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These are among the letters, of the Arabic language, appearing at the beginning of some Qur'aanic chapters. Significance of these letters is a mystery. Omniscient Allah has perhaps purposely kept it mysterious to remind mankind of the limitation of knowledge it is bestowed with
By the Qur'aan, full of wisdom
You (Prophet Muhammad) are indeed one of the Messengers (of Allah for mankind)
[Who (the Messengers) are] on Straight Path
(The Qur'aan is) sent down by the Omnipotent, the Merciful
So that you (Prophet Muhammad) may warn a people whose fathers were not warned, and are therefore unaware
Divine verdict has already been passed against most of them, so they believe not
We have indeed placed on their necks chains reaching up to the chins, so that they have their heads held up
And We have set a barrier in front of them and a barrier behind. Then We have so covered them up that they see not
And whether you warn them or not, it is all the same to them; they believe not
You can warn only him who follows the Zikr (Qur'aan) and fears the Gracious One without actually seeing Him. Give him then the good news of forgiveness and generous reward
We do indeed bring the dead to life. And We do write down what they send ahead and what they leave behind. And We record everything in a clear document
And recount to them the story of the town-people, when the Messengers came to the town
When We sent to them two Messengers, they rejected them both. Then We aided them with a third. And they said, "We have indeed been sent to you."
They (the town-people) said, "You are none but mortals like us. And, the Gracious One has sent nothing! You are none but liars."
They (the Messengers) said, "Our Lord knows that we are indeed sent to you as His Messengers."
"And our responsibility is only to deliver the divine Message clearly."
They (the town-people) said, "We do indeed consider you to be portents of evil. If you desist not, we will surely stone you, and a painful punishment from us will certainly afflict you."
They said, "Your evil portents be with you. Do you consider it evil that you are reminded of your duty to Allah!? Nay, you are a people transgressing all bounds."
And from the remote part of the city there came a man running. He said, "O my people! Follow the Messengers."
"Follow those who ask of you no reward! And the Messengers are rightly guided."
"And what reason have I that I should not worship Him Who created me?! And to Him you will be returned."
"Shall I take to worshipping any god besides Him — gods whose intercession, if the Gracious One should desire to afflict me with harm, will avail me naught, and who can save me not?"
"I shall then indeed be in clear error."
"I do indeed believe in your Lord, so give me a hearing."
It was said, "Enter the Garden." He said, "Would that my people knew"
"How my Lord has forgiven me and made me one among those honoured!"
And We did not send down upon his people any army from heaven, after him, nor did We need send any
It was just a single deafening blast, and then they were silenced by death
Alas for the subjects! Never does a Messenger come to them but they mock him
Do they not see how many generations We did destroy before them — generations that return to them not
And all of them, certainly indeed, will be brought before Us together
And a sign to them is the dead earth. We make it alive, and bring out from it grain of which they eat
And We have made therein gardens of date-palms and grapes and We have made some springs to flow therein
That they may eat of the fruit thereof — fruit that their hands have not made. Will they not then be thankful
Glory to Him Who created pairs of all things — pairs of what the earth grows, pairs of their own kind, and pairs of what they know not
And a sign to them is the night: We take out the day therefrom and then they are those in darkness
And the sun moves on in the way (orbit) fixed for it. That is a course laid down by the Omnipotent, the Knowledgeable
And the moon: We have laid down phases for it till it returns in shape (curved) to an old dry palm-stalk
Neither is it possible for the sun to overtake the moon (for their paths are different), nor can the night take the place of the day. And all float on in orbit
And a sign to them is that We bore their race in the laden ship (Noah's Ark)
And We have created for them the like thereof, whereon they ride
And if We so will, We may drown them, then there would be no one to respond to their cries for help, nor can they be rescued
(They cannot be rescued) except by mercy and provision from Us for a given time
And then it would be said to them, "Take heed of what is ahead of you and what is behind you, so that mercy is shown to you."
And there comes to them no Verse of the Verses of their Lord but they turn away from it
And when it is said to them, "Spend out of what Allah has given you," those who disbelieve say to those who believe, "Shall we feed him whom, if Allah wills, He could feed? You are not but clearly in error."
And they say, "When will this promise (of the Last Day happening) come to pass, if what you say is true?"
They await but a single deafening blast, which will overwhelm them while they squabble
Then they will not be able to make a bequest, nor return to their families
And when the trumpet is blown, to their Lord they will rush from their graves
They will say, "O woe to us! Who has raised us up from our graves? This is what the Gracious One had promised! And the Messengers did tell the truth
It will but be a single dafening blast, after which they all shall be brought before Us
That Day then none shall be wronged even a bit; and you shall not be recompensed aught but for what you did
The inhabitants of the Garden (Paradise) shall indeed on that Day be merrily occupied
They and their wives shall be in shaded places, reclining on couches
They shall have fruits therein, and they shall have whatever they desire
Peace shall be the greeting from the Merciful Lord
And stand aside this Day, O guilty ones
Did I not send guidance to you, O children of Adam, that you should not worship the Satan? He is indeed an open enemy to you
And that you worship Me. This is the Straight Path
And he (Satan) did certainly lead many a generation from among you astray. Could you not then understand
This is the Hell you were being warned of
Suffer it this Day since you suppressed the Truth
This Day We seal their mouths and their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will bear witness as to what they earned
And had We so willed, We would have covered their eyes. Then, how would they see to get to the (Straight) Path?
And had We so willed, We would have degraded them in their position, then they would be able neither to proceed, nor turn back
And one whom We give a long life, We cause a reversal of creation in that one. Do they not understand
And We have not taught him (Prophet Muhammad) poetry, nor does it befit him. This (Qur'aan) is nothing but a clear Narrative and Reading
(The Qur'aan is meant) to warn him who is alive, and to expose those that suppress the Truth therein
Do they not see that We have created — of things Our hands have wrought — cattle for them, so they become their masters
And We have made the cattle subservient to them, so some of them they ride, and some they eat
And for them therein there are other benefits, and they get milk therefrom to drink. Will they not then be grateful
And they take gods besides Allah hoping to be helped
They (gods other than Allah) are incapable of helping them, and yet they (the polytheists) consider them (the gods) a host at their beck and call
So let not what they say grieve you. We do indeed know what they conceal and what they proclaim
Does not man see that We have created him from a little thing of fertilized ovum? And, lo, he has become an open adversary
And he (man) compares us to material things and forgets his own creation. He says, "Who will bring the bones to life, when they are rotten?"
Say, "He will bring life back to them, Who had brought them into existence in the first place. And He knows the entire creation."
"He Who makes fire for you out of the green tree, the fire with which then you kindle."
Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth capable of creating the like thereof? Yes, of course! And He is the Creator, fully aware of all things
When He intends anything, His command to it is just to say, "Be", and it is
Glory then to Him in Whose hand is the sovereignty over all things! And to Him is your return
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