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The revelation of this Book is from Allah, the Victorious, the Perfectly Wise.
Truly, We have revealed the Book to (Prophet Muhammed) in truth, so worship Allah, offering Him sincere faith.
Is it not to Allah that sincere faith is due? Those who take for protectors other than Allah [claim]: “We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to Allah.” Truly, Allah will judge among them in that wherein they differ. Allah does not guide those who are false and unbelieving.
If Allah had wanted to take a son for Himself, He could have chosen whomever He pleased from among those He created. Glory to Him! He is Allah the One, the Prevailing Force.
He created the skies and Earth in truth. He makes the night flow into the day and the day flow into the night. He has made the sun and the moon subservient. Each follows a course for an appointed time. Is He not the Victorious, the Most Forgiving?
He created you from a single person, and then He made his mate from that. He blessed you with eight heads of cattle in pairs. He makes you in the wombs of your mothers, one stage after another, in three veils of darkness. Such is Allah, your Lord. Dominion belongs to Him. No god is there except Him. How then are you averted?
If you disbelieve, then truly Allah has no need of you. However, He does not approve of ingratitude from His servants. If you are grateful, He is pleased with you. No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another. Finally, to your Lord is your return. He will then inform you of the truth of all that you did. Truly, He is the All-knowing of what is in hearts.
When some trouble touches a person, he/she calls unto his/her Lord and repents to Him. But when (his/her Lord) bestows a favor upon him/her by His grace, he/she forgets what he/she petitioned before, and he/she sets up rivals with Allah. In that way, he/she misleads others from (Allah’s) path. Say, “Enjoy your blasphemy for a little while. Truly, you are among the companions of the fire.”
Consider one who worships devoutly during the night, prostrating or standing, considering the hereafter and placing his/her hope in the mercy of his/her Lord. Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know? Those who are endowed with understanding will take heed.”
Say [on Allah’s behalf], “O My believing servants, fear and obey your Lord. For those who live righteously in this world, there is beauty. Spacious is Allah’s earth! Those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward without measure.”
Say, “I [Muhammed] am commanded to serve Allah with devoted faith.
“I am commanded to be the first among Muslims [of the Qur’anically organized religion].”
Say, “I fear, if I disobeyed my Lord, the penalty of a mighty day [of judgment].”
Say, “I worship Allah alone with sincere faith.
“You serve whatever you want besides Him!” Say, “The losers will lose their own souls and their families [who follow in sin], on the Day of Judgment. Isn’t that a real loss!
“They shall have layers of fire above them and layers below them. With this, Allah warns His servants: ‘O My Servants, fear and obey Me!’”
For those who abstain from the worship of idols and repent to Allah, there is the good news. Announce the good news to My servants.
[They are] those who listen to the Word and follow the best in it [without distortions and misinterpretations]. They are the ones whom Allah has guided. They are among those of understanding.
Consider one upon whom the decree of punishment is due. Could you rescue him/her from the fire?
For those who fear and obey their Lord, lofty mansions have been built with multiple floors. Beneath them, rivers flow. This is the promise of Allah. Allah never fails to keep a promise.
Do you not understand that Allah sends rain from the sky and channels it through springs in the earth? He then uses it to yield crops of various colors. They dry and turn yellow, as you can see, and then He causes them to crumble. In all this is a reminder for people of understanding.
Is one whose heart Allah has opened to submission [to God] receiving enlightenment from his/her Lord? Calamity approaches those whose minds are hardened against the remembrance of Allah. They are obviously misguided.
Allah has revealed the most beautiful message in the form of a Book consistent with itself and repetitious [as liturgy]. The skins of those who fear their Lord tremble [with reverence], and then their skins and hearts soften in remembrance of Allah. Such is the guidance of Allah. He guides with (the Qur’an) whom He pleases, but those whom Allah leaves astray will have no guide.
Consider one who has to shield with his face the worst punishment on the Day of Resurrection. It will be said to the sinners, “Taste what you have earned.”
Those before them rejected, and so the punishment came to them from directions they did not perceive.
Allah gave them disgrace in the present life, but the punishment of the hereafter is greater. If they only knew!
We have presented for people, in this Qur’an, every kind of parable in order that they may take heed.
The Qur’an is in Arabic. It contains no distortion so that people may learn righteousness.
Allah presents this parable: A man serves many partners who are at odds with one another. Another man peacefully serves only one master. How do these two compare? Praise Allah! Most people, however, have no knowledge.
Truly, you will die, and truly, they will die.
Finally, you will settle your disputes on the Day of Resurrection in the presence of your Lord.
Who does more wrong than one who utters a lie concerning Allah and rejects the truth when it comes to him/her? Is there not a place in Hell for unbelievers?
One who brings truth and one who confirms it are among the righteous.
They shall have all they want in the presence of their Lord. Such is the reward of those who do goodness.
Allah will erase from them the worst of their deeds. He will reward them according to the best of their deeds.
Is Allah not enough for His servant? But they try to scare you with others besides Him. There can be no guide for one that Allah leaves astray.
As for the one that Allah guides, no one can lead him/her astray. Is Allah not Exalted in Power, Master of Retribution?
If you indeed ask them who created the skies and Earth, they would say, “Allah!” Say, “Do you then consider the things that you invoke besides Allah? If Allah wills some penalty for me, can they remove His penalty? Or, if He wills some grace for me, can they keep back His grace?” Say, “Allah is sufficient for me. Those who trust put their trust in Him.”
Say, “O my people, do whatever you can. I will work, but soon you will know.
“[You will know] to whom comes a penalty of shame and on whom comes a penalty that will endure.”
Truly, We have revealed the Book to you in truth for the benefit of humanity. The person, then, who receives guidance benefits his/her own soul. The person who strays injures his/her own soul. You, however, are not responsible for their actions.
Allah takes souls at the time of death, and [He keeps] the souls of those who do not die in their sleep. He retains the souls of those for whom death has been decreed. He returns the others, each for an appointed time. Truly, in this are signs for people who ponder.
Do [the idolaters] acknowledge intercessors other than Allah? Say, “Even though they have no power at all and no intelligence?”
Say, “Exclusively to Allah belongs intercession. To Him belongs the dominion of Heaven and Earth. Finally, to Him you will return.”
When only Allah is mentioned, the hearts of those who do not believe in the hereafter are filled with disgust. When others are mentioned instead of Him, however, look; they are filled with joy.
Say, “O Allah, Creator of Heaven and Earth, Knower of all that is secret and public, You will judge among Your servants concerning those matters about which they differ.”
Even if the transgressors had all there is on Earth, and as much more, they would offer it for ransom from the pain of penalty on the Day of Judgment. Something, on which they could never have figured, will confront them from Allah.
Appearing to them will be the sins they acquired, and they will be encircled by that which they once scorned.
When trouble touches a person, he/she cries to Us. When We bestow a favor upon him/her from Ourselves, he/she says, “This has been granted to me because of my own wisdom.” No, this is only a test, but most of them do not understand.
Those before them said the same thing, but all they did was no avail to them.
The evil results of their deeds struck them. The sinners among these [people] will soon be struck by the evil results of their deeds. They will never be able to escape.
Do they not know that Allah enlarges the provision or restricts it for whom He pleases? Truly, in this are signs for the believers.
Say, “O my servants who have sinned against your own souls, do not despair concerning Allah’s mercy, for Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
“Repent to your Lord and submit to Him before the penalty is upon you. After that, you cannot be helped.
“Follow the best of what has been revealed from your Lord before the penalty comes upon you suddenly before you know what’s happening.
“Otherwise, the soul will say, ‘Oh, how miserable I am! I neglected to acknowledge Allah and was among those who mocked.’
“Or perhaps it will say, ‘If only Allah had guided me, I would have been among the righteous.’
“Or perhaps, when the penalty is seen, it will say, ‘If only I had another chance, I would be among the righteous.’
“[The reply to that:] ‘Truly, My signs did appear to you, and you rejected them. You were haughty and among the unbelievers.’”
On the Day of Judgment, you will see those who told lies against Allah. Their faces will be darkened. Is there not a place in Hell for the haughty?
Allah will deliver the righteous to their place of salvation. No harm will touch them, and they will not grieve.
Allah is the Creator of all things. He is the Guardian of all things.
To Him belong the keys of the skies and Earth. Those who reject the signs of Allah will be at loss.
Say, “Do you order me to worship someone other than Allah, O ignorant ones?”
It has already been revealed to you as it was to those before you, “If you were to idolize, your work would be a waste, and you will surely be among the losers.”
Worship Allah, and be among the grateful.
They have made no fair estimate of Allah –not such as is due to Him. On the Day of Resurrection, the whole of the earth will be but His handful. The skies will be rolled up in His right hand. Glory to Him! He is far above the associates they attribute [to Him].
The trumpet will have been sounded when all that is of Heaven and Earth will faint, except such as will please Allah. Then a second one will be sounded, when they will be standing and observing.
Earth will shine with the glory of its Lord. The Record will be displayed. The prophets and the witnesses will be brought forward, and a just decision will be pronounced among them. They will not be wronged.
Every soul will be paid in full for its deeds. He knows best all that they do.
The unbelievers will be led to Hell in a crowd until, when they arrive there, its gates will be opened. Its keepers will say, “Did messengers from among you not come to you and recite to you the signs of your Lord? [Did they not] warn you of the meeting of this day of yours?” The answer will be, “Yes!” The decree of punishment has been proven true against the unbelievers.
It will be said, “Enter the gates of Hell to live therein continuously. The home of the arrogant is wretched.”
Those who feared their Lord will be led to Paradise in crowds until they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say, “Peace unto you. You have done well. Enter here to live therein.
They will say, “Praise to Allah who has truly fulfilled His promise to us. [He] made us to inherit the earth. We may dwell in Paradise wherever we want. How excellent a reward for the laborers!
You will see angels surrounding the [divine] throne. [They will be] singing glory and praise to their Lord. The decision among them will be in justice. The call will be, “Praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds!”