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The Groups (Az-Zumar)

In the name of Allah, Gracious, Merciful.

1The revelation of this book is from Allah, the exalted in power, full of wisdom.

2Verily, it is We who have revealed the book to you in truth: so serve Allah, offering Him sincere devotion.

3Is it not to Allah that sincere devotion is due? But those who take for protectors other than Allah say: “We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to Allah.” Truly, Allah will judge between them in that wherein they differ. But Allah guides not such as are false and ungrateful.1

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

1Tanzilul kitabi minal lahil azizil hakim

2Inna anzalna ilaikal kitaba bil haqqi fa budil laha mukhlisal lahud din

3Ala lil lahi dinul halis wa lazina takhazu min dunihi auliya a ma nabuduhum illa liyuqar ribuna ilallahi zulfa innal laha yahkumu bainahum fi ma hum fihi yahtalifun innal laha la yahdi man huwa kazibun kafar

1. Idolatry is not only the worship of other gods, but also associating partners with God Almighty is equally idolatry. There are those who take the saying ‘heavens help those who help themselves’ to a new level by claiming that heavenly and the ghosts of departed saints can help bring us near to God Almighty.

Well, there is no Biblical proof of this, rather in the Bible we read that to be nearer to God one must first consecrate oneself (2 Chronicles 29:31). It does not mention going to God Almighty through an intermediary. In the New testament, we are told to come to God Almighty through Jesus Christ who is the Word of God Almighty John 15:1-27, John 1:1-3). This is also on account of what Christ has done for all of us, He died for our sins so that we would receive eternal life through faith in Him.

4Had Allah wished to take to Himself a son He could have chosen whom He pleased out of those whom He does create: but Glory be to Him! He is above such things. He is Allah the one the irresistible.2

5He created the heavens and the earth in true proportions: He makes the night overlap the day and the day overlap the night: He has subjected the sun and the moon, each one follows a course for a time appointed. Is not He the exalted in power, He who forgives again and again?

6He created you from a single person: then created of like nature his mate; and He sent down for you eight head of cattle in pairs: He makes you in the wombs of your mothers in stages one after another in three veils of darkness. Such is Allah your Lord: to Him belongs dominion. There is no god but He: then how are you turned away?3

4Lau aradal lahu ayyat takhiza wa ladal lastafa mim ma yakhluqu ma yasya u subhanah huwal lahul wahidul qah har

5Halaqa samawati walarda bil haq yukaw wirul laila qalan nahari wa yukaw wirun nahara alal laili wa sa hara samsa wal qamar kullu yajri li ajalim musam ma ala huwal azizul gafar

6Halaqakum min nafsi wahidatin summa jaala minha zaujaha wa anzala lakum minal anami samaniyata azwaj yahlukuqum fi butuni ummahatikum halqam min badi halqin fi zulumatin salats zalikumul lahu rabbukum lahul mulku la ilaha il la huw fa anna tusrafun

2. Please refer to notes on Qur’an 112.

3. Man was created male and female and I am sure that the animals and other creations who need to cohabit with an opposite sex in order to procreate were also created male and female. To say that God Almighty created eight heads of cattle is to be presumptuous about God’s master plan for all His creation. Genesis 1:20-31 shares no such thought.

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7It you reject Allah truly, Allah has no need of you; but He likes not ingratitude from His servants: if you are grateful He is pleased with you. No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another. In the end to your Lord is your return, when He will tell you the truth of all that you did in this life. For He knows well all that is in men’s hearts.

8When some trouble touches man, he cries unto his Lord, turning to Him in repentance: but when He bestows a favor upon him as from Himself, man does forget what he cried and prayed for before, and he does set up rivals unto Allah, thus misleading others from Allah’s path. Say “Enjoy your blasphemy for a little while: verily, you are one of the companions of the fire!”

7Intakfuru fa innallaha ganiyun ankum wa la yarda liibadihil kufr wa intaskuru yardahu lakum wa la taziru waziratu wizra ukha summa ila rabbikum marjiukum fayunab bi ukum bima kuntum tamaluna innahu alimun bizatis sudur

8Wa iza masal insana durun daa rabbahu muniban ilaihi summa iza ha wa lahu nimatam minhu nasiya ma kana yadu ilaihi min qablu wa jaala lil lahi andadal liyudil la an sabilih qul tamat bikufrika qalilan innaka min as habin nar

[Commentary continues below.]

9Is one who worships devoutly during the hours of the night prostrating himself or standing, who takes heed of the hereafter and who places his hope in the mercy of his Lord? Say: “Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? It is those who are endued with understanding that receive admonition.”

10Say: “O my servants who believe! Fear your Lord: good is for those who do good in this world. Spacious is Allah’s earth! Those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward without measure!”

11Say: “Verily, I am commanded to serve Allah with sincere devotion;

12“And I am commanded to be the first of those who bow to Allah in Islam.”4

13Say: “I would if I disobeyed my Lord indeed, have fear of the penalty of a mighty day.”

9Amman huwa qanitun anna allaili sajida waqa ima yah zarul ahirata wa yarju rahmata rabbih qul hal yastaw lazina yalamuna wa lazina la yalamun innama yataza karu ulul albab

10Qul ya ibadil lazina amanu taqu rabbakum lil lazina ahsanu fi hazihid dunya hasanah wa ardul lahi wasiah innama yuwa fa sabiruna ajrahum bigairi hisab

11Qul inni umirtu an abudal laha muhlisal lahud din

12Wa umirtu li an akuna awalal muslimin

13Qul inni akhafu in ashaitu rabbi azaba yaumin azim

4. It is very difficult to argue with facts, unless one has evidence to counter the facts. That is what seems to be going on here. Muhammad is told to say that he is the first, not the second or one of those, but the first to bow to Allah in Islam. This being the case how does he explain the claim that the prophets of old were all Muslims? If Muhammad was the first of the Muslims that means before him there are or were no Muslims. See Qur’an 3:67.

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14Say: “It is Allah I serve with my sincere devotion:

15“Serve what you will besides Him.” Say: “Truly those in loss are those who lose their own souls and their people on the day of judgment: Ah! that is indeed the evident loss!”

16They shall have layers of fire above them and layers below them: with this does Allah warn off His servants: “O my servants! Then fear Me!”

17Those who eschew evil and fall not into its worship and turn to Allah, for them is good news: so announce the good news to My servants.

14Qulil lahi abudu muhlisal lahu dini

15Fabudu ma situm min dunih qul innal hasirinal lazina hasiru anfusahum wa ahlihim yaumal qiyamah ala zalika huwal husranul mubin

16Lahum min fauqihim zulalum minan nari wa min tahtihim zulal zalika yukaw wiful lahu bihi ibadah ya ibadi fataqun

17Wal lazinaj tanabu taguta ayabuduha wa anabu ilal lahi la humul busra fabas sir ibad

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18Those who listen to the word and follow the best meaning in it: those are the ones whom Allah has guided and those are the ones endued with understanding.

19Is then one against whom the decree of punishment is justly due equal to one who eschews evil? Would you then deliver one who is in the fire?5

20But it is for those who fear their Lord that lofty mansions, one above another have been built: beneath them flow rivers: such is the promise of Allah: never does Allah fail in promise.6

18Allazina yastamiunal qaula faya tbiuna ahsanah ulaikal lazina hadahumul lahu wa ulaika hum ulul albab

19Afaman haqqa alaihi kalimatul azab afa anta tunqizu man finar

20Lakinil lazina rabbahum lahum gurafum min fauqiha gurafum mabni yatun tajri min tahtihal anharu wadal lah la yuhliful lahul miad

5. If there is no mercy for those in the fire, why does the Qur’an in 19:69-72 say that God will deliver some from the hell fire after they enter therein. The fact is that one is awarded only that which they have earned. There is no exit for those who go to hell.

6. Such is what Jesus has promised His followers (John 14:6) Muhammad’s promise please refer to Qur’an 19:69-72.

21Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky and leads it through springs in the earth? Then He causes to grow therewith produce of various colors: then it withers; you will see it grow yellow; then He makes it dry up and crumble away. Truly in this is a message of remembrance to men of understanding.

22Is one whose heart Allah has opened to Islam so that he has received enlightenment from Allah no better than one hard hearted? Woe to those whose hearts are hardened against celebrating the praises of Allah! They are manifestly wandering in error!

 

21Alam tara annal laha anzala minas sama i ma an fasalakahu yanabia filardi summa yuhriju bihi zaram muhtalifan alwanuhu summa yahiju fatarahu musfa ran summa yajaluhu hutaman inna fi zalika lazikra li ulil albab

22Afaman sarahal lahu sadrahu lil islami fahuwa ala nurim mi rabbih fawailul lilqasiyati qulubuhum min zikril lah ulaika fi dalalim mubin

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23Allah has revealed the most beautiful message in the form of a book, consistent with itself, repeating its teaching in various aspects: the skins of those who fear their Lord tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the celebration of Allah’s praises. Such is the guidance of Allah: He guides therewith whom He pleases but such as Allah leaves to stray can have none to guide.7

24Is then one who has to fear the brunt of the penalty on the day of judgment on his face like one guarded therefrom? It will be said to the wrongdoers: “Taste the fruits of what you earned!”

25Those before them rejected revelation and so the punishment came to them from directions they did not perceive.

26So Allah gave them a taste of humiliation in the present life but greater is the punishment of the hereafter, if they only knew!

27We have put forth for men in this Qur’an every kind of parable in order that they may receive admonition.

28It is a Qur’an in Arabic without any crookedness therein: in order that they may guard against evil.

 

23Allahu na zala ahsanal hadisi kitabam mutasabiham matsa niyataq sa iru minhu juludul lazina yahsauna rabbahum summa talinu juluduhum wa qulubuhum ila zikril lah zalika hudal lahi yahdi bihi ma yasya wa man yudlilil lahu fama lahu min had

24Afama yataqi biwajihi su al azabi yaumal qiyamati wa qila lizalimina zuqu ma kuntum taksibun

25Ka zabal lazina min qablihim fatahumul azabu min haitsu la yasurun

26Fa azaqahumul lahul hizya fil hayatid dunya wa laazabul ahirati akbar lau kanu yalamun

27Wa laqad darabna linasi fi haazal qurani min kulli matsalil la allahum yataza karun

28Quranan arabiy yan gaira zi iwajil laal lahum ya taqun

7. The Qur’an was not revealed as a Book, Rather, it was revealed in bits and pieces and later on put together as a Book after the death of Muhammad. In Sahih Al-Bukhari’s Hadith 4.62 narrated by Kharija bin Zaid; we read,

Zaid bin Thabit said, “When the Quran was compiled from various written manuscripts, one of the verses of Surat Al-Ahzab was missing which I used to hear Allah’s Apostle reciting. I could not find it except with Khuzaima bin Thabjt Al-Ansari, whose witness Allah’s Apostle regarded as equal to the witness of two men. And the verse was: “Among the believers are men who have been true to what they covenanted with Allah.

In Biographies of Companions and under the subject Zayd ibn Thabit, we read,

After the death of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, the task fell on this fortunate young man who specialized in the Quran to authenticate the first and most important reference for the ummah of Muhammad. This became an urgent task after the wars of apostasy and the Battle of Yamamah in particular in which a large number of those who had committed the Quran to memory perished. Umar convinced the Khalifah Abu Bakr that unless the Quran was collected in one manuscript, a large part of it was in danger of being lost.

 

Abu Bakr summoned Zayd ibn Thabit and said to him: “You are an intelligent young man and we do not suspect you (of telling lies or of forgetfulness) and you used to write the Divine revelation for Allah’s Messenger. Therefore look for (all parts of) the Quran and collect it in one manuscript.”

Zayd was immediately aware of the weighty responsibility. He later said: “By Allah, if he (Abu Bakr) had ordered me to shift one of the mountains from its place, it would not have been harder for me than what he had ordered me concerning the collection of the Quran.” Zayd finally accepted the task and, according to him, “started locating the Quranic material and collecting it from parchments, scapula, leafstalks of date palms and from the memories of men (who knew it by heart)”. It was a painstaking task and Zayd was careful that not a single error, however slight or unintentional, should creep into the work. When Zayd had completed his task, he left the prepared suhuf or sheets with Abu Bakr.

Before he died, Abu Bakr left the suhuf with Umar who in turn left it with his daughter Hafsah. Hafsah, Umm Salamah and Aishah were wives of the Prophet, may Allah be pleased with them, who memorized the Quran. During the time of Uthman, by which time Islam had spread far and wide, differences in reading the Quran became obvious. A group of companions of the Prophet, headed by Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman, who was then stationed in Iraq, came to Uthman and urged him to “save the Muslim ummah before they differ about the Quran”.

Uthman obtained the manuscript of the Quran from Hafsah and again summoned the leading authority, Zayd ibn Thabit, and some other competent companions to make accurate copies of it. Zayd was put in charge of the operation. He completed the task with the same meticulousness with which he compiled the original suhuf during the time of Abu Bakr. Zayd and his assistants wrote many copies. One of these Uthman sent to every Muslim province with the order that all other Quranic materials whether written in fragmentary manuscripts or whole copies be burnt. This was important in order to eliminate any variations or differences from the standard text of the Quran. Uthman kept a copy for himself and returned the original manuscript to Hafsah.

29Allah puts forth a parable, a man belonging to many partners at variance with each other and a man belonging entirely to one master: are those two equal in comparison? Praise be to Allah! But most of them have no knowledge.8

30Truly you will die and truly, they too will die one day.

31In the end will you on the day of judgment settle your disputes in the presence of your Lord.

32Who then does more wrong than one who utters a lie concerning Allah and rejects the truth when it comes to him? Is there not in hell an abode for blasphemers?

33And he who brings the truth and he who confirms and supports it, such are the men who do right.

34They shall have all that they wish for in the presence of their Lord: such is the reward of those who do good:

29Darabal lahu matsaral rajulan fihi suraka u mutasakisuna wa rajulan salamal lirajulin hal yastawiyani masalan alhamdu lil lah bal aksaruhum la yalamun

30Innaka mayitu wa innahum mayitun

31Summa innakum yaumal qiyamati inda rabbikum taktasimun

32Faman azhlamu mim man kazaba alal lahi wa ka zaba bis sidiq iz ja ah alaisa fi jahan nama matswal lilkafirin

33Wal lazi ja a bis sidiqqa saddaqa bihi ulaika humul mutaqun

34Lahum ma yasya una inda rabbihim zalika jaza ul muhsinin

8. This verse creates doubt as to who was speaking, was it another Allah or Muhammad, in either case it jeopardizes the credibility of the Qur’an which is claimed to be the exclusive word of Allah.

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35So that Allah will turn off from them the worst in their deeds and give them their reward according to the best of what they have done.

36Is not Allah enough for His servant? But they try to frighten you with other gods besides him! For such as Allah leaves to stray, there can be no guide.

37And such as Allah does guide, there can be none to lead astray, is not Allah exalted in power, Lord of retribution?

35Liyukaf firal lahu anhum aswa allazi amilu wa yajziyahum ajrahum bi ahsani lazi kanu yamalun

36Alaisal lahu bikafin abdah wa yuka wifunaka bil lazina min dunih wa ma yudlilil lahu fama lahu min had

37Wa ma yahdil lahu lama lahu mim mudil alaisal lahu biazizin zintiqam

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38If indeed you ask them who it is that created the heavens and the earth, they would be sure to say “Allah.” Say: “Do you then see? The things that you invoke besides Allah, can they if Allah wills some penalty for me remove His penalty? Or if He wills some grace for me can they keep back His grace?” Say: “Sufficient is Allah for me! In Him trust those who put their trust.”

39Say: “O my people! Do whatever you can: I will do my part: but soon will you know

40“Who it is to whom come a penalty of ignominy and on whom descends a penalty that abides.”

38Wa la insa altahum man halaqa samawati walarda layaqulun nallah qul afara aitum ma taduna min dunil lahi in aradaniyal lahu bidur rin hal hun na kasifatu durihi au aradani birahmatin hal hun na mumsikaturahmatih qul hasbiyal lah alaihi yatakwak kalul mutawak kilun

39Qul ya qaumimalu ala makanatikum inni amilun fasaufa talamun

40Ma yatihi azabu yukhzihi wa wa yahil lu alaihi azabun muqim

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41Verily, We have revealed the book to you in truth for mankind. He then that receives guidance benefits his own soul: but he that strays injures his own soul. Nor are you set over them to dispose of their affairs.

42It is Allah that takes the souls of men at death: and those that die not He takes during their sleep, those on whom He has passed the decree of death, He keeps back from returning to life, but the rest He sends for a term appointed. Verily, in this are signs for those who reflect.

43What! Do they take for intercessors others besides Allah? Say: “Even if they have no power whatever and no intelligence?”

44Say: “To Allah belongs exclusively the right to grant intercession: to Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: in the end it is to Him that you shall be brought back.”

41Inna anzalna alaikal kitaba linna si bil haq famanih tada falinafsih wa man dal la fa innama yadil lu alaiha wa ma anta alaihin biwaki

42Allahu yatawa fal anfusa hina mautiha wal lati lam tamut fi manamiha fayumsikul lati qada alaihal mauta wa yursilul ukhra ila ajalin musam ma inna fi zalika la ayatil liqaumiy yatafak karun

43Amit takhazu min dunil lahi sufa a qul awalau kanu la yamilikuna sai awa la yaqilun

44Qullil lahi safa atu jami a lahu mulku samawati walardi summa ilaihi turja un

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45And when Allah, the one and only is mentioned, the hearts of those who believe not in the hereafter are filled with disgust and horror; but when other than He are mentioned, behold they are filled with joy!

46Say: “O Allah! Creator of the heavens and the earth! Knower of all that is hidden and open! It is You that will judge between Your servants in those matters about which they have differed.”

47Even if the wrongdoers had all that there is on earth and as much more in vain would they offer it for ransom from the pain of the penalty on the day of judgment: but something will confront them from Allah which they could never have counted upon!

48And for the evils of their deeds will confront them and they will be encircled by that which they used to mock at!

45Wa iza zukiral lahu wahsahus ma azat qulubul lazina la yuminuna bil akhirah wa iza zukiral lazina min dunihi iza hum yastabsirun

46Qulil lahum ma fatira samawati walard alimal gaibi wa sahadati anta tahkumu baina fibadika fima kanu fihi yakhtalifun

47Wa lau anna lil lazina zalamu ma filardi jamiaw mitslahu maahu laftadau bihi min suil azabi yaumai qiyamah wa badalahum minal lahi ma lam yakunu yahtasibun

48Wa badalahum sa yiatu ma kasabu wa haqa bihim ma kanu bihi yastahzi un

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49Now when trouble touches man he cries to Us; but when We bestow a favor upon him as from Ourselves he says “This has been given to me because of a certain knowledge!” No, but this is but a trial but most of them understand not!9

50Thus did the generations before them say! But all that they did was of no profit to them.

51No, the evil results of their deeds overtook them. And the wrongdoers of this generation, the evil results of their deeds will soon overtake them, and they will never be able to frustrate Our plan!

52Know they not that Allah enlarges the provision or restricts it for any He pleases? Verily, in this are signs for those who believe!

49Fa iza ma sam insana dur run daana sum ma iza khaw walnahu nimatam min na qala innama utituhu ala ilm bal hiya fitnatuw wa lakin na aksarahum la yalamun

50Qad dalahal lazina min qablihim fama agna anhum ma kanu yaksibun

51Fa ashabahum sa yiatu ma kasabu wal lazina zalamu min haula I sayusibihim sa yiatu ma kasabu wa ma hum bimujizin

52Awalam yalamu annal laha yabsuthu rijqa lima yasya u wa yaqdir inna fi zalika la ayatil liqaumiy yuminun

9. Has Muhammad now become an Allah that he should speak in the first person plural? Something to think about.

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53Say: “O My servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is always forgiving, most merciful.

54“Turn to your Lord and bow to Him before the penalty comes on you: after that you shall not be helped.

55“And follow the best of the courses revealed to you from your Lord before the penalty comes on you of a sudden, while you perceive not!

56“Lest the soul should say: Ah! woe is me! In that I neglected my duty towards Allah and was but among those who mocked!’

53Qul ya ibadiyal lazina asrafu ala anfusihim la taqnatu mi rahmatil lah innal lah innal laha yagfiruz zunuba jamia innahu huwal gafuru rahim

54Wa anibu ila rabbikum wa aslimu lahu min qabli ayatiyakumul azabu summa la tunsarun

55Wa tabiu ahsana ma unzila ilaikum mi rabbikum min qabli a yatiyakumul azabu bagtata wa antum la tasurun

56An taqula nafsu ya hasrata ala ma fa rathu fi jan bil lahi wa inkuntu lamina sahirin

[Commentary continues below.]

57“Or it should say: `If only Allah had guided me I should certainly have been among the righteous!10

58“Or it should say when it sees the penalty: `If only I had another chance I should certainly be among those who do good!’11

59No, but there came to you My signs and you did reject them: you were haughty and became one of those who reject faith!’

60And on the day of judgment will you see those who told lies against Allah; their faces will be turned black; is there not in hell an abode for the haughty?

61And Allah will deliver the righteous to their place of salvation: no evil shall touch them nor shall they grieve.

57An taqula lau annal laha hadani lakuntu la minal mutaqin

58Au taqula hina taral azaba lau anna lika ratan fa akuna minal muhsinin

59Bala qad ja atka ayati faka zabta biha wastakbarta wa kunta minal kafirin

60Wa yaumal qiyamati taral lazina kazabu alal lahi wujuhuhum mus waddah alaisa fi jahannama matswal lil mutakab birin

61Wa yunaj jil lahul lazina taqau bimafazatihim la yama suhumu su uwa la hum yahzanun

10. Do not wait until it is too late, guidance is coming to you from God Almighty, in answer to your prayers in Qur’an 1, Guide us to the straight path. Is this Allah asking for direction or you asking for direction. Once again, the credibility of the Qur’an stands in question. For sure we know that God responds to those who call on Him for salvation.

11. There are no second chances after death. Today is your day of salvation, repent and accept the grace of God through Christ.

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62Allah is the creator of all things and He is the guardian and disposer of all affairs.

63To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth: and those who reject the signs of Allah, it is they who will be in loss.

64Say: “Is it someone other than Allah that you order me to worship, O ignorant ones?”

65And it has already been revealed to you as it was to those before you “If you were to join gods with Allah, truly, fruitless will be your work, and you will surely be in the ranks of those who lose all spiritual good.”

66No, but worship Allah and be of those who give thanks

62Allahu khaliqu kulli saii wa huwa ala kulli saii wakil

63Lahu maqalidu samawati walard wal lazina kafaru bi ayatil lahi ulaika humul khasirun

64Qul afaghairal lahi tamurun ni abudu ayuhal jahilun

65Wa laqad uhiya ilaika wa ilal lazina min qablik la in asrakta layahbatana amaluka wa latakunan na minal khasirin

66Balil laha fabud wa kum minas sakirin

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67No just estimate have they made of Allah such as is due to Him: on the day of judgment the whole of the earth will be but His handful, and the heavens will be rolled up in His right hand: Glory to Him! high is He above the partners they attribute to Him!

68The trumpet will be sounded when all that are in the heavens and on earth will swoon, except such as it will please Allah. Then will a second one be sounded when behold, they will be standing and looking on!

69And the earth will shine with the glory of its Lord: the record will be placed open; the prophets and the witnesses will be brought forward: and a just decision pronounced between them; and they will not be wronged in the least.12

70And to every soul will be paid in full of its deeds; and Allah knows best all that they do.

67Wa ma qadarul laha haq qa qadrihi walardu jamian qabdatuhu yaumal qiyamati wa samawatu matwiy yatun biyaminih subhanahu wataala amma yusrikun

68Wa nufikha fi suri fashaiqa man fi samawati wa man filardi illa man sa allah summa nufikha fihi ukhra fa iza hum qiyamu yanzhurun

69Wa asraqatil ardu binuri rabbiha wa wudial kitabu wa ji a bin nabiyina wa suhada I wa qudiya bainahum bil haqqi wa hum la yuzlamun

70Wa wuf fiyat kullu nafsim ma amilat wa huwa alamu bima yafalun

12. The Qur’an makes the assumption that no prophet will go to hell, it does not make a distinction between the true and false prophets. The Bible is full of warning against false prophets and their end. The Qur’an overlooks this fact and blanketly states that no prophet would be harmed in any way. This is partly because the Qur’an teaches that prophets are sinless (21:27, 76-93).

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71The unbelievers will be led to hell in crowds; until when they arrive there its gates will be opened and its Keepers will say “Did not apostles come to you from among yourselves, rehearsing to you the signs of your Lord and warning you of the meeting of this day of yours?” The answer will be: “True: but the decree of punishment has been proved true against the unbelievers!”

72To them will be said: “Enter the gates of hell to dwell therein: and evil is the abode of the arrogant!”

73And those who feared their Lord will be led to the garden in crowds: until behold they arrive there; its gates will be opened: and its keepers will say: “Peace be upon you! You have done well! Enter here to dwell therein.”

71Wa siqal lazina kafaru ila jahanama zumara hata iza ja uha futihat abwabuha wa qala lahum khazanatuha alam yatikum rusulum minkum yatluna alaikum ayati rabbikum wa yunzirunakum liqa a yaumikum hazaqalu bala wa lakin haqqat kalimatul azabi alal kafirin

72Qilad khulu azwaba jahan nama khalidina fiha fabisa matswal mutakab birin

73Wa siqal lazina taqau rabbahum ilal jannati zumara hata iza ja uha wa futihat abwabuha wa qala lahum khazanatuha salamun alaikum tibtum fad khuluha khalidin

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74And they will say: “Praise be to Allah who has truly fulfilled His promise to us and has given us land in heritage: we can dwell in the garden as we will: how excellent a reward for those who work righteousness!”13

75And you will see the angels surrounding the throne on all sides singing glory and praise to their Lord. The decision between them at judgment will be in perfect justice. And the cry on all sides will be “Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!”

74Wa qalul hamdu lil lahil lazi sadaqana wadahu wa auratsanal arda natabaw wa u minal jannati haitsu nasya u fanima ajrul amilin

75Wa taral malaikata hafina min haulil arsi yusab bihuna bihamdi rabbihim wa qudiya bainahum bil haqqi wa qilal hamdu lil lahi rabbil alamin

13. The Bible talks about the righteous entering into heaven and living in mansions prepared for them by Christ. John 14:1-3 reads:

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going away to prepare a place for you? And if I am going away to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will welcome you into my presence, so that you may be where I am.

The Qur’an offers its followers gardens as an excellent reward. It is verses like this one which probably made Karl Marx say that religion is the opium of the people.

And quite recently, a US Governor of the State of Minneapolis, Jesse Ventura (whose wife is a member of the Lutheran Church), said in a Playboy magazine interview that “organized religion is a sham”.  This soothes the ignorance of the people who are not given any chance to challenge any revelation Allah gives to Muhammad.

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