Hamid S. Aziz - Sura: 39. Az-Zumar - The Companies

  1. The revelation of this Book is from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise.

  2. Surely We have revealed to you the Book with the truth, therefore serve Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience (or making religion pure for Him only).

  3. Now, surely, sincere obedience (or pure religion) is due to Allah alone and those who take guardians besides Him, say, "We serve them only that they may bring us nearer to Allah". Surely Allah will judge between them in that in which they differ; surely Allah does not guide him aright who is a liar, ungrateful.

  4. If Allah desire to take a son to Himself, He will surely choose those He pleases from what He has created. Glory be to Him: He is Allah, the One, the Absolute.

  5. He has created the heavens and the earth with Truth; He makes the night cover the day and makes the day overtake the night, and He has made the sun and the moon subservient; each one runs on to an assigned term; now surely is He not the Mighty, the great Forgiver?

  6. He has created you from a single being, then made its mate of the same (kind), and He has made for you eight of the cattle in pairs. He creates you in the wombs of your mothers, a creation after a creation, in triple darkness; that is Allah your Lord, His is the kingdom; there is no God but He; whence are you then turned away?

  7. If you are ungrateful, then surely Allah is Independent (or self-sufficient) above all need of you; though He does not like ungratefulness in His servants; and if you are grateful, He is pleased with you; and no bearer of burden shall bear the burden of another; in the end to your Lord is your return, then will He inform you of the truth of what you did; surely He is Aware of what is in the breasts (or heart of men).

  8. And when distress afflicts a man he calls upon his Lord turning to Him frequently; then when He makes him possess a favour from Him, he forgets that for which he called upon Him before, and sets up rivals to Allah that he may cause (men) to stray off His path. Say: Enjoy yourself in your ungratefulness a little, surely you are of the inmates of the Fire.

  9. What! Is he who is obedient during hours of the night, prostrating himself and standing, takes heed of the Hereafter and hopes for the mercy of his Lord (like one who does not)! Say: Are those who know and those who do not know alike? But only the men of understanding are mindful.

  10. Say, "O my servants who believe! Be careful of (your duty to) your Lord; for those who do good in this world there is good, and Allah´s earth is spacious; only the patient will be paid a reward without measure."

  11. Say, "I am commanded that I should worship (serve) Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience (or making religion pure for Him only).

  12. And I am commanded that I shall be the foremost of those who Surrender (in Islam)."

  13. Say, "I would, if I disobey my Lord, indeed fear the chastisement of a grievous Day."

  14. Say, "Allah (it is Whom) I serve, being sincere to Him in my exclusive devotion:

  15. "Serve you what you like besides Him." Say, "The losers surely are those who shall have lost their own souls and their people on the Day of Resurrection; now surely that is the real (or manifest) loss."

  16. They shall have coverings (layers) of fire above them and coverings (layers) beneath them; with this, Allah appals His servants, so be careful of (your duty to) Me, O My servants!

  17. And as for those who put away false gods, lest they should worship them and turn to Allah, they shall have good news. Therefore give good news to My servants,

  18. Those who listen to the Word (or advice) then follow the best (meaning) of it; those are they whom Allah has guided, and those it is who are the men of understanding.

  19. What! Is he against whom the sentence of chastisement is justly due (equal to one who avoids evil): What! Can you save him who is in the Fire?

  20. But those who are careful of (their duty to) their Lord, they shall have high places, above them are built higher places, beneath which rivers flow - (this is) the promise of Allah: Allah will not fail in (His) promise.

  21. Do you not see that Allah sends down water from the cloud, then makes it go along in the earth in springs, then brings forth therewith herbage of various colours, then it withers so that you see it becoming yellow, then He makes it dry up and crumble? Most surely there is a reminder in this for the men of understanding.

  22. What! Is he whose heart Allah has opened to the Surrender (Islam) so that he is in a light from his Lord (like him who is hard-hearted)? Nay, woe to those whose heart are hard against the remembrance of Allah; those are in clear error.

  23. Allah has revealed the best of announcements (messages), a Scripture self-consistent in its various parts, repeating, whereat do shudder (or thrill) the skins of those who fear their Lord, so that their skins and their heart soften (or become pliant) to the remembrance of Allah. Such is Allah´s guidance, wherewith He guides whom He wills; and as for him whom Allah sends astray, for him there is no guide.

  24. Is then he who has to face the awful doom on the Day of Resurrection (as he who does right)? And it will be said to the unjust, "Taste what you earned."

  25. Those before them (also) denied (the prophets or the revelation, the message), therefore there came to them the chastisement from whence they perceived not.

  26. So Allah made them taste disgrace (or humiliation) in the life of this world, and certainly the punishment of the Hereafter is greater; did they but know!

  27. And certainly We have set forth to men in this Quran similitudes of every sort that they may reflect.

  28. A Lecture (Quran) in Arabic, without any crookedness, that they may guard (against evil).

  29. Allah sets forth a similitude: There is a slave who belongs to several partners, differing (or quarrelling) with one another, and there is another slave wholly owned by one man. Are the two alike in condition? (All) praise is due to Allah. Nay! most of them do not know.

  30. Surely you shall die and they too shall surely die.

  31. Then lo! On the Day of Resurrection your disputes will be settled before your Lord.

  32. Who is then more unjust than he who utters a lie against Allah and he who gives the lie to the truth when it comes to him; is there not in hell an abode for the disbelievers?

  33. And he who brings the truth and he who accepts it as the truth, these are they that guard (against evil).

  34. They shall have with their Lord what they please; that is the reward of the doers of good;

  35. So that Allah will do away with the worst of what they did and give them their reward for the best of what they do.

  36. Is not Allah sufficient for His servant? And they seek to frighten you with those besides Him; and whomsoever Allah sends astray, there is no guide for him.

  37. And whom Allah guides, there is none that can lead him astray; is not Allah Mighty, the Lord of Retribution?

  38. And should you ask them, "Who created the heavens and the earth?", they would most certainly say, "Allah". Say, "Have you then considered that what you call upon besides Allah, would they, if Allah desire to afflict me with harm, be the removers of His harm, or, if Allah desire to show me mercy, would they be the withholders of His mercy?" Say, "Allah is sufficient for me; on Him do the trusting put their trust."

  39. Say: O my people! Work in your manner (or work as and how you can), surely I too am working. But soon you will come to know

  40. Who it is to whom there shall come a punishment which will disgrace him and to whom will be due an enduring punishment.

  41. Verily, We have revealed to you the Book with the truth for the sake of mankind; so whoever follows the right way, it is for the good of his own soul and whoever errs, he errs only to its injury; and you are not a custodian over them.

  42. Allah takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that die not during their sleep; then He withholds those on whom He has passed the decree of death and sends the others back till an appointed term; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect.

  43. Or have they taken intercessors besides Allah? Say, "What! Even though they did not ever have control over anything, nor do they understand.

  44. Say, "To Allah belongs all intercession; His is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, then to Him you shall be brought back."

  45. And when Allah, the One and Only, is mentioned, the heart of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shrink, and when those besides Him are mentioned, lo! They are joyful.

  46. Say, "O Allah! Originator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of the unseen and the seen! Only Thou judgest between Thy servants as to that wherein they differ."

  47. And had those who are unjust all that is in the earth and the like of it with it, they would certainly offer it as ransom (to be saved) from the pain of the punishment on the Day of Resurrection; and what they never thought of shall become plain to them from Allah.

  48. And the evil (consequences) of what they wrought shall become plain to them, and the very thing they mocked at shall beset them.

  49. Now when harm afflicts a man he calls upon Us; then, when We give him a favour from Us, he says, "I have been given it only by means of knowledge." Nay, it is a trial, but most of them know not.

  50. Those before them did indeed say this, but what they earned availed them not.

  51. But there befell them the evil (consequences) of what they earned; and those who are unjust from among this generation, there shall also befall them the evil (consequences) of what they earn, and they shall not escape.

  52. Do they not know that Allah enlarges the means of subsistence to whom He wills, and He restricts; most surely there are signs in this for a people who believe.

  53. Say, "O my servants! Who have acted extravagantly (transgressed) against their own souls, do not despair of the mercy of Allah; surely Allah forgives all faults; surely He is the Forgiving the Merciful.

  54. And return to your Lord time after time and submit to Him before there come unto you the punishment when you cannot be helped.

  55. And follow the best of that which has been revealed to you from your Lord before the punishment comes suddenly while you do not even perceive;

  56. Lest a soul should say, "O woe to me! For what I fell short of my duty to Allah, and I was indeed among the scoffers!"

  57. Or should say, "Had Allah guided me, I would certainly have been of those who are dutiful!"

  58. Or should say when it sees the punishment, "O, if I only had another chance that I might be among the righteous!"

  59. (But the answer will be,) "Nay! For My revelations came to you, but you rejected them, and were haughty and you were among the unbelievers."

  60. And on the Day of Resurrection you shall see those who lied against Allah; their faces shall be blackened. Is there not in hell an abode for the haughty?

  61. And Allah shall deliver those who guard (against evil) with their achievement; evil shall not touch them, nor shall they grieve.

  62. Allah is the Creator of all things and He is the Guardian and Disposer of all things.

  63. His are the keys of the heavens and the earth; and those who disbelieve in the revelations of Allah, these it is that are the losers.

  64. Say, "What! Do you then bid me serve others than Allah, O you ignorant (or stupid) ones?"

  65. And certainly, it has been revealed to you and to those before you, "Surely if you ascribe partners (with Allah), your work would certainly come to naught and you would certainly be of the losers."

  66. Nay! But serve Allah alone and be of the thankful.

  67. And they have not honoured Allah with the honour that is due to Him; and the whole earth shall be in His grip on the Day of Resurrection and the heavens rolled up in His right hand; Glorified is He, and High Exalted above all that they ascribe as partners (unto Him).

  68. And the trumpet shall be blown, and all those that are in the heavens and all those that are in the earth shall swoon away (or become unconscious), except such as Allah wills; then it shall be blown again, then lo! They shall stand up waiting.

  69. And the earth shall beam with the light of its Lord, and the Book (Record) shall be laid open, and the prophets and the witnesses shall be brought up, and judgment shall be given between them with justice, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.

  70. And every soul shall be paid back full for what it has done, and He knows best what they do.

  71. And those who disbelieve shall be driven to hell in companies; until, when they come to it, its doors shall be opened, and the keepers of it shall say to them, "Did not there come to you messengers of your own, reciting to you the revelations (or communications) of your Lord and warning you of the meeting of this your Day?" They shall say, "Yea, verily. But the sentence of punishment is fulfiled against the unbelievers."

  72. It shall be said, "Enter the gates of hell to abide therein; so evil is the abode of the haughty."

  73. And those who are careful of (their duty to) their Lord shall be conveyed to the Garden in companies; until when they come to it, and its doors are opened, the keepers of it shall say to them, "Peace be on you, you have done well; therefore enter in to abide therein."

  74. And they shall say, "All praise is due to Allah, Who has made good to us His promise, and He has given us this land as a heritage; we may dwell in the Garden where we please; so goodly is the reward of the workers.

  75. And you shall see the angels going round about the throne glorifying the praise of their Lord; and judgment shall be given between them with justice, and it shall be said, "All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds."


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