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13:1  Alif, Lam, Meem, Ra. These are the verses of the Scripture. What was revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, yet most people don’t believe.
13:2  It is God who raised the skies without any pillars you can see, then He established Himself upon the Throne. He subjected the sun and the moon, each running for a set term. He conducts all affairs and explains the signs, so that you may be certain of meeting your Lord.
13:3  It is He who spread the earth, placed mountains and rivers on it, and from every fruit, He made therein two mates. He covers the night with the day. In that are signs for people who give thought.
13:4  On earth are adjacent terrains, vineyards, fields of crops, and date palms, from shared or separate roots, irrigated with the same water. We make some taste better than others. In this are signs for people who reason.
13:5  If you’re amazed, even amazing is their statement: “When we are dust, will we be created anew?” These are the ones who deny their Lord, and they will have shackles around their necks. They will be the inhabitants of the Fire, dwelling therein forever.
13:6  They eagerly want you to bring about bad before good, even though there were instances before them. Your Lord is abundant in forgiveness for people, despite their wrongdoings, and yet, your Lord is severe in retribution.
13:7  Those who disbelieve ask, “Why has no miracle been sent down to him from his Lord?” You are but a warner, and there is a guide for every community.
13:8  God knows what every female carries, and what the wombs diminish or increase. Everything with Him is of due proportion.
13:9  He is the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, the Grand, the Most High.
13:10  It’s the same whether one of you conceals his speech or declares it openly, and whether one hides in the night or goes out freely in the day.
13:11  Guardians are stationed before and behind him, safeguarding him by God’s command. God won’t change people’s condition until they change what’s within themselves. If God intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it, and they have no defender or supporter besides Him.
13:12  It is He who shows you lightning, causing fear and hope, and produces the heavy clouds.
13:13  The thunder glorifies His praise, as do the angels, out of awe for Him. He releases thunderbolts, striking with them whom He wills. Yet they argue about God, and He is tremendous in might and authority.
13:14  To Him is the call of truth. Those they pray to besides Him can’t respond to them with a thing, except like one who reaches his hand out to the water, only for it never to reach his mouth. The prayer of the unbelievers is but in vain.
13:15  To God do all those in the heavens and the earth bow down, willingly or unwillingly, and their shadows in the mornings and the afternoons.
13:16  Ask, “Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth?” Answer, “God.” Then ask, “Have you taken protectors other than Him, who possess no power to benefit or harm themselves?” Say, “Are the blind and the sighted equal? Or are darkness and light alike? Or have they ascribed partners to God who supposedly created creations similar to His, so that creation appeared similar to them?” Say, “God is the Creator of everything, He is the One, the Overpowering.”
13:17  He sends down water from the sky, and valleys flow according to their capacity. The torrent carries overflowing foam, akin to what emerges from metals when melted for crafting jewelry and tools. Thus, God illustrates truth and falsehood. The foam dissipates, but what benefits humanity remains on earth. Thus, God presents parables.
13:18  For those who respond to their Lord is the best. But for those who don’t respond to Him—even if they possessed everything on earth, and an equivalent besides, they would offer it to ransom themselves. These will face a terrible reckoning, and their housing will be Hell—a dreadful dwelling.
13:19  Is one who knows that what has been revealed to you from your Lord is the truth like the one who is blind? Only those of understanding will remember.
13:20  Those who fulfill the covenant of God and don’t violate the covenant.
13:21  And those who join what God commanded to be joined, revere their Lord, and dread the dire reckoning.
13:22  Those who patiently seek their Lord’s presence, pray regularly, spend out of what We’ve provided for them—secretly and openly—and repel evil with good, for them is the ultimate home.
13:23  The Gardens of Eden, which they will enter, along with the righteous among their parents, spouses, and offspring. Angels will enter upon them from every gate.
13:24  “Peace be upon you due to your patience. How wonderful is the final home!”
13:25  But those who violate the covenant of God after its confirmation, sever what God has commanded to be joined, and spread corruption on earth, upon them is the curse, and they will have a wretched home.
13:26  God expands the provision for whom He wills and measures it. They rejoice in the worldly life, while the worldly life, in comparison to the Hereafter, is but temporary enjoyment.
13:27  The disbelievers argue, “If only a miracle could be sent down to him from his Lord.” Say, “God leads astray whom He wills, and He guides to Himself those who turn back.”
13:28  Those who believe and whose hearts find tranquility in the remembrance of God—surely, in the remembrance of God, do hearts find peace.
13:29  Those who believe and do righteous deeds—blessedness is theirs and a beautiful return.
13:30  We sent you amongst a community, as We sent to communities before you, to convey to them what We revealed to you. Yet they deny the Most Merciful. Say, “He is my Lord; there is no god but Him. On Him I have relied, and to Him is my return.”
13:31  Even if there were a Quran that could move mountains, split the earth, or make the dead speak, the ultimate authority would still belong to God. Didn’t those who believed give up, realizing that if God so willed, He could guide all of humanity? The unbelievers will continue to suffer calamities due to what they did, or they fall near their homes, until God’s promise is fulfilled. God does not fail in His promise.
13:32  Messengers before you were also ridiculed, but I allowed the unbelievers to carry on, only to seize them—how severe was My retribution!
13:33  Is He Who stands over every soul, aware of what it earns? Yet they attribute partners to God. Say, “Name them! Or are you informing Him of something He doesn’t know on Earth? Or is it mere outward speech?” Their plots seem appealing to the unbelievers, and they are blocked from the path. Whomever God leads astray, there is no guide for him.
13:34  They will have suffering in this worldly life, and the suffering of the hereafter is harsher, and they will have no protector from God.
13:35  The description of Paradise promised to the righteous is where rivers flow beneath. Its produce and shade are everlasting. Such is the end result for the righteous, while the end result for unbelievers is the Fire.
13:36  Those whom We’ve given the scripture rejoice in what was revealed to You, but some factions reject parts of it. Say, “I am commanded to worship God alone and not associate anything with Him. To Him, I call, and to Him, is my return.”
13:37  And thus, We’ve revealed it as a law in Arabic. If you should follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, there will be no protector or ally for you against God.
13:38  We sent messengers before you, and We assigned them wives and children. It’s not for a messenger to come with a sign except by God’s permission. For every era, there is a scripture.
13:39  God eliminates what He wills or confirms it, and with Him is the Source Scripture.
13:40  Whether We show you some of what We promised them, or end your life, you have to convey, and judgment is Ours.
13:41  Don’t they see that We’re gradually shrinking the land from its borders? God decrees. None can overturn His decision. And He is swift in accounting.
13:42  Those before them plotted, but all planning belongs to God. He knows what every soul earns. The unbelievers will find out who gets the ultimate Home.
13:43  The unbelievers say, “You are not a messenger.” Respond, “God suffices as a witness between me and you, along with anyone who has knowledge of the Scripture.”