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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (29) The Spider (Al-Ankaboot)

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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Alif Lãm M'ïm.[1] Do the people think that they will be left alone on saying “We believe,” and that they will not be tested?[2] We did test those who have gone before them. Allah has to see (for the purpose of reward and punishment) who are the truthful and who are the liars.[3] Or do the evildoers think that they will escape from Our reach? How bad is their judgment![4] He that hopes to meet Allah must know that Allah’s appointed time is sure to come and He hears all and knows all.[5] He that strives, does that for his own soul; for Allah is certainly transcendent and beyond any need of the worlds.[6] As for those who believe and do good deeds, We shall cleanse them of their sins and We shall reward them according to the best of their deeds.[7]


Allah tests the believers to see, who is truthful and who is a liar?

We have enjoined man to show kindness to his parents; but if they (your parents) force you to commit shirk with Me, of which you have no knowledge, do not obey them. To Me is your return and I will inform you of what you have done.[8] Those who have accepted the true faith and do good deeds shall be admitted among the righteous.[9] There are some among people, who say: “We believe in Allah;" yet when they suffer in the cause of Allah they confuse the persecution of people with the punishment of Allah. But when there comes help in the shape of a victory from your Rabb, they are sure to say: “We have always been with you." Is not Allah fully aware of what is in the hearts of the people of the world.[10] Most surely Allah knows those who believe and knows those who are the hypocrites.[11] The unbelievers say to the believers: “Follow us, and we will bear the burden of your sins.” But they will not bear any burden of their sins; they are surely lying.[12] Of course, they shall bear their own burdens as well as the burdens of others in addition to their own; and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be questioned about their invented lies.[13]


Be kind to your parents but do not obey them in the matter of shirk

Those who say, "Follow us we will bear your burden," are liars.

We sent Nüh (Noah) to his people and he lived among them a thousand years less fifty. Then because of their wrongdoings the flood overtook them.[14] But We delivered him and all who were in the ark and We made that ark a sign for the peoples of the world.[15] Likewise Ibrãhïm (Abraham), when he said to his people: “Worship Allah and fear Him, this is better for you if you understand.[16] You worship idols besides Allah and fabricate falsehood. In fact, those whom you worship besides Allah have no power to give you your sustenance, therefore seek your sustenance from Allah, and worship Him. Give thanks to Him, for to Him you shall be returned.[17] If you deny the Message, then nations have denied before you . The only duty a Rasool has is to deliver Allah’s Message clearly."[18] Do they not see how Allah originates creation then repeats its process? Surely it is easy for Allah.[19] Say to them: “Travel through the earth and see how Allah originates the creation, then creates the later creation. Surely Allah has power over everything.[20] He punishes whom He wills and shows mercy to whom He pleases, and to Him you shall be turned back.[21] Neither can you frustrate Him in the earth or in the Heaven; nor have you any protector or helper besides Allah."[22]


Nüh admonished his people for 950 years not to commit shirk. Likewise, Ibrãhïm admonished his people not to commit shirk.

As for those who disbelieve Allah’s revelations and deny that they will ever meet Him, they are the ones who shall despair of My mercy and they are the ones who shall have a painful punishment.[23] The people of Ibrãhïm (Abraham) had no answer except to say: “Kill him!” Or “Burn him!” But Allah saved him from the fire when they tried to burn him. Surely in this incident there are signs for those who believe.[24] After coming out from the fire safely, Ibrãhïm addressed them: “Today you have made idols, instead of Allah, a means of affection among yourselves, but remember, on the Day of Resurrection you shall disown and curse one another. Fire shall be your abode and you shall have no helper."[25] Witnessing this whole incident, Lüt (Lot) affirmed his belief with Ibrãhïm. Finally Ibrãhïm said: “I will migrate towards my Rabb (go where my Rabb has bidden me). He is the Mighty, the Wise."[26] We gave him Ishãq (Isaac - a son) and Ya'qoob (Jacob - a grandson), and placed the Prophethood and the Book in his progeny - thus We gave him his reward in this life, and in the hereafter he will surely be among the righteous.[27]


The people of Ibrãhïm even tried to burn him alive but Allah saved him

Ibrãhïm's nephew Lüt was the only one who affirmed his belief with him

When Lüt (Lot) said to his people: “Surely you are committing such sexual misconduct as no one in the worlds has ever attempted before you.[28] Do you lust after males, commit robbery on the highways and commit evil deeds even in your assemblies?” His people had no answer except to say: “Bring us the scourge of Allah if you are truthful."[29] Lüt prayed: “O Rabb! Help me against this degenerate nation."[30]


The Prophet Lüt was appointed as a Rasool towards the nation of homosexuals

When Our Messengers (angels) came to Ibrãhïm (Abraham) with the good news (the birth of a son in his old age), they said: “We are to destroy the people of that township, for its people are indeed wrongdoers."[31] Ibrãhïm said: “But Lüt is in there." The angels replied: “We know who is in there: we shall certainly save him and his family, except his wife, who will remain behind!”[32] And when Our Messengers (angels) came to Lüt he became sad and anxious on their account, for he felt powerless to protect them. But they said “Do not fear nor grieve (we are the angels assigned for their torment): we shall save you and your family except your wife; she will be of those who will remain behind.[33] We are going to bring down a scourge from heaven upon the people of this town on account of their transgression."[34] Surely We have left a clear sign from it (the ruins of this town) for people who care to understand.[35]


They rejected Allah's guidance; as a result Allah destroyed them all

To the people of Madyan We sent their brother Shu‘aib, who said: “O my people! Worship Allah and look forward to the Last Day, and do not transgress in the land wickedly."[36] But they denied him, so a severe earthquake seized them and by the morning they were lifeless bodies in their own homes.[37] Likewise We destroyed the people of ‘Ad and the Thamüd: you have seen the traces of their dwellings. Shaitãn had made their foul deeds fair-seeming to them and diverted them from the Right Way, though they were intelligent people.[38] Musa (Moses) came to Qarün (Korah), Fir'on (Pharaoh) and Hamãn with clear signs but they remained arrogant in the land; yet they could not go ahead of Us.[39] We seized all of them for their sinfulness: against some We sent a violent tornado full of stones, some were seized by a mighty blast, some were swallowed up by the earth, and yet some We drowned. It was not Allah Who was unjust to them, but they were unjust to their own souls.[40]


Likewise the Nations of 'Ad, Thamüd, Madyan and Fir'on rejected the Rasools of Allah, which resulted in their destruction .

The parable of those who take protectors other than Allah is that of a spider who builds for itself a dwelling, and surely the weakest of all dwellings is the dwelling of a spider, if they but knew it.[41] Surely Allah knows whoever they invoke besides Him; He is the All-Mighty, the Wise.[42] These are the parables that We cite for mankind; but none will grasp them except the wise.[43] Allah has created the heavens and the earth to manifest the Truth. Surely in this there is a sign for the believers.[44]


Parable of those who take protectors other than Allah.

Recite from this Book (Al-Qur'an) which has been revealed to you and establish Salah (Islamic prayers). Surely Salah keeps one away from shameful and evil deeds; and surely the remembrance of Allah (and Allah’s mention of your name in front of the angels) is the greatest indeed, Allah knows what you do.[45] Do not argue with the People of the Book except in good taste - except with those who are wicked among them - and say: “We believe in that which is sent down to us and that which is sent down to you; Our God and your God is the same One God to Whom we submit as Muslims."[46] O Prophet, We have sent down this Book to you (similar to that of Musa and Isa). So the People of the Book believe in it, and so do some of these (people of Arabia): and none but unbelievers deny Our revelations.[47] O Muhammad, you have never read a book before this nor have you ever transcribed one with your right hand. Had you done either of these, the quibblers could suspect it.[48] Rather, these are clear signs in the breast of those who are endowed with knowledge: and none deny Our signs except the wrongdoers.[49] They ask: “Why have the signs not been sent down to him from his Rabb?" Tell them: “The signs are in the hands of Allah. I am only a plain Warner."[50] Is it not enough for them that We have sent down to you this Book (AL-Qur’an) which is recited to them, surely in it is a blessing and a reminder for those who believe.[51]


Salah keeps one away from shameful deeds

Do not argue with the People of the Book except in good taste

Tell them: “Allah is sufficient as a witness between me and you - for He knows all that is in the heavens and the earth - those who believe in falsehood and disbelieve Allah, it is they who shall be the losers."[52] They challenge you to hasten the scourge on them. Had a time not been fixed for it, the scourge would already have overtaken them. It is going to come suddenly and catch them unaware.[53] They challenge you to hasten the scourge, whereas hell has already encircled the unbelievers.[54] On that Day the punishment shall cover them from above and from beneath their feet, and Allah will say: “Now taste the reward of your deeds."[55] O My servants who have believed! Surely My earth is spacious to migrate if needed, therefore worship Me and Me Alone.[56] Every soul shall taste death, then to Us you shall all return.[57] Those who embrace true faith and do good deeds shall be lodged in the mansions of paradise beneath which rivers flow, to live therein forever. What an excellent reward for the doers of good deeds;[58] the ones who have shown patience and put their trust in their Rabb.[59] How many creatures are there that do not carry their provisions with them? Allah provides for them as He provides for you. It is He Who is All-hearing, All-knowing.[60] If you ask the disbelievers as to who has created the heavens and the earth, and subjected the sun and the moon to His laws? They will certainly say: “Allah!” How are they then being deluded away from the truth?[61] Allah gives abundantly to whom He pleases and sparingly to whom He wills; surely Allah has knowledge of all things.[62] And if you ask them who sends down rainwater from the sky and thereby raises the dead land back to life?” They will certainly say: “Allah!” Say, “Praise be to Allah!” Yet most of them do not use their common sense.[63]


Those who believe in falsehood and disbelieve Allah shall be the losers

How many creatures are there who do not carry their provisions with them? Allah provides them as He provides you

The life of this world is nothing but a pastime and play! It is the life of the hereafter that is the true life, if they but knew it.[64] If they embark on a ship, and the ship gets into trouble, they call upon Allah, being sincerely obedient to Him; but when He brings them safely to land, they start committing shirk (giving credit for their safe arrival to others);[65] so that they may become ungrateful for the blessing that We have bestowed on them and enjoy the life of this world! They will soon come to know the result of this behavior.[66] Do they not see that We have made for them a secure sanctuary in the Ka'bah, while the people are being snatched away from all around them? Do they still believe in falsehood and deny the blessings of Allah?[67] And who is more wicked than the one who forges a lie against Allah or rejects the Truth when it reaches him? Is not the hell a fitting abode for such disbelievers?[68] As for those who strive in Our cause, We will surely guide them to Our ways; rest assured that Allah is with the righteous.[69]


The life of this world is nothing but pastime, the real life is the life hereafter

Those who strive in Our cause, We do guide them to Our Way

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Allah tests the Believers to see who is truthful and who is a liar.
* Be kind to parents but do not obey them in matters of shirk (associating anyone else with Allah).
* Those who say: “Follow us, we will bear your burden on the Day of Judgement,” are liars.
* The Prophet Nüh admonished his people for 950 years not to commit shirk.
* The Prophet Ibrãhïm admonished his people not to commit shirk, for which they tried to burn him alive, but Allah saved him.
* The Nations of ‘Ad, Thamüd, Madyan and Fir'on rejected the Rasools of Allah, as a result Allah destroyed them all.
* Parable of those who take protectors other than Allah, is that of the dwelling of a spider and the fact that the weakest of all the dwellings is the dwelling of a spider.

This Sürah strengthens the faith of sincere Muslims and admonishes those who were showing weakness in their faith. This Sürah also addresses those questions which some young men were facing in those days, whose parents were urging them to abandon Islam and return to their ancestral religion.

The Muslims are instructed: “If you feel that the persecution has become unbearable for you, you should give up your homes instead of giving up your faith. Allah’s earth is vast: seek a new place where you can worship Allah with full peace of mind.”

The disbelievers are urged to understand Islam. The realities of Tawhïd (Oneness of God) and the Hereafter are presented with rational arguments, shirk is refuted, and their attention is drawn towards the signs in the universe; they are told that all these signs conform to the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

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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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The Lord Complete Audio English Quran in MP3 Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik

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Now Playing # (29) The Spider (Al-Ankaboot) (69 Verses)