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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
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Sura 94 - The Opening
Sura 95 - The Fig
Sura 96 - Thick Blood, or Clots of Blood
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Sura 99 - The Earthquake
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Sura 104 - The Backbiter
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Sura 106 - The Koreisch
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The Qur'an (Rodwell tr) : Sura 43 - Ornaments of Gold

SURA XLIII (43) - ORNAMENTS OF GOLD (Mecca - 89 Verses) (LXI - 135)

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Ha. 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 people

who transgress?
Yet how many prophets sent we among those of old!

But no prophet came to them whom they made not the object of their

scorn:

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 will

say: "The Mighty, the Sage, created them both,"

Who hath made the Earth as a couch for you, and hath traced out routes

therein 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 for

you 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! Verily

man is an open ingrate!

Hath God adopted daughters from among those whom he hath created, and

chosen 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 is

silent-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, and

they 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 their

tracks 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 they

said, "Verily we believe not in your message."

Wherefore we took vengeance on them, and behold what hath been the end

of 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 his

posterity, 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 undoubted

apostle:

But now that the truth hath come to them, they say, "'Tis sorcery, and

we believe it not."

43:30 And they say, 'Had but this Koran been sent down to some great one of

the 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 ascend

by;

And doors of silver to their houses, and couches of silver to recline

on;

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 deem

themselves 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 wretched

companion is a Satan.

But it shall not avail you on that day, because ye were unjust: partners

shall ye be in the torment.

What! Canst thou then make the deaf to hear, or guide the blind and him

who is in palpable error?

43:40 Whether therefore we take thee off by death, surely will we avenge

ourselves 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 art

on a right path:

For truly to thee and to thy people it is an admonition; and ye shall

have 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 they

might 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 their

pledge.

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? Do

ye not behold?
Am I not mightier than this despicable fellow,
And who scarce can speak distinctly?

Have bracelets of gold then been put upon him, or come there with him a

train of Angels?"

And he inspired his people with levity, and they obeyed him; for they

were a perverse people:

And when they had angered us, we took vengeance on them, and we drowned

them all.

And we made them a precedent and instance of divine judgments to those

who 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 to

succeed you on earth:)

And he shall be a sign of the last hour; doubt not then of it, and

follow 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 is

a 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, while

they expect it not?"

Friends on that day shall become foes to one another, except the

God-fearing:-

"O my servants! on this day shall not fear come upon you, neither shall

ye 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; and

therein shall ye abide for ever.

This is Paradise, which ye have received as your heritage in recompense

for 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 despair

therein,

For it is not we who have treated them unjustly, but it was they who

were unjust to themselves.

And they shall cry, "O Malec! would that thy Lord would make an end of

us!" He saith: "Here must ye remain."

We have come to you with the truth (O Meccans), but most of you abhor

the 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 worship

him:

But far be the Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth, the Lord of

the Throne, from that which they impute to Him!

Wherefore let them alone, to plunge on, and sport, until they meet the

day 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, and

to 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 know

their folly.

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