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Chapter 44:
Al-Dukhan — The Drought

Revealed at Makkah: 3 sections; 59 verses

English Translation of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali


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

44:1 Beneficent God!

44:2 By the Book that makes manifest!

44:3 We revealed it on a blessed night— truly We are ever warning.

44:4 Therein is made clear every affair full of wisdom—

44:5 A command from Us — truly We are ever sending messengers —

44:6 A mercy from thy Lord — truly He is the Hearing, the Knowing,

44:7 The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, if you would be sure.

44:8 There is no God but He; He gives life and causes death — your Lord and the Lord of your fathers of yore.

44:9 Nay, in doubt they sport.

44:10 So wait for the day when the heaven brings a clear drought,

44:11 Enveloping men. This is a painful chastisement.

44:12 Our Lord, remove from us the chastisement — surely we are believers.

44:13 When will they be reminded? And a Messenger has indeed come, making clear;

44:14 Yet they turned away from him and said: One taught (by others), a madman!

44:15 We shall remove the chastisement a little, (but) you will surely return (to evil).

44:16 On the day when We seize (them) with the most violent seizing; surely We shall exact retribution.

44:17 And certainly We tried before them Pharaoh’s people and a noble messenger came to them,

44:18 Saying: Deliver to me the servants of Allah. Surely I am a faithful messenger to you.

44:19 And exalt not yourselves against Allah. Surely I bring to you a clear authority.

44:20 And I take refuge with my Lord and your Lord, lest you stone me to death.

44:21 And if you believe not in me, leave me alone.

44:22 Then he called upon his Lord: These are a guilty people.

44:23 So go forth with My servants by night; surely you will be pursued,

44:24 And leave the sea behind calm. Surely they are a host to be drowned.

44:25 How many of the gardens and springs they left behind!

44:26 And cornfields and noble places!

44:27 And goodly things wherein they rejoiced!

44:28 Thus (it was). And We made other people inherit them.

44:29 So the heaven and the earth wept not for them, nor were they respited.

44:30 And We indeed delivered the Children of Israel from the abasing chastisement,

44:31 From Pharaoh. Surely he was haughty, prodigal.

44:32 And certainly We chose them above the nations, having knowledge.

44:33 And We gave them signs wherein was clear blessing.

44:34 These do indeed say:

44:35 There is naught but our first death and we shall not be raised again.

44:36 So bring our fathers (back), if you are truthful.

44:37 Are they better or the people of Tubba‘, and those before them? We destroyed them, for surely they were guilty.

44:38 And We did not create the heavens and the earth and that which is between them in sport.

44:39 We created them not but with truth, but most of them know not.

44:40 Surely the day of Decision is the term for them all,

44:41 The day when friend will avail friend in naught, nor will they be helped —

44:42 Save those on whom Allah has mercy. Surely He is the Mighty, the Merciful.

44:43 Surely the tree of Zaqqum

44:44 Is the food of the sinful,

44:45 Like molten brass; it seethes in (their) bellies

44:46 Like boiling water.

44:47 Seize him, then drag him into the midst of hell;

44:48 Then pour on his head of the torment of boiling water —

44:49 Taste — thou art forsooth the mighty, the honourable!

44:50 Surely this is what you doubted.

44:51 Those who keep their duty are indeed in a secure place —

44:52 In gardens and springs,

44:53 Wearing fine and thick silk, facing one another —

44:54 Thus (shall it be). And We shall join them to pure, beautiful ones.

44:55 They call therein for every fruit in security —

44:56 They taste not therein death, except the first death; and He will save them from the chastisement of hell —

44:57 A grace from thy Lord. This is the great achievement.

44:58 So We have made it easy in thy tongue that they may mind.

44:59 Wait then; surely they (too) are waiting.

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