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ar-Rum (The Romans, The Byzantines)
as rendered by Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar

Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar rendition of Surah The Romans, The Byzantines(ar-Rum)
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30:1 Alif L[m M\m.
30:2 The Romans were vanquished
30:3 in the closer region, and they, after being vanquished, will prevail
30:4 within a certain number of years. To God belongs the command before and after. And that Day ones who believe will be glad
30:5 with the help of God. He helps whom He wills. And He is The Almighty, The Compassionate.
30:6 It is the promise of God. God breaks not His Promise, but most of humanity knows not.
30:7 They know only that which is manifest in this present life. And of the world to come, they are ones who are heedless.
30:8 Or if they reflect not in themselves, God created not the heavens and the earth and whatever is between the two but with The Truth and for a term that is determined. And, truly, most of humanity, in the meeting with their Lord, are, certainly, ones who disbelieve.
30:9 Or journey they not through the earth and look on how had been the Ultimate End of those who were before them? They had been superior to them in strength. And they plowed the earth and frequented it more than they frequented it. And drew near them their Messengers with the clear portents. Then, it had not been God doing wrong to them, but they had been doing wrong to themselves.
30:10 Again, the Ultimate End had been misdeeds for those who did evil, because they denied the signs of God and had been ridiculing them.
30:11 God begins the creation. Again, He causes it to return. Again, you will be returned to Him.
30:12 And on a Day when the Hour will be secure, the ones who sin will be seized with despair.
30:13 And for them among their ascribed associates will not be intercessors and their ascribed associates with God will be ones who disavow them.
30:14 And on a Day when the Hour will be secure, that Day they will be split up.
30:15 Then, as for those who believed and did as the ones in accord with morality, they will be walking with joy in a well-watered meadow.
30:16 And as for those who are ungrateful and denied Our signs and the meeting of the world to come, those are ones who are charged with the punishment.
30:17 So glory be to God at the time of the evening hour and at the time when it comes to be the morning!
30:18 To Him be The Praise in the heavens and the earth and in the evening and at the time of noon.
30:19 He brings out the living from the dead. And He brings out the dead from the living. And He gives life to the earth after its death. And, thus, you will be brought out.
30:20 And among His signs are that He created you from earth dust, when, again, you were mortals dispersed.
30:21 And among His signs are that He created for you spouses from among yourselves, that you rest in them. And He made affection and mercy among you. Truly, in that are certainly signs for a folk who reflect.
30:22 And among His signs are the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alteration of your languages and hues. Truly, in that are certainly signs for ones who know.
30:23 And among His signs are your slumbering by nighttime and by daytime and your looking for His grace. Truly, in that are, certainly, signs for a folk who hear.
30:24 And among His signs are that He causes you to see the lightning in fear and in hope. And He sends water down from heaven and gives life by it to the earth after its death. Truly, in that are, certainly, signs for a folk who are reasonable.
30:25 And among His signs are that the heaven and the earth are secured for you by His command. When He will call you by a call again from the earth, that is when you will go forth!
30:26 And to Him belongs whoever is in the heavens and the earth. All are ones who are morally obligated to Him.
30:27 And He it is Who begins the creation. Again, He causes it to return and this is insignificant for Him. And His is the Lofty Parable in the heavens and the earth. And He is The Almighty, The Wise.
30:28 He propounds a parable for you from yourselves. Have you—among those whom your right hands possessed—ascribed associates in what We provided you so that you share as equals and you fear them like your awe for each other? Thus, We explain distinctly the signs to a folk who are reasonable.
30:29 Nay! Those who did wrong followed their own desires without knowledge. Then, who will guide whom God caused to go astray? And they will not have ones who help.
30:30 So set thy face towards a way of life as a monotheist. It is the nature originated by God in which He originated humanity. There is no substitution for the creation of God. That is the truth-loving way of life, but most of humanity knows not.
30:31 Be ones who turn in repentance to Him and be Godfearing and perform the formal prayer and be not among the ones who are polytheists
30:32 or of those who separated and divided their way of life and had been partisans, each party is glad with what they have.
30:33 And when harm afflicted humanity, they call to their Lord as ones who turn in repentance to Him. When He caused them, again, to experience His mercy, that is when a group of people among them ascribe partners with their Lord,
30:34 for they are ungrateful for what We gave them. Then, take joy; you will know.
30:35 Or caused We to descend to them an authority that it assert what they had been ascribing as partners with Him?
30:36 And when We caused humanity to experience mercy, they were glad of it. But when an evil deed lights on them because of what their hands put forward, that is when they are in despair.
30:37 Consider they that God extends the provision for whom He wills and confines it for whom He wills? Truly, in that are signs for a folk who believe.
30:38 So give to possessors of kinship rightfully and to the needy and to the traveler of the way. That is better for those who want the Countenance of God. And those, they are the ones who prosper.
30:39 And what you gave in usury in order that it swell the wealth of humanity swells not with God. And what you gave in purifying alms, wanting the Countenance of God, then, those, they are the ones who will receive manifold.
30:40 God is He Who created you. Again, He provided for you and, again, He will cause you to die. Again, He will give you life. Is there among your ascribed associates with Him who accomplish anything of that? Glory be to Him! Exalted is He above partners they ascribe!
30:41 Corruption was manifested on the dry land and the sea because of what the hands of humanity earned. He causes them to experience some of what they did, so that perhaps they will return repentant.
30:42 Say: Journey through the earth; then, look on how had been the Ultimate End of those who were before. Most of them had been ones who are polytheists.
30:43 So set thy face to the truth-loving way of life before that Day approaches from God and there is no turning back. They will be split up on that Day.
30:44 Whoever was ungrateful, his ingratitude is on him. Whoever did as one in accord with morality will be arranging provision for themselves.
30:45 And He gives recompense to those who believed and did as the ones in accord with morality from His grace. Truly, He loves not the ones who are ungrateful.
30:46 Among His signs are that He sends the winds as ones that give good tidings and causes you to experience His mercy and so that the boats run at His command and that you be looking for His grace so that perhaps you will give thanks.
30:47 And, certainly, We sent Messengers before thee to their own folk. They drew near them with the clear portents. Then, We requited those who sinned. And it had been an obligation on Us to help ones who believe.
30:48 God is He Who sends the winds so they raise clouds. He extends them in the heaven how He wills and He makes them into pieces until thou hast seen rain drops go forth from their midst. That is when He lit it on whomever He wills of His servants. That is when they rejoice at the good tidings.
30:49 And, truly, they had been—even before it is sent down on them—before that, ones who are seized with despair.
30:50 Look on the effects of the mercy of God, how He gives life to the earth after its death! Truly, that! He is One Who Gives Life to the dead and He is Powerful over everything.
30:51 And if We sent a wind and they saw fields, ones that are yellowing, they would stay ungrateful after that.
30:52 Then, truly, thou wilt not cause the dead to hear nor wilt thou cause the unwilling to hear, to hear the calling to them when they turned as ones who draw back.
30:53 And thou art not one who guides the unwilling to see from their fallacy. Thou hast caused none to hear but those who believe in Our signs. And they are ones who submit to God.
30:54 God is He Who created you in your weakness. Again, after that weakness, He assigned strength; again, after that strength, He assigned weakness and grayness of hair. And He creates what He wills. And He is The Knowing, The Powerful.
30:55 And on a Day when the Hour is secured for you, the ones who sin will swear that they lingered in expectation not but an hour. Thus, they had been misled.
30:56 And said those who were given the knowledge and the belief: Certainly, you lingered in expectation by what is prescribed by God until the Day of the Upraising. This is the Day of Upraising, but you had not been knowing.
30:57 So on that Day will not profit them, those who did wrong, their excuses nor will they ask to be favored.
30:58 And, certainly, We propounded for humanity in this, the Quran, every kind of parable. But if thou wert to bring about any sign to them, certainly, they who were ungrateful would say: Truly, you are nothing but ones who deal in falsehood.
30:59 Thus, God sets a seal on the hearts of those who know not.
30:60 So have thou patience. Truly, the promise of God is True. And let them not irritate thee, those who are not certain in belief.


   


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