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The Qurʾan What is This? A current English-language version of the Qur'an, published in 2004
Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

39. The Throngs (30 – 52)

30You [Prophet] will certainly die, and so will they, 31and, on the Day of Resurrection, you will dispute with one another in the presence of your Lord. 32So who could be more wrong than the person who invents a lie about God and rejects the truth when it comes to him? Is there not ample punishment for the disbelievers in Hell? 33It is the one who brings the truth and the one who accepts it as true who are mindful of God: 34they will have everything they wish for with their Lord. Such is the reward of those who do good:35God will absolve them even of their worst deeds and will reward them according to their best.

36Is God not enough for His servant? Yet they threaten you [Prophet] with those they worship other than Him. If God allows someone to stray he has no one to guide him;37if God guides someone no one can lead him astray. Is God not mighty and capable of retribution? 38If you [Prophet] ask them, ‘Who created the heavens and earth?’ they are sure to answer, ‘God,’ so say, ‘Consider those you invoke beside Him: if God wished to harm me, could they undo that harm? If God wished to show me mercy, could they withhold that mercy?’ Say, ‘God is enough for me: all those who trust should put their trust in Him.’ 39Say, ‘My people, do whatever is in your power—and so will I. You will find out 40who will suffer humiliation, a In this world; the lasting torment will be in the Hereafter. and on whom a lasting torment will descend.’

41We have sent the Scripture down to you [Prophet] with the Truth for people. Whoever follows the guidance does so for his own benefit, whoever strays away from it does so at his own peril: you are not in charge of them. 42God takes the souls of the dead and the souls of the living while they sleep—He keeps hold of those whose death He has ordained and sends the others back until their appointed time—there truly are signs in this for those who reflect. 43Yet they take intercessors besides God! Say, ‘Even though these have no power or understanding?’ 44Say, ‘All intercession belongs to God alone; He holds control of the heavens and the earth; in the end you will all return to Him.’

45Whenever God is mentioned on His own, the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shrink with aversion, but they rejoice when gods other than Him are mentioned. 46Say, ‘God! Creator of the heavens and earth! Knower of all that is hidden and all that is open, You will judge between Your servants regarding their differences.’47If the evildoers possessed the earth's assets twice over they would offer them to ransom themselves from the terrible suffering on the Day of Resurrection: God will show them something they had not reckoned with, 48the evil of their deeds will become plain to them, and they will be overwhelmed by that at which they used to laugh.

49When man suffers some affliction, he cries out to Us, but when We favour him with Our blessing, he says, ‘All this has been given to me because of my knowledge’—it is only a test, though most of them do not know it. 50Those who lived before them said the same. What they did was of no use to them; 51they suffered its evil effects. Today's wrongdoers will also suffer the evil effects of their deeds: they will not escape. 52Do they not know that God provides abundantly for anyone He will and gives sparingly to anyone He will? There truly are signs in this for those who believe.

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a In this world; the lasting torment will be in the Hereafter.

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