The Noble Qur'an » Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) - المعارج
سَأَلَ سَائِلٌ بِعَذَابٍ وَاقِعٍ المعارج 
A supplicant asked for a punishment bound to happen Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
لِّلْكَافِرِينَ لَيْسَ لَهُ دَافِعٌ المعارج 
To the disbelievers; of it there is no preventer. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
مِّنَ اللَّهِ ذِي الْمَعَارِجِ المعارج 
[It is] from Allah, owner of the ways of ascent. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
تَعْرُجُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ إِلَيْهِ فِي يَوْمٍ كَانَ مِقْدَارُهُ خَمْسِينَ أَلْفَ سَنَةٍ المعارج 
The angels and the Spirit will ascend to Him during a Day the extent of which is fifty thousand years. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
فَاصْبِرْ صَبْرًا جَمِيلًا المعارج 
So be patient with gracious patience. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
إِنَّهُمْ يَرَوْنَهُ بَعِيدًا المعارج 
Indeed, they see it [as] distant, Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَنَرَاهُ قَرِيبًا المعارج 
But We see it [as] near. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
يَوْمَ تَكُونُ السَّمَاءُ كَالْمُهْلِ المعارج 
On the Day the sky will be like murky oil, Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَتَكُونُ الْجِبَالُ كَالْعِهْنِ المعارج 
And the mountains will be like wool, Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَلَا يَسْأَلُ حَمِيمٌ حَمِيمًا المعارج 
And no friend will ask [anything of] a friend, Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
يُبَصَّرُونَهُمْ ۚ يَوَدُّ الْمُجْرِمُ لَوْ يَفْتَدِي مِنْ عَذَابِ يَوْمِئِذٍ بِبَنِيهِ المعارج 
They will be shown each other. The criminal will wish that he could be ransomed from the punishment of that Day by his children Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَصَاحِبَتِهِ وَأَخِيهِ المعارج 
And his wife and his brother Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَفَصِيلَتِهِ الَّتِي تُؤْوِيهِ المعارج 
And his nearest kindred who shelter him Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَمَن فِي الْأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا ثُمَّ يُنجِيهِ المعارج 
And whoever is on earth entirely [so] then it could save him. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
كَلَّا ۖ إِنَّهَا لَظَىٰ المعارج 
No! Indeed, it is the Flame [of Hell], Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
نَزَّاعَةً لِّلشَّوَىٰ المعارج 
A remover of exteriors. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
تَدْعُو مَنْ أَدْبَرَ وَتَوَلَّىٰ المعارج 
It invites he who turned his back [on truth] and went away [from obedience] Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَجَمَعَ فَأَوْعَىٰ المعارج 
And collected [wealth] and hoarded. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ خُلِقَ هَلُوعًا المعارج 
Indeed, mankind was created anxious: Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
إِذَا مَسَّهُ الشَّرُّ جَزُوعًا المعارج 
When evil touches him, impatient, Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَإِذَا مَسَّهُ الْخَيْرُ مَنُوعًا المعارج 
And when good touches him, withholding [of it], Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
إِلَّا الْمُصَلِّينَ المعارج 
Except the observers of prayer - Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
الَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَىٰ صَلَاتِهِمْ دَائِمُونَ المعارج 
Those who are constant in their prayer Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَالَّذِينَ فِي أَمْوَالِهِمْ حَقٌّ مَّعْلُومٌ المعارج 
And those within whose wealth is a known right Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
لِّلسَّائِلِ وَالْمَحْرُومِ المعارج 
For the petitioner and the deprived - Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَالَّذِينَ يُصَدِّقُونَ بِيَوْمِ الدِّينِ المعارج 
And those who believe in the Day of Recompense Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَالَّذِينَ هُم مِّنْ عَذَابِ رَبِّهِم مُّشْفِقُونَ المعارج 
And those who are fearful of the punishment of their Lord - Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
إِنَّ عَذَابَ رَبِّهِمْ غَيْرُ مَأْمُونٍ المعارج 
Indeed, the punishment of their Lord is not that from which one is safe - Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ المعارج 
And those who guard their private parts Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
إِلَّا عَلَىٰ أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ المعارج 
Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they are not to be blamed - Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
فَمَنِ ابْتَغَىٰ وَرَاءَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ المعارج 
But whoever seeks beyond that, then they are the transgressors - Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِأَمَانَاتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَاعُونَ المعارج 
And those who are to their trusts and promises attentive Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَالَّذِينَ هُم بِشَهَادَاتِهِمْ قَائِمُونَ المعارج 
And those who are in their testimonies upright Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَىٰ صَلَاتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ المعارج 
And those who [carefully] maintain their prayer: Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
أُولَٰئِكَ فِي جَنَّاتٍ مُّكْرَمُونَ المعارج 
They will be in gardens, honored. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
فَمَالِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا قِبَلَكَ مُهْطِعِينَ المعارج 
So what is [the matter] with those who disbelieve, hastening [from] before you, [O Muhammad], Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
عَنِ الْيَمِينِ وَعَنِ الشِّمَالِ عِزِينَ المعارج 
[To sit] on [your] right and [your] left in separate groups? Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
أَيَطْمَعُ كُلُّ امْرِئٍ مِّنْهُمْ أَن يُدْخَلَ جَنَّةَ نَعِيمٍ المعارج 
Does every person among them aspire to enter a garden of pleasure? Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
كَلَّا ۖ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاهُم مِّمَّا يَعْلَمُونَ المعارج 
No! Indeed, We have created them from that which they know. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
فَلَا أُقْسِمُ بِرَبِّ الْمَشَارِقِ وَالْمَغَارِبِ إِنَّا لَقَادِرُونَ المعارج 
So I swear by the Lord of [all] risings and settings that indeed We are able Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
عَلَىٰ أَن نُّبَدِّلَ خَيْرًا مِّنْهُمْ وَمَا نَحْنُ بِمَسْبُوقِينَ المعارج 
To replace them with better than them; and We are not to be outdone. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
فَذَرْهُمْ يَخُوضُوا وَيَلْعَبُوا حَتَّىٰ يُلَاقُوا يَوْمَهُمُ الَّذِي يُوعَدُونَ المعارج 
So leave them to converse vainly and amuse themselves until they meet their Day which they are promised - Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
يَوْمَ يَخْرُجُونَ مِنَ الْأَجْدَاثِ سِرَاعًا كَأَنَّهُمْ إِلَىٰ نُصُبٍ يُوفِضُونَ المعارج 
The Day they will emerge from the graves rapidly as if they were, toward an erected idol, hastening. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
خَاشِعَةً أَبْصَارُهُمْ تَرْهَقُهُمْ ذِلَّةٌ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ الْيَوْمُ الَّذِي كَانُوا يُوعَدُونَ المعارج 
Their eyes humbled, humiliation will cover them. That is the Day which they had been promised. Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent ) 
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.”