1. Blessed is
He who sent down the criterion to His servant, that it may be an
admonition to all creatures;-
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.
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.
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.
5. And they say: "Tales
of the ancients, which he has caused to be written: and they are
dictated before him morning and evening."
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."
7. And they say: "What
sort of an apostle is this, who eats food, and walks through the
streets? Why has not an angel been sent down to him to give admonition
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."
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!
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).
11. Nay they deny the
hour (of the judgment to come): but We have prepared a blazing fire
for such as deny the hour:
12. When it sees them
from a place fAr off, they will hear its fury and its ranging sigh.
13. And when they are
cast, bound together into a constricted place therein, they will
pLead for destruction there and then!
14. "This day plead
not for a single destruction: plead for destruction oft- repeated!"
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).
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."
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?"
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."
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.
20. And the apostles
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).
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
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!"
23. And We shall turn
to whatever deeds they did (in this life), and We shall make such
deeds as floating dust scattered about.
24. The Companions of
the Garden will be well, that Day, in their abode, and have the
fairest of places for repose.
25. The Day the heaven
shall be rent asunder with clouds, and angels shall be sent down,
descending (in ranks),-
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.
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.
28. "Ah! woe is me!
Would that I had never taken such a one for a friend!
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!" Then the Messenger will say:
30. "O my Lord! Truly
my people took this Qur'an for just foolish nonsense."
31. Thus have We made
for every prophet an enemy among the sinners: but enough is thy
Lord to guide and to help.
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.
33. And no question
do they bring to thee but We reveal to thee the truth and the best
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.
35. (Before this,) We
sent Moses The Book, and appointed his brother Aaron with him as
36. And We command:
"Go ye both, to the people who have rejected our Signs:" And those
(people) We destroyed with utter destruction.
37. And the people of
Noah,- when they rejected the apostles, We drowned them, and We
made them as a Sign for mankind; and We have prepared for (all)
wrong-doers a grievous Penalty;-
38. As also 'Ad and
Thamud, and the Companions of the Rass, and many a generation between
39. To each one We set
forth Parables and examples; and each one We broke to utter annihilation
(for their sins).
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.
41. When they see thee,
they treat thee no otherwise than in mockery: "Is this the one whom
Allah has sent as an apostle?"
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!
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?
44. Or thinkest thou
that most of them listen or understand? They are only like cattle;-
nay, they are worse astray in Path.
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;
46. Then We draw it
in towards Ourselves,- a contraction by easy stages.
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.
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,-
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.
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.
51. Had it been Our
Will, We could have sent a warner to every centre of population.
52. Therefore listen
not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost
strenuousness, with the (Qur'an).
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.
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).
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!
56. But thee We only
sent to give glad tidings and admonition.
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."
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;-
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).
60. When it is said
to them, "Adore ye ((Allah)) Most Gracious!", they say, "And what
is ((Allah)) Most Gracious? Shall we adore that which thou commandest
us?" And it increases their flight (from the Truth).
61. Blessed is He Who
made constellations in the skies, and placed therein a Lamp and
a Moon giving light;
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.
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!";
64. Those who spend
the night in adoration of their Lord prostrate and standing;
65. Those who say, "Our
Lord! avert from us the Wrath of Hell, for its Wrath is indeed an
66. "Evil indeed is
it as an abode, and as a place to rest in";
67. Those who, when
they spend, are not extravagant and not niggardly, but hold a just
(balance) between those (extremes);
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.
69. (But) the Penalty
on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to him, and he will dwell
therein in ignominy,-
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,
71. And whoever repents
and does good has truly turned to Allah with an (acceptable) conversion;-
72. Those who witness
no falsehood, and, if they pass by futility, they pass by it with
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;
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."
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
76. Dwelling therein;-
how beautiful an abode and place of rest!
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