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al-Mu`minun (The Believers)
as rendered by Maulana Muhammad Ali
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Maulana Muhammad Ali rendition of Surah The Believers(al-Mu`minun)
23:1 Successful indeed are the believers
23:2 Who are humble in their prayers
23:3 And who shun what is vain
23:4 And who act for the sake of purity
23:5 And who restrain their sexual passions -
23:6 Except in the presence of their mates or those whom their right hands possess, for such surely are not blameable
23:7 But whoever seeks to go beyond that, such are transgressors -
23:8 And those who are keepers of their trusts and their covenant
23:9 And those who keep a guard on their prayers
23:10 These are the heirs
23:11 Who inherit Paradise. Therein they will abide
23:12 And certainly We create man of an extract of clay
23:13 Then We make him a small life-germ in a firm resting-place
23:14 Then We make the life-germ a clot, then We make the clot a lump of flesh, then We make (in) the lump of flesh bones, then We clothe the bones with flesh, then We cause it to grow into another creation. So blessed be Allah, the Best of creators
23:15 Then after that you certainly die
23:16 Then on the day of Resurrection you will surely be raised up
23:17 And indeed We have made above you seven ways -- and never are We heedless of creation
23:18 And We send down water from the cloud according to a measure, then We cause it to settle in the earth, and We are indeed able to carry it away
23:19 Then We cause to grow thereby gardens of palm-trees and grapes for you. You have therein many fruits and of them you eat
23:20 And a tree that grows out of Mount Sinai, which produces oil and relish for the eaters
23:21 And surely there is a lesson for you in the cattle. We make you to drink of what is in their bellies, and you have in them many advantages and of them you eat
23:22 And on them and on the ships you are borne
23:23 And certainly We sent Noah to his people, so he said: O my people, serve Allah, you have no God other than Him. Will you not guard against evil
23:24 But the chiefs of those who disbelieved from among his people said: He is nothing but a mortal like yourselves, who desires to have superiority over you. And if Allah had pleased, He could have sent down angels. We have not heard of this among our fathers of yore
23:25 He is only a madman, so bear with him for a time
23:26 He said: My Lord, help me against their calling me a liar
23:27 So We revealed to him: Make the ark under Our eyes and according to Our revelation; then when our command comes, and water gushes forth from the valley, take into it of every kind a pair, two, and thy people, except those among them again whom the word has gone forth, and speak not to Me in respect of those who are unjust; surely they will be drowned
23:28 Then when thou art firmly seated, thou and those with thee, in the ark, say: Praise be to Allah, Who delivered us from the unjust people
23:29 And say: My Lord, cause me to land a blessed landing and Thou art the Best of those who bring to land
23:30 Surely there are signs in this, and surely We are ever trying (men)
23:31 Then We raised after them another generation
23:32 So We sent among them a messenger from among them, saying: Serve Allah -- you have no God other than Him. Will you not guard against evil
23:33 And the chiefs of His people who disbelieved and called the meeting of the Hereafter a lie, and whom We had given plenty to enjoy in this world’s life, said: This is only a mortal like you, eating of that whereof you eat and drinking of what you drink
23:34 And if you obey a mortal like yourselves, then surely you are losers
23:35 Does he promise you that, when you are dead and become dust and bones, you will then be brought forth
23:36 Far, very far, is that which you are promised
23:37 There is naught but our life in this world: we die and we live and we shall not be raised again
23:38 He is naught but a man who has forged a lie against Allah, and we are not going to believe in him
23:39 He said: My Lord, help me against their calling me a liar
23:40 He said: In a little while they will certainly be repenting
23:41 So the punishment overtook them in justice, and We made them as rubbish; so away with the unjust people
23:42 Then We raised after them other generations
23:43 No people can hasten on their doom, nor can they postpone (it)
23:44 Then We sent Our messengers one after another. Whenever its messenger came to a people, they called him a liar, so We made them follow one another and We made them stories. So away with a people who believe not
23:45 Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron with Our messages and a clear authorit
23:46 To Pharaoh and his chiefs, but they behaved haughtily and they were an insolent people
23:47 So they said: Shall We believe in two mortals like ourselves while their people serve us
23:48 So they rejected them and became of those who were destroyed
23:49 And certainly We gave Moses the Book that they might go aright
23:50 And We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign, and We gave them refuge on a lofty ground having meadows and springs
23:51 O ye messengers, eat of the good things and do good. Surely I am Knower of what you do
23:52 And surely this your community is one community, and I am your Lord, so keep your duty to Me
23:53 But they became divided into sects, each party rejoicing in that which was with them
23:54 So leave them in their ignorance till a time
23:55 Think they that by the wealth and children wherewith We aid them
23:56 We are hastening to them of good things? Nay, they perceive not
23:57 Surely they who live in awe for fear of their Lord
23:58 And those who believe in the messages of their Lord
23:59 And those who associate naught with their Lord
23:60 And those who give what they give while their hearts are full of fear that to their Lord thy must return -
23:61 These hasten to good things and they are foremost in attaining them
23:62 And We lay not on any soul a burden except to the extent of its ability, and with Us is a book which speaks the truth, and they are not wronged
23:63 Nay, their hearts are in ignorance about it, and they have besides this other deeds which they do
23:64 Until, when We seize those who lead easy lives among them with chastisement, lo! they cry for succour
23:65 Cry not for succour this day. Surely you will not be helped by Us
23:66 My messages were indeed recited to you, but you used to turn back on your heel
23:67 Haughtily, passing nights in talking nonsense about it
23:68 Do they not then ponder the Word? Or has there come to them that which did not come to their fathers of old
23:69 Or do they not recognize their Messenger, that they deny him
23:70 Or say they: There is madness in him? Nay, he has brought them the Truth, and most of them hate the Truth
23:71 And if the Truth follow their desires, the heavens and the earth and all those who are therein would perish. Nay, We have brought them their reminder, but they turn away from their reminder
23:72 Or dost thou ask them a recompense? But the recompense of thy Lord is best, and He is the Best of providers
23:73 And surely thou callest them to a right way
23:74 And surely those who believe not in the Hereafter are deviating from the way
23:75 And if We show mercy to them and remove the distress they have, they would persist in their inordinacy, blindly wandering on
23:76 And already We seized them with chastisement, but they were not submissive to their Lord, nor did they humble themselves
23:77 Until, when We open for them a door of severe chastisement, lo! they are in despair at it
23:78 And He it is Who made for you the ears and the eyes and the hearts. Little it is that you give thanks
23:79 And He it is Who multiplied you in the earth, and to Him you will be gathered
23:80 And He it is Who gives life and causes death, and His is the alternation of the night and the day. Do you not then understand
23:81 Nay, they say the like of what the ancients said
23:82 They say: When we die and become dust and bones, shall we then be raised up
23:83 We are indeed promised this, and (so were) our fathers before. This is naught but stories of those of old
23:84 Say: Whose is the earth, and whoever is therein, if you know
23:85 They will say: Allah’s. Say: Will you not then mind
23:86 Say: Who is the Lord of the seven heavens and the Lord of the mighty Throne of power
23:87 They will say: (This is) Allah’s. Say: Will you not then guard against evil
23:88 Say: Who is it in Whose hand is the kingdom of all things and He protects, and none is protected against Him, if you know
23:89 They will say: (This is) Allah’s. Say: Whence are you then deceived
23:90 Nay, We have brought them the Truth and surely they are liars
23:91 Allah has not taken to Himself a son, nor is there with Him any (other) god -- in that case would each god have taken away what he created, and some of them would have overpowered others. Glory be to Allah above they describe -
23:92 The Knower of the unseen and the seen; so may He be exalted above what they associated (with Him)
23:93 Say: My Lord, if Thou show me that which they are promised -
23:94 My Lord, then place me not with the unjust people
23:95 And surely We are well Able to show thee what We promise them
23:96 Repel evil with that which is best. We know best what they describe
23:97 And say: My Lord, I seek refuge in Thee from the evil suggestions of the devils
23:98 And I seek refuge in Thee, my Lord, lest they come to me
23:99 Until when death overtakes one of them, he says: My Lord, send me back
23:100 That I may do good in that which I have left. By no means! It is but a word that he speaks. And before them is a barrier, until the day they are raised
23:101 So when the trumpet is blown, there will be no ties of relationship among them that day, nor will they ask of one another
23:102 Then those whose good deeds are heavy, those are the successful
23:103 And those whose good deeds are light, those are they who have lost their souls, abiding in hell
23:104 The Fire will scorch their faces, and they therein will be in severe affliction
23:105 Were not My messages recited to you, but you used to reject them
23:106 They will say: Our Lord, our adversity overcame us, and we were an erring people
23:107 Our Lord, take us out of it; then if we return (to evil), we shall be unjust
23:108 He will say: Begone therein, and speak not to Me
23:109 Surely there was a party of My servants who said: Our Lord, we believe, so forgive us and have mercy on us, and Thou are the Best of those who show mercy
23:110 But you ridiculed them, until they made you forget remembrance of Me, and you used to laugh at them
23:111 Surely I have rewarded them this day because they were patient, that they are the achievers
23:112 He will say: How many years did you tarry in the earth
23:113 They will say: We tarried a day or part of a day, but ask those who keep account
23:114 He will say: You tarried but a little -- if you only knew
23:115 Do you then think that We have created you in vain, and that you will not be returned to us
23:116 So exalted be Allah, the True King! No God is there but He, the Lord of the Throne of Grace
23:117 And whoever invokes, besides Allah, another god -- he has no proof of this -- his reckoning is only with his Lord. Surely the disbelievers will not be successful
23:118 And say: My Lord, forgive and have mercy, and Thou art the Best of those who show mercy


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