Part 18

Sunny Mosque

Chapter 23: The Believers

SECTION 1: Success of the Faithful

 

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

 

1. The Believers must (eventually) win through, — 2. Those who humble themselves in their prayers; 3. Who avoid vain talk; 4. Who are active in deeds of charity; 5. Who abstain from sex, 6. Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess,—for (in their case) they are free from blame, 7. But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors; — 8. Those who faithfully observe their trusts and their covenants; 9. And who (strictly) guard their prayers; — 10. These will be the heirs, 11. Who will inherit Paradise: they will dwell therein (forever).

 

12. Man We did create from a quintessence (of clay); 13. Then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place of rest, firmly fixed; 14. Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We made a (fetus) lump; then We made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh; then We developed out of it another creature. So blessed be God, the Best to create! 15. After that, at length you will die, 16. Again, on the Day of Judgement, will you be raised up. 17. And We have made, above you, seven tracts; and We are never unmindful of (Our) Creation.

 

18. And We send down water from the sky according to (due) measure, and We cause it to soak in the soil; and We certainly are able to drain it off (with ease). 19. With it We grow for you gardens of date palms and vines: in them have you abundant fruits: and of them you eat (and have enjoyment), — 20. Also a tree springing out of Mount Sinai, which produces oil, and relish for those who use it for food. 21. And in cattle (too) you have an instructive example: from within their bodies We produce (milk) for you to drink; there are, in them, (besides), numerous (other) benefits for you; and of their (meat) you eat; 22. And on them, as well as in ships, you ride.

 

SECTION 2: Noah

 

23. (Further, We sent a long line of prophets for your instruction). We sent Noah to his people: he said, “O my people! Worship God! You have no other god but Him. Will you not fear (Him)?” 24. The chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people said: “He is no more than a man like yourselves: his wish is to assert his superiority over you: if God had wished (to send messengers), He could have sent down angels; never did we hear such a thing (as he says), among our ancestors of old.” 25. (And some said): “He is only a man possessed: wait (and have patience) with him for a time.” 26. (Noah) said: “O my Lord! Help me: for that they accuse me of falsehood!” 27. So We inspired him (with this message): “Construct the Ark within Our sight and under Our guidance: then when comes Our Command, and the fountains of the earth gush forth, take you on board pairs of every species, male and female, and your family—except those of them against whom the Word has already gone forth: and address Me not in favor of the wrong-doers; for they shall be drowned (in the Flood). 28. And when you have embarked on the Ark—you and those with you,—say: ‘Praise be to God, Who has saved us from the people who do wrong.’ 29. And say: ‘O my Lord! Enable me to disembark with Your blessing: for You are the Best to enable (us) to disembark.’” 30. Verily in this there are Signs (for men to understand); (thus) do We try (men).

 

31. Then We raised after them another generation. 32. And We sent to them a messenger from among themselves, (saying), “Worship God! You have no other god but Him. Will you not fear (Him)?”

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And We sent to them a messenger from among themselves, (saying), “Worship God! You have no other god but Him. Will you not fear (Him)?” (23:32)

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SECTION 3: Prophets after Noah

 

33. And the chiefs of his people, who disbelieved and denied the Meeting in the Hereafter, and on whom We had bestowed the good things of this life, said: “He is no more than a man like yourselves: he eats of that of which you eat, and drinks of what you drink. 34. If you obey a man like yourselves, behold, it is certain you will be lost. 35. Does he promise that when you die and become dust and bones, you shall be brought forth (again)? 36. Far, very far is that which you are promised! 37. There is nothing but our life in this world! We shall die and we live! But we shall never be raised up again! 38. He is only a man who invents a lie against God, but we are not the ones to believe in him!” 39. (The prophet) said: “O my Lord! Help me: for that they accuse me of falsehood.” 40. (God) said: “In but a little while, they are sure to be sorry!” 41. Then the Blast overtook them with justice, and We made them as rubbish of dead leaves (floating on the stream of Time)! So away with the people who do wrong!

 

42. Then We raised after them other generations. 43. No people can hasten their term, nor can they delay (it). 44. Then sent We Our messengers in succession: every time there came to a people their messenger, they accused him of falsehood: so We made them follow each other (in punishment): We made them as a tale (that is told): so away with a people that will not believe!

 

45. Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron, with Our Signs and authority manifest, 46. To Pharaoh and his Chiefs: but these behaved insolently: they were an arrogant people. 47. They said: “Shall we believe in two men like ourselves? And their people are subject to us!” 48. So they accused them of falsehood, and they became of those who were destroyed. 49. And We gave Moses the Book, in order that they might receive guidance.

 

50. And We made the son of Mary and his mother as a Sign: We gave them both shelter on high ground, affording rest and security and furnished with springs.

 

SECTION 4: Higher Values of Life

51. O you messengers! Enjoy (all) things good and pure, and work righteousness: for I am well-acquainted with (all) that you do. 52. And verily this Brotherhood of yours is a single Brotherhood, and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (and no other). 53. But people have cut off their affair (of unity), between them, into sects: each party rejoices in that which is with itself. 54. But leave them in their confused ignorance for a time.

 

55. Do they think that because We have granted them abundance of wealth and sons, 56. We would hasten them on in every good? Nay, they do not understand.

 

57. Verily those who live in awe for fear of their Lord; 58. Those who believe in the Signs of their Lord; 59. Those who join not (in worship) partners with their Lord; 60. And those who dispense their charity with their hearts full of fear, because they will return to their Lord; — 61. It is these who hasten in every good work, and these who are foremost in them.

 

62. On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear: before Us is a record which clearly shows the truth: they will never be wronged. 63. But their hearts are in confused ignorance of this; and there are, besides that, deeds of theirs, which they will (continue) to do, — 64. Until, when We seize in Punishment those of them who received the good things of this world, behold, they will groan in supplication! 65. (It will be said): “Groan not in supplication this day; for you shall certainly not be helped by Us. 66. My Signs used to be rehearsed to you, but you used to turn back on your heels — 67. In arrogance: talking nonsense about the (Qur’ān), like one telling fables by night.”

 

68. Do they not ponder over the Word (of God), or has anything (new) come to them that did not come to their fathers of old? 69. Or do they not recognize their Messenger, that they deny him? 70. Or do they say, “He is possessed”? Nay, he has brought them the Truth, but most of them hate the Truth. 71. If the Truth had been in accord with their desires, truly the heavens and the earth, and all beings therein would have been in confusion and corruption! Nay, We have sent them their admonition, but they turn away from their admonition. 72. Or is it that you ask them for some recompense? But the recompense of your Lord is best: He is the Best of those who give sustenance. 73. But verily you call them to the straight Way; 74. And verily those who believe not in the Hereafter are deviating from that Way.

 

75. If We had mercy on them and removed the distress which is on them, they would obstinately persist in their transgression, wandering in distraction to and fro. 76. We inflicted Punishment on them, but they humbled not themselves to their Lord, nor do they submissively entreat (Him)! — 77. Until We open on them a gate leading to a severe Punishment: then lo! they will be plunged in despair therein!

 

SECTION 5: Polytheism is Self-condemned

 

78. It is He Who has created for you (the faculties of) hearing, sight, feeling and understanding: little thanks it is you give! 79. And He has multiplied you through the earth, and to Him shall you be gathered back. 80. It is He Who gives life and death, and to Him (is due) the alternation of Night and Day: will you not then understand? 81. On the contrary they say things similar to what the ancients said. 82. They say: “What! When we die and become dust and bones, could we really be raised up again? 83. Such things have been promised to us and to our fathers before! They are nothing but tales of the ancients!” 84. Say: “To whom belong the earth and all beings therein? (Say) if you know!” 85. They will say, “To God!” Say: “Yet will you not receive admonition?” 86. Say: “Who is the Lord of the seven heavens, and the Lord of the Throne (of Glory) Supreme?” 87. They will say, “(They belong) to God.” Say: “Will you not then be filled with awe?” 88. Say: “Who is it in whose hands is the governance of all things,—Who protects (all), but is not protected (of any)? (Say) if you know.” 89. They will say, “(It belongs) to God.” Say: “Then how are you deluded?”

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It is He Who has created for you (the faculties of) hearing, sight, feeling and understanding: little thanks it is you give! (23:78)

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90. We have sent them the Truth: but they indeed practice falsehood! 91. No son did God beget, nor is there any god along with Him: (if there were many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had created, and some would have lorded it over others! Glory to God! (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him! 92. He knows what is hidden and what is open: too high is He for the partners they attribute to Him!

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No son did God beget, nor is there any god along with Him: (if there were many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had created, and some would have lorded it over others! Glory to God! (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him! (23:91)

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SECTION 6: Regrets of the Wicked

 

93. Say: “O my Lord! If You will show me (in my lifetime) that which they are warned against, — 94. Then, O my Lord! put me not amongst the people who do wrong!” 95. And We are certainly able to show you (in fulfilment) that against which they are warned. 96. Repel evil with that which is best: We are well acquainted with the things they say. 97. And say “O my Lord! I seek refuge with You from the suggestions of the Evil Ones. 98. And I seek refuge with You O my Lord! Lest they should come near me.”

 

99. (In Falsehood will they be) until, when death comes to one of them, he says: “O my Lord! send me back (to life), — 100. In order that I may work righteousness in the things I neglected.” — “By no means! It is but a word he says.” — Before them is a Partition till the Day they are raised up.

 

101. Then when the Trumpet is blown, there will be no more relationships between them that Day, nor will one ask after another! 102. Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy,—they will attain salvation: 103. But those whose balance is light, will be those who have lost their souls; in Hell will they abide. 104. The Fire will burn their faces, and they will therein grin, with their lips displaced. 105. “Were not My Signs rehearsed to you, and you did but treat them as falsehoods?” 106. They will say: “Our Lord! Our misfortune overwhelmed us, and we became a people astray! 107. Our Lord! Bring us out of this: if ever we return (to evil), then shall we be wrongdoers indeed!” 108. He will say: “Be you driven into it (with ignominy)! And speak you not to Me! 109. A part of My servants there was, who used to pray ‘Our Lord! We believe; then do You forgive us, and have mercy upon us: for You are the Best of those who show mercy!’ 110. But you treated them with ridicule, so much so that (ridicule of) them made you forget My Message while you were laughing at them! 111. I have rewarded them this Day for their patience and constancy: they are indeed the ones that have achieved Bliss …” 112. He will say: “What number of years did you stay on earth?” 113. They will say: “We stayed a day or part of a day: but ask those who keep account.” 114. He will say: “You stayed not but a little,—if you had only known! 115. Did you then think that We had created you in jest, and that you would not be brought back to Us (for account)?”

 

116. Therefore exalted be God, the King, the Reality: there is no god but He, the Lord of the Throne of Honor! 117. If anyone invokes, besides God, any other god, he has no authority therefor; and his reckoning will be only with his Lord! And verily the Unbelievers will fail to win through! 118. So say: “O my Lord! Grant You forgiveness and mercy for You are the Best of those who show mercy!”

Chapter 24: The Light

SECTION 1: Law Relating to Adultery

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

1. A Revelation which We have sent down and which We have ordained: in it have We sent down clear Signs, in order that you may receive admonition.

2. The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, — flog each of them with a hundred stripes: let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by God, if you believe in God and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment. 3. Let no man guilty of adultery or fornication marry any but a woman similarly guilty, or an Unbeliever: nor let any but such a man or an Unbeliever marry such a woman: to the Believers such a thing is forbidden.

4. And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and produce not four witnesses (to support their allegations),—flog them with eighty stripes; and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors; — 5. Unless they repent thereafter and mend (their conduct); for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

6. And for those who launch a charge against their spouses, and have (in support) no evidence but their own,—their solitary evidence (can be received) if they bear witness four times (with an oath) by God that they are solemnly telling the truth; 7. And the fifth (oath) (should be) that they solemnly invoke the curse of God on themselves if they tell a lie. 8. But it would avert the punishment from the wife, if she bears witness four times (with an oath) by God, that (her husband) is telling a lie; 9. And the fifth (oath) should be that she solemnly invokes the wrath of God on herself if (her accuser) is telling the truth. 10. If it were not for God’s grace and mercy on you, and that God is Oft-Returning, full of Wisdom,—(you would be ruined indeed).

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A Revelation which We have sent down and which We have ordained: in it have We sent down clear Signs, in order that you may receive admonition. (24:1)

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SECTION 2: ‘Ā’ishah’s Slanderers

11. Those who brought forward the lie are a body among yourselves: think it not to be an evil to you; on the contrary it is good for you: to every man among them (will come the punishment) of the sin that he earned, and to him who took on himself the lead among them, will be a Penalty grievous. 12. Why did not the Believers—men and women—when you heard of the affair,—put the best construction on it in their own minds and say, “This (charge) is an obvious lie”? 13. Why did they not bring four witnesses to prove it? When they have not brought the witnesses, such men, in the sight of God, (stand forth) themselves as liars! 14. Were it not for the grace and mercy of God on you, in this world and the Hereafter, a grievous penalty would have seized you in that you rushed glibly into this affair. 15. Behold, you received it on your tongues, and said out of your mouths things of which you had no knowledge; and you thought it to be a light matter, while it was most serious in the sight of God. 16. And why did you not, when you heard it, say?—“It is not right of us to speak of this: Glory to God! This is a most serious slander!”

17. God does admonish you, that you may never repeat such (conduct), if you are (true) Believers. 18. And God makes the Signs plain to you: for God is full of knowledge and wisdom. 19. Those who love (to see) scandal published broadcast among the Believers, will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: God knows, and you know not. 20. Were it not for the grace and mercy of God on you, and that God is full of kindness and mercy, (you would be ruined indeed).

 

SECTION 3: Slanderers of Women

21. O you who believe! Follow not Satan’s footsteps: if any will follow the footsteps of Satan, he will (but) command what is shameful and wrong: and were it not for the grace and mercy of God on you, not one of you would ever have been pure: but God does purify whom He pleases: and God is One Who hears and knows (all things). 22. Let not those among you who are endued with grace and amplitude of means resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen, those in want, and those who have left their homes in God’s cause: let them forgive and overlook, do you not wish that God should forgive you? For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. 23. Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty, — 24. On the Day when their tongues, their hands, and their feet will bear witness against them as to their actions. 25. On that Day God will pay them back (all) their just dues, and they will realize that God is the (very) Truth, that makes all things manifest. 26. Women impure are for men impure, and men impure for women impure and women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity: these are not affected by what people say: for them there is forgiveness, and a provision honorable.

SECTION 4: Preventive Measures

27. O you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and saluted those in them: that is best for you, in order that you may heed (what is seemly). 28. If you find no one in the house, enter not until permission is given to you: if you are asked to go back, go back: that makes for greater purity for yourselves: and God knows well all that you do. 29. It is no fault on your part to enter houses not used for living in, which serve some (other) use for you: and God has knowledge of what you reveal and what you conceal.

30. Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and God is well acquainted with all that they do. 31. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers! Turn you all together towards God, that you may attain Bliss.

32. Marry those among you who are single, or the virtuous ones among your slaves, male or female: if they are in poverty, God will give them means out of His grace: for God encompasses all, and He knows all things. 33. Let those who find not the wherewithal for marriage keep themselves chaste, until God gives them means out of His grace. And if any of your slaves ask for a deed in writing (to enable them to earn their freedom for a certain sum), give them such a deed if you know any good in them: indeed, give them something yourselves out of the means which God has given to you. But force not your maids to prostitution when they desire chastity, in order that you may make a gain in the goods of this life. But if anyone compels them, yet, after such compulsion, is God, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (to them).

34. We have already sent down to you verses making things clear, an illustration from (the story of) people who passed away before you, and an admonition for those who fear (God).

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O you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and saluted those in them: that is best for you, in order that you may heed (what is seemly). (24:27)

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SECTION 5: Manifestation of Divine Light

35. God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! God does guide whom He will to His light: God does set forth Parables for men: and God does know all things. 36. (Lit is such a light) in houses, which God has permitted to be raised to honor; for the celebration, in them, of His name: in them is He glorified in the mornings and in the evenings, (again and again), — 37. By men whom neither traffic nor merchandise can divert from the remembrance of God, nor from regular Prayer, nor from the practice of regular Charity: their (only) fear is for the Day when hearts and eyes will be transformed (in a world wholly new), — 38. That God may reward them according to the best of their deeds, and add even more for them out of His Grace: for God does provide for those whom He will, without measure.

39. But the Unbelievers,—their deeds are like a mirage in sandy deserts, which the man parched with thirst mistakes for water; until when he comes up to it, he finds it to be nothing: but he finds God (ever) with him, and God will pay him his account: and God is swift in taking account. 40. Or (the Unbelievers’ state) is like the depths of darkness in a vast deep ocean, overwhelmed with billow topped by billow, topped by (dark) clouds: depths of darkness, one above another: if a man stretches out his hand, he can hardly see it! For any to whom God gives not light, there is no light!

SECTION 6: Manifestation of Divine Power

41. See you not that it is God Whose praises all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate, and the birds (of the air) with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise. And God knows well all that they do. 42. Indeed, to God belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; and to God is the final goal (of all). 43. See you not that God makes the clouds move gently, then joins them together, then makes them into a heap?—then will you see rain issue forth from their midst. And He sends down from the sky mountain masses (of clouds) wherein is hail: He strikes therewith whom He pleases and He turns it away from whom He pleases. The vivid flash of His lightning well-nigh blinds the sight. 44. It is God Who alternates the Night and the Day: verily in these things is an instructive example for those who have vision! 45. And God has created every animal from water: of them there are some that creep on their bellies; some that walk on two legs; and some that walk on four. God creates what He wills for verily God has power over all things. 46. We have indeed sent down Signs that make things manifest: and God guides whom He wills to a Way that is straight.

47. They say, “We believe in God and in the Messenger, and we obey”: but even after that, some of them turn away: they are not (really) Believers. 48. When they are summoned to God and His Messenger, in order that he may judge between them, behold, some of them decline (to come). 49. But if the right is on their side, they come to him with all submission. 50. Is it that there is a disease in their hearts? Or do they doubt, or are they in fear, that God and His Messenger will deal unjustly with them? Nay, it is they themselves who do wrong.

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 And God has created every animal from water: of them there are some that creep on their bellies; some that walk on two legs; and some that walk on four. God creates what He wills for verily God has power over all things. (24:45)

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SECTION 7: Establishment of the Government of Islam

51. The answer of the Believers, when summoned to God and His Messenger, in order that he may judge between them, is no other than this: they say, “We hear and we obey”: it is such as these that will attain felicity. 52. It is such as obey God and His Messenger, and fear God and do right, that will win (in the end), 53. They swear their strongest oaths by God that, if only you would command them, they would leave (their homes). Say: “Swear you not; obedience is (more) reasonable; verily, God is well acquainted with all that you do.” 54. Say: “Obey God, and obey the Messenger.” But if you turn away, he is only responsible for the duty placed on him and you for that placed on you. If you obey him, you shall be on right guidance. The Messenger’s duty is only to preach the clear (Message).

55. God has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion — the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: ‘They will worship Me (alone) and not associate aught with Me.’ If any do reject Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked. 56. So establish regular prayer and give regular charity; and obey the Messenger; that you may receive mercy. 57. Never think you that the Unbelievers are going to frustrate (God’s Plan) on earth: their abode is the Fire,—and it is indeed an evil refuge!

SECTION 8: Respect for Privacy

58. O you who believe! Let those whom your right hands possess, and the (children) among you who have not come of age ask your permission (before they come to your presence), on three occasions: before morning prayer; the while you take off your clothes for the noonday heat; and after the late-night prayer: these are your three times of undress: outside those times it is not wrong for you or for them to move about attending to each other: thus does God make clear the Signs to you: for God is full of knowledge and wisdom. 59. But when the children among you come of age, let them (also) ask for permission, as do those senior to them (in age): thus does God make clear His Signs to you: for God is full of knowledge and wisdom. 60. Such elderly women as are past the prospect of marriage, — there is no blame on them if they lay aside their (outer) garments, provided they make not a wanton display of their beauty: but it is best for them to be modest: and God is One Who sees and knows all things.

61. It is no fault in the blind nor in one born lame, nor in one afflicted with illness, nor in yourselves, that you should eat in your own houses, or those of your fathers, or your mothers, or your brothers, or your sisters, or your father’s brothers or your father’s sisters, or your mother’s brothers, or your mother’s sisters, or in houses of which the keys are in your possession, or in the house of a sincere friend of yours: there is no blame on you, whether you eat in company or separately. But if you enter houses, salute each other — a greeting of blessing and purity as from God. Thus does God make clear the Signs to you: that you may understand.

SECTION 9: Matters of State to take Precedence

62. Only those are Believers, who believe in God and His Messenger: when they are with him on a matter requiring collective action, they do not depart until they have asked for his leave; those who ask for your leave are those who believe in God and His Messenger; so when they ask for your leave, for some business of theirs, give leave to those of them whom you will, and ask God for their forgiveness: for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. 63. Deem not the summons of the Messenger among yourselves like the summons of one of you to another: God does know those of you who slip away under shelter of some excuse: then let those beware who withstand the Messenger’s order, lest some trial befall them, or a grievous Penalty be inflicted on them. 64. Be quite sure that to God does belong whatever is in the heavens and on earth. Well does He know what you are intent upon: and one day they will be brought back to Him, and He will tell them the truth of what they did: for God does know all things.

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 Be quite sure that to God does belong whatever is in the heavens and on earth. Well does He know what you are intent upon: and one day they will be brought back to Him, and He will tell them the truth of what they did: for God does know all things. (24:64)

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Chapter 25: The Light

SECTION 1: A Warner for All Nations

 

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

 

1. Blessed is He Who sent down the Criterion to His servant, that it may be an admonition to all creatures; — 2. He to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: no son has He begotten, nor has He a partner in His dominion: it is He Who created all things, and ordered them in due proportions. 3. Yet have they taken, besides Him, gods that can create nothing but are themselves created; that have no control of hurt or good to themselves; nor can they control Death nor Life nor Resurrection.

 

4. But the Disbelievers say: “Nothing is this but a lie which he has forged, and others have helped him at it.” In truth it is they who have put forward an iniquity and a falsehood. 5. And they say: “Tales of the ancients, which he has caused to be written: and they are dictated before him morning and evening.” 6. Say: “The (Qur’ān) was sent down by Him Who knows the Mystery (that is) in the heavens and the earth: verily He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

 

7. And they say: “What sort of a messenger is this, who eats food, and walks through the streets? Why has not an angel been sent down to him to give admonition with him? 8. Or (why) has not a treasure been bestowed on him, or why has he (not) a garden for enjoyment?” The wicked say: “You follow none other than a man bewitched.” 9. See what kinds of comparisons they make for you! But they have gone astray, and never a way will they be able to find!

 

SECTION 2: Truth of the Warning

 

10. Blessed is He Who, if that were His Will, could give you better (things) than those, — Gardens beneath which rivers flow; and He could give you Palaces (secure to dwell in). 11. Nay, they deny the Hour (of the Judgement to come): but We have prepared a blazing Fire for such as deny the Hour: 12. When it sees them from a place far off, they will hear its fury and its raging sigh. 13. And when they are cast, bound together, into a constricted place therein, they will plead for destruction there and then! 14. “This day plead not for a single destruction: plead for destruction oft-repeated!” 15. Say: “Is that best, or the eternal Garden, promised to the righteous? For them, that is a reward as well as a goal (of attainment). 16. For them there will be therein all that they wish for: they will dwell (there) forever: a promise to be prayed for from your Lord.”

 

17. The Day He will gather them together as well as those whom they worship besides God, He will ask: “Was it you who led these My servants astray, or did they stray from the Path themselves?” 18. They will say: “Glory to You! Not meet was it for us that we should take for protectors others besides You: but You did bestow, on them and their fathers, good things (in life), until they forgot the Message: for they were a people (worthless and) lost.” 19. (God will say): “Now have they proved you liars in what you say: so you cannot avert (your penalty) nor (get) help.” And whoever among you does wrong, him shall We cause to taste of a grievous Penalty. 20. And the messengers whom We sent before you were all (men) who ate food and walked through the streets: We have made some of you as a trial for others: will you have patience? For God is One Who sees (all things).

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And the messengers whom We sent before you were all (men) who ate food and walked through the streets: We have made some of you as a trial for others: will you have patience? For God is One Who sees (all things). (25:20)

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