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I call to witness the lucent Book
That We made it a distinctly lucid Qur'an that you may understand
It is inscribed in the original Book (of Books) with Us, sublime, dispenser of (all) laws
Should We have withdrawn the Reminder from you as you are a people who exceed the bounds
Many a prophet had We sent to the earlier communities
But never did a prophet come at whom they did not scoff
So We destroyed far more powerful (nations) than they. The example of earlier people is there
If you ask them: "Who created the heavens and the earth?" they will answer: "The Mighty and All-knowing created them,"
He who made the earth a bed for you, and laid out tracks upon it so that you may find the way
Who sent down water in due measure from the sky, then quickened a region that was dead -- So shall We bring you forth -
He who created pairs of everything, and fashioned for you boats and beasts on which you ride
So that when you sit astride of them and think of the bounties of your Lord, you may say: "All glory to Him who subjugated these for us. We were incapable of doing so
Surely we have to go back to our Lord."
Yet they make some of His creatures His offspring! Man is surely most ungrateful
Or has He taken from those He has created daughters for Himself, and assigned sons to you
Yet when news of (a daughter) they had reserved for Ar-Rahman comes to one of them, his face is blackened (with shame), and he grieves in silence inwardly
Can one who has been raised on ornaments and cannot present her case coolly in a dispute (be associated with God?
Yet they have made the angels, who are creatures of Ar-Rahman, females. Did they witness their creation? We shall record their testimony, and they will be interrogated
Yet they say: "If Ar-Rahman had so pleased we would not have worshipped them." They have no knowledge of it in the least. They only make up lies
Did We give them a Scripture before this to which they are holding fast
In fact they say: "We found our fathers following a certain way, and are guided by their footprints."
Thus, We never sent an admonisher to a settlement before you but the decadent among them said. "We found our fathers following this way, and we are walking in their footsteps."
"Even if I bring you a better guidance," he rejoined, "than the one you found your fathers on?" Still they said: "We do not believe in what you have brought."
Then We punished them. So look at the fate of those who denied
When Abraham said to his father and his people: "I am rid of what you worshi
Other than Him who created me. He will show me the right way."
This is the legacy he left to his descendants so that they may turn (to God)
In fact, I allowed them and their fathers to enjoy this life till the truth, and the apostle preaching it lucidly, came to them
Yet when the truth had come to them, they said: "This is sorcery. We shall never believe in it."
They also said: "Why was this Qur'an not sent down to some great man of the two cities?"
Are they the ones who dispense the favour of your Lord? It is He who apportions the means of livelihood among them in this world, and raises some in position over the others to make some others submissive. The favours of your Lord are better than what they amass
Had it not been that all people would become one community (of unbelievers), We might have given those who disbelieve in Ar-Rahman roofs of silver for their dwellings and (silver) stairs for mounting
And doors (of silver) for their houses, (silver) couches for reclining
And ornaments of gold. But all this would have been nothing but the vanity of this world. The Hereafter with your Lord is for those who take heed for themselves and follow the straight path
We shall attach to him who goes blind to the remembrance of Ar-Rahman a devil as companion, -
Surely the (devils) obstruct them from the path, though they think they are rightly guided, -
Until when he comes before Us he will say (to the devil): "Would to God there was a distance of the East and West between you and me, for you were an evil companion!"
But nothing will avail you on that day, for you were unjust, and you will be partners in the punishment
Can you make the deaf to hear, or show the blind, and those lost in clear error, the way
We shall punish them whether We take you away
Or show you some of what We have promised them. They are certainly well within Our power
So hold fast to what has been revealed to you. You are truly on the right path
It is a (source) of greatness for you and your people. You will surely be questioned about it
Inquire of apostles We had sent before you if We appointed gods to be worshipped other than Ar-Rahman
We sent Moses with Our signs to the Pharaoh and his nobles. He said: "I have been sent by the Lord of all the worlds."
But when he brought to them Our signs they laughed at them
(Even though) each miracle that We showed them was greater than the other. So We seized them with chastisement so that they may turn back
But they said: "O sorcerer, call on your Lord for us in accordance with the compact He has made with you. We shall certainly come to guidance."
Yet no sooner did We take away the affliction from them than they broke their pledge
And the Pharaoh said to his people: "O people, is not mine the kingdom of Egypt and these rivers that flow at my feet? Can you still not comprehend
Am I (not) better than him who is contemptible, and cannot even express himself clearly
Why were then no bracelets of gold shed upon him from above, or angels sent down as a retinue with him?"
Thus he made light (of the matter) to his people, and they obeyed him. They were certainly wicked
But when they roused Our anger We inflicted retributive punishment and drowned them all
And made them a precedent and example for posterity
When the example of Mary's son is quoted before them, your people cry out at it
And say: "Are our deities better or he?" They say this only for disputing. Surely they are a contentious people
(Jesus) was only a creature whom We favoured and made an example for the children of Israel
If We pleased We could have put angels in place of you as trustees on the earth
He is certainly the sign of the Hour (of change). So have no doubt about it, and listen to me. This is the straight path
Let not Satan misdirect you. He is your open enemy
When Jesus came with the signs, he said: "I have come to you with authority, and to explain some thing about which you are at variance. So fear God, and follow me
Verily God is my Lord and your Lord; so worship Him. This is the straight path."
But the factions differed among themselves. Woe alas to the sinners for the torment of the grievous Day
Are they waiting (for any thing) but the Hour (of Doom) which would descend upon them suddenly, and catch them unawares
Friends will turn into enemies on that day, except those who fear and follow the straight path
O My creatures, there will be no fear or regre
For (those of) you on that day who believed in My revelations and submitted
(You will) enter the garden, you and your spouses, and be glad."
Golden platters and goblets will be passed around, and everything the heart desires and pleases the eye will be there, where you will abide for ever
This is the Paradise you will inherit (as meed) for your deeds
You will have fruits in abundance there to eat
The sinners will certainly dwell for ever in the torment of Hell
It will not decrease for them; dumb with despair they will stay in it
We did not wrong them, they wronged themselves
They will call (to the keeper of Hell-gate): "O Malik, let your Lord decide our fate." He will answer: "You are to stay."
We have brought to you the truth, but most of you despise the truth
Have they settled upon a plan? We shall also settle on one
Or do they think We do not hear their secrecies and stealthy consultations? In fact, Our messengers who attend them record everything
Say: "If Ar-Rahman had a son I would have been the first of worshippers."
All too glorious is He, Lord of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of all power, for what they ascribe to Hi
Leave them to their vain discoursing and horse-play till they come to meet their promised day (of reckoning)
He is God in heaven and God on earth, and He is all-wise and all-knowing
Blessed be He, who holds the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them. He alone has knowledge of the Hour, and to Him will you return
Those they invoke apart from Him have no power of intercession, except those who testify to the truth and have knowledge
If you ask them who created them, they will answer: "God." How then can they turn away
And (the Prophet) will say: "O Lord, these are certainly a people who do not believe."
Turn away from them and say: "Peace." They will come to know soon