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SURA XLIII (43) - ORNAMENTS OF GOLD (Mecca - 89 Verses) (LXI - 135)
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the MercifulHa. Mim. By the Luminous Book!
We have made it an Arabic Koran that ye may understand:
And it is a transcript of the archetypal Book, kept by us; it is lofty,filled with wisdom,
Shall we then turn aside this warning form you because ye are a peoplewho transgress?
But no prophet came to them whom they made not the object of theirscorn:
Wherefore we destroyed nations mightier than these Meccans in strength;and the example of those of old hath gone before!
And if thou ask them who created the Heavens and the Earth, they willsay: "The Mighty, the Sage, created them both,"
Who hath made the Earth as a couch for you, and hath traced out routestherein for your guidance;
43:10 And who sendeth down out of Heaven the rain in due degree, by which we
quicken a dead land; thus shall ye be brought forth from the grave:
And who hath created the sexual couples, all of them, and hath made foryou the ships and beasts whereon ye ride:
That ye may sit balanced on their backs and remember the goodness of
your Lord as ye sit so evenly therein, and say: "Glory to Him who hath
subjected these to us! We could not have attained to it of ourselves:And truly unto our Lord shall we return."
Ye do they assign to him some of his own servants for offspring! Verilyman is an open ingrate!
Hath God adopted daughters from among those whom he hath created, andchosen sons for you?
But when that is announced to any one of them, which he affirmeth to be
the case with the God of Mercy, his face settleth into darkness and he issilent-sad.
What! make they a being to be the offspring of God who is brought up
among trinkets, and is every contentious without reason?
And they make the angels who are the servants of God of Mercy, females.
What! did they witness their creation? Their witness shall be taken down, andthey shall hereafter be enquired at.
And they say: "Had the God of Mercy so willed it we should never have
worshipped them." No knowledge have they in this: they only lie.
43:20 Have we ere this given them a Book? and do they possess it still?
But say they: "Verily we found our fathers of that persuasion, and
verily, by their footsteps do we guide ourselves."
And thus never before thy time did we send a warner to any city but its
wealthy ones said: "Verily we found our fathers with a religion, and in theirtracks we tread."
Say, - such was our command to that apostle - "What! even if I bring you
a religion more right than that ye found your fathers following?" And theysaid, "Verily we believe not in your message."
Wherefore we took vengeance on them, and behold what hath been the endof those who treated our messengers as liars!
And bear in mind when Abraham said to his father and to his people,"Verily I am clear of what ye worship,
Save Him who hath created me; for he will vouchsafe me guidance."
And this he established as a doctrine that should abide among hisposterity, that to God might they be turned.
In sooth to these idolatrous Arabians and to their fathers did I allow
their full enjoyments, till the truth should come to them, and an undoubtedapostle:
But now that the truth hath come to them, they say, "'Tis sorcery, andwe believe it not."
43:30 And they say, 'Had but this Koran been sent down to some great one ofthe two cities. . .!"
Are they then the distributors of thy Lord's Mercy? It is we who
distribute their subsistence among them in this world's life; and we raise some
of them by grades above others, that the one may take the other to serve him:
but better is the mercy of thy Lord than all their hoards.
But for fear that all mankind would have become a single people of
unbelievers, verily we would certainly have given to those who believe not in
the God of Mercy roofs of silver to their houses, and silver stairs to ascendby;
And doors of silver to their houses, and couches of silver to reclineon;
And ornaments of gold: for all these are merely the good things of the
present life; but the next life doth thy Lord reserve for those who fear Him.
And whoso shall withdraw from the Warning of the God of Mercy, we will
chain a Satan to him, and he shall be his fast companion:
For the Satans will turn men aside from the Way, who yet shall deemthemselves rightly guided;
Until when man shall come before us, he shall say, "O Satan, would that
between me and thee were the distance of the East and West." And a wretchedcompanion is a Satan.
But it shall not avail you on that day, because ye were unjust: partnersshall ye be in the torment.
What! Canst thou then make the deaf to hear, or guide the blind and himwho is in palpable error?
43:40 Whether therefore we take thee off by death, surely will we avengeourselves on them;
Or whether we make thee a witness of the accomplishment of that with
which we threatened them, we will surely gain the mastery over them.
Hold thou fast therefore what hath been revealed to thee, for thou arton a right path:
For truly to thee and to thy people it is an admonition; and ye shallhave an account to render for it at last.
And ask our Sent Ones whom we have sent before thee, "Appointed we gods
beside the God of Mercy whom they should worship?"
Of old sent we Moses with our signs to Pharaoh and his nobles: and he
aid, "I truly am the Apostle of the Lord of the world."
And when he presented himself before them with our signs, lo!they laughed at them,
Though we shewed them no sign that was not greater than its fellow: and
therefore did we lay hold on them with chastisement, to the intent that theymight be turned to God.
Then they said, "O Magician! call on thy Lord on our behalf to do as he
hath engaged with thee, for truly we would fain be guided."
But when we relieved them from the chastisement, lo! they broke theirpledge.
43:50 And Pharaoh made proclamation among his people. Said he, "O my people!
is not the kingdom of Egypt mine, and these rivers which flow at my feet? Doye not behold?
Have bracelets of gold then been put upon him, or come there with him atrain of Angels?"
And he inspired his people with levity, and they obeyed him; for theywere a perverse people:
And when they had angered us, we took vengeance on them, and we drownedthem all.
And we made them a precedent and instance of divine judgments to thosewho came after them.
And when the Son of Mary was set forth as an instance of divine power,lo! thy people cried out for joy thereat:
And they said, "Are our gods or is he the better?" They put this forth
to thee only in the spirit of dispute. Yea, they are a contentious people.
Jesus is no more than a servant whom we favoured, and proposed as an
instance of divine power to the children of Israel.
43:60 (And if we pleased, we could from yourselves bring forth Angels tosucceed you on earth:)
And he shall be a sign of the last hour; doubt not then of it, andfollow ye me: this is the right way;
And let not Satan turn you aside from it, for he is your manifest foe.
And when Jesus came with manifest proofs, he said, "Now am I come to you
with wisdom; and a part of those things about which ye are at variance I will
clear up to you; fear ye God therefore and obey me.
Verily, God is my Lord and your Lord; wherefore worship ye him: this isa right way."
But the different parties feel into disputes among themselves; but woe
to those who thus transgressed, because of the punishment of an afflictive day!
For what wait they but for the hour "to come suddenly on them, whilethey expect it not?"
Friends on that day shall become foes to one another, except theGod-fearing:-
"O my servants! on this day shall not fear come upon you, neither shallye be put to grief,
Who have believed in our signs and become Muslims:
43:70 Enter ye and your wives into Paradise, delighted."
Dishes and bowls of gold shall go round unto them: there shall they
enjoy whatever their souls desire, and whatever their eyes delight in; andtherein shall ye abide for ever.
This is Paradise, which ye have received as your heritage in recompensefor your works;
Therein shall ye have fruits in abundance, of which ye shall eat.
But in the torment of Hell shall the wicked remain for ever:
It shall not be mitigated to them,. and they shall be mute for despairtherein,
For it is not we who have treated them unjustly, but it was they whowere unjust to themselves.
And they shall cry, "O Malec! would that thy Lord would make an end ofus!" He saith: "Here must ye remain."
We have come to you with the truth (O Meccans), but most of you abhorthe truth.
Have they drawn tight their toils for thee? We too will tighten ours.
43:80 Think they that we hear not their secrets and their private talk? yes,
and our angels who are at their sides write them down.
Say: If the God of Mercy had a son, the first would I be to worshiphim:
But far be the Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth, the Lord ofthe Throne, from that which they impute to Him!
Wherefore let them alone, to plunge on, and sport, until they meet theday with which they are menaced.
He who is God in the Heavens is God in earth also: and He is the Wise,the Knowing.
And Blessed be He whose is the kingdom of the Heavens and of the Earth
and of all that is between them; for with Him is the knowledge of the Hour, andto Him shall ye be brought back.
The gods whom they call upon beside Him shall not be able to intercede
for others: they only shall be able who bore witness to the truth and knew it."
If thou ask them who hath created them, they will be sure to say, "God."How then hold they false opinions?
And one saith, "O Lord! verily these are people who believe not."
Turn thou then from them, and say, "Peace:" In the end they shall knowtheir folly.