Part 13

Stormy Weather

Chapter 12: Joseph

53. “Nor do I absolve my own self (of blame): the (human) soul is certainly prone to evil, unless my Lord does bestow His Mercy: but surely my Lord is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”

 

54. So the king said: “Bring him unto me; I will take him specially to serve about my own person.” Therefore when he had spoken to him, he said: “Be assured this day, you are, before our own presence, with rank firmly established, and fidelity fully proved!” 55. (Joseph) said: “Set me over the store-houses of the land: I will indeed guard them, as one that knows (their importance).”

 

56. Thus did We give established power to Joseph in the land, to take possession therein as, when, or where he pleased. We bestow of Our Mercy on whom We please, and We suffer not, to be lost, the reward of those who do good. 57. But verily the reward of the Hereafter is the best, for those who believe, and are constant in righteousness.

 

SECTION 8: Joseph helps his Brothers

 

58. Then came Joseph’s brethren: they entered his presence, and he knew them, but they knew him not. 59. And when he had furnished them forth with provisions (suitable) for them, he said: “Bring unto me a brother you have, of the same father as yourselves, (but a different mother): see you not that I pay out full measure, and that I do provide the best hospitality? 60. Now if you bring him not to me, you shall have no measure (of corn) from me, nor shall you (even) come near me.” 61. They said: “We shall certainly seek to get our wish about him from his father: indeed we shall do it.”

62. And (Joseph) told his servants to put their stock in trade (with which they had bartered) into their saddlebags, so they should know it only when they returned to their people, in order that they might come back.

 

63. Now when they returned to their father, they said: “O our father! No more measure of grain shall we get (unless we take our brother): So send our brother with us, that we may get our measure; and we will indeed take every care of him.” 64. He said: “Shall I trust you with him with any result other than when I trusted you with his brother aforetime? But God is the best to take care (of him), and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!”

 

65. Then when they opened their baggage, they found their stock in trade had been returned to them. They said: “O our father! What (more) can we desire? This our stock in trade has been returned to us: so we shall get (more) food for our family; we shall take care of our brother; and add (at the same time) a full camel’s load (of grain to our provisions). This is but a small quantity.” 66. (Jacob) said: “Never will I send him with you until you swear a solemn oath to me, in God’s name, that you will be sure to bring him back to me unless you are yourselves hemmed in (and made powerless).” And when they had sworn their solemn oath, he said: “Over all that we say, be God the witness and guardian!” 67. Further he said: “O my sons! Enter not all by one gate: enter you by different gates. Not that I can profit you anything against God (with my advice): None can command except God: on Him do I put my trust: and let all that trust put their trust on Him.” 68. And when they entered in the manner their father had enjoined, it did not profit them in the least against (the plan of) God: It was but a necessity of Jacob’s soul, which he discharged. For he was, by Our instruction, full of knowledge (and experience): but most men know not.

 

SECTION 9: The Youngest Brother

 

69. Now when they came into Joseph’s presence, he received his (full) brother to stay with him. He said (to him): “Behold! I am your (own) brother; so grieve not at anything of their doings.” 70. At length when he had furnished them forth with provisions (suitable) for them, he put the drinking cup into his brother’s saddlebag. Then shouted out a crier: “O you (in) the caravan! Behold, you are thieves, without doubt!” 71. They said, turning towards them: “What is it that you miss?” 72. They said: “We miss the great beaker of the king; for him who produces it, is (the reward of) a camel load; I will be bound by it.” 73. (The brothers) said: “By God! Well you know that we came not to make mischief in the land, and we are no thieves!” 74. (The Egyptians) said: “What then shall be the penalty of this, if you are (proved) to have lied?” 75. They said: “The penalty should be that he in whose saddlebag it is found, should be held (as bondman) to atone for the (crime). Thus it is we punish the wrong-doers!”

 

76. So he began (the search) with their baggage, before (he came to) the baggage of his brother: at length he brought it out of his brother’s baggage. Thus did We plan for Joseph. He could not take his brother by the law of the king except that God willed it (so). We raise to degrees (of wisdom) whom We please: but over all endued with knowledge is One, the All-knowing. 77. They said: “If he steals, there was a brother of his who did steal before (him).” But these things did Joseph keep locked in his heart, revealing not the secrets to them. He (simply) said (to himself): “You are the worse situated; and God knows best the truth of what you assert!”

 

78. They said: “O exalted one! Behold! he has a father, aged and venerable, (who will grieve for him); so take one of us in his place; for we see that you are (gracious) in doing good.” 79. He said: “God forbid that we take other than him with whom we found our property: indeed (if we did so), we should be acting wrongfully.”

 

SECTION 10: Joseph Discloses His Identity

 

80. Now when they saw no hope of his (yielding), they held a conference in private. The leader among them said: “Know you not that your father did take an oath from you in God’s name, and how, before this, you did fail in your duty with Joseph? Therefore will I not leave this land until my father permits me, or God commands me; and He is the best to command. 81. Turn you back to your father, and say, ‘O our father! Behold! your son committed theft! We bear witness only to what we know, and we could not well guard against the unseen! 82. ‘Ask at the town where we have been and the caravan in which we returned, and (you will find) we are indeed telling the truth.’”

 

83. Jacob said: “No, but you have yourselves contrived a story (good enough) for you. So patience is most fitting (for me). Maybe God will bring them (back) all to me (in the end). For He is indeed full of knowledge and wisdom.” 84. And he turned away from them, and said: “How great is my grief for Joseph!” And his eyes became white with sorrow, and he fell into silent melancholy. 85. They said: "By God! (Never) will you cease to remember Joseph until you reach the last extremity of illness, or until you die!" 86. He said: "I only complain of my distraction and anguish to God, and I know from God that which you know not... 87. "O my sons! Go you and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of God’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of God’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith."

 

88. Then, when they came (back) into (Joseph's) presence they said: "O exalted one! Distress has seized us and our family: we have (now) brought but scanty capital: so pay us full measure, (we pray you), and treat it as charity to us: for God does reward the charitable." 89. He said: "Know you how you dealt with Joseph and his brother, not knowing (what you were doing)?" 90. They said: "Are you indeed Joseph?" He said, "I am Joseph, and this is my brother: God has indeed been gracious to us (all): behold, he that is righteous and patient, - never will God suffer the reward to be lost, of those who do right." 91. They said: "By God! Indeed has God preferred you above us, and we certainly have been guilty of sin!" 92. He said: "This day let no reproach be (cast) on you: God will forgive you, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy! 93. "Go with this my shirt, and cast it over the face of my father: he will come to see (clearly). Then come you (here) to me together with all your family."

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"O my sons! Go you and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of God’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of God’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith." (12:87)

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Section 11: Israel Goes to Egypt

 

94. When the caravan left (Egypt), their father said: "I do indeed scent the presence of Joseph: No, think me not a dotard." 95. They said: "By God! Truly you are in your old wandering mind." 96. Then when the bearer of the good news came, he cast (the shirt) over his face, and he forthwith regained clear sight. He said: "Did I not say to you, 'I know from God that which you know not?'" 97. They said: "O our father! Ask for us forgiveness for our sins, for we were truly at fault." 98. He said: "Soon will I ask my Lord for forgiveness for you: for he is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

 

99. Then when they entered the presence of Joseph, he provided a home for his parents with himself, and said: "Enter you Egypt (all) in safety if it please God." 100. And he raised his parents high on the throne (of dignity), and they fell down in prostration, (all) before him. He said: "O my father! This is the fulfilment of my vision of old! God has made it come true! He was indeed good to me when He took me out of prison and brought you (all here) out of the desert, (even) after Satan had sown enmity between me and my brothers. Verily my Lord understands best the mysteries of all that He plans to do, for verily He is full of knowledge and wisdom. 101. "O my Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me some power, and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams and events, - O You Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Take You my soul (at death) as one submitting to Your will (as a Muslim), and unite me with the righteous."

 

102. Such is one of the stories of what happened unseen, which We reveal by inspiration unto you; nor were you (present) with them then when they concerted their plans together in the process of weaving their plots. 103. Yet no faith will the greater part of mankind have, however ardently you do desire it. 104. And no reward do you ask of them for this: it is no less than a message for all creatures.

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"O my Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me some power, and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams and events, - O You Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Take You my soul (at death) as one submitting to Your will (as a Muslim), and unite me with the righteous." (12:101)

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Section 12: A Lesson for the Prophet’s Opponents

 

105. And how many Signs in the heavens and the earth do they pass by? Yet they turn (their faces) away from them! 106. And most of them believe not in God without associating (others as partners) with Him! 107. Do they then feel secure from the coming against them of the covering veil of the wrath of God, - or of the coming against them of the (final) Hour all of a sudden while they perceive not?

 

108. Say you: "This is my way: I do invite unto God, - on evidence clear as the seeing with one's eyes, - I and whoever follows me. Glory to God! And never will I join gods with God." 109. Nor did We send before you (as Messengers) any but men, whom we did inspire, - (men) living in human habitations. Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those before them? But the home of the hereafter is best, for those who do right. Will you not then understand? 110. (Respite will be granted) until, when the Messengers give up hope (of their people) and (come to) think that they were treated as liars, there reaches to them Our help, and those whom We will are delivered into safety. But never will be warded off our punishment from those who are in sin. 111. There is, in their stories, instruction for men endued with understanding. It is not a tale invented, but a confirmation of what went before it, - a detailed exposition of all things, and a guide and a mercy to any such as believe.

Chapter 13: The Thunder

SECTION 1: Truth of Revelation

 

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. Alif Lām Mīm Rā’. These are the Signs (or Verses) of the Book: that which has been revealed unto you from your Lord is the Truth; but most men believe not. 2. God is He Who raised the heavens without any pillars that you can see; is firmly established on the Throne (of Authority); He has subjected the sun and the moon (to His Law)! Each one runs (its course) for a term appointed. He does regulate all affairs, explaining the Signs in detail, that you may believe with certainty in the meeting with your Lord. 3. And it is He Who spread out the earth, and set thereon mountains standing firm and (flowing) rivers: and fruit of every kind He made in pairs, two and two: He draws the night as a veil over the Day. Behold, verily in these things there are Signs for those who consider! 4. And in the earth are tracts (diverse though) neighboring, and Gardens of vines and fields sown with corn, and palm trees – growing out of single roots or otherwise: watered with the same water, yet some of them We make more excellent than others to eat. Behold, verily in these things there are Signs for those who understand!

 

5. If you do marvel (at their want of faith), strange is their saying: “When we are (actually) dust, shall we indeed then be in a creation renewed?” They are those who deny their Lord! They are those round whose necks will be yokes (of servitude): they will be companions of the Fire, to dwell therein (forever)! 6. They ask you to hasten on the evil in preference to the good: yet have come to pass, before them, (many) exemplary punishments! But verily your Lord is full of forgiveness for mankind for their wrong-doing, and verily your Lord is (also) strict in punishment.

 

7. And the Unbelievers say: “Why is not a Sign sent down to him from his Lord?” But you are truly a warner, and to every people a guide.

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And it is He Who spread out the earth, and set thereon mountains standing firm and (flowing) rivers: and fruit of every kind He made in pairs, two and two: He draws the night as a veil over the Day. (13:3)

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SECTION 2: Fall and Rise of Nations

 

8. God does know what every female (womb) does bear, by how much the wombs fall short (of their time or number) or do exceed. Every single thing is before His sight, in (due) proportion. 9. He knows the Unseen and that which is open: He is the Great, the Most High. 10. It is the same (to Him) whether any of you conceal his speech or declare it openly; whether he lie hid by night or walk forth freely by day. 11. For each (such person) there are (angels) in succession, before and behind him: they guard him by command of God. Verily never will God change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). But when (once) God wills a people’s punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor will they find, besides Him, any to protect. 12. It is He Who does show you the lightning, by way both of fear and of hope: it is He Who does raise up the clouds, heavy with (fertilizing) rain! 13. No, thunder repeats His praises, and so do the angels, with awe: He flings the loud-voiced thunderbolts, and therewith He strikes whomsoever He will. Yet these (are the men) who (dare to) dispute about God, with the strength of His power (supreme)!

 

14. For Him (alone) is prayer in Truth: any others that they call upon besides Him hear them no more than if they were to stretch forth their hands for water to reach their mouths but it reaches them not: for the prayer of those without Faith is nothing but (futile) wandering (in the mind). 15. Whatever beings there are in the heavens and the earth do prostrate themselves to God (acknowledging subjection), - with good-will or in spite of themselves: so do their shadows in the mornings and evenings.

 

16. Say: “Who is the Lord and Sustainer of the heavens and the earth?” Say: “(It is) God.” Say: “Do you then take (for worship) protectors other than Him, such as have no power either for good or for harm to themselves?” Say: “Are the blind equal with those who see? Or the depths of darkness equal with light?” Or do they assign to God partners who have created (anything) as He has created, so that the creation seemed to them similar? Say: “God is the Creator of all things: He is the One, the Supreme and Irresistible.” 17. He sends down water from the skies, and the channels flow, each according to its measure: but the torrent bears away the foam that mounts up to the surface. Even so, from that (ore) which they heat in the fire, to make ornaments or utensils therewith, there is a scum likewise. Thus does God (by parables) show forth Truth and Vanity. For the scum disappears like froth cast out; while that which is for the good of mankind remains on the earth. Thus does God set forth parables. 18. For those who respond to their Lord, are (all) good things. But those who respond not to Him, - even if they had all that is in the heavens and on earth, and as much more, (in vain) would they offer it for ransom. For them will the reckoning be terrible: their abode will be Hell, - what a bed of misery!

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He knows the Unseen and that which is open: He is the Great, the Most High. (13:9)

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SECTION 3: Good and Evil Bring Their Own Reward

 

19. Is then one who does know that that which has been revealed unto you from your Lord is the Truth, like one who is blind? It is those who are endued with understanding that receive admonition; - 20. Those who fulfil the Covenant of God and fail not in their plighted word; 21. Those who join together those things which God has commanded to be joined, hold their Lord in awe, and fear the terrible reckoning; 22. Those who patiently persevere, seeking the countenance of their Lord; establish regular prayers; spend, out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their sustenance, secretly and openly; and turn off Evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the (eternal) Home, - 23. Gardens of perpetual bliss: they shall enter there, as well as the righteous among their fathers, their spouses, and their offspring: and angels shall enter unto them from every gate (with the salutation): 24. “Peace unto you for that you persevered in patience! Now how excellent is the final Home!”

 

25. But those who break the Covenant of God, after having plighted their word thereto, and cut asunder those things which God has commanded to be joined, and work mischief in the land; - on them is the Curse; for them is the terrible Home!

 

26. God does enlarge, or grant by (strict) measure, the sustenance (which He gives) to whom so He pleases. (The worldly) rejoice in the life of this world: but the life of this world is but little comfort in the Hereafter.

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Those who patiently persevere, seeking the countenance of their Lord; establish regular prayers; spend, out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their sustenance, secretly and openly; and turn off Evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the (eternal) Home, -  (13:22)

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SECTION 4: Revolution to be Brought About by the Qur’ān

 

27. The Unbelievers say: “Why is not a Sign sent down to him from his Lord?” Say: “Truly God leaves to stray, whom He will; but He guides to Himself those who turn to Him in penitence, - 28. Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of God: for without doubt in the remembrance of God do hearts find satisfaction. 29. For those who believe and work righteousness, is (every) blessedness, and a beautiful place of (final) return.”

 

30. Thus have We sent you amongst a people before whom (long since) have (other) peoples (gone and) passed away; in order that you might rehearse unto them what We send down unto you by inspiration; yet do they reject (Him), the Most Gracious! Say: “He is my Lord! There is no god but He! On Him is my trust, and to Him do I turn!” 31. If there were a Qur’ān with which mountains were moved, or the earth were cloven asunder, or the dead were made to speak, (this would be the one!) But, truly, the command is with God in all things! Do not the Believers know, that, had God (so) willed, He could have guided all mankind (to the Right)? But the Unbelievers, - never will disaster cease to seize them for their (ill) deeds, or to settle close to their homes, until the promise of God come to pass, for, verily, God will not fail in His promise.

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For those who believe and work righteousness, is (every) blessedness, and a beautiful place of (final) return.” (13:29)

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SECTION 5: Opposition Will Fail

32. Mocked were (many) messengers before you: but I granted respite to the Unbelievers, and finally I punished them: then how (terrible) was My requital! 33. Is then He Who stands over every soul (and knows) all that it does, (like any others)? And yet they ascribe partners to God. Say: “But name them! Is it that you will inform Him of something He knows not on earth, or is it (just) a show of words?” No! To those who believe not, their pretense seems pleasing, but they are kept back (thereby) from the Path. And those whom God leaves to stray, no one can guide. 34. For them is a Penalty in the life of this world, but harder, truly, is the Penalty of the Hereafter: and defender have they none against God. 35. The parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised!—beneath it flow rivers: perpetual is the enjoyment thereof and the shade therein: such is the end of the Righteous; and the end of Unbelievers is the Fire.

 

36. Those to whom We have given the Book rejoice at what has been revealed unto you: but there are among the clans those who reject a part thereof. Say: “I am commanded to worship God, and not to join partners with Him. Unto Him do I call, and unto Him is my return.” 37. Thus have We revealed it to be a judgment of authority in Arabic. Were you to follow their (vain) desires after the knowledge which has reached you, then would you find neither protector nor defender against God.

 

SECTION 6: Steady Progress of Truth

 

38. We did send messengers before you, and appointed for them wives and children: and it was never the part of a messenger to bring a Sign except as God permitted (or commanded). For each period is a Book (revealed). 39. God does blot out or confirm what He pleases: with Him is the Mother of the Book.

40. Whether We shall show you (within your lifetime) part of what We promised them or take to ourselves your soul (before it is all accomplished), - your duty is to make (the Message) reach them: it is Our part to call them to account. 41. See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? (Where) God commands, there is none to put back His command: and He is swift in calling to account. 42. Those before them did (also) devise plots; but in all things the master-planning is God’s. He knows the doings of every soul: and soon will the Unbelievers know who gets home in the end. 43. The Unbelievers say: “No messenger are you.” Say: “Enough for a witness between me and you is God, and such as have knowledge of the Book.”

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We did send messengers before you, and appointed for them wives and children: and it was never the part of a messenger to bring a Sign except as God permitted (or commanded). For each period is a Book (revealed). (13:38)

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Chapter 14: Abraham

SECTION 1: Revelation Dispels Darkness

 

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. Alif Lām Rā’. A Book which We have revealed unto you, in order that you might lead mankind out of the depths of darkness into light—by the leave of their Lord—to the Way of (Him) the Exalted in Power, Worthy of all praise! – 2. Of God, to Whom do belong all things in the heavens and on earth! But alas for the Unbelievers for a terrible Penalty (their Unfaith will bring them)! – 3. Those who love the life of this world more than the Hereafter, who hinder (men) from the Path of God and seek therein something crooked: they are astray by a long distance.

 

4. We sent not a messenger except (to teach) in the language of his (own) people, in order to make (things) clear to them. Now God leaves straying those whom He pleases and guides whom He pleases: and He is Exalted in Power, full of Wisdom.

 

5. We sent Moses with Our Signs (and the command): “Bring out your people from the depths of darkness into light, and teach them to remember the Days of God.” Verily in this there are Signs for such as are firmly patient and constant, - grateful and appreciative. 6. Remember! Moses said to his people: “Call to mind the favor of God to you when He delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: they set you hard tasks and punishments, slaughtered your sons, and let your womenfolk live: therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord.”

 

SECTION 2: Truth is Rejected First

 

7. And remember your Lord caused to be declared (publicly): “If you are grateful, I will add more (favors) unto you; but if you show ingratitude, truly My punishment is terrible indeed.” 8. And Moses said: “If you show ingratitude, you and all on earth together, yet is God free of all wants, worthy of all praise.”

 

9. Has not the story reached you, (O people!), of those who (went) before you? - of the people of Noah, and ‘Ād, and Thamūd? - and of those who (came) after them? None knows them but God. To them came messengers with clear (Signs); but they put their hands up to their mouths, and said: “We do deny (the mission) on which you have been sent, and we are really in suspicious (disquieting) doubt as to that to which you invite us.” 10. Their messengers said: “Is there a doubt about God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth? It is He Who invites you, in order that He may forgive you your sins and give you respite for a term appointed!” They said: “Ah! You are no more than human, like ourselves! You wish to turn us away from the (gods) our fathers used to worship: then bring us some clear authority.” 11. Their messengers said to them: “True, we are human like yourselves, but God does grant His grace to such of His servants as He pleases. It is not for us to bring you an authority except as God permits. And on God let all men of faith put their trust. 12. No reason have we why we should not put our trust on God. Indeed He has guided us to the Ways we (follow). We shall certainly bear with patience all the hurt you may cause us. For those who put their trust should put their trust on God.”

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“If you are grateful, I will add more (favors) unto you; but if you show ingratitude,

truly My punishment is terrible indeed.” (14:07)

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SECTION 3: Opposition is at Last Destroyed

 

13. And the Unbelievers said to their messengers: “Be sure we shall drive you out of our land, or you shall return to our religion.” But their Lord inspired (this Message) to them: “Verily We shall cause the wrongdoers to perish! 14. And verily We shall cause you to abide in the land, and succeed them. This for such as fear the Time when they shall stand before My tribunal, - such as fear the punishment denounced.” 15. But they sought victory and decision (there and then), and frustration was the lot of every powerful obstinate transgressor. 16. In front of such a one is Hell, and he is given, for drink, boiling fetid water. 17. In gulps will he sip it, but never will he be near swallowing it down his throat: death will come to him from every quarter, yet will he not die: and in front of him will be a chastisement unrelenting.

 

18. The parable of those who reject their Lord is that their works are as ashes, on which the wind blows furiously on a tempestuous day: no power have they over anything that they have earned: that is the straying far, far (from the goal). 19. See you not that God created the heavens and the earth in Truth? If He so wills, He can remove you and put (in your place) a new creation? 20. Nor is that for God any great matter. 21. They will all be marshaled before God together: then will the weak say to those who were arrogant, “For us, we but followed you; can you then avail us at all against the wrath of God?” They will reply, “If we had received the Guidance of God, we should have given it to you: to us it makes no difference (now) whether we rage, or bear (these torments) with patience: for ourselves there is no way of escape.”

 

SECTION 4: Truth is Confirmed

 

22. And Satan will say when the matter is decided: “It was God Who gave you a promise of Truth: I too promised, but I failed in my promise to you. I had no authority over you except to call you, but you listened to me: then reproach not me, but reproach your own souls. I cannot listen to your cries, nor can you listen to mine. I reject your former act in associating me with God. For wrong-doers there must be a grievous Penalty.”

 

23. But those who believe and work righteousness will be admitted to Gardens beneath which rivers flow, - to dwell therein forever with the leave of their Lord. Their greeting therein will be: “Peace!”

 

24. See you not how God sets forth a parable? - a goodly Word like a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the heavens, - 25. It brings forth its fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord. So God sets forth parables for men, in order that they may receive admonition. 26. And the parable of an evil Word is that of an evil tree: it is torn up by the root from the surface of the earth: it has no stability. 27. God will establish in strength those who believe, with the Word that stands firm, in this world and in the Hereafter; but God will leave, to stray, those who do wrong: God does what He wills.

 

SECTION 5: Man’s Injustice in Rejecting Truth

28. Have you not turned your vision to those who have changed the favor of God into blasphemy and caused their people to descend to the House of Perdition? - 29. Into Hell? They will burn therein, - an evil place to stay in! 30. And they set up (idols) as equal to God, to mislead (men) from the Path! Say: “Enjoy (your brief power)! But verily you are making straightway for Hell!”

31. Speak to My servants who have believed, that they may establish regular prayers, and spend (in charity) out of the sustenance We have given them, secretly and openly, before the coming of a Day in which there will be neither mutual bargaining nor befriending.

 

32. It is God Who has created the heavens and the earth and sends down rain from the skies, and with it brings out fruits wherewith to feed you; it is He Who has made the ships subject to you, that they may sail through the sea by His command; and the rivers (also) has He made subject to you. 33. And He has made subject to you the sun and the moon, both diligently pursuing their courses; and the night and the day has He (also) made subject to you. 34. And He gives you of all that you ask for. But if you count the favors of God, never will you be able to number them. Verily, man is given up to injustice and ingratitude.

 

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And He gives you of all that you ask for. But if you count the favors of God, never will you be able to number them.

Verily, man is given up to injustice and ingratitude. (14:34)

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SECTION 6: Abraham’s Prayer

35. Remember Abraham said: “O my Lord! Make this city one of peace and security: and preserve me and my sons from worshipping idols. 36. O my Lord! They have indeed led astray many among mankind; he then who follows my (ways) is of me, and he that disobeys me, - but You are indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. 37. O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Your Sacred House; in order, O our Lord, that they may establish regular prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with fruits: so that they may give thanks. 38. O our Lord! Truly You do know what we conceal and what we reveal: for nothing whatever is hidden from God, whether on earth or in heaven. 39. Praise be to God, Who has granted unto me in old age Ishmael and Isaac: for truly my Lord is He, the Hearer of prayer! 40. O my Lord! Make me one who establishes regular prayer, and also (raise such) among my offspring O our Lord! and accept You my prayer. 41. O our Lord! Cover (us) with Your Forgiveness—me, my parents, and (all) Believers, on the Day that the Reckoning will be established!”

 

SECTION 7: The End of Opposition

 

42. Think not that God does not heed the deeds of those who do wrong. He but gives them respite against a Day when the eyes will fixedly stare in horror, - 43. They running forward with necks outstretched, their heads uplifted, their gaze returning not towards them, and their hearts a (gaping) void!

 

44. So warn mankind of the Day when the Wrath will reach them: then will the wrong-doers say: “Our Lord! Respite us (if only) for a short term: we will answer Your call, and follow the messengers!” “What! Were you not wont to swear aforetime that you should suffer no decline? 45. And you dwelt in the dwellings of men who wronged their own souls; you were clearly shown how We dealt with them; and We put forth (many) Parables on your behalf!” 46. Mighty indeed were the plots which they made, but their plots were (well) within the sight of God, even though they were such as to shake the hills! 47. Never think that God would fail His messengers in His promise: for God is Exalted in Power, - the Lord of Retribution.

 

48. One day the earth will be changed to a different earth, and so will be the heavens, and (men) will be marshaled forth, before God, the One, the Irresistible; 49. And you will see the sinners that day bound together in fetters; - 50. Their garments of liquid pitch, and their faces covered with Fire; 51. That God may requite each soul according to its deserts; and verily God is swift in calling to account.

 

52. Here is a Message for mankind: let them take warning therefrom, and let them know that He is (no other than) One God: let men of understanding take heed.