Quran English Translation Sura 17-22 P4


[21:44]  We have provided for these people and their ancestors, up until an old age. Do they not see that every day on earth brings them closer to the end? Can they reverse this process?

 

[21:45]  Say, “I am warning you in accordance with divine inspiration.” However, the deaf cannot hear the call, when they are warned.

 

[21:46]  When a sample of your Lord’s retribution afflicts them, they readily say, “We were indeed wicked.”

 

[21:47]  We will establish the scales of justice on the Day of Resurrection. No soul will suffer the least injustice. Even the equivalent of a mustard seed will be accounted for. We are the most efficient reckoners.

 

[21:48]  We gave Moses and Aaron the Statute Book, a beacon, and a reminder for the righteous.

 

[21:49]  The ones who reverence their Lord, even when alone in their privacy, and they worry about the Hour.

 

[21:50]  This too is a blessed reminder that we sent down. Are you denying it?

 

[21:51]  Before that, we granted Abraham his guidance and understanding, for we were fully aware of him.

 

[21:52]  He said to his father and his people, “What are these statues to which you are devoting yourselves?”

 

[21:53]  They said, “We found our parents worshiping them.”

 

[21:54]  He said, “Indeed, you and your parents have gone totally astray.”

 

[21:55]  They said, “Are you telling us the truth, or are you playing?”

 

[21:56]  He said, “Your only Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, who created them. This is the testimony to which I bear witness.

 

[21:57]  “I swear by GOD, I have a plan to deal with your statues, as soon as you leave.”

 

[21:58]  He broke them into pieces, except for a big one, that they may refer to it.

 

[21:59]  They said, “Whoever did this to our gods is really a transgressor.”

 

[21:60]  They said, “We heard a youth threaten them; he is called Abraham.”

 

[21:61]  They said, “Bring him before the eyes of all the people, that they may bear witness.”

 

[21:62]  They said, “Did you do this to our gods, O Abraham?”

 

[21:63]  He said, “It is that big one who did it. Go ask them, if they can speak.”

 

[21:64]  They were taken aback, and said to themselves, “Indeed, you are the ones who have been transgressing.”

 

[21:65]  Yet, they reverted to their old ideas: “You know full well that these cannot speak.”

 

[21:66]  He said, “Do you then worship beside GOD what possesses no power to benefit you or harm you?

 

[21:67]  “You have incurred shame by worshiping idols beside GOD. Do you not understand?”

 

[21:68]  They said, “Burn him and support your gods, if this is what you decide to do.”

 

[21:69]  We said, “O fire, be cool and safe for Abraham.”

 

[21:70]  Thus, they schemed against him, but we made them the losers.

 

[21:71]  We saved him, and we saved Lot, to the land that we blessed for all the people.

 

[21:72]  And we granted him Isaac and Jacob as a gift, and we made them both righteous.

 

[21:73]  We made them imams who guided in accordance with our commandments, and we taught them how to work righteousness, and how to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat). To us, they were devoted worshipers.

 

[21:74]  As for Lot, we granted him wisdom and knowledge, and we saved him from the community that practiced abominations; they were wicked and evil people.

 

[21:75]  We admitted him into our mercy, for he was righteous.

 

[21:76]  And, before that, Noah called and we responded to him. We saved him and his family from the great disaster.

 

[21:77]  We supported him against the people who rejected our revelations. They were evil people, so we drowned them all.

 

[21:78]  And David and Solomon, when they once ruled with regard to someone’s crop that was destroyed by another’s sheep, we witnessed their judgment.

 

[21:79]  We granted Solomon the correct understanding, though we endowed both of them with wisdom and knowledge. We committed the mountains to serve David in glorifying (God), as well as the birds. This is what we did.

 

[21:80]  And we taught him the skill of making shields to protect you in war. Are you then thankful?

 

[21:81]  For Solomon, we committed the wind gusting and blowing at his disposal. He could direct it as he wished, to whatever land he chose, and we blessed such land for him. We are fully aware of all things.

 

[21:82]  And of the devils there were those who would dive for him (to harvest the sea), or do whatever else he commanded them to do. We committed them in his service.

 

[21:83]  And Job implored his Lord: “Adversity has befallen me, and, of all the merciful ones, You are the Most Merciful.”

 

[21:84]  We responded to him, relieved his adversity, and restored his family for him, even twice as much. That was a mercy from us, and a reminder for the worshipers.

 

[21:85]  Also, Ismail, Idris, Zal-Kifl; all were steadfast, patient.

 

[21:86]  We admitted them into our mercy, for they were righteous.

 

[21:87]  And Zan-Noon (Jonah, “the one with an `N’ in his name”), abandoned his mission in protest, thinking that we could not control him. He ended up imploring from the darkness (of the big fish’s belly): “There is no god other than You. Be You glorified. I have committed a gross sin.”

 

[21:88]  We responded to him, and saved him from the crisis; we thus save the believers.

 

[21:89]  And Zachariah implored his Lord: “My Lord, do not keep me without an heir, though You are the best inheritor.”

 

[21:90]  We responded to him and granted him John; we fixed his wife for him. That is because they used to hasten to work righteousness, and implored us in situations of joy, as well as fear. To us, they were reverent.

 

[21:91]  As for the one who maintained her virginity, we blew into her from our spirit, and thus, we made her and her son a portent for the whole world.

 

[21:92]  Your congregation is but one congregation, and I alone am your Lord; you shall worship Me alone.

 

[21:93]  However, they divided themselves into disputing religions. All of them will come back to us (for judgment).

 

[21:94]  As for those who work righteousness, while believing, their work will not go to waste; we are recording it.

 

[21:95]  It is forbidden for any community we had annihilated to return.

 

[21:96]  Not until Gog and Magog reappear, will they then return – they will come from every direction.

 

[21:97]  That is when the inevitable prophecy will come to pass, and the disbelievers will stare in horror: “Woe to us; we have been oblivious. Indeed, we have been wicked.”

 

[21:98]  You and the idols you worship besides GOD will be fuel for Hell; this is your inevitable destiny.

 

[21:99]  If those were gods, they would not have ended up in Hell. All its inhabitants abide in it forever.

 

[21:100]  They will sigh and groan therein, and they will have no access to any news.

 

[21:101]  As for those who deserved our magnificent rewards, they will be protected from it.

 

[21:102]  They will not hear its hissing. They will enjoy an abode where they can get everything they desire, forever.

 

[21:103]  The great horror will not worry them, and the angels will receive them joyfully: “This is your day, that has been promised to you.”

 

[21:104]  On that day, we will fold the heaven, like the folding of a book. Just as we initiated the first creation, we will repeat it. This is our promise; we will certainly carry it out.

 

[21:105]  We have decreed in the Psalms, as well as in other scriptures, that the earth shall be inherited by My righteous worshipers.

 

[21:106]  This is a proclamation for people who are worshipers.

 

[21:107]  We have sent you out of mercy from us towards the whole world.

 

[21:108]  Proclaim, “I have been given divine inspiration that your god is one god. Will you then submit?”

 

[21:109]  If they turn away, then say, “I have warned you sufficiently, and I have no idea how soon or late (the retribution) will come to you.

 

[21:110]  “He is fully aware of your public utterances, and He is fully aware of everything you conceal.

 

[21:111]  “For all that I know, this world is a test for you, and a temporary enjoyment.”

 

[21:112]  Say, “My Lord, Your judgment is the absolute justice. Our Lord is the Most Gracious; only His help is sought in the face of your claims.”

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Sura 22:  Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj)

Number of verses in sura: 78

Order of revelation: 103

 

[22:0]  In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

 

[22:1]  O people, you shall reverence your Lord, for the quaking of the Hour is something horrendous.

 

[22:2]  The day you witness it, even a nursing mother will discard her infant, and a pregnant woman will abort her fetus. You will see the people staggering, as if they are intoxicated, even though they are not intoxicated. This is because GOD‘s retribution is so awesome.

 

[22:3]  Among the people, there are those who argue about GOD without knowledge, and follow every rebellious devil.

 

[22:4]  It is decreed that anyone who allies himself with him, he will mislead him and guide him to the agony of Hell.

 

[22:5]  O people, if you have any doubt about resurrection, (remember that) we created you from dust, and subsequently from a tiny drop, which turns into a hanging (embryo), then it becomes a fetus that is given life or deemed lifeless. We thus clarify things for you. We settle in the wombs whatever we will for a predetermined period. We then bring you out as infants, then you reach maturity. While some of you die young, others live to the worst age, only to find out that no more knowledge can be attained beyond a certain limit. Also, you look at a land that is dead, then as soon as we shower it with water, it vibrates with life and grows all kinds of beautiful plants.

 

[22:6]  This proves that GOD is the Truth, and that He revives the dead, and that He is Omnipotent.

 

[22:7]  And that the Hour is coming, no doubt about it, and that GOD resurrects those who are in the graves.

 

[22:8]  Among the people there is the one who argues about GOD without knowledge, and without guidance, and without an enlightening scripture.

 

[22:9]  Arrogantly he strives to divert the people from the path of GOD. He thus incurs humiliation in this life, and we commit him on the Day of Resurrection to the agony of burning.

 

[22:10]  This is what your hands have sent ahead for you. GOD is never unjust towards the people.

 

[22:11]  Among the people there is the one who worships GOD conditionally. If things go his way, he is content. But if some adversity befalls him, he makes an about-face. Thus, he loses both this life and the Hereafter. Such is the real loss.

 

[22:12]  He idolizes beside GOD what possesses no power to harm him or benefit him; such is the real straying.

 

[22:13]  He idolizes what is more apt to harm him than benefit him. What a miserable lord! What a miserable companion!

 

[22:14]  GOD admits those who believe and lead a righteous life into gardens with flowing streams. Everything is in accordance with GOD‘s will.

 

[22:15]  If anyone thinks that GOD cannot support him in this life and in the Hereafter, let him turn completely to (his creator in) heaven, and sever (his dependence on anyone else). He will then see that this plan eliminates anything that bothers him.

 

[22:16]  We have thus revealed clear revelations herein, then GOD guides whoever wills (to be guided).

 

[22:17]  Those who believe, those who are Jewish, the converts, the Christians, the Zoroastrians, and the idol worshipers, GOD is the One who will judge among them on the Day of Resurrection. GOD witnesses all things.

 

[22:18]  Do you not realize that to GOD prostrates everyone in the heavens and the earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the mountains, and the trees, and the animals, and many people? Many others among the people are committed to doom. Whomever GOD shames, none will honor him. Everything is in accordance with GOD‘s will.

 

[22:19]  Here are two parties feuding with regard to their Lord. As for those who disbelieve, they will have clothes of fire tailored for them. Hellish liquid will be poured on top of their heads.

 

[22:20]  It will cause their insides to melt, as well as their skins.

 

[22:21]  They will be confined in iron pots.

 

[22:22]  Whenever they try to exit such misery, they will be forced back in: “Taste the agony of burning.”

 

[22:23]  GOD will admit those who believe and lead a righteous life into gardens with flowing streams. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and pearls, and their garments therein will be silk.

 

[22:24]  They have been guided to the good words; they have been guided in the path of the Most Praised.

 

[22:25]  Surely, those who disbelieve and repulse others from the path of GOD, and from the Sacred Masjid that we designated for all the people – be they natives or visitors – and seek to pollute it and corrupt it, we will afflict them with painful retribution.

 

[22:26]  We appointed Abraham to establish the Shrine: “You shall not idolize any other god beside Me, and purify My shrine for those who visit it, those who live near it, and those who bow and prostrate.

 

[22:27]  “And proclaim that the people shall observe Hajj pilgrimage. They will come to you walking or riding on various exhausted (means of transportation). They will come from the farthest locations.”

 

[22:28]  They may seek commercial benefits, and they shall commemorate GOD‘s name during the specified days for providing them with livestock. “Eat therefrom and feed the despondent and the poor.”

 

[22:29]  They shall complete their obligations, fulfill their vows, and visit the ancient shrine.

 

[22:30]  Those who reverence the rites decreed by GOD have deserved a good reward at their Lord. All livestock is made lawful for your food, except for those specifically prohibited for you. You shall avoid the abomination of idol worship, and avoid bearing false witness.

 

[22:31]  You shall maintain your devotion absolutely to GOD alone. Anyone who sets up any idol beside GOD is like one who fell from the sky, then gets snatched up by vultures, or blown away by the wind into a deep ravine.

 

[22:32]  Indeed, those who reverence the rites decreed by GOD demonstrate the righteousness of their hearts.

 

[22:33]  The (livestock) provide you with many benefits for a period, before being donated to the ancient shrine.

 

[22:34]  For each congregation we have decreed rites whereby they commemorate the name of GOD for providing them with the livestock. Your god is one and the same god; you shall all submit to Him. Give good news to the obedient.

 

[22:35]  They are the ones whose hearts tremble upon mentioning GOD, they steadfastly persevere during adversity, they observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and from our provisions to them, they give to charity.

 

[22:36]  The animal offerings are among the rites decreed by GOD for your own good.* You shall mention GOD‘s name on them while they are standing in line. Once they are offered for sacrifice, you shall eat therefrom and feed the poor and the needy. This is why we subdued them for you, that you may show your appreciation.

 

[22:37]  Neither their meat, nor their blood reaches GOD. What reaches Him is your righteousness. He has subdued them for you, that you may show your appreciation by glorifying GOD for guiding you. Give good news to the charitable.

 

[22:38]  GOD defends those who believe. GOD does not love any betrayer, unappreciative.

 

[22:39]  Permission is granted to those who are being persecuted, since injustice has befallen them, and GOD is certainly able to support them.

 

[22:40]  They were evicted from their homes unjustly, for no reason other than saying, “Our Lord is GOD.” If it were not for GOD‘s supporting of some people against others, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and masjids – where the name of GOD is commemorated frequently – would have been destroyed. Absolutely, GOD supports those who support Him. GOD is Powerful, Almighty.

 

[22:41]  They are those who, if we appointed them as rulers on earth, they would establish the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat), and would advocate righteousness and forbid evil. GOD is the ultimate ruler.

 

[22:42]  If they reject you, the people of Noah, `Aad, and Thamoud have also disbelieved before them.

 

[22:43]  Also the people of Abraham, and the people of Lot.

 

[22:44]  And the dwellers of Midyan. Moses was also rejected. I led all those people on, then I called them to account; how (devastating) was My requital!

 

[22:45]  Many a community we have annihilated because of their wickedness. They ended up in ruins, stilled wells, and great empty mansions.

 

[22:46]  Did they not roam the earth, then use their minds to understand, and use their ears to hear? Indeed, the real blindness is not the blindness of the eyes, but the blindness of the hearts inside the chests.

 

[22:47]  They challenge you to bring retribution, and GOD never fails to fulfill His prophecy. A day of your Lord is like a thousand of your years.

 

[22:48]  Many a community in the past committed evil, and I led them on for awhile, then I punished them. To Me is the ultimate destiny.

 

[22:49]  Say, “O people, I have been sent to you as a profound warner.”

 

[22:50]  Those who believe and lead a righteous life have deserved forgiveness and a generous recompense.

 

[22:51]  As for those who strive to challenge our revelations, they incur Hell.

 

[22:52]  We did not send before you any messenger, nor a prophet, without having the devil interfere in his wishes. GOD then nullifies what the devil has done. GOD perfects His revelations. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise.

 

[22:53]  He thus sets up the devil’s scheme as a test for those who harbor doubts in their hearts, and those whose hearts are hardened. The wicked must remain with the opposition.

 

[22:54]  Those who are blessed with knowledge will recognize the truth from your Lord, then believe in it, and their hearts will readily accept it. Most assuredly, GOD guides the believers in the right path.

 

[22:55]  As for those who disbelieve, they will continue to harbor doubts until the Hour comes to them suddenly, or until the retribution of a terrible day comes to them.

 

[22:56]  All sovereignty on that day belongs to GOD, and He will judge among them. As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, they have deserved the gardens of bliss.

 

[22:57]  While those who disbelieved and rejected our revelations have incurred a shameful retribution.

 

[22:58]  Those who emigrate for the sake of GOD, then get killed, or die, GOD will surely shower them with good provisions. GOD is certainly the best Provider.

 

[22:59]  Most assuredly, He will admit them an admittance that will please them. GOD is Omniscient, Clement.

 

[22:60]  It is decreed that if one avenges an injustice that was inflicted upon him, equitably, then he is persecuted because of this, GOD will surely support him. GOD is Pardoner, Forgiving.

 

[22:61]  It is a fact that GOD merges the night into the day, and merges the day into the night, and that GOD is Hearer, Seer.

 

[22:62]  It is a fact that GOD is the Truth, while the setting up of any idols beside Him constitutes a falsehood, and that GOD is the Most High, the Supreme.

 

[22:63]  Do you not see that GOD sends down from the sky water that turns the land green? GOD is Sublime, Cognizant.

 

[22:64]  To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Absolutely, GOD is the Most Rich, Most Praiseworthy.

 

[22:65]  Do you not see that GOD has committed in your service everything on earth? The ships run in the ocean by His command. He prevents the heavenly bodies from crashing onto the earth, except in accordance with His command. GOD is Most Kind towards the people, Most Merciful.

 

[22:66]  He is the One who granted you life, then He puts you to death, then He brings you back to life. Surely, the human being is unappreciative.

 

[22:67]  For each congregation, we have decreed a set of rites that they must uphold. Therefore, they should not dispute with you. You shall continue to invite everyone to your Lord. Most assuredly, you are on the right path.

 

[22:68]  If they argue with you, then say, “GOD is fully aware of everything you do.”

 

[22:69]  GOD will judge among you on the Day of Resurrection regarding all your disputes.

 

[22:70]  Do you not realize that GOD knows everything in the heavens and everything on earth? All this is recorded in a record. This is easy for GOD to do.

 

[22:71]  Yet, they idolize beside GOD idols wherein He placed no power, and they know nothing about them. The transgressors have no helper.

 

[22:72]  When our revelations are recited to them, clearly, you recognize wickedness on the faces of those who disbelieve. They almost attack those who recite our revelations to them. Say, “Shall I inform you of something much worse? Hell is promised by GOD for those who disbelieve; what a miserable destiny.”

 

[22:73]  O people, here is a parable that you must ponder carefully: the idols you set up beside GOD can never create a fly, even if they banded together to do so. Furthermore, if the fly steals anything from them, they cannot recover it; weak is the pursuer and the pursued.

 

[22:74]  They do not value GOD as He should be valued. GOD is the Most Powerful, the Almighty.

 

[22:75]  GOD chooses from among the angels messengers, as well as from among the people. GOD is Hearer, Seer.

 

[22:76]  He knows their past and their future. To GOD belongs the ultimate control of all matters.

 

[22:77]  O you who believe, you shall bow, prostrate, worship your Lord, and work righteousness, that you may succeed.

 

[22:78]  You shall strive for the cause of GOD as you should strive for His cause. He has chosen you and has placed no hardship on you in practicing your religion – the religion of your father Abraham. He is the one who named you “Submitters” originally. Thus, the messenger shall serve as a witness among you, and you shall serve as witnesses among the people. Therefore, you shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and hold fast to GOD; He is your Lord, the best Lord and the best Supporter.

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