Verse 38:1

صٓ​ وَالۡقُرۡاٰنِ ذِى الذِّكۡرِؕ‏

S. Saad. (The Saadiq, Truthful God states that), This Qur'an stands witness (with internal evidence) that it is a profound Reminder worth taking to heart and it can give you eminence. [21:24, 23:70, 43:43-44]

Verse 38:2

بَلِ الَّذِيۡنَ كَفَرُوۡا فِىۡ عِزَّةٍ وَّشِقَاقٍ‏

Nay, but those who disbelieve have plunged into arrogance and thus into opposition. [Shiqaaq = Opposition, schism, splitting. If they reflect on the Qur'an in all humility, they will accept the Divine truth rather than opposing it]

Verse 38:3

كَمۡ اَهۡلَـكۡنَا مِنۡ قَبۡلِهِمۡ مِّنۡ قَرۡنٍ فَنَادَوْا وَّلَاتَ حِيۡنَ مَنَاصٍ‏

How many a generation have We (Our Law of Requital) wiped out before them, and they cried out when it was too late to escape.

Verse 38:4

وَعَجِبُوۡۤا اَنۡ جَآءَهُمۡ مُّنۡذِرٌ مِّنۡهُمۡ​ وَقَالَ الۡكٰفِرُوۡنَ هٰذَا سٰحِرٌ كَذَّابٌ​ ۖ​ۚ‏

These people wonder that a warner has come to them from their own midst! And the disbelievers say, 'This is a wizard, a liar.

Verse 38:5

اَجَعَلَ الۡاٰلِهَةَ اِلٰهًا وَّاحِدًا ۖۚ اِنَّ هٰذَا لَشَىۡءٌ عُجَابٌ‏

Does he blend all the gods into One God? This is a thing mind-boggling!'

Verse 38:6

وَانْطَلَقَ الۡمَلَاُ مِنۡهُمۡ اَنِ امۡشُوۡا وَاصۡبِرُوۡا عَلٰٓى اٰلِهَتِكُمۡ​ ​ۖۚ​ اِنَّ هٰذَا لَشَىۡءٌ يُّرَادُ ۖ​ۚ‏

Their leaders go about saying, 'Walk away and hold on to your gods! This is the only course of action, since this (mind-boggling thing) seems to be designed against you with ulterior motives. [Lashayiun yuraad carries all the meanings rendered in the last sentence. 26:137]

Verse 38:7

مَا سَمِعۡنَا بِهٰذَا فِى الۡمِلَّةِ الۡاٰخِرَةِ ۖۚ اِنۡ هٰذَاۤ اِلَّا اخۡتِلَاقٌ ​ ۖ​ۚ‏

We have never heard of this in the latest religion. This (concept of One God) is nothing but a made-up tale! [Even the Christians subscribe to a Triune God]

Verse 38:8

ءَاُنۡزِلَ عَلَيۡهِ الذِّكۡرُ مِنۡۢ بَيۡنِنَا​ؕ بَلۡ هُمۡ فِىۡ شَكٍّ مِّنۡ ذِكۡرِىۡ​ۚ بَلْ لَّمَّا يَذُوۡقُوۡا عَذَابِؕ‏

What! Has the Reminder come down only to him among us?' Nay, it is My Reminder that they distrust. They have not yet tasted My doom.

Verse 38:9

اَمۡ عِنۡدَهُمۡ خَزَآٮِٕنُ رَحۡمَةِ رَبِّكَ الۡعَزِيۡزِ الۡوَهَّابِ​ۚ‏

Are theirs the treasures of the grace of your Lord, the Mighty, the Grantor of bounties?

Verse 38:10

اَمۡ لَهُمۡ مُّلۡكُ السَّمٰوٰتِ وَالۡاَرۡضِ وَمَا بَيۡنَهُمَا​فَلۡيَرۡتَقُوۡا فِى الۡاَسۡبَابِ‏

Or is it that theirs is the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them? If so, let them ascend to Supremacy by all means.

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