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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik

 

Now Playing # (74) The Cloaked One (Al-Muddathir)

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

SECTION: 1
O Muddaththir (the one enveloped - one of the nicknames of Prophet Muhammad)![1] Stand up and warn.[2] Proclaim the greatness of your Rabb,[3] purify your clothes,[4] keep yourself away from uncleanliness,[5] do not favor others to expect a gain,[6] and be patient for the sake of your Rabb.[7]

74:[1-7]


Instructions to the Prophet for cleanliness and patience

When the Trumpet will be sounded,[8] that Day will be a very difficult Day,[9] not easy for the disbelievers.[10] Leave Me and the one (Walïd bin Mughïrah, a staunch opponent of the Prophet) whom I created, alone.[11] I gave him abundant resources,[12] thriving sons,[13] and made his life smooth and comfortable.[14] Yet he hopes that I shall give him more.[15] By no means! Because he has stubbornly denied Our revelations.[16] Soon I shall make him suffer mounting calamities,[17] surely he pondered and devised a plot.[18] May he perish, how he plotted![19] Again, may he perish, how he plotted![20] He looked around,[21] frowned and scowled,[22] then he turned his back in scornful pride[23] and said: “This is nothing but a magic from the old,[24] this is nothing but the word of a human being."[25] Soon I shall cast him into Saqar.[26] What will make you understand, what Saqar is?[27] It is burning fire which leaves nothing and spares none.[28] It shrivels human flesh.[29] It is guarded by nineteen guards.[30] We have appointed none but angels as wardens of the fire; and We have made their number a trial for the unbelievers, so that the People of the Book may be convinced and the faith of the true believers may be increased, and that no doubts will be left for the People of the Book and the believers, and that those in whose hearts there is a disease and the disbelievers may say: “What could Allah mean by this parable?” Thus, Allah leaves to stray whom He wills and guides whom He pleases. No one knows the forces of your Rabb except Himself, and this (Qur'an) is nothing but a reminder to mankind.[31]

74:[8-31]

The Day of Judgment will be very difficult, especially for those who deny Allah's revelations and oppose His cause

SECTION: 2
Nay! By the moon,[32] by the departing night[33] and by the coming of dawn,[34] surely this hellfire is one of mighty scourge,[35] a warning to mankind;[36] to any of you who chooses to go forward or to lag behind.[37] Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds,[38] except the people of the right hand,[39] who shall be in paradise. They will ask[40] from the culprits:[41] “What brought you into hell?”[42] They will answer: “We did not use to offer the Salah (prayers),[43] we did not use to feed the poor,[44] we used to join those who wasted their time in vain talk,[45] and we used to deny the Day of Judgment,[46] until death overtook us."[47] On that Day, no intercession of any intercessors shall profit them.[48] Then what is the matter with them that they turn away from this admonition?[49] Like frightened donkeys[50] fleeing from a lion.[51] Nay, each of them wants a scripture of his own to be unrolled before him.[52] But no! The fact is that they do not fear the Hereafter.[53] But no! Surely this Qur’an is an admonition.[54] Let him who wills take heed.[55] But none takes heed except by the will of Allah. He Alone is worthy to be feared and He Alone is worthy to forgive those who fear Him.[56]

74:[32-56]


Actions which lead to hellfire are: Not offering Salah, not feeding the poor, wasting time in vain talk and denying the Day of Judgment

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* Instructions to the Prophet for cleanliness and patience.
* The fact that the Day of Judgement will be very difficult especially for those who deny Allah’s revelations and oppose His cause.
* Actions which lead to the hellfire are: Not offering Salah, not feeding the poor, wasting time in vain talk and denying the Day of Judgement.
 

The earliest revelation to the Prophet (pbuh) was the first five verses of Sürah Al-'Alaq, in which it was said: “Read (O Prophet), in the name of your Rabb, Who created: created man from a clot of congealed blood. Read; and your Rabb is Most Generous, Who taught knowledge by the pen, taught man what he did not know.”

This was his first experience of revelation, therefore, in this Message it was not told what great mission he was being entrusted with and what duties he had to perform in the future. He was only initiated into it and then left alone for a while in order to absorb the great strain this experience had caused him and to allow him to become mentally prepared to receive the revelation and perform the prophetic mission in the future. After this intermission, when the revelation was resumed, the first seven verses of Sürah Al-Muddaththir were revealed. In these Ayat, he was for the first time commanded to arise and warn the people of the consequences of the way of life they were following and to proclaim the greatness of Allah in a world where others were being magnified without any justification. He was given this instruction: "The demand of the unique mission that you are to perform now, is that your life should be pure in every respect and you should carry out the duty of reforming your people sincerely, irrespective of any worldly gain." Then, in the last sentence, he is exhorted to endure with patience, for the sake of his Rabb, all the hardships and troubles that he might have to face while performing his mission.

In the implementation of this Divine Command, when the Prophet began to preach Islam and recite the Qur’anic Sürahs revealed successively, the people of Makkah felt alarmed, and it provoked a great storm of opposition and hostility. A few months passed in this state until the Hajj season approached. The people of Makkah feared that if Muhammad (pbuh) started visiting the caravans of the pilgrims coming from all over Arabia at their resting places reciting the spell binding and unique verses of the Qur’an to their assemblies, his message would eventually reach every part of Arabia and influence countless people. Therefore, the Qureysh chiefs held a conference and decided that they would start a propaganda campaign against the Prophet (pbuh) among the pilgrims as soon as they arrived. After they had agreed on this, Walïd bin Al-Mughirah said to the assembled people: “If you say contradictory things about Muhammad, we all would lose our trust among the people. Therefore, let us agree upon one opinion, which we should all say without dispute. They all requested Walïd to come up with some statement and he said: "Let me think it over for awhile." Then, after prolonged thought and consideration, he said: "The nearest thing to the truth is that you tell the Arabs that he is a sorcerer, who has brought a message by which he separates a man from his father, and from his brother, and from his wife and children, and from his family." They all agreed on what Walïd had proposed. Then, in accordance to the scheme, the men of Qureysh spread out among the pilgrims of Hajj and warned everyone that they should avoid the sorcery of Muhammad through which he stirs up division among the families.” But the plan, which the Qureysh chiefs carried out, yielded results contrary to what they had expected and actually favored the Prophet and his name became known throughout Arabia.

(Ibn Hisham, pp. 288-289) In conclusion, this Sürah clearly states: "Allah does not stand in need of anybody’s faith. The Qur’an is an admonition that has been presented before the people openly; now whoever wants may accept it. Allah has the right that the people should fear Him and He Alone has the power to forgive the one who adopts piety and God consciousness, even though one may have committed many acts of disobedience in the past."
 

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20 Ta-Ha (Ta-Ha) listen
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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
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30 The Romans (Al-Rum) listen
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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 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 # (74) The Cloaked One (Al-Muddathir) (56 Verses)