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al-Hadid (The Iron)
as rendered by Sher Ali
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Sher Ali rendition of Surah The Iron(al-Hadid)
57:1 Whatever is in the heavens and the earth glorifies ALLAH; and HE is the Mighty, the Wise
57:2 HIS is the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth; HE gives life and HE causes death, and HE has power over all things
57:3 HE is the First and the Last, and the Manifest and the Hidden, and HE has full knowledge of all things
57:4 HE it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six periods, then HE settled Himself on the Throne. HE knows what enters the earth and what comes out of it, and what comes down from the heaven and what goes up into it. And HE is with you wheresoever you may be. And ALLAH sees all that you do
57:5 HIS is the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth; and to ALLAH are all affairs returned for final judgment
57:6 HE causes the night to pass into the day and causes the day to pass into the night; And HE knows well all that is in the breasts
57:7 Believe in ALLAH and His Messenger, and spend in the way of ALLAH out of that to which HE has made you heirs. And those of you who believe and spend will have a great reward
57:8 Why is it that you believe not in ALLAH, while the Messenger calls you to believe in your Lord, and HE has already taken a covenant from you, if indeed you are believers
57:9 HE it is Who sends down clear Signs to HIS servant, that HE may bring you out of every kind of darkness into light. And, verily, ALLAH is Compassionate and Merciful to you
57:10 And why is it that you spend not in the way of ALLAH, while to ALLAH belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth? Those of you who spent and fought before the Victory are not equal to those who did so later. They are greater in rank than those who spent and fought afterwards. And to all has ALLAH promised good. And ALLAH is Well-Aware of what you do
57:11 Who is he who will lend to ALLAH a goodly loan? So HE will increase it manifold for him, and he will have a noble reward
57:12 And think of the day when thou wilt see the believing men and the believing women, their light running before them and on their right hands, and angels will say to them, `Glad tidings for you this day of Gardens through which streams flow, wherein you will abide. That is the supreme triumph.
57:13 That is the day when the hypocritical men and the hypocritical women will say to those who believe, `Wait for us a while that we may borrow some of your light,' it will be said to them, `Go back if you can, and seek for light.' Then there will be set up between them a wall with a door in it. The inside of it will be all mercy and outside of it, in front, will be torment
57:14 The hypocrites will call out to believers saying, `Were we not with you?' The believers will answer, `Yea, but you let yourselves fall into temptation and you hesitated and doubted and your vain desires deceived you till the decree of ALLAH came to pass. And the deceiver deceived you concerning ALLAH
57:15 `So this day no ransom shall be accepted from you, nor from those who disbelieved. Your final abode is the Fire; that is your comrade; and an evil destination it is.
57:16 Has not the time yet arrived for those who believe that their hearts should feel humbled at the remembrance of ALLAH and at the truth which has come down to them, and that they should not become like those who were given the Book before them, but because the period of the bestowal of ALLAH's grace upon them was prolonged for them, their hearts became hardened, and many of them became rebellious
57:17 Know, then, that ALLAH quickens the earth after its death. WE have made the Signs manifest to you, that you may understand
57:18 Surely, the men who give alms and the women who give alms, and those who lend to ALLAH a goodly loan - it will be increased manifold for them, and theirs will also be a honourable reward
57:19 Those who believe in ALLAH and HIS Messengers, they are the Truthful and the Witnesses in the sight of their Lord. They will have their full reward and their light. But those who disbelieve and reject Our Signs, these are the inmates of Hell
57:20 Know that the life of this world is only a sport and a pastime, and an adornment, and a source of boasting among yourselves, and of rivalry in multiplying riches and children. It is like the rain, the vegetation produced whereby rejoices the tillers. Then it dries up and thou seest it turn yellow; then it becomes worthless stubble. And in the Hereafter there is severe punishment for the wicked and also forgiveness from ALLAH, and His pleasure for the righteous. And the life of this world is nothing but temporary enjoyment of delusive things
57:21 Vie, then, with one another in seeking forgiveness from your Lord and for a Garden the value whereof is equal to the value of the heaven and the earth; it has been prepared for those who believe in ALLAH and His Messengers. That is ALLAH's grace; HE bestows it upon whomsoever HE pleases, and ALLAH is the Lord of immense grace
57:22 There befalls not any calamity either in the earth or in your own persons, but it is recorded in a Book before WE bring it into being - surely, that is easy for ALLAH
57:23 That you may not grieve over what is lost to you nor exult because of that which HE has bestowed upon you. And ALLAH loves not any conceited boaster
57:24 Such as are niggardly and also enjoin upon men to be niggardly. And whoso turns his back, then surely, ALLAH is Self-Sufficient, Worthy of all praise
57:25 Verily, WE sent Our Messengers with manifest Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance that people may act with justice; and WE sent down iron, wherein is material for violent warfare and diverse uses for mankind, and that ALLAH may know those who help HIM and HIS Messengers without having seen Him. Surely, ALLAH is Powerful, Mighty
57:26 And indeed WE sent Noah and Abraham, and WE placed among their seed Prophethood and the Book. So some of them followed the guidance, but many of them were rebellious
57:27 Then WE caused Our Messengers to follow in their footsteps; and WE caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow them, and WE gave him the Gospel. And WE put compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him. And monasticism they invented - WE did not prescribe it for them - for the seeking of ALLAH's pleasure; but they observed it not as it should be observed. Yet WE gave those of them, who believed, their due reward, but many of them are rebellious
57:28 O ye who believe ! fear ALLAH and believe in HIS Messenger. HE will give you a double portion of HIS Mercy, and will provide for you a light wherein you will walk, and will grant you forgiveness - verily, ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Merciful
57:29 Thus it is that the People of the Book may know that they have no power over anything of the grace of ALLAH; and that grace is entirely in the hands of ALLAH, HE gives it to whomsoever HE pleases. And ALLAH is the Master of immense grace


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