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42. The Counsel (Al-Shura)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

1 <section begin="42:1"/>Beneficent God! <section end="42:1"/>

2 <section begin="42:2"/>Knowing, Heating, Powerful God <section end="42:2"/>

3 <section begin="42:3"/>Thus does Allah, the Mighty, the Wise, reveal to thee, and (He revealed) to those before thee. <section end="42:3"/>

4 <section begin="42:4"/>To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth; and He is the High, the Great. <section end="42:4"/>

5 <section begin="42:5"/>The heavens may almost be rent asunder above them, while the angels celebrate the praise of their Lord and ask forgiveness for those on earth. Now surely Allah is the Forgiving, the Merciful. <section end="42:5"/>

6 <section begin="42:6"/>And those who take protectors besides Him -- Allah watches over them; and thou hast not charge over them. <section end="42:6"/>

7 <section begin="42:7"/>And thus have We revealed to thee an Arabic Qur'an, that thou mayest warn the mother-town and those around it, and give warning of the day of Gathering, wherein is no doubt. A party will be in the Garden and (another) party in the burning Fire. <section end="42:7"/>

8 <section begin="42:8"/>And if Allah had pleased, He would surely have made them a single nation, but He admits whom He pleases to His mercy. And the wrong doers have no protector not helper. <section end="42:8"/>

9 <section begin="42:9"/>Or have they taken protectors besides Him? But Allah is the Protector, and He gives life to the dead, and He is Possessor of power over all things. <section end="42:9"/>

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10 <section

begin="42:10"/>And in whatever you differ, the judgment thereof is with Allah. That is Allah, my Lord; on Him I rely, and to Him I turn. <section end="42:10"/>

11 <section begin="42:11"/>The Originator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you pairs from among yourselves, and pairs of the cattle, too, multiplying you thereby. Nothing is like Him; and He is the Hearing, the Seeing. <section end="42:11"/>

12 <section begin="42:12"/>His are the treasures of the heavens and the earth -- He amplifies and straitens subsistence for whom He pleases. Surely He is Knower of all things. <section end="42:12"/>

13 <section begin="42:13"/>He has made plain to you the religion which He enjoined upon Noah and which We have revealed to thee, and which We enjoined on Abraham and Moses and Jesus to establish religion and not to be divided therein. Hard for the polytheists is that to which thou callest them. Allah chooses for Himself whom He pleases, and guides to Himself him who turns (to Him). <section end="42:13"/>

14 <section begin="42:14"/>And they were not divided until knowledge had come to them, out of envy among themselves. And had not a word gone forth from thy Lord for an appointed term, the matter would surely have been judged between them. And those who were made to inherit the Book after them are surely in disquieting doubt about it. <section end="42:14"/>

15 <section begin="42:15"/>To this then go on inviting, and be steadfast as thou art commanded, and follow not their low desires, and say: I believe in what Allah has revealed of the Book, and I am commanded to do justice between you. Allah is our Lord and your Lord. For us are our deeds; and for you your deeds. There is no contention between us and you. Allah will gather us together, and to Him is the eventual coming. <section end="42:15"/>

16 <section begin="42:16"/>And those who dispute about Allah after obedience has been rendered to Him, their plea is null with their Lord, and upon them is wrath, and for them is severe chastisement. <section end="42:16"/>

17 <section begin="42:17"/>Allah is He Who revealed the Book with truth, and the Balance; and what will make thee know that perhaps the Hour is nigh. <section end="42:17"/>

18 <section begin="42:18"/>Those who believe not in it would hasten it on, and those who believe are in fear from it, and they know that it is the Truth. Now surely those who dispute concerning the Hour are far astray. <section end="42:18"/>

19 <section begin="42:19"/>Allah is Benignant to His servants; He gives sustenance to whom He pleases; and He is the Strong, the Mighty. <section end="42:19"/>

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20 <section

begin="42:20"/>Whoso desires the tilth (fields) of the Hereafter, We give him increase in his tilth and whoso desires the tilth of this world, We give him thereof and he has no portion in the Hereafter. <section end="42:20"/>

21 <section begin="42:21"/>Or have they associates who have prescribed for them any religion that Allah does not sanction? And were it not for the word of judgment, it would have been decided between them. And surely for the wrongdoers is a painful chastisement. <section end="42:21"/>

22 <section begin="42:22"/>Thou seest the unjust fearing on account of what they have earned, and it must befall them. And those who believe and do good are in the meadows of the Gardens -- they have what they please with their Lord. That is the great grace. <section end="42:22"/>

23 <section begin="42:23"/>This it is of which Allah gives the good news to His servants, who believe and do good. Say: I ask of you naught in return for it but love for relatives. And whoever earns good, We give him more of good therein. Surely Allah is Forgiving, Grateful. <section end="42:23"/>

24 <section begin="42:24"/>Or say they: He has forged a lie against Allah? So, if Allah please, He would seal thy heart (against them). And Allah blots out the falsehood and confirms the Truth with His words. Surely He is Knower of what is in the breasts. <section end="42:24"/>

25 <section begin="42:25"/>And He it is Who accepts repentance from His servants and pardons evil deeds, and lie knows what you do; <section end="42:25"/>

26 <section begin="42:26"/>And He answers those who believe and do good deeds, and gives them more out of His grace. And for the disbelievers is a severe chastisement. <section end="42:26"/>

27 <section begin="42:27"/>And if Allah were to amplify the provision for His servants, they would rebel in the earth; but He sends (it) down by measure, as He pleases. Surely He is Aware, Seer of His servants. <section end="42:27"/>

28 <section begin="42:28"/>And He it is Who sends down the rain after they have despaired, and He unfolds His mercy. And He is the Friend, the Praised One. <section end="42:28"/>

29 <section begin="42:29"/>And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and what He has spread forth in both of them of living. beings. And He is All-powerful to gather them together, when He will. <section end="42:29"/>

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30 <section

begin="42:30"/>And whatever misfortune befalls you, it is on account of what your hands have wrought and He pardons much. <section end="42:30"/>

31 <section begin="42:31"/>And you cannot escape in the earth, and besides Allah you have no protector nor helper. <section end="42:31"/>

32 <section begin="42:32"/>And of His signs are the ships, like mountains on the sea. <section end="42:32"/>

33 <section begin="42:33"/>If He will, He stills the wind so that they lie motionless on its back. Surely there are signs in this for every patient, grateful one, <section end="42:33"/>

34 <section begin="42:34"/>Or He causes them to perish for what they have earned, and He pardons much; <section end="42:34"/>

35 <section begin="42:35"/>And (that) those who dispute about Our messages may know. There is no refuge for them. <section end="42:35"/>

36 <section begin="42:36"/>So whatever you are given is but a provision of this word's life, and that which Allah has is better and more lasting for those who believe and rely on their Lord; <section end="42:36"/>

37 <section begin="42:37"/>And those who shun the great sins and indecencies, and whenever they are angry they forgive; <section end="42:37"/>

38 <section begin="42:38"/>And those who respond to their Lord and keep up prayer, and whose affairs are (decided) by counsel among themselves, and who spend out of what We have given them; <section end="42:38"/>

39 <section begin="42:39"/>And those who, when great wrong afflicts them, defend themselves. <section end="42:39"/>

40 <section begin="42:40"/>And the recompense of evil is punishment like it; but whoever forgives and amends, his reward is with Allah. Surely He loves not the wrongdoers. <section end="42:40"/>

41 <section begin="42:41"/>And whoever defends himself after his being oppressed, these it is against whom there is no way (of blame). <section end="42:41"/>

42 <section begin="42:42"/>The way (of blame) is only against those who oppress men and revolt in the earth unjustly. For such there is a painful chastisement. <section end="42:42"/>

43 <section begin="42:43"/>And whoever is patient and forgives -- that surely is an affair of great resolution. <section end="42:43"/>

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44 <section

begin="42:44"/>And he whom Allah leaves in error, has no friend after Him. And thou wilt see the iniquitous, when they see the chastisement, saying Is there any way of return? <section end="42:44"/>

45 <section begin="42:45"/>And thou wilt see them brought before it, humbling themselves because of abasement, looking with a faint glance. And those who believe will say: Surely the losers are they who lose themselves and their followers on the Resurrection day. Now surely the iniquitous are in lasting chastisement. <section end="42:45"/>

46 <section begin="42:46"/>And they will have no friends to help them besides Allah. And he whom Allah leaves in error cannot find a way. <section end="42:46"/>

47 <section begin="42:47"/>Hearken to your Lord before there comes from Allah the day which there is no averting. You will have no refuge on that day, nor will it be yours to make a denial. <section end="42:47"/>

48 <section begin="42:48"/>But if they turn away, We have not sent thee as a watcher over them. Thy duty is only to deliver (the message). And surely when We make man taste mercy from Us, he rejoices thereat; and if an evil afflicts them on account of what their hands have sent before, then surely man is ungrateful. <section end="42:48"/>

49 <section begin="42:49"/>Allah's is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He pleases. He grants females to whom He pleases and grants males to whom He pleases, <section end="42:49"/>

50 <section begin="42:50"/>Or He grants them both males and females, and He makes whom He pleases, barren. Surely He is Knower, Powerful. <section end="42:50"/>

51 <section begin="42:51"/>And it is nor vouchsafed to a mortal that Allah should speak to him, except by revelation or from behind a veil, or by sending a messenger and revealing by His permission what He pleases. Surely He is High, Wise. <section end="42:51"/>

52 <section begin="42:52"/>And thus did We reveal to thee an inspired Book by Our command. Thou knewest nor what the Book was, nor (what) Faith (was), but We made it a light, guiding thereby whom We please of Our servants. And surely thou guidest to the right path -- <section end="42:52"/>

53 <section begin="42:53"/>The path of Allah, to Whom belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Now surely to Allah do all affairs eventually come. <section end="42:53"/>

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