Quran - The Final Testament

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Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.

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Quran The Final Testament


Chapter 13 : Thunder (Al-Ra`ad)

Sura:Verse English Arabic
  In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful بِِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

A. L. M. R.* These (letters) are proofs of this scripture. What is revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, but most people do not believe.


*13:1 These initials constitute a major component of the Quran's built-in proof of divine authorship, the miraculous mathematical code. See Appendix 1.

المر تِلكَ ءايت الكتب وَالذِي انزِل اليْكَ منْ ربِّكَ الحَقُّ وَلكِنَّ اكْثَر النَّاسِ لا يُؤْمنُونَ
13:2 GOD is the One who raised the heavens without pillars that you can see, then assumed all authority. He committed the sun and the moon, each running (in its orbit) for a predetermined period. He controls all things, and explains the revelations, that you may attain certainty about meeting your Lord. اللهُ الذِي رفَعَ السَّموَتِ بِغَيْر عَمدٍ تَروْنَهَا ثُم اسْتَوَى عَلى العَرشِ وَسَخَّر الشَّمسَ وَالقَمر كُل يَجْري لاجَل مسَمى يُدَبِّر الامر يُفَصِّل الاءيت لعَلكُم بِلقَاء ربِّكُم تُوقِنُونَ
13:3 He is the One who constructed the earth and placed on it mountains and rivers. And from the different kinds of fruits, He made them into pairs - males and females. The night overtakes the day. These are solid proofs for people who think. وَهُوَ الذِي مدَّ الارضَ وَجَعَل فِيهَا روَسِيَ وَانْهَرا وَمنْ كُل الثَّمرتِ جَعَل فِيهَا زَوْجَيْنِ اثْنَيْنِ يُغْشِي اليْل النَّهَار انَّ فِي ذَلكَ لاءيت لقَوْم يَتَفَكَّرونَ
13:4 On earth, there are adjacent lots that produce orchards of grapes, crops, palm trees - dioecious and non-dioecious. Although they are irrigated with the same water, we prefer some of them over others in eating. These are solid proofs for people who understand. وَفِي الارضِ قِطَعٌ متَجَوِرتٌ وَجنت منْ اعْنَبٍ وَزَرعٌ وَنَخِيل صِنْوَنٌ وَغَيْر صِنْوَنٍ يُسْقَى بِماء وَحِدَ وَنُفَضِّل بَعْضَهَا عَلى بَعْضٍ فِي الاكُل انَّ فِي ذَلكَ لاءيت لقَوْم يَعْقِلونَ
Belief in the
Hereafter Required
For Salvation


If you ever wonder, the real wonder is their saying: "After we turn into dust, do we get recreated anew?" These are the ones who have disbelieved in their Lord. These are the ones who have incurred shackles around their necks. These are the ones who have incurred Hell, wherein they abide forever.

وَانْ تَعْجَبْ فَعَجَبٌ قَوْلهُم اءذَا كُنَّا تُربًا اءنَّا لفِي خَلقٍ جَدِيدٍ اوْلئِكَ الذِينَ كَفَروا بِربِّهِم وَاوْلئِكَ الاغْلل فِي اعْنَقِهِم وَاوْلئِكَ اصْحَبُ النَّار هُم فِيهَا خَلدُونَ
13:6 They challenge you to bring doom upon them, rather than turning righteous! Sufficient precedents have been set for them in the past. Indeed, your Lord is full of forgiveness towards the people, in spite of their transgressions, and your Lord is also strict in enforcing retribution. وَيَسْتَعْجِلونَكَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ قَبْل الحَسَنَةِ وَقَدْ خَلتْ منْ قَبْلهِم المثُلتُ وَانَّ ربَّكَ لذُو مغْفِرةٍ للنَّاسِ عَلى ظُلمهِم وَانَّ ربَّكَ لشَدِيدُ العِقَابِ
13:7 Those who disbelieved say, "If only a miracle could come down to him from his Lord (we will then believe)." You are simply a warner - every community receives a guiding teacher. وَيَقُول الذِينَ كَفَروا لوْلا انزِل عَليْهِ ءاية منْ ربِّهِ انَّما انْتَ منذِر وَلكُل قَوْم هَادٍ
13:8 GOD knows what every female bears, and what every womb releases, or gains. Everything He does is perfectly measured. اللهُ يَعْلم ما تَحْمل كُل انثَى وَما تَغِيضُ الارحَام وَما تَزْدَادُ وَكُل شَيْء عِنْدَهُ بِمقْدَار
13:9 The Knower of all secrets and declarations; the Supreme, the Most High. عَلم الغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَدَةِ الكَبِير المتَعَال
13:10 It is the same whether you conceal your thoughts, or declare them, or hide in the darkness of the night, or act in the daylight. سَوَاء منْكُم منْ اسَر القَوْل وَمنْ جَهَر بِهِ وَمنْ هُوَ مسْتَخْفٍ بِاليْل وَسَاربٌ بِالنَّهَار
13:11 Shifts (of angels) take turns, staying with each one of you - they are in front of you and behind you. They stay with you, and guard you in accordance with GOD's commands. Thus, GOD does not change the condition of any people unless they themselves make the decision to change. If GOD wills any hardship for any people, no force can stop it. For they have none beside Him as Lord and Master. لهُ معَقِّبَتٌ منْ بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَمنْ خَلفِهِ يَحْفَظُونَهُ منْ امر اللهِ انَّ اللهَ لا يُغَيِّر ما بِقَوْم حَتَّى يُغَيِّروا ما بِانفُسِهِم وَاذَا ارادَ اللهُ بِقَوْم سُوءا فَلا مردَّ لهُ وَما لهُم منْ دُونِهِ منْ وَال
13:12 He is the One who shows you the lightning as a source of fear, as well as hope, and He initiates the loaded clouds. هُوَ الذِي يُريكُم البَرقَ خَوْفًا وَطَمعًا وَيُنْشِئُ السَّحَابَ الثِّقَال
13:13 The thunder praises His glory, and so do the angels, out of reverence for Him. He sends the lightning bolts, which strike in accordance with His will. Yet, they argue about GOD, though His power is awesome. وَيُسَبِّحُ الرعْدُ بِحَمدِهِ وَالملئكة منْ خِيفَتِهِ وَيُرسِل الصَّوَعِقِ فَيُصِيبُ بِهَا منْ يَشَاء وَهُم يُجَدِلونَ فِي اللهِ وَهُوَ شَدِيدُ المحَال
13:14 Imploring Him is the only legitimate supplication, while the idols they implore beside Him cannot ever respond. Thus, they are like those who stretch their hands to the water, but nothing reaches their mouths. The supplications of the disbelievers are in vain. لهُ دَعْوَةُ الحَقِّ وَالذِينَ يَدْعُونَ منْ دُونِهِ لا يَسْتَجِيبُونَ لهُم بِشَيْء الا كَبَسِطِ كَفَّيْهِ الى الماء ليَبْلغَ فَاهُ وَما هُوَ بِبَلغِهِ وَما دُعَؤا الكَفِرينَ الا فِي ضَلل

All Creation Has Submitted to God


To GOD prostrates everyone in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, and so do their shadows in the mornings and the evenings.*


*13:15 Even the disbelievers prostrate; they cannot, for example, control their heartbeats, their lungs, or peristalsis. The shadows are predetermined by God's design of the solar and the lunar orbits, and by the peculiar shape of the planet earth which causes the four seasons. The absolute precision of the sun/earth relation is proven by the invention of solar clocks and their shadows.

وَللهِ يَسْجُدُ منْ فِي السَّموَتِ وَالارضِ طَوْعًا وَكَرهًا وَظِللهُم بِالغُدُوِّ وَالاءصَال
13:16 Say, "Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth?" Say, "GOD." Say, "Why then do you set up besides Him masters who do not possess any power to benefit or harm even themselves?" Say, "Is the blind the same as the seer? Is darkness the same as the light?" Have they found idols besides GOD who created creations similar to His creations, to the point of not distinguishing the two creations? Say, "GOD is the Creator of all things, and He is the One, the Supreme." قُل منْ ربُّ السَّموَتِ وَالارضِ قُل اللهُ قُل افَاتَّخَذْتُم منْ دُونِهِ اوْليَاء لا يَملكُونَ لانفُسِهِم نَفْعًا وَلا ضَرا قُل هَل يَسْتَوِي الاعْمى وَالبَصِير ام هَل تَسْتَوِي الظُلمتٍ وَالنُّور ام جَعَلوا للهِ شُركَاء خَلقُوا كَخَلقِهِ فَتَشَبَهَ الخَلقُ عَليْهِم قُل اللهُ خَلقُ كُل شَيْء وَهُوَ الوَحِدَ القَهَّر

The Truth vs Falsehood


He sends down water from the sky, causing the valleys to overflow, then the rapids produce abundant foam. Similarly, when they use fire to refine metals for their jewelry or equipment, foam is produced. GOD thus cites analogies for the truth and falsehood. As for the foam, it goes to waste, while that which benefits the people stays close to the ground. GOD thus cites the analogies.

انزَل منْ السَّماء ماء فَسَالتْ اوْدِيَةٌ بِقَدَرهَا فَاحْتَمل السَّيْل زَبَدًا رابِيًا وَمما يُوقِدُونَ عَليْهِ فِي النَّار ابْتِغَاء حِليَةٍ اوْ متَعٍ زَبَدٌ مثْلهُ كَذَلكَ يَضْربُ اللهُ الحَقَّ وَالبَطِل فَاما الزَّبَدُ فَيَذْهَبُ جُفَاء وَاما ما يَنفَعُ النَّاسَ فَيَمكُثُ فِي الارضِ كَذَلكَ يَضْربُ اللهُ الامثَال
13:18 Those who respond to their Lord deserve the good rewards. As for those who failed to respond to Him, if they possessed everything on earth - even twice as much - they would readily give it up as ransom. They have incurred the worst reckoning, and their final abode is Hell; what a miserable destiny. للذِينَ اسْتَجَابُوا لربِّهِم الحُسْنَى وَالذِينَ لم يَسْتَجِيبُوا لهُ لوْ انَّ لهُم ما فِي الارضِ جَميعًا وَمثْلهُ معَهُ لافْتَدَوْا بِهِ اوْلئِكَ لهُم سُوء الحِسَابِ وَماوَهُم جَهَنَّم وَبِئْسَ المهَادُ
Believers Versus Disbelievers
(1) The Believers


Is one who recognizes that your Lord's revelations to you are the truth equal to one who is blind? Only those who possess intelligence will take heed.

افَمنْ يَعْلم انَّما انزِل اليْكَ منْ ربِّكَ الحَقُّ كَمنْ هُوَ اعْمى انَّما يَتَذَكَّر اوْلوا الالبَبِ
13:20 They are the ones who fulfill their pledge to GOD, and do not violate the covenant. الذِينَ يُوفُونَ بِعَهْدِ اللهِ وَلا يَنقُضُونَ الميثَقَ
13:21 They join what GOD has commanded to be joined, reverence their Lord, and fear the dreadful reckoning. وَالذِينَ يَصِلونَ ما امر اللهُ بِهِ انْ يُوصَل وَيَخْشَوْنَ ربَّهُم وَيَخَافُونَ سُوء الحِسَابِ
13:22 They steadfastly persevere in seeking their Lord, observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), spend from our provisions to them secretly and publicly, and counter evil with good. These have deserved the best abode. وَالذِينَ صَبَروا ابْتِغَاء وَجْهِ ربِّهِم وَاقَاموا الصَّلوةَ وَانفَقُوا مما رزَقْنَهُم سِرا وَعَلانِيَةً وَيَدْرءونَ بِالحَسَنَةِ السَّيِّئَةَ اوْلئِكَ لهُم عُقْبَى الدَّار
13:23 They enter the gardens of Eden, together with the righteous among their parents, their spouses, and their children. The angels will enter in to them from every door. جنت عَدْنٍ يَدْخُلونَهَا وَمنْ صَلحَ منْ ءابَائِهِم وَازْوَجِهِم وَذُريَّتِهِم وَالملئكة يَدْخُلونَ عَليْهِم منْ كُل بَابٍ
13:24 "Peace be upon you, because you steadfastly persevered. What a joyous destiny." سَلم عَليْكُم بِما صَبَرتُم فَنِعْم عُقْبَى الدَّار

(2) The Disbelievers


As for those who violate GOD's covenant after pledging to keep it, and sever what GOD has commanded to be joined, and commit evil, they have incurred condemnation; they have incurred the worst destiny.

وَالذِينَ يَنقُضُونَ عَهْدَ اللهِ منْ بَعْدِ ميثَقِهِ وَيَقْطَعُونَ ما امر اللهُ بِهِ انْ يُوصَل وَيُفْسِدُونَ فِي الارضِ اوْلئِكَ لهُم اللعْنَةُ وَلهُم سُوء الدَّار

God Controls All Provisions


GOD is the One who increases the provision for whomever He wills, or withholds it. They have become preoccupied with this life; and this life, compared to the Hereafter, is nil.

اللهُ يَبْسُطُ الرزْقَ لمنْ يَشَاء وَيَقْدِر وَفَرحُوا بِالحيوة الدُّنْيَا وَما الحيوة الدُّنْيَا فِي الاءخِرةِ الا متع
13:27 Those who disbelieve would say, "If only a miracle could come down to him from his Lord (we would believe)." Say, "GOD sends astray whomever He wills, and guides to Him only those who obey." وَيَقُول الذِينَ كَفَروا لوْلا انزِل عَليْهِ ءاية منْ ربِّهِ قُل انَّ اللهَ يُضِل منْ يَشَاء وَيَهْدِي اليْهِ منْ انَابَ
13:28 They are the ones whose hearts rejoice in remembering GOD. Absolutely, by remembering GOD, the hearts rejoice. الذِينَ ءامنوا وَتَطْمئِنُّ قُلوبُهُم بِذِكْر اللهِ الا بِذِكْر اللهِ تَطْمئِنُّ القُلوبُ
13:29 Those who believe and lead a righteous life have deserved happiness and a joyous destiny. الذِينَ ءامنوا وَعَملوا الصَّلحَتِ طُوبَى لهُم وَحُسْنُ مءابٍ
God's Messenger
of the Covenant*


We have sent you (O Rashad)* to this community, just as we did for other communities in the past. You shall recite to them what we reveal to you, for they have disbelieved in the Most Gracious. Say, "He is my Lord. There is no god except He. I put my trust in Him alone; to Him is my ultimate destiny."


*13:30 If we add the gematrical value of "Rashad" (505), plus the value of "Khalifa" (725), plus the sura number (13), plus the verse number (30), we get 505+725+13+30 = 1273 = 19x67. God thus specifies the name of His messenger (see Appendix 2 for the details).

كَذَلكَ ارسَلنَكَ فِي امةٍ قَدْ خَلتْ منْ قَبْلهَا امم لتَتْلوا عَليْهِم الذِي اوْحَيْنَا اليْكَ وَهُم يَكْفُرونَ بِالرحْمنِ قُل هُوَ ربِّي لا الهَ الا هُوَ عَليْهِ تَوَكَّلتُ وَاليْهِ متَابِ
Mathematical Miracle
of the Quran


Even if a Quran caused mountains to move, or the earth to tear asunder, or the dead to speak (they will not believe). GOD controls all things. Is it not time for the believers to give up and realize that if GOD willed, He could have guided all the people? The disbelievers will continue to suffer disasters, as a consequence of their own works, or have disasters strike close to them, until GOD's promise is fulfilled. GOD will never change the predetermined destiny.

وَلوْ انَّ قُرءانًا سُيِّرتْ بِهِ الجِبَال اوْ قُطِّعَتْ بِهِ الارضُ اوْ كُلم بِهِ الموْتَى بَل للهِ الامر جَميعًا افَلم يَايْءَسْ الذِينَ ءامنوا انْ لوْ يَشَاء اللهُ لهَدَى النَّاسَ جَميعًا وَلا يَزَال الذِينَ كَفَروا تُصِيبُهُم بِما صَنَعُوا قَارعَةٌ اوْ تَحُل قَريبًا منْ دَارهِم حَتَّى يَاتِيَ وَعْدُ اللهِ انَّ اللهَ لا يُخْلفُ الميعَادَ
All Messengers Must Be


Messengers before you have been ridiculed; I permitted the disbelievers to carry on, then I punished them. How terrible was My retribution!

وَلقَدْ اسْتُهْزِئَ بِرسُل منْ قَبْلكَ فَامليْتُ للذِينَ كَفَروا ثُم اخَذْتُهُم فَكَيْفَ كَانَ عِقَابِ
13:33 Is there any equal to the One who controls every single soul? Yet, they set up idols to rival GOD. Say, "Name them. Are you informing Him of something on earth that He does not know? Or, are you fabricating empty statements?" Indeed, the schemes of those who disbelieve have been adorned in their eyes. They are thus diverted from the right path. Whomever GOD sends astray can never find a guiding teacher. افَمنْ هُوَ قَائِم عَلى كُل نَفْسٍ بِما كَسَبَتْ وَجَعَلوا للهِ شُركَاء قُل سَموهُم ام تُنَبِّءُونَهُ بِما لا يَعْلم فِي الارضِ ام بِظَهِر منْ القَوْل بَل زُيِّنَ للذِينَ كَفَروا مكْرهُم وَصُدُّوا عَنْ السَّبِيل وَمنْ يُضْلل اللهُ فَما لهُ منْ هَادٍ
13:34 They have incurred retribution in this life, and the retribution in the Hereafter is far worse. Nothing can protect them against GOD. لهُم عَذَابٌ فِي الحيوة الدُّنْيَا وَلعَذَابُ الاءخِرةِ اشَقُّ وَما لهُم منْ اللهِ منْ وَاقٍ

Heaven Allegorically Described


The allegory of Heaven, which is promised for the righteous, is flowing streams, inexhaustible provisions, and cool shade. Such is the destiny for those who observe righteousness, while the destiny for the disbelievers is Hell.

مثَل الجَنَّةِ التِي وُعِدَ المتَّقُونَ تَجْري منْ تَحْتِهَا الانهر اكُلهَا دَائِم وَظِلهَا تِلكَ عُقْبَى الذِينَ اتَّقَوا وَعُقْبَى الكَفِرينَ النَّار
13:36 Those who received the scripture rejoice in what was revealed to you; some others may reject parts of it. Say, "I am simply enjoined to worship GOD, and never associate any idols with Him. I invite to Him, and to Him is my ultimate destiny." وَالذِينَ ءاتَيْنَهُم الكتب يَفْرحُونَ بِما انزِل اليْكَ وَمنْ الاحْزَابِ منْ يُنكِر بَعْضَهُ قُل انَّما امرتُ انْ اعْبُدَ اللهَ وَلا اشْركَ بِهِ اليْهِ ادْعُو وَاليْهِ مءابِ
Divine Authorization of the
Quran's Mathematical Code*


We revealed these laws in Arabic, and if you ever acquiesce to their wishes, after this knowledge has come to you, you will have no ally, nor a protector, against GOD.


*13:37-38 The verse number (38) = 19x2. Placing the values of "Rashad" (505) and "Khalifa" (725) next to 13:37-38, gives 505 725 13 37 38, or 19x26617112302 (Appendix 2).

وَكَذَلكَ انزَلنَهُ حُكْما عَربِيًّا وَلئِنْ اتَّبَعْتَ اهْوَاءهُم بَعْدَما جَاءكَ منْ العِلم ما لكَ منْ اللهِ منْ وَليٍّ وَلا وَاقٍ
13:38 We have sent messengers before you (O Rashad), and we made them husbands with wives and children. No messenger can produce a miracle without GOD's authorization, and in accordance with a specific, predetermined time. وَلقَدْ ارسَلنَا رسُلا منْ قَبْلكَ وَجَعَلنَا لهُم ازْوَجًا وَذُريَّةً وَما كَانَ لرسُول انْ يَاتِيَ بِءاية الا بِاذْنِ اللهِ لكُل اجَل كتاب
13:39 GOD erases whatever He wills, and fixes (whatever He wills). With Him is the original Master Record. يَمحُوا اللهُ ما يَشَاء وَيُثْبِتُ وَعِنْدَهُ ام الكتب
13:40 Whether we show you what we promise them, or terminate your life before that, your sole mission is to deliver (the message). It is us who will call them to account. وَانْ ما نُريَنَّكَ بَعْضَ الذِي نَعِدُهُم اوْ نَتَوَفَّيَنَّكَ فَانَّما عَليْكَ البَلغُ وَعَليْنَا الحِسَابُ
13:41 Do they not see that every day on earth, brings them closer to the end, and that GOD decides their life span, irrevocably? He is the most efficient Reckoner. اوَلم يَروْا انَّا نَاتِي الارضَ نَنْقُصُهَا منْ اطْرافِهَا وَاللهُ يَحْكُم لا معَقِّبَ لحُكْمهِ وَهُوَ سَريعُ الحِسَابِ
13:42 Others before them have schemed, but to GOD belongs the ultimate scheming. He knows what everyone is doing. The disbelievers will find out who the ultimate winners are. وَقَدْ مكَر الذِينَ منْ قَبْلهِم فَللهِ المكْر جَميعًا يَعْلم ما تَكْسِبُ كُل نَفْسٍ وَسَيَعْلم الكُفَّر لمنْ عُقْبَى الدَّار
13:43 Those who disbelieved will say, "You are not a messenger!" Say, "GOD suffices as a witness between me and you, and those who possess knowledge of the scripture." وَيَقُول الذِينَ كَفَروا لسْتَ مرسَلا قُل كَفَى بِاللهِ شَهِيدًا بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَكُم وَمنْ عِنْدَهُ عِلم الكتب

Praise be to God Lord of the universe.


Quran - The Final Testament

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Translated From the Original


Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.

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