21 Al-Anbya | The Prophets

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    The judgment of people has come near, while they are turning away unaware.

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    When a reminder comes to them from their Lord that is new, they listen to it while playing.

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    Their hearts are preoccupied, and those who are wicked confer privately: "Is he not a human being like you? Would you accept this magic while you know?"

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    Say, "My Lord knows what is said in the heavens and in the earth, and He is the Hearer, the Knower."

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    They said, "No, these are just bad dreams; no, he made it up; no, he is a poet. So let him bring us a sign like those who were sent before."

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    None of the towns which We destroyed before them had acknowledged. Will they acknowledge?

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    We did not send before you except people whom We inspired. So ask the people of the remembrance if you do not know.

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    We did not make for them bodies that do not need to eat, nor were they immortal.

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    Then We fulfilled the promise to them, so We saved them and whom We pleased, and We destroyed those who transgressed.

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    We have sent down to you a book in which is your remembrance. Do you not reason?

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    How many a town have We destroyed because of its wrongdoing, and We established after them a different people?

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    So it was that when they perceived Our power, they were running from it.

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    "Do not run; come back to your lavish lifestyle and your homes, so that you will be questioned!"

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    They said, "Woe to us, we have been wicked!"

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    So that remained as their cry until We took them all, and they became still.

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    We did not create the heavens and the earth and what is between them for entertainment.

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    If We wanted to be amused, We could have done so from what is already with Us, if that is what We wished to do.

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    No, We cast the truth upon the falsehood, so it disrupts it, and then it retreats. Woe to you for what you have described.

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    To Him is whoever is in the heavens and in the earth. Those who are near Him are not too proud to serve Him, nor do they complain.

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    They glorify in the night and the day, they do not cease.

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    Or have they taken gods from the earth who can resurrect?

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    Or have they taken gods from tIf there were gods in them except for God, then they would have been ruined. Glory be to God, the Lord of the dominion from what they describe.he earth who can resurrect?

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    He is not questioned about what He does, while they will be questioned.

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    Or have they taken gods besides Him? Say, "Bring your proof. This is a reminder of those with me and a reminder of those before me." But, most of them do not know the truth, so they turn away.

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    We did not send any messenger before you except that We inspired him: "There is no god but Me, so serve Me."

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    They said, "The Gracious has taken a son!" Be He glorified, they are all but honored servants.

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    They do not speak ahead of Him, and on His command they act.

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    He knows their present and their future, and they cannot intercede unless it is for those whom He is pleased with. They stand in awe and reverence of Him.

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    Whoever of them says: "I am a god besides Him," then We will punish that person with hell. It is such that We punish the wicked.

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    Did those who reject not see that the heavens and the earth were one mass and We tore them apart? That We made from the water everything that lives. Will they not acknowledge?

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    We made on the earth stabilizers so that it would not tumble with you, and We made in it wide paths that they may be guided.

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    We made the sky a protective ceiling. Yet they are turning away from Our signs!

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    He is the One who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, each swimming in an orbit.

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    We did not give immortality to any human that came before you. If you are going to die, would they be immortal?

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    Every person will taste death. We burden you with evil and good as a test, and it is to Us that you will return.

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    When those who reject see you, they take you for mockery: "Is this the one who speaks about your gods!" While in the remembrance of the Gracious they are ingrates!

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    The human being is made of haste. I will show you My signs, so do not be in a rush.

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    They say, "When will this promise come to pass if you are truthful?"

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    If only those who reject knew, that they will not be able to ward off the fire from their faces, nor from their backs, nor will they be helped.

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    No, it will come to them suddenly. They will not be able to turn it away, nor will they be delayed.

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    Messengers before you have been mocked, but those who mocked were then surrounded by the object of their mockery!

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    Say, "Who can protect you during the night and the day from the Gracious?" No, they are turning away from the remembrance of their Lord.

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    Or do they have gods that will protect them from Us? They cannot help them-selves, nor can they be protected from Us.

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    It was Us who gave luxury to these and their fathers, until they grew old with age. Do they not see that We come to the land and make it shrink from its edges? Will they be able to win?

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    Say, "I am merely warning you with the inspiration." But the deaf do not hear the call when they are being warned.

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    If a breath of your Lord's torment touches them, they will say, "Woe to us, we have been wicked!"

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    We will place the scales of justice for the day of Resurrection, so that no person will be wronged in the least. Even if it was the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. We are sufficient as a Reckoner.

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    We had given Moses and Aaron the Criterion, a shining light, and a re-minder for the righteous.

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    Those who reverence their Lord, even when unseen, and they are wary of the moment.

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    This is a blessed reminder which We have sent down. Will you be deniers of it?

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    Before that We gave Abraham his un-derstanding, and We were aware of him.

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    As he said to his father and people: "What are these statues to which you are devoted?"

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    They said, "We found our fathers serving them."

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    He said, "You and your fathers have been clearly misguided."

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    They said, "Have you come to us with the truth, or are you simply playing?"

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    He said, "No, your lord is the Lord of heavens and earth, the One who initiated them. I bear witness to such."

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    "By God, I will scheme against your statues after you have gone away and given your backs."

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    So he broke them into pieces except for the biggest of them, so that they may turn to him.

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    They said, "Who has done this to our gods? He is surely one of the wicked."

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    They said, "We heard a young man mentioning them. He was called Abraham."

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    They said, "Bring him before the eyes of the people so that they may bear witness."

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    They said, "Did you do this to our gods O Abraham?"

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    He said, "It was the biggest one of them here who did it, so ask them, if they do speak!"

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    So they turned and said to themselves: "It is indeed ourselves who have been wicked!"

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    Then they reverted to their old ideas: "You know that they do not speak!"

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    He said, "Do you serve besides God what does not benefit you at all nor harm you?"

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    "I am fed-up with you and to what you serve besides God! Do you not reason?"

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    They said, "If you are to do anything, then burn him, and give victory to your gods."

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    We said, "O fire, be cool and safe upon Abraham."

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    They wanted to harm him, but We made them the losers.

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    We saved him and Lot to the land which We have blessed for the worlds.

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    We granted him Isaac and Jacob as a gift, and each of them We made a good doer.

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    We made them leaders who guide by Our command, and We inspired them to do good work and hold the contact prayer and contribute towards better-ment, and they were in service to Us.

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    And Lot, We gave him wisdom and knowledge, and We saved him from the town that used to do vile things. They were a people of evil, corrupt.

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    We admitted him into Our mercy. He was of the good doers.

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    And Noah when he called out before that, thus We responded to him, and We saved him and his family from the great distress.

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    We granted him victory against the people that denied Our signs. They were a people of evil, so We drowned them all.

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    And David and Solomon, when they gave judgment in the case of the crop that was damaged by the sheep of the people, and We were witness to their judgment.

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    So We gave Solomon the correct understanding, and both of them We have given wisdom and knowledge. We committed the mountains with David to praise as well as the birds. This is what We did.

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    We taught him the making of armor for you to protect you from your enemy. Are you then thankful?

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    To Solomon the gusting winds run by his command all the way to the land which We have blessed. We were aware of everything.

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    From the devils are those who dive for him, and they perform other tasks, and We were guardian over them.

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    And Job when he called his Lord: "I have been afflicted with harm, and you are the Compassionate!"

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    So We answered him, and We removed what was afflicting him, and We brought him back his family and others with them as a mercy from Us and a reminder to those who serve.

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    Ishmael and Enoch and Isaiah, all of them were patient.

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    We admitted them in Our mercy, they were of the good doers.

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    The one with N, when he went off in anger, and he thought that We would not be able to take him. Then he called out in the darkness: "There is no god but You! Glory to You, I was of the wicked!"

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    So We responded to him and We saved him from distress. It is such that We save those who acknowledge.

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    And Zachariah when he called out to his Lord: "My Lord, do not leave me without an heir, and You are the best inheritor."

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    So We responded to him, and We granted him John, and We cured his wife. They used to hasten to do good, and they would call to Us in joy and in fear. To Us they were reverent.

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    The one who protected her chastity, so We blew into her from Our Spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for the worlds.

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    This is your nation, one nation, and I am your Lord so serve Me.

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    They disputed in the matter amongst themselves. Each of them will be returned to Us.

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    So whosoever does good work and he is an acknowledger, then his efforts will not be rejected and We will record it for him.

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    It is forbidden for a town that We destroy that they would return;

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    Until Gog and Magog is opened, and from every elevated place they will race forth.

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    The promise of truth draws near. Then, when it is seen by the eyes of those who rejected: "Woe to us, we have been oblivious to this. Indeed, we were wicked!"

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    Both you and what you serve besides God shall be fuel for hell; you will enter it.

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    If these were gods, then they would not have entered it! All will abide therein.

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    They will be breathing heavily in it, and they will not be heard therein.

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    As for those who deserved good from Us, they will be removed far away from it.

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    They shall not hear the slightest sound from it, and they will be in what their person desires abiding therein.

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    The great horror will not sadden them, and the controllers will receive them: "This is your day which you have been promised."

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    On the day when We roll up the heavens like a scroll of books is rolled up. As We initiated the first creation, so shall We return it. It is a promise of Ours that We will do this.

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    We have written in the Psalms: 'After the reminder, the earth will be inherited by My servants who do good.'*

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    In this is a proclamation for a people who serve.

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    We have not sent you except as a mercy to the worlds.

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    Say, "It is inspired to me that your god is but One god, so will you peacefully surrender to Him?"

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    So if they turn away, then say, "I have given you notice sufficiently, and I do not know if what you are promised is near or far."

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    "He knows what is spoken publicly and He knows what you keep secret."

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    "For all I know, it may be a test for you and an enjoyment for a while."

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    Say, "My Lord, judge with truth. Our Lord, the Gracious, is sought for what you describe."