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Fussilat (Explained in Detail, Revelations Well Expounded)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley

Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah Explained in Detail, Revelations Well Expounded(Fussilat)
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41:1 Ha Mim.
41:2 A revelation from the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful.
41:3 A Book whose verses have been demarcated for people who know as an Arabic Qur´an,
41:4 bringing good news and giving warning; but most of them have turned away and do not hear.
41:5 They say, ´Our hearts are covered up against what you call us to and there is a heaviness in our ears. There is a screen between us and you. So act — we are certainly acting.´
41:6 Say: ´I am only a human being like yourselves. It is revealed to me that your god is One God. So be straight with Him and ask His forgiveness.´ Woe to those who associate others with Him:
41:7 those who do not pay zakat and reject the Next World.
41:8 Those who have iman and do right actions will have a wage which never fails.
41:9 Say: ´Do you reject Him who created the earth in two days, and make others equal to Him? That is the Lord of all the worlds.´
41:10 He placed firmly embedded mountains on it, towering over it, and blessed it and measured out its nourishment in it, laid out for those who seek it — all in four days.
41:11 Then He turned to heaven when it was smoke and said to it and to the earth, ´Come willingly or unwillingly.´ They both said, ´We come willingly.´
41:12 In two days He determined them as seven heavens and revealed, in every heaven, its own mandate. We adorned the lowest heaven with lamps and guarded it. That is the decree of the Almighty, the All-Knowing.
41:13 If they turn away, then say, ´I warn you of a lightning-bolt like the lightning-bolt of ´Ad and of Thamud.´
41:14 When the Messengers came to them from in front and from behind, saying, ´Do not worship anyone but Allah.´ they said, ´If our Lord had willed, He could have sent angels down, so we reject the Message you have been sent with.´
41:15 ´Ad were arrogant in the land, without any right, saying, ´Who has greater strength than us?´ Did they not see that Allah, who created them, had greater strength than them? But they renounced Our Signs.
41:16 So We sent a howling wind against them on disastrous ill-fated days to make them taste the punishment of degradation in this world. And the punishment of the Next World is even more degrading. And they will not be helped.
41:17 As for Thamud, We guided them, but they preferred blindness to guidance. So the lightning-bolt of the punishment of humiliation seized them on account of what they earned.
41:18 And We rescued those who had iman and taqwa.
41:19 On the Day We crowd the enemies of Allah into the Fire and they are driven in close-packed ranks,
41:20 when they reach it, their hearing, sight and skin will testify against them concerning what they did.
41:21 They will ask their skins, ´Why did you testify against us?´ and they will reply, ´Allah gave us speech as He has given speech to everything. He created you in the first place and you will be returned to Him.
41:22 You did not think to shield yourselves from your hearing, sight and skin testifying against you and you thought that Allah would never know much of what you did.
41:23 It is that thought you had about your Lord that has destroyed you so now you find yourselves among the lost.´
41:24 If they are steadfast, the Fire will still be their residence! If they ask for favour, no favour will be given.
41:25 We have assigned close comrades to them who have made what is before them and behind them seem good to them. And the statement about the nations, both of jinn and men, who passed away before them has proved true of them as well. Certainly they were lost.
41:26 Those who are kafir say, ´Do not listen to this Qur´an. Drown it out so that hopefully you will gain the upper hand.´
41:27 We will make those who are kafir suffer a severe punishment and repay them for the worst of what they did.
41:28 That is the repayment of the enemies of Allah — the Fire. They will have it for their Eternal Home as repayment for their renunciation of Our Signs.
41:29 Those who are kafir say, ´Our Lord, show us those jinn and men who misguided us and we will place them beneath our feet so that they will be among the lowest of the low.´
41:30 The angels descend on those who say, ´Our Lord is Allah,´ and then go straight: ´Do not fear and do not grieve but rejoice in the Garden you have been promised.
41:31 We are your protectors in the life of this world and the Next World. You will have there all that your selves could wish for. You will have there everything you demand.
41:32 Hospitality from One who is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.´
41:33 Who could say anything better than someone who summons to Allah and acts rightly and says, ´I am one of the Muslims´?
41:34 A good action and a bad action are not the same. Repel the bad with something better and, if there is enmity between you and someone else, he will be like a bosom friend.
41:35 None will obtain it but those who are truly steadfast. None will obtain it but those who have great good fortune.
41:36 If an evil urge from Shaytan eggs you on, seek refuge in Allah. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
41:37 Among His Signs are the night and day and the sun and moon. Do not prostrate to the sun nor to the moon. Prostrate to Allah who created them, if you worship Him.
41:38 If they grow arrogant, those who are with your Lord glorify Him night and day and never grow tired.
41:39 Among His Signs is that you see the earth laid bare and then when We send down water on it it quivers and swells. He who gives it life is He who gives life to the dead. Certainly He has power over all things.
41:40 Those who adulterate Our Signs are not concealed from Us. Who is better — someone who will be thrown into the fire or someone who will arrive in safety on the Day of Rising? Do what you like. He sees whatever you do.
41:41 Those who reject the Remembrance when it comes to them — truly it is a Mighty Book;
41:42 falsehood cannot reach it from before it or behind it — it is a revelation from One who is All-Wise, Praiseworthy.
41:43 Nothing has been said to you that was not said to the Messengers before you. Your Lord is the Possessor of forgiveness but also of painful retribution.
41:44 If We had made it a Qur´an in a foreign tongue they would have said, ´Why have its Signs not been made plain? What! A foreign language for an Arab?´ Say: ´It is guidance and healing for people who have iman. Those who do not have iman have heaviness in their ears and for them it is blindness. Such people are being called from a very distant place.´
41:45 We gave Musa the Book but there was disagreement about it. And had it not been for a prior Word from your Lord, the judgement between them would already have been made. They are indeed in grave doubt about it.
41:46 Whoever acts rightly, it is to his own good. Whoever does evil, it is to his detriment. Your Lord does not wrong His slaves.
41:47 Knowledge of the Hour is referred to Him. And no fruit emerges from its husk, nor does any female get pregnant or give birth, without His knowledge. On the Day He calls out to them: ´Where are My associates?´ they will say, ´We declare to you that none of us is a witness.´
41:48 What they called upon before will have forsaken them and they will realise they have no way of escape.
41:49 Man never tires of praying for the good and if evil touches him, he despairs and loses hope.
41:50 But if We let him taste mercy from Us after he has suffered hardship, then he says, ´This is my due. I do not think that the Hour is going to come. And if am returned to my Lord, I will definitely find the best reward with Him.´ But We will inform those who are kafir of what they did and make them suffer a ruthless punishment.
41:51 When We grant blessing to a man, he turns away and draws aside but when any evil touches him, he is full of endless prayers!
41:52 Say: ´What do you think? If it is from Allah and you reject it, who could be more misguided than someone entrenched in hostility to it?´
41:53 We will show them Our Signs on the horizon and within themselves until it is clear to them that it is the truth. Is it not enough for your Lord that He is a witness of everything?
41:54 What! Are they in doubt about the meeting with their Lord? What! Does He not encompass all things?


   


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