< Surah 21:1-50

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Surah 21

THE PROPHETS (Al-Anbiya)

Muddled dreams
Absurdity 21:1-5

1 Their reckoning draweth nigh for mankind, while they turn away in heedlessness.

2 Never cometh there unto them a new reminder from their Lord but they listen to it while they play,

3 With hearts preoccupied. And they confer in secret. The wrong-doers say: Is this other than a mortal like you? Will ye then succumb to magic when ye see (it)?

4 He saith: My Lord knoweth what is spoken in the heaven and the earth. He is the Hearer, the Knower.

5 Nay, say they, (these are but) muddled dreams; nay, he hath but invented it; nay, he is but a poet. Let him bring us a portent even as those of old (who were God's messengers) were sent (with portents).

The Quran is nothing but muddled dreams that Muhammad has invented.

How many communities have we shattered?
Cruelty Injustice Intolerance 21:6-16

6 Not a township believed of those which We destroyed before them (though We sent them portents): would they then believe?

7 And We sent not (as Our messengers) before thee other than men, whom We inspired. Ask the followers of the Reminder if ye know not?

8 We gave them not bodies that would not eat food, nor were they immortals.

The towns that we [Allah] destroyed disbelieved,

even though we sent them lots of portents.

9 Then we fulfilled the promise unto them. So we delivered them and whom We would, and We destroyed the prodigals.

10 Now We have revealed unto you a Scripture wherein is your Reminder. Have ye then no sense?

We destroyed the prodigals.

11 How many a community that dealt unjustly have We shattered, and raised up after them another folk!

12 And, when they felt Our might, behold them fleeing from it!

13 (But it was said unto them): Flee not, but return to that (existence) which emasculated you and to your dwellings, that ye may be questioned.

14 They cried: Alas for us! we were wrong-doers.

We shattered many communities and replaced them with others.

15 And this their crying ceased not till We made them as reaped corn, extinct.

16 We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them in play.

The people cried for mercy, but will killed them anyway.

We could find a hobby if we wanted to
Absurdity Cruelty Intolerant Injustice 21:17-29

17 If We had wished to find a pastime, We could have found it in Our presence - if We ever did.

18 Nay, but We hurl the true against the false, and it doth break its head and lo! it vanisheth. And yours will be woe for that which ye ascribe (unto Him).

19 Unto Him belongeth whosoever is in the heavens and the earth. And those who dwell in His presence are not too proud to worship Him, nor do they weary;

20 They glorify (Him) night and day; they flag not.

21 Or have they chosen gods from the earth who raise the dead?

22 If there were therein gods beside Allah, then verily both (the heavens and the earth) had been disordered. Glorified be Allah, the Lord of the Throne, from all that they ascribe (unto Him).

23 He will not be questioned as to that which He doeth, but they will be questioned.

24 Or have they chosen other gods beside Him? say: Bring your proof (of their godhead). This is the Reminder of those with me and those before me, but most of them know not the Truth and so they are averse.

25 And We sent no messenger before thee but We inspired him, (saying): There is no God save Me (Allah), so worship Me.

If we wanted to find a hobby, we could have found one.

26 And they say: The Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a son. Be He Glorified! Nay, but (those whom they call sons) are honoured slaves;

27 They speak not until He hath spoken, and they act by His command.

28 He knoweth what is before them and what is behind them, and they cannot intercede except for him whom He accepteth, and they quake for awe of Him.

They say: Allah has taken a son.

29 And one of them who should say: Lo! I am a god beside Him, that one We should repay with hell. Thus We Repay wrong-doers.

We will send to hell anyone who claims to be a god.

We made the sky a roof
Absurdity Science 21:30-38

30 Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were of one piece, then We parted them, and we made every living thing of water? Will they not then believe?

31 And We have placed in the earth firm hills lest it quake with them, and We have placed therein ravines as roads that haply they may find their way.

The sun, stars, and earth were joined together until we separated them. And we made every living thing from water.

32 And we have made the sky a roof withheld (from them). Yet they turn away from its portents.

The sky is a roof.

33 And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. They float, each in an orbit.

34 We appointed immortality for no mortal before thee. What! if thou diest, can they be immortal!

35 Every soul must taste of death, and We try you with evil and with good, for ordeal. And unto Us ye will be returned.

36 And when those who disbelieve behold thee, they but choose thee out for mockery, (saying): Is this he who maketh mention of your gods? And they would deny all mention of the Beneficent.

The sun and the moon float in an orbit. [1]

37 Man is made of haste. I shall show you My portents, but ask Me not to hasten.

38 And they say: When will this promise (be fulfilled), if ye are truthful?

I'll show you my portents, but don't ask me to be quick about it.

Can their gods protect them from us?
Cruelty Intolerant Injustice Absurdity 21:39-50

39 If those who disbelieved but knew the time when they will not be able to drive off the fire from their faces and from their backs, and they will not be helped!

Disbelievers will not be able to put out the fire on their faces and backs.

40 Nay, but it will come upon them unawares so that it will stupefy them, and they will be unable to repel it, neither will they be reprieved.

41 Messengers before thee, indeed, were mocked, but that whereat they mocked surrounded those who scoffed at them.

42 Say: Who guardeth you in the night or in the day from the Beneficent? Nay, but they turn away from mention of their Lord!

They will be stupefied and no one will help them.

43 Or have they gods who can shield them from Us? They cannot help themselves nor can they be defended from Us.

44 Nay, but We gave these and their fathers ease until life grew long for them. See they not how we aim to the land, reducing it of its outlying parts? Can they then be the victors?

45 Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): I warn you only by the Inspiration. But the deaf hear not the call when they are warned.

46 And if a breath of thy Lord's punishment were to touch them, they assuredly would say: Alas for us! Lo! we were wrong-doers.

47 And We set a just balance for the Day of Resurrection so that no soul is wronged in aught. Though it be of the weight of a grain of mustard seed, We bring it. And We suffice for reckoners.

48 And We verily gave Moses and Aaron the Criterion (of right and wrong) and a light and a Reminder for those who keep from evil,

Do they have gods that can protect them from us?

49 Those who fear their Lord in secret and who dread the Hour (of doom).

50 This is a blessed Reminder that we have revealed: Will ye then reject it?

Fear the Lord in secret and dread the hour of doom.