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ad-Dukhan (Smoke, The Evident Smoke)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley
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Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah Smoke, The Evident Smoke(ad-Dukhan)
44:1 Ha Mim.
44:2 By the Book which makes things clear.
44:3 We sent it down on a blessed night; We are constantly giving warning.
44:4 During it every wise decree is specified
44:5 by a command from Our presence. We are constantly sending out
44:6 as a mercy from your Lord. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing:
44:7 the Lord of the heavens and the earth and everything in between them, if you are people with certainty.
44:8 There is no god but Him — He gives life and causes to die — your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers, the previous peoples.
44:9 Yet they play around in doubt.
44:10 So be on the watch for a day when heaven brings forth a distinctive smoke,
44:11 which enshrouds mankind. ´This is a painful punishment!
44:12 Our Lord, remove the punishment from us. We are really muminun.´
44:13 How can they expect a Reminder when a clear Messenger has already come to them?
44:14 But then they turned away from him and said, ´He is an instructed madman!´
44:15 We remove the punishment a little, and you revert!
44:16 On the day We launch the Great Assault We will certainly take Our revenge.
44:17 Before them We put Pharaoh´s people to the test when a noble Messenger came to them, saying
44:18 ´Hand over to me the slaves of Allah. I am a trustworthy Messenger to you.´
44:19 And: ´Do not exalt yourselves above Allah. I come to you with clear authority.
44:20 I have sought refuge with my Lord and your Lord against your stoning me.
44:21 If you do not have iman in me, then at least leave me alone.´
44:22 He called out to his Lord, ´These are evildoing people.´
44:23 ´Set out with My slaves by night. You will certainly be pursued.
44:24 Leave the sea divided as it is. They are an army who will be drowned.´
44:25 How many gardens and fountains they left behind,
44:26 and ripe crops and noble residences.
44:27 What comfort and ease they had delighted in!
44:28 So it was. Yet We bequeathed these things to another people.
44:29 Neither heaven nor earth shed any tears for them and they were granted no reprieve.
44:30 We rescued the tribe of Israel from the humiliating punishment,
44:31 from Pharaoh — he was haughty, one of the profligate.
44:32 We chose them knowingly above all other people
44:33 and We gave them Signs containing a clear trial.
44:34 These people say,
44:35 ´There is nothing more than our first death. We will not be raised up a second time.
44:36 Bring us our fathers if you are telling the truth.´
44:37 Are they better or the people of Tubba´ and those before them whom We destroyed? They were certainly evildoers.
44:38 We did not create the heavens and the earth and everything between them as a game.
44:39 We did not create them except with truth but most of them do not know it.
44:40 The Day of Decision will be their appointment all together:
44:41 the Day when friends will be of no use at all to one another, and they will not be helped —
44:42 except for those Allah has mercy on. He is the Almighty, the Most Merciful.
44:43 The Tree of az-Zaqqum
44:44 is the food of the wicked,
44:45 seething in the belly like molten brass,
44:46 as boiling water bubbles and seethes.
44:47 ´Seize him and drag him bodily into the middle of the Blazing Fire.
44:48 Then pour the punishment of boiling water on his head.´
44:49 ´Taste that! You are the mighty one, the noble one!
44:50 This is the very thing you used to doubt.´
44:51 The people who have taqwa will be in a safe place
44:52 amid gardens and fountains,
44:53 wearing fine silk and rich brocade, face to face with one another.
44:54 So it will be. We will marry them to dark-eyed maidens.
44:55 They will call there for fruit of every kind, in complete security.
44:56 They will not taste any death there — except for the first one. He will safeguard them from the punishment of the Blazing Fire.
44:57 A favour from your Lord. That is the Great Victory.
44:58 We have made it easy in your own tongue so that hopefully they will pay heed.
44:59 So watch and wait. They too are waiting.


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