1. Kaf. Ha. Ya.
2. (This is) a recital
of the Mercy of thy Lord to His servant Zakariya.
3. Behold! he cried to
his Lord in secret,
4. Praying: "O my Lord!
infirm indeed are my bones, and the hair of my head doth glisten
with grey: but never am I unblest, O my Lord, in my prayer to Thee!
5. "Now I fear (what)
my relatives (and colleagues) (will do) after me: but my wife is
barren: so give me an heir as from Thyself,-
6. "(One that) will (truly)
represent me, and represent the posterity of Jacob; and make him,
O my Lord! one with whom Thou art well-pleased!"
7. (His prayer was answered):
"O Zakariya! We give thee good news of a son: His name shall be
Yahya: on none by that name have We conferred distinction before."
8. He said: "O my Lord!
How shall I have a son, when my wife is barren and I have grown
quite decrepit from old age?"
9. He said: "So (it will
be) thy Lord saith, 'that is easy for Me: I did indeed create thee
before, when thou hadst been nothing!'"
10. (Zakariya) said:
"O my Lord! give me a Sign." "Thy Sign," was the answer, "Shall
be that thou shalt speak to no man for three nights, although thou
art not dumb."
11. So Zakariya came
out to his people from him chamber: He told them by signs to celebrate
Allah.s praises in the morning and in the evening.
12. (To his son came
the command): "O Yahya! take hold of the Book with might": and We
gave him Wisdom even as a youth,
13. And piety (for all
creatures) as from Us, and purity: He was devout,
14. And kind to his
parents, and he was not overbearing or rebellious.
15. So Peace on him
the day he was born, the day that he dies, and the day that he will
be raised up to life (again)!
16. Relate in the Book
(the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place
in the East.
17. She placed a screen
(to screen herself) from them; then We sent her our angel, and he
appeared before her as a man in all respects.
18. She said: "I seek
refuge from thee to ((Allah)) Most Gracious: (come not near) if
thou dost fear Allah."
19. He said: "Nay, I
am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift
of a holy son.
20. She said: "How shall
I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?"
21. He said: "So (it
will be): Thy Lord saith, 'that is easy for Me: and (We wish) to
appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us':It is a matter
22. So she conceived
him, and she retired with him to a remote place.
23. And the pains of
childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in
her anguish): "Ah! would that I had died before this! would that
I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!"
24. But (a voice) cried
to her from beneath the (palm-tree): "Grieve not! for thy Lord hath
provided a rivulet beneath thee;
25. "And shake towards
thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe
dates upon thee.
26. "So eat and drink
and cool (thine) eye. And if thou dost see any man, say, 'I have
vowed a fast to ((Allah)) Most Gracious, and this day will I enter
into not talk with any human being'"
27. At length she brought
the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said:
"O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou brought!
28. "O sister of Aaron!
Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!"
29. But she pointed
to the babe. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in
30. He said: "I am indeed
a servant of Allah. He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet;
31. "And He hath made
me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and
Charity as long as I live;
32. "(He) hath made
me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable;
33. "So peace is on
me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall
be raised up to life (again)"!
34. Such (was) Jesus
the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they
35. It is not befitting
to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to
Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, "Be", and
36. Verily Allah is
my Lord and your Lord: Him therefore serve ye: this is a Way that
37. But the sects differ
among themselves: and woe to the unbelievers because of the (coming)
Judgment of a Momentous Day!
38. How plainly will
they see and hear, the Day that they will appear before Us! but
the unjust today are in error manifest!
39. But warn them of
the Day of Distress, when the matter will be determined: for (behold,)
they are negligent and they do not believe!
40. It is We Who will
inherit the earth, and all beings thereon: to Us will they all be
41. (Also mention in
the Book (the story of) Abraham: He was a man of Truth, a prophet.
42. Behold, he said
to his father: "O my father! why worship that which heareth not
and seeth not, and can profit thee nothing?
43. "O my father! to
me hath come knowledge which hath not reached thee: so follow me:
I will guide thee to a way that is even and straight.
44. "O my father! serve
not Satan: for Satan is a rebel against ((Allah)) Most Gracious.
45. "O my father! I
fear lest a Penalty afflict thee from ((Allah)) Most Gracious, so
that thou become to Satan a friend."
46. (The father) replied:
"Dost thou hate my gods, O Abraham? If thou forbear not, I will
indeed stone thee: Now get away from me for a good long while!"
47. Abraham said: "Peace
be on thee: I will pray to my Lord for thy forgiveness: for He is
to me Most Gracious.
48. "And I will turn
away from you (all) and from those whom ye invoke besides Allah.
I will call on my Lord: perhaps, by my prayer to my Lord, I shall
be not unblest."
49. When he had turned
away from them and from those whom they worshipped besides Allah,
We bestowed on him Isaac and Jacob, and each one of them We made
50. And We bestowed
of Our Mercy on them, and We granted them lofty honour on the tongue
51. Also mention in
the Book (the story of) Moses: for he was specially chosen, and
he was an apostle (and) a prophet.
52. And we called him
from the right side of Mount (Sinai), and made him draw near to
Us, for mystic (converse).
53. And, out of Our
Mercy, We gave him his brother Aaron, (also) a prophet.
54. Also mention in
the Book (the story of) Isma'il: He was (strictly) true to what
he promised, and he was an apostle (and) a prophet.
55. He used to enjoin
on his people Prayer and Charity, and he was most acceptable in
the sight of his Lord.
56. Also mention in
the Book the case of Idris: He was a man of truth (and sincerity),
(and) a prophet:
57. And We raised him
to a lofty station.
58. Those were some
of the prophets on whom Allah did bestow His Grace,- of the posterity
of Adam, and of those who We carried (in the Ark) with Noah, and
of the posterity of Abraham and Israel of those whom We guided and
chose. Whenever the Signs of ((Allah)) Most Gracious were rehearsed
to them, they would fall down in prostrate adoration and in tears.
59. But after them there
followed a posterity who missed prayers and followed after lusts
soon, then, will they face Destruction,-
60. Except those who
repent and believe, and work righteousness: for these will enter
the Garden and will not be wronged in the least,-
61. Gardens of Eternity,
those which ((Allah)) Most Gracious has promised to His servants
in the Unseen: for His promise must (necessarily) come to pass.
62. They will not there
hear any vain discourse, but only salutations of Peace: And they
will have therein their sustenance, morning and evening.
63. Such is the Garden
which We give as an inheritance to those of Our servants who guard
64. (The angels say:)
"We descend not but by command of thy Lord: to Him belongeth what
is before us and what is behind us, and what is between: and thy
Lord never doth forget,-
65. "Lord of the heavens
and of the earth, and of all that is between them; so worship Him,
and be constant and patient in His worship: knowest thou of any
who is worthy of the same Name as He?"
66. Man says: "What!
When I am dead, shall I then be raised up alive?"
67. But does not man
call to mind that We created him before out of nothing?
68. So, by thy Lord,
without doubt, We shall gather them together, and (also) the Evil
Ones (with them); then shall We bring them forth on their knees
round about Hell;
69. Then shall We certainly
drag out from every sect all those who were worst in obstinate rebellion
against ((Allah)) Most Gracious.
70. And certainly We
know best those who are most worthy of being burned therein.
71. Not one of you but
will pass over it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be
72. But We shall save
those who guarded against evil, and We shall leave the wrong-doers
therein, (humbled) to their knees.
73. When Our Clear Signs
are rehearsed to them, the Unbelievers say to those who believe,
"Which of the two sides is best in point of position? Which makes
the best show in council?"
74. But how many (countless)
generations before them have we destroyed, who were even better
in equipment and in glitter to the eye?
75. Say: "If any men
go astray, ((Allah)) Most Gracious extends (the rope) to them, until,
when they see the warning of Allah (being fulfilled) - either in
punishment or in (the approach of) the Hour,- they will at length
realise who is worst in position, and (who) weakest in forces!
76. "And Allah doth
advance in guidance those who seek guidance: and the things that
endure, Good Deeds, are best in the sight of thy Lord, as rewards,
and best in respect of (their) eventual return."
77. Hast thou then seen
the (sort of) man who rejects Our Signs, yet says: "I shall certainly
be given wealth and children?"
78. Has he penetrated
to the Unseen, or has he taken a contract with ((Allah)) Most Gracious?
79. Nay! We shall record
what he says, and We shall add and add to his punishment.
80. To Us shall return
all that he talks of and he shall appear before Us bare and alone.
81. And they have taken
(for worship) gods other than Allah, to give them power and glory!
82. Instead, they shall
reject their worship, and become adversaries against them.
83. Seest thou not that
We have set the Evil Ones on against the unbelievers, to incite
them with fury?
84. So make no haste
against them, for We but count out to them a (limited) number (of
85. The day We shall
gather the righteous to ((Allah)) Most Gracious, like a band presented
before a king for honours,
86. And We shall drive
the sinners to Hell, like thirsty cattle driven down to water,-
87. None shall have
the power of intercession, but such a one as has received permission
(or promise) from ((Allah)) Most Gracious.
88. They say: "((Allah))
Most Gracious has begotten a son!"
89. Indeed ye have put
forth a thing most monstrous!
90. At it the skies
are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains
to fall down in utter ruin,
91. That they should
invoke a son for ((Allah)) Most Gracious.
92. For it is not consonant
with the majesty of ((Allah)) Most Gracious that He should beget
93. Not one of the beings
in the heavens and the earth but must come to ((Allah)) Most Gracious
as a servant.
94. He does take an
account of them (all), and hath numbered them (all) exactly.
95. And everyone of
them will come to Him singly on the Day of Judgment.
96. On those who believe
and work deeds of righteousness, will ((Allah)) Most Gracious bestow
97. So have We made
the (Qur'an) easy in thine own tongue, that with it thou mayest
give Glad Tidings to the righteous, and warnings to people given
98. But how many (countless)
generations before them have We destroyed? Canst thou find a single
one of them (now) or hear (so much as) a whisper of them?