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Alif, Laam, Ra. These are the verses of the book, a clear lucid Qur´an
There will come a time when the unbelievers would look back and yearn to have lived as obedient ones
So leave them alone. Let them eat and enjoy! Let their hopes distract and perplex them. They will soon come to know
We never destroy any locality except in accordance with a preordained scheme and time-plan
No generation shall hasten or delay the term fixed for it
They (the unbelievers) said, "Oh you, upon whom this reminder is revealed! You are really insane!"
"Wouldn´t you have come to us with angels, had you been truthful?"
We dispatch the angels only with the final judgment. In that case, they would have no respite
Indeed it is We Who revealed this Qur´an, and of course We are its guardian
Indeed, prior to you too, We sent (messengers) __ even to ancient tribes
They mocked every messenger that ever came to them
Thus We let this (mockery) pass through the hearts of the criminals
They do not believe! This has been the tradition of their ancestors
Even if We were to fling open a door in the sky, and they were actually climbing up through it
They would say, "Our sights fail us, we are drugged. Rather, we are a nation bewitched!"
And surely, We created fortified spheres in the sky, and for the viewers We decorated it
And We have secured it against every cursed Shaitan
Occasionally, one of them eavesdrops, and a bright blazing meteor streaks after him
We spread out the land and pitched mountains on it, firm and immovable. In the land, We grew all kinds of things in a perfect balance
Out of the land, We provide livelihood for you, and other creations, too. You are not their providers
We have all things in infinite quantities. We mete them out in measured amounts
We circulate the winds full of moisture. We send rain down from the sky, and We have you drink that water. You could not hold that (much water) in reservoirs
We, indeed, grant life as well as death! And We are the (ultimate) Receiver and Inheritor
We surely know those who have gone by before you, just as We know those who have yet to come
Your Lord will, indeed, gather them all. Verily, He is the Wisest and all-Knowing
Surely, We have molded the humans from the dried-out stinking clay
And We had earlier fashioned jinn from a hot sultry flame
Your Lord said to the angels, "I am going to bring a man into existence from the dried-out stinking clay."
When I put him in order and breathe my spirit into him, you must fall prostrate before him
The angels fell prostrate! All of them
Except Ibleees! He refused to be among those who fell prostrate
(Allah) said, "Oh Iblees! What is the matter? Why did you not fall prostrate?"
He said, "I am not the one to prostrate myself before a man! You have fashioned him from the dried-out stinking clay!"
(Allah) said, "Get out of here! You, surely, are damned!"
"Curse will loom over you till the Day of Judgment!"
He (Iblees) said, "Oh my Lord, grant me a moratorium till the day You raise them again!"
(Allah) said, "you have been granted the stay!"
"Till that appointed day!"
(Iblees) said, "My Lord, since You led me astray, I will definitely embellish the allure of this world for them. I will fascinate and entice them all away!"
"Except the sincere ones among Your servants!"
(Allah) said, "This Qur´an is, indeed, the path straight towards Me!"
"You shall have no hold over My servants except those who follow you and stray from the path!"
"And verily, hell is the promised place for them all!"
It has seven gates, each for a different class of sinners
The pious shall be in paradise, amid its fountains
(They shall be told to) enter it in peace and security
We will rid their hearts of the residual rancor and resentment. Seated on couches and facing each other, they will live there like brothers
There, they will encounter no hardship, and they will never be asked to leave
(Oh Mohammed, SAW), inform My servants that I am the most Forgiving. Indeed, I am the most Kind
The punishment I inflict is really very painful
And inform them about Ibraheem´s guests
They came to him and said, "Peace!" He said, "We feel afraid of you!"
They said, "Don´t be afraid! In fact, we give you the good news of a son endowed with wisdom!"
"Do you give me this news even though I have attained an old age? What kind of good news is that?"
They said, "We bring you this good news with certainty. So, do not be pessimistic!"
He (Ibraheem) said, "Only the misguided abandon hope in the mercy of their Lord!"
Said, "What is your mission, Oh angels?"
They said, "We have been dispatched towards a nation of criminals!"
"Other than the family of Loot. For, we will rescue them all!"
"With the exception of his wife who, it is decreed, will be among those who shall lag behind."
And when they came to visit the family of Loot
He (Loot) said, "You appear to be strangers here!"
They replied, "Rather, we come to accomplish that about which they were in doubt!"
"We bring you the infallible certainty! What we say is really the truth!"
"Let your family slip away under the cover of darkness. You follow them closely and let none of you glance back! Continue on towards the directed spot!"
We conveyed to him Our decision that by dawn those people will be completely annihilated
The people of the town came (to Loot) rejoicing
He said, "They are my guests. Do not disgrace me!"
"Fear Allah and do not humiliate me!"
They said, "Did we not forbid you to stand up for the whole world?"
He said, "Here are my daughters. If you follow my advice!"
(I swear) upon your life, (oh Mohammed, SAW) they were intoxicated _ rampaging and out of control
So at the crack of dawn, a blast grabbed them
We flipped them upside down! We rained upon them stones made of baked clay
Herein are the signs for those who scrutinize closely
That town happens to be located along a main thoroughfare
In this are signs for the believers
And the people (living in the town) of ´Aika´ were evildoers
We breathed vengeance upon them. Those (two settlements) existed on the main travel routes
The people of (the town) of ´Hijr´ too, had rejected the messengers
We sent the messengers with Our signs, but they ignored
They used to carve safe and secure homes in the mountains
A mighty blast grabbed them in the morning
None of what they used to gain and gather could offer them any security or protection
We created the heavens and the earth, and all else in between, with a specific purpose! The hour (of Judgment) is sure to arrive! So, forgive and forget with grace
Surely, your Lord is the Omniscient, the ingenious Creator
We have bestowed seven verses upon you, (the Surah Fatiha), worthy of being recited repeatedly, and the Majestic Qur´an
Do not covet the temporary enjoyment We have bestowed upon certain groups of them. Do not grieve for them. Rather, be considerate to the believers
Tell them, "I am truly an obvious warner for you!"
Like the one We sent to those who split into groups
Those who separated the Qur´an into fragments
By your Lord! We will definitely call them all to accounts
About what they used to do
So, proclaim as commanded, and ignore the idol worshippers
We are more than sufficient against those who scoff
Those assigning other gods besides Allah will soon come to know
Of course, We know that their remarks sting your heart
Chant the praises of your Lord! Be among those who fall prostrate
And remain obedient to your Lord, right until your death