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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

30. The Byzantines (17 – 45)

17So celebrate God's glory in the evening, in the morning— 18praise is due to Him in the heavens and the earth—in the late afternoon, and at midday. 19He brings the living out of the dead and the dead out of the living. He gives life to the earth after death, and you will be brought out in the same way. 20One of His signs is that He created you from dust and—lo and behold!—you became human and scattered far and wide.21Another of His signs is that He created spouses from among yourselves for you to live with in tranquillity: He ordained love and kindness between you. There truly are signs in this for those who reflect.22Another of His signs is the creation of the heavens and earth, and the diversity of your languages and colours. There truly are signs in this for those who know.23Among His signs are your sleep, by night and by day, and your seeking His bounty. There truly are signs in this for those who can hear. 24Among His signs, too, are that He shows you the lightning that terrifies and inspires hope; that He sends water down from the sky to restore the earth to life after death. There truly are signs in this for those who use their reason.25Among His signs, too, is the fact that the heavens and the earth stand firm by His command. In the end, you will all emerge when He calls you from the earth.26Everyone in the heavens and earth belongs to Him, and all are obedient to Him. 27He is the One who originates creation and will do it again—this is even easier for Him. He is above all comparison in the heavens and earth; He is the Almighty, the All Wise.

28He gives you this example, drawn from your own lives: do you make your slaves full partners with an equal share in what We have given you? Do you fear them as you fear each other? This is how We make Our messages clear to those who use their reason. 29And still the idolaters follow their own desires without any knowledge. Who can guide those God leaves to stray, who have no one to help them? 30So [Prophet] as a man of pure faith, stand firm and true in your devotion toa Literally ‘set your face to’. the religion. This is the natural disposition God instilled in mankind—there is no altering God's creation—and this is the right religion, though most people do not realize it. 31Turn to Him alone, all of you. Be mindful of Him; keep up the prayer; do not join those who ascribe partners to God, 32those who divide their religion into sects, with each party rejoicing in their own. 33When something bad happens to people, they cry to their Lord and turn to Him for help, but no sooner does He let them taste His blessing than—lo and behold!—some of them ascribe partners to their Lord, 34showing no gratitude for what We have given them. ‘Take your pleasure! You will come to know.’ 35Did We send them down any authority that sanctions the partners they ascribe to God?

36When We give people a taste of Our blessing, they rejoice, but when something bad happens to them—because of their own actions—they fall into utter despair. 37Do they not see that God gives abundantly to whoever He will and sparingly [to whoever He will]? There truly are signs in this for those who believe. 38So give their due to the near relative, the needy, and the wayfarer—sthat is best for those whose goal is God's approval:a Literally ‘face’. these are the ones who will prosper.39Whatever you lend out in usury to gain value through other people's wealth will not increase in God's eyes, but whatever you give in charity, in your desire for God's approval, will earn multiple rewards.40It is God who created you and provided for you, who will cause you to die and then give you life again. Which of your ‘partners’ can do any one of these things? Glory be to God, and exalted be He above the partners they attribute to Him. 41Corruption has flourished on land and sea as a result of people's actions and He will make them taste the consequences of some of their own actions so that they may turn back. 42Say, ‘Travel through the land, and see how those before you met their end—most of them were idolaters.’ 43[Prophet], stand firm in your devotion to the upright religion, before an irresistible Day comes from God. On that Day, mankind will be divided: 44those who rejected the truth will bear the burden of that rejection, and those who did good deeds will have made good provision for themselves. 45From His bounty God will reward those who believe and do good deeds; He does not like those who reject the truth.

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a Literally ‘set your face to’.

a Literally ‘face’.

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