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Alif Lam Ra Those are the Signs of the Wise Book.
Do people find it so surprising that We should reveal to a man among them: ´Warn mankind and give good news to those who have iman that they are on a sure footing with their Lord´? The kafirun say, ´This is downright magic!´
Your Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then established Himself firmly on the Throne. He directs the whole affair. No one can intercede except with His permission. That is Allah your Lord, so worship Him. Will you not pay heed?
Each and every one of you will return to Him. Allah´s promise is true. He brings creation out of nothing and then regenerates it so that he can repay with justice those who had iman and did right actions. Those who were kafir will have a drink of scalding water and a painful punishment because of their kufr.
It is He who appointed the sun to give radiance, and the moon to give light, assigning it phases so you would know the number of years and the reckoning of time. Allah did not create these things except with truth. We make the Signs clear for people who know.
In the alternation of night and day and what Allah has created in the heavens and the earth there are Signs for people who have taqwa.
As for those who do not expect to meet Us and are content with the life of the dunya and at rest in it, and those who are heedless of Our Signs,
their shelter will be the Fire because of what they earned.
But as for those who have iman and do right actions, their Lord will guide them by their iman. Rivers will flow under them in Gardens of Delight.
Their call there is: ´Glory be to You, O Allah!´ Their greeting there is: ´Peace!´ The end of their call is: ´Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds!´
If Allah were to hasten evil for people the way they try to hasten good, their term would already have been completed for them. We abandon those who do not expect to meet Us to wander blindly in their excessive insolence.
When harm touches man, he calls on Us, lying on his side or sitting down or standing up. Then when We remove the harm from him he carries on as if he had never called on Us when the harm first touched him. In that way We make what they have done appear good to the profligate.
We destroyed generations before you when they did wrong. Their Messengers brought them the Clear Signs, but they were never going to have iman. That is how We repay evildoers.
Then We appointed you after them to be khalifs on the earth so We might observe how you would act.
When Our Clear Signs are recited to them, those who do not expect to meet Us say, ´Bring a Qur´an other than this one or change it.´ Say: ´It is not for me to change it of my own accord. I follow nothing except what is revealed to me. I fear, were I to disobey my Lord, the punishment of a Dreadful Day.´
Say: ´Had Allah so wished, I would not have recited it to you nor would He have made it known to you. I lived among you for many years before it came. Will you not use your intellect?´
Who could do greater wrong than someone who invents lies against Allah or denies His Signs? Evildoers are certainly not successful.
They worship, instead of Allah, what can neither harm them nor help them, saying, ´These are our intercessors with Allah.´ Say: ´Would you inform Allah of something about which He does not know either in the heavens or on the earth?´ May He be glorified and exalted above what they associate with Him!
Mankind was only one community but then they differed, and had it not been for a prior Word from your Lord, they would already have been judged in respect of the differences between them.
They say, ´Why has a Sign not been sent down to him from his Lord?´ Say: ´The Unseen belongs to Allah alone. So wait, I am waiting with you.´
When We let people taste mercy after hardship has afflicted them, immediately they plot against Our Signs. Say: ´Allah is swifter at plotting.´ Your plotting is recorded by Our messengers.
It is He who conveys you on both land and sea so that when some of you are on a boat, running before a fair wind, rejoicing at it, and then a violent squall comes upon them and the waves come at them from every side and they realise there is no way of escape, they call on Allah, making their deen sincerely His: ´If You rescue us from this, we will truly be among the thankful.´
But then, when He does rescue them, they become rebellious in the earth without any right to do so. Mankind, your rebelliousness is only against yourselves. There is the enjoyment of the life of this world and then you will return to Us and We will inform you about what you did.
The metaphor of the life of this world is that of water which We send down from the sky, and which then mingles with the plants of the earth to provide food for both people and animals. Then, when the earth is at its loveliest and takes on its fairest guise and its people think they have it under their control, Our command comes upon it by night or day and We reduce it to dried-out stubble, as though it had not been flourishing just the day before! In this way We make Our Signs clear for people who reflect.
Allah calls to the Abode of Peace and He guides whom He wills to a straight path.
Those who do good will have the best and more! Neither dust nor debasement will darken their faces. They are the Companions of the Garden, remaining in it timelessly, for ever.
But as for those who have earned bad actions a bad action will be repaid with one the like of it. Debasement will darken them. They will have no one to protect them from Allah. It is as if their faces were covered by dark patches of the night. Those are the Companions of the Fire, remaining in it timelessly, for ever.
On the Day We gather them all together, We will say then to those who associated others with Allah, ´To your place, you and your partner-gods!´ Then We will sift them out, and their partner-gods will say, ´It was not us you worshipped.
Allah is a sufficient witness between us and you. We were unaware of your worship.´
Then and there every self will be tried for what it did before. They will be returned to Allah, their Master, the Real, and what they invented will abandon them.
Say: ´Who provides for you out of heaven and earth? Who controls hearing and sight? Who brings forth the living from the dead and the dead from the living? Who directs the whole affair?´ They will say, ´Allah.´ Say, ´So will you not have taqwa?´
That is Allah, your Lord, the Truth, and what is there after truth except misguidance? So how have you been distracted?
In that way the Word of your Lord is realised against those who are deviators, in that they do not have iman.
Say: ´Can any of your partner-gods bring creation out of nothing and then regenerate it?´ Say: ´Allah brings creation out of nothing and then regenerates it. So how have you been perverted?´
Say: ´Can any of your partner-gods guide to the truth?´ Say: ´Allah guides to the truth. Who has more right to be followed He who guides to the truth, or he who cannot guide unless he is guided? What is the matter with you? How do you reach your judgement?´
Most of them follow nothing but conjecture. Conjecture is of no use whatsoever against the truth. Allah most certainly knows what they are doing.
This Qur´an could never have been devised by any besides Allah. Rather it is confirmation of what came before it and an elucidation of the Book which contains no doubt from the Lord of all the worlds.
Do they say, ´He has invented it´? Say: ´Then produce a sura like it and call on anyone you can besides Allah if you are telling the truth.´
No, the fact is that they have denied something which their knowledge does not embrace and the meaning of which has not yet reached them. In the same way those before them also denied the truth. See the final fate of the wrongdoers!
Among them there are some who have iman in it and some who do not. Your Lord best knows the corrupters.
If they deny you, say, ´I have my actions and you have your actions. You are not responsible for what I do and I am not responsible for what you do.´
Among them there are some who listen to you. But can you make the deaf hear even though they cannot understand?
Among them there are some who look at you. But can you guide the blind, even though they cannot see?
Allah does not wrong people in any way; rather it is people who wrong themselves.
On the day We gather them together when it will seem if they had tarried no more than an hour of a single day they will recognise one another. Those who denied the meeting with Allah will have lost. They were not guided.
Whether We show you something of what We have promised them or take you back to Us, they will still return to Us. Then Allah will be witness against what they are doing.
Every nation has a Messenger and when their Messenger comes everything is decided between them justly. They are not wronged.
They say, ´When will this promise be kept if you are telling the truth?´
Say: ´I possess no power to harm or help myself except as Allah wills. Every nation has an appointed time. When their appointed time comes, they cannot delay it a single hour or bring it forward.´
Say: ´What do you think? If His punishment came upon you by night or day, what part of it would the evildoers then try to hasten?´
And then, when it actually comes about: ´Now do you have iman in it? It was this that you were trying to hasten!´
Then it will be said to those who did wrong, ´Taste the punishment of eternity! Have you been repaid for anything other than what you earned?´
They will ask you to tell them if this is true. Say: ´Yes indeed, by my Lord, it certainly is true and you can do nothing to prevent it.´
If every self that did wrong possessed everything on earth, it would offer it as a ransom. They will show remorse when they see the punishment. Everything will be decided between them justly. They will not be wronged.
Yes, everything in the heavens and earth belongs to Allah. Yes, Allah´s promise is true but most of them do not know it.
He gives life and causes to die and you will be returned to Him.
Mankind! admonition has come to you from your Lord and also healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the muminun.
Say: ´It is the favour of Allah and His mercy that should be the cause of their rejoicing. That is better than anything they accumulate.´
Say: ´What do you think about the things Allah has sent down to you as provision which you have then designated as halal and haram?´ Say: ´Has Allah given you authority to do this or are you inventing lies against Allah?´
What will those who invent lies against Allah think on the Day of Rising? Allah shows favour to mankind but most of them are not thankful.
You do not engage in any matter or recite any of the Qur´an or do any action without Our witnessing you while you are occupied with it. Not even the smallest speck eludes your Lord, either on earth or in heaven. Nor is there anything smaller than that, or larger, which is not in a Clear Book.
Yes, the friends of Allah will feel no fear and will know no sorrow:
those who have iman and show taqwa,
there is good news for them in the life of this world and in the Next World. There is no changing the words of Allah. That is the great victory!
Do not be grieved by what they say. All might belongs to Allah. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
Yes, indeed! Everyone in the heavens and everyone on the earth belongs to Allah. Those who call on something other than Allah are not really following their partner-gods. They are only following conjecture. They are only guessing.
It is He who appointed the night for you, so that you could rest in it, and the day for seeing. There are certainly Signs in that for people who listen.
They say, ´Allah has a son.´ Glory be to Him! He is the Rich Beyond Need. Everything in the heavens and everything on the earth belongs to Him. Have you authority to say this or are you saying about Allah what you do not know?
Say: ´People who invent lies against Allah will not be successful.´
There is the enjoyment of this world. Then they will return to Us. Then We will let them taste the terrible punishment because they were kafir.
Recite to them the story of Nuh when he said to his people, ´My people, if my standing here and reminding you of Allah´s Signs has become too much for you to bear, know that I have put my trust in Allah. So decide, you and your gods, on what you want to do and be open about it. Do with me whatever you decide and do not keep me waiting.
If you turn your backs, I have not asked you for any wage. My wage is the responsibility of Allah alone. I am commanded to be one of the Muslims.´
But they denied him so We rescued him, and all those with him, in the Ark and We made them the successors and We drowned the people who denied Our Signs. See the final fate of those who were warned!
Then after him We sent Messengers to their people, and they brought them the Clear Signs, but they were never going to have iman in something which they had previously denied. That is how We seal up the hearts of those who overstep the limits.
Then after them We sent Musa and Harun with Our Signs to Pharaoh and his ruling circle, but they were arrogant and were a people of evildoers.
When the truth came to them from Us, they said, ´This is downright magic!´
Musa said, ´Do you say to the truth when it comes to you, "This is magic"? Magicians are not successful.´
They said, ´Have you come to us to turn us from what we found our fathers doing, and to gain greatness in the land? We do not believe you.´
Pharaoh said, ´Bring me every knowledgeable magician.´
When the magicians came, Musa said to them, ´Throw whatever you have to throw!´
When they had thrown, Musa said, ´What you have brought is magic. Allah will certainly prove it false. Allah does not uphold the actions of corrupters.´
Allah confirms the Truth by His words, even though the evildoers hate it.
No one had iman in Musa except for a few of his people out of fear that Pharaoh, and the elders, would persecute them. Pharaoh was high and mighty in the land. He was one of the profligate.
Musa said, ´My people! if you have iman in Allah, then put your trust in Him, if you are Muslims.´
They said, ´We have put our trust in Allah. Our Lord, Do not make us a target for this wrongdoing people,
and rescue us, by Your mercy, from this kafir people!´
We revealed to Musa and his brother: ´Settle your people in houses in Egypt and make your houses places of worship and establish salat and give good news to the muminun.´
Musa said, ´Our Lord, You have given Pharaoh and his ruling circle finery and wealth in the life of this world, Our Lord, so that they may be misguided from Your Way. Our Lord, obliterate their wealth and harden their hearts so that they do not have iman until they see the painful punishment.´
He said, ´Your request is answered, so go straight and do not follow the way of those who have no knowledge.´
We brought the tribe of Israel across the sea and Pharaoh and his troops pursued them out of tyranny and enmity. Then, when he was on the point of drowning, he said, ´I believe that there is no god but Him in whom the tribe of Israel believe. I am one of the Muslims.´
´What, now! When previously you rebelled and were one of the corrupters?
Today We will preserve your body so you can be a Sign for people who come after you. Surely many people are heedless of Our Signs.´
We settled the tribe of Israel in a noble place and gave them good things as provision. They did not differ until knowledge came to them. Your Lord will decide between them on the Day of Rising regarding the things about which they differed.
If you are in any doubt about what We have sent down to you, then ask those who were reciting the Book before you. The truth has come to you from your Lord, so on no account be one of the doubters.
And on no account be among those who deny Allah´s Signs and so become one of the lost.
Those against whom the words of your Lord are justly carried out will never have iman
not even if every Sign were to come to them until they see the painful punishment.
How is it that there has never been a city that had iman, whose iman then brought it benefit, except the people of Yunus? When they had iman We removed from them the punishment of disgrace in the life of this world and We let them have enjoyment for a time.
If your Lord had willed, all the people on the earth would have had iman. Do you think you can force people to be muminun?
No self can have iman except with Allah´s permission. He places a blight on those who do not use their intellect.
Say: ´Look at what there is in the heavens and on the earth.´ But Signs and warnings are of no avail to people who have no iman.
What are they waiting for but the same fate as those who passed away before them? Say: ´Wait, I will be among the people waiting with you.´
Then We will rescue Our Messengers and those who have iman as well. It is incumbent upon Us to rescue the muminun.
Say: ´Mankind! if you are in any doubt about my deen, I do not worship those you worship besides Allah. Rather I worship Allah who will take you back to Him and I am commanded to be one of the muminun:
Turn your face towards the deen in pure natural faith, and on no account be among the idolaters.
Do not call on something besides Allah which can neither help nor harm you. If you do, you will then be wrongdoers.´
If Allah afflicts you with harm, no one can remove it except Him. If He desires good for you, no one can avert His favour. He bestows it on whichever of His slaves He wills. He is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Say: ´Mankind! the truth has come to you from your Lord. Whoever is guided is only guided for his own good. Whoever is misguided is only misguided to his detriment. I have not been set over you as a guardian.´
Follow what has been revealed to you and be steadfast until Allah´s judgement comes. He is the Best of Judges.
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