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#46. Ahqaaf *SURAH*

In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful

1. Ha Mim.

2. The revelation of the Book is from Allah the Exalted in Power
Full of Wisdom

3. We created not the heavens and the earth and all between them
but for just ends and for a term appointed: but those who reject
Faith turn away from that whereof they are warned

4. Say: "Do ye see what it is ye invoke besides Allah? Show me
what it is they have created on earth or have they a share in the
heavens? Bring me a Book (revealed) before this or any remnant of
knowledge (ye may have) if ye are telling the truth!"

5. And who is more astray than one who invokes besides Allah such
as will not answer him to the Day of Judgement and who (in fact)
are unconscious of their call (to them)?

6. And when mankind are gathered together (at the Resurrection)
they will be hostile to them and reject their worship

7. When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them the Unbelievers say
of the Truth when it comes to them: "This is evident sorcery!"

8. Or do they say "He has forged it"? Say: "Had I forged it then
can ye obtain no single (blessing) for me from Allah. He knows
best of that whereof ye talk (so glibly)! Enough is He for a
witness between me and you! And He is Oft-Forgiving Most

9. Say: "I am no bringer of new-fangled doctrine among the
apostles nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I
follow but that which is revealed to me by inspiration: I am but
a Warner open and clear."

10. Say: "See ye? If (this teaching) be from Allah and ye reject
it and a witness from among the Children of Israel testifies to
its similarity (with earlier scriptures) and has believed while
ye are arrogant (how unjust ye are!) truly Allah guides not a
people unjust."

11. The Unbelievers say of those who believe: "If (this Message)
were a good thing (such men) would not have gone to it first
before us!" and seeing that they guide not themselves thereby
they will say "This is an (old) old falsehood!"

12. And before this was the Book of Moses as a guide and a mercy;
and this Book confirms (it) in the Arabic tongue; to admonish the
unjust and as Glad Tidings to those who do right

13. Verily those who say "Our Lord is Allah" and remain firm (on
that Path) on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.

14. Such shall be Companions of the Garden dwelling Therein (for
aye): a recompense for their (good) deeds

15. We have enjoined on man Kindness to his parents: in pain did
his mother bear him and in pain did she give him birth. The
carrying of the (child) to his weaning is (a period of) thirty
months. At length when he reaches the age of full strength and
attains forty years he says "O my Lord! grant me that I may be
grateful for Thy favor which Thou hast bestowed upon me and upon
both my parents and that I may work righteousness such as Thou
mayest approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I
turned to Thee and truly do I bow (to Thee) in Islam."

16. Such are they from whom We shall accept the best of their
deeds and pass by their ill deeds: (they shall be) among the
Companions of the Garden: a promise of truth which was made to
them (in this life)

17. But (there is one) who says to his parents "Fie on you! Do ye
hold out the promise to me that I shall be raised up even though
generations have passed before me (without rising again)? " And
they two seek Allah's aid (and rebuke the son): "Woe to thee!
have Faith! For the promise of Allah is true." But he says "This
is nothing but tales of the ancients!"

18. Such are they against whom is proved the Sentence among the
previous generations of Jinns and men that have passed away; for
they will be (utterly) lost

19. And to all are (assigned) degrees according to the deeds
which they (have done) and in order that (Allah) may recompense
their deeds and no injustice be done to them

20. And on the Day that the Unbelievers will be placed before the
Fire (it will be said to them): "Ye received your good things in
the life of the world and ye took your pleasure out of them: but
today shall ye be recompensed with a Penalty of humiliation: for
that ye were arrogant on earth without just cause and that ye
(ever) transgressed."

21. Mention (Hud) one of `Ad's (own) brethren: behold he warned
his people about the winding Sand-tracts: but there have been
Warners before him and after him: "Worship ye none other than
Allah: truly I fear for you the Penalty of a Mighty Day."

22. They said: "Hast thou come in order to turn us aside from Our
gods? Then bring upon us the (calamity) with which thou dost
threaten us if thou art telling the truth!"

23. He said: "The Knowledge (of when it will come) is only with
Allah: I proclaim to you the mission on which I have been sent:
but I see that ye are a people in ignorance!"

24. Then when they saw the (Penalty in the shape of ) a cloud
traversing the sky coming to meet their valleys they said "This
cloud will give us rain!" "Nay it is the (calamity) ye were
asking to be hastened! a wind wherein is a Grievous Penalty!

25. "Everything will it destroy by the command of its Lord!" Then
by the morning they nothing was to be seen but (the ruins of)
their houses! Thus do We recompense those given to sin!

26. And We had firmly established them in a (prosperity and)
power which We have not given to you (ye Quraish!) and We had
endowed them with (faculties of) hearing seeing heart and
intellect: but of no profit to them were their (faculties of)
hearing sight and heart and intellect when they went on rejecting
the Signs of Allah; and they were (completely) encircled by that
which they used to mock at!

27. We destroyed aforetime populations round about you; and We
have shown the Signs in various ways that they may turn (to Us)

28. Why then was no help forthcoming to them from those whom they
worshipped as gods besides Allah as a means of access (to Allah)?
Nay they left them in the lurch: but that was their Falsehood and
their invention

29. Behold We turned towards thee a company of Jinns (quietly)
listening to the Qur'an: when they stood in the presence thereof
they said "Listen in silence!" When the (reading) was finished
they returned to their people to warn (them of their sins)

30. They said "O our people! We have heard a Book revealed after
Moses confirming what came before it: it guides (men) to the
Truth and to a Straight Path

31. "O our people hearken to the one who invites (you) to Allah
and believe in him: He will forgive you your faults and deliver
you from a Penalty Grievous

32. "If any does not hearken to the one who invites (Us) to Allah
he cannot frustrate (Allah's Plan) on earth and no protectors can
he have besides Allah such men (wander) in manifest error."

33. See they not that Allah Who created the heavens and the earth
and never wearied with their creation is able to give life to the
dead? Yea verily He has power over all things

34. And on the Day that the Unbelievers will be placed before the
Fire (they will be asked) "Is this not the Truth? " They will say
"Yea by our Lord!" (One will say:) "Then taste ye the Penalty for
that ye were wont to deny (Truth)!"

35. Therefore patiently persevere as did (all) apostles of
inflexible purpose and be in no haste about the (Unbelievers). On
the Day that they see the (Punishment) promised them (it will be
) as if they had not tarried more than an hour in a single day.
(Thine but) to proclaim the Message: but shall any be destroyed
except those who transgress?

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