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Ibrahim (Abraham)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley

Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah Abraham(Ibrahim)
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14:1 Alif Lam Ra This is a Book We have sent down to you so that you can bring mankind from the darkness to the light, by the permission of their Lord, to the Path of the Almighty, the Praiseworthy.
14:2 Allah is He to Whom everything in the heavens and everything in the earth belongs. Woe to the kuffar because of a terrible punishment —
14:3 those who prefer the life of this world to the Next World, and bar access to the way of Allah, wanting to make it crooked; they are greatly misguided.
14:4 We have not sent any Messenger except with the language of his people so he can make things clear to them. Allah misguides anyone He wills and guides anyone He wills. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.
14:5 We sent Musa with Our Signs: ´Bring your people from the darkness to the light. and remind them of the Days of Allah.´ There are certainly Signs in that for everyone who is steadfast, thankful.
14:6 Remember when Musa said to his people, ´Remember Allah´s blessing to you when He rescued you from the people of Pharaoh. They were inflicting an evil punishment on you, slaughtering your sons and letting your women live. In that there was a terrible trial from your Lord.
14:7 And when your Lord announced: "If you are grateful, I will certainly give you increase, but if you are ungrateful, My punishment is severe."´
14:8 Musa said, ´If you were to be ungrateful, you and everyone on the earth, Allah is Rich Beyond Need, Praiseworthy.´
14:9 Has news not reached you of those who came before you, the peoples of Nuh and ´Ad and Thamud, and those who came after them who are known to no one but Allah? Their Messengers came to them with Clear Signs, but they put their hands to their mouths, saying, ´We reject what you have been sent with. We have grave doubts about what you are calling us to.´
14:10 Their Messengers said, ´Is there any doubt about Allah, the Bringer into Being of the heavens and the earth? He summons you to forgive you for your wrong actions and to defer you until a specified time.´ They said, ´You are nothing but human beings like ourselves who want to debar us from what our fathers worshipped; so bring us a clear authority.´
14:11 Their Messengers said to them, ´We are nothing but human beings like yourselves. But Allah shows favour to any of His slaves He wills. It is not for us to bring you an authority except by Allah´s permission. So let the muminun put their trust in Allah.
14:12 And why indeed should we not put our trust in Allah when He has guided us to our ways? We will be steadfast however much you harm us. Those who trust put their trust in Allah.´
14:13 Those who were kafir said to their Messengers, ´We will drive you from our land unless you return to our religion.´ Their Lord revealed to them, ´We will destroy those who do wrong.
14:14 We will leave you the land to live in after them. That is the reward of those who fear My station and fear My threat.´
14:15 They asked for Allah´s victory, and every obdurate tyrant failed.
14:16 And beyond him is Hell where he will be given pus to drink.
14:17 He gulps at it but can hardly swallow it down. Death comes at him from every side but he does not die. And beyond him is relentless punishment.
14:18 The metaphor of those who reject their Lord is that their actions are like ashes scattered by strong winds on a stormy day. They have no power at all over anything they have earned. That is extreme misguidance.
14:19 Do you not see that Allah has created the heavens and the earth with truth? If He wished He could eliminate you and bring about a new creation.
14:20 That is not difficult for Allah.
14:21 They will all parade before Allah and the weak will say to those who were arrogant, ´We followed you, so can you help us at all against the punishment of Allah?´ They will say, ´If Allah had guided us, we would have guided you. It makes no difference whether we cannot stand it or bear it patiently. We have no way of escape.´
14:22 When the affair is decided Shaytan will say, ´Allah made you a promise, a promise of truth, and I made you a promise but broke my promise. I had no authority over you, except that I called you and you responded to me. Do not, therefore, blame me but blame yourselves. I cannot come to your aid nor you to mine. I reject the way you associated me with Allah before.´ The wrongdoers will have a painful punishment.
14:23 Those who had iman and did right actions will be admitted into Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever by the permission of their Lord. Their greeting there is ´Peace!´
14:24 Do you do not see how Allah makes a metaphor of a good word: a good tree whose roots are firm and whose branches are in heaven? It bears fruit regularly by its Lord´s permission. Allah makes metaphors for people so that hopefully they will pay heed.
14:25 It bears fruit regularly by its Lord´s permission. Allah makes metaphors for people so that hopefully they will pay heed.
14:26 The metaphor of a corrupt word is that of a rotten tree, uprooted on the surface of the earth. It has no staying-power.
14:27 Allah makes those who have iman firm with the Firm Word in the life of this world and the Next World. But Allah misguides the wrongdoers. Allah does whatever He wills.
14:28 Do you not see those who have exchanged Allah´s blessing for kufr, and moved their people to the abode of ruin:
14:29 Hell, where they will roast? What an evil place to stay!
14:30 They have made others equal to Allah to misguide people from His Way. Say: ´Enjoy yourselves! Your destination is the Fire!´
14:31 Tell My slaves who have iman that they should establish salat and give from what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, before a Day arrives on which there will be no trading and no friendship.
14:32 Allah is He who created the heavens and the earth and sends down water from the sky and by it brings forth fruits as provision for you. He has made the ships subservient to you to run upon the sea by His command, and He has made the rivers subservient to you,
14:33 and He has made the sun and moon subservient to you holding steady to their courses, and He has made the night and day subservient to you.
14:34 He has given you everything you have asked Him for. If you tried to number Allah´s blessings, you could never count them. Man is indeed wrongdoing, ungrateful.
14:35 When Ibrahim said, ´My Lord! Make this land a place of safety and keep me and my sons from worshipping idols.
14:36 My Lord! They have misguided many of mankind. If anyone follows me, he is with me but if anyone disobeys me, You are Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
14:37 Our Lord! I have settled some of my offspring by Your Sacred House in an uncultivated valley. Our Lord! Let them establish salat! Make the hearts of mankind incline towards them and provide them with fruits, so that hopefully they will be thankful.
14:38 Our Lord! You know what we keep hidden and what we divulge. Nothing is hidden from Allah either on the earth or in heaven.
14:39 Praise be to Allah Who, despite my old age, has given me Isma´il and Ishaq. My Lord is the Hearer of Prayer.
14:40 My Lord! Make me and my descendants people who establish salat. My Lord! Accept my prayer.
14:41 Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents and the muminun on the Day the Reckoning takes place.´
14:42 Do not consider Allah to be unaware of what the wrongdoers perpetrate. He is merely deferring them to a Day on which their sight will be transfixed,
14:43 rushing headlong — heads back, eyes vacant, hearts hollow.
14:44 Warn mankind of the Day when the punishment will reach them. Those who did wrong will say, ´Our Lord, reprieve us for a short time. We will respond to Your call and follow the Messengers.´ ´But did you not swear to Me before that you would never meet your downfall,
14:45 even though you inhabited the houses of those who had wronged themselves and it was made clear to you how We had dealt with them and We gave you many examples?´
14:46 They concocted their plots, but their plots were with Allah, even if they were such as to make the mountains vanish.
14:47 Do not imagine that Allah will break His promise to His Messengers. Allah is Almighty, Exactor of Revenge.
14:48 On the Day the earth is changed to other than the earth, and the heavens likewise, and they parade before Allah, the One, the All-Conquering,
14:49 that Day you will see the evildoers yoked together in chains,
14:50 wearing shirts of tar, their faces enveloped in the Fire.
14:51 So that Allah may repay every self for what it earned. Allah is swift at reckoning.
14:52 This is a communication to be transmitted to mankind so that they may be warned by it and so that they will know that He is One God and so that people of intelligence will pay heed.


   


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