Sura 57
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The Iron (Al-Hadîd)

In the name of Allah, Gracious, Merciful.

1Whatever is in the heavens and on earth let it declare the praises and glory of Allah: for He is the exalted in might, the wise.

2To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; it is He who gives life and death; and He has power over all things.

3He is the first and the last, the evident, and the immanent: and He has full knowledge of all things.

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

1Sabaha lillahi ma fisamawati walardi wa huwal azizul hakim

2Lahu mulku samawati walardi yuhyi wa yumitu wa huwa ala kuli saiin qadir

3Huwal awalu wal akhiru wa zahiru wal batinu wa huwa bikul li saiin alim

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4He it is who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is moreover firmly established on the throne. He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out of it what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it. And He is with you wheresoever you may be, And Allah sees well all that you do.

5To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: and all affairs are referred back to Allah.

6He merges night into day and He merges day into night; and He has full knowledge of the secrets of all hearts.

7Believe in Allah and His apostle and spend out of the substance whereof He has made you heirs. For those of you who believe and spend in charity for them is a great reward.

4Huwal lazi halaqa samawati walarda fi sitati aya yamin summa tawa alal arsy yalamu ma yaliju fil ardhi wa ma yakhruju minha wa ma yanzilu minas samai wa ma yaruju fiha wa huwa maakum aina ma kuntum wal lahu bima tamaluna basir

5Lahu mulku samawati walardi wa ilallahi turjaul umur

6Yulijul laila fi nahari wa yulijun nahara fillail wa huwa alimun bizatis sudur

7Aminu billahi wa rasulihi wa anfiqu mimma jaalakum mustaklafina fih fal lazina amanu minkum wa anfaqu lahum ajrun kabir

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8What cause have you, why you should not believe in Allah? And the apostle invites you to believe in your Lord, and has indeed taken your covenant if you are men of faith.

9He is the One who sends to His servants manifest signs that He may lead you from the depths of darkness into the light. And verily, Allah is to you most kind and merciful.

8Wa ma lakum la tuminuna billahi wa rasulu yadukum lituminu birabbikum wa qad akhaza misaqakum in kuntum muminin

9Huwal lazi yunaz zilu ala abdihi ayatim bayinatil liyukrijakum minazulumati ilan nur wa innallaha bikum lara ufur rahim

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10And what cause have you why you should not spend in the cause of Allah? For to Allah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth. Not equal among you are those who spent freely and fought before the victory. Those are higher in rank than those who spent freely and fought afterwards. But to all has Allah promised a goodly reward and Allah is well acquainted with all that you do.

11Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan? For He will increase it manifold to his credit and he will have a liberal reward.

12One day you shall see the believing men and the believing women how their light runs forward before them and by their right hands: their greeting will be: “Good news for you this day! Gardens beneath which flow rivers! To dwell therein for ever! this is indeed the highest achievement!”

10Wa ma lakum alla tunfiqu sabilil lahi wa lillahi mirasus samawati walard la yastawil minkum man anfaqa min qablil fat hi wa qatal ulaika azamu darajatam minal lazina anfaqu min badu wa qatalu wa kulla waadal lahul husna wallahu bima tamaluna kabir

11Man zallazi yuqridul laha qardan hasanan fayudaifahu lahu wa lahu ajrun karim

12Yauma taral muminina wal muminati yasa nuruhum baina aidihim wa bi aimanihim busrakumul yauma jannatun tajri min tahtihal anharu halidina fiha zalika huwal fauzul azhim

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13One day will the hypocrites, men and women say to the believers: “Wait for us! let us borrow a light from your light!” It will be said: “Turn back to your rear! Then seek a light where you can!” So a wall will be put up betwixt them with a gate therein. Within it will be mercy throughout and without it all alongside will be punishment!

14Those without will call out “were we not with you?” The others will reply “True! but you led yourselves into temptation; you looked forward to our ruin; you doubted Allah’s promise; and your false desires deceived you; until there issued the command of Allah. And the deceiver deceived you in respect of Allah.

15“This day shall no ransom be accepted of you nor of those who rejected Allah. Your abode is the fire: That is the proper place to claim you: and an evil refuge it is!”

13Yauma yaqulul munafiquna wal munafiqatu lil lazina amanun zuruna naqtabis min nurikum qilar jiu waraakum fal tamisu nuran faduriba bainahum bisuril lahu bab batinuhu fihir rahmatu wa zahiruhu min qibalihil azab

14Yunadunahum alam nakum maakum qalu bala wa lakin nakum fatantum anfusakum wa tarab bastum war rabtum wa garatkumul amaniyu hata jaa amrul lahi wa garakum bil lahil garur

15Falyauma la yukazu minkum fid yatuw wa la minal lazina kafaru mawakumun nari hiya maulakum wa bisal mashir

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16Has not the time arrived for the believers that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of Allah and of the truth which has been revealed to them and that they should not become like those to whom was given revelation before, but long ages passed over them and their hearts grew hard? For many among them are rebellious transgressors.

17Do you know that Allah gives life to the earth after its death! already have We shown the signs plainly to you that you may learn wisdom.

18For those who give in charity, men and women and loan to Allah a beautiful loan it shall be increased manifold and they shall have a liberal reward.

16Alam yani lil lazina amanu an takhsyaa qulubuhum lizikril lahi wa ma nazala minal haqqi wa la yakunu ka lazina utul kitaba min qablu fathala alihimul amadu faqasat qulubuhum wa katsirum minhum fasiqun

17I lamu an anl laha yuhyil arda bada mautiha qad bay yanna lakumul ayatil laal lakum taqilun

18Innal mu sadiqina wal musadiqati wa aqrasul laha qardan hasanan yudhaafu lahum wa lahum ajrun karim

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19And those who believe in Allah and His apostles they are the sincere and the witnesses who testify in the eyes of their Lord: they shall have their reward and their light but those who reject Allah and deny Our signs, they are the companions of hell fire.1

20 Do you know that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting, and multiplying in rivalry among yourselves riches and children: Here is a similitude: How rain and the growth which it brings forth delight the hearts of the tillers; soon it withers; you will see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in the hereafter is a penalty severe for the devotees of wrong and forgiveness from Allah and His good pleasure for the devotees of Allah. And what is the life of this world but goods and chattels of deception?2

19Wal lazina amanu billahi wa rusulihi ulaika humus sidiqun wa suhadau inda rabbihim lahum ajruhum wa nuruhum wal lazina kafaru wa kazabu bi ayatina ulaika ashabul jahim

20Ilamu an namal hayatud dunya laibuw wa lahwuw wa zinatuw tafakhurun nainakum wa takasurun fil amwali wal aulad kamatsali gaisin ajabal kufara nabatuhu summa yahiju fatarahu musfar ran summa yakunu hutama wa fil akhirati azabun sadidu wa magfiratum minal lahi wa ridwan wa mal hayatud dun ya illa mataul gurur

1. The irony of confusion and deception does not cease to amaze me. Look at this, “those who reject Allah and deny Our Signs”. Allah is Singular but who are described as “our”, for the identity of them please refer to Qur’an 72, the chapter of the Jinn.

2. What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loose his soul. The Apostle John says that those who love this world, more or less hate God Almighty: 1 John 2:15-17:

Stop loving the world and the things that are in the world. If anyone persists in loving the world, the Father's love is not in him. For everything that is in the world-the desire for fleshly gratification, the desire for possessions, and worldly arrogance-is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world and its desires are fading away, but the person who does God's will remains forever.

21Be foremost in seeking forgiveness from your Lord and a garden the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth prepared for those who believe in Allah and His apostles: that is the grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases: and Allah is the Lord of grace abounding.

22No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence: that is truly easy for Allah:

23In order that you may not despair over matters that pass you by, nor exult over favors bestowed upon you. For Allah loves not any vainglorious boaster

21Sabiqu ila magfiratim mirabbikum wa jannatin arduha kaardis samai walardi uid dat lil lazina amanu billahi wa rusulih zalika fadlul lahi yutihi ma yasyau wal lahu zul fadlil azim

22Ma ashaba mim musibatin fil ardi wa la fi anfusikum illa fi kitabim minqabli annabra aha inna zalika alallahi yasir

23Likaila tasau ala ma fatakum wa la tafrahu bima atakum wallahu la yuhib bu kulla muktalin fakur

24Such persons as are covetous and commend covetousness to men. And if any turn back verily, Allah is free of all needs worthy of all praise.

25We sent before our apostles with clear signs and sent down with them the book and the balance that men may stand forth in justice; and We sent down iron in which is material for mighty war as well as many benefits for mankind that Allah may test who it is that will help unseen, Him and His apostles; for Allah is full of strength, exalted in might.

26And We sent Noah and Abraham and established in their line prophethood and revelation: and some of them were on right guidance but many of them became rebellious transgressors.

24Allazina yabkaluna wa yamurunan nasa bil bukl wa ma yatawal la fa innallaha huwal gainiy yul hamid

25Laqad arsalna rusulana bil bayinati wa anzalna maahumul kitaba wal mizana liyaquman nasu bil qisth wa anzalna hadida fihi basun sadiduw wa manafiu lin nasi wa liyalamal lahu ma yansuruhu wa rusulahu bil gaib innallaha qawiyun aziz

26Wa laqad arsalna Nuhaw wa Ibrahima wa jaalna fi zurriyyatihi man nubuwata wal kitaba famin hum muhtad wa kasirum minhum fasiqun

27Then in their wake We followed them up with Our apostles: We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary, and bestowed on him the gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him compassion and mercy. But the monasticism which they invented for themselves We did not prescribe for them: only the seeking for the good pleasure of Allah; but that they did not foster as they should have done. Yet We bestowed on those among them who believed their reward but many of them are rebellious transgressors.

28O you that believe! fear Allah and believe in His apostle and He will bestow on you a double portion of His mercy: He will provide for you a light by which you shall walk straight in your path and He will forgive you: For Allah is always forgiving, most merciful:

27Summa qaffaina ala asarihim birusulina wa qaf faina biisabni maryama wa atainahul injila wa jaalna fi qulubil lazinat tabauhu rafat awwa rahmah wa rahbaniy yata nibtadauha ma katabnaha alaihim il labtigaa ridwanil lahi fama raauha haqqa ri ayatiha fa atainal lazina amanu minhum ajrahum wa kasirum minhum fasiqun

28Ya ayyuhal lazina amanut taqul laha wa aminu birasulihi yutikum kiflaini mir rahmatihi wa yajal lakum nuran tamsuna bihi wa yagfir lakum wal lahu gafurur rahim

29That the people of the book may know that they have no power whatever over the grace of Allah, that His grace is entirely in his hand to bestow it on whomsoever He wills. For Allah is the Lord of grace abounding.

29Li al la yalama ahlul kitabi alla yaqdiruna ala sai im min fadlil lahi wa an nal fadla biyadil lahi yutihi ma yasya wal lahu zulfadil azim

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