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Qaf! Consider the glorious Qur’an!
They wonder that a warner has come to them from among themselves. The unbelievers say, “Well, this is a fine thing!
“After we die and turn to dust, we’re supposed to live again? That is beyond our understanding.”
We know how many of them the earth has already taken [to the graves]. With Us is a secure record.
They who deny the truth when they hear it must surely be in a state of confusion!
Do they not look at the sky above them? Do they not consider how We have made and adorned it, and that there are no flaws in it?
And the earth? We have spread it broadly and set mountains to anchor it, and have produced every kind of beautiful growth.
[These things] are to be observed and celebrated by every repentant worshiper.
From the sky We send rain charged with blessing. We produce gardens and fields for harvest.
Tall and stately are the palm trees. Their shoots of fruit stalks are piled one over another…
…as sustenance for devoted servants. We give new life to land that seems dead. Thus will be the Day of Resurrection.
Before them was denial by the people of Noah, the companions of the well, the Thamud,…
…the Ad, Pharaoh, the brothers of Lot,…
…the companions of the wood, and the people of Tubba. Each one rejected the messengers. My warning came to fruition.
Were We so tired from the first creation that they should be doubtful about a new creation?
Certainly, We created humanity, and We know what suggestions his/her soul makes to him/her. We are nearer to him/her than his/her jugular vein.
The two receivers [angelic correspondents] on the right and on the left are seated [to record his/her deeds].
Not even a word does he/she utter without an observer [angel] ready [to note it].
With the stupor of death, the truth is flashed: “Here is what you sought to escape!”
The trumpet will sound to announce the day of which you had been warned.
Every soul will come, each with an usher and a witness.
“Certainly, you were heedless of this event, so We have lifted the veil [of ignorance] and made your sight keen for this day.”
And his/her companion [the witness] will say, “Here is that [record] which I have prepared.”
“Throw into Hell every stubborn unbeliever.
“[Throw into Hell] everyone who banned what was good. [He/she] sinned aggressively and fed doubt.
“[He/she] established another god besides Allah. Throw him/her into a horrible punishment.”
His/her companion will say, “Our Lord, I did not make him/her sin, but he/she was far astray.”
(Allah) will say, “Do not argue in My presence. I certainly warned you in advance.
My command will not change. I am not unjust to My servants.”
One day, We will ask Hell, “Are you full?” It will say, “Are there any more?”
Paradise will be brought near to the righteous –no more a distant thing.
“This is what was promised for you –for everyone who repented, who was protecting [of the faith].
“[It is for the one] who feared the Most Gracious in the unseen, and approached with a repentant heart.
“Enter there in peace and security. This is a day of eternal life!”
For them will be whatever they want, plus more with Us.
How many generations before them did We destroy, stronger in power than they? They wandered through the land; was there any place of escape?
Truly, in this is a message for any who has a mind, or who listens and earnestly witnesses.
We created the skies and Earth and all among them in six days, and no exhaustion ever touched Us.
Endure with patience all that (the unbelievers) say. Glorify your Lord before the rising of the sun and before the setting.
During part of the night, glorify Him, and at the ends of prostrations.
Listen for the day when a caller will call from a near place.
On that day, they will hear a blast in justice. That will be the Day of Resurrection.
Truly, We give life and death. To Us is the final goal.
On that day, the earth will be split apart from the rushing forth [of all creatures]. That will be an assembly that is easy for Us.
We know best what (the unbelievers) say, and you are not to be a tyrant over them [forcing them to accept Islam]. Admonish with the Qur’an anyone who fears My warning.
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