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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (25) The Criterion (Al-Furqan)

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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Blessed is the One Who has revealed Al-Furqăn (the criterion to distinguish right from wrong: The Qur'an) to His servant, that he may be a Warner to the worlds;[1] He is the One to Whom belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, has begotten no son and has no partner in His kingdom; He has created everything and ordained them in due proportions.[2] Yet the unbelievers have taken besides Him other gods which can create nothing but are themselves created, which can neither harm nor help even themselves, and which have no power over life or death, or raising the dead to life.[3] Those who deny the Truth say: “This Al-Furqăn (The Qur'an) is but a forgery which he (Muhammad) himself has devised and some other people have helped him." Unjust is what they do and falsehood is what they utter![4] And they say: “These are the stories of the ancients which he has copied down from what is read to him day and night."[5] Tell them: “This (The Qur'an) is revealed by Him Who knows the secrets of the heavens and the earth; surely He is Ever-Forgiving, Merciful."[6] And they say: “What sort of Rasool is he who eats food and walks through the streets? Why has no angel been sent down with him to threaten the disbelievers?[7] Why has he not been given a treasure or at least a garden from which he could eat?” And these wicked people further say: “You are only following a man who is bewitched."[8] See what sort of examples they apply to you! Because they are lost and cannot find the way to refute the truth of Tawhďd and life after death.[9]


Blessed is Allah Who revealed this Qur'an, the criterion to distinguish right from wrong

The wrongdoers are those who reject the truth and disbelieve a Rasool because he is a human being

Blessed is He, Who, if He wills, could give you much better things than what they propose for you: not one but many gardens beneath which rivers flow; and make for you palaces too.[10] But in fact they deny the Hour - and for the one who denies the coming of the Hour, We have prepared a blazing fire.[11] When it shall come into their sight, from a long distance, they will hear its raging and roaring.[12] And when, chained together, they are flung into some narrow space, they will fervently plead for death.[13] But they will be told: “Do not plead for one death today, but plead for many deaths."[14] Ask them: “Which is better, this hell or the eternal paradise which the righteous are being promised, which will be the reward of their good deeds and also their final destination;[15] wherein they will live forever and get everything that they wish for: and this is the promise worth praying for, which your Rabb is going to fulfill."[16]


Those who deny the Hour and life after death will be cast in the blazing fire

On that Day, He will gather all these people together along with the deities whom they worshipped besides Allah, and ask: “Were it you who misled these servants of Mine, or did they choose to go astray themselves?”[17] Those deities will answer: “Glory be to You! It was not befitting for us that we could take any guardian besides You, but You let them and their forefathers enjoy the comforts of worldly life until they forgot the Reminder, and thereby became worthless people."[18] Thus your gods will deny all that you profess today. Then you shall neither be able to avert your punishment nor shall you get any help from anywhere; and everyone among you who is guilty of wrongdoing, We shall make him taste the mighty punishment.[19] We have sent no Rasool before you, who did not eat or walk through the streets. In fact, We test you by means of one another. Now, will you show patience, for your Rabb is Ever Observant.[20]


On the Day of Judgement, those deities whom the mushrikďn invoke, will deny any claim of divinity and hold the mushrikďn responsible for their shirk

Those who do not expect to meet Us on the Day of Judgement say: “Why are not the angels sent down to us or why do we not see our Rabb?” Certainly they are too proud of themselves, and have revolted in a great revolt.[21] On the Day when they see the angels, it will not be a Day of rejoicing for the criminal; rather they will cry: “May there be a stone barrier between us and the angels of punishment."[22] Then We shall turn to the deeds which they did, based on their wrong opinions, and render them vain like blown dust.[23] In contrast, the heirs of paradise shall have the best residence and finest lodging on that Day.[24]


The unbelievers
who ask for angels today will ask for a stone barrier between them and the angels of punishment

On that Day when the heavens shall burst asunder with clouds and the angels will be sent down ranks after ranks,[25] the real Kingdom on that Day will belong only to the Compassionate (Allah), a hard Day shall it be for the unbelievers.[26] On that Day the wrongdoer will bite his hands saying: “Oh! Would that I had only taken the pathway alongside the Rasool![27] Oh! Would that I had never chosen so-and-so for my companion.[28] He was the one who led me astray from the admonition even after it had reached me." Shaităn is ever treacherous to man.[29] The Rasool will say: “O my Rabb! Surely my people took this Qur’an for foolish nonsense."[30] That is how We made for every Rasool an enemy among the criminals, but your Rabb is sufficient for you (O Muhammad) as a Guide and Helper.[31]


Disbelievers shall regret on the Day of Judgement not adopting the Right Path

The unbelievers ask: “Why is not the Qur’an revealed to him all in a single revelation?” This method of slow, well arranged, piecemeal revelations is adopted to strengthen your heart.[32] The other reason for this method is that any time they come to you with an argument, We reveal to you the Truth and properly explain it.[33] Those who will be dragged headlong into hell shall have an evil place to dwell in, for they had lost the Way by taking an utterly wrong stand.[34]


Allah explains the wisdom behind revealing The Qur'an piecemeal rather than all at once

We gave Musa (Moses) the Book and appointed his brother Haroon (Aaron) as a deputy with him,[35] and said to them: “Both of you should go to the people who have denied Our Revelations." But those people rejected Our Rasools, as a result We destroyed them with utter destruction.[36] Likewise, the people of Nüh (Noah) We drowned when they rejected the Rasools and made them an example for mankind; and We have prepared a painful punishment for such wrongdoers.[37] The nations of ‘Ad and Thamüd were also destroyed, and so were the dwellers of Ar-Rass, and many generations between them.[38] We admonished each of them by citing examples of those who were destroyed before them, even then they rejected Our revelations, so We exterminated each one of them.[39] These unbelievers must have passed by that town which was destroyed by a fatal rain; had they not seen its ruins? But the fact of the matter is they do not believe in the life hereafter.[40] Whenever they see you, they scoff at you, saying: “Is this the man whom Allah has sent as a Rasool?[41] Had we not stood firm, he (Muhammad) would have turned us away from our gods." Very soon, when they face the punishment, they will realize who actually went off the Right Path.[42] Have you ever seen the one who has taken his own desires as his god? Would you take the responsibility of guiding him?[43] Or do you think that most of them listen or try to understand? They are nothing but animals - nay, they are even further off the track![44]


All nations which rejected Allah's revelations and His Rasools were utterly destroyed

Those who have taken their desires as their gods are nothing but animals

Have you not seen how your Rabb extends a shadow? If He wanted, He could make it constant. Then We made the sun an indication of it;[45] as the sun climbs up, We draw it in little by little towards Ourselves.[46] He is the One Who has made the night a mantle for you, and sleep a rest, and made the day to rise up again.[47] He is the One Who sends the winds as heralds announcing His Mercy and sends down pure water from the sky,[48] so that with it We may give life to a dead land, and quench the thirst of countless animals and men that We have created.[49] We distribute this water among them so that they may glorify Us, yet most people refuse to do anything except show ingratitude.[50]


Allah has made the night a mantle, sleep to rest, and the day to work

Had it been Our Will, We could have sent a Warner to every town,[51] therefore, do not yield to the unbelievers, and make Jihăd (strive) against them with this Qur'an, a mighty Jihăd (strenuous striving).[52] He is the One Who has made the two seas rolling, the one sweet and fresh, the other salt and bitter, and set a rampart between them, an insurmountable barrier.[53] He is the One Who has created man from water, then made for him blood relationships and of marriage relationships, your Rabb is indeed All-Powerful.[54] Yet they worship those deities besides Allah which can neither help nor harm them, over and above this, the unbeliever has become a helper of every rebel against his own Rabb.[55] But O Muhammad! We have sent you only to proclaim good news and to give warning.[56] Say: “I ask of you no recompense for this work except that he who wants, may take the Right Way to his Rabb."[57] Put your trust in the Ever-Living (Allah) Who never dies: celebrate His praise, for He Alone is sufficient to be aware of the sins of His servants.[58] The One Who created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six days, and is firmly established on the Throne of authority; the Compassionate (Allah): as to His Glory, ask the one who knows.[59] When it is said to them, “Prostrate yourselves before the Most Compassionate,” they ask: “Who is that Most Compassionate? Are we to prostrate just because you order us to?” It merely increases their disdain.[60]


Do not yield to the unbelievers; make Jihăd against them with The Qur'an

Put your trust in Ever-Living (Allah), Who will never die

Blessed is the One Who has decked the sky with constellations and placed in it a lamp and a shining moon.[61] He is the One Who has caused the night and the day to succeed each other, for him who desires to learn a lesson or desires to render thanks.[62] True servants of the Compassionate (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility and when the ignorant people address them, they say: “Peace;”[63] who pass the night prostrating before their Rabb and standing in prayers;[64] who say: “Our Rabb! Ward off the punishment of hell from us, for its punishment is atrocious[65] - certainly it is an evil abode and an evil resting place;”[66] who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor stingy, but keep the balance between those two extremes;[67] who do not invoke any other god besides Allah, nor kill any soul which Allah has made sacred, except for a just cause, nor commit fornication - he that does this shall be punished for his sin,[68] and his punishment shall be doubled on the Day of Resurrection and in disgrace he shall abide forever,[69] except the one who repents, becomes a true believer, and starts doing good deeds, for then Allah will change his evil deeds into good, and Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.[70] He that repents and does good deeds, has truly turned to Allah with good turning.[71] Those are the ones who do not bear witness to falsehood and, if they ever pass by futility, pass with dignity.[72] Who, when reminded about the revelations of their Rabb, do not turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to them.[73] Who pray: “Our Rabb! Make our wives and our children to be the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders of the righteous."[74] Such are the ones who will be rewarded with the lofty places in paradise for their patience, wherein they shall be welcomed with greetings and salutations.[75] They shall live forever in that excellent dwelling and excellent resting place![76] O Muhammad! Say: "My Rabb does not care at all if you invoke Him or not. Now that you have rejected His revelations, soon you will face the inevitable punishment."[77]


Characteristics of the True Servants (believers) of Allah

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* The Qur’an is the criterion to distinguish right from wrong.
* Wrongdoers are those who reject the Truth, disbelieve the Rasool, and deny the Day of Judgement and life after death.
* On the Day of Judgement those deities whom the mushrikďn invoke beside Allah will deny any claim of divinity and hold the mushrikďn responsible for their shirk.
* On the Day of Judgement the disbelievers shall regret not adopting the Right Path.
* The wisdom behind sending The Qur’an through a piecemeal revelation is explained.
* Allah’s commandment is given to make Jihăd against unbelief with The Qur’an.
* Characteristics of true believers are described.

Subject matter and topics of this Sürah include the doubts and objections that were being raised by the disbelievers of Makkah against The Qur’an, the Prophethood of Muhammad (pbuh) and his teachings. Appropriate answers to those objections are given and the people are warned about the consequences of rejecting the Truth.

At the end of the Sürah a description of the character of a true believer is given. This description might be summarized as follows: “Here is the criterion for distinguishing the genuine from the counterfeit. This is the noble character of those people who have believed in and followed the teachings of the Prophet and these are the kind of people that he is trying to produce through his training. You may compare these types of people with those Arabs who have not yet accepted the Message and are clinging to their ignorance and doing their utmost to defeat the Truth. Now decide for yourselves which of the two you prefer."

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3 The Family of Imran (Aal-Imran) listen
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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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