Sura 44: Smoke (Al-Dukhan)

Sura 44:  Smoke (Al-Dukhan)

Number of verses in sura: 59

Order of revelation: 64

 

[44:0]  In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

 

[44:1]  H. M.

 

[44:2]  And this enlightening scripture.

 

[44:3]  We have sent it down in a blessed night, for we are to warn.

 

[44:4]  In it (the scripture), every matter of wisdom is clarified.

 

[44:5]  It is a predetermined command from us that we send messengers.

 

[44:6]  This is a mercy from your Lord. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.

 

[44:7]  Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them. If only you could be certain!

 

[44:8]  There is no other god beside Him. He controls life and death; your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors.

 

[44:9]  Indeed, they are doubtful, heedless.

 

The Smoke: A Major Prophecy*

 

[44:10]  Therefore, watch for the day when the sky brings a profound smoke.*

 

*44:10 Only two signs are yet to be fulfilled, this smoke and Gog and Magog (Appendix 25).

 

[44:11]  It will envelope the people; this is a painful retribution.

 

[44:12]  “Our Lord, relieve this retribution for us; we are believers.”

 

God’s Messenger of the Covenant*

 

[44:13]  Now that it is too late, they remember! An enlightening messenger had come to them.*

 

*44:13 The sum of sura and verse numbers (44+13) is 57, 19×3, and this Quranic code was proclaimed by God’s Messenger of the Covenant (Appendices 1, 2, & 26).

 

[44:14]  But they turned away from him, saying, “Well educated, but crazy!”

 

[44:15]  We will relieve the retribution for awhile; you will soon revert.

 

[44:16]  The day we strike the big stroke, we will avenge.

 

[44:17]  We have tested before them the people of Pharaoh; an honorable messenger went to them.

 

[44:18]  Proclaiming: “Listen to me, servants of GOD. I am an honest messenger to you.”

 

[44:19]  And, “Do not transgress against GOD. I bring to you powerful proofs.

 

[44:20]  “I seek refuge in my Lord and your Lord, if you oppose me.

 

[44:21]  “If you do not wish to believe, then simply leave me alone.”

 

[44:22]  Subsequently, he implored his Lord: “These are wicked people.”

 

[44:23]  (God said,) “Travel with My servants during the night; you will be pursued.

 

[44:24]  “Cross the sea quickly; their troops will be drowned.”

 

[44:25]  Thus, they left behind many gardens and springs.

 

[44:26]  Crops and a luxurious life.

 

[44:27]  Blessings that they enjoyed.

 

[44:28]  All these we caused to be inherited by other people.

 

[44:29]  Neither the heaven, nor the earth wept over them, and they were not respited.

 

[44:30]  Meanwhile, we saved the Children of Israel from the humiliating persecution.

 

[44:31]  From Pharaoh; he was a tyrant.

 

[44:32]  We have chosen them from among all the people, knowingly.

 

[44:33]  We showed them so many proofs, which constituted a great test.

 

Expect The Same Consequences

 

[44:34]  The present generations say,

 

[44:35]  “We only die the first death; we will never be resurrected!

 

[44:36]  “Bring back our forefathers, if you are truthful.”

 

[44:37]  Are they better than the people of Tubba` and others before them? We annihilated them for their crimes.

 

[44:38]  We did not create the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, just to play.

 

[44:39]  We created them for a specific purpose, but most of them do not know.

 

[44:40]  The Day of Decision awaits them all.

 

[44:41]  That is the day when no friend can help his friend in any way; no one can be helped.

 

[44:42]  Only those who attain mercy from GOD. He is the Almighty, Most Merciful.

 

The Disbelievers

 

[44:43]  Surely, the tree of bitterness –

 

[44:44]  will provide the food for the sinful.

 

[44:45]  Like lye, it will boil in the stomachs.

 

[44:46]  Like the boiling of hellish drinks.

 

[44:47]  Take him and throw him into the center of Hell.

 

[44:48]  Then pour upon his head the retribution of the Inferno.

 

[44:49]  “Taste this; you were so powerful, so honorable.”

 

[44:50]  This is what you used to doubt.

 

The Righteous

 

[44:51]  The righteous will be in a secure position.

 

[44:52]  Enjoying gardens and springs.

 

[44:53]  Wearing velvet and satin; close to each other.

 

[44:54]  We grant them wonderful spouses.

 

[44:55]  They enjoy in it all kinds of fruits, in perfect peace.

 

The Righteous Do Not Really Die*

 

[44:56]  They do not taste death therein – beyond the first death* – and He has spared them the retribution of Hell.

 

*44:56 As detailed in Appendix 17, the righteous do not really die; they move on directly to the same Paradise where Adam and Eve once lived. Compare this statement with the disbelievers’ statement in 40:11.

 

[44:57]  Such is the blessing from your Lord. Such is the great triumph.

 

[44:58]  We have thus clarified it in your language, that they may take heed.

 

[44:59]  Therefore, wait; they too will have to wait.