2. The Revelation of
the Book is from Allah the Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom.
3. We created not the
heavens and the earth and all between them but for just ends, and
for a Term Appointed: But those who reject Faith turn away from
that whereof they are warned.
4. Say: "Do ye see what
it is ye invoke besides Allah. Show me what it is they have created
on earth, or have they a share in the heavens bring me a book (revealed)
before this, or any remnant of knowledge (ye may have), if ye are
telling the truth!
5. And who is more astray
than one who invokes besides Allah, such as will not answer him
to the Day of Judgment, and who (in fact) are unconscious of their
call (to them)?
6. And when mankind are
gathered together (at the Resurrection), they will be hostile to
them and reject their worship (altogether)!
7. When Our Clear Signs
are rehearsed to them, the Unbelievers say, of the Truth when it
comes to them: "This is evident sorcery!"
8. Or do they say, "He
has forged it"? Say: "Had I forged it, then can ye obtain no single
(blessing) for me from Allah. He knows best of that whereof ye talk
(so glibly)! Enough is He for a witness between me and you! And
he is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
9. Say: "I am no bringer
of new-fangled doctrine among the apostles, nor do I know what will
be done with me or with you. I follow but that which is revealed
to me by inspiration; I am but a Warner open and clear."
10. Say: "See ye? If
(this teaching) be from Allah, and ye reject it, and a witness from
among the Children of Israel testifies to its similarity (with earlier
scripture), and has believed while ye are arrogant, (how unjust
ye are!) truly, Allah guides not a people unjust."
11. The Unbelievers
say of those who believe: "If (this Message) were a good thing,
(such men) would not have gone to it first, before us!" And seeing
that they guide not themselves thereby, they will say, "this is
an (old,) falsehood!"
12. And before this,
was the Book of Moses as a guide and a mercy: And this Book confirms
(it) in the Arabic tongue; to admonish the unjust, and as Glad Tidings
to those who do right.
13. Verily those who
say, "Our Lord is Allah," and remain firm (on that Path),- on them
shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
14. Such shall be Companions
of the Gardens, dwelling therein (for aye): a recompense for their
15. We have enjoined
on man kindness to his parents: In pain did his mother bear him,
and in pain did she give him birth. The carrying of the (child)
to his weaning is (a period of) thirty months. At length, when he
reaches the age of full strength and attains forty years, he says,
"O my Lord! Grant me that I may be grateful for Thy favour which
Thou has bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and that I
may work righteousness such as Thou mayest approve; and be gracious
to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to Thee and truly do I bow
(to Thee) in Islam."
16. Such are they from
whom We shall accept the best of their deeds and pass by their ill
deeds: (They shall be) among the Companions of the Garden: a promise!
of truth, which was made to them (in this life).
17. But (there is one)
who says to his parents, "Fie on you! Do ye hold out the promise
to me that I shall be raised up, even though generations have passed
before me (without rising again)?" And they two seek Allah.s aid,
(and rebuke the son): "Woe to thee! Have faith! for the promise
of Allah is true." But he says, "This is nothing but tales of the
18. Such are they against
whom is proved the sentence among the previous generations of Jinns
and men, that have passed away; for they will be (utterly) lost.
19. And to all are (assigned)
degrees according to the deeds which they (have done), and in order
that ((Allah)) may recompense their deeds, and no injustice be done
20. And on the Day that
the Unbelievers will be placed before the Fire, (It will be said
to them): "Ye received your good things in the life of the world,
and ye took your pleasure out of them: but today shall ye be recompensed
with a Penalty of humiliation: for that ye were arrogant on earth
without just cause, and that ye (ever) transgressed."
21. Mention (Hud) one
of 'Ad's (own) brethren: Behold, he warned his people about the
winding Sand-tracts: but there have been warners before him and
after him: "Worship ye none other than Allah. Truly I fear for you
the Penalty of a Mighty Day."
22. They said: "Hast
thou come in order to turn us aside from our gods? Then bring upon
us the (calamity) with which thou dost threaten us, if thou art
telling the truth?"
23. He said: "The Knowledge
(of when it will come) is only with Allah. I proclaim to you the
mission on which I have been sent: But I see that ye are a people
24. Then, when they
saw the (Penalty in the shape of) a cloud traversing the sky, coming
to meet their valleys, they said, "This cloud will give us rain!"
"Nay, it is the (Calamity) ye were asking to be hastened!- A wind
wherein is a Grievous Penalty!
25. "Everything will
it destroy by the command of its Lord!" Then by the morning they
- nothing was to be seen but (the ruins of) their houses! thus do
We recompense those given to sin!
26. And We had firmly
established them in a (prosperity and) power which We have not given
to you (ye Quraish!) and We had endowed them with (faculties of)
hearing, seeing, heart and intellect: but of no profit to them were
their (faculties of) hearing, sight, and heart and intellect, when
they went on rejecting the Signs of Allah. and they were (completely)
encircled by that which they used to mock at!
27. We destroyed aforetime
populations round about you; and We have shown the Signs in various
ways, that they may turn (to Us).
28. Why then was no
help forthcoming to them from those whom they worshipped as gods,
besides Allah, as a means of access (to Allah.? Nay, they left them
in the lurch: but that was their falsehood and their invention.
29. Behold, We turned
towards thee a company of Jinns (quietly) listening to the Qur'an:
when they stood in the presence thereof, they said, "Listen in silence!"
When the (reading) was finished, they returned to their people,
to warn (them of their sins).
30. They said, "O our
people! We have heard a Book revealed after Moses, confirming what
came before it: it guides (men) to the Truth and to a Straight Path.
31. "O our people, hearken
to the one who invites (you) to Allah, and believe in him: He will
forgive you your faults, and deliver you from a Penalty Grievous.
32. "If any does not
hearken to the one who invites (us) to Allah, he cannot frustrate
((Allah)'s Plan) on earth, and no protectors can he have besides
Allah. such men (wander) in manifest error."
33. See they not that
Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, and never wearied
with their creation, is able to give life to the dead? Yea, verily
He has power over all things.
34. And on the Day that
the Unbelievers will be placed before the Fire, (they will be asked,)
"Is this not the Truth?" they will say, "Yea, by our Lord!" (One
will say:) "Then taste ye the Penalty, for that ye were wont to
35. Therefore patiently
persevere, as did (all) apostles of inflexible purpose; and be in
no haste about the (Unbelievers). On the Day that they see the (Punishment)
promised them, (it will be) as if they had not tarried more than
an hour in a single day. (Thine but) to proclaim the Message: but
shall any be destroyed except those who transgress?