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22:1  O humanity, be regardful of your Guardian Evolver, for the commotion of the Hour will be a terrible thing
22:2  The day you will see it, every nursing mother will forget she was nursing, and every pregnant female will deliver. You will see humanity as in a drunken riot, yet not drunk, and dreadful will be the punishment of God
22:3  And yet among humanity, there are some who dispute about God, without knowledge, and follow every wrong-doer, obstinate in rebellion
22:4  Concerning Satan, it is decreed that whoever turns to him for friendship, he will lead them astray, and he will guide them to the penalty of the fire
22:5  O humanity, if you have doubt about the resurrection, consider that We created you out of dust, then out of a zygote, then out of an embryo, then out of tissue, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that We may make it manifest to you, and We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for an appointed term, then We bring you out as babies, then raise you so you may reach your age of full strength, and some of you are called to die, and some are sent back to the feeblest old age, so that they know not, after having known. And you see the earth barren and lifeless, but when We pour down rain on it, it is stirred to life, it swells, and it puts forth every kind of beautiful growth
22:6  This is because God is the Reality. It is He Who gives life to the dead, and it is He Who has power over all things
22:7  And indeed the Hour will come. There can be no doubt about it, or about the fact that God will raise up all who are in the graves
22:8  Yet there are among humanity, those who dispute about God, without knowledge, without guidance, and without a book of enlightenment
22:9  Bending his side, in order to lead the people astray from the path of God, for him there is disgrace in this life, and on the Day of Accountability, We will make him taste the penalty of burning
22:10  “This is because of the deeds which your hands sent forth. For indeed God is not unjust to His servants
22:11  There are among the people some who serve God on the verge. If good befalls them, they are content, but if a trial comes to them, they turn on their faces. They lose both the present and the hereafter. That is a loss for all to see
22:12  They call on such deities besides God, who can neither hurt nor profit them. That is straying far indeed
22:13  They call on one whose harm is nearer than his profit. Harmful indeed is the protector, and harmful the companion
22:14  Indeed God will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds to gardens beneath which rivers flow, for God carries out all that He plans
22:15  If any think that God will not help His messenger in the present and the hereafter, let him stretch out a rope to the ceiling and cut himself off, then let him see whether his plan will remove that which enrages him
22:16  Thus We have sent down clear signs, and indeed God guides whom He wills
22:17  Those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Sabaeans, Christians, Magians, and Polytheists, God will judge between them on the Day of Accountability, for God is witness to all things
22:18  Do you not see that to God submits all things that are in the heavens and on earth? The Sun, the Moon, the stars, the hills, the trees, the animals, and a good number among humanity. But a good number are also fit for punishment, and those who God will disgrace, none can raise to honor, for God carries out all that He wills
22:19  These two opponents dispute with each other about their Guardian Evolver, but those who deny their Lord, for them will be cut out a garment of fire. Over their heads will be poured out boiling water
22:20  With it will scald what is within their bodies, as well as their skin
22:21  Also, there will be hooked rods of iron to punish them
22:22  Every time they wish to get away from it, and from anguish, they will be forced back into it. Taste the penalty of burning.
22:23  God will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds, to gardens with rivers flowing through them. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments will be of silk
22:24  For they have been guided to the most refined of speeches, they have been guided to the path of Him Who is worthy of praise
22:25  As for those who have rejected God, and would keep back the people from the way of God, and from the Sacred Masjid which We have made for all people, must know that equal there is the resident and the visitor, and any whose purpose for being there is deviation or wrongdoing, We will cause them to taste a most terrible penalty
22:26  Behold, We assigned to Abraham the site of the house saying, “Do not associate anything with Me, and keep My house clean for those who circle it, or stand up, bow, or prostrate themselves
22:27  “And inform humanity concerning Hajj. They will come like you on foot, and on every mode of transportation, coming from every distant land
22:28  “That they may experience that which will be of benefits to them, and remember the Name of God on the days appointed, while over the livestock which He has provided for them. Then eat of it, and feed the destitute in want
22:29  “So let them complete the rites prescribed for them, make their promises, and circle the Ancient House.
22:30  Whoever honors the sacred rites of God, for him is good in the sight of his Lord. Permissible to you are livestock, except those mentioned to you, but avoid the abomination of idols, and avoid a word that is false
22:31  Be true in faith to God, and never assign partners to Him. If anyone assigns partners to God, it is as if he had fallen from heaven, and had been snatched up by birds, or the wind had blown and thrown him into a distant place
22:32  Whoever holds in honor the symbols of God, it should truly come from piety of heart
22:33  In them you have benefits for a term appointed. In the end their place of sacrifice is near the Ancient House
22:34  To every people We appointed rites that they might mention the name of God over the sustenance He gave them from animals. And your God is One God, so submit your will to Him, and give the good news to those who humble themselves
22:35  They are those whose hearts, when God is mentioned, are filled with awe. Who show patient perseverance over their afflictions, establish prayer, and give out of what We have bestowed upon them
22:36  And the sacrificial animal, We have made it for you among the symbols from God. In them is good for you. So remember the name of God over it as they line up, and when they are down on their sides. Then eat of it, and feed the needy who do not ask, and those who do. Thus We have made animals subject to you, that you may be grateful
22:37  It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches God, it is your piety that reaches Him. He has made them subject to you, that you may praise God for His guidance to you, and proclaim the good news to all who do right
22:38  Indeed God will defend those who believe, indeed God does not love any who is a traitor of faith or who shows ingratitude
22:39  To those against whom war is made, permission is given to fight, because they were wronged, and indeed God is most powerful for their aid
22:40  Those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right, for no reason except that they say, “Our Guardian Evolver is God.” If God did not check one group of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and masjids, in which the name of God is commemorated in abundant measure. God will certainly aid those who aid Him, for indeed God is Full of Strength, Exalted in Might
22:41  Those who, if We establish them in the land, establish prayer and give zakat, encourage right and forbid wrong, then with God rests the end of all their affairs
22:42  If they reject you, so did peoples before them, the people of Noah, of ‘Ad , and of the Thamud
22:43  Those of Abraham and Lot
22:44  The companions of the Madyan people, and Moses, they all were rejected, but I granted respite to the unbelievers, and after that I punished them. How terrible was my rejection of them
22:45  How many populations have We caused to perish which were given to wrongdoing which tumbled down on their roofs? And how many wells are lying idle and neglected, as well as castles lofty and well-built
22:46  Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts may learn wisdom, and their ears may learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but the hearts in their breasts
22:47  And they ask you to hasten on the punishment, but God will not fail in His promise. Indeed a day in the sight of your Lord is like a thousand years of your count
22:48  And to how many populations did I give respite, though they were given to wrongdoing. In the end I punished them. To me is the destination
22:49  Say, “O humanity, I am sent to you only to give a clear warning
22:50  “Those who believe and work righteousness, for them is forgiveness and sustenance most generous
22:51  “But those who strive against Our signs, seeking to stop them, they will be companions of the fire.
22:52  Never did We send a messenger or a prophet before you, that when he had a purpose, Satan threw something harmful in his purpose, but God will throw out anything that Satan throws in, and God will confirm His signs, for God is full of knowledge and wisdom
22:53  He does this, so that He may make the suggestions thrown in by Satan, a trial for those in whose hearts is a disease, and who has hardened their heart. Indeed the wrongdoers are in a disagreement far astray
22:54  So that those on whom knowledge has been bestowed, may learn that it is the truth from your Lord, and that they may believe therein, and their hearts may be made humble and open to it. For God indeed guides those who believe to the straight way
22:55  Those who do not believe will not cease to be in doubt concerning revelation, until the Hour comes suddenly upon them, or there comes to them the penalty of a day of disaster
22:56  On that day, the control will be that of God. He will judge between them. And those who believe and work righteous deeds will be in gardens of pleasure
22:57  And for those who do not believe and deny our signs, there will be a crushing punishment
22:58  Those who leave their homes in the cause of God, and are slain or die, indeed will God bestow on them an excellent provision. Truly God is He Who bestows the best provision
22:59  Indeed He will admit them to a place with which they will be well pleased, for God is All Knowing, Most Understanding
22:60  Thus if one has retaliated to no greater extent than the injury he received, and is again attacked, God will help him, for God is One who blots out sins and forgives again and again
22:61  Because God merges night into day, and He merges day into night, and indeed it is God Who hears and sees all
22:62  Because God, He is the Reality, and those besides Him whom they invoke, are as falsehood, but indeed God is He, Most High, Most Great
22:63  Do you not see that God sends down rain from the sky, and thereafter the earth becomes dressed with green? For God is He Who understands the finest mysteries, and is well acquainted with them
22:64  To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth, for indeed God is free of all wants, worthy of all praise
22:65  Do you not see that God has made subject to you all that is on the earth, and the ships that sail through the waters by His command? He withholds the sky’s rain from failing on the earth except by His permission, for God is Most Kind and the Merciful Redeemer to humanity
22:66  It is He Who gave you life, will cause you to die, and will again give you life. Truly humanity is a most ungrateful creature
22:67  To every people We have appointed rites and ceremonies which they perform. Then let them not dispute with you over the matter, but invite them to your Lord, for you are surely on the right way
22:68  If they argue with you say, “God knows best what it is you do.
22:69  “God will judge between you on the Day of Accountability, concerning the matters in which you differ.
22:70  Do you not know that God knows all that is in heaven and on earth? Indeed it is all in a record, and that is easy for God
22:71  Yet they worship besides God, things for which no authority has been sent down to them, and of which they have no knowledge, for those who do wrong there is no helper
22:72  When Our clear signs are rehearsed to them, you will notice denial on the faces of the unbelievers. They nearly attack those who rehearse Our signs to them. Say, “Shall I tell you of something far worse than these signs? It is the fire of hell. God has promised it to the unbelievers, and evil is that destination.
22:73  O humanity, here is a parable put forward, listen to it. Those on whom you call other than God, cannot even create a fly, even if they all met together for the purpose, and if the fly snatches away anything from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly. Feeble are those who petition, as are those whom they petition
22:74  No just estimate have they made of God, for God is He Who is strong and able to carry out His will
22:75  God chooses messengers from angels and from human beings, for God is He Who hears and sees all things
22:76  He knows what is before them and what is behind them and to God go back all questions
22:77  O you who believe, bow down, prostrate yourselves, adore your Lord, and do good, so that you may flourish
22:78  And strive in His cause, as you ought to strive. He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in this way, it is the way of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this revelation, that the messenger may be a witness for you, and you are witnesses for humanity. So establish prayer, give zakat, and hold fast to God. He is your Protector, the best to protect and the best to help. (End of Part 17