Al-Quran Surah 23. Al-Muminun - Yusuf Ali Translation

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In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful.
Characteristics of true believers
1 The Believers must (eventually) win through 2865
2 Those who humble themselves in their prayers; 2866
3 Who avoid vain talk;
4 Who are active in deeds of charity;
5 Who abstain from sex 2867
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 2868
7 But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors
8 Those who faithfully observe their trust and their covenants; 2869
9 And who (strictly) guard their prayers 2870
10 Those will be the heirs 2871
11 Who will inherit Paradise: they will dwell therein (forever).
Stages of human creation
12 Man We did create from a quintessence (of clay); 2872
13 Then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place of rest firmly fixed; 2873
14 Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We made a (foetus) 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 Allah the Best to create! 2874
15 After that at length ye will die. 2875
16 Again on the Day of Judgment will ye be raised up.
Allah has made the heavens, vegetation, trees and Animals for the benefit of human beings
17 And We have made above you seven tracts; and We are never unmindful of (Our) Creation. 2876 2877
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). 2878
19 With it We grow for you gardens of date-palms and vines: in them have ye abundant fruits: and of them ye eat (and have enjoyment) 2879
20 Also a tree springing out of Mount Sinai which produces oil and relish for those who use it for food. 2880
21 And in cattle (too) ye 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) ye eat; 2881
22 And on them as well as in ships ye ride.
Prophet Nuh was sent to guide his people, they disbelieved him, as a result Allah drowned all disbelievers in great flood
23 (Further We sent a long line of prophets for your instruction.) We sent Noah to his people: he said "O my people! worship Allah! Ye have no other god but Him: will ye not fear (Him)?" 2882 2883 2884
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 Allah 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." 2885
25 (And some said:) "He is only a man possessed: wait (and have patience) with him for a time." 2886
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 thou on board pairs of every species male and female and thy family except those of them against whom the Word has already gone forth: and address Me not in favor of the wrongdoers; for they shall be drowned (in the Flood). 2887 2888 2889 2890
28 And when thou hast embarked on the Ark thou and those with thee say: "Praise be to Allah Who has saved us from the people who do wrong." 2891
29 And say: "O my Lord! enable me to disembark with Thy blessing: for Thou art the Best to enable (us) to disembark." 2892
30 Verily in this there are Signs (for men to understand); (thus) do We try (men). 2893
After prophet Nuh, Allah sent Hud to guide his people
31 Then We raised after them another generation;
32 And We sent to them an apostle from among themselves (saying) "Worship Allah! ye have no other god but Him. Will ye not fear (Him)?" 2894
They called Hud and imposter; as a result Allah destroyed them all in a mighty blast and After Hud Allah sent Rasools to other people, those people also denied and faced a similar punishment
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 ye eat and drinks of what ye drink.
34 "If ye obey a man like yourselves behold it is certain ye will be lost. 2895
35 "Does he promise that when ye die and become dust and bones ye shall be brought forth (again)?
36 "Far very far is that which ye 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! 2896
38 "He is only a man who invents a lie against Allah but we are not the ones to believe in him!" 2897
39 (The prophet) said: "O my Lord! help me: for that they accuse me of falsehood." 2898
40 (Allah) said: "In but a little while they are sure to be sorry!" 2899
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! 2900 2901
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 apostles in succession: every time there came to a people their apostle 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! 2902
Musa was sent to Fir'on and his chiefs; they also disbelieved and faced destruction
45 Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron with Our Signs and authority manifest 2903
46 To Pharaoh and his Chiefs: but these behaved insolently: they were arrogant people.
47 They said: "Shall we believe in two men like ourselves? And their people are subject to us!" 2904
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. 2905
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. 2906 2907
Allah has said, "In fact, your religion is one religion; I am your Rabb, so fear Me alone"
51 O ye apostles! enjoy (all) things good and pure and work righteousness: for I am well-acquainted with (all) that ye do. 2908
52 And verily this Brotherhood of yours is a single Brotherhood and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (and no other). 2909
53 But people have cut off their affair (of unity) between them into sects: each party rejoices in that which is with itself. 2910
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. 2911
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 2912
61 It is these who hasten in every good work and these who are foremost in them.
Allah has not charged any soul with more than it can bear and Those who do not believe in the hereafter will stray from the Right Path
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. 2913 2914
63 But their hearts are in confused ignorance of this; and there are besides that deeds of theirs which they will (continue) to do 2915 2916
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 ye shall certainly not be helped by Us.
66 "My Signs used to be rehearsed to you but ye used to turn back on your heels
67 "In arrogance: talking nonsense about the (Qur'an) like one telling fables by night." 2917
68 Do they not ponder over the Word (of Allah) or has anything (new) come to them that did not come to their fathers of old? 2918
69 Or do they not recognize their Apostle 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. 2919
72 Or is it that thou askest them for some recompense? But the recompense of thy Lord is best: He is the Best of those who give sustenance. 2920
73 But verily thou callest 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. 2921
76 We inflicted Punishment on them but they humbled not themselves to their Lord nor do they submissively entreat (Him)! 2922
77 Until We open on them a gate leading to a severe Punishment: then Lo! they will be plunged in despair therein! 2923
Allah has given you ears, eyes, and hearts, but you seldom show gratitude
78 It is He Who has created for you (the faculties of) hearing sight feeling and understanding little thanks it is ye give! 2924
79 And He has multiplied you through the earth and to Him shall ye be gathered back.
80 It is He Who gives life and death and to Him (is due) the alternation of Night and Day: will ye not then understand? 2925
81 On the contrary they say things similar to what the ancients said. 2926
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!"
Even the disbelievers recognize the existence of Allah
84 Say: "To whom belong the earth and all beings therein? (Say) if ye know!"
85 They will say "To Allah!" Say: "Yet will ye not receive admonition?" 2927
86 Say: "Who is the Lord of the seven heavens and the Lord of the Throne (of Glory) Supreme?" 2928
87 They will say "(They belong) to Allah." Say: "Will ye not then be filled with awe?" 2929
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 ye know."
89 They will say "(It belongs) to Allah." Say: "Then how are ye deluded?" 2930
90 We have sent them the Truth: but they indeed practice Falsehood!
Allah has never begotten a son, nor there is any other god besides Him
91 No son did Allah 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 Allah (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him! 2931
92 He knows what is hidden and what is open: too high is He for the partners they attribute to Him! 2932
Repel evil with good Seek refuge with Allah against the temptations of Shaitan
93 Say: "O my Lord! if Thou wilt show me (in my lifetime) that which they are warned against 2933
94 "Then O my Lord! put me not amongst the people who do wrong!"
95 And We are certainly able to show thee (in fulfillment) that against which they are warned.
96 Repel evil with that which is best: We are well-acquainted with the things they say. 2934
97 And say: "O my Lord! I seek refuge with Thee from the suggestions of the Evil Ones; 2935
98 "And I seek refuge with Thee O my Lord! lest they should come near me."
Wrongdoers will wish that they be sent back to this world to adopt the Right Way, but it will be too late
99 (In Falsehood will they be) until when death comes to one of them he says: "O my Lord! send me back (to life) 2936 2937
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. 2938 2939 2940
101 Then when the Trumpet is blown there will be no more relationships between them that day nor will one ask after another! 2941
102 Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy they will attain salvation: 2942
103 But those whose balance is light will be those who have lost their souls; in Hell will they abide. 2943
104 The Fire will burn their faces and they will therein grin with their lips displaced. 2944
105 "Were not My Signs rehearsed to you and ye did but treat them as falsehoods?"
106 They will say: "Our Lord! our misfortune overwhelmed us and we became a people astray! 2945
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 ye driven into it (with ignominy)! and speak ye not to Me! 2946
109 "A part of My servants there was who used to pray `Our Lord! we believe; then do Thou forgive us and have mercy upon us: for Thou art the best of those Who show mercy!'
110 "But ye treated them with ridicule so much so that (ridicule of) them made you forget My Message while ye were laughing at them! 2947
111 "I have rewarded them this day for their patience and constancy: they are indeed the ones that have achieved Bliss..."
On the day of Judgement it will appear as if the life of this world was less than a day
112 He will say: "What number of years did ye stay on earth?" 2948
113 They will say: "We stayed a day or part of a day: but ask those who keep account." 2949
114 He will say: "Ye stayed not but a little if ye had only known!
115 "Did ye then think that We had created you in jest and that ye would not be brought back to Us (for account)?" 2950
Unbelievers will never attain salvation
116 Therefore exalted be Allah the King the Reality; there is no god but He the Lord of the Throne of Honor!
117 If anyone invokes besides Allah 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! 2951 2952
118 So say: "O my Lord! grant thou forgiveness and mercy! for Thou art the Best of those who show mercy!"


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