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verily We have made it an Arabic Qur´an that you may understand
Indeed it is transcribed in the Original Book with Us; sublime and full of wisdom
Should We divert this Good Counsel from you because you are a people immersed in extravagance
How many a Prophet did We send to the earlier peoples
Yet never did a Prophet come to them but they mocked him
We utterly destroyed them although they were greater in might than these. The examples of ancient peoples have gone before
Yet if you were to ask them: "Who created the heavens and the earth?" they will certainly say: "The All-Mighty, the All-Knowing has created them."
He it is Who made this earth for you a cradle and made in it pathways for you that you may find the way to your destination
He Who sent down water from the sky in a determined measure, and thereby We revived a dead land: likewise will you be raised up (from the earth)
He Who created these pairs, all of them, and provided you ships and cattle on which you ride
so that when you are mounted upon them you may remember the bounty of your Lord, and say: "Glory be to Him Who has subjected this to Us whereas we did not have the strength to subdue it
It is to our Lord that we shall eventually return."
Yet they have made some of His servants a part of Him. Indeed man is most evidently thankless
Has Allah taken for Himself daughters out of those whom He creates and has chosen you to have sons
(They believe so although when) any of them is given tidings of the birth of a female child the like of which he assigns to the Merciful One, his countenance darkens and he is choked with grief
Do they assign to Allah one who grows up amidst ornaments and is not well-versed in the art of disputation
They claim that angels, who are Allah´s chosen servants, are females. Did they witness how their body is constituted? Their testimony shall be written and they shall be called to account
They say: "Had the Merciful One so willed, we would never have worshipped these deities." But they have no knowledge of the matter and are simply conjecturing
Or did We bestow upon them a Book before on whose authority they are holding on (to angel-worship)
Nay; they simply claim: "We found our forefathers on a way, and we continue to find guidance in their footsteps."
And thus it is: whenever We sent any warner to a city its affluent ones said: "We found our forefathers on a way and we continue to follow in their footsteps."
Each Prophet asked them: "Will you do so even if we were to show you a way better than the way of your forefathers?" They answered: "We disbelieve in the religion with which you have been sent."
Then We exacted retribution from them. So do consider the end of those who gave the lie (to the Prophets)
Call to mind when Abraham said to his father and his people: "I totally disown all whom you serv
except the One Who created me; and, behold, it is He Who will direct me to the Right Way."
And Abraham left behind this word to endure among his posterity so that they may return to it
(Even when they began worshipping others than Allah We did not destroy them) but bestowed sustenance on them and on their forefathers until there came to them the Truth and a Messenger who clearly expounded things to them
And when the Truth came to them they said: "This is just sorcery and we reject it."
They say: "Why was this Qur´an not sent down upon some great man from the two (main) cities?"
Is it they who distribute the Mercy of your Lord? It is We Who have distributed their livelihood among them in the life of this world, and have raised some above others in rank that some of them may harness others to their service. Your Lord´s Mercy is better than all the treasures that they hoard
Were it not that all mankind would become a single community (and follow the same way), We would have provided for all those who disbelieve in the Merciful One silver roofs for their houses, and (silver) stairs on which to go up
and (silver) doors to their houses, and couches (of silver) upon which they would recline
or that they be made of gold. Surely all this is only the enjoyment of the life of the world. But (true prosperity) in the Hereafter with Your Lord is only for the God-fearing
He who is negligent to remember the Merciful One, to him We assign a satan as his boon companion
and these satans hinder them from the Right Path, while he still reckons himself to be rightly-guided
But when he comes to Us, he will say (to his satan): "Would that there had been between me and you the distance as between the East and the West. How evil a companion you were!"
(He will then be told): "Today it will not benefit you the least that after your wrong-doing you and your satans now share the chastisement."
Can you, (O Prophet), then make the deaf hear, or direct to the Right Way the blind or one lost in manifest error
We shall inflict retribution on them, whether We take you away from the world (before We do that)
or make you see the end that We had promised them, for We have full power over them
So hold fast to what has been revealed to you. Surely you are on the Straight Way
Verily it is a great source of eminence for you and your people, and soon you will be called to account concerning that
Ask all Our Messengers whom We sent before you whether We had appointed any deities beside the Merciful One to be worshipped
Indeed We sent Moses with Our Signs to Pharaoh and his nobles. He told them: "I am a Messenger of the Lord of the Universe."
Yet when he brought forth Clear Signs from Us, then lo, they burst into laughter
Every Sign that We showed them was greater than its predecessor; and then We seized them with Our chastisement so that they may return (to the Right Way)
(Whenever they faced an affliction) they would say: "O magician, pray for us to your Lord according to your station with Him. We shall certainly be guided to the Right Way."
But lo, each time We removed Our affliction from them, they would go back on their word
And Pharaoh proclaimed among his people: "My people, do I not have dominion over Egypt, and are these streams not flowing beneath me? Can´t you see
Am I better or this contemptible man who is scarcely able to express himself
Why were bracelets of gold not bestowed upon him? Why did a retinue of angels not accompany him as attendants?"
He incited his people to levity and they obeyed him. Surely they were an iniquitous people
So when they incurred Our wrath, We exacted retribution from them, and drowned them all
and made them a thing of the past and an example for those who would come after them
No sooner the example of the son of Mary was mentioned than, lo and behold, your people raised a clamou
and said: "Who is better, our deities or he?" They said so only out of contentiousness. They are a disputatious people
He was no more than a servant (of Ours), one upon whom We bestowed Our favours and whom We made an example (of Our infinite power) for the Children of Israel
If We had so willed We could have made some of you into angels to become your successors on earth
Verily he [i.e., Jesus) is a portent of the Hour. So be in no doubt concerning it and follow Me. This is the Straight Way
Let not Satan hinder you (from believing in the Hour), for surely he is your open enemy
When Jesus came with Clear Signs and said: "I have brought wisdom to you that I may make plain to you some of the things you differ about. So fear Allah and follow me
Allah is my Lord and your Lord; therefore, serve Him. That is the Straight Way."
Then the factions fell apart among themselves. So woe to the wrong-doers from the chastisement of a grievous Day
Are they awaiting anything other than the Last Hour that it should suddenly come upon them without their even perceiving it
On that Day even bosom friends shall become enemies to one another, all except the God-fearing
(It will be said to them): "My servants, today you have nothing to fear or regret
you who believed in Our Signs and had surrendered yourselves (to Us)
Enter Paradise joyfully, both you and your spouses."
Platters and cups of gold shall be passed around them, and there shall be all that they might desire and all that their eyes might delight in. (They shall be told): "Herein shall you abide for ever
Such is the Paradise that you shall inherit by virtue of your good deeds in the life of the world
Herein you will have abundant fruits of which you will eat."
But the evil-doers shall abide in the torment of Hell
Never will their torment be lightened for them. They shall remain in utter despair
It is not We Who wronged them; rather, it is they who wronged themselves
They shall call out: "O Malik, let your Lord put an end to us." He will reply: "You must stay on in it
We brought you the Truth; but to the truth most of you were averse."
Have they contrived some scheme? If so, We too will contrive a scheme
Or do they think that We do not hear their secret talks and their whispering counsels? Yes, indeed We do and Our messengers [i.e., angels) are with them, writing
Say: "If the Merciful One had a son, I would have been the first one to worship him."
Exalted be the Lord of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of the Throne, above what they attribute to Him
So leave them alone to indulge in their vanities and to frolic about until they encounter that Day of theirs against which they have been warned
He it is Who is God in the heavens and the earth. He is the Most Wise, the All-Knowing
Blessed is He Who has dominion over the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. With Him is the knowledge of the Hour; and to Him you shall all be sent back
Those whom they call upon, instead of Allah have no power of intercession, except such that testify to the truth based on knowledge
If you were to ask them: "Who created them?" they will surely say: "Allah." Whence are they, then, being led astray
We call to witness the cry of the Messenger: "O Lord, these are a people not wont to believe!"
Indulge them, (O Prophet), and say to them: "Peace to you." For soon they shall come to know