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Sura LIx Ashr, Or The Gathering In The Holy Quran

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The Holy Quran, tr. by Yusuf Ali, [1934] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 1. Whatever is In the heavens and On earth, let it declare The Praises and Glory Of God: for He is The Exalted in Might, The Wise. 2. It is He Who got out The Unbelievers among The People of the Book From their homes At the first gathering (Of the forces). Little did ye think That they would get out: And they thought That their fortresses Would defend them from God! But the (Wrath of) God Came to them from quarters From which they little Expected (it), and cast Terror into their hearts, So that they destroyed Their dwellings by their own Hands and the hands Of the Believers. Take warning, then, O ye with eyes (to see)! 3. And had it not been That God had decreed Banishment for them, He would certainly have Punished them in this world: And in the Hereafter They shall (certainly) have The Punishment of the Fire. 4. That is because they Resisted God and His Apostle: And if any one resists God, Verily God is severe In Punishment. 5. Whether ye cut down (O ye Muslims!) The tender palm-trees, Or ye left them standing On their roots, it was By leave of God, and In order that He might Cover with shame The rebellious transgressors. 6. What God has bestowed On His Apostle (and taken Away) from them—for this Ye made no expedition With either cavalry or camelry: But God gives power To His apostles over Any He pleases: and God Has power over all things. 7. What God has bestowed On His Apostle (and taken Away) from the people Of the townships,—belongs To God,—to His Apostle And to kindred and orphans, The needy and the wayfarer; In order that it may not (Merely) make a circuit Between the wealthy among you. So take what the Apostle Assigns to you, and deny Yourselves that which he Withholds from you. And fear God; for God Is strict in Punishment. 8. (Some part is due) To the indigent Muhājirs, Those who were expelled From their homes and their property, While seeking Grace from God And (His) Good Pleasure, And aiding God and His Apostle: Such are indeed The sincere ones;— 9. But those who Before them, had homes (In Medina) And had adopted the Faith,— Show their affection to such As came to them for refuge, And entertain no desire In their hearts for things Given to the (latter), But give them preference Over themselves, even though Poverty was their (own lot). And those saved from The covetousness of their own Souls,—they are the ones That achieve prosperity. 10. And those who came After them say: "Our Lord! Forgive us, and our brethren Who came before us Into the Faith, And leave not, In our hearts, Rancour (or sense of injury) Against those who have believed. Our Lord! Thou art Indeed Full of Kindness, Most Merciful." 11. Hast thou not observed The Hypocrites say To their misbelieving brethren Among the People of the Book?— "If ye are expelled, We too will go out With you, and we will Never hearken, to any one In your affair; and if Ye are attacked (in fight) We will help you". But God is witness That they are indeed liars. 12. If they are expelled, Never will they go out With them; and if they Are attacked (in fight), They will never help them; And if they do help them, They will turn their backs; So they will receive no help. 13. Of a truth ye are Stronger (than they) Because of the terror In their hearts, (Sent) by God. This is because they are Men devoid of understanding. 14. They will not fight you (Even) together, except In fortified townships, Or from behind walls. Strong is their fighting (spirit) Amongst themselves: Thou wouldst think They were united, But their hearts are divided: That is because they Are a people devoid Of wisdom. 15. Like those who lately Preceded them, they have Tasted the evil result Of their conduct; and (In the Hereafter there is) For them a grievous Penalty;— 16. (Their allies deceived them), Like the Evil One, When he says to man, "Deny God": but when (Man) denies God, (The Evil One) says, "I am free of thee: I do fear God, The Lord of the Worlds!" 17. The end of both will be That they will go Into the Fire, dwelling Therein for ever. Such is the reward Of the wrong-doers. 18. O ye who believe! Fear God, And let every soul look To what (provision) he has Sent forth for the morrow. Yea, fear God: For God is well-acquainted With (all) that ye do. 19. And be ye not like Those who forgot God; And He made them forget Their own souls! Such Are the rebellious transgressors! 20. Not equal are The Companions of the Fire And the Companions Of the Garden: It is the Companions Of the Garden, That will achieve Felicity. 21. Had We sent down This Qur-ān on a mountain, Verily, thou wouldst have seen It humble itself and cleave Asunder for fear of God. Such are the similitudes Which We propound to men, That they may reflect. 22. God is He, than Whom There is no other god;— Who knows (all things) Both secret and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 23. God is He, than Whom There is no other god;— The Sovereign, the Holy One, The Source of Peace (and Perfection), The Guardian of Faith, The Preserver of Safety, The Exalted in Might, The Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to God! (High is He) Above the partners They attribute to Him. 24. He is God, the Creator, The Evolver, The Bestower of Forms (Or Colours). To Him belongs The Most Beautiful Names: Whatever is in The heavens and on earth, Doth declare His Praises and Glory: And He is the Exalted In Might, the Wise.

Table of Contents

Sra I. Ftia, Or The Opening Chapter
Sra Ii. Baqara, Or The Heifer
Sra Iii. L-I-Imrn, Or The Family Of Imrn
Sra Iv. Nisa, Or The Women
Sra V. Mda, Or The Table Spread.
Sra Vi. Anm, Or Cattle
Sra Vii. Arf, Or The Heights
Sra Viii. Anfl, Or The Spoils Of War
Sra Ix. Tauba (Repentance) Or Barat (Immunity)
Sra X. Ynus, Or Jonah
Sra Xi. Hd (The Prophet Hd)
Sra Xii. Ysuf, Or Joseph
Sra Xiii. Rad Or Thunder
Sra Xiv. Ibrhm, Or Abraham
Sra Xv. Al-Hijr. Or The Rocky Tract
Sra Xvi. Nal Or The Bee
Sra Xvii. Ban Isr-L, Or The Children Of Israel.
Sra Xviii. Kahf, Or The Cave
Sra Xix. Maryam, Or Mary.
Sra Xx. -H (Mystic Letters, . H.)
Sra Xxi. Anbiya, Or The Prophets
Sra Xxii. Ajj, Or The Pilgrimage
Sra Xxiii. M-Minn
Sra Xxiv. Nr, Or Light
Sra Xxv. Furqn, Or The Criterion
Sra Xxvi. Shuara, Or The Poets
Sra Xxvii. Naml, Or The Ants
Sra Xxviii. Qaa, Or The Narration
Sra Xxix. Ankabt, Or The Spider
Sra Xxx. Rm, Or The Roman Empire.
Sra Xxxi. Luqmn (The Wise).
Sra Xxxii. Sajda, Or Adoration
Sra Xxxiii. Azb, Or The Confederates.
Sra Xxxiv. Sab, Or The City Of Sab
Sra Xxxv. Fir, Or The Originator Of Creation; Or Malka, Or The Angels
Sra Xxxvi. Y-Sn (Being Abbreviated Letters).
Sra Xxxvii. Fft, Or Those Ranged In Ranks.
Sra Xxxviii. D (Being One Of The Abbreviated Letters)
Sra Xxxix.: Zumar, Or The Crowds.
Sra Xl. M-Min, Or The Believer
Sra Xli. H-Mm (Abbreviated Letters), Or -Mm Sajda, Or Fuilat
Sra Xlii. Shr, Or Consultation
Sra Xliii.: Zukhruf, Or Gold Adornments.
Sra Xliv.: Dukhn, Or Smoke (Or Mist).
Sra Xlv. Jathiya, Or Bowing The Knee.
Sra Xlvi.: Aqf, Or Winding Sand-Tracts.
Sra Xlvii. Muammad (The Prophet).
Sra Xlviii. Fat- Or Victory.
Sra Xlix. Ujurt, Or The Inner Apartments.
Sra L. Qf.
Sra Li. Zriyt, Or The Winds That Scatter.
Sra Lii. R, Or The Mount.
Sra Liii. Najm, Or The Star.
Sra Liv. Qamar, Or The Moon.
Sra Lv. Ramn, Or (God) Most Gracious.
Sra Lvi. Wqia, Or The Inevitable Event.
Sra Lvii. Add, Or Iron.
Sra Lviii. Mujdila, Or The Woman Who Pleads.
Sra Lix. Ashr, Or The Gathering
Sra Lx. Mumtaana, Or The Woman To Be Examined.
Sra Lxi. Aff, Or Battle Array.
Sra Lxii. Jumua, Or The Assembly (Friday) Prayer
Sra Lxiii. Munfiqn, Or The Hypocrites.
Sra Lxiv. Tagbun, Or Mutual Loss And Gain.
Sra Lxv. Alq, Or Divorce.
Sra Lxvi. Tarm, Or Holding (Something) To Be Forbidden.
Sra Lxvii. Mulk, Or Dominion.
Sra Lxviii. Qalam, Or The Pen, Or Nn
Sra Lxix. Qqa, Or The Sure Reality.
Sra Lxx. Marij, Or The Ways Of Ascent.
Sra Lxxi. N, Or Noah.
Sra Lxxii. Jinn, Or The Spirits.
Sra Lxxiii. Muzzammil, Or Folded In Garments.
Sra Lxxiv. Muddaththir, Or One Wrapped Up.
Sra Lxxv. Qiymat, Or The Resurrection.
Sra Lxxvi. Dahr, Or Time, Or Insn, Or Man.
Sra Lxxvii. Mursalt, Or Those Sent Forth
Sra Lxxviii. Nabaa, Or The (Great) News
Sra Lxxix. Nzit, Or Those Who Tear Out.
Sra Lxxx. Abasa. Or He Frowned.
Sra Lxxxi. Takwr, Or The Folding Up.
Sra Lxxxii. Infir, Or The Cleaving Asunder.
Sra Lxxxiii. Taff, Or Dealing In Fraud.
Sra Lxxxiv. Inshiqq, Or The Rending Asunder.
Sra Lxxxv. Burj, Or The Zodiacal Signs
Sra Lxxxvi. Riq, Or The Night-Visitant
Sra Lxxxvii. Al, Or The Most High.
Sra Lxxxviii. Gshiya, Or The Overwhelming Event.
Sra Lxxxix. Fajr, Or The Break Of Day.
Sra Xc. Balad, Or The City
Sra Xci. Shams, Or The Sun.
Sra Xcii. Lail, Or The Night.
Sra Xciii. Dhuh, Or The Glorious Morning Light.
Sra Xciv. Inshir, Or The Expansion.
Sra Xcv. Tn, Or The Fig
Sra Xcvi. Iqraa, Or Read! Or Proclaim! Or Alaq, Or The Clot Of Congealed Blood
Sra Xcvii. Qadr, Or The Night Of Power (Or Honour).
Sra Xcviii. Baiyina, Or The Clear Evidence.
Sra Xcix. Zilzl, Or The Convulsion.
Sra C. Adiyt, Or Those That Run.
Sra Ci. Al-Qria, Or The Day Of Noise And Clamour.
Sra Cii. Takathur Or Piling Up.
Sra Ciii. Ar, Or Time Through The Ages.
Sra Civ. Humaza, Or The Scandal-Monger.
Sra Cv. Fl, Or The Elephant.
Sra Cvi. The Quraish, (Custodians Of The Kaba).
Sra Cvii. Mn, Or Neighbourly Needs.
Sra Cviii. Kauthar, Or Abundance.
Sra Cix. Kfirn, Or Those Who Reject Faith.
Sra Cx. Nar, Or Help.
Sra Cxi. Lahab, Or (The Father Of) Flame.
Sra Cxii. Ikhl, Or Purity (Of Faith).
Sra Cxiii. Falaq, Or The Dawn.
Sra Cxiv. Ns, Or Mankind.

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1 Sahil Badruddin = "Recitation of Surah Ashr:"
2 Ahmed M = "Refers to the Banu al Nadir punishment because they broke their word with the Messenger of Allah; they also resisted Allah's message and supported His enemies."
3 Ahmed M = "Cutting down fruit trees and destroying crops is prohibited in wars; the same goes for other kinds of unprovoked action."
4 Ahmed M = "Allah accomplishes His Purpose through various means; in some cases fight is necessary."
5 Ahmed M = "The Jews of Medina were actually from outside Arabia; they had siezed the land. They refused to adapt themselves to the people of Arabia , and were in fact a morn in the side of the genuine Arabs of Madinah. Their dispossession is therefore a restoration of the land to its original people."