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40. Ghafir


Surah 40 - Ghafir FORGIVER

040.001 Ha Mim

040.002 The revelation of this Book is from God, Exalted in Power, Full of Knowledge--

040.003 Who forgiveth sin, accepteth repentance, is strict in punishment, and hath a long reach (in all things). there is no god but He: to Him is the Final Goal.

040.004 None can dispute about the Signs of God but the Unbelievers. Let not, then, their strutting about through the land deceive thee!

040.005 But (there were people) before them, who denied (the Signs),- the People of Noah, and the Confederates (of Evil) after them; and every People plotted against their prophet, to seize him, and disputed by means of vanities, therewith to condemn the Truth; but it was I that seized them! and how (terrible) was My Requital!

040.006 Thus was the Decree of thy Lord proved true against the Unbelievers; that truly they are Companions of the Fire!

040.007 Those who sustain the Throne (of God) and those around it Sing Glory and Praise to their Lord; believe in Him; and implore Forgiveness for those who believe: "Our Lord! Thy Reach is over all things, in Mercy and Knowledge. Forgive, then, those who turn in Repentance, and follow Thy Path; and preserve them from the Penalty of the Blazing Fire!

040.008 "And grant, our Lord! that they enter the Gardens of Eternity, which Thou hast promised to them, and to the righteous among their fathers, their wives, and their posterity! For Thou art (He), the Exalted in Might, Full of Wisdom.

040.009 "And preserve them from (all) ills; and any whom Thou dost preserve from ills that Day,- on them wilt Thou have bestowed Mercy indeed: and that will be truly (for them) the highest Achievement".

040.010 The Unbelievers will be addressed: "Greater was the aversion of God to you than (is) your aversion to yourselves, seeing that ye were called to the Faith and ye used to refuse."

040.011 They will say: "Our Lord! Twice hast Thou made us without life, and twice hast Thou given us Life! Now have we recognised our sins: Is there any way out (of this)?"

040.012 (The answer will be:) "This is because, when God was invoked as the Only (object of worship), ye did reject Faith, but when partners were joined to Him, ye believed! The Command is with God, Most High, Most Great!"

040.013 He it is Who showeth you His Signs, and sendeth down Sustenance for you from the sky: but only those receive admonition who turn (to God).

040.014 Call ye, then, upon God with sincere devotion to Him, even though the Unbelievers may detest it.

040.015 Raised high above ranks (or degrees), (He is) the Lord of the Throne (of Authority): By His Command doth He send the Spirit (of inspiration) to any of His servants he pleases, that it may warn (men) of the Day of Mutual Meeting,-

040.016 The Day whereon they will (all) come forth: not a single thing concerning them is hidden from God. Whose will be the Dominion that Day?" That of God, the One, the Irresistible!

040.017 That Day will every soul be requited for what it earned; no injustice will there be that Day, for God is Swift in taking account.

040.018 Warn them of the Day that is (ever) drawing near, when the Hearts will (come) right up to the Throats to choke (them); No intimate friend nor intercessor will the wrong-doers have, who could be listened to.

040.019 (God) knows of (the tricks) that deceive with the eyes, and all that the hearts (of men) conceal.

040.020 And God will judge with (Justice and) Truth: but those whom (men) invoke besides Him, will not (be in a position) to judge at all. Verily it is God (alone) Who hears and sees (all things).

040.021 Do they not travel through the earth and see what was the End of those before them? They were even superior to them in strength, and in the traces (they have left) in the land: but God did call them to account for their sins, and none had they to defend them against God.

040.022 That was because there came to them their messengers with Clear (Signs), but they rejected them: So God called them to account: for He is Full of Strength, Strict in Punishment.

040.023 Of old We sent Moses, with Our Signs and an Authority manifest,

040.024 To Pharaoh, Haman, and Qarun; but they called (him)" a sorcerer telling lies!"...

040.025 Now, when he came to them in Truth, from Us, they said, "Slay the sons of those who believe with him, and keep alive their females," but the plots of Unbelievers (end) in nothing but errors (and delusions)!...

040.026 Said Pharaoh: "Leave me to slay Moses; and let him call on his Lord! What I fear is lest he should change your religion, or lest he should cause Mischief to appear in the land!"

040.027 Moses said: "I have indeed called upon my Lord and your Lord (for protection) from every arrogant one who believes not in the Day of Account!"

040.028 A believer, a man from among the people of Pharaoh, who had concealed his faith, said: "Will ye slay a man because he says, 'My Lord is God'?- when he has indeed come to you with Clear (Signs) from your Lord? and if he be a liar, on him is (the sin of) his lie: but, if he is telling the Truth, then will fall on you something of the (calamity) of which he warns you: Truly God guides not one who transgresses and lies!

040.029 "O my People! Yours is the dominion this day: Ye have the upper hand in the land: but who will help us from the Punishment of God, should it befall us?" Pharaoh said: "I but point out to you that which I see (myself); Nor do I guide you but to the Path of Right!"

040.030 Then said the man who believed: "O my people! Truly I do fear for you something like the Day (of disaster) of the Confederates (in sin)!-

040.031 "Something like the fate of the People of Noah, the 'Ad, and the Thamud, and those who came after them: but God never wishes injustice to his Servants.

040.032 "And O my people! I fear for you a Day when there will be Mutual calling (and wailing),-

040.033 "A Day when ye shall turn your backs and flee: No defender shall ye have from God: Any whom God leaves to stray, there is none to guide...

040.034 "And to you there came Joseph in times gone by, with Clear Signs, but ye ceased not to doubt of the (Mission) for which he had come: At length, when he died, ye said: 'No apostle will God send after him.' thus doth God leave to stray such as transgress and live in doubt,-

040.035 "(Such) as dispute about the Signs of God, without any authority that hath reached them, grievous and odious (is such conduct) in the sight of God and of the Believers. Thus doth God, seal up every heart - of arrogant and obstinate Transgressors."

040.036 Pharaoh said: "O Haman! Build me a lofty palace, that I may attain the ways and means-

040.037 "The ways and means of (reaching) the heavens, and that I may mount up to the God of Moses: But as far as I am concerned, I think (Moses) is a liar!" Thus was made alluring, in Pharaoh's eyes, the evil of his deeds, and he was hindered from the Path; and the plot of Pharaoh led to nothing but perdition (for him).

040.038 The man who believed said further: "O my people! Follow me: I will lead you to the Path of Right.

040.039 "O my people! This life of the present is nothing but (temporary) convenience: It is the Hereafter that is the Home that will last.

040.040 "He that works evil will not be requited but by the like thereof: and he that works a righteous deed - whether man or woman - and is a Believer- such will enter the Garden (of Bliss): Therein will they have abundance without measure.

040.041 "And O my people! How (strange) it is for me to call you to Salvation while ye call me to the Fire!

040.042 "Ye do call upon me to blaspheme against God, and to join with Him partners of whom I have no knowledge; and I call you to the Exalted in Power, Who forgives again and again!"

040.043 "Without doubt ye do call me to one who is not fit to be called to, whether in this world, or in the Hereafter; our return will be to God; and the Transgressors will be Companions of the Fire!

040.044 "Soon will ye remember what I say to you (now), My (own) affair I commit to God: for God (ever) watches over His Servants."

040.045 Then God saved him from (every) ill that they plotted (against him), but the burnt of the Penalty encompassed on all sides the People of Pharaoh.

040.046 In front of the Fire will they be brought, morning and evening: And (the sentence will be) on the Day that Judgment will be established: "Cast ye the People of Pharaoh into the severest Penalty!"

040.047 Behold, they will dispute with each other in the Fire! The weak ones (who followed) will say to those who had been arrogant, "We but followed you: Can ye then take (on yourselves) from us some share of the Fire?

040.048 Those who had been arrogant will say: "We are all in this (Fire)! Truly, God has judged between (his) Servants!"

040.049 Those in the Fire will say to the Keepers of Hell: "Pray to your Lord to lighten us the Penalty for a day (at least)!"

040.050 They will say: "Did there not come to you your apostles with Clear Signs?" They will say, "Yes". They will reply, "Then pray (as ye like)! But the prayer of those without Faith is nothing but (futile wandering) in (mazes of) error!"

040.051 We will, without doubt, help our apostles and those who believe, (both) in this world's life and on the Day when the Witnesses will stand forth,-

040.052 The Day when no profit will it be to Wrong-doers to present their excuses, but they will (only) have the Curse and the Home of Misery.

040.053 We did aforetime give Moses the (Book of) Guidance, and We gave the book in inheritance to the Children of Israel,-

040.054 A Guide and a Message to men of Understanding.

040.055 Patiently, then, persevere: for the Promise of God is true: and ask forgiveness for thy fault, and celebrate the Praises of thy Lord in the evening and in the morning.

040.056 Those who dispute about the signs of God without any authority bestowed on them,- there is nothing in their breasts but (the quest of) greatness, which they shall never attain to: seek refuge, then, in God: It is He Who ...
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