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al-Furqan (The Criterion, The Standard)
as rendered by Sher Ali

Sher Ali rendition of Surah The Criterion, The Standard(al-Furqan)
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25:1 Blessed is HE who has sent down Al-Furqan to HIS servant, that he may be a Warner to all the worlds -
25:2 HE to Whom belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth. And HE has taken unto Himself no son, and has no partner in the Kingdom, and HE has created everything, and has determined its proper measure.
25:3 Yet they have taken beside HIM gods, who create nothing but are themselves created, and who have no power to harm or benefit themselves, nor have they any power over death or life or Resurrection.
25:4 And those who disbelieve say, `It is naught but a lie which he has forged, and other people have helped him with it.' Indeed, they have perpetrated a great injustice and a great falsehood.
25:5 And they say, `These are fables of the ancient; and he has got them written down and they are read out to him morning and evening.'
25:6 Say, `HE, Who knows every secret of the heavens and the earth, has revealed it. Verily, HE is the Most Forgiving, Merciful.'
25:7 And they say, `What sort of Messenger is this that he eats food, and walks in the streets? Why has not an angel been sent down to him that he might be a warner with him?
25:8 `Or a treasure should have been sent down to him, or he should have had a garden to eat therefrom.' And the wrongdoers say, `You follow but a man bewitched.'
25:9 See how they coin similitudes for thee ! Thus they have gone astray and cannot find a way.
25:10 Blessed is HE Who, if HE please, will assign to thee better than all that - gardens through which streams flow - and will also assign to thee palaces.
25:11 Nay, they deny the Hour, and for those who deny the Hour, WE have prepared a blazing fire.
25:12 When it sees them from a place far-off, they will hear its raging and roaring.
25:13 And when they are thrown into a narrow place thereof, chained together, they will pray there for destruction.
25:14 `Pray not this day for one destruction, but pray for many destructions,'
25:15 Say, `Is that better or the Garden of Eternity, which is promised to the righteous? It will be their reward and ultimate resort.'
25:16 They will have therein whatsoever they desire, abiding therein for ever. It is a promise binding upon thy Lord, and to be always prayed for from HIM.
25:17 On the day when HE will assemble them and those whom they worship instead of ALLAH, HE will ask the latter, `Was it you that led astray these MY servants, or did they themselves stray away from the Path?'
25:18 They will say, `Holy art Thou ! It was not right for us to take protectors other than Thee; but Thou didst bestow on them and their fathers the good things of this life until they forgot Thy admonition and became a ruined people.'
25:19 Then WE shall say to their worshippers, `They have given you the lie regarding what you said, so you cannot avert the punishment, neither can you get help. And whosoever among you does wrong, WE shall make him taste a grievous punishment.
25:20 And WE did not send any Messengers before thee but surely they ate food and walked in the streets. And WE make some of you a trial for others to see whether you are steadfast. And thy Lord is All-Seeing.
25:21 And those, who do not expect a meeting with US, say, `Why are not angels sent down to us? Or, why do we not see our Lord?' Surely, they are too proud of themselves and have gone far in rebellion.
25:22 On the day when they see the angels - there will be no good tidings on that day for the guilty; and they will cry in distress, `Would that there were a strong barrier !
25:23 And WE shall turn to the work they did and WE shall scatter it into particles of dust.
25:24 The inmates of Heaven on that day will be better off as regards their abode, and better off in respect of their place of repose.
25:25 And on that day when the heaven shall burst asunder with the clouds overhanging it, and the angels shall be sent down in large numbers -
25:26 The true Kingdom on that day shall belong to the Gracious, God; and it shall be a hard day for the disbelievers.
25:27 On that day the wrongdoer will bite his hands and will say, `O, would that I had taken a way along with the Messenger !
25:28 `O, woe is me ! would that I had never taken such a one for a friend !
25:29 `He led me astray from the Reminder after it had come to me.' And Satan always deserts man in the hour of need.
25:30 And the Messenger will say, `O my Lord, my people indeed treated this Qur'an as a thing to be discarded.'
25:31 Thus did WE make for every Prophet an enemy from among the sinners; And sufficient is thy Lord as a Guide and a Helper.
25:32 And those who disbelieve say, `Why was not the Qur'an revealed to him all at once?' WE have revealed it in this manner that WE may strengthen thy heart therewith. And WE have arranged it in the Best form.
25:33 And they do not come to thee with an objection but WE provide thee with the truth and an excellent explanation.
25:34 Those who will be gathered unto Hell on their faces -they will be the worst in plight and most astray from the right path.
25:35 WE gave Moses the Book, and appointed with him his brother Aaron as his assistant.
25:36 And WE said to them, `Go both of you to the people who have rejected OUR Signs;' Then WE destroyed them utterly.
25:37 And the people of Noah, when they rejected the Messengers, WE drowned them, and WE made them a Sign for mankind. And WE have prepared a painful punishment for the wrongdoers.
25:38 And WE destroyed Ad and Thamud, and the People of the Well, and many a generation between them,
25:39 And to each one WE set forth examples; and each one WE utterly destroyed.
25:40 And these Meccans must have visited the town whereon was rained an evil rain. Have they not seen it? Nay, they expect not to be raised after death.
25:41 And when they see thee, they only make a jest of thee, and say, `What ! is this he whom ALLAH has sent as a Messenger?
25:42 `He indeed had well-nigh led us astray from our gods, had we not steadily adhered to them.' And they shall no, when they see the punishment, who is most astray from the right path.
25:43 Hast thou seen him who takes his own evil desire for his god? Canst thou be a guardian over them?
25:44 Dost thou think that most of them hear or understand? They are like cattle - nay, they are worst than cattle in their behaviour.
25:45 Dost thou not see how thy Lord lengthens the shade? And if HE had pleased, HE could have made it stationary. Then WE make the position of the sun an indicator thereof.
25:46 Them WE draw it in towards Ourselves, drawing in little by little.
25:47 And HE it is Who has made the night a covering for you, and Who has made sleep for rest, and HE has made the day to rise up and work.
25:48 And HE it is Who sends the winds as glad tidings before HIS mercy, and WE send down pure water from the clouds,
25:49 That WE may thereby give life to a dead land, and give it for drink to Our creation - cattle and men in large numbers.
25:50 And WE have expounded the Qur'an to them in diverse ways that they make take heed, but most men would reject everything but disbelief.
25:51 If WE had pleased, WE could have surely raised a Warner in every city;
25:52 So obey not the disbelievers and strive against them by means of the Qur'an with a mighty striving.
25:53 And HE it is Who has caused the two seas to flow, this palatable and sweet, and that salt and bitter; and between them HE has placed a barrier and an insurmountable partition.
25:54 And HE it is Who has created man from Water, and has made for him kindred by descent and kindred by marriage; and thy Lord is All-Powerful.
25:55 And they worship beside ALLAH that which can neither benefit them nor harm them. And the disbeliever is ever opposed to the designs of HIS Lord.
25:56 And WE have not sent thee but as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner.
25:57 Say, `I ask of you no recompense for it, save that whoso chooses may take a way that leads to his Lord.'
25:58 And trust thou in the One, Who is Ever-Living and is the Source of all life, And Who dies not, and Glorify HIM with HIS praise. And sufficient is HE as the Knower of the sins of his servants,
25:59 HE Who created the Heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six periods, then HE settled Himself firmly on the Throne - the Gracious, God ! Ask thou then concerning HIM one who knows.
25:60 And when it is said to them, `Submit to the Gracious God,' they say, `And who is the Gracious, God? Shall we submit to whatever thou biddest us?' And it increases their aversion.
25:61 Blessed is HE Who has made in the heaven mansions of stars and has placed therein a Lamp producing light and a moon that reflects light.
25:62 And HE it is Who has made the night and the day, each following the other, for the benefit of him who desires to remember, or desires to be grateful.
25:63 And the true servants of the Gracious God are those who walk on the earth humbly and when the ignorant address them, they avoid them gracefully by saying, `Peace !'
25:64 And who spend the night in prostration and standing before their Lord,
25:65 And who say, `Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of Hell; for the punishment thereof is a most vehement torment,
25:66 `It is indeed evil as a place of rest and as an abode.'
25:67 And those who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor niggardly but adopt a moderate position in the middle;
25:68 And those who call not on any other god along with ALLAH, nor slay a person whose slaying ALLAH has forbidden except for a just cause, nor commit adultery - and he who does that shall meet the punishment of his sin;
25:69 Doubled for him shall be the punishment on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein disgraced -
25:70 Except those who repent, and believe and do righteous deeds, for as to these, ALLAH will convert their evil deeds into good ones, and ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Merciful.
25:71 And those who repent and do righteous deeds, indeed turn to ALLAH with true repentance;
25:72 And those who bear not false witness, and when they pass by anything vain, they pass by with dignity;
25:73 And those who, when they are reminded of the Signs of their Lord, fall not down thereat deaf and blind;
25:74 And those who say, `Our Lord, grant us of our wives and children the delight of our eyes, and make us a model for the righteous.'
25:75 It is such as will be rewarded with lofty chambers in Paradise, because they were steadfast, and they will be received therein with greeting and peace,
25:76 Abiding therein. Excellent it is as a place of rest and as an abode.
25:77 Say to the disbelievers, `But for your prayer to Him my Lord would not care for you at all. But now that you have rejected HIS Message, HIS punishment will cleave to you.'


   


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