Hamid S. Aziz - Sura: 42. Ash-Shura - Counsel

  1. Ha Mim. (Two mystical letters in Arabic)

  2. Ain Sin Qaf. (Three more mystical letters)

  3. Thus does Allah, the Mighty, the Wise, reveal to you, as to those before you.

  4. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and that is in the earth, and He is the Most High, the Most Great (or the Sublime, the Tremendous).

  5. The heavens may almost be rent asunder from above them (by His Glory) while the angels sing the praise of their Lord and ask forgiveness for those on earth; verily Allah is the Forgiving, the Merciful.

  6. And as for those who take guardians besides Him, Allah watches over them, and you are not in charge over them.

  7. And thus have We revealed to you an Arabic Lecture (Quran), that you may warn the Mother City (Mecca) and those around it, and that you may give warning of the Day of Gathering wherein is no doubt; when some will be in the Garden and some in the burning Fire.

  8. And if Allah had willed He would surely have made them a single community, but He makes whom He wills enter into His mercy, and the unjust it is that shall have no guardian or helper.

  9. Or have they taken guardians besides Him? But Allah, He is the Guardian, and He gives life to the dead, and He has power over all things.

  10. And in whatever thing you disagree, the judgment thereof is in the hands of Allah; such is Allah, my Lord, on Him do I trust and to Him do I turn.

  11. The Originator of the heavens and the earth, He made pairs for you from among yourselves, and pairs of the cattle too, multiplying you thereby. There is no thing like unto Him; and He is the Hearer, the Seer.

  12. His are the treasures of the heavens and the earth; He expands or restricts the means of subsistence for whom He wills; verily, He is Aware of all things.

  13. He has ordained for you the religion which He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have revealed to you (Muhammad) and that which We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus, saying, "Establish religion (obedience) and be not divided therein. Dreadful for the disbelievers is that to which you calls them; Allah chooses for Himself whom He will, and guides to Himself him who turns to Him.

  14. And they did not become divided until after knowledge had come to them out of rivalry among themselves; and had not a Word already gone forth from your Lord for an appointed term, certainly judgment would have been given between them; and those who were made to inherit the Book after them are most surely in hopeless (or suspicious, disturbing) doubt concerning it.

  15. Therefore, unto this (scripture) then go on inviting, and be you upright and steadfast as you are commanded, and follow not their vain desires, and say, "I believe in what Allah has revealed of the Book, and I am commanded to do justice between you: Allah is our Lord and your Lord; unto us our deeds and unto you your deeds; no argument between us and you: Allah will gather us together, and to Him is our final Goal (or return)."

  16. And as for those who dispute about Allah after that obedience has been rendered to Him, their dispute is futile with their Lord, and upon them is wrath, and for them is a terrible penalty.

  17. Allah it is Who revealed the Book with truth, and the Balance, and what shall make you realise that perhaps the Hour be nigh?

  18. Those who do not believe in it would hasten it on, and those who believe are in awe of it, and they know that it is the truth. Now most surely those who dispute obstinately concerning the Hour are in a great error.

  19. Gracious is Allah to His servants; He gives sustenance to whom He pleases, and He is the Strong, the Mighty.

  20. Whoever desires the tilth (means of harvest, gain) of the Hereafter, We will give him increase in it; and whoever desires the tilth (means of harvest, gain) of this world, We give him of it, and in the Hereafter he has no portion.

  21. Or have they partners for Allah who have prescribed for them a religion that Allah permits not? Had it not been for the Word of Decision judgment would have certainly been given between them; but verily the wrong-doers shall have a painful doom.

  22. you see the wrong-doers fearful on account of what they have earned, and it must necessarily befall them; and those who believe and do good shall be in the luxurious meadows of the Gardens; they shall have what they please with their Lord: that is the great Grace (Bounty).

  23. That is of which Allah gives the good news to His servants, those who believe and do good deeds. Say (O Muhammad), "I do not ask of you any reward for it but love for my near relatives"; and whoever earns good, We give him more of good therein; surely Allah is Forgiving, Responsive (appreciative of service).

  24. Or do they say, "He has forged a lie against Allah"? But if Allah pleased, He would seal your heart; and Allah will blot out the falsehood and confirm the truth with His words; verily, He is Aware of what is in the breasts.

  25. And He it is Who accepts repentance from His servants and pardons the evil deeds and He knows all that you do.

  26. And He answers those who believe and do good deeds, and gives increase unto them of His bounty; and as for the unbelievers, they shall have a severe punishment.

  27. And if Allah were to enlarge (increase, improve, enrich) the provision for His servants they would certainly transgress beyond bounds through the earth; but He sends it down in due measure as He pleases; surely He is Aware of, a Seer (Watchful) of His servants.

  28. And He it is Who sends down the saving rain after they have despaired, and He unfolds (scatters) His mercy; and He is the Guardian, the Praiseworthy.

  29. And one of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the living creatures He has spread forth through them; and He has all power to gather them together when He wills.

  30. And whatever affliction befalls you, it is on account of what your hands have wrought, and yet He pardons much.

  31. And you cannot escape in the earth, and you shall not have a guardian or a helper besides Allah.

  32. And among His signs are the ships in the sea, tall as mountains.

  33. If He pleases, He causes the wind to become still so that they lie motionless on its back; most surely there are signs in this for every patient, grateful one,

  34. Or He may make them perish for what they have earned, though He forgives much;

  35. And that those who dispute about Our revelations may know that they have no refuge.

  36. So whatever thing you are given, that is only a provision of the life of this world, and that which is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord.

  37. And those who. shun the great sins and indecencies, and whenever they are angry they forgive.

  38. And those who respond to their Lord and establish prayer, and whose conduct their affairs by mutual consultation, and who spend out of what We have given them.

  39. And those who, when great wrong afflicts them, defend themselves.

  40. And the recompense of evil is punishment like it, but whoever forgives and amends, he shall have his reward from Allah; surely He does not love the unjust.

  41. And whoever defends himself after he has been wronged (or been oppressed), for such there is no blame against them.

  42. The blame is only against those who oppress men and revolt (insolently exceed all bounds) in the earth unjustly; these shall have a painful punishment.

  43. And whoever is patient and forgiving, these most surely are actions of courage and resolution.

  44. And whomsoever Allah makes err, he has no guardian after Him; and you shall see the unjust, when they see the punishment, saying, "Is there any way to return?"

  45. And you shall see them brought before it (the Fire) humbled by disgrace, looking with veiled eyes (or furtively). And those who believe shall say, "Surely the true losers are they who have lost themselves and their followers on the Day of Resurrection. Now surely the iniquitous shall remain in lasting torment."

  46. And they shall have no friends to help them instead of Allah; whomsoever Allah sends astray, for him there is no road.

  47. Hearken to your Lord before there comes the Day from your Lord which there is no averting; you shall have no refuge on that Day, nor shall there be room for denial.

  48. But if they turn away, We have not sent you as a warder over them; yours is only to deliver (the message). Surely when We make man taste mercy from Us, he rejoices there at; and if an evil afflicts them on account of what their hands have already done, then lo! Man is ungrateful.

  49. Unto Allah belongs the sovereignty (or kingdom) of the heavens and the earth; He creates what He wills; He bestows daughters to whom He will and bestows sons to whom He will.

  50. Or He mingles them, male and female; and He makes barren whom He wills; verily, He is the Knower, Powerful.

  51. And it is not for any mortal that Allah should speak to them unless it be by revelation or from behind a veil, or He sends a messenger to reveal what He will by His leave. Lo, He is Exalted, Wise.

  52. And thus did We reveal to you (Muhammad) an inspired Book by Our command. You did not know what the Book was, nor what the faith was, but We made it a light, guiding thereby whom We will of Our servants; and most surely you guide unto the Straight Way,

  53. The Way of Allah, to Whom belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth; now surely to Allah do all affairs eventually come.


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