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Now Playing # (23) The Believers (Al-Muminun)

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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Indeed successful are those believers[1] who are humble in their Salah (prayers),[2] who avoid vain talk,[3] who are punctual in the payment of Zakah (charity),[4] who guard their private parts[5] except with their spouses or those who are legally in their possession, for in that case they shall not be blamed[6] - however those who seek to go beyond that in lust are the ones who shall be the transgressors[7] - who are true to their trust and covenants,[8] and who are diligent about their Salah (prayers).[9] These are the heirs[10] who will inherit paradise; and live therein forever.[11]

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Characteristics of true believers

Indeed We have created man from an essence of clay,[12] then placed him as a drop of semen in a firm resting place,[13] then changed the semen into a leechlike mass, then leechlike mass into a fetus lump, then fetus lump into bones, then clothed the bones with flesh, and then We brought him forth as quite a different creature from the embryo - so blessed is Allah, the best of all creators.[14] Then after living for a while you shall all die,[15] then most surely you shall be raised to life again on the Day of Resurrection.[16]

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Stages of human creation

We have made seven avenues (heavens) above you; and We are never unmindful of Our creation.[17] We send down water from the sky according to a due measure, then We cause it to settle in the soil - you should know that if We please, We can certainly take it away[18] - then with it We cause to grow gardens of palm trees and grapes for you; yielding abundant fruit for you to eat,[19] and also a tree which grows on Mount Sinai which produces oil and relish as a food for those who like to eat it.[20] In cattle, too, there is a lesson for you: from within their bodies We produce milk for you to drink, besides this you gain numerous other benefits; some of them you eat,[21] yet on others as well as on ships you ride.[22]

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Allah has made the heavens, vegetation, trees and animals for the benefit of human beings

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We sent Nüh (Noah) to his people. He said, “O my people! Worship Allah, you have no other god but Him, are you not afraid of Him for committing shirk?”[23] The chiefs of the unbelievers among his people said, “Nüh is but a human like you, he desires to assert his superiority over you. If Allah wanted to send Rasools, He could have sent down angels, we have never heard such a thing as he says from our forefathers.”[24] Some of them said: “He is just a madman, so bear with him for a while.”[25] Nüh said, “O my Rabb! Help me against their calling me a liar.”[26] So We revealed Our will to him, saying: “Build an ark under our supervision according to Our instructions; and when Our judgement comes to pass and water wells out from 'At-Tannur', take aboard a pair (a male and a female) from every species and take your family, except those of them against whom the judgement has already been passed; and do not plead with Me in favor of the wrongdoers, for they are doomed to be drowned in the flood.[27] Then when you have embarked on the ark with your companions, say: “Praise be to Allah Who has delivered us from the nation of wrongdoers,”[28] and pray, “O my Rabb! Bless my landing from this Ark, for You are the best to make my landing safe.”[29] There are many lessons in this story, and surely We do test people.[30]

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The Prophet Nüh was sent to guide his people - they disbelieved him and as a result Allah drowned all disbelievers in the great flood

Then We raised after them a new generation (the people of ‘Ad),[31] and sent to them a Rasool (Hüd) from among themselves, who said to them: “Worship Allah! You have no other god except Him. Will you not fear Him for committing shirk?”[32]

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After the Prophet Nüh, Allah sent Hüd to guide his people

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But the chiefs of his people - who disbelieved the message and denied the life in the hereafter, - on whom We had bestowed affluence in this worldly life, said: “This person is but a human like you; he eats of what you eat and drinks of what you drink.[33] If you obey a human like yourselves, you shall indeed be lost.[34] What! Does he claim that when you are dead and turned into dust and bones, you will be brought to life out of your graves?[35] Impossible! Just impossible is that with which you are being threatened![36] There is no other life but our life of this world: we live here and die here, and shall never be raised to life again.[37] This man is but an impostor, forging a lie against Allah, and we are not going to believe him.”[38] At this the Rasool prayed: “O my Rabb! Help me against their calling me a liar.”[39] Allah responded: “After a short time they will surely be sorry.”[40] So the Blast overtook them in all justice and We swept them away like the rubbish of dead leaves - so gone is the nation of wrongdoers.[41] After them We raised other generations[42] - no people can hasten their term nor can they postpone it[43] - and sent forth Our Rasools one after another: every time a Rasool came to his people, they disbelieved him, so We punished them one by one and made them a part of history; so gone is the nation of disbelievers.[44]

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They called the Prophet Hüd an imposter; as a result, Allah destroyed them all in a mighty blast



After Hüd, Allah sent Rasools to other people; those people also denied and faced a similar punishment

Then We sent Musa (Moses) and his brother Haroon (Aaron) with Our signs and clear authority,[45] to Fir'on (Pharaoh) and his chiefs: but they received them with arrogance for they were very haughty people.[46] They said: “What! Should we believe in two human beings like ourselves, and whose people are our slaves?”[47] So they disbelieved both of them and became among those who were destroyed.[48] And We gave Musa the Book, so that his people might be rightly guided.[49] And We made the son of Maryam (Jesus) and his mother a sign for mankind, and gave them a shelter on a peaceful lofty ground, furnished with a fresh spring.[50]

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Musa was sent to Fir'on and his chiefs; they also disbelieved and faced destruction

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O Rasools! Eat of pure things and do good deeds, certainly I have knowledge of all your actions.[51] In fact, your religion is one religion, and I am your only Rabb: so fear Me Alone.[52] Yet people have divided themselves into factions and each faction rejoices in its own doctrines[53] - well! Leave them in their heedlessness for an appointed time.[54] Do they think that, in giving them wealth and children,[55] We are eager for their welfare? By no means! They do not understand the reality of the matter.[56] Surely those who live cautiously for fear of their Rabb,[57] who believe in the revelations of their Rabb;[58] who do not commit shirk with their Rabb,[59] who give to charity whatever they can give, and their hearts are full of fear by the very idea that they shall have to return to their Rabb,[60] it is they who rush in doing good deeds and try to be the first in attaining them.[61]

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Allah has said: "In fact, your religion is one religion; I am your Rabb, so fear Me Alone."

We charge no soul with more than it can bear; We have a Book of record which shall clearly tell the truth, and they shall not be treated unjustly.[62] But their hearts are blind to all this; and their deeds are also different from the believers. They will continue doing their misdeeds[63] until when We seize those of them who live in comfort with punishment; lo! Then they start crying for help in supplication.[64] We shall say: “Do not cry for help this Day, for surely from Us you shall receive no help.[65] My revelations were recited to you, but you used to turn back on your heels[66] in arrogance, talking nonsense about The Qur’an like one telling fables by night.[67] Do they not ponder over the Word of Allah or has anything new come to them which did not come to their forefathers?[68] Or is it because they do not recognize their Rasool, who is a member of their own community, that they deny him?[69] Or are they really convinced that he is a madman? Nay! In fact he has brought them the Truth and most of them dislike the Truth.[70] - Had the Truth followed their appetites, the heavens, the earth and everything therein would have been disrupted. Nay! We have given them their reminder, but they are heedless to their reminder.[71] Or is it that you are asking them for some recompense? But the recompense of your Rabb is the best, for He is the best provider of sustenance.[72] As a matter of fact, you (O Muhammad) are calling them to the Straight Way;[73] and surely those who do not believe in the hereafter will ever stray from the Straight Way.[74] If We show them mercy and relieve them of their affliction, they would obstinately persist in their rebellion, blindly wandering to and fro;[75] for even now, when We have inflicted punishment on them, they have neither submitted to their Rabb nor humbled themselves towards Him.[76] Until when We open upon them a gate of severe punishment, you will see that they are plunged in utter despair.[77]

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Allah has not charged any soul with more than it can bear







Those who do not believe in the hereafter will ever stray away from the Right Path

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It is Allah Who has given you ears, eyes and hearts - yet seldom you show gratitude[78] - it is He Who has placed you in the earth and before Him you shall all be assembled on the Day of Judgement.[79] It is He Who gives life and cause you to die, and in His control is the alternation of the night and the day: then why don’t you understand?[80] On the contrary they just say what their forefathers said before them,[81] who said: “What! After death when our bodies become dust and bones, could we really be raised to life again?[82] We have heard many such threats and so did our forefathers before us. These are nothing but legends of primitive people.”[83]

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Allah has given you ears, eyes and hearts but you seldom show gratitude

Say: “To whom belongs the earth and everything therein? Tell me if you know?”[84] They will promptly reply: “to Allah!” Ask them: “Then why you do not use your common sense and believe in Him?”[85] Say: “Who is the Rabb of the seven heavens and the Rabb of the Glorious Throne?”[86] Right away they will say: “Allah.” Ask them: “Then why you do not fear Him?”[87] Say: “In whose hands is the sovereignty of all things, protecting all, while against Him there is no protection? Tell me if you know.”[88] Quickly they will reply: “Allah.” Ask them: “Then how can you be so bewitched?”[89] The fact of the matter is that We have brought them the Truth, and undoubtedly these people are liars.[90]

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Even the disbelievers recognize the existence of Allah

Never has Allah begotten a son, nor is there any god besides Him. Had it been so, each god would govern his own creation, and each would have tried to overpower the others. Exalted be Allah, above the sort of things they attribute to Him![91] He knows what is hidden and what is open: far above is He from the shirk of these people.[92]

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Allah has never begotten a son, nor is there any other god besides Him

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Pray: “O my Rabb! If You inflict that punishment with which they are being threatened in my lifetime,[93] then O Rabb, do not include me amongst these unjust people.”[94] Surely We have the power to let you see the punishment with which they are being threatened.[95] Repel evil with good - We are fully aware of their slanders[96] - and say, “O my Rabb! I seek refuge in You from the prompting of the shaitãns,[97] and O Rabb! I seek refuge in You even from their coming near me.”[98]

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Repel evil with good and seek refuge with Allah against the temptations of Shaitãn

These people will never refrain from wrongdoing until when death comes to anyone of them, he will say: “O Rabb! Send me back,[99] so that I may do good deeds in the world that I have left behind.” Never! This is just a statement which carries no value, it will be too late because there will be a barrier between them and the world they have just left till the Day they are raised to life again.[100] On the Day when the Trumpet will be blown, they will neither have worldly relations between them any more, nor will they ask about each other.[101] Then only those whose weight of good deeds is heavy, will attain salvation.[102] As for those whose weight of good deeds is light, they will be the ones who have lost their souls to live in hell forever.[103] The Fire will burn their faces and they will grin therein with their lips displaced.[104] We shall say to them: “Were My revelations not recited to you, and did you not deny them?”[105] They will say: “O our Rabb! Our misfortune overwhelmed us and we became erring folk.[106] Our Rabb! Get us out of here; if we ever return to sin, then we shall indeed be wrongdoers."[107] In answer to this Allah will say: “Stay here in shame and do not plead with Me![108] For you are the same people, who used to make fun of some of My worshippers who prayed: ‘Our Rabb, We believe in You; please forgive us and have mercy on us, for You are the Best of those who show mercy!’[109] But you ridiculed them so much, that you even forgot My very existence, and went on laughing at them.[110] Today I have rewarded them for their fortitude, and they are the ones who have achieved bliss.”[111]

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The wrongdoers will wish that they could be sent back to this world to adopt the Right Way, but it will be too late

They will be asked: “How many years did you live on earth?”[112] They will reply: “We lived there a day or part of a day; You may ask those who kept the count."[113] It will be said: “Well, now you know that your stay was just a little while - what a pity, you did not believe it then!”[114] Did you think that We had created you without any purpose and that you would never return to Us for accountability?”[115]

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On the Day of Judgement it will appear as if the life of this world was less than one day

Therefore, exalted be Allah, the Real King; there is no god but Him, the Lord of the Honorable Throne.[116] Whoever invokes another god besides Allah - about whose divinity he has no proof -he will have to give an account to his Rabb. Surely such unbelievers will never attain salvation.[117] Say: “O Rabb, forgive, have Mercy, You are the Best of those who show mercy!”[118]

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The unbelievers will never attain salvation

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Characteristics of "true believers."
* Stages of human creation.
* The story of Prophet Nüh (pbuh) and the great flood.
* The story of Hüd (pbuh) and the blast of destruction.
* The fact that Allah has not charged any soul with more than it can bear.
* Guidance to repel evil with good and to seek the protection of Allah against the temptations of Shaitãn.
* The fact that on the Day of Judgement it will appear as if the life of this world was less than one day.
* The fact that the disbelievers will never get salvation.
 

This Sürah invites the people to accept and follow the Message of the Prophet Muhammad; the whole Sürah revolves round this theme. According to an authentic tradition related by Urwah bin Zubair, Sayyidunã Umar, who had embraced Islam by that time, said, “This Sürah was revealed in my presence and I observed the state of the Prophet during its revelation. When the revelation ended, the Prophet remarked, ‘On this occasion ten such verses have been sent down to me that the one who measures up to them will most surely go to paradise.’ Then he recited the first ten verses of this Sürah."

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1 The Opening (Al-Fatiha) listen
2 The Cow (Al-Baqrah) listen
3 The Family of Imran (Aal-Imran) listen
4 The Women (An-Nisah) listen
5 The Table (Al-Maeda) listen
6 The Cattle (Al-An'aam) listen
7 The Heights (Al-A'raf) listen
8 The Spoils of War (Al-Anfal) listen
9 The Repentance(At-Tawba) listen
10 Jonah (Yunus) listen
11 The Prophet Hud (Hud) listen
12 Joseph (Yusuf) listen
13 The Thunder (Al-Ra'd) listen
14 Abraham (Imbrahim) listen
15 The Rocky Tract(Al-Hijr) listen
16 The Bees (An-Nahl) listen
17 The Night Journey (Al-Isra) listen
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 # (23) The Believers (Al-Muminun) (118 Verses)