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al-Furqan (The Criterion, The Standard)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi
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Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Criterion, The Standard(al-Furqan)
25:1 Blessed is He who has sent down the Criterion [Qur'aan] to His Devotee that he/it may serve as a warner to the worlds.
25:2 Blessed is He to Whom belongs the the absolute sovereignty over the heavens and the earth, He Who has begotten no children and has no partner in His sovereignty. It is He Who has created every thing and it is He Who has given it its role.
25:3 And yet they have taken, besides Him, deities who create nothing and they themselves are created, and who have no power to harm or benefit themselves and who who have no power over death, life, or Resurrection.
25:4 Those who suppress the Truth say, "This is only a self- concocted lie and others have helped him in concocting it." Verily, then, they have perpetrated an injustice and a falsehood.
25:5 And they say, "Fables of the ancients! He has had written these down which then are rehearsed to him morning and evening."
25:6 Say, "HE has sent it down Who knows every secret that is in the heavens and on the earth. He is indeed Forgiving, Merciful."
25:7 And they say, "What kind of a Messenger is this who eats food and roams in the marketplaces!? Why has no angel been sent down with him to warn us?"
25:8 "Or no treasure been sent down to him, or no garden been provided to him from which to eat?" The wrongdoers further say, "You are not following but a man bewitched!"
25:9 See what kind of attributes they expect you to have. They have thus gone astray and cannot find the right way.
25:10 Blessed is He who can give you, if He wills, better things than that: gardens under which rivers flow. And He can provide palaces for you.
25:11 But they deny the Hour. We have prepared a blazing Fire for those who deny the Hour.
25:12 When it (the Fire) sees them from afar, they will hear it raging and roaring.
25:13 When they are thrown into a narrow space therein, chained together, they will plead for destruction (death, so that they become oblivious to their suffering in the Fire).
25:14 "Plead not this day for a single destruction, but plead for many!"
25:15 Ask, "Is this better, or the Paradise of immortality which the pious/righteous have been promised? It is their reward and their destination."
25:16 They shall forever have therein for them all that they desire. This is a promise frequently asked for of your Lord.
25:17 On the Day He gathers them together with those they worship besides Him, He will ask, "Did you mislead these people whom I had created to worship Me, or did they stray away by themselves?"
25:18 They will say, "Your Holiness! It was not proper for us to choose any of the awliya other than You. But You gave them and their fathers the comforts of this life so much that they forgot the Remembrance (of You and Your Message, the Qur'aan) and thus became a people doomed."
25:19 They have certainly then given the lie to all your pleas and you can neither ward off punishment nor get any help. And whoever of you has committed evil, he/she shall be made by Us to taste great punishment!
25:20 We had not sent any Messengers before you who did not eat food and roam the market- places. We test some of you with others, whether you exercise patience. And your Lord monitors all things.
25:21 And those who do not expect a meeting with Us say, "Why are angels not sent down to us or why do we not see our Lord?" They are certainly too proud of themselves and have greatly exceeded all bounds.
25:22 There will be no good tidings for the guilty on the day they see the angels. And they will cry out for an invincible partition between them and the angels!
25:23 And We shall proceed to turn all that they did into scattered dust.
25:24 The inhabitants of the Garden will have the best abode and the finest place of rest on that Day.
25:25 On a Day when the sky will split open with its clouds and the angels after angels are sent down,
25:26 Sovereignty on that Day shall return defacto and dejure to the Gracious One. And it will be a hard Day for those who suppress the Truth.
25:27 On that Day, the transgressor will bite his hands and say, "Would that I had walked the Messenger's path!"
25:28 "Oh would that I had never chosen such-and-such as my friend!"
25:29 "He made me stray away from Your Message after it had reached me. And the Satan is betrayer of mankind."
25:30 And the Messenger will say, "O my Lord! My people did indeed treat this Qur'aan as a thing abandoned."
25:31 And thus did We make to every prophet an inimical front from among the sinners; but your Lord is sufficient as Guide and Support.
25:32 Those who suppress the Truth say, "Why was the Qur'aan not sent down to him all at once?" We did send it down thus so that We imbue your mind therewith. And We have arranged it in good order.
25:33 No sooner do they come up with a problem than We bring you the truth behind and the best solution.
25:34 Those who will be dragged headlong into Hell shall have an evil place to dwell in — and they had strayed away from the Right Path.
25:35 And We did give Moses the Book, and made his brother Aaron his assistant.
25:36 We then told them both to go to the people who had denied Our signs. We then put those people to ruin!
25:37 And We drowned the people of Noah when they rejected the Messengers and We made an example of them (the people) for all mankind. And We have prepared a painful punishment for the transgressors!
25:38 For AAad, Thamood, and the people of al-Rass, and for many a generation between them.
25:39 To every one of them We gave warning examples and every one of them We put to annihilation.
25:40 And they must have certainly come upon the town/village on which had rained down an evil rain. How could they not have seen it? Yet they have no faith in the Resurrection.
25:41 Whenever they see you, they hold you not but in contempt, saying, "Is this the one Allah has sent as His Messenger?"
25:42 "Indeed, he would almost have led us away from our deities, had we not stood firmly with them!" And when they experience the punishment, they shall realize who it is that had strayed from the path.
25:43 Have you seen one who has taken one's own desire to be one'a god? Can you be a guardian over such a one?
25:44 Do you think most of them can hear or understand? They are nothing but like cattle. Nay, they are those astray from the Path.
25:45 Have you not observed how your Lord stretches the shadow? Had He pleased, He could have made it stationary. And We made the sun a guide over it.
25:46 Then We withdraw it (shadow) to Us, an easy withdrawal.
25:47 And it is He Who has made for you the night as mantle, the sleep for repose, and the day for rising.
25:48 It is He who sends the winds as heralds bearing good news of His ensuing mercy and We send down pure water from the sky.
25:49 We send down water so that We may bring life to a dead land and slake the thirst aplenty of Our creations of cattle and mankind.
25:50 And We do distribute it (rainfall) among them so that they are gratefully aware thereof, but most of mankind respond not but in ingratitude.
25:51 And if We had so willed, We would have certainly raised someone to warn, in every town/village.
25:52 Do not yield then to those who suppress the Truth, but counter them strenuously by means of this [Qur'aan].
25:53 It is He who has facilitated two seas to flow and meet — one palatable and sweet and the other salty and bitter — and set up a barrier and an invincible partition between them.
25:54 And He it is who has created a human being from water and then made him a link in the human relationships by blood and marriage. And your Lord is all powerful.
25:55 Yet they worship besides Allah others that can neither benefit nor harm them. And the suppressor of the Truth does ever turn his back on his Lord.
25:56 And We have not sent you (Prophet Muhammad) but to give good news to those who believe in Allah and abide by His Guidance given in the Qur'aan and to warn those who believe not.
25:57 Say, "I do not ask you for anything in return for this except that anyone who so wishes should take the Right Path to his Lord."
25:58 And have trust on the Living [Allah] Who never dies, and glorify Him with His praise. And He is well conversant with the sins His subjects commit.
25:59 It is He who created the heavens and the earth, and all besides that is in and around them, in six periods of time. HE then ascended the Throne of absolute power and authority. HE is the Gracious One. Do ask any informed person about Him.
25:60 When they are told to prostrate before the Gracious One, they ask, "Who is this Gracious One? Are we to prostrate to whatever you order us?" And it increases their aversion.
25:61 He is the bestower of blessings who has set constellations in the heavens, as also a lamp (sun) and a moon that give light (for the inhabitants of this earth).
25:62 And He it is who has made the night and the day succeed each other — for the one who would ponder or be grateful.
25:63 And human beings obedient to the Gracious One are those who walk on earth with humility and when the ignorant speak to them, they say, "Peace."
25:64 And who spend the night for their Lord, lying down and standing.h
25:65 And who say, "Our Lord! Ward off from us the punishment of Hell. Its punishment is indeed atrocious."
25:66 Indeed, it is an evil abode and an evil position to be in.
25:67 And they (human beings obedient to the Gracious One) are those who are neither spendthrift nor miserly, but keep to a position in between.
25:68 And who invoke no deity besides Allah, nor kill anyone whose killing, without due authority, Allah has prohibited, nor indulge in extramarital sexual intercourse. And whoever does this, he/she commits a sin.
25:69 He/she shall have his suffering doubled on the Day of Resurrection and shall remain humiliated therein forever.
25:70 But for those who repent, believe, and do good deeds, Allah will change their evil deeds into good ones. And Allah is forgiving, merciful.
25:71 And the one who repents and reforms, he/she then has indeed turned to Allah in repentance.
25:72 And they (human beings obedient to the Gracious One) are those who do not give false evidence, and when they pass by frivolity, they pass by with dignity.
25:73 And who, when reminded of the Verses/signs of their Lord, do not stumble upon them, deaf and blind.
25:74 And who say, "Our Lord! Give us joy in our wives and our children and make us exemplary for the righteous."
25:75 These are the ones who will be rewarded with high position because of their endurance. They will be welcomed therein with greetings and salutations of peace.
25:76 They shall live there forever — the best place to reside in and the best position to be in.
25:77 Say, "Why would my Lord care for you, if you do not pray to and invoke Him? Verily then you have rejected the Truth. So soon shall the inevitable happen!"


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