1. Praise be to Allah, to Whom belong
all things in the heavens and on earth: to Him be Praise
in the Hereafter: and He is Full of Wisdom, acquainted with
2. He knows all that goes into
the earth, and all that comes out thereof; all that comes
down from the sky and all that ascends thereto and He is
the Most Merciful, the Oft-Forgiving.
3. The Unbelievers say, "Never
to us will come the Hour": Say, "Nay! but most surely, by
my Lord, it will come upon you;- by Him Who knows the unseen,-
from Whom is not hidden the least little atom in the heavens
or on earth: Nor is there anything less than that, or greater,
but is in the Record Perspicuous:
4. That He may reward those who
believe and work deeds of righteousness: for such is Forgiveness
and a Sustenance Most Generous."
5. But those who strive against
Our Signs, to frustrate them,- for such will be a Penalty,-
a Punishment most humiliating.
6. And those to whom knowledge
has come see that the (Revelation) sent down to thee from
thy Lord - that is the Truth, and that it guides to the
Path of the Exalted (in might), Worthy of all praise.
7. The Unbelievers say (in ridicule):
"Shall we point out to you a man that will tell you, when
ye are all scattered to pieces in disintegration, that ye
shall (then be raised) in a New Creation?
8. "Has he invented a falsehood
against Allah, or has a spirit (seized) him?"- Nay, it is
those who believe not in the Hereafter, that are in (real)
Penalty, and in farthest error.
9. See they not what is before
them and behind them, of the sky and the earth? If We wished,
We could cause the earth to swallow them up, or cause a
piece of the sky to fall upon them. Verily in this is a
Sign for every devotee that turns to Allah (in repentance).
10. We bestowed Grace aforetime
on David from ourselves: "O ye Mountains! Sing ye back the
Praises of Allah with him! and ye birds (also)! And We made
the iron soft for him;-
11. (Commanding), "Make thou coast
of mail, balancing well the rings of chain armour, and work
ye righteousness; for be sure I see (clearly) all that ye
12. And to Solomon (We made) the
Wind (obedient): Its early morning (stride) was a month's
(journey), and its evening (stride) was a month's (journey);
and We made a Font of molten brass to flow for him; and
there were Jinns that worked in front of him, by the leave
of his Lord, and if any of them turned aside from our command,
We made him taste of the Penalty of the Blazing Fire.
13. They worked for him as he
desired, (making) arches, images, basons as large as reservoirs,
and (cooking) cauldrons fixed (in their places): "Work ye,
sons of David, with thanks! but few of My servants are grateful!"
14. Then, when We decreed (Solomon's)
death, nothing showed them his death except a little worm
of the earth, which kept (slowly) gnawing away at his staff:
so when he fell down, the Jinns saw plainly that if they
had known the unseen, they would not have tarried in the
humiliating Penalty (of their Task).
15. There was, for Saba, aforetime,
a Sign in their home-land - two Gardens to the right and
to the left. "Eat of the Sustenance (provided) by your Lord,
and be grateful to Him: a territory fair and happy, and
a Lord Oft-Forgiving!
16. But they turned away (from
Allah., and We sent against them the Flood (released) from
the dams, and We converted their two garden (rows) into
"gardens" producing bitter fruit, and tamarisks, and some
few (stunted) Lote-trees.
17. That was the Requital We gave
them because they ungratefully rejected Faith: and never
do We give (such) requital except to such as are ungrateful
18. Between them and the Cities
on which We had poured our blessings, We had placed Cities
in prominent positions, and between them We had appointed
stages of journey in due proportion: "Travel therein, secure,
by night and by day."
19. But they said: "Our Lord!
Place longer distances between our journey- stages": but
they wronged themselves (therein). At length We made them
as a tale (that is told), and We dispersed them all in scattered
fragments. Verily in this are Signs for every (soul that
is) patiently constant and grateful.
20. And on them did Satan prove
true his idea, and they followed him, all but a party that
21. But he had no authority over
them,- except that We might test the man who believes in
the Hereafter from him who is in doubt concerning it: and
thy Lord doth watch over all things.
22. Say: "Call upon other (gods)
whom ye fancy, besides Allah. They have no power,- not the
weight of an atom,- in the heavens or on earth: No (sort
of) share have they therein, nor is any of them a helper
23. "No intercession can avail
in His Presence, except for those for whom He has granted
permission. So far (is this the case) that, when terror
is removed from their hearts (at the Day of Judgment, then)
will they say, 'what is it that your Lord commanded?' they
will say, 'That which is true and just; and He is the Most
High Most Great'."
24. Say: "Who gives you sustenance,
from the heavens and the earth?" Say: "It is Allah. and
certain it is that either we or ye are on right guidance
or in manifest error!"
25. Say: "Ye shall not be questioned
as to our sins, nor shall we be questioned as to what ye
26. Say: "Our Lord will gather
us together and will in the end decide the matter between
us (and you) in truth and justice: and He is the one to
decide, the One Who knows all."
27. Say: "Show me those whom ye
have joined with Him as partners: by no means (can ye).
Nay, He is Allah, the Exalted in Power, the Wise."
28. We have not sent thee but
as a universal (Messenger) to men, giving them glad tidings,
and warning them (against sin), but most men understand
29. They say: "When will this
promise (come to pass) if ye are telling the truth?"
30. Say: "The appointment to you
is for a Day, which ye cannot put back for an hour nor put
31. The Unbelievers say: "We shall
neither believe in this scripture nor in (any) that (came)
before it." Couldst thou but see when the wrong-doers will
be made to stand before their Lord, throwing back the word
(of blame) on one another! Those who had been despised will
say to the arrogant ones: "Had it not been for you, we should
certainly have been believers!"
32. The arrogant ones will say
to those who had been despised: "Was it we who kept you
back from Guidance after it reached you? Nay, rather, it
was ye who transgressed.
33. Those who had been despised
will say to the arrogant ones: "Nay! it was a plot (of yours)
by day and by night: Behold! Ye (constantly) ordered us
to be ungrateful to Allah and to attribute equals to Him!"
They will declare (their) repentance when they see the Penalty:
We shall put yokes on the necks of the Unbelievers: It would
only be a requital for their (ill) Deeds.
34. Never did We send a warner
to a population, but the wealthy ones among them said: "We
believe not in the (Message) with which ye have been sent."
35. They said: "We have more in
wealth and in sons, and we cannot be punished."
36. Say: "Verily my Lord enlarges
and restricts the Provision to whom He pleases, but most
men understand not."
37. It is not your wealth nor
your sons, that will bring you nearer to Us in degree: but
only those who believe and work righteousness - these are
the ones for whom there is a multiplied Reward for their
deeds, while secure they (reside) in the dwellings on high!
38. Those who strive against Our
Signs, to frustrate them, will be given over into Punishment.
39. Say: "Verily my Lord enlarges
and restricts the Sustenance to such of his servants as
He pleases: and nothing do ye spend in the least (in His
cause) but He replaces it: for He is the Best of those who
40. One Day He will gather them
all together, and say to the angels, "Was it you that these
men used to worship?"
41. They will say, "Glory to Thee!
our (tie) is with Thee - as Protector - not with them. Nay,
but they worshipped the Jinns: most of them believed in
42. So on that Day no power shall
they have over each other, for profit or harm: and We shall
say to the wrong-doers, "Taste ye the Penalty of the Fire,-
the which ye were wont to deny!"
43. When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed
to them, they say, "This is only a man who wishes to hinder
you from the (worship) which your fathers practised." And
they say, "This is only a falsehood invented!" and the Unbelievers
say of the Truth when it comes to them, "This is nothing
but evident magic!"
44. But We had not given them
Books which they could study, nor sent apostles to them
before thee as Warners.
45. And their predecessors rejected
(the Truth); these have not received a tenth of what We
had granted to those: yet when they rejected My apostles,
how (terrible) was My rejection (of them)!
46. Say: "I do admonish you on
one point: that ye do stand up before Allah,- (It may be)
in pairs, or (it may be) singly,- and reflect (within yourselves):
your Companion is not possessed: he is no less than a warner
to you, in face of a terrible Penalty."
47. Say: "No reward do I ask of
you: it is (all) in your interest: my reward is only due
from Allah. And He is witness to all things."
48. Say: "Verily my Lord doth
cast the (mantle of) Truth (over His servants),- He that
has full knowledge of (all) that is hidden."
49. Say: "The Truth has arrived,
and Falsehood neither creates anything new, nor restores
50. Say: "If I am astray, I only
stray to the loss of my own soul: but if I receive guidance,
it is because of the inspiration of my Lord to me: it is
He Who hears all things, and is (ever) near."
51. If thou couldst but see when
they will quake with terror; but then there will be no escape
(for them), and they will be seized from a position (quite)
52. And they will say, "We do
believe (now) in the (Truth)"; but how could they receive
(Faith) from a position (so far off,-
53. Seeing that they did reject
Faith (entirely) before, and that they (continually) cast
(slanders) on the unseen from a position far off?
54. And between them and their
desires, is placed a barrier, as was done in the past with
their partisans: for they were indeed in suspicious (disquieting)