The Holy Qur'an Translation

 
 



Ar-Ra`d

In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful.
Alif Lam Mim Ra. These are the verses of the perfect Book. That which has been revealed to thee from thy Lord is the truth, but most men believe not. (1) ALLAH is HE Who raised up the heavens without any pillars that you can see. Then HE settled HIMSELF on the Throne. And HE pressed the sun and the moon into your service; each planet pursues its course until an appointed term. HE regulates all affairs and HE clearly explains the Signs that you may have firm belief in the meeting with your Lord. (2) And HE it is Who spread out the earth and made therein mountains and rivers, and of fruits of every kind HE made therein two sexes. HE causes the night to cover the day. Therein, verily, are Signs for a people who reflect. (3) And in the earth are diverse tracks, adjoining one another, and gardens of vines, and corn-fields, and date-palms, growing together from one root and others not so growing, they are all watered with the same water, yet WE make some of them excel others in fruit. Therein are Signs for a people who use their understanding. (4) And if thou shouldst wonder at their saying, `What ! when we have become dust, shall we then be in a state of new creation,' then wondrous indeed is what they say. These it is who disbelieve in their Lord; and these it is who shall have shackles round their necks, and they shall be the inmates of the Fire, wherein they shall abide. (5) And they ask thee to hasten on the evil rather than the good, whereas exemplary punishment have already come to pass before them. And, verily, thy Lord is full of forgiveness for mankind despite their wrongdoing, and verily, thy Lord is also Severe in retribution. (6) And those who disbelieve say, `Wherefore has not a Sign been sent down to him from his Lord ?' Thou art surely a warner. And their is a Guide for every people. (7) ALLAH knows what every female bears, and what the wombs render defective and discard and what they cause to grow. And with Him everything has a proper measure. (8) He is the Knower of the unseen and the seen, the Incomparably Great, the Most High. (9) He among you who utters his word secretly, and he who utters it openly are equal in HIS knowledge; and also he who hides by night and he who goes forth openly by day. (10) For him (the Messenger) is a succession of angels before him and behind him; they guard him by the command of ALLAH. Surely, ALLAH changes not the condition of a people until they change that which is in their hearts. And when ALLAH decides to punish a people, there is no repelling it, nor have they any helper besides HIM. (11) HE it is Who shows you the lightning to inspire fear and hope and HE raises the heavy clouds. (12) And the thunder glorifies HIM with HIS praise and likewise do the angels for awe of HIM; and HE sends the thunderbolts, and smites therewith whom HE wills, yet they dispute concerning ALLAH, while HE is Severe in punishing. (13) Unto Him alone is due the true Prayer. And those on whom they call instead of HIM answer them not at all. Their case is but like the case of him who stretches forth his two hands towards water that it may reach his mouth, but it reaches it not. And the prayer of a disbeliever is but a thing wasted. (14) And to ALLAH submits whosoever is in the heavens and the earth willingly or unwillingly and like wise do their shadows in the mornings and the evenings. (15) Say, `Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth ?' Say, `ALLAH.' Say, `Have you then taken instead of HIM helpers who have no power for good or harm even for themselves ?' Say, `Can the blind and the seeing be equal ? Or can darkness be equal to light ? Or, do they assign to ALLAH partners who have created the like of HIS creation so that the two creations appear similar to them ?' Say, `ALLAH alone is the Creator of all things, and HE is the One, the Most supreme.' (16) HE sends down water from the sky so that the valleys flow according to their measure and the flood bears on its surface swelling foam. And from that which they heat in the fire, seeking to make ornaments or utensils, comes out a foam similar to it. Thus does ALLAH illustrate truth and falsehood. Now, as to the foam it goes away as rubbish and perishes but as to that which benefits men, it stays in the earth. Thus does ALLAH set forth parables. (17) For those who respond to their Lord is external good; and as for those who respond not to HIM, if they had all that is in the earth and the like of it added thereto, they would readily ransom themselves therewith. It is these that shall have an evil reckoning and their abode is Hell. What a wretched place of rest ! (18) Is he, then, who knows that what has been revealed to thee from thy Lord is the truth, like one who is blind ? But only those gifted with understanding take heed; (19) Those who fulfill ALLAH's pact, and break not the covenant; (20) And those who join what ALLAH has commanded to be joined, and fear their Lord, and dread the evil reckoning; (21) And those who persevere in seeking the favour of their Lord, and observe Prayer, and spend out of that with which WE have provided them, secretly and openly, and repel evil with good. It is these who shall have the best reward of the final abode - (22) Gardens of Eternity. They shall enter them and also those who are righteous from among their fathers, and their wives and their children. And the angels shall enter unto them from every gate, saying, (23) `Peace be unto you, because you were steadfast; behold, how excellent is the reward of the final abode !' (24) And those who break the covenant of ALLAH, after having established it and cut asunder what ALLAH has commanded to be joined, and act corruptly in the earth, on them is the curse of ALLAH and they shall have a grievous abode. (25) ALLAH enlarges HIS provision and straitens it for whomsoever HE pleases. And they rejoice in the present life, while the present life is but a temporary enjoyment as compared with the Hereafter. (26) And those who disbelieves say, `Why is not a Sign sent down to him from his Lord ?' Say, `ALLAH leaves to go astray whom HE wills and guides to Himself those who turn to Him; (27) `Those who believe, and whose hearts find comfort in the remembrance of ALLAH. Aye ! It is the remembrance of ALLAH that hearts can find comfort; (28) `Those who believe and do good works - happiness is decreed for them, and an excellent place of return.' (29) Thus have WE sent thee to a people, before whom other peoples have passed away, that thou mayest recite to them what WE have revealed to thee, for they deny the Gracious God. Say, `HE is my Lord; There is no god but HE. In HIM do I put my trust and towards HIM is my return. (30) And if there was a Qur'an by which mountains could be moved or by which the earth could be cut asunder or by which the dead could be spoken to, they would still not believe in it. Nay, the matter of their believing rests entirely with ALLAH. Have not the believers yet come to know that if ALLAH had enforced HIS will HE could have surely guided all mankind ? And as for those who disbelieve, disaster shall not cease to befall them for what they have wrought or to alight near their home, until the promise of ALLAH comes to pass. Surely, ALLAH fails not in HIS promise. (31) And surely, Messengers were mocked at before thee; but I granted respite to those who disbelieved. Then I seized them and how terrible was My punishment ! (32) Will then HE, Who stands over every soul watching what it earns, let them go unpunished ? Yet they ascribe partners to ALLAH. Say, `Do name them.' Would you inform HIM of what HE does not know in the earth ? Or, is it a mere empty saying ? Nay, but the design of the disbelievers has been made to appear beautiful in their eyes, and they have been kept back from the right way. And he whom ALLAH lets go astray shall have no guide. (33) For them is a punishment in the present life; and surely, the punishment in the Hereafter is harder, and they will have no defender against ALLAH. (34) The similitude of the Garden promised to the God-fearing is that through it flow streams; its fruit is everlasting, and so is its shade. That is the reward of those who are righteous; and the end of the disbelievers is Fire. (35) And those to whom WE have given the Book rejoice in what has been revealed to thee. And of the different parties there are some who deny part thereof. Say `I am only commanded to worship ALLAH and not to set up equals to HIM. Unto HIM do I call and unto HIM is my return. (36) And thus have WE revealed it, a clear judgment in Arabic. And if thou follow their evil desires after the knowledge that has come to thee, thou shalt have no friend nor defender against ALLAH. (37) And, indeed, WE sent Messengers before thee, and WE gave them wives and children. And it is not possible for a Messenger to bring a Sign save by the command of ALLAH. For every term there is a divine decree. (38) ALLAH effaces and establishes what HE wills, and with HIM is the source of all commandments. (39) And whether WE show thee in thy life-time the fulfillment of some of the things which WE threaten them or whether WE cause the to die, it makes little difference, for on thee lies only the delivery of the Message, and on US the reckoning. (40) Do they not see that WE are visiting the land, reducing it from its outlying boarders ? And ALLAH judges; there is none to reverse HIS judgment. And HE is Swift at reckoning. (41) And those who were before them did also devise plans but all effective devising of plans belongs to ALLAH. HE knows what every soul earns; and the disbelievers shall soon know whose will be the final reward of the Abode. (42) And those who disbelieve say, `Thou art not a Messenger.' Say, `Sufficient is ALLAH as a Witness between me and you and so also is he who possesses knowledge of the Book. (43)