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Now Playing # (26) The Poets (Ash-Shu'ara)

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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Tuã Sïn M'ïm.[1] These are verses of the Glorious Book.[2] O Muhammad, you will perhaps fret yourself to death with grief because they do not believe.[3] If We wanted, We could send down upon them a sign from the heaven before which they would bend their necks in submission, but that is not what We want.[4] They have been turning their backs on each fresh warning that comes to them from the Compassionate (Allah).[5] But now that they have neglected the warning, they will soon come to know the reality of what they have been mocking at.[6] Have they not looked at the earth to see how We have caused all kinds of noble pairs to grow in it?[7] Surely in this there is a sign; yet most of them do not believe.[8] In fact your Rabb is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.[9]

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Dedication of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to the guidance of mankind

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Remind them of the story when your Rabb called Musa (Moses) and said: “Go to the wicked people[10] the people of Fir'on (Pharaoh). Have they no fear?”[11] Musa submitted, saying: “My Rabb! I fear that they will reject me.[12] My breast feels cramped and my tongue is not eloquent; send Haroon (Aaron).[13] They have a charge of manslaughter against me and I fear they may put me to death.”[14] Allah said: “Indeed not! Proceed, both of you, with Our signs; surely We are with you, listening.[15] Go to Fir'on and tell him: "We are the Rasools from the Rabb of the Worlds.[16] You should send with us the Children of Israel."[17] When they went to Fir'on and conveyed the Message of Allah, he said: “Did we not cherish you when you were a child? Did you not stay several years of your life among us?[18] Then you did what you did; you are so ungrateful!”[19] Musa replied: “I did that when I was a misguided youth.[20] I fled from you all because I feared you; but now my Rabb has granted me wisdom and appointed me as one of His Rasools.[21] Is it a favor with which you taunt me, that you have enslaved the Children of Israel?”[22] Fir'on said: “Who is this Rabb of the Worlds?”[23] Musa replied: “He is the Rabb of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, if you really care to believe.”[24] Fir'on said to those around him, “Do you hear that?”[25] Musa continued: “He is your Rabb and the Rabb of your forefathers."[26] Fir'on interjected: “This Rasool of yours, who has been sent to you, is crazy.”[27] Musa continued:“ He is the Rabb of the east and west, and all that lies between them. If you would only care and try to understand." [28] At this, Fir'on, who did not want to listen any more said: “If you serve any other god besides me, I shall have you thrown into prison."[29] At this, Musa said: “What if I show you a convincing sign?”[30] Fir'on said: “Go ahead, show it if you are of the truthful."[31] Hearing this, Musa threw down his staff, and thereupon it changed into a veritable serpent.[32] Then he drew forth his hand and it became shining bright for the spectators.[33]

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The assignment of Musa as a Rasool and his dialogue with Fir'on





The miracles of the Prophet Musa

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After witnessing both the miracles, Fir'on (Pharaoh) said to the chiefs around him: “This fellow is certainly a skilled magician,[34] who seeks to drive you out from your land by the force of his magic. Now what is your advice?”[35] They submitted: “Put him and his brother off for a while, and dispatch heralds to the various cities[36] to bring you every skilled magician."[37] So the magicians were brought together at the appointed time on a fixed day.[38] The people were motivated through saying: “Would you come to the gathering?[39] So that we may follow the magicians if they are dominant.”[40] When the magicians arrived, they asked Fir'on: “Shall we get a reward if we are dominant?”[41] Fir'on replied: “Yes of course! You will even be made my courtiers."[42] Musa said to them: “Cast down what you are going to cast."[43] Thereupon they cast down their ropes and staffs, saying: “By the glory of Fir'on, we shall be the winners."[44] Then Musa threw down his staff, and lo! It swallowed their false devices.[45] At this, all the magicians prostrated themselves,[46] saying: “We believe in the Rabb of the Worlds,[47] the Rabb of Musa (Moses) and Haroon (Aaron)."[48] Fir'on shouted: “How dare you believe in him before I give you permission? He must be your master who taught you the witchcraft. But soon you shall find out. I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides and crucify you all."[49] They replied: “We don’t care! We are going to return to our Rabb anyway.[50] We only desire that our Rabb may forgive us our sins, as we are the first to believe."[51]

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Fir'on took the Prophet Musa's miracles as magic and summoned the magicians to compete with him






After witnessing a miracle, all the magicians embraced Islam

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We revealed to Musa (Moses), saying: “Set off with my servants by night and beware that you will be pursued."[53] Fir'on (Pharaoh) sent heralds to all the cities,[54] and to mobilize his people he said: “These Israelites are but a handful of people,[55] who have provoked us much;[56] while we have a large army, well prepared."[57] Thus did We make them leave their gardens and their water springs,[58] their treasures and sumptuous dwellings.[59] This is how they were made to lose, while on the other hand We made the Children of Israel inheritors of such things.[60] At sunrise the Egyptians pursued them.[61] When the two hosts came face to face, the companions of Musa cried out: “We are surely overtaken."[62] Musa said: “Not at all! My Rabb is with me; He will show me a way out.”[63] Then We revealed Our will to Musa: "Strike the sea with your staff," and the sea was cleft asunder, each part stood like a mighty mountain.[64] We made the other party (Fir'on and his army) follow them.[65] We delivered Musa and all who were with him;[66] and drowned the others.[67] Surely there is a lesson in this: yet most of these people do not learn this lesson to become believers.[67] The fact is that your Rabb is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.[68]

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Deliverance of the Children of Israel and the destruction of Fir'on and his chiefs

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Narrate to them the story of Ibrãhïm,[69] when he asked his father and his people: “What is that which you worship?”[70] They replied: “We worship idols, and sit beside them with all devotion."[71] Ibrãhïm asked: “Do they hear you when you call on them?[72] Can they help you or harm you?”[73] They replied: “No! But we found our forefathers doing so."[75] Ibrãhïm said: “Have you ever seen with open eyes these which you have been worshipping[74] - you and your forefathers?[76] They are all enemies to me; except the Rabb of the Worlds,[77] Who created me, then He gave me guidance.[78] He is the One Who gives me food and drink,[79] Who gives me health when I get sick,[80] Who will cause me to die and then bring me back to life,[81] Who, I hope, will forgive me my mistakes on the Day of Judgment."[82] After this, Ibrãhïm prayed: “O my Rabb! Bestow wisdom upon me and admit me among the righteous,[83] grant me a reputation of truthfulness on the tongue of later generations,[84] count me among the inheritors of the paradise of Bliss;[85] forgive my father, for he is from among those who have gone astray,[86] do not hold me up in shame on the Day when everybody will be raised back to life[87] - the Day when neither wealth nor sons will avail anyone,[88] and when none shall be saved except him who will come before Allah with a pure heart,[89] when paradise shall be brought in the sight of the righteous;[90] while hell shall be spread open to the straying[91] and they will be asked: "Now, where are those whom you worshipped[92] besides Allah? Can they help you or even help themselves?”[93] Then they will be toppled into it, both they and those who misled them,[94] together with all the armies of Iblees,[95] wherein they will argue with one another[96] saying: “ By Allah, we were indeed in manifest error,[97] when we made you equals with the Rabb of the Worlds.[98] It was the criminals who led us astray.[99] Now we have no intercessors,[100] and no loving friends.[101] If we could but once return to our worldly life, we would be of the true believers."[102] Surely in this narration there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson to become believers.[103] The fact is that your Rabb is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.[104]

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The story of the Prophet Ibrãhïm and his arguments against idol worshipping





The prayer of the Prophet Ibrãhïm for this life and the life hereafter



The mushrikïn and their gods both will be toppled into hell

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The people of Nüh, also, rejected the Rasools.[105] Remember when their brother Nüh asked them: “Have you no fear of Allah?[106] Rest assured that I am a trustworthy Rasool of Allah towards you,[107] so fear Allah and obey me.[108] I do not ask you for any reward for my services, for my reward will be given by the Rabb of the Worlds,[109] so fear Allah and obey me."[110] They replied: “Should we believe in you, whereas your followers are but the lowest of the low?”[111] He said: “I have no knowledge as to what they have been doing;[112] their account is the concern of my Rabb, if you could use your common sense![113] I am not going to drive away any believer.[114] I am nothing but a plain Warner."[115] They said: “O Nüh! If you do not stop, you shall be stoned to death."[116] Nüh prayed: “O Rabb! My people have disobeyed me.[117] Decide the case between me and them openly. Deliver me and the believers who are with me."[118] So We granted his prayer, delivered him and those with him in the laden ark,[119] and drowned the rest in the flood.[120] Surely in this story there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson and become believers.[121] The fact is that your Rabb is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.[122]

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The story of the Prophet Nüh, his dialogue with his people, and the destruction of the disbelievers

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The people of 'Ad, too, disbelieved their Rasools.[123] Remember when their brother Hüd asked them: “Have you no fear of Allah?[124] Rest assured that I am a trustworthy Rasool of Allah towards you.[125] So fear Allah and obey me.[126] I do not ask you any reward for my services, for my reward will be given by the Rabb of the Worlds.[127] Are you erecting a monument on every high place for fun?[128] Are you building strong fortresses as if you are going to live here forever?[129] Whenever you lay your hands on anyone, you act like cruel tyrants.[130] Have fear of Allah and obey me.[131] Fear the One Who has given you all the things that you know.[132] He has given you flocks and children,[133] gardens and fountains.[134] Truly I fear for you the torment of a dreadful Day."[135] They replied: “It is the same to us whether you preach us or you are not one of the preachers.[136] Such preaching is nothing but an ancient myth.[137] We are not going to be punished."[138] So they disbelieved him and We utterly destroyed them. Surely in this story there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson and become believers.[139] The fact is that your Rabb is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.[140]

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The story of the Prophet Hüd, his address to his people, and the destruction of disbelievers

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The people of Thamüd also disbelieved their Rasools.[141] Remember when their brother Saleh asked them: “Have you no fear of Allah?[142] Rest assured that I am a trustworthy Rasool of Allah towards you.[143] So fear Allah and obey me.[144] I do not ask you for any reward for my services, for my reward will be given by the Rabb of the Worlds.[145] Will you be left in peace to enjoy all that you have here forever?[146] Gardens and fountains,[147] cornfields and palm-trees laden with juicy fruit,[148] carving your dwellings in the mountains and leading a happy life?[149] Have fear of Allah and obey me.[150] Do not follow the bidding of the extravagant,[151] who create corruption in the land and reform nothing."[152] They replied: “You are but one of the bewitched![153] You are no more than a human being like us. Bring forth a sign if you are one of the truthful."[154] Saleh said: “Well, here is the she-camel (the sign that you asked for). She shall have her share of water as you all have yours, each drinking on an alternate appointed day.[155] Do not touch her with evil, lest the punishment of a dreadful Day may overtake you."[156] Yet they hamstrung her, then became full of regrets;[157] so the punishment overtook them. Surely in this story there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson and become believers.[158] The fact is that your Rabb is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.[159]

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The story of the Prophet Saleh, his address to his people and destruction of the disbelievers

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The people of Lüt (Lot), also, disbelieved their Rasools.[160] Remember when their brother Lüt asked them: “Have you no fear of Allah?[161] Rest assured that I am a trustworthy Rasool of Allah towards you.[162] So fear Allah and obey me.[163] I do not ask you for any reward for my services, for my reward will be given by the Rabb of the Worlds.[164] Will you fornicate with males from among the creatures of the worlds[165] and leave those whom your Rabb has created for you to be your mates? Nay! You are a people who have transgressed all limits."[166] They replied: “If you do not stop, O Lüt, you shall become one of the expelled."[167] Lüt said: “I am certainly one of those who abhor your actions.[168] O Rabb! Deliver me and my family from their wicked deeds."[169] So We delivered him and all his family[170] except an old woman who was left among those who remained behind.[171] Then We utterly destroyed the rest.[172] We rained down on them the rain of brimstones: and evil was the rain which fell on those who were forewarned.[173] Surely in this story there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson and become believers.[174] The fact is that your Rabb is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.[175]

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The story of the Prophet Lüt, his address to his people, and the destruction of disbelievers

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The people of Aiykah, also, disbelieved their Rasools.[176] Remember Shu‘aib asked them: “Have you no fear of Allah?[177] Rest assured that I am a trustworthy Rasool of Allah towards you.[178] So fear Allah and obey me.[179] I do not ask you for any reward for my services, for my reward will be given by the Rabb of the Worlds.[180] Give full measure and be not of those who cause losses to others by fraud.[181] Weigh with even scales[182] and do not cheat your fellow men of what is rightly theirs: nor spread evil in the land.[183] Fear Him Who has created you and the generations before you.”[184] They replied: “You are surely one of those who are bewitched.[185] You are no more than a human being like us and we think that you are lying.[186] Let a fragment fall out of the sky on us if you are telling the Truth.”[187] Shu’aib said: “My Rabb has full knowledge of all your actions.”[188] So they disbelieved him, and the torment of the day of darkness (dark clouds carrying Allah's scourge) seized them, and indeed it was the torment of an extremely dreadful day.[189] Surely in this story there is a great lesson, but most of these people do not learn a lesson and become believers.[190] The fact is that your Rabb is the Mighty as well as the Merciful.[191]

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The story of the Prophet Shu‘aib, his address to his people, and the destruction of disbelievers

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Surely this Qur’an is a revelation from the Rabb of the Worlds.[192] The trustworthy Spirit (Angel Gabriel) brought it down[193] upon your heart so that you may become one of those who are appointed by Allah to warn the people[194] in a plain Arabic language.[195] This fact was foretold in the scriptures of the former people.[196] Is it not sufficient proof for the people that the learned men of the children of Israel knew about it?[197] Even so that if We had revealed it to a non-Arab,[198] and he had recited it to them in fluent Arabic, they would still not have believed in it.[199] We have thus caused unbelief in the hearts of the guilty.[200] They are not going to believe in it until they see the painful scourge[201] which, in their heedlessness, will come to them suddenly.[202] Then they will ask: “Can we be given some respite?”[203] Do they wish to hurry on Our scourge?[204] Just think! If We let them enjoy this life for many years,[205] and then the scourge with which they are threatened falls upon them,[206] of what avail will their past enjoyments be to them?[207]

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The Qur'an is revealed in plain Arabic by Allah through angel Gabriel; those people who do not want to believe will not believe

Never have We destroyed a population to whom We did not send Warners;[208] they were forewarned, and We have never been unjust.[209] This Qur’an is not brought down by the shaitãns:[210] it is neither in their interest nor in their power to produce such a masterpiece.[211] They are kept too far off to even hear it.[212] So do not call on other gods besides Allah, lest you become one of those who incur His punishment.[213] Admonish your close relatives[214] and lower your wing of kindness to those of the believers who follow you,[215] but if they disobey, tell them: “I am not accountable for what you do."[216] Put your trust in the All-Mighty, the Merciful,[217] Who observes you when you get up[218] and when you walk among those who prostrate themselves in worship.[219] He is the One Who hears all and knows all.[220]

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The Qur'an is not brought down by shaitãns: it is neither in their interest nor in their power

Shall I tell you, O people, on whom the shaitãns descend?[221] They descend on every slandering sinner,[222] those who listen to hearsay - and most of them are liars[223] - and those poets who are followed by those who go astray.[224] Do you not see, how aimlessly they wander in every valley,[225] preaching what they do not practice themselves?[226] However, an exception is made for those (poets) who believe, do good deeds, engage much in the remembrance of Allah and defend themselves when wronged, showing no vindictiveness. The unjust oppressors will soon find out what vicissitudes their affairs will take.[227]

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Shaitãns descend on slandering sinners, who listen to hearsay and are liars

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Allah’s address to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that he should not fret himself to death with grief for the people’s disbelief.
* Story of Musa, Fir'on, and deliverance of the children of Israel.
* Story of Ibrãhïm and his arguments against idol worshipping.
* The fact that the mushrikïn and their gods will both be toppled into hell.
* Stories of Prophets Nüh, Hüd, Saleh, Lüt, Shu'aib (pbut) and their people.
* The fact that the Qur’an is revealed in the Arabic language and is not brought by shaitãns; as it is neither in their interest nor in their power to do so.
* The fact that shaitãns descend on those slandering sinners who listen to hearsay and are liars.

This Sürah begins with words of consolation to the Prophet, as if to say: “Why do you fret for their sake? If these people have not believed in you, it is not because they have not seen any sign, but because they are obstinate. The whole earth is full of signs that can guide a seeker of truth to reality, but stubborn and misguided people have never believed even after seeing the signs, whether these were the signs of natural phenomena or the miracles of the prophets. Such people always stick to their erroneous creeds until the Divine scourge actually overtakes them." Then the discussion is summed up, saying “O disbelievers, if you really want to see signs, why do you insist on seeing those horrible signs that visited the doomed nations of the past? Why don’t you appreciate the Qur’an which is being presented in your own language? Why don’t you appreciate Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions? Can the revelations of the Qur’an be the work of a Shaitãn or a Jinn? Does the recipient of the Qur’an appear to be a sorcerer? Are Muhammad and his companions no different from a poet and his admirers? Why don’t you give up disbelief and search your hearts for the Truth? When in your hearts, you yourselves believe that the revelations of the Qur’an have nothing in common with sorcery and poetry, then you shall find out that you are wrong and unjust."

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2 The Cow (Al-Baqrah) listen
3 The Family of Imran (Aal-Imran) listen
4 The Women (An-Nisah) listen
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7 The Heights (Al-A'raf) listen
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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 # (26) The Poets (Ash-Shu'ara) (227 Verses)