1. Closer and
closer to mankind comes their Reckoning: yet they heed not and they
2. Never comes (aught)
to them of a renewed Message from their Lord, but they listen to
it as in jest,-
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?"
4. Say: "My Lord knoweth
(every) word (spoken) in the heavens and on earth: He is the One
that heareth and knoweth (all things)."
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!"
6. (As to those) before
them, not one of the populations which We destroyed believed: will
7. Before thee, also,
the apostles We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration:
If ye realise this not, ask of those who possess the Message.
8. Nor did We give them
bodies that ate no food, nor were they exempt from death.
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.
10. We have revealed
for you (O men!) a book in which is a Message for you: will ye not
11. How many were the
populations We utterly destroyed because of their iniquities, setting
up in their places other peoples?
12. Yet, when they felt
Our Punishment (coming), behold, they (tried to) flee from it.
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.
14. They said: "Ah!
woe to us! We were indeed wrong-doers!"
15. And that cry of
theirs ceased not, till We made them as a field that is mown, as
ashes silent and quenched.
16. Not for (idle) sport
did We create the heavens and the earth and all that is between!
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)!
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).
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):
20. They celebrate His
praises night and day, nor do they ever flag or intermit.
21. Or have they taken
(for worship) gods from the earth who can raise (the dead)?
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!
23. He cannot be questioned
for His acts, but they will be questioned (for theirs).
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.
25. Not an apostle 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.
26. And they say: "((Allah))
Most Gracious has begotten offspring." Glory to Him! they are (but)
servants raised to honour.
27. They speak not before
He speaks, and they act (in all things) by His Command.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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)!
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.
34. We granted not to
any man before thee permanent life (here): if then thou shouldst
die, would they live permanently?
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.
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!
37. Man is a creature
of haste: soon (enough) will I show you My Signs; then ye will not
ask Me to hasten them!
38. They say: "When
will this promise come to pass, if ye are telling the truth?"
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
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.
41. Mocked were (many)
apostle before thee; But their scoffers were hemmed in by the thing
that they mocked.
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.
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.
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?
45. Say, "I do but warn
you according to revelation": But the deaf will not hear the call,
(even) when they are warned!
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!"
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.
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,-
49. Those who fear their
Lord in their most secret thoughts, and who hold the Hour (of Judgment)
50. And this is a blessed
Message which We have sent down: will ye then reject it?
51. We bestowed aforetime
on Abraham his rectitude of conduct, and well were We acquainted
52. Behold! he said
to his father and his people, "What are these images, to which ye
are (so assiduously) devoted?"
53. They said, "We found
our fathers worshipping them."
54. He said, "Indeed
ye have been in manifest error - ye and your fathers."
55. They said, "Have
you brought us the Truth, or are you one of those who jest?"
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).
57. "And by Allah, I
have a plan for your idols - after ye go away and turn your backs"..
58. So he broke them
to pieces, (all) but the biggest of them, that they might turn (and
address themselves) to it.
59. They said, "Who
has done this to our gods? He must indeed be some man of impiety!"
60. They said, "We heard
a youth talk of them: He is called Abraham."
61. They said, "Then
bring him before the eyes of the people, that they may bear witness."
62. They said, "Art
thou the one that did this with our gods, O Abraham?"
63. He said: "Nay, this
was done by - this is their biggest one! ask them, if they can speak
64. So they turned to
themselves and said, "Surely ye are the ones in the wrong!"
65. Then were they confounded
with shame: (they said), "Thou knowest full well that these (idols)
do not speak!"
66. (Abraham) said,
"Do ye then worship, besides Allah, things that can neither be of
any good to you nor do you harm?
67. "Fie upon you, and
upon the things that ye worship besides Allah. Have ye no sense?"..
68. They said, "Burn
him and protect your gods, If ye do (anything at all)!"
69. We said, "O Fire!
be thou cool, and (a means of) safety for Abraham!"
70. Then they sought
a stratagem against him: but We made them the ones that lost most!
71. But We delivered
him and (his nephew) Lut (and directed them) to the land which We
have blessed for the nations.
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).
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).
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.
75. And We admitted
him to Our Mercy: for he was one of the Righteous.
76. (Remember) Noah,
when he cried (to Us) aforetime: We listened to his (prayer) and
delivered him and his family from great distress.
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.
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.
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
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?
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
82. And of the evil
ones, were some who dived for him, and did other work besides; and
it was We Who guarded them.
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."
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.
85. And (remember) Isma'il,
Idris, and Zul-kifl, all (men) of constancy and patience;
86. We admitted them
to Our mercy: for they were of the righteous ones.
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!"
88. So We listened to
him: and delivered him from distress: and thus do We deliver those
who have faith.
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."
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
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.
92. Verily, this brotherhood
of yours is a single brotherhood, and I am your Lord and Cherisher:
therefore serve Me (and no other).
93. But (later generations)
cut off their affair (of unity), one from another: (yet) will they
all return to Us.
94. Whoever works any
act of righteousness and has faith,- His endeavour will not be rejected:
We shall record it in his favour.
95. But there is a ban
on any population which We have destroyed: that they shall not return,
96. Until the Gog and
Magog (people) are let through (their barrier), and they swiftly
swarm from every hill.
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!"
98. Verily ye, (unbelievers),
and the (false) gods that ye worship besides Allah, are (but) fuel
for Hell! to it will ye (surely) come!
99. If these had been
gods, they would not have got there! but each one will abide therein.
100. There, sobbing
will be their lot, nor will they there hear (aught else).
101. Those for whom
the good (record) from Us has gone before, will be removed far therefrom.
102. Not the slightest
sound will they hear of Hell: what their souls desired, in that
will they dwell.
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."
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.
105. Before this We
wrote in the Psalms, after the Message (given to Moses): My servants
the righteous, shall inherit the earth."
106. Verily in this
(Qur'an) is a Message for people who would (truly) worship Allah.
107. We sent thee not,
but as a Mercy for all creatures.
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)?"
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
110. "It is He Who
knows what is open in speech and what ye hide (in your hearts).
111. "I know not but
that it may be a trial for you, and a grant of (worldly) livelihood
(to you) for a time."
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!"