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Alif-Lam-Ra. (This is) a book which We have revealed to you (O Muhammad) in order that you bring out mankind from darkness (of disbelief) into light (of belief) by permission of their Lord, to the way of the All-Mighty, the Praise-worthy.
Allah to whom belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth! Woe to the disbelievers from a severe punishment.
Those who prefer the worldly life to the Hereafter, hinder people from the way of Allah (Islam), and seek crookedness in it, they are far astray.
And We did not send any Messenger except with the language of his people, in order that he might make (the message) clear for them. Then Allah misleads whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.
And indeed We sent Moses with Our Verses (saying) that: “Bring out your people from darkness into light, and make them remember the days (history) of Allah. Truly, there are Verses for every patient, thankful.”
And (remember) when Moses said to his people: “Call to remind Allah’s Favor to you, when He delivered you from Pharaoh’s people who were afflicting you with horrible punishment, were slaughtering your sons and letting your women alive, and in it was a tremendous trial from your Lord.”
And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks, I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are ungrateful, surely! My punishment is indeed severe.”
And Moses said: “If you and all on earth together disbelieve, then surely! (know that) Allah is Rich (free from all needs), Praise-worthy.”
Has not the news come to you, of those before you, the people of Noah, Ad, and Thamud? Those after them? No one knows them but Allah. Their Messengers came to them with clear proofs, but they put their hands in their mouths (biting with anger) and said: “Surely, we disbelieve in what you have been sent with and we are really in strongly doubt as to what you invite us to it.”
Their Messengers said: “Can there be a doubt about Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth? He calls you (to Allah) so that He may forgive you of your sins and give you respite for a term appointed.” They said: “You are not but a human being like us! You wish to turn us away from what our forefathers used to worship. Then bring us a clear authority.”
Their Messengers said to them: “We are not but human beings like you, but Allah bestows His Grace on whom He wills of His servants. It is not for us that we bring you an authority (proof) except by the permission of Allah. And in Allah let the believers put their trust.
And what is the reason for us that we don’t put our trust in Allah while indeed He has guided us our ways? We shall certainly bear with patience what hurt you may cause us, and in Allah (alone) let those who trust, should put their trust.”
And those who disbelieved said to their Messengers: “Surely, you return to our religion or we will drive you out of our land.” But their Lord revealed to them: “Surely, We shall destroy the wrongdoers.
And indeed, We shall make you reside in the land after them. This is for those who fear standing before Me and also fear My threat.”
But they (the Messengers) sought help and victory (from Allah), and every stubborn, arrogant dictator (who refused to believe in Allah) was destroyed,
Hell is in front of him (dictator) who will be made to drink boiling rotten water,
who will sip it (unwillingly) but will find hard to swallow. Death will surround him from every side, yet will not die and in front of him will be a great punishment.
The parable of those who disbelieve in their Lord is that their deeds are like ashes, on which the wind blows furiously on a stormy day; they will not be able to get anything from what they have earned. That will be straying far away (from the Right Way).
Do you not see that Allah has created the heavens and the earth with truth? If He wills, He can remove you and bring (in your place) a new creation
And that is not difficult for Allah.
And when they all will appear before Allah (on the Day of Resurrection), then the weak (of the world) will say to those who were arrogant (chiefs): “Surely, we were following you. Can you avail us anything from Allah’s punishment?” They will say: “If Allah had guided us, we would have guided you. It is equal on us (now) whether we rage, or bear (those punishments) with patience, there is no place of refuge for us.”
And when the matter has been decided, Satan will say: “Surely, Allah promised you a promise of truth. I too promised you, but I betrayed you. I had no authority over you except that I called you, and you responded to me. So don’t blame me, but blame yourselves. I cannot help you, nor can you help me. Surely I deny what you associated me as a partner (with Allah) before. Surely, there is a painful punishment for them, the wrongdoers.”
And those who believe and do righteous deeds will be made to enter (Paradise with) gardens with river flowing under them, to reside therein forever with the permission of their Lord. Their greeting therein will be: “Peace.”
Don’t you see how Allah sets forth an example of a good word as a good tree, whose roots are firm, and its branches are in the sky?
It gives its fruit at all times by the permission of its Lord. Allah sets forth examples for mankind in order that they may remember.
The example of an evil word is that of an evil tree uprooted from the surface of the earth with no stability.
Those who believe with the word that stands firm, Allah will keep them firm in the life of this world and Hereafter. Those who are wrongdoers, Allah will cause them to go astray. Allah does what He wills.
Have you not seen those who have changed the blessings of Allah into disbelief, and have caused their people to reside in the house of destruction?
Hell, in which they will burn, and what an evil place to settle in!
They set up rivals to Allah, to mislead people from His way! Say: “Enjoy (your brief life)! But certainly, your destination is the hell fire!”
Say (O Muhammad) to My devotees who have believed, that they should establish prayer, and spend in charity from what We have provided them secretly and openly; before a Day comes in which there will be neither mutual bargaining nor friendship.
Allah is the one Who has created the heavens and the earth, sends down water (rain) from the sky, and thereby brings forth fruits as provision for you. He has made the ships to be of service to you, that they may sail through the sea by His Command; and He has made rivers to be of service to you.
And He has made the sun and the moon to be of service to you, both constantly pursuing their courses; and He has made the night and the day to be of service to you.
And He has given you all that you have asked for, and if you count the blessings of Allah, you will not be able to count them. Surely! Human being is unjust, ungrateful
(Remember) when Abraham said: “O my Lord! Make this city (Makkah) safe, and keep me and my sons away from the worship of idols.
O my Lord! Surely they (idols) have led many people astray. So, those who follow me, surely they are of mine. Whoever disobeys me, still You are indeed Forgiving, Merciful.
O our Lord! Surely I have made some of my offspring to reside in a valley not with cultivation near Your sacred house (the Ka’bah). O our Lord! (I have done this) in order that they would establish prayers; so turn hearts among mankind love towards them, and (O Allah) provide them with fruits so that they may give thanks.
O our Lord! Certainly, You know what we conceal and what we reveal. Nothing on the earth or in the heaven is hidden from Allah.
All the praises and thanks are to Allah, Who has given me Ishmael and Isaac in my old age. Surely! My Lord indeed is All-Hearer of prayers.
O my Lord! Make me one who establishes prayers perfectly, and from my offspring. Our Lord! Accept my prayer.
Our Lord! Forgive me, my parents, and all the believers on the Day when the reckoning will be established.”
You don’t think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. Only He gives them respite up to that Day when their eyes will stare in horror,
(they will be) rushing forward with necks outstretched, their heads will be raised up (towards the sky), their gaze will not return towards them, and their hearts will be empty (because of fear).
And warn (O Muhammad) mankind of the Day when the punishment will come to them; then those who wronged will say: “Our Lord! Respite us for a little while, we will answer Your Call and follow the Messengers!” (It will be said): “Did you not sworn before that you would never leave?
And you lived in the residences of those who wronged themselves and it was clear to you how We had dealt with them. And We (even) put forth examples for you.”
Indeed, they planned their plot, but their plots were within the sight of Allah, even though their plot was such that it could move the mountains.
So, don’t think that Allah will fail to keep His Promise to His Messengers. Certainly, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Able of retribution.
On the Day when the earth will be changed to other than earth and the heavens (as well), and all creatures will appear before Allah, the One, and the Irresistible,
and on that Day you will see the sinners bound together in fetters (their hands and feet tied to their necks with chains),
their garments will be of tar, and fire will cover their faces.
Allah will requite each person according to its deeds. Truly, Allah is swift at reckoning.
This (Qur’an) is a message for mankind, in order that they may be warned thereby; and that they may know that Allah is the only one worthy of worship, and that people of understanding may take heed.