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Do people think that they won’t go though trials and tribulations just because they say: "We profess a belief (in the Absolute Oneness of Allâh)?”
Verily, We allowed those before them to go through trials and hardships. Allâh will certainly bring to light those who are truthful about their Faith and those who have made a false profession of Faith.
Or do those who continue to indulge in iniquitous deeds think that they can escape Our punishment? Evil is that which they judge!
Whoever has this hope in meeting Allâh (should know) that the term appointed by Allâh is definitely coming. He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knowing.
Whoever strives, only does so for his own interest. Most certainly Allâh is Self-sufficient, above (need of His) creatures.
As for those who live by Faith and strive to do righteous acts (in this worldly life), We will surely deliver them from the consequences of all their iniquitous deeds, and award them according to the best of that which they used to do.
We have enjoined on man to be kind and dutiful to his own parents. However, if it happens that they try to oblige you to associate with Me that whereof you have no knowledge, then don’t yield to them. To Me will be your return whereat I will inform you of what you used to do.
As for those who live by Faith and strive to do righteous acts (in this worldly life), We will surely admit them into the (company) of the righteous.
And among people there are those who say: "We profess a belief in the Absolute Oneness of Allâh," but if it happens that one of them suffered religious persecution because of his Faith in Allâh, he will consider the persecution of people as though it were the chastisement of Allâh. And if it happens that victory comes from your Lord, (the Hypocrites) will say: "Indeed, We were with you.” Is not Allâh Most Knowing of what is stored up in the hearts of all creatures.
And most certainly Allâh will bring to light those who live by Faith and those who indulge in hypocrisy.
Those who voluntarily and consciously refuse to Yield to the Truth say to those who live by Faith: "Follow our way and we will bear the burden of your iniquitous deeds.” The fact is that they cannot bear aught of their iniquitous deeds. Truly they are genuine liars.
Lo! They will surely bear their own burdens and other burdens besides their burdens. They will surely be questioned on the Day of Resurrection regarding that which they used to fabricate.
And verily We sent Noah (as Our Messenger) to his people, and he tarried among them a thousand years less fifty. Subsequently, the Great Flood engulfed them when they had voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims.
Thus, We saved him and those who were with him in the Ark, making it a Sign for all beings.
And (Mention) Abraham when he said to his people, “Worship Allâh (in the way He wants you to worship Him). And act piously towards him. This is better for you If only you knew ”.
You only worship (senseless) idols besides Allâh and create a lie. Indeed, those whom you worship besides Allâh have no power to provide sustenance for you. So seek your sustenance from Allâh, worship and show gratitude to Him. You all will be returned to Him.
If you deny (the truth, O' people of Mecca), then (you will need to know that) many communities have denied before you. And the sole duty of the Messenger is to convey the Message clearly.
Have they not considered how Allâh originates the creation and then repeats it? Indeed, that is easy enough for Allâh.
Say, "Travel through the land and observe how Allâh originated the creation. Then He will create the latter creation. Indeed, Allâh is Most Capable of doing whatsoever He desires.
He chastises whomever He wills and bestows His Mercy on whomever He wills. And to Him you shall be returned.
Neither on the earth nor in the heavens will you be able to escape His punishment. Lo! Other than Allâh, you have neither a protector nor a helper.
And as to those who persistently deny the truth of the Verses of Allâh and the meeting with Him (in the Hereafter), they have despaired of My Mercy, and for those there shall be a painful punishment.
But the only answer of the people of Abraham was that they said: ”Slay him, or burn him!” So Allâh saved him from the fire. Verily, in This there are Signs (of Allâh's power & glory) for a people who live a life of Genuine Faith.
Abraham said: "You have chosen to worship (senseless) idols for no other reason than to maintain the bond of love and friendship among yourselves in this worldly life. But on the Day of Resurrection you will disown and curse one another. Your abode will be the Fire, and then you will have no helper."
And Lot had faith in Abraham: and Abraham said: “I am leaving my home for the sake of my Lord: for He is the Almighty, the All-Wise."
We blessed him with Isaac and Jacob. And We ordained the gift of prophecy and the Revelation for his descendants. Then We gave him his reward in this worldly life, and in the Hereafter, he will definitely be among the righteous.
And (mention) Lot when he said to his people: “You commit disgraceful and immoral acts such as none in all the worlds ever ventured to commit before you.”
Indeed you lust after men, make sudden attack on the caravans and commit (all sorts of) evil deeds openly in your assemblies.” But the only answer of his people was that they said: “Bring us the punishment of Allâh if you are of the truthful."
He said: "My Lord, help me against a people who excessively indulge in corruption.”
And when Our Messengers came to Abraham with the glad tidings, they said: “We are going to destroy the people of this town - (Sodom) - because they have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims”.
He said: "But Lot lives there". They said: “We know very well who live there. We will surely save him and his family except for his (sinful) wife, who will be among those who will lag behind!”
Then when our Messengers came to Lot, He became troubled in spirit and felt helpless to protect them. They said: "Don’t Fear or grieve. Verily, We will save you and your family, except your wife, who will be among those who will lag behind.
Indeed, We are going to bring down upon the people of this town an extremely dreadful torment from the sky as a result of what they used to debauch.”
And verily We have left thereof a conspicuous Sign (of Our power & glory) for a people who have a higher level of consciousness.
And We sent, to Midian, their brother Shu‘ayb (as Our Messenger). He said: "O’ my people, worship Allâh, look to (the reward of) the Last Day and don’t act wickedly in the land through spreading corruption.”
However, they falsely accused him of lying, so the devastating earthquake sized them and they were left lying lifeless in their habitations.
And (the tribes of) Ād and Thamūd (suffered the same fate) which becomes clear to you from their ruined homes. Satan made their ungodly deeds seem alluring to them, and averted them from heading in the right direction although they were endowed with insight.
Korah, Pharaoh and Hāmān also suffered the same fate. Indeed, Moses had come to them with irrefutable Signs but they behaved arrogantly on the earth yet they could not escape Our punishment.
So each (of those mentioned), We punished for his iniquitous deed: Upon some We sent a violent hailstorm, some were seized by dreadful cry, some We caused the earth to swallow, and some We drowned. So it was not Allâh Who wronged them, but they used to be unfair to their own selves (when had voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims).
The parable of those who take guardians, other than Allâh, is as the parable of the Spider that takes to itself a house. Indeed, the frailest of houses is the house of the Spider, If only they had spiritual gift of knowledge.
Most surely Allâh has full knowledge of whatever deities they invoke instead of Him. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.
These parables which We set forth (in the Qur’an) for mankind, none can grasp their intended meaning except for those who have the spiritual gift of wisdom and knowledge.
Allâh created the heavens and the earth for a genuine reason. Surely there is a Sign (of Allâh’s power & glory) for those who live a life of Genuine Faith.
Recite what has been revealed to you of the Book and duly perform the prescribed prayers. Indeed, prayer prohibits (all sorts of) debauchery and abomination. But verily celebrating the praise of Allâh in gratefulness is more (beneficial for the people). Therefore, (you can rest assured that) Allâh has full knowledge of whatever you do.
Don’t argue with the People of the Book except in the best manner of (discussing), except for those among them who willfully persist in yielding to their own whims, and say (to them): “We have Absolute Faith in what has been revealed to us, as well as in what has been revealed to you. Our God and yours is One True God. We (decided) to submit (ourselves entirely to Him).”
This is how We revealed to you the Book- (the Qur’ān). (The truly pious among) those whom We gave the Scriptures believe in It, as do some of these (Arab polytheists). And none will venture to deny (the divine origin of) Our Revelations except for those who excessively indulge in spiritual darkness.
You were incapable of reading or writing before the Qur’ān was revealed to you. Otherwise, those who yield to falsehood would have harbored doubts (over It).
The truth is that the Qur’ān consists of Theistic Natural Signs that exist in the hearts of those who have the spiritual gift of wisdom and knowledge. And none will venture to deny (the divine origin of) Our Revelations except those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims.
They say: “If only miraculous signs had been sent down to him from his Lord.” Say: "Signs are only with Allâh. And I am only sent with a serious warning.”
Is it not sufficient for them that We have revealed to you the Qur’ān which is recited to them? Surely, there is a Mercy in this and an Admonition for a people who live a life of Genuine Faith.
Say: "Sufficient is Allâh as a witness between you and me. He has full knowledge of whatever is in the heavens and on the earth." And those who believe in falsehood and live in spiritual darkness, it is they who are doomed to face perdition.
They ask you to hasten on the (divine) retribution. Had it not been for a term appointed, the (divine) retribution would surely have come to them. Surely, it will come upon them quickly and unexpectedly when they don't perceive it.
They ask you to hasten on the (divine) retribution. And most assuredly Gehenna will encompass those who continue to live in spiritual darkness.
On the Day the punishment will envelop them from above them and from under their feet, He shall say: "Taste (the result of) what you used to do."
O’ My (pious) servants who live by Faith, Surely My earth is enormously spacious, so worship Me (in the way I want you to worship Me).
Every human person is bound to taste death. And eventually, you are all bound to return to Us.
And those who live by Faith and strive to do righteous acts, We shall certainly lodge them in (unique) Chambers in high places in Al-Jannah, underneath which rivers flow, so as to live therein forever. Excellent is the reward of the (righteous) workers,
Who Clung to patience (in their struggle in serving the cause of Allâh), and depended on their Lord with full trust.
How many a moving creature doesn’t carry its own sustenance! Allâh provides for it and for you, for He is the All- Hearer, the All-Knowing.
And if it happens that you ask them, "Who has created the heavens and earth and subjected the sun and the moon?" They will certainly answer: "Allâh." So how they are deceived into going away from the Faith?
Allâh spreads out and straitens His subsistence to whomsoever He desires of His servants. Most assuredly, Allâh has the full knowledge of all things.
And if it happens that you ask them: "Who is the One who causes the water to descend from the sky and thereby revives the earth after its death?” They will certainly answer: "Allâh." Say, "All praise is due to Allâh!" The Fact is that most of them do lack the ability to perceive and understand.
And this worldly life is no more than entertainment and activity engaged in for recreation. Verily, the home of the Hereafter is the genuine life, if they only knew.
And when they board the ship (and lose their courage in facing danger), they sincerely start praying to Allâh with Genuine Faith. But when He brings them safely to the land, behold, they associate partners with Him.
Let them be ungrateful to what We have given them. And let them enjoy themselves (for a while). Soon they will face (the dire consequences of their iniquitous deeds).
Have they not seen that We made (Mecca) a safe sanctuary while all the people around are snatched away? Do they then yield to falsehood and strive to refute the grace of Allâh.
And Who then does greater evil than one who attributes falsehood to Allâh or stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the truth when it has been shown to him (clearly)? Is there not a home in Gehenna for those who have no tendecy to Live by Faith.
And those who strive hard for Us, We shall surely guide them into Our ways. And Allâh is most surely with those who pursue righteousness and perfection in Faith.
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