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Ta. Si’in! These are the Verses of the Qur’ān and the irrefutable Book.
(This Qur’ān) is the True Source of Enlightenment and Glad Tidings to those who live a life of Genuine Faith,
Who duly perform the prescribed prayers, who pay the prescribed Zakāt and who have Absolute Faith in Hereafter.
Regarding those who persistently refuse to acknowledge the existence of the Hereafter, We have made their (iniquitous) deeds appealing to them so that they may continue to wander blindly.
It is they who will be subjected to the severest punishment. And in the Hereafter, they will be the ones who are doomed to face perdition.
And truly you are receiving this Qur’ān from the presence of One who is All-Wise, All-Knowing.
And (mention) when Moses said to his family: "Surely I see in the distance a fire, I will go and bring you news from there, 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! All Glory Be To Allâh, the Lord of all the beings!
O’ Moses! Most assuredly, it is I, Allâh, the Almighty, the All-Wise.
And now cast down your stick!” When he saw it slithering like a serpent, he turned his back in flight and didn’t come back. (Then he was called again): "O’ Moses, don’t be afraid. Lo! The Messengers (of Allâh) don’t (have a reason) to be afraid in My Presence,
Except for the one who has abandoned My Command in favour of his own whims and afterwards changes evil for good. And Lo! I am Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful.
And now put your (right) hand into your bosom, it will come forth glittering white without patches (on the skin). (These are) among the Nine Signs (to show them) to Pharaoh and his clan. Indeed, they are a people who indulge in personal disobedience extensively without repentance”.
But when Our Signs (of power & glory) were preformed before them, they said: “This is an apparent sorcery (and devilry)”.
They became impious (and hostile) to them unjustly and arrogantly, although their own selves were convinced thereof. So look and see how (dreadful) was the end of those who spread corruption!
Indeed, We endowed David and Solomon with knowledge of truth. And they said: "All the praise unto Allâh who has preferred us above so many of His Pious servants!”
And Solomon was David's heir. He said: “O’ people, we have been taught the language of birds, and been given of all things. This is indeed an apparent act of kindness beyond what is due.”
Solomon’s forces of jinn, men, and birds were assembled before him and lined in orderly ranks.
Until, when they came upon the valley of the ants, one of the ants said: “O’ ants, go quickly into your dwellings, lest Solomon and his soldiers unconsciously crush you."
So Solomon smiled exuberantly at its words and prayed: “O’ My Lord, grant me the power to be grateful to You for Your generous favor which You have bestowed upon me and my parents so as to behave righteously in a manner that will be well-pleasing to You. And admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous servants.”
He inspected the birds and said: "How is it that I don’t 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.
And I found her and her people venerating and idolizing the sun instead of Allâh. The devil has made their (iniquitous deed) appealing to them. Thus, he was able to keep them away from the (right) path so that they may continue living in spiritual darkness.
Do they not prostrate themselves to Allâh Who brings forth whatever is hidden in the heavens and the earth, and who has full knowledge of whatever you hide and whatever you disclose?
(It is) Allâh, there is no other god beside Him, the Lord of the Supreme Throne.”
Then Solomon said: "We shall (investigate) and see whether you are telling (us) the truth, or you are of the liars.
Now go 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.
It is indeed from (king) Solomon. And it says: 'In the name of Allâh, the True Merciful (God), the Most Merciful.
Don’t act arrogantly toward me, but come to me in submission.’”
She added: "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. So 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 see what (response) the messengers will bring.”
So when (the envoy) 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, but it is you 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 extremely strong among the jinn said: "I will bring it to you before you rise from your place. Indeed, I am strong and trustworthy for such work."
But one who had 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 a grace of my Lord so as to test me whether I will show gratitude or become impious. So whoever shows gratitude does so to the benefit of his own self. And whoever becomes impious (needs to know that) my Lord is most assuredly Self-sufficient, Most Generous’.
He said: "Now disguise her throne for her! And let us see whether she will yield to the truth or be of those who are living spiritual darkness."
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)".
What she used to worship, other than Allâh, prevented her (from submitting to Allâh), for she belonged to a people who were spiritually dead and blind.
It was said to her: "Enter the lofty Palace". But when she saw it, she thought it was a pool, so bared her legs. (Solomon) said: "Indeed, it is a palace paved with crystal". She said: "My Lord, indeed I have unfair to myself (when I have abandoned Faith in favour of my own whims). Now I submit (myself entirely) along with Solomon to Allâh, the Lord of all the beings."
And verily We sent to (the people of) Thamūd their brother Sālih, saying: "Worship Allâh (in the way He wants you to worship him). But (When he started preaching to them), they split into two parties quarreling with each other”.
He said: "O’ my people, why do you seek to hasten on the evil before than good? Why do you not ask forgiveness of Allâh so that you may be delivered from the consequences of your iniquitous deeds.”
They said: "We augur bad omen from your part and from those who chose to follow you”. He said: "Allâh has made Your evil augury await you. You are a people who keep falling into temptation”.
In the city (of Thamūd), there was a company of nine persons (among their chiefs), who were indulging in corruption in the land, and were not willing to make amends.
They said: "Let us swear one to another by Allâh that we shall make a sudden attack on him and his family by night. Then we will surely say to his near relatives: “We were not present when they were slain. We are indeed telling the truth”.
So they devised an evil plan on the very spot, and We likewise planned a plan on the very spot. But they didn’t perceive (what the dire consequences of their evil plan would be).
Thus, look and see how (dreadful) was the outcome of their evil plan. And lo! We destroyed them completely, together with all their people.
So those then are their houses empty and left deserted because they have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims. Surely, in this, there is a Sign (of Allâh’s power & glory) for a people who have spiritual gift of knowledge.
And We saved those who lived by Faith and used to act piously.
And (mention) Lot when he said to his people: “What! Do you commit such an indecency, overtly, while you see?
What! Do you indeed approach men lustfully instead of women? Nay, but you are truly a people living in utter ignorance.”
Yet the only response of his people was that they said: "Drive out the family of Lot from your city. Indeed, they are a people who would like to keep themselves pure and immaculate”.
So We saved him and his family, except for his (sinful) wife. We destined for her to be one of those who lagged behind.
And We poured down upon them a shower (of stones of hard clay). How dreadful was the shower for those who had been warned.
Say: "All praise is due to Allâh! And peace be upon His (Pious) servants whom He has chosen. Is Allâh better or (the fabled gods) they associate with Him?"
Is not He (better than the fabled gods)? For He is the One Who created the heavens and the 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 (ignorant) people who ascribe equals to Him.
Is not He (better than the fabled gods)? For 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. What! Is there any god other than Allâh? Nay! But most of them don't have sufficient knowledge (of Allâh's power & glory).
Is not He (better than the fabled gods)? For He is the One Who answers the desperate one when he calls upon Him, and Who removes the evil (that touches you) and makes you inheritors of the earth. What! Is there any god other than Allâh? How little you celebrate His praise and declare His glory.
Is not He (better than the fabled gods)? For He is the One Who leads you out of the veils of darkness of the land and the sea, and Who sends the winds as a herald of glad tidings before His Mercy. 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 fabled gods)? For 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? Say: "Bring forth your decisive evidence if you are truthful".
Say: "No one in the heavens 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 voluntarily and consciously refuse to Yield to the Truth say: "What! When we and our forefathers become dust, shall we really be brought forth (again)?
Verily, we and our forefathers have been promised this before. This is no more than legends of the ancients."
Say: "Travel in the land and see how (dreadful) was the end of the Ungodly Sinners.”
Don’t grieve for them, nor be distressed by their evil schemes.
They say: “When will this promise be fulfilled if you are truthful?”
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. Yet most of them don’t show gratitude.”
Most certainly, Allâh has full knowledge of whatever their hearts conceal and whatever they disclose.
There is nothing in the heavens or on the earth, but it is recorded in an explicit book.
Most certainly, this Qur’ān narrates to the Children of Israel most of that about which they differ.
It is certainly a True Source of Enlightenment and Mercy for a people who live a life of Genuine Faith-(seeking salvation).
Most certainly, your Lord will decide between them by His Judgment. He is the Almighty, the All-Knowing.
So depend on Allâh with full trust! You are absolutely on the apparent truth.
Surely you cannot make the one who is (spiritually) dead hear the truth. Nor can you make those who are deaf hear the call, (mostly) when they go back retreating.
Nor can you make the ones who are (spiritually) blind come out of their deception. You can make none hear the truth except the ones who have absolute faith in Our Revelations, wholly submitting (themselves to Allâh).
And When the time for the fulfillment of the Word against them is about to come, We will bring forth for them out of the earth a living creature saying to them that people had no faith in Our Revelations.
And (mention) the day when We shall gather from every nation a group of those who persistently denied Our Signs, and they will be set in rows.
Till, when they arrive (at the place of reckoning), He will say: Did you deny My revelations when you couldn’t encompass them in knowledge, or what was it that you used to do?"
And the Word ( of punishment) will be fulfilled against them because they have voluntarily and consciously abandoned Faith in favour of their own whims.Thus, they will be incapable of speaking .
Have they not seen how We made the night for them to rest therein, and the day for them to see? Most certainly, there are Signs (of Allâh's power and glory) for a people who live a life of Genuine Faith.
And (mention) the day when the Trumpet is blown. So all those who are in the heavens and on the earth will be paralyzed with fear except those whom Allâh intends to exempt. All will come to him, completely humbled.
And you will see the mountains which you think to be solid passing by like clouds. This is the artistic work of Allâh, who perfected everything. Most certainly,He has full knowledge of whatever you do.
And whoever brings a single righteous deed will have better than it, and such will be saved from the horror of that day.
And whoever brings a single evil deed, such will be thrown down on their faces into the Fire. (They will be told): "Are you requited except for that which you used to do?"
(Say): "I have been commanded only to worship the Lord of this city, (Mecca), who has sanctified it. And unto Him belong all things. I am commanded to be one of those who wholly submit (to Allâh),
And to recite the Qur'an." Therefore whoever chooses to walks on the path of truth, it is only for his own self-interest. And say to whoever falls away from the Faith: “I am only a Messenger giving warning.”
Say: "All praise is due to Allâh! He will show you His Signs (of power & glory), and you will be able to recognize them. Your Lord has full knowledge of whatever you do.
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