The Alignment – As-Saffat, Saad – Saad, The Groups – Az-ZumarApril 20, 2012
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Most Merciful
[37.1] By the aligners (angels) aligning.
[37.2] and the drivers driving,
[37.3] and those who recite the Remembrance
[37.4] surely, your God is One,
[37.5] the Lord of the heavens and the earth and of all that is between them; the Lord of the Easts.
[37.6] We have adorned the lower heaven with the adornment of the planets,
[37.7] a protection against every rebel satan;
[37.8] so they cannot listen to the High Assembly, for they are pelted from every side.
[37.9] They are rejected and theirs is an everlasting punishment;
[37.10] except such as snatches a fragment, and he is pursued by a piercing flame.
[37.11] So ask them, are they stronger in constitution, or those whom We have created. We have created them of sticky clay.
[37.12] No, you marvel, while they scoff.
[37.13] When they are reminded, they do not remember.
[37.14] When they are shown a sign, they scoff at it
[37.15] and say: ‘This is nothing but clear sorcery!’
[37.16] What, when we are dead and become dust and bones, shall we be resurrected.
[37.17] What, and our forefathers, the ancients!’
[37.18] Say: ‘Yes, but worthless.’
[37.19] It will be but one Shout, then see, they are watching
[37.20] and they will say: ‘Woe for us. This is the Day of Recompense.’
[37.21] This is the Day of Decision which you belied.
[37.22] Gather together the evildoers, their wives, and that they were worshipping,
[37.23] other than Allah, and guide them to the Path of Hell!
[37.24] And halt them so that they may be questioned.
[37.25] ‘Why do you not help one another?
[37.26] No, today they will resign themselves in submission,
[37.27] and approach each other with questions,
[37.28] saying: ‘You used to come to us from the right hand.’
[37.29] But they reply: ‘Rather, you were not believers.
[37.30] We had no authority over you, but you were an insolent nation.
[37.31] The statement of Our Lord is realized against us, and we are tasting it,
[37.32] we perverted you, indeed, we were perverts.’
[37.33] Therefore, on that Day they will all share Our punishment.
[37.34] As such We shall deal with the evildoers.
[37.35] For when it was said to them: ‘There is no god except Allah,’ they were always proud
[37.36] and said: ‘Are we to renounce our gods for the sake of a mad poet?’
[37.37] No, indeed, he has brought the truth, and confirmed the Messengers.
[37.38] You shall certainly taste the painful punishment:
[37.39] but you shall not be recompensed except for what you were doing.
[37.40] But for the sincere worshipers of Allah,
[37.41] there is waiting for them a known provision;
[37.42] fruits. And they are receivers of generosity
[37.43] in the Gardens of Delight,
[37.44] sitting face to face upon couches,
[37.45] a goblet from a spring shall be passed round to them
[37.46] white, a delight to the drinkers,
[37.47] there is neither sickness in it, nor intoxication.
[37.48] And with them will be maidens (houris) who restrain their wide glances
[37.49] as if they were hidden pearls.
[37.50] They will go to one another asking each other questions.
[37.51] One of them will say: ‘I had a companion
[37.52] who would say: “Are you among the believers (of the resurrection)?
[37.53] When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, shall we be recompensed?”
[37.54] And he will reply: ‘Are you looking down (into Hell)?’
[37.55] Then, he will look and see him in the midst of Hell.
[37.56] ‘By Allah,’ he will say, ‘you almost destroyed me!
[37.57] But for the Favor of Allah I should have surely been among those who were arraigned (with you in Hell).
[37.58] What then, shall we not die
[37.59] except our first death, and shall we not be punished?’
[37.60] Indeed, this is the mighty victory,
[37.61] and for the like of this let the workers work.
[37.62] Is this a better hospitality or the tree of Az-Zakkum!
[37.63] We have made this (tree) a trial for the evildoers.
[37.64] It is a tree that grows from the bottom of Hell;
[37.65] its spathes are like the heads of satans
[37.66] on it they shall feed, and with it they shall fill their bellies.
[37.67] On top of it they shall have a brew of boiling water,
[37.68] then their return is to Hell.
[37.69] They found their fathers in error,
[37.70] yet they run in their footsteps,
[37.71] yet before them most of the ancients went astray,
[37.72] though We had sent among them warners.
[37.73] See then the end of those who were warned,
[37.74] except the sincere worshipers of Allah.
[37.75] Noah called to Us, and We are the Best to answer.
[37.76] We saved him and his people from the great distress,
[37.77] and We made his offspring the survivors.
[37.78] And We let it remain upon him in the latter:
[37.79] ‘Peace be upon Noah among all the worlds.’
[37.80] As such We recompense the good-doers,
[37.81] he was one of Our believing worshipers.
[37.82] Afterwards We drowned the others.
[37.83] Of his party was Abraham.
[37.84] (Remember when) he came to his Lord with a pure heart;
[37.85] and when he said to his father and to his nation: ‘What do you worship?
[37.86] It is falsehood that you desire gods other than Allah!
[37.87] What do you think of the Lord of the Worlds?’
[37.88] He cast a glance at the stars
[37.89] and said: ‘Surely, I am sick (of what you worship)!’
[37.90] But they turned their backs and went away from him.
[37.91] Then he turned to their gods, and said: ‘What do you eat?
[37.92] What is the matter with you, that you do not speak?’
[37.93] And he turned upon them striking them with the right hand.
[37.94] Thereafter they (the people) came to him in haste.
[37.95] He said: ‘Do you worship what you, yourselves have carved
[37.96] when it is Allah who created you and all that you do?’
[37.97] They replied: ‘Build for him a building and cast him into the fire.’
[37.98] Their desire was to outwit him, but We made them to be the humiliated.
[37.99] He said: ‘I will go to my Lord; He will guide me.
[37.100] My Lord, grant me a righteous (son).’
[37.101] And We gave him the glad tidings of a very gentle son (Ishmael).
[37.102] And when he reached the age of traveling with him, he said: ‘My son, while I was sleeping I saw that I shall slaughter (sacrifice) you, tell me what is your opinion.’ He replied: ‘Father, do as you are ordered (by Allah). Allah willing, you shall find me one of those who are steadfast.’
[37.103] And when they had both submitted, and his son had laid down prostrate upon his forehead,
[37.104] We called to him, saying: ‘O Abraham,
[37.105] you have confirmed your vision.’ As such We recompense the good-doers.
[37.106] That was indeed a clear trial.
[37.107] So, We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice,
[37.108] and We let it (the beautiful praise) remain upon him in the latter (generations),
[37.109] ‘Peace be upon Abraham!’
[37.110] As such We recompense the good-doers.
[37.111] He was one of Our believing worshipers.
[37.112] Then, We gave him the glad tidings of Isaac, a Prophet, one of the righteous,
[37.113] and We blessed him and Isaac, and from their offspring are some good-doers, and others who clearly wronged themselves.
[37.114] We also favored Moses and Aaron
[37.115] and We saved them with their nation from a great distress.
[37.116] We helped them, and they became victorious,
[37.117] and We gave them the Clear Book,
[37.118] and guided them upon the Straight Path.
[37.119] And We let it (the beautiful praise) remain upon on both of them in the latter (generations),
[37.120] ‘Peace be upon Moses and Aaron!’
[37.121] As such We recompense the good-doers.
[37.122] They were among Our believing worshipers.
[37.123] And Elias (El Yaseen) was among the Messengers.
[37.124] He asked his people: ‘Do you not fear (Allah)?
[37.125] Do you call on Ba’lan (the idol Baal) and abandon the Best Creator,
[37.126] Allah is your Lord and the Lord of your fathers, the ancients.’
[37.127] But they belied him, so they will be among the arraigned (in Hell),
[37.128] except the sincere worshipers of Allah.
[37.129] And We let it (the beautiful praise) remain upon him in the latter (generations),
[37.130] ‘Peace be upon El Yaseen!’
[37.131] As such We recompense the good-doers.
[37.132] He was among Our believing worshipers.
[37.133] Lot, too, was among the Messengers.
[37.134] We saved him and all his kinsmen,
[37.135] except an old woman who lingered,
[37.136] and We destroyed the others.
[37.137] You pass by them in the morning
[37.138] and at night, will you not understand?
[37.139] Jonah, too, was one of the Messengers.
[37.140] He ran away to the laden ship,
[37.141] and cast lots, and he was among the losers (of the lots that were cast).
[37.142] So the whale swallowed him, for he was blameworthy,
[37.143] and had he not been among those who exalt (Allah),
[37.144] he would have lingered in its belly till the Day they are resurrected.
[37.145] But We cast him, upon the shore, and he was ill,
[37.146] and We caused a pumpkin tree to grow over him.
[37.147] Then We sent him to a hundred thousand or more,
[37.148] and they believed, and We gave them enjoyment for awhile.
[37.149] Now, ask them, has your Lord daughters, and they sons?
[37.150] Or, did We create the angels females while they were witnessing?
[37.151] Then is it of their lying that they say:
[37.152] ‘Allah has begotten?’ They are truly liars.
[37.153] Has He chosen daughters above sons?
[37.154] What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
[37.155] What, will you not remember?
[37.156] Or, do you have a clear authority?
[37.157] Bring your Book, if what you say is true!
[37.158] They assert kinship between Him and the angels. But the angels know that they (the liars) will be arraigned (in Hell).
[37.159] Exaltations to Allah above what they describe,
[37.160] except for the sincere worshipers of Allah.
[37.161] But as for you, and that you worship,
[37.162] you shall tempt none against Him
[37.163] except for he who shall roast in Hell.
[37.164] (Gabriel said to the Prophet): ‘Each of us has a known place.
[37.165] We are surely those who are arranged in ranks.
[37.166] And we are they who exalt (Allah).’
[37.167] What, would they then say:
[37.168] ‘If only we had a reminder from the ancients,
[37.169] we would have been sincere worshipers of Allah.’
[37.170] But they disbelieve in it (the Koran), but soon they shall know!
[37.171] Our Word had already preceded Our worshipers, the Messengers,
[37.172] that they shall receive Our help
[37.173] and Our armies shall be the victors.
[37.174] So turn (away) from them for a while.
[37.175] See them and soon they shall see.
[37.176] What, do they seek to hasten Our punishment?
[37.177] When it descends upon their courtyards, evil will be the morning of those forewarned.
[37.178] So turn (away) from them for a while,
[37.179] and see, soon they shall see!
[37.180] Exaltations be to your Lord, the Lord of Might, above that they describe!
[37.181] Peace be on the Messengers.
[37.182] And praise belongs to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.
Saad – Saad
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Most Merciful
[38.1] Saad, by the Holy Reading (Koran) of the Remembrance.
[38.2] No, the unbelievers exalt in their division.
[38.3] How many generations have We destroyed before them. They called: ‘The time is neither of escape, nor safety.’
[38.4] They marvel now that, from among themselves, a warner has come to them. The unbelievers say: ‘This is a lying sorcerer.
[38.5] What, has he made the gods One God? This is indeed a wondrous thing.’
[38.6] Their assembly left (saying): ‘Go, and be patient to your gods, this is something to be desired.
[38.7] We never heard of this in the former religion. It is nothing but an invention.
[38.8] What, out of all of us, has the Remembrance been sent down to him (Prophet Muhammad)?’ No, they are doubtful about My Remembrance, no, they have not yet tasted My punishment.
[38.9] Or, have they the treasuries of the Mercy of your Lord, the Almighty, the Giving?
[38.10] Or, is theirs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them? Then let them ascend by (their) means!
[38.11] The army is defeated as (were) the confederates.
[38.12] Before them the nations of Noah, Aad and Pharaoh, and he of the tent-pegs belied,
[38.13] Thamood, the nation of Lot and the dwellers of the Thicket – such were the confederates.
[38.14] There was not one of those that did not belie the Messengers. Therefore, My retribution was realized.
[38.15] These only wait for a single Shout for which there will be no delay.
[38.16] They say: ‘Our Lord, hasten to us our share before the Day of Recompense.’
[38.17] Bear patiently with what they say, and remember Our worshiper David, a man of might. He was ever turning in repentance.
[38.18] We subjected the mountains to exalt (Me) with him in the evening and at sunrise,
[38.19] and the birds, too, gathered each obedient to him.
[38.20] We made his kingdom strong and gave him wisdom and decisive speech.
[38.21] Has the news of the dispute reached you (Prophet Muhammad)? When they scaled the Sanctuary
[38.22] they went to David whereupon he was afraid of them, but they said: ‘Do not be afraid, we are two that have a dispute, one of us has wronged the other. Judge between us justly, and do not transgress, and guide us to the Right Path.
[38.23] This, my brother has ninety-nine ewes, but I have only one ewe (a female sheep). He said: “Give her into my keeping” and overcame me in the argument.’
[38.24] He (David) replied: ‘He has without doubt wronged you in seeking to add your ewe to his sheep. Many intermixers wrong one another; except those who believe, and do good works, and they are few indeed.’ David realized that We had tried him and sought the forgiveness of his Lord and fell down, prostrate and repented.
[38.25] So, We forgave him that, and he has a near place with Us and a fine return.
[38.26] (We said): ‘David, We have made you a caliph in the earth. Judge with justice among people and do not yield to your own preference in case it should lead you from the Path of Allah. Surely, a terrible punishment awaits those who stray from the Path of Allah, because they forget the Day of Reckoning.’
[38.27] It was not in falsehood that We created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. That is the thought of the unbelievers. But woe to the unbelievers because of the Fire!
[38.28] Are We to make those who believe and do good works the same as those who corrupt the earth? Are We to make the righteous as the wicked?
[38.29] It is a Blessed Book that We have sent down to you (Prophet Muhammad), so that those possessed with minds might ponder its verses and remember.
[38.30] We gave Solomon to David; and he was an excellent worshiper, he was penitent.
[38.31] When his dressage steeds were presented to him in the evening,
[38.32] he said: ‘Indeed I have loved the love of good things better than the remembrance of my Lord until the sun has vanished behind a veil.
[38.33] Bring them back to me!’ And he hacked their legs and necks (slaughtering them for Allah).
[38.34] Indeed, We tried Solomon and placed a body (of a child) upon his throne, then he repented.
[38.35] He said: ‘Forgive me my Lord, and give me a kingdom the like of which will not befall any after me, surely, You are the Giver.’
[38.36] So We subjected the wind to him, so that it ran softly by his command wherever he wished;
[38.37] and the satans, every builder and diver
[38.38] and others joined together by (iron) fetters.
[38.39] ‘This is Our gift, give or withhold without reckoning.’
[38.40] And he has a place near to Us, and a fine return.
[38.41] Also, remember Our worshiper Job. He called out to his Lord, (saying): ‘satan has afflicted me with harm and pain.’
[38.42] (We said): ‘Stamp your foot on the ground, here is cool water with which to wash and a drink.’
[38.43] We restored to him to his family and like those with them, a mercy from Us and a reminder to a nation that understand.
[38.44] (We said to him): ‘Take a bundle of rushes and strike with it; and do not break your oath.’ We found him to be patient, a good worshiper and he was penitent.
[38.45] Also, remember Our worshipers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, those of might and vision.
[38.46] Indeed, We purified them with a most pure quality, the remembrance of the Everlasting Life.
[38.47] Indeed with Us they are among the chosen, the excellent.
[38.48] Also, remember our worshipers Ishmael, Elisha, and Thul-Kifl, they are among the good.
[38.49] This is a Reminder, and indeed for the cautious is a fine return,
[38.50] the Gardens of Eden whose gates shall be open to them,
[38.51] in which they will recline, and call for abundant fruit and drink therein.
[38.52] And with them will be maidens of equal age with modest gaze.
[38.53] ‘This is what you are promised on the Day of Recompense,
[38.54] this is Our unending provision.’
[38.55] All of this; but, for the proud there is an ill return.
[38.56] They shall roast in (the Fire) of Gehenna, an evil cradling.
[38.57] All of this; so let them taste it, boiling water and pus,
[38.58] and other similar to it, joined together.
[38.59] (We shall say to their leaders): ‘This is a troop rushing in with you, there is no welcome for them, they shall roast in the Fire.’
[38.60] But they will say: ‘No, it is you that has no welcome. It was you who brought it upon us, an evil place!’
[38.61] They will say: ‘Our Lord, give those who brought this upon us double the punishment of the Fire!’
[38.62] And they will say: ‘Why do we not see the men that we counted as being among the wicked in here?
[38.63] Have we taken them in mockery? Or, have our eyes swerved from them?’
[38.64] Surely that is true – the disputing of the inhabitants of the Fire
[38.65] Say: ‘I am only a warner. There is no god except Allah, the One, the Conqueror,
[38.66] the Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them; the Almighty, the Forgiving.’
[38.67] Say: ‘This is a mighty message
[38.68] from which you turn away.
[38.69] I had no knowledge of the High Assembly’s dispute.
[38.70] This alone is revealed to me, I am only a clear warner.’
[38.71] When your Lord said to the angels: ‘I am creating a human from clay,
[38.72] after I have shaped him and breathed of My spirit (I created) into him, fall down prostrate before him.’
[38.73] So all the angels prostrated themselves
[38.74] except iblis (satan, the father of the jinn), he became too proud, for he was one of the unbelievers.
[38.75] He (Allah) said: ‘iblis, what prevented you from prostrating yourself towards that which I have created with My Hands? Have you become too proud, or are you among the grand?’
[38.76] He (satan) replied: ‘I am better than he. You created me from fire, and You created him from clay.’
[38.77] ‘Begone!’ said He, ‘you are stoned’.
[38.78] ‘My curse shall rest on you until the Day of Recompense.’
[38.79] He (satan) replied: ‘Respite me my Lord till the Day of Resurrection.’
[38.80] He (Allah) said: ‘You are among those that are respited
[38.81] till the Day of the known time.’
[38.82] He (satan) said: ‘I swear by Your Might, that I will seduce all of them
[38.83] except those among them who are Your sincere worshipers.’
[38.84] He (Allah) said: ‘This is the truth, and I speak the truth:
[38.85] I shall certainly fill Gehenna with you and every one of them that follows you.’
[38.86] Say (Prophet Muhammad): ‘For this I ask of you no wage, and I am not of those who take things upon themselves.
[38.87] This is nothing else but a reminder to all the worlds,
[38.88] and after a while you shall know its news.’
The Groups – Az-Zumar
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Most Merciful
[39.1] The sending down of the Book is from Allah, the Almighty, the Wise,
[39.2] We have sent down the Book with the truth to you (Prophet Muhammad), therefore worship Allah, and make your religion sincerely His.
[39.3] Is it not that the sincere religion belongs to Allah? As for those who choose guardians, other than Him, (saying): ‘We only worship them so that they will bring us near to Allah,’ Indeed, Allah will judge between them concerning their differences. Indeed, Allah does not guide he who is an unthankful liar.
[39.4] If Allah had desired to take a son, He would have chosen whatever He willed out of His creation. Exaltations to Him! He is Allah, the One, the Conqueror.
[39.5] He created the heavens and the earth in truth, wrapping the night about the day and wrapping the day about the night, He has subjected the sun and the moon each to run for a stated term. Is He not the Almighty, the Forgiving?
[39.6] He created you from a single soul, then from it He created its spouse. And He sent down to you eight pairs of the cattle. He creates you in your mothers’ womb, creation after creation, in three (stages of) darkness. Such then is Allah, your Lord. For Him is the Kingdom. There is no god except Him. How, then, can you turn away?
[39.7] If you disbelieve, Allah is Rich, independent of you. Yet He does not approve of disbelief to His worshipers, but if you believe He will approve it in you. No laden soul shall bear another’s load. Then, to Allah you shall return and He will tell to you what you have done. He knows the innermost of your chests.
[39.8] When an affliction befalls a human, he supplicates to his Lord and turns to Him (in repentance) yet, no sooner does He bestow on him His blessing than he forgets that for which he had just supplicated and sets up associates with Allah in order to lead (people) away from His Path. Say: ‘Enjoy your disbelief for awhile, you shall surely be among the companions of the Fire.
[39.9] Or, is he who is obedient that prostrates himself and stands during parts of the night, being afraid of the Everlasting Life but hoping for the Mercy of the Lord (to be compared to the unbeliever)?’ Say: ‘Are they equal, those who know and those who do not know?’ Only those with minds remember.
[39.10] Say: ‘My worshipers who believe, fear your Lord. For those who do good in this world there is good – and the earth of Allah is wide – surely, those who are patient will be recompensed in full without count.’
[39.11] Say: ‘I am ordered to worship Allah making my religion sincerely His.
[39.12] I am ordered to be the first of those to be submissive (Muslims to Him).’
[39.13] Say: ‘Indeed, if I rebel against my Lord I fear the punishment of a dreadful Day.’
[39.14] Say: ‘I worship Allah and make my religion sincerely His.
[39.15] (As for yourselves) worship what you will, other than Him.’ Say: ‘The losers are surely those who lose themselves and their families on the Day of Resurrection. Is that not a clear loss?’
[39.16] Above them they shall have layers of fire and beneath them layers. By this Allah puts fear into His worshipers.’ ‘O My worshipers, fear Me!’
[39.17] Those who shun the worship of idols and turn in repentance to Allah – for them glad tidings. Therefore give good tidings to My worshipers,
[39.18] who listen to the Words and follow what is finest of it. These are they whom Allah has guided. They are those of understanding.
[39.19] Can you save from the Fire he whom against the word of punishment has been realized?
[39.20] As for those who fear their Lord, there await high mansions above which are built (more) high mansions, beneath which rivers flow, such is the promise of Allah; Allah will not fail His promise.
[39.21] Have you not seen how Allah sends down water from the sky and threaded it as springs in the earth? Then, He brings forth plants of various colors, after which they wither, and you see them turning yellow, and then He makes them into broken stubble. Surely, in this there is a reminder for those of understanding.
[39.22] Is he whose chest Allah has expanded to Islam, so that he walks upon a light from his Lord (as those whose heart is sealed)? But woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the Remembrance of Allah! Those are in clear error.
[39.23] Allah has sent down the best discourse, a Book, consimilar in its oft-repeated (verses) that the skins of those who fear their Lord tremble; and thereafter their skins and hearts soften to the Remembrance of Allah. Such is the Guidance of Allah, whereby He guides whosoever He will; and whosoever Allah leads astray, he has no guide.
[39.24] Is he whose face is cautious of the evil of the punishment on the Day of Resurrection (to be compared to the unbeliever)! To the evildoers it shall be said: ‘Now taste that which you have been earning.’
[39.25] Those who went before them also belied, then Our punishment overtook them from where they were unaware;
[39.26] Allah let them taste degradation in this present life, but the punishment of the Everlasting Life shall be greater if they but knew.
[39.27] Indeed, We have struck of every manner of parable for mankind in this Koran in order that they will remember.
[39.28] It is an Arabic Koran free from all crookedness, in order that they will be cautious.
[39.29] Allah has struck an example of a man shared by disagreeing partners, and a man who is owned by just one man, are the two equally alike? Praise belongs to Allah, but most of them do not know.
[39.30] You are mortal, and they are mortal
[39.31] then, on the Day of Resurrection, you shall dispute before your Lord.
[39.32] Who does greater evil than he who lies against Allah and belies the truth when it comes to him? Is there not a lodging in Gehenna (Hell) for the unbelievers?
[39.33] And he who comes with the truth, and confirms it, those are they who surely fear Allah.
[39.34] They shall have whatever they want with their Lord, that is the recompense of the good-doers,
[39.35] that Allah may acquit them of the worst of what they did, and recompense with the finest wages for what they did.
[39.36] Is it not that Allah suffices His worshiper, even though they frighten you with those other than Him? He whom Allah leads astray has no guide.
[39.37] But he whom Allah guides, none can lead astray. Is not Allah the Almighty, capable of retribution?
[39.38] If you ask them who created the heavens and the earth, they will reply: ‘Allah.’ Say: ‘Do you think that, if Allah wills to afflict me those you call upon, other than Him, could remove His affliction, or, that if He wills to let me have mercy, they could withhold His Mercy?’ Say: ‘Allah suffices me. Those who put their trust, put their trust in Him.’
[39.39] Say: ‘O nation, work according to your status, I am working according to my status, and soon you will know
[39.40] upon whom the punishment will come that will degrade him, and who will be overtaken by an everlasting punishment.’
[39.41] Surely, We have sent down to you the Book for mankind with the truth. Whosoever is guided, is guided for himself, and he who goes astray, it is only for his own loss, you (Prophet Muhammad) are not their (compulsory) guardian.
[39.42] Allah takes away souls at the time of their death (the temporary death of sleep), and those who do not die during their sleep He withholds that upon which He has decreed death, but turns lose the other till a stated term. Surely, there are signs in this for a nation who contemplate.
[39.43] Have they chosen, other than Allah, to intercede for them? Say: ‘What, even though they have no power at all, nor understanding?’
[39.44] Say: ‘Intercession belongs altogether to Allah. His is the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth. To Him you shall be returned.’
[39.45] When Allah is mentioned alone, the hearts of those who do not believe in the Everlasting Life shrink in aversion. But when those, other than Him, are mentioned, see, they are filled with glad tidings.
[39.46] Say: ‘O Allah, the Originator of the heavens and the earth who has knowledge of the Unseen and Visible, You shall judge between the differences of Your worshipers.’
[39.47] On the Day of Resurrection, if the harmdoers owned all that is in the earth and as much again besides, they would offer it to ransom themselves from the evil of the punishment. From Allah will come to them that with which they had never reckoned,
[39.48] and the evils of their earnings will appear to them, and that which they mocked at will encompass them.
[39.49] When an affliction befalls a human he calls upon Us, but when We confer Our Favor on him, he says: ‘I have only been given it on account of knowledge.’ Rather, it is but a trial, yet most do not know.
[39.50] Those before them said the same, but what they earned did not help them;
[39.51] and the evil of their earnings coiled upon them. The harmdoers among these will also be coiled by the evils of their earnings, they will be unable to defeat it.
[39.52] Do they not know that Allah outspreads and withholds His provision to whosoever He will? Surely, there are signs in this for a believing nation.
[39.53] Say: ‘O My worshipers, who have sinned excessively against themselves, do not despair of the Mercy of Allah, surely, Allah forgives all sins. He is the Forgiver, the Most Merciful.
[39.54] Turn to your Lord and surrender yourselves to Him before the punishment overtakes you, for then you will not be helped.
[39.55] Follow the best of what has been sent down from your Lord before the punishment overtakes you suddenly, while you are unaware.’
[39.56] Lest any soul should say: ‘Sadly, I have neglected my duty to Allah and was of those that mocked.’
[39.57] Or, lest it should say: ‘If Allah had only guided me I would have been one of the cautious.’
[39.58] Or, lest when it sees the punishment should say: ‘O that I might return, and be among those that did good!’
[39.59] ‘Indeed, My verses did come to you, but you belied them. You were proud and became one of the unbelievers.’
[39.60] On the Day of Resurrection, you shall see those who lied about Allah with blackened faces. In Gehenna is there not a lodging for those who were proud?
[39.61] But, Allah will save those who fear Him with their winnings (Paradise). No evil shall touch them, nor shall they ever grieve.
[39.62] Allah is the Creator of all things, and of all things He is the Guardian.
[39.63] To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth. Those who disbelieve in the verses of Allah – they are the losers.
[39.64] Say: ‘O you who are ignorant, is it other than Allah that you would order me to worship?’
[39.65] It has already been revealed to you and to those who have gone before you, that if you associate (partners) with Allah, your works would be annulled and you will be among the losers.
[39.66] No, worship Allah and be with those who give thanks!
[39.67] They have not valued Allah with His true value. But on the Day of Resurrection, the entire earth will be in His grip, and the heavens shall be rolled up upon in His Right. Exaltations to Him! Exalted high is He above all that they associate!
[39.68] The Horn shall be blown and all who are in heavens and earth shall swoon, except those whom Allah wills. Then, the Horn will blow again and they shall stand and gaze.
[39.69] The earth will shine with the Light of its Lord, and the Book (of deeds) will be set (in place). The Prophets and witnesses shall be brought and the matter will be justly decided between them, and they will not be wronged.
[39.70] Every soul shall be paid in full according to what it has done, for He knows well what they did.
[39.71] In companies the unbelievers shall be driven into Gehenna. As they draw near, its gates will be opened and its keepers will ask them: ‘Did there not come to you Messengers of your own, who recited to you the verses of your Lord and warned you of the encounter of this your Day?’ ‘Yes indeed,’ they will answer. And the word of the punishment has been realized against the unbelievers.
[39.72] It will be said to them: ‘Enter the gates of Gehenna and live there for ever.’ Evil is the lodging place of the proud.
[39.73] Then, those that feared their Lord shall be driven in companies into Paradise. When they draw near its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say to them: ‘Peace be upon you, you have done well. Enter and live in it for ever.’
[39.74] They will say: ‘Praise belongs to Allah who has been true to His promise to us and given us the earth to inherit, that we shall live in Paradise wherever we wish.’ How excellent is the recompense of those that labor!
[39.75] And you shall see the angels encircling the Throne exalting with the praise of their Lord. And the matter will be justly decided between them, and it shall be said: ‘Praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the Worlds!’