Sura Al-Araf (The Heights)
Sheikh / Mahmoud AlHosary

  • In the Name of God,the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

    7:1-3 Alif. Lam. Mim. Sad. (It is) a Scripture that is revealed to you (O Muhammad) – so let there be no heaviness in your heart therefrom – that you may warn thereby, and (it is) a Reminder to believers. (Saying :) Follow that which is sent down to you from your Lord , and follow no helpers (and protectors) beside Him. Little do you recollect!

    7:4-5 How many a township have We destroyed! As a raid by night, or while they slept at noon, Our terror came to them. No plea had they, when Our terror came to them, except that they said: Lo! We were wrongdoers.

    7:6-7 Then verily We shall question those to whom (Our message) has been sent, and We shall question the Messengers. Then verily We shall narrate to them (the event) with knowledge, for verily We were not absent (when it came to pass).

    7:8-9 The weighing on that Day is the true (weighing). As for those whose scale is heavy, they are the successful. And as for those whose scale is light: They are those who lose their souls because they disbelieved Our revelations.

    7:10 And We have given you (humankind) power in the earth, and appointed for you therein a livelihood. Little give you thanks!

    7:11 And We created you, then fashioned you, then told the angels: Fall you prostrate before Adam! And they fell prostrate, all except Iblis, who was not of those who make prostration.

    7:12-18 He said: What hindered you that you did not fall prostrate when I bade you? (Iblis) said: I am better than him. You created me from fire while him You did create of mud. He said: Then go down hence! It is not for you to show pride here, so go forth! Lo! You are of those degraded. He said: Reprieve me till the day when they are raised (from the dead). He said: Lo! You are of those reprieved. He said: Now, because You have sent me astray, verily I shall lurk in ambush for them on Your right path. Then I shall come upon them from before them and from behind them and from their right hands and from their left hands, and You will not find most of them beholden (to You). He said: Go forth from hence, degraded, banished. As for such of them as follow you, surely I will fill Hell with all of you.

    7:19 And (to man): O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Garden and eat from wherever you will, but come not near this tree lest you become wrongdoers.

    7:20-22 Then Satan whispered to them that he might manifest to them that which was hidden from them of their shame, and he said: Your Lord forbade you from this tree only lest you should become angels or become of the immortals. And he swore to them (saying): Lo! I am a sincere adviser to you. Thus did he lead them on with guile. And when they tasted of the tree their shame was manifest to them and they began to hide (by heaping) on themselves some of the leaves of the Garden. And their Lord called them (saying): Did I not forbid you from that tree and tell you: Lo! Satan is an open enemy to you?

    7:23-25 They said: Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not and have not mercy on us, surely we are of the lost! He said: Go down (from hence), one of you a foe to the other. There will be for you on earth a habitation and provision for a while. He said: There shall you live, and there shall you die, and there from shall you be brought forth.

    7:26-27 O children of Adam! We have revealed to you raiment to conceal your shame, and splendid vesture, but the raiment of righteousness, that is best. This is of the revelations of God that they may remember. O children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you as he caused your (first) parents to go forth from the Garden and tore off from them their robe (of innocence) that he might manifest their shame to them. Lo! He sees you, he and his tribe, from where you see him not. Lo! We have made the satans helpers (and protectors) for those who believe not.

    7:28-29 And when they do some lewdness they say: We found our fathers doing it, and God has enjoined it on us. Say: God, verily, enjoins not lewdness. Tell you concerning God that which you know not? Say: My Lord enjoins justice. And set your faces upright (toward Him) at every place of worship and call upon Him, making religion pure for Him (only). As He brought you into being, so return you (to Him).

    7:30 A party has He led aright, while error has just hold over (another) party, for lo! They choose the satans for helpers (and protectors) instead of God and deem that they are rightly guided.

    7:31-32 O children of Adam! Look to your adornment at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not prodigal. Lo! He loves not the prodigals. Say: Who has forbidden the adornment of God, which He has brought forth for His bondmen, and the good things of His providing? Say: Such, on the Day of Resurrection, will be only for those who believed during the life of the world. Thus do We detail Our revelations for people who have knowledge.

    7:33-34 Say: My Lord forbids only indecencies, such of them as are apparent and such as are within, and sin and wrongful oppression, and that you associate with God that for which no warrant has been revealed, and that you tell concerning God that which you know not. And every nation has its term, and when its term comes, they cannot put it off an hour nor yet advance (it).

    7:35-36 O children of Adam! If Messengers of your own come to you who narrate to you My revelations, then whosoever refrains from evil and amends – no fear shall come upon them neither shall they grieve. But they who deny Our revelations and scorn them – such are rightful inhabitants of the Fire; they will abide therein.

    7:37 Who does greater wrong than he who invents a lie concerning God or denies Our signs. (For such) their appointed portion of the Book (of destiny) reaches them till, when Our messengers come to gather them, they say: Where (now) is that to which you cried beside God? They say: They have departed from us. And they testify against themselves that they were disbelievers.

    7:38-39 He says: Enter into the Fire among nations of the jinn and humankind who passed away before you. Every time a nation enters, it curses its sister (nation) till, when they have all been made to follow one another there, the last of them says to the first of them: Our Lord! These led us astray, so give them double torment of the Fire. He says: For each one there is double (torment), but you know not. And the first of them says to the last of them: You were no whit better than us, so taste the punishment for what you used to earn.

    7:40-41 Lo! They who deny Our revelations and scorn them, for them the gates of Heaven will not be opened nor will they enter the Garden until the camel goes through the needle"s eye. Thus do We requite the guilty. Theirs will be a bed of Hell, and over them coverings (of Hell). Thus do We requite wrongdoers.

    7:42-43 But (as for) those who believe and do good works – We tax not any soul beyond its scope – Such are rightful inhabitants of the Garden. They abide therein. And We remove whatever rancor may be in their hearts. Rivers flow beneath them. And they say: The praise be to God, Who has guided us to this. We could not truly have been rightly guided if God had not guided us. Verily the Messengers of our Lord did bring the Truth. And it is cried to them: This is the Garden. You inherit it for what you used to do.

    7:44-45 And the dwellers of the Garden cry to the dwellers of the Fire: We have found that which our Lord promised us (to be) the Truth. Have you (too) found that which your Lord promised the Truth? They say: Yes, verily. And a crier in between them cries: The curse of God is on evildoers, who debar (men) from the path of God and would have it crooked, and who are disbelievers in the Last Day.

    7:46-47 Between them is a veil. And in the purgatories are men who know them all by their marks. And they call to the dwellers of the Garden: Peace be to you! They enter it not although they hope (to enter). And when their eyes are turned toward the dwellers of the Fire, they say: Our Lord! Place us not with the wrongdoing folk.

    7:48-49 And the dwellers in the purgatories call to men whom they know by their marks, (saying): What did your multitude and that in which you took your pride avail you? Are these they of whom you swore, that God, would not show them mercy? (To them it has been said:) Enter the Garden. No fear shall come upon you nor is it you who will grieve.

    7:50-51 And the dwellers of the Fire cry out to the dwellers of the Garden: Pour on us some water or some of that wherewith God has provided you. They say: Lo! God has forbidden both to disbelievers (in His guidance), who took their religion for a sport and pastime, and whom the life of the world deceived. So this Day We have forgotten them even as they forgot the meeting of this Day and as they used to deny Our signs.

    7:52-53 Verily We have brought them a Scripture which We expound with knowledge, a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe. Await they anything except the fulfillment thereof? On the Day when the fulfillment thereof comes, those who were before, forgetful thereof will say: The Messengers of our Lord did bring the Truth! Have we any intercessors that they may intercede for us? Or can we be returned (to life on earth), that we may act otherwise than we used to act? They have lost their souls, and that which they devised has failed them.

    7:54 Lo! Your Lord is God Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days, then He mounted the Throne. He covers the night with the day, which is in haste to follow it, and has made the sun and the moon and the stars subservient by His command. Verily His is all creation and commandment. Blessed be God, the Lord of the Worlds!

    7:55-56 (O people!) Call upon your Lord humbly and in secret. Lo! He loves not aggressors. Work not confusion in the earth after the fair ordering (thereof), and call on Him in fear and hope. Lo! The mercy of God is near to the good.

    7:57-58 And it is He, Who sends the winds as tidings heralding His mercy, till, when they bear a cloud heavy (with rain), We lead it to a dead land, and then cause water to descend thereon, and thereby bring forth fruits of every kind. Thus bring We forth the dead. Perhaps you may remember. As for the good land, its vegetation comes forth by permission of its Lord; while as for that which is bad, only evil comes forth (from it). Thus do We recount the signs for people who give thanks.

    7:59-64 We sent Noah (of old) to his people, and he said: O my people! Worship God. You have no other God except Him. Lo! I fear for you the retribution of an Awful Day. The chieftains of his people said: Lo! We see you surely in plain error. He said: O my people! There is no error in me, but I am a Messenger from the Lord of the Worlds. I convey to you the messages of my Lord and give good counsel to you, and know from God, that which you know not. Marvel you that there should come to you a Reminder from your Lord by means of a man among you, that he may warn you, and that you may fear (God), and that perhaps you may find mercy. But they denied him, so We saved him and those with him in the ship, and We drowned those who denied Our sign. Lo! They were blind folk.

    7:65-72 And to (the tribe of) Aad (We sent) their brother, Hud. He said: O my people! Worship God. You have no other God except Him. Will you not ward off (evil)? The chieftains of his people, who were disbelieving, said: Lo! We surely see you in foolishness, and lo! We deem you of the liars. He said: O my people! There is no foolishness in me, but I am a Messenger from the Lord of the Worlds. I convey to you the message of my Lord and am for you, a true adviser. Marvel you that there should come to you a Reminder from your Lord by means of a man among you, that he may warn you? Remember how He made you viceroys after Noah"s folk, and gave you growth of stature. Remember (all) the bounties of your Lord, that perhaps you may be successful. They said: Have you come to us that we should worship God alone, and forsake what our fathers worshipped? Then bring upon us that with which you threaten us if you are of the truthful! He said: Terror and wrath from your Lord have already fallen on you. Would you wrangle with me over names, which you have named, you and your fathers, for which no warrant from God has been revealed? Then await (the consequence), lo! I (also) am of those awaiting (it). And We saved him and those with him by a mercy from Us, and We cut the root of those who denied Our revelations and were not believers.

    7:73-79 And to (the tribe of) Thamud (We sent) their brother Salih. He said: O my people! Worship God. You have no other God except Him. A wonder from your Lord has come to you. Lo! This is the she-camel of God, a sign to you; so let her feed in God"s earth, and touch her not with hurt lest a painful torment seizes you. And remember how He made you viceroys after Aad, and gave you station in the earth. You choose castles in the plains and hew the mountains into dwellings. So remember (all) the bounties of God and do not evil, making mischief in the earth. The chieftains of his people, who were arrogant, said to those whom they despised, to such of them as believed: Know you that Salih is one sent from his Lord? They said: Lo! In that with what he has been sent we are believers. Those who were arrogant said: Lo! In that which you believe, we are disbelievers. So they hamstrung the she camel, and they flouted the commandment of their Lord, and they said: O Salih! Bring upon us that which you threaten if you are indeed of those sent (from God). So the earthquake seized them, and morning found them prostrate in their dwelling place. And Salih turned on them and said: O my people! I delivered my Lord"s message to you and gave you good advice, but you love not good advisers.

    7:80-84 And Lot! (Remember) when he said to his folk: Will you commit abomination such as no creature ever did before you? Lo! You come with lust to men instead of women. Nay, but you are wanton folk. And the answer of his people was only that they said (one to another): Turn them out of your township. They are folk, forsooth, who keep pure. And We rescued him and his household, except his wife, who was of those who stayed behind. And We rained a rain upon them. See now the nature of the consequence for evildoers!

    7:85-87 And to Midian, (We sent) their brother, Shueyb. He said: O my people! Worship God. You have no other God except Him. Lo! A clear proof has come to you from your Lord; so give full measure and full weight and wrong not people in their goods, and work not confusion in the earth after the fair ordering thereof. That will be better for you, if you are believers. Lurk not on every road to threaten (wayfarers), and to turn away from God"s path, him who believes in Him, and to seek to make it crooked. And remember, when you were but few, how He did multiply you. And see the nature of the consequence for the corrupters! And if there is a party of you, which believes in that with what I have been sent, and there is a party, which believes not, then have patience until God judges between us. He is the best of all who deal in judgment.

    7:88-93 The chieftains of his people, who were arrogant, said: Surely we will drive you out, O Shueyb, and those who believe with you, from our township, unless you return to our religion. He said: Even though we hate it? We should have invented a lie against God if we returned to your religion after God has rescued us from it. It is not for us to return to it unless God should (so) will. Our Lord comprehends all things in knowledge. In God do we put our trust. Our Lord! Decide with truth between us and our folk, for You are the best of those who make decisions. But the chieftains of his people, who were disbelieving, said: If you follow Shueyb, then truly we shall be the losers. So the earthquake seized them, and morning found them prostrate in their dwelling place. Those who denied Shueyb became as though they had not dwelt there. Those who denied Shueyb, were the losers. So he turned from them and said: O my people! I delivered my Lord"s messages to you and gave you good advice; then how can I sorrow for a people that rejected (truth)?

    7:94-102 And We sent no Prophet to any township but We did afflict its folk with tribulation and adversity that perhaps they might grow humble. Then We changed the evil plight for good, till they grew affluent and said: Tribulation and distress did touch our fathers. Then We seized them unawares, when they perceived not. And if the people of the townships had believed and kept from evil, surely We should have opened for them blessings from the sky and from the earth. But (to every Messenger) they gave the lie, and so We seized them on account of what they used to earn. Are the people of the townships then secure from the coming of Our wrath upon them as a night raid while they sleep? Or are the people of the townships then secure from the coming of Our wrath upon them in the daytime while they play? Are they then secure from God"s scheme? None deems himself secure from God"s scheme except folk that perish. Is it not an indication to those who inherit the land after its people (who thus reaped the consequence of evildoing) that, if We will, We can smite them for their sins and print upon their hearts so that they hear not? Such were the townships. We relate some tidings of them to you (O Muhammad). Their Messengers verily came to them with clear proofs (of God"s supreme power), but they could not believe because they had before denied. Thus does God print upon the hearts of disbelievers (that they hear not). We found no (loyalty to any) covenant in most of them. Nay, most of them We found wrongdoers.

    7:103-122 Then after them, We sent Moses with Our signs to Pharaoh and his chiefs, but they disbelieved them. Now see the nature of the consequence for the corrupters! Moses said: O Pharaoh! Lo! I am a Messenger from the Lord of the Worlds, approved upon condition that I speak concerning God nothing but the truth. I come to you (lord of Egypt) with a clear proof from your Lord. So let the Children of Israel go with me. (Pharaoh) said: If you come with a sign, then produce it, if you are of those who speak the truth. Then he flung down his staff and lo! It was a serpent manifest; and he drew forth his hand (from his bosom): and lo! It was white for the beholders. The chiefs of Pharaoh"s people said: Lo! This is some knowing wizard, who would expel you from your land. Now what do you advise? They said (to Pharaoh): Put him off (a while).him and his brother – and send into the cities summoners, to bring each knowing wizard to you. And the wizards came to Pharaoh, saying: Surely there will be a reward for us if we are victors. He answered: Yes, and surely you shall be of those brought near (to me). They said: O Moses! Either throw (first) or let us be the first throwers? He said: Throw! And when they threw, they cast a spell upon the people"s eyes, and overawed them, and produced a mighty spell. And We inspired Moses (saying): Throw your staff! And lo! It swallowed up their lying show. Thus was the Truth vindicated and that which they were doing was made vain. Thus were they there defeated and brought low. And the wizards fell down prostrate, crying: We believe in the Lord of the Worlds, the Lord of Moses and Aaron.

    7:123-129 Pharaoh said: You believe in Him before I give you leave! Lo! This is the plot that you have plotted in the city that you may drive its people hence. But you shall come to know! Surely I shall have your hands and feet cut off upon alternate sides. Then I shall crucify you every one. They said: Lo! We are about to return to our Lord! You take vengeance on us only because we believed the signs of our Lord when they came to us. Our Lord! Give to us patience and make us die as men who have surrendered (to You). The chiefs of Pharaoh"s people said: (O King,) will you leave Moses and his people to make mischief in the land, and flout you and your gods? He said: We will slay their sons and spare their women, for lo! We are in power over them. And Moses said to his people: Seek help in God and endure patiently. Lo! The earth is God"s. He gives it for an inheritance to whom He wills. And lo! The sequel is for those who keep their duty (to Him). They said: We suffered hurt before you came to us, and since you have come to us. He said: It may be that your Lord is going to destroy your adversary and make you viceroys in the earth, so that He may see how you behave.

    7:130-137 And We straitened Pharaoh"s folk with famine and the dearth of fruits that perhaps they might heed. But whenever good befell them, they said: This is ours; and whenever evil smote them they ascribed it to the evil auspices of Moses and those with him. Surely their evil auspice was only with God. But most of them knew not. And they said: Whatever sign you bring with which to bewitch us, we shall not put faith in you. So We sent them the flood and the locusts and the vermin and the frogs and the blood – a succession of clear signs. But they were arrogant and became guilty. And when the terror fell on them, they cried: O Moses! Pray for us to your Lord, because He has a covenant with you. If you remove the terror from us, we verily will trust you and will let the Children of Israel go with you. But when We removed from them the terror for a term which they must reach, behold! They broke their covenant Therefore We took retribution from them; therefore We drowned them in the se a: because they denied Our revelations and were heedless of them. And We caused the folk who were devised to inherit the eastern parts of the land and the western parts thereof which We had blessed. And the fair word of the Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel because they had patience and constancy; and We annihilated (all) that Pharaoh and his folk had done and that they had contrived.

    7:138-140 And We brought the Children of Israel across the sea, and they came to a people who were given up to idols, which they had. They said: O Moses! Make for us a god even as they have gods. He said: Lo! You are a folk who know not. Lo! As for these, their way will be destroyed and all that they are doing is in vain. He said: Shall I seek for you a god other than God when He has favored you above (all) creatures?

    7:141-142 And (remember) when We delivered you from Pharaoh"s folk who were afflicting you with dreadful torment, slaughtering your sons and sparing your women. That was a tremendous trial from your Lord. And when We did appoint for Moses thirty nights (of solitude), and added to them ten, and he completed the whole time appointed by his Lord of forty nights; and Moses said to his brother: Take my place among the people. Do right, and follow not the way of mischief-makers.

    7:143-147 And when Moses came to Our appointed meeting and his Lord had spoken to him, he said: My Lord! Show me (Yourself), that I may gaze upon You. He said: You will not see Me, but gaze upon the mountain! If it stands still in its place, then you will see Me. And when his Lord revealed (His) glory to the mountain, He sent it crashing down. And Moses fell down senseless. And when he awoke he said: Glory to You! I turn to You repentant, and I am the first of the (true) believers. He said: O Moses! I have preferred you above people by My messages and by My speaking (to you). So hold that which I have given you, and be among the thankful. And We wrote for him, upon the tablets, the lesson to be drawn from all things and the explanation of all things, then (bade him): Hold it fast; and command your people (saying): Take the better (course made clear) therein. I shall show you the abode of the evildoers. I shall turn away from My revelations those who behave arrogantly in the earth, and if they see each sign believe it not, and if they see the way of righteousness choose it not for (their) way, and if they see the way of error choose it for (their) way. That is because they deny Our revelations and are used to disregard them. Those who deny Our revelations and the meeting of the Hereafter, their works are fruitless. Are they requited anything except what they used to do?

    7:148-149 And the folk of Moses, after (he had left them), chose a calf (for worship), (made) out of their ornaments, of saffron hue, which gave a lowing sound. Saw they not that it spoke not to them nor guided them to any way? They chose it, and became wrongdoers. And when they feared the consequences thereof and saw that they had gone astray, they said: Unless our Lord has mercy on us and forgives us, we are verily of the lost.

    7:150-151 And when Moses returned to his people, angry and grieved, he said: Evil is that (course) which you took after I had left you. Would you hasten on the judgment of your Lord? And he cast down the tablets, and he seized his brother by the head, dragging him toward him. He said: Son of my mother! Lo! The folk did judge me weak and almost killed me. Oh, make not my enemies triumph over me and place me not among the evildoers! He said: My Lord! Have mercy on me and on my brother; bring us into Your mercy, You the Most Merciful of all who show mercy.

    7:152-153 Lo! Those who chose the calf (for worship), terror from their Lord and humiliation will come upon them in the life of the world. Thus do We requite those who invent a lie. But those who do ill deeds and afterward repent and believe – lo! For them, afterward, God is Forgiving, Merciful.

    7:154-156 Then, when the anger of Moses abated, he took up the tablets, and in their inscription there was guidance and mercy for all those who fear their Lord. And Moses chose of his people seventy men for Our appointed meeting and, when the trembling came on them, he said: My Lord! If You had willed You would have destroyed them long before, and me with them. Will You destroy us for that which the ignorant among us did? It is but Your trial (of us). You send whom You will astray and guide whom You will. You are our Guardian (and Protector), therefore forgive us and have mercy on us, You, are the Best of all who show forgiveness. And ordain for us in this world that which is good, and in the Hereafter (that which is good), lo! We have turned to You. He said: I smite with My punishment whom I will, and My mercy embraces all things, therefore I shall ordain it for those who fear (God) and pay the poor-due, and those who believe Our revelations;

    7:157 Those who follow the Messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write, whom they will find described in the Torah and the Gospel (which are) with them. He will enjoin on them that which is right and forbid them that which is wrong. He will make lawful for them all good things and prohibit for them only the foul; and he will relieve them of their burden and the fetters that they used to wear. Then those who believe in him, and honor him and help him, and follow the light, which is sent down with him: they are the successful.

    7:158 Say (O Muhammad): O people! Lo! I am the Messenger of God to you all.(the Messenger of) Him to whom belongs the supreme power of the heavens and the earth. None should be worshipped but God alone. He quickens and He gives death. So believe in God and His Messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write, who believes in God and in His words and follow him that perhaps you may be led aright.

    7:159-160 And of Moses" folk there are a community who lead with truth and establish justice… We divided them into twelve tribes, nations; and We inspired Moses, when his people asked him for water, saying: Smite with your staff the rock! And from it gushed forth twelve springs, so that each tribe knew their drinking place. And we caused the white cloud to overshadow them and sent down for them the manna and the quails (saying): Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you. They wronged Us not, but they were wont to wrong themselves.

    7:161-162 And when it was said to them: Dwell in this township and eat from wherever you will, and say `Repentance", and enter the gate prostrate; We shall forgive you your sins; We shall increase (reward) for the right-doers. But those of them who did wrong changed the word which had been said to them for another saying, and We sent down upon them wrath from heaven for their wrongdoing.

    7:163 Ask them (O Muhammad) of the township that was by the sea, how they broke the Sabbath, how their big fish came to them visibly upon their Sabbath day and on a day when they did not keep Sabbath they did not come to them. Thus did We try them for that they were evildoers.

    7:164-166 And when a community among them said: Why preach you to a folk whom God is about to destroy and punish with an awful punishment, they said: In order to be free from guilt before your Lord, and that perhaps they may fear (God). And when they forgot that which they had been reminded, We rescued those who forbade wrong, and visited those who did wrong with dreadful punishment because they were evildoers. So when they took pride in that which they had been forbidden, We said to them: Be you apes despised and loathed!

    7:167 And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed that He would raise against them till the Day of Resurrection those who would lay on them a cruel torment. Lo! Verily your Lord is swift in prosecution and lo! Verily He is Forgiving, Merciful.

    7:168-169 And We have sundered them in the earth as (separate) nations. Some of them are righteous, and some far from that. And We have tried them with good things and evil things that perhaps they might return. And a generation has succeeded them who inherited the Scriptures. They grasp the goods of this low life (as the price of evildoing) and say: It will be forgiven us. And if there came to them (again) the offer of the like, they would accept it (and would sin again). Has not the covenant of the Scripture been taken on their behalf that they should not speak anything concerning God except the truth? And they have studied that which is therein. And the abode of the Hereafter is better, for those who are pious. Have you then no sense?

    7:170 And as for those who make (men) keep the Scripture, and establish worship – lo! We squander not the wages of reformers.

    7:171 And when We shook the Mount above them as it were a covering, and they supposed that it was going to fall upon them (and We said): Hold fast to that which We have given you, and remember that which is therein, that you may fear (God).

    7:172-174 And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the children of Adam, from their reins, their seed, and made them testify of themselves (saying): Am I not your Lord? They said: Yes, verily. We testify. (That was) lest you should say at the Day of Resurrection: Lo! Of this we were unaware; or lest you should say: (It is) only (that) our fathers ascribed partners to God of old and we were (their) seed after them. Will You destroy us on account of that which those who follow falsehood did? – Thus We detail Our revelations, that perhaps they may return.

    7:175-176 Recite to them the tale of him to whom We gave Our revelations, but he sloughed them off, so Satan overtook him and he became of those who lead astray. And had We willed We could have raised him by their means, but he clung to the earth and followed his own lust. Therefore his similitude is as that of a dog; if you attack him he pants with his tongue out, and if you leave him he pants with his tongue out. Such is the similitude of the people who deny Our revelations. Narrate to them the history (of the men of old), that perhaps they may take thought.

    7:177-178 Evil as an example are the folk who denied Our revelations, and were wont to wrong themselves. He whom God guides, he indeed is rightly guided, while he whom God sends – astray they are indeed losers.

    7:179 Already have We urged to Hell many of the jinn and humankind, having hearts wherewith they understand not, and having eyes wherewith they see not, and having ears wherewith they hear not. These are as the cattle – nay, but they are worse! These are the neglectful.

    7:180 God"s are the fairest names. Invoke Him by them. And leave the company of those who blaspheme His names. They will be requited what they do.

    7:181 And of those whom We created there is a nation who guides with the Truth and establishes justice therewith.

    7:182-183 And those who deny Our revelations – step by step We lead them on from which they know not. I give them rein (for) lo! My scheme is strong.

    7:184-186 Have they not thought (that) there is no madness in their comrade? He is but a plain warner. Have they not considered the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and what things God has created, and that it may be that their own term draws near? In what fact after this will they believe? Those whom God sends astray, there is no guide for them. He leaves them to wander blindly on in their contumacy.

    7:187-188 They ask you of the (destined) Hour, when will it come to port. Say: Knowledge of that is only with my Lord. He alone will manifest it at its proper time. It is heavy in the heavens and the earth. It comes not to you except unawares. They question you as if you could be well informed thereof. Say: Knowledge thereof is with God only, but most of people know not. Say: For myself I have no power to benefit, nor power to hurt, except that which God wills. Had I knowledge of the Unseen, I should have abundance of wealth, and adversity would not touch me. I am but a warner, and a bearer of good tidings to folk who believe.

    7:189-190 It is He, Who did create you from a single soul, and from there did make his mate that he might take rest in her. And when he covered her she bore a light burden, and she passed (unnoticed) with it, but when it became heavy they cried to God, their Lord, saying: If you give to us aright we shall be of the thankful. But when He gave to them aright, they ascribed to Him partners in respect of that which He had given them. High is He exalted above all that they associate (with Him).

    7:191-194 Attribute they as partners to God those who created nothing, but are themselves created, and cannot give them help, nor can they help themselves? And if you call them to the guidance, they follow you not. Whether you call them or are silent is all one to them. Lo! Those on whom you call beside God are slaves like you. Call on them now, and let them answer you, if you are truthful!

    7:195-197 Have they feet with which they walk, or have they hands with which they hold, or have they eyes with which they see, or have they ears with which they hear? Say: Call upon your (so called) partners (of God), and then contrive against me, spare me not! Lo! My Guardian (and Protector) is God who reveals the Scripture. He befriends the righteous. They upon whom you call beside Him have no power to help you, nor can they help themselves.

    7:198-200 And if you (Muslims) call them to the guidance they hear not; and you (Muhammad) see them looking toward you, but they see not. Keep to forgiveness (O Muhammad), and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant. And if a slander from Satan wounds you, then seek refuge in God. Lo! He is Hearer, Knower.

    7:201-202 Lo! Those who are pious, when a glamour from Satan troubles them, they do but remember (God"s guidance) and behold them seers! Their brethren plunge them further into error and cease not.

    7:203 And when you bring not a verse for them they say: Why have you not chosen it? Say: I follow only that which is inspired in me from my Lord. This (Quran) is insight from your Lord, and a guidance and a mercy for a people that believe.

    7:204-206 And when the Quran is recited, give ear to it and pay heed, that you may obtain mercy. And do you (O Muhammad) remember your Lord within yourself humbly and with awe, below your breath, at morn and evening. And be you not of the neglectful. Lo! Those who are with your Lord are not too proud to do Him worship, but they praise Him and adore Him.

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