1. (All) praise is due to Allah, Who revealed the Book to His
servant and did not make in it any crookedness.
2. Rightly directing, that he might give warning of severe
punishment from Him and give good news to the believers who do
good that they shall have a goodly reward,
3. Staying in it for ever;
4. And warn those who say: Allah has taken a son. S. They have
no knowledge of it, nor had their fathers; a grievous word it is
that comes out of their mouths; they speak nothing but a lie.
6. Then maybe you will kill yourself with grief, sorrowing after
them, if they do not believe in this announcement.
7. Surely We have made whatever is on the earth an embellishment
for it, so that We may try them (as to) which of them is best in
8. And most surely We will make what is on it bare ground without
9. Or, do you think that the Fellows of the Cave and the
Inscription were of Our wonderful signs?
10. When the youths sought refuge in the cave, they said: Our
Lord! grant us mercy from Thee, and provide for us a right course
in our affair.
11. So We prevented them from hearing in the cave for a number
12. Then We raised them up that We might know which of the two
parties was best able to compute the time for which they
13. We relate to you their story with the truth; surely they were
youths who believed in their Lord and We increased them in
14. And We strengthened their hearts with patience, when they
stood up and said: Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the
earth; we will by no means call upon any god besides Him, for
then indeed we should have said an extravagant thing.
15. These our people have taken gods besides Him; why do they not
produce any clear authority in their support? Who is then more
unjust than he who forges a lie against Allah?
16. And when you forsake them and what they worship save Allah,
betake yourselves for refuge to the cave; your Lord will extend
to you largely of His mercy and provide for you a profitable
course in your affair.
17. And you might see the sun when it rose, decline from their
cave towards the right hand, and when it set, leave them behind
on the left while they were in a wide space thereof. This is of
the signs of Allah; whomsoever Allah guides, he is the rightly
guided one, and whomsoever He causes to err, you shall not find
for him any friend to lead (him) aright.
18. And you might think them awake while they were asleep and We
turned them about to the right and to the left, while their dog
(lay) outstretching its paws at the entrance; if you looked at
them you would certainly turn back from them in flight, and you
would certainly be filled with awe because of them.
19. And thus did We rouse them that they might question each
other. A speaker among them said: How long have you tarried? They
said: We have tarried for a day or a part of a day. (Others)
said: Your Lord knows best how long you have tarried. Now send
one of you with this silver (coin) of yours to the city, then let
him see which of them has purest food, so let him bring you
provision from it, and let him behave with gentleness, and by no
means make your case known to any one:
20. For surely if they prevail against you they would stone you
to death or force you back to their religion, and then you will
21. And thus did We make (men) to get knowledge of them that they
might know that Allah's promise is true and that as for the hour
there is no doubt about it. When they disputed among themselves
about their affair and said: Erect an edifice over them-- their
Lord best knows them. Those who prevailed in their affair said:
We will certainly raise a masjid over them.
22. (Some) say: (They are) three, the fourth of them being their
dog; and (others) say: Five, the sixth of them being their dog,
making conjectures at what is unknown; and (others yet) say:
Seven, and the eighth of them is their dog. Say: My Lord best
knows their number, none knows them but a few; therefore contend
not in the matter of them but with an outward contention, and do
not question concerning them any of them.
23. And do not say of anything: Surely I will do it tomorrow,
24. Unless Allah pleases; and remember your Lord when you forget
and say: Maybe my Lord will guide me to a nearer course to the
right than this.
25. And they remained in their cave three hundred years and
(some) add (another) nine.
26. Say: Allah knows best how long they remained; to Him are
(known) the unseen things of the heavens and the earth; how clear
His sight and how clear His hearing! There is none to be a
guardian for them besides Him, and He does not make any one His
associate in His Judgment.
27. And recite what has been revealed to you of the Book of your
Lord, there is none who can alter His words; and you shall not
find any refuge besides Him.
28. And withhold yourself with those who call on their Lord
morning and evening desiring His goodwill, and let not your eyes
pass from them, desiring the beauties of this world's life; and
do not follow him whose heart We have made unmindful to Our
remembrance, and he follows his low desires and his case is one
in which due bounds are exceeded.
29. And say: The truth is from your Lord, so let him who please
believe, and let him who please disbelieve; surely We have
prepared for the iniquitous a fire, the curtains of which shall
encompass them about; and if they cry for water, they shall be
given water like molten brass which will scald their faces; evil
the drink and ill the resting-place.
30. Surely (as for) those who believe and do good, We do not
waste the reward of him who does a good work.
31. These it is for whom are gardens of perpetuity beneath which
rivers flow, ornaments shall be given to them therein of
bracelets of gold, and they shall wear green robes of fine silk
and thick silk brocade interwoven with gold, reclining therein on
raised couches; excellent the recompense and goodly the resting
32. And set forth to them a parable of two men; for one of them
We made two gardens of grape vines, and We surrounded them both
with palms, and in the midst of them We made cornfields.
33. Both these gardens yielded their fruits, and failed not aught
thereof, and We caused a river to gush forth in their midst,
34. And he possessed much wealth; so he said to his companion,
while he disputed with him: I have greater wealth than you, and
am mightier in followers.
35. And he entered his garden while he was unjust to himself. He
said: I do not think that this will ever perish
36. And I do not think the hour will come, and even if I am
returned to my Lord I will most certainly find a returning place
better than this.
37. His companion said to him while disputing with him: Do you
disbelieve in Him Who created you from dust, then from a small
seed, then He made you a perfect man?
38. But as for me, He, Allah, is my Lord, and I do not associate
anyone with my Lord.
39. And wherefore did you not say when you entered your garden:
It is as Allah has pleased, there is no power save in Allah? If
you consider me to be inferior to you in wealth and children,
40. Then maybe my Lord will give me what is better than your
garden, and send on it a thunderbolt from heaven so that it shall
become even ground without plant,
41. Or its waters should sink down into the ground so that you
are unable to find it.
42. And his wealth was destroyed; so he began to wring his hands
for what he had spent on it, while it lay, having fallen down
upon its roofs, and he said: Ah me! would that I had not
associated anyone with my Lord.
43. And he had no host to help him besides Allah nor could he
44. Here is protection only Allah's, the True One; He is best in
(the giving of) reward and best in requiting.
45. And set forth to them parable of the life of this world: like
water which We send down from the cloud so the herbage of the
earth becomes tangled on account of it, then it becomes dry
broken into pieces which the winds scatter; and Allah is the
holder of power over all things.
46. Wealth and children are an adornment of the life of this
world; and the ever-abiding, the good works, are better with your
Lord in reward and better in expectation.
47. And the day on which We will cause the mountains to pass away
and you will see the earth a levelled plain and We will gather
them and leave not any one of them behind.
48. And they shall be brought before your Lord, standing in
ranks: Now certainly you have come to Us as We created you at
first. Nay, you thought that We had not appointed to you a time
of the fulfillment of the promise.
49. And the Book shall be placed, then you will see the guilty
fearing from what is in it, and they will say: Ah! woe to us!
what a book is this! it does not omit a small one nor a great
one, but numbers them (all); and what they had done they shall
find present (there); and your Lord does not deal unjustly with
50. And when We said to the angels: Make obeisance to Adam; they
made obeisance but Iblis (did it not). He was of the jinn, so he
transgressed the commandment of his Lord. What! would you then
take him and his offspring for friends rather than Me, and they
are your enemies? Evil is (this) change for the unjust.
51. I did not make them witnesses of the creation of the heavens
and the earth, nor of the creation of their own souls; nor could
I take those who lead (others) astray for aiders.
52. And on the day when He shall say: Call on those whom you
considered to be My associates. So they shall call on them, but
they shall not answer them, and We will cause a separation
53. And the guilty shall see the fire, then they shall know that
they are going to fall into it, and they shall not find a place
to which to turn away from it.
54. And certainly We have explained in this Quran every kind of
example, and man is most of all given to contention. SS. And
nothing prevents men from believing when the guidance comes to
them, and from asking forgiveness of their Lord, except that
what happened to the ancients should overtake them, or that the
chastisement should come face to face with them.
56. And We do not send apostles but as givers of good news and
warning, and those who disbelieve make a false contention that
they may render null thereby the truth, and they take My
communications and that with which they are warned for a mockery.
57. And who is more unjust than he who is reminded of the
communications of his Lord, then he turns away from them and
forgets what his two hands have sent before? Surely We have
placed veils over their hearts lest they should understand it and
a heaviness in their ears; and if you call them to the guidance,
they will not ever follow the right course in that case.
58. And your Lord is Forgiving, the Lord of Mercy; were He to
punish them for what they earn, He would certainly have hastened
the chastisement for them; but for them there is an appointed
time from which they shall not find a refuge.
59. And (as for) these towns, We destroyed them when they acted
unjustly, and We have appointed a time for their destruction.
60. And when Musa said to his servant: I will not cease until I
reach the junction of the two rivers or I will go on for years.
61. So when they had reached the junction of the two (rivers)
they forgot their fish, and it took its way into the sea, going
62. But when they had gone farther, he said to his servant: Bring
to us our morning meal, certainly we have met with fatigue from
this our journey.
63. He said: Did you see when we took refuge on the rock then I
forgot the fish, and nothing made me forget to speak of it but
the Shaitan, and it took its way into the river; what a wonder!
64. He said: This is what we sought for; so they returned
retracing their footsteps.
65. Then they found one from among Our servants whom We had
granted mercy from Us and whom We had taught knowledge from
66. Musa said to him: Shall I follow you on condition that you
should teach me right knowledge of what you have been taught?
67. He said: Surely you cannot have patience with me
68. And how can you have patience in that of which you have not
got a comprehensive knowledge?
69. He said: If Allah pleases, you will find me patient and I
shall not disobey you in any matter.
70. He said: If you would follow me, then do not question me
about any thing until I myself speak to you about it
71. So they went (their way) until when they embarked in the boat
he made a hole in it. (Musa) said: Have you made a hole in it to
drown its inmates? Certainly you have done a grievous thing.
72. He said: Did I not say that you will not be able to have
patience with me?
73. He said: Blame me not for what I forgot, and do not constrain
me to a difficult thing in my affair.
74. So they went on until, when they met a boy, he slew him.
(Musa) said: Have you slain an innocent person otherwise than for
manslaughter? Certainly you have done an evil thing.
75. He said: Did I not say to you that you will not be able to
have patience with me?
76. He said: If I ask you about anything after this, keep me not
in your company; indeed you shall have (then) found an excuse in
77. So they went on until when they came to the people of a town,
they asked them for food, but they refused to entertain them as
guests. Then they found in it a wall which was on the point of
falling, so he put it into a right state. (Musa) said: If you had
pleased, you might certainly have taken a recompense for it.
78. He said: This shall be separation between me and you; now I
will inform you of the significance of that with which you could
not have patience.
79. As for the boat, it belonged to (some) poor men who worked
the river and I wished that I should damage it, and there was
behind them a king who seized every boat by force.
80. And as for the boy, his parents were believers and we feared
lest he should make disobedience and ingratitude to come upon
81. So we desired that their Lord might give them in his place
one better than him in purity and nearer to having compassion.
82. And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the
city, and there was beneath it a treasure belonging to them, and
their father was a righteous man; so your Lord desired that they
should attain their maturity and take out their treasure, a mercy
from your Lord, and I did not do it of my own accord. This is the
significance of that with which you could not have patience.
83. And they ask you about Zulqarnain. Say: I will recite to you
an account of him.
84. Surely We established him in the land and granted him means
of access to every thing.
85. So he followed a course.
86. Until when he reached the place where the sun set, he found
it going down into a black sea, and found by it a people. We
said: O Zulqarnain! either give them a chastisement or do them a
87. He said: As to him who is injust, we will chastise him, then
shall he be returned to his Lord, and He will chastise him with
an exemplary chastisement: And as for him who believes and does
good, he shall have goodly reward, and We will speak to him an
easy word of Our command.
89. Then he followed (another) course.
90. Until when he reached the land of the rising of the sun, he
found it rising on a people to whom We had given no shelter from
91. Even so! and We had a full knowledge of what he had.
92. Then he followed (another) course.
93. Until when he reached (a place) between the two mountains,
found on that side of them a people who could hardly understand
94. They said: O Zulqarnain! surely Gog and Magog make mischief
in the land. Shall we then pay you a tribute on condition that
you should raise a barrier between us and them
95. He said: That in which my Lord has established me is better,
therefore you only help me with workers, I will make a fortified
barrier between you and them;
96. Bring me blocks of iron; until when he had filled up the
space between the two mountain sides, he said: Blow, until when
he had made it (as) fire, he said: Bring me molten brass which I
may pour over it.
97. So they were not able to scale it nor could they make a hole
98. He said: This is a mercy from my Lord, but when the promise
of my Lord comes to pass He will make it level with the ground,
and the promise of my Lord is ever true.
99. And on that day We will leave a part of them in conflict with
another part, and the trumpet will be blown, so We will gather
them all together;
100. And We will bring forth hell, exposed to view, on that day
before the unbelievers.
101. They whose eyes were under a cover from My reminder and they
could not even hear.
102. What! do then those who disbelieve think that they can take
My servants to be guardians besides Me? Surely We have prepared
hell for the entertainment of the unbelievers.
103. Say: Shall We inform you of the greatest losers in (their)
104. (These are) they whose labor is lost in this world's life
and they think that they are well versed in skill of the work of
105. These are they who disbelieve in the communications of their
Lord and His meeting, so their deeds become null, and therefore
We will not set up a balance for them on the day of resurrection.
106. Thus it is that their recompense is hell, because they
disbelieved and held My communications and My apostles in
107. Surely (as for) those who believe and do good deeds, their
place of entertainment shall be the gardens of paradise,
108. Abiding therein; they shall not desire removal from them.
109. Say: If the sea were ink for the words of my Lord, the sea
would surely be consumed before the words of my Lord are
exhausted, though We were to bring the like of that (sea) to add
110. Say: I am only a mortal like you; it is revealed to me that
your god is one God, therefore whoever hopes to meet his Lord, he
should do good deeds, and not join any one in the service of his