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025 TheCriterion

 In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

 1. Blessed is He Who sent down the Furqan upon His servant 
 that he may be a warner to the nations;

 2. He, Whose is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, 
 and Who did not take to Himself a son, and Who has no 
 associate in the kingdom, and Who created everything, then 
 ordained for it a measure.

 3. And they have taken besides Him gods, who do not create 
 anything while they are themselves created, and they control 
 not for themselves any harm or profit, and they control not 
 death nor life, nor raising (the dead) to life.

 4. And those who disbelieve say: This is nothing but a lie 
 which he has forged, and other people have helped him at it; 
 so indeed they have done injustice and (uttered) a 

 5. And they say: The stories of the ancients-- he has got them 
 written-- so these are read out to him morning and evening.

 6. Say: He has revealed it Who knows the secret in the 
 heavens and the earth; surely He is ever Forgiving, 

 7. And they say: What is the matter with this Apostle that 
 he eats food and goes about in the markets; why has not an 
 angel been sent down to him, so that he should have been a 
 warner with him?

 8. Or (why is not) a treasure sent down to him, or he is 
 made to have a garden from which he should eat? And the 
 unjust say: You do not follow any but a man deprived of 

 9. See what likenesses do they apply to you, so they have 
 gone astray, therefore they shall not be able to find a way.

 10. Blessed is He Who, if He please, will give you what is 
 better than this, gardens beneath which rivers flow, and He 
 will give you palaces.

 11. But they reject the hour, and We have prepared a burning 
 fire for him who rejects the hour.

 12. When it shall come into their sight from a distant 
 place, they shall hear its vehement raging and roaring.

 13. And when they are cast into a narrow place in it, bound, 
 they shall there call out for destruction.

 14. Call not this day for one destruction, but call for 
 destructions many.

 15. Say: Is this better or the abiding garden which those 
 who guard (against evil) are promised? That shall be a 
 reward and a resort for them.

 16. They shall have therein what they desire abiding (in 
 it); it is a promise which it is proper to be prayed for 
 from your Lord.

 17. And on the day when He shall gather them, and whatever 
 they served besides Allah, He shall say: Was it you who led 
 astray these My servants, or did they themselves go astray 
 from the path?

 18. They shall say: Glory be to Thee; it was not beseeming 
 for us that we should take any guardians besides Thee, but 
 Thou didst make them and their fathers to enjoy until they 
 forsook the reminder, and they were a people in perdition,

 19. So they shall indeed give you the lie in what you say, 
 then you shall not be able to ward off or help, and whoever 
 among you is unjust, We will make him taste a great 

 20. And We have not sent before you any messengers but they 
 most surely ate food and went about in the markets; and We 
 have made some of you a trial for others; will you bear 
 patiently? And your Lord is ever Seeing.

 21. And those who do not hope for Our meeting, say: Why have 
 not angels been sent down upon us, or (why) do we not see 
 our Lord? Now certainly they are too proud of themselves and 
 have revolted in great revolt.

 22. On the day when they shall see the angels, there shall 
 be no joy on that day for the guilty, and they shall say: It 
 is a forbidden thing totally prohibited.

 23. And We will proceed to what they have done of deeds, so 
 We shall render them as scattered floating dust.

 24. The dwellers of the garden shall on that day be in a 
 better abiding-place and a better resting-place.

 25. And on the day when the heaven shall burst asunder with 
 the clouds, and the angels shall be sent down descending (in 

 26. The kingdom on that day shall rightly belong to the 
 Beneficent God, and a hard day shall it be for the 

 27. And the day when the unjust one shall bite his hands 
 saying: O! would that I had taken a way with the Apostle

 28. O woe is me! would that I had not taken such a one for a 
 friend !

 29. Certainly he led me astray from the reminder after it 
 had come to me; and the Shaitan fails to aid man.

 30. And the Apostle cried out: O my Lord! surely my people 
 have treated this Quran as a forsaken thing.

 31. And thus have We made for every prophet an enemy from 
 among the sinners and sufficient is your Lord as a Guide and 
 a Helper.

 32. And those who disbelieve say: Why has not the Quran been 
 revealed to him all at once? Thus, that We may strengthen 
 your heart by it and We have arranged it well in arranging.

 33. And they shall not bring to you any argument, but We 
 have brought to you (one) with truth and best in 

 34. (As for) those who shall be gathered upon their faces to 
 hell, they are in a worse plight and straying farther away 
 from the path.

 35. And certainly We gave Musa the Book and We appointed 
 with him his brother Haroun an aider.

 36. Then We said: Go you both to the people who rejected Our 
 communications; so We destroyed them with utter destruction.

 37. And the people of Nuh, when they rejected the apostles, 
 We drowned them, and made them a sign for men, and We have 
 prepared a painful punishment for the unjust;

 38. And Ad and Samood and the dwellers of the Rass and many 
 generations between them.

 39. And to every one We gave examples and every one did We 
 destroy with utter destruction.

 40. And certainly they have (often) passed by the town on 
 which was rained an evil rain; did they not then see it? 
 Nay! they did not hope to be raised again.

 41. And when they see you, they do not take you for aught 
 but a mockery: Is this he whom Allah has raised to be an 

 42. He had well-nigh led us astray from our gods had we not 
 adhered to them patiently! And they will know, when they see 
 the punishment, who is straying farther off from the path.

 43. Have you seen him who takes his low desires for his god? 
 Will you then be a protector over him?

 44. Or do you think that most of them do hear or understand? 
 They are nothing but as cattle; nay, they are straying 
 farther off from the path.

 45. Have you not considered (the work of) your Lord, how He 
 extends the shade? And if He had pleased He would certainly 
 have made it stationary; then We have made the sun an 
 indication of it

 46 Then We take it to Ourselves, taking little by little.

 47 And He it is Who made the night a covering for you, and 
 the sleep a rest, and He made the day to rise up again.

 48. And He it is Who sends the winds as good news before His 
 mercy; and We send down pure water from the cloud,

 49. That We may give life thereby to a dead land and give it 
 for drink, out of what We have created, to cattle and many 

 50. And certainly We have repeated this to them that they 
 may be mindful, but the greater number of men do not consent 
 to aught except denying.

 51. And if We had pleased We would certainly have raised a 
 warner in every town.

 52. So do not follow the unbelievers, and strive against 
 them a mighty striving with it.

 53. And He it is Who has made two seas to flow freely, the 
 one sweet that subdues thirst by its sweetness, and the 
 other salt that burns by its saltness; and between the two 
 He has made a barrier and inviolable obstruction.

 54. And He it is Who has created man from the water, then He 
 has made for him blood relationship and marriage 
 relationship, and your Lord is powerful.

 55. And they serve besides Allah that which neither profits 
 them nor causes them harm; and the unbeliever is a partisan 
 against his Lord.

 56. And We have not sent you but as a giver of good news and 
 as a warner.

 57. Say: I do not ask you aught in return except that he who 
 will, may take the way to his Lord.

 58. And rely on the Ever-living Who dies not, and celebrate 
 His praise; and Sufficient is He as being aware of the 
 faults of His servants,

 59. Who created the heavens and the earth and what is 
 between them in six periods, and He is firmly established on 
 the throne of authority; the Beneficent God, so ask 
 respecting it one aware.

 60. And when it is said to them: Make obeisance to the 
 Beneficent God, they say: And what is the God of 
 beneficence? Shall we make obeisance to what you bid us? And 
 it adds to their aversion.

 61. Blessed is He Who made the constellations in the heavens 
 and made therein a lamp and a shining moon.

 62. And He it is Who made the night and the day to follow 
 each other for him who desires to be mindful or desires to 
 be thankful.

 63. And the servants of the Beneficent God are they who walk 
 on the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address 
 them, they say: Peace.

 64. And they who pass the night prostrating themselves 
 before their Lord and standing.

 65. And they who say: O our Lord! turn away from us the 
 punishment of hell, surely the punishment thereof is a 

 66. Surely it is an evil abode and (evil) place to stay.

 67. And they who when they spend, are neither extravagant 
 nor parsimonious, and (keep) between these the just mean.

 68. And they who do not call upon another god with Allah and 
 do not slay the soul, which Allah has forbidden except in 
 the requirements of justice, and (who) do not commit 
 fornication and he who does this shall find a requital of 

 69. The punishment shall be doubled to him on the day of 
 resurrection, and he shall abide therein in abasement;

 70. Except him who repents and believes and does a good 
 deed; so these are they of whom Allah changes the evil deeds 
 to good ones; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

 71. And whoever repents and does good, he surely turns to 
 Allah a (goodly) turning.

 72. And they who do not bear witness to what is false, and 
 when they pass by what is vain, they pass by nobly.

 73. And they who, when reminded of the communications of 
 their Lord, do not fall down thereat deaf and blind.

 74. And they who say: O our Lord! grant us in our wives and 
 our offspring the joy of our eyes, and make us guides to 
 those who guard (against evil).

 75. These shall be rewarded with high places because they 
 were patient, and shall be met therein with greetings and 

 76. Abiding therein; goodly the abode and the resting-place.

 77. Say: My Lord would not care for you were it not for your 
 prayer; but you have indeed rejected (the truth), so that 
 which shall cleave shall come.