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ar-Rum (The Romans, The Byzantines)
as rendered by Safi Kaskas

Safi Kaskas rendition of Surah The Romans, The Byzantines(ar-Rum)
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30:1 Alif Lam Meem, (: )
30:2 the Byzantines have been defeated (: )
30:3 in a nearby land, but, after their defeat, they will be victorious (: )
30:4 within a few years. To God belongs the decision, from beginning to end. On that day [of victory] the Believers will rejoice (: )
30:5 in God's victory. He gives victory to whoever He wills; He is the Almighty, the Merciful-to-all. (: )
30:6 This is God's promise, and God never breaks His promise, but most people do not know. (: )
30:7 They only know the outward aspect of this worldly life, but they are unaware of the Hereafter. (: )
30:8 Have they not considered in their own minds that God created the heavens, and the earth, and everything between them in Truth and for an appointed time? Yet many people deny that they will meet their Lord. (: )
30:9 Have they not traveled through the land and seen the final fate of those before them? They were greater in power than they are, cultivated the land, and built it up more than these have, and their messengers came to them with clear evidence. God would never have wronged them, but they did themselves wrong. (: )
30:10 The final fate of those who did evil was the worst, then, because they denied and ridiculed the signs of God. (: )
30:11 God brings creation into being; then, He reproduces it; then you will be returned to Him. (: )
30:12 On the day the hour comes, those, who force others to reject God's messages will be in despair. (: )
30:13 None of the partners they ascribed to God will intercede for them, so they will deny their partners (: )
30:14 On the Day the Hour comes-on that Day, they will be sorted out. (: )
30:15 Those who believed and did good deeds, they will be jubilant in a [lovely] meadow. (: )
30:16 While those who denied the truth and denied Our signs and the meeting of the Hereafter, they will be delivered into everlasting punishment. (: )
30:17 So celebrate God's glory in the evening and in the morning, (: )
30:18 for to Him alone is praise due throughout the heavens and the earth, at night and at noon. (: )
30:19 He brings forth the living from the dead, and brings forth the dead from the living. He brings life to the earth after it has been dead. And you will be brought forth in the same way. (: )
30:20 Among His signs is that He created you from dust, and you became human beings, spread far and wide. (: )
30:21 And among His signs is that He created spouses for you from among yourselves, so that you may find peace with them, and He has placed affection and mercy between you. In this there are signs for people who think.
30:22 And among His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your languages and your colors. These are signs for those who know.
30:23 And among His signs is your [ability to] sleep by night and day, and to seek His bounties. These are signs for people who listen.
30:24 And among His signs is [that] He shows you the lightening, [causing] fear and hope, and He sends down rain from the sky to revive the earth to life after it had been dead. These are signs for people who understand.
30:25 And among His signs is that the heaven and the earth are sustained by His command. Then when He calls you forth from the earth, you will emerge immediately.
30:26 To Him belongs whoever is in the heavens and earth; all are submissive to Him.
30:27 It is He who brings forth creation, then He reproduces it, and that is easy for Him, for He is above all comparisons in the heavens and earth. He is the Almighty, The Wise.
30:28 God gives you an example based on your lives: Do you make those whom your right hands held in trust your full partners with the wealth We have provided you, so that all of you own it equally? And do you fear [to use it without consulting] them, just as you might fear your equals? [No.] This is how We explain the verses for people who can understand,
30:29 but those who persist on being evildoers follow their [own] whims and desires without knowledge. Who can guide those whom God allows to stray? They will have no helpers.
30:30 So stand firm in your devotion to the faith, inclining to truth, [according to] the innate nature God has instilled in [all] people. There is no changing God's creation. This is the correct religion, but most people do not know it,
30:31 turning to Him, being ever mindful of Him, performing prayer, and neither be from those who associate others with God,
30:32 [Or] of those who have split up their faith and divided into sects, every faction rejoicing in what it has.
30:33 When harm touches people, they call on their Lord, turning to Him for help. Then right after He gives them a taste of His mercy, some of them associate others with their Lord,
30:34 [as if] to show their ingratitude for all that We have granted them. Enjoy your [brief] life, then, for you will soon know.
30:35 Have We sent down to them an authority, that sanctions the partners they were associating with Him?
30:36 When We give people a taste of mercy, they rejoice, but if something bad happens to them because of their own misdeeds, they immediately lose all hope.
30:37 Do they not see that God gives much to anyone He wills or restricts it? In that are signs for people who believe.
30:38 So give relatives their due, as well as the needy and the traveler. That is best for those who seek the pleasure of God; It is they who will prosper.
30:39 And [remember]: what you lend in usury aiming to increase it from people's wealth will not increase in God's sight, but what you give in purifying alms, seeking God's approval, will multiply its rewards.
30:40 It is God who created you, then provided for you, who will cause you to die and then will give you life again. Can any of your "partners" do any of those things? May He be exalted in His glory and high above anything they associate with Him.
30:41 Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea as a result of people's actions, so He will make them taste [the consequences of] some of their actions, so that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].
30:42 Say, "Travel through the land and observe the final fate of those who came before; most of them were idolaters.
30:43 So stand firm in your devotion to the upright religion, before a Day comes from God that no one can stop. On that Day, they will be broken.
30:44 Whoever denies the truth, his denial is against him; And whoever does good deeds, they are preparing the way for themselves,
30:45 so, that He may reward, out of His bounty, those who have believed and done good deeds. He truly does not like the unbelievers.
30:46 And of His signs is that He sends the winds bearing good news, to give you a taste of His mercy, and set ships to sail at His command, to enable you to seek His favor and, perhaps be thankful.
30:47 We have already sent messengers to the people who came before you, and they came to them with clear evidence. Then, We imposed retribution on those who severed relations with Us, for We have taken it upon Ourselves to help the believers.
30:48 It is God who sends the winds to raise the clouds. Then, He spreads them about the sky however He wills, and He makes them break up so you see the rain fall through them; and when He causes rain to fall on whomever of His worshipers He wills, they rejoice
30:49 even though, before it was sent down upon them they were in despair.
30:50 So observe the effects of the God's mercy, how He gives life to the earth after it had been dead. He is the One who brings the dead to life; He has power over all things.
30:51 But if We should [then] send a [bad] wind and they see [their crops turn] yellow, they would continue to deny the truth.
30:52 Truly, you cannot make the dead hear, nor can you make the deaf hear the call when they turn their backs and go away,
30:53 and you cannot guide the blind [of heart] away from their misguidance. You can make none hear you except those who believe in Our messages and thus submit themselves to us.
30:54 It is God who creates you weak, then gives you strength, then after [a period of] strength, he ordains weakness and white hair. He creates what He wills. He is the All-knowing, the All-Powerful.
30:55 On the Day the Hour comes, those who forced others to reject God's messages will swear they had idled [on earth] for only an hour, for they had always deluded themselves,
30:56 but those who were given knowledge and faith will say, "You idled according to God's decree until the Day of Resurrection, and this is the Day of Resurrection, but you were determined not to know it."
30:57 On that Day, the excuses of those who wronged [themselves] will not benefit them, nor will they be allowed to make amends.
30:58 We have certainly presented to humanity all kind of parables in this Qur'an. Yet, if you [Prophet] should bring them a sign, the unbelievers will say, "You are all full of falsehood."
30:59 This is how God seals the hearts of those who do not know.
30:60 Be patient. God's promise is Truth, and do not let those who lack certainty dishearten you.


   


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