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43:1  Ha, Meem
43:2  By the Book that makes things clear
43:3  We made it an Arabic Quran, so that you may understand
43:4  And it is with Us, in the Source Book, sublime and wise
43:5  Shall We hold back the Reminder from you, since you are a transgressing people
43:6  How many a prophet did We send to the ancients
43:7  No messenger came to them, but they ridiculed him
43:8  We destroyed people more powerful than they, and so the example of the ancients has passed away
43:9  And if you asked them, 'Who created the heavens and the earth?' They would say, 'The Mighty, the Knower created them.'
43:10  He who made the earth a habitat for you, and traced pathways for you on it, that you may be guided
43:11  He who sends down water from the sky in due proportion; and so We revive thereby a dead land. Thus you will be brought out
43:12  He Who created all the pairs; and provided you with ships, and animals on which you ride
43:13  That you may mount their backs, and remember the favor of your Lord as you sit firmly upon them, and say, 'Glory be to Him Who placed these at our service; surely we could not have done it by ourselves
43:14  And surely, to our Lord we will return.'
43:15  Yet they turn one of His servants into a part of Him. Man is clearly ungrateful
43:16  Or has He chosen for Himself daughters from what He creates, and favored you with sons
43:17  Yet when one of them is given news of what he attributes to the Most Gracious, his face darkens, and he suppresses grief
43:18  'Someone brought up to be beautiful, and unable to help in a fight?'
43:19  And they appoint the angels, who are servants to the Most Gracious, as females. Have they witnessed their creation? Their claim will be recorded, and they will be questioned
43:20  And they say, 'Had the Most Gracious willed, we would not have worshiped them.' But they have no knowledge of that; they are merely guessing
43:21  Or have We given them a book prior to this one, to which they adhere
43:22  But they say, 'We found our parents on a course, and we are guided in their footsteps.'
43:23  Likewise, We sent no warner before you to any town, but the wealthy among them said, 'We found our parents on a course, and we are following in their footsteps.'
43:24  He would say, 'Even if I bring you better guidance than what you found your parents following?' They would say, 'We reject what you are sent with.'
43:25  So We wreaked vengeance upon them. Behold, then, what was the fate of those who deny
43:26  When Abraham said to his father and his people, 'I am innocent of what you worship
43:27  Except for He who created me, for He will guide me.'
43:28  And he made it an enduring word in his progeny, so that they may return
43:29  I gave these and their forefathers some enjoyment, until the truth and a manifest messenger came to them
43:30  But when the truth came to them, they said, 'This is sorcery, and we refuse to believe in it.'
43:31  They also said, 'If only this Quran was sent down to a man of importance from the two cities.'
43:32  Is it they who allocate the mercy of your Lord? It is We who have allocated their livelihood in this life, and We elevated some of them in rank above others, that some of them would take others in service. But your Lord's mercy is better than what they amass
43:33  Were it not that humanity would become a single community, We would have provided those who disbelieve in the Most Gracious with roofs of silver to their houses, and stairways by which they ascend
43:34  And doors to their houses, and furnishings on which they recline
43:35  And decorations. Yet all that is nothing but the stuff of this life. Yet the Hereafter, with your Lord, is for the righteous
43:36  Whoever shuns the remembrance of the Most Gracious, We assign for him a devil, to be his companion
43:37  They hinder them from the path, though they think they are guided
43:38  Until, when He comes to Us, he will say, 'If only there were between me and you the distance of the two Easts.' What an evil companion
43:39  It will not benefit you on that Day, since you did wrong. You are partners in the suffering
43:40  Can you make the deaf hear, or guide the blind, and him who is in evident error
43:41  Even if We take you away, We will wreak vengeance upon them
43:42  Or show you what We have promised them; for We have absolute power over them
43:43  So adhere to what is revealed to you. You are upon a straight path
43:44  It is a message for you, and for your people; and you will be questioned
43:45  Ask those of Our messengers We sent before you: 'Did We appoint gods besides the Most Gracious to be worshiped?'
43:46  We sent Moses with Our revelations to Pharaoh and his dignitaries. He said, 'I am the Messenger of the Lord of the Worlds.'
43:47  But when he showed them Our signs, they started laughing at them
43:48  Each sign We showed them was more marvelous than its counterpart. And We afflicted them with the plagues, so that they may repent
43:49  They said, 'O sorcerer, pray to your Lord for us, according to His pledge to you, and then we will be guided.'
43:50  But when We lifted the torment from them, they immediately broke their promise
43:51  Pharaoh proclaimed among his people, saying, 'O my people, do I not own the Kingdom of Egypt, and these rivers flow beneath me? Do you not see
43:52  Am I not better than this miserable wretch, who can barely express himself
43:53  Why are bracelets of gold not dropped on him, or they angels came with him in procession?'
43:54  Thus he fooled his people, and they obeyed him. They were wicked people
43:55  And when they provoked Our wrath, We took retribution from them, and We drowned them all
43:56  Thus We made them a precedent and an example for the others
43:57  And when the son of Mary was cited as an example, your people opposed
43:58  They said, 'Are our gods better, or he?' They cited him only for argument. In fact, they are a quarrelsome people
43:59  He was just a servant whom We blessed, and We made him an example for the Children of Israel
43:60  Had We willed, We would have made of you angels to be successors on earth
43:61  He is a portent of the Hour, so have no doubt about it, and follow Me. This is a straight way
43:62  And let not Satan divert you. He is an open enemy to you
43:63  When Jesus came with the clarifications, he said, 'I have come to you with wisdom, and to clarify for you some of what you differ about. So fear God, and obey me
43:64  God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him—this is a straight path.'
43:65  But the factions differed among themselves. So woe to the wrongdoers from the suffering of a painful Day
43:66  Are they only waiting for the Hour to come upon them suddenly, while they are unaware
43:67  On that Day, friends will be enemies of one another, except for the righteous
43:68  O My servants, you have nothing to fear on that Day, nor will you grieve
43:69  Those who believed in Our revelations, and were submissive
43:70  Enter the Garden, you and your spouses, Joyfully
43:71  They will be served around with trays of gold, and cups. Therein is whatever the souls desire and delights the eyes. Therein you will stay forever
43:72  Such is the Garden you are made to inherit, because of what you used to do
43:73  Therein you will have abundant fruit, from which you eat
43:74  As for the sinners, they will be in the torment of Hell forever
43:75  It will never be eased for them. In it, they will be devastated
43:76  We did them no injustice, but it was they who were the unjust
43:77  And they will cry, 'O Malek, let your Lord finish us off.' He will say, 'You are staying.'
43:78  We have given you the truth, but most of you hate the truth
43:79  Have they contrived some scheme? We too are contriving
43:80  Or do they think that We cannot hear their secrets and their conspiracies? Yes indeed, Our messengers are by them, writing down
43:81  Say, 'If the Most Gracious had a son, I would be the first to worship.'
43:82  Glorified be the Lord of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of the Throne, beyond what they describe
43:83  So leave them to blunder and play, until they encounter their Day which they are promised
43:84  It is He who is God in heaven, and God on earth. He is the Wise, the Knower
43:85  And blessed is He Who has sovereignty over the heavens and the earth and what is between them. He alone has knowledge of the Hour, and to Him you will be returned
43:86  Those they invoke besides Him are incapable of intercession; only those who testify to the truth and have knowledge
43:87  And if you asked them, 'Who created them?', they would say, 'God.' Why then do they deviate
43:88  As for his statement: 'My Lord, these are a people who do not believe.'
43:89  Pardon them, and say, 'Peace.' They will come to know