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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (34) Sheba (Saba)

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

Praise be to Allah to Whom belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth! To Him be praise in the hereafter. He is the Wise, the Aware.[1] He has the knowledge of all that goes into the earth and that which comes out of it; and all that comes down from heaven and that ascends to it. He is the Merciful, the Forgiving.[2] The unbelievers say: “The Hour of Doom will never come to us.” Tell them: “Nay! By my Rabb, the Knower of the unseen, it shall certainly come upon you. Nothing, even equal an atom, in the heavens or the earth is hidden from Him; nor there is anything smaller or greater than that, but is recorded in the Clear Book.[3] The Hour is going to come and the Day of Judgement shall be established, to reward those who have believed and done good deeds; it is they for whom there is forgiveness and an honorable sustenance."[4] As for those who strive to discredit Our revelations, there will be a humiliating painful punishment.[5]


The Hour is surely going to come and Judgement shall be established to reward the believers and punish those who discredit Allah's revelations

Those to whom knowledge has been given can see that the revelations sent down to you from your Rabb are the Truth and it guides to the Way of the Almighty, the Praise Worthy.[6] The unbelievers say to the people: “Shall we point out to you a man who claims that when your body will disintegrate and crumble into dust you shall be raised to life again?[7] Has he forged a lie against Allah or is he mad?” Nay! In fact those who do not believe in the Hereafter are doomed, for they are in gross error.[8] Do they not see the sky and the earth that surrounds them from front and from behind? If We want, We can cave in the earth to swallow them up or let the fragments of the sky fall upon them. Surely there is a sign in this for every devotee that turns to Allah in repentance.[9]


Those who do not believe in the hereafter are doomed

We bestowed Our blessings on Dawőőd and commanded: “O mountains! Join him in singing My praise,” and a similar command was given to the birds. We made iron soft for him[10] saying: “make coats of armor measuring out the links in mail and O people of Dawőőd, do good deeds; surely I am watching over all of your actions.”[11] And We made the winds subservient to Sulaimăn, which made a month’s journey in the morning and a month’s journey in the evening; and We made a fountain of molten copper to flow for him; and subdued Jinns for him who worked in front of him by the leave of his Rabb; and if any of them turned aside from Our command, We made Him taste the punishment of the blazing fire.[12] They worked for him as he desired: making arches, images, basins as large as reservoirs and built-in cooking cauldrons. We said: “O Family of Dawőőd! Work gratefully.” Only a few of My devotees are truly grateful.[13] When We decreed Sulaimăn’s death he was leaning on his staff. The Jinns did not know that he was dead until the termite ate away his staff and he fell down. Thus it became clear to the Jinns that if they had known the unseen, they would not have continued in the humiliating punishment of their task.[14]


The mountains and birds used to sing Allah's praise with the Prophet Dawőőd

Allah subjected the winds and Jinns to the Prophet Sulaimăn

Allah subjected the winds and Jinns to the Prophet Sulaimăn

Claim of people that Jinns know the unseen is wrong

For the people of Sabă (Sheba, presently a town in Yeman) there was indeed a sign in their dwelling place: two gardens - one to the right and one to the left. It was said to them: “Eat of what your Rabb has given you and render thanks to Him. Pleasant is your land and forgiving is your Rabb.”[15] But they gave no heed. So We let loose upon them the waters of the dam (called Ma'arib) and We converted their two gardens into the gardens producing bitter fruit, tamarisks and a few lote bushes.[16] Thus did We requite them for their disbelief; and never do We punish any but the ungrateful![17] Between them and the towns which We had blessed (Syria and Palestine), We placed other towns in prominent positions so that they could journey to and fro in measured stages. We said: “Travel through them by day and night in complete security.”[18] But they prayed: “Our Rabb! Make our journeys longer.” Thereby they wronged their souls and We made them merely a tale that is told and dispersed them in scattered fragments. Surely there is a sign in this for every patient, grateful person.[19] In their case, Iblees' (Satan’s) suspicions proved true, as they all followed him except a small group of the believers,[20] even though he had no authority over them. It all happened because We wanted to see who among them believed in the hereafter and who is in doubt concerning it. Your Rabb is watching over all things.[21]


The people of Sabă rejected Allah's blessings and disbelieved in the hereafter, so Allah made them merely a tale of the past

O Prophet, say to the mushrikďn: “Call on those deities to whom you pray besides Allah - they do not have power over an atom’s weight of anything in the heavens or earth, nor have they any share in either, nor is any of them a helper to Allah.”[22] No intercession before Allah can avail anyone except for the one for whom He permits. Until when terror will be removed from their hearts, they shall ask the intercessors: “What has your Rabb ordained?” They will answer: "The Truth," He is the Most High, the Great.[23] O Prophet, ask them: “Who provides your sustenance from the heavens and the earth?” If they do not answer, then say: “It is Allah! Certainly one of us; either we or you are rightly guided or in manifest error.”[24] Further, tell them: “You shall not be questioned about our errors nor shall we be questioned about your actions.”[25] Say: “Our Rabb will bring us all together, then He will rightly judge between us. He is the Judge Who knows everything.”[26] Say: “Show me those whom you have made associate gods with Him. Nay! By no means can you do it. Allah Alone is the Almighty, the Wise.”[27] O Prophet, We have sent you to the entire mankind, to give them good news and forewarn them, but most men do not know.[28] They ask you: “When will this promise of resurrection be fulfilled, if you are telling the truth?”[29] Tell them: “For you the appointment of a day is fixed, which you can neither postpone for a moment nor bring it early.”[30]


No intercession before Allah can avail anyone except for whom He permits it

The Prophet Muhammad is sent for the entire mankind

The disbelievers say: “We shall never believe in this Qur’an, nor in the scriptures which came before it.” If you could only see when these wrongdoers will be made to stand before their Rabb, tossing accusing words on one another! Those who had been despised as weaklings will say to the arrogant: “If it were not for you, we would certainly have been believers.”[31] The arrogant will say to those despised weaklings: “Did we block you off from guidance when it came to you? Nay! Rather you yourselves were guilty.”[32] Those despised weaklings will say to the arrogant: “No! It was you who plotted day and night, bidding us to disbelieve in Allah and to set up equals with Him,” - They will feel ashamed once they see the punishment, and We shall put yokes on the necks of those disbelievers; can there be any other reward except for what they did?[33] Whenever We have sent a Warner to a town, its wealthy residents have said: “We surely disbelieve in what you are sent with.”[34] They say: “We have more wealth and children, which indicates that our gods are happy with us so we shall never be punished.”[35] O Prophet tell them: “Surely my Rabb gives abundantly to whom He wills and sparingly to whom He pleases, but most people do not understand this.”[36]


Those who disbelieve in the Qur'an and prior scriptures, will have yokes placed around their necks before being tossed into hell

Wealth and children are not the indications of Allah's pleasure

It is neither your wealth nor your children which bring you closer to Us even one jot, but those who believe and do good deeds; for them, there will be a double reward for their deeds and in high mansions shall they live in peace.[37] As for those who strive in opposing Our revelations, they shall be brought for punishment.[38] O Prophet tell them: “Surely my Rabb gives abundantly to whom He pleases and sparingly to whom He wills. Whatever you spend in charity, He will pay you back. He is the best of those who provide sustenance.[39] One Day He will gather them all together and ask the angels: “Was it you that these people used to worship?”[40] They will respond: “Glory be to You! Our tie is with You - as a protector - not with them; but they used to worship the Jinns and it was them in whom most of these people believed.”[41] On that Day you will be helpless to profit or harm one another. To the wrongdoers We shall say: “Taste the punishment of the fire which you persistently denied.”[42] Today when Our clear revelations are recited to them, they say: “This man only wants to turn you away from those gods whom your forefathers have been worshipping.” Others say: “This Qur’an is nothing but an invented falsehood.” While yet others, who deny the truth when it comes to them, say: “This is nothing but plain magic.”[43] In fact, neither had We given them books to study, nor had We sent to them any Warner before you.[44] Those who have gone before them also denied - these Arabs have not received one tenth of what We had granted them - yet when they denied My Rasools, see how terrible was My scourge.[45]


It is belief that brings you close to Allah, not the wealth or children

Whatever you spend in charity, Allah will pay you back

Unbeliever's statements about the Prophet and Al-Qur'an

O Prophet say: “I would ask you one thing. For Allah’s sake! Think individually or consult one another and ponder whether your companion Muhammad is really mad? You yourself will come to the conclusion that he is nothing but a Warner to you to forewarn you of a severe punishment.”[46] Tell them: “I do not ask you for any recompense, even though what I preach is all in your interest. My reward is only due from Allah and He is a witness over everything.”[47] Say: “In fact my Rabb reveals to me the truth, and He is the Knower of all hidden realities.”[48] Say: “The truth has arrived and falsehood neither originates nor restores anything.”[49] Say: “If I am in error, the loss is surely mine and if I am right, it is because of what my Rabb has revealed to me. Surely He hears all and is very close.”[50]


The unbelievers are asked to ponder upon their wrong statements

The truth has come, falsehood neither originates nor restores anything

If you could only see the disbelievers on the Day of Judgement when they will be in a state of confusion! On that Day there will be no escape; and they will be seized from a nearby place.[51] Then they will say: “We believe in it (the Truth brought by the Prophet”: but how could they attain the Faith from such a far distant place.[52] They had disbelieved in it before - and they had sneered at the unseen when they were far away during their life on earth?[53] A barrier will be placed between them and what they desired to have as was done with the similar people before them; for they were indeed involved in a misleading suspicion.[54]


On the Day of Judgement the unbelievers will want to believe but it will be of no avail to them

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* The Day of Resurrection is sure to come for Allah’s Judgement to reward the believers and punish the disbelievers.
* Those who do not believe in the hereafter are doomed.
* The mountains and birds used to sing Allah's praises with the Prophet Dawőőd.
* Allah subjected the winds and Jinns to the Prophet Sulaimăn.
* Intercession before Allah can not avail anyone except for whom He permits.
* Muhammad (pbuh) is sent as a Rasool for the whole of mankind.
* Wealth and children are a test to whom they are given.
* Whatever you spend in charity, Allah will pay you back in full.
* The truth has come, falsehood neither originates nor restores anything.
* On the Day of Judgement disbelievers will wish that they were believers.

This Sürah deals with those objections of the disbelievers which they were raising against the Prophet’s message of Tawhďd and the Hereafter, and about his Prophethood, mostly in the form of allegations, taunts and mockery. These objections have been answered in the form of instructions, admonition and warning about the evil consequences of their stubbornness. The stories of the Sabians and the Prophets David and Solomon have been cited as to say: “You have both these historical precedents before you. On the one hand, there were the Prophets David and Solomon, who had been blessed by Allah with great powers and such grandeur and glory as had been granted to hardly any one of the like before them. In spite of this, they were not proud and arrogant, but remained grateful servants of their Rabb. On the other hand, were the people of Sabă, who, when blessed by Allah, became proud, and were consequently so thoroughly destroyed and dispersed that they were remembered only in myths and legends. With these precedents in view, you may see and judge for yourselves as to which type of life is better: the one which is built on belief in Tawhďd, the Hereafter and the attitude of gratefulness to Allah, or the one which is based on disbelief, shirk, denial of the Hereafter and the worship of materialism.”

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51 The Winds that Scatter (Az-Zariyat) listen
52 The Mount (At-Tur) listen
53 The Star (An-Najm) listen
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58 She That Dispute (Al-Mujidala) listen
59 The Gathering (Al-Hashr) listen
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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
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71 Noah (Nuh) listen
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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
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94 Relief  (Al-Inshirah) listen
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99 The Earthquake (Az-Zalzala) listen
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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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Translated by Malik

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Now Playing # (34) Sheba (Saba) (54 Verses)