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Luqman (Luqman, Lukman)
as rendered by N J Dawood (draft)

N J Dawood (draft) rendition of Surah Luqman, Lukman(Luqman)
31:1 31:1 Alif. Lam. Mim.
31:2 These are the revelations of the Wise Book,
31:3 a guide and a blessing to the righteous,
31:4 who attend to their prayers, render the alms levy, and firmly believe in the life to come.
31:5 These are rightly guided by their Lord, and will surely prosper.
31:6 Some there are who would indulge in frivolous talk, so that they may without knowledge lead men away from the path of God and hold it up to ridicule. For these there shall be shameful punishment.
31:7 When Our revelations are recited to them, they turn their backs in scorn, as though they never heard them: as though their ears were sealed. To these proclaim a woeful punishment.
31:8 But those that have faith and do good works shall enter the gardens of delight,
31:9 where they shall dwell for ever. God's promise shall be fulfilled: He is the Mighty, the Wise One.
31:10 He raised the heavens without visible pillars, and set firm mountains on the earth lest it should shake with you. He dispersed upon it all manner of beasts; and We sent down water from the sky with which We caused all kinds of goodly plants to grow.
31:11 Such is God's Creation: now show Me what your other gods created. Surely the unbelievers are in evident error.
31:12 We bestowed wisdom on Luqmin, saying: 'Give thanks to God. He that gives thanks has much to gain, but if anyone denies His favours, God is self–sufficient and glorious.'
31:13 Luqman admonished his son, saying: 'Serve no other deity besides God, for idolatry is an abominable sin.'
31:14 (We enjoined man to show kindness to his parents, for with much pain his mother bears him, and he is not weaned before he is two years of age. We said: 'Give thanks to Me and to your parents. To Me shall all return.
31:15 But if they press you to serve besides Me deities you know nothing of, do not obey them. Be kind to them in this world, and follow the path of those who turn to Me. To Me shall you return, and I will declare to you all that you have done.')
31:16 'My son, God will bring all things to light, be they as small as a grain of mustard seed, be they hidden inside a rock or in the heavens or the earth. Gracious is God and all–knowing.
31:17 'My son, be steadfast in prayer, enjoin justice, and forbid evil. Endure with fortitude whatever befalls you. That is a duty incumbent on all.
31:18 'Do not treat men with scorn, nor walk proudly on the earth: God does not love the arrogant and the vainglorious.
31:19 Rather let your stride be modest and your voice low: the most hideous of voices is the braying of the ass.'
31:20 Do you not see how God has subjected to you all that the heavens and the earth contain, and lavished on you both His visible and unseen favours? Yet some still argue about God, without knowledge or guidance or illuminating scriptures.
31:21 When they are told: 'Follow what God has revealed,' they reply: 'We will follow the faith of our fathers.' Yes, even though Satan invites them to the scourge of the Fire.
31:22 He that surrenders himself to God and leads a righteous life stands on the firmest ground. To God shall all things return.
31:23 As for those that disbelieve, let not their unbelief grieve you. To Us shall they return and We will declare to them all that they have done. God has knowledge of their innermost thoughts.
31:24 We suffer them to take their ease awhile, and will then subject them to a grevous scourge.
31:25 If you ask them: 'Who has created the heavens and the earth?' they will surely reply: 'God.' Say: 'Praise, then, be to God!' But most of them have no knowledge.
31:26 His is what the heavens and the earth contain. God alone is self–sufficient and worthy of praise.
31:27 If all the trees of the earth were pens, and the sea, replenished by seven more seas, were ink, the words of God could not be finished still. Mighty is God, and wise.
31:28 You were created but as one soul, and as one soul you shall be raised to life. God hears all and observes all.
31:29 Do you not see how God causes the night to pass into the day and the day to pass into the night? He has pressed the sun and the moon into His service, each running for an appointed term.
31:30 God is cognizant of all your actions. Because God is the Truth, and false are the idols they invoke besides Him. Surely God is the Most High, the Supreme One.
31:31 Do you not see how the ships speed upon the ocean by God's grace, so that He may reveal to you His wonders? Surely there are signs in this for every steadfast, thankful man.
31:32 When the waves, like giant shadows, envelop them, they pray to God with all devotion. But no sooner does He bring them safe to land than some of them falter between faith and unbelief. None will deny Our revelations except the treacherous and the ungrateful.
31:33 You people! Fear your Lord, and fear the day when no parent shall avail his child nor any child his parent. God's promise is surely true. Let the life of this world never deceive you, nor let the Dissembler trick you about God.
31:34 God alone has knowledge of the Hour of Doom. He sends down the abundant rain and knows what every womb contains. No mortal knows what he will earn tomorrow; no mortal knows where he will breathe his last. God alone is omniscient and takes cognizance of all things.


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