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ar-Ra`d (The Thunder)
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The Study Quran rendition of Surah The Thunder(ar-Ra`d)
13:1 Alif. Lam. Mim. Ra. These are the signs of the Book; and that which has been sent down unto thee from thy Lord is the truth, but most of mankind believe not.
13:2 God it is Who raised the heavens without pillars that you see, then mounted the Throne; and He made the sun and the moon subservient, each running for a term appointed. He directs the affair, expounding the signs, so that you may be certain of the meeting with your Lord.
13:3 He it is Who spread out the earth and placed therein firm mountains and streams, and of every kind of fruit He placed therein two kinds. He causes the night to cover the day. Truly in that are signs for a people who reflect.
13:4 Upon the earth are neighboring tracts, vineyards, sown fields, and date palms of a shared root and not of a shared root, watered by one water. And We have favored some above others in bounty. Truly in that are signs for a people who understand.
13:5 And if thou dost wonder, then wondrous is their saying, “When we are dust, shall we indeed be [raised] in a new creation?” It is they who disbelieve in their Lord; it is they who will have shackles upon their necks; and it is they who will be the inhabitants of the Fire; they shall abide therein.
13:6 Yet they would have thee hasten evil before good, though examples have passed before them. Truly thy Lord is Possessed of Forgiveness for mankind despite their wrongdoing, and truly thy Lord is severe in retribution.
13:7 Those who disbelieve say, “Why has not some sign been sent down upon him from his Lord?” Thou art but a warner; and for every people there is a guide.
13:8 God knows that which every female bears, how wombs diminish and how they increase. Everything with Him is according to a measure—
13:9 Knower of the Unseen and the seen, the Great, the Exalted.
13:10 Alike among you are those who speak secretly and those who do so openly, those who lurk by night, and those who go forth by day.
13:11 For him there are attendant angels to his front and to his rear, guarding him by God’s Command. Truly God alters not what is in a people until they alter what is in themselves. And when God desires evil for a people, there is no repelling it; and apart from Him they have no protector.
13:12 He it is Who shows you lightning, arousing fear and hope, and Who produces heavy-laden clouds.
13:13 The thunder hymns His praise, as do the angels, in awe of Him. He sends forth the thunderbolts and strikes therewith whomsoever He will. Yet they dispute concerning God, and He is severe in wrath.
13:14 Unto Him is the supplication of truth; and those whom they supplicate apart from Him answer them not in the least, save as one who stretches forth his palms toward water that it may reach his mouth, though it never reaches him. And the supplication of the disbelievers is naught but astray.
13:15 And unto God prostrates whosoever is in the heavens and on the earth, willingly or unwillingly, as do their shadows in the morning and the evening.
13:16 Say, “Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth?” Say, “God.” Say, “Then have you taken, apart from Him, protectors who have no power over what benefit or harm may come to themselves?” Say, “Are the blind and the seer equal, or are darkness and light equal?” Or have they ascribed unto God partners who have created the like of His creation, such that that creation seems alike to them? Say, “God is the Creator of all things, and He is the One, the Paramount.”
13:17 He sends down water from the sky, so that the riverbeds flow according to their measure and the torrent carries a swelling froth; and from that which they kindle in the fire, seeking ornament or pleasure, is a froth like unto it. Thus does God set forth truth and falsehood. As for the froth, it passes away as dross. And as for that which benefits mankind, it remains on the earth. Thus does God set forth parables.
13:18 Those who answer their Lord shall have that which is most beautiful. But those who answer Him not—were they to possess all that is on the earth and the like of it besides, they would seek to ransom themselves thereby. For them there shall be an evil reckoning. Their refuge is Hell. What an evil resting place!
13:19 Is one who knows that what has been sent down unto thee from thy Lord is the truth like one who is blind? Only those who possess intellect reflect,
13:20 who fulfill the pact with God and break not the covenant,
13:21 who join what God has commanded be joined, fear their Lord, and dread an evil reckoning,
13:22 and who are patient, seeking the Face of their Lord, perform the prayer, and spend from that which We have provided them, secretly and openly, and who repel evil with good. For them there shall be the reward of the Abode—
13:23 Gardens of Eden that they shall enter along with those who were righteous from among their fathers, their spouses, and their progeny; and angels shall enter upon them from every gate.
13:24 “Peace be upon you because you were patient.” How excellent is the Ultimate Abode!
13:25 As for those who break God’s pact after accepting His covenant, and sever what God has commanded be joined, and work corruption upon the earth, it is they who shall have the curse, and theirs shall be the evil abode.
13:26 God outspreads and straitens provision for whomsoever He will. They rejoice in the life of the world; yet compared to the Hereafter, the life of the world is but [fleeting] enjoyment.
13:27 Those who disbelieve say, “Why has some sign not been sent down upon him from his Lord?” Say, “Truly God leads astray whomsoever He will and guides to Himself whosoever turns in repentance—
13:28 those who believe and whose hearts are at peace in the remembrance of God. Are not hearts at peace in the remembrance of God?
13:29 Those who believe and perform righteous deeds, theirs is blessedness and a beautiful return.
13:30 Thus have We sent thee unto a community before whom other communities have passed away, that thou mayest recite unto them that which We have revealed unto thee; yet they disbelieve in the Compassionate. Say, “He is my Lord; there is no god but He. In Him do I trust and unto Him do I turn.”
13:31 Were there a Quran whereby the mountains were set in motion, or the earth was cleft, or the dead were made to speak! Nay! Unto God belongs the affair altogether. Do not those who believe understand that if God had willed, He would have guided mankind all together? And those who disbelieve, calamity will never cease to befall them because of that which they have wrought, or to alight close to their abode until God’s Promise comes. Truly God will not fail the tryst.
13:32 Certainly messengers were mocked before thee. But I granted respite to those who disbelieved; then I seized them. How, then, was My Retribution!
13:33 What of He Who attends to every soul in accordance with what it has earned? Yet they ascribe partners unto God. Say, “Name them! Or will you inform Him of something He does not know upon the earth, or are these vain words?” Nay! But their plotting has been made to seem fair unto those who disbelieve, and they have been turned from the way. And whomsoever God leads astray, no guide has he.
13:34 Theirs shall be punishment in the life of this world, and surely the punishment of the Hereafter will be more wretched; they shall have none to shield them from God.
13:35 The parable of the Garden that has been promised to the reverent: with rivers running below, its food everlasting, as is its shade. That is the ultimate end of those who were reverent, while the ultimate end of the disbelievers is the Fire!
13:36 And those to whom We have given the Book rejoice in that which has been sent down unto thee. And among the parties are those who reject some of it. Say, “I have only been commanded to worship God, and to not ascribe partners unto Him. Unto Him do I call and unto Him is my return.”
13:37 Thus have We sent it down as a Judgment in Arabic. Yet if thou followest their caprices after the knowledge that has come to thee, thou shalt have no protector against God, and no defender.
13:38 Indeed We sent messengers before thee and appointed for them wives and progeny, and it is not for a messenger to bring a sign, save by God’s Leave; and for every term there is a Book.
13:39 God effaces what He will and establishes, and with Him is the Mother of the Book.
13:40 Whether We show thee a part of that which We promise them, or We take thee [unto Us], thine is only to proclaim, and Ours is the Reckoning.
13:41 Have they not considered how We come upon the land, reducing it of its outlying regions? And God judges; none repeals His Judgment, and He is swift in reckoning.
13:42 Indeed those who were before them plotted, but unto God belongs plotting altogether. He knows what every soul earns, and the disbelievers will know whose is the Ultimate Abode.
13:43 And those who disbelieve say, “You have not been sent.” Say, “God and whosoever possesses knowledge of the Book suffices as a witness between you and me.”


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