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Blessed is He who sent down the Criterion to His servant, that it might be of use to all the systems of knowledge
He to Whom belongs the control of the heavens and the earth. He has no son, nor does He have a partner in His control. It is He who created all things, and ordered them in due proportions
Yet they have taken besides him, gods that can create nothing but are themselves created, that have no control of hurt or good to them, and cannot control death or life, or resurrection
And the disbelievers say, “This is nothing but a lie which he has fabricated, and others have helped him at it.” In truth, they have put forward an injustice and a lie
And they say, “Tales of the ancients, has he written, and they are dictated before him morning and evening.
Say, “The Quran was sent down by Him who knows the mystery that is in the heavens and the earth, indeed He is Oft-Forgiving, Mercifully Redeeming.
And they say, “What sort of a messenger is this, who eats food, and walks through the streets? Why has not an angel been sent down with him to warn us
“Or why has not a treasure been bestowed on him, or why does he not have a garden for enjoyment?” The wrongdoers say, “You follow none other than a mad man.
See what kinds of comparisons they make for you, but they have gone astray, and never will they be able to find a way
Blessed is He Who, if that were His will, could give you better things than those. He could give you gardens with rivers flowing through them, and palaces
No, they deny the hour of the judgment to come, but We have prepared a blazing fire for those who deny the Hour
When it sees them from a place far off, they will hear its fury and its ranging sigh
And when they are cast and bound together into a constricted place, they will plead to perish then and there
“This day plead not for a single destruction. Plead to perish oft-repeatedly.
Say, “Is that best, or the eternal garden promised to the righteous? For them, that is a reward as well as a goal of attainment
“For them there will be therein, all that they wish for. They will dwell there forever. A promise from your Lord which you requested.
The day He will gather them together, as well as those they worship besides God, He will ask, “Was it you who lead My servants astray, or did they stray from the path themselves?
They will say, “Glory to You, it is not proper for us to take for protectors others besides You, but You bestowed on them and their parents, good things in life, until they forgot the message, and became a lost people.
Now they have proved you liars concerning what you say, so you cannot avert your penalty nor get help.” And whoever among you does wrong, We will cause him to taste a terrible penalty
And the messengers whom We sent before you, were all people who ate food and walked through the streets. We have made some of you as a trial for the others. Will you have patience? For God is One who sees all things. 20 (End of Part 18
Those who do not expect the meeting for judgment with Us say, “Why are the angels not sent down to us, or why do we not see our Lord?” Indeed they have an arrogant conceit of themselves, and terrible is the insolence of their impiety
The day they see the angels, no joy will there be for those who are unethical. And the angels will say, “There is a barrier forbidden to you altogether.
And We will turn to whatever deeds they did in this life, and We will make those deeds as blowing dust
The companions of the garden will be well that day in their abode, and have the best resting place
The day the heaven will be rent asunder with clouds, and angels will be sent down, descending in ranks
That day, the control of right and truth will be entirely with God, the Merciful Redeemer. It will be a day of dire difficulty for the disbelievers
The day that the wrongdoer will bite at his hands and he will say, “Oh, I wish I had gone the way of the messenger
“Oh, I wish I had never taken that one for a friend
“He led me astray from the message after it had come to me. Satan is to the human being a traitor.” Then the messenger will say
“O my Lord, truly my people took this Quran as virtually useless.
We made for every messenger an enemy among those who are corrupt, but enough is your Lord to guide and to help
Those who do not believe say, "Why is not the Quran revealed to him all at once?" It is revealed this way so that We may strengthen your heart with it, and We have vocalized it to you in gradual, moderate, well-arranged stages
And no question do they bring to you about which We do not reveal to you the truth and the best explanation
Those who will be gathered to hell while on their faces, they will be in a terrible situation, and as to the path, most astray
Before this, We sent Moses the Book, and appointed his brother Aaron with him as minister
And We directed them, “Go both of you to the people who have rejected our signs.” And those people We caused to perish by utter destruction
And the people of Noah, when they rejected the messengers, We drowned them, and We made them a sign for humanity, and We have prepared for all wrongdoers a terrible penalty
And also ‘Ad and Thamud, and the companions of the Rass, and many generations between them
To each We offer parables and similitudes, and to each We brought utter annihilation for their sins
And the unbelievers indeed must have passed by the town which rained a shower of harm. Did they not then see it with their own eyes? But they do not fear the resurrection
When they see you, they do not deal with you, except with mockery, “Is this the one whom God has sent as a messenger?
“Indeed he would have nearly misled us from our gods, had we not been so devoted to them.” Soon they will know when they see the penalty who it is that is most misled
See the one who takes for his god his own desires? Could you be a manager of affairs for him
Or do you think that most of them listen or understand? They are only like livestock. No, they wander even more
Have you not turned your vision to your Guardian Evolver? See how He prolongs the shadow? If He willed, He could make it stationary. But instead We make the Sun its guide
Then We draw it in towards Ourselves, and wind it down in gradual stages
And He is the One who makes the night as a blanket for you, makes sleep as peace and tranquility, and makes the day as it were a revival
And it is He Who sends the winds as heralds of good news, going before His mercy, and We send down pure water from the sky
So that with it, We may give life to a dead land, and quench the thirst of things We have created, livestock and human beings, in great numbers
And We have distributed the water among them, in order that they may praise Us, but most people are averse to everything but ingratitude
Had it been Our will, We could have sent a warner to the center of every population
Therefore, do not listen to the unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost effort
It is He Who has let free the two bodies of flowing water, one palatable and sweet, the other salty and bitter. Yet He has made a barrier between them, a partition that is forbidden to be passed
It is He Who has created human beings from water. Then He established relationships of lineage and marriage, for your Lord has power over all things
Yet they worship besides God things that can neither profit them nor harm them, and the disbeliever is a helper against his own Guardian Evolver
But We only sent you to give good news and advice
Say, “No reward do I ask of you for it but this, that each one who wills, take a straight path to his Lord.
And put your trust in Him Who lives and dies not, so praise Him, and enough is He to be acquainted with the faults of His servants
He Who created the heavens and the earth, and all that is between, in six days, and is firmly established on the throne of authority, God the Merciful Benefactor. Then ask about Him, any who are acquainted with those things
When it is said to them, “Prostrate to the Merciful Benefactor”, they say, “And what is the Merciful Benefactor? And why should we prostrate to that which you advise us?” It increases their flight from the truth
Blessed is He Who made the constellations in the skies, and placed therein a lamp and a moon casting light
And it is He Who made the night and the day to follow each other, for those who have the will to praise Him and to show their gratitude
And the servants of God, the Merciful Benefactor, are those who walk on the earth with humility, and when the ignorant address them they say, “Peace.
Those who spend the night in adoration of their Lord, prostrating and standing
Those who say, “Our Lord, avert from us the punishment of hell, for its punishment is indeed a terrible affliction
“Terrible indeed is it as a home and as a place to stay.
Those who when they give, are neither irresponsible nor miserly, but are balanced between those extremes
Those who do not invoke with God any other god, nor slay the soul that God has made sacred, except for just cause, and who do not engage in impermissible sex. But any who does this, not only meets punishment
But the penalty on the Day of Accountability will be doubled for him, and he will dwell therein in disgrace
Unless he repents, believes, and does good, for God will change the wrong of such people into good, and God is Oft-Forgiving, Mercifully Redeeming
And whoever repents and does right, has truly turned to God with an acceptable conversion
And those who do not support falsehood. And if they pass by futility, they pass by it with honorable avoidance
Those who, when they are advised with the signs of their Lord, do not fail to register them, as if they were deaf or blind
And those who pray, “Our Lord, grant to us spouses and offspring, who will be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders of the righteous.
Those are the ones who will be rewarded with the highest place in heaven, because of their determination. There they will be met with greetings and peace
Dwelling therein, and how beautiful a home and place of rest
Say to the rejecters, “My Lord is not upset by you, if you do not call on Him, but you have indeed rejected Him, so soon will come the inevitable punishment.