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THE HOLY QURAN - ENGLISH

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

 

The Koran software was created by:

 

Samir Alicehajic

from: Zagreb, Hrvatska

Web site: http://www.yildun.com/

 

Translated by: Abdullah Yusufali

 

@AL-FAATEHAH (THE KEY)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[1.1] In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[1.2] Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds;

[1.3] Most Gracious, Most Merciful;

[1.4] Master of the Day of Judgment.

[1.5] Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.

[1.6] Show us the straight way,

[1.7] The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose

(portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.

 

@AL-BAQARA (THE COW)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[2.1] A.L.M.

[2.2] This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who

fear Allah;

[2.3] Who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of

what We have provided for them;

[2.4] And who believe in the Revelation sent to thee, and sent before thy

time, and (in their hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter.

[2.5] They are on (true) guidance, from their Lord, and it is these who will

prosper.

[2.6] As to those who reject Faith, it is the same to them whether thou warn

them or do not warn them; they will not believe.

[2.7] Allah hath set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on

their eyes is a veil; great is the penalty they (incur).

[2.8] Of the people there are some who say: "We believe in Allah and the

Last Day;" but they do not (really) believe.

[2.9] Fain would they deceive Allah and those who believe, but they only

deceive themselves, and realise (it) not!

[2.10] In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease:

And grievous is the penalty they (incur), because they are false (to

themselves).

[2.11] When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth," they say:

"Why, we only Want to make peace!"

[2.12] Of a surety, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realise

(it) not.

[2.13] When it is said to them: "Believe as the others believe:" They say:

"Shall we believe as the fools believe?" Nay, of a surety they are the fools,

but they do not know.

[2.14] When they meet those who believe, they say: "We believe;" but when

they are alone with their evil ones, they say: "We are really with you: We

(were) only jesting."

[2.15] Allah will throw back their mockery on them, and give them rope in

their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (To and fro).

[2.16] These are they who have bartered Guidance for error: But their traffic

is profitless, and they have lost true direction,

[2.17] Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted

all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in utter darkness. So

they could not see.

[2.18] Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return (to the path).

[2.19] Or (another similitude) is that of a rain-laden cloud from the sky: In

it are zones of darkness, and thunder and lightning: They press their fingers in

their ears to keep out the stunning thunder-clap, the while they are in terror

of death. But Allah is ever round the rejecters of Faith!

[2.20] The lightning all but snatches away their sight; every time the light

(Helps) them, they walk therein, and when the darkness grows on them, they stand

still. And if Allah willed, He could take away their faculty of hearing and

seeing; for Allah hath power over all things.

[2.21] O ye people! Adore your Guardian-Lord, who created you and those who

came before you, that ye may have the chance to learn righteousness;

[2.22] Who has made the earth your couch, and the heavens your canopy; and

sent down rain from the heavens; and brought forth therewith Fruits for your

sustenance; then set not up rivals unto Allah when ye know (the truth).

[2.23] And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time

to Our servant, then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or

helpers (If there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true.

[2.24] But if ye cannot- and of a surety ye cannot- then fear the Fire whose

fuel is men and stones,- which is prepared for those who reject Faith.

[2.25] But give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness,

that their portion is Gardens, beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are

fed with fruits therefrom, they say: "Why, this is what we were fed with

before," for they are given things in similitude; and they have therein

companions pure (and holy); and they abide therein (for ever).

[2.26] Allah disdains not to use the similitude of things, lowest as well as

highest. Those who believe know that it is truth from their Lord; but those who

reject Faith say: "What means Allah by this similitude?" By it He causes many to

stray, and many He leads into the right path; but He causes not to stray, except

those who forsake (the path),-

[2.27] Those who break Allah's Covenant after it is ratified, and who sunder

what Allah Has ordered to be joined, and do mischief on earth: These cause loss

(only) to themselves.

[2.28] How can ye reject the faith in Allah?- seeing that ye were without

life, and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring

you to life; and again to Him will ye return.

[2.29] It is He Who hath created for you all things that are on earth;

Moreover His design comprehended the heavens, for He gave order and perfection

to the seven firmaments; and of all things He hath perfect knowledge.

[2.30] Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on

earth." They said: "Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein

and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy

(name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not."

[2.31] And He taught Adam the names of all things; then He placed them before

the angels, and said: "Tell me the names of these if ye are right."

[2.32] They said: "Glory to Thee, of knowledge We have none, save what Thou

Hast taught us: In truth it is Thou Who art perfect in knowledge and wisdom."

[2.33] He said: "O Adam! Tell them their names." When he had told them, Allah

said: "Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and I

know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?"

[2.34] And behold, We said to the angels: "Bow down to Adam" and they bowed

down. Not so Iblis: he refused and was haughty: He was of those who reject

Faith.

[2.35] We said: "O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden; and eat of

the bountiful things therein as (where and when) ye will; but approach not this

tree, or ye run into harm and transgression."

[2.36] Then did Satan make them slip from the (garden), and get them out of

the state (of felicity) in which they had been. We said: "Get ye down, all (ye

people), with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be your dwelling-place

and your means of livelihood - for a time."

[2.37] Then learnt Adam from his Lord words of inspiration, and his Lord

Turned towards him; for He is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.

[2.38] We said: "Get ye down all from here; and if, as is sure, there comes

to you Guidance from me, whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no

fear, nor shall they grieve.

[2.39] "But those who reject Faith and belie Our Signs, they shall be

companions of the Fire; they shall abide therein."

[2.40] O Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favour which I

bestowed upon you, and fulfil your covenant with Me as I fulfil My Covenant with

you, and fear none but Me.

[2.41] And believe in what I reveal, confirming the revelation which is with

you, and be not the first to reject Faith therein, nor sell My Signs for a small

price; and fear Me, and Me alone.

[2.42] And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know

(what it is).

[2.43] And be steadfast in prayer; practise regular charity; and bow down

your heads with those who bow down (in worship).

[2.44] Do ye enjoin right conduct on the people, and forget (To practise it)

yourselves, and yet ye study the Scripture? Will ye not understand?

[2.45] Nay, seek (Allah's) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is

indeed hard, except to those who bring a lowly spirit,-

[2.46] Who bear in mind the certainty that they are to meet their Lord, and

that they are to return to Him.

[2.47] Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed

upon you, and that I preferred you to all other (for My Message).

[2.48] Then guard yourselves against a day when one soul shall not avail

another nor shall intercession be accepted for her, nor shall compensation be

taken from her, nor shall anyone be helped (from outside).

[2.49] And remember, We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: They set

you hard tasks and punishments, slaughtered your sons and let your women-folk

live; therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord.

[2.50] And remember We divided the sea for you and saved you and drowned

Pharaoh's people within your very sight.

[2.51] And remember We appointed forty nights for Moses, and in his absence

ye took the calf (for worship), and ye did grievous wrong.

[2.52] Even then We did forgive you; there was a chance for you to be

grateful.

[2.53] And remember We gave Moses the Scripture and the Criterion (Between

right and wrong): There was a chance for you to be guided aright.

[2.54] And remember Moses said to his people: "O my people! Ye have indeed

wronged yourselves by your worship of the calf: So turn (in repentance) to your

Maker, and slay yourselves (the wrong-doers); that will be better for you in the

sight of your Maker." Then He turned towards you (in forgiveness): For He is

Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.

[2.55] And remember ye said: "O Moses! We shall never believe in thee until

we see Allah manifestly," but ye were dazed with thunder and lighting even as ye

looked on.

[2.56] Then We raised you up after your death: Ye had the chance to be

grateful.

[2.57] And We gave you the shade of clouds and sent down to you Manna and

quails, saying: "Eat of the good things We have provided for you:" (But they

rebelled); to us they did no harm, but they harmed their own souls.

[2.58] And remember We said: "Enter this town, and eat of the plenty therein

as ye wish; but enter the gate with humility, in posture and in words, and We

shall forgive you your faults and increase (the portion of) those who do good."

[2.59] But the transgressors changed the word from that which had been given

them; so We sent on the transgressors a plague from heaven, for that they

infringed (Our command) repeatedly.

[2.60] And remember Moses prayed for water for his people; We said: "Strike

the rock with thy staff." Then gushed forth therefrom twelve springs. Each group

knew its own place for water. So eat and drink of the sustenance provided by

Allah, and do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the) earth.

[2.61] And remember ye said: "O Moses! we cannot endure one kind of food

(always); so beseech thy Lord for us to produce for us of what the earth

groweth, -its pot-herbs, and cucumbers, Its garlic, lentils, and onions." He

said: "Will ye exchange the better for the worse? Go ye down to any town, and ye

shall find what ye want!" They were covered with humiliation and misery; they

drew on themselves the wrath of Allah. This because they went on rejecting the

Signs of Allah and slaying His Messengers without just cause. This because they

rebelled and went on transgressing.

[2.62] Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish

(scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and

the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord;

on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

[2.63] And remember We took your covenant and We raised above you (The

towering height) of Mount (Sinai) : (Saying): "Hold firmly to what We have given

you and bring (ever) to remembrance what is therein: Perchance ye may fear

Allah."

[2.64] But ye turned back thereafter: Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy

of Allah to you, ye had surely been among the lost.

[2.65] And well ye knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of

the Sabbath: We said to them: "Be ye apes, despised and rejected."

[2.66] So We made it an example to their own time and to their posterity, and

a lesson to those who fear Allah.

[2.67] And remember Moses said to his people: "Allah commands that ye

sacrifice a heifer." They said: "Makest thou a laughing-stock of us?" He said:

"Allah save me from being an ignorant (fool)!"

[2.68] They said: "Beseech on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us what

(heifer) it is!" He said; "He says: The heifer should be neither too old nor too

young, but of middling age. Now do what ye are commanded!"

[2.69] They said: "Beseech on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us Her

colour." He said: "He says: A fawn-coloured heifer, pure and rich in tone, the

admiration of beholders!"

[2.70] They said: "Beseech on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us what

she is: To us are all heifers alike: We wish indeed for guidance, if Allah

wills."

[2.71] He said: "He says: A heifer not trained to till the soil or water the

fields; sound and without blemish." They said: "Now hast thou brought the

truth." Then they offered her in sacrifice, but not with good-will.

[2.72] Remember ye slew a man and fell into a dispute among yourselves as to

the crime: But Allah was to bring forth what ye did hide.

[2.73] So We said: "Strike the (body) with a piece of the (heifer)." Thus

Allah bringeth the dead to life and showeth you His Signs: Perchance ye may

understand.

[2.74] Thenceforth were your hearts hardened: They became like a rock and

even worse in hardness. For among rocks there are some from which rivers gush

forth; others there are which when split asunder send forth water; and others

which sink for fear of Allah. And Allah is not unmindful of what ye do.

[2.75] Can ye (o ye men of Faith) entertain the hope that they will believe

in you?- Seeing that a party of them heard the Word of Allah, and perverted it

knowingly after they understood it.

[2.76] Behold! when they meet the men of Faith, they say: "We believe": But

when they meet each other in private, they say: "Shall you tell them what Allah

hath revealed to you, that they may engage you in argument about it before your

Lord?"- Do ye not understand (their aim)?

[2.77] Know they not that Allah knoweth what they conceal and what they

reveal?

[2.78] And there are among them illiterates, who know not the Book, but (see

therein their own) desires, and they do nothing but conjecture.

[2.79] Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then

say:"This is from Allah," to traffic with it for miserable price!- Woe to them

for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.

[2.80] And they say: "The Fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered

days:" Say: "Have ye taken a promise from Allah, for He never breaks His

promise? or is it that ye say of Allah what ye do not know?"

[2.81] Nay, those who seek gain in evil, and are girt round by their sins,-

they are companions of the Fire: Therein shall they abide (For ever).

[2.82] But those who have faith and work righteousness, they are companions

of the Garden: Therein shall they abide (For ever).

[2.83] And remember We took a covenant from the Children of Israel (to this

effect): Worship none but Allah; treat with kindness your parents and kindred,

and orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer;

and practise regular charity. Then did ye turn back, except a few among you, and

ye backslide (even now).

[2.84] And remember We took your covenant (to this effect): Shed no blood

amongst you, nor turn out your own people from your homes: and this ye solemnly

ratified, and to this ye can bear witness.

[2.85] After this it is ye, the same people, who slay among yourselves, and

banish a party of you from their homes; assist (Their enemies) against them, in

guilt and rancour; and if they come to you as captives, ye ransom them, though

it was not lawful for you to banish them. Then is it only a part of the Book

that ye believe in, and do ye reject the rest? but what is the reward for those

among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life?- and on the Day of

Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For Allah is not

unmindful of what ye do.

[2.86] These are the people who buy the life of this world at the price of

the Hereafter: their penalty shall not be lightened nor shall they be helped.

[2.87] We gave Moses the Book and followed him up with a succession of

messengers; We gave Jesus the son of Mary Clear (Signs) and strengthened him

with the holy spirit. Is it that whenever there comes to you a messenger with

what ye yourselves desire not, ye are puffed up with pride?- Some ye called

impostors, and others ye slay!

[2.88] They say, "Our hearts are the wrappings (which preserve Allah's Word:

we need no more)." Nay, Allah's curse is on them for their blasphemy: Little is

it they believe.

[2.89] And when there comes to them a Book from Allah, confirming what is

with them,- although from of old they had prayed for victory against those

without Faith,- when there comes to them that which they (should) have

recognised, they refuse to believe in it but the curse of Allah is on those

without Faith.

[2.90] Miserable is the price for which they have sold their souls, in that

they deny (the revelation) which Allah has sent down, in insolent envy that

Allah of His Grace should send it to any of His servants He pleases: Thus have

they drawn on themselves Wrath upon Wrath. And humiliating is the punishment of

those who reject Faith.

[2.91] When it is said to them, "Believe in what Allah Hath sent down, "they

say, "We believe in what was sent down to us:" yet they reject all besides, even

if it be Truth confirming what is with them. Say: "Why then have ye slain the

prophets of Allah in times gone by, if ye did indeed believe?"

[2.92] There came to you Moses with clear (Signs); yet ye worshipped the calf

(Even) after that, and ye did behave wrongfully.

[2.93] And remember We took your covenant and We raised above you (the

towering height) of Mount (Sinai): (Saying): "Hold firmly to what We have given

you, and hearken (to the Law)": They said:" We hear, and we disobey:" And they

had to drink into their hearts (of the taint) of the calf because of their

Faithlessness. Say: "Vile indeed are the behests of your Faith if ye have any

faith!"

[2.94] Say: "If the last Home, with Allah, be for you specially, and not for

anyone else, then seek ye for death, if ye are sincere."

[2.95] But they will never seek for death, on account of the (sins) which

their hands have sent on before them. and Allah is well-acquainted with the

wrong-doers.

[2.96] Thou wilt indeed find them, of all people, most greedy of life,-even

more than the idolaters: Each one of them wishes He could be given a life of a

thousand years: But the grant of such life will not save him from (due)

punishment. For Allah sees well all that they do.

[2.97] Say: Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel-for he brings down the

(revelation) to thy heart by Allah's will, a confirmation of what went before,

and guidance and glad tidings for those who believe,-

[2.98] Whoever is an enemy to Allah and His angels and messengers, to Gabriel

and Michael,- Lo! Allah is an enemy to those who reject Faith.

[2.99] We have sent down to thee Manifest Signs (ayat); and none reject them

but those who are perverse.

[2.100] Is it not (the case) that every time they make a covenant, some party

among them throw it aside?- Nay, Most of them are faithless.

[2.101] And when there came to them a messenger from Allah, confirming what

was with them, a party of the people of the Book threw away the Book of Allah

behind their backs, as if (it had been something) they did not know!

[2.102] They followed what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against the power

of Solomon: the blasphemers Were, not Solomon, but the evil ones, teaching men

Magic, and such things as came down at babylon to the angels Harut and Marut.

But neither of these taught anyone (Such things) without saying: "We are only

for trial; so do not blaspheme." They learned from them the means to sow discord

between man and wife. But they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah's

permission. And they learned what harmed them, not what profited them. And they

knew that the buyers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the

Hereafter. And vile was the price for which they did sell their souls, if they

but knew!

[2.103] If they had kept their Faith and guarded themselves from evil, far

better had been the reward from their Lord, if they but knew!

[2.104] O ye of Faith! Say not (to the Messenger) words of ambiguous import,

but words of respect; and hearken (to him): To those without Faith is a grievous

punishment.

[2.105] It is never the wish of those without Faith among the People of the

Book, nor of the Pagans, that anything good should come down to you from your

Lord. But Allah will choose for His special Mercy whom He will - for Allah is

Lord of grace abounding.

[2.106] None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but

We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath

power over all things?

[2.107] Knowest thou not that to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens

and the earth? And besides Him ye have neither patron nor helper.

[2.108] Would ye question your Messenger as Moses was questioned of old? but

whoever changeth from Faith to Unbelief, Hath strayed without doubt from the

even way.

[2.109] Quite a number of the People of the Book wish they could Turn you

(people) back to infidelity after ye have believed, from selfish envy, after the

Truth hath become Manifest unto them: But forgive and overlook, Till Allah

accomplish His purpose; for Allah Hath power over all things.

[2.110] And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good

ye send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah: for Allah

sees Well all that ye do.

[2.111] And they say: "None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a

Christian." Those are their (vain) desires. Say: "Produce your proof if ye are

truthful."

[2.112] Nay,-whoever submits His whole self to Allah and is a doer of good,-

He will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear, nor shall they

grieve.

[2.113] The Jews say: "The Christians have naught (to stand) upon; and the

Christians say: "The Jews have naught (To stand) upon." Yet they (Profess to)

study the (same) Book. Like unto their word is what those say who know not; but

Allah will judge between them in their quarrel on the Day of Judgment.

[2.114] And who is more unjust than he who forbids that in places for the

worship of Allah, Allah's name should be celebrated?-whose zeal is (in fact) to

ruin them? It was not fitting that such should themselves enter them except in

fear. For them there is nothing but disgrace in this world, and in the world to

come, an exceeding torment.

[2.115] To Allah belong the east and the West: Whithersoever ye turn, there is

the presence of Allah. For Allah is all-Pervading, all-Knowing.

[2.116] They say: "Allah hath begotten a son" :Glory be to Him.-Nay, to Him

belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: everything renders worship to

Him.

[2.117] To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth: When He

decreeth a matter, He saith to it: "Be," and it is.

[2.118] Say those without knowledge: "Why speaketh not Allah unto us? or why

cometh not unto us a Sign?" So said the people before them words of similar

import. Their hearts are alike. We have indeed made clear the Signs unto any

people who hold firmly to Faith (in their hearts).

[2.119] Verily We have sent thee in truth as a bearer of glad tidings and a

warner: But of thee no question shall be asked of the Companions of the Blazing

Fire.

[2.120] Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless

thou follow their form of religion. Say: "The Guidance of Allah,-that is the

(only) Guidance." Wert thou to follow their desires after the knowledge which

hath reached thee, then wouldst thou find neither Protector nor helper against

Allah.

[2.121] Those to whom We have sent the Book study it as it should be studied:

They are the ones that believe therein: Those who reject faith therein,- the

loss is their own.

[2.122] O Children of Israel! call to mind the special favour which I bestowed

upon you, and that I preferred you to all others (for My Message).

[2.123] Then guard yourselves against a-Day when one soul shall not avail

another, nor shall compensation be accepted from her nor shall intercession

profit her nor shall anyone be helped (from outside).

[2.124] And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands,

which he fulfilled: He said: "I will make thee an Imam to the Nations." He

pleaded: "And also (Imams) from my offspring!" He answered: "But My Promise is

not within the reach of evil-doers."

[2.125] Remember We made the House a place of assembly for men and a place of

safety; and take ye the station of Abraham as a place of prayer; and We

covenanted with Abraham and Isma'il, that they should sanctify My House for

those who compass it round, or use it as a retreat, or bow, or prostrate

themselves (therein in prayer).

[2.126] And remember Abraham said: "My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and

feed its people with fruits,-such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day."

He said: "(Yea), and such as reject Faith,-for a while will I grant them their

pleasure, but will soon drive them to the torment of Fire,- an evil destination

(indeed)!"

[2.127] And remember Abraham and Isma'il raised the foundations of the House

(With this prayer): "Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: For Thou art the

All-Hearing, the All-knowing.

[2.128] "Our Lord! make of us Muslims, bowing to Thy (Will), and of our

progeny a people Muslim, bowing to Thy (will); and show us our place for the

celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in Mercy); for Thou art the

Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.

[2.129] "Our Lord! send amongst them a Messenger of their own, who shall

rehearse Thy Signs to them and instruct them in scripture and wisdom, and

sanctify them: For Thou art the Exalted in Might, the Wise."

[2.130] And who turns away from the religion of Abraham but such as debase

their souls with folly? Him We chose and rendered pure in this world: And he

will be in the Hereafter in the ranks of the Righteous.

[2.131] Behold! his Lord said to him: "Bow (thy will to Me):" He said: "I bow

(my will) to the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe."

[2.132] And this was the legacy that Abraham left to his sons, and so did

Jacob; "Oh my sons! Allah hath chosen the Faith for you; then die not except in

the Faith of Islam."

[2.133] Were ye witnesses when death appeared before Jacob? Behold, he said to

his sons: "What will ye worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship Thy god

and the god of thy fathers, of Abraham, Isma'il and Isaac,- the one (True)

Allah: To Him we bow (in Islam)."

[2.134] That was a people that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of

what they did, and ye of what ye do! Of their merits there is no question in

your case!

[2.135] They say: "Become Jews or Christians if ye would be guided (To

salvation)." Say thou: "Nay! (I would rather) the Religion of Abraham the True,

and he joined not gods with Allah."

[2.136] Say ye: "We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to

Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and

Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference

between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam)."

[2.137] So if they believe as ye believe, they are indeed on the right path;

but if they turn back, it is they who are in schism; but Allah will suffice thee

as against them, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.

[2.138] (Our religion is) the Baptism of Allah: And who can baptize better

than Allah? And it is He Whom we worship.

[2.139] Say: Will ye dispute with us about Allah, seeing that He is our Lord

and your Lord; that we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that

We are sincere (in our faith) in Him?

[2.140] Or do ye say that Abraham, Isma'il Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes were

Jews or Christians? Say: Do ye know better than Allah? Ah! who is more unjust

than those who conceal the testimony they have from Allah? but Allah is not

unmindful of what ye do!

[2.141] That was a people that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of

what they did, and ye of what ye do! Of their merits there is no question in

your case:

[2.142] The fools among the people will say: "What hath turned them from the

Qibla to which they were used?" Say: To Allah belong both east and West: He

guideth whom He will to a Way that is straight.

[2.143] Thus, have We made of you an Ummat justly balanced, that ye might be

witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves; and We

appointed the Qibla to which thou wast used, only to test those who followed the

Messenger from those who would turn on their heels (From the Faith). Indeed it

was (A change) momentous, except to those guided by Allah. And never would Allah

Make your faith of no effect. For Allah is to all people Most surely full of

kindness, Most Merciful.

[2.144] We see the turning of thy face (for guidance to the heavens: now Shall

We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the

direction of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that

direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their

Lord. Nor is Allah unmindful of what they do.

[2.145] Even if thou wert to bring to the people of the Book all the Signs

(together), they would not follow Thy Qibla; nor art thou going to follow their

Qibla; nor indeed will they follow each other's Qibla. If thou after the

knowledge hath reached thee, Wert to follow their (vain) desires,-then wert thou

Indeed (clearly) in the wrong.

[2.146] The people of the Book know this as they know their own sons; but some

of them conceal the truth which they themselves know.

[2.147] The Truth is from thy Lord; so be not at all in doubt.

[2.148] To each is a goal to which Allah turns him; then strive together (as

in a race) Towards all that is good. Wheresoever ye are, Allah will bring you

Together. For Allah Hath power over all things.

[2.149] From whencesoever Thou startest forth, turn Thy face in the direction

of the sacred Mosque; that is indeed the truth from the Lord. And Allah is not

unmindful of what ye do.

[2.150] So from whencesoever Thou startest forth, turn Thy face in the

direction of the sacred Mosque; and wheresoever ye are, Turn your face thither:

that there be no ground of dispute against you among the people, except those of

them that are bent on wickedness; so fear them not, but fear Me; and that I may

complete My favours on you, and ye May (consent to) be guided;

[2.151] A similar (favour have ye already received) in that We have sent among

you a Messenger of your own, rehearsing to you Our Signs, and sanctifying you,

and instructing you in Scripture and Wisdom, and in new knowledge.

[2.152] Then do ye remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me, and

reject not Faith.

[2.153] O ye who believe! seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for

Allah is with those who patiently persevere.

[2.154] And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: "They are

dead." Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not.

[2.155] Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss

in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those

who patiently persevere,

[2.156] Who say, when afflicted with calamity: "To Allah We belong, and to Him

is our return":-

[2.157] They are those on whom (Descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and

they are the ones that receive guidance.

[2.158] Behold! Safa and Marwa are among the Symbols of Allah. So if those who

visit the House in the Season or at other times, should compass them round, it

is no sin in them. And if any one obeyeth his own impulse to good,- be sure that

Allah is He Who recogniseth and knoweth.

[2.159] Those who conceal the clear (Signs) We have sent down, and the

Guidance, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book,-on them shall

be Allah's curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse,-

[2.160] Except those who repent and make amends and openly declare (the

Truth): To them I turn; for I am Oft-returning, Most Merciful.

[2.161] Those who reject Faith, and die rejecting,- on them is Allah's curse,

and the curse of angels, and of all mankind;

[2.162] They will abide therein: Their penalty will not be lightened, nor will

respite be their (lot).

[2.163] And your Allah is One Allah: There is no god but He, Most Gracious,

Most Merciful.

[2.164] Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the

alternation of the night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the

ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah Sends down from the

skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the

beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the

winds, and the clouds which they Trail like their slaves between the sky and the

earth;- (Here) indeed are Signs for a people that are wise.

[2.165] Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides Allah, as

equal (with Allah): They love them as they should love Allah. But those of Faith

are overflowing in their love for Allah. If only the unrighteous could see,

behold, they would see the penalty: that to Allah belongs all power, and Allah

will strongly enforce the penalty.

[2.166] Then would those who are followed clear themselves of those who follow

(them) : They would see the penalty, and all relations between them would be cut

off.

[2.167] And those who followed would say: "If only We had one more chance, We

would clear ourselves of them, as they have cleared themselves of us." Thus will

Allah show them (The fruits of) their deeds as (nothing but) regrets. Nor will

there be a way for them out of the Fire.

[2.168] O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, Lawful and good; and do not

follow the footsteps of the evil one, for he is to you an avowed enemy.

[2.169] For he commands you what is evil and shameful, and that ye should say

of Allah that of which ye have no knowledge.

[2.170] When it is said to them: "Follow what Allah hath revealed:" They say:

"Nay! we shall follow the ways of our fathers." What! even though their fathers

Were void of wisdom and guidance?

[2.171] The parable of those who reject Faith is as if one were to shout Like

a goat-herd, to things that listen to nothing but calls and cries: Deaf, dumb,

and blind, they are void of wisdom.

[2.172] O ye who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for

you, and be grateful to Allah, if it is Him ye worship.

[2.173] He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of

swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah.

But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor

transgressing due limits,- then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-forgiving Most

Merciful.

[2.174] Those who conceal Allah's revelations in the Book, and purchase for

them a miserable profit,- they swallow into themselves naught but Fire; Allah

will not address them on the Day of Resurrection. Nor purify them: Grievous will

be their penalty.

[2.175] They are the ones who buy Error in place of Guidance and Torment in

place of Forgiveness. Ah! what boldness (They show) for the Fire!

[2.176] (Their doom is) because Allah sent down the Book in truth but those

who seek causes of dispute in the Book are in a schism Far (from the purpose).

[2.177] It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards east or West;

but it is righteousness- to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels,

and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for

Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who

ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice

regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and

patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of

panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allah-fearing.

[2.178] O ye who believe! the law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of

murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman.

But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any

reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude, this is a

concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this whoever exceeds the limits

shall be in grave penalty.

[2.179] In the Law of Equality there is (saving of) Life to you, o ye men of

understanding; that ye may restrain yourselves.

[2.180] It is prescribed, when death approaches any of you, if he leave any

goods that he make a bequest to parents and next of kin, according to reasonable

usage; this is due from the Allah-fearing.

[2.181] If anyone changes the bequest after hearing it, the guilt shall be on

those who make the change. For Allah hears and knows (All things).

[2.182] But if anyone fears partiality or wrong-doing on the part of the

testator, and makes peace between (The parties concerned), there is no wrong in

him: For Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[2.183] O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to

those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,-

[2.184] (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on

a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those

who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent.

But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it

is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.

[2.185] Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide

to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and

wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month

should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the

prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every

facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to

complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you;

and perchance ye shall be grateful.

[2.186] When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them):

I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also,

with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the

right way.

[2.187] Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your

wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. Allah knoweth what ye

used to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave you; so

now associate with them, and seek what Allah Hath ordained for you, and eat and

drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black

thread; then complete your fast Till the night appears; but do not associate

with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are Limits (set

by) Allah: Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to

men: that they may learn self-restraint.

[2.188] And do not eat up your property among yourselves for vanities, nor use

it as bait for the judges, with intent that ye may eat up wrongfully and

knowingly a little of (other) people's property.

[2.189] They ask thee concerning the New Moons. Say: They are but signs to

mark fixed periods of time in (the affairs of) men, and for Pilgrimage. It is no

virtue if ye enter your houses from the back: It is virtue if ye fear Allah.

Enter houses through the proper doors: And fear Allah: That ye may prosper.

[2.190] Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress

limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors.

[2.191] And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where

they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter;

but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there;

but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress

faith.

[2.192] But if they cease, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[2.193] And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and

there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, Let there be no

hostility except to those who practise oppression.

[2.194] The prohibited month for the prohibited month,- and so for all things

prohibited,- there is the law of equality. If then any one transgresses the

prohibition against you, Transgress ye likewise against him. But fear Allah, and

know that Allah is with those who restrain themselves.

[2.195] And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your

own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those

who do good.

[2.196] And complete the Hajj or 'umra in the service of Allah. But if ye are

prevented (From completing it), send an offering for sacrifice, such as ye may

find, and do not shave your heads until the offering reaches the place of

sacrifice. And if any of you is ill, or has an ailment in his scalp,

(Necessitating shaving), (He should) in compensation either fast, or feed the

poor, or offer sacrifice; and when ye are in peaceful conditions (again), if any

one wishes to continue the 'umra on to the hajj, He must make an offering, such

as he can afford, but if he cannot afford it, He should fast three days during

the hajj and seven days on his return, Making ten days in all. This is for those

whose household is not in (the precincts of) the Sacred Mosque. And fear Allah,

and know that Allah Is strict in punishment.

[2.197] For Hajj are the months well known. If any one undertakes that duty

therein, Let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling in the Hajj.

And whatever good ye do, (be sure) Allah knoweth it. And take a provision (With

you) for the journey, but the best of provisions is right conduct. So fear Me, o

ye that are wise.

[2.198] It is no crime in you if ye seek of the bounty of your Lord (during

pilgrimage). Then when ye pour down from (Mount) Arafat, celebrate the praises

of Allah at the Sacred Monument, and celebrate His praises as He has directed

you, even though, before this, ye went astray.

[2.199] Then pass on at a quick pace from the place whence it is usual for the

multitude so to do, and ask for Allah's forgiveness. For Allah is Oft-forgiving,

Most Merciful.

[2.200] So when ye have accomplished your holy rites, celebrate the praises of

Allah, as ye used to celebrate the praises of your fathers,- yea, with far more

Heart and soul. There are men who say: "Our Lord! Give us (Thy bounties) in this

world!" but they will have no portion in the Hereafter.

[2.201] And there are men who say: "Our Lord! Give us good in this world and

good in the Hereafter, and defend us from the torment of the Fire!"

[2.202] To these will be allotted what they have earned; and Allah is quick in

account.

[2.203] Celebrate the praises of Allah during the Appointed Days. But if any

one hastens to leave in two days, there is no blame on him, and if any one stays

on, there is no blame on him, if his aim is to do right. Then fear Allah, and

know that ye will surely be gathered unto Him.

[2.204] There is the type of man whose speech about this world's life May

dazzle thee, and he calls Allah to witness about what is in his heart; yet is he

the most contentious of enemies.

[2.205] When he turns his back, His aim everywhere is to spread mischief

through the earth and destroy crops and cattle. But Allah loveth not mischief.

[2.206] When it is said to him, "Fear Allah", He is led by arrogance to (more)

crime. Enough for him is Hell;-An evil bed indeed (To lie on)!

[2.207] And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure

of Allah: And Allah is full of kindness to (His) devotees.

[2.208] O ye who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the

footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy.

[2.209] If ye backslide after the clear (Signs) have come to you, then know

that Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.

[2.210] Will they wait until Allah comes to them in canopies of clouds, with

angels (in His train) and the question is (thus) settled? but to Allah do all

questions go back (for decision).

[2.211] Ask the Children of Israel how many clear (Signs) We have sent them.

But if any one, after Allah's favour has come to him, substitutes (something

else), Allah is strict in punishment.

[2.212] The life of this world is alluring to those who reject faith, and they

scoff at those who believe. But the righteous will be above them on the Day of

Resurrection; for Allah bestows His abundance without measure on whom He will.

[2.213] Mankind was one single nation, and Allah sent Messengers with glad

tidings and warnings; and with them He sent the Book in truth, to judge between

people in matters wherein they differed; but the People of the Book, after the

clear Signs came to them, did not differ among themselves, except through

selfish contumacy. Allah by His Grace Guided the believers to the Truth,

concerning that wherein they differed. For Allah guided whom He will to a path

that is straight.

[2.214] Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of bliss) without such

(trials) as came to those who passed away before you? they encountered suffering

and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of

faith who were with him cried: "When (will come) the help of Allah?" Ah! Verily,

the help of Allah is (always) near!

[2.215] They ask thee what they should spend (In charity). Say: Whatever ye

spend that is good, is for parents and kindred and orphans and those in want and

for wayfarers. And whatever ye do that is good, -Allah knoweth it well.

[2.216] Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible

that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is

bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.

[2.217] They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited Month. Say:

"Fighting therein is a grave (offence); but graver is it in the sight of Allah

to prevent access to the path of Allah, to deny Him, to prevent access to the

Sacred Mosque, and drive out its members." Tumult and oppression are worse than

slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your

faith if they can. And if any of you Turn back from their faith and die in

unbelief, their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they

will be companions of the Fire and will abide therein.

[2.218] Those who believed and those who suffered exile and fought (and strove

and struggled) in the path of Allah,- they have the hope of the Mercy of Allah:

And Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[2.219] They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: "In them is great

sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit." They ask

thee how much they are to spend; Say: "What is beyond your needs." Thus doth

Allah Make clear to you His Signs: In order that ye may consider-

[2.220] (Their bearings) on this life and the Hereafter. They ask thee

concerning orphans. Say: "The best thing to do is what is for their good; if ye

mix their affairs with yours, they are your brethren; but Allah knows the man

who means mischief from the man who means good. And if Allah had wished, He

could have put you into difficulties: He is indeed Exalted in Power, Wise."

[2.221] Do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters), until they believe: A

slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she

allures you. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: A man

slave who believes is better than an unbeliever, even though he allures you.

Unbelievers do (but) beckon you to the Fire. But Allah beckons by His Grace to

the Garden (of bliss) and forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind:

That they may celebrate His praise.

[2.222] They ask thee concerning women's courses. Say: They are a hurt and a

pollution: So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them

until they are clean. But when they have purified themselves, ye may approach

them in any manner, time, or place ordained for you by Allah. For Allah loves

those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and

clean.

[2.223] Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how

ye will; but do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear Allah. And

know that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give (these) good tidings

to those who believe.

[2.224] And make not Allah's (name) an excuse in your oaths against doing

good, or acting rightly, or making peace between persons; for Allah is One Who

heareth and knoweth all things.

[2.225] Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths,

but for the intention in your hearts; and He is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.

[2.226] For those who take an oath for abstention from their wives, a waiting

for four months is ordained; if then they return, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most

Merciful.

[2.227] But if their intention is firm for divorce, Allah heareth and knoweth

all things.

[2.228] Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly

periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their

wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the

better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation.

And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to

what is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is

Exalted in Power, Wise.

[2.229] A divorce is only permissible twice: after that, the parties should

either hold Together on equitable terms, or separate with kindness. It is not

lawful for you, (Men), to take back any of your gifts (from your wives), except

when both parties fear that they would be unable to keep the limits ordained by

Allah. If ye (judges) do indeed fear that they would be unable to keep the

limits ordained by Allah, there is no blame on either of them if she give

something for her freedom. These are the limits ordained by Allah; so do not

transgress them if any do transgress the limits ordained by Allah, such persons

wrong (Themselves as well as others).

[2.230] So if a husband divorces his wife (irrevocably), He cannot, after

that, re-marry her until after she has married another husband and He has

divorced her. In that case there is no blame on either of them if they re-unite,

provided they feel that they can keep the limits ordained by Allah. Such are the

limits ordained by Allah, which He makes plain to those who understand.

[2.231] When ye divorce women, and they fulfil the term of their ('Iddat),

either take them back on equitable terms or set them free on equitable terms;

but do not take them back to injure them, (or) to take undue advantage; if any

one does that; He wrongs his own soul. Do not treat Allah's Signs as a jest, but

solemnly rehearse Allah's favours on you, and the fact that He sent down to you

the Book and Wisdom, for your instruction. And fear Allah, and know that Allah

is well acquainted with all things.

[2.232] When ye divorce women, and they fulfil the term of their ('Iddat), do

not prevent them from marrying their (former) husbands, if they mutually agree

on equitable terms. This instruction is for all amongst you, who believe in

Allah and the Last Day. That is (the course Making for) most virtue and purity

amongst you and Allah knows, and ye know not.

[2.233] The mothers shall give such to their offspring for two whole years, if

the father desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their

food and clothing on equitable terms. No soul shall have a burden laid on it

greater than it can bear. No mother shall be Treated unfairly on account of her

child. Nor father on account of his child, an heir shall be chargeable in the

same way. If they both decide on weaning, by mutual consent, and after due

consultation, there is no blame on them. If ye decide on a foster-mother for

your offspring, there is no blame on you, provided ye pay (the mother) what ye

offered, on equitable terms. But fear Allah and know that Allah sees well what

ye do.

[2.234] If any of you die and leave widows behind, they shall wait concerning

themselves four months and ten days: When they have fulfilled their term, there

is no blame on you if they dispose of themselves in a just and reasonable

manner. And Allah is well acquainted with what ye do.

[2.235] There is no blame on you if ye make an offer of betrothal or hold it

in your hearts. Allah knows that ye cherish them in your hearts: But do not make

a secret contract with them except in terms Honourable, nor resolve on the tie

of marriage till the term prescribed is fulfilled. And know that Allah Knoweth

what is in your hearts, and take heed of Him; and know that Allah is

Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.

[2.236] There is no blame on you if ye divorce women before consummation or

the fixation of their dower; but bestow on them (A suitable gift), the wealthy

according to his means, and the poor according to his means;- A gift of a

reasonable amount is due from those who wish to do the right thing.

[2.237] And if ye divorce them before consummation, but after the fixation of

a dower for them, then the half of the dower (Is due to them), unless they remit

it or (the man's half) is remitted by him in whose hands is the marriage tie;

and the remission (of the man's half) is the nearest to righteousness. And do

not forget Liberality between yourselves. For Allah sees well all that ye do.

[2.238] Guard strictly your (habit of) prayers, especially the Middle Prayer;

and stand before Allah in a devout (frame of mind).

[2.239] If ye fear (an enemy), pray on foot, or riding, (as may be most

convenient), but when ye are in security, celebrate Allah's praises in the

manner He has taught you, which ye knew not (before).

[2.240] Those of you who die and leave widows should bequeath for their widows

a year's maintenance and residence; but if they leave (The residence), there is

no blame on you for what they do with themselves, provided it is reasonable. And

Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.

[2.241] For divorced women Maintenance (should be provided) on a reasonable

(scale). This is a duty on the righteous.

[2.242] Thus doth Allah Make clear His Signs to you: In order that ye may

understand.

[2.243] Didst thou not Turn by vision to those who abandoned their homes,

though they were thousands (In number), for fear of death? Allah said to them:

"Die": Then He restored them to life. For Allah is full of bounty to mankind,

but Most of them are ungrateful.

[2.244] Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and

knoweth all things.

[2.245] Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will

double unto his credit and multiply many times? It is Allah that giveth (you)

Want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return.

[2.246] Hast thou not Turned thy vision to the Chiefs of the Children of

Israel after (the time of) Moses? they said to a prophet (That was) among them:

"Appoint for us a king, that we May fight in the cause of Allah." He said: "Is

it not possible, if ye were commanded to fight, that that ye will not fight?"

They said: "How could we refuse to fight in the cause of Allah, seeing that we

were turned out of our homes and our families?" but when they were commanded to

fight, they turned back, except a small band among them. But Allah Has full

knowledge of those who do wrong.

[2.247] Their Prophet said to them: "Allah hath appointed Talut as king over

you." They said: "How can he exercise authority over us when we are better

fitted than he to exercise authority, and he is not even gifted, with wealth in

abundance?" He said: "Allah hath Chosen him above you, and hath gifted him

abundantly with knowledge and bodily prowess: Allah Granteth His authority to

whom He pleaseth. Allah careth for all, and He knoweth all things."

[2.248] And (further) their Prophet said to them: "A Sign of his authority is

that there shall come to you the Ark of the covenant, with (an assurance)

therein of security from your Lord, and the relics left by the family of Moses

and the family of Aaron, carried by angels. In this is a symbol for you if ye

indeed have faith."

[2.249] When Talut set forth with the armies, he said: "Allah will test you at

the stream: if any drinks of its water, He goes not with my army: Only those who

taste not of it go with me: A mere sip out of the hand is excused." but they all

drank of it, except a few. When they crossed the river,- He and the faithful

ones with him,- they said: "This day We cannot cope with Goliath and his

forces." but those who were convinced that they must meet Allah, said: "How oft,

by Allah's will, Hath a small force vanquished a big one? Allah is with those

who steadfastly persevere."

[2.250] When they advanced to meet Goliath and his forces, they prayed: "Our

Lord! Pour out constancy on us and make our steps firm: Help us against those

that reject faith."

[2.251] By Allah's will they routed them; and David slew Goliath; and Allah

gave him power and wisdom and taught him whatever (else) He willed. And did not

Allah Check one set of people by means of another, the earth would indeed be

full of mischief: But Allah is full of bounty to all the worlds.

[2.252] These are the Signs of Allah: we rehearse them to thee in truth:

verily Thou art one of the messengers.

[2.253] Those messengers We endowed with gifts, some above others: To one of

them Allah spoke; others He raised to degrees (of honour); to Jesus the son of

Mary We gave clear (Signs), and strengthened him with the holy spirit. If Allah

had so willed, succeeding generations would not have fought among each other,

after clear (Signs) had come to them, but they (chose) to wrangle, some

believing and others rejecting. If Allah had so willed, they would not have

fought each other; but Allah Fulfilleth His plan.

[2.254] O ye who believe! Spend out of (the bounties) We have provided for

you, before the Day comes when no bargaining (Will avail), nor friendship nor

intercession. Those who reject Faith they are the wrong-doers.

[2.255] Allah! There is no god but He,-the Living, the Self-subsisting,

Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens

and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He

permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) before or after or

behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth.

His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue

in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory).

[2.256] Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from

Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most

trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all

things.

[2.257] Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of

darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the

patrons are the evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths

of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (For ever).

[2.258] Hast thou not Turned thy vision to one who disputed with Abraham About

his Lord, because Allah had granted him power? Abraham said: "My Lord is He Who

Giveth life and death." He said: "I give life and death". Said Abraham: "But it

is Allah that causeth the sun to rise from the east: Do thou then cause him to

rise from the West." Thus was he confounded who (in arrogance) rejected faith.

Nor doth Allah Give guidance to a people unjust.

[2.259] Or (take) the similitude of one who passed by a hamlet, all in ruins

to its roofs. He said: "Oh! how shall Allah bring it (ever) to life, after

(this) its death?" but Allah caused him to die for a hundred years, then raised

him up (again). He said: "How long didst thou tarry (thus)?" He said: (Perhaps)

a day or part of a day." He said: "Nay, thou hast tarried thus a hundred years;

but look at thy food and thy drink; they show no signs of age; and look at thy

donkey: And that We may make of thee a sign unto the people, Look further at the

bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh." When this was

shown clearly to him, he said: "I know that Allah hath power over all things."

[2.260] When Abraham said: "Show me, Lord, how You will raise the dead, " He

replied: "Have you no faith?" He said "Yes, but just to reassure my heart."

Allah said, "Take four birds, draw them to you, and cut their bodies to pieces.

Scatter them over the mountain-tops, then call them back. They will come swiftly

to you. Know that Allah is Mighty, Wise."

[2.261] The parable of those who spend their substance in the way of Allah is

that of a grain of corn: it groweth seven ears, and each ear Hath a hundred

grains. Allah giveth manifold increase to whom He pleaseth: And Allah careth for

all and He knoweth all things.

[2.262] Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah, and follow not

up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury,-for them their

reward is with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

[2.263] Kind words and the covering of faults are better than charity followed

by injury. Allah is free of all wants, and He is Most-Forbearing.

[2.264] O ye who believe! cancel not your charity by reminders of your

generosity or by injury,- like those who spend their substance to be seen of

men, but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day. They are in parable like

a hard, barren rock, on which is a little soil: on it falls heavy rain, which

leaves it (Just) a bare stone. They will be able to do nothing with aught they

have earned. And Allah guideth not those who reject faith.

[2.265] And the likeness of those who spend their substance, seeking to please

Allah and to strengthen their souls, is as a garden, high and fertile: heavy

rain falls on it but makes it yield a double increase of harvest, and if it

receives not Heavy rain, light moisture sufficeth it. Allah seeth well whatever

ye do.

[2.266] Does any of you wish that he should have a garden with date-palms and

vines and streams flowing underneath, and all kinds of fruit, while he is

stricken with old age, and his children are not strong (enough to look after

themselves)- that it should be caught in a whirlwind, with fire therein, and be

burnt up? Thus doth Allah make clear to you (His) Signs; that ye may consider.

[2.267] O ye who believe! Give of the good things which ye have (honourably)

earned, and of the fruits of the earth which We have produced for you, and do

not even aim at getting anything which is bad, in order that out of it ye may

give away something, when ye yourselves would not receive it except with closed

eyes. And know that Allah is Free of all wants, and worthy of all praise.

[2.268] The Evil one threatens you with poverty and bids you to conduct

unseemly. Allah promiseth you His forgiveness and bounties. And Allah careth for

all and He knoweth all things.

[2.269] He granteth wisdom to whom He pleaseth; and he to whom wisdom is

granted receiveth indeed a benefit overflowing; but none will grasp the Message

but men of understanding.

[2.270] And whatever ye spend in charity or devotion, be sure Allah knows it

all. But the wrong-doers have no helpers.

[2.271] If ye disclose (acts of) charity, even so it is well, but if ye

conceal them, and make them reach those (really) in need, that is best for you:

It will remove from you some of your (stains of) evil. And Allah is well

acquainted with what ye do.

[2.272] It is not required of thee (O Messenger), to set them on the right

path, but Allah sets on the right path whom He pleaseth. Whatever of good ye

give benefits your own souls, and ye shall only do so seeking the "Face" of

Allah. Whatever good ye give, shall be rendered back to you, and ye shall not Be

dealt with unjustly.

[2.273] (Charity is) for those in need, who, in Allah's cause are restricted

(from travel), and cannot move about in the land, seeking (For trade or work):

the ignorant man thinks, because of their modesty, that they are free from want.

Thou shalt know them by their (Unfailing) mark: They beg not importunately from

all the sundry. And whatever of good ye give, be assured Allah knoweth it well.

[2.274] Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in

secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no

fear, nor shall they grieve.

[2.275] Those who devour usury will not stand except as stand one whom the

Evil one by his touch Hath driven to madness. That is because they say: "Trade

is like usury," but Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who

after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall be pardoned for the

past; their case is for Allah (to judge); but those who repeat (The offence) are

companions of the Fire: They will abide therein (for ever).

[2.276] Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for

deeds of charity: For He loveth not creatures ungrateful and wicked.

[2.277] Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and establish

regular prayers and regular charity, will have their reward with their Lord: on

them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

[2.278] O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and give up what remains of your demand

for usury, if ye are indeed believers.

[2.279] If ye do it not, Take notice of war from Allah and His Messenger: But

if ye turn back, ye shall have your capital sums: Deal not unjustly, and ye

shall not be dealt with unjustly.

[2.280] If the debtor is in a difficulty, grant him time Till it is easy for

him to repay. But if ye remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if ye

only knew.

[2.281] And fear the Day when ye shall be brought back to Allah. Then shall

every soul be paid what it earned, and none shall be dealt with unjustly.

[2.282] O ye who believe! When ye deal with each other, in transactions

involving future obligations in a fixed period of time, reduce them to writing

Let a scribe write down faithfully as between the parties: let not the scribe

refuse to write: as Allah Has taught him, so let him write. Let him who incurs

the liability dictate, but let him fear His Lord Allah, and not diminish aught

of what he owes. If they party liable is mentally deficient, or weak, or unable

Himself to dictate, Let his guardian dictate faithfully, and get two witnesses,

out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women,

such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can

remind her. The witnesses should not refuse when they are called on (For

evidence). Disdain not to reduce to writing (your contract) for a future period,

whether it be small or big: it is juster in the sight of Allah, More suitable as

evidence, and more convenient to prevent doubts among yourselves but if it be a

transaction which ye carry out on the spot among yourselves, there is no blame

on you if ye reduce it not to writing. But take witness whenever ye make a

commercial contract; and let neither scribe nor witness suffer harm. If ye do

(such harm), it would be wickedness in you. So fear Allah; For it is Good that

teaches you. And Allah is well acquainted with all things. If ye are on a

journey, and cannot find a scribe, a pledge with possession (may serve the

purpose). And if one of you deposits a thing on trust with another, let the

trustee (faithfully) discharge his trust, and let him Fear his Lord conceal not

evidence; for whoever conceals it, - his heart is tainted with sin. And Allah

knoweth all that ye do.

[2.283] If ye are on a journey, and cannot find a scribe, a pledge with

possession (may serve the purpose). And if one of you deposits a thing on trust

with another, Let the trustee (Faithfully) discharge His trust, and let him fear

his Lord. Conceal not evidence; for whoever conceals it,- His heart is tainted

with sin. And Allah Knoweth all that ye do.

[2.284] To Allah belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth. Whether ye

show what is in your minds or conceal it, Allah Calleth you to account for it.

He forgiveth whom He pleaseth, and punisheth whom He pleaseth, for Allah hath

power over all things.

[2.285] The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his

Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels,

His books, and His messengers. "We make no distinction (they say) between one

and another of His messengers." And they say: "We hear, and we obey: (We seek)

Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys."

[2.286] On no soul doth Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets

every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:) "Our

Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a

burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on

us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant

us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those

who stand against faith."

 

@AL-E-IMRAN (THE FAMILY OF 'IMRAN)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[3.1] A. L. M.

[3.2] Allah! There is no god but He,-the Living, the Self-Subsisting,

Eternal.

[3.3] It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book,

confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the

Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the

criterion (of judgment between right and wrong).

[3.4] Then those who reject Faith in the Signs of Allah will suffer the

severest penalty, and Allah is Exalted in Might, Lord of Retribution.

[3.5] From Allah, verily nothing is hidden on earth or in the heavens.

[3.6] He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is no god

but He, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

[3.7] He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or

fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book:

others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part

thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden

meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. And those who are

firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is

from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding.

[3.8] "Our Lord!" (they say), "Let not our hearts deviate now after Thou

hast guided us, but grant us mercy from Thine own Presence; for Thou art the

Grantor of bounties without measure.

[3.9] "Our Lord! Thou art He that will gather mankind Together against a day

about which there is no doubt; for Allah never fails in His promise."

[3.10] Those who reject Faith,- neither their possessions nor their

(numerous) progeny will avail them aught against Allah: They are themselves but

fuel for the Fire.

[3.11] (Their plight will be) no better than that of the people of Pharaoh,

and their predecessors: They denied our Signs, and Allah called them to account

for their sins. For Allah is strict in punishment.

[3.12] Say to those who reject Faith: "Soon will ye be vanquished and

gathered together to Hell,-an evil bed indeed (to lie on)!

[3.13] "There has already been for you a Sign in the two armies that met (in

combat): One was fighting in the cause of Allah, the other resisting Allah;

these saw with their own eyes Twice their number. But Allah doth support with

His aid whom He pleaseth. In this is a warning for such as have eyes to see."

[3.14] Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: Women and

sons; Heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and

excellence); and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land. Such are the

possessions of this world's life; but in nearness to Allah is the best of the

goals (To return to).

[3.15] Say: Shall I give you glad tidings of things Far better than those?

For the righteous are Gardens in nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing

beneath; therein is their eternal home; with companions pure (and holy); and the

good pleasure of Allah. For in Allah's sight are (all) His servants,-

[3.16] (Namely), those who say: "Our Lord! we have indeed believed: forgive

us, then, our sins, and save us from the agony of the Fire;"-

[3.17] Those who show patience, Firmness and self-control; who are true (in

word and deed); who worship devoutly; who spend (in the way of Allah); and who

pray for forgiveness in the early hours of the morning.

[3.18] There is no god but He: That is the witness of Allah, His angels, and

those endued with knowledge, standing firm on justice. There is no god but He,

the Exalted in Power, the Wise.

[3.19] The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did

the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other,

after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is

swift in calling to account.

[3.20] So if they dispute with thee, say: "I have submitted My whole self to

Allah and so have those who follow me." And say to the People of the Book and to

those who are unlearned: "Do ye (also) submit yourselves?" If they do, they are

in right guidance, but if they turn back, Thy duty is to convey the Message; and

in Allah's sight are (all) His servants.

[3.21] As to those who deny the Signs of Allah and in defiance of right, slay

the prophets, and slay those who teach just dealing with mankind, announce to

them a grievous penalty.

[3.22] They are those whose works will bear no fruit in this world and in the

Hereafter nor will they have anyone to help.

[3.23] Hast thou not turned Thy vision to those who have been given a portion

of the Book? They are invited to the Book of Allah, to settle their dispute, but

a party of them Turn back and decline (The arbitration).

[3.24] This because they say: "The Fire shall not touch us but for a few

numbered days": For their forgeries deceive them as to their own religion.

[3.25] But how (will they fare) when we gather them together against a day

about which there is no doubt, and each soul will be paid out just what it has

earned, without (favour or) injustice?

[3.26] Say: "O Allah! Lord of Power (And Rule), Thou givest power to whom

Thou pleasest, and Thou strippest off power from whom Thou pleasest: Thou

enduest with honour whom Thou pleasest, and Thou bringest low whom Thou

pleasest: In Thy hand is all good. Verily, over all things Thou hast power.

[3.27] "Thou causest the night to gain on the day, and thou causest the day

to gain on the night; Thou bringest the Living out of the dead, and Thou

bringest the dead out of the Living; and Thou givest sustenance to whom Thou

pleasest, without measure."

[3.28] Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather

than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except

by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions

you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah.

[3.29] Say: "Whether ye hide what is in your hearts or reveal it, Allah knows

it all: He knows what is in the heavens, and what is on earth. And Allah has

power over all things.

[3.30] "On the Day when every soul will be confronted with all the good it

has done, and all the evil it has done, it will wish there were a great distance

between it and its evil. But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself. And Allah

is full of kindness to those that serve Him."

[3.31] Say: "If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive

you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

[3.32] Say: "Obey Allah and His Messenger": But if they turn back, Allah

loveth not those who reject Faith.

[3.33] Allah did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham, and the family

of 'Imran above all people,-

[3.34] Offspring, one of the other: And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.

[3.35] Behold! a woman of 'Imran said: "O my Lord! I do dedicate unto Thee

what is in my womb for Thy special service: So accept this of me: For Thou

hearest and knowest all things."

[3.36] When she was delivered, she said: "O my Lord! Behold! I am delivered

of a female child!"- and Allah knew best what she brought forth- "And no wise is

the male Like the female. I have named her Mary, and I commend her and her

offspring to Thy protection from the Evil One, the Rejected."

[3.37] Right graciously did her Lord accept her: He made her grow in purity

and beauty: To the care of Zakariya was she assigned. Every time that he entered

(Her) chamber to see her, He found her supplied with sustenance. He said: "O

Mary! Whence (comes) this to you?" She said: "From Allah: for Allah Provides

sustenance to whom He pleases without measure."

[3.38] There did Zakariya pray to his Lord, saying: "O my Lord! Grant unto me

from Thee a progeny that is pure: for Thou art He that heareth prayer!

[3.39] While he was standing in prayer in the chamber, the angels called unto

him: "Allah doth give thee glad tidings of Yahya, witnessing the truth of a Word

from Allah, and (be besides) noble, chaste, and a prophet,- of the (goodly)

company of the righteous."

[3.40] He said: "O my Lord! How shall I have son, seeing I am very old, and

my wife is barren?" "Thus," was the answer, "Doth Allah accomplish what He

willeth."

[3.41] He said: "O my Lord! Give me a Sign!" "Thy Sign," was the answer,

"Shall be that thou shalt speak to no man for three days but with signals. Then

celebrate the praises of thy Lord again and again, and glorify Him in the

evening and in the morning."

[3.42] Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and purified

thee- chosen thee above the women of all nations.

[3.43] "O Mary! worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself, and bow down

(in prayer) with those who bow down."

[3.44] This is part of the tidings of the things unseen, which We reveal unto

thee (O Messenger!) by inspiration: Thou wast not with them when they cast lots

with arrows, as to which of them should be charged with the care of Mary: Nor

wast thou with them when they disputed (the point).

[3.45] Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a

Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in

this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah;

[3.46] "He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he

shall be (of the company) of the righteous."

[3.47] She said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched

me?" He said: "Even so: Allah createth what He willeth: When He hath decreed a

plan, He but saith to it, 'Be,' and it is!

[3.48] "And Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel,

[3.49] "And (appoint him) a messenger to the Children of Israel, (with this

message): "'I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for

you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it

becomes a bird by Allah's leave: And I heal those born blind, and the lepers,

and I quicken the dead, by Allah's leave; and I declare to you what ye eat, and

what ye store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if ye did

believe;

[3.50] "'(I have come to you), to attest the Law which was before me. And to

make lawful to you part of what was (Before) forbidden to you; I have come to

you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear Allah, and obey me.

[3.51] "'It is Allah Who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him. This is

a Way that is straight.'"

[3.52] When Jesus found Unbelief on their part He said: "Who will be My

helpers to (the work of) Allah?" Said the disciples: "We are Allah's helpers: We

believe in Allah, and do thou bear witness that we are Muslims.

[3.53] "Our Lord! we believe in what Thou hast revealed, and we follow the

Messenger; then write us down among those who bear witness."

[3.54] And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and Allah too planned, and

the best of planners is Allah.

[3.55] Behold! Allah said: "O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to

Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make

those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of

Resurrection: Then shall ye all return unto me, and I will judge between you of

the matters wherein ye dispute.

[3.56] "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony

in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help."

[3.57] "As to those who believe and work righteousness, Allah will pay them

(in full) their reward; but Allah loveth not those who do wrong."

[3.58] "This is what we rehearse unto thee of the Signs and the Message of

Wisdom."

[3.59] The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He created

him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was.

[3.60] The Truth (comes) from Allah alone; so be not of those who doubt.

[3.61] If any one disputes in this matter with thee, now after (full)

knowledge Hath come to thee, say: "Come! let us gather together,- our sons and

your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves: Then let us

earnestly pray, and invoke the curse of Allah on those who lie!"

[3.62] This is the true account: There is no god except Allah; and Allah-He

is indeed the Exalted in Power, the Wise.

[3.63] But if they turn back, Allah hath full knowledge of those who do

mischief.

[3.64] Say: "O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and

you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him;

that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah." If

then they turn back, say ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims

(bowing to Allah's Will).

[3.65] Ye People of the Book! Why dispute ye about Abraham, when the Law and

the Gospel Were not revealed Till after him? Have ye no understanding?

[3.66] Ah! Ye are those who fell to disputing (Even) in matters of which ye

had some knowledge! but why dispute ye in matters of which ye have no knowledge?

It is Allah Who knows, and ye who know not!

[3.67] Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was true in Faith,

and bowed his will to Allah's (Which is Islam), and he joined not gods with

Allah.

[3.68] Without doubt, among men, the nearest of kin to Abraham, are those who

follow him, as are also this Prophet and those who believe: And Allah is the

Protector of those who have faith.

[3.69] It is the wish of a section of the People of the Book to lead you

astray. But they shall lead astray (Not you), but themselves, and they do not

perceive!

[3.70] Ye People of the Book! Why reject ye the Signs of Allah, of which ye

are (Yourselves) witnesses?

[3.71] Ye People of the Book! Why do ye clothe Truth with falsehood, and

conceal the Truth, while ye have knowledge?

[3.72] A section of the People of the Book say: "Believe in the morning what

is revealed to the believers, but reject it at the end of the day; perchance

they may (themselves) Turn back;

[3.73] "And believe no one unless he follows your religion." Say: "True

guidance is the Guidance of Allah: (Fear ye) Lest a revelation be sent to

someone (else) Like unto that which was sent unto you? or that those (Receiving

such revelation) should engage you in argument before your Lord?" Say: "All

bounties are in the hand of Allah: He granteth them to whom He pleaseth: And

Allah careth for all, and He knoweth all things."

[3.74] For His Mercy He specially chooseth whom He pleaseth; for Allah is the

Lord of bounties unbounded.

[3.75] Among the People of the Book are some who, if entrusted with a hoard

of gold, will (readily) pay it back; others, who, if entrusted with a single

silver coin, will not repay it unless thou constantly stoodest demanding,

because, they say, "there is no call on us (to keep faith) with these ignorant

(Pagans)." but they tell a lie against Allah, and (well) they know it.

[3.76] Nay.- Those that keep their plighted faith and act aright,-verily

Allah loves those who act aright.

[3.77] As for those who sell the faith they owe to Allah and their own

plighted word for a small price, they shall have no portion in the Hereafter:

Nor will Allah (Deign to) speak to them or look at them on the Day of Judgment,

nor will He cleans them (of sin): They shall have a grievous penalty.

[3.78] There is among them a section who distort the Book with their tongues:

(As they read) you would think it is a part of the Book, but it is no part of

the Book; and they say, "That is from Allah," but it is not from Allah: It is

they who tell a lie against Allah, and (well) they know it!

[3.79] It is not (possible) that a man, to whom is given the Book, and

Wisdom, and the prophetic office, should say to people: "Be ye my worshippers

rather than Allah's": on the contrary (He would say) "Be ye worshippers of Him

Who is truly the Cherisher of all: For ye have taught the Book and ye have

studied it earnestly."

[3.80] Nor would he instruct you to take angels and prophets for Lords and

patrons. What! would he bid you to unbelief after ye have bowed your will (To

Allah in Islam)?

[3.81] Behold! Allah took the covenant of the prophets, saying: "I give you a

Book and Wisdom; then comes to you a messenger, confirming what is with you; do

ye believe in him and render him help." Allah said: "Do ye agree, and take this

my Covenant as binding on you?" They said: "We agree." He said: "Then bear

witness, and I am with you among the witnesses."

[3.82] If any turn back after this, they are perverted transgressors.

[3.83] Do they seek for other than the Religion of Allah?-while all creatures

in the heavens and on earth have, willing or unwilling, bowed to His Will

(Accepted Islam), and to Him shall they all be brought back.

[3.84] Say: "We believe in Allah, and in what has been revealed to us and

what was revealed to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the

Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no

distinction between one and another among them, and to Allah do we bow our will

(in Islam)."

[3.85] If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah),

never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks

of those who have lost (All spiritual good).

[3.86] How shall Allah Guide those who reject Faith after they accepted it

and bore witness that the Messenger was true and that Clear Signs had come unto

them? but Allah guides not a people unjust.

[3.87] Of such the reward is that on them (rests) the curse of Allah, of His

angels, and of all mankind;-

[3.88] In that will they dwell; nor will their penalty be lightened, nor

respite be (their lot);-

[3.89] Except for those that repent (Even) after that, and make amends; for

verily Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[3.90] But those who reject Faith after they accepted it, and then go on

adding to their defiance of Faith,- never will their repentance be accepted; for

they are those who have (of set purpose) gone astray.

[3.91] As to those who reject Faith, and die rejecting,- never would be

accepted from any such as much gold as the earth contains, though they should

offer it for ransom. For such is (in store) a penalty grievous, and they will

find no helpers.

[3.92] By no means shall ye attain righteousness unless ye give (freely) of

that which ye love; and whatever ye give, of a truth Allah knoweth it well.

[3.93] All food was lawful to the Children of Israel, except what Israel Made

unlawful for itself, before the Law (of Moses) was revealed. Say: "Bring ye the

Law and study it, if ye be men of truth."

[3.94] If any, after this, invent a lie and attribute it to Allah, they are

indeed unjust wrong-doers.

[3.95] Say: "Allah speaketh the Truth: follow the religion of Abraham, the

sane in faith; he was not of the Pagans."

[3.96] The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at Bakka: Full

of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings:

[3.97] In it are Signs Manifest; (for example), the Station of Abraham;

whoever enters it attains security; Pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to

Allah,- those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith, Allah stands

not in need of any of His creatures.

[3.98] Say: "O People of the Book! Why reject ye the Signs of Allah, when

Allah is Himself witness to all ye do?"

[3.99] Say: "O ye People of the Book! Why obstruct ye those who believe, from

the path of Allah, Seeking to make it crooked, while ye were yourselves

witnesses (to Allah's Covenant)? but Allah is not unmindful of all that ye do."

[3.100] O ye who believe! If ye listen to a faction among the People of the

Book, they would (indeed) render you apostates after ye have believed!

[3.101] And how would ye deny Faith while unto you are rehearsed the Signs of

Allah, and among you Lives the Messenger? Whoever holds firmly to Allah will be

shown a way that is straight.

[3.102] O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not

except in a state of Islam.

[3.103] And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out

for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude

Allah's favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so

that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of

Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you:

That ye may be guided.

[3.104] Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is

good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones

to attain felicity.

[3.105] Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into

disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty,-

[3.106] On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some faces

will be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will be black, (will be

said): "Did ye reject Faith after accepting it? Taste then the penalty for

rejecting Faith."

[3.107] But those whose faces will be (lit with) white,- they will be in (the

light of) Allah's mercy: therein to dwell (for ever).

[3.108] These are the Signs of Allah: We rehearse them to thee in Truth: And

Allah means no injustice to any of His creatures.

[3.109] To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: To Him do

all questions go back (for decision).

[3.110] Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is

right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of

the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith,

but most of them are perverted transgressors.

[3.111] They will do you no harm, barring a trifling annoyance; if they come

out to fight you, they will show you their backs, and no help shall they get.

[3.112] Shame is pitched over them (Like a tent) wherever they are found,

except when under a covenant (of protection) from Allah and from men; they draw

on themselves wrath from Allah, and pitched over them is (the tent of)

destitution. This because they rejected the Signs of Allah, and slew the

prophets in defiance of right; this because they rebelled and transgressed

beyond bounds.

[3.113] Not all of them are alike: Of the People of the Book are a portion

that stand (For the right): They rehearse the Signs of Allah all night long, and

they prostrate themselves in adoration.

[3.114] They believe in Allah and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and

forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They

are in the ranks of the righteous.

[3.115] Of the good that they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for Allah

knoweth well those that do right.

[3.116] Those who reject Faith,- neither their possessions nor their

(numerous) progeny will avail them aught against Allah: They will be companions

of the Fire,-dwelling therein (for ever).

[3.117] What they spend in the life of this (material) world May be likened to

a wind which brings a nipping frost: It strikes and destroys the harvest of men

who have wronged their own souls: it is not Allah that hath wronged them, but

they wrong themselves.

[3.118] O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your

ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank

hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far

worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom.

[3.119] Ah! ye are those who love them, but they love you not,- though ye

believe in the whole of the Book. When they meet you, they say, "We believe":

But when they are alone, they bite off the very tips of their fingers at you in

their rage. Say: "Perish in you rage; Allah knoweth well all the secrets of the

heart."

[3.120] If aught that is good befalls you, it grieves them; but if some

misfortune overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if ye are constant and do

right, not the least harm will their cunning do to you; for Allah Compasseth

round about all that they do.

[3.121] Remember that morning Thou didst leave Thy household (early) to post

the faithful at their stations for battle: And Allah heareth and knoweth all

things:

[3.122] Remember two of your parties Meditated cowardice; but Allah was their

protector, and in Allah should the faithful (Ever) put their trust.

[3.123] Allah had helped you at Badr, when ye were a contemptible little

force; then fear Allah; thus May ye show your gratitude.

[3.124] Remember thou saidst to the Faithful: "Is it not enough for you that

Allah should help you with three thousand angels (Specially) sent down?

[3.125] "Yea, - if ye remain firm, and act aright, even if the enemy should

rush here on you in hot haste, your Lord would help you with five thousand

angels Making a terrific onslaught.

[3.126] Allah made it but a message of hope for you, and an assurance to your

hearts: (in any case) there is no help except from Allah. The Exalted, the Wise:

[3.127] That He might cut off a fringe of the Unbelievers or expose them to

infamy, and they should then be turned back, frustrated of their purpose.

[3.128] Not for thee, (but for Allah), is the decision: Whether He turn in

mercy to them, or punish them; for they are indeed wrong-doers.

[3.129] To Allah belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth. He

forgiveth whom He pleaseth and punisheth whom He pleaseth; but Allah is

Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[3.130] O ye who believe! Devour not usury, doubled and multiplied; but fear

Allah; that ye may (really) prosper.

[3.131] Fear the Fire, which is repaired for those who reject Faith:

[3.132] And obey Allah and the Messenger; that ye may obtain mercy.

[3.133] Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden

whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for

the righteous,-

[3.134] Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who

restrain anger, and pardon (all) men;- for Allah loves those who do good;-

[3.135] And those who, having done something to be ashamed of, or wronged

their own souls, earnestly bring Allah to mind, and ask for forgiveness for

their sins,- and who can forgive sins except Allah?- and are never obstinate in

persisting knowingly in (the wrong) they have done.

[3.136] For such the reward is forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens with

rivers flowing underneath,- an eternal dwelling: How excellent a recompense for

those who work (and strive)!

[3.137] Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel

through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth.

[3.138] Here is a plain statement to men, a guidance and instruction to those

who fear Allah!

[3.139] So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For ye must gain mastery if

ye are true in Faith.

[3.140] If a wound hath touched you, be sure a similar wound hath touched the

others. Such days (of varying fortunes) We give to men and men by turns: that

Allah may know those that believe, and that He may take to Himself from your

ranks Martyr-witnesses (to Truth). And Allah loveth not those that do wrong.

[3.141] Allah's object also is to purge those that are true in Faith and to

deprive of blessing Those that resist Faith.

[3.142] Did ye think that ye would enter Heaven without Allah testing those of

you who fought hard (In His Cause) and remained steadfast?

[3.143] Ye did indeed wish for death before ye met him: Now ye have seen him

with your own eyes, (And ye flinch!)

[3.144] Muhammad is no more than a messenger: many Were the messenger that

passed away before him. If he died or were slain, will ye then Turn back on your

heels? If any did turn back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to

Allah; but Allah (on the other hand) will swiftly reward those who (serve Him)

with gratitude.

[3.145] Nor can a soul die except by Allah's leave, the term being fixed as by

writing. If any do desire a reward in this life, We shall give it to him; and if

any do desire a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give it to him. And swiftly

shall We reward those that (serve us with) gratitude.

[3.146] How many of the prophets fought (in Allah's way), and with them

(fought) Large bands of godly men? but they never lost heart if they met with

disaster in Allah's way, nor did they weaken (in will) nor give in. And Allah

Loves those who are firm and steadfast.

[3.147] All that they said was: "Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and anything We

may have done that transgressed our duty: Establish our feet firmly, and help us

against those that resist Faith."

[3.148] And Allah gave them a reward in this world, and the excellent reward

of the Hereafter. For Allah Loveth those who do good.

[3.149] O ye who believe! If ye obey the Unbelievers, they will drive you back

on your heels, and ye will turn back (from Faith) to your own loss.

[3.150] Nay, Allah is your protector, and He is the best of helpers.

[3.151] Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that

they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority: their

abode will be the Fire: And evil is the home of the wrong-doers!

[3.152] Allah did indeed fulfil His promise to you when ye with His permission

Were about to annihilate your enemy,-until ye flinched and fell to disputing

about the order, and disobeyed it after He brought you in sight (of the booty)

which ye covet. Among you are some that hanker after this world and some that

desire the Hereafter. Then did He divert you from your foes in order to test you

but He forgave you: For Allah is full of grace to those who believe.

[3.153] Behold! ye were climbing up the high ground, without even casting a

side glance at any one, and the Messenger in your rear was calling you back.

There did Allah give you one distress after another by way of requital, to teach

you not to grieve for (the booty) that had escaped you and for (the ill) that

had befallen you. For Allah is well aware of all that ye do.

[3.154] After (the excitement) of the distress, He sent down calm on a band of

you overcome with slumber, while another band was stirred to anxiety by their

own feelings, Moved by wrong suspicions of Allah-suspicions due to ignorance.

They said: "What affair is this of ours?" Say thou: "Indeed, this affair is

wholly Allah's." They hide in their minds what they dare not reveal to thee.

They say (to themselves): "If we had had anything to do with this affair, We

should not have been in the slaughter here." Say: "Even if you had remained in

your homes, those for whom death was decreed would certainly have gone forth to

the place of their death"; but (all this was) that Allah might test what is in

your breasts and purge what is in your hearts. For Allah knoweth well the

secrets of your hearts.

[3.155] Those of you who turned back on the day the two hosts Met,-it was

Satan who caused them to fail, because of some (evil) they had done. But Allah

Has blotted out (their fault): For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Forbearing.

[3.156] O ye who believe! Be not like the Unbelievers, who say of their

brethren, when they are travelling through the Earth or engaged in fighting: "If

they had stayed with us, they would not have died, or been slain." This that

Allah may make it a cause of sighs and regrets in their hearts. It is Allah that

gives Life and Death, and Allah sees well all that ye do.

[3.157] And if ye are slain, or die, in the way of Allah, forgiveness and

mercy from Allah are far better than all they could amass.

[3.158] And if ye die, or are slain, Lo! it is unto Allah that ye are brought

together.

[3.159] It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them

Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee:

so pass over (Their faults), and ask for (Allah's) forgiveness for them; and

consult them in affairs (of moment). Then, when thou hast Taken a decision put

thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).

[3.160] If Allah helps you, none can overcome you: If He forsakes you, who is

there, after that, that can help you? in Allah, then, Let believers put their

trust.

[3.161] No prophet could (ever) be false to his trust. If any person is so

false, He shall, on the Day of Judgment, restore what he misappropriated; then

shall every soul receive its due,- whatever it earned,- and none shall be dealt

with unjustly.

[3.162] Is the man who follows the good pleasure of Allah Like the man who

draws on himself the wrath of Allah, and whose abode is in Hell?- A woeful

refuge!

[3.163] They are in varying gardens in the sight of Allah, and Allah sees well

all that they do.

[3.164] Allah did confer a great favour on the believers when He sent among

them a messenger from among themselves, rehearsing unto them the Signs of Allah,

sanctifying them, and instructing them in Scripture and Wisdom, while, before

that, they had been in manifest error.

[3.165] What! When a single disaster smites you, although ye smote (your

enemies) with one twice as great, do ye say?- "Whence is this?" Say (to them):

"It is from yourselves: For Allah hath power over all things."

[3.166] What ye suffered on the day the two armies Met, was with the leave of

Allah, in order that He might test the believers,-

[3.167] And the Hypocrites also. These were told: "Come, fight in the way of

Allah, or (at least) drive (The foe from your city)." They said: "Had we known

how to fight, we should certainly have followed you." They were that day nearer

to Unbelief than to Faith, saying with their lips what was not in their hearts

but Allah hath full knowledge of all they conceal.

[3.168] (They are) the ones that say, (of their brethren slain), while they

themselves sit (at ease): "If only they had listened to us they would not have

been slain." Say: "Avert death from your own selves, if ye speak the truth."

[3.169] Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they

live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord;

[3.170] They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah: And with regard to those

left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (Martyrs) glory

in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve.

[3.171] They glory in the Grace and the bounty from Allah, and in the fact

that Allah suffereth not the reward of the Faithful to be lost (in the least).

[3.172] Of those who answered the call of Allah and the Messenger, even after

being wounded, those who do right and refrain from wrong have a great reward;-

[3.173] Men said to them: "A great army is gathering against you": And

frightened them: But it (only) increased their Faith: They said: "For us Allah

sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs."

[3.174] And they returned with Grace and bounty from Allah: no harm ever

touched them: For they followed the good pleasure of Allah: And Allah is the

Lord of bounties unbounded.

[3.175] It is only the Evil One that suggests to you the fear of his votaries:

Be ye not afraid of them, but fear Me, if ye have Faith.

[3.176] Let not those grieve thee who rush headlong into Unbelief: Not the

least harm will they do to Allah: Allah's plan is that He will give them no

portion in the Hereafter, but a severe punishment.

[3.177] Those who purchase Unbelief at the price of faith,- not the least harm

will they do to Allah, but they will have a grievous punishment.

[3.178] Let not the Unbelievers think that our respite to them is good for

themselves: We grant them respite that they may grow in their iniquity: But they

will have a shameful punishment.

[3.179] Allah will not leave the believers in the state in which ye are now,

until He separates what is evil from what is good nor will He disclose to you

the secrets of the Unseen. But He chooses of His Messengers (For the purpose)

whom He pleases. So believe in Allah. And His messengers: And if ye believe and

do right, ye have a reward without measure.

[3.180] And let not those who covetously withhold of the gifts which Allah

Hath given them of His Grace, think that it is good for them: Nay, it will be

the worse for them: soon shall the things which they covetously withheld be tied

to their necks Like a twisted collar, on the Day of Judgment. To Allah belongs

the heritage of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is well-acquainted with all

that ye do.

[3.181] Allah hath heard the taunt of those who say: "Truly, Allah is indigent

and we are rich!"- We shall certainly record their word and (their act) of

slaying the prophets in defiance of right, and We shall say: "Taste ye the

penalty of the Scorching Fire!

[3.182] "This is because of the (unrighteous deeds) which your hands sent on

before ye: For Allah never harms those who serve Him."

[3.183] They (also) said: "Allah took our promise not to believe in an

messenger unless He showed us a sacrifice consumed by Fire (From heaven)." Say:

"There came to you messengers before me, with clear Signs and even with what ye

ask for: why then did ye slay them, if ye speak the truth?"

[3.184] Then if they reject thee, so were rejected messengers before thee, who

came with Clear Signs, Books of dark prophecies, and the Book of Enlightenment.

[3.185] Every soul shall have a taste of death: And only on the Day of

Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from

the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life): For

the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.

[3.186] Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your

personal selves; and ye shall certainly Hear much that will grieve you, from

those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But

if ye persevere patiently, and guard against evil,-then that will be a

determining factor in all affairs.

[3.187] And remember Allah took a covenant from the People of the Book, to

make it known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it; but they threw it away

behind their backs, and purchased with it some miserable gain! And vile was the

bargain they made!

[3.188] Think not that those who exult in what they have brought about, and

love to be praised for what they have not done,- think escape the penalty. For

them is a penalty Grievous indeed.

[3.189] To Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth; and

Allah hath power over all things.

[3.190] Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the

alternation of night and day,- there are indeed Signs for men of understanding,-

[3.191] Men who celebrate the praises of Allah, standing, sitting, and lying

down on their sides, and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens

and the earth, (With the thought): "Our Lord! not for naught Hast Thou created

(all) this! Glory to Thee! Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire.

[3.192] "Our Lord! any whom Thou dost admit to the Fire, Truly Thou coverest

with shame, and never will wrong-doers Find any helpers!

[3.193] "Our Lord! we have heard the call of one calling (Us) to Faith,

'Believe ye in the Lord,' and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins,

blot out from us our iniquities, and take to Thyself our souls in the company of

the righteous.

[3.194] "Our Lord! Grant us what Thou didst promise unto us through Thine

messengers, and save us from shame on the Day of Judgment: For Thou never

breakest Thy promise."

[3.195] And their Lord hath accepted of them, and answered them: "Never will I

suffer to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female: Ye are members,

one of another: Those who have left their homes, or been driven out therefrom,

or suffered harm in My Cause, or fought or been slain,- verily, I will blot out

from them their iniquities, and admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing

beneath;- A reward from the presence of Allah, and from His presence is the best

of rewards."

[3.196] Let not the strutting about of the Unbelievers through the land

deceive thee:

[3.197] Little is it for enjoyment: Their ultimate abode is Hell: what an evil

bed (To lie on)!

[3.198] On the other hand, for those who fear their Lord, are Gardens, with

rivers flowing beneath; therein are they to dwell (for ever),- a gift from the

presence of Allah; and that which is in the presence of Allah is the best

(bliss) for the righteous.

[3.199] And there are, certainly, among the People of the Book, those who

believe in Allah, in the revelation to you, and in the revelation to them,

bowing in humility to Allah: They will not sell the Signs of Allah for a

miserable gain! For them is a reward with their Lord, and Allah is swift in

account.

[3.200] O ye who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such

perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear Allah; that ye may prosper.

 

@AN-NISA (WOMEN)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[4.1] O mankind! reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single

person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like

seeds) countless men and women;- reverence Allah, through whom ye demand your

mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (That bore you): for Allah ever

watches over you.

[4.2] To orphans restore their property (When they reach their age), nor

substitute (your) worthless things for (their) good ones; and devour not their

substance (by mixing it up) with your won. For this is indeed a great sin.

[4.3] If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans,

Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall

not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your

right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing

injustice.

[4.4] And give the women (on marriage) their dower as a free gift; but if

they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, Take it and enjoy

it with right good cheer.

[4.5] To those weak of understanding Make not over your property, which

Allah hath made a means of support for you, but feed and clothe them therewith,

and speak to them words of kindness and justice.

[4.6] Make trial of orphans until they reach the age of marriage; if then ye

find sound judgment in them, release their property to them; but consume it not

wastefully, nor in haste against their growing up. If the guardian is well-off,

Let him claim no remuneration, but if he is poor, let him have for himself what

is just and reasonable. When ye release their property to them, take witnesses

in their presence: But all-sufficient is Allah in taking account.

[4.7] From what is left by parents and those nearest related there is a

share for men and a share for women, whether the property be small or large,-a

determinate share.

[4.8] But if at the time of division other relatives, or orphans or poor,

are present, feed them out of the (property), and speak to them words of

kindness and justice.

[4.9] Let those (disposing of an estate) have the same fear in their minds

as they would have for their own if they had left a helpless family behind: Let

them fear Allah, and speak words of appropriate (comfort).

[4.10] Those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, eat up a Fire into

their own bodies: They will soon be enduring a Blazing Fire!

[4.11] Allah (thus) directs you as regards your Children's (Inheritance): to

the male, a portion equal to that of two females: if only daughters, two or

more, their share is two-thirds of the inheritance; if only one, her share is a

half. For parents, a sixth share of the inheritance to each, if the deceased

left children; if no children, and the parents are the (only) heirs, the mother

has a third; if the deceased Left brothers (or sisters) the mother has a sixth.

(The distribution in all cases ('s) after the payment of legacies and debts. Ye

know not whether your parents or your children are nearest to you in benefit.

These are settled portions ordained by Allah; and Allah is All-knowing, Al-wise.

[4.12] In what your wives leave, your share is a half, if they leave no

child; but if they leave a child, ye get a fourth; after payment of legacies and

debts. In what ye leave, their share is a fourth, if ye leave no child; but if

ye leave a child, they get an eighth; after payment of legacies and debts. If

the man or woman whose inheritance is in question, has left neither ascendants

nor descendants, but has left a brother or a sister, each one of the two gets a

sixth; but if more than two, they share in a third; after payment of legacies

and debts; so that no loss is caused (to any one). Thus is it ordained by Allah;

and Allah is All-knowing, Most Forbearing.

[4.13] Those are limits set by Allah: those who obey Allah and His Messenger

will be admitted to Gardens with rivers flowing beneath, to abide therein (for

ever) and that will be the supreme achievement.

[4.14] But those who disobey Allah and His Messenger and transgress His

limits will be admitted to a Fire, to abide therein: And they shall have a

humiliating punishment.

[4.15] If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, Take the evidence of four

(Reliable) witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine

them to houses until death do claim them, or Allah ordain for them some (other)

way.

[4.16] If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they

repent and amend, Leave them alone; for Allah is Oft-returning, Most Merciful.

[4.17] Allah accept the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and

repent soon afterwards; to them will Allah turn in mercy: For Allah is full of

knowledge and wisdom.

[4.18] Of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil, until

death faces one of them, and he says, "Now have I repented indeed;" nor of those

who die rejecting Faith: for them have We prepared a punishment most grievous.

[4.19] O ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their

will. Nor should ye treat them with harshness, that ye may Take away part of the

dower ye have given them,-except where they have been guilty of open lewdness;

on the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a

dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and Allah brings about

through it a great deal of good.

[4.20] But if ye decide to take one wife in place of another, even if ye had

given the latter a whole treasure for dower, Take not the least bit of it back:

Would ye take it by slander and manifest wrong?

[4.21] And how could ye take it when ye have gone in unto each other, and

they have Taken from you a solemn covenant?

[4.22] And marry not women whom your fathers married,- except what is past:

It was shameful and odious,- an abominable custom indeed.

[4.23] Prohibited to you (For marriage) are:- Your mothers, daughters,

sisters; father's sisters, Mother's sisters; brother's daughters, sister's

daughters; foster-mothers (Who gave you suck), foster-sisters; your wives'

mothers; your step-daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom

ye have gone in,- no prohibition if ye have not gone in;- (Those who have been)

wives of your sons proceeding from your loins; and two sisters in wedlock at one

and the same time, except for what is past; for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most

Merciful;-

[4.24] Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your

right hands possess: Thus hath Allah ordained (Prohibitions) against you: Except

for these, all others are lawful, provided ye seek (them in marriage) with gifts

from your property,- desiring chastity, not lust, seeing that ye derive benefit

from them, give them their dowers (at least) as prescribed; but if, after a

dower is prescribed, agree Mutually (to vary it), there is no blame on you, and

Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.

[4.25] If any of you have not the means wherewith to wed free believing

women, they may wed believing girls from among those whom your right hands

possess: And Allah hath full knowledge about your faith. Ye are one from

another: Wed them with the leave of their owners, and give them their dowers,

according to what is reasonable: They should be chaste, not lustful, nor taking

paramours: when they are taken in wedlock, if they fall into shame, their

punishment is half that for free women. This (permission) is for those among you

who fear sin; but it is better for you that ye practise self-restraint. And

Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[4.26] Allah doth wish to make clear to you and to show you the ordinances of

those before you; and (He doth wish to) turn to you (In Mercy): And Allah is

All-knowing, All-wise.

[4.27] Allah doth wish to Turn to you, but the wish of those who follow their

lusts is that ye should turn away (from Him),- far, far away.

[4.28] Allah doth wish to lighten your (difficulties): For man was created

Weak (in flesh).

[4.29] O ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in

vanities: But let there be amongst you Traffic and trade by mutual good-will:

Nor kill (or destroy) yourselves: for verily Allah hath been to you Most

Merciful!

[4.30] If any do that in rancour and injustice,- soon shall We cast them into

the Fire: And easy it is for Allah.

[4.31] If ye (but) eschew the most heinous of the things which ye are

forbidden to do, We shall expel out of you all the evil in you, and admit you to

a gate of great honour.

[4.32] And in no wise covet those things in which Allah Hath bestowed His

gifts More freely on some of you than on others: To men is allotted what they

earn, and to women what they earn: But ask Allah of His bounty. For Allah hath

full knowledge of all things.

[4.33] To (benefit) every one, We have appointed shares and heirs to property

left by parents and relatives. To those, also, to whom your right hand was

pledged, give their due portion. For truly Allah is witness to all things.

[4.34] Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has

given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from

their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in

(the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on

whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next),

refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return

to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most

High, great (above you all).

[4.35] If ye fear a breach between them twain, appoint (two) arbiters, one

from his family, and the other from hers; if they wish for peace, Allah will

cause their reconciliation: For Allah hath full knowledge, and is acquainted

with all things.

[4.36] Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good- to

parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours

who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (ye meet), and what

your right hands possess: For Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious;-

[4.37] (Nor) those who are niggardly or enjoin niggardliness on others, or

hide the bounties which Allah hath bestowed on them; for We have prepared, for

those who resist Faith, a punishment that steeps them in contempt;-

[4.38] Not those who spend of their substance, to be seen of men, but have no

faith in Allah and the Last Day: If any take the Evil One for their intimate,

what a dreadful intimate he is!

[4.39] And what burden Were it on them if they had faith in Allah and in the

Last Day, and they spent out of what Allah hath given them for sustenance? For

Allah hath full knowledge of them.

[4.40] Allah is never unjust in the least degree: If there is any good

(done), He doubleth it, and giveth from His own presence a great reward.

[4.41] How then if We brought from each people a witness, and We brought thee

as a witness against these people!

[4.42] On that day those who reject Faith and disobey the messenger will wish

that the earth Were made one with them: But never will they hide a single fact

from Allah!

[4.43] O ye who believe! Approach not prayers with a mind befogged, until ye

can understand all that ye say,- nor in a state of ceremonial impurity (Except

when travelling on the road), until after washing your whole body. If ye are

ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from offices of nature, or ye have

been in contact with women, and ye find no water, then take for yourselves clean

sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and hands. For Allah doth blot out

sins and forgive again and again.

[4.44] Hast thou not turned Thy vision to those who were given a portion of

the Book? they traffic in error, and wish that ye should lose the right path.

[4.45] But Allah hath full knowledge of your enemies: Allah is enough for a

protector, and Allah is enough for a Helper.

[4.46] Of the Jews there are those who displace words from their (right)

places, and say: "We hear and we disobey"; and "Hear what is not Heard"; and

"Ra'ina"; with a twist of their tongues and a slander to Faith. If only they had

said: "What hear and we obey"; and "Do hear"; and "Do look at us"; it would have

been better for them, and more proper; but Allah hath cursed them for their

Unbelief; and but few of them will believe.

[4.47] O ye People of the Book! believe in what We have (now) revealed,

confirming what was (already) with you, before We change the face and fame of

some (of you) beyond all recognition, and turn them hindwards, or curse them as

We cursed the Sabbath-breakers, for the decision of Allah Must be carried out.

[4.48] Allah forgiveth not that partners should be set up with Him; but He

forgiveth anything else, to whom He pleaseth; to set up partners with Allah is

to devise a sin Most heinous indeed.

[4.49] Hast thou not turned Thy vision to those who claim sanctity for

themselves? Nay-but Allah Doth sanctify whom He pleaseth. But never will they

fail to receive justice in the least little thing.

[4.50] Behold! how they invent a lie against Allah! but that by itself is a

manifest sin!

[4.51] Hast thou not turned Thy vision to those who were given a portion of

the Book? they believe in sorcery and Evil, and say to the Unbelievers that they

are better guided in the (right) way Than the believers!

[4.52] They are (men) whom Allah hath cursed: And those whom Allah Hath

cursed, thou wilt find, have no one to help.

[4.53] Have they a share in dominion or power? Behold, they give not a

farthing to their fellow-men?

[4.54] Or do they envy mankind for what Allah hath given them of his bounty?

but We had already given the people of Abraham the Book and Wisdom, and

conferred upon them a great kingdom.

[4.55] Some of them believed, and some of them averted their faces from him:

And enough is Hell for a burning fire.

[4.56] Those who reject our Signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire: as often

as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that

they may taste the penalty: for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.

[4.57] But those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, We shall soon

admit to Gardens, with rivers flowing beneath,- their eternal home: Therein

shall they have companions pure and holy: We shall admit them to shades, cool

and ever deepening.

[4.58] Allah doth command you to render back your Trusts to those to whom

they are due; And when ye judge between man and man, that ye judge with justice:

Verily how excellent is the teaching which He giveth you! For Allah is He Who

heareth and seeth all things.

[4.59] O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those

charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves,

refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day:

That is best, and most suitable for final determination.

[4.60] Hast thou not turned Thy vision to those who declare that they believe

in the revelations that have come to thee and to those before thee? Their (real)

wish is to resort together for judgment (in their disputes) to the Evil One,

though they were ordered to reject him. But Satan's wish is to lead them astray

far away (from the right).

[4.61] When it is said to them: "Come to what Allah hath revealed, and to the

Messenger": Thou seest the Hypocrites avert their faces from thee in disgust.

[4.62] How then, when they are seized by misfortune, because of the deeds

which they hands have sent forth? Then their come to thee, swearing by Allah:

"We meant no more than good-will and conciliation!"

[4.63] Those men,-Allah knows what is in their hearts; so keep clear of them,

but admonish them, and speak to them a word to reach their very souls.

[4.64] We sent not a messenger, but to be obeyed, in accordance with the will

of Allah. If they had only, when they were unjust to themselves, come unto thee

and asked Allah's forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them,

they would have found Allah indeed Oft-returning, Most Merciful.

[4.65] But no, by the Lord, they can have no (real) Faith, until they make

thee judge in all disputes between them, and find in their souls no resistance

against Thy decisions, but accept them with the fullest conviction.

[4.66] If We had ordered them to sacrifice their lives or to leave their

homes, very few of them would have done it: But if they had done what they were

(actually) told, it would have been best for them, and would have gone farthest

to strengthen their (faith);

[4.67] And We should then have given them from our presence a great reward;

[4.68] And We should have shown them the Straight Way.

[4.69] All who obey Allah and the messenger are in the company of those on

whom is the Grace of Allah,- of the prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of

Truth), the witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do good): Ah! what a

beautiful fellowship!

[4.70] Such is the bounty from Allah: And sufficient is it that Allah knoweth

all.

[4.71] O ye who believe! Take your precautions, and either go forth in

parties or go forth all together.

[4.72] There are certainly among you men who would tarry behind: If a

misfortune befalls you, they say: "Allah did favour us in that we were not

present among them."

[4.73] But if good fortune comes to you from Allah, they would be sure to say

- as if there had never been Ties of affection between you and them - "Oh! I

wish I had been with them; a fine thing should I then have made of it!"

[4.74] Let those fight in the cause of Allah Who sell the life of this world

for the hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah,- whether he is

slain or gets victory - Soon shall We give him a reward of great (value).

[4.75] And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who,

being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)?- Men, women, and children, whose

cry is: "Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and

raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who

will help!"

[4.76] Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject

Faith Fight in the cause of Evil: So fight ye against the friends of Satan:

feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.

[4.77] Hast thou not turned Thy vision to those who were told to hold back

their hands (from fight) but establish regular prayers and spend in regular

charity? When (at length) the order for fighting was issued to them, behold! a

section of them feared men as - or even more than - they should have feared

Allah: They said: "Our Lord! Why hast Thou ordered us to fight? Wouldst Thou not

Grant us respite to our (natural) term, near (enough)?" Say: "Short is the

enjoyment of this world: the Hereafter is the best for those who do right: Never

will ye be dealt with unjustly in the very least!

[4.78] "Wherever ye are, death will find you out, even if ye are in towers

built up strong and high!" If some good befalls them, they say, "This is from

Allah"; but if evil, they say, "This is from thee" (O Prophet). Say: "All things

are from Allah." But what hath come to these people, that they fail to

understand a single fact?

[4.79] Whatever good, (O man!) happens to thee, is from Allah; but whatever

evil happens to thee, is from thy (own) soul. and We have sent thee as a

messenger to (instruct) mankind. And enough is Allah for a witness.

[4.80] He who obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah: But if any turn away, We have

not sent thee to watch over their (evil deeds).

[4.81] They have "Obedience" on their lips; but when they leave thee, a

section of them Meditate all night on things very different from what thou

tellest them. But Allah records their nightly (plots): So keep clear of them,

and put thy trust in Allah, and enough is Allah as a disposer of affairs.

[4.82] Do they not consider the Qur'an (with care)? Had it been from other

Than Allah, they would surely have found therein Much discrepancy.

[4.83] When there comes to them some matter touching (Public) safety or fear,

they divulge it. If they had only referred it to the Messenger, or to those

charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have Tested it

from them (direct). Were it not for the Grace and Mercy of Allah unto you, all

but a few of you would have fallen into the clutches of Satan.

[4.84] Then fight in Allah's cause - Thou art held responsible only for

thyself - and rouse the believers. It may be that Allah will restrain the fury

of the Unbelievers; for Allah is the strongest in might and in punishment.

[4.85] Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein:

And whoever recommends and helps an evil cause, shares in its burden: And Allah

hath power over all things.

[4.86] When a (courteous) greeting is offered you, meet it with a greeting

still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful

account of all things.

[4.87] Allah! There is no god but He: of a surety He will gather you together

against the Day of Judgment, about which there is no doubt. And whose word can

be truer than Allah's?

[4.88] Why should ye be divided into two parties about the Hypocrites? Allah

hath upset them for their (evil) deeds. Would ye guide those whom Allah hath

thrown out of the Way? For those whom Allah hath thrown out of the Way, never

shalt thou find the Way.

[4.89] They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on

the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they

flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades,

seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no

friends or helpers from their ranks;-

[4.90] Except those who join a group between whom and you there is a treaty

(of peace), or those who approach you with hearts restraining them from fighting

you as well as fighting their own people. If Allah had pleased, He could have

given them power over you, and they would have fought you: Therefore if they

withdraw from you but fight you not, and (instead) send you (Guarantees of)

peace, then Allah Hath opened no way for you (to war against them).

[4.91] Others you will find that wish to gain your confidence as well as that

of their people: Every time they are sent back to temptation, they succumb

thereto: if they withdraw not from you nor give you (guarantees) of peace

besides restraining their hands, seize them and slay them wherever ye get them:

In their case We have provided you with a clear argument against them.

[4.92] Never should a believer kill a believer; but (If it so happens) by

mistake, (Compensation is due): If one (so) kills a believer, it is ordained

that he should free a believing slave, and pay compensation to the deceased's

family, unless they remit it freely. If the deceased belonged to a people at war

with you, and he was a believer, the freeing of a believing slave (Is enough).

If he belonged to a people with whom ye have treaty of Mutual alliance,

compensation should be paid to his family, and a believing slave be freed. For

those who find this beyond their means, (is prescribed) a fast for two months

running: by way of repentance to Allah: for Allah hath all knowledge and all

wisdom.

[4.93] If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to

abide therein (For ever): And the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and

a dreadful penalty is prepared for him.

[4.94] O ye who believe! When ye go abroad in the cause of Allah, investigate

carefully, and say not to any one who offers you a salutation: "Thou art none of

a believer!" Coveting the perishable goods of this life: with Allah are profits

and spoils abundant. Even thus were ye yourselves before, till Allah conferred

on you His favours: Therefore carefully investigate. For Allah is well aware of

all that ye do.

[4.95] Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt,

and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their

persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with

their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith)

Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished

above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-

[4.96] Ranks specially bestowed by Him, and Forgiveness and Mercy. For Allah

is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[4.97] When angels take the souls of those who die in sin against their

souls, they say: "In what (plight) Were ye?" They reply: "Weak and oppressed

Were we in the earth." They say: "Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for

you to move yourselves away (From evil)?" Such men will find their abode in

Hell,- What an evil refuge! -

[4.98] Except those who are (really) weak and oppressed - men, women, and

children - who have no means in their power, nor (a guide-post) to their way.

[4.99] For these, there is hope that Allah will forgive: For Allah doth blot

out (sins) and forgive again and again.

[4.100] He who forsakes his home in the cause of Allah, finds in the earth

Many a refuge, wide and spacious: Should he die as a refugee from home for Allah

and His Messenger, His reward becomes due and sure with Allah: And Allah is

Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[4.101] When ye travel through the earth, there is no blame on you if ye

shorten your prayers, for fear the Unbelievers May attack you: For the

Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.

[4.102] When thou (O Messenger) art with them, and standest to lead them in

prayer, Let one party of them stand up (in prayer) with thee, Taking their arms

with them: When they finish their prostrations, let them Take their position in

the rear. And let the other party come up which hath not yet prayed - and let

them pray with thee, Taking all precaution, and bearing arms: the Unbelievers

wish, if ye were negligent of your arms and your baggage, to assault you in a

single rush. But there is no blame on you if ye put away your arms because of

the inconvenience of rain or because ye are ill; but take (every) precaution for

yourselves. For the Unbelievers Allah hath prepared a humiliating punishment.

[4.103] When ye pass (Congregational) prayers, celebrate Allah's praises,

standing, sitting down, or lying down on your sides; but when ye are free from

danger, set up Regular Prayers: For such prayers are enjoined on believers at

stated times.

[4.104] And slacken not in following up the enemy: If ye are suffering

hardships, they are suffering similar hardships; but ye have Hope from Allah,

while they have none. And Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.

[4.105] We have sent down to thee the Book in truth, that thou mightest judge

between men, as guided by Allah: so be not (used) as an advocate by those who

betray their trust;

[4.106] But seek the forgiveness of Allah; for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most

Merciful.

[4.107] Contend not on behalf of such as betray their own souls; for Allah

loveth not one given to perfidy and crime:

[4.108] They may hide (Their crimes) from men, but they cannot hide (Them)

from Allah, seeing that He is in their midst when they plot by night, in words

that He cannot approve: And Allah Doth compass round all that they do.

[4.109] Ah! These are the sort of men on whose behalf ye may contend in this

world; but who will contend with Allah on their behalf on the Day of Judgment,

or who will carry their affairs through?

[4.110] If any one does evil or wrongs his own soul but afterwards seeks

Allah's forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[4.111] And if any one earns sin. he earns it against His own soul: for Allah

is full of knowledge and wisdom.

[4.112] But if any one earns a fault or a sin and throws it on to one that is

innocent, He carries (on himself) (Both) a falsehood and a flagrant sin.

[4.113] But for the Grace of Allah to thee and his Mercy, a party of them

would certainly have plotted to lead thee astray. But (in fact) they will only

Lead their own souls astray, and to thee they can do no harm in the least. For

Allah hath sent down to thee the Book and wisdom and taught thee what thou

Knewest not (before): And great is the Grace of Allah unto thee.

[4.114] In most of their secret talks there is no good: But if one exhorts to

a deed of charity or justice or conciliation between men, (Secrecy is

permissible): To him who does this, seeking the good pleasure of Allah, We shall

soon give a reward of the highest (value).

[4.115] If anyone contends with the Messenger even after guidance has been

plainly conveyed to him, and follows a path other than that becoming to men of

Faith, We shall leave him in the path he has chosen, and land him in Hell,- what

an evil refuge!

[4.116] Allah forgiveth not (The sin of) joining other gods with Him; but He

forgiveth whom He pleaseth other sins than this: one who joins other gods with

Allah, Hath strayed far, far away (from the right).

[4.117] (The Pagans), leaving Him, call but upon female deities: They call but

upon satan the persistent rebel!

[4.118] Allah did curse him, but he said: "I will take of Thy servants a

portion Marked off;

[4.119] "I will mislead them, and I will create in them false desires; I will

order them to slit the ears of cattle, and to deface the (fair) nature created

by Allah." Whoever, forsaking Allah, takes satan for a friend, hath of a surety

suffered a loss that is manifest.

[4.120] Satan makes them promises, and creates in them false desires; but

satan's promises are nothing but deception.

[4.121] They (his dupes) will have their dwelling in Hell, and from it they

will find no way of escape.

[4.122] But those who believe and do deeds of righteousness,- we shall soon

admit them to gardens, with rivers flowing beneath,-to dwell therein for ever.

Allah's promise is the truth, and whose word can be truer than Allah's?

[4.123] Not your desires, nor those of the People of the Book (can prevail):

whoever works evil, will be requited accordingly. Nor will he find, besides

Allah, any protector or helper.

[4.124] If any do deeds of righteousness,- be they male or female - and have

faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them.

[4.125] Who can be better in religion than one who submits his whole self to

Allah, does good, and follows the way of Abraham the true in Faith? For Allah

did take Abraham for a friend.

[4.126] But to Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth: And He it

is that Encompasseth all things.

[4.127] They ask thy instruction concerning the women say: Allah doth instruct

you about them: And (remember) what hath been rehearsed unto you in the Book,

concerning the orphans of women to whom ye give not the portions prescribed, and

yet whom ye desire to marry, as also concerning the children who are weak and

oppressed: that ye stand firm for justice to orphans. There is not a good deed

which ye do, but Allah is well-acquainted therewith.

[4.128] If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband's part, there is

no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves; and

such settlement is best; even though men's souls are swayed by greed. But if ye

do good and practise self-restraint, Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye

do.

[4.129] Ye are never able to be fair and just as between women, even if it is

your ardent desire: But turn not away (from a woman) altogether, so as to leave

her (as it were) hanging (in the air). If ye come to a friendly understanding,

and practise self-restraint, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[4.130] But if they disagree (and must part), Allah will provide abundance for

all from His all-reaching bounty: for Allah is He that careth for all and is

Wise.

[4.131] To Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth. Verily we have

directed the People of the Book before you, and you (o Muslims) to fear Allah.

But if ye deny Him, lo! unto Allah belong all things in the heavens and on

earth, and Allah is free of all wants, worthy of all praise.

[4.132] Yea, unto Allah belong all things in the heavens and on earth, and

enough is Allah to carry through all affairs.

[4.133] If it were His will, He could destroy you, o mankind, and create

another race; for He hath power this to do.

[4.134] If any one desires a reward in this life, in Allah's (gift) is the

reward (both) of this life and of the hereafter: for Allah is He that heareth

and seeth (all things).

[4.135] O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah,

even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be

(against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts

(of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do

justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.

[4.136] O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and the

scripture which He hath sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to

those before (him). Any who denieth Allah, His angels, His Books, His

Messengers, and the Day of Judgment, hath gone far, far astray.

[4.137] Those who believe, then reject faith, then believe (again) and (again)

reject faith, and go on increasing in unbelief,- Allah will not forgive them nor

guide them nor guide them on the way.

[4.138] To the Hypocrites give the glad tidings that there is for them (but) a

grievous penalty;-

[4.139] Yea, to those who take for friends unbelievers rather than believers:

is it honour they seek among them? Nay,- all honour is with Allah.

[4.140] Already has He sent you Word in the Book, that when ye hear the signs

of Allah held in defiance and ridicule, ye are not to sit with them unless they

turn to a different theme: if ye did, ye would be like them. For Allah will

collect the hypocrites and those who defy faith - all in Hell:-

[4.141] (These are) the ones who wait and watch about you: if ye do gain a

victory from Allah, they say: "Were we not with you?"- but if the unbelievers

gain a success, they say (to them): "Did we not gain an advantage over you, and

did we not guard you from the believers?" but Allah will judge betwixt you on

the Day of Judgment. And never will Allah grant to the unbelievers a way (to

triumphs) over the believers.

[4.142] The Hypocrites - they think they are over-reaching Allah, but He will

over-reach them: When they stand up to prayer, they stand without earnestness,

to be seen of men, but little do they hold Allah in remembrance;

[4.143] (They are) distracted in mind even in the midst of it,- being

(sincerely) for neither one group nor for another whom Allah leaves straying,-

never wilt thou find for him the way.

[4.144] O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than

believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves?

[4.145] The Hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire: no helper

wilt thou find for them;-

[4.146] Except for those who repent, mend (their lives) hold fast to Allah,

and purify their religion as in Allah's sight: if so they will be (numbered)

with the believers. And soon will Allah grant to the believers a reward of

immense value.

[4.147] What can Allah gain by your punishment, if ye are grateful and ye

believe? Nay, it is Allah that recogniseth (all good), and knoweth all things.

[4.148] Allah loveth not that evil should be noised abroad in public speech,

except where injustice hath been done; for Allah is He who heareth and knoweth

all things.

[4.149] Whether ye publish a good deed or conceal it or cover evil with

pardon, verily Allah doth blot out (sins) and hath power (in the judgment of

values).

[4.150] Those who deny Allah and His messengers, and (those who) wish to

separate Allah from His messengers, saying: "We believe in some but reject

others": And (those who) wish to take a course midway,-

[4.151] They are in truth (equally) unbelievers; and we have prepared for

unbelievers a humiliating punishment.

[4.152] To those who believe in Allah and His messengers and make no

distinction between any of the messengers, we shall soon give their (due)

rewards: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[4.153] The people of the Book ask thee to cause a book to descend to them

from heaven: Indeed they asked Moses for an even greater (miracle), for they

said: "Show us Allah in public," but they were dazed for their presumption, with

thunder and lightning. Yet they worshipped the calf even after clear signs had

come to them; even so we forgave them; and gave Moses manifest proofs of

authority.

[4.154] And for their covenant we raised over them (the towering height) of

Mount (Sinai); and (on another occasion) we said: "Enter the gate with

humility"; and (once again) we commanded them: "Transgress not in the matter of

the sabbath." And we took from them a solemn covenant.

[4.155] (They have incurred divine displeasure): In that they broke their

covenant; that they rejected the signs of Allah; that they slew the Messengers

in defiance of right; that they said, "Our hearts are the wrappings (which

preserve Allah's Word; We need no more)";- Nay, Allah hath set the seal on their

hearts for their blasphemy, and little is it they believe;-

[4.156] That they rejected Faith; that they uttered against Mary a grave false

charge;

[4.157] That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary,

the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it

was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts,

with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they

killed him not:-

[4.158] Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power,

Wise;-

[4.159] And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in him

before his death; and on the Day of Judgment he will be a witness against them;-

[4.160] For the iniquity of the Jews We made unlawful for them certain (foods)

good and wholesome which had been lawful for them;- in that they hindered many

from Allah's Way;-

[4.161] That they took usury, though they were forbidden; and that they

devoured men's substance wrongfully;- we have prepared for those among them who

reject faith a grievous punishment.

[4.162] But those among them who are well-grounded in knowledge, and the

believers, believe in what hath been revealed to thee and what was revealed

before thee: And (especially) those who establish regular prayer and practise

regular charity and believe in Allah and in the Last Day: To them shall We soon

give a great reward.

[4.163] We have sent thee inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the

Messengers after him: we sent inspiration to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob and

the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and solomon, and to David We gave the

Psalms.

[4.164] Of some messengers We have already told thee the story; of others We

have not;- and to Moses Allah spoke direct;-

[4.165] Messengers who gave good news as well as warning, that mankind, after

(the coming) of the messengers, should have no plea against Allah: For Allah is

Exalted in Power, Wise.

[4.166] But Allah beareth witness that what He hath sent unto thee He hath

sent from His (own) knowledge, and the angels bear witness: But enough is Allah

for a witness.

[4.167] Those who reject Faith and keep off (men) from the way of Allah, have

verily strayed far, far away from the Path.

[4.168] Those who reject Faith and do wrong,- Allah will not forgive them nor

guide them to any way-

[4.169] Except the way of Hell, to dwell therein for ever. And this to Allah

is easy.

[4.170] O Mankind! The Messenger hath come to you in truth from Allah: believe

in him: It is best for you. But if ye reject Faith, to Allah belong all things

in the heavens and on earth: And Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.

[4.171] O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of

Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a

messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit

proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not "Trinity" :

desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far

exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and

on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.

[4.172] Christ disdaineth nor to serve and worship Allah, nor do the angels,

those nearest (to Allah): those who disdain His worship and are arrogant,-He

will gather them all together unto Himself to (answer).

[4.173] But to those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, He will give

their (due) rewards,- and more, out of His bounty: But those who are disdainful

and arrogant, He will punish with a grievous penalty; Nor will they find,

besides Allah, any to protect or help them.

[4.174] O mankind! verily there hath come to you a convincing proof from your

Lord: For We have sent unto you a light (that is) manifest.

[4.175] Then those who believe in Allah, and hold fast to Him,- soon will He

admit them to mercy and grace from Himself, and guide them to Himself by a

straight way.

[4.176] They ask thee for a legal decision. Say: Allah directs (thus) about

those who leave no descendants or ascendants as heirs. If it is a man that dies,

leaving a sister but no child, she shall have half the inheritance: If (such a

deceased was) a woman, who left no child, Her brother takes her inheritance: If

there are two sisters, they shall have two-thirds of the inheritance (between

them): if there are brothers and sisters, (they share), the male having twice

the share of the female. Thus doth Allah make clear to you (His law), lest ye

err. And Allah hath knowledge of all things.

 

@AL-MAEDA (THE TABLE)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[5.1] O ye who believe! fulfil (all) obligations. Lawful unto you (for food)

are all four-footed animals, with the exceptions named: But animals of the chase

are forbidden while ye are in the sacred precincts or in pilgrim garb: for Allah

doth command according to His will and plan.

[5.2] O ye who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the symbols of Allah,

nor of the sacred month, nor of the animals brought for sacrifice, nor the

garlands that mark out such animals, nor the people resorting to the sacred

house, seeking of the bounty and good pleasure of their Lord. But when ye are

clear of the sacred precincts and of pilgrim garb, ye may hunt and let not the

hatred of some people in (once) shutting you out of the Sacred Mosque lead you

to transgression (and hostility on your part). Help ye one another in

righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour: fear

Allah: for Allah is strict in punishment.

[5.3] Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine,

and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah; that which

hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or

by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal;

unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on

stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with

arrows: that is impiety. This day have those who reject faith given up all hope

of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your

religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as

your religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to

transgression, Allah is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[5.4] They ask thee what is lawful to them (as food). Say: lawful unto you

are (all) things good and pure: and what ye have taught your trained hunting

animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by Allah: eat what they catch

for you, but pronounce the name of Allah over it: and fear Allah; for Allah is

swift in taking account.

[5.5] This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food

of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them.

(Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but

chaste women among the People of the Book, revealed before your time,- when ye

give them their due dowers, and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor secret

intrigues if any one rejects faith, fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter

he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good).

[5.6] O ye who believe! when ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and

your hands (and arms) to the elbows; Rub your heads (with water); and (wash)

your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your

whole body. But if ye are ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from

offices of nature, or ye have been in contact with women, and ye find no water,

then take for yourselves clean sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and

hands, Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean,

and to complete his favour to you, that ye may be grateful.

[5.7] And call in remembrance the favour of Allah unto you, and His

covenant, which He ratified with you, when ye said: "We hear and we obey": And

fear Allah, for Allah knoweth well the secrets of your hearts.

[5.8] O ye who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair

dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and

depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah

is well-acquainted with all that ye do.

[5.9] To those who believe and do deeds of righteousness hath Allah promised

forgiveness and a great reward.

[5.10] Those who reject faith and deny our signs will be companions of

Hell-fire.

[5.11] O ye who believe! Call in remembrance the favour of Allah unto you

when certain men formed the design to stretch out their hands against you, but

(Allah) held back their hands from you: so fear Allah. And on Allah let

believers put (all) their trust.

[5.12] Allah did aforetime take a covenant from the Children of Israel, and

we appointed twelve captains among them. And Allah said: "I am with you: if ye

(but) establish regular prayers, practise regular charity, believe in my

messengers, honour and assist them, and loan to Allah a beautiful loan, verily I

will wipe out from you your evils, and admit you to gardens with rivers flowing

beneath; but if any of you, after this, resisteth faith, he hath truly wandered

from the path or rectitude."

[5.13] But because of their breach of their covenant, We cursed them, and

made their hearts grow hard; they change the words from their (right) places and

forget a good part of the message that was sent them, nor wilt thou cease to

find them- barring a few - ever bent on (new) deceits: but forgive them, and

overlook (their misdeeds): for Allah loveth those who are kind.

[5.14] From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a

covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message that was sent them: so we

estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to the day

of judgment. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done.

[5.15] O people of the Book! There hath come to you our Messenger, revealing

to you much that ye used to hide in the Book, and passing over much (that is now

unnecessary): There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous

Book, -

[5.16] Wherewith Allah guideth all who seek His good pleasure to ways of

peace and safety, and leadeth them out of darkness, by His will, unto the

light,- guideth them to a path that is straight.

[5.17] In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of

Mary. Say: "Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to

destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every - one that is on the

earth? For to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all

that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all

things."

[5.18] (Both) the Jews and the Christians say: "We are sons of Allah, and his

beloved." Say: "Why then doth He punish you for your sins? Nay, ye are but men,-

of the men he hath created: He forgiveth whom He pleaseth, and He punisheth whom

He pleaseth: and to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth,

and all that is between: and unto Him is the final goal (of all)"

[5.19] O People of the Book! Now hath come unto you, making (things) clear

unto you, Our Messenger, after the break in (the series of) our messengers, lest

ye should say: "There came unto us no bringer of glad tidings and no warner

(from evil)": But now hath come unto you a bringer of glad tidings and a warner

(from evil). And Allah hath power over all things.

[5.20] Remember Moses said to his people: "O my people! Call in remembrance

the favour of Allah unto you, when He produced prophets among you, made you

kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the peoples.

[5.21] "O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you,

and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own

ruin."

[5.22] They said: "O Moses! In this land are a people of exceeding strength:

Never shall we enter it until they leave it: if (once) they leave, then shall we

enter."

[5.23] (But) among (their) Allah-fearing men were two on whom Allah had

bestowed His grace: They said: "Assault them at the (proper) Gate: when once ye

are in, victory will be yours; But on Allah put your trust if ye have faith."

[5.24] They said: "O Moses! while they remain there, never shall we be able

to enter, to the end of time. Go thou, and thy Lord, and fight ye two, while we

sit here (and watch)."

[5.25] He said: "O my Lord! I have power only over myself and my brother: so

separate us from this rebellious people!"

[5.26] Allah said: "Therefore will the land be out of their reach for forty

years: In distraction will they wander through the land: But sorrow thou not

over these rebellious people.

[5.27] Recite to them the truth of the story of the two sons of Adam. Behold!

they each presented a sacrifice (to Allah): It was accepted from one, but not

from the other. Said the latter: "Be sure I will slay thee." "Surely," said the

former, "Allah doth accept of the sacrifice of those who are righteous.

[5.28] "If thou dost stretch thy hand against me, to slay me, it is not for

me to stretch my hand against thee to slay thee: for I do fear Allah, the

cherisher of the worlds.

[5.29] "For me, I intend to let thee draw on thyself my sin as well as thine,

for thou wilt be among the companions of the fire, and that is the reward of

those who do wrong."

[5.30] The (selfish) soul of the other led him to the murder of his brother:

he murdered him, and became (himself) one of the lost ones.

[5.31] Then Allah sent a raven, who scratched the ground, to show him how to

hide the shame of his brother. "Woe is me!" said he; "Was I not even able to be

as this raven, and to hide the shame of my brother?" then he became full of

regrets-

[5.32] On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any

one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the

land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life,

it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there

came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them

continued to commit excesses in the land.

[5.33] The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger,

and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or

crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile

from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is

theirs in the Hereafter;

[5.34] Except for those who repent before they fall into your power: in that

case, know that Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[5.35] O ye who believe! Do your duty to Allah, seek the means of approach

unto Him, and strive with might and main in his cause: that ye may prosper.

[5.36] As to those who reject Faith,- if they had everything on earth, and

twice repeated, to give as ransom for the penalty of the Day of Judgment, it

would never be accepted of them, theirs would be a grievous penalty.

[5.37] Their wish will be to get out of the Fire, but never will they get out

therefrom: their penalty will be one that endures.

[5.38] As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a

punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted

in power.

[5.39] But if the thief repents after his crime, and amends his conduct,

Allah turneth to him in forgiveness; for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[5.40] Knowest thou not that to Allah (alone) belongeth the dominion of the

heavens and the earth? He punisheth whom He pleaseth, and He forgiveth whom He

pleaseth: and Allah hath power over all things.

[5.41] O Messenger! let not those grieve thee, who race each other into

unbelief: (whether it be) among those who say "We believe" with their lips but

whose hearts have no faith; or it be among the Jews,- men who will listen to any

lie,- will listen even to others who have never so much as come to thee. They

change the words from their (right) times and places: they say, "If ye are given

this, take it, but if not, beware!" If any one's trial is intended by Allah,

thou hast no authority in the least for him against Allah. For such - it is not

Allah's will to purify their hearts. For them there is disgrace in this world,

and in the Hereafter a heavy punishment.

[5.42] (They are fond of) listening to falsehood, of devouring anything

forbidden. If they do come to thee, either judge between them, or decline to

interfere. If thou decline, they cannot hurt thee in the least. If thou judge,

judge in equity between them. For Allah loveth those who judge in equity.

[5.43] But why do they come to thee for decision, when they have (their own)

law before them?- therein is the (plain) command of Allah; yet even after that,

they would turn away. For they are not (really) People of Faith.

[5.44] It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and

light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who bowed (as

in Islam) to Allah's will, by the rabbis and the doctors of law: for to them was

entrusted the protection of Allah's book, and they were witnesses thereto:

therefore fear not men, but fear me, and sell not my signs for a miserable

price. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they

are (no better than) Unbelievers.

[5.45] We ordained therein for them: "Life for life, eye for eye, nose or

nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal." But if any one

remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for himself.

And if any fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are

(No better than) wrong-doers.

[5.46] And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the

Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and

light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an

admonition to those who fear Allah.

[5.47] Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed

therein. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed,

they are (no better than) those who rebel.

[5.48] To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that

came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what Allah

hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that

hath come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way.

If Allah had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His plan

is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all

virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah; it is He that will show you the truth

of the matters in which ye dispute;

[5.49] And this (He commands): Judge thou between them by what Allah hath

revealed, and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they

beguile thee from any of that (teaching) which Allah hath sent down to thee. And

if they turn away, be assured that for some of their crime it is Allah's purpose

to punish them. And truly most men are rebellious.

[5.50] Do they then seek after a judgment of (the days of) ignorance? But

who, for a people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment than Allah?

[5.51] O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your

friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And

he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah

guideth not a people unjust.

[5.52] Those in whose hearts is a disease - thou seest how eagerly they run

about amongst them, saying: "We do fear lest a change of fortune bring us

disaster." Ah! perhaps Allah will give (thee) victory, or a decision according

to His will. Then will they repent of the thoughts which they secretly harboured

in their hearts.

[5.53] And those who believe will say: "Are these the men who swore their

strongest oaths by Allah, that they were with you?" All that they do will be in

vain, and they will fall into (nothing but) ruin.

[5.54] O ye who believe! if any from among you turn back from his Faith, soon

will Allah produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him,- lowly with

the believers, mighty against the rejecters, fighting in the way of Allah, and

never afraid of the reproaches of such as find fault. That is the grace of

Allah, which He will bestow on whom He pleaseth. And Allah encompasseth all, and

He knoweth all things.

[5.55] Your (real) friends are (no less than) Allah, His Messenger, and the

(fellowship of) believers,- those who establish regular prayers and regular

charity, and they bow down humbly (in worship).

[5.56] As to those who turn (for friendship) to Allah, His Messenger, and the

(fellowship of) believers,- it is the fellowship of Allah that must certainly

triumph.

[5.57] O ye who believe! take not for friends and protectors those who take

your religion for a mockery or sport,- whether among those who received the

Scripture before you, or among those who reject Faith; but fear ye Allah, if ye

have faith (indeed).

[5.58] When ye proclaim your call to prayer they take it (but) as mockery and

sport; that is because they are a people without understanding.

[5.59] Say: "O people of the Book! Do ye disapprove of us for no other reason

than that we believe in Allah, and the revelation that hath come to us and that

which came before (us), and (perhaps) that most of you are rebellious and

disobedient?"

[5.60] Say: "Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, (as

judged) by the treatment it received from Allah? those who incurred the curse of

Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine,

those who worshipped evil;- these are (many times) worse in rank, and far more

astray from the even path!"

[5.61] When they come to thee, they say: "We believe": but in fact they enter

with a mind against Faith, and they go out with the same but Allah knoweth fully

all that they hide.

[5.62] Many of them dost thou see, racing each other in sin and rancour, and

their eating of things forbidden. Evil indeed are the things that they do.

[5.63] Why do not the rabbis and the doctors of Law forbid them from their

(habit of) uttering sinful words and eating things forbidden? Evil indeed are

their works.

[5.64] The Jews say: "Allah's hand is tied up." Be their hands tied up and be

they accursed for the (blasphemy) they utter. Nay, both His hands are widely

outstretched: He giveth and spendeth (of His bounty) as He pleaseth. But the

revelation that cometh to thee from Allah increaseth in most of them their

obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred

till the Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth

extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth

not those who do mischief.

[5.65] If only the People of the Book had believed and been righteous, We

should indeed have blotted out their iniquities and admitted them to gardens of

bliss.

[5.66] If only they had stood fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the

revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed

happiness from every side. There is from among them a party on the right course:

but many of them follow a course that is evil.

[5.67] O Messenger! proclaim the (message) which hath been sent to thee from

thy Lord. If thou didst not, thou wouldst not have fulfilled and proclaimed His

mission. And Allah will defend thee from men (who mean mischief). For Allah

guideth not those who reject Faith.

[5.68] Say: "O People of the Book! ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye

stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you

from your Lord." It is the revelation that cometh to thee from thy Lord, that

increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. But sorrow

thou not over (these) people without Faith.

[5.69] Those who believe (in the Qur'an), those who follow the Jewish

(scriptures), and the Sabians and the Christians,- any who believe in Allah and

the Last Day, and work righteousness,- on them shall be no fear, nor shall they

grieve.

[5.70] We took the covenant of the Children of Israel and sent them

messengers, every time, there came to them a messenger with what they themselves

desired not - some (of these) they called impostors, and some they (go so far as

to) slay.

[5.71] They thought there would be no trial (or punishment); so they became

blind and deaf; yet Allah (in mercy) turned to them; yet again many of them

became blind and deaf. But Allah sees well all that they do.

[5.72] They do blaspheme who say: "Allah is Christ the son of Mary." But said

Christ: "O Children of Israel! worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord." Whoever

joins other gods with Allah,- Allah will forbid him the garden, and the Fire

will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help.

[5.73] They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for

there is no god except One Allah. If they desist not from their word (of

blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.

[5.74] Why turn they not to Allah, and seek His forgiveness? For Allah is

Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[5.75] Christ the son of Mary was no more than a messenger; many were the

messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They

had both to eat their (daily) food. See how Allah doth make His signs clear to

them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth!

[5.76] Say: "Will ye worship, besides Allah, something which hath no power

either to harm or benefit you? But Allah,- He it is that heareth and knoweth all

things."

[5.77] Say: "O people of the Book! exceed not in your religion the bounds (of

what is proper), trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of

people who went wrong in times gone by,- who misled many, and strayed

(themselves) from the even way.

[5.78] Curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Israel who

rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary: because

they disobeyed and persisted in excesses.

[5.79] Nor did they (usually) forbid one another the iniquities which they

committed: evil indeed were the deeds which they did.

[5.80] Thou seest many of them turning in friendship to the Unbelievers. Evil

indeed are (the works) which their souls have sent forward before them (with the

result), that Allah's wrath is on them, and in torment will they abide.

[5.81] If only they had believed in Allah, in the Prophet, and in what hath

been revealed to him, never would they have taken them for friends and

protectors, but most of them are rebellious wrong-doers.

[5.82] Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews

and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those

who say, "We are Christians": because amongst these are men devoted to learning

and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.

[5.83] And when they listen to the revelation received by the Messenger, thou

wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognise the truth: they

pray: "Our Lord! we believe; write us down among the witnesses.

[5.84] "What cause can we have not to believe in Allah and the truth which

has come to us, seeing that we long for our Lord to admit us to the company of

the righteous?"

[5.85] And for this their prayer hath Allah rewarded them with gardens, with

rivers flowing underneath,- their eternal home. Such is the recompense of those

who do good.

[5.86] But those who reject Faith and belie our Signs,- they shall be

companions of Hell-fire.

[5.87] O ye who believe! make not unlawful the good things which Allah hath

made lawful for you, but commit no excess: for Allah loveth not those given to

excess.

[5.88] Eat of the things which Allah hath provided for you, lawful and good;

but fear Allah, in Whom ye believe.

[5.89] Allah will not call you to account for what is futile in your oaths,

but He will call you to account for your deliberate oaths: for expiation, feed

ten indigent persons, on a scale of the average for the food of your families;

or clothe them; or give a slave his freedom. If that is beyond your means, fast

for three days. That is the expiation for the oaths ye have sworn. But keep to

your oaths. Thus doth Allah make clear to you His signs, that ye may be

grateful.

[5.90] O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones,

and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew

such (abomination), that ye may prosper.

[5.91] Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with

intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from

prayer: will ye not then abstain?

[5.92] Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and beware (of evil): if ye do

turn back, know ye that it is Our Messenger's duty to proclaim (the message) in

the clearest manner.

[5.93] On those who believe and do deeds of righteousness there is no blame

for what they ate (in the past), when they guard themselves from evil, and

believe, and do deeds of righteousness,- (or) again, guard themselves from evil

and believe,- (or) again, guard themselves from evil and do good. For Allah

loveth those who do good.

[5.94] O ye who believe! Allah doth but make a trial of you in a little

matter of game well within reach of game well within reach of your hands and

your lances, that He may test who feareth him unseen: any who transgress

thereafter, will have a grievous penalty.

[5.95] O ye who believe! Kill not game while in the sacred precincts or in

pilgrim garb. If any of you doth so intentionally, the compensation is an

offering, brought to the Ka'ba, of a domestic animal equivalent to the one he

killed, as adjudged by two just men among you; or by way of atonement, the

feeding of the indigent; or its equivalent in fasts: that he may taste of the

penalty of his deed. Allah forgives what is past: for repetition Allah will

exact from him the penalty. For Allah is Exalted, and Lord of Retribution.

[5.96] Lawful to you is the pursuit of water-game and its use for food,- for

the benefit of yourselves and those who travel; but forbidden is the pursuit of

land-game;- as long as ye are in the sacred precincts or in pilgrim garb. And

fear Allah, to Whom ye shall be gathered back.

[5.97] Allah made the Ka'ba, the Sacred House, an asylum of security for men,

as also the Sacred Months, the animals for offerings, and the garlands that mark

them: That ye may know that Allah hath knowledge of what is in the heavens and

on earth and that Allah is well acquainted with all things.

[5.98] Know ye that Allah is strict in punishment and that Allah is

Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[5.99] The Messenger's duty is but to proclaim (the message). But Allah

knoweth all that ye reveal and ye conceal.

[5.100] Say: "Not equal are things that are bad and things that are good, even

though the abundance of the bad may dazzle thee; so fear Allah, O ye that

understand; that (so) ye may prosper."

[5.101] O ye who believe! Ask not questions about things which, if made plain

to you, may cause you trouble. But if ye ask about things when the Qur'an is

being revealed, they will be made plain to you, Allah will forgive those: for

Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.

[5.102] Some people before you did ask such questions, and on that account

lost their faith.

[5.103] It was not Allah who instituted (superstitions like those of) a

slit-ear she-camel, or a she-camel let loose for free pasture, or idol

sacrifices for twin-births in animals, or stallion-camels freed from work: It is

blasphemers who invent a lie against Allah; but most of them lack wisdom.

[5.104] When it is said to them: "Come to what Allah hath revealed; come to

the Messenger": They say: "Enough for us are the ways we found our fathers

following." what! even though their fathers were void of knowledge and guidance?

[5.105] O ye who believe! Guard your own souls: If ye follow (right) guidance,

no hurt can come to you from those who stray. the goal of you all is to Allah:

it is He that will show you the truth of all that ye do.

[5.106] O ye who believe! When death approaches any of you, (take) witnesses

among yourselves when making bequests,- two just men of your own (brotherhood)

or others from outside if ye are journeying through the earth, and the chance of

death befalls you (thus). If ye doubt (their truth), detain them both after

prayer, and let them both swear by Allah: "We wish not in this for any worldly

gain, even though the (beneficiary) be our near relation: we shall hide not the

evidence before Allah: if we do, then behold! the sin be upon us!"

[5.107] But if it gets known that these two were guilty of the sin (of

perjury), let two others stand forth in their places,- nearest in kin from among

those who claim a lawful right: let them swear by Allah: "We affirm that our

witness is truer than that of those two, and that we have not trespassed (beyond

the truth): if we did, behold! the wrong be upon us!"

[5.108] That is most suitable: that they may give the evidence in its true

nature and shape, or else they would fear that other oaths would be taken after

their oaths. But fear Allah, and listen (to His counsel): for Allah guideth not

a rebellious people:

[5.109] One day will Allah gather the messengers together, and ask: "What was

the response ye received (from men to your teaching)?" They will say: "We have

no knowledge: it is Thou Who knowest in full all that is hidden."

[5.110] Then will Allah say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Recount My favour to

thee and to thy mother. Behold! I strengthened thee with the holy spirit, so

that thou didst speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. Behold! I

taught thee the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel and behold! thou makest

out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, and thou breathest

into it and it becometh a bird by My leave, and thou healest those born blind,

and the lepers, by My leave. And behold! thou bringest forth the dead by My

leave. And behold! I did restrain the Children of Israel from (violence to) thee

when thou didst show them the clear Signs, and the unbelievers among them said:

'This is nothing but evident magic.'

[5.111] "And behold! I inspired the disciples to have faith in Me and Mine

Messenger: they said, 'We have faith, and do thou bear witness that we bow to

Allah as Muslims'".

[5.112] Behold! the disciples, said: "O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord

send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?" Said Jesus: "Fear Allah,

if ye have faith."

[5.113] They said: "We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to

know that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be

witnesses to the miracle."

[5.114] Said Jesus the son of Mary: "O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a

table set (with viands), that there may be for us - for the first and the last

of us - a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance,

for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs)."

[5.115] Allah said: "I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after

that resisteth faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not

inflicted on any one among all the peoples."

[5.116] And behold! Allah will say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say

unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah'?" He will

say: "Glory to Thee! never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said

such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my

heart, Thou I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is

hidden.

[5.117] "Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say,

to wit, 'worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord'; and I was a witness over them

whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst take me up Thou wast the Watcher

over them, and Thou art a witness to all things.

[5.118] "If Thou dost punish them, they are Thy servant: If Thou dost forgive

them, Thou art the Exalted in power, the Wise."

[5.119] Allah will say: "This is a day on which the truthful will profit from

their truth: theirs are gardens, with rivers flowing beneath,- their eternal

Home: Allah well-pleased with them, and they with Allah: That is the great

salvation, (the fulfilment of all desires).

[5.120] To Allah doth belong the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and

all that is therein, and it is He Who hath power over all things.

 

@AL-ANAAM (CATTLE)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[6.1] Praise be Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, and made the

darkness and the light. Yet those who reject Faith hold (others) as equal, with

their Guardian-Lord.

[6.2] He it is created you from clay, and then decreed a stated term (for

you). And there is in His presence another determined term; yet ye doubt within

yourselves!

[6.3] And He is Allah in the heavens and on earth. He knoweth what ye hide,

and what ye reveal, and He knoweth the (recompense) which ye earn (by your

deeds).

[6.4] But never did a single one of the signs of their Lord reach them, but

they turned away therefrom.

[6.5] And now they reject the truth when it reaches them: but soon shall

they learn the reality of what they used to mock at.

[6.6] See they not how many of those before them We did destroy?-

generations We had established on the earth, in strength such as We have not

given to you - for whom We poured out rain from the skies in abundance, and gave

(fertile) streams flowing beneath their (feet): yet for their sins We destroyed

them, and raised in their wake fresh generations (to succeed them).

[6.7] If We had sent unto thee a written (message) on parchment, so that

they could touch it with their hands, the Unbelievers would have been sure to

say: "This is nothing but obvious magic!"

[6.8] They say: "Why is not an angel sent down to him?" If we did send down

an angel, the matter would be settled at once, and no respite would be granted

them.

[6.9] If We had made it an angel, We should have sent him as a man, and We

should certainly have caused them confusion in a matter which they have already

covered with confusion.

[6.10] Mocked were (many) messengers before thee; but their scoffers were

hemmed in by the thing that they mocked.

[6.11] Say: "Travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who

rejected Truth."

[6.12] Say: "To whom belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth?" Say:

"To Allah. He hath inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy. That He will

gather you together for the Day of Judgment, there is no doubt whatever. It is

they who have lost their own souls, that will not believe.

[6.13] To him belongeth all that dwelleth (or lurketh) in the night and the

day. For he is the one who heareth and knoweth all things."

[6.14] Say: "Shall I take for my protector any other than Allah, the Maker of

the heavens and the earth? And He it is that feedeth but is not fed." Say: "Nay!

but I am commanded to be the first of those who bow to Allah (in Islam), and be

not thou of the company of those who join gods with Allah."

[6.15] Say: "I would, if I disobeyed my Lord, indeed have fear of the penalty

of a Mighty Day.

[6.16] "On that day, if the penalty is averted from any, it is due to Allah's

mercy; And that would be (Salvation), the obvious fulfilment of all desire.

[6.17] "If Allah touch thee with affliction, none can remove it but He; if He

touch thee with happiness, He hath power over all things.

[6.18] "He is the irresistible, (watching) from above over His worshippers;

and He is the Wise, acquainted with all things."

[6.19] Say: "What thing is most weighty in evidence?" Say: "Allah is witness

between me and you; This Qur'an hath been revealed to me by inspiration, that I

may warn you and all whom it reaches. Can ye possibly bear witness that besides

Allah there is another Allah?" Say: "Nay! I cannot bear witness!" Say: "But in

truth He is the one Allah, and I truly am innocent of (your blasphemy of)

joining others with Him."

[6.20] Those to whom We have given the Book know this as they know their own

sons. Those who have lost their own souls refuse therefore to believe.

[6.21] Who doth more wrong than he who inventeth a lie against Allah or

rejecteth His signs? But verily the wrong-doers never shall prosper.

[6.22] One day shall We gather them all together: We shall say to those who

ascribed partners (to Us): "Where are the partners whom ye (invented and) talked

about?"

[6.23] There will then be (left) no subterfuge for them but to say: "By Allah

our Lord, we were not those who joined gods with Allah."

[6.24] Behold! how they lie against their own souls! But the (lie) which they

invented will leave them in the lurch.

[6.25] Of them there are some who (pretend to) listen to thee; but We have

thrown veils on their hearts, So they understand it not, and deafness in their

ears; if they saw every one of the signs, not they will believe in them; in so

much that when they come to thee, they (but) dispute with thee; the Unbelievers

say: "These are nothing but tales of the ancients."

[6.26] Others they keep away from it, and themselves they keep away; but they

only destroy their own souls, and they perceive it not.

[6.27] If thou couldst but see when they are confronted with the Fire! They

will say: "Would that we were but sent back! Then would we not reject the signs

of our Lord, but would be amongst those who believe!"

[6.28] Yea, in their own (eyes) will become manifest what before they

concealed. But if they were returned, they would certainly relapse to the things

they were forbidden, for they are indeed liars.

[6.29] And they (sometimes) say: "There is nothing except our life on this

earth, and never shall we be raised up again."

[6.30] If thou couldst but see when they are confronted with their Lord! He

will say: "Is not this the truth?" They will say: "Yea, by our Lord!" He will

say: "Taste ye then the penalty, because ye rejected Faith."

[6.31] Lost indeed are they who treat it as a falsehood that they must meet

Allah,- until on a sudden the hour is on them, and they say: "Ah! woe unto us

that we took no thought of it"; for they bear their burdens on their backs, and

evil indeed are the burdens that they bear?

[6.32] What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the

home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will ye not then understand?

[6.33] We know indeed the grief which their words do cause thee: It is not

thee they reject: it is the signs of Allah, which the wicked contemn.

[6.34] Rejected were the messengers before thee: with patience and constancy

they bore their rejection and their wrongs, until Our aid did reach them: there

is none that can alter the words (and decrees) of Allah. Already hast thou

received some account of those messengers.

[6.35] If their spurning is hard on thy mind, yet if thou wert able to seek a

tunnel in the ground or a ladder to the skies and bring them a sign,- (what

good?). If it were Allah's will, He could gather them together unto true

guidance: so be not thou amongst those who are swayed by ignorance (and

impatience)!

[6.36] Those who listen (in truth), be sure, will accept: as to the dead,

Allah will raise them up; then will they be turned unto Him.

[6.37] They say: "Why is not a sign sent down to him from his Lord?" Say:

"Allah hath certainly power to send down a sign: but most of them understand

not.

[6.38] There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that

flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have we

omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the

end.

[6.39] Those who reject our signs are deaf and dumb,- in the midst of

darkness profound: whom Allah willeth, He leaveth to wander: whom He willeth, He

placeth on the way that is straight.

[6.40] Say: "Think ye to yourselves, if there come upon you the wrath of

Allah, or the Hour (that ye dread), would ye then call upon other than Allah?-

(reply) if ye are truthful!

[6.41] "Nay,- On Him would ye call, and if it be His will, He would remove

(the distress) which occasioned your call upon Him, and ye would forget (the

false gods) which ye join with Him!"

[6.42] Before thee We sent (messengers) to many nations, and We afflicted the

nations with suffering and adversity, that they might learn humility.

[6.43] When the suffering reached them from us, why then did they not learn

humility? On the contrary their hearts became hardened, and Satan made their

(sinful) acts seem alluring to them.

[6.44] But when they forgot the warning they had received, We opened to them

the gates of all (good) things, until, in the midst of their enjoyment of Our

gifts, on a sudden, We called them to account, when lo! they were plunged in

despair!

[6.45] Of the wrong-doers the last remnant was cut off. Praise be to Allah,

the Cherisher of the worlds.

[6.46] Say: "Think ye, if Allah took away your hearing and your sight, and

sealed up your hearts, who - a god other than Allah - could restore them to

you?" See how We explain the signs by various (symbols); yet they turn aside.

[6.47] Say: "Think ye, if the punishment of Allah comes to you, whether

suddenly or openly, will any be destroyed except those who do wrong?

[6.48] We send the messengers only to give good news and to warn: so those

who believe and mend (their lives),- upon them shall be no fear, nor shall they

grieve.

[6.49] But those who reject our signs,- them shall punishment touch, for that

they ceased not from transgressing.

[6.50] Say: "I tell you not that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor do I

know what is hidden, nor do I tell you I am an angel. I but follow what is

revealed to me." Say: "can the blind be held equal to the seeing?" Will ye then

consider not?

[6.51] Give this warning to those in whose (hearts) is the fear that they

will be brought (to judgment) before their Lord: except for Him they will have

no protector nor intercessor: that they may guard (against evil).

[6.52] Send not away those who call on their Lord morning and evening,

seeking His face. In naught art thou accountable for them, and in naught are

they accountable for thee, that thou shouldst turn them away, and thus be (one)

of the unjust.

[6.53] Thus did We try some of them by comparison with others, that they

should say: "Is it these then that Allah hath favoured from amongst us?" Doth

not Allah know best those who are grateful?

[6.54] When those come to thee who believe in Our signs, Say: "Peace be on

you: Your Lord hath inscribed for Himself (the rule of) mercy: verily, if any of

you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented, and amend (his conduct), lo!

He is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[6.55] Thus do We explain the signs in detail: that the way of the sinners

may be shown up.

[6.56] Say: "I am forbidden to worship those - others than Allah - whom ye

call upon." Say: "I will not follow your wain desires: If I did, I would stray

from the path, and be not of the company of those who receive guidance."

[6.57] Say: "For me, I (work) on a clear sign from my Lord, but ye reject

Him. What ye would see hastened, is not in my power. The command rests with none

but Allah: He declares the truth, and He is the best of judges."

[6.58] Say: "If what ye would see hastened were in my power, the matter would

be settled at once between you and me. But Allah knoweth best those who do

wrong."

[6.59] With Him are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that none knoweth

but He. He knoweth whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. Not a leaf

doth fall but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or

depths) of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered), but is

(inscribed) in a record clear (to those who can read).

[6.60] It is He who doth take your souls by night, and hath knowledge of all

that ye have done by day: by day doth He raise you up again; that a term

appointed be fulfilled; In the end unto Him will be your return; then will He

show you the truth of all that ye did.

[6.61] He is the irresistible, (watching) from above over His worshippers,

and He sets guardians over you. At length, when death approaches one of you, Our

angels take his soul, and they never fail in their duty.

[6.62] Then are men returned unto Allah, their protector, the (only) reality:

Is not His the command? and He is the swiftest in taking account.

[6.63] Say: "Who is it that delivereth you from the dark recesses of land and

sea, when ye call upon Him in humility and silent terror: 'If He only delivers

us from these (dangers), (we vow) we shall truly show our gratitude'?"

[6.64] Say "It is Allah that delivereth you from these and all (other)

distresses: and yet ye worship false gods!"

[6.65] Say: "He hath power to send calamities on you, from above and below,

or to cover you with confusion in party strife, giving you a taste of mutual

vengeance - each from the other." See how We explain the signs by various

(symbols); that they may understand.

[6.66] But thy people reject this, though it is the truth. Say: "Not mine is

the responsibility for arranging your affairs;

[6.67] For every message is a limit of time, and soon shall ye know it."

[6.68] When thou seest men engaged in vain discourse about Our signs, turn

away from them unless they turn to a different theme. If Satan ever makes thee

forget, then after recollection, sit not thou in the company of those who do

wrong.

[6.69] On their account no responsibility falls on the righteous, but (their

duty) is to remind them, that they may (learn to) fear Allah.

[6.70] Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and

amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them)

this (truth): that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts: it will

find for itself no protector or intercessor except Allah: if it offered every

ransom, (or reparation), none will be accepted: such is (the end of) those who

deliver themselves to ruin by their own acts: they will have for drink (only)

boiling water, and for punishment, one most grievous: for they persisted in

rejecting Allah.

[6.71] Say: "Shall we indeed call on others besides Allah,- things that can

do us neither good nor harm,- and turn on our heels after receiving guidance

from Allah? - like one whom the evil ones have made into a fool, wandering

bewildered through the earth, his friends calling, come to us', (vainly) guiding

him to the path." Say: "Allah's guidance is the (only) guidance, and we have

been directed to submit ourselves to the Lord of the worlds;-

[6.72] "To establish regular prayers and to fear Allah: for it is to Him that

we shall be gathered together."

[6.73] It is He who created the heavens and the earth in true (proportions):

the day He saith, "Be," behold! it is. His word is the truth. His will be the

dominion the day the trumpet will be blown. He knoweth the unseen as well as

that which is open. For He is the Wise, well acquainted (with all things).

[6.74] Lo! Abraham said to his father Azar: "Takest thou idols for gods? For

I see thee and thy people in manifest error."

[6.75] So also did We show Abraham the power and the laws of the heavens and

the earth, that he might (with understanding) have certitude.

[6.76] When the night covered him over, He saw a star: He said: "This is my

Lord." But when it set, He said: "I love not those that set."

[6.77] When he saw the moon rising in splendour, he said: "This is my Lord."

But when the moon set, He said: "unless my Lord guide me, I shall surely be

among those who go astray."

[6.78] When he saw the sun rising in splendour, he said: "This is my Lord;

this is the greatest (of all)." But when the sun set, he said: "O my people! I

am indeed free from your (guilt) of giving partners to Allah.

[6.79] "For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards Him Who created

the heavens and the earth, and never shall I give partners to Allah."

[6.80] His people disputed with him. He said: "(Come) ye to dispute with me,

about Allah, when He (Himself) hath guided me? I fear not (the beings) ye

associate with Allah: Unless my Lord willeth, (nothing can happen). My Lord

comprehendeth in His knowledge all things. Will ye not (yourselves) be

admonished?

[6.81] "How should I fear (the beings) ye associate with Allah, when ye fear

not to give partners to Allah without any warrant having been given to you?

Which of (us) two parties hath more right to security? (tell me) if ye know.

[6.82] "It is those who believe and confuse not their beliefs with wrong -

that are (truly) in security, for they are on (right) guidance."

[6.83] That was the reasoning about Us, which We gave to Abraham (to use)

against his people: We raise whom We will, degree after degree: for thy Lord is

full of wisdom and knowledge.

[6.84] We gave him Isaac and Jacob: all (three) guided: and before him, We

guided Noah, and among his progeny, David, Solomon, Job, Joseph, Moses, and

Aaron: thus do We reward those who do good:

[6.85] And Zakariya and John, and Jesus and Elias: all in the ranks of the

righteous:

[6.86] And Isma'il and Elisha, and Jonas, and Lot: and to all We gave favour

above the nations:

[6.87] (To them) and to their fathers, and progeny and brethren: We chose

them, and we guided them to a straight way.

[6.88] This is the guidance of Allah: He giveth that guidance to whom He

pleaseth, of His worshippers. If they were to join other gods with Him, all that

they did would be vain for them.

[6.89] These were the men to whom We gave the Book, and authority, and

prophethood: if these (their descendants) reject them, Behold! We shall entrust

their charge to a new people who reject them not.

[6.90] Those were the (prophets) who received Allah's guidance: Copy the

guidance they received; Say: "No reward for this do I ask of you: This is no

less than a message for the nations."

[6.91] No just estimate of Allah do they make when they say: "Nothing doth

Allah send down to man (by way of revelation)" Say: "Who then sent down the Book

which Moses brought?- a light and guidance to man: But ye make it into

(separate) sheets for show, while ye conceal much (of its contents): therein

were ye taught that which ye knew not- neither ye nor your fathers." Say: "Allah

(sent it down)": Then leave them to plunge in vain discourse and trifling.

[6.92] And this is a Book which We have sent down, bringing blessings, and

confirming (the revelations) which came before it: that thou mayest warn the

mother of cities and all around her. Those who believe in the Hereafter believe

in this (Book), and they are constant in guarding their prayers.

[6.93] Who can be more wicked than one who inventeth a lie against Allah, or

saith, "I have received inspiration," when he hath received none, or (again) who

saith, "I can reveal the like of what Allah hath revealed"? If thou couldst but

see how the wicked (do fare) in the flood of confusion at death! - the angels

stretch forth their hands, (saying),"Yield up your souls: this day shall ye

receive your reward,- a penalty of shame, for that ye used to tell lies against

Allah, and scornfully to reject of His signs!"

[6.94] "And behold! ye come to us bare and alone as We created you for the

first time: ye have left behind you all (the favours) which We bestowed on you:

We see not with you your intercessors whom ye thought to be partners in your

affairs: so now all relations between you have been cut off, and your (pet)

fancies have left you in the lurch!"

[6.95] It is Allah Who causeth the seed-grain and the date-stone to split and

sprout. He causeth the living to issue from the dead, and He is the one to cause

the dead to issue from the living. That is Allah: then how are ye deluded away

from the truth?

[6.96] He it is that cleaveth the day-break (from the dark): He makes the

night for rest and tranquillity, and the sun and moon for the reckoning (of

time): Such is the judgment and ordering of (Him), the Exalted in Power, the

Omniscient.

[6.97] It is He Who maketh the stars (as beacons) for you, that ye may guide

yourselves, with their help, through the dark spaces of land and sea: We detail

Our signs for people who know.

[6.98] It is He Who hath produced you from a single person: here is a place

of sojourn and a place of departure: We detail Our signs for people who

understand.

[6.99] It is He Who sendeth down rain from the skies: with it We produce

vegetation of all kinds: from some We produce green (crops), out of which We

produce grain, heaped up (at harvest); out of the date-palm and its sheaths (or

spathes) (come) clusters of dates hanging low and near: and (then there are)

gardens of grapes, and olives, and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet

different (in variety): when they begin to bear fruit, feast your eyes with the

fruit and the ripeness thereof. Behold! in these things there are signs for

people who believe.

[6.100] Yet they make the Jinns equals with Allah, though Allah did create the

Jinns; and they falsely, having no knowledge, attribute to Him sons and

daughters. Praise and glory be to Him! (for He is) above what they attribute to

Him!

[6.101] To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth: How can

He have a son when He hath no consort? He created all things, and He hath full

knowledge of all things.

[6.102] That is Allah, your Lord! there is no god but He, the Creator of all

things: then worship ye Him: and He hath power to dispose of all affairs.

[6.103] No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision: He is above

all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things.

[6.104] "Now have come to you, from your Lord, proofs (to open your eyes): if

any will see, it will be for (the good of) his own soul; if any will be blind,

it will be to his own (harm): I am not (here) to watch over your doings."

[6.105] Thus do we explain the signs by various (symbols): that they may say,

"Thou hast taught (us) diligently," and that We may make the matter clear to

those who know.

[6.106] Follow what thou art taught by inspiration from thy Lord: there is no

god but He: and turn aside from those who join gods with Allah.

[6.107] If it had been Allah's plan, they would not have taken false gods: but

We made thee not one to watch over their doings, nor art thou set over them to

dispose of their affairs.

[6.108] Revile not ye those whom they call upon besides Allah, lest they out

of spite revile Allah in their ignorance. Thus have We made alluring to each

people its own doings. In the end will they return to their Lord, and We shall

then tell them the truth of all that they did.

[6.109] They swear their strongest oaths by Allah, that if a (special) sign

came to them, by it they would believe. Say: "Certainly (all) signs are in the

power of Allah: but what will make you (Muslims) realise that (even) if

(special) signs came, they will not believe."?

[6.110] We (too) shall turn to (confusion) their hearts and their eyes, even

as they refused to believe in this in the first instance: We shall leave them in

their trespasses, to wander in distraction.

[6.111] Even if We did send unto them angels, and the dead did speak unto

them, and We gathered together all things before their very eyes, they are not

the ones to believe, unless it is in Allah's plan. But most of them ignore (the

truth).

[6.112] Likewise did We make for every Messenger an enemy,- evil ones among

men and jinns, inspiring each other with flowery discourses by way of deception.

If thy Lord had so planned, they would not have done it: so leave them and their

inventions alone.

[6.113] To such (deceit) let the hearts of those incline, who have no faith in

the hereafter: let them delight in it, and let them earn from it what they may.

[6.114] Say: "Shall I seek for judge other than Allah? - when He it is Who

hath sent unto you the Book, explained in detail." They know full well, to whom

We have given the Book, that it hath been sent down from thy Lord in truth.

Never be then of those who doubt.

[6.115] The word of thy Lord doth find its fulfilment in truth and in justice:

None can change His words: for He is the one who heareth and knoweth all.

[6.116] Wert thou to follow the common run of those on earth, they will lead

thee away from the way of Allah. They follow nothing but conjecture: they do

nothing but lie.

[6.117] Thy Lord knoweth best who strayeth from His way: He knoweth best who

they are that receive His guidance.

[6.118] So eat of (meats) on which Allah's name hath been pronounced, if ye

have faith in His signs.

[6.119] Why should ye not eat of (meats) on which Allah's name hath been

pronounced, when He hath explained to you in detail what is forbidden to you -

except under compulsion of necessity? But many do mislead (men) by their

appetites unchecked by knowledge. Thy Lord knoweth best those who transgress.

[6.120] Eschew all sin, open or secret: those who earn sin will get due

recompense for their "earnings."

[6.121] Eat not of (meats) on which Allah's name hath not been pronounced:

That would be impiety. But the evil ones ever inspire their friends to contend

with you if ye were to obey them, ye would indeed be Pagans.

[6.122] Can he who was dead, to whom We gave life, and a light whereby he can

walk amongst men, be like him who is in the depths of darkness, from which he

can never come out? Thus to those without faith their own deeds seem pleasing.

[6.123] Thus have We placed leaders in every town, its wicked men, to plot

(and burrow) therein: but they only plot against their own souls, and they

perceive it not.

[6.124] When there comes to them a sign (from Allah), They say: "We shall not

believe until we receive one (exactly) like those received by Allah's

messengers." Allah knoweth best where (and how) to carry out His mission. Soon

will the wicked be overtaken by humiliation before Allah, and a severe

punishment, for all their plots.

[6.125] Those whom Allah (in His plan) willeth to guide,- He openeth their

breast to Islam; those whom He willeth to leave straying,- He maketh their

breast close and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the skies: thus doth

Allah (heap) the penalty on those who refuse to believe.

[6.126] This is the way of thy Lord, leading straight: We have detailed the

signs for those who receive admonition.

[6.127] For them will be a home of peace in the presence of their Lord: He

will be their friend, because they practised (righteousness).

[6.128] One day will He gather them all together, (and say): "O ye assembly of

Jinns! Much (toll) did ye take of men." Their friends amongst men will say: "Our

Lord! we made profit from each other: but (alas!) we reached our term - which

thou didst appoint for us." He will say: "The Fire be your dwelling-place: you

will dwell therein for ever, except as Allah willeth." for thy Lord is full of

wisdom and knowledge.

[6.129] Thus do we make the wrong-doers turn to each other, because of what

they earn.

[6.130] "O ye assembly of Jinns and men! came there not unto you messengers

from amongst you, setting forth unto you My signs, and warning you of the

meeting of this Day of yours?" They will say: "We bear witness against

ourselves." It was the life of this world that deceived them. So against

themselves will they bear witness that they rejected Faith.

[6.131] (The messengers were sent) thus, for thy Lord would not destroy for

their wrong-doing men's habitations whilst their occupants were unwarned.

[6.132] To all are degrees (or ranks) according to their deeds: for thy Lord

is not unmindful of anything that they do.

[6.133] Thy Lord is self-sufficient, full of Mercy: if it were His will, He

could destroy you, and in your place appoint whom He will as your successors,

even as He raised you up from the posterity of other people.

[6.134] All that hath been promised unto you will come to pass: nor can ye

frustrate it (in the least bit).

[6.135] Say: "O my people! Do whatever ye can: I will do (my part): soon will

ye know who it is whose end will be (best) in the Hereafter: certain it is that

the wrong-doers will not prosper."

[6.136] Out of what Allah hath produced in abundance in tilth and in cattle,

they assigned Him a share: they say, according to their fancies: "This is for

Allah, and this" - for our "partners"! but the share of their" partners

"reacheth not Allah, whilst the share of Allah reacheth their "partners" ! evil

(and unjust) is their assignment!

[6.137] Even so, in the eyes of most of the pagans, their "partners" made

alluring the slaughter of their children, in order to lead them to their own

destruction, and cause confusion in their religion. If Allah had willed, they

would not have done so: But leave alone them and their inventions.

[6.138] And they say that such and such cattle and crops are taboo, and none

should eat of them except those whom - so they say - We wish; further, there are

cattle forbidden to yoke or burden, and cattle on which, (at slaughter), the

name of Allah is not pronounced; - inventions against Allah's name: soon will He

requite them for their inventions.

[6.139] They say: "What is in the wombs of such and such cattle is specially

reserved (for food) for our men, and forbidden to our women; but if it is

still-born, then all have share therein. For their (false) attribution (of

superstitions to Allah), He will soon punish them: for He is full of wisdom and

knowledge.

[6.140] Lost are those who slay their children, from folly, without knowledge,

and forbid food which Allah hath provided for them, inventing (lies) against

Allah. They have indeed gone astray and heeded no guidance.

[6.141] It is He Who produceth gardens, with trellises and without, and dates,

and tilth with produce of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates, similar (in

kind) and different (in variety): eat of their fruit in their season, but render

the dues that are proper on the day that the harvest is gathered. But waste not

by excess: for Allah loveth not the wasters.

[6.142] Of the cattle are some for burden and some for meat: eat what Allah

hath provided for you, and follow not the footsteps of Satan: for he is to you

and avowed enemy.

[6.143] (Take) eight (head of cattle) in (four) pairs: of sheep a pair, and of

goats a pair; say, hath He forbidden the two males, or the two females, or (the

young) which the wombs of the two females enclose? Tell me with knowledge if ye

are truthful:

[6.144] Of camels a pair, and oxen a pair; say, hath He forbidden the two

males, or the two females, or (the young) which the wombs of the two females

enclose? - Were ye present when Allah ordered you such a thing? But who doth

more wrong than one who invents a lie against Allah, to lead astray men without

knowledge? For Allah guideth not people who do wrong.

[6.145] Say: "I find not in the message received by me by inspiration any

(meat) forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be dead

meat, or blood poured forth, or the flesh of swine,- for it is an abomination -

or, what is impious, (meat) on which a name has been invoked, other than

Allah's". But (even so), if a person is forced by necessity, without wilful

disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- thy Lord is Oft-forgiving, Most

Merciful.

[6.146] For those who followed the Jewish Law, We forbade every (animal) with

undivided hoof, and We forbade them that fat of the ox and the sheep, except

what adheres to their backs or their entrails, or is mixed up with a bone: this

in recompense for their wilful disobedience: for We are true (in Our

ordinances).

[6.147] If they accuse thee of falsehood, say: "Your Lord is full of mercy

all-embracing; but from people in guilt never will His wrath be turned back.

[6.148] Those who give partners (to Allah) will say: "If Allah had wished, we

should not have given partners to Him nor would our fathers; nor should we have

had any taboos." So did their ancestors argue falsely, until they tasted of Our

wrath. Say: "Have ye any (certain) knowledge? If so, produce it before us. Ye

follow nothing but conjecture: ye do nothing but lie."

[6.149] Say: "With Allah is the argument that reaches home: if it had been His

will, He could indeed have guided you all."

[6.150] Say: "Bring forward your witnesses to prove that Allah did forbid so

and so." If they bring such witnesses, be not thou amongst them: Nor follow thou

the vain desires of such as treat our signs as falsehoods, and such as believe

not in the Hereafter: for they hold others as equal with their Guardian-Lord.

[6.151] Say: "Come, I will rehearse what Allah hath (really) prohibited you

from": Join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents; kill not

your children on a plea of want;- We provide sustenance for you and for them;-

come not nigh to shameful deeds. Whether open or secret; take not life, which

Allah hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command

you, that ye may learn wisdom.

[6.152] And come not nigh to the orphan's property, except to improve it,

until he attain the age of full strength; give measure and weight with (full)

justice;- no burden do We place on any soul, but that which it can bear;-

whenever ye speak, speak justly, even if a near relative is concerned; and

fulfil the covenant of Allah: thus doth He command you, that ye may remember.

[6.153] Verily, this is My way, leading straight: follow it: follow not

(other) paths: they will scatter you about from His (great) path: thus doth He

command you. that ye may be righteous.

[6.154] Moreover, We gave Moses the Book, completing (Our favour) to those who

would do right, and explaining all things in detail,- and a guide and a mercy,

that they might believe in the meeting with their Lord.

[6.155] And this is a Book which We have revealed as a blessing: so follow it

and be righteous, that ye may receive mercy:

[6.156] Lest ye should say: "The Book was sent down to two Peoples before us,

and for our part, we remained unacquainted with all that they learned by

assiduous study:"

[6.157] Or lest ye should say: "If the Book had only been sent down to us, we

should have followed its guidance better than they." Now then hath come unto you

a clear (sign) from your Lord,- and a guide and a mercy: then who could do more

wrong than one who rejecteth Allah's signs, and turneth away therefrom? In good

time shall We requite those who turn away from Our signs, with a dreadful

penalty, for their turning away.

[6.158] Are they waiting to see if the angels come to them, or thy Lord

(Himself), or certain of the signs of thy Lord! the day that certain of the

signs of thy Lord do come, no good will it do to a soul to believe in them then

if it believed not before nor earned righteousness through its faith. Say: "Wait

ye: we too are waiting."

[6.159] As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou

hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will in the

end tell them the truth of all that they did.

[6.160] He that doeth good shall have ten times as much to his credit: He that

doeth evil shall only be recompensed according to his evil: no wrong shall be

done unto (any of) them.

[6.161] Say: "Verily, my Lord hath guided me to a way that is straight,- a

religion of right,- the path (trod) by Abraham the true in Faith, and he

(certainly) joined not gods with Allah."

[6.162] Say: "Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my

death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds:

[6.163] No partner hath He: this am I commanded, and I am the first of those

who bow to His will.

[6.164] Say: "Shall I seek for (my) Cherisher other than Allah, when He is the

Cherisher of all things (that exist)? Every soul draws the meed of its acts on

none but itself: no bearer of burdens can bear of burdens can bear the burden of

another. Your goal in the end is towards Allah: He will tell you the truth of

the things wherein ye disputed."

[6.165] It is He Who hath made you (His) agents, inheritors of the earth: He

hath raised you in ranks, some above others: that He may try you in the gifts He

hath given you: for thy Lord is quick in punishment: yet He is indeed

Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

 

@AL-ARAF (THE HEIGHTS)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[7.1] Alif, Lam, Mim, Sad.

[7.2] A Book revealed unto thee,- So let thy heart be oppressed no more by

any difficulty on that account,- that with it thou mightest warn (the erring)

and teach the Believers).

[7.3] Follow (O men!) the revelation given unto you from your Lord, and

follow not, as friends or protectors, other than Him. Little it is ye remember

of admonition.

[7.4] How many towns have We destroyed (for their sins)? Our punishment took

them on a sudden by night or while they slept for their afternoon rest.

[7.5] When (thus) Our punishment took them, no cry did they utter but this:

"Indeed we did wrong."

[7.6] Then shall we question those to whom Our message was sent and those by

whom We sent it.

[7.7] And verily, We shall recount their whole story with knowledge, for We

were never absent (at any time or place).

[7.8] The balance that day will be true (to nicety): those whose scale (of

good) will be heavy, will prosper:

[7.9] Those whose scale will be light, will be their souls in perdition, for

that they wrongfully treated Our signs.

[7.10] It is We Who have placed you with authority on earth, and provided you

therein with means for the fulfilment of your life: small are the thanks that ye

give!

[7.11] It is We Who created you and gave you shape; then We bade the angels

prostrate to Adam, and they prostrate; not so Iblis; He refused to be of those

who prostrate.

[7.12] (Allah) said: "What prevented thee from prostrating when I commanded

thee?" He said: "I am better than he: Thou didst create me from fire, and him

from clay."

[7.13] (Allah) said: "Get thee down from this: it is not for thee to be

arrogant here: get out, for thou art of the meanest (of creatures)."

[7.14] He said: "Give me respite till the day they are raised up."

[7.15] (Allah) said: "Be thou among those who have respite."

[7.16] He said: "Because thou hast thrown me out of the way, lo! I will lie

in wait for them on thy straight way:

[7.17] "Then will I assault them from before them and behind them, from their

right and their left: Nor wilt thou find, in most of them, gratitude (for thy

mercies)."

[7.18] (Allah) said: "Get out from this, disgraced and expelled. If any of

them follow thee,- Hell will I fill with you all.

[7.19] "O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden, and enjoy (its good

things) as ye wish: but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and

transgression."

[7.20] Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly

before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before): he said:

"Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such

beings as live for ever."

[7.21] And he swore to them both, that he was their sincere adviser.

[7.22] So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted of the

tree, their shame became manifest to them, and they began to sew together the

leaves of the garden over their bodies. And their Lord called unto them: "Did I

not forbid you that tree, and tell you that Satan was an avowed enemy unto you?"

[7.23] They said: "Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: If thou forgive

us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be lost."

[7.24] (Allah) said: "Get ye down. With enmity between yourselves. On earth

will be your dwelling-place and your means of livelihood,- for a time."

[7.25] He said: "Therein shall ye live, and therein shall ye die; but from it

shall ye be taken out (at last)."

[7.26] O ye Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover your

shame, as well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness,-

that is the best. Such are among the Signs of Allah, that they may receive

admonition!

[7.27] O ye Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you, in the same manner as

He got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to

expose their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where ye

cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith.

[7.28] When they do aught that is shameful, they say: "We found our fathers

doing so"; and "Allah commanded us thus": Say: "Nay, Allah never commands what

is shameful: do ye say of Allah what ye know not?"

[7.29] Say: "My Lord hath commanded justice; and that ye set your whole

selves (to Him) at every time and place of prayer, and call upon Him, making

your devotion sincere as in His sight: such as He created you in the beginning,

so shall ye return."

[7.30] Some He hath guided: Others have (by their choice) deserved the loss

of their way; in that they took the evil ones, in preference to Allah, for their

friends and protectors, and think that they receive guidance.

[7.31] O Children of Adam! wear your beautiful apparel at every time and

place of prayer: eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not

the wasters.

[7.32] Say: Who hath forbidden the beautiful (gifts) of Allah, which He hath

produced for His servants, and the things, clean and pure, (which He hath

provided) for sustenance? Say: They are, in the life of this world, for those

who believe, (and) purely for them on the Day of Judgment. Thus do We explain

the signs in detail for those who understand.

[7.33] Say: the things that my Lord hath indeed forbidden are: shameful

deeds, whether open or secret; sins and trespasses against truth or reason;

assigning of partners to Allah, for which He hath given no authority; and saying

things about Allah of which ye have no knowledge.

[7.34] To every people is a term appointed: when their term is reached, not

an hour can they cause delay, nor (an hour) can they advance (it in

anticipation).

[7.35] O ye Children of Adam! whenever there come to you messengers from

amongst you, rehearsing My signs unto you,- those who are righteous and mend

(their lives),- on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.

[7.36] But those who reject Our signs and treat them with arrogance,- they

are companions of the Fire, to dwell therein (for ever).

[7.37] Who is more unjust than one who invents a lie against Allah or rejects

His Signs? For such, their portion appointed must reach them from the Book (of

decrees): until, when our messengers (of death) arrive and take their souls,

they say: "Where are the things that ye used to invoke besides Allah?" They will

reply, "They have left us in the lurch," And they will bear witness against

themselves, that they had rejected Allah.

[7.38] He will say: "Enter ye in the company of the peoples who passed away

before you - men and jinns, - into the Fire." Every time a new people enters, it

curses its sister-people (that went before), until they follow each other, all

into the Fire. Saith the last about the first: "Our Lord! it is these that

misled us: so give them a double penalty in the Fire." He will say: "Doubled for

all" : but this ye do not understand.

[7.39] Then the first will say to the last: "See then! No advantage have ye

over us; so taste ye of the penalty for all that ye did !"

[7.40] To those who reject Our signs and treat them with arrogance, no

opening will there be of the gates of heaven, nor will they enter the garden,

until the camel can pass through the eye of the needle: Such is Our reward for

those in sin.

[7.41] For them there is Hell, as a couch (below) and folds and folds of

covering above: such is Our requital of those who do wrong.

[7.42] But those who believe and work righteousness,- no burden do We place

on any soul, but that which it can bear,- they will be Companions of the Garden,

therein to dwell (for ever).

[7.43] And We shall remove from their hearts any lurking sense of injury;-

beneath them will be rivers flowing;- and they shall say: "Praise be to Allah,

who hath guided us to this (felicity): never could we have found guidance, had

it not been for the guidance of Allah: indeed it was the truth, that the

messengers of our Lord brought unto us." And they shall hear the cry: "Behold!

the garden before you! Ye have been made its inheritors, for your deeds (of

righteousness)."

[7.44] The Companions of the Garden will call out to the Companions of the

Fire: "We have indeed found the promises of our Lord to us true: Have you also

found Your Lord's promises true?" They shall say, "Yes"; but a crier shall

proclaim between them: "The curse of Allah is on the wrong-doers;-

[7.45] "Those who would hinder (men) from the path of Allah and would seek in

it something crooked: they were those who denied the Hereafter."

[7.46] Between them shall be a veil, and on the heights will be men who would

know every one by his marks: they will call out to the Companions of the Garden,

"peace on you": they will not have entered, but they will have an assurance

(thereof).

[7.47] When their eyes shall be turned towards the Companions of the Fire,

they will say: "Our Lord! send us not to the company of the wrong-doers."

[7.48] The men on the heights will call to certain men whom they will know

from their marks, saying: "Of what profit to you were your hoards and your

arrogant ways?

[7.49] "Behold! are these not the men whom you swore that Allah with His

Mercy would never bless? Enter ye the Garden: no fear shall be on you, nor shall

ye grieve."

[7.50] The Companions of the Fire will call to the Companions of the Garden:

"Pour down to us water or anything that Allah doth provide for your sustenance."

They will say: "Both these things hath Allah forbidden to those who rejected

Him."

[7.51] "Such as took their religion to be mere amusement and play, and were

deceived by the life of the world." That day shall We forget them as they forgot

the meeting of this day of theirs, and as they were wont to reject Our signs.

[7.52] For We had certainly sent unto them a Book, based on knowledge, which

We explained in detail,- a guide and a mercy to all who believe.

[7.53] Do they just wait for the final fulfilment of the event? On the day

the event is finally fulfilled, those who disregarded it before will say: "The

messengers of our Lord did indeed bring true (tidings). Have we no intercessors

now to intercede on our behalf? Or could we be sent back? then should we behave

differently from our behaviour in the past." In fact they will have lost their

souls, and the things they invented will leave them in the lurch.

[7.54] Your Guardian-Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in

six days, and is firmly established on the throne (of authority): He draweth the

night as a veil o'er the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession: He

created the sun, the moon, and the stars, (all) governed by laws under His

command. Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be Allah, the Cherisher

and Sustainer of the worlds!

[7.55] Call on your Lord with humility and in private: for Allah loveth not

those who trespass beyond bounds.

[7.56] Do no mischief on the earth, after it hath been set in order, but call

on Him with fear and longing (in your hearts): for the Mercy of Allah is

(always) near to those who do good.

[7.57] It is He Who sendeth the winds like heralds of glad tidings, going

before His mercy: when they have carried the heavy-laden clouds, We drive them

to a land that is dead, make rain to descend thereon, and produce every kind of

harvest therewith: thus shall We raise up the dead: perchance ye may remember.

[7.58] From the land that is clean and good, by the will of its Cherisher,

springs up produce, (rich) after its kind: but from the land that is bad,

springs up nothing but that which is niggardly: thus do we explain the signs by

various (symbols) to those who are grateful.

[7.59] We sent Noah to his people. He said: "O my people! worship Allah! ye

have no other god but Him. I fear for you the punishment of a dreadful day!

[7.60] The leaders of his people said: "Ah! we see thee evidently wandering

(in mind)."

[7.61] He said: "O my people! No wandering is there in my (mind): on the

contrary I am a messenger from the Lord and Cherisher of the worlds!

[7.62] "I but fulfil towards you the duties of my Lord's mission: Sincere is

my advice to you, and I know from Allah something that ye know not.

[7.63] "Do ye wonder that there hath come to you a message from your Lord,

through a man of your own people, to warn you,- so that ye may fear Allah and

haply receive His Mercy?"

[7.64] But they rejected him, and We delivered him, and those with him, in

the Ark: but We overwhelmed in the flood those who rejected Our signs. They were

indeed a blind people!

[7.65] To the 'Ad people, (We sent) Hud, one of their (own) brethren: He

said: O my people! worship Allah! ye have no other god but Him will ye not fear

(Allah)?"

[7.66] The leaders of the Unbelievers among his people said: "Ah! we see thou

art an imbecile!" and "We think thou art a liar!"

[7.67] He said: "O my people! I am no imbecile, but (I am) a messenger from

the Lord and Cherisher of the worlds!

[7.68] "I but fulfil towards you the duties of my Lord's mission: I am to you

a sincere and trustworthy adviser.

[7.69] "Do ye wonder that there hath come to you a message from your Lord

through a man of your own people, to warn you? call in remembrance that He made

you inheritors after the people of Noah, and gave you a stature tall among the

nations. Call in remembrance the benefits (ye have received) from Allah: that so

ye may prosper."

[7.70] They said: "Comest thou to us, that we may worship Allah alone, and

give up the cult of our fathers? bring us what thou threatenest us with, if so

be that thou tellest the truth!"

[7.71] He said: "Punishment and wrath have already come upon you from your

Lord: dispute ye with me over names which ye have devised - ye and your

fathers,- without authority from Allah? then wait: I am amongst you, also

waiting."

[7.72] We saved him and those who adhered to him. By Our mercy, and We cut

off the roots of those who rejected Our signs and did not believe.

[7.73] To the Thamud people (We sent) Salih, one of their own brethren: He

said: "O my people! worship Allah: ye have no other god but Him. Now hath come

unto you a clear (Sign) from your Lord! This she-camel of Allah is a Sign unto

you: So leave her to graze in Allah's earth, and let her come to no harm, or ye

shall be seized with a grievous punishment.

[7.74] "And remember how He made you inheritors after the 'Ad people and gave

you habitations in the land: ye build for yourselves palaces and castles in

(open) plains, and care out homes in the mountains; so bring to remembrance the

benefits (ye have received) from Allah, and refrain from evil and mischief on

the earth."

[7.75] The leaders of the arrogant party among his people said to those who

were reckoned powerless - those among them who believed: "know ye indeed that

Salih is a messenger from his Lord?" They said: "We do indeed believe in the

revelation which hath been sent through him."

[7.76] The Arrogant party said: "For our part, we reject what ye believe in."

[7.77] Then they ham-strung the she-camel, and insolently defied the order of

their Lord, saying: "O Salih! bring about thy threats, if thou art a messenger

(of Allah)!"

[7.78] So the earthquake took them unawares, and they lay prostrate in their

homes in the morning!

[7.79] So Salih left them, saying: "O my people! I did indeed convey to you

the message for which I was sent by my Lord: I gave you good counsel, but ye

love not good counsellors!"

[7.80] We also (sent) Lut: He said to his people: "Do ye commit lewdness such

as no people in creation (ever) committed before you?

[7.81] "For ye practise your lusts on men in preference to women : ye are

indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds."

[7.82] And his people gave no answer but this: they said, "Drive them out of

your city: these are indeed men who want to be clean and pure!"

[7.83] But we saved him and his family, except his wife: she was of those who

legged behind.

[7.84] And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): Then see what was

the end of those who indulged in sin and crime!

[7.85] To the Madyan people We sent Shu'aib, one of their own brethren: he

said: "O my people! worship Allah; Ye have no other god but Him. Now hath come

unto you a clear (Sign) from your Lord! Give just measure and weight, nor

withhold from the people the things that are their due; and do no mischief on

the earth after it has been set in order: that will be best for you, if ye have

Faith.

[7.86] "And squat not on every road, breathing threats, hindering from the

path of Allah those who believe in Him, and seeking in it something crooked; But

remember how ye were little, and He gave you increase. And hold in your mind's

eye what was the end of those who did mischief.

[7.87] "And if there is a party among you who believes in the message with

which I have been sent, and a party which does not believe, hold yourselves in

patience until Allah doth decide between us: for He is the best to decide.

[7.88] The leaders, the arrogant party among his people, said: "O Shu'aib! we

shall certainly drive thee out of our city - (thee) and those who believe with

thee; or else ye (thou and they) shall have to return to our ways and religion."

He said: "What! even though we do detest (them)?

[7.89] "We should indeed invent a lie against Allah, if we returned to your

ways after Allah hath rescued us therefrom; nor could we by any manner of means

return thereto unless it be as in the will and plan of Allah, Our Lord. Our Lord

can reach out to the utmost recesses of things by His knowledge. In the Allah is

our trust. our Lord! decide Thou between us and our people in truth, for Thou

art the best to decide."

[7.90] The leaders, the unbelievers among his people, said: "If ye follow

Shu'aib, be sure then ye are ruined!"

[7.91] But the earthquake took them unawares, and they lay prostrate in their

homes before the morning!

[7.92] The men who reject Shu'aib became as if they had never been in the

homes where they had flourished: the men who rejected Shu'aib - it was they who

were ruined!

[7.93] So Shu'aib left them, saying: "O my people! I did indeed convey to you

the messages for which I was sent by my Lord: I gave you good counsel, but how

shall I lament over a people who refuse to believe!"

[7.94] Whenever We sent a prophet to a town, We took up its people in

suffering and adversity, in order that they might learn humility.

[7.95] Then We changed their suffering into prosperity, until they grew and

multiplied, and began to say: "Our fathers (too) were touched by suffering and

affluence" ... Behold! We called them to account of a sudden, while they

realised not (their peril).

[7.96] If the people of the towns had but believed and feared Allah, We

should indeed have opened out to them (All kinds of) blessings from heaven and

earth; but they rejected (the truth), and We brought them to book for their

misdeeds.

[7.97] Did the people of the towns feel secure against the coming of Our

wrath by night while they were asleep?

[7.98] Or else did they feel secure against its coming in broad daylight

while they played about (care-free)?

[7.99] Did they then feel secure against the plan of Allah?- but no one can

feel secure from the Plan of Allah, except those (doomed) to ruin!

[7.100] To those who inherit the earth in succession to its (previous)

possessors, is it not a guiding, (lesson) that, if We so willed, We could punish

them (too) for their sins, and seal up their hearts so that they could not hear?

[7.101] Such were the towns whose story We (thus) relate unto thee: There came

indeed to them their messengers with clear (signs): But they would not believe

what they had rejected before. Thus doth Allah seal up the hearts of those who

reject faith.

[7.102] Most of them We found not men (true) to their covenant: but most of

them We found rebellious and disobedient.

[7.103] Then after them We sent Moses with Our signs to Pharaoh and his

chiefs, but they wrongfully rejected them: So see what was the end of those who

made mischief.

[7.104] Moses said: "O Pharaoh! I am a messenger from the Lord of the worlds,-

[7.105] One for whom it is right to say nothing but truth about Allah. Now

have I come unto you (people), from your Lord, with a clear (Sign): So let the

Children of Israel depart along with me."

[7.106] (Pharaoh) said: "If indeed thou hast come with a Sign, show it forth,-

if thou tellest the truth."

[7.107] Then (Moses) threw his rod, and behold! it was a serpent, plain (for

all to see)!

[7.108] And he drew out his hand, and behold! it was white to all beholders!

[7.109] Said the Chiefs of the people of Pharaoh: "This is indeed a sorcerer

well-versed.

[7.110] "His plan is to get you out of your land: then what is it ye counsel?"

[7.111] They said: "Keep him and his brother in suspense (for a while); and

send to the cities men to collect-

[7.112] And bring up to thee all (our) sorcerers well-versed."

[7.113] So there came the sorcerers to Pharaoh: They said, "of course we shall

have a (suitable) reward if we win!"

[7.114] He said: "Yea, (and more),- for ye shall in that case be (raised to

posts) nearest (to my person)."

[7.115] They said: "O Moses! wilt thou throw (first), or shall we have the

(first) throw?"

[7.116] Said Moses: "Throw ye (first)." So when they threw, they bewitched the

eyes of the people, and struck terror into them: for they showed a great (feat

of) magic.

[7.117] We put it into Moses's mind by inspiration: "Throw (now) thy rod":and

behold! it swallows up straight away all the falsehoods which they fake!

[7.118] Thus truth was confirmed, and all that they did was made of no effect.

[7.119] So the (great ones) were vanquished there and then, and were made to

look small.

[7.120] But the sorcerers fell down prostrate in adoration.

[7.121] Saying: "We believe in the Lord of the Worlds,-

[7.122] "The Lord of Moses and Aaron."

[7.123] Said Pharaoh: "Believe ye in Him before I give you permission? Surely

this is a trick which ye have planned in the city to drive out its people: but

soon shall ye know (the consequences).

[7.124] "Be sure I will cut off your hands and your feet on apposite sides,

and I will cause you all to die on the cross."

[7.125] They said: "For us, We are but sent back unto our Lord:

[7.126] "But thou dost wreak thy vengeance on us simply because we believed in

the Signs of our Lord when they reached us! Our Lord! pour out on us patience

and constancy, and take our souls unto thee as Muslims (who bow to thy will)!

[7.127] Said the chiefs of Pharaoh's people: "Wilt thou leave Moses and his

people, to spread mischief in the land, and to abandon thee and thy gods?" He

said: "Their male children will we slay; (only) their females will we save

alive; and we have over them (power) irresistible."

[7.128] Said Moses to his people: "Pray for help from Allah, and (wait) in

patience and constancy: for the earth is Allah's, to give as a heritage to such

of His servants as He pleaseth; and the end is (best) for the righteous.

[7.129] They said: "We have had (nothing but) trouble, both before and after

thou camest to us." He said: "It may be that your Lord will destroy your enemy

and make you inheritors in the earth; that so He may try you by your deeds."

[7.130] We punished the people of Pharaoh with years (of droughts) and

shortness of crops; that they might receive admonition.

[7.131] But when good (times) came, they said, "This is due to us;" When

gripped by calamity, they ascribed it to evil omens connected with Moses and

those with him! Behold! in truth the omens of evil are theirs in Allah's sight,

but most of them do not understand!

[7.132] They said (to Moses): "Whatever be the Signs thou bringest, to work

therewith thy sorcery on us, we shall never believe in thee.

[7.133] So We sent (plagues) on them: Wholesale death, Locusts, Lice, Frogs,

And Blood: Signs openly self-explained: but they were steeped in arrogance,- a

people given to sin.

[7.134] Every time the penalty fell on them, they said: "O Moses! on your

behalf call on thy Lord in virtue of his promise to thee: If thou wilt remove

the penalty from us, we shall truly believe in thee, and we shall send away the

Children of Israel with thee."

[7.135] But every time We removed the penalty from them according to a fixed

term which they had to fulfil,- Behold! they broke their word!

[7.136] So We exacted retribution from them: We drowned them in the sea,

because they rejected Our Signs and failed to take warning from them.

[7.137] And We made a people, considered weak (and of no account), inheritors

of lands in both east and west, - lands whereon We sent down Our blessings. The

fair promise of thy Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel, because they

had patience and constancy, and We levelled to the ground the great works and

fine buildings which Pharaoh and his people erected (with such pride).

[7.138] We took the Children of Israel (with safety) across the sea. They came

upon a people devoted entirely to some idols they had. They said: "O Moses!

fashion for us a god like unto the gods they have." He said: "Surely ye are a

people without knowledge.

[7.139] "As to these folk,- the cult they are in is (but) a fragment of a

ruin, and vain is the (worship) which they practise."

[7.140] He said: "Shall I seek for you a god other than the (true) Allah, when

it is Allah Who hath endowed you with gifts above the nations?"

[7.141] And remember We rescued you from Pharaoh's people, who afflicted you

with the worst of penalties, who slew your male children and saved alive your

females: in that was a momentous trial from your Lord.

[7.142] We appointed for Moses thirty nights, and completed (the period) with

ten (more): thus was completed the term (of communion) with his Lord, forty

nights. And Moses had charged his brother Aaron (before he went up): "Act for me

amongst my people: Do right, and follow not the way of those who do mischief."

[7.143] When Moses came to the place appointed by Us, and his Lord addressed

him, He said: "O my Lord! show (Thyself) to me, that I may look upon thee."

Allah said: "By no means canst thou see Me (direct); But look upon the mount; if

it abide in its place, then shalt thou see Me." When his Lord manifested His

glory on the Mount, He made it as dust. And Moses fell down in a swoon. When he

recovered his senses he said: "Glory be to Thee! to Thee I turn in repentance,

and I am the first to believe."

[7.144] (Allah) said: "O Moses! I have chosen thee above (other) men, by the

mission I (have given thee) and the words I (have spoken to thee): take then the

(revelation) which I give thee, and be of those who give thanks."

[7.145] And We ordained laws for him in the tablets in all matters, both

commanding and explaining all things, (and said): "Take and hold these with

firmness, and enjoin thy people to hold fast by the best in the precepts: soon

shall I show you the homes of the wicked,- (How they lie desolate)."

[7.146] Those who behave arrogantly on the earth in defiance of right - them

will I turn away from My signs: Even if they see all the signs, they will not

believe in them; and if they see the way of right conduct, they will not adopt

it as the way; but if they see the way of error, that is the way they will

adopt. For they have rejected our signs, and failed to take warning from them.

[7.147] Those who reject Our signs and the meeting in the Hereafter,- vain are

their deeds: Can they expect to be rewarded except as they have wrought?

[7.148] The people of Moses made, in his absence, out of their ornaments, the

image of calf, (for worship): it seemed to low: did they not see that it could

neither speak to them, nor show them the way? They took it for worship and they

did wrong.

[7.149] When they repented, and saw that they had erred, they said: "If our

Lord have not mercy upon us and forgive us, we shall indeed be of those who

perish."

[7.150] When Moses came back to his people, angry and grieved, he said: "Evil

it is that ye have done in my place in my absence: did ye make haste to bring on

the judgment of your Lord?" He put down the tablets, seized his brother by (the

hair of) his head, and dragged him to him. Aaron said: "Son of my mother! the

people did indeed reckon me as naught, and went near to slaying me! Make not the

enemies rejoice over my misfortune, nor count thou me amongst the people of

sin."

[7.151] Moses prayed: "O my Lord! forgive me and my brother! admit us to Thy

mercy! for Thou art the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!"

[7.152] Those who took the calf (for worship) will indeed be overwhelmed with

wrath from their Lord, and with shame in this life: thus do We recompense those

who invent (falsehoods).

[7.153] But those who do wrong but repent thereafter and (truly) believe,-

verily thy Lord is thereafter Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[7.154] When the anger of Moses was appeased, he took up the tablets: in the

writing thereon was guidance and Mercy for such as fear their Lord.

[7.155] And Moses chose seventy of his people for Our place of meeting: when

they were seized with violent quaking, he prayed: "O my Lord! if it had been Thy

will Thou couldst have destroyed, long before, both them and me: wouldst Thou

destroy us for the deeds of the foolish ones among us? this is no more than Thy

trial: by it Thou causest whom Thou wilt to stray, and Thou leadest whom Thou

wilt into the right path. Thou art our Protector: so forgive us and give us Thy

mercy; for Thou art the best of those who forgive.

[7.156] "And ordain for us that which is good, in this life and in the

Hereafter: for we have turned unto Thee." He said: "With My punishment I visit

whom I will; but My mercy extendeth to all things. That (mercy) I shall ordain

for those who do right, and practise regular charity, and those who believe in

Our signs;-

[7.157] "Those who follow the messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they

find mentioned in their own (scriptures),- in the law and the Gospel;- for he

commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as

lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure);

He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them.

So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light

which is sent down with him,- it is they who will prosper."

[7.158] Say: "O men! I am sent unto you all, as the Messenger of Allah, to

Whom belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no god but

He: it is He That giveth both life and death. So believe in Allah and His

Messenger, the Unlettered Prophet, who believeth in Allah and His words: follow

him that (so) ye may be guided."

[7.159] Of the people of Moses there is a section who guide and do justice in

the light of truth.

[7.160] We divided them into twelve tribes or nations. We directed Moses by

inspiration, when his (thirsty) people asked him for water: "Strike the rock

with thy staff": out of it there gushed forth twelve springs: Each group knew

its own place for water. We gave them the shade of clouds, and sent down to them

manna and quails, (saying): "Eat of the good things We have provided for you":

(but they rebelled); to Us they did no harm, but they harmed their own souls.

[7.161] And remember it was said to them: "Dwell in this town and eat therein

as ye wish, but say the word of humility and enter the gate in a posture of

humility: We shall forgive you your faults; We shall increase (the portion of)

those who do good."

[7.162] But the transgressors among them changed the word from that which had

been given them so we sent on them a plague from heaven. For that they

repeatedly transgressed.

[7.163] Ask them concerning the town standing close by the sea. Behold! they

transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath. For on the day of their Sabbath their

fish did come to them, openly holding up their heads, but on the day they had no

Sabbath, they came not: thus did We make a trial of them, for they were given to

transgression.

[7.164] When some of them said: "Why do ye preach to a people whom Allah will

destroy or visit with a terrible punishment?"- said the preachers:" To discharge

our duty to your Lord, and perchance they may fear Him."

[7.165] When they disregarded the warnings that had been given them, We

rescued those who forbade Evil; but We visited the wrong-doers with a grievous

punishment because they were given to transgression.

[7.166] When in their insolence they transgressed (all) prohibitions, We said

to them: "Be ye apes, despised and rejected."

[7.167] Behold! thy Lord did declare that He would send against them, to the

Day of Judgment, those who would afflict them with grievous penalty. Thy Lord is

quick in retribution, but He is also Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[7.168] We broke them up into sections on this earth. There are among them

some that are the righteous, and some that are the opposite. We have tried them

with both prosperity and adversity: In order that they might turn (to us).

[7.169] After them succeeded an (evil) generation: They inherited the Book,

but they chose (for themselves) the vanities of this world, saying (for excuse):

"(Everything) will be forgiven us." (Even so), if similar vanities came their

way, they would (again) seize them. Was not the covenant of the Book taken from

them, that they would not ascribe to Allah anything but the truth? and they

study what is in the Book. But best for the righteous is the home in the

Hereafter. Will ye not understand?

[7.170] As to those who hold fast by the Book and establish regular prayer,-

never shall We suffer the reward of the righteous to perish.

[7.171] When We shook the Mount over them, as if it had been a canopy, and

they thought it was going to fall on them (We said): "Hold firmly to what We

have given you, and bring (ever) to remembrance what is therein; perchance ye

may fear Allah."

[7.172] When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins

- their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): "Am

I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?"- They said: "Yea! We do

testify!" (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: "Of this we were

never mindful":

[7.173] Or lest ye should say: "Our fathers before us may have taken false

gods, but we are (their) descendants after them: wilt Thou then destroy us

because of the deeds of men who were futile?"

[7.174] Thus do We explain the signs in detail; and perchance they may turn

(unto Us).

[7.175] Relate to them the story of the man to whom We sent Our signs, but he

passed them by: so Satan followed him up, and he went astray.

[7.176] If it had been Our will, We should have elevated him with Our signs;

but he inclined to the earth, and followed his own vain desires. His similitude

is that of a dog: if you attack him, he lolls out his tongue, or if you leave

him alone, he (still) lolls out his tongue. That is the similitude of those who

reject Our signs; So relate the story; perchance they may reflect.

[7.177] Evil as an example are people who reject Our signs and wrong their own

souls.

[7.178] Whom Allah doth guide,- he is on the right path: whom He rejects from

His guidance,- such are the persons who perish.

[7.179] Many are the Jinns and men we have made for Hell: They have hearts

wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith

they hear not. They are like cattle,- nay more misguided: for they are heedless

(of warning).

[7.180] The most beautiful names belong to Allah: so call on him by them; but

shun such men as use profanity in his names: for what they do, they will soon be

requited.

[7.181] Of those We have created are people who direct (others) with truth.

And dispense justice therewith.

[7.182] Those who reject Our signs, We shall gradually visit with punishment,

in ways they perceive not;

[7.183] Respite will I grant unto them: for My scheme is strong (and

unfailing).

[7.184] Do they not reflect? Their companion is not seized with madness: he is

but a perspicuous warner.

[7.185] Do they see nothing in the government of the heavens and the earth and

all that Allah hath created? (Do they not see) that it may well be that their

terms is nigh drawing to an end? In what message after this will they then

believe?

[7.186] To such as Allah rejects from His guidance, there can be no guide: He

will leave them in their trespasses, wandering in distraction.

[7.187] They ask thee about the (final) Hour - when will be its appointed

time? Say: "The knowledge thereof is with my Lord (alone): None but He can

reveal as to when it will occur. Heavy were its burden through the heavens and

the earth. Only, all of a sudden will it come to you." They ask thee as if thou

Wert eager in search thereof: Say: "The knowledge thereof is with Allah (alone),

but most men know not."

[7.188] Say: "I have no power over any good or harm to myself except as Allah

willeth. If I had knowledge of the unseen, I should have multiplied all good,

and no evil should have touched me: I am but a warner, and a bringer of glad

tidings to those who have faith."

[7.189] It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate of

like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love). When they are

united, she bears a light burden and carries it about (unnoticed). When she

grows heavy, they both pray to Allah their Lord, (saying): "If Thou givest us a

goodly child, we vow we shall (ever) be grateful."

[7.190] But when He giveth them a goodly child, they ascribe to others a share

in the gift they have received: but Allah is exalted high above the partners

they ascribe to Him.

[7.191] Do they indeed ascribe to Him as partners things that can create

nothing, but are themselves created?

[7.192] No aid can they give them, nor can they aid themselves!

[7.193] If ye call them to guidance, they will not obey: For you it is the

same whether ye call them or ye hold your peace!

[7.194] Verily those whom ye call upon besides Allah are servants like unto

you: Call upon them, and let them listen to your prayer, if ye are (indeed)

truthful!

[7.195] Have they feet to walk with? Or hands to lay hold with? Or eyes to see

with? Or ears to hear with? Say: "Call your 'god-partners', scheme (your worst)

against me, and give me no respite!

[7.196] "For my Protector is Allah, Who revealed the Book (from time to time),

and He will choose and befriend the righteous.

[7.197] "But those ye call upon besides Him, are unable to help you, and

indeed to help themselves."

[7.198] If thou callest them to guidance, they hear not. Thou wilt see them

looking at thee, but they see not.

[7.199] Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; But turn away from the

ignorant.

[7.200] If a suggestion from Satan assail thy (mind), seek refuge with Allah;

for He heareth and knoweth (all things).

[7.201] Those who fear Allah, when a thought of evil from Satan assaults them,

bring Allah to remembrance, when lo! they see (aright)!

[7.202] But their brethren (the evil ones) plunge them deeper into error, and

never relax (their efforts).

[7.203] If thou bring them not a revelation, they say: "Why hast thou not got

it together?" Say: "I but follow what is revealed to me from my Lord: this is

(nothing but) lights from your Lord, and Guidance, and mercy, for any who have

faith."

[7.204] When the Qur'an is read, listen to it with attention, and hold your

peace: that ye may receive Mercy.

[7.205] And do thou (O reader!) Bring thy Lord to remembrance in thy (very)

soul, with humility and in reverence, without loudness in words, in the mornings

and evenings; and be not thou of those who are unheedful.

[7.206] Those who are near to thy Lord, disdain not to do Him worship: They

celebrate His praises, and prostrate before Him.

 

@AL-ANFAL (SPOILS OF WAR)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[8.1] They ask thee concerning (things taken as) spoils of war. Say: "(such)

spoils are at the disposal of Allah and the Messenger: So fear Allah, and keep

straight the relations between yourselves: Obey Allah and His Messenger, if ye

do believe."

[8.2] For, Believers are those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor

in their hearts, and when they hear His signs rehearsed, find their faith

strengthened, and put (all) their trust in their Lord;

[8.3] Who establish regular prayers and spend (freely) out of the gifts We

have given them for sustenance:

[8.4] Such in truth are the believers: they have grades of dignity with

their Lord, and forgiveness, and generous sustenance:

[8.5] Just as thy Lord ordered thee out of thy house in truth, even though a

party among the Believers disliked it,

[8.6] Disputing with thee concerning the truth after it was made manifest,

as if they were being driven to death and they (actually) saw it.

[8.7] Behold! Allah promised you one of the two (enemy) parties, that it

should be yours: Ye wished that the one unarmed should be yours, but Allah

willed to justify the Truth according to His words and to cut off the roots of

the Unbelievers;-

[8.8] That He might justify Truth and prove Falsehood false, distasteful

though it be to those in guilt.

[8.9] Remember ye implored the assistance of your Lord, and He answered you:

"I will assist you with a thousand of the angels, ranks on ranks."

[8.10] Allah made it but a message of hope, and an assurance to your hearts:

(in any case) there is no help except from Allah: and Allah is Exalted in Power,

Wise.

[8.11] Remember He covered you with a sort of drowsiness, to give you calm as

from Himself, and he caused rain to descend on you from heaven, to clean you

therewith, to remove from you the stain of Satan, to strengthen your hearts, and

to plant your feet firmly therewith.

[8.12] Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): "I am with

you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the

Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off

them."

[8.13] This because they contended against Allah and His Messenger: If any

contend against Allah and His Messenger, Allah is strict in punishment.

[8.14] Thus (will it be said): "Taste ye then of the (punishment): for those

who resist Allah, is the penalty of the Fire."

[8.15] O ye who believe! when ye meet the Unbelievers in hostile array, never

turn your backs to them.

[8.16] If any do turn his back to them on such a day - unless it be in a

stratagem of war, or to retreat to a troop (of his own)- he draws on himself the

wrath of Allah, and his abode is Hell,- an evil refuge (indeed)!

[8.17] It is not ye who slew them; it was Allah: when thou threwest (a

handful of dust), it was not thy act, but Allah's: in order that He might test

the Believers by a gracious trial from Himself: for Allah is He Who heareth and

knoweth (all things).

[8.18] That, and also because Allah is He Who makes feeble the plans and

stratagem of the Unbelievers.

[8.19] (O Unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment, now hath the

judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong), it will be best for you: if ye

return (to the attack), so shall We. Not the least good will your forces be to

you even if they were multiplied: for verily Allah is with those who believe!

[8.20] O ye who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger, and turn not away from

him when ye hear (him speak).

[8.21] Nor be like those who say, "We hear," but listen not:

[8.22] For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are the deaf and the

dumb,- those who understand not.

[8.23] If Allah had found in them any good. He would indeed have made them

listen: (As it is), if He had made them listen, they would but have turned back

and declined (Faith).

[8.24] O ye who believe! give your response to Allah and His Messenger, when

He calleth you to that which will give you life; and know that Allah cometh in

between a man and his heart, and that it is He to Whom ye shall (all) be

gathered.

[8.25] And fear tumult or oppression, which affecteth not in particular

(only) those of you who do wrong: and know that Allah is strict in punishment.

[8.26] Call to mind when ye were a small (band), despised through the land,

and afraid that men might despoil and kidnap you; But He provided a safe asylum

for you, strengthened you with His aid, and gave you Good things for sustenance:

that ye might be grateful.

[8.27] O ye that believe! betray not the trust of Allah and the Messenger,

nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you.

[8.28] And know ye that your possessions and your progeny are but a trial;

and that it is Allah with Whom lies your highest reward.

[8.29] O ye who believe! if ye fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion (to

judge between right and wrong), remove from you (all) evil (that may afflict)

you, and forgive you: for Allah is the Lord of grace unbounded.

[8.30] Remember how the Unbelievers plotted against thee, to keep thee in

bonds, or slay thee, or get thee out (of thy home). They plot and plan, and

Allah too plans; but the best of planners is Allah.

[8.31] When Our Signs are rehearsed to them, they say: "We have heard this

(before): if we wished, we could say (words) like these: these are nothing but

tales of the ancients."

[8.32] Remember how they said: "O Allah if this is indeed the Truth from

Thee, rain down on us a shower of stones form the sky, or send us a grievous

penalty."

[8.33] But Allah was not going to send them a penalty whilst thou wast

amongst them; nor was He going to send it whilst they could ask for pardon.

[8.34] But what plea have they that Allah should not punish them, when they

keep out (men) from the sacred Mosque - and they are not its guardians? No men

can be its guardians except the righteous; but most of them do not understand.

[8.35] Their prayer at the House (of Allah) is nothing but whistling and

clapping of hands: (Its only answer can be), "Taste ye the penalty because ye

blasphemed."

[8.36] The Unbelievers spend their wealth to hinder (man) from the path of

Allah, and so will they continue to spend; but in the end they will have (only)

regrets and sighs; at length they will be overcome: and the Unbelievers will be

gathered together to Hell;-

[8.37] In order that Allah may separate the impure from the pure, put the

impure, one on another, heap them together, and cast them into Hell. They will

be the ones to have lost.

[8.38] Say to the Unbelievers, if (now) they desist (from Unbelief), their

past would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before

them is already (a matter of warning for them).

[8.39] And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and

there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere; but if they

cease, verily Allah doth see all that they do.

[8.40] If they refuse, be sure that Allah is your Protector - the best to

protect and the best to help.

[8.41] And know that out of all the booty that ye may acquire (in war), a

fifth share is assigned to Allah,- and to the Messenger, and to near relatives,

orphans, the needy, and the wayfarer,- if ye do believe in Allah and in the

revelation We sent down to Our servant on the Day of Testing,- the Day of the

meeting of the two forces. For Allah hath power over all things.

[8.42] Remember ye were on the hither side of the valley, and they on the

farther side, and the caravan on lower ground than ye. Even if ye had made a

mutual appointment to meet, ye would certainly have failed in the appointment:

But (thus ye met), that Allah might accomplish a matter already enacted; that

those who died might die after a clear Sign (had been given), and those who

lived might live after a Clear Sign (had been given). And verily Allah is He Who

heareth and knoweth (all things).

[8.43] Remember in thy dream Allah showed them to thee as few: if He had

shown them to thee as many, ye would surely have been discouraged, and ye would

surely have disputed in (your) decision; but Allah saved (you): for He knoweth

well the (secrets) of (all) hearts.

[8.44] And remember when ye met, He showed them to you as few in your eyes,

and He made you appear as contemptible in their eyes: that Allah might

accomplish a matter already enacted. For to Allah do all questions go back (for

decision).

[8.45] O ye who believe! When ye meet a force, be firm, and call Allah in

remembrance much (and often); that ye may prosper:

[8.46] And obey Allah and His Messenger; and fall into no disputes, lest ye

lose heart and your power depart; and be patient and persevering: For Allah is

with those who patiently persevere:

[8.47] And be not like those who started from their homes insolently and to

be seen of men, and to hinder (men) from the path of Allah: For Allah compasseth

round about all that they do.

[8.48] Remember Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them, and

said: "No one among men can overcome you this day, while I am near to you": But

when the two forces came in sight of each other, he turned on his heels, and

said: "Lo! I am clear of you; lo! I see what ye see not; Lo! I fear Allah: for

Allah is strict in punishment."

[8.49] Lo! the hypocrites say, and those in whose hearts is a disease: "These

people,- their religion has misled them." But if any trust in Allah, behold!

Allah is Exalted in might, Wise.

[8.50] If thou couldst see, when the angels take the souls of the Unbelievers

(at death), (How) they smite their faces and their backs, (saying): "Taste the

penalty of the blazing Fire-

[8.51] "Because of (the deeds) which your (own) hands sent forth; for Allah

is never unjust to His servants:

[8.52] "(Deeds) after the manner of the people of Pharaoh and of those before

them: They rejected the Signs of Allah, and Allah punished them for their

crimes: for Allah is Strong, and Strict in punishment:

[8.53] "Because Allah will never change the grace which He hath bestowed on a

people until they change what is in their (own) souls: and verily Allah is He

Who heareth and knoweth (all things)."

[8.54] (Deeds) after the manner of the people of Pharaoh and those before

them": They treated as false the Signs of their Lord: so We destroyed them for

their crimes, and We drowned the people of Pharaoh: for they were all oppressors

and wrong-doers.

[8.55] For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who reject

Him: They will not believe.

[8.56] They are those with whom thou didst make a covenant, but they break

their covenant every time, and they have not the fear (of Allah).

[8.57] If ye gain the mastery over them in war, disperse, with them, those

who follow them, that they may remember.

[8.58] If thou fearest treachery from any group, throw back (their covenant)

to them, (so as to be) on equal terms: for Allah loveth not the treacherous.

[8.59] Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the better (of the

godly): they will never frustrate (them).

[8.60] Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power,

including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of

Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah

doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto

you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.

[8.61] But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards

peace, and trust in Allah: for He is One that heareth and knoweth (all things).

[8.62] Should they intend to deceive thee,- verily Allah sufficeth thee: He

it is That hath strengthened thee with His aid and with (the company of) the

Believers;

[8.63] And (moreover) He hath put affection between their hearts: not if thou

hadst spent all that is in the earth, couldst thou have produced that affection,

but Allah hath done it: for He is Exalted in might, Wise.

[8.64] O Prophet! sufficient unto thee is Allah,- (unto thee) and unto those

who follow thee among the Believers.

[8.65] O Prophet! rouse the Believers to the fight. If there are twenty

amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred: if a

hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the Unbelievers: for these are a

people without understanding.

[8.66] For the present, Allah hath lightened your (task), for He knoweth that

there is a weak spot in you: But (even so), if there are a hundred of you,

patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred, and if a thousand, they

will vanquish two thousand, with the leave of Allah: for Allah is with those who

patiently persevere.

[8.67] It is not fitting for a prophet that he should have prisoners of war

until he hath thoroughly subdued the land. Ye look for the temporal goods of

this world; but Allah looketh to the Hereafter: And Allah is Exalted in might,

Wise.

[8.68] Had it not been for a previous ordainment from Allah, a severe penalty

would have reached you for the (ransom) that ye took.

[8.69] But (now) enjoy what ye took in war, lawful and good: but fear Allah:

for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[8.70] O Prophet! say to those who are captives in your hands: "If Allah

findeth any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has

been taken from you, and He will forgive you: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most

Merciful."

[8.71] But if they have treacherous designs against thee, (O Messenger!),

they have already been in treason against Allah, and so hath He given (thee)

power over them. And Allah so He Who hath (full) knowledge and wisdom.

[8.72] Those who believed, and adopted exile, and fought for the Faith, with

their property and their persons, in the cause of Allah, as well as those who

gave (them) asylum and aid,- these are (all) friends and protectors, one of

another. As to those who believed but came not into exile, ye owe no duty of

protection to them until they come into exile; but if they seek your aid in

religion, it is your duty to help them, except against a people with whom ye

have a treaty of mutual alliance. And (remember) Allah seeth all that ye do.

[8.73] The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this,

(protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great

mischief.

[8.74] Those who believe, and adopt exile, and fight for the Faith, in the

cause of Allah as well as those who give (them) asylum and aid,- these are (all)

in very truth the Believers: for them is the forgiveness of sins and a provision

most generous.

[8.75] And those who accept Faith subsequently, and adopt exile, and fight

for the Faith in your company,- they are of you. But kindred by blood have prior

rights against each other in the Book of Allah. Verily Allah is well-acquainted

with all things.

 

@AL-TAWBA, BARA'AH (REPENTANCE)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[9.1] A (declaration) of immunity from Allah and His Messenger, to those of

the Pagans with whom ye have contracted mutual alliances:-

[9.2] Go ye, then, for four months, backwards and forwards, (as ye will),

throughout the land, but know ye that ye cannot frustrate Allah (by your

falsehood) but that Allah will cover with shame those who reject Him.

[9.3] And an announcement from Allah and His Messenger, to the people

(assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage,- that Allah and His Messenger

dissolve (treaty) obligations with the Pagans. If then, ye repent, it were best

for you; but if ye turn away, know ye that ye cannot frustrate Allah. And

proclaim a grievous penalty to those who reject Faith.

[9.4] (But the treaties are) not dissolved with those Pagans with whom ye

have entered into alliance and who have not subsequently failed you in aught,

nor aided any one against you. So fulfil your engagements with them to the end

of their term: for Allah loveth the righteous.

[9.5] But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans

wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them

in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers

and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is

Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[9.6] If one amongst the Pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so

that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be

secure. That is because they are men without knowledge.

[9.7] How can there be a league, before Allah and His Messenger, with the

Pagans, except those with whom ye made a treaty near the sacred Mosque? As long

as these stand true to you, stand ye true to them: for Allah doth love the

righteous.

[9.8] How (can there be such a league), seeing that if they get an advantage

over you, they respect not in you the ties either of kinship or of covenant?

With (fair words from) their mouths they entice you, but their hearts are averse

from you; and most of them are rebellious and wicked.

[9.9] The Signs of Allah have they sold for a miserable price, and (many)

have they hindered from His way: evil indeed are the deeds they have done.

[9.10] In a Believer they respect not the ties either of kinship or of

covenant! It is they who have transgressed all bounds.

[9.11] But (even so), if they repent, establish regular prayers, and practise

regular charity,- they are your brethren in Faith: (thus) do We explain the

Signs in detail, for those who understand.

[9.12] But if they violate their oaths after their covenant, and taunt you

for your Faith,- fight ye the chiefs of Unfaith: for their oaths are nothing to

them: that thus they may be restrained.

[9.13] Will ye not fight people who violated their oaths, plotted to expel

the Messenger, and took the aggressive by being the first (to assault) you? Do

ye fear them? Nay, it is Allah Whom ye should more justly fear, if ye believe!

[9.14] Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with

shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers,

[9.15] And still the indignation of their hearts. For Allah will turn (in

mercy) to whom He will; and Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

[9.16] Or think ye that ye shall be abandoned, as though Allah did not know

those among you who strive with might and main, and take none for friends and

protectors except Allah, His Messenger, and the (community of) Believers? But

Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do.

[9.17] It is not for such as join gods with Allah, to visit or maintain the

mosques of Allah while they witness against their own souls to infidelity. The

works of such bear no fruit: In Fire shall they dwell.

[9.18] The mosques of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such as

believe in Allah and the Last Day, establish regular prayers, and practise

regular charity, and fear none (at all) except Allah. It is they who are

expected to be on true guidance.

[9.19] Do ye make the giving of drink to pilgrims, or the maintenance of the

Sacred Mosque, equal to (the pious service of) those who believe in Allah and

the Last Day, and strive with might and main in the cause of Allah? They are not

comparable in the sight of Allah: and Allah guides not those who do wrong.

[9.20] Those who believe, and suffer exile and strive with might and main, in

Allah's cause, with their goods and their persons, have the highest rank in the

sight of Allah: they are the people who will achieve (salvation).

[9.21] Their Lord doth give them glad tidings of a Mercy from Himself, of His

good pleasure, and of gardens for them, wherein are delights that endure:

[9.22] They will dwell therein for ever. Verily in Allah's presence is a

reward, the greatest (of all).

[9.23] O ye who believe! take not for protectors your fathers and your

brothers if they love infidelity above Faith: if any of you do so, they do

wrong.

[9.24] Say: If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates,

or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a

decline: or the dwellings in which ye delight - are dearer to you than Allah, or

His Messenger, or the striving in His cause;- then wait until Allah brings about

His decision: and Allah guides not the rebellious.

[9.25] Assuredly Allah did help you in many battle-fields and on the day of

Hunain: Behold! your great numbers elated you, but they availed you naught: the

land, for all that it is wide, did constrain you, and ye turned back in retreat.

[9.26] But Allah did pour His calm on the Messenger and on the Believers, and

sent down forces which ye saw not: He punished the Unbelievers; thus doth He

reward those without Faith.

[9.27] Again will Allah, after this, turn (in mercy) to whom He will: for

Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[9.28] O ye who believe! Truly the Pagans are unclean; so let them not, after

this year of theirs, approach the Sacred Mosque. And if ye fear poverty, soon

will Allah enrich you, if He wills, out of His bounty, for Allah is All-knowing,

All-wise.

[9.29] Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that

forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge

the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they

pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

[9.30] The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ

the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate

what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are

deluded away from the Truth!

[9.31] They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in

derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; yet

they were commanded to worship but One Allah: there is no god but He. Praise and

glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him).

[9.32] Fain would they extinguish Allah's light with their mouths, but Allah

will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the

Unbelievers may detest (it).

[9.33] It is He Who hath sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of

Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it).

[9.34] O ye who believe! there are indeed many among the priests and

anchorites, who in Falsehood devour the substance of men and hinder (them) from

the way of Allah. And there are those who bury gold and silver and spend it not

in the way of Allah: announce unto them a most grievous penalty-

[9.35] On the Day when heat will be produced out of that (wealth) in the fire

of Hell, and with it will be branded their foreheads, their flanks, and their

backs, their flanks, and their backs.- "This is the (treasure) which ye buried

for yourselves: taste ye, then, the (treasures) ye buried!"

[9.36] The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year)- so

ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are

sacred: that is the straight usage. So wrong not yourselves therein, and fight

the Pagans all together as they fight you all together. But know that Allah is

with those who restrain themselves.

[9.37] Verily the transposing (of a prohibited month) is an addition to

Unbelief: the Unbelievers are led to wrong thereby: for they make it lawful one

year, and forbidden another year, in order to adjust the number of months

forbidden by Allah and make such forbidden ones lawful. The evil of their course

seems pleasing to them. But Allah guideth not those who reject Faith.

[9.38] O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked

to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer

the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life,

as compared with the Hereafter.

[9.39] Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and

put others in your place; but Him ye would not harm in the least. For Allah hath

power over all things.

[9.40] If ye help not (your leader), (it is no matter): for Allah did indeed

help him, when the Unbelievers drove him out: he had no more than one companion;

they two were in the cave, and he said to his companion, "Have no fear, for

Allah is with us": then Allah sent down His peace upon him, and strengthened him

with forces which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word of the

Unbelievers. But the word of Allah is exalted to the heights: for Allah is

Exalted in might, Wise.

[9.41] Go ye forth, (whether equipped) lightly or heavily, and strive and

struggle, with your goods and your persons, in the cause of Allah. That is best

for you, if ye (but) knew.

[9.42] If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy,

they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long,

(and weighed) on them. They would indeed swear by Allah, "If we only could, we

should certainly have come out with you": They would destroy their own souls;

for Allah doth know that they are certainly lying.

[9.43] Allah give thee grace! why didst thou grant them until those who told

the truth were seen by thee in a clear light, and thou hadst proved the liars?

[9.44] Those who believe in Allah and the Last Day ask thee for no exemption

from fighting with their goods and persons. And Allah knoweth well those who do

their duty.

[9.45] Only those ask thee for exemption who believe not in Allah and the

Last Day, and whose hearts are in doubt, so that they are tossed in their doubts

to and fro.

[9.46] If they had intended to come out, they would certainly have made some

preparation therefor; but Allah was averse to their being sent forth; so He made

them lag behind, and they were told, "Sit ye among those who sit (inactive)."

[9.47] If they had come out with you, they would not have added to your

(strength) but only (made for) disorder, hurrying to and fro in your midst and

sowing sedition among you, and there would have been some among you who would

have listened to them. But Allah knoweth well those who do wrong.

[9.48] Indeed they had plotted sedition before, and upset matters for thee,

until,- the Truth arrived, and the Decree of Allah became manifest much to their

disgust.

[9.49] Among them is (many) a man who says: "Grant me exemption and draw me

not into trial." Have they not fallen into trial already? and indeed Hell

surrounds the Unbelievers (on all sides).

[9.50] If good befalls thee, it grieves them; but if a misfortune befalls

thee, they say, "We took indeed our precautions beforehand," and they turn away

rejoicing.

[9.51] Say: "Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us:

He is our protector": and on Allah let the Believers put their trust.

[9.52] Say: "Can you expect for us (any fate) other than one of two glorious

things- (Martyrdom or victory)? But we can expect for you either that Allah will

send his punishment from Himself, or by our hands. So wait (expectant); we too

will wait with you."

[9.53] Say: "Spend (for the cause) willingly or unwillingly: not from you

will it be accepted: for ye are indeed a people rebellious and wicked."

[9.54] The only reasons why their contributions are not accepted are: that

they reject Allah and His Messenger; that they come to prayer without

earnestness; and that they offer contributions unwillingly.

[9.55] Let not their wealth nor their (following in) sons dazzle thee: in

reality Allah's plan is to punish them with these things in this life, and that

their souls may perish in their (very) denial of Allah.

[9.56] They swear by Allah that they are indeed of you; but they are not of

you: yet they are afraid (to appear in their true colours).

[9.57] If they could find a place to flee to, or caves, or a place of

concealment, they would turn straightaway thereto, with an obstinate rush.

[9.58] And among them are men who slander thee in the matter of (the

distribution of) the alms: if they are given part thereof, they are pleased, but

if not, behold! they are indignant!

[9.59] If only they had been content with what Allah and His Messenger gave

them, and had said, "Sufficient unto us is Allah! Allah and His Messenger will

soon give us of His bounty: to Allah do we turn our hopes!" (that would have

been the right course).

[9.60] Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer

the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to Truth);

for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer:

(thus is it) ordained by Allah, and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.

[9.61] Among them are men who molest the Prophet and say, "He is (all) ear."

Say, "He listens to what is best for you: he believes in Allah, has faith in the

Believers, and is a Mercy to those of you who believe." But those who molest the

Messenger will have a grievous penalty.

[9.62] To you they swear by Allah. In order to please you: But it is more

fitting that they should please Allah and His Messenger, if they are Believers.

[9.63] Know they not that for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, is

the Fire of Hell?- wherein they shall dwell. That is the supreme disgrace.

[9.64] The Hypocrites are afraid lest a Sura should be sent down about them,

showing them what is (really passing) in their hearts. Say: "Mock ye! But verily

Allah will bring to light all that ye fear (should be revealed).

[9.65] If thou dost question them, they declare (with emphasis): "We were

only talking idly and in play." Say: "Was it at Allah, and His Signs, and His

Messenger, that ye were mocking?"

[9.66] Make ye no excuses: ye have rejected Faith after ye had accepted it.

If We pardon some of you, We will punish others amongst you, for that they are

in sin.

[9.67] The Hypocrites, men and women, (have an understanding) with each

other: They enjoin evil, and forbid what is just, and are close with their

hands. They have forgotten Allah; so He hath forgotten them. Verily the

Hypocrites are rebellious and perverse.

[9.68] Allah hath promised the Hypocrites men and women, and the rejecters,

of Faith, the fire of Hell: Therein shall they dwell: Sufficient is it for them:

for them is the curse of Allah, and an enduring punishment,-

[9.69] As in the case of those before you: they were mightier than you in

power, and more flourishing in wealth and children. They had their enjoyment of

their portion: and ye have of yours, as did those before you; and ye indulge in

idle talk as they did. They!- their work are fruitless in this world and in the

Hereafter, and they will lose (all spiritual good).

[9.70] Hath not the story reached them of those before them?- the People of

Noah, and 'Ad, and Thamud; the People of Abraham, the men of Midian, and the

cities overthrown. To them came their messengers with clear signs. It is not

Allah Who wrongs them, but they wrong their own souls.

[9.71] The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they

enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers,

practise regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah

pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise.

[9.72] Allah hath promised to Believers, men and women, gardens under which

rivers flow, to dwell therein, and beautiful mansions in gardens of everlasting

bliss. But the greatest bliss is the good pleasure of Allah: that is the supreme

felicity.

[9.73] O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and

be firm against them. Their abode is Hell,- an evil refuge indeed.

[9.74] They swear by Allah that they said nothing (evil), but indeed they

uttered blasphemy, and they did it after accepting Islam; and they meditated a

plot which they were unable to carry out: this revenge of theirs was (their)

only return for the bounty with which Allah and His Messenger had enriched them!

If they repent, it will be best for them; but if they turn back (to their evil

ways), Allah will punish them with a grievous penalty in this life and in the

Hereafter: They shall have none on earth to protect or help them.

[9.75] Amongst them are men who made a covenant with Allah, that if He

bestowed on them of His bounty, they would give (largely) in charity, and be

truly amongst those who are righteous.

[9.76] But when He did bestow of His bounty, they became covetous, and turned

back (from their covenant), averse (from its fulfilment).

[9.77] So He hath put as a consequence hypocrisy into their hearts, (to last)

till the Day, whereon they shall meet Him: because they broke their covenant

with Allah, and because they lied (again and again).

[9.78] Know they not that Allah doth know their secret (thoughts) and their

secret counsels, and that Allah knoweth well all things unseen?

[9.79] Those who slander such of the believers as give themselves freely to

(deeds of) charity, as well as such as can find nothing to give except the

fruits of their labour,- and throw ridicule on them,- Allah will throw back

their ridicule on them: and they shall have a grievous penalty.

[9.80] Whether thou ask for their forgiveness, or not, (their sin is

unforgivable): if thou ask seventy times for their forgiveness, Allah will not

forgive them: because they have rejected Allah and His Messenger: and Allah

guideth not those who are perversely rebellious.

[9.81] Those who were left behind (in the Tabuk expedition) rejoiced in their

inaction behind the back of the Messenger of Allah: they hated to strive and

fight, with their goods and their persons, in the cause of Allah: they said, "Go

not forth in the heat." Say, "The fire of Hell is fiercer in heat." If only they

could understand!

[9.82] Let them laugh a little: much will they weep: a recompense for the

(evil) that they do.

[9.83] If, then, Allah bring thee back to any of them, and they ask thy

permission to come out (with thee), say: "Never shall ye come out with me, nor

fight an enemy with me: for ye preferred to sit inactive on the first occasion:

Then sit ye (now) with those who lag behind."

[9.84] Nor do thou ever pray for any of them that dies, nor stand at his

grave; for they rejected Allah and His Messenger, and died in a state of

perverse rebellion.

[9.85] Nor let their wealth nor their (following in) sons dazzle thee:

Allah's plan is to punish them with these things in this world, and that their

souls may perish in their (very) denial of Allah.

[9.86] When a Sura comes down, enjoining them to believe in Allah and to

strive and fight along with His Messenger, those with wealth and influence among

them ask thee for exemption, and say: "Leave us (behind): we would be with those

who sit (at home)."

[9.87] They prefer to be with (the women), who remain behind (at home): their

hearts are sealed and so they understand not.

[9.88] But the Messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight

with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all) good things: and it is

they who will prosper.

[9.89] Allah hath prepared for them gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell

therein: that is the supreme felicity.

[9.90] And there were, among the desert Arabs (also), men who made excuses

and came to claim exemption; and those who were false to Allah and His Messenger

(merely) sat inactive. Soon will a grievous penalty seize the Unbelievers among

them.

[9.91] There is no blame on those who are infirm, or ill, or who find no

resources to spend (on the cause), if they are sincere (in duty) to Allah and

His Messenger: no ground (of complaint) can there be against such as do right:

and Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[9.92] Nor (is there blame) on those who came to thee to be provided with

mounts, and when thou saidst, "I can find no mounts for you," they turned back,

their eyes streaming with tears of grief that they had no resources wherewith to

provide the expenses.

[9.93] The ground (of complaint) is against such as claim exemption while

they are rich. They prefer to stay with the (women) who remain behind: Allah

hath sealed their hearts; so they know not (What they miss).

[9.94] They will present their excuses to you when ye return to them. Say

thou: "Present no excuses: we shall not believe you: Allah hath already informed

us of the true state of matters concerning you: It is your actions that Allah

and His Messenger will observe: in the end will ye be brought back to Him Who

knoweth what is hidden and what is open: then will He show you the truth of all

that ye did."

[9.95] They will swear to you by Allah, when ye return to them, that ye may

leave them alone. So leave them alone: For they are an abomination, and Hell is

their dwelling-place,-a fitting recompense for the (evil) that they did.

[9.96] They will swear unto you, that ye may be pleased with them but if ye

are pleased with them, Allah is not pleased with those who disobey.

[9.97] The Arabs of the desert are the worst in Unbelief and hypocrisy, and

most fitted to be in ignorance of the command which Allah hath sent down to His

Messenger: But Allah is All-knowing, All-Wise.

[9.98] Some of the desert Arabs look upon their payments as a fine, and watch

for disasters for you: on them be the disaster of evil: for Allah is He That

heareth and knoweth (all things).

[9.99] But some of the desert Arabs believe in Allah and the Last Day, and

look on their payments as pious gifts bringing them nearer to Allah and

obtaining the prayers of the Messenger. Aye, indeed they bring them nearer (to

Him): soon will Allah admit them to His Mercy: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most

Merciful.

[9.100] The vanguard (of Islam)- the first of those who forsook (their homes)

and of those who gave them aid, and (also) those who follow them in (all) good

deeds,- well-pleased is Allah with them, as are they with Him: for them hath He

prepared gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein for ever: that is the

supreme felicity.

[9.101] Certain of the desert Arabs round about you are hypocrites, as well as

(desert Arabs) among the Medina folk: they are obstinate in hypocrisy: thou

knowest them not: We know them: twice shall We punish them: and in addition

shall they be sent to a grievous penalty.

[9.102] Others (there are who) have acknowledged their wrong-doings: they have

mixed an act that was good with another that was evil. Perhaps Allah will turn

unto them (in Mercy): for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[9.103] Of their goods, take alms, that so thou mightest purify and sanctify

them; and pray on their behalf. Verily thy prayers are a source of security for

them: And Allah is One Who heareth and knoweth.

[9.104] Know they not that Allah doth accept repentance from His votaries and

receives their gifts of charity, and that Allah is verily He, the Oft-Returning,

Most Merciful?

[9.105] And say: "Work (righteousness): Soon will Allah observe your work, and

His Messenger, and the Believers: Soon will ye be brought back to the knower of

what is hidden and what is open: then will He show you the truth of all that ye

did."

[9.106] There are (yet) others, held in suspense for the command of Allah,

whether He will punish them, or turn in mercy to them: and Allah is All-Knowing,

Wise.

[9.107] And there are those who put up a mosque by way of mischief and

infidelity - to disunite the Believers - and in preparation for one who warred

against Allah and His Messenger aforetime. They will indeed swear that their

intention is nothing but good; But Allah doth declare that they are certainly

liars.

[9.108] Never stand thou forth therein. There is a mosque whose foundation was

laid from the first day on piety; it is more worthy of the standing forth (for

prayer) therein. In it are men who love to be purified; and Allah loveth those

who make themselves pure.

[9.109] Which then is best? - he that layeth his foundation on piety to Allah

and His good pleasure? - or he that layeth his foundation on an undermined

sand-cliff ready to crumble to pieces? and it doth crumble to pieces with him,

into the fire of Hell. And Allah guideth not people that do wrong.

[9.110] The foundation of those who so build is never free from suspicion and

shakiness in their hearts, until their hearts are cut to pieces. And Allah is

All-Knowing, Wise.

[9.111] Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods;

for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and

slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the

Gospel, and the Qur'an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah?

then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement

supreme.

[9.112] Those that turn (to Allah) in repentance; that serve Him, and praise

Him; that wander in devotion to the cause of Allah,: that bow down and prostrate

themselves in prayer; that enjoin good and forbid evil; and observe the limit

set by Allah;- (These do rejoice). So proclaim the glad tidings to the

Believers.

[9.113] It is not fitting, for the Prophet and those who believe, that they

should pray for forgiveness for Pagans, even though they be of kin, after it is

clear to them that they are companions of the Fire.

[9.114] And Abraham prayed for his father's forgiveness only because of a

promise he had made to him. But when it became clear to him that he was an enemy

to Allah, he dissociated himself from him: for Abraham was most tender-hearted,

forbearing.

[9.115] And Allah will not mislead a people after He hath guided them, in

order that He may make clear to them what to fear (and avoid)- for Allah hath

knowledge of all things.

[9.116] Unto Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth. He

giveth life and He taketh it. Except for Him ye have no protector nor helper.

[9.117] Allah turned with favour to the Prophet, the Muhajirs, and the Ansar,-

who followed him in a time of distress, after that the hearts of a part of them

had nearly swerved (from duty); but He turned to them (also): for He is unto

them Most Kind, Most Merciful.

[9.118] (He turned in mercy also) to the three who were left behind; (they

felt guilty) to such a degree that the earth seemed constrained to them, for all

its spaciousness, and their (very) souls seemed straitened to them,- and they

perceived that there is no fleeing from Allah (and no refuge) but to Himself.

Then He turned to them, that they might repent: for Allah is Oft-Returning, Most

Merciful.

[9.119] O ye who believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are true (in word

and deed).

[9.120] It was not fitting for the people of Medina and the Bedouin Arabs of

the neighbourhood, to refuse to follow Allah's Messenger, nor to prefer their

own lives to his: because nothing could they suffer or do, but was reckoned to

their credit as a deed of righteousness,- whether they suffered thirst, or

fatigue, or hunger, in the cause of Allah, or trod paths to raise the ire of the

Unbelievers, or received any injury whatever from an enemy: for Allah suffereth

not the reward to be lost of those who do good;-

[9.121] Nor could they spend anything (for the cause) - small or great- nor

cut across a valley, but the deed is inscribed to their credit: that Allah may

requite their deed with the best (possible reward).

[9.122] Nor should the Believers all go forth together: if a contingent from

every expedition remained behind, they could devote themselves to studies in

religion, and admonish the people when they return to them,- that thus they (may

learn) to guard themselves (against evil).

[9.123] O ye who believe! fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let

them find firmness in you: and know that Allah is with those who fear Him.

[9.124] Whenever there cometh down a sura, some of them say: "Which of you has

had His faith increased by it?" Yea, those who believe,- their faith is

increased and they do rejoice.

[9.125] But those in whose hearts is a disease,- it will add doubt to their

doubt, and they will die in a state of Unbelief.

[9.126] See they not that they are tried every year once or twice? Yet they

turn not in repentance, and they take no heed.

[9.127] Whenever there cometh down a Sura, they look at each other, (saying),

"Doth anyone see you?" Then they turn aside: Allah hath turned their hearts

(from the light); for they are a people that understand not.

[9.128] Now hath come unto you a Messenger from amongst yourselves: it grieves

him that ye should perish: ardently anxious is he over you: to the Believers is

he most kind and merciful.

[9.129] But if they turn away, Say: "Allah sufficeth me: there is no god but

He: On Him is my trust,- He the Lord of the Throne (of Glory) Supreme!"

 

@YUNUS (JONAH)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[10.1] A.L.R. These are the ayats of the Book of Wisdom.

[10.2] Is it a matter of wonderment to men that We have sent Our inspiration

to a man from among themselves?- that he should warn mankind (of their danger),

and give the good news to the Believers that they have before their Lord the

lofty rank of truth. (But) say the Unbelievers: "This is indeed an evident

sorcerer!"

[10.3] Verily your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth in

six days, and is firmly established on the throne (of authority), regulating and

governing all things. No intercessor (can plead with Him) except after His leave

(hath been obtained). This is Allah your Lord; Him therefore serve ye: will ye

not receive admonition?

[10.4] To Him will be your return- of all of you. The promise of Allah is

true and sure. It is He Who beginneth the process of creation, and repeateth it,

that He may reward with justice those who believe and work righteousness; but

those who reject Him will have draughts of boiling fluids, and a penalty

grievous, because they did reject Him.

[10.5] It is He Who made the sun to be a shining glory and the moon to be a

light (of beauty), and measured out stages for her; that ye might know the

number of years and the count (of time). Nowise did Allah create this but in

truth and righteousness. (Thus) doth He explain His Signs in detail, for those

who understand.

[10.6] Verily, in the alternation of the night and the day, and in all that

Allah hath created, in the heavens and the earth, are signs for those who fear

Him.

[10.7] Those who rest not their hope on their meeting with Us, but are

pleased and satisfied with the life of the present, and those who heed not Our

Signs,-

[10.8] Their abode is the Fire, because of the (evil) they earned.

[10.9] Those who believe, and work righteousness,- their Lord will guide them

because of their faith: beneath them will flow rivers in gardens of bliss.

[10.10] (This will be) their cry therein: "Glory to Thee, O Allah!" And

"Peace" will be their greeting therein! and the close of their cry will be:

"Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds!"

[10.11] If Allah were to hasten for men the ill (they have earned) as they

would fain hasten on the good,- then would their respite be settled at once. But

We leave those who rest not their hope on their meeting with Us, in their

trespasses, wandering in distraction to and fro.

[10.12] When trouble toucheth a man, He crieth unto Us (in all postures)-

lying down on his side, or sitting, or standing. But when We have solved his

trouble, he passeth on his way as if he had never cried to Us for a trouble that

touched him! thus do the deeds of transgressors seem fair in their eyes!

[10.13] Generations before you We destroyed when they did wrong: their

messengers came to them with clear-signs, but they would not believe! thus do We

requite those who sin!

[10.14] Then We made you heirs in the land after them, to see how ye would

behave!

[10.15] But when Our Clear Signs are rehearsed unto them, those who rest not

their hope on their meeting with Us, Say: "Bring us a reading other than this,

or change this," Say: "It is not for me, of my own accord, to change it: I

follow naught but what is revealed unto me: if I were to disobey my Lord, I

should myself fear the penalty of a Great Day (to come)."

[10.16] Say: "If Allah had so willed, I should not have rehearsed it to you,

nor would He have made it known to you. A whole life-time before this have I

tarried amongst you: will ye not then understand?"

[10.17] Who doth more wrong than such as forge a lie against Allah, or deny

His Signs? But never will prosper those who sin.

[10.18] They serve, besides Allah, things that hurt them not nor profit them,

and they say: "These are our intercessors with Allah." Say: "Do ye indeed inform

Allah of something He knows not, in the heavens or on earth?- Glory to Him! and

far is He above the partners they ascribe (to Him)!"

[10.19] Mankind was but one nation, but differed (later). Had it not been for

a word that went forth before from thy Lord, their differences would have been

settled between them.

[10.20] They say: "Why is not a sign sent down to him from his Lord?" Say:

"The Unseen is only for Allah (to know), then wait ye: I too will wait with

you."

[10.21] When We make mankind taste of some mercy after adversity hath touched

them, behold! they take to plotting against Our Signs! Say: "Swifter to plan is

Allah!" Verily, Our messengers record all the plots that ye make!

[10.22] He it is Who enableth you to traverse through land and sea; so that ye

even board ships;- they sail with them with a favourable wind, and they rejoice

thereat; then comes a stormy wind and the waves come to them from all sides, and

they think they are being overwhelmed: they cry unto Allah, sincerely offering

(their) duty unto Him saying, "If thou dost deliver us from this, we shall truly

show our gratitude!"

[10.23] But when he delivereth them, behold! they transgress insolently

through the earth in defiance of right! O mankind! your insolence is against

your own souls,- an enjoyment of the life of the present: in the end, to Us is

your return, and We shall show you the truth of all that ye did.

[10.24] The likeness of the life of the present is as the rain which We send

down from the skies: by its mingling arises the produce of the earth- which

provides food for men and animals: (It grows) till the earth is clad with its

golden ornaments and is decked out (in beauty): the people to whom it belongs

think they have all powers of disposal over it: There reaches it Our command by

night or by day, and We make it like a harvest clean-mown, as if it had not

flourished only the day before! thus do We explain the Signs in detail for those

who reflect.

[10.25] But Allah doth call to the Home of Peace: He doth guide whom He

pleaseth to a way that is straight.

[10.26] To those who do right is a goodly (reward)- Yea, more (than in

measure)! No darkness nor shame shall cover their faces! they are companions of

the garden; they will abide therein (for aye)!

[10.27] But those who have earned evil will have a reward of like evil:

ignominy will cover their (faces): No defender will they have from (the wrath

of) Allah: Their faces will be covered, as it were, with pieces from the depth

of the darkness of night: they are companions of the Fire: they will abide

therein (for aye)!

[10.28] One day shall We gather them all together. Then shall We say to those

who joined gods (with Us): "To your place! ye and those ye joined as 'partners'

We shall separate them, and their "Partners" shall say: "It was not us that ye

worshipped!

[10.29] "Enough is Allah for a witness between us and you: we certainly knew

nothing of your worship of us!"

[10.30] There will every soul prove (the fruits of) the deeds it sent before:

they will be brought back to Allah their rightful Lord, and their invented

falsehoods will leave them in the lurch.

[10.31] Say: "Who is it that sustains you (in life) from the sky and from the

earth? or who is it that has power over hearing and sight? And who is it that

brings out the living from the dead and the dead from the living? and who is it

that rules and regulates all affairs?" They will soon say, "Allah". Say, "will

ye not then show piety (to Him)?"

[10.32] Such is Allah, your real Cherisher and Sustainer: apart from truth,

what (remains) but error? How then are ye turned away?

[10.33] Thus is the word of thy Lord proved true against those who rebel:

Verily they will not believe.

[10.34] Say: "Of your 'partners', can any originate creation and repeat it?"

Say: "It is Allah Who originates creation and repeats it: then how are ye

deluded away (from the truth)?"

[10.35] Say: "Of your 'partners' is there any that can give any guidance

towards truth?" Say: "It is Allah Who gives guidance towards truth, is then He

Who gives guidance to truth more worthy to be followed, or he who finds not

guidance (himself) unless he is guided? what then is the matter with you? How

judge ye?"

[10.36] But most of them follow nothing but fancy: truly fancy can be of no

avail against truth. Verily Allah is well aware of all that they do.

[10.37] This Qur'an is not such as can be produced by other than Allah; on the

contrary it is a confirmation of (revelations) that went before it, and a fuller

explanation of the Book - wherein there is no doubt - from the Lord of the

worlds.

[10.38] Or do they say, "He forged it"? say: "Bring then a Sura like unto it,

and call (to your aid) anyone you can besides Allah, if it be ye speak the

truth!"

[10.39] Nay, they charge with falsehood that whose knowledge they cannot

compass, even before the elucidation thereof hath reached them: thus did those

before them make charges of falsehood: but see what was the end of those who did

wrong!

[10.40] Of them there are some who believe therein, and some who do not: and

thy Lord knoweth best those who are out for mischief.

[10.41] If they charge thee with falsehood, say: "My work to me, and yours to

you! ye are free from responsibility for what I do, and I for what ye do!"

[10.42] Among them are some who (pretend to) listen to thee: But canst thou

make the deaf to hear,- even though they are without understanding?

[10.43] And among them are some who look at thee: but canst thou guide the

blind,- even though they will not see?

[10.44] Verily Allah will not deal unjustly with man in aught: It is man that

wrongs his own soul.

[10.45] One day He will gather them together: (It will be) as if they had

tarried but an hour of a day: they will recognise each other: assuredly those

will be lost who denied the meeting with Allah and refused to receive true

guidance.

[10.46] Whether We show thee (realised in thy life-time) some part of what We

promise them,- or We take thy soul (to Our Mercy) (Before that),- in any case,

to Us is their return: ultimately Allah is witness, to all that they do.

[10.47] To every people (was sent) a messenger: when their messenger comes

(before them), the matter will be judged between them with justice, and they

will not be wronged.

[10.48] They say: "When will this promise come to pass,- if ye speak the

truth?"

[10.49] Say: "I have no power over any harm or profit to myself except as

Allah willeth. To every people is a term appointed: when their term is reached,

not an hour can they cause delay, nor (an hour) can they advance (it in

anticipation)."

[10.50] Say: "Do ye see,- if His punishment should come to you by night or by

day,- what portion of it would the sinners wish to hasten?

[10.51] "Would ye then believe in it at last, when it actually cometh to pass?

(It will then be said): 'Ah! now? and ye wanted (aforetime) to hasten it on!'

[10.52] "At length will be said to the wrong-doers: 'Taste ye the enduring

punishment! ye get but the recompense of what ye earned!'"

[10.53] They seek to be informed by thee: "Is that true?" Say: "Aye! by my

Lord! it is the very truth! and ye cannot frustrate it!"

[10.54] Every soul that hath sinned, if it possessed all that is on earth,

would fain give it in ransom: They would declare (their) repentance when they

see the penalty: but the judgment between them will be with justice, and no

wrong will be done unto them.

[10.55] Is it not (the case) that to Allah belongeth whatever is in the

heavens and on earth? Is it not (the case) that Allah's promise is assuredly

true? Yet most of them understand not.

[10.56] It is He Who giveth life and who taketh it, and to Him shall ye all be

brought back.

[10.57] O mankind! there hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a

healing for the (diseases) in your hearts,- and for those who believe, a

guidance and a Mercy.

[10.58] Say: "In the bounty of Allah. And in His Mercy,- in that let them

rejoice": that is better than the (wealth) they hoard.

[10.59] Say: "See ye what things Allah hath sent down to you for sustenance?

Yet ye hold forbidden some things thereof and (some things) lawful." Say: "Hath

Allah indeed permitted you, or do ye invent (things) to attribute to Allah?"

[10.60] And what think those who invent lies against Allah, of the Day of

Judgment? Verily Allah is full of bounty to mankind, but most of them are

ungrateful.

[10.61] In whatever business thou mayest be, and whatever portion thou mayest

be reciting from the Qur'an,- and whatever deed ye (mankind) may be doing,- We

are witnesses thereof when ye are deeply engrossed therein. Nor is hidden from

thy Lord (so much as) the weight of an atom on the earth or in heaven. And not

the least and not the greatest of these things but are recorded in a clear

record.

[10.62] Behold! verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall

they grieve;

[10.63] Those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;-

[10.64] For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the

Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the

supreme felicity.

[10.65] Let not their speech grieve thee: for all power and honour belong to

Allah: It is He Who heareth and knoweth (all things).

[10.66] Behold! verily to Allah belong all creatures, in the heavens and on

earth. What do they follow who worship as His "partners" other than Allah? They

follow nothing but fancy, and they do nothing but lie.

[10.67] He it is That hath made you the night that ye may rest therein, and

the day to make things visible (to you). Verily in this are signs for those who

listen (to His Message).

[10.68] They say: "Allah hath begotten a son!" - Glory be to Him! He is

self-sufficient! His are all things in the heavens and on earth! No warrant have

ye for this! say ye about Allah what ye know not?

[10.69] Say: "Those who invent a lie against Allah will never prosper."

[10.70] A little enjoyment in this world!- and then, to Us will be their

return, then shall We make them taste the severest penalty for their

blasphemies.

[10.71] Relate to them the story of Noah. Behold! he said to his people: "O my

people, if it be hard on your (mind) that I should stay (with you) and

commemorate the signs of Allah,- yet I put my trust in Allah. Get ye then an

agreement about your plan and among your partners, so your plan be on to you

dark and dubious. Then pass your sentence on me, and give me no respite.

[10.72] "But if ye turn back, (consider): no reward have I asked of you: my

reward is only due from Allah, and I have been commanded to be of those who

submit to Allah's will (in Islam)."

[10.73] They rejected Him, but We delivered him, and those with him, in the

Ark, and We made them inherit (the earth), while We overwhelmed in the flood

those who rejected Our Signs. Then see what was the end of those who were warned

(but heeded not)!

[10.74] Then after him We sent (many) messengers to their peoples: they

brought them Clear Signs, but they would not believe what they had already

rejected beforehand. Thus do We seal the hearts of the transgressors.

[10.75] Then after them sent We Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh and his chiefs with

Our Signs. But they were arrogant: they were a people in sin.

[10.76] When the Truth did come to them from Us, they said: "This is indeed

evident sorcery!"

[10.77] Said Moses: "Say ye (this) about the truth when it hath (actually)

reached you? Is sorcery (like) this? But sorcerers will not prosper."

[10.78] They said: "Hast thou come to us to turn us away from the ways we

found our fathers following,- in order that thou and thy brother may have

greatness in the land? But not we shall believe in you!"

[10.79] Said Pharaoh: "Bring me every sorcerer well versed."

[10.80] When the sorcerers came, Moses said to them: "Throw ye what ye (wish)

to throw!"

[10.81] When they had had their throw, Moses said: "What ye have brought is

sorcery: Allah will surely make it of no effect: for Allah prospereth not the

work of those who make mischief.

[10.82] "And Allah by His words doth prove and establish His truth, however

much the sinners may hate it!"

[10.83] But none believed in Moses except some children of his people, because

of the fear of Pharaoh and his chiefs, lest they should persecute them; and

certainly Pharaoh was mighty on the earth and one who transgressed all bounds.

[10.84] Moses said: "O my people! If ye do (really) believe in Allah, then in

Him put your trust if ye submit (your will to His)."

[10.85] They said: "In Allah do we put out trust. Our Lord! make us not a

trial for those who practise oppression;

[10.86] "And deliver us by Thy Mercy from those who reject (Thee)."

[10.87] We inspired Moses and his brother with this Message: "Provide

dwellings for your people in Egypt, make your dwellings into places of worship,

and establish regular prayers: and give glad tidings to those who believe!"

[10.88] Moses prayed: "Our Lord! Thou hast indeed bestowed on Pharaoh and his

chiefs splendour and wealth in the life of the present, and so, Our Lord, they

mislead (men) from Thy Path. Deface, our Lord, the features of their wealth, and

send hardness to their hearts, so they will not believe until they see the

grievous penalty."

[10.89] Allah said: "Accepted is your prayer (O Moses and Aaron)! So stand ye

straight, and follow not the path of those who know not."

[10.90] We took the Children of Israel across the sea: Pharaoh and his hosts

followed them in insolence and spite. At length, when overwhelmed with the

flood, he said: "I believe that there is no god except Him Whom the Children of

Israel believe in: I am of those who submit (to Allah in Islam)."

[10.91] (It was said to him): "Ah now!- But a little while before, wast thou

in rebellion!- and thou didst mischief (and violence)!

[10.92] "This day shall We save thee in the body, that thou mayest be a sign

to those who come after thee! but verily, many among mankind are heedless of Our

Signs!"

[10.93] We settled the Children of Israel in a beautiful dwelling-place, and

provided for them sustenance of the best: it was after knowledge had been

granted to them, that they fell into schisms. Verily Allah will judge between

them as to the schisms amongst them, on the Day of Judgment.

[10.94] If thou wert in doubt as to what We have revealed unto thee, then ask

those who have been reading the Book from before thee: the Truth hath indeed

come to thee from thy Lord: so be in no wise of those in doubt.

[10.95] Nor be of those who reject the signs of Allah, or thou shalt be of

those who perish.

[10.96] Those against whom the word of thy Lord hath been verified would not

believe-

[10.97] Even if every Sign was brought unto them,- until they see (for

themselves) the penalty grievous.

[10.98] Why was there not a single township (among those We warned), which

believed,- so its faith should have profited it,- except the people of Jonah?

When they believed, We removed from them the penalty of ignominy in the life of

the present, and permitted them to enjoy (their life) for a while.

[10.99] If it had been thy Lord's will, they would all have believed,- all who

are on earth! wilt thou then compel mankind, against their will, to believe!

[10.100] No soul can believe, except by the will of Allah, and He will place

doubt (or obscurity) on those who will not understand.

[10.101] Say: "Behold all that is in the heavens and on earth"; but neither

Signs nor Warners profit those who believe not.

[10.102] Do they then expect (any thing) but (what happened in) the days of the

men who passed away before them? Say: "Wait ye then: for I, too, will wait with

you."

[10.103] In the end We deliver Our messengers and those who believe: Thus is it

fitting on Our part that We should deliver those who believe!

[10.104] Say: "O ye men! If ye are in doubt as to my religion, (behold!) I

worship not what ye worship, other than Allah! But I worship Allah - Who will

take your souls (at death): I am commanded to be (in the ranks) of the

Believers,

[10.105] "And further (thus): 'set thy face towards religion with true piety,

and never in any wise be of the Unbelievers;

[10.106] "'Nor call on any, other than Allah;- Such will neither profit thee

nor hurt thee: if thou dost, behold! thou shalt certainly be of those who do

wrong.'"

[10.107] If Allah do touch thee with hurt, there is none can remove it but He:

if He do design some benefit for thee, there is none can keep back His favour:

He causeth it to reach whomsoever of His servants He pleaseth. And He is the

Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[10.108] Say: "O ye men! Now Truth hath reached you from your Lord! those who

receive guidance, do so for the good of their own souls; those who stray, do so

to their own loss: and I am not (set) over you to arrange your affairs."

[10.109] Follow thou the inspiration sent unto thee, and be patient and

constant, till Allah do decide: for He is the best to decide.

 

@HUD (HUD)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[11.1] A. L. R. (This is) a Book, with verses basic or fundamental (of

established meaning), further explained in detail,- from One Who is Wise and

Well-acquainted (with all things):

[11.2] (It teacheth) that ye should worship none but Allah. (Say): "Verily I

am (sent) unto you from Him to warn and to bring glad tidings:

[11.3] "(And to preach thus), 'Seek ye the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn

to Him in repentance; that He may grant you enjoyment, good (and true), for a

term appointed, and bestow His abounding grace on all who abound in merit! But

if ye turn away, then I fear for you the penalty of a great day:

[11.4] 'To Allah is your return, and He hath power over all things.'"

[11.5] Behold! they fold up their hearts, that they may lie hid from Him! Ah

even when they cover themselves with their garments, He knoweth what they

conceal, and what they reveal: for He knoweth well the (inmost secrets) of the

hearts.

[11.6] There is no moving creature on earth but its sustenance dependeth on

Allah: He knoweth the time and place of its definite abode and its temporary

deposit: All is in a clear Record.

[11.7] He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days - and His

Throne was over the waters - that He might try you, which of you is best in

conduct. But if thou wert to say to them, "Ye shall indeed be raised up after

death", the Unbelievers would be sure to say, "This is nothing but obvious

sorcery!"

[11.8] If We delay the penalty for them for a definite term, they are sure to

say, "What keeps it back?" Ah! On the day it (actually) reaches them, nothing

will turn it away from them, and they will be completely encircled by that which

they used to mock at!

[11.9] If We give man a taste of Mercy from Ourselves, and then withdraw it

from him, behold! he is in despair and (falls into) blasphemy.

[11.10] But if We give him a taste of (Our) favours after adversity hath

touched him, he is sure to say, "All evil has departed from me:" Behold! he

falls into exultation and pride.

[11.11] Not so do those who show patience and constancy, and work

righteousness; for them is forgiveness (of sins) and a great reward.

[11.12] Perchance thou mayest (feel the inclination) to give up a part of what

is revealed unto thee, and thy heart feeleth straitened lest they say, "Why is

not a treasure sent down unto him, or why does not an angel come down with him?"

But thou art there only to warn! It is Allah that arrangeth all affairs!

[11.13] Or they may say, "He forged it," Say, "Bring ye then ten suras forged,

like unto it, and call (to your aid) whomsoever ye can, other than Allah!- If ye

speak the truth!

[11.14] "If then they (your false gods) answer not your (call), know ye that

this revelation is sent down (replete) with the knowledge of Allah, and that

there is no god but He! will ye even then submit (to Islam)?"

[11.15] Those who desire the life of the present and its glitter,- to them we

shall pay (the price of) their deeds therein,- without diminution.

[11.16] They are those for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter but the

Fire: vain are the designs they frame therein, and of no effect and the deeds

that they do!

[11.17] Can they be (like) those who accept a Clear (Sign) from their Lord,

and whom a witness from Himself doth teach, as did the Book of Moses before it,-

a guide and a mercy? They believe therein; but those of the Sects that reject

it,- the Fire will be their promised meeting-place. Be not then in doubt

thereon: for it is the truth from thy Lord: yet many among men do not believe!

[11.18] Who doth more wrong than those who invent a life against Allah? They

will be turned back to the presence of their Lord, and the witnesses will say,

"These are the ones who lied against their Lord! Behold! the Curse of Allah is

on those who do wrong!-

[11.19] "Those who would hinder (men) from the path of Allah and would seek in

it something crooked: these were they who denied the Hereafter!"

[11.20] They will in no wise frustrate (His design) on earth, nor have they

protectors besides Allah! Their penalty will be doubled! They lost the power to

hear, and they did not see!

[11.21] They are the ones who have lost their own souls: and the (fancies)

they invented have left them in the lurch!

[11.22] Without a doubt, these are the very ones who will lose most in the

Hereafter!

[11.23] But those who believe and work righteousness, and humble themselves

before their Lord,- They will be companions of the gardens, to dwell therein for

aye!

[11.24] These two kinds (of men) may be compared to the blind and deaf, and

those who can see and hear well. Are they equal when compared? Will ye not then

take heed?

[11.25] We sent Noah to his people (with a mission): "I have come to you with

a Clear Warning:

[11.26] "That ye serve none but Allah: Verily I do fear for you the penalty of

a grievous day."

[11.27] But the chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people said: "We see (in)

thee nothing but a man like ourselves: Nor do we see that any follow thee but

the meanest among us, in judgment immature: Nor do we see in you (all) any merit

above us: in fact we thing ye are liars!"

[11.28] He said: "O my people! See ye if (it be that) I have a Clear Sign from

my Lord, and that He hath sent Mercy unto me from His own presence, but that the

Mercy hath been obscured from your sight? shall we compel you to accept it when

ye are averse to it?

[11.29] "And O my people! I ask you for no wealth in return: my reward is from

none but Allah: But I will not drive away (in contempt) those who believe: for

verily they are to meet their Lord, and ye I see are the ignorant ones!

[11.30] "And O my people! who would help me against Allah if I drove them

away? Will ye not then take heed?

[11.31] "I tell you not that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor do I know

what is hidden, nor claim I to be an angel. Nor yet do I say, of those whom your

eyes do despise that Allah will not grant them (all) that is good: Allah knoweth

best what is in their souls: I should, if I did, indeed be a wrong-doer."

[11.32] They said: "O Noah! thou hast disputed with us, and (much) hast thou

prolonged the dispute with us: now bring upon us what thou threatenest us with,

if thou speakest the truth!?"

[11.33] He said: "Truly, Allah will bring it on you if He wills,- and then, ye

will not be able to frustrate it!

[11.34] "Of no profit will be my counsel to you, much as I desire to give you

(good) counsel, if it be that Allah willeth to leave you astray: He is your

Lord! and to Him will ye return!"

[11.35] Or do they say, "He has forged it"? Say: "If I had forged it, on me

were my sin! and I am free of the sins of which ye are guilty!

[11.36] It was revealed to Noah: "None of thy people will believe except those

who have believed already! So grieve no longer over their (evil) deeds.

[11.37] "But construct an Ark under Our eyes and Our inspiration, and address

Me no (further) on behalf of those who are in sin: for they are about to be

overwhelmed (in the Flood)."

[11.38] Forthwith he (starts) constructing the Ark: Every time that the chiefs

of his people passed by him, they threw ridicule on him. He said: "If ye

ridicule us now, we (in our turn) can look down on you with ridicule likewise!

[11.39] "But soon will ye know who it is on whom will descend a penalty that

will cover them with shame,- on whom will be unloosed a penalty lasting:"

[11.40] At length, behold! there came Our command, and the fountains of the

earth gushed forth! We said: "Embark therein, of each kind two, male and female,

and your family - except those against whom the word has already gone forth,-

and the Believers." but only a few believed with him.

[11.41] So he said: "Embark ye on the Ark, In the name of Allah, whether it

move or be at rest! For my Lord is, be sure, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful!"

[11.42] So the Ark floated with them on the waves (towering) like mountains,

and Noah called out to his son, who had separated himself (from the rest): "O my

son! embark with us, and be not with the unbelievers!"

[11.43] The son replied: "I will betake myself to some mountain: it will save

me from the water." Noah said: "This day nothing can save, from the command of

Allah, any but those on whom He hath mercy! "And the waves came between them,

and the son was among those overwhelmed in the Flood.

[11.44] Then the word went forth: "O earth! swallow up thy water, and O sky!

Withhold (thy rain)!" and the water abated, and the matter was ended. The Ark

rested on Mount Judi, and the word went forth: "Away with those who do wrong!"

[11.45] And Noah called upon his Lord, and said: "O my Lord! surely my son is

of my family! and Thy promise is true, and Thou art the justest of Judges!"

[11.46] He said: "O Noah! He is not of thy family: For his conduct is

unrighteous. So ask not of Me that of which thou hast no knowledge! I give thee

counsel, lest thou act like the ignorant!"

[11.47] Noah said: "O my Lord! I do seek refuge with Thee, lest I ask Thee for

that of which I have no knowledge. And unless thou forgive me and have Mercy on

me, I should indeed be lost!"

[11.48] The word came: "O Noah! Come down (from the Ark) with peace from Us,

and blessing on thee and on some of the peoples (who will spring) from those

with thee: but (there will be other) peoples to whom We shall grant their

pleasures (for a time), but in the end will a grievous penalty reach them from

Us."

[11.49] Such are some of the stories of the unseen, which We have revealed

unto thee: before this, neither thou nor thy people knew them. So persevere

patiently: for the End is for those who are righteous.

[11.50] To the 'Ad People (We sent) Hud, one of their own brethren. He said:

"O my people! worship Allah! ye have no other god but Him. (Your other gods) ye

do nothing but invent!

[11.51] "O my people! I ask of you no reward for this (Message). My reward is

from none but Him who created me: Will ye not then understand?

[11.52] "And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him (in

repentance): He will send you the skies pouring abundant rain, and add strength

to your strength: so turn ye not back in sin!"

[11.53] They said: "O Hud! No Clear (Sign) that hast thou brought us, and we

are not the ones to desert our gods on thy word! Nor shall we believe in thee!

[11.54] "We say nothing but that (perhaps) some of our gods may have seized

thee with imbecility." He said: "I call Allah to witness, and do ye bear

witness, that I am free from the sin of ascribing, to Him,

[11.55] "Other gods as partners! so scheme (your worst) against me, all of

you, and give me no respite.

[11.56] "I put my trust in Allah, My Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving

creature, but He hath grasp of its fore-lock. Verily, it is my Lord that is on a

straight Path.

[11.57] "If ye turn away,- I (at least) have conveyed the Message with which I

was sent to you. My Lord will make another people to succeed you, and you will

not harm Him in the least. For my Lord hath care and watch over all things."

[11.58] So when Our decree issued, We saved Hud and those who believed with

him, by (special) Grace from Ourselves: We saved them from a severe penalty.

[11.59] Such were the 'Ad People: they rejected the Signs of their Lord and

Cherisher; disobeyed His messengers; And followed the command of every powerful,

obstinate transgressor.

[11.60] And they were pursued by a Curse in this life,- and on the Day of

Judgment. Ah! Behold! for the 'Ad rejected their Lord and Cherisher! Ah! Behold!

removed (from sight) were 'Ad the people of Hud!

[11.61] To the Thamud People (We sent) Salih, one of their own brethren. He

said: "O my people! Worship Allah: ye have no other god but Him. It is He Who

hath produced you from the earth and settled you therein: then ask forgiveness

of Him, and turn to Him (in repentance): for my Lord is (always) near, ready to

answer."

[11.62] They said: "O Salih! thou hast been of us! a centre of our hopes

hitherto! dost thou (now) forbid us the worship of what our fathers worshipped?

But we are really in suspicious (disquieting) doubt as to that to which thou

invitest us."

[11.63] He said: "O my people! do ye see? if I have a Clear (Sign) from my

Lord and He hath sent Mercy unto me from Himself,- who then can help me against

Allah if I were to disobey Him? What then would ye add to my (portion) but

perdition?

[11.64] "And O my people! This she-camel of Allah is a symbol to you: leave

her to feed on Allah's (free) earth, and inflict no harm on her, or a swift

penalty will seize you!"

[11.65] But they did ham-string her. So he said: "Enjoy yourselves in your

homes for three days: (Then will be your ruin): (Behold) there a promise not to

be belied!"

[11.66] When Our Decree issued, We saved Salih and those who believed with

him, by (special) Grace from Ourselves - and from the Ignominy of that day. For

thy Lord - He is the Strong One, and able to enforce His Will.

[11.67] The (mighty) Blast overtook the wrong-doers, and they lay prostrate in

their homes before the morning,-

[11.68] As if they had never dwelt and flourished there. Ah! Behold! for the

Thamud rejected their Lord and Cherisher! Ah! Behold! removed (from sight) were

the Thamud!

[11.69] There came Our messengers to Abraham with glad tidings. They said,

"Peace!" He answered, "Peace!" and hastened to entertain them with a roasted

calf.

[11.70] But when he saw their hands went not towards the (meal), he felt some

mistrust of them, and conceived a fear of them. They said: "Fear not: We have

been sent against the people of Lut."

[11.71] And his wife was standing (there), and she laughed: But we gave her

glad tidings of Isaac, and after him, of Jacob.

[11.72] She said: "Alas for me! shall I bear a child, seeing I am an old

woman, and my husband here is an old man? That would indeed be a wonderful

thing!"

[11.73] They said: "Dost thou wonder at Allah's decree? The grace of Allah and

His blessings on you, o ye people of the house! for He is indeed worthy of all

praise, full of all glory!"

[11.74] When fear had passed from (the mind of) Abraham and the glad tidings

had reached him, he began to plead with us for Lut's people.

[11.75] For Abraham was, without doubt, forbearing (of faults), compassionate,

and given to look to Allah.

[11.76] O Abraham! Seek not this. The decree of thy Lord hath gone forth: for

them there cometh a penalty that cannot be turned back!

[11.77] When Our messengers came to Lut, he was grieved on their account and

felt himself powerless (to protect) them. He said: "This is a distressful day."

[11.78] And his people came rushing towards him, and they had been long in the

habit of practising abominations. He said: "O my people! Here are my daughters:

they are purer for you (if ye marry)! Now fear Allah, and cover me not with

shame about my guests! Is there not among you a single right-minded man?"

[11.79] They said: "Well dost thou know we have no need of thy daughters:

indeed thou knowest quite well what we want!"

[11.80] He said: "Would that I had power to suppress you or that I could

betake myself to some powerful support."

[11.81] (The Messengers) said: "O Lut! We are Messengers from thy Lord! By no

means shall they reach thee! now travel with thy family while yet a part of the

night remains, and let not any of you look back: but thy wife (will remain

behind): To her will happen what happens to the people. Morning is their time

appointed: Is not the morning nigh?"

[11.82] When Our Decree issued, We turned (the cities) upside down, and rained

down on them brimstones hard as baked clay, spread, layer on layer,-

[11.83] Marked as from thy Lord: Nor are they ever far from those who do

wrong!

[11.84] To the Madyan People (We sent) Shu'aib, one of their own brethren: he

said: "O my people! worship Allah: Ye have no other god but Him. And give not

short measure or weight: I see you in prosperity, but I fear for you the penalty

of a day that will compass (you) all round.

[11.85] "And O my people! give just measure and weight, nor withhold from the

people the things that are their due: commit not evil in the land with intent to

do mischief.

[11.86] "That which is left you by Allah is best for you, if ye (but)

believed! but I am not set over you to keep watch!"

[11.87] They said: "O Shu'aib! Does thy (religion of) prayer command thee that

we leave off the worship which our fathers practised, or that we leave off doing

what we like with our property? truly, thou art the one that forbeareth with

faults and is right-minded!"

[11.88] He said: "O my people! see ye whether I have a Clear (Sign) from my

Lord, and He hath given me sustenance (pure and) good as from Himself? I wish

not, in opposition to you, to do that which I forbid you to do. I only desire

(your) betterment to the best of my power; and my success (in my task) can only

come from Allah. In Him I trust, and unto Him I look.

[11.89] "And O my people! let not my dissent (from you) cause you to sin, lest

ye suffer a fate similar to that of the people of Noah or of Hud or of Salih,

nor are the people of Lut far off from you!

[11.90] "But ask forgiveness of your Lord, and turn unto Him (in repentance):

For my Lord is indeed full of mercy and loving-kindness."

[11.91] They said: "O Shu'aib! much of what thou sayest we do not understand!

In fact among us we see that thou hast no strength! Were it not for thy family,

we should certainly have stoned thee! for thou hast among us no great position!"

[11.92] He said: "O my people! is then my family of more consideration with

you than Allah? For ye cast Him away behind your backs (with contempt). But

verily my Lord encompasseth on all sides all that ye do!

[11.93] "And O my people! Do whatever ye can: I will do (my part): Soon will

ye know who it is on whom descends the penalty of ignominy; and who is a liar!

and watch ye! for I too am watching with you!"

[11.94] When Our decree issued, We saved Shu'aib and those who believed with

him, by (special) mercy from Ourselves: But the (mighty) blast did seize the

wrong-doers, and they lay prostrate in their homes by the morning,-

[11.95] As if they had never dwelt and flourished there! Ah! Behold! How the

Madyan were removed (from sight) as were removed the Thamud!

[11.96] And we sent Moses, with Our Clear (Signs) and an authority manifest,

[11.97] Unto Pharaoh and his chiefs: but they followed the command of Pharaoh

and the command of Pharaoh was no right (guide).

[11.98] He will go before his people on the Day of Judgment, and lead them

into the Fire (as cattle are led to water): But woeful indeed will be the place

to which they are led!

[11.99] And they are followed by a curse in this (life) and on the Day of

Judgment: and woeful is the gift which shall be given (unto them)!

[11.100] These are some of the stories of communities which We relate unto

thee: of them some are standing, and some have been mown down (by the sickle of

time).

[11.101] It was not We that wronged them: They wronged their own souls: the

deities, other than Allah, whom they invoked, profited them no whit when there

issued the decree of thy Lord: Nor did they add aught (to their lot) but

perdition!

[11.102] Such is the chastisement of thy Lord when He chastises communities in

the midst of their wrong: grievous, indeed, and severe is His chastisement.

[11.103] In that is a Sign for those who fear the penalty of the Hereafter:

that is a Day for which mankind will be gathered together: that will be a Day of

Testimony.

[11.104] Nor shall We delay it but for a term appointed.

[11.105] The day it arrives, no soul shall speak except by His leave: of those

(gathered) some will be wretched and some will be blessed.

[11.106] Those who are wretched shall be in the Fire: There will be for them

therein (nothing but) the heaving of sighs and sobs:

[11.107] They will dwell therein for all the time that the heavens and the

earth endure, except as thy Lord willeth: for thy Lord is the (sure)

accomplisher of what He planneth.

[11.108] And those who are blessed shall be in the Garden: They will dwell

therein for all the time that the heavens and the earth endure, except as thy

Lord willeth: a gift without break.

[11.109] Be not then in doubt as to what these men worship. They worship

nothing but what their fathers worshipped before (them): but verily We shall pay

them back (in full) their portion without (the least) abatement.

[11.110] We certainly gave the Book to Moses, but differences arose therein:

had it not been that a word had gone forth before from thy Lord, the matter

would have been decided between them, but they are in suspicious doubt

concerning it.

[11.111] And, of a surety, to all will your Lord pay back (in full the

recompense) of their deeds: for He knoweth well all that they do.

[11.112] Therefore stand firm (in the straight Path) as thou art commanded,-

thou and those who with thee turn (unto Allah); and transgress not (from the

Path): for He seeth well all that ye do.

[11.113] And incline not to those who do wrong, or the Fire will seize you; and

ye have no protectors other than Allah, nor shall ye be helped.

[11.114] And establish regular prayers at the two ends of the day and at the

approaches of the night: For those things, that are good remove those that are

evil: Be that the word of remembrance to those who remember (their Lord):

[11.115] And be steadfast in patience; for verily Allah will not suffer the

reward of the righteous to perish.

[11.116] Why were there not, among the generations before you, persons

possessed of balanced good sense, prohibiting (men) from mischief in the earth -

except a few among them whom We saved (from harm)? But the wrong-doers pursued

the enjoyment of the good things of life which were given them, and persisted in

sin.

[11.117] Nor would thy Lord be the One to destroy communities for a single

wrong-doing, if its members were likely to mend.

[11.118] If thy Lord had so willed, He could have made mankind one people: but

they will not cease to dispute.

[11.119] Except those on whom thy Lord hath bestowed His Mercy: and for this

did He create them: and the Word of thy Lord shall be fulfilled: "I will fill

Hell with jinns and men all together."

[11.120] All that we relate to thee of the stories of the messengers,- with it

We make firm thy heart: in them there cometh to thee the Truth, as well as an

exhortation and a message of remembrance to those who believe.

[11.121] Say to those who do not believe: "Do what ever ye can: We shall do our

part;

[11.122] "And wait ye! We too shall wait."

[11.123] To Allah do belong the unseen (secrets) of the heavens and the earth,

and to Him goeth back every affair (for decision): then worship Him, and put thy

trust in Him: and thy Lord is not unmindful of aught that ye do.

 

@YUSUF (JOSEPH)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[12.1] A.L.R. These are the symbols (or Verses) of the perspicuous Book.

[12.2] We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an, in order that ye may learn

wisdom.

[12.3] We do relate unto thee the most beautiful of stories, in that We

reveal to thee this (portion of the) Qur'an: before this, thou too was among

those who knew it not.

[12.4] Behold! Joseph said to his father: "O my father! I did see eleven

stars and the sun and the moon: I saw them prostrate themselves to me!"

[12.5] Said (the father): "My (dear) little son! relate not thy vision to thy

brothers, lest they concoct a plot against thee: for Satan is to man an avowed

enemy!

[12.6] "Thus will thy Lord choose thee and teach thee the interpretation of

stories (and events) and perfect His favour to thee and to the posterity of

Jacob - even as He perfected it to thy fathers Abraham and Isaac aforetime! for

Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom."

[12.7] Verily in Joseph and his brethren are signs (or symbols) for seekers

(after Truth).

[12.8] They said: "Truly Joseph and his brother are loved more by our father

than we: But we are a goodly body! really our father is obviously wandering (in

his mind)!

[12.9] "Slay ye Joseph or cast him out to some (unknown) land, that so the

favour of your father may be given to you alone: (there will be time enough) for

you to be righteous after that!"

[12.10] Said one of them: "Slay not Joseph, but if ye must do something, throw

him down to the bottom of the well: he will be picked up by some caravan of

travellers."

[12.11] They said: "O our father! why dost thou not trust us with Joseph,-

seeing we are indeed his sincere well-wishers?

[12.12] "Send him with us tomorrow to enjoy himself and play, and we shall

take every care of him."

[12.13] (Jacob) said: "Really it saddens me that ye should take him away: I

fear lest the wolf should devour him while ye attend not to him."

[12.14] They said: "If the wolf were to devour him while we are (so large) a

party, then should we indeed (first) have perished ourselves!"

[12.15] So they did take him away, and they all agreed to throw him down to

the bottom of the well: and We put into his heart (this Message): 'Of a surety

thou shalt (one day) tell them the truth of this their affair while they know

(thee) not'

[12.16] Then they came to their father in the early part of the night,

weeping.

[12.17] They said: "O our father! We went racing with one another, and left

Joseph with our things; and the wolf devoured him.... But thou wilt never

believe us even though we tell the truth."

[12.18] They stained his shirt with false blood. He said: "Nay, but your minds

have made up a tale (that may pass) with you, (for me) patience is most fitting:

Against that which ye assert, it is Allah (alone) Whose help can be sought"..

[12.19] Then there came a caravan of travellers: they sent their water-carrier

(for water), and he let down his bucket (into the well)...He said: "Ah there!

Good news! Here is a (fine) young man!" So they concealed him as a treasure! But

Allah knoweth well all that they do!

[12.20] The (Brethren) sold him for a miserable price, for a few dirhams

counted out: in such low estimation did they hold him!

[12.21] The man in Egypt who bought him, said to his wife: "Make his stay

(among us) honourable: may be he will bring us much good, or we shall adopt him

as a son." Thus did We establish Joseph in the land, that We might teach him the

interpretation of stories (and events). And Allah hath full power and control

over His affairs; but most among mankind know it not.

[12.22] When Joseph attained His full manhood, We gave him power and

knowledge: thus do We reward those who do right.

[12.23] But she in whose house he was, sought to seduce him from his (true)

self: she fastened the doors, and said: "Now come, thou (dear one)!" He said:

"Allah forbid! truly (thy husband) is my lord! he made my sojourn agreeable!

truly to no good come those who do wrong!"

[12.24] And (with passion) did she desire him, and he would have desired her,

but that he saw the evidence of his Lord: thus (did We order) that We might turn

away from him (all) evil and shameful deeds: for he was one of Our servants,

sincere and purified.

[12.25] So they both raced each other to the door, and she tore his shirt from

the back: they both found her lord near the door. She said: "What is the

(fitting) punishment for one who formed an evil design against thy wife, but

prison or a grievous chastisement?"

[12.26] He said: "It was she that sought to seduce me - from my (true) self."

And one of her household saw (this) and bore witness, (thus):- "If it be that

his shirt is rent from the front, then is her tale true, and he is a liar!

[12.27] "But if it be that his shirt is torn from the back, then is she the

liar, and he is telling the truth!"

[12.28] So when he saw his shirt,- that it was torn at the back,- (her

husband) said: "Behold! It is a snare of you women! truly, mighty is your snare!

[12.29] "O Joseph, pass this over! (O wife), ask forgiveness for thy sin, for

truly thou hast been at fault!"

[12.30] Ladies said in the City: "The wife of the (great) 'Aziz is seeking to

seduce her slave from his (true) self: Truly hath he inspired her with violent

love: we see she is evidently going astray."

[12.31] When she heard of their malicious talk, she sent for them and prepared

a banquet for them: she gave each of them a knife: and she said (to Joseph),

"Come out before them." When they saw him, they did extol him, and (in their

amazement) cut their hands: they said, "Allah preserve us! no mortal is this!

this is none other than a noble angel!"

[12.32] She said: "There before you is the man about whom ye did blame me! I

did seek to seduce him from his (true) self but he did firmly save himself

guiltless!....and now, if he doth not my bidding, he shall certainly be cast

into prison, and (what is more) be of the company of the vilest!"

[12.33] He said: "O my Lord! the prison is more to my liking than that to

which they invite me: Unless Thou turn away their snare from me, I should (in my

youthful folly) feel inclined towards them and join the ranks of the ignorant."

[12.34] So his Lord hearkened to him (in his prayer), and turned away from him

their snare: Verily He heareth and knoweth (all things).

[12.35] Then it occurred to the men, after they had seen the signs, (that it

was best) to imprison him for a time.

[12.36] Now with him there came into the prison two young men. Said one of

them: "I see myself (in a dream) pressing wine." said the other: "I see myself

(in a dream) carrying bread on my head, and birds are eating, thereof." "Tell

us" (they said) "The truth and meaning thereof: for we see thou art one that

doth good (to all)."

[12.37] He said: "Before any food comes (in due course) to feed either of you,

I will surely reveal to you the truth and meaning of this ere it befall you:

that is part of the (duty) which my Lord hath taught me. I have (I assure you)

abandoned the ways of a people that believe not in Allah and that (even) deny

the Hereafter.

[12.38] "And I follow the ways of my fathers,- Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and

never could we attribute any partners whatever to Allah: that (comes) of the

grace of Allah to us and to mankind: yet most men are not grateful.

[12.39] "O my two companions of the prison! (I ask you): are many lords

differing among themselves better, or the One Allah, Supreme and Irresistible?

[12.40] "If not Him, ye worship nothing but names which ye have named,- ye and

your fathers,- for which Allah hath sent down no authority: the command is for

none but Allah: He hath commanded that ye worship none but Him: that is the

right religion, but most men understand not...

[12.41] "O my two companions of the prison! As to one of you, he will pour out

the wine for his lord to drink: as for the other, he will hang from the cross,

and the birds will eat from off his head. (so) hath been decreed that matter

whereof ye twain do enquire"...

[12.42] And of the two, to that one whom he consider about to be saved, he

said: "Mention me to thy lord." But Satan made him forget to mention him to his

lord: and (Joseph) lingered in prison a few (more) years.

[12.43] The king (of Egypt) said: "I do see (in a vision) seven fat kine, whom

seven lean ones devour, and seven green ears of corn, and seven (others)

withered. O ye chiefs! Expound to me my vision if it be that ye can interpret

visions."

[12.44] They said: "A confused medley of dreams: and we are not skilled in the

interpretation of dreams."

[12.45] But the man who had been released, one of the two (who had been in

prison) and who now bethought him after (so long) a space of time, said: "I will

tell you the truth of its interpretation: send ye me (therefore)."

[12.46] "O Joseph!" (he said) "O man of truth! Expound to us (the dream) of

seven fat kine whom seven lean ones devour, and of seven green ears of corn and

(seven) others withered: that I may return to the people, and that they may

understand."

[12.47] (Joseph) said: "For seven years shall ye diligently sow as is your

wont: and the harvests that ye reap, ye shall leave them in the ear,- except a

little, of which ye shall eat.

[12.48] "Then will come after that (period) seven dreadful (years), which will

devour what ye shall have laid by in advance for them,- (all) except a little

which ye shall have (specially) guarded.

[12.49] "Then will come after that (period) a year in which the people will

have abundant water, and in which they will press (wine and oil)."

[12.50] So the king said: "Bring ye him unto me." But when the messenger came

to him, (Joseph) said: "Go thou back to thy lord, and ask him, 'What is the

state of mind of the ladies who cut their hands'? For my Lord is certainly well

aware of their snare."

[12.51] (The king) said (to the ladies): "What was your affair when ye did

seek to seduce Joseph from his (true) self?" The ladies said: "Allah preserve

us! no evil know we against him!" Said the 'Aziz's wife: "Now is the truth

manifest (to all): it was I who sought to seduce him from his (true) self: He is

indeed of those who are (ever) true (and virtuous).

[12.52] "This (say I), in order that He may know that I have never been false

to him in his absence, and that Allah will never guide the snare of the false

ones.

[12.53] "Nor do I absolve my own self (of blame): the (human) soul is

certainly prone to evil, unless my Lord do bestow His Mercy: but surely my Lord

is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful."

[12.54] So the king said: "Bring him unto me; I will take him specially to

serve about my own person." Therefore when he had spoken to him, he said: "Be

assured this day, thou art, before our own presence, with rank firmly

established, and fidelity fully proved!

[12.55] (Joseph) said: "Set me over the store-houses of the land: I will

indeed guard them, as one that knows (their importance)."

[12.56] Thus did We give established power to Joseph in the land, to take

possession therein as, when, or where he pleased. We bestow of our Mercy on whom

We please, and We suffer not, to be lost, the reward of those who do good.

[12.57] But verily the reward of the Hereafter is the best, for those who

believe, and are constant in righteousness.

[12.58] Then came Joseph's brethren: they entered his presence, and he knew

them, but they knew him not.

[12.59] And when he had furnished them forth with provisions (suitable) for

them, he said: "Bring unto me a brother ye have, of the same father as

yourselves, (but a different mother): see ye not that I pay out full measure,

and that I do provide the best hospitality?

[12.60] "Now if ye bring him not to me, ye shall have no measure (of corn)

from me, nor shall ye (even) come near me."

[12.61] They said: "We shall certainly seek to get our wish about him from his

father: Indeed we shall do it."

[12.62] And (Joseph) told his servants to put their stock-in-trade (with which

they had bartered) into their saddle-bags, so they should know it only when they

returned to their people, in order that they might come back.

[12.63] Now when they returned to their father, they said: "O our father! No

more measure of grain shall we get (unless we take our brother): So send our

brother with us, that we may get our measure; and we will indeed take every care

of him."

[12.64] He said: "Shall I trust you with him with any result other than when I

trusted you with his brother aforetime? But Allah is the best to take care (of

him), and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!"

[12.65] Then when they opened their baggage, they found their stock-in-trade

had been returned to them. They said: "O our father! What (more) can we desire?

this our stock-in-trade has been returned to us: so we shall get (more) food for

our family; We shall take care of our brother; and add (at the same time) a full

camel's load (of grain to our provisions). This is but a small quantity.

[12.66] (Jacob) said: "Never will I send him with you until ye swear a solemn

oath to me, in Allah's name, that ye will be sure to bring him back to me unless

ye are yourselves hemmed in (and made powerless). And when they had sworn their

solemn oath, he said: "Over all that we say, be Allah the witness and guardian!"

[12.67] Further he said: "O my sons! enter not all by one gate: enter ye by

different gates. Not that I can profit you aught against Allah (with my advice):

None can command except Allah: On Him do I put my trust: and let all that trust

put their trust on Him."

[12.68] And when they entered in the manner their father had enjoined, it did

not profit them in the least against (the plan of) Allah: It was but a necessity

of Jacob's soul, which he discharged. For he was, by our instruction, full of

knowledge (and experience): but most men know not.

[12.69] Now when they came into Joseph's presence, he received his (full)

brother to stay with him. He said (to him): "Behold! I am thy (own) brother; so

grieve not at aught of their doings."

[12.70] At length when he had furnished them forth with provisions (suitable)

for them, he put the drinking cup into his brother's saddle-bag. Then shouted

out a crier: "O ye (in) the caravan! behold! ye are thieves, without doubt!"

[12.71] They said, turning towards them: "What is it that ye miss?"

[12.72] They said: "We miss the great beaker of the king; for him who produces

it, is (the reward of) a camel load; I will be bound by it."

[12.73] (The brothers) said: "By Allah! well ye know that we came not to make

mischief in the land, and we are no thieves!"

[12.74] (The Egyptians) said: "What then shall be the penalty of this, if ye

are (proved) to have lied?"

[12.75] They said: "The penalty should be that he in whose saddle-bag it is

found, should be held (as bondman) to atone for the (crime). Thus it is we

punish the wrong-doers!"

[12.76] So he began (the search) with their baggage, before (he came to) the

baggage of his brother: at length he brought it out of his brother's baggage.

Thus did We plan for Joseph. He could not take his brother by the law of the

king except that Allah willed it (so). We raise to degrees (of wisdom) whom We

please: but over all endued with knowledge is one, the All-Knowing.

[12.77] They said: "If he steals, there was a brother of his who did steal

before (him)." But these things did Joseph keep locked in his heart, revealing

not the secrets to them. He (simply) said (to himself): "Ye are the worse

situated; and Allah knoweth best the truth of what ye assert!"

[12.78] They said: "O exalted one! Behold! he has a father, aged and

venerable, (who will grieve for him); so take one of us in his place; for we see

that thou art (gracious) in doing good."

[12.79] He said: "Allah forbid that we take other than him with whom we found

our property: indeed (if we did so), we should be acting wrongfully.

[12.80] Now when they saw no hope of his (yielding), they held a conference in

private. The leader among them said: "Know ye not that your father did take an

oath from you in Allah's name, and how, before this, ye did fail in your duty

with Joseph? Therefore will I not leave this land until my father permits me, or

Allah commands me; and He is the best to command.

[12.81] "Turn ye back to your father, and say, 'O our father! behold! thy son

committed theft! we bear witness only to what we know, and we could not well

guard against the unseen!

[12.82] "'Ask at the town where we have been and the caravan in which we

returned, and (you will find) we are indeed telling the truth.'"

[12.83] Jacob said: "Nay, but ye have yourselves contrived a story (good

enough) for you. So patience is most fitting (for me). Maybe Allah will bring

them (back) all to me (in the end). For He is indeed full of knowledge and

wisdom."

[12.84] And he turned away from them, and said: "How great is my grief for

Joseph!" And his eyes became white with sorrow, and he fell into silent

melancholy.

[12.85] They said: "By Allah! (never) wilt thou cease to remember Joseph until

thou reach the last extremity of illness, or until thou die!"

[12.86] He said: "I only complain of my distraction and anguish to Allah, and

I know from Allah that which ye know not...

[12.87] "O my sons! go ye and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never

give up hope of Allah's Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of Allah's

Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith."

[12.88] Then, when they came (back) into (Joseph's) presence they said: "O

exalted one! distress has seized us and our family: we have (now) brought but

scanty capital: so pay us full measure, (we pray thee), and treat it as charity

to us: for Allah doth reward the charitable."

[12.89] He said: "Know ye how ye dealt with Joseph and his brother, not

knowing (what ye were doing)?"

[12.90] They said: "Art thou indeed Joseph?" He said, "I am Joseph, and this

is my brother: Allah has indeed been gracious to us (all): behold, he that is

righteous and patient,- never will Allah suffer the reward to be lost, of those

who do right."

[12.91] They said: "By Allah! indeed has Allah preferred thee above us, and we

certainly have been guilty of sin!"

[12.92] He said: "This day let no reproach be (cast) on you: Allah will

forgive you, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!

[12.93] "Go with this my shirt, and cast it over the face of my father: he

will come to see (clearly). Then come ye (here) to me together with all your

family."

[12.94] When the caravan left (Egypt), their father said: "I do indeed scent

the presence of Joseph: Nay, think me not a dotard."

[12.95] They said: "By Allah! truly thou art in thine old wandering mind."

[12.96] Then when the bearer of the good news came, He cast (the shirt) over

his face, and he forthwith regained clear sight. He said: "Did I not say to you,

'I know from Allah that which ye know not?'"

[12.97] They said: "O our father! ask for us forgiveness for our sins, for we

were truly at fault."

[12.98] He said: "Soon will I ask my Lord for forgiveness for you: for he is

indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

[12.99] Then when they entered the presence of Joseph, he provided a home for

his parents with himself, and said: "Enter ye Egypt (all) in safety if it please

Allah."

[12.100] And he raised his parents high on the throne (of dignity), and they

fell down in prostration, (all) before him. He said: "O my father! this is the

fulfilment of my vision of old! Allah hath made it come true! He was indeed good

to me when He took me out of prison and brought you (all here) out of the

desert, (even) after Satan had sown enmity between me and my brothers. Verily my

Lord understandeth best the mysteries of all that He planneth to do, for verily

He is full of knowledge and wisdom.

[12.101] "O my Lord! Thou hast indeed bestowed on me some power, and taught me

something of the interpretation of dreams and events,- O Thou Creator of the

heavens and the earth! Thou art my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter.

Take Thou my soul (at death) as one submitting to Thy will (as a Muslim), and

unite me with the righteous."

[12.102] Such is one of the stories of what happened unseen, which We reveal by

inspiration unto thee; nor wast thou (present) with them then when they

concerted their plans together in the process of weaving their plots.

[12.103] Yet no faith will the greater part of mankind have, however ardently

thou dost desire it.

[12.104] And no reward dost thou ask of them for this: it is no less than a

message for all creatures.

[12.105] And how many Signs in the heavens and the earth do they pass by? Yet

they turn (their faces) away from them!

[12.106] And most of them believe not in Allah without associating (other as

partners) with Him!

[12.107] Do they then feel secure from the coming against them of the covering

veil of the wrath of Allah,- or of the coming against them of the (final) Hour

all of a sudden while they perceive not?

[12.108] Say thou: "This is my way: I do invite unto Allah,- on evidence clear

as the seeing with one's eyes,- I and whoever follows me. Glory to Allah! and

never will I join gods with Allah!"

[12.109] Nor did We send before thee (as messengers) any but men, whom we did

inspire,- (men) living in human habitations. Do they not travel through the

earth, and see what was the end of those before them? But the home of the

hereafter is best, for those who do right. Will ye not then understand?

[12.110] (Respite will be granted) until, when the messengers give up hope (of

their people) and (come to) think that they were treated as liars, there reaches

them Our help, and those whom We will are delivered into safety. But never will

be warded off our punishment from those who are in sin.

[12.111] There is, in their stories, instruction for men endued with

understanding. It is not a tale invented, but a confirmation of what went before

it,- a detailed exposition of all things, and a guide and a mercy to any such as

believe.

 

@AL-RAD (THE THUNDER)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[13.1] A.L.M.R. These are the signs (or verses) of the Book: that which hath

been revealed unto thee from thy Lord is the Truth; but most men believe not.

[13.2] Allah is He Who raised the heavens without any pillars that ye can

see; is firmly established on the throne (of authority); He has subjected the

sun and the moon (to his Law)! Each one runs (its course) for a term appointed.

He doth regulate all affairs, explaining the signs in detail, that ye may

believe with certainty in the meeting with your Lord.

[13.3] And it is He who spread out the earth, and set thereon mountains

standing firm and (flowing) rivers: and fruit of every kind He made in pairs,

two and two: He draweth the night as a veil o'er the Day. Behold, verily in

these things there are signs for those who consider!

[13.4] And in the earth are tracts (diverse though) neighbouring, and gardens

of vines and fields sown with corn, and palm trees - growing out of single roots

or otherwise: watered with the same water, yet some of them We make more

excellent than others to eat. Behold, verily in these things there are signs for

those who understand!

[13.5] If thou dost marvel (at their want of faith), strange is their saying:

"When we are (actually) dust, shall we indeed then be in a creation renewed?"

They are those who deny their Lord! They are those round whose necks will be

yokes (of servitude): they will be Companions of the Fire, to dwell therein (for

aye)!

[13.6] They ask thee to hasten on the evil in preference to the good: Yet

have come to pass, before them, (many) exemplary punishments! But verily thy

Lord is full of forgiveness for mankind for their wrong-doing, and verily thy

Lord is (also) strict in punishment.

[13.7] And the Unbelievers say: "Why is not a sign sent down to him from his

Lord?" But thou art truly a warner, and to every people a guide.

[13.8] Allah doth know what every female (womb) doth bear, by how much the

wombs fall short (of their time or number) or do exceed. Every single thing is

before His sight, in (due) proportion.

[13.9] He knoweth the unseen and that which is open: He is the Great, the

Most High.

[13.10] It is the same (to Him) whether any of you conceal his speech or

declare it openly; whether he lie hid by night or walk forth freely by day.

[13.11] For each (such person) there are (angels) in succession, before and

behind him: They guard him by command of Allah. Allah does not change a people's

lot unless they change what is in their hearts. But when (once) Allah willeth a

people's punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor will they find,

besides Him, any to protect.

[13.12] It is He Who doth show you the lightning, by way both of fear and of

hope: It is He Who doth raise up the clouds, heavy with (fertilising) rain!

[13.13] Nay, thunder repeateth His praises, and so do the angels, with awe: He

flingeth the loud-voiced thunder-bolts, and therewith He striketh whomsoever He

will..yet these (are the men) who (dare to) dispute about Allah, with the

strength of His power (supreme)!

[13.14] For Him (alone) is prayer in Truth: any others that they call upon

besides Him hear them no more than if they were to stretch forth their hands for

water to reach their mouths but it reaches them not: for the prayer of those

without Faith is nothing but (futile) wandering (in the mind).

[13.15] Whatever beings there are in the heavens and the earth do prostrate

themselves to Allah (Acknowledging subjection),- with good-will or in spite of

themselves: so do their shadows in the morning and evenings.

[13.16] Say: "Who is the Lord and Sustainer of the heavens and the earth?"

Say: "(It is) Allah." Say: "Do ye then take (for worship) protectors other than

Him, such as have no power either for good or for harm to themselves?" Say: "Are

the blind equal with those who see? Or the depths of darkness equal with light?"

Or do they assign to Allah partners who have created (anything) as He has

created, so that the creation seemed to them similar? Say: "Allah is the Creator

of all things: He is the One, the Supreme and Irresistible."

[13.17] He sends down water from the skies, and the channels flow, each

according to its measure: But the torrent bears away to foam that mounts up to

the surface. Even so, from that (ore) which they heat in the fire, to make

ornaments or utensils therewith, there is a scum likewise. Thus doth Allah (by

parables) show forth Truth and Vanity. For the scum disappears like forth cast

out; while that which is for the good of mankind remains on the earth. Thus doth

Allah set forth parables.

[13.18] For those who respond to their Lord, are (all) good things. But those

who respond not to Him,- Even if they had all that is in the heavens and on

earth, and as much more, (in vain) would they offer it for ransom. For them will

the reckoning be terrible: their abode will be Hell,- what a bed of misery!

[13.19] Is then one who doth know that that which hath been revealed unto thee

from thy Lord is the Truth, like one who is blind? It is those who are endued

with understanding that receive admonition;-

[13.20] Those who fulfil the covenant of Allah and fail not in their plighted

word;

[13.21] Those who join together those things which Allah hath commanded to be

joined, hold their Lord in awe, and fear the terrible reckoning;

[13.22] Those who patiently persevere, seeking the countenance of their Lord;

Establish regular prayers; spend, out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their

sustenance, secretly and openly; and turn off Evil with good: for such there is

the final attainment of the (eternal) home,-

[13.23] Gardens of perpetual bliss: they shall enter there, as well as the

righteous among their fathers, their spouses, and their offspring: and angels

shall enter unto them from every gate (with the salutation):

[13.24] "Peace unto you for that ye persevered in patience! Now how excellent

is the final home!"

[13.25] But those who break the Covenant of Allah, after having plighted their

word thereto, and cut asunder those things which Allah has commanded to be

joined, and work mischief in the land;- on them is the curse; for them is the

terrible home!

[13.26] Allah doth enlarge, or grant by (strict) measure, the sustenance

(which He giveth) to whomso He pleaseth. (The wordly) rejoice in the life of

this world: But the life of this world is but little comfort in the Hereafter.

[13.27] The Unbelievers say: "Why is not a sign sent down to him from his

Lord?" Say: "Truly Allah leaveth, to stray, whom He will; But He guideth to

Himself those who turn to Him in penitence,-

[13.28] "Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the

remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts

find satisfaction.

[13.29] "For those who believe and work righteousness, is (every) blessedness,

and a beautiful place of (final) return."

[13.30] Thus have we sent thee amongst a People before whom (long since) have

(other) Peoples (gone and) passed away; in order that thou mightest rehearse

unto them what We send down unto thee by inspiration; yet do they reject (Him),

the Most Gracious! Say: "He is my Lord! There is no god but He! On Him is my

trust, and to Him do I turn!"

[13.31] If there were a Qur'an with which mountains were moved, or the earth

were cloven asunder, or the dead were made to speak, (this would be the one!)

But, truly, the command is with Allah in all things! Do not the Believers know,

that, had Allah (so) willed, He could have guided all mankind (to the right)?

But the Unbelievers,- never will disaster cease to seize them for their (ill)

deeds, or to settle close to their homes, until the promise of Allah come to

pass, for, verily, Allah will not fail in His promise.

[13.32] Mocked were (many) messengers before thee: but I granted respite to

the unbelievers, and finally I punished them: Then how (terrible) was my

requital!

[13.33] Is then He who standeth over every soul (and knoweth) all that it

doth, (like any others)? And yet they ascribe partners to Allah. Say: "But name

them! is it that ye will inform Him of something he knoweth not on earth, or is

it (just) a show of words?" Nay! to those who believe not, their pretence seems

pleasing, but they are kept back (thereby) from the path. And those whom Allah

leaves to stray, no one can guide.

[13.34] For them is a penalty in the life of this world, but harder, truly, is

the penalty of the Hereafter: and defender have they none against Allah.

[13.35] The parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised!- beneath

it flow rivers: perpetual is the enjoyment thereof and the shade therein: such

is the end of the Righteous; and the end of Unbelievers in the Fire.

[13.36] Those to whom We have given the Book rejoice at what hath been

revealed unto thee: but there are among the clans those who reject a part

thereof. Say: "I am commanded to worship Allah, and not to join partners with

Him. Unto Him do I call, and unto Him is my return."

[13.37] Thus have We revealed it to be a judgment of authority in Arabic. Wert

thou to follow their (vain) desires after the knowledge which hath reached thee,

then wouldst thou find neither protector nor defender against Allah.

[13.38] We did send messengers before thee, and appointed for them wives and

children: and it was never the part of a messenger to bring a sign except as

Allah permitted (or commanded). For each period is a Book (revealed).

[13.39] Allah doth blot out or confirm what He pleaseth: with Him is the

Mother of the Book.

[13.40] Whether We shall show thee (within thy life-time) part of what we

promised them or take to ourselves thy soul (before it is all accomplished),-

thy duty is to make (the Message) reach them: it is our part to call them to

account.

[13.41] See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from

its outlying borders? (Where) Allah commands, there is none to put back His

Command: and He is swift in calling to account.

[13.42] Those before them did (also) devise plots; but in all things the

master-planning is Allah's He knoweth the doings of every soul: and soon will

the Unbelievers know who gets home in the end.

[13.43] The Unbelievers say: "No messenger art thou." Say: "Enough for a

witness between me and you is Allah, and such as have knowledge of the Book."

 

@IBRAHIM (ABRAHAM)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[14.1] A. L. R. A Book which We have revealed unto thee, in order that thou

mightest lead mankind out of the depths of darkness into light - by the leave of

their Lord - to the Way of (Him) the Exalted in power, worthy of all praise!-

[14.2] Of Allah, to Whom do belong all things in the heavens and on earth!

But alas for the Unbelievers for a terrible penalty (their Unfaith will bring

them)!-

[14.3] Those who love the life of this world more than the Hereafter, who

hinder (men) from the Path of Allah and seek therein something crooked: they are

astray by a long distance.

[14.4] We sent not a messenger except (to teach) in the language of his (own)

people, in order to make (things) clear to them. Now Allah leaves straying those

whom He pleases and guides whom He pleases: and He is Exalted in power, full of

Wisdom.

[14.5] We sent Moses with Our signs (and the command). "Bring out thy people

from the depths of darkness into light, and teach them to remember the Days of

Allah." Verily in this there are Signs for such as are firmly patient and

constant,- grateful and appreciative.

[14.6] Remember! Moses said to his people: "Call to mind the favour of Allah

to you when He delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: they set you hard tasks

and punishments, slaughtered your sons, and let your women-folk live: therein

was a tremendous trial from your Lord."

[14.7] And remember! your Lord caused to be declared (publicly): "If ye are

grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you; But if ye show ingratitude, truly

My punishment is terrible indeed."

[14.8] And Moses said: "If ye show ingratitude, ye and all on earth together,

yet is Allah free of all wants, worthy of all praise.

[14.9] Has not the story reached you, (O people!), of those who (went) before

you? - of the people of Noah, and 'Ad, and Thamud? - And of those who (came)

after them? None knows them but Allah. To them came messengers with Clear

(Signs); but they put their hands up to their mouths, and said: "We do deny (the

mission) on which ye have been sent, and we are really in suspicious

(disquieting) doubt as to that to which ye invite us."

[14.10] Their messengers said: "Is there a doubt about Allah, The Creator of

the heavens and the earth? It is He Who invites you, in order that He may

forgive you your sins and give you respite for a term appointed!" They said:

"Ah! ye are no more than human, like ourselves! Ye wish to turn us away from the

(gods) our fathers used to worship: then bring us some clear authority."

[14.11] Their messengers said to them: "True, we are human like yourselves,

but Allah doth grant His grace to such of his servants as He pleases. It is not

for us to bring you an authority except as Allah permits. And on Allah let all

men of faith put their trust.

[14.12] "No reason have we why we should not put our trust on Allah. Indeed He

Has guided us to the Ways we (follow). We shall certainly bear with patience all

the hurt you may cause us. For those who put their trust should put their trust

on Allah."

[14.13] And the Unbelievers said to their messengers: "Be sure we shall drive

you out of our land, or ye shall return to our religion." But their Lord

inspired (this Message) to them: "Verily We shall cause the wrong-doers to

perish!

[14.14] "And verily We shall cause you to abide in the land, and succeed them.

This for such as fear the Time when they shall stand before My tribunal,- such

as fear the punishment denounced."

[14.15] But they sought victory and decision (there and then), and frustration

was the lot of every powerful obstinate transgressor.

[14.16] In front of such a one is Hell, and he is given, for drink, boiling

fetid water.

[14.17] In gulps will he sip it, but never will he be near swallowing it down

his throat: death will come to him from every quarter, yet will he not die: and

in front of him will be a chastisement unrelenting.

[14.18] The parable of those who reject their Lord is that their works are as

ashes, on which the wind blows furiously on a tempestuous day: No power have

they over aught that they have earned: that is the straying far, far (from the

goal).

[14.19] Seest thou not that Allah created the heavens and the earth in Truth?

If He so will, He can remove you and put (in your place) a new creation?

[14.20] Nor is that for Allah any great matter.

[14.21] They will all be marshalled before Allah together: then will the weak

say to those who were arrogant, "For us, we but followed you; can ye then avail

us to all against the wrath of Allah?" They will reply, "If we had received the

Guidance of Allah, we should have given it to you: to us it makes no difference

(now) whether we rage, or bear (these torments) with patience: for ourselves

there is no way of escape."

[14.22] And Satan will say when the matter is decided: "It was Allah Who gave

you a promise of Truth: I too promised, but I failed in my promise to you. I had

no authority over you except to call you but ye listened to me: then reproach

not me, but reproach your own souls. I cannot listen to your cries, nor can ye

listen to mine. I reject your former act in associating me with Allah. For

wrong-doers there must be a grievous penalty."

[14.23] But those who believe and work righteousness will be admitted to

gardens beneath which rivers flow,- to dwell therein for aye with the leave of

their Lord. Their greeting therein will be: "Peace!"

[14.24] Seest thou not how Allah sets forth a parable? - A goodly word like a

goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the

heavens,- of its Lord. So Allah sets forth parables for men, in order that they

may receive admonition.

[14.25] It brings forth its fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord. So

Allah sets forth parables for men, in order that they may receive admonition.

[14.26] And the parable of an evil Word is that of an evil tree: It is torn up

by the root from the surface of the earth: it has no stability.

[14.27] Allah will establish in strength those who believe, with the word that

stands firm, in this world and in the Hereafter; but Allah will leave, to stray,

those who do wrong: Allah doeth what He willeth.

[14.28] Hast thou not turned thy vision to those who have changed the favour

of Allah. Into blasphemy and caused their people to descend to the House of

Perdition?-

[14.29] Into Hell? They will burn therein,- an evil place to stay in!

[14.30] And they set up (idols) as equal to Allah, to mislead (men) from the

Path! Say: "Enjoy (your brief power)! But verily ye are making straightway for

Hell!"

[14.31] Speak to my servants who have believed, that they may establish

regular prayers, and spend (in charity) out of the sustenance we have given

them, secretly and openly, before the coming of a Day in which there will be

neither mutual bargaining nor befriending.

[14.32] It is Allah Who hath created the heavens and the earth and sendeth

down rain from the skies, and with it bringeth out fruits wherewith to feed you;

it is He Who hath made the ships subject to you, that they may sail through the

sea by His command; and the rivers (also) hath He made subject to you.

[14.33] And He hath made subject to you the sun and the moon, both diligently

pursuing their courses; and the night and the day hath he (also) made subject to

you.

[14.34] And He giveth you of all that ye ask for. But if ye count the favours

of Allah, never will ye be able to number them. Verily, man is given up to

injustice and ingratitude.

[14.35] Remember Abraham said: "O my Lord! make this city one of peace and

security: and preserve me and my sons from worshipping idols.

[14.36] "O my Lord! they have indeed led astray many among mankind; He then

who follows my (ways) is of me, and he that disobeys me,- but Thou art indeed

Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[14.37] "O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley

without cultivation, by Thy Sacred House; in order, O our Lord, that they may

establish regular Prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards

them, and feed them with fruits: so that they may give thanks.

[14.38] "O our Lord! truly Thou dost know what we conceal and what we reveal:

for nothing whatever is hidden from Allah, whether on earth or in heaven.

[14.39] "Praise be to Allah, Who hath granted unto me in old age Isma'il and

Isaac: for truly my Lord is He, the Hearer of Prayer!

[14.40] O my Lord! make me one who establishes regular Prayer, and also (raise

such) among my offspring O our Lord! and accept Thou my Prayer.

[14.41] "O our Lord! cover (us) with Thy Forgiveness - me, my parents, and

(all) Believers, on the Day that the Reckoning will be established!

[14.42] Think not that Allah doth not heed the deeds of those who do wrong. He

but giveth them respite against a Day when the eyes will fixedly stare in

horror,-

[14.43] They running forward with necks outstretched, their heads uplifted,

their gaze returning not towards them, and their hearts a (gaping) void!

[14.44] So warn mankind of the Day when the Wrath will reach them: then will

the wrong-doers say: "Our Lord! respite us (if only) for a short term: we will

answer Thy call, and follow the messengers!" "What! were ye not wont to swear

aforetime that ye should suffer no decline?

[14.45] "And ye dwelt in the dwellings of men who wronged their own souls; ye

were clearly shown how We dealt with them; and We put forth (many) parables in

your behoof!"

[14.46] Mighty indeed were the plots which they made, but their plots were

(well) within the sight of Allah, even though they were such as to shake the

hills!

[14.47] Never think that Allah would fail his messengers in His promise: for

Allah is Exalted in power, - the Lord of Retribution.

[14.48] One day the earth will be changed to a different earth, and so will be

the heavens, and (men) will be marshalled forth, before Allah, the One, the

Irresistible;

[14.49] And thou wilt see the sinners that day bound together in fetters;-

[14.50] Their garments of liquid pitch, and their faces covered with Fire;

[14.51] That Allah may requite each soul according to its deserts; and verily

Allah is swift in calling to account.

[14.52] Here is a Message for mankind: Let them take warning therefrom, and

let them know that He is (no other than) One Allah: let men of understanding

take heed.

 

@AL-HIJR (AL-HIJR)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[15.1] A. L. R. These are the Ayats of Revelation,- of a Qur'an that makes

things clear.

[15.2] Again and again will those who disbelieve, wish that they had bowed

(to Allah's will) in Islam.

[15.3] Leave them alone, to enjoy (the good things of this life) and to

please themselves: let (false) hope amuse them: soon will knowledge (undeceive

them).

[15.4] Never did We destroy a population that had not a term decreed and

assigned beforehand.

[15.5] Neither can a people anticipate its term, nor delay it.

[15.6] They say: "O thou to whom the Message is being revealed! truly thou

art mad (or possessed)!

[15.7] "Why bringest thou not angels to us if it be that thou hast the

Truth?"

[15.8] We send not the angels down except for just cause: if they came (to

the ungodly), behold! no respite would they have!

[15.9] We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly

guard it (from corruption).

[15.10] We did send messengers before thee amongst the religious sects of old:

[15.11] But never came a messenger to them but they mocked him.

[15.12] Even so do we let it creep into the hearts of the sinners -

[15.13] That they should not believe in the (Message); but the ways of the

ancients have passed away.

[15.14] Even if We opened out to them a gate from heaven, and they were to

continue (all day) ascending therein,

[15.15] They would only say: "Our eyes have been intoxicated: Nay, we have

been bewitched by sorcery."

[15.16] It is We Who have set out the zodiacal signs in the heavens, and made

them fair-seeming to (all) beholders;

[15.17] And (moreover) We have guarded them from every cursed devil:

[15.18] But any that gains a hearing by stealth, is pursued by a flaming fire,

bright (to see).

[15.19] And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); set thereon

mountains firm and immovable; and produced therein all kinds of things in due

balance.

[15.20] And We have provided therein means of subsistence,- for you and for

those for whose sustenance ye are not responsible.

[15.21] And there is not a thing but its (sources and) treasures

(inexhaustible) are with Us; but We only send down thereof in due and

ascertainable measures.

[15.22] And We send the fecundating winds, then cause the rain to descend from

the sky, therewith providing you with water (in abundance), though ye are not

the guardians of its stores.

[15.23] And verily, it is We Who give life, and Who give death: it is We Who

remain inheritors (after all else passes away).

[15.24] To Us are known those of you who hasten forward, and those who lag

behind.

[15.25] Assuredly it is thy Lord Who will gather them together: for He is

perfect in Wisdom and Knowledge.

[15.26] We created man from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape;

[15.27] And the Jinn race, We had created before, from the fire of a scorching

wind.

[15.28] Behold! thy Lord said to the angels: "I am about to create man, from

sounding clay from mud moulded into shape;

[15.29] "When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him

of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him."

[15.30] So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together:

[15.31] Not so Iblis: he refused to be among those who prostrated themselves.

[15.32] (Allah) said: "O Iblis! what is your reason for not being among those

who prostrated themselves?"

[15.33] (Iblis) said: "I am not one to prostrate myself to man, whom Thou

didst create from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape."

[15.34] (Allah) said: "Then get thee out from here; for thou art rejected,

accursed.

[15.35] "And the curse shall be on thee till the day of Judgment."

[15.36] (Iblis) said: "O my Lord! give me then respite till the Day the (dead)

are raised."

[15.37] (Allah) said: "Respite is granted thee

[15.38] "Till the Day of the Time appointed."

[15.39] (Iblis) said: "O my Lord! because Thou hast put me in the wrong, I

will make (wrong) fair-seeming to them on the earth, and I will put them all in

the wrong,-

[15.40] "Except Thy servants among them, sincere and purified (by Thy Grace)."

[15.41] (Allah) said: "This (way of My sincere servants) is indeed a way that

leads straight to Me.

[15.42] "For over My servants no authority shalt thou have, except such as put

themselves in the wrong and follow thee."

[15.43] And verily, Hell is the promised abode for them all!

[15.44] To it are seven gates: for each of those gates is a (special) class

(of sinners) assigned.

[15.45] The righteous (will be) amid gardens and fountains (of clear-flowing

water).

[15.46] (Their greeting will be): "Enter ye here in peace and security."

[15.47] And We shall remove from their hearts any lurking sense of injury:

(they will be) brothers (joyfully) facing each other on thrones (of dignity).

[15.48] There no sense of fatigue shall touch them, nor shall they (ever) be

asked to leave.

[15.49] Tell My servants that I am indeed the Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful;

[15.50] And that My Penalty will be indeed the most grievous Penalty.

[15.51] Tell them about the guests of Abraham.

[15.52] When they entered his presence and said, "Peace!" He said, "We feel

afraid of you!"

[15.53] They said: "Fear not! We give thee glad tidings of a son endowed with

wisdom."

[15.54] He said: "Do ye give me glad tidings that old age has seized me? Of

what, then, is your good news?"

[15.55] They said: "We give thee glad tidings in truth: be not then in

despair!"

[15.56] He said: "And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord, but such as go

astray?"

[15.57] Abraham said: "What then is the business on which ye (have come), O ye

messengers (of Allah)?"

[15.58] They said: "We have been sent to a people (deep) in sin,

[15.59] "Excepting the adherents of Lut: them we are certainly (charged) to

save (from harm),- All -

[15.60] "Except his wife, who, We have ascertained, will be among those who

will lag behind."

[15.61] At length when the messengers arrived among the adherents of Lut,

[15.62] He said: "Ye appear to be uncommon folk."

[15.63] They said: "Yea, we have come to thee to accomplish that of which they

doubt.

[15.64] "We have brought to thee that which is inevitably due, and assuredly

we tell the truth.

[15.65] "Then travel by night with thy household, when a portion of the night

(yet remains), and do thou bring up the rear: let no one amongst you look back,

but pass on whither ye are ordered."

[15.66] And We made known this decree to him, that the last remnants of those

(sinners) should be cut off by the morning.

[15.67] The inhabitants of the city came in (mad) joy (at news of the young

men).

[15.68] Lut said: "These are my guests: disgrace me not:

[15.69] "But fear Allah, and shame me not."

[15.70] They said: "Did we not forbid thee (to speak) for all and sundry?"

[15.71] He said: "There are my daughters (to marry), if ye must act (so)."

[15.72] Verily, by thy life (O Prophet), in their wild intoxication, they

wander in distraction, to and fro.

[15.73] But the (mighty) Blast overtook them before morning,

[15.74] And We turned (the cities) upside down, and rained down on them

brimstones hard as baked clay.

[15.75] Behold! in this are Signs for those who by tokens do understand.

[15.76] And the (cities were) right on the high-road.

[15.77] Behold! in this is a sign for those who believed.

[15.78] And the Companions of the Wood were also wrong-doers;

[15.79] So We exacted retribution from them. They were both on an open

highway, plain to see.

[15.80] The Companions of the Rocky Tract also rejected the messengers:

[15.81] We sent them Our Signs, but they persisted in turning away from them.

[15.82] Out of the mountains did they hew (their) edifices, (feeling

themselves) secure.

[15.83] But the (mighty) Blast seized them of a morning,

[15.84] And of no avail to them was all that they did (with such art and

care)!

[15.85] We created not the heavens, the earth, and all between them, but for

just ends. And the Hour is surely coming (when this will be manifest). So

overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.

[15.86] For verily it is thy Lord who is the Master-Creator, knowing all

things.

[15.87] And We have bestowed upon thee the Seven Oft-repeated (verses) and the

Grand Qur'an.

[15.88] Strain not thine eyes. (Wistfully) at what We have bestowed on certain

classes of them, nor grieve over them: but lower thy wing (in gentleness) to the

believers.

[15.89] And say: "I am indeed he that warneth openly and without ambiguity,"-

[15.90] (Of just such wrath) as We sent down on those who divided (Scripture

into arbitrary parts),-

[15.91] (So also on such) as have made Qur'an into shreds (as they please).

[15.92] Therefore, by the Lord, We will, of a surety, call them to account,

[15.93] For all their deeds.

[15.94] Therefore expound openly what thou art commanded, and turn away from

those who join false gods with Allah.

[15.95] For sufficient are We unto thee against those who scoff,-

[15.96] Those who adopt, with Allah, another god: but soon will they come to

know.

[15.97] We do indeed know how thy heart is distressed at what they say.

[15.98] But celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and be of those who prostrate

themselves in adoration.

[15.99] And serve thy Lord until there come unto thee the Hour that is

Certain.

 

@AN-NAHL (THE BEE)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[16.1] (Inevitable) cometh (to pass) the Command of Allah: seek ye not then

to hasten it: Glory to Him, and far is He above having the partners they ascribe

unto Him!

[16.2] He doth send down His angels with inspiration of His Command, to such

of His servants as He pleaseth, (saying): "Warn (Man) that there is no god but

I: so do your duty unto Me."

[16.3] He has created the heavens and the earth for just ends: Far is He

above having the partners they ascribe to Him!

[16.4] He has created man from a sperm-drop; and behold this same (man)

becomes an open disputer!

[16.5] And cattle He has created for you (men): from them ye derive warmth,

and numerous benefits, and of their (meat) ye eat.

[16.6] And ye have a sense of pride and beauty in them as ye drive them home

in the evening, and as ye lead them forth to pasture in the morning.

[16.7] And they carry your heavy loads to lands that ye could not (otherwise)

reach except with souls distressed: for your Lord is indeed Most Kind, Most

Merciful,

[16.8] And (He has created) horses, mules, and donkeys, for you to ride and

use for show; and He has created (other) things of which ye have no knowledge.

[16.9] And unto Allah leads straight the Way, but there are ways that turn

aside: if Allah had willed, He could have guided all of you.

[16.10] It is He who sends down rain from the sky: from it ye drink, and out

of it (grows) the vegetation on which ye feed your cattle.

[16.11] With it He produces for you corn, olives, date-palms, grapes and every

kind of fruit: verily in this is a sign for those who give thought.

[16.12] He has made subject to you the Night and the Day; the sun and the

moon; and the stars are in subjection by His Command: verily in this are Signs

for men who are wise.

[16.13] And the things on this earth which He has multiplied in varying

colours (and qualities): verily in this is a sign for men who celebrate the

praises of Allah (in gratitude).

[16.14] It is He Who has made the sea subject, that ye may eat thereof flesh

that is fresh and tender, and that ye may extract therefrom ornaments to wear;

and thou seest the ships therein that plough the waves, that ye may seek (thus)

of the bounty of Allah and that ye may be grateful.

[16.15] And He has set up on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should

shake with you; and rivers and roads; that ye may guide yourselves;

[16.16] And marks and sign-posts; and by the stars (men) guide themselves.

[16.17] Is then He Who creates like one that creates not? Will ye not receive

admonition?

[16.18] If ye would count up the favours of Allah, never would ye be able to

number them: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[16.19] And Allah doth know what ye conceal, and what ye reveal.

[16.20] Those whom they invoke besides Allah create nothing and are themselves

created.

[16.21] (They are things) dead, lifeless: nor do they know when they will be

raised up.

[16.22] Your Allah is one Allah: as to those who believe not in the Hereafter,

their hearts refuse to know, and they are arrogant.

[16.23] Undoubtedly Allah doth know what they conceal, and what they reveal:

verily He loveth not the arrogant.

[16.24] When it is said to them, "What is it that your Lord has revealed?"

they say, "Tales of the ancients!"

[16.25] Let them bear, on the Day of Judgment, their own burdens in full, and

also (something) of the burdens of those without knowledge, whom they misled.

Alas, how grievous the burdens they will bear!

[16.26] Those before them did also plot (against Allah's Way): but Allah took

their structures from their foundations, and the roof fell down on them from

above; and the Wrath seized them from directions they did not perceive.

[16.27] Then, on the Day of Judgment, He will cover them with shame, and say:

"Where are My 'partners' concerning whom ye used to dispute (with the godly)?"

Those endued with knowledge will say: "This Day, indeed, are the Unbelievers

covered with shame and misery,-

[16.28] "(Namely) those whose lives the angels take in a state of wrong-doing

to their own souls." Then would they offer submission (with the pretence), "We

did no evil (knowingly)." (The angels will reply), "Nay, but verily Allah

knoweth all that ye did;

[16.29] "So enter the gates of Hell, to dwell therein. Thus evil indeed is the

abode of the arrogant."

[16.30] To the righteous (when) it is said, "What is it that your Lord has

revealed?" they say, "All that is good." To those who do good, there is good in

this world, and the Home of the Hereafter is even better and excellent indeed is

the Home of the righteous,-

[16.31] Gardens of Eternity which they will enter: beneath them flow

(pleasant) rivers: they will have therein all that they wish: thus doth Allah

reward the righteous,-

[16.32] (Namely) those whose lives the angels take in a state of purity,

saying (to them), "Peace be on you; enter ye the Garden, because of (the good)

which ye did (in the world)."

[16.33] Do the (ungodly) wait until the angels come to them, or there comes

the Command of thy Lord (for their doom)? So did those who went before them. But

Allah wronged them not: nay, they wronged their own souls.

[16.34] But the evil results of their deeds overtook them, and that very

(Wrath) at which they had scoffed hemmed them in.

[16.35] The worshippers of false gods say: "If Allah had so willed, we should

not have worshipped aught but Him - neither we nor our fathers,- nor should we

have prescribed prohibitions other than His." So did those who went before them.

But what is the mission of messengers but to preach the Clear Message?

[16.36] For We assuredly sent amongst every People a messenger, (with the

Command), "Serve Allah, and eschew Evil": of the People were some whom Allah

guided, and some on whom error became inevitably (established). So travel

through the earth, and see what was the end of those who denied (the Truth).

[16.37] If thou art anxious for their guidance, yet Allah guideth not such as

He leaves to stray, and there is none to help them.

[16.38] They swear their strongest oaths by Allah, that Allah will not raise

up those who die: Nay, but it is a promise (binding) on Him in truth: but most

among mankind realise it not.

[16.39] (They must be raised up), in order that He may manifest to them the

truth of that wherein they differ, and that the rejecters of Truth may realise

that they had indeed (surrendered to) Falsehood.

[16.40] For to anything which We have willed, We but say the word, "Be", and

it is.

[16.41] To those who leave their homes in the cause of Allah, after suffering

oppression,- We will assuredly give a goodly home in this world; but truly the

reward of the Hereafter will be greater. If they only realised (this)!

[16.42] (They are) those who persevere in patience, and put their trust on

their Lord.

[16.43] And before thee also the messengers We sent were but men, to whom We

granted inspiration: if ye realise this not, ask of those who possess the

Message.

[16.44] (We sent them) with Clear Signs and Books of dark prophecies; and We

have sent down unto thee (also) the Message; that thou mayest explain clearly to

men what is sent for them, and that they may give thought.

[16.45] Do then those who devise evil (plots) feel secure that Allah will not

cause the earth to swallow them up, or that the Wrath will not seize them from

directions they little perceive?-

[16.46] Or that He may not call them to account in the midst of their goings

to and fro, without a chance of their frustrating Him?-

[16.47] Or that He may not call them to account by a process of slow wastage -

for thy Lord is indeed full of kindness and mercy.

[16.48] Do they not look at Allah's creation, (even) among (inanimate)

things,- How their (very) shadows turn round, from the right and the left,

prostrating themselves to Allah, and that in the humblest manner?

[16.49] And to Allah doth obeisance all that is in the heavens and on earth,

whether moving (living) creatures or the angels: for none are arrogant (before

their Lord).

[16.50] They all revere their Lord, high above them, and they do all that they

are commanded.

[16.51] Allah has said: "Take not (for worship) two gods: for He is just One

Allah: then fear Me (and Me alone)."

[16.52] To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and on earth, and to Him is

duty due always: then will ye fear other than Allah?

[16.53] And ye have no good thing but is from Allah: and moreover, when ye are

touched by distress, unto Him ye cry with groans;

[16.54] Yet, when He removes the distress from you, behold! some of you turn

to other gods to join with their Lord-

[16.55] (As if) to show their ingratitude for the favours we have bestowed on

them! then enjoy (your brief day): but soon will ye know (your folly)!

[16.56] And they (even) assign, to things they do not know, a portion out of

that which We have bestowed for their sustenance! By Allah, ye shall certainly

be called to account for your false inventions.

[16.57] And they assign daughters for Allah! - Glory be to Him! - and for

themselves (sons,- the issue) they desire!

[16.58] When news is brought to one of them, of (the birth of) a female

(child), his face darkens, and he is filled with inward grief!

[16.59] With shame does he hide himself from his people, because of the bad

news he has had! Shall he retain it on (sufferance and) contempt, or bury it in

the dust? Ah! what an evil (choice) they decide on?

[16.60] To those who believe not in the Hereafter, applies the similitude of

evil: to Allah applies the highest similitude: for He is the Exalted in Power,

full of Wisdom.

[16.61] If Allah were to punish men for their wrong-doing, He would not leave,

on the (earth), a single living creature: but He gives them respite for a stated

Term: When their Term expires, they would not be able to delay (the punishment)

for a single hour, just as they would not be able to anticipate it (for a single

hour).

[16.62] They attribute to Allah what they hate (for themselves), and their

tongues assert the falsehood that all good things are for themselves: without

doubt for them is the Fire, and they will be the first to be hastened on into

it!

[16.63] By Allah, We (also) sent (Our messengers) to Peoples before thee; but

Satan made, (to the wicked), their own acts seem alluring: He is also their

patron today, but they shall have a most grievous penalty.

[16.64] And We sent down the Book to thee for the express purpose, that thou

shouldst make clear to them those things in which they differ, and that it

should be a guide and a mercy to those who believe.

[16.65] And Allah sends down rain from the skies, and gives therewith life to

the earth after its death: verily in this is a Sign for those who listen.

[16.66] And verily in cattle (too) will ye find an instructive sign. From what

is within their bodies between excretions and blood, We produce, for your drink,

milk, pure and agreeable to those who drink it.

[16.67] And from the fruit of the date-palm and the vine, ye get out wholesome

drink and food: behold, in this also is a sign for those who are wise.

[16.68] And thy Lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and

in (men's) habitations;

[16.69] Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the

spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of

varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those

who give thought.

[16.70] It is Allah who creates you and takes your souls at death; and of you

there are some who are sent back to a feeble age, so that they know nothing

after having known (much): for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful.

[16.71] Allah has bestowed His gifts of sustenance more freely on some of you

than on others: those more favoured are not going to throw back their gifts to

those whom their right hands possess, so as to be equal in that respect. Will

they then deny the favours of Allah?

[16.72] And Allah has made for you mates (and companions) of your own nature,

and made for you, out of them, sons and daughters and grandchildren, and

provided for you sustenance of the best: will they then believe in vain things,

and be ungrateful for Allah's favours?-

[16.73] And worship others than Allah,- such as have no power of providing

them, for sustenance, with anything in heavens or earth, and cannot possibly

have such power?

[16.74] Invent not similitudes for Allah: for Allah knoweth, and ye know not.

[16.75] Allah sets forth the Parable (of two men: one) a slave under the

dominion of another; He has no power of any sort; and (the other) a man on whom

We have bestowed goodly favours from Ourselves, and he spends thereof (freely),

privately and publicly: are the two equal? (By no means;) praise be to Allah.

But most of them understand not.

[16.76] Allah sets forth (another) Parable of two men: one of them dumb, with

no power of any sort; a wearisome burden is he to his master; whichever way be

directs him, he brings no good: is such a man equal with one who commands

Justice, and is on a Straight Way?

[16.77] To Allah belongeth the Mystery of the heavens and the earth. And the

Decision of the Hour (of Judgment) is as the twingkling of an eye, or even

quicker: for Allah hath power over all things.

[16.78] It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when ye

knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affections:

that ye may give thanks (to Allah).

[16.79] Do they not look at the birds, held poised in the midst of (the air

and) the sky? Nothing holds them up but (the power of) Allah. Verily in this are

signs for those who believe.

[16.80] It is Allah Who made your habitations homes of rest and quiet for you;

and made for you, out of the skins of animals, (tents for) dwellings, which ye

find so light (and handy) when ye travel and when ye stop (in your travels); and

out of their wool, and their soft fibres (between wool and hair), and their

hair, rich stuff and articles of convenience (to serve you) for a time.

[16.81] It is Allah Who made out of the things He created, some things to give

you shade; of the hills He made some for your shelter; He made you garments to

protect you from heat, and coats of mail to protect you from your (mutual)

violence. Thus does He complete His favours on you, that ye may bow to His Will

(in Islam).

[16.82] But if they turn away, thy duty is only to preach the clear Message.

[16.83] They recognise the favours of Allah; then they deny them; and most of

them are (creatures) ungrateful.

[16.84] One Day We shall raise from all Peoples a Witness: then will no excuse

be accepted from Unbelievers, nor will they receive any favours.

[16.85] When the wrong-doers (actually) see the Penalty, then will it in no

way be mitigated, nor will they then receive respite.

[16.86] When those who gave partners to Allah will see their "partners", they

will say: "Our Lord! these are our 'partners,' those whom we used to invoke

besides Thee." But they will throw back their word at them (and say): "Indeed ye

are liars!"

[16.87] That Day shall they (openly) show (their) submission to Allah; and all

their inventions shall leave them in the lurch.

[16.88] Those who reject Allah and hinder (men) from the Path of Allah - for

them will We add Penalty to Penalty; for that they used to spread mischief.

[16.89] One day We shall raise from all Peoples a witness against them, from

amongst themselves: and We shall bring thee as a witness against these (thy

people): and We have sent down to thee the Book explaining all things, a Guide,

a Mercy, and Glad Tidings to Muslims.

[16.90] Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and

kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He

instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.

[16.91] Fulfil the Covenant of Allah when ye have entered into it, and break

not your oaths after ye have confirmed them; indeed ye have made Allah your

surety; for Allah knoweth all that ye do.

[16.92] And be not like a woman who breaks into untwisted strands the yarn

which she has spun, after it has become strong. Nor take your oaths to practise

deception between yourselves, lest one party should be more numerous than

another: for Allah will test you by this; and on the Day of Judgment He will

certainly make clear to you (the truth of) that wherein ye disagree.

[16.93] If Allah so willed, He could make you all one people: But He leaves

straying whom He pleases, and He guides whom He pleases: but ye shall certainly

be called to account for all your actions.

[16.94] And take not your oaths, to practise deception between yourselves,

with the result that someone's foot may slip after it was firmly planted, and ye

may have to taste the evil (consequences) of having hindered (men) from the Path

of Allah, and a Mighty Wrath descend on you.

[16.95] Nor sell the covenant of Allah for a miserable price: for with Allah

is (a prize) far better for you, if ye only knew.

[16.96] What is with you must vanish: what is with Allah will endure. And We

will certainly bestow, on those who patiently persevere, their reward according

to the best of their actions.

[16.97] Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has Faith, verily, to

him will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on

such their reward according to the best of their actions.

[16.98] When thou dost read the Qur'an, seek Allah's protection from Satan the

rejected one.

[16.99] No authority has he over those who believe and put their trust in

their Lord.

[16.100] His authority is over those only, who take him as patron and who join

partners with Allah.

[16.101] When We substitute one revelation for another,- and Allah knows best

what He reveals (in stages),- they say, "Thou art but a forger": but most of

them understand not.

[16.102] Say, the Holy Spirit has brought the revelation from thy Lord in

Truth, in order to strengthen those who believe, and as a Guide and Glad Tidings

to Muslims.

[16.103] We know indeed that they say, "It is a man that teaches him." The

tongue of him they wickedly point to is notably foreign, while this is Arabic,

pure and clear.

[16.104] Those who believe not in the Signs of Allah,- Allah will not guide

them, and theirs will be a grievous Penalty.

[16.105] It is those who believe not in the Signs of Allah, that forge

falsehood: it is they who lie!

[16.106] Any one who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters Unbelief,- except

under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in Faith - but such as open their

breast to Unbelief, on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful

Penalty.

[16.107] This because they love the life of this world better than the

Hereafter: and Allah will not guide those who reject Faith.

[16.108] Those are they whose hearts, ears, and eyes Allah has sealed up, and

they take no heed.

[16.109] Without doubt, in the Hereafter they will perish.

[16.110] But verily thy Lord,- to those who leave their homes after trials and

persecutions,- and who thereafter strive and fight for the faith and patiently

persevere,- Thy Lord, after all this is oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

[16.111] One Day every soul will come up struggling for itself, and every soul

will be recompensed (fully) for all its actions, and none will be unjustly dealt

with.

[16.112] Allah sets forth a Parable: a city enjoying security and quiet,

abundantly supplied with sustenance from every place: Yet was it ungrateful for

the favours of Allah: so Allah made it taste of hunger and terror (in extremes)

(closing in on it) like a garment (from every side), because of the (evil) which

(its people) wrought.

[16.113] And there came to them a Messenger from among themselves, but they

falsely rejected him; so the Wrath seized them even in the midst of their

iniquities.

[16.114] So eat of the sustenance which Allah has provided for you, lawful and

good; and be grateful for the favours of Allah, if it is He Whom ye serve.

[16.115] He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of

swine, and any (food) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked.

But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor

transgressing due limits,- then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[16.116] But say not - for any false thing that your tongues may put forth,-

"This is lawful, and this is forbidden," so as to ascribe false things to Allah.

For those who ascribe false things to Allah, will never prosper.

[16.117] (In such falsehood) is but a paltry profit; but they will have a most

grievous Penalty.

[16.118] To the Jews We prohibited such things as We have mentioned to thee

before: We did them no wrong, but they were used to doing wrong to themselves.

[16.119] But verily thy Lord,- to those who do wrong in ignorance, but who

thereafter repent and make amends,- thy Lord, after all this, is Oft-Forgiving,

Most Merciful.

[16.120] Abraham was indeed a model, devoutly obedient to Allah, (and) true in

Faith, and he joined not gods with Allah:

[16.121] He showed his gratitude for the favours of Allah, who chose him, and

guided him to a Straight Way.

[16.122] And We gave him Good in this world, and he will be, in the Hereafter,

in the ranks of the Righteous.

[16.123] So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), "Follow the ways of

Abraham the True in Faith, and he joined not gods with Allah."

[16.124] The Sabbath was only made (strict) for those who disagreed (as to its

observance); But Allah will judge between them on the Day of Judgment, as to

their differences.

[16.125] Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful

preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy

Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.

[16.126] And if ye do catch them out, catch them out no worse than they catch

you out: But if ye show patience, that is indeed the best (course) for those who

are patient.

[16.127] And do thou be patient, for thy patience is but from Allah; nor grieve

over them: and distress not thyself because of their plots.

[16.128] For Allah is with those who restrain themselves, and those who do

good.

 

@AL-ISRA (ISRA')

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[17.1] Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from

the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in

order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth

and seeth (all things).

[17.2] We gave Moses the Book, and made it a Guide to the Children of Israel,

(commanding): "Take not other than Me as Disposer of (your) affairs."

[17.3] O ye that are sprung from those whom We carried (in the Ark) with

Noah! Verily he was a devotee most grateful.

[17.4] And We gave (Clear) Warning to the Children of Israel in the Book,

that twice would they do mischief on the earth and be elated with mighty

arrogance (and twice would they be punished)!

[17.5] When the first of the warnings came to pass, We sent against you Our

servants given to terrible warfare: They entered the very inmost parts of your

homes; and it was a warning (completely) fulfilled.

[17.6] Then did We grant you the Return as against them: We gave you increase

in resources and sons, and made you the more numerous in man-power.

[17.7] If ye did well, ye did well for yourselves; if ye did evil, (ye did

it) against yourselves. So when the second of the warnings came to pass, (We

permitted your enemies) to disfigure your faces, and to enter your Temple as

they had entered it before, and to visit with destruction all that fell into

their power.

[17.8] It may be that your Lord may (yet) show Mercy unto you; but if ye

revert (to your sins), We shall revert (to Our punishments): And we have made

Hell a prison for those who reject (all Faith).

[17.9] Verily this Qur'an doth guide to that which is most right (or stable),

and giveth the Glad Tidings to the Believers who work deeds of righteousness,

that they shall have a magnificent reward;

[17.10] And to those who believe not in the Hereafter, (it announceth) that We

have prepared for them a Penalty Grievous (indeed).

[17.11] The prayer that man should make for good, he maketh for evil; for man

is given to hasty (deeds).

[17.12] We have made the Night and the Day as two (of Our) Signs: the Sign of

the Night have We obscured, while the Sign of the Day We have made to enlighten

you; that ye may seek bounty from your Lord, and that ye may know the number and

count of the years: all things have We explained in detail.

[17.13] Every man's fate We have fastened on his own neck: On the Day of

Judgment We shall bring out for him a scroll, which he will see spread open.

[17.14] (It will be said to him:) "Read thine (own) record: Sufficient is thy

soul this day to make out an account against thee."

[17.15] Who receiveth guidance, receiveth it for his own benefit: who goeth

astray doth so to his own loss: No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of

another: nor would We visit with Our Wrath until We had sent an messenger (to

give warning).

[17.16] When We decide to destroy a population, We (first) send a definite

order to those among them who are given the good things of this life and yet

transgress; so that the word is proved true against them: then (it is) We

destroy them utterly.

[17.17] How many generations have We destroyed after Noah? and enough is thy

Lord to note and see the sins of His servants.

[17.18] If any do wish for the transitory things (of this life), We readily

grant them - such things as We will, to such person as We will: in the end have

We provided Hell for them: they will burn therein, disgraced and rejected.

[17.19] Those who do wish for the (things of) the Hereafter, and strive

therefor with all due striving, and have Faith,- they are the ones whose

striving is acceptable (to Allah).

[17.20] Of the bounties of thy Lord We bestow freely on all- These as well as

those: The bounties of thy Lord are not closed (to anyone).

[17.21] See how We have bestowed more on some than on others; but verily the

Hereafter is more in rank and gradation and more in excellence.

[17.22] Take not with Allah another object of worship; or thou (O man!) wilt

sit in disgrace and destitution.

[17.23] Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be

kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not

to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour.

[17.24] And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: "My

Lord! bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood."

[17.25] Your Lord knoweth best what is in your hearts: If ye do deeds of

righteousness, verily He is Most Forgiving to those who turn to Him again and

again (in true penitence).

[17.26] And render to the kindred their due rights, as (also) to those in

want, and to the wayfarer: But squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a

spendthrift.

[17.27] Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the Evil Ones; and the Evil One is

to his Lord (himself) ungrateful.

[17.28] And even if thou hast to turn away from them in pursuit of the Mercy

from thy Lord which thou dost expect, yet speak to them a word of easy kindness.

[17.29] Make not thy hand tied (like a niggard's) to thy neck, nor stretch it

forth to its utmost reach, so that thou become blameworthy and destitute.

[17.30] Verily thy Lord doth provide sustenance in abundance for whom He

pleaseth, and He provideth in a just measure. For He doth know and regard all

His servants.

[17.31] Kill not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance

for them as well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin.

[17.32] Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil,

opening the road (to other evils).

[17.33] Nor take life - which Allah has made sacred - except for just cause.

And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand

qisas or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking

life; for he is helped (by the Law).

[17.34] Come not nigh to the orphan's property except to improve it, until he

attains the age of full strength; and fulfil (every) engagement, for (every)

engagement will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning).

[17.35] Give full measure when ye measure, and weigh with a balance that is

straight: that is the most fitting and the most advantageous in the final

determination.

[17.36] And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of

hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart will be enquired into (on the

Day of Reckoning).

[17.37] Nor walk on the earth with insolence: for thou canst not rend the

earth asunder, nor reach the mountains in height.

[17.38] Of all such things the evil is hateful in the sight of thy Lord.

[17.39] These are among the (precepts of) wisdom, which thy Lord has revealed

to thee. Take not, with Allah, another object of worship, lest thou shouldst be

thrown into Hell, blameworthy and rejected.

[17.40] Has then your Lord (O Pagans!) preferred for you sons, and taken for

Himself daughters among the angels? Truly ye utter a most dreadful saying!

[17.41] We have explained (things) in various (ways) in this Qur'an, in order

that they may receive admonition, but it only increases their flight (from the

Truth)!

[17.42] Say: If there had been (other) gods with Him, as they say,- behold,

they would certainly have sought out a way to the Lord of the Throne!

[17.43] Glory to Him! He is high above all that they say!- Exalted and Great

(beyond measure)!

[17.44] The seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare His

glory: there is not a thing but celebrates His praise; And yet ye understand not

how they declare His glory! Verily He is Oft-Forbear, Most Forgiving!

[17.45] When thou dost recite the Qur'an, We put, between thee and those who

believe not in the Hereafter, a veil invisible:

[17.46] And We put coverings over their hearts (and minds) lest they should

understand the Qur'an, and deafness into their ears: when thou dost commemorate

thy Lord and Him alone in the Qur'an, they turn on their backs, fleeing (from

the Truth).

[17.47] We know best why it is they listen, when they listen to thee; and when

they meet in private conference, behold, the wicked say, "Ye follow none other

than a man bewitched!"

[17.48] See what similes they strike for thee: but they have gone astray, and

never can they find a way.

[17.49] They say: "What! when we are reduced to bones and dust, should we

really be raised up (to be) a new creation?"

[17.50] Say: "(Nay!) be ye stones or iron,

[17.51] "Or created matter which, in your minds, is hardest (to be raised

up),- (Yet shall ye be raised up)!" then will they say: "Who will cause us to

return?" Say: "He who created you first!" Then will they wag their heads towards

thee, and say, "When will that be?" Say, "May be it will be quite soon!

[17.52] "It will be on a Day when He will call you, and ye will answer (His

call) with (words of) His praise, and ye will think that ye tarried but a little

while!"

[17.53] Say to My servants that they should (only) say those things that are

best: for Satan doth sow dissensions among them: For Satan is to man an avowed

enemy.

[17.54] It is your Lord that knoweth you best: If He please, He granteth you

mercy, or if He please, punishment: We have not sent thee to be a disposer of

their affairs for them.

[17.55] And it is your Lord that knoweth best all beings that are in the

heavens and on earth: We did bestow on some prophets more (and other) gifts than

on others: and We gave to David (the gift of) the Psalms.

[17.56] Say: "Call on those - besides Him - whom ye fancy: they have neither

the power to remove your troubles from you nor to change them."

[17.57] Those whom they call upon do desire (for themselves) means of access

to their Lord, - even those who are nearest: they hope for His Mercy and fear

His Wrath: for the Wrath of thy Lord is something to take heed of.

[17.58] There is not a population but We shall destroy it before the Day of

Judgment or punish it with a dreadful Penalty: that is written in the (eternal)

Record.

[17.59] And We refrain from sending the signs, only because the men of former

generations treated them as false: We sent the she-camel to the Thamud to open

their eyes, but they treated her wrongfully: We only send the Signs by way of

terror (and warning from evil).

[17.60] Behold! We told thee that thy Lord doth encompass mankind round about:

We granted the vision which We showed thee, but as a trial for men,- as also the

Cursed Tree (mentioned) in the Qur'an: We put terror (and warning) into them,

but it only increases their inordinate transgression!

[17.61] Behold! We said to the angels: "Bow down unto Adam": They bowed down

except Iblis: He said, "Shall I bow down to one whom Thou didst create from

clay?"

[17.62] He said: "Seest Thou? this is the one whom Thou hast honoured above

me! If Thou wilt but respite me to the Day of Judgment, I will surely bring his

descendants under my sway - all but a few!"

[17.63] (Allah) said: "Go thy way; if any of them follow thee, verily Hell

will be the recompense of you (all)- an ample recompense.

[17.64] "Lead to destruction those whom thou canst among them, with thy

(seductive) voice; make assaults on them with thy cavalry and thy infantry;

mutually share with them wealth and children; and make promises to them." But

Satan promises them nothing but deceit.

[17.65] "As for My servants, no authority shalt thou have over them:" Enough

is thy Lord for a Disposer of affairs.

[17.66] Your Lord is He That maketh the Ship go smoothly for you through the

sea, in order that ye may seek of his Bounty. For he is unto you most Merciful.

[17.67] When distress seizes you at sea, those that ye call upon - besides

Himself - leave you in the lurch! but when He brings you back safe to land, ye

turn away (from Him). Most ungrateful is man!

[17.68] Do ye then feel secure that He will not cause you to be swallowed up

beneath the earth when ye are on land, or that He will not send against you a

violent tornado (with showers of stones) so that ye shall find no one to carry

out your affairs for you?

[17.69] Or do ye feel secure that He will not send you back a second time to

sea and send against you a heavy gale to drown you because of your ingratitude,

so that ye find no helper. Therein against Us?

[17.70] We have honoured the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on

land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on

them special favours, above a great part of our creation.

[17.71] One day We shall call together all human beings with their

(respective) Imams: those who are given their record in their right hand will

read it (with pleasure), and they will not be dealt with unjustly in the least.

[17.72] But those who were blind in this world, will be blind in the

hereafter, and most astray from the Path.

[17.73] And their purpose was to tempt thee away from that which We had

revealed unto thee, to substitute in our name something quite different; (in

that case), behold! they would certainly have made thee (their) friend!

[17.74] And had We not given thee strength, thou wouldst nearly have inclined

to them a little.

[17.75] In that case We should have made thee taste an equal portion (of

punishment) in this life, and an equal portion in death: and moreover thou

wouldst have found none to help thee against Us!

[17.76] Their purpose was to scare thee off the land, in order to expel thee;

but in that case they would not have stayed (therein) after thee, except for a

little while.

[17.77] (This was Our) way with the messengers We sent before thee: thou wilt

find no change in Our ways.

[17.78] Establish regular prayers - at the sun's decline till the darkness of

the night, and the morning prayer and reading: for the prayer and reading in the

morning carry their testimony.

[17.79] And pray in the small watches of the morning: (it would be) an

additional prayer (or spiritual profit) for thee: soon will thy Lord raise thee

to a Station of Praise and Glory!

[17.80] Say: "O my Lord! Let my entry be by the Gate of Truth and Honour, and

likewise my exit by the Gate of Truth and Honour; and grant me from Thy Presence

an authority to aid (me)."

[17.81] And say: "Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for

Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish."

[17.82] We send down (stage by stage) in the Qur'an that which is a healing

and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after

loss.

[17.83] Yet when We bestow Our favours on man, he turns away and becomes

remote on his side (instead of coming to Us), and when evil seizes him he gives

himself up to despair!

[17.84] Say: "Everyone acts according to his own disposition: But your Lord

knows best who it is that is best guided on the Way."

[17.85] They ask thee concerning the Spirit (of inspiration). Say: "The Spirit

(cometh) by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is only a little that is

communicated to you, (O men!)"

[17.86] If it were Our Will, We could take away that which We have sent thee

by inspiration:then wouldst thou find none to plead thy affair in that matter as

against Us,-

[17.87] Except for Mercy from thy Lord: for his bounty is to thee (indeed)

great.

[17.88] Say: "If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to

produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof, even

if they backed up each other with help and support.

[17.89] And We have explained to man, in this Qur'an, every kind of

similitude: yet the greater part of men refuse (to receive it) except with

ingratitude!

[17.90] They say: "We shall not believe in thee, until thou cause a spring to

gush forth for us from the earth,

[17.91] "Or (until) thou have a garden of date trees and vines, and cause

rivers to gush forth in their midst, carrying abundant water;

[17.92] "Or thou cause the sky to fall in pieces, as thou sayest (will

happen), against us; or thou bring Allah and the angels before (us) face to

face:

[17.93] "Or thou have a house adorned with gold, or thou mount a ladder right

into the skies. No, we shall not even believe in thy mounting until thou send

down to us a book that we could read." Say: "Glory to my Lord! Am I aught but a

man,- a messenger?"

[17.94] What kept men back from belief when Guidance came to them, was nothing

but this: they said, "Has Allah sent a man (like us) to be (His) Messenger?"

[17.95] Say, "If there were settled, on earth, angels walking about in peace

and quiet, We should certainly have sent them down from the heavens an angel for

a messenger."

[17.96] Say: "Enough is Allah for a witness between me and you: for He is well

acquainted with His servants, and He sees (all things).

[17.97] It is he whom Allah guides, that is on true Guidance; but he whom He

leaves astray - for such wilt thou find no protector besides Him. On the Day of

Judgment We shall gather, them together, prone on their faces, blind, dumb, and

deaf: their abode will be Hell: every time it shows abatement, We shall increase

from them the fierceness of the Fire.

[17.98] That is their recompense, because they rejected Our signs, and said,

"When we are reduced to bones and broken dust, should we really be raised up (to

be) a new Creation?"

[17.99] See they not that Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, has

power to create the like of them (anew)? Only He has decreed a term appointed,

of which there is no doubt. But the unjust refuse (to receive it) except with

ingratitude.

[17.100] Say: "If ye had control of the Treasures of the Mercy of my Lord,

behold, ye would keep them back, for fear of spending them: for man is (every)

niggardly!"

[17.101] To Moses We did give Nine Clear Signs: As the Children of Israel: when

he came to them, Pharaoh said to him: "O Moses! I consider thee, indeed, to have

been worked upon by sorcery!

[17.102] Moses said, "Thou knowest well that these things have been sent down

by none but the Lord of the heavens and the earth as eye-opening evidence: and I

consider thee indeed, O Pharaoh, to be one doomed to destruction!"

[17.103] So he resolved to remove them from the face of the earth: but We did

drown him and all who were with him.

[17.104] And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, "Dwell securely in

the land (of promise)": but when the second of the warnings came to pass, We

gathered you together in a mingled crowd.

[17.105] We sent down the (Qur'an) in Truth, and in Truth has it descended: and

We sent thee but to give Glad Tidings and to warn (sinners).

[17.106] (It is) a Qur'an which We have divided (into parts from time to time),

in order that thou mightest recite it to men at intervals: We have revealed it

by stages.

[17.107] Say: "Whether ye believe in it or not, it is true that those who were

given knowledge beforehand, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces

in humble prostration,

[17.108] "And they say: 'Glory to our Lord! Truly has the promise of our Lord

been fulfilled!'"

[17.109] They fall down on their faces in tears, and it increases their

(earnest) humility.

[17.110] Say: "Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: by whatever name ye call

upon Him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Neither

speak thy Prayer aloud, nor speak it in a low tone, but seek a middle course

between."

[17.111] Say: "Praise be to Allah, who begets no son, and has no partner in

(His) dominion: Nor (needs) He any to protect Him from humiliation: yea, magnify

Him for His greatness and glory!"

 

@AL-KAHF (THE CAVE)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[18.1] Praise be to Allah, Who hath sent to His Servant the Book, and hath

allowed therein no Crookedness:

[18.2] (He hath made it) Straight (and Clear) in order that He may warn (the

godless) of a terrible Punishment from Him, and that He may give Glad Tidings to

the Believers who work righteous deeds, that they shall have a goodly Reward,

[18.3] Wherein they shall remain for ever:

[18.4] Further, that He may warn those (also) who say, "Allah hath begotten a

son":

[18.5] No knowledge have they of such a thing, nor had their fathers. It is a

grievous thing that issues from their mouths as a saying what they say is

nothing but falsehood!

[18.6] Thou wouldst only, perchance, fret thyself to death, following after

them, in grief, if they believe not in this Message.

[18.7] That which is on earth we have made but as a glittering show for the

earth, in order that We may test them - as to which of them are best in conduct.

[18.8] Verily what is on earth we shall make but as dust and dry soil

(without growth or herbage).

[18.9] Or dost thou reflect that the Companions of the Cave and of the

Inscription were wonders among Our Sign?

[18.10] Behold, the youths betook themselves to the Cave: they said, "Our

Lord! bestow on us Mercy from Thyself, and dispose of our affair for us in the

right way!"

[18.11] Then We draw (a veil) over their ears, for a number of years, in the

Cave, (so that they heard not):

[18.12] Then We roused them, in order to test which of the two parties was

best at calculating the term of years they had tarried!

[18.13] We relate to thee their story in truth: they were youths who believed

in their Lord, and We advanced them in guidance:

[18.14] We gave strength to their hearts: Behold, they stood up and said: "Our

Lord is the Lord of the heavens and of the earth: never shall we call upon any

god other than Him: if we did, we should indeed have uttered an enormity!

[18.15] "These our people have taken for worship gods other than Him: why do

they not bring forward an authority clear (and convincing) for what they do? Who

doth more wrong than such as invent a falsehood against Allah?

[18.16] "When ye turn away from them and the things they worship other than

Allah, betake yourselves to the Cave: Your Lord will shower His mercies on you

and disposes of your affair towards comfort and ease."

[18.17] Thou wouldst have seen the sun, when it rose, declining to the right

from their Cave, and when it set, turning away from them to the left, while they

lay in the open space in the midst of the Cave. Such are among the Signs of

Allah: He whom Allah, guides is rightly guided; but he whom Allah leaves to

stray,- for him wilt thou find no protector to lead him to the Right Way.

[18.18] Thou wouldst have deemed them awake, whilst they were asleep, and We

turned them on their right and on their left sides: their dog stretching forth

his two fore-legs on the threshold: if thou hadst come up on to them, thou

wouldst have certainly turned back from them in flight, and wouldst certainly

have been filled with terror of them.

[18.19] Such (being their state), we raised them up (from sleep), that they

might question each other. Said one of them, "How long have ye stayed (here)?"

They said, "We have stayed (perhaps) a day, or part of a day." (At length) they

(all) said, "Allah (alone) knows best how long ye have stayed here.... Now send

ye then one of you with this money of yours to the town: let him find out which

is the best food (to be had) and bring some to you, that (ye may) satisfy your

hunger therewith: And let him behave with care and courtesy, and let him not

inform any one about you.

[18.20] "For if they should come upon you, they would stone you or force you

to return to their cult, and in that case ye would never attain prosperity."

[18.21] Thus did We make their case known to the people, that they might know

that the promise of Allah is true, and that there can be no doubt about the Hour

of Judgment. Behold, they dispute among themselves as to their affair. (Some)

said, "Construct a building over them": Their Lord knows best about them: those

who prevailed over their affair said, "Let us surely build a place of worship

over them."

[18.22] (Some) say they were three, the dog being the fourth among them;

(others) say they were five, the dog being the sixth,- doubtfully guessing at

the unknown; (yet others) say they were seven, the dog being the eighth. Say

thou: "My Lord knoweth best their number; It is but few that know their (real

case)." Enter not, therefore, into controversies concerning them, except on a

matter that is clear, nor consult any of them about (the affair of) the

Sleepers.

[18.23] Nor say of anything, "I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow"-

[18.24] Without adding, "So please Allah!" and call thy Lord to mind when thou

forgettest, and say, "I hope that my Lord will guide me ever closer (even) than

this to the right road."

[18.25] So they stayed in their Cave three hundred years, and (some) add nine

(more)

[18.26] Say: "Allah knows best how long they stayed: with Him is (the

knowledge of) the secrets of the heavens and the earth: how clearly He sees, how

finely He hears (everything)! They have no protector other than Him; nor does He

share His Command with any person whatsoever.

[18.27] And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the Book of

thy Lord: none can change His Words, and none wilt thou find as a refuge other

than Him.

[18.28] And keep thy soul content with those who call on their Lord morning

and evening, seeking His Face; and let not thine eyes pass beyond them, seeking

the pomp and glitter of this Life; no obey any whose heart We have permitted to

neglect the remembrance of Us, one who follows his own desires, whose case has

gone beyond all bounds.

[18.29] Say, "The truth is from your Lord": Let him who will believe, and let

him who will, reject (it): for the wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire whose

(smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them in: if they

implore relief they will be granted water like melted brass, that will scald

their faces, how dreadful the drink! How uncomfortable a couch to recline on!

[18.30] As to those who believe and work righteousness, verily We shall not

suffer to perish the reward of any who do a (single) righteous deed.

[18.31] For them will be Gardens of Eternity; beneath them rivers will flow;

they will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and they will wear green

garments of fine silk and heavy brocade: They will recline therein on raised

thrones. How good the recompense! How beautiful a couch to recline on!

[18.32] Set forth to them the parable of two men: for one of them We provided

two gardens of grape-vines and surrounded them with date palms; in between the

two We placed corn-fields.

[18.33] Each of those gardens brought forth its produce, and failed not in the

least therein: in the midst of them We caused a river to flow.

[18.34] (Abundant) was the produce this man had : he said to his companion, in

the course of a mutual argument: "more wealth have I than you, and more honour

and power in (my following of) men."

[18.35] He went into his garden in a state (of mind) unjust to his soul: He

said, "I deem not that this will ever perish,

[18.36] "Nor do I deem that the Hour (of Judgment) will (ever) come: Even if I

am brought back to my Lord, I shall surely find (there) something better in

exchange."

[18.37] His companion said to him, in the course of the argument with him:

"Dost thou deny Him Who created thee out of dust, then out of a sperm-drop, then

fashioned thee into a man?

[18.38] "But (I think) for my part that He is Allah, My Lord, and none shall I

associate with my Lord.

[18.39] "Why didst thou not, as thou wentest into thy garden, say: 'Allah's

will (be done)! There is no power but with Allah!' If thou dost see me less than

thee in wealth and sons,

[18.40] "It may be that my Lord will give me something better than thy garden,

and that He will send on thy garden thunderbolts (by way of reckoning) from

heaven, making it (but) slippery sand!-

[18.41] "Or the water of the garden will run off underground so that thou wilt

never be able to find it."

[18.42] So his fruits (and enjoyment) were encompassed (with ruin), and he

remained twisting and turning his hands over what he had spent on his property,

which had (now) tumbled to pieces to its very foundations, and he could only

say, "Woe is me! Would I had never ascribed partners to my Lord and Cherisher!"

[18.43] Nor had he numbers to help him against Allah, nor was he able to

deliver himself.

[18.44] There, the (only) protection comes from Allah, the True One. He is the

Best to reward, and the Best to give success.

[18.45] Set forth to them the similitude of the life of this world: It is like

the rain which we send down from the skies: the earth's vegetation absorbs it,

but soon it becomes dry stubble, which the winds do scatter: it is (only) Allah

who prevails over all things.

[18.46] Wealth and sons are allurements of the life of this world: But the

things that endure, good deeds, are best in the sight of thy Lord, as rewards,

and best as (the foundation for) hopes.

[18.47] One Day We shall remove the mountains, and thou wilt see the earth as

a level stretch, and We shall gather them, all together, nor shall We leave out

any one of them.

[18.48] And they will be marshalled before thy Lord in ranks, (with the

announcement), "Now have ye come to Us (bare) as We created you first: aye, ye

thought We shall not fulfil the appointment made to you to meet (Us)!":

[18.49] And the Book (of Deeds) will be placed (before you); and thou wilt see

the sinful in great terror because of what is (recorded) therein; they will say,

"Ah! woe to us! what a Book is this! It leaves out nothing small or great, but

takes account thereof!" They will find all that they did, placed before them:

And not one will thy Lord treat with injustice.

[18.50] Behold! We said to the angels, "Bow down to Adam": They bowed down

except Iblis. He was one of the Jinns, and he broke the Command of his Lord.

Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are

enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrong-doers!

[18.51] I called them not to witness the creation of the heavens and the

earth, nor (even) their own creation: nor is it for helpers such as Me to take

as lead (men) astray!

[18.52] One Day He will say, "Call on those whom ye thought to be My

partners," and they will call on them, but they will not listen to them; and We

shall make for them a place of common perdition.

[18.53] And the Sinful shall see the fire and apprehend that they have to fall

therein: no means will they find to turn away therefrom.

[18.54] We have explained in detail in this Qur'an, for the benefit of

mankind, every kind of similitude: but man is, in most things, contentious.

[18.55] And what is there to keep back men from believing, now that Guidance

has come to them, nor from praying for forgiveness from their Lord, but that

(they ask that) the ways of the ancients be repeated with them, or the Wrath be

brought to them face to face?

[18.56] We only send the messengers to give Glad Tidings and to give warnings:

But the unbelievers dispute with vain argument, in order therewith to weaken the

truth, and they treat My Signs as a jest, as also the fact that they are warned!

[18.57] And who doth more wrong than one who is reminded of the Signs of his

Lord, but turns away from them, forgetting the (deeds) which his hands have sent

forth? Verily We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand

this, and over their ears, deafness, if thou callest them to guidance, even then

will they never accept guidance.

[18.58] But your Lord is Most forgiving, full of Mercy. If He were to call

them (at once) to account for what they have earned, then surely He would have

hastened their punishment: but they have their appointed time, beyond which they

will find no refuge.

[18.59] Such were the populations we destroyed when they committed iniquities;

but we fixed an appointed time for their destruction.

[18.60] Behold, Moses said to his attendant, "I will not give up until I reach

the junction of the two seas or (until) I spend years and years in travel."

[18.61] But when they reached the Junction, they forgot (about) their Fish,

which took its course through the sea (straight) as in a tunnel.

[18.62] When they had passed on (some distance), Moses said to his attendant:

"Bring us our early meal; truly we have suffered much fatigue at this (stage of)

our journey."

[18.63] He replied: "Sawest thou (what happened) when we betook ourselves to

the rock? I did indeed forget (about) the Fish: none but Satan made me forget to

tell (you) about it: it took its course through the sea in a marvellous way!"

[18.64] Moses said: "That was what we were seeking after:" So they went back

on their footsteps, following (the path they had come).

[18.65] So they found one of Our servants, on whom We had bestowed Mercy from

Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our own Presence.

[18.66] Moses said to him: "May I follow thee, on the footing that thou teach

me something of the (Higher) Truth which thou hast been taught?"

[18.67] (The other) said: "Verily thou wilt not be able to have patience with

me!"

[18.68] "And how canst thou have patience about things about which thy

understanding is not complete?"

[18.69] Moses said: "Thou wilt find me, if Allah so will, (truly) patient: nor

shall I disobey thee in aught."

[18.70] The other said: "If then thou wouldst follow me, ask me no questions

about anything until I myself speak to thee concerning it."

[18.71] So they both proceeded: until, when they were in the boat, he scuttled

it. Said Moses: "Hast thou scuttled it in order to drown those in it? Truly a

strange thing hast thou done!"

[18.72] He answered: "Did I not tell thee that thou canst have no patience

with me?"

[18.73] Moses said: "Rebuke me not for forgetting, nor grieve me by raising

difficulties in my case."

[18.74] Then they proceeded: until, when they met a young man, he slew him.

Moses said: "Hast thou slain an innocent person who had slain none? Truly a foul

(unheard of) thing hast thou done!"

[18.75] He answered: "Did I not tell thee that thou canst have no patience

with me?"

[18.76] (Moses) said: "If ever I ask thee about anything after this, keep me

not in thy company: then wouldst thou have received (full) excuse from my side."

[18.77] Then they proceeded: until, when they came to the inhabitants of a

town, they asked them for food, but they refused them hospitality. They found

there a wall on the point of falling down, but he set it up straight. (Moses)

said: "If thou hadst wished, surely thou couldst have exacted some recompense

for it!"

[18.78] He answered: "This is the parting between me and thee: now will I tell

thee the interpretation of (those things) over which thou wast unable to hold

patience.

[18.79] "As for the boat, it belonged to certain men in dire want: they plied

on the water: I but wished to render it unserviceable, for there was after them

a certain king who seized on every boat by force.

[18.80] "As for the youth, his parents were people of Faith, and we feared

that he would grieve them by obstinate rebellion and ingratitude (to Allah and

man).

[18.81] "So we desired that their Lord would give them in exchange (a son)

better in purity (of conduct) and closer in affection.

[18.82] "As for the wall, it belonged to two youths, orphans, in the Town;

there was, beneath it, a buried treasure, to which they were entitled: their

father had been a righteous man: So thy Lord desired that they should attain

their age of full strength and get out their treasure - a mercy (and favour)

from thy Lord. I did it not of my own accord. Such is the interpretation of

(those things) over which thou wast unable to hold patience."

[18.83] They ask thee concerning Zul-qarnain. Say, "I will rehearse to you

something of his story."

[18.84] Verily We established his power on earth, and We gave him the ways and

the means to all ends.

[18.85] One (such) way he followed,

[18.86] Until, when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it set in a

spring of murky water: Near it he found a People: We said: "O Zul-qarnain! (thou

hast authority,) either to punish them, or to treat them with kindness."

[18.87] He said: "Whoever doth wrong, him shall we punish; then shall he be

sent back to his Lord; and He will punish him with a punishment unheard-of

(before).

[18.88] "But whoever believes, and works righteousness,- he shall have a

goodly reward, and easy will be his task as We order it by our Command."

[18.89] Then followed he (another) way,

[18.90] Until, when he came to the rising of the sun, he found it rising on a

people for whom We had provided no covering protection against the sun.

[18.91] (He left them) as they were: We completely understood what was before

him.

[18.92] Then followed he (another) way,

[18.93] Until, when he reached (a tract) between two mountains, he found,

beneath them, a people who scarcely understood a word.

[18.94] They said: "O Zul-qarnain! the Gog and Magog (People) do great

mischief on earth: shall we then render thee tribute in order that thou mightest

erect a barrier between us and them?

[18.95] He said: "(The power) in which my Lord has established me is better

(than tribute): Help me therefore with strength (and labour): I will erect a

strong barrier between you and them:

[18.96] "Bring me blocks of iron." At length, when he had filled up the space

between the two steep mountain-sides, He said, "Blow (with your bellows)" Then,

when he had made it (red) as fire, he said: "Bring me, that I may pour over it,

molten lead."

[18.97] Thus were they made powerless to scale it or to dig through it.

[18.98] He said: "This is a mercy from my Lord: But when the promise of my

Lord comes to pass, He will make it into dust; and the promise of my Lord is

true."

[18.99] On that day We shall leave them to surge like waves on one another:

the trumpet will be blown, and We shall collect them all together.

[18.100] And We shall present Hell that day for Unbelievers to see, all spread

out,-

[18.101] (Unbelievers) whose eyes had been under a veil from remembrance of Me,

and who had been unable even to hear.

[18.102] Do the Unbelievers think that they can take My servants as protectors

besides Me? Verily We have prepared Hell for the Unbelievers for (their)

entertainment.

[18.103] Say: "Shall we tell you of those who lose most in respect of their

deeds?-

[18.104] "Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life, while they thought

that they were acquiring good by their works?"

[18.105] They are those who deny the Signs of their Lord and the fact of their

having to meet Him (in the Hereafter): vain will be their works, nor shall We,

on the Day of Judgment, give them any weight.

[18.106] That is their reward, Hell, because they rejected Faith, and took My

Signs and My Messengers by way of jest.

[18.107] As to those who believe and work righteous deeds, they have, for their

entertainment, the Gardens of Paradise,

[18.108] Wherein they shall dwell (for aye): no change will they wish for from

them.

[18.109] Say: "If the ocean were ink (wherewith to write out) the words of my

Lord, sooner would the ocean be exhausted than would the words of my Lord, even

if we added another ocean like it, for its aid."

[18.110] Say: "I am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come

to me, that your Allah is one Allah: whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him

work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner.

 

@MARYAM (MARY)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[19.1] Kaf. Ha. Ya. 'Ain. Sad.

[19.2] (This is) a recital of the Mercy of thy Lord to His servant Zakariya.

[19.3] Behold! he cried to his Lord in secret,

[19.4] Praying: "O my Lord! infirm indeed are my bones, and the hair of my

head doth glisten with grey: but never am I unblest, O my Lord, in my prayer to

Thee!

[19.5] "Now I fear (what) my relatives (and colleagues) (will do) after me:

but my wife is barren: so give me an heir as from Thyself,-

[19.6] "(One that) will (truly) represent me, and represent the posterity of

Jacob; and make him, O my Lord! one with whom Thou art well-pleased!"

[19.7] (His prayer was answered): "O Zakariya! We give thee good news of a

son: His name shall be Yahya: on none by that name have We conferred distinction

before."

[19.8] He said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son, when my wife is barren

and I have grown quite decrepit from old age?"

[19.9] He said: "So (it will be) thy Lord saith, 'that is easy for Me: I did

indeed create thee before, when thou hadst been nothing!'"

[19.10] (Zakariya) said: "O my Lord! give me a Sign." "Thy Sign," was the

answer, "Shall be that thou shalt speak to no man for three nights, although

thou art not dumb."

[19.11] So Zakariya came out to his people from him chamber: He told them by

signs to celebrate Allah's praises in the morning and in the evening.

[19.12] (To his son came the command): "O Yahya! take hold of the Book with

might": and We gave him Wisdom even as a youth,

[19.13] And piety (for all creatures) as from Us, and purity: He was devout,

[19.14] And kind to his parents, and he was not overbearing or rebellious.

[19.15] So Peace on him the day he was born, the day that he dies, and the day

that he will be raised up to life (again)!

[19.16] Relate in the Book (the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her

family to a place in the East.

[19.17] She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent her

our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.

[19.18] She said: "I seek refuge from thee to (Allah) Most Gracious: (come not

near) if thou dost fear Allah."

[19.19] He said: "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to

thee the gift of a holy son.

[19.20] She said: "How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me,

and I am not unchaste?"

[19.21] He said: "So (it will be): Thy Lord saith, 'that is easy for Me: and

(We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us':It is a matter

(so) decreed."

[19.22] So she conceived him, and she retired with him to a remote place.

[19.23] And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She

cried (in her anguish): "Ah! would that I had died before this! would that I had

been a thing forgotten and out of sight!"

[19.24] But (a voice) cried to her from beneath the (palm-tree): "Grieve not!

for thy Lord hath provided a rivulet beneath thee;

[19.25] "And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let

fall fresh ripe dates upon thee.

[19.26] "So eat and drink and cool (thine) eye. And if thou dost see any man,

say, 'I have vowed a fast to (Allah) Most Gracious, and this day will I enter

into not talk with any human being'"

[19.27] At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her

arms). They said: "O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou brought!

[19.28] "O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a

woman unchaste!"

[19.29] But she pointed to the babe. They said: "How can we talk to one who is

a child in the cradle?"

[19.30] He said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation

and made me a prophet;

[19.31] "And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me

Prayer and Charity as long as I live;

[19.32] "(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or

miserable;

[19.33] "So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day

that I shall be raised up to life (again)"!

[19.34] Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about

which they (vainly) dispute.

[19.35] It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a

son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, "Be", and

it is.

[19.36] Verily Allah is my Lord and your Lord: Him therefore serve ye: this is

a Way that is straight.

[19.37] But the sects differ among themselves: and woe to the unbelievers

because of the (coming) Judgment of a Momentous Day!

[19.38] How plainly will they see and hear, the Day that they will appear

before Us! but the unjust today are in error manifest!

[19.39] But warn them of the Day of Distress, when the matter will be

determined: for (behold,) they are negligent and they do not believe!

[19.40] It is We Who will inherit the earth, and all beings thereon: to Us

will they all be returned.

[19.41] (Also mention in the Book (the story of) Abraham: He was a man of

Truth, a prophet.

[19.42] Behold, he said to his father: "O my father! why worship that which

heareth not and seeth not, and can profit thee nothing?

[19.43] "O my father! to me hath come knowledge which hath not reached thee:

so follow me: I will guide thee to a way that is even and straight.

[19.44] "O my father! serve not Satan: for Satan is a rebel against (Allah)

Most Gracious.

[19.45] "O my father! I fear lest a Penalty afflict thee from (Allah) Most

Gracious, so that thou become to Satan a friend."

[19.46] (The father) replied: "Dost thou hate my gods, O Abraham? If thou

forbear not, I will indeed stone thee: Now get away from me for a good long

while!"

[19.47] Abraham said: "Peace be on thee: I will pray to my Lord for thy

forgiveness: for He is to me Most Gracious.

[19.48] "And I will turn away from you (all) and from those whom ye invoke

besides Allah: I will call on my Lord: perhaps, by my prayer to my Lord, I shall

be not unblest."

[19.49] When he had turned away from them and from those whom they worshipped

besides Allah, We bestowed on him Isaac and Jacob, and each one of them We made

a prophet.

[19.50] And We bestowed of Our Mercy on them, and We granted them lofty honour

on the tongue of truth.

[19.51] Also mention in the Book (the story of) Moses: for he was specially

chosen, and he was a messenger (and) a prophet.

[19.52] And we called him from the right side of Mount (Sinai), and made him

draw near to Us, for mystic (converse).

[19.53] And, out of Our Mercy, We gave him his brother Aaron, (also) a

prophet.

[19.54] Also mention in the Book (the story of) Isma'il: He was (strictly)

true to what he promised, and he was a messenger (and) a prophet.

[19.55] He used to enjoin on his people Prayer and Charity, and he was most

acceptable in the sight of his Lord.

[19.56] Also mention in the Book the case of Idris: He was a man of truth (and

sincerity), (and) a prophet:

[19.57] And We raised him to a lofty station.

[19.58] Those were some of the prophets on whom Allah did bestow His Grace,-

of the posterity of Adam, and of those who We carried (in the Ark) with Noah,

and of the posterity of Abraham and Israel of those whom We guided and chose.

Whenever the Signs of (Allah) Most Gracious were rehearsed to them, they would

fall down in prostrate adoration and in tears.

[19.59] But after them there followed a posterity who missed prayers and

followed after lusts soon, then, will they face Destruction,-

[19.60] Except those who repent and believe, and work righteousness: for these

will enter the Garden and will not be wronged in the least,-

[19.61] Gardens of Eternity, those which (Allah) Most Gracious has promised to

His servants in the Unseen: for His promise must (necessarily) come to pass.

[19.62] They will not there hear any vain discourse, but only salutations of

Peace: And they will have therein their sustenance, morning and evening.

[19.63] Such is the Garden which We give as an inheritance to those of Our

servants who guard against Evil.

[19.64] (The angels say:) "We descend not but by command of thy Lord: to Him

belongeth what is before us and what is behind us, and what is between: and thy

Lord never doth forget,-

[19.65] "Lord of the heavens and of the earth, and of all that is between

them; so worship Him, and be constant and patient in His worship: knowest thou

of any who is worthy of the same Name as He?"

[19.66] Man says: "What! When I am dead, shall I then be raised up alive?"

[19.67] But does not man call to mind that We created him before out of

nothing?

[19.68] So, by thy Lord, without doubt, We shall gather them together, and

(also) the Evil Ones (with them); then shall We bring them forth on their knees

round about Hell;

[19.69] Then shall We certainly drag out from every sect all those who were

worst in obstinate rebellion against (Allah) Most Gracious.

[19.70] And certainly We know best those who are most worthy of being burned

therein.

[19.71] Not one of you but will pass over it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree

which must be accomplished.

[19.72] But We shall save those who guarded against evil, and We shall leave

the wrong-doers therein, (humbled) to their knees.

[19.73] When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, the Unbelievers say to

those who believe, "Which of the two sides is best in point of position? Which

makes the best show in council?"

[19.74] But how many (countless) generations before them have we destroyed,

who were even better in equipment and in glitter to the eye?

[19.75] Say: "If any men go astray, (Allah) Most Gracious extends (the rope)

to them, until, when they see the warning of Allah (being fulfilled) - either in

punishment or in (the approach of) the Hour,- they will at length realise who is

worst in position, and (who) weakest in forces!

[19.76] "And Allah doth advance in guidance those who seek guidance: and the

things that endure, Good Deeds, are best in the sight of thy Lord, as rewards,

and best in respect of (their) eventual return."

[19.77] Hast thou then seen the (sort of) man who rejects Our Signs, yet says:

"I shall certainly be given wealth and children?"

[19.78] Has he penetrated to the Unseen, or has he taken a contract with

(Allah) Most Gracious?

[19.79] Nay! We shall record what he says, and We shall add and add to his

punishment.

[19.80] To Us shall return all that he talks of and he shall appear before Us

bare and alone.

[19.81] And they have taken (for worship) gods other than Allah, to give them

power and glory!

[19.82] Instead, they shall reject their worship, and become adversaries

against them.

[19.83] Seest thou not that We have set the Evil Ones on against the

unbelievers, to incite them with fury?

[19.84] So make no haste against them, for We but count out to them a

(limited) number (of days).

[19.85] The day We shall gather the righteous to (Allah) Most Gracious, like a

band presented before a king for honours,

[19.86] And We shall drive the sinners to Hell, like thirsty cattle driven

down to water,-

[19.87] None shall have the power of intercession, but such a one as has

received permission (or promise) from (Allah) Most Gracious.

[19.88] They say: "(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!"

[19.89] Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!

[19.90] At it the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and

the mountains to fall down in utter ruin,

[19.91] That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious.

[19.92] For it is not consonant with the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that

He should beget a son.

[19.93] Not one of the beings in the heavens and the earth but must come to

(Allah) Most Gracious as a servant.

[19.94] He does take an account of them (all), and hath numbered them (all)

exactly.

[19.95] And everyone of them will come to Him singly on the Day of Judgment.

[19.96] On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will (Allah)

Most Gracious bestow love.

[19.97] So have We made the (Qur'an) easy in thine own tongue, that with it

thou mayest give Glad Tidings to the righteous, and warnings to people given to

contention.

[19.98] But how many (countless) generations before them have We destroyed?

Canst thou find a single one of them (now) or hear (so much as) a whisper of

them?

 

@TA-HA (TA-HA)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[20.1] Ta-Ha.

[20.2] We have not sent down the Qur'an to thee to be (an occasion) for thy

distress,

[20.3] But only as an admonition to those who fear (Allah),-

[20.4] A revelation from Him Who created the earth and the heavens on high.

[20.5] (Allah) Most Gracious is firmly established on the throne (of

authority).

[20.6] To Him belongs what is in the heavens and on earth, and all between

them, and all beneath the soil.

[20.7] If thou pronounce the word aloud, (it is no matter): for verily He

knoweth what is secret and what is yet more hidden.

[20.8] Allah! there is no god but He! To Him belong the most Beautiful Names.

[20.9] Has the story of Moses reached thee?

[20.10] Behold, he saw a fire: So he said to his family, "Tarry ye; I perceive

a fire; perhaps I can bring you some burning brand therefrom, or find some

guidance at the fire."

[20.11] But when he came to the fire, a voice was heard: "O Moses!

[20.12] "Verily I am thy Lord! therefore (in My presence) put off thy shoes:

thou art in the sacred valley Tuwa.

[20.13] "I have chosen thee: listen, then, to the inspiration (sent to thee).

[20.14] "Verily, I am Allah: There is no god but I: So serve thou Me (only),

and establish regular prayer for celebrating My praise.

[20.15] "Verily the Hour is coming - My design is to keep it hidden - for

every soul to receive its reward by the measure of its Endeavour.

[20.16] "Therefore let not such as believe not therein but follow their own

lusts, divert thee therefrom, lest thou perish!"..

[20.17] "And what is that in the right hand, O Moses?"

[20.18] He said, "It is my rod: on it I lean; with it I beat down fodder for

my flocks; and in it I find other uses."

[20.19] (Allah) said, "Throw it, O Moses!"

[20.20] He threw it, and behold! It was a snake, active in motion.

[20.21] (Allah) said, "Seize it, and fear not: We shall return it at once to

its former condition"..

[20.22] "Now draw thy hand close to thy side: It shall come forth white (and

shining), without harm (or stain),- as another Sign,-

[20.23] "In order that We may show thee (two) of our Greater Signs.

[20.24] "Go thou to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds."

[20.25] (Moses) said: "O my Lord! expand me my breast;

[20.26] "Ease my task for me;

[20.27] "And remove the impediment from my speech,

[20.28] "So they may understand what I say:

[20.29] "And give me a Minister from my family,

[20.30] "Aaron, my brother;

[20.31] "Add to my strength through him,

[20.32] "And make him share my task:

[20.33] "That we may celebrate Thy praise without stint,

[20.34] "And remember Thee without stint:

[20.35] "For Thou art He that (ever) regardeth us."

[20.36] (Allah) said: "Granted is thy prayer, O Moses!"

[20.37] "And indeed We conferred a favour on thee another time (before).

[20.38] "Behold! We sent to thy mother, by inspiration, the message:

[20.39] "'Throw (the child) into the chest, and throw (the chest) into the

river: the river will cast him up on the bank, and he will be taken up by one

who is an enemy to Me and an enemy to him': But I cast (the garment of) love

over thee from Me: and (this) in order that thou mayest be reared under Mine

eye.

[20.40] "Behold! thy sister goeth forth and saith, 'shall I show you one who

will nurse and rear the (child)?' So We brought thee back to thy mother, that

her eye might be cooled and she should not grieve. Then thou didst slay a man,

but We saved thee from trouble, and We tried thee in various ways. Then didst

thou tarry a number of years with the people of Midian. Then didst thou come

hither as ordained, O Moses!

[20.41] "And I have prepared thee for Myself (for service)"..

[20.42] "Go, thou and thy brother, with My Signs, and slacken not, either of

you, in keeping Me in remembrance.

[20.43] "Go, both of you, to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all

bounds;

[20.44] "But speak to him mildly; perchance he may take warning or fear

(Allah)."

[20.45] They (Moses and Aaron) said: "Our Lord! We fear lest he hasten with

insolence against us, or lest he transgress all bounds."

[20.46] He said: "Fear not: for I am with you: I hear and see (everything).

[20.47] "So go ye both to him, and say, 'Verily we are messengers sent by thy

Lord: Send forth, therefore, the Children of Israel with us, and afflict them

not: with a Sign, indeed, have we come from thy Lord! and peace to all who

follow guidance!

[20.48] "'Verily it has been revealed to us that the Penalty (awaits) those

who reject and turn away.'"

[20.49] (When this message was delivered), (Pharaoh) said: "Who, then, O

Moses, is the Lord of you two?"

[20.50] He said: "Our Lord is He Who gave to each (created) thing its form and

nature, and further, gave (it) guidance."

[20.51] (Pharaoh) said: "What then is the condition of previous generations?"

[20.52] He replied: "The knowledge of that is with my Lord, duly recorded: my

Lord never errs, nor forgets,-

[20.53] "He Who has, made for you the earth like a carpet spread out; has

enabled you to go about therein by roads (and channels); and has sent down water

from the sky." With it have We produced diverse pairs of plants each separate

from the others.

[20.54] Eat (for yourselves) and pasture your cattle: verily, in this are

Signs for men endued with understanding.

[20.55] From the (earth) did We create you, and into it shall We return you,

and from it shall We bring you out once again.

[20.56] And We showed Pharaoh all Our Signs, but he did reject and refuse.

[20.57] He said: "Hast thou come to drive us out of our land with thy magic, O

Moses?

[20.58] "But we can surely produce magic to match thine! So make a tryst

between us and thee, which we shall not fail to keep - neither we nor thou - in

a place where both shall have even chances."

[20.59] Moses said: "Your tryst is the Day of the Festival, and let the people

be assembled when the sun is well up."

[20.60] So Pharaoh withdrew: He concerted his plan, and then came (back).

[20.61] Moses said to him: Woe to you! Forge not ye a lie against Allah, lest

He destroy you (at once) utterly by chastisement: the forger must suffer

frustration!"

[20.62] So they disputed, one with another, over their affair, but they kept

their talk secret.

[20.63] They said: "These two are certainly (expert) magicians: their object

is to drive you out from your land with their magic, and to do away with your

most cherished institutions.

[20.64] "Therefore concert your plan, and then assemble in (serried) ranks: He

wins (all along) today who gains the upper hand."

[20.65] They said: "O Moses! whether wilt thou that thou throw (first) or that

we be the first to throw?"

[20.66] He said, "Nay, throw ye first!" Then behold their ropes and their

rods-so it seemed to him on account of their magic - began to be in lively

motion!

[20.67] So Moses conceived in his mind a (sort of) fear.

[20.68] We said: "Fear not! for thou hast indeed the upper hand:

[20.69] "Throw that which is in thy right hand: Quickly will it swallow up

that which they have faked what they have faked is but a magician's trick: and

the magician thrives not, (no matter) where he goes."

[20.70] So the magicians were thrown down to prostration: they said, "We

believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses".

[20.71] (Pharaoh) said: "Believe ye in Him before I give you permission?

Surely this must be your leader, who has taught you magic! be sure I will cut

off your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will have you crucified on

trunks of palm-trees: so shall ye know for certain, which of us can give the

more severe and the more lasting punishment!"

[20.72] They said: "Never shall we regard thee as more than the Clear Signs

that have come to us, or than Him Who created us! so decree whatever thou

desirest to decree: for thou canst only decree (touching) the life of this

world.

[20.73] "For us, we have believed in our Lord: may He forgive us our faults,

and the magic to which thou didst compel us: for Allah is Best and Most

Abiding."

[20.74] Verily he who comes to his Lord as a sinner (at Judgment),- for him is

Hell: therein shall he neither die nor live.

[20.75] But such as come to Him as Believers who have worked righteous deeds,-

for them are ranks exalted,-

[20.76] Gardens of Eternity, beneath which flow rivers: they will dwell

therein for aye: such is the reward of those who purify themselves (from evil).

[20.77] We sent an inspiration to Moses: "Travel by night with My servants,

and strike a dry path for them through the sea, without fear of being overtaken

(by Pharaoh) and without (any other) fear."

[20.78] Then Pharaoh pursued them with his forces, but the waters completely

overwhelmed them and covered them up.

[20.79] Pharaoh led his people astray instead of leading them aright.

[20.80] O ye Children of Israel! We delivered you from your enemy, and We made

a Covenant with you on the right side of Mount (Sinai), and We sent down to you

Manna and quails:

[20.81] (Saying): "Eat of the good things We have provided for your

sustenance, but commit no excess therein, lest My Wrath should justly descend on

you: and those on whom descends My Wrath do perish indeed!

[20.82] "But, without doubt, I am (also) He that forgives again and again, to

those who repent, believe, and do right, who,- in fine, are ready to receive

true guidance."

[20.83] (When Moses was up on the Mount, Allah said:) "What made thee hasten

in advance of thy people, O Moses?"

[20.84] He replied: "Behold, they are close on my footsteps: I hastened to

thee, O my Lord, to please thee."

[20.85] (Allah) said: "We have tested thy people in thy absence: the Samiri

has led them astray."

[20.86] So Moses returned to his people in a state of indignation and sorrow.

He said: "O my people! did not your Lord make a handsome promise to you? Did

then the promise seem to you long (in coming)? Or did ye desire that Wrath

should descend from your Lord on you, and so ye broke your promise to me?"

[20.87] They said: "We broke not the promise to thee, as far as lay in our

power: but we were made to carry the weight of the ornaments of the (whole)

people, and we threw them (into the fire), and that was what the Samiri

suggested.

[20.88] "Then he brought out (of the fire) before the (people) the image of a

calf: It seemed to low: so they said: This is your god, and the god of Moses,

but (Moses) has forgotten!"

[20.89] Could they not see that it could not return them a word (for answer),

and that it had no power either to harm them or to do them good?

[20.90] Aaron had already, before this said to them: "O my people! ye are

being tested in this: for verily your Lord is (Allah) Most Gracious; so follow

me and obey my command."

[20.91] They had said: "We will not abandon this cult, but we will devote

ourselves to it until Moses returns to us."

[20.92] (Moses) said: "O Aaron! what kept thee back, when thou sawest them

going wrong,

[20.93] "From following me? Didst thou then disobey my order?"

[20.94] (Aaron) replied: "O son of my mother! Seize (me) not by my beard nor

by (the hair of) my head! Truly I feared lest thou shouldst say, 'Thou has

caused a division among the children of Israel, and thou didst not respect my

word!'"

[20.95] (Moses) said: "What then is thy case, O Samiri?"

[20.96] He replied: "I saw what they saw not: so I took a handful (of dust)

from the footprint of the Messenger, and threw it (into the calf): thus did my

soul suggest to me."

[20.97] (Moses) said: "Get thee gone! but thy (punishment) in this life will

be that thou wilt say, 'touch me not'; and moreover (for a future penalty) thou

hast a promise that will not fail: Now look at thy god, of whom thou hast become

a devoted worshipper: We will certainly (melt) it in a blazing fire and scatter

it broadcast in the sea!"

[20.98] But the god of you all is the One Allah: there is no god but He: all

things He comprehends in His knowledge.

[20.99] Thus do We relate to thee some stories of what happened before: for We

have sent thee a Message from Our own Presence.

[20.100] If any do turn away therefrom, verily they will bear a burden on the

Day of judgment;

[20.101] They will abide in this (state): and grievous will the burden be to

them on that Day,-

[20.102] The Day when the Trumpet will be sounded: that Day, We shall gather

the sinful, blear-eyed (with terror).

[20.103] In whispers will they consult each other: "Yet tarried not longer than

ten (Days);

[20.104] We know best what they will say, when their leader most eminent in

conduct will say: "Ye tarried not longer than a day!"

[20.105] They ask thee concerning the Mountains: say, "My Lord will uproot them

and scatter them as dust;

[20.106] "He will leave them as plains smooth and level;

[20.107] "Nothing crooked or curved wilt thou see in their place."

[20.108] On that Day will they follow the Caller (straight): no crookedness

(can they show) him: all sounds shall humble themselves in the Presence of

(Allah) Most Gracious: nothing shalt thou hear but the tramp of their feet (as

they march).

[20.109] On that Day shall no intercession avail except for those for whom

permission has been granted by (Allah) Most Gracious and whose word is

acceptable to Him.

[20.110] He knows what (appears to His creatures as) before or after or behind

them: but they shall not compass it with their knowledge.

[20.111] (All) faces shall be humbled before (Him) - the Living, the

Self-Subsisting, Eternal: hopeless indeed will be the man that carries iniquity

(on his back).

[20.112] But he who works deeds of righteousness, and has faith, will have no

fear of harm nor of any curtailment (of what is his due).

[20.113] Thus have We sent this down - an arabic Qur'an - and explained therein

in detail some of the warnings, in order that they may fear Allah, or that it

may cause their remembrance (of Him).

[20.114] High above all is Allah, the King, the Truth! Be not in haste with the

Qur'an before its revelation to thee is completed, but say, "O my Lord! advance

me in knowledge."

[20.115] We had already, beforehand, taken the covenant of Adam, but he forgot:

and We found on his part no firm resolve.

[20.116] When We said to the angels, "Prostrate yourselves to Adam", they

prostrated themselves, but not Iblis: he refused.

[20.117] Then We said: "O Adam! verily, this is an enemy to thee and thy wife:

so let him not get you both out of the Garden, so that thou art landed in

misery.

[20.118] "There is therein (enough provision) for thee not to go hungry nor to

go naked,

[20.119] "Nor to suffer from thirst, nor from the sun's heat."

[20.120] But Satan whispered evil to him: he said, "O Adam! shall I lead thee

to the Tree of Eternity and to a kingdom that never decays?"

[20.121] In the result, they both ate of the tree, and so their nakedness

appeared to them: they began to sew together, for their covering, leaves from

the Garden: thus did Adam disobey his Lord, and allow himself to be seduced.

[20.122] But his Lord chose him (for His Grace): He turned to him, and gave him

Guidance.

[20.123] He said: "Get ye down, both of you,- all together, from the Garden,

with enmity one to another: but if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance from

Me, whosoever follows My Guidance, will not lose his way, nor fall into misery.

[20.124] "But whosoever turns away from My Message, verily for him is a life

narrowed down, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Judgment."

[20.125] He will say: "O my Lord! why hast Thou raised me up blind, while I had

sight (before)?"

[20.126] (Allah) will say: "Thus didst Thou, when Our Signs came unto thee,

disregard them: so wilt thou, this day, be disregarded."

[20.127] And thus do We recompense him who transgresses beyond bounds and

believes not in the Signs of his Lord: and the Penalty of the Hereafter is far

more grievous and more enduring.

[20.128] Is it not a warning to such men (to call to mind) how many generations

before them We destroyed, in whose haunts they (now) move? Verily, in this are

Signs for men endued with understanding.

[20.129] Had it not been for a Word that went forth before from thy Lord,

(their punishment) must necessarily have come; but there is a Term appointed

(for respite).

[20.130] Therefore be patient with what they say, and celebrate (constantly)

the praises of thy Lord, before the rising of the sun, and before its setting;

yea, celebrate them for part of the hours of the night, and at the sides of the

day: that thou mayest have (spiritual) joy.

[20.131] Nor strain thine eyes in longing for the things We have given for

enjoyment to parties of them, the splendour of the life of this world, through

which We test them: but the provision of thy Lord is better and more enduring.

[20.132] Enjoin prayer on thy people, and be constant therein. We ask thee not

to provide sustenance: We provide it for thee. But the (fruit of) the Hereafter

is for righteousness.

[20.133] They say: "Why does he not bring us a sign from his Lord?" Has not a

Clear Sign come to them of all that was in the former Books of revelation?

[20.134] And if We had inflicted on them a penalty before this, they would have

said: "Our Lord! If only Thou hadst sent us a messenger, we should certainly

have followed Thy Signs before we were humbled and put to shame."

[20.135] Say: "Each one (of us) is waiting: wait ye, therefore, and soon shall

ye know who it is that is on the straight and even way, and who it is that has

received Guidance."

 

@AL-ANBIYA (THE PROPHETS)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[21.1] Closer and closer to mankind comes their Reckoning: yet they heed not

and they turn away.

[21.2] Never comes (aught) to them of a renewed Message from their Lord, but

they listen to it as in jest,-

[21.3] Their hearts toying as with trifles. The wrong-doers conceal their

private counsels, (saying), "Is this (one) more than a man like yourselves? Will

ye go to witchcraft with your eyes open?"

[21.4] Say: "My Lord knoweth (every) word (spoken) in the heavens and on

earth: He is the One that heareth and knoweth (all things)."

[21.5] "Nay," they say, "(these are) medleys of dream! - Nay, He forged it! -

Nay, He is (but) a poet! Let him then bring us a Sign like the ones that were

sent to (Prophets) of old!"

[21.6] (As to those) before them, not one of the populations which We

destroyed believed: will these believe?

[21.7] Before thee, also, the messengers We sent were but men, to whom We

granted inspiration: If ye realise this not, ask of those who possess the

Message.

[21.8] Nor did We give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they exempt

from death.

[21.9] In the end We fulfilled to them Our Promise, and We saved them and

those whom We pleased, but We destroyed those who transgressed beyond bounds.

[21.10] We have revealed for you (O men!) a book in which is a Message for

you: will ye not then understand?

[21.11] How many were the populations We utterly destroyed because of their

iniquities, setting up in their places other peoples?

[21.12] Yet, when they felt Our Punishment (coming), behold, they (tried to)

flee from it.

[21.13] Flee not, but return to the good things of this life which were given

you, and to your homes in order that ye may be called to account.

[21.14] They said: "Ah! woe to us! We were indeed wrong-doers!"

[21.15] And that cry of theirs ceased not, till We made them as a field that

is mown, as ashes silent and quenched.

[21.16] Not for (idle) sport did We create the heavens and the earth and all

that is between!

[21.17] If it had been Our wish to take (just) a pastime, We should surely

have taken it from the things nearest to Us, if We would do (such a thing)!

[21.18] Nay, We hurl the Truth against falsehood, and it knocks out its brain,

and behold, falsehood doth perish! Ah! woe be to you for the (false) things ye

ascribe (to Us).

[21.19] To Him belong all (creatures) in the heavens and on earth: Even those

who are in His (very) Presence are not too proud to serve Him, nor are they

(ever) weary (of His service):

[21.20] They celebrate His praises night and day, nor do they ever flag or

intermit.

[21.21] Or have they taken (for worship) gods from the earth who can raise

(the dead)?

[21.22] If there were, in the heavens and the earth, other gods besides Allah,

there would have been confusion in both! but glory to Allah, the Lord of the

Throne: (High is He) above what they attribute to Him!

[21.23] He cannot be questioned for His acts, but they will be questioned (for

theirs).

[21.24] Or have they taken for worship (other) gods besides him? Say, "Bring

your convincing proof: this is the Message of those with me and the Message of

those before me." But most of them know not the Truth, and so turn away.

[21.25] Not a messenger did We send before thee without this inspiration sent

by Us to him: that there is no god but I; therefore worship and serve Me.

[21.26] And they say: "(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten offspring." Glory to

Him! they are (but) servants raised to honour.

[21.27] They speak not before He speaks, and they act (in all things) by His

Command.

[21.28] He knows what is before them, and what is behind them, and they offer

no intercession except for those who are acceptable, and they stand in awe and

reverence of His (Glory).

[21.29] If any of them should say, "I am a god besides Him", such a one We

should reward with Hell: thus do We reward those who do wrong.

[21.30] Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined

together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder? We made from

water every living thing. Will they not then believe?

[21.31] And We have set on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should

shake with them, and We have made therein broad highways (between mountains) for

them to pass through: that they may receive Guidance.

[21.32] And We have made the heavens as a canopy well guarded: yet do they

turn away from the Signs which these things (point to)!

[21.33] It is He Who created the Night and the Day, and the sun and the moon:

all (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its rounded course.

[21.34] We granted not to any man before thee permanent life (here): if then

thou shouldst die, would they live permanently?

[21.35] Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by

good by way of trial. to Us must ye return.

[21.36] When the Unbelievers see thee, they treat thee not except with

ridicule. "Is this," (they say), "the one who talks of your gods?" and they

blaspheme at the mention of (Allah) Most Gracious!

[21.37] Man is a creature of haste: soon (enough) will I show you My Signs;

then ye will not ask Me to hasten them!

[21.38] They say: "When will this promise come to pass, if ye are telling the

truth?"

[21.39] If only the Unbelievers knew (the time) when they will not be able to

ward off the fire from their faces, nor yet from their backs, and (when) no help

can reach them!

[21.40] Nay, it may come to them all of a sudden and confound them: no power

will they have then to avert it, nor will they (then) get respite.

[21.41] Mocked were (many) messenger before thee; But their scoffers were

hemmed in by the thing that they mocked.

[21.42] Say: "Who can keep you safe by night and by day from (the Wrath of)

(Allah) Most Gracious?" Yet they turn away from the mention of their Lord.

[21.43] Or have they gods that can guard them from Us? They have no power to

aid themselves, nor can they be defended from Us.

[21.44] Nay, We gave the good things of this life to these men and their

fathers until the period grew long for them; See they not that We gradually

reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? Is it then they

who will win?

[21.45] Say, "I do but warn you according to revelation": But the deaf will

not hear the call, (even) when they are warned!

[21.46] If but a breath of the Wrath of thy Lord do touch them, they will then

say, "Woe to us! we did wrong indeed!"

[21.47] We shall set up scales of justice for the Day of Judgment, so that not

a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least, and if there be (no more than)

the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it (to account): and enough are We

to take account.

[21.48] In the past We granted to Moses and Aaron the criterion (for

judgment), and a Light and a Message for those who would do right,-

[21.49] Those who fear their Lord in their most secret thoughts, and who hold

the Hour (of Judgment) in awe.

[21.50] And this is a blessed Message which We have sent down: will ye then

reject it?

[21.51] We bestowed aforetime on Abraham his rectitude of conduct, and well

were We acquainted with him.

[21.52] Behold! he said to his father and his people, "What are these images,

to which ye are (so assiduously) devoted?"

[21.53] They said, "We found our fathers worshipping them."

[21.54] He said, "Indeed ye have been in manifest error - ye and your

fathers."

[21.55] They said, "Have you brought us the Truth, or are you one of those who

jest?"

[21.56] He said, "Nay, your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, He

Who created them (from nothing): and I am a witness to this (Truth).

[21.57] "And by Allah, I have a plan for your idols - after ye go away and

turn your backs"..

[21.58] So he broke them to pieces, (all) but the biggest of them, that they

might turn (and address themselves) to it.

[21.59] They said, "Who has done this to our gods? He must indeed be some man

of impiety!"

[21.60] They said, "We heard a youth talk of them: He is called Abraham."

[21.61] They said, "Then bring him before the eyes of the people, that they

may bear witness."

[21.62] They said, "Art thou the one that did this with our gods, O Abraham?"

[21.63] He said: "Nay, this was done by - this is their biggest one! ask them,

if they can speak intelligently!"

[21.64] So they turned to themselves and said, "Surely ye are the ones in the

wrong!"

[21.65] Then were they confounded with shame: (they said), "Thou knowest full

well that these (idols) do not speak!"

[21.66] (Abraham) said, "Do ye then worship, besides Allah, things that can

neither be of any good to you nor do you harm?

[21.67] "Fie upon you, and upon the things that ye worship besides Allah! Have

ye no sense?"..

[21.68] They said, "Burn him and protect your gods, If ye do (anything at

all)!"

[21.69] We said, "O Fire! be thou cool, and (a means of) safety for Abraham!"

[21.70] Then they sought a stratagem against him: but We made them the ones

that lost most!

[21.71] But We delivered him and (his nephew) Lut (and directed them) to the

land which We have blessed for the nations.

[21.72] And We bestowed on him Isaac and, as an additional gift, (a grandson),

Jacob, and We made righteous men of every one (of them).

[21.73] And We made them leaders, guiding (men) by Our Command, and We sent

them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to practise

regular charity; and they constantly served Us (and Us only).

[21.74] And to Lut, too, We gave Judgment and Knowledge, and We saved him from

the town which practised abominations: truly they were a people given to Evil, a

rebellious people.

[21.75] And We admitted him to Our Mercy: for he was one of the Righteous.

[21.76] (Remember) Noah, when he cried (to Us) aforetime: We listened to his

(prayer) and delivered him and his family from great distress.

[21.77] We helped him against people who rejected Our Signs: truly they were a

people given to Evil: so We drowned them (in the Flood) all together.

[21.78] And remember David and Solomon, when they gave judgment in the matter

of the field into which the sheep of certain people had strayed by night: We did

witness their judgment. PICKTHAL: And David and Solomon, when they gave judgment

concerning the field, when people's sheep had strayed and browsed therein by

night; and We were witnesses to their judgment.

SHAKIR: And Dawood and Sulaiman when they gave judgment concerning the field

when the people's sheep pastured therein by night, and We were bearers of

witness to their judgment.

KHALIFA: And David and Solomon, when they once ruled with regard to someone's

crop that was destroyed by another's sheep, we witnessed their judgment.

[21.79] To Solomon We inspired the (right) understanding of the matter: to

each (of them) We gave Judgment and Knowledge; it was Our power that made the

hills and the birds celebrate Our praises, with David: it was We Who did (all

these things).

[21.80] It was We Who taught him the making of coats of mail for your benefit,

to guard you from each other's violence: will ye then be grateful?

[21.81] (It was Our power that made) the violent (unruly) wind flow (tamely)

for Solomon, to his order, to the land which We had blessed: for We do know all

things.

[21.82] And of the evil ones, were some who dived for him, and did other work

besides; and it was We Who guarded them.

[21.83] And (remember) Job, when He cried to his Lord, "Truly distress has

seized me, but Thou art the Most Merciful of those that are merciful."

[21.84] So We listened to him: We removed the distress that was on him, and We

restored his people to him, and doubled their number,- as a Grace from

Ourselves, and a thing for commemoration, for all who serve Us.

[21.85] And (remember) Isma'il, Idris, and Zul-kifl, all (men) of constancy

and patience;

[21.86] We admitted them to Our mercy: for they were of the righteous ones.

[21.87] And remember Zun-nun, when he departed in wrath: He imagined that We

had no power over him! But he cried through the deptHs of darkness, "There is no

god but thou: glory to thee: I was indeed wrong!"

[21.88] So We listened to him: and delivered him from distress: and thus do We

deliver those who have faith.

[21.89] And (remember) Zakariya, when he cried to his Lord: "O my Lord! leave

me not without offspring, though thou art the best of inheritors."

[21.90] So We listened to him: and We granted him Yahya: We cured his wife's

(Barrenness) for him. These (three) were ever quick in emulation in good works;

they used to call on Us with love and reverence, and humble themselves before

Us.

[21.91] And (remember) her who guarded her chastity: We breathed into her of

Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all peoples.

[21.92] Verily, this brotherhood of yours is a single brotherhood, and I am

your Lord and Cherisher: therefore serve Me (and no other).

[21.93] But (later generations) cut off their affair (of unity), one from

another: (yet) will they all return to Us. PICKTHAL: And they have broken their

religion (into fragments) among them, (yet) all are returning unto Us.

SHAKIR: And they broke their religion (into sects) between them: to Us shall all

come back.

KHALIFA: However, they divided themselves into disputing religions. All of them

will come back to us (for judgment).

[21.94] Whoever works any act of righteousness and has faith,- His endeavour

will not be rejected: We shall record it in his favour.

[21.95] But there is a ban on any population which We have destroyed: that

they shall not return,

[21.96] Until the Gog and Magog (people) are let through (their barrier), and

they swiftly swarm from every hill.

[21.97] Then will the true promise draw nigh (of fulfilment): then behold! the

eyes of the Unbelievers will fixedly stare in horror: "Ah! Woe to us! we were

indeed heedless of this; nay, we truly did wrong!"

[21.98] Verily ye, (unbelievers), and the (false) gods that ye worship besides

Allah, are (but) fuel for Hell! to it will ye (surely) come!

[21.99] If these had been gods, they would not have got there! but each one

will abide therein.

[21.100] There, sobbing will be their lot, nor will they there hear (aught

else).

[21.101] Those for whom the good (record) from Us has gone before, will be

removed far therefrom.

[21.102] Not the slightest sound will they hear of Hell: what their souls

desired, in that will they dwell.

[21.103] The Great Terror will bring them no grief: but the angels will meet

them (with mutual greetings): "This is your Day,- (the Day) that ye were

promised."

[21.104] The Day that We roll up the heavens like a scroll rolled up for books

(completed),- even as We produced the first creation, so shall We produce a new

one: a promise We have undertaken: truly shall We fulfil it.

[21.105] Before this We wrote in the Psalms, after the Message (given to

Moses): My servants the righteous, shall inherit the earth."

[21.106] Verily in this (Qur'an) is a Message for people who would (truly)

worship Allah.

[21.107] We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures.

[21.108] Say: "What has come to me by inspiration is that your Allah is One

Allah: will ye therefore bow to His Will (in Islam)?"

[21.109] But if they turn back, Say: "I have proclaimed the Message to you all

alike and in truth; but I know not whether that which ye are promised is near or

far.

[21.110] "It is He Who knows what is open in speech and what ye hide (in your

hearts).

[21.111] "I know not but that it may be a trial for you, and a grant of

(worldly) livelihood (to you) for a time."

[21.112] Say: "O my Lord! judge Thou in truth!" "Our Lord Most Gracious is the

One Whose assistance should be sought against the blasphemies ye utter!"

 

@AL-HAJJ (THE PILGRIMAGE)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[22.1] O mankind! fear your Lord! for the convulsion of the Hour (of

Judgment) will be a thing terrible!

[22.2] The Day ye shall see it, every mother giving suck shall forget her

suckling-babe, and every pregnant female shall drop her load (unformed): thou

shalt see mankind as in a drunken riot, yet not drunk: but dreadful will be the

Wrath of Allah.

[22.3] And yet among men there are such as dispute about Allah, without

knowledge, and follow every evil one obstinate in rebellion!

[22.4] About the (Evil One) it is decreed that whoever turns to him for

friendship, him will he lead astray, and he will guide him to the Penalty of the

Fire.

[22.5] O mankind! if ye have a doubt about the Resurrection, (consider) that

We created you out of dust, then out of sperm, then out of a leech-like clot,

then out of a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that

We may manifest (our power) to you; and We cause whom We will to rest in the

wombs for an appointed term, then do We bring you out as babes, then (foster

you) that ye may reach your age of full strength; and some of you are called to

die, and some are sent back to the feeblest old age, so that they know nothing

after having known (much), and (further), thou seest the earth barren and

lifeless, but when We pour down rain on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells,

and it puts forth every kind of beautiful growth (in pairs).

[22.6] This is so, because Allah is the Reality: it is He Who gives life to

the dead, and it is He Who has power over all things.

[22.7] And verily the Hour will come: there can be no doubt about it, or

about (the fact) that Allah will raise up all who are in the graves.

[22.8] Yet there is among men such a one as disputes about Allah, without

Knowledge, without Guidance, and without a Book of Enlightenment,-

[22.9] (Disdainfully) bending his side, in order to lead (men) astray from

the Path of Allah: for him there is disgrace in this life, and on the Day of

Judgment We shall make him taste the Penalty of burning (Fire).

[22.10] (It will be said): "This is because of the deeds which thy hands sent

forth, for verily Allah is not unjust to His servants.

[22.11] There are among men some who serve Allah, as it were, on the verge: if

good befalls them, they are, therewith, well content; but if a trial comes to

them, they turn on their faces: they lose both this world and the Hereafter:

that is loss for all to see!

[22.12] They call on such deities, besides Allah, as can neither hurt nor

profit them: that is straying far indeed (from the Way)!

[22.13] (Perhaps) they call on one whose hurt is nearer than his profit: evil,

indeed, is the patron, and evil the companion (or help)!

[22.14] Verily Allah will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds, to

Gardens, beneath which rivers flow: for Allah carries out all that He plans.

[22.15] If any think that Allah will not help him (His Messenger) in this

world and the Hereafter, let him stretch out a rope to the ceiling and cut

(himself) off: then let him see whether his plan will remove that which enrages

(him)!

[22.16] Thus have We sent down Clear Signs; and verily Allah doth guide whom

He will!

[22.17] Those who believe (in the Qur'an), those who follow the Jewish

(scriptures), and the Sabians, Christians, Magians, and Polytheists,- Allah will

judge between them on the Day of Judgment: for Allah is witness of all things.

[22.18] Seest thou not that to Allah bow down in worship all things that are

in the heavens and on earth,- the sun, the moon, the stars; the hills, the

trees, the animals; and a great number among mankind? But a great number are

(also) such as are fit for Punishment: and such as Allah shall disgrace,- None

can raise to honour: for Allah carries out all that He wills.

[22.19] These two antagonists dispute with each other about their Lord: But

those who deny (their Lord),- for them will be cut out a garment of Fire: over

their heads will be poured out boiling water.

[22.20] With it will be scalded what is within their bodies, as well as

(their) skins.

[22.21] In addition there will be maces of iron (to punish) them.

[22.22] Every time they wish to get away therefrom, from anguish, they will be

forced back therein, and (it will be said), "Taste ye the Penalty of Burning!"

[22.23] Allah will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds, to

Gardens beneath which rivers flow: they shall be adorned therein with bracelets

of gold and pearls; and their garments there will be of silk.

[22.24] For they have been guided (in this life) to the purest of speeches;

they have been guided to the Path of Him Who is Worthy of (all) Praise.

[22.25] As to those who have rejected (Allah), and would keep back (men) from

the Way of Allah, and from the Sacred Mosque, which We have made (open) to (all)

men - equal is the dweller there and the visitor from the country - and any

whose purpose therein is profanity or wrong-doing - them will We cause to taste

of a most Grievous Penalty.

[22.26] Behold! We gave the site, to Abraham, of the (Sacred) House, (saying):

"Associate not anything (in worship) with Me; and sanctify My House for those

who compass it round, or stand up, or bow, or prostrate themselves (therein in

prayer).

[22.27] "And proclaim the Pilgrimage among men: they will come to thee on foot

and (mounted) on every kind of camel, lean on account of journeys through deep

and distant mountain highways;

[22.28] "That they may witness the benefits (provided) for them, and celebrate

the name of Allah, through the Days appointed, over the cattle which He has

provided for them (for sacrifice): then eat ye thereof and feed the distressed

ones in want.

[22.29] "Then let them complete the rites prescribed for them, perform their

vows, and (again) circumambulate the Ancient House."

[22.30] Such (is the Pilgrimage): whoever honours the sacred rites of Allah,

for him it is good in the Sight of his Lord. Lawful to you (for food in

Pilgrimage) are cattle, except those mentioned to you (as exception): but shun

the abomination of idols, and shun the word that is false,-

[22.31] Being true in faith to Allah, and never assigning partners to Him: if

anyone assigns partners to Allah, is as if he had fallen from heaven and been

snatched up by birds, or the wind had swooped (like a bird on its prey) and

thrown him into a far-distant place.

[22.32] Such (is his state): and whoever holds in honour the symbols of Allah,

(in the sacrifice of animals), such (honour) should come truly from piety of

heart.

[22.33] In them ye have benefits for a term appointed: in the end their place

of sacrifice is near the Ancient House.

[22.34] To every people did We appoint rites (of sacrifice), that they might

celebrate the name of Allah over the sustenance He gave them from animals (fit

for food). But your god is One God: submit then your wills to Him (in Islam):

and give thou the good news to those who humble themselves,-

[22.35] To those whose hearts when Allah is mentioned, are filled with fear,

who show patient perseverance over their afflictions, keep up regular prayer,

and spend (in charity) out of what We have bestowed upon them.

[22.36] The sacrificial camels we have made for you as among the symbols from

Allah: in them is (much) good for you: then pronounce the name of Allah over

them as they line up (for sacrifice): when they are down on their sides (after

slaughter), eat ye thereof, and feed such as (beg not but) live in contentment,

and such as beg with due humility: thus have We made animals subject to you,

that ye may be grateful.

[22.37] It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your

piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may

glorify Allah for His Guidance to you and proclaim the good news to all who do

right.

[22.38] Verily Allah will defend (from ill) those who believe: verily, Allah

loveth not any that is a traitor to faith, or show ingratitude.

[22.39] To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight),

because they are wronged;- and verily, Allah is most powerful for their aid;-

[22.40] (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance

of right,- (for no cause) except that they say, "our Lord is Allah". Did not

Allah check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been

pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of

Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who

aid his (cause);- for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able

to enforce His Will).

[22.41] (They are) those who, if We establish them in the land, establish

regular prayer and give regular charity, enjoin the right and forbid wrong: with

Allah rests the end (and decision) of (all) affairs.

[22.42] If they treat thy (mission) as false, so did the peoples before them

(with their prophets),- the People of Noah, and 'Ad and Thamud;

[22.43] Those of Abraham and Lut;

[22.44] And the Companions of the Madyan People; and Moses was rejected (in

the same way). But I granted respite to the Unbelievers, and (only) after that

did I punish them: but how (terrible) was my rejection (of them)!

[22.45] How many populations have We destroyed, which were given to

wrong-doing? They tumbled down on their roofs. And how many wells are lying idle

and neglected, and castles lofty and well-built?

[22.46] Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts (and minds)

may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not

their eyes that are blind, but their hearts which are in their breasts.

[22.47] Yet they ask thee to hasten on the Punishment! But Allah will not fail

in His Promise. Verily a Day in the sight of thy Lord is like a thousand years

of your reckoning.

[22.48] And to how many populations did I give respite, which were given to

wrong-doing? in the end I punished them. To me is the destination (of all).

[22.49] Say: "O men! I am (sent) to you only to give a Clear Warning:

[22.50] "Those who believe and work righteousness, for them is forgiveness and

a sustenance most generous.

[22.51] "But those who strive against Our Signs, to frustrate them,- they will

be Companions of the Fire."

[22.52] Never did We send a messenger or a prophet before thee, but, when he

framed a desire, Satan threw some (vanity) into his desire: but Allah will

cancel anything (vain) that Satan throws in, and Allah will confirm (and

establish) His Signs: for Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom:

[22.53] That He may make the suggestions thrown in by Satan, but a trial for

those in whose hearts is a disease and who are hardened of heart: verily the

wrong-doers are in a schism far (from the Truth):

[22.54] And that those on whom knowledge has been bestowed may learn that the

(Qur'an) is the Truth from thy Lord, and that they may believe therein, and

their hearts may be made humbly (open) to it: for verily Allah is the Guide of

those who believe, to the Straight Way.

[22.55] Those who reject Faith will not cease to be in doubt concerning

(Revelation) until the Hour (of Judgment) comes suddenly upon them, or there

comes to them the Penalty of a Day of Disaster.

[22.56] On that Day of Dominion will be that of Allah: He will judge between

them: so those who believe and work righteous deeds will be in Gardens of

Delight.

[22.57] And for those who reject Faith and deny our Signs, there will be a

humiliating Punishment.

[22.58] Those who leave their homes in the cause of Allah, and are then slain

or die,- On them will Allah bestow verily a goodly Provision: Truly Allah is He

Who bestows the best provision.

[22.59] Verily He will admit them to a place with which they shall be well

pleased: for Allah is All-Knowing, Most Forbearing.

[22.60] That (is so). And if one has retaliated to no greater extent than the

injury he received, and is again set upon inordinately, Allah will help him: for

Allah is One that blots out (sins) and forgives (again and again).

[22.61] That is because Allah merges night into day, and He merges day into

night, and verily it is Allah Who hears and sees (all things).

[22.62] That is because Allah - He is the Reality; and those besides Him whom

they invoke,- they are but vain Falsehood: verily Allah is He, Most High, Most

Great.

[22.63] Seest thou not that Allah sends down rain from the sky, and forthwith

the earth becomes clothed with green? for Allah is He Who understands the finest

mysteries, and is well-acquainted (with them).

[22.64] To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: for verily

Allah,- He is free of all wants, Worthy of all Praise.

[22.65] Seest thou not that Allah has made subject to you (men) all that is on

the earth, and the ships that sail through the sea by His Command? He withholds

the sky (rain) from failing on the earth except by His leave: for Allah is Most

Kind and Most Merciful to man.

[22.66] It is He Who gave you life, will cause you to die, and will again give

you life: Truly man is a most ungrateful creature!

[22.67] To every People have We appointed rites and ceremonies which they must

follow: let them not then dispute with thee on the matter, but do thou invite

(them) to thy Lord: for thou art assuredly on the Right Way.

[22.68] If they do wrangle with thee, say, "Allah knows best what it is ye are

doing."

[22.69] "Allah will judge between you on the Day of Judgment concerning the

matters in which ye differ."

[22.70] Knowest thou not that Allah knows all that is in heaven and on earth?

Indeed it is all in a Record, and that is easy for Allah.

[22.71] Yet they worship, besides Allah, things for which no authority has

been sent down to them, and of which they have (really) no knowledge: for those

that do wrong there is no helper.

[22.72] When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, thou wilt notice a

denial on the faces of the Unbelievers! they nearly attack with violence those

who rehearse Our Signs to them. Say, "Shall I tell you of something (far) worse

than these Signs? It is the Fire (of Hell)! Allah has promised it to the

Unbelievers! and evil is that destination!"

[22.73] O men! Here is a parable set forth! listen to it! Those on whom,

besides Allah, ye call, cannot create (even) a fly, if they all met together for

the purpose! and if the fly should snatch away anything from them, they would

have no power to release it from the fly. Feeble are those who petition and

those whom they petition!

[22.74] No just estimate have they made of Allah: for Allah is He Who is

strong and able to Carry out His Will.

[22.75] Allah chooses messengers from angels and from men for Allah is He Who

hears and sees (all things).

[22.76] He knows what is before them and what is behind them: and to Allah go

back all questions (for decision).

[22.77] O ye who believe! bow down, prostrate yourselves, and adore your Lord;

and do good; that ye may prosper.

[22.78] And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive, (with sincerity and

under discipline). He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in

religion; it is the cult of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you

Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation); that the Messenger may be a

witness for you, and ye be witnesses for mankind! So establish regular Prayer,

give regular Charity, and hold fast to Allah! He is your Protector - the Best to

protect and the Best to help!

 

@AL-MUMENOON (THE BELIEVERS)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[23.1] The believers must (eventually) win through,-

[23.2] Those who humble themselves in their prayers;

[23.3] Who avoid vain talk;

[23.4] Who are active in deeds of charity;

[23.5] Who abstain from sex,

[23.6] Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the

captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (in their case) they are free

from blame,

[23.7] But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors;-

[23.8] Those who faithfully observe their trusts and their covenants;

[23.9] And who (strictly) guard their prayers;-

[23.10] These will be the heirs,

[23.11] Who will inherit Paradise: they will dwell therein (for ever).

[23.12] Man We did create from a quintessence (of clay);

[23.13] Then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place of rest, firmly

fixed;

[23.14] Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that

clot We made a (foetus) lump; then we made out of that lump bones and clothed

the bones with flesh; then we developed out of it another creature. So blessed

be Allah, the best to create!

[23.15] After that, at length ye will die

[23.16] Again, on the Day of Judgment, will ye be raised up.

[23.17] And We have made, above you, seven tracts; and We are never unmindful

of (our) Creation.

[23.18] And We send down water from the sky according to (due) measure, and We

cause it to soak in the soil; and We certainly are able to drain it off (with

ease).

[23.19] With it We grow for you gardens of date-palms and vines: in them have

ye abundant fruits: and of them ye eat (and have enjoyment),-

[23.20] Also a tree springing out of Mount Sinai, which produces oil, and

relish for those who use it for food.

[23.21] And in cattle (too) ye have an instructive example: from within their

bodies We produce (milk) for you to drink; there are, in them, (besides),

numerous (other) benefits for you; and of their (meat) ye eat;

[23.22] An on them, as well as in slips, ye side.

[23.23] (Further, We sent a long line of prophets for your instruction). We

sent Noah to his people: He said, "O my people! worship Allah! Ye have no other

god but Him. Will ye not fear (Him)?"

[23.24] The chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people said: "He is no more

than a man like yourselves: his wish is to assert his superiority over you: if

Allah had wished (to send messengers), He could have sent down angels; never did

we hear such a thing (as he says), among our ancestors of old."

[23.25] (And some said): "He is only a man possessed: wait (and have patience)

with him for a time."

[23.26] (Noah) said: "O my Lord! help me: for that they accuse me of

falsehood!"

[23.27] So We inspired him (with this message): "Construct the Ark within Our

sight and under Our guidance: then when comes Our Command, and the fountains of

the earth gush forth, take thou on board pairs of every species, male and

female, and thy family- except those of them against whom the Word has already

gone forth: And address Me not in favour of the wrong-doers; for they shall be

drowned (in the Flood).

[23.28] And when thou hast embarked on the Ark - thou and those with thee,-

say: "Praise be to Allah, Who has saved us from the people who do wrong."

[23.29] And say: "O my Lord! enable me to disembark with thy blessing: for

Thou art the Best to enable (us) to disembark."

[23.30] Verily in this there are Signs (for men to understand); (thus) do We

try (men).

[23.31] Then We raised after them another generation.

[23.32] And We sent to them a messenger from among themselves, (saying),

"Worship Allah! ye have no other god but Him. Will ye not fear (Him)?"

[23.33] And the chiefs of his people, who disbelieved and denied the Meeting

in the Hereafter, and on whom We had bestowed the good things of this life,

said: "He is no more than a man like yourselves: he eats of that of which ye

eat, and drinks of what ye drink.

[23.34] "If ye obey a man like yourselves, behold, it is certain ye will be

lost.

[23.35] "Does he promise that when ye die and become dust and bones, ye shall

be brought forth (again)?

[23.36] "Far, very far is that which ye are promised!

[23.37] "There is nothing but our life in this world! We shall die and we

live! But we shall never be raised up again!

[23.38] "He is only a man who invents a lie against Allah, but we are not the

ones to believe in him!"

[23.39] (The prophet) said: "O my Lord! help me: for that they accuse me of

falsehood."

[23.40] (Allah) said: "In but a little while, they are sure to be sorry!"

[23.41] Then the Blast overtook them with justice, and We made them as rubbish

of dead leaves (floating on the stream of Time)! So away with the people who do

wrong!

[23.42] Then We raised after them other generations.

[23.43] No people can hasten their term, nor can they delay (it).

[23.44] Then sent We our messengers in succession: every time there came to a

people their messenger, they accused him of falsehood: so We made them follow

each other (in punishment): We made them as a tale (that is told): So away with

a people that will not believe!

[23.45] Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron, with Our Signs and authority

manifest,

[23.46] To Pharaoh and his Chiefs: But these behaved insolently: they were an

arrogant people.

[23.47] They said: "Shall we believe in two men like ourselves? And their

people are subject to us!"

[23.48] So they accused them of falsehood, and they became of those who were

destroyed.

[23.49] And We gave Moses the Book, in order that they might receive guidance.

[23.50] And We made the son of Mary and his mother as a Sign: We gave them

both shelter on high ground, affording rest and security and furnished with

springs.

[23.51] O ye messengers! enjoy (all) things good and pure, and work

righteousness: for I am well-acquainted with (all) that ye do.

[23.52] And verily this Brotherhood of yours is a single Brotherhood, and I am

your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (and no other).

[23.53] But people have cut off their affair (of unity), between them, into

sects: each party rejoices in that which is with itself.

[23.54] But leave them in their confused ignorance for a time.

[23.55] Do they think that because We have granted them abundance of wealth

and sons,

[23.56] We would hasten them on in every good? Nay, they do not understand.

[23.57] Verily those who live in awe for fear of their Lord;

[23.58] Those who believe in the Signs of their Lord;

[23.59] Those who join not (in worship) partners with their Lord;

[23.60] And those who dispense their charity with their hearts full of fear,

because they will return to their Lord;-

[23.61] It is these who hasten in every good work, and these who are foremost

in them.

[23.62] On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear: before Us is

a record which clearly shows the truth: they will never be wronged.

[23.63] But their hearts are in confused ignorance of this; and there are,

besides that, deeds of theirs, which they will (continue) to do,-

[23.64] Until, when We seize in Punishment those of them who received the good

things of this world, behold, they will groan in supplication!

[23.65] (It will be said): "Groan not in supplication this day: for ye shall

certainly not be helped by Us.

[23.66] "My Signs used to be rehearsed to you, but ye used to turn back on

your heels-

[23.67] "In arrogance: talking nonsense about the (Qur'an), like one telling

fables by night."

[23.68] Do they not ponder over the Word (of Allah), or has anything (new)

come to them that did not come to their fathers of old?

[23.69] Or do they not recognise their Messenger, that they deny him?

[23.70] Or do they say, "He is possessed"? Nay, he has brought them the Truth,

but most of them hate the Truth.

[23.71] If the Truth had been in accord with their desires, truly the heavens

and the earth, and all beings therein would have been in confusion and

corruption! Nay, We have sent them their admonition, but they turn away from

their admonition.

[23.72] Or is it that thou askest them for some recompense? But the recompense

of thy Lord is best: He is the Best of those who give sustenance.

[23.73] But verily thou callest them to the Straight Way;

[23.74] And verily those who believe not in the Hereafter are deviating from

that Way.

[23.75] If We had mercy on them and removed the distress which is on them,

they would obstinately persist in their transgression, wandering in distraction

to and fro.

[23.76] We inflicted Punishment on them, but they humbled not themselves to

their Lord, nor do they submissively entreat (Him)!-

[23.77] Until We open on them a gate leading to a severe Punishment: then Lo!

they will be plunged in despair therein!

[23.78] It is He Who has created for you (the faculties of) hearing, sight,

feeling and understanding: little thanks it is ye give!

[23.79] And He has multiplied you through the earth, and to Him shall ye be

gathered back.

[23.80] It is He Who gives life and death, and to Him (is due) the alternation

of Night and Day: will ye not then understand?

[23.81] On the contrary they say things similar to what the ancients said.

[23.82] They say: "What! when we die and become dust and bones, could we

really be raised up again?

[23.83] "Such things have been promised to us and to our fathers before! they

are nothing but tales of the ancients!"

[23.84] Say: "To whom belong the earth and all beings therein? (say) if ye

know!"

[23.85] They will say, "To Allah!" say: "Yet will ye not receive admonition?"

[23.86] Say: "Who is the Lord of the seven heavens, and the Lord of the Throne

(of Glory) Supreme?" PICKTHAL: Say: Who is Lord of the seven heavens, and Lord

of the Tremendous Throne?

SHAKIR: Say: Who is the Lord of the seven heavens and the Lord of the mighty

dominion?

KHALIFA: Say, "Who is the Lord of the seven universes; the Lord of the great

dominion?"

[23.87] They will say, "(They belong) to Allah." Say: "Will ye not then be

filled with awe?"

[23.88] Say: "Who is it in whose hands is the governance of all things,- who

protects (all), but is not protected (of any)? (say) if ye know."

[23.89] They will say, "(It belongs) to Allah." Say: "Then how are ye

deluded?"

[23.90] We have sent them the Truth: but they indeed practise falsehood!

[23.91] No son did Allah beget, nor is there any god along with Him: (if there

were many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had created, and

some would have lorded it over others! Glory to Allah! (He is free) from the

(sort of) things they attribute to Him!

[23.92] He knows what is hidden and what is open: too high is He for the

partners they attribute to Him!

[23.93] Say: "O my Lord! if Thou wilt show me (in my lifetime) that which they

are warned against,-

[23.94] "Then, O my Lord! put me not amongst the people who do wrong!"

[23.95] And We are certainly able to show thee (in fulfilment) that against

which they are warned.

[23.96] Repel evil with that which is best: We are well acquainted with the

things they say.

[23.97] And say "O my Lord! I seek refuge with Thee from the suggestions of

the Evil Ones.

[23.98] "And I seek refuge with Thee O my Lord! lest they should come near

me."

[23.99] (In Falsehood will they be) Until, when death comes to one of them, he

says: "O my Lord! send me back (to life),-

[23.100] "In order that I may work righteousness in the things I neglected." -

"By no means! It is but a word he says."- Before them is a Partition till the

Day they are raised up.

[23.101] Then when the Trumpet is blown, there will be no more relationships

between them that Day, nor will one ask after another!

[23.102] Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy,- they will attain

salvation:

[23.103] But those whose balance is light, will be those who have lost their

souls, in Hell will they abide.

[23.104] The Fire will burn their faces, and they will therein grin, with their

lips displaced.

[23.105] "Were not My Signs rehearsed to you, and ye did but treat them as

falsehood?"

[23.106] They will say: "our Lord! Our misfortune overwhelmed us, and we became

a people astray!

[23.107] "Our Lord! bring us out of this: if ever we return (to Evil), then

shall we be wrong-doers indeed!"

[23.108] He will say: "Be ye driven into it (with ignominy)! And speak ye not

to Me!

[23.109] "A part of My servants there was, who used to pray 'our Lord! we

believe; then do Thou forgive us, and have mercy upon us: For Thou art the Best

of those who show mercy!"

[23.110] "But ye treated them with ridicule, so much so that (ridicule of) them

made you forget My Message while ye were laughing at them!

[23.111] "I have rewarded them this Day for their patience and constancy: they

are indeed the ones that have achieved Bliss..."

[23.112] He will say: "What number of years did ye stay on earth?"

[23.113] They will say: "We stayed a day or part of a day: but ask those who

keep account."

[23.114] He will say: "Ye stayed not but a little,- if ye had only known!

[23.115] "Did ye then think that We had created you in jest, and that ye would

not be brought back to Us (for account)?"

[23.116] Therefore exalted be Allah, the King, the Reality: there is no god but

He, the Lord of the Throne of Honour!

[23.117] If anyone invokes, besides Allah, Any other god, he has no authority

therefor; and his reckoning will be only with his Lord! and verily the

Unbelievers will fail to win through!

[23.118] So say: "O my Lord! grant Thou forgiveness and mercy for Thou art the

Best of those who show mercy!"

 

@AL-NOOR (THE LIGHT)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[24.1] A sura which We have sent down and which We have ordained in it have

We sent down Clear Signs, in order that ye may receive admonition.

[24.2] The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication,- flog each of

them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a

matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a

party of the Believers witness their punishment.

[24.3] Let no man guilty of adultery or fornication marry and but a woman

similarly guilty, or an Unbeliever: nor let any but such a man or an Unbeliever

marry such a woman: to the Believers such a thing is forbidden.

[24.4] And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and produce not

four witnesses (to support their allegations),- flog them with eighty stripes;

and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors;-

[24.5] Unless they repent thereafter and mend (their conduct); for Allah is

Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. PICKTHAL: Save those who afterward repent and make

amends. (For such) lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

SHAKIR: Except those who repent after this and act aright, for surely Allah is

Forgiving, Merciful.

KHALIFA: If they repent afterwards and reform, then GOD is Forgiver, Merciful.

[24.6] And for those who launch a charge against their spouses, and have (in

support) no evidence but their own,- their solitary evidence (can be received)

if they bear witness four times (with an oath) by Allah that they are solemnly

telling the truth;

[24.7] And the fifth (oath) (should be) that they solemnly invoke the curse

of Allah on themselves if they tell a lie.

[24.8] But it would avert the punishment from the wife, if she bears witness

four times (with an oath) By Allah, that (her husband) is telling a lie;

[24.9] And the fifth (oath) should be that she solemnly invokes the wrath of

Allah on herself if (her accuser) is telling the truth.

[24.10] If it were not for Allah's grace and mercy on you, and that Allah is

Oft-Returning, full of Wisdom,- (Ye would be ruined indeed).

[24.11] Those who brought forward the lie are a body among yourselves: think

it not to be an evil to you; On the contrary it is good for you: to every man

among them (will come the punishment) of the sin that he earned, and to him who

took on himself the lead among them, will be a penalty grievous.

[24.12] Why did not the believers - men and women - when ye heard of the

affair,- put the best construction on it in their own minds and say, "This

(charge) is an obvious lie"?

[24.13] Why did they not bring four witnesses to prove it? When they have not

brought the witnesses, such men, in the sight of Allah, (stand forth) themselves

as liars!

[24.14] Were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you, in this world and

the Hereafter, a grievous penalty would have seized you in that ye rushed glibly

into this affair.

[24.15] Behold, ye received it on your tongues, and said out of your mouths

things of which ye had no knowledge; and ye thought it to be a light matter,

while it was most serious in the sight of Allah.

[24.16] And why did ye not, when ye heard it, say? - "It is not right of us to

speak of this: Glory to Allah! this is a most serious slander!"

[24.17] Allah doth admonish you, that ye may never repeat such (conduct), if

ye are (true) Believers.

[24.18] And Allah makes the Signs plain to you: for Allah is full of knowledge

and wisdom.

[24.19] Those who love (to see) scandal published broadcast among the

Believers, will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: Allah

knows, and ye know not.

[24.20] Were it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you, and that Allah is

full of kindness and mercy, (ye would be ruined indeed).

[24.21] O ye who believe! follow not Satan's footsteps: if any will follow the

footsteps of Satan, he will (but) command what is shameful and wrong: and were

it not for the grace and mercy of Allah on you, not one of you would ever have

been pure: but Allah doth purify whom He pleases: and Allah is One Who hears and

knows (all things).

[24.22] Let not those among you who are endued with grace and amplitude of

means resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen, those in want, and those

who have left their homes in Allah's cause: let them forgive and overlook, do

you not wish that Allah should forgive you? For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most

Merciful.

[24.23] Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed

in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty,-

[24.24] On the Day when their tongues, their hands, and their feet will bear

witness against them as to their actions.

[24.25] On that Day Allah will pay them back (all) their just dues, and they

will realise that Allah is the (very) Truth, that makes all things manifest.

[24.26] Women impure are for men impure, and men impure for women impure and

women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of

purity: these are not affected by what people say: for them there is

forgiveness, and a provision honourable.

[24.27] O ye who believe! enter not houses other than your own, until ye have

asked permission and saluted those in them: that is best for you, in order that

ye may heed (what is seemly).

[24.28] If ye find no one in the house, enter not until permission is given to

you: if ye are asked to go back, go back: that makes for greater purity for

yourselves: and Allah knows well all that ye do.

[24.29] It is no fault on your part to enter houses not used for living in,

which serve some (other) use for you: And Allah has knowledge of what ye reveal

and what ye conceal.

[24.30] Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard

their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well

acquainted with all that they do.

[24.31] And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and

guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments

except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils

over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their

fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their

brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the

slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs,

or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should

not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And

O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.

[24.32] Marry those among you who are single, or the virtuous ones among

yourselves, male or female: if they are in poverty, Allah will give them means

out of His grace: for Allah encompasseth all, and he knoweth all things.

[24.33] Let those who find not the wherewithal for marriage keep themselves

chaste, until Allah gives them means out of His grace. And if any of your slaves

ask for a deed in writing (to enable them to earn their freedom for a certain

sum), give them such a deed if ye know any good in them: yea, give them

something yourselves out of the means which Allah has given to you. But force

not your maids to prostitution when they desire chastity, in order that ye may

make a gain in the goods of this life. But if anyone compels them, yet, after

such compulsion, is Allah, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (to them),

[24.34] We have already sent down to you verses making things clear, an

illustration from (the story of) people who passed away before you, and an

admonition for those who fear (Allah).

[24.35] Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His

Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in

Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive,

neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though

fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His

Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things.

[24.36] (Lit is such a Light) in houses, which Allah hath permitted to be

raised to honour; for the celebration, in them, of His name: In them is He

glorified in the mornings and in the evenings, (again and again),-

[24.37] By men whom neither traffic nor merchandise can divert from the

Remembrance of Allah, nor from regular Prayer, nor from the practice of regular

Charity: Their (only) fear is for the Day when hearts and eyes will be

transformed (in a world wholly new),-

[24.38] That Allah may reward them according to the best of their deeds, and

add even more for them out of His Grace: for Allah doth provide for those whom

He will, without measure.

[24.39] But the Unbelievers,- their deeds are like a mirage in sandy deserts,

which the man parched with thirst mistakes for water; until when he comes up to

it, he finds it to be nothing: But he finds Allah (ever) with him, and Allah

will pay him his account: and Allah is swift in taking account.

[24.40] Or (the Unbelievers' state) is like the depths of darkness in a vast

deep ocean, overwhelmed with billow topped by billow, topped by (dark) clouds:

depths of darkness, one above another: if a man stretches out his hands, he can

hardly see it! for any to whom Allah giveth not light, there is no light!

[24.41] Seest thou not that it is Allah Whose praises all beings in the

heavens and on earth do celebrate, and the birds (of the air) with wings

outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise. And Allah knows

well all that they do.

[24.42] Yea, to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; and

to Allah is the final goal (of all).

[24.43] Seest thou not that Allah makes the clouds move gently, then joins

them together, then makes them into a heap? - then wilt thou see rain issue

forth from their midst. And He sends down from the sky mountain masses (of

clouds) wherein is hail: He strikes therewith whom He pleases and He turns it

away from whom He pleases, the vivid flash of His lightning well-nigh blinds the

sight.

[24.44] It is Allah Who alternates the Night and the Day: verily in these

things is an instructive example for those who have vision!

[24.45] And Allah has created every animal from water: of them there are some

that creep on their bellies; some that walk on two legs; and some that walk on

four. Allah creates what He wills for verily Allah has power over all things.

[24.46] We have indeed sent down signs that make things manifest: and Allah

guides whom He wills to a way that is straight.

[24.47] They say, "We believe in Allah and in the messenger, and we obey": but

even after that, some of them turn away: they are not (really) Believers.

[24.48] When they are summoned to Allah and His messenger, in order that He

may judge between them, behold some of them decline (to come).

[24.49] But if the right is on their side, they come to him with all

submission.

[24.50] Is it that there is a disease in their hearts? or do they doubt, or

are they in fear, that Allah and His Messenger will deal unjustly with them?

Nay, it is they themselves who do wrong.

[24.51] The answer of the Believers, when summoned to Allah and His Messenger,

in order that He may judge between them, is no other than this: they say, "We

hear and we obey": it is such as these that will attain felicity. PICKTHAL: The

saying of (all true) believers when they appeal unto Allah and His messenger to

judge between them is only that they say: We hear and we obey. And such are the

successful.

SHAKIR: The response of the believers, when they are invited to Allah and His

Messenger that he may judge between them, is only to say: We hear and we obey;

and these it is that are the successful.

KHALIFA: The only utterance of the believers, whenever invited to GOD and His

messenger to judge in their affairs, is to say, "We hear and we obey." These are

the winners.

[24.52] It is such as obey Allah and His Messenger, and fear Allah and do

right, that will win (in the end),

[24.53] They swear their strongest oaths by Allah that, if only thou wouldst

command them, they would leave (their homes). Say: "Swear ye not; Obedience is

(more) reasonable; verily, Allah is well acquainted with all that ye do."

[24.54] Say: "Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger: but if ye turn away, he is

only responsible for the duty placed on him and ye for that placed on you. If ye

obey him, ye shall be on right guidance. The Messenger's duty is only to preach

the clear (Message).

[24.55] Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous

deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of

power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in

authority their religion - the one which He has chosen for them; and that He

will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of

security and peace: 'They will worship Me (alone) and not associate aught with

Me. 'If any do reject Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked.

[24.56] So establish regular Prayer and give regular Charity; and obey the

Messenger; that ye may receive mercy.

[24.57] Never think thou that the Unbelievers are going to frustrate (Allah's

Plan) on earth: their abode is the Fire,- and it is indeed an evil refuge!

[24.58] O ye who believe! let those whom your right hands possess, and the

(children) among you who have not come of age ask your permission (before they

come to your presence), on three occasions: before morning prayer; the while ye

doff your clothes for the noonday heat; and after the late-night prayer: these

are your three times of undress: outside those times it is not wrong for you or

for them to move about attending to each other: Thus does Allah make clear the

Signs to you: for Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.

[24.59] But when the children among you come of age, let them (also) ask for

permission, as do those senior to them (in age): Thus does Allah make clear His

Signs to you: for Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.

[24.60] Such elderly women as are past the prospect of marriage,- there is no

blame on them if they lay aside their (outer) garments, provided they make not a

wanton display of their beauty: but it is best for them to be modest: and Allah

is One Who sees and knows all things.

[24.61] It is no fault in the blind nor in one born lame, nor in one afflicted

with illness, nor in yourselves, that ye should eat in your own houses, or those

of your fathers, or your mothers, or your brothers, or your sisters, or your

father's brothers or your father's sisters, or your mohter's brothers, or your

mother's sisters, or in houses of which the keys are in your possession, or in

the house of a sincere friend of yours: there is no blame on you, whether ye eat

in company or separately. But if ye enter houses, salute each other - a greeting

of blessing and purity as from Allah. Thus does Allah make clear the signs to

you: that ye may understand.

[24.62] Only those are believers, who believe in Allah and His Messenger: when

they are with him on a matter requiring collective action, they do not depart

until they have asked for his leave; those who ask for thy leave are those who

believe in Allah and His Messenger; so when they ask for thy leave, for some

business of theirs, give leave to those of them whom thou wilt, and ask Allah

for their forgiveness: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[24.63] Deem not the summons of the Messenger among yourselves like the

summons of one of you to another: Allah doth know those of you who slip away

under shelter of some excuse: then let those beware who withstand the

Messenger's order, lest some trial befall them, or a grievous penalty be

inflicted on them.

[24.64] Be quite sure that to Allah doth belong whatever is in the heavens and

on earth. Well doth He know what ye are intent upon: and one day they will be

brought back to Him, and He will tell them the truth of what they did: for Allah

doth know all things.

 

@AL-FURQAN (THE CRITERION)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[25.1] Blessed is He who sent down the criterion to His servant, that it may

be an admonition to all creatures;-

[25.2] He to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: no son

has He begotten, nor has He a partner in His dominion: it is He who created all

things, and ordered them in due proportions.

[25.3] Yet have they taken, besides him, gods that can create nothing but are

themselves created; that have no control of hurt or good to themselves; nor can

they control death nor life nor resurrection.

[25.4] But the misbelievers say: "Naught is this but a lie which he has

forged, and others have helped him at it." In truth it is they who have put

forward an iniquity and a falsehood.

[25.5] And they say: "Tales of the ancients, which he has caused to be

written: and they are dictated before him morning and evening."

[25.6] Say: "The (Qur'an) was sent down by Him who knows the mystery (that

is) in the heavens and the earth: verily He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

[25.7] And they say: "What sort of a messenger is this, who eats food, and

walks through the streets? Why has not an angel been sent down to him to give

admonition with him?

[25.8] "Or (Why) has not a treasure been bestowed on him, or why has he (not)

a garden for enjoyment?" The wicked say: "Ye follow none other than a man

bewitched."

[25.9] See what kinds of comparisons they make for thee! But they have gone

astray, and never a way will they be able to find!

[25.10] Blessed is He who, if that were His will, could give thee better

(things) than those,- Gardens beneath which rivers flow; and He could give thee

palaces (secure to dwell in).

[25.11] Nay they deny the hour (of the judgment to come): but We have prepared

a blazing fire for such as deny the hour:

[25.12] When it sees them from a place fAr off, they will hear its fury and

its ranging sigh.

[25.13] And when they are cast, bound together into a constricted place

therein, they will pLead for destruction there and then!

[25.14] "This day plead not for a single destruction: plead for destruction

oft-repeated!"

[25.15] Say: "Is that best, or the eternal garden, promised to the righteous?

for them, that is a reward as well as a goal (of attainment).

[25.16] "For them there will be therein all that they wish for: they will

dwell (there) for aye: A promise to be prayed for from thy Lord."

[25.17] The day He will gather them together as well as those whom they

worship besides Allah, He will ask: "Was it ye who let these My servants astray,

or did they stray from the Path themselves?"

[25.18] They will say: "Glory to Thee! not meet was it for us that we should

take for protectors others besides Thee: But Thou didst bestow, on them and

their fathers, good things (in life), until they forgot the Message: for they

were a people (worthless and) lost."

[25.19] (Allah will say): "Now have they proved you liars in what ye say: so

ye cannot avert (your penalty) nor (get) help." And whoever among you does

wrong, him shall We cause to taste of a grievous Penalty.

[25.20] And the messengers whom We sent before thee were all (men) who ate

food and walked through the streets: We have made some of you as a trial for

others: will ye have patience? for Allah is One Who sees (all things).

[25.21] Such as fear not the meeting with Us (for Judgment) say: "Why are not

the angels sent down to us, or (why) do we not see our Lord?" Indeed they have

an arrogant conceit of themselves, and mighty is the insolence of their impiety!

[25.22] The Day they see the angels,- no joy will there be to the sinners that

Day: The (angels) will say: "There is a barrier forbidden (to you) altogether!"

[25.23] And We shall turn to whatever deeds they did (in this life), and We

shall make such deeds as floating dust scattered about.

[25.24] The Companions of the Garden will be well, that Day, in their abode,

and have the fairest of places for repose.

[25.25] The Day the heaven shall be rent asunder with clouds, and angels shall

be sent down, descending (in ranks),-

[25.26] That Day, the dominion as of right and truth, shall be (wholly) for

(Allah) Most Merciful: it will be a Day of dire difficulty for the Misbelievers.

[25.27] The Day that the wrong-doer will bite at his hands, he will say, "Oh!

would that I had taken a (straight) path with the Messenger!

[25.28] "Ah! woe is me! Would that I had never taken such a one for a friend!

[25.29] "He did lead me astray from the Message (of Allah) after it had come

to me! Ah! the Evil One is but a traitor to man!"

[25.30] Then the Messenger will say: "O my Lord! Truly my people took this

Qur'an for just foolish nonsense."

[25.31] Thus have We made for every prophet an enemy among the sinners: but

enough is thy Lord to guide and to help.

[25.32] Those who reject Faith say: "Why is not the Qur'an revealed to him all

at once? Thus (is it revealed), that We may strengthen thy heart thereby, and We

have rehearsed it to thee in slow, well-arranged stages, gradually.

[25.33] And no question do they bring to thee but We reveal to thee the truth

and the best explanation (thereof).

[25.34] Those who will be gathered to Hell (prone) on their faces,- they will

be in an evil plight, and, as to Path, most astray.

[25.35] (Before this,) We sent Moses The Book, and appointed his brother Aaron

with him as minister;

[25.36] And We command: "Go ye both, to the people who have rejected our

Signs:" And those (people) We destroyed with utter destruction.

[25.37] And the people of Noah,- when they rejected the messengers, We drowned

them, and We made them as a Sign for mankind; and We have prepared for (all)

wrong-doers a grievous Penalty;-

[25.38] As also 'Ad and Thamud, and the Companions of the Rass, and many a

generation between them.

[25.39] To each one We set forth Parables and examples; and each one We broke

to utter annihilation (for their sins).

[25.40] And the (Unbelievers) must indeed have passed by the town on which was

rained a shower of evil: did they not then see it (with their own eyes)? But

they fear not the Resurrection.

[25.41] When they see thee, they treat thee no otherwise than in mockery: "Is

this the one whom Allah has sent as a messenger?"

[25.42] "He indeed would well-nigh have misled us from our gods, had it not

been that we were constant to them!" - Soon will they know, when they see the

Penalty, who it is that is most misled in Path!

[25.43] Seest thou such a one as taketh for his god his own passion (or

impulse)? Couldst thou be a disposer of affairs for him?

[25.44] Or thinkest thou that most of them listen or understand? They are only

like cattle;- nay, they are worse astray in Path.

[25.45] Hast thou not turned thy vision to thy Lord?- How He doth prolong the

shadow! If He willed, He could make it stationary! then do We make the sun its

guide;

[25.46] Then We draw it in towards Ourselves,- a contraction by easy stages.

[25.47] And He it is Who makes the Night as a Robe for you, and Sleep as

Repose, and makes the Day (as it were) a Resurrection.

[25.48] And He it is Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going

before His mercy, and We send down pure water from the sky,-

[25.49] That with it We may give life to a dead land, and slake the thirst of

things We have created,- cattle and men in great numbers.

[25.50] And We have distributed the (water) amongst them, in order that they

may celebrate (our) praises, but most men are averse (to aught) but (rank)

ingratitude.

[25.51] Had it been Our Will, We could have sent a warner to every centre of

population.

[25.52] Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with

the utmost strenuousness, with the (Qur'an).

[25.53] It is He Who has let free the two bodies of flowing water: One

palatable and sweet, and the other salt and bitter; yet has He made a barrier

between them, a partition that is forbidden to be passed.

[25.54] It is He Who has created man from water: then has He established

relationships of lineage and marriage: for thy Lord has power (over all things).

[25.55] Yet do they worship, besides Allah, things that can neither profit

them nor harm them: and the Misbeliever is a helper (of Evil), against his own

Lord!

[25.56] But thee We only sent to give glad tidings and admonition.

[25.57] Say: "No reward do I ask of you for it but this: that each one who

will may take a (straight) Path to his Lord."

[25.58] And put thy trust in Him Who lives and dies not; and celebrate his

praise; and enough is He to be acquainted with the faults of His servants;-

[25.59] He Who created the heavens and the earth and all that is between, in

six days, and is firmly established on the Throne (of Authority): Allah Most

Gracious: ask thou, then, about Him of any acquainted (with such things).

[25.60] When it is said to them, "Prostrate to (Allah) Most Gracious!", they

say, "And what is (Allah) Most Gracious? Shall we prostrate to that which thou

commandest us?" And it increases their flight (from the Truth).

[25.61] Blessed is He Who made constellations in the skies, and placed therein

a Lamp and a Moon giving light;

[25.62] And it is He Who made the Night and the Day to follow each other: for

such as have the will to celebrate His praises or to show their gratitude.

[25.63] And the servants of (Allah) Most Gracious are those who walk on the

earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, "Peace!";

[25.64] Those who spend the night in adoration of their Lord prostrate and

standing; PICKTHAL: And who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and

standing,

SHAKIR: And they who pass the night prostrating themselves before their Lord and

standing.

KHALIFA: In the privacy of the night, they meditate on their Lord, and fall

prostrate.

[25.65] Those who say, "Our Lord! avert from us the Wrath of Hell, for its

Wrath is indeed an affliction grievous,-

[25.66] "Evil indeed is it as an abode, and as a place to rest in";

[25.67] Those who, when they spend, are not extravagant and not niggardly, but

hold a just (balance) between those (extremes);

[25.68] Those who invoke not, with Allah, any other god, nor slay such life as

Allah has made sacred except for just cause, nor commit fornication; - and any

that does this (not only) meets punishment.

[25.69] (But) the Penalty on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to him, and

he will dwell therein in ignominy,-

[25.70] Unless he repents, believes, and works righteous deeds, for Allah will

change the evil of such persons into good, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most

Merciful,

[25.71] And whoever repents and does good has truly turned to Allah with an

(acceptable) conversion;-

[25.72] Those who witness no falsehood, and, if they pass by futility, they

pass by it with honourable (avoidance);

[25.73] Those who, when they are admonished with the Signs of their Lord,

droop not down at them as if they were deaf or blind;

[25.74] And those who pray, "Our Lord! Grant unto us wives and offspring who

will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous."

[25.75] Those are the ones who will be rewarded with the highest place in

heaven, because of their patient constancy: therein shall they be met with

salutations and peace,

[25.76] Dwelling therein;- how beautiful an abode and place of rest!

[25.77] Say (to the Rejecters): "My Lord is not uneasy because of you if ye

call not on Him: But ye have indeed rejected (Him), and soon will come the

inevitable (punishment)!"

 

@AL-SHUARA (THE POETS)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[26.1] Ta. Sin. Mim.

[26.2] These are verses of the Book that makes (things) clear.

[26.3] It may be thou frettest thy soul with grief, that they do not become

Believers.

[26.4] If (such) were Our Will, We could send down to them from the sky a

Sign, to which they would bend their necks in humility.

[26.5] But there comes not to them a newly-revealed Message from (Allah) Most

Gracious, but they turn away therefrom.

[26.6] They have indeed rejected (the Message): so they will know soon

(enough) the truth of what they mocked at!

[26.7] Do they not look at the earth,- how many noble things of all kinds We

have produced therein?

[26.8] Verily, in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe.

[26.9] And verily, thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.

[26.10] Behold, thy Lord called Moses: "Go to the people of iniquity,-

[26.11] "The people of the Pharaoh: will they not fear Allah?"

[26.12] He said: "O my Lord! I do fear that they will charge me with

falsehood:

[26.13] "My breast will be straitened. And my speech may not go (smoothly): so

send unto Aaron.

[26.14] "And (further), they have a charge of crime against me; and I fear

they may slay me."

[26.15] Allah said: "By no means! proceed then, both of you, with Our Signs;

We are with you, and will listen (to your call).

[26.16] "So go forth, both of you, to Pharaoh, and say: 'We have been sent by

the Lord and Cherisher of the worlds;

[26.17] "'Send thou with us the Children of Israel.'"

[26.18] (Pharaoh) said: "Did we not cherish thee as a child among us, and

didst thou not stay in our midst many years of thy life?

[26.19] "And thou didst a deed of thine which (thou knowest) thou didst, and

thou art an ungrateful (wretch)!"

[26.20] Moses said: "I did it then, when I was in error.

[26.21] "So I fled from you (all) when I feared you; but my Lord has (since)

invested me with judgment (and wisdom) and appointed me as one of the

messengers.

[26.22] "And this is the favour with which thou dost reproach me,- that thou

hast enslaved the Children of Israel!"

[26.23] Pharaoh said: "And what is the 'Lord and Cherisher of the worlds'?"

[26.24] (Moses) said: "The Lord and Cherisher of the heavens and the earth,

and all between,- if ye want to be quite sure."

[26.25] (Pharaoh) said to those around: "Did ye not listen (to what he says)?"

[26.26] (Moses) said: "Your Lord and the Lord of your fathers from the

beginning!"

[26.27] (Pharaoh) said: "Truly your messenger who has been sent to you is a

veritable madman!"

[26.28] (Moses) said: "Lord of the East and the West, and all between! if ye

only had sense!" PICKTHAL: He said: Lord of the East and the West and all that

is between them, if ye did but understand.

SHAKIR: He said: The Lord of the east and the west and what is between them, if

you understand.

KHALIFA: He said, "The Lord of the east and the west, and everything between

them, if you understand."

[26.29] (Pharaoh) said: "If thou dost put forward any god other than me, I

will certainly put thee in prison!"

[26.30] (Moses) said: "Even if I showed you something clear (and) convincing?"

[26.31] (Pharaoh) said: "Show it then, if thou tellest the truth!"

[26.32] So (Moses) threw his rod, and behold, it was a serpent, plain (for all

to see)!

[26.33] And he drew out his hand, and behold, it was white to all beholders!

[26.34] (Pharaoh) said to the Chiefs around him: "This is indeed a sorcerer

well-versed:

[26.35] "His plan is to get you out of your land by his sorcery; then what is

it ye counsel?"

[26.36] They said: "Keep him and his brother in suspense (for a while), and

dispatch to the Cities heralds to collect-

[26.37] "And bring up to thee all (our) sorcerers well-versed."

[26.38] So the sorcerers were got together for the appointment of a day

well-known,

[26.39] And the people were told: "Are ye (now) assembled?-

[26.40] "That we may follow the sorcerers (in religion) if they win?"

[26.41] So when the sorcerers arrived, they said to Pharaoh: "Of course -

shall we have a (suitable) reward if we win?

[26.42] He said: "Yea, (and more),- for ye shall in that case be (raised to

posts) nearest (to my person)."

[26.43] Moses said to them: "Throw ye - that which ye are about to throw!"

[26.44] So they threw their ropes and their rods, and said: "By the might of

Pharaoh, it is we who will certainly win!"

[26.45] Then Moses threw his rod, when, behold, it straightway swallows up all

the falsehoods which they fake!

[26.46] Then did the sorcerers fall down, prostrate in adoration,

[26.47] Saying: "We believe in the Lord of the Worlds,

[26.48] "The Lord of Moses and Aaron."

[26.49] Said (Pharaoh): "Believe ye in Him before I give you permission?

surely he is your leader, who has taught you sorcery! but soon shall ye know! Be

sure I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and I will cause

you all to die on the cross!"

[26.50] They said: "No matter! for us, we shall but return to our

Lord!

[26.51] "Only, our desire is that our Lord will forgive us our faults, that we

may become foremost among the believers!"

[26.52] By inspiration we told Moses: "Travel by night with my servants; for

surely ye shall be pursued."

[26.53] Then Pharaoh sent heralds to (all) the Cities,

[26.54] (Saying): "These (Israelites) are but a small band,

[26.55] "And they are raging furiously against us;

[26.56] "But we are a multitude amply fore-warned."

[26.57] So We expelled them from gardens, springs,

[26.58] Treasures, and every kind of honourable position;

[26.59] Thus it was, but We made the Children of Israel inheritors of such

things.

[26.60] So they pursued them at sunrise.

[26.61] And when the two bodies saw each other, the people of Moses said: "We

are sure to be overtaken."

[26.62] (Moses) said: "By no means! my Lord is with me! Soon will He guide

me!"

[26.63] Then We told Moses by inspiration: "Strike the sea with thy rod." So

it divided, and each separate part became like the huge, firm mass of a

mountain.

[26.64] And We made the other party approach thither.

[26.65] We delivered Moses and all who were with him;

[26.66] But We drowned the others.

[26.67] Verily in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe.

[26.68] And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.

[26.69] And rehearse to them (something of) Abraham's story.

[26.70] Behold, he said to his father and his people: "What worship ye?"

[26.71] They said: "We worship idols, and we remain constantly in attendance

on them."

[26.72] He said: "Do they listen to you when ye call (on them)?"

[26.73] "Or do you good or harm?"

[26.74] They said: "Nay, but we found our fathers doing thus (what we do)."

[26.75] He said: "Do ye then see whom ye have been worshipping,-

[26.76] "Ye and your fathers before you?-

[26.77] "For they are enemies to me; not so the Lord and Cherisher of the

Worlds;

[26.78] "Who created me, and it is He Who guides me;

[26.79] "Who gives me food and drink,

[26.80] "And when I am ill, it is He Who cures me;

[26.81] "Who will cause me to die, and then to life (again);

[26.82] "And who, I hope, will forgive me my faults on the day of Judgment.

[26.83] "O my Lord! bestow wisdom on me, and join me with the righteous;

[26.84] "Grant me honourable mention on the tongue of truth among the latest

(generations);

[26.85] "Make me one of the inheritors of the Garden of Bliss;

[26.86] "Forgive my father, for that he is among those astray;

[26.87] "And let me not be in disgrace on the Day when (men) will be raised

up;-

[26.88] "The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail,

[26.89] "But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart;

[26.90] "To the righteous, the Garden will be brought near,

[26.91] "And to those straying in Evil, the Fire will be placed in full view;

[26.92] "And it shall be said to them: 'Where are the (gods) ye worshipped-

[26.93] "'Besides Allah? Can they help you or help themselves?'

[26.94] "Then they will be thrown headlong into the (Fire),- they and those

straying in Evil,

[26.95] "And the whole hosts of Iblis together.

[26.96] "They will say there in their mutual bickerings:

[26.97] "'By Allah, we were truly in an error manifest,

[26.98] "'When we held you as equals with the Lord of the Worlds;

[26.99] "'And our seducers were only those who were steeped in guilt.

[26.100] "'Now, then, we have none to intercede (for us),

[26.101] "'Nor a single friend to feel (for us).

[26.102] "'Now if we only had a chance of return we shall truly be of those who

believe!'"

[26.103] Verily in this is a Sign but most of them do not believe.

[26.104] And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.

[26.105] The people of Noah rejected the messengers.

[26.106] Behold, their brother Noah said to them: "Will ye not fear (Allah)?

[26.107] "I am to you a messenger worthy of all trust:

[26.108] "So fear Allah, and obey me.

[26.109] "No reward do I ask of you for it: my reward is only from the Lord of

the Worlds:

[26.110] "So fear Allah, and obey me."

[26.111] They said: "Shall we believe in thee when it is the meanest that

follow thee?"

[26.112] He said: "And what do I know as to what they do?

[26.113] "Their account is only with my Lord, if ye could (but) understand.

[26.114] "I am not one to drive away those who believe.

[26.115] "I am sent only to warn plainly in public."

[26.116] They said: "If thou desist not, O Noah! thou shalt be stoned (to

death)."

[26.117] He said: "O my Lord! truly my people have rejected me.

[26.118] "Judge Thou, then, between me and them openly, and deliver me and

those of the Believers who are with me."

[26.119] So We delivered him and those with him, in the Ark filled (with all

creatures).

[26.120] Thereafter We drowned those who remained behind.

[26.121] Verily in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe.

[26.122] And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.

[26.123] The 'Ad (people) rejected the messengers.

[26.124] Behold, their brother Hud said to them: "Will ye not fear (Allah)?

[26.125] "I am to you a messenger worthy of all trust:

[26.126] "So fear Allah and obey me.

[26.127] "No reward do I ask of you for it: my reward is only from the Lord of

the Worlds.

[26.128] "Do ye build a landmark on every high place to amuse yourselves?

[26.129] "And do ye get for yourselves fine buildings in the hope of living

therein (for ever)?

[26.130] "And when ye exert your strong hand, do ye do it like men of absolute

power?

[26.131] "Now fear Allah, and obey me.

[26.132] "Yea, fear Him Who has bestowed on you freely all that ye know.

[26.133] "Freely has He bestowed on you cattle and sons,-

[26.134] "And Gardens and Springs.

[26.135] "Truly I fear for you the Penalty of a Great Day."

[26.136] They said: "It is the same to us whether thou admonish us or be not

among (our) admonishers!

[26.137] "This is no other than a customary device of the ancients,

[26.138] "And we are not the ones to receive Pains and Penalties!"

[26.139] So they rejected him, and We destroyed them. Verily in this is a Sign:

but most of them do not believe.

[26.140] And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.

[26.141] The Thamud (people) rejected the messengers.

[26.142] Behold, their brother Salih said to them: "Will you not fear (Allah)?

[26.143] "I am to you a messenger worthy of all trust.

[26.144] "So fear Allah, and obey me.

[26.145] "No reward do I ask of you for it: my reward is only from the Lord of

the Worlds.

[26.146] "Will ye be left secure, in (the enjoyment of) all that ye have here?-

[26.147] "Gardens and Springs,

[26.148] "And corn-fields and date-palms with spathes near breaking (with the

weight of fruit)?

[26.149] "And ye carve houses out of (rocky) mountains with great skill.

[26.150] "But fear Allah and obey me;

[26.151] "And follow not the bidding of those who are extravagant,-

[26.152] "Who make mischief in the land, and mend not (their ways)."

[26.153] They said: "Thou art only one of those bewitched!

[26.154] "Thou art no more than a mortal like us: then bring us a Sign, if thou

tellest the truth!"

[26.155] He said: "Here is a she-camel: she has a right of watering, and ye

have a right of watering, (severally) on a day appointed.

[26.156] "Touch her not with harm, lest the Penalty of a Great Day seize you."

[26.157] But they ham-strung her: then did they become full of regrets.

[26.158] But the Penalty seized them. Verily in this is a Sign: but most of

them do not believe.

[26.159] And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.

[26.160] The people of Lut rejected the messengers.

[26.161] Behold, their brother Lut said to them: "Will ye not fear (Allah)?

[26.162] "I am to you a messenger worthy of all trust.

[26.163] "So fear Allah and obey me.

[26.164] "No reward do I ask of you for it: my reward is only from the lord of

the Worlds.

[26.165] "Of all the creatures in the world, will ye approach males,

[26.166] "And leave those whom Allah has created for you to be your mates? Nay,

ye are a people transgressing (all limits)!"

[26.167] They said: "If thou desist not, O Lut! thou wilt assuredly be cast

out!"

[26.168] He said: "I do detest your doings."

[26.169] "O my Lord! deliver me and my family from such things as they do!"

[26.170] So We delivered him and his family,- all

[26.171] Except an old woman who lingered behind.

[26.172] But the rest We destroyed utterly.

[26.173] We rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): and evil was the

shower on those who were admonished (but heeded not)!

[26.174] Verily in this is a Sign: but most of them do not believe. PICKTHAL:

Lo! herein is indeed a portent, yet most of them are not believers.

SHAKIR: Most surely there is a sign in this, but most of them do not believe.

KHALIFA: This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers.

[26.175] And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might Most Merciful.

[26.176] The Companions of the Wood rejected the messengers.

[26.177] Behold, Shu'aib said to them: "Will ye not fear (Allah)?

[26.178] "I am to you a messenger worthy of all trust.

[26.179] "So fear Allah and obey me.

[26.180] "No reward do I ask of you for it: my reward is only from the Lord of

the Worlds.

[26.181] "Give just measure, and cause no loss (to others by fraud).

[26.182] "And weigh with scales true and upright.

[26.183] "And withhold not things justly due to men, nor do evil in the land,

working mischief.

[26.184] "And fear Him Who created you and (who created) the generations before

(you)"

[26.185] They said: "Thou art only one of those bewitched!

[26.186] "Thou art no more than a mortal like us, and indeed we think thou art

a liar!

[26.187] "Now cause a piece of the sky to fall on us, if thou art truthful!"

[26.188] He said: "My Lord knows best what ye do."

[26.189] But they rejected him. Then the punishment of a day of overshadowing

gloom seized them, and that was the Penalty of a Great Day.

[26.190] Verily in that is a Sign: but most of them do not believe.

[26.191] And verily thy Lord is He, the Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.

[26.192] Verily this is a Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds:

[26.193] With it came down the spirit of Faith and Truth-

[26.194] To thy heart and mind, that thou mayest admonish.

[26.195] In the perspicuous Arabic tongue.

[26.196] Without doubt it is (announced) in the mystic Books of former peoples.

[26.197] Is it not a Sign to them that the Learned of the Children of Israel

knew it (as true)?

[26.198] Had We revealed it to any of the non-Arabs,

[26.199] And had he recited it to them, they would not have believed in it.

[26.200] Thus have We caused it to enter the hearts of the sinners.

[26.201] They will not believe in it until they see the grievous Penalty;

[26.202] But the (Penalty) will come to them of a sudden, while they perceive

it not;

[26.203] Then they will say: "Shall we be respited?"

[26.204] Do they then ask for Our Penalty to be hastened on?

[26.205] Seest thou? If We do let them enjoy (this life) for a few

years,

[26.206] Yet there comes to them at length the (Punishment) which they were

promised!

[26.207] It will profit them not that they enjoyed (this life)!

[26.208] Never did We destroy a population, but had its warners -

[26.209] By way of reminder; and We never are unjust.

[26.210] No evil ones have brought down this (Revelation):

[26.211] It would neither suit them nor would they be able (to produce it).

[26.212] Indeed they have been removed far from even (a chance of) hearing it.

[26.213] So call not on any other god with Allah, or thou wilt be among those

under the Penalty.

[26.214] And admonish thy nearest kinsmen,

[26.215] And lower thy wing to the Believers who follow thee.

[26.216] Then if they disobey thee, say: "I am free (of responsibility) for

what ye do!"

[26.217] And put thy trust on the Exalted in Might, the Merciful,-

[26.218] Who seeth thee standing forth (in prayer),

[26.219] And thy movements among those who prostrate themselves,

[26.220] For it is He Who heareth and knoweth all things.

[26.221] Shall I inform you, (O people!), on whom it is that the evil ones

descend?

[26.222] They descend on every lying, wicked person,

[26.223] (Into whose ears) they pour hearsay vanities, and most of them are

liars.

[26.224] And the Poets,- It is those straying in Evil, who follow them:

[26.225] Seest thou not that they wander distracted in every valley?-

[26.226] And that they say what they practise not?-

[26.227] Except those who believe, work righteousness, engage much in the

remembrance of Allah, and defend themselves only after they are unjustly

attacked. And soon will the unjust assailants know what vicissitudes their

affairs will take!

 

@AL-NAML (THE ANT)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[27.1] These are verses of the Qur'an,-a book that makes (things) clear;

[27.2] A guide: and glad tidings for the believers,-

[27.3] Those who establish regular prayers and give in regular charity, and

also have (full) assurance of the hereafter.

[27.4] As to those who believe not in the Hereafter, We have made their deeds

pleasing in their eyes; and so they wander about in distraction.

[27.5] Such are they for whom a grievous Penalty is (waiting); and in the

Hereafter theirs will be the greatest loss.

[27.6] As to thee, the Qur'an is bestowed upon thee from the presence of one

who is wise and all-knowing.

[27.7] Behold! Moses said to his family: "I perceive a fire; soon will I

bring you from there some information, or I will bring you a burning brand to

light our fuel, that ye may warn yourselves.

[27.8] But when he came to the (fire), a voice was heard: "Blessed are those

in the fire and those around: and glory to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

[27.9] "O Moses! verily, I am Allah, the exalted in might, the wise!....

[27.10] "Now do thou throw thy rod!" But when he saw it moving (of its own

accord)as if it had been a snake, he turned back in retreat, and retraced not

his steps: "O Moses!" (it was said), "Fear not: truly, in My presence, those

called as messengers have no fear,-

[27.11] "But if any have done wrong and have thereafter substituted good to

take the place of evil, truly, I am Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[27.12] "Now put thy hand into thy bosom, and it will come forth white without

stain (or harm): (these are) among the nine Signs (thou wilt take) to Pharaoh

and his people: for they are a people rebellious in transgression."

[27.13] But when Our Signs came to them, that should have opened their eyes,

they said: "This is sorcery manifest!"

[27.14] And they rejected those Signs in iniquity and arrogance, though their

souls were convinced thereof: so see what was the end of those who acted

corruptly!

[27.15] We gave (in the past) knowledge to David and Solomon: And they both

said: "Praise be to Allah, Who has favoured us above many of his servants who

believe!"

[27.16] And Solomon was David's heir. He said: "O ye people! We have been

taught the speech of birds, and on us has been bestowed (a little) of all

things: this is indeed Grace manifest (from Allah.)"

[27.17] And before Solomon were marshalled his hosts,- of Jinns and men and

birds, and they were all kept in order and ranks.

[27.18] At length, when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants, one of the ants

said: "O ye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush

you (under foot) without knowing it."

[27.19] So he smiled, amused at her speech; and he said: "O my Lord! so order

me that I may be grateful for Thy favours, which thou hast bestowed on me and on

my parents, and that I may work the righteousness that will please Thee: And

admit me, by Thy Grace, to the ranks of Thy righteous Servants."

[27.20] And he took a muster of the Birds; and he said: "Why is it I see not

the Hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees?

[27.21] "I will certainly punish him with a severe penalty, or execute him,

unless he bring me a clear reason (for absence)."

[27.22] But the Hoopoe tarried not far: he (came up and) said: "I have

compassed (territory) which thou hast not compassed, and I have come to thee

from Saba with tidings true.

[27.23] "I found (there) a woman ruling over them and provided with every

requisite; and she has a magnificent throne.

[27.24] "I found her and her people worshipping the sun besides Allah: Satan

has made their deeds seem pleasing in their eyes, and has kept them away from

the Path,- so they receive no guidance,-

[27.25] "(Kept them away from the Path), that they should not worship Allah,

Who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth, and knows what

ye hide and what ye reveal.

[27.26] "Allah!- there is no god but He!- Lord of the Throne Supreme!"

[27.27] (Solomon) said: "Soon shall we see whether thou hast told the truth or

lied!

[27.28] "Go thou, with this letter of mine, and deliver it to them: then draw

back from them, and (wait to) see what answer they return"...

[27.29] (The queen) said: "Ye chiefs! here is delivered to me - a letter

worthy of respect.

[27.30] "It is from Solomon, and is (as follows): 'In the name of Allah, Most

Gracious, Most Merciful:

[27.31] "'Be ye not arrogant against me, but come to me in submission (to the

true Religion).'"

[27.32] She said: "Ye chiefs! advise me in (this) my affair: no affair have I

decided except in your presence."

[27.33] They said: "We are endued with strength, and given to vehement war:

but the command is with thee; so consider what thou wilt command."

[27.34] She said: "Kings, when they enter a country, despoil it, and make the

noblest of its people its meanest thus do they behave.

[27.35] "But I am going to send him a present, and (wait) to see with what

(answer) return (my) ambassadors."

[27.36] Now when (the embassy) came to Solomon, he said: "Will ye give me

abundance in wealth? But that which Allah has given me is better than that which

He has given you! Nay it is ye who rejoice in your gift!

[27.37] "Go back to them, and be sure we shall come to them with such hosts as

they will never be able to meet: We shall expel them from there in disgrace, and

they will feel humbled (indeed)."

[27.38] He said (to his own men): "Ye chiefs! which of you can bring me her

throne before they come to me in submission?"

[27.39] Said an 'Ifrit, of the Jinns: "I will bring it to thee before thou

rise from thy council: indeed I have full strength for the purpose, and may be

trusted."

[27.40] Said one who had knowledge of the Book: "I will bring it to thee

within the twinkling of an eye!" Then when (Solomon) saw it placed firmly before

him, he said: "This is by the Grace of my Lord!- to test me whether I am

grateful or ungrateful! and if any is grateful, truly his gratitude is (a gain)

for his own soul; but if any is ungrateful, truly my Lord is Free of all Needs,

Supreme in Honour !"

[27.41] He said: "Transform her throne out of all recognition by her: let us

see whether she is guided (to the truth) or is one of those who receive no

guidance."

[27.42] So when she arrived, she was asked, "Is this thy throne?" She said,

"It was just like this; and knowledge was bestowed on us in advance of this, and

we have submitted to Allah (in Islam)."

[27.43] And he diverted her from the worship of others besides Allah: for she

was (sprung) of a people that had no faith.

[27.44] She was asked to enter the lofty Palace: but when she saw it, she

thought it was a lake of water, and she (tucked up her skirts), uncovering her

legs. He said: "This is but a palace paved smooth with slabs of glass." She

said: "O my Lord! I have indeed wronged my soul: I do (now) submit (in Islam),

with Solomon, to the Lord of the Worlds."

[27.45] We sent (aforetime), to the Thamud, their brother Salih, saying,

"Serve Allah": But behold, they became two factions quarrelling with each other.

[27.46] He said: "O my people! why ask ye to hasten on the evil in preference

to the good? If only ye ask Allah for forgiveness, ye may hope to receive mercy.

[27.47] They said: "Ill omen do we augur from thee and those that are with

thee". He said: "Your ill omen is with Allah; yea, ye are a people under trial."

[27.48] There were in the city nine men of a family, who made mischief in the

land, and would not reform.

[27.49] They said: "Swear a mutual oath by Allah that we shall make a secret

night attack on him and his people, and that we shall then say to his heir (when

he seeks vengeance): 'We were not present at the slaughter of his people, and we

are positively telling the truth.'"

[27.50] They plotted and planned, but We too planned, even while they

perceived it not.

[27.51] Then see what was the end of their plot!- this, that We destroyed them

and their people, all (of them).

[27.52] Now such were their houses, - in utter ruin, - because they practised

wrong-doing. Verily in this is a Sign for people of knowledge.

[27.53] And We saved those who believed and practised righteousness.

[27.54] (We also sent) Lut (as a messenger): behold, He said to his people,

"Do ye do what is shameful though ye see (its iniquity)?

[27.55] Would ye really approach men in your lusts rather than women? Nay, ye

are a people (grossly) ignorant!

[27.56] But his people gave no other answer but this: they said, "Drive out

the followers of Lut from your city: these are indeed men who want to be clean

and pure!"

[27.57] But We saved him and his family, except his wife; her We destined to

be of those who lagged behind.

[27.58] And We rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): and evil was the

shower on those who were admonished (but heeded not)!

[27.59] Say: Praise be to Allah, and Peace on his servants whom He has chosen

(for his Message). (Who) is better?- Allah or the false gods they associate

(with Him)?

[27.60] Or, Who has created the heavens and the earth, and Who sends you down

rain from the sky? Yea, with it We cause to grow well-planted orchards full of

beauty of delight: it is not in your power to cause the growth of the trees in

them. (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Nay, they are a people who

swerve from justice.

[27.61] Or, Who has made the earth firm to live in; made rivers in its midst;

set thereon mountains immovable; and made a separating bar between the two

bodies of flowing water? (can there be another) god besides Allah? Nay, most of

them know not.

[27.62] Or, Who listens to the (soul) distressed when it calls on Him, and Who

relieves its suffering, and makes you (mankind) inheritors of the earth? (Can

there be another) god besides Allah? Little it is that ye heed!

[27.63] Or, Who guides you through the depths of darkness on land and sea, and

Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy? (Can

there be another) god besides Allah?- High is Allah above what they associate

with Him!

[27.64] Or, Who originates creation, then repeats it, and who gives you

sustenance from heaven and earth? (Can there be another) god besides Allah? Say,

"Bring forth your argument, if ye are telling the truth!"

[27.65] Say: None in the heavens or on earth, except Allah, knows what is

hidden: nor can they perceive when they shall be raised up (for Judgment).

[27.66] Still less can their knowledge comprehend the Hereafter: Nay, they are

in doubt and uncertainty thereanent; nay, they are blind thereunto!

[27.67] The Unbelievers say: "What! when we become dust,- we and our fathers,-

shall we really be raised (from the dead)?

[27.68] "It is true we were promised this,- we and our fathers before (us):

these are nothing but tales of the ancients."

[27.69] Say: "Go ye through the earth and see what has been the end of those

guilty (of sin)."

[27.70] But grieve not over them, nor distress thyself because of their plots.

[27.71] They also say: "When will this promise (come to pass)? (Say) if ye are

truthful."

[27.72] Say: "It may be that some of the events which ye wish to hasten on may

be (close) in your pursuit!"

[27.73] But verily thy Lord is full of grace to mankind: Yet most of them are

ungrateful.

[27.74] And verily thy Lord knoweth all that their hearts do hide. As well as

all that they reveal.

[27.75] Nor is there aught of the unseen, in heaven or earth, but is

(recorded) in a clear record.

[27.76] Verily this Qur'an doth explain to the Children of Israel most of the

matters in which they disagree.

[27.77] And it certainly is a Guide and a Mercy to those who believe.

[27.78] Verily thy Lord will decide between them by His Decree: and He is

Exalted in Might, All-Knowing.

[27.79] So put thy trust in Allah: for thou art on (the path of) manifest

Truth.

[27.80] Truly thou canst not cause the dead to listen, nor canst thou

cause the deaf to hear the call, (especially) when they turn back in retreat.

[27.81] Nor canst thou be a guide to the blind, (to prevent them) from

straying: only those wilt thou get to listen who believe in Our Signs, and they

will bow in Islam.

[27.82] And when the Word is fulfilled against them (the unjust), we shall

produce from the earth a beast to (face) them: He will speak to them, for that

mankind did not believe with assurance in Our Signs.

[27.83] One day We shall gather together from every people a troop of those

who reject our Signs, and they shall be kept in ranks,-

[27.84] Until, when they come (before the Judgment-seat), (Allah) will say:

"Did ye reject My Signs, though ye comprehended them not in knowledge, or what

was it ye did?"

[27.85] And the Word will be fulfilled against them, because of their

wrong-doing, and they will be unable to speak (in plea).

[27.86] See they not that We have made the Night for them to rest in and the

Day to give them light? Verily in this are Signs for any people that believe!

[27.87] And the Day that the Trumpet will be sounded - then will be smitten

with terror those who are in the heavens, and those who are on earth, except

such as Allah will please (to exempt): and all shall come to His (Presence) as

beings conscious of their lowliness.

[27.88] Thou seest the mountains and thinkest them firmly fixed: but they

shall pass away as the clouds pass away: (such is) the artistry of Allah, who

disposes of all things in perfect order: for he is well acquainted with all that

ye do.

[27.89] If any do good, good will (accrue) to them therefrom; and they will be

secure from terror that Day.

[27.90] And if any do evil, their faces will be thrown headlong into the Fire:

"Do ye receive a reward other than that which ye have earned by your deeds?"

[27.91] For me, I have been commanded to serve the Lord of this city, Him Who

has sanctified it and to Whom (belong) all things: and I am commanded to be of

those who bow in Islam to Allah's Will,-

[27.92] And to rehearse the Qur'an: and if any accept guidance, they do it for

the good of their own souls, and if any stray, say: "I am only a Warner".

[27.93] And say: "Praise be to Allah, Who will soon show you His Signs, so

that ye shall know them"; and thy Lord is not unmindful of all that ye do.

 

@AL-QASAS (THE STORY)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[28.1] Ta. Sin. Mim.

[28.2] These are Verses of the Book that makes (things) clear.

[28.3] We rehearse to thee some of the story of Moses and Pharaoh in Truth,

for people who believe.

[28.4] Truly Pharaoh elated himself in the land and broke up its people into

sections, depressing a small group among them: their sons he slew, but he kept

alive their females: for he was indeed a maker of mischief.

[28.5] And We wished to be Gracious to those who were being depressed in the

land, to make them leaders (in Faith) and make them heirs,

[28.6] To establish a firm place for them in the land, and to show Pharaoh,

Haman, and their hosts, at their hands, the very things against which they were

taking precautions.

[28.7] So We sent this inspiration to the mother of Moses: "Suckle (thy

child), but when thou hast fears about him, cast him into the river, but fear

not nor grieve: for We shall restore him to thee, and We shall make him one of

Our messengers."

[28.8] Then the people of Pharaoh picked him up (from the river): (It was

intended) that (Moses) should be to them an adversary and a cause of sorrow: for

Pharaoh and Haman and (all) their hosts were men of sin.

[28.9] The wife of Pharaoh said: "(Here is) joy of the eye, for me and for

thee: slay him not. It may be that he will be use to us, or we may adopt him as

a son." And they perceived not (what they were doing)!

[28.10] But there came to be a void in the heart of the mother of Moses: She

was going almost to disclose his (case), had We not strengthened her heart (with

faith), so that she might remain a (firm) believer.

[28.11] And she said to the sister of (Moses), "Follow him" so she (the

sister) watched him in the character of a stranger. And they knew not.

[28.12] And we ordained that he refused suck at first, until (His sister came

up and) said: "Shall I point out to you the people of a house that will nourish

and bring him up for you and be sincerely attached to him?"...

[28.13] Thus did We restore him to his mother, that her eye might be

comforted, that she might not grieve, and that she might know that the promise

of Allah is true: but most of them do not understand.

[28.14] When he reached full age, and was firmly established (in life), We

bestowed on him wisdom and knowledge: for thus do We reward those who do good.

[28.15] And he entered the city at a time when its people were not watching:

and he found there two men fighting,- one of his own religion, and the other, of

his foes. Now the man of his own religion appealed to him against his foe, and

Moses struck him with his fist and made an end of him. He said: "This is a work

of Evil (Satan): for he is an enemy that manifestly misleads!"

[28.16] He prayed: "O my Lord! I have indeed wronged my soul! Do Thou then

forgive me!" So (Allah) forgave him: for He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[28.17] He said: "O my Lord! For that Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace on me,

never shall I be a help to those who sin!"

[28.18] So he saw the morning in the city, looking about, in a state of fear,

when behold, the man who had, the day before, sought his help called aloud for

his help (again). Moses said to him: "Thou art truly, it is clear, a quarrelsome

fellow!"

[28.19] Then, when he decided to lay hold of the man who was an enemy to both

of them, that man said: "O Moses! Is it thy intention to slay me as thou slewest

a man yesterday? Thy intention is none other than to become a powerful violent

man in the land, and not to be one who sets things right!"

[28.20] And there came a man, running, from the furthest end of the City. He

said: "O Moses! the Chiefs are taking counsel together about thee, to slay thee:

so get thee away, for I do give thee sincere advice."

[28.21] He therefore got away therefrom, looking about, in a state of fear. He

prayed "O my Lord! save me from people given to wrong-doing."

[28.22] Then, when he turned his face towards (the land of) Madyan, he said:

"I do hope that my Lord will show me the smooth and straight Path."

[28.23] And when he arrived at the watering (place) in Madyan, he found there

a group of men watering (their flocks), and besides them he found two women who

were keeping back (their flocks). He said: "What is the matter with you?" They

said: "We cannot water (our flocks) until the shepherds take back (their

flocks): And our father is a very old man."

[28.24] So he watered (their flocks) for them; then he turned back to the

shade, and said:"O my Lord! truly am I in (desperate) need of any good that Thou

dost send me!"

[28.25] Afterwards one of the (damsels) came (back) to him, walking bashfully.

She said: "My father invites thee that he may reward thee for having watered

(our flocks) for us." So when he came to him and narrated the story, he said:

"Fear thou not: (well) hast thou escaped from unjust people."

[28.26] Said one of the (damsels): "O my (dear) father! engage him on wages:

truly the best of men for thee to employ is the (man) who is strong and

trusty"....

[28.27] He said: "I intend to wed one of these my daughters to thee, on

condition that thou serve me for eight years; but if thou complete ten years, it

will be (grace) from thee. But I intend not to place thee under a difficulty:

thou wilt find me, indeed, if Allah wills, one of the righteous."

[28.28] He said: "Be that (the agreement) between me and thee: whichever of

the two terms I fulfil, let there be no ill-will to me. Be Allah a witness to

what we say."

[28.29] Now when Moses had fulfilled the term, and was travelling with his

family, he perceived a fire in the direction of Mount Tur. He said to his

family: "Tarry ye; I perceive a fire; I hope to bring you from there some

information, or a burning firebrand, that ye may warm yourselves."

[28.30] But when he came to the (fire), a voice was heard from the right bank

of the valley, from a tree in hallowed ground: "O Moses! Verily I am Allah, the

Lord of the Worlds....

[28.31] "Now do thou throw thy rod!" but when he saw it moving (of its own

accord) as if it had been a snake, he turned back in retreat, and retraced not

his steps: O Moses!" (It was said), "Draw near, and fear not: for thou art of

those who are secure.

[28.32] "Move thy hand into thy bosom, and it will come forth white without

stain (or harm), and draw thy hand close to thy side (to guard) against fear.

Those are the two credentials from thy Lord to Pharaoh and his Chiefs: for truly

they are a people rebellious and wicked."

[28.33] He said: "O my Lord! I have slain a man among them, and I fear lest

they slay me.

[28.34] "And my brother Aaron - He is more eloquent in speech than I: so send

him with me as a helper, to confirm (and strengthen) me: for I fear that they

may accuse me of falsehood."

[28.35] He said: "We will certainly strengthen thy arm through thy brother,

and invest you both with authority, so they shall not be able to touch you: with

Our Sign shall ye triumph,- you two as well as those who follow you."

[28.36] When Moses came to them with Our clear signs, they said: "This is

nothing but sorcery faked up: never did we head the like among our fathers of

old!"

[28.37] Moses said: "My Lord knows best who it is that comes with guidance

from Him and whose end will be best in the Hereafter: certain it is that the

wrong-doers will not prosper."

[28.38] Pharaoh said: "O Chiefs! no god do I know for you but myself:

therefore, O Haman! light me a (kiln to bake bricks) out of clay, and build me a

lofty palace, that I may mount up to the god of Moses: but as far as I am

concerned, I think (Moses) is a liar!"

[28.39] And he was arrogant and insolent in the land, beyond reason,- He and

his hosts: they thought that they would not have to return to Us!

[28.40] So We seized him and his hosts, and We flung them into the sea: Now

behold what was the end of those who did wrong!

[28.41] And we made them (but) leaders inviting to the Fire; and on the Day of

Judgment no help shall they find.

[28.42] in this world We made a curse to follow them and on the Day of

Judgment they will be among the loathed (and despised).

[28.43] We did reveal to Moses the Book after We had destroyed the earlier

generations, (to give) Insight to men, and guidance and Mercy, that they might

receive admonition.

[28.44] Thou wast not on the Western side when We decreed the Commission to

Moses, nor wast thou a witness (of those events).

[28.45] But We raised up (new) generations, and long were the ages that passed

over them; but thou wast not a dweller among the people of Madyan, rehearsing

Our Signs to them; but it is We Who send messengers (with inspiration).

[28.46] Nor wast thou at the side of (the Mountain of) Tur when we called (to

Moses). Yet (art thou sent) as Mercy from thy Lord, to give warning to a people

to whom no warner had come before thee: in order that they may receive

admonition.

[28.47] If (We had) not (sent thee to the Quraish),- in case a calamity should

seize them for (the deeds) that their hands have sent forth, they might say:

"Our Lord! why didst Thou not sent us a messenger? We should then have followed

Thy Signs and been amongst those who believe!"

[28.48] But (now), when the Truth has come to them from Ourselves, they say,

"Why are not (Signs) sent to him, like those which were sent to Moses?" Do they

not then reject (the Signs) which were formerly sent to Moses? They say: "Two

kinds of sorcery, each assisting the other!" And they say: "For us, we reject

all (such things)!"

[28.49] Say: "Then bring ye a Book from Allah, which is a better guide than

either of them, that I may follow it! (do), if ye are truthful!"

[28.50] But if they hearken not to thee, know that they only follow their own

lusts: and who is more astray than one who follow his own lusts, devoid of

guidance from Allah? for Allah guides not people given to wrong-doing.

[28.51] Now have We caused the Word to reach them themselves, in order that

they may receive admonition.

[28.52] Those to whom We sent the Book before this,- they do believe in this

(revelation):

[28.53] And when it is recited to them, they say: "We believe therein, for it

is the Truth from our Lord: indeed we have been Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will)

from before this.

[28.54] Twice will they be given their reward, for that they have persevered,

that they avert Evil with Good, and that they spend (in charity) out of what We

have given them.

[28.55] And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: "To us

our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant."

[28.56] It is true thou wilt not be able to guide every one, whom thou lovest;

but Allah guides those whom He will and He knows best those who receive

guidance.

[28.57] They say: "If we were to follow the guidance with thee, we should be

snatched away from our land." Have We not established for them a secure

sanctuary, to which are brought as tribute fruits of all kinds,- a provision

from Ourselves? but most of them understand not.

[28.58] And how many populations We destroyed, which exulted in their life (of

ease and plenty)! now those habitations of theirs, after them, are deserted,-

All but a (miserable) few! and We are their heirs!

[28.59] Nor was thy Lord the one to destroy a population until He had sent to

its centre a messenger, rehearsing to them Our Signs; nor are We going to

destroy a population except when its members practise iniquity.

[28.60] The (material) things which ye are given are but the conveniences of

this life and the glitter thereof; but that which is with Allah is better and

more enduring: will ye not then be wise?

[28.61] Are (these two) alike?- one to whom We have made a goodly promise, and

who is going to reach its (fulfilment), and one to whom We have given the good

things of this life, but who, on the Day of Judgment, is to be among those

brought up (for punishment)?

[28.62] That Day (Allah) will call to them, and say "Where are my 'partners'?-

whom ye imagined (to be such)?"

[28.63] Those against whom the charge will be proved, will say: "Our Lord!

These are the ones whom we led astray: we led them astray, as we were astray

ourselves: we free ourselves (from them) in Thy presence: it was not us they

worshipped."

[28.64] It will be said (to them): "Call upon your 'partners' (for help)"

:they will call upon them, but they will not listen to them; and they will see

the Penalty (before them); (how they will wish) 'if only they had been open to

guidance!'

[28.65] That Day (Allah) will call to them, and say: "What was the answer ye

gave to the messengers?"

[28.66] Then the (whole) story that Day will seem obscure to them (like light

to the blind) and they will not be able (even) to question each other.

[28.67] But any that (in this life) had repented, believed, and worked

righteousness, will have hopes to be among those who achieve salvation.

[28.68] Thy Lord does create and choose as He pleases: no choice have they (in

the matter): Glory to Allah! and far is He above the partners they ascribe (to

Him)!

[28.69] And thy Lord knows all that their hearts conceal and all that they

reveal.

[28.70] And He is Allah: There is no god but He. To Him be praise, at the

first and at the last: for Him is the Command, and to Him shall ye (all) be

brought back.

[28.71] Say: See ye? If Allah were to make the night perpetual over you to the

Day of Judgment, what god is there other than Allah, who can give you

enlightenment? Will ye not then hearken?

[28.72] Say: See ye? If Allah were to make the day perpetual over you to the

Day of Judgment, what god is there other than Allah, who can give you a night in

which ye can rest? Will ye not then see?

[28.73] It is out of His Mercy that He has made for you Night and Day,- that

ye may rest therein, and that ye may seek of his Grace;- and in order that ye

may be grateful.

[28.74] The Day that He will call on them, He will say: "Where are my

'partners'? whom ye imagined (to be such)?"

[28.75] And from each people shall We draw a witness, and We shall say:

"Produce your Proof": then shall they know that the Truth is in Allah (alone),

and the (lies) which they invented will leave them in lurch.

[28.76] Qarun was doubtless, of the people of Moses; but he acted insolently

towards them: such were the treasures We had bestowed on him that their very

keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men, behold, his people said

to him: "Exult not, for Allah loveth not those who exult (in riches).

[28.77] "But seek, with the (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on thee, the

Home of the Hereafter, nor forget thy portion in this world: but do thou good,

as Allah has been good to thee, and seek not (occasions for) mischief in the

land: for Allah loves not those who do mischief."

[28.78] He said: "This has been given to me because of a certain knowledge

which I have." Did he not know that Allah had destroyed, before him, (whole)

generations,- which were superior to him in strength and greater in the amount

(of riches) they had collected? but the wicked are not called (immediately) to

account for their sins.

[28.79] So he went forth among his people in the (pride of his wordly)

glitter. Said those whose aim is the Life of this World: "Oh! that we had the

like of what Qarun has got! for he is truly a lord of mighty good fortune!"

[28.80] But those who had been granted (true) knowledge said: "Alas for you!

The reward of Allah (in the Hereafter) is best for those who believe and work

righteousness: but this none shall attain, save those who steadfastly persevere

(in good)."

[28.81] Then We caused the earth to swallow up him and his house; and he had

not (the least little) party to help him against Allah, nor could he defend

himself.

[28.82] And those who had envied his position the day before began to say on

the morrow: "Ah! it is indeed Allah Who enlarges the provision or restricts it,

to any of His servants He pleases! had it not been that Allah was gracious to

us, He could have caused the earth to swallow us up! Ah! those who reject Allah

will assuredly never prosper."

[28.83] That Home of the Hereafter We shall give to those who intend not

high-handedness or mischief on earth: and the end is (best) for the righteous.

[28.84] If any does good, the reward to him is better than his deed; but if

any does evil, the doers of evil are only punished (to the extent) of their

deeds.

[28.85] Verily He Who ordained the Qur'an for thee, will bring thee back to

the Place of Return. Say: "My Lord knows best who it is that brings true

guidance, and who is in manifest error."

[28.86] And thou hadst not expected that the Book would be sent to thee except

as a Mercy from thy Lord: Therefore lend not thou support in any way to those

who reject (Allah's Message).

[28.87] And let nothing keep thee back from the Signs of Allah after they have

been revealed to thee: and invite (men) to thy Lord, and be not of the company

of those who join gods with Allah.

[28.88] And call not, besides Allah, on another god. There is no god but He.

Everything (that exists) will perish except His own Face. To Him belongs the

Command, and to Him will ye (all) be brought back.

 

@AL-ANKABOOT (THE SPIDER)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[29.1] A.L.M.

[29.2] Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, "We believe", and

that they will not be tested?

[29.3] We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who

are true from those who are false.

[29.4] Do those who practise evil think that they will get the better of Us?

Evil is their judgment!

[29.5] For those whose hopes are in the meeting with Allah (in the Hereafter,

let them strive); for the term (appointed) by Allah is surely coming and He

hears and knows (all things).

[29.6] And if any strive (with might and main), they do so for their own

souls: for Allah is free of all needs from all creation.

[29.7] Those who believe and work righteous deeds,- from them shall We blot

out all evil (that may be) in them, and We shall reward them according to the

best of their deeds.

[29.8] We have enjoined on man kindness to parents: but if they (either of

them) strive (to force) thee to join with Me (in worship) anything of which thou

hast no knowledge, obey them not. Ye have (all) to return to me, and I will tell

you (the truth) of all that ye did.

[29.9] And those who believe and work righteous deeds,- them shall We admit

to the company of the Righteous.

[29.10] Then there are among men such as say, "We believe in Allah"; but when

they suffer affliction in (the cause of) Allah, they treat men's oppression as

if it were the Wrath of Allah! And if help comes (to thee) from thy Lord, they

are sure to say, "We have (always) been with you!" Does not Allah know best all

that is in the hearts of all creation?

[29.11] And Allah most certainly knows those who believe, and as certainly

those who are Hypocrites.

[29.12] And the Unbelievers say to those who believe: "Follow our path, and we

will bear (the consequences) of your faults." Never in the least will they bear

their faults: in fact they are liars!

[29.13] They will bear their own burdens, and (other) burdens along with their

own, and on the Day of Judgments they will be called to account for their

falsehoods.

[29.14] We (once) sent Noah to his people, and he tarried among them a

thousand years less fifty: but the Deluge overwhelmed them while they (persisted

in) sin.

[29.15] But We saved him and the companions of the Ark, and We made the (Ark)

a Sign for all peoples!

[29.16] And (We also saved) Abraham: behold, he said to his people, "Serve

Allah and fear Him: that will be best for you- If ye understand!

[29.17] "For ye do worship idols besides Allah, and ye invent falsehood. The

things that ye worship besides Allah have no power to give you sustenance: then

seek ye sustenance from Allah, serve Him, and be grateful to Him: to Him will be

your return.

[29.18] "And if ye reject (the Message), so did generations before you: and

the duty of the messenger is only to preach publicly (and clearly)."

[29.19] See they not how Allah originates creation, then repeats it: truly

that is easy for Allah.

[29.20] Say: "Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate

creation; so will Allah produce a later creation: for Allah has power over all

things.

[29.21] "He punishes whom He pleases, and He grants Mercy to whom He pleases,

and towards Him are ye turned.

[29.22] "Not on earth nor in heaven will ye be able (fleeing) to frustrate

(his Plan), nor have ye, besides Allah, any protector or helper."

[29.23] Those who reject the Signs of Allah and the Meeting with Him (in the

Hereafter),- it is they who shall despair of My Mercy: it is they who will

(suffer) a most grievous Penalty. PICKTHAL: Those who disbelieve in the

revelations of Allah and in (their) Meeting with Him, such have no hope of My

mercy. For such there is a painful doom.

SHAKIR: And (as to) those who disbelieve in the communications of Allah and His

meeting, they have despaired of My mercy, and these it is that shall have a

painful punishment.

KHALIFA: Those who disbelieve in GOD's revelations, and in meeting Him, have

despaired from My mercy. They have incurred a painful retribution.

[29.24] So naught was the answer of (Abraham's) people except that they said:

"Slay him or burn him." But Allah did save him from the Fire. Verily in this are

Signs for people who believe.

[29.25] And he said: "For you, ye have taken (for worship) idols besides

Allah, out of mutual love and regard between yourselves in this life; but on the

Day of Judgment ye shall disown each other and curse each other: and your abode

will be the Fire, and ye shall have none to help."

[29.26] But Lut had faith in Him: He said: "I will leave home for the sake of

my Lord: for He is Exalted in Might, and Wise."

[29.27] And We gave (Abraham) Isaac and Jacob, and ordained among his progeny

Prophethood and Revelation, and We granted him his reward in this life; and he

was in the Hereafter (of the company) of the Righteous.

[29.28] And (remember) Lut: behold, he said to his people: "Ye do commit

lewdness, such as no people in Creation (ever) committed before you.

[29.29] "Do ye indeed approach men, and cut off the highway?- and practise

wickedness (even) in your councils?" But his people gave no answer but this:

they said: "Bring us the Wrath of Allah if thou tellest the truth."

[29.30] He said: "O my Lord! help Thou me against people who do mischief!"

[29.31] When Our Messengers came to Abraham with the good news, they said: "We

are indeed going to destroy the people of this township: for truly they are

(addicted to) crime."

[29.32] He said: "But there is Lut there." They said: "Well do we know who is

there : we will certainly save him and his following,- except his wife: she is

of those who lag behind!"

[29.33] And when Our Messengers came to Lut, he was grieved on their account,

and felt himself powerless (to protect) them: but they said: "Fear thou not, nor

grieve: we are (here) to save thee and thy following, except thy wife: she is of

those who lag behind.

[29.34] "For we are going to bring down on the people of this township a

Punishment from heaven, because they have been wickedly rebellious."

[29.35] And We have left thereof an evident Sign, for any people who (care to)

understand.

[29.36] To the Madyan (people) (We sent) their brother Shu'aib. Then he said:

"O my people! serve Allah, and fear the Last Day: nor commit evil on the earth,

with intent to do mischief."

[29.37] But they rejected him: Then the mighty Blast seized them, and they lay

prostrate in their homes by the morning.

[29.38] (Remember also) the 'Ad and the Thamud (people): clearly will appear

to you from (the traces) of their buildings (their fate): the Evil One made

their deeds alluring to them, and kept them back from the Path, though they were

gifted with intelligence and skill.

[29.39] (Remember also) Qarun, Pharaoh, and Haman: there came to them Moses

with Clear Signs, but they behaved with insolence on the earth; yet they could

not overreach (Us).

[29.40] Each one of them We seized for his crime: of them, against some We

sent a violent tornado (with showers of stones); some were caught by a (mighty)

Blast; some We caused the earth to swallow up; and some We drowned (in the

waters): It was not Allah Who injured (or oppressed) them:" They injured (and

oppressed) their own souls.

[29.41] The parable of those who take protectors other than Allah is that of

the spider, who builds (to itself) a house; but truly the flimsiest of houses is

the spider's house;- if they but knew.

[29.42] Verily Allah doth know of (every thing) whatever that they call upon

besides Him: and He is Exalted (in power), Wise.

[29.43] And such are the Parables We set forth for mankind, but only those

understand them who have knowledge.

[29.44] Allah created the heavens and the earth in true (proportions): verily

in that is a Sign for those who believe.

[29.45] Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish

regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and

remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah

knows the (deeds) that ye do.

[29.46] And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, except with means

better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict

wrong (and injury): but say, "We believe in the revelation which has come down

to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and

it is to Him we bow (in Islam)."

[29.47] And thus (it is) that We have sent down the Book to thee. So the

People of the Book believe therein, as also do some of these (pagan Arabs): and

none but Unbelievers reject our signs.

[29.48] And thou wast not (able) to recite a Book before this (Book came), nor

art thou (able) to transcribe it with thy right hand: In that case, indeed,

would the talkers of vanities have doubted.

[29.49] Nay, here are Signs self-evident in the hearts of those endowed with

knowledge: and none but the unjust reject Our Signs.

[29.50] Ye they say: "Why are not Signs sent down to him from his Lord?" Say:

"The signs are indeed with Allah: and I am indeed a clear Warner."

[29.51] And is it not enough for them that we have sent down to thee the Book

which is rehearsed to them? Verily, in it is Mercy and a Reminder to those who

believe.

[29.52] Say: "Enough is Allah for a witness between me and you: He knows what

is in the heavens and on earth. And it is those who believe in vanities and

reject Allah, that will perish (in the end).

[29.53] They ask thee to hasten on the Punishment (for them): had it not been

for a term (of respite) appointed, the Punishment would certainly have come to

them: and it will certainly reach them,- of a sudden, while they perceive not!

[29.54] They ask thee to hasten on the Punishment: but, of a surety, Hell will

encompass the Rejecters of Faith!-

[29.55] On the Day that the Punishment shall cover them from above them and

from below them, and (a Voice) shall say: "Taste ye (the fruits) of your deeds!"

[29.56] O My servants who believe! truly, spacious is My Earth: therefore

serve ye Me - (and Me alone)!

[29.57] Every soul shall have a taste of death in the end to Us shall ye be

brought back.

[29.58] But those who believe and work deeds of righteousness - to them shall

We give a Home in Heaven,- lofty mansions beneath which flow rivers,- to dwell

therein for aye;- an excellent reward for those who do (good)!-

[29.59] Those who persevere in patience, and put their trust, in their Lord

and Cherisher.

[29.60] How many are the creatures that carry not their own sustenance? It is

Allah who feeds (both) them and you: for He hears and knows (all things).

[29.61] If indeed thou ask them who has created the heavens and the earth and

subjected the sun and the moon (to his Law), they will certainly reply, "Allah".

How are they then deluded away (from the truth)?

[29.62] Allah enlarges the sustenance (which He gives) to whichever of His

servants He pleases; and He (similarly) grants by (strict) measure, (as He

pleases): for Allah has full knowledge of all things.

[29.63] And if indeed thou ask them who it is that sends down rain from the

sky, and gives life therewith to the earth after its death, they will certainly

reply, "Allah!" Say, "Praise be to Allah!" But most of them understand not.

[29.64] What is the life of this world but amusement and play? but verily the

Home in the Hereafter,- that is life indeed, if they but knew.

[29.65] Now, if they embark on a boat, they call on Allah, making their

devotion sincerely (and exclusively) to Him; but when He has delivered them

safely to (dry) land, behold, they give a share (of their worship to others)!-

[29.66] Disdaining ungratefully Our gifts, and giving themselves up to

(worldly) enjoyment! But soon will they know.

[29.67] Do they not then see that We have made a sanctuary secure, and that

men are being snatched away from all around them? Then, do they believe in that

which is vain, and reject the Grace of Allah?

[29.68] And who does more wrong than he who invents a lie against Allah or

rejects the Truth when it reaches him? Is there not a home in Hell for those who

reject Faith?

[29.69] And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to

our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do right.

 

@AL-ROOM (THE ROMANS)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[30.1] A. L. M.

[30.2] The Roman Empire has been defeated-

[30.3] In a land close by; but they, (even) after (this) defeat of theirs,

will soon be victorious-

[30.4] Within a few years. With Allah is the Decision, in the past and in the

Future: on that Day shall the Believers rejoice-

[30.5] With the help of Allah. He helps whom He will, and He is exalted in

might, most merciful.

[30.6] (It is) the promise of Allah. Never does Allah depart from His

promise: but most men understand not.

[30.7] They know but the outer (things) in the life of this world: but of the

End of things they are heedless.

[30.8] Do they not reflect in their own minds? Not but for just ends and for

a term appointed, did Allah create the heavens and the earth, and all between

them: yet are there truly many among men who deny the meeting with their Lord

(at the Resurrection)!

[30.9] Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the end of

those before them? They were superior to them in strength: they tilled the soil

and populated it in greater numbers than these have done: there came to them

their messengers with Clear (Signs). (Which they rejected, to their own

destruction): It was not Allah Who wronged them, but they wronged their own

souls.

[30.10] In the long run evil in the extreme will be the End of those who do

evil; for that they rejected the Signs of Allah, and held them up to ridicule.

[30.11] It is Allah Who begins (the process of) creation; then repeats it;

then shall ye be brought back to Him.

[30.12] On the Day that the Hour will be established, the guilty will be

struck dumb with despair.

[30.13] No intercessor will they have among their "Partners" and they will

(themselves) reject their "Partners".

[30.14] On the Day that the Hour will be established,- that Day shall (all

men) be sorted out.

[30.15] Then those who have believed and worked righteous deeds, shall be made

happy in a Mead of Delight.

[30.16] And those who have rejected Faith and falsely denied our Signs and the

meeting of the Hereafter,- such shall be brought forth to Punishment.

[30.17] So (give) glory to Allah, when ye reach eventide and when ye rise in

the morning;

[30.18] Yea, to Him be praise, in the heavens and on earth; and in the late

afternoon and when the day begins to decline.

[30.19] It is He Who brings out the living from the dead, and brings out the

dead from the living, and Who gives life to the earth after it is dead: and thus

shall ye be brought out (from the dead).

[30.20] Among His Signs in this, that He created you from dust; and then,-

behold, ye are men scattered (far and wide)!

[30.21] And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among

yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and

mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.

[30.22] And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and

the variations in your languages and your colours: verily in that are Signs for

those who know.

[30.23] And among His Signs is the sleep that ye take by night and by day, and

the quest that ye (make for livelihood) out of His Bounty: verily in that are

signs for those who hearken.

[30.24] And among His Signs, He shows you the lightning, by way both of fear

and of hope, and He sends down rain from the sky and with it gives life to the

earth after it is dead: verily in that are Signs for those who are wise.

[30.25] And among His Signs is this, that heaven and earth stand by His

Command: then when He calls you, by a single call, from the earth, behold, ye

(straightway) come forth.

[30.26] To Him belongs every being that is in the heavens and on earth: all

are devoutly obedient to Him.

[30.27] It is He Who begins (the process of) creation; then repeats it; and

for Him it is most easy. To Him belongs the loftiest similitude (we can think

of) in the heavens and the earth: for He is Exalted in Might, full of wisdom.

[30.28] He does propound to you a similitude from your own (experience): do ye

have partners among those whom your right hands possess, to share as equals in

the wealth We have bestowed on you? Do ye fear them as ye fear each other? Thus

do we explain the Signs in detail to a people that understand.

[30.29] Nay, the wrong-doers (merely) follow their own lusts, being devoid of

knowledge. But who will guide those whom Allah leaves astray? To them there will

be no helpers.

[30.30] So set thou thy face steadily and truly to the Faith: (establish)

Allah's handiwork according to the pattern on which He has made mankind: no

change (let there be) in the work (wrought) by Allah: that is the standard

Religion: but most among mankind understand not.

[30.31] Turn ye back in repentance to Him, and fear Him: establish regular

prayers, and be not ye among those who join gods with Allah,-

[30.32] Those who split up their Religion, and become (mere) Sects,- each

party rejoicing in that which is with itself!

[30.33] When trouble touches men, they cry to their Lord, turning back to Him

in repentance: but when He gives them a taste of Mercy as from Himself, behold,

some of them pay part-worship to other god's besides their Lord,-

[30.34] (As if) to show their ingratitude for the (favours) We have bestowed

on them! Then enjoy (your brief day); but soon will ye know (your folly).

[30.35] Or have We sent down authority to them, which points out to them the

things to which they pay part-worship?

[30.36] When We give men a taste of Mercy, they exult thereat: and when some

evil afflicts them because of what their (own) hands have sent forth, behold,

they are in despair!

[30.37] See they not that Allah enlarges the provision and restricts it, to

whomsoever He pleases? Verily in that are Signs for those who believe.

[30.38] So give what is due to kindred, the needy, and the wayfarer. That is

best for those who seek the Countenance, of Allah, and it is they who will

prosper.

[30.39] That which ye lay out for increase through the property of (other)

people, will have no increase with Allah: but that which ye lay out for charity,

seeking the Countenance of Allah, (will increase): it is these who will get a

recompense multiplied.

[30.40] It is Allah Who has created you: further, He has provided for your

sustenance; then He will cause you to die; and again He will give you life. Are

there any of your (false) "Partners" who can do any single one of these things?

Glory to Him! and high is He above the partners they attribute (to him)!

[30.41] Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of (the meed) that the

hands of men have earned, that (Allah) may give them a taste of some of their

deeds: in order that they may turn back (from Evil).

[30.42] Say: "Travel through the earth and see what was the end of those

before (you): Most of them worshipped others besides Allah."

[30.43] But set thou thy face to the right Religion before there come from

Allah the Day which there is no chance of averting: on that Day shall men be

divided (in two).

[30.44] Those who reject Faith will suffer from that rejection: and those who

work righteousness will spread their couch (of repose) for themselves (in

heaven):

[30.45] That He may reward those who believe and work righteous deeds, out of

his Bounty. For He loves not those who reject Faith.

[30.46] Among His Signs is this, that He sends the Winds, as heralds of Glad

Tidings, giving you a taste of His (Grace and) Mercy,- that the ships may sail

(majestically) by His Command and that ye may seek of His Bounty: in order that

ye may be grateful.

[30.47] We did indeed send, before thee, messengers to their (respective)

peoples, and they came to them with Clear Signs: then, to those who

transgressed, We meted out Retribution: and it was due from Us to aid those who

believed.

[30.48] It is Allah Who sends the Winds, and they raise the Clouds: then does

He spread them in the sky as He wills, and break them into fragments, until thou

seest rain-drops issue from the midst thereof: then when He has made them reach

such of his servants as He wills behold, they do rejoice!-

[30.49] Even though, before they received (the rain) - just before this - they

were dumb with despair!

[30.50] Then contemplate (O man!) the memorials of Allah's Mercy!- how He

gives life to the earth after its death: verily the same will give life to the

men who are dead: for He has power over all things.

[30.51] And if We (but) send a Wind from which they see (their tilth) turn

yellow,- behold, they become, thereafter, Ungrateful (Unbelievers)!

[30.52] So verily thou canst not make the dead to hear, nor canst thou make

the deaf to hear the call, when they show their backs and turn away.

[30.53] Nor canst thou lead back the blind from their straying: only those

wilt thou make to hear, who believe in Our signs and submit (their wills in

Islam).

[30.54] It is Allah Who created you in a state of (helpless) weakness, then

gave (you) strength after weakness, then, after strength, gave (you weakness and

a hoary head: He creates as He wills, and it is He Who has all knowledge and

power.

[30.55] On the Day that the Hour (of Reckoning) will be established, the

transgressors will swear that they tarried not but an hour: thus were they used

to being deluded!

[30.56] But those endued with knowledge and faith will say: "Indeed ye did

tarry, within Allah's Decree, to the Day of Resurrection, and this is the Day of

Resurrection: but ye - ye were not aware!"

[30.57] So on that Day no excuse of theirs will avail the transgressors, nor

will they be invited (then) to seek grace (by repentance).

[30.58] verily We have propounded for men, in this Qur'an every kind of

Parable: But if thou bring to them any Sign, the Unbelievers are sure to say,

"Ye do nothing but talk vanities."

[30.59] Thus does Allah seal up the hearts of those who understand not.

[30.60] So patiently persevere: for verily the promise of Allah is true: nor

let those shake thy firmness, who have (themselves) no certainty of faith.

 

@LUQMAN (LUQMAN)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[31.1] A. L. M.

[31.2] These are Verses of the Wise Book,-

[31.3] A Guide and a Mercy to the Doers of Good,-

[31.4] Those who establish regular Prayer, and give regular Charity, and have

(in their hearts) the assurance of the Hereafter.

[31.5] These are on (true) guidance from their Lord: and these are the ones

who will prosper.

[31.6] But there are, among men, those who purchase idle tales, without

knowledge (or meaning), to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah and throw

ridicule (on the Path): for such there will be a Humiliating Penalty.

[31.7] When Our Signs are rehearsed to such a one, he turns away in

arrogance, as if he heard them not, as if there were deafness in both his ears:

announce to him a grievous Penalty.

[31.8] For those who believe and work righteous deeds, there will be Gardens

of Bliss,-

[31.9] To dwell therein. The promise of Allah is true: and He is Exalted in

Power, Wise.

[31.10] He created the heavens without any pillars that ye can see; He set on

the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with you; and He

scattered through it beasts of all kinds. We send down rain from the sky, and

produce on the earth every kind of noble creature, in pairs.

[31.11] Such is the Creation of Allah: now show Me what is there that others

besides Him have created: nay, but the Transgressors are in manifest error.

[31.12] we bestowed (in the past) Wisdom on Luqman: "Show (thy) gratitude to

Allah." Any who is (so) grateful does so to the profit of his own soul: but if

any is ungrateful, verily Allah is free of all wants, Worthy of all praise.

[31.13] Behold, Luqman said to his son by way of instruction: "O my son! join

not in worship (others) with Allah: for false worship is indeed the highest

wrong-doing."

[31.14] And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail

upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning: (hear

the command), "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final)

Goal.

[31.15] "But if they strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of

which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life

with justice (and consideration), and follow the way of those who turn to me (in

love): in the end the return of you all is to Me, and I will tell you the truth

(and meaning) of all that ye did."

[31.16] "O my son!" (said Luqman), "If there be (but) the weight of a

mustard-seed and it were (hidden) in a rock, or (anywhere) in the heavens or on

earth, Allah will bring it forth: for Allah understands the finest mysteries,

(and) is well-acquainted (with them).

[31.17] "O my son! establish regular prayer, enjoin what is just, and forbid

what is wrong: and bear with patient constancy whatever betide thee; for this is

firmness (of purpose) in (the conduct of) affairs.

[31.18] "And swell not thy cheek (for pride) at men, nor walk in insolence

through the earth; for Allah loveth not any arrogant boaster.

[31.19] "And be moderate in thy pace, and lower thy voice; for the harshest of

sounds without doubt is the braying of the ass."

[31.20] Do ye not see that Allah has subjected to your (use) all things in the

heavens and on earth, and has made his bounties flow to you in exceeding

measure, (both) seen and unseen? Yet there are among men those who dispute about

Allah, without knowledge and without guidance, and without a Book to enlighten

them!

[31.21] When they are told to follow the (Revelation) that Allah has sent

down, they say: "Nay, we shall follow the ways that we found our fathers

(following). "What! even if it is Satan beckoning them to the Penalty of the

(Blazing) Fire?

[31.22] Whoever submits his whole self to Allah, and is a doer of good, has

grasped indeed the most trustworthy hand-hold: and with Allah rests the End and

Decision of (all) affairs.

[31.23] But if any reject Faith, let not his rejection grieve thee: to Us is

their return, and We shall tell them the truth of their deeds: for Allah knows

well all that is in (men's) hearts.

[31.24] We grant them their pleasure for a little while: in the end shall We

drive them to a chastisement unrelenting.

[31.25] If thou ask them, who it is that created the heavens and the earth.

They will certainly say, "Allah". Say: "Praise be to Allah!" But most of them

understand not.

[31.26] To Allah belong all things in heaven and earth: verily Allah is He

(that is) free of all wants, worthy of all praise.

[31.27] And if all the trees on earth were pens and the ocean (were ink), with

seven oceans behind it to add to its (supply), yet would not the words of Allah

be exhausted (in the writing): for Allah is Exalted in Power, full of Wisdom.

[31.28] And your creation or your resurrection is in no wise but as an

individual soul: for Allah is He Who hears and sees (all things).

[31.29] Seest thou not that Allah merges Night into Day and he merges Day into

Night; that He has subjected the sun, and the moon (to his Law), each running

its course for a term appointed; and that Allah is well-acquainted with all that

ye do?

[31.30] That is because Allah is the (only) Reality, and because whatever else

they invoke besides Him is Falsehood; and because Allah,- He is the Most High,

Most Great.

[31.31] Seest thou not that the ships sail through the ocean by the Grace of

Allah?- that He may show you of His Signs? Verily in this are Signs for all who

constantly persevere and give thanks.

[31.32] When a wave covers them like the canopy (of clouds), they call to

Allah, offering Him sincere devotion. But when He has delivered them safely to

land, there are among them those that halt between (right and wrong). But none

reject Our Signs except only a perfidious ungrateful (wretch)!

[31.33] O mankind! do your duty to your Lord, and fear (the coming of) a Day

when no father can avail aught for his son, nor a son avail aught for his

father. Verily, the promise of Allah is true: let not then this present life

deceive you, nor let the chief Deceiver deceive you about Allah.

[31.34] Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with Allah (alone). It is He Who

sends down rain, and He Who knows what is in the wombs. Nor does any one know

what it is that he will earn on the morrow: Nor does any one know in what land

he is to die. Verily with Allah is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all

things).

 

@AS-SAJDA (THE PROSTRATION)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[32.1] A. L. M.

[32.2] (This is) the Revelation of the Book in which there is no doubt,- from

the Lord of the Worlds.

[32.3] Or do they say, "He has forged it"? Nay, it is the Truth from thy

Lord, that thou mayest admonish a people to whom no warner has come before thee:

in order that they may receive guidance.

[32.4] It is Allah Who has created the heavens and the earth, and all between

them, in six Days, and is firmly established on the Throne (of Authority): ye

have none, besides Him, to protect or intercede (for you): will ye not then

receive admonition?

[32.5] He rules (all) affairs from the heavens to the earth: in the end will

(all affairs) go up to Him, on a Day, the space whereof will be (as) a thousand

years of your reckoning.

[32.6] Such is He, the Knower of all things, hidden and open, the Exalted (in

power), the Merciful;-

[32.7] He Who has made everything which He has created most good: He began

the creation of man with (nothing more than) clay,

[32.8] And made his progeny from a quintessence of the nature of a fluid

despised:

[32.9] But He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him

something of His spirit. And He gave you (the faculties of) hearing and sight

and feeling (and understanding): little thanks do ye give!

[32.10] And they say: "What! when we lie, hidden and lost, in the earth, shall

we indeed be in a Creation renewed? Nay, they deny the Meeting with their Lord.

[32.11] Say: "The Angel of Death, put in charge of you, will (duly) take your

souls: then shall ye be brought back to your Lord."

[32.12] If only thou couldst see when the guilty ones will bend low their

heads before their Lord, (saying:) "Our Lord! We have seen and we have heard:

Now then send us back (to the world): we will work righteousness: for we do

indeed (now) believe."

[32.13] If We had so willed, We could certainly have brought every soul its

true guidance: but the Word from Me will come true, "I will fill Hell with Jinns

and men all together."

[32.14] "Taste ye then - for ye forgot the Meeting of this Day of yours, and

We too will forget you - taste ye the Penalty of Eternity for your (evil)

deeds!"

[32.15] Only those believe in Our Signs, who, when they are recited to them,

fall down in prostration, and celebrate the praises of their Lord, nor are they

(ever) puffed up with pride.

[32.16] Their limbs do forsake their beds of sleep, the while they call on

their Lord, in Fear and Hope: and they spend (in charity) out of the sustenance

which We have bestowed on them.

[32.17] Now no person knows what delights of the eye are kept hidden (in

reserve) for them - as a reward for their (good) deeds.

[32.18] Is then the man who believes no better than the man who is rebellious

and wicked? Not equal are they.

[32.19] For those who believe and do righteous deeds are Gardens as hospitable

homes, for their (good) deeds.

[32.20] As to those who are rebellious and wicked, their abode will be the

Fire: every time they wish to get away therefrom, they will be forced thereinto,

and it will be said to them: "Taste ye the Penalty of the Fire, the which ye

were wont to reject as false."

[32.21] And indeed We will make them taste of the Penalty of this (life) prior

to the supreme Penalty, in order that they may (repent and) return.

[32.22] And who does more wrong than one to whom are recited the Signs of his

Lord, and who then turns away therefrom? Verily from those who transgress We

shall exact (due) Retribution.

[32.23] We did indeed aforetime give the Book to Moses: be not then in doubt

of its reaching (thee): and We made it a guide to the Children of Israel.

[32.24] And We appointed, from among them, leaders, giving guidance under Our

command, so long as they persevered with patience and continued to have faith in

Our Signs.

[32.25] Verily thy Lord will judge between them on the Day of Judgment, in the

matters wherein they differ (among themselves)

[32.26] Does it not teach them a lesson, how many generations We destroyed

before them, in whose dwellings they (now) go to and fro? Verily in that are

Signs: Do they not then listen?

[32.27] And do they not see that We do drive rain to parched soil (bare of

herbage), and produce therewith crops, providing food for their cattle and

themselves? Have they not the vision?

[32.28] They say: "When will this decision be, if ye are telling the truth?"

[32.29] Say: "On the Day of Decision, no profit will it be to Unbelievers if

they (then) believe! nor will they be granted a respite."

[32.30] So turn away from them, and wait: they too are waiting.

 

@AL-AHZAB (THE CLANS)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

[33.1] O Prophet! Fear Allah, and hearken not to the Unbelievers and the

Hypocrites: verily Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.

[33.2] But follow that which comes to thee by inspiration from thy Lord: for