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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (39) The Groups (Az-Zumar)

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

The revelation of this Book (AL-Qur’an) is from Allah, the Almighty, the Wise.[1] Certainly We have revealed to you the Book with the Truth: therefore worship Allah, offering Him your sincere obedience.[2] Beware! Sincere true obedience is due to Allah Alone! As for those who take other guardians (worship the saints) besides Him and justify their conduct, saying: “We worship them only that they may bring us nearer to Allah.” Surely Allah will judge between them concerning all that in which they differ. Allah does not guide him who is a liar and a disbeliever.[3] If Allah had intended to take a son, He could have chosen anyone He pleased out of His creation: Glory be to Him! (He is above such things.) He is Allah, the One, the Irresistible.[4] He created the heavens and the earth to manifest the Truth. He causes the night to succeed the day and the day to overtake the night. He has subjected the sun and the moon to His law, each one following a course for an appointed term. Is He not the All-Mighty, the All-Forgiving?[5] He created you all from a single person, then from that person He created his mate. He also created for you eight head of cattle in pairs. He creates you in the wombs of your mothers in stages, one after another, in three layers of darkness. This is Allah, your Rabb. To Him belongs the sovereignty. There is no god but Him. How can you then turn away from Him?[6]


The mushrikďn try to justify their worship of saints saying: "they bring us closer to Allah."

If you disbelieve, then you should know that Allah does not need you. He does not like ingratitude from His servants. Therefore, if you are grateful He is pleased with you. On the Day of Judgement, no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. Ultimately, all of you have to return to your Rabb. Then He will tell you the truth of all that you did in this life. Surely He knows even the secrets of your hearts.[7] When some trouble befalls man, he cries to his Rabb and turns to Him in repentance; but no sooner does He bestow on him His favor than he forgets what he has prayed for and sets up rivals to Allah, thus misleading others from His Way. Tell such people: “Enjoy your unbelief for a little while; certainly you will be of the inmates of hellfire.”[8] Can he who is obedient, pass the hours of night prostrating in worship or standing in adoration, fearing the hereafter and hoping to earn the Mercy of his Rabb, be compared to the man who does not? Are the knowledgeable and the ignorant equal? In fact, none will take heed except the people of understanding.[9]


On the Day of Judgement, no bearer of burden shall bear the burden of another

Say: “O My servants who have truly believed, fear your Rabb; those who will do good deeds in this world shall receive a good reward. If it has become difficult to follow the Right Way where you live, then migrate, you will find that Allah’s earth is spacious. Those who endure with patience will be rewarded without measure."[10] Say: “I am commanded to worship Allah and serve none but Him[11] and I am commanded to be the first of those who submit to Allah in Islam."[12] Say: “Surely, I am afraid if I disobey my Rabb, the punishment of a mighty Day."[13] Say: “Allah Alone I worship, and Him Alone I serve.[14] As for yourselves, I have conveyed to you the Truth and if you do not believe, then worship what you want besides Him." Say: “The real losers are those who will lose their souls as well their families on the Day of Resurrection. Ah! That will indeed be an open Loss."[15] There shall be layers of fire above them and layers of fire beneath them. Such is the doom about which Allah wants His servants to have fear, and says: “O My servants, avoid My wrath."[16] As for those who refrain from worshipping Tăghüt (Satanic forces) and turn to Allah in repentance, there is good news. So O Prophet, give good news to My servants[17] who listen to the Word and follow the best meaning of it. Such are the ones whom Allah has guided and such are the ones who are endowed with understanding.[18]


Believers who cannot practice their faith should migrate to other places where they can

The real losers are those who shall lose their souls and their families on the Day of Judgement

Is the one against whom the sentence of punishment has been decreed equal to the one who refrains from evil? Can you rescue the one who is in the fire? Of course not.[19] As for those who truly fear their Rabb, they shall be lodged in lofty mansions, built with one story upon another, beneath which the rivers flow; this is the promise of Allah; Allah does not fail in His promise.[20] Do you not see how Allah sends down water from the sky which penetrates the earth and comes out through springs? With it He brings forth a variety of crops with different colors, then they wither and you see them turning yellow, and then finally He crumbles them to dust. Surely, in this example, there is a lesson for the people of understanding.[21]


No one can rescue the one against whom the sentence of punishment has been decreed

Is the one whose heart Allah has opened to Islam and is walking in the light from his Rabb like the one who has learned no lesson and is still a non-Muslim. So woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of Allah! They are clearly in error.[22] Allah has revealed the most beautiful message, a Book consistent in its verses yet repeating its teachings in different ways. Those who fear their Rabb are filled with awe when they hear it, their skins and their hearts become pliant to the remembrance of Allah. Such is the guidance of Allah: He guides with it whom He pleases. But he whom He lets go astray shall have none to guide him.[23] Is the one who shall face the terrors of the Day of Resurrection be like the one who shall enter paradise? To such wrongdoers it will be said: “Now taste the fruits of your labor."[24] Those who have gone before them also disbelieved, consequently, the punishment overtook them from the directions they least expected.[25] So Allah made them taste humiliation in this worldly life, and the punishment in the life to come shall be even more terrible, if they but knew it.[26] We have cited for mankind every kind of parable in this Qur’an, so that they may learn a lesson.[27] This Qur’an is revealed in Arabic, which is free from any flaw, so that they may learn to be righteous.[28] Allah cites you a parable - there is a slave man who is shared by many masters, each pulling this man to himself (like the man who worships other deities along with Allah), and there is another slave man who belongs entirely to one master (like the man who worships Allah Alone)- are the two alike in comparison? Praise be to Allah! But most of them do not know.[29] O Prophet, you shall die and they too shall die.[30] Then on the Day of Resurrection, your disputes shall be settled in the presence of your Rabb.[31]


The Qur'an is consistent in its verses yet repeats its teachings in different ways

Allah has cited every kind of parable in the Qur'an so that people may clearly understand

Who could be more wicked than the one who invents a lie against Allah and rejects the truth when it comes to him? Is there not an abode in hell for such unbelievers?[32] And the one who comes with the truth and the one who confirms it - surely are the Godfearing.[33] They shall have from their Rabb all that they wish for. Thus shall the righteous be rewarded.[34] Allah will do away from their account their worst deeds and reward them according to their best deeds.[35] Is Allah not all-sufficient for His servants? Yet they try to frighten you with others besides Him! For such whom Allah lets go astray, there can be no guide.[36] But the one whom Allah guides, none can lead him astray. Is not Allah All-Mighty, the Lord of retribution?[37] If you ask them: “Who created the heavens and the earth?” They will surely say: “Allah." Ask them: “Do you think then, that if Allah intends to harm me, can they (your goddesses) - whom you invoke besides Allah - save me from His harm or if He wants to bestow on me His blessings, can they withhold His blessings?” Tell them: “Allah is all-sufficient for me. On Him do the reliant rely."[38] Say: “O my people! If you do not believe me, then do whatever you want in your positions and so shall I. Soon you will find out[39] as to whom shall come the disgraceful scourge and who shall get the everlasting punishment."[40] O Prophet, surely We have revealed to you the Book with the truth, for the instruction of Mankind. He who follows the Right Way shall follow it for his own good; and he who goes astray shall do so at his own peril. You are not set up as a guardian over them.[41]


Who can be more wicked than the one who invents a lie against Allah?

If Allah intends to harm you, no one can save you and if He intends to bestow His blessings upon you, no one can withhold them

It is Allah Who recalls the souls of men upon their death, and of the living during their sleep. He withholds the souls of those on whom He has passed the decree of death, and restores the rest till an appointed term. Surely there are signs in this for those who think.[42] Have they taken others besides Allah to intercede for them? Ask them: “How can they intercede, if they have neither control over anything nor do they understand?”[43] Say: “Intercession is wholly in the hands of Allah. To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and to Him you shall all be brought back."[44] When Allah’s Oneness is mentioned, the hearts of those who deny the hereafter shrink with aversion; but when other deities than He are mentioned, they are filled with joy.[45] Say: “O Allah! Creator of the heavens and the earth, Who has the knowledge of the unseen and the seen! You Alone can judge the disputes of your servants concerning those matters in which they differ."[46]


It is Allah Who recalls the souls of people upon their death and the living people during their sleep

If the wrongdoers possessed all the treasures of the earth and as much more besides it, they would gladly offer it to redeem themselves from the painful punishment on the Day of Resurrection. For there will become apparent to them from Allah what they would never have imagined.[47] The evil result of their deeds will become manifest to them and they will be completely encircled by the very thing they used to mock at.[48] Man is such that when he is in trouble he appeals to Us; but when We bestow Our favor upon him, he says: “This has been given to me because of certain knowledge I possess." Nay! It is but a test, yet most of them do not know.[49] The same was said by those who passed before them, but they gained no benefit from what they had earned[50] and the evil consequences of their deeds overtook them. Very soon, the wrongdoers among these people will also be overtaken by the evil consequences of their misdeeds and they will not be able to escape.[51] Do they not know that Allah enlarges the provision for whom He pleases and restricts it from whom He wills? Surely there are signs in this for those who believe.[52]


If the wrongdoers possess all the treasures of the earth and much more besides it, they will gladly offer it as a ransom to redeem themselves on the Day of Judgment

Allah says: “O My servants who have transgressed against their souls, do not despair of Allah’s mercy, for Allah forgives all sins. It is He Who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.[53] Turn in repentance to your Rabb, and submit to Him before there comes to you the scourge: for then, there shall be none to help you.[54] Follow the best way that is revealed to you by your Rabb before the scourge comes to you all of a sudden while you do not perceive it.[55] Lest someone should say: ‘Alas! I neglected my duty towards Allah and I was one of those who mocked at His revelations.'[56] Or lest he should say: 'If Allah had guided me, I would have been one of the righteous.'[57] Or lest he should say upon seeing the punishment: 'I wish I had another chance, I would certainly be among the righteous.'"[58] Then Allah will say to him: "My revelations did come to you; but you denied them, were arrogant and you were among the disbelievers."[59] On the Day of Judgment you shall see that the faces of those who uttered falsehood against Allah shall be darkened. Is there not an abode in hell for such arrogant?[60] On the contrary, Allah will deliver the righteous to their place of salvation. No harm shall touch them, nor shall they ever grieve.[61] Allah is the Creator of all things and of all things He is the Guardian.[62] To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth. Those who deny the revelations of Allah, it is they who will be the losers.[63]


Those who have transgressed against their souls should not despair of Allah's mercy, they should repent while they can

O Prophet say to the mushrikďn: “O ignorant! Do you bid me to worship someone other than Allah?”[64] Tell them plainly because it has already been revealed to you as it was revealed to those before you that if you commit shirk, all your deeds will become fruitless and you will surely be among the losers."[65] Therefore, worship Allah and be among His thankful servants.[66] They have not recognized the worth of Allah as His worth should be recognized. On the Day of Resurrection the whole earth shall be in His grasp and all the heavens shall be rolled up in His right hand. Glory be to Him! Exalted be He above what they associate with Him.[67] The Trumpet shall be blown, and all that is in the heavens and the earth shall swoon except those whom Allah will please to exempt. Then the Trumpet will be blown for the second time and behold! They shall all stand up, looking around.[68] The earth will be shining with the light of her Rabb, the Book of record will be laid open, the Prophets and other witnesses will be brought in, and justice shall be done between people with all fairness: none shall be wronged.[69] Every soul will be paid in full according to its deeds, for He knows fully well as to what they did.[70]


Worship Allah and be among His thankful servants

On the Day of Judgment, the Book of Deeds will be laid open and justice will be done with all fairness

After the Judgment, the Unbelievers will be driven to hell in groups. When they reach there, its gates will be opened and its keepers will say: “Did there not come to you Rasools from among yourselves, who recited to you the revelations of your Rabb and forewarned you about the meeting of this Day?” “Yes,” they will answer. But at that time the sentence of punishment would have been already announced against the unbelievers."[71] They will be told: “Enter the gates of hell to live therein forever." Evil shall be the abode of the arrogant."[72] As for those who fear their Rabb, they shall be led towards paradise in groups. When they reach there, its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say: “Peace be upon you! You have done well, now enter to live therein forever."[73] They will say: “Praise be to Allah Who has truly fulfilled His promise and has given us this land to inherit, now we can live in paradise wherever we like." How excellent will be the reward for the righteous![74] You will see the angels surrounding the Divine Throne, glorifying their Rabb with His praises. The Judgment between the people will be made with perfect justice, and it will be proclaimed: “Praise be to Allah the Rabb of the worlds!”[75]


After Judgment, the unbelievers will be driven to hell and the righteous will be led to paradise

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* The mushrikďn try to justify their worship of saints saying: “It brings us closer to Allah.”
* On the Day of Judgement no one shall bear the burden of others.
* Believers who cannot practice their faith should migrate to other places where they can.
* The real losers are those who lose their souls and families on the Day of Judgement.
* No one can rescue the one against whom the sentence of punishment has been decreed.
* Al-Qur’an is consistent yet it repeats the teachings in different ways.
* Allah has cited every kind of example in Al-Qur’an so that people may clearly understand.
* Who can be more wicked than the one who invents a lie against Allah.
* Those who have transgressed against their souls should not despair of Allah’s mercy, they should repent while they can.
* On the Day of Judgement everyone’s Book of Deeds shall be laid open and justice shall be done with all fairness.

The entire Sürah is a most eloquent and effective address which was given before the emigration to Habash, in an environment filled with tyranny and persecution, ill-will and antagonism in Makkah. The disbelievers are told that they should not pollute their worshipping of God with the worship of any other deity. The truth of Tawhďd and the excellent results of accepting it, the falsehood of shirk and the evil consequences of following it, have been explained in a very forceful way so that the people might give up their wrong way of life and return to the mercy of their Rabb. The believers are also instructed, as to say: “If a place has become constrietive for the worship and service of Allah, His earth is vast; you may emigrate to some other place in order to save your faith; Allah will reward you for your patience.”

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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 # (39) The Groups (Az-Zumar) (75 Verses)