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al-Furqan (The Criterion, The Standard)
as rendered by Syed Vickar Ahamed

Syed Vickar Ahamed rendition of Surah The Criterion, The Standard(al-Furqan)
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25:1 He is the Blessed (One), Who sent down the Criterion to His servant (the Prophet), so that it may be a warning and guidance to all creations—
25:2 He (is the One) to whom belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth: He has fathered no son, nor does He have a partner in His kingdom; It is He Who has created all the things, and made them in proper (proportions) sizes.
25:3 Even then, besides Him, have they taken gods that can make nothing, and are themselves made; That have no control to harm or do good for themselves; And they cannot control death, or life, or Resurrection.
25:4 But the disbelievers say: "This is nothing but a lie that he (the Prophet) has made up, and others have helped him at (making) it." In reality, it is they who have put forward an injustice and a lie.
25:5 And they say: "Stories of the old times, which he has made to be written: And they are dictated before him morning and afternoon."
25:6 Say: "(The Quran) was sent down by Him Who knows the Secret in the heavens and the earth: Surely, He is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem).
25:7 And they say: "What sort of a messenger is this, who eats food, and walks in the streets? Why has an angel not been sent down to him to give warning and guidance with him?
25:8 "Or (why) has a treasure not been granted to him, or why has he (not) a garden for enjoyment?" The wicked say: "You follow no one other than a man under spell."
25:9 See what types of comparisons they make for you! But they have gone away from the right, and they will never be able to find a way!
25:10 He is the blessed (One) Who, if it was His Will, could give you better (things) than those— Gardens under which rivers flow; And He could give you palaces (to live in).
25:11 And for they reject the Hour (of Judgment): And We have made a blazing fire for those who falsify the Hour.
25:12 When it sees them from a far away place, they will hear its fury and its angry roar.
25:13 And when they are thrown in, bounded together, into a tight place in there, they will plead for (their) death.
25:14 "This Day plead not for a single death: Plead for death (that is) repeated many times!"
25:15 Say: "Is that better, or the eternal Garden (Paradise, that is) promised to the righteous? For them, that is a reward and a goal (of joy).
25:16 "For them in there, there will be all that they wish for: And they will live (there) forever: A promise to be prayed for from your Lord."
25:17 And on the Day He will collect them together and those whom they worship besides Allah, He will ask (those): "Was it you who led My servants away, or did they go away from the Path themselves?"
25:18 Those (whom they worship besides Allah) will say: "Glory to You! Not proper was it for us that we should take for protectors others besides You (Allah): But You (Allah) did give them and their fathers, the comfort and good things (in life), until they forgot the Message: For they were a people (who were) lost."
25:19 (Allah will say): "Now they have made you liars about what you say: So you cannot escape (penalty) or (get) help." And whoever from you does wrong; We shall make him taste a great penalty.
25:20 And the messengers whom We had sent before you, (they) were all (men) who ate food, and walked through the streets: We have made some of you like a trial for others: Will you have patience? And your Lord is All Seeing (Baseer).
25:21 And those who do not expect (their) meeting Us said: "Why are the angels not sent down to us, or (why) do we not see our Lord?” Truly, they have a false opinion of themselves with rudeness in their great arrogance!
25:22 On the Day (when) they see the angels— There will be no joy for the sinners that Day: The (angels) will say: "There is a limit totally banned (for you)!"
25:23 And We shall turn to those deeds they did and We shall make such deeds like floating dust thrown around.
25:24 The companions of the Garden (Paradise) will be well that Day, in their Home, and have the most beautiful and the happiest of places for rest.
25:25 And the Day the heaven will be torn apart by clouds, and the angels shall be sent down, descending (in order and in grandeur)—
25:26 That Day, the Sovereignty of right and truth, shall be (only) for the Most Merciful (Ar-Rahman): And it will be a Day of great difficulty for the disbelievers.
25:27 And the Day when the wrong-doer (of every type) will bite at his hands; He will say: "Oh! If only I had taken a (Straight) path with the Messenger (of Allah)!
25:28 "Oh! I am (now in) misery! If only I had never taken such an (Evil) one as a friend!
25:29 "He led me astray from the Message (of Allah, even) after it had come to me! And Satan is only a traitor to man!"
25:30 And the Messenger (Muhammad) will say: "O my Lord! Truly, my people (took the Message lightly and) abandoned this Quran."
25:31 Like this We have made for every prophet an enemy from the criminals (and sinners): But your Lord is enough to guide and to help.
25:32 And those who reject Faith say: "Why is Quran not sent to him all at once?" (It is sent) like this so that We may give strength to your heart with it, and We have made it known to you in slow well-ordered stages, little at a time.
25:33 And no example or parable do they bring to you that We have not made known to you the truth and the best explanation (of the questions).
25:34 Those who will be gathered to Hell (fallen) on their faces— They will be in evil fate, on a path most astray.
25:35 And indeed, (before this,) We sent Musa (Moses) the Scripture (Torah), and appointed his brother Haroon (Aaron) with him as minister:
25:36 And We commanded: "Both of you, go to the people who have rejected Our Signs (verses):" And those (people) We destroyed with total ruin.
25:37 And the people of Nuh (Noah)— When they rejected the messengers, We drowned them, and We made them like a Sign for (all) mankind: And We have prepared a (most) painful penalty for (all) wrongdoers—
25:38 And like (the people of) ‘Ad and Samood (Thamud), and the companions of the Rass, and many a generation between them.
25:39 And for each one (of the peoples) We set forth parables and examples; And each one We broke to total ruin (for their sins).
25:40 And truly, the (disbelievers) must have passed by the town on which was rained by a shower of evil: Then did they not see it (with their own eyes)? But they fear not the Resurrection.
25:41 And when they see you, they treat you no other way than in joke: "Is this the one whom Allah has sent as a messenger?
25:42 "Truly, he would have almost misled us from our gods, if we were not unchanging towards them!"— Soon will they know, when they see the penalty, who it is that is most misled from the (true) path!
25:43 Do you see the one who takes for his god his own desire (or impulse)? Could you be a guardian of affairs for him?
25:44 Or do you think that most of them listen or understand? They are only like cattle— No! They are worse astray in path.
25:45 Have you not turned your sight (and thoughts) towards your Lord? How He pulls the shadow (longer during the evenings and mornings)! If He willed, He could make it fixed! Then We make the sun its guide (as it lengthens);
25:46 Then We draw it in towards Ourselves— A shortening by easy stages (during the night and noon).
25:47 And it is He Who makes the night as a (long) cover for you, and sleep as rest, and makes the day (like) a resurrection.
25:48 And it is He Who sends the winds as messages of glad news (and tidings), that go before His Mercy (of the rain), and We send down pure water from the sky—
25:49 So that We may give life with it to the land that is dead, and quench the thirst of things We have created— Cattle and men in large numbers.
25:50 And indeed, We have distributed the (water) among them, in order that they may recite (Our) praises, but most men are ungrateful and denying.
25:51 And if it was Our Will, We could have sent a warner to every town.
25:52 Therefore do not obey the disbelievers, but work hard against them with the greatest strength, (with the Quran by your side).
25:53 And it is He Who has released the two parts of flowing water; One (that is) drinkable and sweet, and the other (that is) salty and bitter; And He has set a barrier between them, a boundary forbidden to be crossed (by the waters).
25:54 And it is He Who has made man from water: Then He has set up relationships of family and marriage: And your Lord is ever All Powerful (Khadir, over all things).
25:55 And still, do they worship things besides Allah that can neither profit them nor harm them? And the disbeliever is a helper (of Evil), against his own Lord!
25:56 And We only sent you (O Prophet), to give glad tidings and warning.
25:57 Say: "I do not ask any reward from you for it except this: That each one who will (wish to do so), may take a (straight) Path to his Lord."
25:58 And (you, O Muhammad!) put your trust in Him Who lives but does not die; And recite His Praise, and He is All Aware (Khabir) of the faults of His servants—
25:59 He Who created in six Days, the heavens and the earth and all in between, and rose over (Istawa) on the Throne (of Authority); (Allah,) the Most Gracious (Ar-Rahman)! Then ask Him as the All Aware and informed (Khabir, about all things).
25:60 And when it is said to them, "You adore (Allah) the Most Gracious (Ar-Rahman)!" They say, "And what is (Allah), the Most Gracious? Shall we adore that which you order us?” And it increases their flight (from the truth).
25:61 He is the blessed (One) Who made groups of stars in the skies, and placed a Lamp in there and a Moon giving light;
25:62 And it is He Who made the night and the day to come after each other: For such as (those who) have the will to celebrate His Praise or to show their gratitude (to Allah).
25:63 And the servants of (Allah), the Most Gracious (Ar-Rahman) are those who walk on the earth with humility, and when those who do not know talk to them, they (the servants, gently) say: "Peace!"
25:64 Those who spend the night in the devotion to their Lord (either) prostrate and standing;
25:65 And those who say: "Our Lord! Take away from us the torture of Hell, verily, its torture is an eternal severely painful (and a fierce) punishment—
25:66 "Evil indeed, is it as a home, and as a place to rest in;"
25:67 And those who, when they spend are not wasteful and not miserly, but hold a fair (balance) between those (limits);
25:68 And those who do not call, with Allah, any other god, and do not kill the life which Allah has made sacred, except for honest cause, and do not commit adultery— And any who does this (the evil acts) shall get the penalty
25:69 (And even) the penalty on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to him, and he will live in there with dishonor.—
25:70 Unless he repents, believes, and does rightful acts, because Allah will change the evil of such persons into good deeds, and Allah is Often Forgiving (Ghafoor), Most Merciful (Raheem).
25:71 And whoever repents and does good has truly turned to Allah with a (true) change (towards righteousness)—
25:72 Those who do not testify to lies, and if they come by useless (things), they avoid it with honor;
25:73 And those who, when they are warned by the Signs of their Lord, do not sink down (low) at them as if they were deaf or blind;
25:74 And those who pray, "Our Lord! Give to us wives and children who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous."
25:75 Those are the ones who will be rewarded with the highest place (in Paradise), because of their patient constancy: Therein they will be met with welcome and with words of peace and respect,
25:76 Living in there— How beautiful a home and place of rest!
25:77 Say (to the disbelievers): “My Lord does not care for you if you do not pray to Him: But you have in fact rejected (Him), and soon will come the inescapable (punishment)!”


   


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