Sura Az-Zumar (The Groups)
Sheikh / Mohammad Ayyoob

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

    40:1-3 Ha. Mim. The revelation of the Scripture is from God , the Mighty, the Knower, the Forgiver of sin, the Acceptor of repentance, the Stern in punishment, the Bountiful . None should be worshipped but God alone . To Him is the journeying.

    40:4-6 None argue concerning the revelations of God except those who disbelieve, so let not their turn of fortune in the land deceive you (O Muhammad). The folk of Noah and the factions after them denied (their Messengers) before these, and every nation purposed to seize their Messenger and argued falsely, (thinking) thereby to refute the Truth. Then I seized them, and how (awful) was My punishment. Thus was the word of your Lord concerning those who disbelieve fulfilled: that they are inhabitants of the Fire.

    40:7-8 Those who bear the Throne, and all who are round about it, hymn the praises of their Lord and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who believe (saying): Our Lord! You comprehend all things in mercy and knowledge, therefore forgive those who repent and follow Your way. Ward off from them the punishment of Hell, Our Lord! And make them enter the Gardens of Eden which You have promised them, with such of their fathers and their wives and their descendants as do right. Lo! You, only You, are the Mighty, the Wise.

    40:9 And ward off from them ill deeds; and he from whom You ward off ill deeds that Day, him verily have You taken into mercy. That is the supreme triumph.

    40:10-12 Lo! (On that Day) those who disbelieve are informed by proclamation: Verily God's abhorrence is more terrible than your abhorrence one of another, when you were called to the faith but did refuse. They say: Our Lord! Twice have You made us die, and twice have You made us live. Now we confess our sins. Is there any way to go out? (It is said to them:) This is (your plight) because, when God only was invoked, you disbelieved, but when some partner was ascribed to Him you were believed. But the command belongs only to God, the Sublime, and the Majestic.

    40:13-14 It is He Who shows you His signs, and sends down for you provision from the sky. None pays heed except him who turns (to Him) repentant. Therefore (O believers) pray to God, making religion pure for Him (only), however much the disbelievers are averse.

    40:15-16 The Exalter of ranks, the Lord of the Throne. He casts the Spirit of His command upon whom He wills of His slaves, that He may warn of the Day of Meeting, the Day when they come forth, nothing of them being hidden from God. Whose is the supreme power this Day? It is God's, the One, the Almighty.

    40:17 This Day is each soul requited that which it has earned; no wrong (is done) this Day. Lo! God is Swift at reckoning.

    40:18-20 Warn them (O Muhammad) of the Day of the approaching (punishment), when the hearts will be choking the throats, (when) there will be no friend for the wrongdoers, nor any intercessor who will be heard. He knows the traitor of the eyes, and that which the bosoms hide. God judges with truth, while those to whom they cry instead of Him, judge not at all. Lo! God, He is the Hearer, the Seer.

    40:21-22 Have they not traveled in the land to see the nature of the consequence for those who disbelieved before them? They were mightier than these in power and (in the) traces (which they left behind them) in the earth. Yet God seized them for their sins, and they had no protector from God. That was because their Messengers kept bringing them clear proofs (of God's supreme power) but they disbelieved; so God seized them. Lo! He is Strong, Severe in punishment.

    40:23-27 And verily We sent Moses with Our revelations and a clear warrant to Pharaoh and Haman and Korah, but they said: A lying sorcerer! And when he brought them the Truth from Us, they said: Slay the sons of those who believe with him, and spare their women. But the plot of disbelievers is in nothing but error. And Pharaoh said: Leave me to kill Moses, and let him cry to his Lord. Lo! I fear that he will alter your religion or that he will cause confusion in the land. Moses said: Lo! I seek refuge in my Lord and your Lord from every arrogant person who believes not in The Day of Reckoning.

    40:28-31 And a believing man of Pharaoh's family, who hid his faith, said: Would you kill a man because he says: My Lord is God, and has brought you clear proofs from your Lord? If he is lying, then his lie is upon him; and if he is truthful then some of that wherewith he threatens you will strike you. Lo! God guides not one who is a prodigal, a liar. O my people! Yours is the kingdom today, you being uppermost in the land. But who would save us from the wrath of God should it reach us? Pharaoh said: I do but show you what I think, and I do but guide you to wise policy. And he who believed said: O my people! Lo! I fear for you a fate like that of the factions (of old); a plight like that of Noah's folk, and Aad and Thamud, and those after them, and God wills no injustice for (His) slaves.

    40:32-35 And, O my people! Lo! I fear for a Day of Summoning, a Day when you will turn to flee, having no preserver from God: and he whom God sends astray, for him there is no guide. And verily Joseph brought you clear proofs of old, yet you ceased not to be in doubt concerning what he brought you till, when he died, he said: God will not send any Messenger after him. Thus God deceives him who is a prodigal, a doubter. Those who wrangle concerning the revelations of God without any warrant that has come to them, it is greatly hateful in the sight of God and in the sight of those who believe. Thus does God print on every arrogant, disdainful heart.

    40:36-37 And Pharaoh said: O Haman! Build for me a tower that perhaps I may reach the roads, the roads of the heavens, and may look upon the God of Moses, though verily I think him a liar. Thus was the evil that he did make fair seeming to Pharaoh, and he was debarred from the (right) way. The plot of Pharaoh ended but in (his) ruin.

    40:38-42 And he who believed said: O my people! Follow, me. I will show you the way of right conduct. O my people! Lo! This life of the world is but a passing comfort, and lo! The Hereafter, that is the enduring home. Whoever does an ill deed, he will be repaid the like thereof, while whoever does right, whether male or female, and is a believer, (all) such will enter the Garden, where they will be nourished without limit. And, O my people! What ails me that I call you to deliverance when you call me to the Fire? You call me to disbelieve in God and ascribe to Him as partners that whereof I have no knowledge, while I call you to the Mighty, the Forgiver.

    40:43-44 Assuredly that whereto you call me has no claim in the world or in the Hereafter, and our return will be to God, and the prodigals will be inhabitants of the Fire. And you will remember what I say to you. I confide my cause to God. Lo! God is Seer of (His) slaves.

    40:45-50 So God warded off from him the evils that they plotted, while a dreadful punishment encompassed Pharaoh's folk. The Fire; they are exposed to it morning and evening; and on the Day when the Hour up rises (it is said): Cause Pharaoh's folk to enter the most awful punishment. And when they wrangle in the Fire, the weak say to those who were proud: Lo! We were a following to you: will you therefore rid us of a portion of the Fire? Those who were proud say: Lo! We are all (together) herein. Lo! God has judged between (His) slaves. And those in the Fire say to the guards of Hell: Entreat your Lord that He relieve us of a day of the torment. They say: Came not your Messengers to you with clear proofs? They say: Yes, verily. They say: Then do you pray, although the prayer of disbelievers is in vain.

    40:51-52 Lo! We verily do help Our Messengers, and those who believe, in the life of the world and on the Day when the witnesses arise, the Day when their excuse avails not the evildoers, and theirs is the curse, and theirs is the ill abode.

    40:53-54 And we verily gave Moses the guidance, and We caused the Children of Israel to inherit the Scripture, a guide and a reminder for men of understanding.

    40:55 Then have patience (O Muhammad). Lo! The promise of God is true. And ask forgiveness of your sin, and hymn the praise of your Lord at the fall of night and in the early hours.

    40:56 Lo! Those who wrangle concerning the revelations of God without a warrant having come to them, there is nothing else in their breasts except arrogance which they will never attain. So take you refuge in God. Lo! He, only He, is the Hearer, the Seer.

    40:57 Assuredly the creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of humankind; but most of people knows not.

    40:58-59 And the blind man and the man that can see are not equal, neither are those who believe and do good works (equal with) the evildoer. Little do you reflect! Lo! The Hour is surely coming, there is no doubt thereof; yet most of people believe not.

    40:60 And your Lord has said: Pray to Me and I will hear your prayer. Lo! Those who scorn My worship, they will enter Hell, disgraced.

    40:61-63 God it is Who has appointed for you night that you may rest therein, and day for seeing. Lo! God is the Lord of bounty for people, yet most of people gives not thanks. Such is God, your Lord, and the Creator of all things. None should be worshipped but God alone. How then are you perverted? Thus are they perverted who deny the revelations of God.

    40:64 It is God that appointed for you the earth for a dwelling place and the sky for a canopy, and fashioned you and perfected your shapes, and has provided you with good things. Such is God, your Lord. Then blessed be God, the Lord of the Worlds!

    40:65 He is the Living One. None should be worshipped but God alone. So pray to Him, making religion pure for Him (only). Praise be to God, the Lord of the Worlds!

    40:66 Say (O Muhammad): I am forbidden to worship those to whom you cry beside God since there has come to me clear proofs from my Lord, and I am commanded to surrender (as a Muslim) to the Lord of the Worlds.

    40:67 It is He that created you from dust, then from a drop (of seed) then from a clot, then brings you forth as a child, then (ordains) that you attain full strength and afterward that you become old men. though some among you die before – and that you reach an appointed term, that perhaps you may understand.

    40:68 It is He Who quickens and gives death. When He ordains a thing, He says to it only: Be! And it is.

    40:69-76 Have you not seen those who wrangle concerning the revelations of God, how they are turned away? .Those who deny the Scripture and that wherewith we send Our Messengers. But they will come to know, when shackles are about their necks and chains. They are dragged through boiling waters; then they are thrust into the Fire. Then it is said to them: Where are (all) that you used to make partners (in the supreme power) beside God? They say: They have failed us: but we used not to pray to anything before. Thus does God send astray the disbelievers (in His guidance). (And it is said to them): This is because you exulted in the earth without right, and because you were petulant. Enter you the gates of Hell, to dwell therein. Evil is the habitation of the arrogant.

    40:77-78 Then have patience (O Muhammad). Lo! The promise of God is true. And whether We let you see a part of that which We promise them, or (whether) We cause you to die, still to us they will be brought back. Verily We sent Messengers before you, among them those of whom We have told you, and some of whom We have not told you; and it was not given to any Messenger that he should bring a sign except by God's leave, but when God's commandment comes (the cause) is judged aright, and the followers of vanity will then be lost.

    40:79-81 It is God Who has appointed for you cattle, that you may ride on some of them, and eat of some.(many) benefits you have from them – and that you may attain by way of conveyance upon them that for which your hearts find a need, and upon them and upon ships you are carried.. And He shows you His signs. Which, then, of the signs of God do you deny?

    40:82-85 Have they not traveled in the land to see the nature of the consequence for those before them? They were more numerous than these, and mightier in power and (in the) traces (which they left behind them) in the earth. But all that they used to earn availed them not. And when their Messengers brought them clear proofs (of God's supreme power) they exulted in the knowledge they (themselves) possessed. And that which they were wont to mock befell them. Then, when they saw Our punishment, they said: We believe in God only and reject (all) that we used to associate (with Him). But their faith could not avail them when they saw Our punishment. This is God's law, which has ever taken course for His bondsmen. And then the disbelievers will be ruined.

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