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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (46) The Curved Sand hills (Al-Ahqaf)

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

Hã M'ïm.[1] This Book is revealed by Allah, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.[2] We created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them to manifest the truth and to last for an appointed term. Yet the disbelievers give no heed to Our warning.[3] Ask them: “Have you pondered on those whom you invoke besides Allah? Show me anything that they have created in the earth, or do they have any share in the creation of the heavens? Bring me any Book revealed before this, or some remnant of divine knowledge in support of your beliefs if you are telling the truth."[4] And who could be more astray than the one who invokes those deities besides Allah who cannot answer him till the Day of Resurrection - which, in fact, are not even aware that they are being invoked?[5] And when mankind shall be assembled on the Day of Judgment, they will become enemies of those who invoked them and deny their worship altogether.[6]


Allah created the heavens, earth and all that lies between them to manifest the truth

Those deities to whom mushrikïn invoke, are not even aware that they are being invoked.

When Our revelations are recited to them, clear as they are, and the truth comes before them, the disbelievers say: “This is plain magic.”[7] Do they say that the Prophet has fabricated it himself? O Prophet, tell them: “If I have fabricated it myself, then there is nothing that you can do to protect me from the wrath of Allah. He knows fully well what you say about it. Enough is He as a witness between me and you. He is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.”[8] O Prophet tell them: “I am no prodigy among the Rasools; nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I follow only what is revealed to me, and I am no more than a plain Warner."*[9] Further say: “Think, if this Qur’an is indeed from Allah and you reject it, when a witness (a Jew) from the Children of Israel has also testified to its similarity with earlier scriptures and has believed (accepted Islam), while you are showing arrogance, how unjust you are! Surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."[10]


The Qur'an is the word of Allah, not of the Prophet

The Prophet is but a plain Warner

The unbelievers say about the believers: “Had there been any good to believe in the message of the Qur’an, they would not have believed in it before us (because the unbelievers were strong and wealthy whereas believers were weak and poor)." And since they reject its guidance, they say: “This is an ancient falsehood."[11] Yet before it the Book of Musa was revealed which was a guide and blessing; and this Book (Qur’an) confirms it. It is revealed in the Arabic language to forewarn the wrongdoers and to give good news to those who have adopted the righteous conduct.[12] Indeed those who say: “Our Rabb is Allah, and then remain firm shall have nothing to fear or to regret.[13] They shall dwell in paradise forever as a reward for their good deeds.[14]


The Qur'an conforms the revelation of Torah given to the Prophet Musa

We have enjoined upon man to treat his parents with kindness. With much trouble his mother bore him, and with much pain did she give him birth. His bearing and his weaning took thirty months. When he reaches the age of full strength and becomes forty years old, he says: “My Rabb! Grant me the grace that I may thank you for the favors which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do good deeds that will please You, and grant me good children. Surely I turn to You in repentance and surely I am of those who are Muslims."[15] Such are the people from whom We shall accept the best of their deeds and overlook their misdeeds. They shall be among the residents of paradise: true is the promise that has been made to them in this life.[16] But he who rebukes his parents and says: “Uff (as if to say, do not bother me)! Do you threaten me with a resurrection, whereas many a generations have passed before me and none has come back from among them?” And they both cry for Allah’s help and say: “Woe to you! Be a good believer. Surely the promise of Allah is true." But he replies: “This is nothing but tales of the ancients."[17] Such are the people against whom the verdict of torment has proved true and they will be among the prior people of the jinns and the men that have passed away before them. Indeed they will be the losers.[18] All will be assigned in ranks, according to their deeds, so that He may reward them fully for what they have done and they shall not be wronged.[19] On that Day when the disbelievers will be brought before the fire, they will be told: “You squandered away your good things in your earthly life and you enjoyed them for a while. Today you shall be recompensed with a punishment of humiliation because you behaved with arrogance for which you had no right during your life on earth and because of the transgressions you committed."[20]


Those who treat their parents with kindness shall be rewarded and those who rebuke their parents shall be punished

Tell them the story of ‘Ad’s brother, the Prophet Hüd, when he warned his people, the residents of Ahqãf - in fact Warners came to them before him and after him - saying: “Worship none but Allah. Surely I fear for you the torment of a mighty Day."[21] They replied: “Have you come to turn us away from our gods? Bring us the torment that you threaten us with, if you are telling the truth.”[22] The Prophet Hüd said: “The Knowledge of when it is going to come is only with Allah. I am only conveying the Message with which I have been sent, however, I can see that you are ignorant people."[23] Then when they saw the torment in the shape of a cloud coming towards their valleys, they said: “This cloud will bring us rain." - "Nay! It is what you were asking for, a fierce wind bringing you a woeful torment.[24] It is going to destroy everything by the command of its Rabb. Consequently by the morning, there was nothing to be seen except the ruins of their dwellings. Thus did We reward those guilty people.[25] We had established them much better than We have established you, O Qureysh of Makkah, and endowed them with the faculties of hearing, seeing, and intellect. Yet their faculties of hearing, sight and intellect availed them nothing since they denied the revelations of Allah; and they were completely hemmed in by the same thing that they used to mock at.[26]


Nation of 'Ad rejected Allah's message, as a result she faced destruction

We have destroyed the towns which once flourished around you - and We repeatedly sent them Our revelations so that they may turn to the Right Way.[27] - Then Why did not those whom they worshipped besides Allah help them who they regarded as a means of attaining nearness to Him? But those deities utterly forsook them, because those were nothing but their lies and their false inventions.[28]


No deity can save people from the wrath of Allah

Tell them how We brought to you a group of jinns, who when they reached the place where you were reciting and listened to the Qur’an, said to each other: “Be silent." When the recitation was over, they returned to their people as warners.[29] They said “O our people! We have just listened to a Book that has been revealed after Musa which is confirming that what came before it, and it guides to the truth and to the Right Way.[30] O our people, answer the one who is calling you towards Allah and believe in him! Allah will forgive you your sins and save you from a painful punishment.[31] He that does not answer the one who is calling towards Allah, shall neither escape in the earth, nor shall have any to protect from Him. Surely such people are in manifest error."[32] Do they not see that Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth and was not wearied by their creation, has the power to raise the dead to life? Why not! Surely He has the power over everything.[33] On the Day when the unbelievers will be brought before the fire, Allah will ask: “Is this not real?” “Yes, by our Rabb!” They will answer. “Well, then taste the punishment now,” Will He reply, "in consequence of your disbelief."[34]


A group of jinns embraced Islam after hearing The Qur'an and became the preachers to their folk

Therefore, bear with them with patience, as did the Rasools endowed with firmness of purpose before you, and do not be in haste about them. On the Day when they shall see that which they are being threatened with, their life on earth will seem to them as if they had lived no more than an hour of a day. The Message of forewarning has been conveyed. Shall any be destroyed except the transgressors?[35]


Keep on passing the message of Allah and bear the disbelievers with patience

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Those deities whom mushrikïn invoke are not even aware that they are being invoked.
* The Qur'an is the word of Allah, not of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
* The Prophet is but a plain Warner.
* The Qur'an confirms the revelation of the Torah given to the Prophet Musa.
* Those who treat their parents with kindness shall be rewarded and those who rebuke their parents shall be punished.
* No deity can save people from the wrath of Allah.
* A group of jinns embraced Islam after hearing The Qur'an.
* Pass on the message of Allah and bear with the disbelievers patiently.

The 10th year of the Prophethood was a year of extreme persecution and distress in the prophet’s life. The Qureysh and the other tribes had continued their boycott of the Bani Hashim and the Muslims for three years and the Prophet and the people of his family and companions lay besieged in Shi‘b Abi Tãlib. The Qureysh had blocked up this area from all sides so that no supplies of any kind could reach the besieged people. Only during the Hajj season were they allowed to come out and purchase some articles of necessity. But even at that time, whenever Abu Lahab noticed any of them approaching the marketplace or a trading caravan he would call out to the merchants exhorting them to announce forbidding rates of their articles for them, and would pledge that he himself would buy those articles so that they did not suffer any loss. This boycott which continued uninterrupted for three years had broken the backs of the Muslims and the Bani Hashim, so much so that at times, they were forced to eat grass and the leaves of trees. At last, when the siege was lifted, Abu Tãlib, the Prophet’s uncle, who had been shielding him for ten long years, died. Hardly a month later his wife, Sayyidah Khadijah, who had been a source of peace and consolation for him ever since the beginning of the call, also passed away. Because of these tragic incidents which closely followed each other, the Prophet used to refer to this year as the year of sorrow and grief.

After the death of Sayyidah Khadijah and Abu Tãlib, the disbelievers of Makkah became even bolder in their campaign against the Prophet. The Prophet decided to go to Ta’if and approach the chiefs and nobles of the Bani Thaqïf. But, not only they refused to listen to him, they asked him to leave. When he was leaving, the chiefs of Thaqïf sent their slaves and scoundrels after him. They screamed at him, abused him and pelted him with stones for most of the way from both sides of the road until he broke down, wounded and bleeding. The degree of his injuries were such that his shoes were filled with blood. Wearied and exhausted, he took shelter in the shade of a wall of a garden outside Ta’if, and prayed:

“O Allah, to You I complain of my weakness, little resource, and lowliness before men. O Most Merciful, You are the Rabb of the weak, and You are my Rabb. To whom will You confide me? To the one who will misuse me, or to an enemy to whom You have given power over me? If You are not angry with me, I care not. Your favor is wide for me. I take refuge in the light of Your countenance by which the darkness is illuminated, and the things of this world and the next are rightly ordered, lest Your anger descends upon me or Your wrath lights upon me. It is for You to be satisfied until You are well pleased. There is no power and no might except Yours.” (Ibn Hisham: A. Guillaume’s Translation, p. 193).

Grief stricken and heart broken when he returned near Qarn al-Manazil, he felt as though the sky was overcast by clouds. He looked up and saw Gabriel in front of him, who called out: “Allah has heard the way your people have responded. He has, therefore, sent this angel in-charge of the mountains. You may command him as you please.” Then the angel of the mountains greeted him and submitted: "If you like, I will overturn the mountains from either side upon these people.” The Holy Prophet replied : “No, but I expect that Allah will create from their seed those who will worship none but Allah, the One.” (Bukhãri, Dhikr al Mala’ikah; Muslim: Kitab al-Maghazi; Nasa’i :Al-Bauth). One night when he was reciting the Qur’an in Prayer, a group of the jinn happened to pass by and listened to the Qur’an, believed in it, and returned to their people to preach Islam. Thus, Allah gave His Prophet the good news that, if people were running away from his invitation, there were many jinn, who had become believers, and they were spreading the message among their own kind. Anyone who keeps this background in view, and studies this Sürah will have no doubt left in his mind that this is not at all the composition of Muhammad (pbuh), but “a Revelation from the All Mighty, All Wise Allah.” For nowhere in this Sürah, from the beginning to end, does one find even a tinge of the human feelings and reactions, which are naturally produced in a man who is passing through such hard conditions. Considering the Prophet's prayer that is cited above which contains his own language, one can clearly note that its every word is saturated with the feelings that he had at the time.

No Chapter (Surah) Listen
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 # (46) The Curved Sand hills (Al-Ahqaf)

(35 Verses)