Alif Laam Meem
This is the Book, there is no doubt in it, a Guidance for the God-conscious.
Those who believe in the unseen, and establish the prayer, and spend out of what We have provided them.
And those who believe in what is revealed to you (O Muhammad SAWS!), and what was revealed before you, and in the Hereafter they firmly believe.
Those are on Guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful ones.
Indeed, those who disbelieved, it is same to them whether you warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe.
Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their vision is a veil. And for them is a great punishment.
And among the people there are some who say, `We believe in Allah and in the Last Day,` but they are not believers (at all).
They seek to deceive Allah and those who believe, but they do not deceive except themselves and they do not realize it.
In their hearts is a disease, so Allah has increased their disease, and for them is a painful punishment because they used to lie.
And when it is said to them, `Do not spread corruption on the earth,` they say, `We are only reformers.`
Indeed, they are the ones who spread corruption, but they do not realize it.
And when it is said to them, `Believe as the people have believed,` they say, `Should we believe as the fools have believed?` Indeed, they themselves are the fools, but they do not know.
And when they meet those who believe, they say, `We believe.` But when they are alone with their evil ones, they say, `Indeed, we are with you, we are only mocking.`
Allah mocks at them, and prolongs them in their transgression (while) they wander blindly.
Those are the ones who have bought astraying (in exchange) for guidance. So their commerce did not profit them, nor were they guided.
Their example is like the example of one who kindled a fire; then, when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in darkness, so they do not see.
Deaf, dumb, and blind - so they will not return (to the right path).
Or like a rainstorm from the sky in which is darkness, thunder, and lightning. They put their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunderclaps in fear of death. And Allah encompasses the disbelievers.
The lightning almost snatches away their sight. Whenever it flashes for them, they walk therein, and when darkness covers them, they stand (still). And if Allah had willed, He would certainly have taken away their hearing and their sight. Indeed, Allah has power over everything.
Tafsir (Ibn Kathir)
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