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51:1  Consider those who scatter broadcast. (Individuals and communities that spread the Divine Word.
51:2  And those who carry a great burden of responsibility
51:3  And those who glide gently (toward success)
51:4  And those who share the Command
51:5  Behold, what you are promised will come to pass. (The Qur'an will prevail (9:33))
51:6  And verily, the Divine System will be established
51:7  Witness is the sky with starry orbits
51:8  Behold, it is you humans who deviate from your course
51:9  Wanders in the wilderness of thought he who wills to wander
51:10  Belittle themselves those who live by guesswork
51:11  They know not that they know not
51:12  They ask mockingly, "When is the Day of Judgment coming?"
51:13  It is the Day when they are tried at the Fire
51:14  Taste the trial that you brought upon yourselves. This is what you asked to hasten
51:15  Behold, in the midst of Gardens and springs are those who walked aright
51:16  Enjoying all that their Lord grants them, for, behold, aforetime they used to benefit others
51:17  And rarely did they fall asleep at night without reflection. ('Haju' = Fall asleep instantly like an exhausted horse)
51:18  And heartily sought to be guarded against their imperfections. ('Sahr' = Morning = Core of the heart (Lisanal Arab). 'Ghafarah' = Helmet = Guarding)
51:19  And in their wealth was the Divine Right of the requester and the deprived (6:142)
51:20  And in the earth are signs for those who wish to attain conviction. (And its resources must remain open for all (15:20), (41:10), (55:11-12))
51:21  And also in yourselves, your individual psyche and soma, your folk and the unity in diversity among your human communities. Can you not then use your inner vision? ('Anfusikum' entails all the meanings rendered here)
51:22  And in the heaven is all your providence and all that you are promised. (It is the Divine Laws that bestow upon you your physical and mental needs and promise you the just reward of your actions)
51:23  And by the Lord of the heavens and the earth, all that which is being said is as Real as your speaking to one another
51:24  And (as a historical evidence) has the story of Abraham's honored guests reached you
51:25  When they visited him greeting him with "Peace!" He answered, "Peace to you strangers!"
51:26  Then he went quietly to his household, and brought forth a well-bred roasted calf
51:27  And placed it before them, saying, "Will you not eat?"
51:28  Then he felt apprehensive of them. They said, "Fear not!" And gave him the glad news of a son who would be endowed with knowledge. (Abraham was concerned, since people with aggressive designs used to refuse hospitality. But they were hurrying to Sodom (11:69-76), (15:50-55), (26:69), (29:31))
51:29  Then his wife came forward with a loud cry and struck her face in astonishment and said, "An old barren woman!"
51:30  They said, "Thus it is. Your Lord has so decreed. Behold, He, He alone is all-Wise, all-Knowing."
51:31  Abraham said, "And now what is your task, O Messengers!"
51:32  They replied, "Behold, We have been sent to a guilty folk who violate human rights
51:33  That we may herald upon them a shower of hardened stones
51:34  Marked out by your Lord for those who have wasted their own 'Self'."
51:35  We then brought forth safe all believers that were in town
51:36  But We found therein none but one Muslim household
51:37  And so We left therein a Sign for those who fear a painful consequence (of their actions)
51:38  And in Moses too! Behold, We sent him to Pharaoh with a clear authority
51:39  But he turned away in the pride of his might and said, "A wizard or a madman!"
51:40  So We seized him and his troops, and flung them in the sea, and he was blameworthy
51:41  And in Aad! When We sent upon them the devastating wind
51:42  It spared nothing that it blew on and smashed it to dust
51:43  And in Thamud! Behold, they were told, "Enjoy life for a little while."
51:44  But they defied their Lord's Commandment. Whereupon the thunder seized them while they looked on
51:45  And they were unable even to rise up and could not help themselves a bit
51:46  And the people of Noah aforetime! Behold, they were a folk who drifted away from the Truth
51:47  And it is We Who have built the Universe, and behold, We are steadily expanding it
51:48  And We have spread out the earth, and how excellent a Spreader We are
51:49  And all things We created in pairs and in opposites (such that one complements the other). This system has cause for you to reflect
51:50  (Say), "Hence, Rush unto Allah! Behold, I am a plain Warner unto you from Him." (To emphasize the urgency to do good in this unpredictable human life, the word 'say' in this verse is merged within 'Fafirru' = So, flee = Therefore, rush = Hence, go forth now)
51:51  And set up no god or Authority along with Allah. Behold, I am a plain Warner unto you from Him
51:52  But, thus it is. No Messenger came to those before their time, but they said, "A wizard or a madman!"
51:53  Have they handed down this (behavior) as a last will from one to another? Nay, but they have been folk who wished to live without moral bounds
51:54  Turn, then, away from them, and you shall not be blameworthy
51:55  Yet continue reminding, for, verily, the believers will benefit from it and gain eminence
51:56  And I have not created the nomads or the urban but to consciously and willingly live by My Laws. ('Ibadah', usually translated, as worship is better applicable in that sense to idol-worship. And since the Qur'an consistently promotes action over ritual, 'Ibadah' of Allah is better understood as serving Him by serving His creation. That is in conformity with my rendering, 'consciously and willingly live by --')
51:57  No sustenance do I ever require of them, nor do I ask that they feed Me
51:58  Verily, Allah! He it is Who is the Provider, the Lord of Might, Invincible
51:59  And behold, the violators of human rights trail behind in humanity as their comrades did in the past. So they should not ask Me to hasten their full recompense
51:60  Then, anguish awaits the deniers of the Truth - anguish from that Day of theirs which they have been promised