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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (19) Mary (Maryam)

(98 Verses)
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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Kf H' Y' Ayn Sud.[1] This is a reminder of blessings that your Rabb bestowed on His servant Zakariya,[2] when he invoked his Rabb in secret,[3] saying: O Rabb! Surely my bones have weakened and the hair of my head glistens with grey, while I have never been disappointed in my prayer to You, O Rabb![4] Surely, I fear about my relatives after me, for my wife is barren, grant me an heir by Your grace[5] who should inherit me and inherit the posterity of Ya'qoob, and make him, O my Rabb, a desirable person![6] We answered his prayer saying: O Zakariya! Surely We give you the good news of a son, his name shall be Yahya (John): a name that no one has had before him.[7] He asked: O Rabb! How shall I have a son when my wife is barren and I have become impotent from old age?[8] The answer came: So shall it be. Your Rabb says: It shall not be a difficult task for Me, just as I created you before, when you were nothing at all!"[9] Zakariya said O my Rabb! Give me a Sign. He said: Your sign is that for three nights you shall not be able to speak to the people even being sound in health.[10] After this Zakariya came out of the shrine and asked his people, through sign language, to glorify Allah in the morning and in the evening.[11] To Yahya, when he became old enough, We said: Hold firmly to the Book." We granted him wisdom, while he was yet a boy,[12] and also granted him kindness and purity by Our grace, and he grew up a pious man;[13] dutiful to his parents - he was neither arrogant nor disobedient.[14] Peace be on him the day he was born, the day of his death and the Day he will be raised to life again![15]


The story of Zakariya and the birth and youth of Yahya (John)

O Muhammad, relate to them the story of Maryam in the Book (The Qur'an) when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East.[16] She chose to be secluded from them. We sent to her Our angel and he appeared before her as a grown man.[17] She said: I seek Rahmns (Allahs) protection against you, leave me alone if you are Godfearing.[18] He said: Dont be afraid, I am merely a messenger from your Rabb to tell you about the gift of a holy son.[19] She said: How shall I bear a son, no man has ever touched me nor am I unchaste?[20] The angel replied: So shall it be - Your Rabb says: `It is easy for Me. We wish to make him a Sign for mankind and a blessing from Us - and this matter has already been decreed.[21] So she conceived the child and she retired with him to a remote place.[22] The pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree. She cried in her anguish: Ah! Would that I had died before this, and been long forgotten![23] An angel from beneath the palm-tree consoled her, saying: Do not grieve! Your Rabb has provided a brook at your feet.[24] If you shake the trunk of this palm-tree, it will drop fresh ripe dates in your lap.[25] So eat, drink and refresh yourself. If you see anyone, tell him: `I have vowed a fast to Rahmn (Allah), so I will not speak to anyone today.[26]


The story of Maryam and the miraculous birth of Isa (Jesus)

Carrying the baby, she came back to her people. They said: O Maryam! You have brought something hard to believe![27] O sister (a woman from the noble family) of Haroon! Your father was not a bad man nor your mother an unchaste woman.[28] In response she merely pointed towards the baby. They said: How can we talk to a babe in the cradle?[29] Whereupon the baby spoke out: I am indeed a servant of Allah. He has given me the Book and made me a Prophet.[30] His blessing is with me wherever I go. He has commanded me to establish Salah and give Zakah as long as I shall live.[31] He has exhorted me to honor my mother and has not made me domineering, hard to deal with.[32] Peace be upon me the day I was born, the day I shall die and the Day I shall be raised to life again.[33] Such was Isa (Jesus) the son of Maryam, and this is the True statement about him concerning which they are in doubt.[34]


Maryam brought her baby (Jesus) to her people and the baby spoke to his people in the cradle to defend his mother and proclaim his assignment to be their Prophet

It is not befitting to the majesty of Allah that He Himself should beget a son! He is far above this; for when He decrees a matter He need only say: Be and it is.[35] Isa declared, Verily Allah is my Rabb and your Rabb: therefore serve Him. This is the Right Way.[36] Inspite of this, the sects from among them are divided concerning Jesus. So woe to the disbelievers who shall be punished after witnessing this Truth on the Great Day of Judgement.[37] They will be able to see and hear very clearly on that Day when they will appear before Us! But today these wrong doers, neither want to hear nor see the Truth and, are in manifest error.[38] O Muhammad, forewarn them about the Day of intense regret when this matter will be decided, even though at present they are paying no heed and do not believe.[39] Ultimately, all things will perish and it is We, Who will inherit the earth and all that is on it, and to Us shall they return.[40]


Isa (Jesus) is not the son of God, it is not befitting to the Majesty of God that He needs to beget a son

Relate to them the story of Ibrhm from the Book (The Qur'an), he was a truthful Prophet.[41] Remember when he said to his father: O my father! Why do you worship something that can neither hear nor see, nor yet profit you in any way?[42] O my father! I have been given some knowledge which has not come to you, so follow me: Ill guide you to the Right Way.[43] O my father! Do not worship Shaitn: for Shaitn is disobedient to the Compassionate (Allah).[44] O my father! I fear that a punishment of the Beneficent may afflict you, and you may become a friend of the Shaitn.[45] His father replied: How dare you renounce my gods O Ibrhm? If you do not stop this folly, I will indeed stone you to death: so begone from my house this very moment![46] Ibrhm said: Peace be upon you: I will pray to my Rabb for your forgiveness, surely He is ever Kind to me.[47] I am leaving you and those whom you invoke besides Allah: I will call upon my Rabb and I am sure my prayers to my Rabb will not be ignored.[48] So when he left them and the deities whom they worshipped besides Allah, We granted him descendants like Ishq and Ya'qoob, and We made each of them a Prophet.[49] We bestowed on them Our Mercy and We granted them the honor of being mentioned with true high respect.[50]


The story of Ibrhm and his idol worshipping father

Relate to them the story of Musa in the Book; surely he was a chosen man and was a Rasool, a Prophet.[51] We called him from the right side of Mount Tr and honored him to come closer for exclusive conversation.[52] We made his brother Haroon a Prophet with Our blessing and assigned him as his assistant.[53] Also relate to them the story of Isma`il in the Book; he was a man of his word and was a Rasool, a Prophet.[54] He commanded his people to establish Salah and give Zakah, and was the one with whom his Rabb was well pleased.[55] Also relate to them the story of Idrs in the Book; he was a Truthful man, a Prophet,[56] whom We raised to a lofty place.[57]


The Prophethood of Musa, Isma`il and Idrs

These are some of the Prophets on whom Allah bestowed His favors from among the descendants of Adam and of those whom We carried in the Ark with Nh, and of the descendants of Ibrhm and Israel, and of those whom We guided and chose. Whenever the Revelations of the Compassionate (Allah) were recited to them, they fell to prostrate and weep.[58] But the generations who succeeded them abandoned the Salah and started following their lusts; so they will soon face the consequences of their deviation.[59] However, those who repent, become believers and do good deeds, will be admitted to Paradise and will not be wronged in the least.[60] They will be granted the Gardens of Eden which the Merciful has promised to His servants, even though they have not seen them, and His promise shall be fulfilled.[61] There they will hear no nonsense, but only the words of peace; and they will be provided their sustenance day and night.[62] Such is the Paradise which We shall give as an inheritance to those of Our Servants who lead a pious life.[63] The angel Gabriel who brought this revelation after a long interval said: We do not descend from heaven except by the command of your Rabb; to Him belongs whatever is before us and whatever is behind us and all that lies in between. Your Rabb is never forgetful.[64] He is the Rabb of the heavens and the earth, and of all that lies in between, so worship Him, be steadfast in His worship. Do you know any other being with the qualities like Him?[65]


All prophets of Allah were Divinely Guided and chosen

Man says: What! Once I am dead, shall I be raised to life again?[66] Does not man remember that We created him before out of nothing?[67] By your Rabb, We will call them to account in the company of all their shaitns and set them on their knees around the Fire of Hell;[68] then from every sect We will certainly drag out its stoutest rebels against the Compassionate (Allah).[69] Certainly We know best who deserves most to be burned therein.[70] There is not a single one of you, who shall not pass over it, this absolute decree of your Rabb is unavoidable;[71] then We will deliver those who were pious during their life on earth and leave the wrongdoers therein humbled on their knees.[72] When Our Clear Revelations are recited to them the unbelievers say to the believer: Which one, of the two of us, have fine dwelling and better companions?[73] Dont they see, how many generations have We destroyed before them, who were far greater in riches and in splendor?[74] Tell them: Anyone who has gone astray, the Compassionate (Allah) prolongs his respite and extends an opportunity until they see about which they were warned; - be it a worldly scourge or the Hour of Doom - then they will realize whose is the worst dwelling and whose are the weak companions?[75] In fact, Allah increases in guidance those who seek guidance; everlasting are only the good deeds, which are the best in the sight of your Rabb to earn you a better reward and yield you the best fruit?[76] Have you noticed the words of that person who rejects Our Revelations yet boasts: I shall always be given wealth and children.[77] Has he gained knowledge of the Unseen or has he been awarded a contract by the Compassionate (Allah)?[78] By no means! We write down what he says and We will make his punishment long and terrible.[79] We will inherit all that he boasts of, and he will come back to Us all alone leaving all these things behind.[80] They have taken other deities for worship besides Allah, so that they should be a source of strength to them.[81] By no means! Those very deities will renounce their worship and turn against them on the Day of Judgement.[82]


Believers and unbelievers' life in this world and their life in the Hereafter

Dont you see that We have sent down to the unbelievers shaitns who incite them against the Truth?[83] Therefore be not in haste against them, their days are numbered.[84] The Day will surely come when We will gather the righteous like honored guests before the Compassionate (Allah),[85] and drive the criminals to Hell like thirsty cattle are driven to water.[86] None shall have the power to intercede except the one who may receive the sanction of the Compassionate (Allah).[87] Those who say: The Compassionate (God) has begotten a son,[88] certainly preach such a monstrous falsehood,[89] that the very Heavens might crack, the earth might cleave asunder and the mountains might crumble to pieces[90] - at their ascribing a son to the Compassionate (God),[91] It is not befitting to the Compassionate (God) that He should beget a son.[92] There is none in the heavens and in the earth but must come to the Compassionate (Allah) in full submission.[93] He has a comprehensive knowledge and has kept strict count of all His creatures,[94] and every one of them will come to Him individually on the Day of Resurrection.[95] Surely the Beneficent will bring about love for those who believe and do good deeds.[96] We have made this Quran easy in your own language so that you may give good news to the righteous and warn the headstrong contentious folk.[97] How many generations have We destroyed before them! Can you see any of them, or hear even a sound of them?[98]


No god other than Allah will be able to save you on the Day of Judgement

Those who say Allah has begotten a son, preach such a monstrous lie that even the Heavens may crack, earth split and mountains crumble to pieces

Allah has made the Qur'an easy for mankind

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Story of Zakariya (Zachariah) and the birth of Prophet Yahya (John) pbuh.
* Story of Maryam (Mary) and the miraculous birth of Prophet Isa (Jesus) pbuh.
* Prophet Isas address to his people from his cradle.
* The fact that Isa (Jesus), pbuh, is not the son of Allah (God), and that it is not befitting to the Majesty of Allah that He needs a son (i.e. for name, fame, help or continuity of race).
* Story of Prophet Ibrhm (pbuh) and his mushrik father.
* The fact that all Prophets of Allah were divinely guided and chosen people.
* Life of the believers and the nonbelievers in this world and in the Hereafter.
* Those who say, "Allah has begotten a son," preach such a monstrous lie that if they could hear it, the heavens would crack, the earth would split and the mountains would crumble to pieces.
* Allah has made the Qur'an easy for mankind.

The Muslims' First Migration and its Historical Background

The chiefs of the Qureysh had failed to suppress the Islamic movement through ridicule, sarcasm, and threats, so they resorted to persecution and economic pressure. They persecuted, starved, inflicted physical torture, and coerced the Muslims to give up Islam. The most pitiful victims of their persecution were the poor people and the slaves. Not only were they not paid by the Qureysh for labor and professional work but they were beaten, imprisoned, kept thirsty and hungry and were even dragged on the burning sands.

The condition of the Muslims had become so unbearable that in the fifth year of the Prophets mission, he advised his followers in the following words: You may migrate to Habash, for there is a king who does not allow injustice to anyone. You should remain there till Allah provides a remedy for your affliction."

Taking advantage of this permission, eleven men and four women immediately left for Habash. The Qureysh pursued them to the coast but fortunately they escaped by getting on a boat leaving for Habash at the seaport of Shuaibah. After a few months, other people followed suit and their number rose to eighty-three men and eleven women from the Qureysh and seven from other clans. Only forty Muslims were left with the Prophet at Makkah. This migration caused a great hue and cry in Makkah, for there was hardly any family of the Qureysh which did not lose a son, a son-in-law, a daughter, a brother or a sister. These included the near relatives of Abu Jahl, Abu Sufyn and other chiefs of the Qureysh who were notorious for their persecution of the Muslims. As a result, some of them became more bitter in their enmity toward Islam, while others were so moved by this that they embraced Islam.

The Qureysh held a meeting and decided to send Abdullah bin Abi Rabiyah, the half brother of Abu Jahl, and Amr bin As with some precious gifts to the king of Habash to persuade him to send the migrants back to Makkah. Sayyidah Umme Salmah, who became a wife of the Prophet later on and was among the migrants, related their story in detail. She says: When these two clever statesmen of the Qureysh reached Habash, they distributed the gifts among the courtiers of the king and persuaded them to support their request to send the migrants back. Then they approached Negus, the king of Habash, presented the expensive gifts, and said: Some headstrong brats of our city have come to your land so our chiefs have sent us to you with the request that you kindly send them back. These brats have forsaken our faith, have not embraced yours, and have invented a new faith." As soon as they made their request, all the courtiers supported their case, saying: We should send such people back. It is not proper for us to keep them here." At this the king, who got annoyed, said: 'I am not going to send them back without proper enquiry. Since those people have put their trust in us through coming and taking shelter in my country rather than going to some other country, I will not betray them. I will send for them and investigate the allegations these people have made against them. Then I will make my own decision.'" So the king sent for the immigrants to come to his court.

When the immigrants received the summons from the king, they held a meeting and after lengthy discussions decided: 'We shall present the teachings of the Prophet to the king without adding anything to or withholding anything from it regardless of whether he lets us remain here or turns us out of his country.' When they came to the court, the king put this question abruptly: 'I understand that you have given up the faith of your own people and have neither embraced my faith nor any other existing faith but have invented a new faith. I would like to know what your new faith is.' At this, J'afar bin Abi Tlib responded on behalf of the immigrants, in these words: 'O king! We were sunk deep in ignorance and had become very corrupt; then Muhammad (pbuh) came to us as a Messenger of Allah and reformed us, but these Qureysh began to persecute us, so we have come to your country in the hope that here we will be free from persecution.' Hearing this statement, the king asked: 'Please recite a piece of the Revelation which your Prophet has received from Allah.' (In response, Sayyidun J'afar recited a portion of this Srah which relates to the story of Prophets Yahya (John) and Isa (Jesus) may peace be upon them.) When the king listened, he started weeping and wept so much that his beard became wet with tears. When Sayyidun J'afar finished the recital, he said: 'Most surely this Revelation and the Message brought by Jesus have come from the same source. By God, I will not put you in the hands of these people.'

Next day Amr bin As made another attempt. He went to the king and said: 'Please send for them again and ask them concerning the belief they hold about Jesus, for they say a horrible thing about him.' The king again sent for the immigrants, who had already learned about the scheme of Amr. They again held a meeting to discuss the answer they should give to the king if he should ask about the belief that they hold about Prophet Jesus. It was a very critical situation and all of them were uneasy about it; however, they decided that they would just say what Allah and His Rasool had said about Jesus. The next day, when they went to the kings court, he asked them the question that had been suggested by Amr bin As. Sayyidun J'afar bin Abi Tlib stood up and answered without any hesitation: 'Jesus was a Servant of Allah and His Messenger. He was a Spirit and a Word of Allah which had been sent to virgin Mary.' At this the king picked up a straw from the ground and said, By God, Jesus was no different (even as much as this straw) than what you have said about him.' After this the king returned the gifts of the Qureysh, saying: 'I do not accept bribes.' Then he addressed the immigrants: 'You are welcome in my country and you can stay here in peace.'

These incidents indicate that Allah sent this Srah as a provision to the immigrants for their journey to Habash. Following the story of Prophets Yahya and Isa, the story of the Prophet Ibrhm is also related for the benefit of the immigrants as he was also forced to leave his country by the persecution of his father, his family and his countrymen like them. On the one hand, it was intended to console the immigrants that by migrating they would be following the tradition of Prophet Ibrhm, so they could expect a good end similar as was his. On the other hand, it was intended to warn the disbelievers of Makkah that they were similar to those cruel people who persecuted their forefather and leader, Ibrhm, while the Muslims were in a position similar to that of Prophet Ibrhm.

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18 The Cave (Al-Kahf) listen
19 Mary (Maryam) listen
20 Ta-Ha (Ta-Ha) listen
21 The Prophets (Al-Anbiya) listen
22 The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj) listen
23 The Believers (Al-Muminun) listen
24 The Light (An-Nour) listen
25 The Criterion (Al-Furqan) listen
26 The Poets (Ash-Shu'ara) listen
27 The Ants (An-Naml) listen
28 The Narration (Al-Qasas) listen
29 The Spider (Al-Ankaboot) listen
30 The Romans (Al-Rum) listen
31 Luqman (Luqman) listen
32 The Prostration (As-Sajda) listen
33 The Confederates (Al-Ahzab) listen
34 Sheba (Saba) listen
35 The Originator of Creation (Fatir) listen
36 Ya-Seen (Ya Seen) listen
37 The Rangers (As-Saffat) listen
38 The Letter Sad (Sad) listen
39 The Groups (Az-Zumar) listen
40 The Forgiver (Ghafir) listen
41 Explained in Detail (Fussilat) listen
42 The Consultation (Ash-Shura) listen
43 Ornaments of Gold (Az-Zukruf) listen
44 The Smoke (Ad-Dukhan) listen
45 The Kneeling (Al-Jathiya) listen
46 The Curved Sand hills (Al-Ahqaf) listen
47 Muhammad (47) listen
48 The Victory (Al-Fath) listen
49 The Dwellings (Al-Hujurat) listen
50 The Letter Qaf (Qaf) listen
51 The Winds that Scatter (Az-Zariyat) listen
52 The Mount (At-Tur) listen
53 The Star (An-Najm) listen
54 The Moon (Al-Qamar) listen
55 The Most Beneficent (Ar-Rahman) listen
56 The Event (Al-Waqi'a) listen
57 The Iron (Al-Hadid) listen
58 She That Dispute (Al-Mujidala) listen
59 The Gathering (Al-Hashr) listen
60 The Examined One (Al-Mumtahina) listen
61 The Row (As-Saff) listen
62 Friday (Al-Jumu'ah) listen
63 The Hypocrites (Al-Munafiqoon) listen
64 Loss and Gain (At-Taghabun) listen
65 The Divorce (At-Talaq) listen
66 Prohibition (At-Tahreem) listen
67 Dominion (Al-Mulk) listen
68 The Pen (Al-Qalam) listen
69 The Reality (Al-Haaqqa) listen
70 The Ways of Ascent (Al-Ma'arij) listen
71 Noah (Nuh) listen
72 The Jinn (Al-Jinn) listen
73 The Enshrouded One (Al-Muzzammil) listen
74 The Cloaked One (Al-Muddathir) listen
75 The-Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah) listen
76 Man (Al-Insan) listen
77 Those Sent Forth (Al-Mursalat) listen
78 The News (An-Naba) listen
79 Those Who Pull Out (An-Naziat) listen
80 He frowned (Abasa) listen
81 The Folding Up (At-Takwir) listen
82 The Cleaving (Al-Infitar) listen
83 Those Who Deal in Fraud (Al-Mutaffifin) listen
84 The Splitting Asunder (Al-Inshiqaq) listen
85 The Mansions of the Stars (Al-Burooj) listen
86 The Night Comer (At-Tariq) listen
87 The Most High (Al-A'la) listen
88 The Overwhelming (Al-Ghashiya) listen
89 The Dawn (Al-Fajr) listen
90 The City (Al-Balad) listen
91 The Sun (Ash-Shams) listen
92 The Night (Al-Layl) listen
93 The Morning Hours (Ad-Dhuha) listen
94 Relief  (Al-Inshirah) listen
95 The Figs (At-Teen) listen
96 The Clot (Al-Alaq) listen
97 The Night of Decree (Al-Qadr) listen
98 The Clear Proof (Al-Bayyina) listen
99 The Earthquake (Az-Zalzala) listen
100 The Courser (Al-Adiyat) listen
101 The Calamity (Al-Qariah) listen
102 Rivalry in world increase (At-Takathur) listen
103 The Declining Day (Al-Asr) listen
104 The Slanderer (Al-Humaza) listen
105 The Elephant (Al-Feel) listen
106 Quraish ( Quraish) listen
107 Small Kindnesses (Al-Maun) listen
108 Abundance (Al-Kawthar) listen
109 The Disbelievers (Al-Kafiroon) listen
110 Divine- Support (An-Nasr) listen
111 The Flame (Al-Masadd) listen
112 Sincerity (Al-Ikhlas) listen
113 The Daybreak (Al-Falaq) listen
114 The Mankind (An-Nas) listen


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Now Playing # (19) Mary (Maryam) (98 Verses)