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More Books by The Qur'an (Rodwell tr)

Sura 1 - The Opening
Sura 2 - The Cow
Sura 3 - The Family of Imran
Sura 4 - Women
Sura 5 - The Table
Sura 6 - Cattle
Sura 7 - Al Araf
Sura 8 - The Spoils
Sura 9 - Immunity
Sura 10 - Jonah, Peace be on Him!
Sura 11 - Houd
Sura 12 - Joseph, Peace be on Him
Sura 13 - Thunder
Sura 14 - Abraham, on Whom be Peace
Sura 15 - Hedjr
Sura 16 - The Bee
Sura 17 - The Night Journey
Sura 18 - The Cave
Sura 19 - Mary
Sura 20 - Ta. Ha.
Sura 21 - The Prophets
Sura 22 - The Pilgrimage
Sura 23 - The Believers
Sura 24 - Light
Sura 25 - Al Furkan
Sura 26 - The Poets
Sura 27 - The Ant
Sura 28 - The Story
Sura 29 - The Spider
Sura 30 - The Greeks
Sura 31 - Lokman
Sura 32 - Adoration
Sura 33 - The Confederates
Sura 34 - Saba
Sura 35 - The Creator, or the Angels
Sura 36 - Ya. Sin
Sura 37 - The Ranks
Sura 38 - Sad
Sura 39 - The Troops
Sura 40 - The Believer
Sura 41 - The Made Plain
Sura 42 - Counsel
Sura 43 - Ornaments of Gold
Sura 44 - Smoke
Sura 45 - The Kneeling
Sura 46 - Al Ahkaf
Sura 47 - Muhammad
Sura 48 - The Victory
Sura 49 - The Apartments
Sura 50 - Kaf
Sura 51 - The Scattering
Sura 52 - The Mountain
Sura 53 - The Star
Sura 54 - The Moon
Sura 55 - The Merciful
Sura 56 - The Inevitable
Sura 57 - Iron
Sura 58 - She Who Pleaded
Sura 59 - The Emigration
Sura 60 - She Who is Tried
Sura 61 - Battle Array
Sura 62 - The Assembly
Sura 63 - The Hypocrites
Sura 64 - Mutual Deceit
Sura 65 - Divorce
Sura 66 - The Forbidding
Sura 67 - The Kingdom
Sura 68 - The Pen
Sura 69 - The Inevitable
Sura 70 - The Steps or Ascents
Sura 71 - Noah
Sura 72 - Djinn
Sura 73 - The Enfolded
Sura 74 - The Enwrapped
Sura 75 - The Resurrection
Sura 76 - Man
Sura 77 - The Sent
Sura 78 - The News
Sura 79 - Those Who Drag Forth
Sura 80 - He Frowned
Sura 81 - The Folded Up
Sura 82 - The Cleaving
Sura 83 - Those Who Stint
Sura 84 - The Splitting Usunder
Sura 85 - The Starry
Sura 86 - The Night-Comer
Sura 87 - The Most High
Sura 88 - The Overshadowing
Sura 89 - The Daybreak
Sura 90 - The Soil
Sura 91 - The Sun
Sura 92 - The Night
Sura 93 - The Brightness
Sura 94 - The Opening
Sura 95 - The Fig
Sura 96 - Thick Blood, or Clots of Blood
Sura 97 - Power
Sura 98 - Clear Evidence
Sura 99 - The Earthquake
Sura 100 - The Chargers
Sura 101 - The Blow
Sura 102 - Desire
Sura 103 - The Afternoon
Sura 104 - The Backbiter
Sura 105 - The Elephant
Sura 106 - The Koreisch
Sura 107 - Religion
Sura 108 - The Abundance
Sura 109 - Unbelievers
Sura 110 - Help
Sura 111 - Abu Lahab
Sura 112 - The Unity
Sura 113 - The Daybreak
Sura 114 - Men
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The Qur'an (Rodwell tr) : Sura 41 - The Made Plain

SURA XLI (41) - THE MADE PLAIN - (Mecca - 54 Verses) (LXXI - 192)

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Ha. Mim. A Revelation from the Compassionate, the Merciful!

A Book whose verses (signs) are made plain - an Arabic Koran, for men of

knowledge;

Announcer of glad tidings and charged with warnings! But most of them

withdraw and hearken not:

And they say, "Our hearts are under shelter from thy teachings, and in

our ears is a deafness, and between us and thee there is a veil. Act as thou

thinkest right: we verily shall act as we think right."

Say: I am only aman like you. It is revealed to me that your God is

one God: go straight then to Him, and implore his pardon. And woe to those who

join gods with God;

Who pay not the alms of obligation, and in the life to come believe not!

But they who believe and do the things that are right shall receive a

perfect recompense.

Say: Do ye indeed disbelieve in Him who in two days created the earth?

and do ye assign Him peers? The Lord of the worlds is He!

And he hath placed on the earth the firm mountains which tower above it;

and He hath blessed it, and distributed food throughout it, for the cravings of

all are alike, in four days:

41:10 Then He applied himself to the Heaven, which then was but smoke: and to

it and to the Earth He said, "Come ye, whether in obedience or against your

will?" and they both said, "We come obedient."

And He made them seven heavens in two days, and in each heaven made

known its office: And we furnished the lower heaven with lights and guardian

angels. This, the disposition of the Almighty, the All-knowing.

If they turn away, then say: I warn you of a tempest, like the tempest

of Ad and Themoud!

When the apostles came to them, on every side, saying, "Worship none but

God," they said, "Had our Lord been pleased to send down, He had surely sent

down angels; and in sooth, your message we do not believe."

As to Ad, they bore them proudly and unjustly in the land, and said,

"Who more mighty than we in prowess?" Saw they not that God their creator was

mightier than they in prowess? And they rejected our signs.

Therefore on ill-omened days did we send against them an impetuous blast

that we mighty make them taste the chastisement of shame in this world: - but

more shameful shall be the chastisement of the life to come; and they shall not

be protected.

And as to Themoud, we had vouchsafed them guidance; but to guidance did

they prefer blindness; wherefore the tempest of a shameful punishment overtook

them for their doings:
But we rescued the believing and the God-fearing:

And warn of the day when the enemies of God shall be gathered unto the

fire urged on in bands:

Until when they reach it, their ears and their eyes and their skins

shall bear witness against them of their deeds:

41:20 And they shall say to their skins, "Why witness ye against us?" They

shall say, "God, who giveth a voice to all things, hath given us a voice: He

created you at first, and to Him are ye brought back.

And ye did not hide yourselves so that neither your ears nor your eyes

nor your skins should witness against you: but ye thought that God knew not

many a thing that ye did!

And this your thought which ye did think of your Lord hath ruined you,

so that ye are become of those who perish."

And be they patient, still the fire shall be their abode: or if they beg

for favour, yet shall they not be of the favoured.

And we will appoint Satans as their fast companions; for it was they who

made their present and future state seem fair and right to them; and the

sentence passed on the peoples of Djinn and men who flourished before them hath

become their due, and they shall perish.

Yet the unbelievers say, "Hearken not to this Koran, but keep up a

talking, that ye may overpower the voice of the reader."

Surely therefore will we cause the unbelievers to taste a terrible

punishment;

And recompense them according to the worst of their actions.

This the reward of the enemies of God, - the Fire! it shall be their

eternal abode, in requital for their gainsaying our signs.

And they who believed not shall say, "O our Lord! shew us those of the

Djinn and men who led us astray: both of them will we put under our feet, that

they may be of the humbled."

41:30 But as for those who say, "Our Lord is God;" and who go straight to Him,

the angels shall descend to them and say, "Fear ye not, neither be ye grieved,

but rejoice ye in the paradise which ye have been promised.

We are your guardians in this life and in the next: your's therein shall

be your soul's desire, and your's therein whatever ye shall ask for,

The hospitality of a Gracious, a Merciful One."

And who speaketh fairer than he who biddeth to God and doth the thing

that is right, and saith, "I for my part am of the Muslims"?

Moreover, good and evil are not to treated as the same thing. Turn away

evil by what is better, and lo! he between whom and thyself was enmity, shall

be as though he were a warm friend.

But none attain to this save men steadfast in patience, and none attain

to it except the most highly favoured.

And if an enticement from Satan entice thee, then take refuge in God,

for He is the Hearing, the Knowing.

And among his signs are the night, and the day, and the sun, and the

moon. Bend not in adoration to the sun or the moon, but bend in adoration

before God who created them both, if ye would serve Him.

But if they are too proud for this, yet they who are with thy Lord do

celebrate His praises night and day, and cease not.

And among His signs is this, that thou seest the earth drooping: but,

when we send down the rain upon it, it is stirred and swelleth; verily He who

giveth it life, will surely give life to the dead; for His might extendeth over

all things.

41:40 They truly who with obloquy disown our signs are not hidden from us. Is

he then who shall be cast into the fire, or he who shall come forth secure on

the day of resurrection, in the better position? Do what ye will: but His eye

is on all your doings.

Verily, they who believe not in "the warning," after it hath come to

them... and yet the Koran is a glorious book!

Falsehood, from whatever side it cometh, shall not come nigh it; it is a

missive down from the Wise, the Praiseworthy.

Nothing hath been said to thee what hath not been said of old to

apostles before thee. Verily with thy Lord is forgiveness, and with Him is

terrible retribution.

Had we made it a Koran in a foreign tongue, they had surely said,

"Unless its signs be made clear...! What! in a foreign tongue? and the people

Arabian?" Say: It is to those who believe a guide and a medicine; but as to

those who believe not, there is a thickness in their ears, and to them it is a

blindness: they are like those who are called to from afar.

Of old we gave the Book to Moses, and disputes rose about it: and if a

decree of respite from thy Lord had gone before, there would surely have been a

decision between them: for great were their doubts and questionings about it.

He who doth right - it is for himself: and he who doth evil - it is for

himself: and thy Lord will not deal unfairly with his servants.

With Him alone is the knowledge of "the Hour." No fruit cometh forth

from its coverings, neither doth any female conceive, nor is she delivered, but

with His knowledge. And on that day He shall call men to Him, saying, "{Where

are the companions ye gave me?" They shall say, "We own to thee, there is no

one of us can witness for them."

And what erst called on shall pass away from them, and they shall

perceive that there will be no escape for them.

Man ceaseth not to pray for good: but if evil betide him he despondeth,

despairing.

41:50 And if we cause him to taste our mercy after affliction hath touched

him, he is sure to say, "This is my due: and I take no thought of the Hour of

Resurrection: and if I be brought back to my Lord, I shall indeed attain with

Him my highest good." But we will then certainly declare their doings to the

Infidels, and cause them to taste a stern punishment.

When we are gracious to man, he withdraweth and turneth him aside: but

when evil toucheth him, he is a man of long prayers.

Say: What think ye? If this Book be from God and ye believe it not,

who will have gone further astray than he who is at a distance from it?

We will shew them our signs in different countries and among themselves,

until it become plain to them that it is the truth. Is it not enough for thee

that thy Lord is witness of all things?

Are they not in doubt as to the meeting with their Lord? But doth he

not encompass all things?

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