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#42. Shura *SURAH*

n the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful

1. Ha Mim

2. 'Ain Sin Qaf.

3. Thus doth (He) send Inspiration to thee as (He did) to those
before thee Allah Exalted in Power full of Wisdom

4. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: and He
is Most High Most Great

5. The heavens are almost rent asunder from above them (by His
Glory): and the angels celebrate the Praises of their Lord and
pray for forgiveness for (all) beings on earth: Behold! Verily
Allah is He the Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful

6. And those who take as protectors others besides Him Allah doth
watch over them; and thou art not the disposer of their affairs.

7. Thus have We sent by inspiration to thee an Arabic Qur'an:
that thou mayest warn the Mother of Cities and all around her and
warn (them) of the Day of Assembly of which there is no doubt:
(when) some will be in the Garden and some in the Blazing Fire

8. If Allah had so willed He could have made them a single
people; but He admits whom He will to His Mercy; and the
wrongdoers will have no protector nor helper

9. What! Have they taken (for worship) protectors besides Him?
But it is Allah He is the Protector and it is He Who gives life
to the dead: it is He Who has power over all things

10. Whatever it be wherein ye differ the decision thereof is with
Allah: Such is Allah my Lord: in Him I trust and to Him I turn

11. (He is) the Creator of the heavens and the earth: He has made
for you pairs from among yourselves and pairs among cattle: by
this means does He multiply you: there is nothing whatever like
unto Him and He is the One that hears and sees (all things)

12. To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth: He
enlarges and restricts the Sustenance to whom He will: for He
knows full well all things

13. The same religion has He established for you as that which He
enjoined on Noah-the which We have sent by inspiration to
thee-and that which We enjoined on Abraham Moses and Jesus:
Namely that ye should remain steadfast in Religion and make no
divisions therein: to those who worship other things than Allah
hard is the (way) to which thou callest them. Allah chooses to
Himself those whom He pleases and guides to Himself those who
turn (to Him)

14. And they became divided only after knowledge reached them
through selfish envy as between themselves. Had it not been for a
Word that went forth before from thy Lord (tending) to a Term
appointed the matter would have been settled between them: but
truly those who have inherited the Book after them are in
suspicious (disquieting) doubt concerning it

15. Now then for that (reason) call (them to the Faith) and stand
steadfast as thou art commanded nor follow thou their vain
desires; but say: "I believe in the Book which Allah has sent
down; and I am commanded to judge justly between you. Allah is
Our Lord and your Lord. For us (is the responsibility for) Our
deeds and for you for your deeds. There is no contention between
us and you. Allah will bring us together and to Him is (Our)
final goal

16. But those who dispute concerning Allah after He has been
accepted futile is their dispute in the sight of their Lord: on
them is Wrath and for them will be a Penalty Terrible

17. It is Allah Who has sent down the Book in truth and the
Balance (by which to weigh conduct). And what will make thee
realize that perhaps the Houris close at hand?

18. Only those wish to hasten it who believe not in it: those who
believe hold it in awe and know that it is the Truth. Behold
verily those that dispute concerning the Hour are far astray

19. Gracious is Allah to His servants: He gives Sustenance to
whom He pleases: and He has Power and can carry out His Will

20. To any that desires the tilth of the Hereafter We give
increase in his tilth; and to any that desires the tilth of this
world We grant somewhat thereof but he has no share or lot in the

21. What! have they partners (in godhead) who have established
for them some religion without the permission of Allah? Had it
not been for the Decree of Judgement the matter would have been
decided between them (at once) but verily the wrongdoers will
have a grievous Penalty

22. Thou wilt see the wrongdoers in fear on account of what they
have earned and (the burden of) that must (necessarily) fall on
them. But those who believe and work righteous deeds will be in
the luxuriant meads of the Gardens: they shall have before their
Lord all that they wish for: that will indeed be the magnificent
Bounty (of Allah).

23. That is (the Bounty) whereof Allah gives Glad Tidings to His
Servants who believe and do righteous deeds. Say: "No reward do I
ask of you for this except the love of those near of kin." And if
anyone earns any good We shall give Him an increase of good in
respect thereof: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Ready to
appreciate (service).

24. What! do they say "He has forged a falsehood against Allah"?
But if Allah willed He could seal up thy heart. And Allah blots
out Vanity and proves the Truth by His Words. For He knows well
the secrets of all hearts

25. He is the One that accepts repentance from His Servants and
forgives sins and He knows all that ye do

26. And He listens to those who believe and do deeds of
righteousness and gives them increase of His Bounty: but for the
Unbelievers there is a terrible Penalty

27. If Allah were to enlarge the provision for His Servants they
would indeed transgress beyond all bounds through the earth; but
He sends (it) down in due measure as He pleases: for He is with
His Servants well-acquainted Watchfu

28. He is the One that sends down rain (even) after (men) have
given up all hope and scatters His Mercy (far and wide). And He
is the Protector Worthy Of all Praise

29. And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the
earth and the living creatures that He has scattered through
them: and He has power to gather them together when He wills

30. Whatever misfortune happens to you is because of the things
your hands have wrought and for many (of them) He grants

31. Nor can ye frustrate (aught) (fleeing) through the earth; nor
have ye besides Allah anyone to protect or to help

32. And among His Signs are the ships smooth-running through the
ocean (tall) as mountains

33. If it be His Will He can still the Wind: then would they
become motionless on the back of the (ocean). Verily in this are
Signs for everyone who patiently perseveres and is grateful

34. Or He can cause them to perish because of the (evil) which
(the men) have earned: but much doth He forgive

35. But let those know who dispute about Our Signs that there is
for them no way of escape

36. Whatever ye are given (here) is (but) a convenience of this
Life: but that which is with Allah is better and more lasting:
(it is) for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord

37. Those who avoid the greater crimes and shameful deeds and
when they are angry even then forgive

38. Those who hearken to their Lord and establish regular prayer;
who (conduct) their affairs by mutual Consultation; who spend out
of what We bestow on them for Sustenance

39. And those who when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them
(are not cowed but) help and defend themselves

40. The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in
degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation His
reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) loveth not those who do

41. But indeed if any do help and defend themselves after a wrong
(done) to them against such there is no cause of blame.

42. The blame is only against those who oppress men with
wrong-doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the
land defying right and justice: for such there will be a Penalty

43. But indeed if any show patience and forgive that would truly
be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct
of affairs

44. For any whom Allah leaves astray there is no protector
thereafter and thou wilt see the wrongdoers when in sight of the
Penalty Say: "Is there any way (to effect) a return?

45. And thou wilt see them brought forward to the (Penalty) in a
humble frame of mind because of (their) disgrace (and) looking
with a stealthy glance. And the Believers will say: "Those are
indeed in loss who have given the perdition their own selves and
those belonging to them on the Day of Judgement. Behold! truly
the wrongdoers are in a lasting Penalty!"

46. And no protectors have they to help them other than Allah:
and for any whom Allah leaves to stray there is no way (to the

47. Hearken ye to your Lord before there come a Day which there
will be no putting back because of (the ordainment of) Allah!
That Day there will be for you no place of refuge nor will there
be for you any room for denial (of your sins)!

48. If then they turn away We have not sent thee as a guard over
them. Thy duty is but to convey (the Message). And truly when We
give man a taste of Mercy from Ourselves He doth exult thereat
but when some ill happens to him on account of the deeds which
His hands have sent forth truly then is man ungrateful!

49. To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth.
He creates what He wills (and plans). He bestows (children) male
or female according to His Will (and Plan)

50. Or He bestows both males and females and He leaves barren
whom He will for He is Full of knowledge and power

51. It is not fitting for a man that Allah should speak to him
except by inspiration of from behind a veil or by the sending of
a Messenger to reveal with Allah's permission what Allah wills:
for He is Most High Most Wise

52. And thus have We by Our command sent inspiration to thee:
thou knowest not (before) what was Revelation and what was Faith;
but We have made the (Qur'an) a Light wherewith We guide such of
Our servants as We will; and verily thou dost guide (men) to the
Straight Way

53. The Way of Allah to whom belongs whatever is in the heavens
and whatever is on earth: Behold (how) all affairs tend towards

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