THE PURPOSE OF HUMAN LIFE

THE PURPOSE OF HUMAN LIFE



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In the name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Merciful

THE AIM OF LIFE

Say: 'My prayers and my devotions, my life and my death, are all for Allah. Lord of the Creation: He has no partner. Thus I am commanded, being the first of the Muslims.'

Sura: 6, Ayat: 162-163.

He it is Who made the heavens and the earth in six days - And His throne was on water - that he might try you and see who of you excels in works.
If you* say: 'After death you shall be raised to life,' the unbelievers declare: 'This is nothing but plain magic.'

( *Muhammad (P.B.U.H) )

Sura: I 1, Ayat: 7

Had your Lord pleased, He would have made mankind a single nation. Yet they cease not differing, save those whom the Lord has shown mercy. For this end He has created them. The word of your Lord shall be fulfilled: 'I will fill Hell with Jinn and men, all together.'

Sura: 11, Ayat: 118-119.

We have made that which is on earth an ornament for it, so that We may test them as to which of them do best.
We will surely reduce all that is on it to barren dust.

Sura: 18, Ayat: 7-8.

It was not in sport that We created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them. Had it been Our will to rind a pastime, We could have found one near at hand if We were to do it.
We will hurl Truth at Falsehood, until Truth shall triumph and Falsehood be no more. Woe shall befall you, for all the (falsehoods) you have uttered.

Sura: 21, Ayat: 16-18.

Every soul shall taste death. We will try you in good and evil ordeals.
To Us you shall be recalled.

Sura: 21, Ayat: 35.

Allah created the heavens and the earth with (the aim of manifesting) the truth and to reward each soul according to its deeds. And they shall not be wronged.

Sura: 45, Ayat: 22.

I only created mankind and the jinn that they might worship Me.

Sura: 51, Ayat: 56.

Blessed be He in Whose hands is all sovereignty: He has power over all things.
He created life and death that He might put you to the test and find out which of you acquitted himself best. He is the Mighty, the Forgiving One.

Sura: 67, Ayat: 1-2.

We have created man from sperm mixed (with ovum) to put him to proof.
So we have endowed him with sight and hearing. We have shown him the right path, whether he be grateful or ungrateful.

Sura: 76, Ayat: 2-3.

We created man into toil and strife.

Sura: 90, Ayat: 4.

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In the name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Merciful

THE REALITY OF THE WORLD

There are some who say: 'Lord, give us good in this world.' These shall have no share in the Hereafter. But there are others who say: 'Lord, give us what is good both in this world and in the next and keep us from the fire of Hell. These shall have a share of what they have earned. Swift is the reckoning of Allah.

Sura: 2, Ayat: 200-202.

For the unbelievers, the life of this world is decked with all manner of temptations. They scoff at the faithful, but those that fear Allah shall be above them on the Day of Resurrection. Allah gives without measure to whom He will.

Sura: 2, Ayat: 212.

Those who disbelieve, neither their riches nor their children shall in the least save them from Allah. They shall become the fuel of Fire.

Sura: 3, Ayat: 10.

Men are tempted by the lure of women and offspring, of hoarded treasures of gold and silver, of splendid horses, cattle, and plantations. These are the comforts of this life, but far better is the return to Allah.
Say: 'Shall I tell of better things than these, with which the righteous shall be rewarded by their Lord? Theirs shall be gardens watered by running streams, where they shall dwell forever: wives freed from impurity, and grace from Allah.' Allah is watching over His servants:

Sura: 3, Ayat: 14-15.

Every soul shall taste death. You shall receive your rewards only on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever is spared Hell and is admitted to Paradise shall surely gain (his end); for the life of this world is nothing but a fleeting vanity.

Sura: 3, Ayat: 185.

Do not be deceived by the activities of the unbelievers in this land. Their prosperity is brief. Hell shall be their home, a dismal resting-place.

Sura: 3, Ayat: 196-197.

The life of this world is but a sport and a pastime.
Surely better is the life to come for those who are righteous.
Will you not understand?

Sura: 6, Ayat: 32.

Avoid those that treat faith as a sport and a pastime and are seduced by the life of this world. Admonish them hereby lest a soul be damned by its own sins. It has no guardian or intercessor besides Allah: and though it offers every ransom, it shall not be accepted from it. Such are those that are damned by their deeds. They shall drink boiling water and be sternly punished for their unbelief.

Sura: 6, Ayat: 70.

(Then He will say): 'Jinn and men! Did there not come to you apostles of your own who proclaimed to you My revelations and warned you of this day?'
They will reply: 'We bear witness against our own souls.' Indeed, the life of this world beguiled them.
They will testify to their own faithlessness.

Sura: 6, Ayat: 130.

The people of the Fire will cry out to the people of Paradise: 'Give us some water, or some of that which Allah has given you." But the blessed shall reply:
'Allah has forbidden both to the unbelievers, who made their religion a pastime and an idle sport, and who were beguiled by their earthly life.'
On this day We will forget them as they forgot the meeting of that day: for they denied Our revelations.

Sura: 7, Ayat: 50-51.

We dispersed them through the earth in multitudes - some were righteous men, others were not - and tested them with blessings and misfortunes so that they might desist (from sin). Then others succeeded them who inherited the Book and availed themselves of the vanities of this life, saying: 'We shall be forgiven our sins.' But if similar vanities came their way, they would again seize them.
Are they not committed to the covenant of the Book, which they have studied well, to tell nothing of Allah but what is true?
Surety the world to come is a better prize for those that guard themselves against evil. Have you no sense?

Sura: 7, Ayat: 168-169.

Believers, why is it that when it is said to you: 'March in the cause of Allah.'
You linger slothfully in the land? Are you content with this life in preference to the life to come? Few indeed are the blessings of this life, compared to those of the life to come.

Sura: 9, Ayat: 38.

Let neither their riches nor their children rouse your envy. Through these Allah seeks to punish them in this life, so that they shall die unbelievers.

Sura: 9, Ayat: 85.

Those who deny do not expect meeting Us, delighting in the life of this world and contenting themselves with it, and those who give no heed to Our revelations, their abode is the Fire on account of what they earned (of mis-deeds).

Sura: 10, Ayat: 7-8.

This present life is only like water which we send down from the clouds so that the luxuriant herbage sustaining man and beast may grow; until when the earth puts on its lovely garment and becomes adorned, and its people think that they are its masters, down comes Our scourge upon it, by night or in broad day, laying it waste, as though it has not blossomed yesterday. Thus We make plain Our revelations to thoughtful men.
Allah invites you to the Home of Peace. He guides whom He will to a straight path.

Sura: 10, Ayat: 24-25.

The day (will come) when He will gather them again, as though they had stayed (in this world) but an hour of the day. They will recognize one another.
Lost are those that disbelieve in meeting their Lord and do not follow the right path.

Sura: 10, Ayat: 45.

Say: 'Those that invent falsehoods about Allah shall not prosper. (They may take their) ease in this life, but to Us they shall (in the end) return, and We will sternly punish them for their unbelief.'

Sura: 10, Ayat: 69-70.

Those that desire the life of this world with all its frippery shall be re-warded for their deeds in their own lifetime: they will not suffer any loss.
These are the men who in the world to come will have nothing but tile Fire.
Vain is what they did in it and fruitless are their works.

Sura: I 1, Ayat: 15-16.

Allah gives abundantly and sparingly to whom He pleases. Those who dis-believe rejoice in this life: but brief indeed is the comfort of this life compared to the life to come.

Sura: 13, Ayat. 26.

That which you have is transitory, but that which Allah has is enduring.
We shall reward the steadfast according to their noblest deeds.

Sura: 16, Ayat: 96.

Those who disbelieve in Allah after their belief - not he who recants while his heart remains loyal to the faith, but he who opens his breast for disbelief - shall incur the wrath of Allah and be sternly punished. For such men love the life of this world more than the life to come. Allah gives no guidance to the un-believers.

Sura: 16, Ayat: 106-107.

He that desires this fleeting life We hasten to him in it whatever We will:
[We hasten that] to whom we please. Then We have prepared Hell for him; he will burn in it despised and helpless.
As for him that desires the life to come and strives for it as he ought to, being also a believer - those are they whose striving is amply rewarded by Allah.
On all - on these and those - We bestow the bounty of your Lord, and the bounty of your Lord was never withheld (from any one).
See how We have exalted some above others. Yet the life to come is greater by degrees and is more exalted.

Sura: 17, Ayat: 18-21.

We have made that which is on earth an ornament for it, so that We may test them as to which of them do best.

Sura: 18, Ayat: 7.

Coin for them a simile about this life. It is like vegetation of the earth that flourishes when watered by the rain, soon turning into stubble which the wind scatters abroad. Allah has power over all things.
Wealth and children are the ornament of this life. But deeds of lasting merit are better with your Lord in reward and hope.

Sura: 18, Ayat: 45-46.

Do not strain your eyes toward the worldly benefits we have bestowed on some of them, for with these We seek only to try them. Your Lord's provision is better and more lasting.

Sura: 20, Ayat: 131.

And He will ask: 'How many years did you live on earth?'
They will reply: 'A day or possibly less. Ask those who have kept count.'
He will say: 'Brief indeed was your sojourn, if you but knew it! Did you think that We had created you in vain and that you would never be recalled to Us?'

Sura: 23, Ayat: 112-115.

The life of this world is but a sport and a pastime.
It is the abode in the Hereafter that (is the true) life: if they but knew it.

Sura: 29, Ayat: 64.

Men, fear your Lord, and fear the day when no parent shall avail his child nor any child his parent. Allah's promise is surely true. Let the life of this world not deceive you, nor let the Dissembler trick you concerning Allah.

Sura: 31, Ayat: 33.

Men, the promise of Allah is true. Let the life of this world not deceive you, nor let the Dissembler trick you about Allah. Satan is your enemy: therefore treat him as an enemy. He tempts his followers so that they may become the people of the Fire.

Sura: 35, Ayat: 5-6.

It was not in vain that We created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them. That is the fancy of the unbelievers. But woe to the unbelievers because of the fire of Hell!

Sura: 38, Ayat: 27.

He who was a true believer said: 'Follow me, my people, that I may rightly guide you. 0 my people, the life of this world is nothing but a (passing) comfort, but the life to come is an everlasting mansion.

Sura: 40, Ayat: 38-39.

Whoever seeks the tilth of the world to come, We will increase his tilth; and whoever desires the tilth of this world, We give him some of it: but in the Hereafter he shall have no share at all.

Sura: 42, Ayat: 20.

That which you have been given is but the fleeting comfort of this life. Better and more enduring is that which Allah has for those who believe and put their trust in Him; who avoid gross sins and indecencies and, when angered, are willing to forgive; who obey their Lord, attend to their prayers, and conduct their affairs by mutual consent; who bestow in alms a part of that which We have given them and, when oppressed, seek to redress their wrongs.

Sura: 42, Ayat: 36-39.

Is it they who apportion your Lord's blessings? It is We who apportion to them their livelihoods in this world, exalting some in rank above others, so that the one may take the other into his service.
Better is your Lord's mercy than all their hoarded treasures.
But for the fear that all mankind might have become one community (of unbelievers), We would have given those who deny the Lord of Mercy dwellings with silver roofs, and (silver) stairs on which to go up, and (silver) doors and couches to recline upon; and also ornaments of gold: for all these are but the fleeting comforts of this life. The life to come with your Lord is for the righteous.

Sura: 43, Ayat: 32-35.

They say: 'There is this life and no other. We live and die; nothing but Time destroys us.' Surely of this they have no knowledge. They are merely guessing.

Sura: 45, Ayat: 24.

That is because you scoffed at Allah's revelations and were deceived by your earthly life.'
On that day there shall be no way out for them, nor shall they be asked to make amends.

Sura: 45, Ayat: 35.

Allah will admit those who believe and do good works to gardens watered by running streams.
The unbelievers take their fill of pleasure and eat as the cattle eat: but Hell shall be their home.

Sura: 47, Ayat: 12.

The life of this world is but a sport and a pastime. If you believe in Him and guard yourselves against evil, He will reward you, and will not ask for all your wealth.

Sura: 47, Ayat: 37.

Give no heed, then, to those who ignore Our warning and seek only the life of this world. This is the sum of their knowledge. Your Lord knows best who has strayed from His path, and who is rightly guided.

Sura: 53, Ayat: 29-30.

Know that the life of this world is but a sport and a pastime, a show and an empty vaunt among you, a quest for greater riches and more children. It is like rain (which causes a plant to grow). The tillers rejoice in it, but then it withers and turns yellow soon becoming worthless stubble.
In the life to come is a woeful punishment and also forgiveness from Allah and His pleasure. The life of this world is but a vain provision.

Sura: 57, Ayat: 20.

Believers, let neither your riches nor your children beguile you of Allah's remembrance. Those that do this shall have much to lose.

Sura: 63, Ayat: 9.

Believers, you have an enemy in your wives and children: beware of them.
But if you overlook their offences and forgive and pardon them, then know that Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
Your wealth and children are but a temptation. Allah's reward is great.
Therefore fear Him with all your hearts, and be attentive, obedient and charitable. Give in charity for the benefit of your soul.
Those who are saved from their own greed will surely prosper.

Sura: 64, Ayat: 14-16.

Blessed be He in Whose hands is all sovereignty: He has power over all things.
He created life and death that He might put you to the test and find out which of you acquitted himself best. He is the Mighty, the Forgiving One.

Sura: 67, Ayat: 1-2.

Yet you (men) love this fleeting life and are heedless of the life to come.

Sura: 75, Ayat: 20-21.

These love this fleeting life and leave (unheeded and unattended to) in front of them a heavy day.

Sura: 76, Ayat: 27.

Those who transgressed and chose this present life will rind themselves in Hell;

Sura: 79, Ayat: 37-39.

Yet you prefer this life, although the life to come is better and more lasting.

Sura: 87, Ayat: 16-17.

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In the name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Merciful

THE DIVINE WILL

Creator of the heavens and the earth! When he decrees a thing, He need only say 'Be,' and it is.

Sura: 2, Ayat: 117.

Allah gives without measure to whom He will.

Sura: 2, Ayat: 212.

Allah gives His sovereignty to whom He will. He is Munificent and All-Knowing.'

Sura: 2, Ayat: 247.

By Allah's will, they routed them. Dawud slew Goliath, and Allah bestowed on him sovereignty and wisdom and taught him what He pleased. Had Allah not defeated some by the might of others, the earth would have been utterly corrupted. But Allah is bountiful to His creatures.

Sura: 2, Ayat: 251.

Had Allah pleased, those who succeeded them would not have fought against one another after the clear signs had been given them. But they disagreed among themselves; some had faith, and others had none.
Yet had Allah pleased, they would not have fought against one another.
Allah does what He will.

Sura: 2, Ayat: 253.

You cause the night to pass into the day, and the day into the night; You bring forth the living from the dead and the dead from the living. You give without stint to whom You will.'

Sura: 3, Ayat: 27.

Say: 'Grace is in the hands of Allah: He bestows it on whom He will. He is Munificent and All-Knowing.

Sura: 3, Ayat: 73.

Allah was not to leave the faithful in your condition, but only to separate the evil from the good. Nor was He to reveal to you what is hidden. But He chooses those of His apostles whom He will. Therefore have faith in Allah and His Apostle; for if you have faith and guard yourselves against evil, your reward shall be rich indeed.

Sura: 3, Ayat: 179.

Allah wishes to make this known to you and to guide you along the paths of those who have gone before you, and to turn to you in mercy. He is Wise, Knowing.

Sura: 4, Ayat: 26.

Allah would lighten your burdens, and man was created weak.

Sura: 4, Ayat: 28.

Had Allah pleased, they would not have associated others with Him. We have not made you their keeper, nor are you their guardian.

Sura: 6, Ayat: 107.

If We sent down the angels to them and cause the dead to speak with them and ranged all things before them, they would still not believe, unless Allah willed it. But most of them are ignorant men.
Thus We have assigned for every prophet an enemy: the devils among men and jinn, who inspire one another with vain and varnished falsehoods. But had your Lord pleased, they would not have done so.
Therefore leave them to their own inventions, so that the hearts of those who have no faith in the life to come may be inclined to it and, being pleased, persist in their sinful ways.

Sura: 6, Ayat: 111-113.

Such is the path of your Lord, a straight path. We have made plain Our revelations to thinking men.

Sura: 6, Ayat: 126.

We strongly established you on earth and provided you with a livelihood: yet you are seldom thankful.

Sura: 7, Ayat: 10.

Nor will Allah leave men in error after He has given them guidance, until He has made plain to them all that they should avoid.
Allah has knowledge of all things.

Sura: 9, Ayat: 115.

Had Allah hastened the punishment of men as they would (like Him to) hasten their reward, their fate would have certainly been decreed. Therefore We let those who deny the Last Judgement blunder about in sin.

Sura: 10, Ayat: 11.

Say: 'Had Allah pleased, I would never have recited it to you, nor would He have given you any knowledge of it. A long time I dwelt amongst you before it was revealed. Will you not understand?

Sura: 10, Ayat: 16.

Allah invites you to the Home of Peace. He guides whom He will to a straight path.

Sura: 10, Ayat: 25.

Allah does not bless the work of the evildoers. By His words He vindicates the truth, much as the guilty may dislike it.'

Sura: 10, Ayat: 81-82.

Had your Lord pleased, all the people of the earth would have believed in Him. Would you then force men to be believers?

Sura: 10, Ayat: 99.

No soul can have faith except by the will of Allah. He will visit His scourge upon the senseless.

Sura: 10, Ayat: 100.

Then we shall save Our apostles and the true believers.
It is but just that We should save the faithful.

Sura: 10, Ayat: 103.

If Allah afflicts you with a misfortune none can remove it but He; and if He wills good for you, none can withhold His bounty. He is bountiful to whom He will. He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.

Sura: 10, Ayat: 107.

Those that desire the life of this world with all its frippery shall be rewarded for their deeds in their own lifetime: they will not suffer any loss.
These are the men who in the world to come will have nothing but the Fire.
Vain is what they did in it and fruitless are their works.

Sura: 11, Ayat: 15-16.

Such was the scourge which your Lord has visited upon the sinful towns.
His punishment is stern and harrowing.

Sura: 11, Ayat: 102.

Had your Lord pleased, He would have made mankind a single nation. Yet they cease not differing, save those whom the Lord has shown mercy. For this end He has created them. The word of your Lord shall be fulfilled: "I will fill Hell with jinn and men, all together.'

Sura: 11, Ayat: 118-119.

They bid you hasten the evil before the good. Yet many were the punishments before them.
Your Lord is Merciful to men, despite their wrongdoing; yet stern is He in retribution.

Sura: 13, Ayat: 6.

Allah does not change a people's lot unless they change what is in their hearts. If He seeks to afflict them with a misfortune, none can ward it off. Besides Him, they have no protector.

Sura: 13, Ayat: 11.

We have sent no apostle but in the language of his own people, so that he might make plain to them (his message). But Allah leaves in error whom He will and guides whom He pleases. He is the Mighty, the Wise One.

Sura: 14, Ayat: 4.

Had Allah pleased, He would have united you into one nation. But He leaves in error whom He will and gives guidance to whom He pleases. You shall be questioned about what you did.

Sura: 16, Ayat: 93.

He that seeks guidance shall be guided to his own advantage, but he that errs shall err at this own peril. No soul shall bear another's burden. Nor do We punish until we have sent forth an apostle.

Sura: 17, Ayat: 15.

When We resolve to annihilate a town, We first command those that live in luxury (to obey Us). But they transgress therein.
Thus the sentence is justly pronounced against it and We utterly destroy it.
How many generations have We destroyed since Nuh's time! It is sufficient that your Lord knows and sees His servants' sins.

Sura: 17, Ayat: 16-17.

On all - on these and those - We bestowed the bounty of your Lord, and the bounty of your Lord was never withheld (from any one).

Sura: 17, Ayat: 20.

There is no town but shall be destroyed or sternly punished by Us before the Day of Resurrection. That is written in the Book.

Sura: 17, Ayat: 58.

We have bestowed blessings on Adam's children and carried them by land and sea. We have provided them with good things and exalted them above many of Our creatures.

Sura: 17, Ayat: 70.

Nothing prevents men from having faith when guidance is revealed to them but the excuse: 'Could Allah have sent a human being as an apostle?'
Say: 'Had the earth been a safe place for angels to dwell in, We would have sent forth to them an angel from heaven as an apostle.'

Sura: 17, Ayat: 94-95.

That was one of Allah's signs. He whom Allah guides is rightly guided; but he whom He leaves in error shall find no friend to guide him.

Sura: 18, Ayat: 17.

There protection comes only from Allah, the true God. He is the best to reward and the best in requiting.

Sura: 18, Ayat: 44.

Who is more wicked than the man who, when reminded of his Lord's revelations, turns away from them and forgets what his hands have done? We have cast veils over their hearts, lest they should understand Our words, and made them hard of hearing. Call them as you may to the right path, they shall never be guided.

Sura: 18, Ayat: 57.

You (have no need) to speak aloud; for He has knowledge of all that is secret and all that is yet more hidden.

Sura: 20, Ayat: 7.

Every soul shall taste death. We will prove you all with good and evil by way of trial. To Us you shall be recalled.

Sura: 21, Ayat: 35.

(It is ordained that) no nation We have destroyed shall ever rise again.

Sura: 21, Ayat: 95.

Do you not see that to God bow all things in the heavens and on earth: the sun and the moon and the stars, the mountains and the trees, the beasts and many men? Yet many have deserved His scourge. He who is humbled by Allah has none to honour him. God does what He pleases.

Sura: 22, Ayat: 18.

Allah will defend the true believers (against evil). Verily God does not love the treacherous and the thankless.

Sura: 22, Ayat: 38.

Had Allah not repelled some men by the might of others, the monasteries and churches, the synagogues and mosques in which Allah's name is frequently remembered, would have been utterly destroyed. But whoever, helps Allah shall be helped by Him. Allah is truly Powerful and Mighty.

Sura: 22, Ayat: 40.

They bid you hasten the punishment. God will not break His promise.
Each day with your Lord is like a thousand years in your reckoning.

Sura: 22, Ayat: 47.

And how many a town which was sinful have We given respite!
Then I seized it.
To Me shall all things return.

Sura: 22, Ayat: 48.

He chooses His messengers from the angels and from men. He hears all and observes all. He knows what is before them and behind them. To Him shall all things return.

Sura: 22, Ayat: 75-76.

After them We raised other generations - no people can delay their doom or go before it and sent forth Our apostles in succession. Yet time after time they disbelieved their apostles, so that We made them follow one another and made them a byword (for iniquity). Gone are the unbelievers.

Sura: 23, Ayat: 42.

We charge no soul with more than it can bear. We have a Book which speaks the truth: none shall be wronged.

Sura: 23, Ayat: 62.

Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. His light may be compared to a niche that enshrines a lamp, the lamp within a glass which (looks) as if it were a brilliant star. (It is) lit from a blessed olive tree, neither eastern nor western. Its very oil would almost shine forth, though no fire touched it. Light upon light; Allah guides to His light whom He will.

Sura: 24, Ayat: 35.

You will perhaps fret yourself to death on account of their unbelief. If We will, We can reveal to them a sign from heaven before which they will bow their heads in utter humility.
They deny and turn their backs on each fresh warning they receive from the Merciful: they have indeed denied, but the truth of that which they have laughed to scorn will before long dawn upon them.

Sura: 26, Ayat: 3-6.

Never have We destroyed a town which We did not warn and admonish beforehand. We are never unjust.

Sura: 26, Ayat: 208-209.

Nor did your Lord destroy the nations until He had sent apostles to their capital cities proclaiming to them Our revelations.
We do not destroy towns except when their populations sin.

Sura: 28, Ayat: 59.

Your Lord creates what He will and chooses freely, but they have no power to choose. Glorified and exalted be He above all that they associate with Him.

Sura: 28, Ayat: 68.

In His mercy He has given you the night that you may rest in it, and the day that you may seek His bounty and render thanks.

Sura: 28, Ayat: 73.

Do they not see how Allah initiates the Creation, and then reproduces it?
That is easy enough for Allah. Say: 'Roam the earth and see how Allah initiated the Creation. Then Allah will create a later Creation. Allah has power over all things; He punishes whom He will and shows mercy to whom He pleases. To Him you shall be turned.'
Neither on earth nor in heaven shall you be beyond reach: nor have you any guardian or helper besides Allah.

Sura: 29, Ayat: 20-22.

Countless are the beasts that do not bear their provisions. Allah provides for them, as He provides for you. He alone hears all and knows all.

Sura: 29, Ayat: 60.

He gives victory to whom He will. He is the Mighty One, the Merciful.
That is Allah's promise; to His promise He will never be untrue. Yet most men do not know it.

Sura: 30, Ayat: 5-6.

And of His signs is that He sends the winds as bearers of good tidings, so that you may taste of His mercy and ships may sail at His bidding; so that you may seek His bounty and render thanks to Him.
We sent before you other apostles to their peoples and they showed them clear signs. We punished the guilty, and rightly succoured the true believers.
It is Allah who drives the winds that raise the clouds. He spreads them as he will in sky and breaks them up, so that you can see the rain falling from their midst. When He sends it down upon His servants, they are filled with joy, though before its coming they may have lost all hope.
Behold then the tokens of Allah's mercy; how He gives fresh life to the earth after its death. He it is who brings back the dead men to life. He has power over all things.

Sura: 30, Ayat: 46-50.

Allah creates you weak: after weakness He gives you strength, and after strength infirmity and grey hairs. He creates whatever he will. He is the All-Knowing, the Almighty.

Sura: 30, Ayat: 54.

We suffer them to take their ease awhile, and then will drive them to stern punishment.

Sura: 31, Ayat: 24.

Allah alone has knowledge of the Hour of Doom. He sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. No mortal knows what he will earn tomorrow; no mortal knows in what land he will die.
Surely Allah is Knowing, Aware.

Sura: 31, Ayat: 34.

Would that you could see the wrongdoers when they hang their heads before their Lord! They will say- 'Lord, we now see and hear. Send us back and we will never do wrong again. We are firm believers.
Had it been Our Will, We could have guided every soul. But My word shall be fulfilled: 'I will fill the pit of Hell with jinn and men all together.'

Sura: 32, Ayat: 12-13.

The blessings Allah bestows on man none can withhold; and what He with-holds none can bestow apart from Him. He is the Mighty, the Wise One.

Sura: 35, Ayat: 2.

The blind and the seeing are not alike, nor are the darkness and the light.
The shade and the heat are not alike, nor are the living and the dead. Allah can cause whom He will to hear Him, but you cannot make those who are in their graves hear you.

Sura: 35, Ayat: 19-22.

If it was Allah's will to punish men for their misdeeds, not one creature would be left alive on the earth's surface. But He respites them till an appointed time. And when their hour comes, they shall know that Allah has been watching over all His servants.

Sura: 35, Ayat: 45.

It is We who will bring back the dead to life and record the deeds of men and the marks they leave behind: We note all things in a clear book.

Sura: 36, Ayat: 12.

He whom We bring to old age, we reverse his growth. Can they not understand?

Sura: 36, Ayat: 68.

Are We to treat alike those that have faith and do good works, and those that corrupt the earth with wickedness? Are We to treat the righteous as We treat the wicked?

Sura: 38, Ayat: 28.

We shall help Our apostles and the true believers both in this world and on the day when the witnesses rise to testify. On that day no excuse will help the evildoers. Our curse, and an evil home, await them.

Sura: 40, Ayat: 51-52.

The blind and the seeing are not alike, nor are those that have faith and do good works and the sinner. Yet you seldom think.

Sura: 40, Ayat: 58.

Yet they became divided only after knowledge had reached them, out of envy among themselves. And had it not been for a word that had already gone forth from your Lord, reprieving them till an appointed term they would surely have been punished (in this life). Those who inherited the Book after them have their grave doubts too.

Sura: 42, Ayat: 14.

Do they say: 'He has framed a falsehood about Allah.' But if Allah pleased He could seal your heart. He will reduce falsehood to nothing and vindicate the truth by His words. He knows the secret thoughts of men.
He accepts the repentance of His servants and pardons their sins. He has knowledge of all your actions.
He hears the prayers of those who have faith and do good works, and gives them more of His bounty. But a woeful punishment awaits the unbelievers.

Sura: 42, Ayat: 24-26.

If they turn away, know that We have not sent you to be their keeper. Your only duty is to warn them.

Sura: 42, Ayat: 48.

To Allah belongs the sovereignty in the heavens and the earth. He creates what He will. He gives daughters to whom He will and sons to whom He pleases. To some He gives both sons and daughters, and to others he gives none at all. Mighty is Allah and All-knowing.

Sura: 42, Ayat: 49-50.

(Remember) Ibrahim, who said to his father and to his people: 'I am innocent of what you worship. (I worship) only Him who created me, for He will rightly guide me. I He made this an abiding precept among his descendants, so that they might turn (to none but Allah).
Yes, I allowed these men and their fathers to live in comfort until there came to them the truth and an apostle making (things) clear. But now that the truth has come to them, they say: 'It is witchcraft. We do reject it.'

Sura: 43, Ayat: 26-30.

Do the evildoers think that they are equal in Our sight to the believers who do good works, so that in life and death they shall be alike? How ill they judge!

Sura: 45, Ayat: 21.

Allah created the heavens and the earth with (the aim of manifesting) the truth and to reward each soul according to its deeds. And they shall not be wronged.

Sura: 45, Ayat: 22.

It was in truth that We created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them; (We created them to last) for an appointed term. Yet the unbelievers give no heed to Our warning.

Sura: 46, Ayat: 3.

We shall put you to the proof until We know those who strive and the resolute among you and test all that is said about you.

Sura: 47, Ayat: 31.

If the unbelievers fought you, they would have been put to flight, and would have found none to protect or help them.
Such was the way of Allah in days gone by: and you shall find no change in Allah's way.

Sura: 48, Ayat: 22-23.

We created man. We know the promptings of his soul, and are closer to him than (his) jugular vein.
When the two Keepers receive (him), the one seated on his right, the other on his left, each word he utters shall be noted down by a vigilant guardian.
And when the agony of death justly overtakes him, they will say: 'This is the fate you have striven to avoid.

Sura: 50, Ayat: 16-19.

We have created all things according to a measure. We command but once: (Our will is done) in the twinkling of an eye.
And in the past We destroyed your fellows. Will you not take warning?
All their deeds are in their books: every action, small or great is noted down.

Sura: 54, Ayat. 49-53.

It is He who brings down clear revelations to His servant, so that He may lead you out of darkness into the light. Allah is Compassionate and Merciful to you.

Sura: 57, Ayat: 9.

It was He who created you. And some of you are unbelievers, while others have faith. He is cognizant of all your actions.
He created the heavens and the earth in truth and He shaped you and gave you good shapes. To Him you shall all return.
He knows what the heavens and the earth contain, and knows all that you hide and all that you reveal. He knows what is in your hearts.

Sura: 64, Ayat: 2-4.

The unbelievers think that they will not be raised from the dead.
Say: 'By the Lord, you shall assuredly be raised to life! Then you shall be told of all that you have done. That is easy enough for Allah.'

Sura: 64, Ayat: 7.

Blessed be He in Whose hands is all sovereignty: He has power over all things.
He created life and death that He might put you to the test and find out which of you acquitted himself best. He is the Mighty, the Forgiving One.

Sura: 67, Ayat: 1-2.

Whether you speak in secret or aloud, He knows what is in Your hearts,
Shall He who has created all things not know? He is gracious and All-knowing.

Sura: 67, Ayat: 13-14.

If they* follow the right path We shall vouchsafe them abundant rain, and thereby put them to the proof. He who gives no heed to his Lord's warning shall be sternly punished.

(*The Makkans)

Sura: 72, Ayat: 16-17.

We have appointed none but angels to guard the Fire, and made their number a subject for dispute among the unbelievers, so that those to whom the Scriptures were given may be convinced and the true believers strengthened in their faith;
that those to whom the Scriptures were given, and the true believers, may have no doubts; and that those in whose hearts there is disease, together with the disbelievers, may say:
'What could Allah mean by this?' Thus Allah leaves in error whom He will and guides whom He pleases.
None knows the warriors of your Lord but Himself. This is no more than an admonition to mankind.
Nay, by the moon! By the receding night and the forthcoming dawn, it is one of the greatest misfortunes, a warning to all men; alike to those of you that would like to march on and those that would like to remain behind.

Sura: 74, Ayat: 31-37.

This is indeed an admonition. Let him that will, take the right path to his Lord. Yet you cannot will, except by the will of Allah. Allah is Wise and All-knowing.

Sura: 76, Ayat: 29-30.

I swear by this city, and you are free from obligation in it; And (I swear) by the begetter, and all whom he begot: We created man into toil and strife.

Sura: 90, Ayat: 1-4.

It is for Us to give guidance. Ours is the life of this world and the life to come. I warn you, then, of the blazing fire.

Sura: 92, Ayat: 12-14.

Every hardship is followed by ease. Every hardship is followed by ease.

Sura: 94, Ayat: 5-6.

We created man with the most noble image and in the end We shall reduce him to the lowest of the low: except the believers who do good works, for theirs shall be a recompense never to be cut off.

Sura: 95, Avat: 4-6.

The unbelievers among the People of the Book and the pagans would not desist (from unbelief) until the Clear Proof was given them: an apostle from Allah reading purified pages containing correct decrees.

Sura: 98, Ayat: 1-3.

Indeed, if you knew the truth with certainty, you would see the fire of Hell: you would see it with your very eyes.
On that day, you shall be questioned about the pleasures (you indulged in).

Sura: 102, Ayat: 5-8.

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In the name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Merciful

HUMAN NATURE

Allah wishes to forgive you, but those who follow their own appetites wish to see you far astray. Allah would lighten your burdens, and man was created weak.

Sura: 4, Ayat: 27-28.

When misfortune befalls man, he prays to Us lying on his side, sitting or standing. But as soon as We relieve his affliction, he pursues his former ways, as though he never prayed for Our help. Thus their foul deeds seem fair to the transgressors.

Sura: 10, Ayat: 12.

And if We show mercy to a people after some misfortune has afflicted them, then they begin to scheme against Our revelations. Say: 'More swift is Allah's scheming. Our messengers are recording what you scheme.'

Sura: 10, Ayat: 21.

It is He who enables you to traverse through land and sea until when you are in the ships, and they sail carrying them in a pleasant wind, a violent wind overtakes them, and billows surge upon them from every side and they fear that they are encompassed.
Then they pray to Allah with all fervour, saying: 'Deliver us from this peril and we will be truly thankful.'
Yet when He has delivered them, they commit evil in the land and act unjustly.
0 men, it is your own souls that you are corrupting by your enjoyment in this life: to Us you shall in the end return, and We will declare to you all that you have been doing.

Sura: 10, Ayat: 22-23.

If We show man Our mercy and then withhold it from him, he yields to despair and becomes ungrateful. And if after adversity We bestow favours upon him, he says: 'Gone are my sorrows from me,' and grows jubilant and boastful.
Except those who are steadfast and do good works, they shall have forgiveness and a rich reward.

Sura: 11, Ayat: 9-11.

If you reckoned up Allah's favours, you could not count them. Truly, man is wicked and thankless.

Sura: 14, Ayat: 34.

He created man from a little germ: yet he is a professed disputer.

Sura: 16, Ayat: 4.

Whatever good you have is from Allah, and to Him you turn for help when misfortune befalls you. Yet no sooner does He remove your ills than some of you set up other gods besides Him giving no thanks for what we grant them.
Take your pleasure, then, (in this life); you shall before long know.

Sura: 16, Ayat: 53-55.

Yet man prays for evil as fervently as he prays for good. Truly, man is ever hasty.

Sura: 17, Ayat: 11.

When at sea a misfortune befalls you, all but He of those to whom you pray forsake you; yet when He brings you safe to dry land, you turn your backs upon Him. Truly, man is ever thankless.

Sura: 17, Ayat: 67.

Yet when We bestow favours on man, he turns his back and holds aloof.
But when evil befalls him, he grows despondent.

Sura: 17, Ayat: 83.

In this Quran, We have set forth for men all manner of parables. But man is in most things contentious.
Nothing can prevent men from having faith and seeking forgiveness of their Lord, now that guidance has been revealed to them: unless they are waiting for the fate of the ancients to overtake them or to see Our scourge with their own eyes.

Sura: 18, Ayat: 54-55.

Impatience is the stuff man is made of. You shall before long see My signs: do not ask Me to hasten them.

Sura: 21, Ayat: 37.

It is He who has given you life, and He who will cause you to die and make you live again. Surely man is ungrateful.

Sura: 22, Ayat: 66.

If We showed them mercy and relieved their misfortunes, they would still blunder about in their transgression. We punished them, but they neither humbled themselves to their Lord nor did they submissively invoke Him. And when We opened on them a gate of severe chastisement, they plunged into utter despair.

Sura: 23, Ayat: 75-77.

When evil befalls men they turn in prayer to their Lord. But no sooner does He make them taste His mercy than some of them become polytheists, showing no gratitude for what We gave them.

Sura: 30, Ayat: 33-34.

When We give men a taste of mercy, they rejoice in it, but when evil befalls them through their own fault they grow despondent.

Sura: 30, Ayat: 36.

Evil appears on land and sea as a result of the (evil) which men's hands have done. (Allah has ordained it thus for men) so that they may taste the fruit of their own works and mend their ways.

Sura: 30, Ayat: 41.

Yet if We let loose on them a wind which makes (their plants) seem yellow, they would still continue to be ungrateful.

Sura: 30, Ayat: 51.

We offered the trust to the heavens, to the earth and to the mountains, but they refused to bear it, and were afraid of it. Man undertook to bear it, but he has proved unjust and foolish.
Allah will surely punish the hypocrites, men and women, and the unbelievers, both men and women; but Allah pardons believing men and believing women.
Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

Sura: 33, Ayat: 72-73.

Never did we send a warner to a town but the wealthy in it said: 'We do not believe in that with which you have been sent.' And they said: 'We have been given more wealth and children (than the faithful).
Surely we shall never be punished'.

Sura: 34, Ayat: 34-35.

Is man not aware that We created him from a little life-germ? Yet he is an open opponent.

Sura: 36, Ayat: 77.

When harm is done to man, he prays to his Lord and turns to Him in repentance; yet no sooner does He bestow on him His favour than he forgets that for which he had prayed before and sets up equals to him, in order to lead men away from His path.
Say: 'Enjoy your unbelief awhile; you shall surely be consigned to Hell.'

Sura: 39, Ayat: 8.

When harm befalls man he calls upon Us; but when We vouchsafe him Our favour, he says: 'I have been given it merely because of his own knowledge.'
By no means! It is but a test: yet most men do not know it.

Sura: 39, Ayat: 49.

Man never wearies of praying for good things. But when evil befalls him he loses hope and grows despondent. And if We give him a taste of some mercy from Us after affliction, he is sure to say: "This is my own. I do not think the Hour of Doom will ever come. And even if I return to my Lord, He will surely reward me well.' We shall tell the unbelievers what they did and visit upon them a stern chastisement.

Sura: 41, Ayat: 49-50.

When We show favour to man, he turns away and holds aloof; but when evil befalls him he is loud in prayer.

Sura: 41, Ayat: 51.

When We give a man a taste of (Our) mercy, he rejoices in it; but when through his own fault evil befalls him he is ungrateful.

Sura: 42, Ayat: 48.

Yet they attribute to some of His Servants a share with Him (In His godhead)! Surely man is monstrously ungrateful.

Sura: 43, Ayat: 15.

When an undoubted prophet had come to them and they turned away from him, saying: 'A madman, taught (by others)!'
Yet if We slightly relieve their affliction they will return (to unbelief).

Sura: 44, Ayat: 13-15.

Indeed, man was created impatient. When evil befalls him he is despondent; but blessed with good fortune he grows niggardly.
Not so the worshippers who are steadfast in prayer; who set aside a due portion of their goods for the needy and the dispossessed; who truly believe in the Day of Reckoning and dread the punishment of their Lord; who restrain their carnal desire save for their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them: he who lusts after other than these is a transgressor, who keep their trusts and promises and bear true witness; and who attend to their prayers with promptitude. These shall be laden with honours and shall dwell in fair gardens.

Sura: 70, Ayat: 19-35.

Does man think that We cannot assemble his bones?
Nay, We are able to put together in perfect order the very tips of his fingers. But man wishes to do wrong (even) in the time in front of him. He questions: 'When is the Day of Re-surrection?'

Sura: 75, Ayat: 3-6.

Those love this fleeting life and leave (unheeded and unattended to) in front of them a heavy day.

Sura: 76, Ayat: 27.

Confound man! How ungrateful he is.

Sura: 80, Ayat: 17.

As for man, when his Lord tests him by exalting him and bestowing favours on him, he says: 'My Lord is bountiful to me.' But when He tests him by restricting his subsistence, he says: 'My Lord humiliates me.'
No! But you show no kindness to the orphan, nor do you urge one another to feed the poor. Greedily you lay your hands on the inheritance of the weak and you love riches with all your hearts.

Sura: 89, Ayat: 15-20.

I swear by this city, and you are free from obligation in it; And (I swear) by the begetter and all whom he begot: (We created man into toil and strife).

Sura: 90, Ayat: 1-4.

By the Fig, and by the Olive!
By Mount Sinai, and this inviolate city.*
We created man with the most noble image and in the end We shall reduce him to the lowest of the low: except the believers who do good works, for theirs shall be a recompense never to be cut off.

(*Makkah)

Sura: 95, Ayat: 1-6.

Indeed, man transgresses in thinking himself self-sufficient. Verily to your Lord is the return.

Sura: 96, Ayat: 6-8.

Surely man is ungrateful to his Lord. To this he himself shall bear witness.
And truly on account of his love of wealth he is niggardly.

Sura: 100, Ayat: 6-8.

You are distracted by worldly gain until you visit the graves.

Sura: 102, Ayat: 1-2.

By time, man is in loss, except those who believe and do good works and exhort one another to truth and to patience.

Sura: 103, Ayat: 1-3.



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