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.