1. Blessed be He in Whose hands is Dominion;
and He over all things hath Power;-
2. He Who created Death
and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is
the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving;-
3. He Who created the
seven heavens one above another: No want of proportion wilt thou
see in the Creation of ((Allah)) Most Gracious. So turn thy vision
again: seest thou any flaw?
4. Again turn thy vision
a second time: (thy) vision will come back to thee dull and discomfited,
in a state worn out.
5. And we have, (from
of old), adorned the lowest heaven with Lamps, and We have made
such (Lamps) (as) missiles to drive away the Evil Ones, and have
prepared for them the Penalty of the Blazing Fire.
6. For those who reject
their Lord (and Cherisher) is the Penalty of Hell: and evil is (such),
7. When they are cast
therein, they will hear the (terrible) drawing in of its breath
even as it blazes forth,
8. Almost bursting with
fury: Every time a Group is cast therein, its Keepers will ask,
"Did no Warner come to you?"
9. They will say: "Yes
indeed; a Warner did come to us, but we rejected him and said, '(Allah)
never sent down any (Message): ye are nothing but an egregious delusion!'"
10. They will further
say: "Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we should not
(now) be among the Companions of the Blazing Fire!"
11. They will then confess
their sins: but far will be (Forgiveness) from the Companions of
the Blazing Fire!
12. As for those who
fear their Lord unseen, for them is Forgiveness and a great Reward.
13. And whether ye hide
your word or publish it, He certainly has (full) knowledge, of the
secrets of (all) hearts.
14. Should He not know,-
He that created? and He is the One that understands the finest mysteries
(and) is well-acquainted (with them).
15. It is He Who has
made the earth manageable for you, so traverse ye through its tracts
and enjoy of the Sustenance which He furnishes: but unto Him is
16. Do ye feel secure
that He Who is in heaven will not cause you to be swallowed up by
the earth when it shakes (as in an earthquake)?
17. Or do ye feel secure
that He Who is in Heaven will not send against you a violent tornado
(with showers of stones), so that ye shall know how (terrible) was
18. But indeed men before
them rejected (My warning): then how (terrible) was My rejection
19. Do they not observe
the birds above them, spreading their wings and folding them in?
None can uphold them except ((Allah)) Most Gracious: Truly ((Allah))
Most Gracious: Truly it is He that watches over all things.
20. Nay, who is there
that can help you, (even as) an army, besides ((Allah)) Most Merciful?
In nothing but delusion are the Unbelievers.
21. Or who is there
that can provide you with Sustenance if He were to withhold His
provision? Nay, they obstinately persist in insolent impiety and
flight (from the Truth).
22. Is then one who
walks headlong, with his face grovelling, better guided,- or one
who walks evenly on a Straight Way?
23. Say: "It is He Who
has created you (and made you grow), and made for you the faculties
of hearing, seeing, feeling and understanding: little thanks it
is ye give.
24. Say: "It is He Who
has multiplied you through the earth, and to Him shall ye be gathered
25. They ask: When will
this promise be (fulfilled)? - If ye are telling the truth.
26. Say: "As to the
knowledge of the time, it is with Allah alone: I am (sent) only
to warn plainly in public."
27. At length, when
they see it close at hand, grieved will be the faces of the Unbelievers,
and it will be said (to them): "This is (the promise fulfilled),
which ye were calling for!"
28. Say: "See ye?- If
Allah were to destroy me, and those with me, or if He bestows His
Mercy on us,- yet who can deliver the Unbelievers from a grievous
29. Say: "He is ((Allah))
Most Gracious: We have believed in Him, and on Him have we put our
trust: So, soon will ye know which (of us) it is that is in manifest
30. Say: "See ye?- If
your stream be some morning lost (in the underground earth), who
then can supply you with clear-flowing water?"