ق ۚ وَالْقُرْآنِ الْمَجِيدِ ق 
Qaf. By the honored Qur'an... Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
بَلْ عَجِبُوا أَن جَاءَهُم مُّنذِرٌ مِّنْهُمْ فَقَالَ الْكَافِرُونَ هَٰذَا شَيْءٌ عَجِيبٌ ق 
But they wonder that there has come to them a warner from among themselves, and the disbelievers say, "This is an amazing thing. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
أَإِذَا مِتْنَا وَكُنَّا تُرَابًا ۖ ذَٰلِكَ رَجْعٌ بَعِيدٌ ق 
When we have died and have become dust, [we will return to life]? That is a distant return." Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
قَدْ عَلِمْنَا مَا تَنقُصُ الْأَرْضُ مِنْهُمْ ۖ وَعِندَنَا كِتَابٌ حَفِيظٌ ق 
We know what the earth diminishes of them, and with Us is a retaining record. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
بَلْ كَذَّبُوا بِالْحَقِّ لَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ فَهُمْ فِي أَمْرٍ مَّرِيجٍ ق 
But they denied the truth when it came to them, so they are in a confused condition. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
أَفَلَمْ يَنظُرُوا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ فَوْقَهُمْ كَيْفَ بَنَيْنَاهَا وَزَيَّنَّاهَا وَمَا لَهَا مِن فُرُوجٍ ق 
Have they not looked at the heaven above them - how We structured it and adorned it and [how] it has no rifts? Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَالْأَرْضَ مَدَدْنَاهَا وَأَلْقَيْنَا فِيهَا رَوَاسِيَ وَأَنبَتْنَا فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ زَوْجٍ بَهِيجٍ ق 
And the earth - We spread it out and cast therein firmly set mountains and made grow therein [something] of every beautiful kind, Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
تَبْصِرَةً وَذِكْرَىٰ لِكُلِّ عَبْدٍ مُّنِيبٍ ق 
Giving insight and a reminder for every servant who turns [to Allah]. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَنَزَّلْنَا مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً مُّبَارَكًا فَأَنبَتْنَا بِهِ جَنَّاتٍ وَحَبَّ الْحَصِيدِ ق 
And We have sent down blessed rain from the sky and made grow thereby gardens and grain from the harvest Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَالنَّخْلَ بَاسِقَاتٍ لَّهَا طَلْعٌ نَّضِيدٌ ق 
And lofty palm trees having fruit arranged in layers - Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
رِّزْقًا لِّلْعِبَادِ ۖ وَأَحْيَيْنَا بِهِ بَلْدَةً مَّيْتًا ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ الْخُرُوجُ ق 
As provision for the servants, and We have given life thereby to a dead land. Thus is the resurrection. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
كَذَّبَتْ قَبْلَهُمْ قَوْمُ نُوحٍ وَأَصْحَابُ الرَّسِّ وَثَمُودُ ق 
The people of Noah denied before them, and the companions of the well and Thamud Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَعَادٌ وَفِرْعَوْنُ وَإِخْوَانُ لُوطٍ ق 
And 'Aad and Pharaoh and the brothers of Lot Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَأَصْحَابُ الْأَيْكَةِ وَقَوْمُ تُبَّعٍ ۚ كُلٌّ كَذَّبَ الرُّسُلَ فَحَقَّ وَعِيدِ ق 
And the companions of the thicket and the people of Tubba'. All denied the messengers, so My threat was justly fulfilled. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
أَفَعَيِينَا بِالْخَلْقِ الْأَوَّلِ ۚ بَلْ هُمْ فِي لَبْسٍ مِّنْ خَلْقٍ جَدِيدٍ ق 
Did We fail in the first creation? But they are in confusion over a new creation. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ وَنَعْلَمُ مَا تُوَسْوِسُ بِهِ نَفْسُهُ ۖ وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ ق 
And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
إِذْ يَتَلَقَّى الْمُتَلَقِّيَانِ عَنِ الْيَمِينِ وَعَنِ الشِّمَالِ قَعِيدٌ ق 
When the two receivers receive, seated on the right and on the left. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
مَّا يَلْفِظُ مِن قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ ق 
Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record]. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَجَاءَتْ سَكْرَةُ الْمَوْتِ بِالْحَقِّ ۖ ذَٰلِكَ مَا كُنتَ مِنْهُ تَحِيدُ ق 
And the intoxication of death will bring the truth; that is what you were trying to avoid. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَنُفِخَ فِي الصُّورِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ يَوْمُ الْوَعِيدِ ق 
And the Horn will be blown. That is the Day of [carrying out] the threat. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَجَاءَتْ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَّعَهَا سَائِقٌ وَشَهِيدٌ ق 
And every soul will come, with it a driver and a witness. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
لَّقَدْ كُنتَ فِي غَفْلَةٍ مِّنْ هَٰذَا فَكَشَفْنَا عَنكَ غِطَاءَكَ فَبَصَرُكَ الْيَوْمَ حَدِيدٌ ق 
[It will be said], "You were certainly in unmindfulness of this, and We have removed from you your cover, so your sight, this Day, is sharp." Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَقَالَ قَرِينُهُ هَٰذَا مَا لَدَيَّ عَتِيدٌ ق 
And his companion, [the angel], will say, "This [record] is what is with me, prepared." Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
أَلْقِيَا فِي جَهَنَّمَ كُلَّ كَفَّارٍ عَنِيدٍ ق 
[Allah will say], "Throw into Hell every obstinate disbeliever, Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
مَّنَّاعٍ لِّلْخَيْرِ مُعْتَدٍ مُّرِيبٍ ق 
Preventer of good, aggressor, and doubter, Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
الَّذِي جَعَلَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَٰهًا آخَرَ فَأَلْقِيَاهُ فِي الْعَذَابِ الشَّدِيدِ ق 
Who made [as equal] with Allah another deity; then throw him into the severe punishment." Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
قَالَ قَرِينُهُ رَبَّنَا مَا أَطْغَيْتُهُ وَلَٰكِن كَانَ فِي ضَلَالٍ بَعِيدٍ ق 
His [devil] companion will say, "Our Lord, I did not make him transgress, but he [himself] was in extreme error." Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
قَالَ لَا تَخْتَصِمُوا لَدَيَّ وَقَدْ قَدَّمْتُ إِلَيْكُم بِالْوَعِيدِ ق 
[Allah] will say, "Do not dispute before Me, while I had already presented to you the warning. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
مَا يُبَدَّلُ الْقَوْلُ لَدَيَّ وَمَا أَنَا بِظَلَّامٍ لِّلْعَبِيدِ ق 
The word will not be changed with Me, and never will I be unjust to the servants." Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
يَوْمَ نَقُولُ لِجَهَنَّمَ هَلِ امْتَلَأْتِ وَتَقُولُ هَلْ مِن مَّزِيدٍ ق 
On the Day We will say to Hell, "Have you been filled?" and it will say, "Are there some more," Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَأُزْلِفَتِ الْجَنَّةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ غَيْرَ بَعِيدٍ ق 
And Paradise will be brought near to the righteous, not far, Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
هَٰذَا مَا تُوعَدُونَ لِكُلِّ أَوَّابٍ حَفِيظٍ ق 
[It will be said], "This is what you were promised - for every returner [to Allah] and keeper [of His covenant] Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
مَّنْ خَشِيَ الرَّحْمَٰنَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَجَاءَ بِقَلْبٍ مُّنِيبٍ ق 
Who feared the Most Merciful unseen and came with a heart returning [in repentance]. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
ادْخُلُوهَا بِسَلَامٍ ۖ ذَٰلِكَ يَوْمُ الْخُلُودِ ق 
Enter it in peace. This is the Day of Eternity." Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
لَهُم مَّا يَشَاءُونَ فِيهَا وَلَدَيْنَا مَزِيدٌ ق 
They will have whatever they wish therein, and with Us is more. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَكَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا قَبْلَهُم مِّن قَرْنٍ هُمْ أَشَدُّ مِنْهُم بَطْشًا فَنَقَّبُوا فِي الْبِلَادِ هَلْ مِن مَّحِيصٍ ق 
And how many a generation before them did We destroy who were greater than them in [striking] power and had explored throughout the lands. Is there any place of escape? Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَذِكْرَىٰ لِمَن كَانَ لَهُ قَلْبٌ أَوْ أَلْقَى السَّمْعَ وَهُوَ شَهِيدٌ ق 
Indeed in that is a reminder for whoever has a heart or who listens while he is present [in mind]. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ وَمَا مَسَّنَا مِن لُّغُوبٍ ق 
And We did certainly create the heavens and earth and what is between them in six days, and there touched Us no weariness. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
فَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَقُولُونَ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَقَبْلَ الْغُرُوبِ ق 
So be patient, [O Muhammad], over what they say and exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting, Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَمِنَ اللَّيْلِ فَسَبِّحْهُ وَأَدْبَارَ السُّجُودِ ق 
And [in part] of the night exalt Him and after prostration. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
وَاسْتَمِعْ يَوْمَ يُنَادِ الْمُنَادِ مِن مَّكَانٍ قَرِيبٍ ق 
And listen on the Day when the Caller will call out from a place that is near - Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
يَوْمَ يَسْمَعُونَ الصَّيْحَةَ بِالْحَقِّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ يَوْمُ الْخُرُوجِ ق 
The Day they will hear the blast [of the Horn] in truth. That is the Day of Emergence [from the graves]. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
إِنَّا نَحْنُ نُحْيِي وَنُمِيتُ وَإِلَيْنَا الْمَصِيرُ ق 
Indeed, it is We who give life and cause death, and to Us is the destination Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
يَوْمَ تَشَقَّقُ الْأَرْضُ عَنْهُمْ سِرَاعًا ۚ ذَٰلِكَ حَشْرٌ عَلَيْنَا يَسِيرٌ ق 
On the Day the earth breaks away from them [and they emerge] rapidly; that is a gathering easy for Us. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
نَّحْنُ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا يَقُولُونَ ۖ وَمَا أَنتَ عَلَيْهِم بِجَبَّارٍ ۖ فَذَكِّرْ بِالْقُرْآنِ مَن يَخَافُ وَعِيدِ ق 
We are most knowing of what they say, and you are not over them a tyrant. But remind by the Qur'an whoever fears My threat. Qaf ( The Letter Qaf ) 
What is Holy Quran?
This week, for the first time, Holy Quran Reading. Christians and Muslims on two continents have gathered under one roof to celebrate what they believe to be one of the world’s most important books. Holy Quran Reading But while Muslims praise it as the divine word of God, they disagree about what the text says about God.
Who is God? Muslims believe that God is a single being who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and perfect. Holy Quran Reading To Muslims, he has no gender, no age, and no beginning.
Muslims believe that their God is one of three celestial beings with different functions, often referred to as the guardians. God, the father is Al-Rahman, the exalted father, and God the Son is Al-`Aziz, the benevolent son. God the Mother is Al-Israal or the she-dragon.
So how did this fundamental set of beliefs come about? They are said to have come about by the Prophet Muhammad himself.
The Islamic prophet went up to the summit of Mount Arafat in Mecca and recited a couplet to the heavens: “My Lord and my God, Who will guide me to the Straight Way? And Who will lead me to the Presence of the Throne of Justice? Who will guide me to the Straight Way?”
Muslims believe that this was the prophet’s revelation to his Lord.
At that moment, Muslims say, Holy Quran Reading. God agreed that there would never be any conflict between man and his deity.
“The Quran explains that we should consider God’s attributes as pure and absolute. If we use human logic, we find that they are. Holy Quran Reading. God is beyond human laws and, so, is everything else,” said Suhaib Saleem, an Islamic scholar.
One of the most significant areas where Muslims differ about God is his creation of the world and humankind. Holy Quran Reading. Muslims believe that God created humans from clay. On the other hand, Christians believe that God created Adam from the dust of the earth.
What is the creator of the heavens and earth like?
“God is not like other humans,” Saleem said. “He’s infinite, indescribable, and omnipresent, so his attributes cannot be defined. So he cannot be called masculine or feminine. God cannot be analyzed by human intellect, but instead is explained only by revelation.”
How many days is he with his creation?
“God created the heavens and the earth in six 24-hour days. But since the day we are celebrating today is the Eid al-Fitr, the holiday commemorating the end of Ramadan, we are going by the Islamic lunar calendar, which calculates the length of days differently than the lunar calendar,” said Saleem. “In Islam, the Muslim calendar is used to mark the Islamic years.”
As for the state of nature, Muslims believe that all-powerful God created mankind in the Garden of Eden as “shareholders” in the earth. Holy Quran ReadingAccording to Islam, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and broke his commandment to not eat from the tree of knowledge.
For that transgression, God sent down a plague of locusts who stole man’s food and exposed him to temptation. In response, Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden. In the seventh century, Muslims believe that God sent a messenger named Ishmael to tell them that they must return to the land of the living if they wanted to be saved.
So God is cold-hearted?
“All right, but God also commands us to love each other,” Saleem said. “Even when a Muslim is killing another Muslim, he says he’s doing it to save him. If he truly believed that he should be killed, he wouldn’t obey the commands of God. So, no, I don’t think God is coldhearted.”
How can a dead person communicate with God?
“What is really unusual about God is that he is, in fact, present in everyone and in everyone, he is everywhere,” Saleem said. “If a person dies and is buried, and he believes that he will be resurrected, he will be reborn, like we are reborn from one birth to another.
God can be anywhere at any time. He doesn’t have a permanent home. He’s everywhere, and when you think of God, think of God not as a faraway God, but think of him as present with you all the time.”
To Muslims, he is also omnipresent. In their words, the prophet Muhammad said, “If God is sitting in a corner of a room and you sit at the other end of the room, you can hear his voice in a distance.”
All of this makes many Christians and Jews a little uncomfortable.
“I have never met a Muslim who actually says that Islam is a fair and just religion, because of the problems that are present with Muslims and their treatment of people of other faiths,” said Brian Daniels, a psychologist and a member of the State University of New York at New Paltz faculty of philosophy and religion.
“The fact that God can do anything and can do everything, and if we can’t understand his ways and the nature of his will, we are to be shunned and considered as unfaithful, is so far from the Christian and Jewish belief that anyone who tries to apply that to their own religions is missing the point and gets in their own way.”
What is the basic rule of prayer in Islam?
“In the holy Quran, the first thing that Allah tells us to do when we pray is to bow down before him, to call him by his name, ‘O Lord.’ And we don’t pray with any form of affirmation or negation, or telling him what we want,” Saleem said.
“It’s very much about thankfulness and supplication. After that, he gives us guidance on how to pray, what to do, and how to bow. After that, the rest is up to us. If we get stuck somewhere, we can always go back to his word and keep on praying until we come to a place of clarity.”
What are some of the world’s great mosques?
“I personally visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the Al-Hussaini Mosque in Najaf, Iraq,” Saleem said. “I was deeply moved by both places, as well as the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem. Also, I had the honor to meet some Muslims during my mission to Mecca.
Some of them are experts on Islamic architecture, such as Yusuf Altu’ai, who designed the first mosque in Malaysia, and who is famous for his expertise on Islamic architecture, and Dr. Raeesi Badeen, who designed a mosque in Bangladesh that took eight years to complete.”