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ash-Shura (Council, Consultation, The Counsel)
as rendered by Talal A Itani
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Talal A. Itani (new translation) rendition of Surah Council, Consultation, The Counsel(ash-Shura)
42:1 Ha, Meem
42:2 Ayn, Seen, Qaf
42:3 Thus He inspires you, and those before you—God the Almighty, the Wise
42:4 To him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. He is the Sublime, the Magnificent
42:5 The heavens above them almost burst apart, while the angels glorify the praises of their Lord, and ask forgiveness for those on earth. God is indeed the Forgiver, the Merciful
42:6 As for those who take masters other than Him: God is in charge of them, and you are not responsible for them
42:7 Thus We inspired you with an Arabic Quran, that you may warn the Central City and whoever is around it, and to warn of the Day of Assembly, of which there is no doubt; a group in the Garden, and a group in the Furnace
42:8 Had God willed, He could have made them one community, but He admits into His mercy whomever He wills. As for the wrongdoers, they will have no protector and no savior
42:9 Or have they adopted protectors besides him? But God is the Protector, and He gives life to the dead, and He has power over all things
42:10 Whatever matter you differ about, its judgment rests with God. 'Such is God, my Lord, in Whom I trust, and unto Him I repent.'
42:11 Originator of the heavens and the earth. He made for you mates from among yourselves, and pairs of animals, by means of which He multiplies you. There is nothing like Him. He is the Hearing, the Seeing
42:12 To Him belongs absolute control of the heavens and the earth. He spreads the bounties to whomever He wills, or reduces it. He is aware of all things
42:13 He prescribed for you the same religion He enjoined upon Noah, and what We inspired to you, and what We enjoined upon Abraham, and Moses, and Jesus: 'You shall uphold the religion, and be not divided therein.' As for the idolaters, what you call them to is outrageous to them. God chooses to Himself whom He wills, and He guides to Himself whoever repents
42:14 They became divided only after knowledge came to them, out of resentment among themselves. Were it not for a predetermined decision from your Lord, judgment would have been pronounced between them. Indeed, those who were made to inherit the Book after them are in grave doubt about it
42:15 To this go on inviting, and be upright as you were commanded, and do not follow their inclinations, and say, 'I believe in whatever Book God has sent down, and I was commanded to judge between you equitably. God is our Lord and your Lord. We have our deeds, and you have your deeds. Let there be no quarrel between us and you. God will bring us together, and to Him is the ultimate return.'
42:16 As for those who dispute about God after having answered His call, their argument is invalid with their Lord; and upon them falls wrath; and a grievous torment awaits them
42:17 It is God who revealed the Book with the truth, and the Balance. And what will make you realize that perhaps the Hour is near
42:18 Those who do not believe in it seek to hasten it; but those who believe are apprehensive of it, and they know it to be the truth. Absolutely, those who question the Hour are in distant error
42:19 God is kind towards His worshipers. He provides for whomever He wills. He is the Powerful, the Honorable
42:20 Whoever desires the harvest of the Hereafter, We increase for him his harvest; and whoever desires the harvest of this world, We give him thereof, and he has no share of the Hereafter
42:21 Or is it that they have partners who litigate for them religious laws never authorized by God? Were it not for the conclusive decision, it would have been settled between them. The wicked will have a painful punishment
42:22 You will see the unjust terrified of what they have earned, and it will befall them. As for those who believe and do good deeds, they will be in the Meadows of the Gardens; they will have whatever they please in the presence of their Lord; that is the supreme blessing
42:23 That is the good news God gives to His servants who believe and do good deeds. Say, 'I ask of you no wage for it, except affection among the near of kin.' Whoever does a good deed, We will increase its goodness for him. God is Forgiving and Appreciative
42:24 Or do they say, 'He forged a lie about God.' If God so willed, He could have sealed your heart. But God obliterates the false, and confirm the true by His Words. He knows what is in the hearts
42:25 It is He who accepts the repentance of His worshipers, and remits the sins, and knows what you do
42:26 And He answers those who believe and do good deeds, and He increases them of His grace. But the disbelievers will suffer a terrible punishment
42:27 If God were to increase the provision to His servants, they would transgress on earth; but He sends down in precise measure whatever He wills. Surely, regarding His servants, He is Expert and Observant
42:28 It is He who brings down the rain after they have despaired, and unfolds His mercy. He is the Guardian, the Praised
42:29 And of His signs are the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the creatures He has spread throughout them; and He is Able to gather them at will
42:30 Whatever misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned; and yet He pardons much
42:31 You are not the ones to interfere on earth; and besides God, you have no ally, and no helper
42:32 And of His signs are the ships sailing the sea like flags
42:33 If He willed, He could have stilled the winds, leaving them motionless on its surface. Surely in that are signs for every disciplined, grateful person
42:34 Or He could wreck them, because of what they have earned. And yet He pardons much
42:35 Those who dispute Our signs know that there is no asylum for them
42:36 Whatever thing you are given is only the provision of this life. But what God possesses is better and more lasting for those who believe and rely on their Lord
42:37 And those who avoid major sins and indecencies; and if they become angry, they forgive
42:38 And those who respond to their Lord, and pray regularly, and conduct their affairs by mutual consultation, and give of what We have provided them
42:39 And those who, when wronged, defend themselves.
42:40 The repayment of a bad action is one equivalent to it. But whoever pardons and makes reconciliation, his reward lies with God. He does not love the unjust
42:41 As for those who retaliate after being wronged, there is no blame on them.
42:42 Blame lies on those who wrong people, and commit aggression in the land without right. These will have a painful punishment
42:43 But whoever endures patiently and forgives—that is a sign of real resolve
42:44 Whoever God leaves astray has no protector apart from Him. And you will see the transgressors, when they see the torment, saying, 'Is there a way of going back?'
42:45 And you will see them exposed to it, cowering from disgrace, looking with concealed eyes. Those who believed will say, 'The losers are those who lost themselves and their families on the Day of Resurrection.' Indeed, the evildoers are in a lasting torment
42:46 They will have no allies to support them against God. Whomever God leaves astray has no way out
42:47 Respond to your Lord before there comes from God a Day that cannot be turned back. You will have no refuge on that Day, and no possibility of denial
42:48 But if they turn away—We did not send you as a guardian over them. Your only duty is communication. Whenever We let man taste mercy from Us, he rejoices in it; but when misfortune befalls them, as a consequence of what their hands have perpetrated, man turns blasphemous
42:49 To God belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. He creates whatever He wills. He grants daughters to whomever He wills, and He grants sons to whomever He wills
42:50 Or He combines them together, males and females; and He renders whomever He wills sterile. He is Knowledgeable and Capable
42:51 It is not for any human that God should speak to him, except by inspiration, or from behind a veil, or by sending a messenger to reveal by His permission whatever He wills. He is All-High, All-Wise
42:52 We thus inspired you spiritually, by Our command. You did not know what the Scripture is, nor what faith is, but We made it a light, with which We guide whomever We will of Our servants. You surely guide to a straight path
42:53 The path of God, to whom belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Indeed, to God all matters revert


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