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Fussilat (Explained in Detail, Revelations Well Expounded)
as rendered by N J Dawood (draft)

N J Dawood (draft) rendition of Surah Explained in Detail, Revelations Well Expounded(Fussilat)
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41:1 Ha. Mim.
41:2 Revealed by the Compassionate, the Merciful:
41:3 a Book of revelations well expounded, an Arabic Koran for men of knowledge.
41:4 It proclaims good news and a warning: yet most men turn their backs and pay no heed.
41:5 They say: 'Our hearts are proof against the faith to which you call us. Our ears are stopped, and a thick veil stands between us. Do as you think fit, and so will we.'
41:6 Say: 'I am but a mortal like yourselves. It is revealed to me that your God is one God. Therefore take the straight path to Him and implore His forgiveness. Woe betide those who serve other gods besides Him;
41:7 who give no alms and disbelieve in the life to come.
41:8 As for those who have faith and do good works, an endless recompense awaits them.'
41:9 Say: 'Do you indeed disbelieve in Him who created the earth in two days? And do you make other gods His equals? The Lord of the Worlds is He.'
41:10 He set upon the earth mountains towering high above it. He pronounced His blessing upon it, and in four days provided it with sustenance for all alike.
41:11 Then, turning to the sky, which was but a cloud of vapour, He said to it and to the earth: 'Come forward both, willingly or perforce.'
41:12 We will come willingly,' they answered. In two days He formed the sky into seven heavens, and to each heaven He assigned its task. We decked the lowest heaven with brilliant stars and guardian comets. Such is the design of the Mighty One, the All–knowing.
41:13 If they pay no heed, say: 'I have given you warning of a thunderbolt, like the thunderbolt which struck 'Ad and Thamud.
41:14 When their apostles came to them from before them and from behind them, saying: "Serve none but God," they answered: "Had it been our Lord's will He would have sent down angels. We will never believe in your message.
41:15 As for 'Ad, they conducted themselves with arrogance and injustice in the land. 'Who is mightier than we?' they used to say. Could they not see that God, who had created them, was mightier than they? Yet they denied Our revelations.
41:16 So, over a few ill–omened days We let loose on them a howling gale, to make them taste a shameful scourge in this nether life; but more shameful still will be the scourge of the life to come. They shall have none to help them.
41:17 As for Thamud, We offered them Our guidance, but they preferred blindness to guidance. Therefore the thunderbolt of a humiliating scourge struck them for their misdeeds;
41:18 and We delivered those who believed and those who feared God.
41:19 Forewarn them of the day when the enemies of God will be brought together and led into the Fire,
41:20 so that when they enter it, their ears, their eyes, and their very skins will testify to their misdeeds.
41:21 Why did you speak against us?' they will say to their skins, and their skins will reply: 'God, who gives speech to all things, has made us speak. It was He who in the beginning created you, and to Him shall you be recalled.
41:22 You did not hide yourselves, so that your ears and eyes and skins could not be made to testify against you. Yet you thought that God did not know much of what you did.
41:23 It was the thoughts you entertained about your Lord that ruined you, so that you are now among the lost.'
41:24 If they resign themselves, the Fire shall be their home: and if they sue for pardon, their suit shall not be granted.
41:25 We have assigned to them companions who make their past and present seem fair and right to them. Well have they deserved the fate of bygone nations of jinn and men. They shall assuredly be lost.
41:26 The unbelievers say: 'Pay no heed to this Koran. Cut short its recital with booing and laughter, so that you may gain the upper hand.'
41:27 We will sternly punish the unbelievers, and pay them back for the worst of their misdeeds.
41:28 Thus shall the enemies of God be recompensed. The Fire shall for ever be their home, because they have denied Our revelations.
41:29 The unbelievers will say: 'Lord, show us the jinn and men who led us astray. We will trample them under our feet and bring them low.'
41:30 As for those who say: 'Our Lord is God,' and take the straight path to Him, the angels will descend to them, saying: 'Have no fear, and do not grieve. Rejoice in the Paradise you have been promised.
41:31 We are your guardians in this world and in the world to come. There you shall find all that your souls desire and all that you can ask for:
41:32 a rich provision from a forgiving and a merciful God.'
41:33 And who speaks better than he who calls men to the service of God, does what is right, and says: 'I am a Muslim'?
41:34 Good deeds and evil deeds are not equal. Requite evil with good, and he who is your enemy will become your dearest friend.
41:35 But none will attain this attribute save those who patiently endure; none will attain it save those who are truly fortunate.
41:36 If Satan tempts you, seek refuge in God. It is God who hears all and knows all.
41:37 Among His signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. But do not prostrate yourselves before the sun or the moon; rather prostrate yourselves before God, who created them both, if you would truly serve Him.
41:38 If they disdain His service, let them remember that those who dwell with God give glory to Him night and day and are never wearied.
41:39 And among His signs is the resurrection of the earth. You see it dry and barren: but when We send down the rain upon it, it stirs and swells. He that gives it life will surely raise the dead to life. He has power over all things.
41:40 Those that deny Our revelations are not hidden from Our view. Is he who is cast into the Fire better off than he who emerges safe on the Day of Resurrection? Do as you will, He is watching all your actions.
41:41 Those who deny the Admonition when it is preached to them [shall be sternly punished]. It is a mighty scripture.
41:42 Falsehood cannot reach it from before or from behind. It is a revelation from a wise and glorious God.
41:43 Nothing is said to you that has not been said to other apostles before you. Your Lord is forgiving, but stern in retribution.
41:44 Had We revealed the Koran in a Persian tongue they would have said: 'If only its verses were expounded! Why in a Persian tongue, and he an Arabian?'Say: 'To true believers it is a guide and a healing balm. But those who deny it are deaf and blind. They are like men who are called to from a far–off place.'
41:45 We gave the Torah to Moses, but contentions arose about it. And but for a word from your Lord, long since decreed, their differences would have been justly settled, grave though their doubts were about it.
41:46 He that does good does it for his own soul; and he that commits evil does so at his own peril. Your Lord is never unjust to His servants.
41:47 He alone has knowledge of the Hour of Doom. No fruit is borne, no female conceives or gives birth, but with His knowledge. On a certain day He will call mankind to Him and say: 'Where are those fellow–gods of Mine?' 'We confess,' they will reply, 'that none of us can vouch for them.'
41:48 The idols to which they once prayed will vanish from them, and they shall learn there is no escape.
41:49 Man never wearies of praying for good things. But when evil befalls him he loses hope and grows despondent.
41:50 And if after affliction We vouchsafe him a favour from Ourself, he is sure to say: 'This is my own. I do not think the Hour of Doom will ever come. And even if I do return to my Lord, He will surely reward me well.' We shall tell the unbelievers what they did, and We will surely visit upon them a grievous scourge.
41:51 When We show favour to man, he turns his back and holds aloof; but when evil befalls him he is loud in prayer.
41:52 Say: 'Do but consider: if this Koran is indeed from God and you deny it, who can err more than the man who openly defies Him?'
41:53 We will show them Our signs in all the regions of the earth and in their own souls, until they clearly see that this is the truth. Does it not suffice that your Lord is the witness of all things?
41:54 Yet they still doubt that they will ever meet their Lord. Surely He encompasses all things.


   


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