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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (38) The Letter Sad (Sad)

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

Săd.[1] And by the Qur’an which is full of admonition! Surely the unbelievers are in sheer arrogance and perverseness.[2] How many generations have We destroyed before them? When their doom approached, they all cried out for mercy, but it was no longer the time to be saved.[3] They wonder that a Warner has come to them from among themselves, and the disbelievers say: “He is a sorcerer telling lies![4] Does he claim that there is only One God in place of all other gods? Surely this is a strange thing.”[5] Their leaders go about saying: “Pay no heed, stand firm in the service of your gods; this slogan of One God is designed against you.[6] We have not heard such a thing from anyone of the people of latter days (Jews and Christians): it is nothing but a fabrication.[7] Is he the only fit person among us to whom the admonition is revealed?” But in fact they doubt My admonition, for they have not yet tasted My punishment.[8] Do they have the treasures of the mercy of your Rabb, the All-Mighty, the Munificent One.[9] Or do they have sovereignty over the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them? If so, let them ascend by any means to be in a position of dictating to Allah according to their wishes.[10] Their faction is no more than an army who will be beaten right here.[11] Before them the people of Nüh, `Ad and Fir'on, the man of stakes, denied their Rasools,[12] So did Thamüd, the people of Lüt and those of Aiykah (the people of Median) - all divided themselves into factions;[13] all charged their Rasools liars, so just was my torment of annihilating them.[14]


The Qur'an is full of admonition.

The unbelievers are in sheer arrogance for calling the Prophets as liars

These people also await nothing but a single mighty Blast - the one which none may retard.[15] They say: “Our Rabb, hasten our doom for us before the Day of Reckoning.”[16] O Prophet, have patience at what they say, and remember Our servant Dawőőd, the man of strength, who was frequent in turning to Allah for guidance.[17] We made the mountains join him in Our praises at evening and the sunrise.[18] And the birds, too, with all their flocks, join in singing with him.[19] We strengthened his kingdom and gave him wisdom and sound judgment in speech and decision.[20] Have you heard the story of the two litigants who made an entry into his private chamber through climbing over the wall?[21] When they entered in upon Dawőőd and he became terrified. They said: “Have no fear, we are two litigants, one of whom has wronged the other. Judge rightly between us and do not be unjust, and guide us to the Right Way.[22] This man is my brother; he has ninety nine ewes while I have only one ewe. Yet he says: 'Turn her over to me' and he has the means to prevail against me in what he says.”[23] Dawőőd said: “He has certainly wronged you in seeking to add your ewe to his flock: in fact many partners are unjust to one another; except those who believe and do good deeds, and they are few indeed.” - While he said this, Dawőőd realized that We had tested him. (Dawőőd had shown desire to one of his officers to divorce his wife so that he could marry her even though he already hd 99 wives) So he sought forgiveness of his Rabb and fell down on his knees and turned to Allah in repentance.[24] So We forgave his error. He will enjoy a place of nearness with Us and an excellent abode![25] We said: “O Dawőőd! We have made you a vicegerent in the earth, so rule among the people with justice and do not follow your own desires lest they mislead you from the Way of Allah. As for those who go astray from the Way of Allah, they shall surely have a severe punishment because of forgetting the Day of Reckoning.[26]


The story of the Prophet Dawőőd, with whom mountains and birds used to sing the rhymes of Allah

The story of the two litigants who came to Dawőőd for a decision

We have not created the heaven and the earth and all that lies between them in vain. That is the fancy of the unbelievers. Such disbelievers should be aware of the hellfire.[27] Should We treat those who believe and do good deeds like those who create mischief in the earth? Should We treat the righteous like the sinners?[28] This Book (Al-Qur’an) which We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) is highly blessed, so that they may ponder upon its verses and the men of understanding may learn a lesson from it.[29]


Allah has not created the heavens and the earth in vain

To Dawőőd We gave Sulaimăn (Solomon), an excellent devotee! Who was frequent in returning to Us.[30] Worthy of mention is the incident when, one evening, excellent-bred steeds to be used in Jihăd, were presented before him;[31] and he said: “Surely I have adopted the love of these good things with a view to glorify my Rabb.” In testing race of the steeds, when they disappeared from sight,[32] he commanded: “Bring them back to me.” Then he began to pass his hand over their legs and necks with affection.[33] Behold, We also put Sulaimăn to test and placed a mere body on his throne, then he turned to Us in repentance,[34] and said “O my Rabb! Forgive me and grant me a kingdom similar to which may not be given to anyone after me. Surely You are the real Giver.”[35] We accepted his prayer and subjected the wind to his power, which blew gently in whichever direction he wanted;[36] and the shaităns (Jinns) including all kinds of builders, divers[37] and others fettered in chains.[38] We said to him: “This is Our gift: you may give or withhold to whomever you want, without any accountability.”[39] Surely he has a place of nearness to Us and will have an excellent place of final abode.[40]


The story of Sulaimăn's inspection of steeds to be used in Jihăd

The Prophet Sulaimăn's prayer of granting him a kingdom, similar of which may not be granted to anyone else

Mention Our devotee Ayüb (Job), when he called upon his Rabb saying: “Shaităn has afflicted me with distress and suffering,"[41] and We asked him: “Strike your foot on the ground. A cool spring will gush forth. Wash and drink to refresh yourself."[42] And We restored to him his family and many more with them as a grace from Ourselves and a reminder for the people of understanding.[43] Then, to fulfill his oath of giving his wife one hundred strikes which he made during his sickness, We said: “Take a bunch of twigs and strike with it and do not break your oath.” Certainly We found him full of patience. He was an excellent devotee, who turned to Us over and over again.[44] And mention Our devotees Ibrăhďm (Abraham), Ishăq (Isaac) and Ya'qoob (Jacob): men of power and vision.[45] Surely We chose them for their special quality of keeping in mind the abode of hereafter.[46] Certainly they are with Us; among the best chosen.[47] Also mention Isma‘il, Al-Yas'ă (Elisha) and Zul-Kifl; all of them were among the best.[48]


The story of Ayüb (Job), his sickness and relief

This Qur’an is but a reminder. Surely the righteous shall return to an excellent resort.[49] The Gardens of Eden, whose gates shall be wide open to receive them.[50] They shall recline there, calling for abundant fruit and delicious drinks;[51] and beside them there shall be bashful virgin companions of equal age.[52] These are the things which you are being promised on the Day of Reckoning;[53] this will be Our provision which will never finish.[54] Such will be the reward for the righteous. But for the rebellious there will be an evil resort[55] - hell, that is! In which they will burn - the worst abode.[56] Such will it be the reward for the wrongdoers. So they will taste scalding water, festering blood (pus)[57] and other things of the same sort.[58] It will be said to the ringleaders: “Here are your troops being thrown headlong with you. They are not welcomed here; for they are going to burn in the hellfire.[59] The followers shall say to their misguided leaders: “But you! There is no welcome for you either! It was you who have brought us to this end. Such an evil abode."[60] Then they will pray: “Our Rabb, inflict on those who brought this fate upon us double punishment in the fire."[61] Then they will say to one another: “But why do we not see those whom we deemed wicked[62] and whom we used to ridicule? Or has our eyesight failed to notice them?”[63] Surely, this is the very truth: the people in the hellfire will argue just like that.[64]


The Qur'an is but a reminder about the reward of paradise and punishment of the hellfire

O Prophet, tell them: “My mission is only as a Warner; there is no divinity except Allah, the One, the Irresistible,[65] the Rabb of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, the Almighty, the Forgiver.”[66] Say: “This is a supreme message:[67] yet you pay no heed to it.”[68] Also say: “I have no knowledge of that time when the exalted chiefs disputed among themselves.[69] I am informed about all this through a revelation because I am assigned the mission of a plain Warner.”[70]


The mission of the Rasools is to warn people and declare that there is no divinity except Allah

Behold when your Rabb said to the angels: “I am about to create a man from clay:[71] then when I have fashioned him and breathed of My spirit into him, kneel down and prostrate yourselves before him."[72] Accordingly all the angels prostrated themselves,[73] except Iblees; he acted arrogantly and became one of the disbelievers.[74] Allah said: “O Iblees! What prevented you from prostrating yourself to the one whom I have created with My own hands? Are you too arrogant, or do you think that you are one of the exalted ones?”[75] Iblees said: “I am better than him: You created me from fire and created him from clay."[76] Allah said: “Get out of here: for you are accursed,[77] and My curse shall be on you till the Day of Judgment."[78] Iblees said: “O Rabb! Then give me respite till the Day of Resurrection."[79] Allah said: “Well, you are given respite[80] till the Day of Appointed Time."[81] Iblees said: “I swear by Your Honor, I will mislead them all[82] except your chosen sincere devotees among them.”[83] Allah said: “Fair enough and now what I am going to say is also fair:[84] that I will fill hell with you and all of those who follow you among them."[85] O Prophet, tell them: “I do not ask you any recompense for conveying this Message, nor do I pretend to be what I am not.[86] This Qur'an is nothing but a Reminder to all the Worlds;[87] and before long, you will certainly know its truth."[88]


The story of the creation of Adam and disobedience of Iblees (Shaităn)

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Al-Qur’an is full of admonition. The disbelievers are in sheer arrogance for calling the Prophet a liar.
* Story of the Prophet Dawőőd:
- The mountains and birds used to sing the rhymes of Allah with him.
- The litigants who came to him for a decision.
* The fact that Allah has not created the heavens and earth in vain.
* Story of the Prophet Sulaimăn:
- His inspection of steeds which were to be used in Jihăd.
- His prayer to grant him a kingdom similar of which may not be granted to any one.
* Story of Ayüb, his sickness, patience and relief.
* The mission of the Prophet:
- Warn the people - Declare that there is no divinity except Allah.
* Story of Adam and disobedience of Iblees (Shaităn).

Here is a resume of the traditions related by Imam Ahmed, Nasăi, Tirmidhi, Ibn Jareer, Ibn Abi Shaibah, Ibn Abi Hătim, Muhammad bin Ishăq and others:

When Abu Tălib fell ill, and the Qureysh chiefs knew that the end of his life was near, they held consultations and decided to approach the old chief with the request that he should solve the dispute between them and his nephew. They feared that if Abu Tălib died and then they subjected Muhammad (pbuh) to harsh treatment after his death, the Arabs would taunt them, saying, “They were afraid of the old chief as long as he lived, now that he is dead, they have started mistreating his nephew.” At least 25 of the Qureysh chiefs including Abu Jahl, Abu Sufyăn and Umayyah bin Khalaf went to Abu Tălib. First, they put before him their usual complaints against the Prophet, then said, “We have come to present before you a just request and it is this : let your nephew leave us to our religion, and we shall leave him to his. He may worship whomever he pleases: we shall not stand in his way in this matter; but he should not condemn our gods and should not try to force us to give them up. Please tell him to make terms with us on this condition.” Abu Tălib called the Prophet and said, “Dear nephew, these people of your tribe have come to me with a request. They want you to agree with them on a just matter so as to put an end to your dispute with them.” Then he told him about the request of the chiefs of the Qureysh. The Prophet replied, “Dear uncle: I shall request them to agree upon a thing which, if they accept, will enable them to conquer the whole of Arabia and subject the non-Arab world to their domination. “Hearing this the people were first confounded; they did not know how they should turn down such a proposal. Then, after they had considered the matter, they replied: ”You speak of one word: we are prepared to repeat ten others like it, but please tell us what it is.” The Prophet said: Lă-Ilăh-ill-Allah. At this they got up all together and left the place saying what Allah has narrated in the initial part of this Sürah.

The Sürah begins with a review of the aforesaid meeting and the discourse is based on the dialogue between the Prophet and the disbelievers. Allah says that the actual reason for their denial is not because of any defect in the message of Islam, but their own arrogance, jealousy and insistence on following their ancestors blindly. They are not prepared to believe in a man from their own clan as a Prophet of God and follow him. After describing the stories of nine Prophets, one after the other, Allah has emphasized the point that His law of justice is impartial and that only the people of right attitude are acceptable to Him, that He calls to account and punishes every wrongdoer whoever he be, and likes only those people who do not persist in wrongdoing but repent as soon as they are informed about it, and pass their life in the world keeping in mind their accountability to Allah in the Hereafter.

In conclusion, mention has been made of the story of Adam and Iblees (Shaităn), which is meant to tell the disbelieving Qureysh that the same arrogance and vanity which was preventing them from bowing before Muhammad (pbuh) had prevented Iblees also from bowing before Adam. Iblees felt jealous of the high rank that Allah had given to Adam and was cursed when he disobeyed His Command. Likewise, “You, O people of Qureysh, are feeling jealous of the high rank that Allah has bestowed on Muhammad (pbuh) and are not prepared to obey him whereas Allah has appointed him as His Rasool. Therefore, you will be doomed ultimately to the same fate as that of Shaităn.”

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79 Those Who Pull Out (An-Naziat) listen
80 He frowned (Abasa) listen
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83 Those Who Deal in Fraud (Al-Mutaffifin) listen
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