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1 Praise be to Allah Who hath sent to His Servant the Book and hath allowed therein no Crookedness: 2325 2326
2 (He hath made it) Straight (and Clear) in order that He may warn (the godless) of a terrible Punishment from Him and that He may give Glad Tidings to the Believers who work righteous deeds that they shall have a goodly Reward. 2327
3 Wherein they shall remain forever: 2328
4 Further that He may warn those (also) who say "Allah hath begotten a son": 2329
5 No knowledge have they of such a thing nor had their fathers. It is a grievous thing that issues from their mouths as a saying. What they say is nothing but falsehood! 2330
6 Thou wouldst only perchance fret thyself to death following after them in grief if they believe not in this Message. 2331
7 That which is on earth We have made but as a glittering show for the earth in order that We may test them as to which of them are best in conduct. 2332
8 Verily what is on earth We shall make but as dust and dry soil (without growth or herbage). 2333
9 Or dost thou reflect that the Companions of the Cave and of the Inscription were wonders among Our Signs? 2334 2335 2336
10 Behold the youths betook themselves to the Cave: they said "Our Lord! bestow on us Mercy from Thyself and dispose of our affair for us in the right way! 2337 2338
11 Then We drew (a veil) over their ears for a number of years in the cave (so that they heard not): 2339
12 Then We roused them in order to test which of the two parties was best at calculating the term of years they had tarried! 2340 2341
13 We relate to thee their story in truth: they were youths who believed in their Lord and We advanced them in guidance: 2342
14 We gave strength to their hearts: Behold they stood up and said: "Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and of the earth: never shall we call upon any god other than Him: if we did; we should indeed have uttered an enormity!" 2343 2344
15 "These our people have taken for worship gods other than Him: why do they not bring forward an authority clear (and convincing) for what they do? Who doth more wrong than such as invent a falsehood against Allah? 2345
16 "When ye turn away from them and the things they worship other than Allah betake yourselves to the Cave: your Lord will shower his mercies on you and dispose of your affair towards comfort and ease." 2346
17 Thou wouldst have seen the sun when it rose declining to the right from their Cave and when it set turning away from them to the left while they lay in the open space in the midst of the Cave. Such are among the Signs of Allah: he whom Allah guided; but he whom Allah leaves to stray for him wilt thou find no protector to lead him to the Right Way. 2347 2348
18 Thou wouldst have deemed them awake whilst they were asleep and We turned them on their right and their left sides: their dog stretching forth his two forelegs on the threshold: if thou hadst come up on to them thou wouldst have certainly turned back from them in flight and wouldst certainly have been filled with terror of them. 2349 2350 2351
19 Such (being their state) We raised them up (from sleep) that they might question each other. Said one of them "How long have ye stayed (here)?" They said "We have stayed (perhaps) a day or part of a day." (At length) they (all) said "Allah (alone) knows best how long ye have stayed here...Now send ye then one of you with this money of yours to the town: let him find out which is the best food (to be had) and bring some to you that (ye may) satisfy hunger herewith: and let him behave with care and courtesy and let him not inform anyone about you. 2352 2353 2354
20 "For if thy should come upon you they would stone you or force you to return to their cult and in that case ye would never attain prosperity." 2355 2356
21 Thus did We make their case known to the people that they might know that the promise of Allah is true and that there can be no doubt about the Hour of Judgment. Behold they dispute among themselves as to their affair. (Some) said "Construct a building over them": their Lord knows best about them: those who prevailed over their affair said "Let us surely build a place of worship over them." 2357 2358
22 (Some) say they were three the dog being the fourth among them; (others) say they were five the dog being the sixth doubtfully guessing at the unknown; (yet others) say they were seven the dog being the eighth. Say thou: "My Lord knoweth best their number; it is but few that know their (real case)." Enter not therefore into controversies concerning them except on a matter that is clear nor consult any of them about (the affair of) the Sleepers. 2359 2360 2361 2362
23 Nor say of anything "I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow"
24 Without adding "So please Allah!" And call thy Lord to mind when thou forgettest and say "I hope that my Lord will guide me ever closer (even) than this to the right road." 2363 2364
25 So they stayed in their Cave three hundred years and (some) add nine (more). 2365
26 Say: "Allah knows best how long they stayed: with Him is (the knowledge of) the secrets of the heavens and the earth: how clearly He sees how finely He hears (everything)! They have no protector other than Him; nor does He share His Command with any person whatsoever. 2366 2367
27 And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the Book of thy Lord: none can change His Words and none wilt thou find as a refuge other than Him. 2368
28 And keep thy soul content with those who call on their Lord morning and evening seeking his Face; and let not thine eyes pass beyond them seeking the pomp and glitter of this Life; nor obey any whose heart We have permitted to neglect the remembrance of Us one who follows his own desires whose case has gone beyond all bounds. 2369 2370
29 Say "The Truth is from your Lord": let him who will believe and let him who will reject (it): for the wrongdoers We have prepared a Fire whose (smoke and flames) like the wall and roof of a tent will hem them in: if they implore relief they will be granted water like melted brass that will scald their faces. How dreadful the drink! How uncomfortable a couch to recline on! 2371
30 As to those who believe and work righteousness verily We shall not suffer to perish the reward of any who do a (single) righteous deed. 2372
31 For them will be Gardens of Eternity; beneath them rivers will flow; they will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and they will wear green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade; they will recline therein on raised thrones. How good the recompense! How beautiful a couch to recline on! 2373 2374
32 Set forth to them the parable of two men: for one of them We provided two gardens of grapevines and surrounded them with date-palms: in between the two We placed corn-fields. 2375
33 Each of those gardens brought forth its produce and failed not in the least therein: in the midst of them We caused a river to flow.
34 (Abundant) was the produce this man had: he said to his companion in the course of a mutual argument: "More wealth have I than you and more honor and power in (my following of) men." 2376
35 He went into his garden in a state (of mind) unjust to his soul: He said "I deem not that this will ever perish. 2377
36 "Nor do I deem that the Hour (of Judgment) will (ever) come: even if I am brought back to my Lord I shall surely find (there) something better in exchange." 2378
37 His companion said to him in the course of the argument with him: "Dost thou deny Him Who created thee out of dust then out of a sperm-drop then fashioned thee into a man? 2379
38 "But (I think) for my part that He is Allah my Lord and none shall I associate with my Lord.
39 "Why didst thou not as thou wentest into thy garden say: `Allah's Will (be done)! There is no power but with Allah!' If thou dost see me less than thee in wealth and sons 2380
40 "It may be that my Lord will give me something better than thy garden and that He will send on thy garden thunderbolts (by way of reckoning) from heaven making it (but) slippery sand!
41 "Or the water of the garden will run off underground so that thou wilt never be able to find it." 2381
42 So his fruits (and enjoyment) were encompassed (with ruin) and he remained twisting and turning his hands over what he had spent on his property which had (now) tumbled to pieces to its very foundations and he could only say "Woe is me! would I had never ascribed partners to my Lord and Cherisher!" 2382 2383
43 Nor had he numbers to help him against Allah nor was he able to deliver himself. 2384
44 There the (only) protection comes from Allah the True One. He is the Best to reward and the Best to give success. 2385
45 Set forth to them the similitude of the life of this world: it is like the rain which We send down from the skies: the earth's vegetation absorbs it but soon it becomes dry stubble which the winds do scatter: it is (only) Allah Who prevails over all things. 2386
46 Wealth and sons are allurements of the life of this world: but the things that endure Good Deeds are best in the sight of thy Lord as rewards and best as (the foundation for) hopes. 2387
47 One Day We shall remove the mountains and thou wilt see the earth as a level stretch and We shall gather them all together nor shall We leave out any one of them. 2388
48 And they will be marshalled before thy Lord in ranks (with the announcement) "Now have ye come to Us (bare) as We created you first: aye ye thought We shall not fulfil the appointment made to you to meet (Us)!": 2389 2390
49 And the Book (of Deeds) will be placed (before you); and thou wilt see the sinful in great terror because of what is (recorded) therein; they will say "Ah! woe to us! what a book is this! It leaves out nothing small or great but takes account thereof!" They will find all that they did placed before them: and not one will thy Lord treat with injustice. 2391
50 Behold! We said to the angels "Bow down to Adam": they bowed down except Iblis. He was one of the Jinns and he broke the Command of his Lord. Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrongdoers! 2392 2393 2394 2395
51 I called them not to witness the creation of the heavens and the earth nor (even) their own creation: nor is it for Me to take as helpers such as lead (men) astray! 2396
52 One Day He will say "Call on those whom ye thought to be My partners" and they will call on them but they will not listen to them; and We shall make for them a place of common perdition. 2397
53 And the Sinful shall see the Fire and apprehend that they have to all therein; no means will they find to turn away therefrom.
54 We have explained in detail in this Qur'an for the benefit of mankind every kind of similitude: but man is in most things contentious. 2398
55 And what is there to keep back men from believing now that Guidance has come to them nor from praying for forgiveness from their Lord but that (they ask that) the ways of the ancients be repeated with them or the Wrath be brought to them face to face? 2399
56 We only send the Apostles to give glad tidings and to give warnings: but the Unbelievers dispute with vain argument in order therewith to weaken the truth and they treat My Signs as a jest as also the fact that they are warned! 2400
57 And who doth more wrong than one who is reminded of the Signs of his Lord but turns away from them forgetting the (deeds) which his hands have sent forth? Verily We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand this and over their ears deafness. If thou callest them to guidance even then will they never accept guidance. 2401
58 But your Lord is Most Forgiving Full of Mercy. If He were to call them (at once) to account for what they have earned then surely He would have hastened their Punishment: but they have their appointed time beyond which they will find no refuge. 2402
59 Such were the populations We destroyed when they committed iniquities; but We fixed an appointed time for their destruction. 2403
60 Behold Moses said to his attendant "I will not give up until I reach the junction of the two seas or (until) I spend years and years in travel." 2404 2405 2406
61 But when they reached the Junction they forgot (about) their Fish which took its course through the sea (straight) as in a tunnel. 2407 2408
62 When they had passed on (some distance) Moses said to his attendant: "Bring us our early meal; truly we have suffered much fatigue at this (stage of) our journey." 2409
63 He replied: "Sawest thou (what happened) when we betook ourselves to the rock? I did indeed forget (about) the Fish: none but Satan made me forget to tell (you) about it: it took its course through the sea in a marvelous way!" 2410
64 Moses said: "That was what we were seeking after": so they went back on their footsteps following (the path they had come).
65 So they found one of Our servants on whom We had bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our own presence. 2411 2412
66 Moses said to him: "May I follow thee on the footing that thou teach me something of the (Higher) Truth which thou hast been taught?" 2413
67 (The other) said: "Verily thou wilt not be able to have patience with me! 2414
68 "And how canst thou have patience about things about which thy understanding is not complete?" 2415
69 Moses said: "Thou wilt find me if Allah so will (truly) patient: nor shall I disobey thee in aught." 2416
70 The other said: "If then thou wouldst follow me ask me no questions about anything until I myself speak to thee concerning it."
71 So they both proceeded: until when they were in the boat he scuttled it. Said Moses: "Hast thou scuttled it in order to drown those in it? Truly a strange thing hast thou done!" 2417
72 He answered: "Did I not tell thee that thou canst have no patience with me?"
73 Moses said: "Rebuke me not for forgetting nor grieve me by raising difficulties in my case."
74 Then they proceeded: until when they met a young man he slew him. Moses said: "Hast thou slain an innocent person who had slain none? Truly a foul (unheard-of) thing hast thou done!" 2418
75 He answered: "Did I not tell thee that thou canst have no patience with me?"
76 (Moses) said: "If ever I ask thee about anything after this keep me not in thy company: then wouldst thou have received (full) excuse from my side."
77 Then they proceeded: until when they came to the inhabitants of a town they asked them for food but they refused them hospitality. They found there a wall on the point of falling down but he set it up straight. (Moses) said: "If thou hadst wished surely thou couldst have exacted some recompense for it!" 2419 2420
78 He answered: "This is the parting between me and thee: now will I tell thee the interpretation of (those things) over which thou wast unable to hold patience. 2421
79 As for the boat it belonged to certain men in dire want: they plied on the water: I but wished to render it unserviceable for there was after them a certain king who seized on every boat by force. 2422
80 "As for the youth his parents were people of Faith and we feared that he would grieve them by obstinate rebellion and ingratitude (to Allah and man). 2423
81 "So we desired that their Lord would give them in exchange (a son) better in purity (of conduct) and closer in affection. 2424
82 "As for the wall it belonged to two youths orphans in the Town; there was beneath it a buried treasure to which they were entitled: their father had been a righteous man: so thy Lord desired that they should attain their age of full strength and get out their treasure a mercy (and favor) from thy Lord. I did it not of my own accord. Such is the interpretation of (those things) over which thou wast unable to hold patience." 2425 2426 2427
83 They ask thee concerning Zul-qarnain. Say "I will rehearse to you something of his story." 2428
84 Verily We established his power on earth and We gave him the ways and the means to all ends. 2429
85 One (such) way he followed
86 Until when he reached the setting of the sun He found it set in a spring of murky water: near it he found a People: We said: "O Zul-qarnain! (thou hast authority) either to punish them or to treat them with kindness." 2430 2431
87 He said: "Whoever doth wrong him shall we punish; then shall he be sent back to his Lord; and He will punish him with a punishment unheard-of (before). 2432
88 "But whoever believes and works righteousness he shall have a goodly reward and easy will be his task as we order it by our command." 2433
89 Then followed he (another) way.
90 Until when he came to the rising of the sun he found it rising on a people for whom We had provided no covering protection against the sun. 2434 2435
91 (He left them) as they were: We completely understood what was before him. 2436
92 Then followed he (another) way
93 Until when he reached (a tract) between two mountains he found beneath them a people who scarcely understood a word. 2437 2438
94 They said: "O Zul-qarnain! the Gog and Magog (people) do great mischief on earth: shall we then render thee tribute in order that thou mightest erect a barrier between us and them?" 2439
95 He said: "(The power) in which my Lord has established me is better (than tribute): help me therefore with strength (and labor): I will erect a strong barrier between you and them: 2440
96 "Bring me blocks of iron." At length when he had filled up the space between the two steep mountain sides he said "Blow (with your bellows)." Then when he had made it (red) as fire he said: "Bring me that I may pour over it molten lead." 2441 2442
97 Thus were they made powerless to scale it or to dig through it. 2443
98 He said: "This is a mercy from my Lord: but when the promise of my Lord comes to pass He will make it into dust; and the promise of My Lord is true." 2444
99 On that day We shall leave them to surge like waves on one another; the trumpet will be blown and We shall collect them all together. 2445
100 And We shall present Hell that day for Unbelievers to see all spread out 2446
101 (Unbelievers) whose eyes had been under a veil from Remembrance of Me and who had been unable even to hear. 2447
102 Do the Unbelievers think that they can take my servants as protectors besides Me? Verily We have prepared Hell for the Unbelievers for (their) entertainment.
103 Say: "Shall we tell you of those who lose most in respect of their deeds? 2448
104 "Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their works?" 2449
105 They are those who deny the Signs of their Lord and the fact of their having to meet Him (in the Hereafter): vain will be their works nor shall We on the Day of Judgment give them any Weight. 2450
106 That is their reward Hell; because they rejected Faith and took My Signs and My Messengers by way of jest. 2451
107 As to those who believe and work righteous deeds they have for their entertainment the Gardens of Paradise 2452
108 Wherein they shall dwell (for aye): no change will they wish for from them.
109 Say: "If the ocean were ink (wherewith to write out) the words of my Lord sooner would the ocean be exhausted than would the words of my Lord even if we added another ocean like it for its aid." 2453
110 Say: "I am but a man like yourselves (but) the inspiration has come to me that your Allah is one Allah: whoever expects to meet his Lord let him work righteousness and in the worship of his Lord admit no one as partner." 2454
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