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Alif-Lam-Ra. These are the Verses of the book (the Qur’an), full of wisdom.
Is it strange for mankind that We have sent revelation to a man (Muhammad) from among themselves (saying) that: “Warn mankind and give good news to those who believe that they have footing (reward of good deeds) sure with their Lord?” But the disbelievers say: “This is indeed an evident sorcerer!”
Surely, your Lord is Allah Who created the heavens and the earth in 6 days and then rose over the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty), and is disposing the affair of all things. No intercessor (can plead with Allah) except after His permission. This is Allah, your Lord; so worship Him (alone). Then, will you not remember?
To Him is the return of all of you. The Promise of Allah is true. It is He who begins the creation and then repeats (will bring back to life) it so that He may reward those who believed and did righteous deeds with justice. But those who disbelieved will have a drink of boiling fluids and painful punishment because they used to disbelieve.
It is He Who made the sun with a shining thing and the moon as a light and measured out for its stages so that you may compute the number of years and the reckoning. Allah did not create them but in truth. He has explained the Verses in detail for people who have knowledge.
Surely, in the alternation of the night and the day and all that Allah has created in the heavens and the earth, there are signs for people who fear Him much.
Surely, those who don’t hope for their meeting (Day of Judgment) with Us, but are pleased and satisfied with the life of the present world, and those who are heedless of Allah’s revelations,
those, their abode will be the fire, because of what they used to earn.
Surely, those who believe, do righteous deeds; their Lord will guide them through their faith, under them will flow rivers in the gardens of delight (Paradise).
Their way of request in it (will be): “Glory to You, O Allah!” and their greetings in it (will be): “Peace!” Their last request (will be): “All the praises are to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!”
And if Allah were to hasten for mankind the evil (they earned) as He would hasten on the good, then their respite would be already ruined. But We leave those who don’t expect their meeting with Us, in their trespasses, wandering blindly in distraction.
And when harm touches someone, one invokes Us, lying down on side, or sitting or standing. But when We have removed harm from the same one, he walks away as if never invoked Us for that harm which had touched! Thus the deeds which they do made fair-seeming to the transgressors.
And indeed, We have destroyed generations before you when they did wrong while their Messengers came to them with clear proofs, but they would not believe! Thus, do We requite the people who are sinners
Then We made you successors after them in the land so that We may see how you would conduct!
And when Our clear Verses are recited to them, those who don’t hope for their meeting with Us, say: “Bring us a Qur’an other than this, or change it.” Say (O Muhammad): “It is not for me to change it on my own accord. I only follow that which is revealed to me. Surely, I fear if I were to disobey my Lord, the punishment of the Great Day (of Resurrection).”
Say (O Muhammad): “If Allah had so willed, I should not have recited it to you nor would He have made it known to you. Surely, I have stayed amongst you a lifetime (40 years) before this. Why don’t you think?”
So who does more wrong than the one who forges a lie against Allah or denies His Verses? Surely, the sinners will never succeed!
And they worship besides Allah things that neither hurt them, nor benefit them, and they say: “These are our intercessors with Allah.” Say (O Muhammad): “Do you inform Allah of that which He does not know in the heavens and on the earth? Glorified and exalted is He above all that which they associate as partners (with Him)!”
Mankind was once one community (one religion); then they differed later (inventing different creeds). Had it not been for a word that went forth before from your Lord, it would have been settled between them regarding what they differed in it.
And they say: “How is it that not a sign is sent down on him from his Lord?” Say: "Surely the unseen belongs to Allah alone. So wait, surely I am with you among those who wait.”
And when We let mankind taste mercy after some adversity has afflicted them, behold! They have a plot against Our Verses! Say: “Allah is Swifter in planning; indeed Our Messengers (angels) record all that which you plot.”
It is Allah who enables you to travel through land and sea; until when you are in the ships and they sail with them with a favorable wind, and they are glad in it; but when a stormy wind comes to it and the waves come to them from every place and they think that they are being encircled in it. Then they pray to Allah, making their faith pure for Him alone (saying): “If You (Allah) deliver us from this, we shall truly be of the grateful.”
But when He delivers them, behold! They disobey in the earth wrongfully. O mankind! Your rebellion is only against your own selves, a brief enjoyment of this worldly life, then to Us (at the end is) your return, and We shall inform you that which you used to do.
Surely the likeness of the worldly life is as the water (rain) which We send down from the sky, it mingles with it (soil) and produces of the earth which people and cattle eat; until when the earth takes its adornments and is beautified, and its people think that they have all the powers of disposal over it, Our command reaches it by night or by day and We make it like a clean-mown harvest, as if it had not flourished yesterday! Thus We explain in detail the Verses for the people who think.
Allah invites to the home of peace (Paradise) and guides whom He wills to the Right Way.
Those who have done good, will have the best reward and even more. Neither dust nor humiliating disgrace shall cover their faces. They are the residents of Paradise; they will abide in it forever.
Those who have earned evil deeds, the recompense of an evil deed will be like thereof, humiliating disgrace will cover them. They will not have any defender from Allah. As if their faces will be covered with pieces from the darkness of night. They are the inmates of the fire; they will abide in it forever.
And the Day when We shall gather them all together, We shall say to those who did set partners in worship (with Us): "Stop at your place, you and your partners (whom you had worshipped).” We shall separate between them, and their partners will say: “It was not us you used to worship
Allah is sufficient for a witness between us and between you that we were indeed unaware of your worship.”
Thereupon, every person will know what he had earned before, and they will be brought back towards (the court of) Allah, their rightful Lord, and what they used to invent (false deities) will vanish from them.
Say (O Muhammad): “Who provides for you from the sky and the earth? Or who owns hearing and sight? Who brings out the living from the dead and brings out the dead from the living? Who disposes the affairs?” They will say: “Allah.” Say: “Will you not then be afraid of Allah’s punishment?”
Such is Allah, your rightful Lord. So after the truth, what else can save error? How then are you turned away?
Thus the Word of your Lord is justified against those who disobey that they don’t believe.
Say: “Can any of your partners (of worship) originate the creation and then repeats it?” (If they don’t answer) say: “Allah originates the creation and then He repeats it. Then how are you misled (from the truth)?”
Say: “Is there any of your partners (of worship) can guide to the truth?” (If they don’t answer) say: “It is Allah Who guides to the truth. Then, who is more worthy to be followed: He Who can guide to the truth, or he who cannot find guidance (himself) unless he is guided? What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
And most of them don’t follow but guess. Certainly, guess can be of no avail against the truth. Surely, Allah is Well-Aware of what they do.
This Qur’an is not such as could ever be produced by other than Allah; in fact it is a confirmation of (revelation) which was before it (Torah, Psalms, Gospel) and a full explanation of the book; there is no doubt in it (that is revealed) from the Lord of the worlds.
Or do they say: “He (Muhammad) has forged it?” Say: “So bring a chapter like it, and call upon (for aid) whoever you can besides Allah, if you are truthful!”
Nay, they deny the knowledge which they cannot comprehend and the interpretation of it has not yet fulfilled (seen). (In the same way) those before them did deny. Then see how the end of the wrongdoers was!
And there are some of them who believe in it, and there are some of them who don’t believe in it. Your Lord is aware of all the evil-doers.
And if they deny you, say: “I am (responsible) for my deeds and you are for your deeds! You are innocent of what I do, and I am innocent of what you do!”
And among them there are some who (pretend to) listen to you, but can you make the deaf to hear even though they don’t understand?
And among them there are some who (pretend to) look at you, but can you guide the blind, even though they don’t see?
Truly! Allah does not do wrong to mankind in any way; but mankind do wrong to themselves.
And on the Day when He shall gather them all together, it will look as if they had not stayed (in the world) but an Hour of a day. They will recognize each other. Indeed (they will realize that) those who will be ruined who denied the meeting with Allah, and they were not guided.
Whether We show you (in your lifetime, O Muhammad) some of what We have promised them, or We cause you to die (before them), still their return is to Us, moreover Allah is Witness over what they used to do.
And for every nation, there is a Messenger. When their Messenger comes, the matter will be judged between them with justice, and they will not be wronged.
They say: “When this promise (will be fulfilled), if you speak the truth?”
Say (O Muhammad): “I have no power over any harm or benefit to myself except what Allah wills. For every nation, there is a deadline; when their deadline comes, neither can they delay it even for a moment nor can they advance it.”
Say: “Have you thought if His punishment should come to you by night or by day, (if you can not avert then) which portion from it would the sinners hasten on?
Will you believe in it when it has actually befallen? Is it now (that you believe)? You used to (wish to) hasten it!”
Then it will be said to those who wronged themselves: “You taste the everlasting punishment! Should you not be recompensed for what you used to earn?”
And they ask you (O Muhammad) to inform them (saying): “Is it true (the punishment)?" Say: “Yes! By my Lord! Surely it is the absolutely true! You will not be able to escape it!”
And if every person who has wronged possessed all that is on the earth, would be willing to offer it in ransom (to redeem oneself, but it will not be accepted). They will regret in their hearts when they see the punishment. It will be judged (between them) with justice, and no wrong will be done to them.
No doubt, surely, all that is in the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah. No doubt, surely, Allah’s Promise is true, yet, most of them don’t know.
It is He Who gives life, and causes death, and to Him you all shall return.
O mankind! Surely a good advice has come to you from your Lord, a cure for that (disease) is in your hearts, guidance, and a Mercy for the believers.
Say: “In the Bounty of Allah, and in His Mercy (for this Qur’an), so let them rejoice in it. That is better than what (worldly wealth) they collect.”
Say (O Muhammad to these polytheists): “Have you seen what provision Allah has sent down to you! You have made (some) of it lawful and (others) unlawful.” Say (O Muhammad): “Did Allah permit you, or do you invent a lie against Allah?”
And what (punishment) do you think for those who invent lies against Allah, on the Day of Resurrection? Truly, Allah is full of Bounty to mankind, but most of them are not grateful.
Whatever you may be engaged in, whatever you may be reciting from the Qur’an, and whatever deeds you may be doing, We are witness over you when you are doing it. Nothing is hidden from your Lord even the weight of an atom on the earth or in the heaven. Neither anything smaller than that nor larger, but is written in a Clear Record.
No doubt! Surely, for the friends of Allah, no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve.
Those who believe, and (constantly) fear Allah
for them there are glad tidings in the life of the world, and in the Hereafter. No change can be in the Words of Allah, this is the supreme success.
And let not their speech grieves you (O Muhammad), surely, all power and honor belongs to Allah. He is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
No doubt! Surely, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth belongs to Allah. Those who don’t follow and invoke the partners besides Allah, they don’t follow but guess, and they don’t but invent lies.
It is He Who has appointed for you the night that you may rest in it, and the day to make things visible to you. Surely, there are Verses in this for a people who listen.
They say: “Allah has begotten a son.” Glory be to Him! He is Rich. He owns all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth! You have no proof for this. Do you say against Allah what you don’t know?
Say (O Muhammad): “Surely, those who invent lie against Allah will never be successful.”
(They have) a brief enjoyment in this world, then to Us will be their return, and then We shall make them taste the severest punishment because they used to disbelieve.
And recite to them the news of Noah. When he said to his people: “O my people, if my stay with you and my reminding you of the Verses of Allah is hard on you, then I put my trust in Allah. So gather your plot, you and your partners, and let not your plot be in doubt for you. Then pass your sentence on me and give me no respite.
But if you turn away, I have not asked you any reward, my reward is not but from Allah, and I have been commanded to be of the Muslims.”
They denied him. So We saved him and those with him in the ship, and We made them generations replacing one after another while We drowned those who denied Our Verses. See how the end of those who were warned was!
Then We sent after him Messengers to their people, they brought them clear proofs, but they would not believe what they had already rejected before. Thus, We seal up the hearts of the transgressors.
Then We sent after them Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh and his chiefs with Our Verses. But they behaved arrogantly and they were sinners.
So when the truth came to them from Us, they said: “This is indeed clear magic.”
Moses said: “Is this what you say about the truth when it has come to you? Is this magic? The magicians are not successful.”
They said: “Have you come to us to turn us away from the faith of our forefathers in order that you 2 (Moses and Aaron) may have greatness (become leaders) in the land? We are not going to believe in you 2!”
Pharaoh said: “Bring to me every skilled sorcerer.”
When the sorcerers came, Moses said to them: “Cast down what you want to cast!”
Then when they had cast down, Moses said: “What you have brought, it is sorcery; surely Allah will make it invalid. Surely, Allah does not set right the work of the evil-doers.
And Allah will establish and make apparent the truth by His Words, however sinners may hate it.”
But none believed in Moses except the offspring of his people, because of the fear of Pharaoh and his chiefs, lest he should persecute them; and surely, Pharaoh was an arrogant tyrant on the earth, he was indeed one of the transgressors.
Moses said: “O my people! If you believe in Allah, then put your trust in Him if you are Muslims.”
They said: “In Allah we put our trust. Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the folk who are wrongdoers
and save us by Your Mercy from the disbelieving folk.”
And We revealed to Moses and his brother (saying) that: “You provide residences for your people in Egypt, and make your residences as your Qiblah (for worship), and establish prayers perfectly, and give glad tidings to the believers.”
And Moses said: “Our Lord! You have indeed bestowed on Pharaoh and his chiefs splendor and wealth in the life of this world. Our Lord! Is it because they may lead people astray from Your Way? Our Lord! Destroy their wealth, and harden their hearts, so that they will not believe until they see the painful punishment.”
Allah said: “Surely, the prayer of you both is accepted. So you both keep to the Right Way, and don’t follow the way of those who don’t know the truth.”
And We took the children of Israel across the sea. Pharaoh followed them with his hosts in oppression and enmity, until when drowning overtook him, he said: “I believe that there is no one worthy of worship but He whom the children of Israel believe, and I am one of the Muslims.”
(It was said): “Now (you believe)! But a little while before you refused to believe and you were one of the evil-doers
So this day We shall save your (dead) body (from the sea) so that you may be a sign to those who will come after you! Surely, many among mankind are heedless of Our Verses.”
And indeed, We settled the children of Israel in an honorable residing place and provided them with good things. They did not differ until the knowledge came to them. Surely, your Lord will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection in that (those matters) in which they used to differ.
So if you (O Muhammad) are in doubt concerning that which We have revealed to you (that your name is in the Torah and the Gospel), then ask those who have been reading the book (the Torah and the Gospel) before you. Surely, the truth has come to you from your Lord. So you be not of those who doubt,
and you be not one of those who deny Verses of Allah; for then you shall be one of the losers.
Truly! Those against whom the Word of your Lord has been justified, will not believe,
even if every Verse should come to them, until they see the painful punishment.
Was there any town that believed (after seeing the punishment), and their faith benefited them (from the punishment) except the people of Jonah? When they believed, We removed from them the punishment of disgrace in the life of the world, and permitted them to enjoy for a while.
If your Lord had willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together. So, will you (O Muhammad) then compel mankind until they become believers
It is not (possible) for anyone to believe except by the permission of Allah, and He will put the wrath on those who don’t understand.
Say: “Behold what is in the heavens and the earth.” But neither Verses nor warnings benefit those who don’t believe.
Then do they wait for (anything) except (for destruction) like the days of those who passed away before them? Say: “So wait, I too will wait with you.”
Then (at the end) We save Our Messengers and those who believe! Thus it is incumbent upon Us to save the believers.
Say (O Muhammad): “O you mankind! If you are in doubt as to my religion (Islam), then I will never worship those whom you worship besides Allah. But I worship Allah Who causes you to die, and I am commanded to be one of the believers.”
And (it is revealed to me): “Direct entirely yourself (O Muhammad) towards the religion upright, and you never be one of the polytheists.
Don’t invoke besides Allah, who can neither benefit nor harm you, but if you do so, surely you will then be of the wrongdoers.
And if Allah afflicts you with hurt, there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends for you any good, there is none who can repel His Favor. He reaches with it whoever He wills of His servants. And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”
Say: “O you mankind! Surely the truth (the Qur’an and Muhammad) has come to you from your Lord. So whoever follows guidance (Right Way), then only follows for its own good and whoever goes astray, they only goes strays at its own risk; and I am not a custodian over you.”
And (O Muhammad) follow what is revealed to you, and be patient till Allah gives judgment. And He is the Best of judges.