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az-Zumar (The Troops, Throngs, The Companies)
as rendered by Sher Ali
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Sher Ali rendition of Surah The Troops, Throngs, The Companies(az-Zumar)
39:1 The revelation of this Book is from ALLAH, the Mighty, the Wise
39:2 Surely, it is WE Who have revealed the Book to thee comprising the whole truth, so worship ALLAH, being sincere to HIM in obedience
39:3 Remember, it is to ALLAH alone that sincere obedience is due. And those who take as protectors others beside HIM, say, `We serve them only that they may bring us near to ALLAH in station.' Surely, ALLAH will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ. Surely, ALLAH guides not him who is an ungrateful liar
39:4 If ALLAH had desired to take to Himself a son, HE could have chosen whom HE pleased out of what HE creates. Holy is HE ! HE is ALLAH, the One, the Most Supreme
39:5 HE created the heavens and the earth in accordance with the requirements of wisdom. HE makes the night to cover the day, and HE makes the day to cover the night; and he has pressed the sun and the moon into service; each pursues its course until an appointed time. Remember, it is HE alone Who is the Mighty, the Great Forgiver
39:6 HE created you from a single being; then from that HE made its mate; and HE has sent down for you of the cattle eight pairs. HE creates you in the wombs of your mothers, creation after creation, through three stages of darkness. This is ALLAH, your Lord. HIS is the Kingdom. There is no god but HE. Wither then are you being turned away
39:7 If you are ungrateful, surely ALLAH is Self-Sufficient, being independent of you. And HE is not pleased with ingratitude in HIS servants. But if you are grateful, HE likes it in you. And no bearer of burden shall bear the burden of another. Then to your Lord is your return; and HE will inform you of what you have been doing. Surely, HE knows full well all that is hidden in the breasts
39:8 And when an affliction befalls man, he calls upon his Lord, turning penitently to HIM. Then, when HE confers upon him a favour from Himself, he forgets what he used to pray for before, and starts assigning rivals to ALLAH, that he may lead people astray from HIS way. Say, `Profit from thy disbelief a little; while in the end thou art, surely, of the inmates of the Fire.
39:9 Is he who prays devoutly to ALLAH in the hours of the night, prostrating himself and standing in Prayer and fears the Hereafter and hopes for the mercy of his Lord, like him who is disobedient? Say, `Are those who know equal to those who know not?' Verily, only those endowed with understanding will take heed
39:10 Say, `O ye MY servants who believe, fear your Lord. There is good for those who do good in this life. And ALLAH's earth is spacious. Verily, the steadfast will have their reward without measure.
39:11 Say, `Verily, I am commanded to worship ALLAH with sincere devotion
39:12 `And I am commanded to be the foremost of those who submit to HIM.
39:13 Say, `Indeed I fear, if I disobey my Lord, the punishment of a grievous day.
39:14 Say, `It is ALLAH I worship in sincerest obedience to HIM
39:15 `As to you, worship what you like beside HIM.' Say, `Surely, the real losers are they who ruin their souls and their families on the day of Resurrection.' Beware ! that is, surely, the manifest loss
39:16 They will have over them coverings of fire, and beneath them similar coverings. It is this against which ALLAH warns HIS servants. `O MY servants, take ME, then, for your Protector.
39:17 And those who eschew the worship of false gods and turn to ALLAH - for them is glad tidings. So give good tidings to MY servants
39:18 Who listen to the Word and follow the best thereof. It is they whom ALLAH has guided, and it is they who are really endowed with understanding
39:19 Can he, then, against whom the sentence of punishment has become due, be saved? Canst thou rescue him who is in the Fire
39:20 But for them who fear their Lord, there are lofty mansions, built over lofty mansions, beneath which streams flow. ALLAH has made that promise; and ALLAH breaks not HIS promise
39:21 Hast thou not seen that ALLAH sends down water from the sky, and causes it to flow in springs in the earth and then brings forth thereby herbage of diverse hues? Then it dries up and thou seest it turn to yellow; then HE reduces it to broken straw. In that, verily, is a reminder for men of understanding
39:22 Is he then whose bosom ALLAH has opened for the acceptance of Islam, so that he possesses a light from his Lord, like him who is grouping in the darkness of disbelief? Woe, then, to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of ALLAH ! They are in manifest error
39:23 ALLAH has sent down the Best Discourse - a Book, whose verses are mutually supporting and repeated in diverse forms. The skins of those, who fear their Lord, do creep at its recital, then their skins and their hearts soften to the remembrance of ALLAH. Such is the guidance of ALLAH. HE guides therewith whom HE pleases. And he whom ALLAH adjudges astray - he shall have no guide
39:24 Is he, then, who has only his own face to shield from the evil punishment on the Day of Resurrection, like him who is secure? And it will be said to the wrongdoers, `Taste ye the recompense of what you used to earn.
39:25 Those, who were before them, rejected Our Messengers, so the punishment came upon them whence they knew not
39:26 So ALLAH made them taste humiliation in the present life and the punishment of the Hereafter will certainly be greater, if they but knew
39:27 And, indeed, WE have set forth for mankind all manner of parables in this Qur'an that they may take heed
39:28 WE have revealed the Qur'an in Arabic wherein there is no deviation from rectitude, that they may become righteous
39:29 ALLAH sets forth a parable - a man belonging to several partners, who disagree with one another, and a man belonging wholly to one man. Are the two equal in condition? All praise belongs to ALLAH. But most of them know not
39:30 Surely, thou wilt die, and surely, they too, will die
39:31 Then, surely, on the day of Resurrection you will dispute with one another before your Lord
39:32 Who, then, is more unjust than he who lies against ALLAH and he who rejects the truth when it comes to him? Is there not in Hell an abode for the disbelievers
39:33 But he who has brought the truth, and he who testifies to it as truth - these it is who are the righteous
39:34 They will have with their Lord whatever they desire; that is the reward of those who good
39:35 So that ALLAH will remove from them the evil consequences of what they did, and will give them their reward according to the best of their actions
39:36 Is not ALLAH sufficient for HIS servant? And yet they would frighten thee with those beside HIM. And he whom ALLAH leaves in error - for him there is no guide
39:37 And him whom ALLAH guides - there is none to lead him astray. Is not ALLAH the Mighty, the Lord of retribution
39:38 And if thou ask them, `Who created the heavens and the earth?' They will, surely, say, `ALLAH.' Say, `What think ye, if ALLAH intends to do me harm, will those whom you call upon beside ALLAH be able to remove the harm HE may intend? Or, if HE wills to show me mercy, could they withhold HIS mercy?' Say, `ALLAH is sufficient for me. In HIM trust those who would trust.
39:39 Say, `O my people, act as best as you can; I, too, am acting; soon shall you know
39:40 Who it is unto whom comes a punishment that will disgrace him, and on whom there descends an abiding punishment?
39:41 Verily, WE have revealed to thee the Book comprising all truth for the good of mankind. So whoever follows guidance, follows it for the benefit of his own soul; and whoever goes astray, goes astray only to its detriment. And thou art not a guardian over them
39:42 ALLAH takes away the souls of men at the time of their death; and of those also that are not yet dead, during their sleep. Then HE withholds those against which HE has decreed death, and sends back the others till an appointed term. In that, surely, are Signs for a people who reflect
39:43 Have they taken intercessors beside ALLAH? Say, `Even if they have no power over anything and no understanding
39:44 Say, `All intercession rests with ALLAH. To HIM belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth. And to HIM, then, shall you be brought back.
39:45 And when ALLAH alone is mentioned, the hearts of those, who believe not in the Hereafter, shrink with aversion; but when those beside HIM are mentioned, behold ! they begin to rejoice
39:46 Say, `O ALLAH ! Originator of the heavens and the earth; Knower of the unseen and the seen; Thou alone wilt judge between Thy servants concerning that in which they differed.
39:47 And even if the wrongdoers possessed all that is in the earth, and the like thereof in addition to it, they would, surely, seek to ransom themselves with it to escape from the evil punishment on the Day of Resurrection, but there shall appear unto them from ALLAH that which they had never thought of
39:48 And the evil consequences of what they had earned will become apparent to them and that which they used to mock at will encompass them
39:49 And when harm touches man, he cries unto US, but when WE bestow on him a favour from US, he says, `This has been given to me on account of my own knowledge.' Nay, it is only a trial; but most of them know not
39:50 Those who were before said the same thing, yet all that they earned availed them not
39:51 So the evil consequences of what they had earned overtook them; and those who do wrong form among these disbelievers - the evil consequences of what they earned shall overtake them also and they cannot escape
39:52 Know they not that ALLAH enlarges the provision for whomsoever HE pleases, and straitens it for whomsoever HE pleases? Verily, in that are Signs for a people who believe
39:53 Say, `O MY servants who have sinned against their souls, despair not of the mercy of ALLAH, surely, ALLAH forgives all sins. Verily, HE is Most forgiving, Ever Merciful
39:54 `And turn to your Lord, and submit yourselves to HIM, before there comes unto you the punishment; for then you shall not be helped
39:55 And follow the best Teaching that has been revealed to you from your Lord, before the punishment comes upon you suddenly, while you perceive not.
39:56 Lest a soul should say, `O woe is me in that I neglected my duty in respect of ALLAH ! Surely, I was among the scoffers.
39:57 Or, lest it should say, `If ALLAH had guided me, I should certainly have been among those who fully carry out their duties
39:58 Or, lest it should say, when it sees the punishment, `Would that there were for me a return to the world, I would then be among those who do good.
39:59 He will be told, `Aye, there came to thee MY Signs, but thou didst treat them as lies, and thou wast arrogant, and thou wast of the disbelievers.
39:60 And on the Day of Resurrection, thou wilt see those who lied against ALLAH that their faces shall be overcast with gloom. Is there not in Hell an abode for the proud
39:61 And ALLAH will deliver the righteous from all troubles and will confer success upon them; evil shall not touch them, nor shall they grieve
39:62 ALLAH is the creator of all things, and HE is Guardian over all things
39:63 TO HIM belong the keys of the heavens and the earth; and as for those who disbelieve in the Signs of ALLAH, these it is who are the losers
39:64 Say, `Is it other gods than ALLAH that ye bid me worship, O ignorant ones?
39:65 And, verily it has been revealed to thee as unto those before thee, `If thou associate partners with ALLAH, thy work shall, surely, come to naught and thou shalt certainly be of the losers.
39:66 Aye, worship ALLAH and be thou among the grateful
39:67 And they have not formed a true concept of the attributes of ALLAH. And the entire earth will be under HIS complete control on the Day of Resurrection, and the heavens rolled up in HIS right hand. Glory be to HIM and exalted is HE above that which they associate with HIM
39:68 And the trumpet will be blown, and all who are in the heavens and all who are in the earth will fall down in a swoon, except those whom ALLAH will be pleased to spare. Then it will be blown a second time, and lo ! they will be standing, awaiting judgment
39:69 And the earth will shine with the light of her Lord, and the Book will be laid open before them, and the Prophets and the witnesses will be brought, and judgment will be given between them with justice, and they will not be wronged
39:70 And every soul will be fully rewarded for what it did. And HE knows well what they do
39:71 And those who disbelieve will be driven to Hell in troops until, when they arrive there, its gates will be opened, and its Keepers will say to them, `Did not the Messengers from among yourselves come to you, reciting unto you the Signs of your Lord, and warning you of the meeting of this day of yours?' They will say, `Yea, but the word of the punishment was bound to be fulfilled in respect of the disbelievers.
39:72 It will be said, `Enter ye the gates of Hell, abiding therein. And evil is the abode of the arrogant.
39:73 And those, who feared their Lord, will be conducted to Heaven in groups until when they arrive there, its gates will be opened and its Keepers will say to them, `Peace be upon you ! be ye happy, and enter it, abiding therein.
39:74 And they will say, `All praise belongs to ALLAH Who has made good to us HIS promise, and has given us the earth to inherit, we shall make our abode in the Garden wherever we please.' How excellent is the reward of the righteous workers
39:75 And thou wilt see the angels going round the Throne, glorifying their Lord with HIS praise, and judgment will be given between the people with justice. And it will be said, `All praise belongs to ALLAH, the Lord of the worlds.


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