2. Do men think that
they will be left alone on saying, "We believe", and that they will
not be tested?
3. We did test those
before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from
those who are false.
4. Do those who practise
evil think that they will get the better of Us? Evil is their judgment!
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).
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.
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.
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.
9. And those who believe
and work righteous deeds,- them shall We admit to the company of
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?
11. And Allah most certainly
knows those who believe, and as certainly those who are Hypocrites.
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!
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.
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.
15. But We saved him
and the companions of the Ark, and We made the (Ark) a Sign for
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!
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.
18. "And if ye reject
(the Message), so did generations before you: and the duty of the
apostle is only to preach publicly (and clearly)."
19. See they not how
Allah originates creation, then repeats it: truly that is easy for
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.
21. "He punishes whom
He pleases, and He grants Mercy to whom He pleases, and towards
Him are ye turned.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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. "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."
30. He said: "O my Lord!
help Thou me against people who do mischief!"
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
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!"
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.
34. "For we are going
to bring down on the people of this township a Punishment from heaven,
because they have been wickedly rebellious."
35. And We have left
thereof an evident Sign, for any people who (care to) understand.
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."
37. But they rejected
him: Then the mighty Blast seized them, and they lay prostrate in
their homes by the morning.
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.
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
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.
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.
42. Verily Allah doth
know of (every thing) whatever that they call upon besides Him:
and He is Exalted (in power), Wise.
43. And such are the
Parables We set forth for mankind, but only those understand them
who have knowledge.
44. Allah created the
heavens and the earth in true (proportions): verily in that is a
Sign for those who believe.
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.
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)."
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.
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.
49. Nay, here are Signs
self-evident in the hearts of those endowed with knowledge: and
none but the unjust reject Our Signs.
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."
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.
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).
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
54. They ask thee to
hasten on the Punishment: but, of a surety, Hell will encompass
the Rejecters of Faith!-
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!"
56. O My servants who
believe! truly, spacious is My Earth: therefore serve ye Me - (and
57. Every soul shall
have a taste of death in the end to Us shall ye be brought back.
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)!-
59. Those who persevere
in patience, and put their trust, in their Lord and Cherisher.
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).
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)?
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.
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
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.
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)!-
66. Disdaining ungratefully
Our gifts, and giving themselves up to (worldly) enjoyment! But
soon will they know.
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.
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
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.