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Alif. Lam. Ra! We have revealed to you to this Book so that you may bring forth men, by the permission of their Lord, from darkness to light, to the way of the Almighty, the Lord of all Praise.
It is Allâh! Unto whom belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Woe betide those who persistently refuse to Yield to the Truth for a dreadful chastisement.
They are the ones who have abandoned the Hereafter in favor of this worldly life. They bar (others) from the way of Allâh and seek to make it appear crooked. They fall far away from the Faith.
We sent no Messenger except with the language of his people in order that he could explain to them clearly. Then Allâh holds back the light of His inspiration from whomsoever He wills, and enlightens the path of whomsoever He wills. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.
We verily sent Moses with Our irrefutable Signs, (saying): "Bring out your people from darkness into the light and remind them of the days of Allâh.” Verily, in this there are signs (of Allâh’s authority) for every one who establishes patience and shows gratitude (to Allâh for His endless blessings).
And (recall) when Moses said unto his people: ‘Remember the grace of your Lord to you when He saved you from the clan of Pharaoh, who were afflicting you with dreadful torment, slaughtering your sons and sparing your women alive. It was an overwhelming ordeal from your Lord’.
And (recall) when your Lord proclaimed: ‘If you show gratitude, I will give you more, and if you grow ungrateful, then My punishment will be severe’.
Moses said: ‘If it happens that you along with everyone on earth were to grow ungrateful, then you should know that Allâh is absolutely Self-sufficient, Lord of all Praise’.
Have you not heard the stories of those who were before you: the people of Noah,‘Âd, Thamûd and those after them? None knows them except Allâh. Their Messengers came to them with irrefutable Signs, but they put their hands on their mouths and said: ‘Indeed, we pledge not to give credence to (this nonsense message) with which you have been sent, and seriously we are in grave doubt concerning that to which you invite us’.
Their Messengers said: ‘What! Is there any doubt concerning Allâh, the Creator of the heavens and the earth? He invites you in order to forgive your iniquitous deeds and respite you until an appointed term’. They said: ‘You are only human beings like us. You desire to turn us away from what our forefathers used to worship (& venerate). So bring us an evident proof (of what you claim)."
Their Messengers said unto them: ‘We are no more than human beings like yourselves, but Allâh bestows His grace upon whomsoever He wills of His servants. It is not (possible) for us to bring you any evident proof without the permission of Allâh. So let those who adhere to the Faith depend on Allâh with full trust.
Why should we not depend on Allâh with full trust when He enlightens our paths? And we shall indeed endure with patience all the hurt you may cause us, and in Allâh, let those who live by Faith, put their trust."
And those who persistently refuse to Yield to the Truth said to their Messengers: ‘We will indeed expel you from our land, or else you come back into our religion’. So their Lord inspired them: ‘Verily, We are going to destroy those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims.
Indeed, We shall make you dwell in the land after them. This is for whoever shows honor and reverence for the majestic glory of Allâh and takes close heed of His warnings’.
They sought victory and help (from Allâh), and every supercilious tyrant brought destruction to himself.
In front of him is Gehenna, and he will be made to drink scalding water.
He will gulp it with difficulty, and find it both hard and painful to swallow. And death surrounds him on all sides, yet he dies not. And before him is ruthless chastisement.
The parable of those who persist in disbelief in their Lord is that their deeds are as ashes on which the wind blows violently on a stormy day, they are unable to get aught of what they have earned. That is falling far away from the established course.
Have you not seen that Allâh created the heavens and the earth for a genuine n reason? If He willed, He could eliminate you and bring (instead of you) a new creation:
That is not too difficult for Allâh.
They will all stand before Allâh (on the Day of Judgment), then the weak will say unto those who used to display an arrogant attitude: “Indeed, We were your followers, so can you avail us anything against the chastisement of Allâh? They will say: “ Had Allâh bestowed His light upon Us, we would have surely led you into path of truth. It is all the same for us whether we flare up or endure (the torment) with patience, there is no place of refuge for us."
The devil will say when the matter has been decided: "Verily, Allâh promised you a promise of truth, and I too promised, but I failed in my promise to you. I had no power over you, except that I called you and you responded to me. Now, therefore, don't put the blame on me, but blame yourselves. I am incapable of helping you; neither are you incapable of helping me. Verily, I deny your former allegations about associating me as a partner with Allâh. Verily, a painful punishment awaits those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims.
And those who live by Faith and strive to do righteous acts will be admitted into Gardens underneath which rivers flow, therein they will abide by the permission of their Lord, their greeting therein: "Peace!"
Have you not considered how Allâh sets forth a parable of a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly established and its branches rising up into the sky?
It yields its fruit in each season by the will of its Lord. Allâh sets forth parables for people so that they may celebrate the praise of Allâh and declare His glory.
The parable of an evil word is that of a bad tree uprooted from the surface of earth possessing no stability.
And Allâh entrenches the Faith of those who live by Faith with the Firm Word in this worldly life and in the Hereafter. Lo! Allâh holds the light of His inspiration from those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims. And Allâh does whatsoever He desires.
Have you not seen those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the blessings of Allâh in favor of ingratitude? They caused their people to dwell in the chamber of ruin?
(It is) Gehenna in which they will burn- Evil indeed is the abode!
They set up equals with Allâh in order to deceive the people into going away from His path. Say: ‘Enjoy yourselves (for a while)! Most surely your destination is the Blazing Fire ’.
Tell My servants who live by Faith that they should establish the regular prayer and expand from what We have provided them, publicly or in secret, before the coming of a day in which there will be neither selling nor befriending.
It is Allâh Who created the heavens and the earth. He sent down water from the sky in order to bring forth with it fruits as a sustenance for you, and made the ships subservient to you so as to sail through the sea by His Command and made (also) the rivers subservient to you.
He made the sun and the moon constant in their courses, subservient to you. He (also) made the day and night subservient to you.
He gives you of all that you ask for. If it happens that you (intend to) count the blessings of your Lord, you will never be able to compute them. Verily, man is subdued to injustice and ingratitude.
And (recall) when Abraham said: ‘O’ my Lord, make this city (Mecca) safe, and keep me and my sons away from serving idols.
My Lord, they have surely deceived so many people into going away from the Truth. However, howsoever follows me is certainly of me. Whosoever refuses to follow me (needs to know that) you are indeed the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Our Lord, I have made some of my descendants to dwell in a valley, 'not possessing crops or plants' namely, Mecca, by Your Sacred House, that they may establish prayer. So make the hearts of some people to feel favorably disposed toward them and provide them with fruits, that they may be grateful (to You for your endless blessings).
Our Lord, indeed You already know whatever we keep from sight and whatever we divulge. And nothing is hidden from Allâh whether is on the earth or in the heavens.
All praise is due to Allâh, Who has given me, despite my old age, Ishmael and Isaac! Verily! My Lord is indeed the All-Hearer of supplication.
My Lord, make of me one who establishes prayer, and (also) of my offspring. O’ our Lord, accept my supplication and prayer!
Our Lord, forgive me and my parents, and those who live by Faith on the day when the reckoning will come to pass!”
Deem not that Allâh is oblivious to what those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims do. He only gives them a respite until a day when the eyes will stare in horror.
(They will be) hastening forward with necks outstretched, their heads uplifted, their glimpse returning not to them, and their hearts void.
And warn the people of a day when the chastisement will come to them, then the ones who have abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims will say: ‘Our Lord, reprieve us for a little while. We will respond to Your call and follow the Messengers!’ (Then they will be told): ‘Did you not swear before that there would be no end for you?’
And yet, You have lived in the dwellings of those who wronged their own selves, and it became clear to you how We dealt with them. And We have set forth many parables for you.
They hatched a plot (to murder the Prophet), and their plot is within the knowledge of Allâh, even though their plot was well-crafted, good enough to even move the mountains from their places.
So deem not that Allâh will fail in His promise to His Messengers. Indeed, Allâh is Almighty, Lord of Retribution.
On the day when the earth will be changed into a different earth and so will be the heavens, all creatures will be brought before Allâh, the True One God, the Omnipotent.
You will see the Ungodly Sinners, on that day, bound together in chains,
Their clothes will be made of tar, and Fire will cover their faces.
That Allâh may requite each person according to what he has earned. Indeed, Allâh is Swift in taking account.
This (Qur’ān) is a proclamation for the people so that they may be warned thereby, and that they may know that there is only One True God, and that men of high intelligence may take close heed.
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