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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (43) Ornaments of Gold (Az-Zukruf)

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

Hă M'ďm.[1] By the Glorious Book.[2] We have revealed this Qur’an in the Arabic language so that you may understand its meanings.[3] Surely, it is a transcript of the Mother Book in Our keeping, which is sublime and full of wisdom.[4] Should We take this Reminder away from you and ignore you because you are a nation who has transgressed all limits?[5] And how many Prophets have We sent among the ancient peoples?[6] Never did it happen that a Prophet came to his people and they did not mock at him.[7] So We destroyed them, though they were stronger in power than these people, and provided an example in the case of prior people.[8]


The Qur'an is a transcript from the Mother Book which is in Allah's keeping

If you ask them: “Who has created the heavens and the earth?” They will surely say: “They have been created by the All-Mighty, the All-Knowledgeable.”[9] The One Who has made the earth a resting place for you and traced out routes upon it so that you may find your ways.[10] The One Who sends down rain from the sky in due measure and thereby resurrects a dead land - that’s how you shall be brought forth (raised to life again).[11] The One Who has created all living things in pairs and made for you the ships and cattle on which you ride[12] so that you may firmly sit on their backs, then as you mount, recall the goodness of your Rabb and say: “Glory be to Him Who has subjected these to Our use, otherwise We could not have brought them under our control,[13] and to our Rabb we shall all return.”[14] Yet in spite of recognizing all this, they have made some of His servants to be a part of Him! Surely mankind is clearly ungrateful.[15]


Even the mushrikďn believe that heavens, earth and all therein is created by Allah

Supplication before riding a conveyance

Would Allah choose daughters (pagan Arabs believed that angels were the daughters of Allah) for Himself out of what He Himself creates and gives you sons?[16] Yet when a new born-girl - the gender that they ascribe to the Compassionate - is announced to one of them, his face darkens and he is filled with grief.[17] Do they ascribe to Allah, the female gender who is brought up among trinkets and is unable to make herself clear in disputation?[18] They regard the angels, who are themselves servants of the Compassionate, as female divinities. Did they witness their creation? They should know that their testimony shall be noted down and they shall be called to account for it.[19] They say: “Had it been the will of the Compassionate, We should never have worshipped them." They have no knowledge about that; they are merely guessing.[20] Or have We given them a Book before this to which they hold authority for their angel-worshipping?[21] The only argument they have is to say: “We found our forefathers practicing this faith and we are walking in their footsteps."[22] Even so, whenever We sent a Warner before you to forewarn a nation, its affluent people said: “We found our forefathers practicing this faith and surely we are going to follow their footsteps."[23] Each Warner asked: “What if I bring you better guidance than that which your forefathers practiced?” But they replied: “Well! We reject the faith with which you have been sent."[24] Consequently, We inflicted Our retribution on them; then see what was the end of those who disbelieved?[25]


Some mushrikďn regard the angels to be the female divinities being the daughters of Allah

Behold! Ibrăhďm said to his father and his people: “I renounce the gods you worship,[26] except Him Who created me, for He will surely guide me."[27] And he left this statement as an abiding precept among his descendants, so that they should turn to it.[28] But they started worshipping others, and rather than punishing I kept on providing them and their forefathers the comfort of this life, until there came to them the truth and a Rasool to expound it clearly.[29] But now when the truth has came to them, they say: “This is magic and we do not believe it.”[30] They also say: “Why is this Qur’an not revealed to a man of great importance in the two towns (Makkah and Ta'if)”?[31] Is it they who distribute the blessings of your Rabb? It is We Who distribute the means of their livelihood in the life of this world, raising some in rank above others, so that one may take others into his service. But the blessing of your Rabb is far greater in value than the wealth of this world which they amass.[32] And were it not that all mankind might become one nation of unbelievers, We would have given those who disbelieve in the Compassionate (Allah), such houses whose roofs, stairways by which they go to upper chambers all made with silver,[33] and also the doors of their houses and couches on which they recline,[34] along with ornaments of gold - for all these are nothing but merely comforts of this worldly life. It is the life of the hereafter which your Rabb has reserved for the righteous.[35]


The Prophet Ibrăhďm recognized the Oneness of Allah and rejected Shirk (Polytheism)

If it were not that all mankind will become one race of unbelievers, Allah would have given the unbelievers houses made with sterling silver

He who turns away from the remembrance (Reminder) of the Compassionate (Allah), We assign a shaităn for him, who becomes his intimate companion.[36] - and turns such people away from the Right Path, while they think that they are guided aright.[37] - Ultimately, when that person will come to Us on the Day of Judgment, he will say to his shaităn companion: “I wish that I was far apart from you as the east is from the west: you turned out to be an evil companion."[38] Then it will be said to them: “Well, you have already done wrong, realizing this fact today will avail you nothing, as you both are partners in the same punishment.[39] O Prophet, can you make the deaf hear, or give direction to the blind or those who choose to remain in manifest error?[40] We shall surely inflict retribution on them, whether We take you away from this world,[41] or let you see their end, which We have promised them: surely We have full power over them.[42] Therefore, hold fast to this Qur’an which is revealed to you, surely you are on the Right Way.[43] In fact this Qur’an is a reminder for you and your people; and you shall soon be questioned about it.[44] Ask those of Our Rasools whom We sent before you if We ever appointed other gods to be worshipped besides the Compassionate Allah?[45]


He who turns away from the remembrance of Allah, Allah appoints a shaităn to be his intimate friend

Hold fast to The Qur'an if you want to be rightly guided

We sent Musa with Our signs to Fir‘on and his chiefs. He said to them: “I am a Rasool of the Rabb of the worlds.”[46] When he showed them Our signs, they laughed at those signs.[47] Yet We showed them sign after sign each greater than the one preceding it and We afflicted them with the scourge, so that they might return to the Right Way.[48] Each time they were seized by a scourge, they requested Musa: “O magician! Pray to your Rabb for us by virtue of the covenant He has made with you; we shall surely accept your guidance."[49] But each time We lifted the scourge from them, they broke their pledge.[50] One day Fir'on made a proclamation among his people: “O my people! Is not the kingdom of Egypt mine? Are not these rivers flowing beneath me? Can you not see?[51] Am I not better than this despicable wretch, who can hardly express himself clearly?[52] If he is really a Rasool then Why have no gold bracelets been given to him, or angels sent down to accompany him?”[53] Thus did he incite his people and they obeyed him; surely they were a nation of transgressors.[54] At last when they provoked Us, We inflicted retribution on them and drowned them all,[55] and made them a lesson and an example for the later generations.[56]


The Prophet Musa was sent to Fir'on and his chiefs with signs but they ridiculed him and the signs, as a result, Allah drowned them all

When Maryam’s son Isa (Jesus) is quoted as an example, your people raise a clamor at it,[57] and say: "Are Our gods better or is he?" They cite this to you merely to provoke you. They are but a quarrelsome people.[58] He (Jesus) was no more than a mortal whom We favored and made an example to the Children of Israel.[59] Had it been Our will, We could create angels from you to succeed you in the earth.[60] He (Jesus) is, in fact, a sign for the coming of the Hour of Doom. Therefore, have no doubt about its coming, follow me; this is the Right Way.[61] Let not shaităn mislead you, for he is your open enemy.[62] When Isa (Jesus) came with clear signs, he stated: “I have brought you wisdom, and to clarify some of those things about which you have disputes: so fear Allah and obey me.[63] Surely it is Allah Who is my Rabb and your Rabb, so worship Him. This is the Right Way."[64] In spite of these teachings, the factions disagreed among themselves; so woe to the wrongdoers from the punishment of a painful Day.[65] Are they waiting for the Hour of Doom that it should come on them all of a sudden, without warning?[66] On that Day, even friends will become enemies to one another with the exception of the righteous people.[67]


The Prophet Isa (Jesus) was no more than a mortal whom Allah favored and made him an example for the Children of Israel

“O My devotees! Today you have nothing to fear or to regret,”[68] it will be said to those who believed in Our revelations and became Muslims,[69] “Enter paradise, you and your spouses; you will be made happy."[70] There they shall be served with golden dishes and golden goblets, and they shall have everything that their souls can desire and all that their eyes can delight in - and it will be said to them: “Now you shall abide therein forever.[71] You have inherited this paradise by virtue of your good deeds.[72] therein you shall have plenty of fruit to eat."[73] But the criminals will abide in the punishment of hell.[74] Their punishment will never be lightened, and they shall remain in despair therein.[75] We did not wrong them, but it is they who wronged themselves.[76] They will cry: “O Mălik (the keeper of hell)! Let your Rabb put and end to us." But he will answer: “Nay! You are going to live forever."[77] We have brought you the truth, but most of you hate the truth.[78] If they have devised a plan to ruin you (O Muhammad), then surely We too shall devise a plan to ruin them.[79] Do they think that We cannot hear their secret talks and their private conversation? Of course We do, and Our messengers (angels) who are assigned to them, record it all.[80] O Prophet tell the Christians: “If the Compassionate (Allah) had a son, I would be the first to worship him.”[81] Glory be to the Rabb of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of the Throne, He is above what they ascribe to Him.[82] So let them blunder and play until they face their Day, which has been promised to them.[83] It is He (Allah) Who is God in the heavens and God on earth; He is the All-Wise, the All-Knowledgeable.[84] Blessed is He Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them! He Alone has the knowledge of the Hour of Doom, and to Him you shall all be brought back.[85] And those to whom they invoke besides Him, have no power to intercede for them except those who testify to the truth by virtue of knowledge.[86] If you ask them Who created them, they will certainly say: "Allah." How then are they deluded away from the truth?[87] Allah has heard the Prophet’s cry: “O Rabb! Surely these are a people who would not believe."[88] Therefore, O Prophet! Bear with them and wish them peace. They shall soon come to know the truth.[89]


On the Day of Judgment believers will have no fear or regret. They will be awarded paradise and made happy

O Prophet, tell the Christians: if Allah had a son, I would have been the first one to worship him

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Al-Qur'an is a transcript from the Mother-Book which is in Allah’s keeping
* Supplication before riding a conveyance.
* Creed of the mushrikďn that angels are female divinities is false.
* An example of the Prophet Ibrăhďm who recognized the Oneness of Allah and rejected the shirk using merely his common sense and observing His signs from nature.
* If it were not that all mankind will become one race of unbelievers, Allah would have given the unbelievers houses which were made with sterling silver.
* He who turns away from the remembrance of Allah, Allah appoints a Shaităn to be his intimate friend.
* Hold fast to The Qur'an if you want to be rightly guided.
* The Prophet Isa (Jesus) was no more than a mortal whom Allah favored and made an example for the children of Israel.
* O Prophet tell the Christians: “If Allah had a son, I would have been the first one to worship him.”

In this Sürah, a forceful criticism has been made of the Qureysh and other Arabs' creeds and superstitions of ignorance. The disbelievers were admitting the fact that the Creator of the earth, the heavens, themselves and their deities is only Allah. They also knew and admitted that the blessings they were benefiting from, had been bestowed by Allah; yet they insisted on making others associates of Allah in His Godhead. They believed that the angels were goddesses; they had carved their images as females; they adorned them with female dresses and ornaments, and called them daughters of Allah: they worshipped them and invoked them for the fulfillment of their needs. They had no answer to the question as to how did they know that the angels were female? When they could not find the basis for their claims and superstitions, they presented the pretense of destiny and said: “Had Allah disapproved these practices, we could not have worshipped these deities.” Whereas the means of finding out whether Allah had approved of something or not, are His Books and not those things which are happening in the world.

When they were asked: “Have you any other authority, apart from this wrong argument, for the polytheism of yours?” They replied: “The same has been the practice since the time of our forefathers.” In other words this, in their opinion, was a strong enough argument (daleel) for a creed’s being right and true, whereas the Prophet Ibrăhďm, being the descendant of whom was the only basis of their pride and distinction, had rejected the religion of his elders, left his home, and had discarded every such blind imitation of his forefathers which did not have the support of any rational argument.

After criticizing each practice of ignorance of the disbelievers and rejecting it with rational arguments, this discourse has pointed out: “ Allah has neither any offspring, nor are there separate gods for the earth or heavens, nor is there any intercessor who may be able to protect the disbelievers from Allah’s punishment. Allah is far above from having a child. He Alone is the God of the whole universe: all others are His servants.”

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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
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14 Abraham (Imbrahim) listen
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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 # (43) Ornaments of Gold (Az-Zukruf)

(89 Verses)