1. By the Star
when it goes down,-
2. Your Companion is
neither astray nor being misled.
3. Nor does he say (aught)
of (his own) Desire.
4. It is no less than
inspiration sent down to him:
5. He was taught by one
Mighty in Power,
6. Endued with Wisdom:
for he appeared (in stately form);
7. While he was in the
highest part of the horizon:
8. Then he approached
and came closer,
9. And was at a distance
of but two bow-lengths or (even) nearer;
10. So did ((Allah))
convey the inspiration to His Servant- (conveyed) what He (meant)
11. The (Prophet's)
(mind and) heart in no way falsified that which he saw.
12. Will ye then dispute
with him concerning what he saw?
13. For indeed he saw
him at a second descent,
14. Near the Lote-tree
beyond which none may pass:
15. Near it is the Garden
16. Behold, the Lote-tree
was shrouded (in mystery unspeakable!)
17. (His) sight never
swerved, nor did it go wrong!
18. For truly did he
see, of the Signs of his Lord, the Greatest!
19. Have ye seen Lat.
20. And another, the
third (goddess), Manat?
21. What! for you the
male sex, and for Him, the female?
22. Behold, such would
be indeed a division most unfair!
23. These are nothing
but names which ye have devised,- ye and your fathers,- for which
Allah has sent down no authority (whatever). They follow nothing
but conjecture and what their own souls desire!- Even though there
has already come to them Guidance from their Lord!
24. Nay, shall man have
(just) anything he hankers after?
25. But it is to Allah
that the End and the Beginning (of all things) belong.
26. How many-so-ever
be the angels in the heavens, their intercession will avail nothing
except after Allah has given leave for whom He pleases and that
he is acceptable to Him.
27. Those who believe
not in the Hereafter, name the angels with female names.
28. But they have no
knowledge therein. They follow nothing but conjecture; and conjecture
avails nothing against Truth.
29. Therefore shun those
who turn away from Our Message and desire nothing but the life of
30. That is as far as
knowledge will reach them. Verily thy Lord knoweth best those who
stray from His Path, and He knoweth best those who receive guidance.
31. Yea, to Allah belongs
all that is in the heavens and on earth: so that He rewards those
who do evil, according to their deeds, and He rewards those who
do good, with what is best.
32. Those who avoid
great sins and shameful deeds, only (falling into) small faults,-
verily thy Lord is ample in forgiveness. He knows you well when
He brings you out of the earth, And when ye are hidden in your mothers'
wombs. Therefore justify not yourselves: He knows best who it is
that guards against evil.
33. Seest thou one who
34. Gives a little,
then hardens (his heart)?
35. What! Has he knowledge
of the Unseen so that he can see?
36. Nay, is he not acquainted
with what is in the Books of Moses-
37. And of Abraham who
fulfilled his engagements?-
38. Namely, that no
bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another;
39. That man can have
nothing but what he strives for;
40. That (the fruit
of) his striving will soon come in sight:
41. Then will he be
rewarded with a reward complete;
42. That to thy Lord
is the final Goal;
43. That it is He Who
granteth Laughter and Tears;
44. That it is He Who
granteth Death and Life;
45. That He did create
in pairs,- male and female,
46. From a seed when
lodged (in its place);
47. That He hath promised
a Second Creation (Raising of the Dead);
48. That it is He Who
giveth wealth and satisfaction;
49. That He is the Lord
of Sirius (the Mighty Star);
50. And that it is He
Who destroyed the (powerful) ancient 'Ad (people),
51. And the Thamud nor
gave them a lease of perpetual life.
52. And before them,
the people of Noah, for that they were (all) most unjust and most
53. And He destroyed
the Overthrown Cities (of Sodom and Gomorrah).
54. So that (ruins unknown)
have covered them up.
55. Then which of the
gifts of thy Lord, (O man,) wilt thou dispute about?
56. This is a Warner,
of the (series of) Warners of old!
57. The (Judgment) ever
approaching draws nigh:
58. No (soul) but Allah
can lay it bare.
59. Do ye then wonder
at this recital?
60. And will ye laugh
and not weep,-
61. Wasting your time
62. But fall ye down
in prostration to Allah, and adore (Him)!