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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik

 

Now Playing # (57) The Iron (Al-Hadid)

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

SECTION: 1
All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Allah, and He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.[1] To Him belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth; it is He Who gives life and causes death; and He has power over all things.[2] He is the First and the Last, the Evident and the Immanent, and He has the knowledge of all things.[3] It is He Who created the heavens and the earth in six periods, then firmly established Himself on the throne of authority. He knows all that enters the earth and all that emerges from it, all that comes down from Heaven and all that ascends to it; and He is with you wherever you are. Allah is aware of all your actions.[4] To Him belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, and all affairs go back to Allah for decision.[5] He causes the night to pass into the day and the day to pass into the night, and He has knowledge of the inmost secrets of your hearts.[6] Believe in Allah and His Rasool and spend in charity out of what you have been made the inheritors of, for those of you who believe and spend in charity shall be richly rewarded.[7 ] What is the matter with you that you do not believe in Allah, whereas the Rasool is inviting you to believe in your Rabb, Who has indeed taken your covenant, if you are true men of faith?[8] He it is Who sends clear revelations to His servant, so that he may lead you from the depths of darkness into the light. Surely Allah is Most Kind and Most Merciful to you.[9] What is the matter with you that you do not spend in the Way of Allah, whereas to Allah belongs the inheritance of the heavens and the earth? Those of you who spent and fought in the Cause of Allah before the victory, shall receive higher ranks of honor than the others who spent and fought thereafter. Yet Allah has promised you all a good reward, and Allah is aware of all your actions.[10]

57:[1-10]


All that is in the heavens and earth glorifies Allah, Who created the heavens and earth in six periods and has the knowledge of everything




Those who spend in charity will be richly rewarded

SECTION: 2
Who is the one that will give to Allah a goodly loan, so that He may increase it manyfold to his credit and give him a liberal reward besides it.[11] On the Day of Judgment you shall see the true believing men and the believing women, with their light shining before them and on their right hands, and it will be said to them: “Rejoice today, you shall enter the gardens beneath which rivers flow, in which you shall live forever, and that is the highest achievement."[12] On that Day the hypocrite men and hypocrite women will say to the true believers: “Wait for us, that we may borrow some of your light." But they will be told: “Go away! Seek your light elsewhere." So a wall with a gate shall be set up between them. Inside there shall be mercy, and outside all along there shall be punishment of hell.[13] They will call out to the believers, saying: “Were we not on your side?” “Yes,” they will reply, “but you led yourselves into temptation, you wavered, you doubted, and were deceived by your vain desires until Allah’s command came, while the arch-deceiver (shaitãn) deceived you concerning Allah till the last moment."[14] They will be told, "Today no ransom shall be accepted from you, or from the unbelievers. Your abode is the fire: which you have justly earned, and it is an evil refuge."[15] Has not the time arrived for the believers to submit with fervent hearts to Allah’s warning and to the truth He has revealed, so that they may not become like those who were given the Book before this, even though their term was prolonged for them but their hearts became hardened? Today most among them are transgressors.[16] You should know that Allah restores the earth to life after its death. We have spelled out Our revelations for you, so that you may understand.[17] Surely the charitable men and the charitable women, and those who give a goodly loan to Allah, shall be repaid manyfold, and also be given a liberal reward besides it.[18] Those who believe in Allah and His Rasool, they are the truthful and the true witnesses in the sight of their Rabb; they shall have their reward and their light. But those who disbelieve and reject Our revelations; they shall be the inmates of hellfire.[19]

57:[11-19]


On that Day the true believers will have their light shining before them while the hypocrites will have their fate no different than the disbelievers





Those who spend in charity will be repaid manyfold and also be given liberal reward besides it

SECTION: 3
You should know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, a show and boasting among yourselves, a quest for greater riches and more children. Its similitude is that of vegetation that flourishes after rain: the growth of which delights the tillers, then it withers and you see it turn yellow, soon it becomes dry and crumbles away. In the hereafter there will be either severe punishment or forgiveness from Allah and His good pleasure. The life of this world is nothing but an illusion.[20] Therefore, earnestly strive for the forgiveness of your Rabb and for the paradise which is as vast as the heaven and the earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Rasools. Such is the grace of Allah, which He bestows on whom He pleases, and Allah is the Owner of mighty grace.[21] No affliction can happen on earth nor to your souls, which is not recorded in a Book, before We bring it into existence; surely that is easy for Allah.[22] This is done so that you may not grieve for the things that you miss, or be overjoyed at what you gain; for Allah does not love any vainglorious boaster,[23] nor those who, being stingy themselves, enjoin others to be stingy also. He that gives no heed should know that Allah is free of all needs, worthy of all praises.[24] Surely We sent Our Rasools with clear signs, and sent down with them the Book and the Scales of Justice, so that men may conduct themselves with fairness. We also sent down Iron, with its mighty strength and diverse uses for mankind, so that Allah may know those who will help Him, though unseen, and help His Rasools. Surely Allah is All-Powerful, All-Mighty.[25]

57:[20-25]


Life of this world is but play, amusement and illusion



Do not grieve for the things that you miss, nor overjoy at what you gain

SECTION: 4
We sent Nüh (Noah) and Ibrãhïm (Abraham), and bestowed among their descendants Prophethood and the Book. Some of them adopted the right guidance, but most of them were transgressors.[26] After them We sent other Rasools, one after the other, and followed them with Isa (Jesus) the son of Maryam. We gave him The Injeel (Gospel), and put compassion and mercy into the hearts of his followers. As for monasticism, they instituted it themselves - for We did not enjoin it on them - in order to seek the good pleasure of Allah, but they did not observe it as it should have been observed. Yet We rewarded those among them who were true believers, but most of them are transgressors.[27] O believers! Fear Allah and believe in His Rasool (Muhammad, peace be upon him). He will grant you a double share of His mercy, provide for you a light to walk with and forgive you your sins. Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.[28] You should adopt this way so that the people of the Book may know that they do not have the sole right to the grace of Allah, and that His grace is entirely in His own hands, which He bestows on whomever He wills: and Allah is the Owner of mighty grace.[29]

57:[26-29]


Prophets Nüh, Ibrãhïm and Isa (Jesus) were sent for guidance to the Right Path. As for the monasticism, people instituted it themselves

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Allah created the heavens and the earth in six periods and has the knowledge of everything.
* On that Day, the true believers will have their light shining before them while the hypocrites will have a fate similar to the disbelievers.
* Those who spend in charity will be repaid manyfold and also be given a liberal reward besides it.
* The life of this world is but play, amusement and illusion.
* Do not grieve for the things that you miss, nor overjoy at what you gain.
* Prophets Nüh, Ibrãhïm and Isa (Jesus) were sent for guidance to the Right Path, as for the monasticism, people instituted it themselves.

This Sürah persuades the Muslims to make monetary sacrifices in particular, and to make them realize that Islam did not merely consist in verbal affirmation and some outward practices, but its essence and spirit is sincerity towards Allah and His Religion. The faith of the one who was devoid of this spirit and who regarded his own self and wealth as dearer to himself than Allah and His Religion, was hollow and has no value in the sight of Allah. The attributes of Allah Almighty are mentioned in order to make the listeners realize as to Who is addressing them. Then, the following guidance is given:

  1. The inevitable demand of the Faith is that one should not shirk spending one’s wealth for the sake of Allah. In fact the wealth belongs to Allah, and man has been granted proprietary rights only as His vicegerent. Yesterday this wealth was in other people’s possession, today it is with you, and tomorrow it will pass onto someone else. Ultimately, it will go back to Allah, Who is the inheritor of everything in the universe. Only that portion of this wealth will be of any use to man, which he spends in the Cause of Allah during the period it is in his possession.
  2. Although making sacrifices for the Sake of Allah is commendable in all cases, the true worth of these sacrifices is determined by the nature of the occasion. There is an occasion when the power of paganism is overwhelming and there is a danger that it might subdue and overcome Islam completely; there is another occasion when Islam is in a stronger position in its struggle against paganism and the believers are attaining victories. Both these states are not equal as regards their respective importance. Therefore, the sacrifices that are made in these different states would also not be equal. Those who sacrifice their lives and expend their wealth to further promote the Cause of Islam when it is already strong cannot attain to the rank of those who struggled with their lives and their wealth to promote and uphold the cause of Islam when it was weak.
  3. Whatever is spent for the Cause of Islam is a loan to Allah. Allah will not only return it manyfold, but will also give from Himself an extra reward.
  4. In the Hereafter, the Light shall be bestowed only on those believers who spent their wealth in the Cause of Allah. As for the hypocrites who watched and served only their own interests in the world, and who were least bothered whether the Truth or falsehood prevailed, they will be segregated from the believers in the Hereafter. Not only will they be deprived of the Light, but will be counted among the disbelievers.
  5. The life of this world is like a crop which flourishes and blooms, then turns pale and then finally is reduced to chaff. The everlasting life is the life Hereafter when results of great consequence will be announced. Therefore, if one has to envy for something, it should be for Paradise.
  6. Whatever good a man gets and whatever hardship he suffers in the world, is preordained by Allah. A true believer is he who does not lose heart in affliction and is not puffed up with pride in good times.
  7. Allah sent His Messengers with clear signs and the Book and the Law of Justice so that the people may conduct their affairs in justice, and He sent down iron so that power may be used to establish the Truth and vanquish falsehood.
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Now Playing # (57) The Iron (Al-Hadid) (29 Verses)