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40:1  Ḥa, Ma«m
40:2  The [gradual] sending down of the Book is from Allah, the All-mighty, the All-knowing
40:3  forgiver of sins and acceptor of repentance, severe in retribution, [yet] all-bountiful, there is no god except Him, [and] toward Him is the destination
40:4  No one disputes the signs of Allah except the faithless. So do not be misled by their bustle in the towns
40:5  The people of Noah denied before them and the [heathen] factions [who came] after them. Every nation attempted to lay hands on their apostle, and disputed erroneously to refute the truth. Then I seized them; so how was My retribution?
40:6  That is how the word of your Lord became due concerning the faithless, that they shall be inmates of the Fire
40:7  Those who bear the Throne, and those around it, celebrate the praise of their Lord and have faith in Him, and they plead for forgiveness for the faithful: ‘Our Lord! You comprehend all things in mercy and knowledge. So forgive those who repent and follow Your way and save them from the punishment of hell
40:8  Our Lord! Admit them into the Gardens of Eden, which You have promised them, along with whoever is righteous among their forebears, their spouses and their descendants. Indeed You are the All-mighty, the All-wise
40:9  Save them from the ills; and whomever You save from the ills that day, You will have had mercy upon him, and that is the great success.’
40:10  Indeed it will be proclaimed to the faithless: ‘Surely Allah’s outrage [towards you] is greater than your outrage towards yourselves, as you were invited to faith, but you disbelieved.’
40:11  They will say, ‘Our Lord! Twice did You make us die, and twice did You give us life. We admit our sins. Is there any way out [from this plight]?&rsquo
40:12  This [plight of yours] is because, when Allah was invoked alone, you would disbelieve, but if partners were ascribed to Him you would believe. So the judgment belongs to Allah, the All-exalted, the All-great.’
40:13  It is He who shows you His signs and sends down for you provision from the sky. Yet no one takes admonition except him who returns penitently [to Allah]
40:14  So supplicate Allah, putting exclusive faith in Him, though the faithless should be averse
40:15  Raiser of ranks, Lord of the Throne, He casts the Spirit of His command upon whomever of His servants that He wishes, that he may warn [people] of the Day of Encounter
40:16  The day when they will emerge [from their graves], nothing about them will be hidden from Allah. ‘To whom does the sovereignty belong today?’ ‘To Allah, the One, the All-paramount!’
40:17  ‘Today every soul shall be requited for what it has earned. There will be no injustice today. Indeed Allah is swift at reckoning.’
40:18  Warn them of the Imminent Day when the hearts will be at the throats, choking with suppressed agony, [and] the wrongdoers will have no sympathizer, nor any intercessor who might be heard
40:19  He knows the treachery of the eyes, and what the breasts hide
40:20  Allah judges with justice, while those whom they invoke besides Him do not judge by anything. Indeed it is Allah who is the All-hearing, the All-seeing
40:21  Have they not traveled over the land so that they may observe how was the fate of those who were before them? They were greater than them in might and with respect to the effects [they left] in the land. But then Allah seized them for their sins, and they had no defender against Allah[’s punishment]
40:22  That was because their apostles used to bring them manifest proofs, but they defied [them]. So Allah seized them. Indeed He is all-strong, severe in retribution
40:23  Certainly We sent Moses with Our signs and a manifest authorit
40:24  to Pharaoh, Haman and Korah, but they said, ‘A magician, a mendacious liar.’
40:25  So when he brought them the truth from Us, they said, ‘Kill the sons of the faithful who are with him, and spare their women.’ But the stratagems of the faithless only go awry
40:26  And Pharaoh said, ‘Let me slay Moses, and let him invoke his Lord. Indeed I fear that he will change your religion, or bring forth corruption in the land.’
40:27  Moses said, ‘Indeed I seek the protection of my Lord and your Lord from every arrogant one who does not believe in the Day of Reckoning.’
40:28  Said a man of faith from Pharaoh’s clan, who concealed his faith, ‘Will you kill a man for saying, ‘‘My Lord is Allah,’’ while he has already brought you manifest proofs from your Lord? Should he be lying, his falsehood will be to his own detriment; but if he is truthful, there shall visit you some of what he promises you. Indeed Allah does not guide someone who is a profligate, a liar
40:29  O my people! Today sovereignty belongs to you, and you are dominant in the land. But who will save us from Allah’s punishment should it overtake us?’ Pharaoh said, ‘I just point out to you what I see [to be advisable for you], and I guide you only to the way of rectitude.’
40:30  And he who had faith said, ‘O my people! Indeed I fear for you [a day] like the day of the [heathen] factions
40:31  like the case of the people of Noah, of ‘a€d and Thamud, and those who were after them, and Allah does not desire any wrong for [His] servants
40:32  O my people! Indeed I fear for you a day of mutual distress calls
40:33  a day when you will turn back [to flee], not having anyone to protect you from Allah, and whomever Allah leads astray has no guide
40:34  Certainly Joseph brought you manifest proofs earlier, but you continued to remain in doubt concerning what he had brought you. When he died, you said, ‘‘Allah will never send any apostle after him.’’ That is how Allah leads astray those who are profligate, skeptical
40:35  Those who dispute the signs of Allah without any authority that may have come to them —[that is] greatly outrageous to Allah and to those who have faith. That is how Allah seals the heart of every arrogant tyrant.’
40:36  And Pharaoh said, ‘O Haman! Build me a tower so that I may reach the route
40:37  —the routes of the heavens— and take a look at the God of Moses, and indeed I consider him a liar.’ To Pharaoh was thus presented as decorous the evil of his conduct, and he was kept from the way [of Allah], and Pharaoh’s stratagems only led him into ruin
40:38  And he who had faith said, ‘O my people! Follow me, I will guide you to the way of rectitude
40:39  O my people! This life of the world is only a [passing] enjoyment, and indeed the Hereafter is the abiding home
40:40  Whoever commits a misdeed shall not be requited except with its like, but whoever acts righteously, whether male or female, should he be faithful —such shall enter paradise, provided therein without any reckoning
40:41  O my people! [Think,] what makes me invite you to deliverance while you invite me toward the Fire
40:42  You invite me to defy Allah and to ascribe to Him partners of which I have no knowledge, while I call you to the All-mighty, the All-forgiver
40:43  Undoubtedly, that to which you invite me has no invitation in the world nor in the Hereafter, and indeed our return will be to Allah, and indeed it is the profligates who will be inmates of the Fire
40:44  Soon you will remember what I tell you, and I entrust my affair to Allah. Indeed Allah sees best the servants.’
40:45  Then Allah saved him from their evil schemes, while a terrible punishment besieged Pharaoh’s clan
40:46  the Fire, to which they are exposed morning and evening. And on the day when the Hour sets in Pharaoh’s clan will enter the severest punishment
40:47  When they argue in the Fire, the weak will say to those who were arrogant, ‘Indeed we used to follow you; so will you avail us against any portion of the Fire?’
40:48  Those who were arrogant will say, ‘Indeed we are all [together] in it. Indeed Allah has judged between [His] servants.’
40:49  Those in the Fire will say to the keepers of hell, ‘Supplicate your Lord to lighten for us [at least] a day’s punishment.’
40:50  They will say, ‘Did not your apostles use to bring you manifest proofs?’ They will say, ‘Yes.’ They will say, ‘Then supplicate [Him] yourselves.’ But the supplications of the faithless only go awry
40:51  Indeed We shall help Our apostles and those who have faith in the life of the world and on the day when the witnesses rise u
40:52  —the day when the excuses of the wrongdoers will not benefit them, and the curse will lie on them, and for them will be the ills of the [ultimate] abode
40:53  Certainly We gave Moses the guidance and We made the Children of Israel heirs to the Book
40:54  as a guidance and an admonition for those who possess intellect
40:55  So be patient! Allah’s promise is indeed true. And plead for [Allah’s] forgiveness for your sin, and celebrate the praise of your Lord morning and evening
40:56  Indeed those who dispute the signs of Allah without any authority that may have come to them —there is only vanity in their breasts, which they will never satisfy. So seek the protection of Allah; indeed He is the All-hearing, the All-seeing
40:57  Surely the creation of the heavens and the earth is more prodigious than the creation of mankind, but most people do not know
40:58  The blind one and the seer are not equal, neither are those who have faith and do righteous deeds and the evildoing. Little is the admonition that you take
40:59  Indeed the Hour is bound to come; there is no doubt in it. But most people do not believe
40:60  Your Lord has said, ‘Call Me, and I will hear you!’ Indeed those who are disdainful of My worship will enter hell in utter humility
40:61  It is Allah who made the night for you, that you may rest in it, and the day to provide visibility. Indeed Allah is gracious to mankind, but most people do not give thanks
40:62  That is Allah, your Lord, the creator of all things, there is no god except Him. Then where do you stray
40:63  Thus are made to stray those who are used to impugning the signs of Allah
40:64  It is Allah who made the earth an abode for you, and the sky a canopy, and He formed you and perfected your forms, and provided you with all the good things. That is Allah, your Lord! Blessed is Allah, Lord of all the worlds
40:65  He is the Living One, there is no god except Him. So supplicate Him, putting exclusive faith in Him. All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds
40:66  Say, ‘I have been forbidden to worship those whom you invoke besides Allah, since there have come to me manifest proofs from my Lord, and I have been commanded to submit to the Lord of all the worlds
40:67  It is He who created you from dust, then from a drop of [seminal] fluid, then from a clinging mass, then He brings you forth as infants, then [He nourishes you] so that you may come of age, then that you may become aged —though there are some of you who die earlier— and that you may complete a specified term, and so that you may apply reason
40:68  It is He who gives life and brings death. So when He decides on a matter, He just says to it, ‘Be!’ and it is
40:69  Have you not regarded those who dispute the signs of Allah, where they are being led away [from Allah’s way]
40:70  —Those who deny the Book and what we have sent with Our apostles. Soon they will kno
40:71  when, [with] iron collars around their necks and chains, they are dragge
40:72  into scalding waters and then set aflame in the Fire
40:73  Then they will be told, ‘Where are those you used to take as partner
40:74  besides Allah?’ They will say, ‘They have forsaken us. Rather, we did not invoke anything before.’ That is how Allah leads astray the faithless
40:75  ‘That is because you used to exult unduly on the earth and because you used to walk exultantly.’
40:76  Enter the gates of hell, to remain in it [forever].’ Evil is the [final] abode of the arrogant
40:77  So be patient! Allah’s promise is indeed true. Whether We show you a part of what We promise them, or take you away [before that], [in any case] they will be brought back to Us
40:78  Certainly We have sent apostles before you. Of them are those We have recounted to you, and of them are those We have not recounted to you. An apostle may not bring any sign except by Allah’s permission. Hence when Allah’s edict comes, judgment is made with justice, and it is thence that the falsifiers become losers
40:79  It is Allah who created the cattle for you that you may ride some of them, and some of them you eat
40:80  and there are [numerous] uses in them for you, and that over them you may satisfy any need that is in your breasts, and you are carried on them and on ships
40:81  He shows you His signs. So which of the signs of Allah do you deny
40:82  Have they not travelled over the land so that they may observe how was the fate of those who were before them? They were more numerous than them and were greater [than them] in power and with respect to the effects [they left] in the land. But what they used to earn did not avail them
40:83  When their apostles brought them manifest proofs, they exulted in the knowledge they possessed, and they were besieged by what they used to deride
40:84  Then, when they sighted Our punishment, they said, ‘We believe in Allah alone, and disavow what we used to take as His partners.’
40:85  But their faith was of no benefit to them when they sighted Our punishment —Allah’s precedent which has passed among His servants, and it is thence that the faithless will be losers