Verse 54:1

اِقۡتَـرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَانْشَقَّ الۡقَمَرُ‏

The Hour of Revolution is fast approaching. And the moon bearing banner is torn asunder. [The use of the past participle here and at many other points in the Qur'an reflects the certainty of things to happen. As-Saa'ah = The Hour = The Last Hour = The Revolution = The decisive moment = Resurrection. Shaqqal Qamar is usually given the literal translation = The moon is split. Then there are fabricated Ahadith which go on to say that the exalted Prophet split the moon into two halves pointing a finger at it! Additional reports want us to believe that one half of the moon then came down, entered the collar of the Prophet and exited through his sleeve. Not only all this is contrary to the Qur'an and to reason, the whole story defeats its own validity. It fails to name a single person present there who was awestruck by this 'miracle' and embraced the message as a result. The Qur'an is a Book consistent with itself and vehemently rejects any notions contrary to reason and to the changeless universal laws. Moreover, attainment of belief is a matter of choice. God does not will to compel or coerce anyone into believing. Stunning the human intellect by means of 'miracles' would counter this Divine law]

Verse 54:2

وَاِنۡ يَّرَوۡا اٰيَةً يُّعۡرِضُوۡا وَيَقُوۡلُوۡا سِحۡرٌ مُّسۡتَمِرٌّ‏

But when they see a sign of the oncoming change, they turn away and say, 'A persistent bewilderment.' [46:11]

Verse 54:3

وَكَذَّبُوۡا وَاتَّبَعُوۡۤا اَهۡوَآءَهُمۡ​ وَكُلُّ اَمۡرٍ مُّسۡتَقِرٌّ‏

They adamantly deny the truth and follow their desires. Yet, everything moves to its destination in stages.

Verse 54:4

وَلَقَدۡ جَآءَهُمۡ مِّنَ الۡاَنۡۢبَآءِ مَا فِيۡهِ مُزۡدَجَرٌۙ‏

And there has come to them news sufficient to deter them from arrogance.

Verse 54:5

حِكۡمَةٌ ۢ بَالِغَةٌ​ فَمَا تُغۡنِ النُّذُرُۙ‏

And profound wisdom! But all the warnings have been of no avail.

Verse 54:6

فَتَوَلَّ عَنۡهُمۡ​ۘ يَوۡمَ يَدۡعُ الدَّاعِ اِلٰى شَىۡءٍ نُّكُرٍۙ‏

Therefore, (O Messenger) ignore them for a while. The Day is coming when the caller will call them to a thing they have not perceived. [Utter humiliation when they come to attack the believers]

Verse 54:7

خُشَّعًا اَبۡصَارُهُمۡ يَخۡرُجُوۡنَ مِنَ الۡاَجۡدَاثِ كَاَنَّهُمۡ جَرَادٌ مُّنۡتَشِرٌۙ‏

They will come forth from their places of rest like a swarm of locusts, but will be thoroughly dispersed with their eyes downcast

Verse 54:8

مُّهۡطِعِيۡنَ اِلَى الدَّاعِ​ؕ يَقُوۡلُ الۡكٰفِرُوۡنَ هٰذَا يَوۡمٌ عَسِرٌ‏ 

Running in bewilderment toward the caller, the same deniers will then say, 'This is a difficult day.'

Verse 54:9

كَذَّبَتۡ قَبۡلَهُمۡ قَوۡمُ نُوۡحٍ فَكَذَّبُوۡا عَبۡدَنَا وَقَالُوۡا مَجۡنُوۡنٌ وَّازۡدُجِرَ‏

Long before them, Noah's people had denied the message, rejected Our servant and said, 'Madman', and he was rebuked. [11:25-48]

Verse 54:10

فَدَعَا رَبَّهٗۤ اَنِّىۡ مَغۡلُوۡبٌ فَانْـتَصِرۡ‏

Thereupon he cried to his Lord, 'I am overwhelmed. Do help me, then.'

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