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Ta. Si’in!. These are the ‘Verses’ of the 'Qur’ān' and of the genuine Book.
(This 'Qur’ān') is a source of inner guidance and spiritual transformation, and joyful news for the ‘Monotheistic Believers'.
Those who establish the regular Prayer, pay Zakāt and acknowledge the existence of the ‘Hereafter’.
Indeed, those who refuse to admit the truth of the Hereafter, We have beautified their (sinful) deeds in their eyes so that they may continue to wander blindly.
These are they who shall have an awful chastisement, and in the ‘Hereafter’ they will be the ones who are doomed to eternal perdition.
Surely, you, (O’ ‘Muhammad’), are receiving this ( Glorious) 'Qur’ān' from the One, (who is) All-Wise, All-Knowing.
(Mention) when ‘Moses’ said unto his family: "Surely I see a fire. I will bring you news thence, or I will bring you a burning torch, so that you may warm yourselves.
As soon as he reached it, he was called: “Blessed is whosoever is in the fire, and whosoever is round it! Glory be to Allâh, the Lord of all the worlds!
O’ ‘Moses’! Indeed, it is I, Allâh, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.
Do cast down your stick!” When he saw it moving as if it were a serpent, he turned in flight and returned not. (Then he was called again): "O’ ‘Moses’, do not be afraid. Lo! The ‘Messengers’ (of Allâh) do not (have any reason) to be afraid in My Presence,
Except for the one who does wrong and afterwards change evil for good. Lo! I am Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Put your (right) hand into your bosom, it will come forth glittering white without patches (on the skin). (These are) among the nine (miraculous) signs (for you to show them) to ‘Pharaoh’ and his clan. Indeed, they are sons of disobedience.”
But when Our signs ( of power & glory) came to them, they said: “This is an apparent sorcery (and devilry).”
They became impious towards them unjustly and arrogantly, although their own selves were convinced thereof. Thus, look and see how (dreadful) was the consequence of those who spread corruption!
Indeed, We endowed ‘David’ and ‘Solomon’ with knowledge of truth, and they said: "All the praises and gratitude belong unto Allâh who has preferred us above so many of His Pious servants!”
‘Solomon’ inherited ‘David’. He said: “O’ people, we have been taught the language of birds; and we have been granted of all things. This is indeed an apparent act of kindness beyond what is due.”
His soldiers of the jinn, men and birds were assembled before ‘Solomon’, and they all were set in rows.
Until, when they came upon the valley of the ants, one of the ants said: “O’ ants, enter your dwellings, lest ‘Solomon’ and his soldiers crush you, while they perceive not."
Thus, ‘Solomon’ smiled, amused at its speech and said: “O’ My Lord, grant me the power to be grateful to You for Your generous favor which You have bestowed upon me, and upon my parents so as to behave righteously in a manner that will be well-pleasing to You, and admit me by Your (divine) clemency among Your righteous servants.”
He inspected the birds, and said: "How is it that I do not see the hoopoe (here)? Or is it among the absentees?
I will definitely punish it with a stern punishment, or slaughter it, unless it brings me good reason.”
However, the hoopoe has not tarried too long. (After returning), it said: “I have compassed which you have not compassed; and I have come to you from Saba’ with true news.”
Indeed, I found (there) a woman ruling over them, who is blessed with everything, possessing a majestic throne.
I found her and her people venerating and idolizing the sun instead of Allâh, (the Lord of all the worlds). The devil has beautified their (sinful deed) in their eyes. Thus, he was able to keep them away from the (right) path so that they may remain spiritually blind.
And that they will not prostrate before Allâh who brings forth what is hidden in the heavens and earth, and who knows whatever you hide and whatever you disclose.
(It is) Allâh, (the Lord of all the worlds), there is no God but Him, the Lord of the Supreme Throne.”
‘Solomon’ said: "We shall (investigate) and see whether you are telling (us) the truth; or you are of the liars.
Go you with this letter of mine and throw it down to them Then turn back from them and see what they will return."
She (-the queen of Sheba-) said: "O’ noble chiefs, an honorable letter has been thrown to me.
Indeed, it is from (king) ‘Solomon’, and it is: 'In the name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful;
Do not act arrogantly toward me, but come to me in submission as Muslims.'"
She said: "O’ noble chiefs, advise me what I should do regarding this matter of mine. I ‘d never decide anything unless you were present with me."
They said: "We do possess the quality of being strong and the quality of being brave in battle, but the command is yours. Thus, think carefully about what you will command."
She said: “Surely the kings, when they enter a township, they sabotage it, and degrade its noblemen. This is what they do.
Surely I am going to send a gift to them, and to see with what (answer) the messengers return."
So when (the envoys) came to (king) ‘Solomon’, he said: “Do you think we seek financial support? What Allâh has given me is far better than that which He has given you. Nay, you are the ones who are rejoicing in your gift!
Return to them! We shall definitely come to them with an army which they have no power to confront; and we shall definitely drive them out from there, dishonored and completely debased."
He said: "O’ noble chiefs, which of you can bring me her throne before they come to me in submission?"
One strong from the jinn said: "I will bring it to you before you rise from your place. Indeed, I am strong, and trustworthy for such work."
One who had the knowledge of the book said: "I will bring it to you within the twinkling of an eye!" Then, when he saw it settled before him, he said: "This is by the grace of my Lord so as to test me whether I will show gratitude or become impious. Thus, whoever shows gratitude shows gratitude to the good of his own self. Whoever becomes impious (needs to know that) my Lord is absolutely Self-sufficient, Most Generous.”
He said: "Disguise her throne for her! Let us see whether she will be rightly guided or will be of those who are banned from receiving spiritual insight."
So, when she came, it was said (unto her): "Is your throne like this?" She said: "It is similar in every detail.” (king ‘Solomon’ said):” We were given the knowledge before her; and we had submitted ourselves ( entirely to Allâh, the Lord of all the worlds). "
What she used to worship (& venerate) other than Allâh prevented her (from submission to Him), for she belonged to a people who lack Faith ( in Allâh).
It was said unto her: "Enter the palace." But when she saw it, she thought it was a pool, and bared her legs. (‘Solomon’) said: "Indeed, it is a palace paved with crystal." She said: "My Lord, indeed I have wronged myself; and I submit (myself entirely with ‘Solomon’ to Allâh, the Lord of all the worlds."
And verily We sent to (the people of) ‘Thamūd’ their brother, 'Sālih', saying: "Worship (& venerate) Allâh Alone." (As soon as he started preaching to them the message), they split into two parties quarreling with each other."
He said: "O’ my people, why do you hasten to commit evil deed rather than doing righteous good deed? Why do you not ask forgiveness of Allâh so that you may be delivered from the consequences of your sins”
They said: "We augur bad omen from your part and from those who chose to convert to your faith. He said: "Your evil augury is with Allâh. You are a people who are led into temptation.”
In the city (of Thamūd), there were a company of nine persons (among their chiefs), who were indulging in corruption in the land, and were not willing to reform (their ways).
They said: "Let us swear one to another by Allâh that we shall make a sudden surprise attack on him and his household (during the night), and afterwards we will definitely say to his first-degree relative: 'We witnessed not the killing of his family. We are absolutely telling the truth.”
However, they devised an evil plan on the very spot, and We likewise planned a plan on the very spot, while they perceived not (the outcome of their evil plan).
Thus, look and see how (dreadful) was the outcome of their evil plan. Lo! We destroyed them completely as well as their people, all of them.
So those are their houses empty and left deserted because they were grossly unfair and morally wrong. Indeed, (in devastating ‘Thamūd’) is a lesson for a people who have spiritual gift of knowledge .
On the other hand, We saved those who placed their faith (in Allâh) and used to act piously.
(Mention) ‘Lot’ when he said unto his people: “What! Do you commit such an obscenity, overtly, while you see?
What! Do you indeed approach men lustfully instead of women? Nay, but you are truly a people in ignorance”(of the consequence of your conducts).
But the response of his people was naught except that they said: "Drive out the family of ‘Lot’ from your township. Indeed, they are people who would like to keep themselves pure and immaculate.”
Thus, We saved him and his family, except for his (sinful) wife. We destined for her to be one of those who remained behind.
We poured down on them a a shower (of stones of hard clay). Evil indeed is the shower of those who have been warned.
(O’ ‘Muhammad’), say: "All the praises and gratitude belong to Allâh! Peace be upon His (pious) servants, whom He has been chosen (to convey & promulgate (His Message)! Is Allâh better or (the mythological deities) they associate with Him?"
Is not He (better than the mythological deities)? He is the One who created the heavens and earth, sending down for you water from the sky, causing to grow thereby gardens of delightful beauty, which you could not have grown the trees thereof. What! Is there any god other than Allâh? Nay! But they are a people who ascribe equals to Him.
Is not He (better than the mythological deities)? He is the One who has made the earth a stable place where He placed rivers in its midst, appointed for it firm hills and set up a barrier between the two seas (i.e. between the salty and the sweet water). What! Is there any god other than Allâh? Nay! But most of them they do lack knowledge (of Allâh's Power & Glory).
Is not He (better than the mythological deities)? He is the One who answers the desperate one when he implores and prays to Him, and who removes the evil (that touches you) and makes you inheritors of the earth. What! Is there any god other than Allâh? Little is that which you remember!
Is not He (better than the mythological deities)? He is the One who leads you out of the veils of darkness of the land and the sea, and who sends the winds a herald of joyful news before His (divine) clemency. What! Is there any god other than Allâh? Highly Exalted is Allâh above all that which they associate with Him as partners.
Is not He (better than the mythological deities)? He is the One Who originates the creation, then repeats it, and who supplies you with provision from the heaven and earth. What! Is there any god other than Allâh? (O’ ‘Muhammad’), say (unto them): “"Bring forth your clear evidence, if you are truthful."
(O’ ‘Muhammad’), say: "No one in the heaven or on the earth does (really) know the (secrets of) unseen except Allâh, neither do they perceive when they will be resurrected."
Nay, their knowledge fails them as to grasp the 'Hereafter’. But the fact is that they are skeptical about it. The truth is that they are kept blind to it.
Those who excessively indulge in disbelief (in Allâh) say: "What! When we have become dust as well as our forefathers, shall we really be brought forth (again)?
Verily, we have been promised this, we and our forefathers before. This is not more than legends (or myths) of the ancients."
(O’ ‘Muhammad’), say: "Travel in the land and see how (dreadful) was the outcome of the ungodly sinners..”
(O’ ‘Muhammad’), grieve not for them, and stop being hard on yourself because of what they intrigue.
They say: “When will this promise be fulfilled, if you are truthful?”
(O’ ‘Muhammad’), say: "It may well be that something of that which you seek to hasten has drawn quite near behind you.
Indeed, your Lord is extremely bountiful for mankind, but most of them do not give thanks (to Him for His endless blessings).”
Indeed, Allâh knows perfectly well what their hearts conceal and what they disclose.
There is nothing in the heavens or on the earth but it is in a comprehensive book.
Absolutely, this (Glorious) 'Qur’ān' narrates to the ‘Children of Israel’ most of that about which they differ.
It is certainly a source of spiritual insight and a clemency for the ‘Monotheistic Believers’ (who seek salvation).
Certainly your Lord will decide between them by His Judgment. He is the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing.
Thus, depend on Allâh with full trust! You are absolutely on the apparent truth.
Surely you cannot make the dead to hear, nor can you make the deaf to hear the call , (mostly) when they go back retreating.
Nor can you lead the blind out of their error. You can only make those hear who believe in Our ‘Verses’ and so have submitted (themselves entirely to the authority of Allâh).
When the time for the fulfillment of the word against them is about to come, We will bring forth for them a living creature from the earth that will say unto them that : ‘People have no certainty in Our Verses.”
The day will come when We gather out of every nation a group of those who used to belie Our ‘Revelations’. They will be set in rows
Till, when they arrive (at the place of reckoning), He will say: Did you belie My ‘Verses’ while you did not (try to) investigate thoroughly (so as to determine their nature), or what was it that you have been doing?"
The word will be fulfilled against them because they were grossly unfair and morally wrong. Thus, they will be incapable of defending themselves.
Have they not seen that We made the night for them to rest therein, and the day a sight-giving (for them to labor and strive)? Certainly there are signs (of Allâh's Power and Glory) for the people who place their faith in Allâh.
The day will come when the Trumpet is blown. Thus, all those who are in the heaven and all those who are on the earth will be horrified except those whom Allâh intends to exempt. All will come to him, completely humbled.
Seeing the mountains (on that day), you will think that they are solid, while they will pass as the passing of clouds. This is the artistic work of Allâh, who perfected all things. Indeed, He is Fully Aware of what you do.
Whoever brings a single righteous good deed, he will have better than it, and such will be safe from the horror of that day.
On the other hand, whoever brings a single evil deed, such will be thrown down on their faces into the Fire. (It will be said unto them): "Are you requited except for that which you used to do?"
(O’ ‘Muhammad’, say unto all the people): "I have been commanded only to worship (& venerate) the Lord of this city, (Mecca), who has sanctified it; and unto Him belongs all things. I am commanded to be one of those who submit (themselves entirely to the authority of Allâh),
And to recite the ‘Qur'an." Lo! If anyone accepts to receive spiritual insight, he will do it for the benefit of his own self, and if anyone strays, say: "I am only a warner.”
(O’ ‘Muhammad’), say: "All the praises and gratitude belong to Allâh! He will show you His Signs (of power & glory), and you will be able to recognize them. Your Lord is not oblivious to that which you do.
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