn mankind of the day when the scourge will overtake them; when the wrongdoers will say: 'Lord, grant us respite for a while. We will obey Your call, and follow the apostles.' But a voice will say to them: 'Did you not once swear that you would never disappear?
14:45 You lived in the dwellings of those who wronged their souls before you: yet you knew full well how We had dealt with them, and We spoke to you in parables about them.'
14:46 They plot, but their plots are known to God, even if their plots could move mountains.
14:47 Never think that God will break the pledge He gave to His Apostles. Mighty is God, and capable of revenge.
14:48 On the day when the earth is changed into a different earth and the heavens into new heavens, mankind shall stand before God, the One, who conquers all.
14:49 On that day you shall see the guilty bound with chains,
14:50 their garments pitch, and their faces covered with flames.
14:51 God will recompense each soul according to its deeds. Swift is God's reckoning.
14:52 This is a warning to mankind. Let them take heed and know that He is but one God. Let the wise bear this in mind.


   


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