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Qaf. (Only Allah and the Messenger [blessings and peace be upon him] know the real meaning.) By the Glorious Qur’an
But they wondered that a Warner had come to them from amongst themselves. So the disbelievers say: ‘This is strange
Is it that when we are dead and have become dust (then we shall become alive again)? This return is far (from understanding and perception).
Definitely, We know how much the earth (eats up and) consumes their (bodies), and We have a Book wherein everything is preserved
But (strange and far from understanding is this that) they denied the truth (i.e., the Messenger and the Qur’an) when it came to them. So they have themselves stepped into anxiety and confusion
Have they not looked at the sky above them how We made it and (how) We adorned it, and there is no crack in it
And (in the same way) We spread out the earth and We placed in it heavy mountains and produced in it every kind of beautiful plants
All that is (a source of) insight, direction and guidance for every servant who turns (to Allah in repentance)
And We showered blessed water from the sky and then produced with it gardens and (also) the grain of harvests
And date-palms soaring high with layers of spathes
(This all is done as) sustenance for the servants, and We gave life with this (water) to the dead earth. In like manner is (your) coming forth from the graves
Before these (disbelievers of Mecca), the people of Nuh (Noah) and the people of the blind well (al-Rass in al-Yamama) and Thamud (the people of Salih, in the town of al-Hijr near Tabuk on the Medina-Syria road)
And ‘Ad (the people of Hud in Ahqaf valley of Yemen situated between Oman and the al-Mahra) and Pharaoh (the ruler of Egypt) and the people of Lut [Lot] (living in Sodom and ‘Amura [Gomorrah] in Palestine)
And the inhabitants of al-Ayka (the wood in Madyan, the people of Shu‘ayb), and the people of Tubba‘ (the people of As‘ad Abu Kurib al-Himyari, the King of Yemen)—(in sum) all (of them) rejected the Messengers. So My promise of punishment (against them) proved true
So are We tired by the first creation? (Nay!) In fact, it is they who are in doubt about the new creation
And assuredly, We created man and We know (also) the doubts which his (ill-commanding) self puts (into his heart and mind). And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein
When the two receivers receive (the recording angels write down his every communication and work), sitting on the right and on the left
Not a word does he utter but a watcher is there beside him ready (to write it)
And the stupor of death comes with the truth. (O man,) that is what you were running away from
And the Trumpet will be blown. It is (this torment) the Day of Warning
And every soul will appear (before Our presence), one (angel) forcing it forward and (the other) a witness (to its actions)
The truth is that you were negligent of this (Day), so We have removed your veil (of negligence) and Today your sight is sharp
And his close companion (angel) will say: ‘That is what I have ready (for you).
(It will be commanded:) ‘Both of you hurl into Hell every (such) ungrateful rebel
That hinders from good, exceeds the limits, doubts and puts into doubt
That had set up another god besides Allah. So hurl him into a fierce torment.
(Now) his (other) companion (Satan) will say: ‘O our Lord, I did not misguide him. In fact, he was himself suffering from misguidance of extreme degree.
Allah will say: ‘Do not dispute in My presence whilst I have already sent you the warning (of punishment)
The command is never changed in My presence. Nor do I wrong the servants.
That Day We shall ask Hell: ‘Are you filled up?’ And it will say: ‘Is there any more?
And Paradise will be brought close to the pious; it will not be distant at all
(And it will be said to them:) ‘This is what you were promised; (it is meant) for everyone who turns to Allah in repentance and who guards (his Din [Religion] and faith)
Who fears the Most Kind (Lord) unseen, and comes (before the presence of Allah) with a heart turned in repentance
Enter it in peace; this is the Day of Eternity.
All those blessings which they will long for will be there for them in that (Paradise), and there is still another blessing with Us (or much more; so the lovers will be enchanted)
And how many generations We destroyed before them (the disbelievers and idolaters of Mecca) who were far stronger in power and might than they! So they searched the cities (of the world) to run away somewhere for refuge (from death or torment)
There is indeed sure warning and admonition in it for him who has a heart (vigilant and awake, far from negligence,) or listens with active attention (i.e., focuses attention having no contact with anyone other than Allah) and is in a state of (spiritual) vision (i.e., remains lost in the effulgent disclosures of Allah’s absolute beauty)
And surely, We have created the heavens and the earth and that (universe) which is between the two in six periods and no fatigue has touched Us
So be patient with what they say and glorify your Lord with praise before sunrise and before sunset
And also glorify Him during some hours of the night and after the Prayers as well
And listen attentively (of the Day) when a caller will call from a near place
The Day when people will assuredly hear a mighty roar. That will be the Day of coming out from the graves
Surely, it is We Who give life, and it is We Who cause death, and to Us is the return
The Day when the earth will split apart from above them, they will come out in haste. This raising them alive (i.e., gathering the people once again) is quite easy for Us
We know best what they say, and you are not the one to coerce them. So advise by means of the Qur’an anyone who fears My threat of punishment
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