The Holy Qur'an Translation

 
 



An-Nahl

In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful.
The decree of ALLAH is at hand, so seek ye not to hasten it. Holy is HE and exalted far above all that which they associate with HIM. (1) HE sends down the angels with revelation by HIS command on whomsoever of HIS servants HE pleases, saying, `Warn people that there is no god but I, so take ME alone for your protector.' (2) HE has created the heavens and the earth in accordance with the requirements of wisdom. Exalted is HE far above all that they associate with Him. (3) HE has created man from a mere drop of fluid, but lo ! he is an open disputer. (4) And the cattle too HE has created; and you find in them warmth and other uses; and of the flesh of some of them you eat. (5) And in them there is ornament and dignity for you when you bring them home in the evening and when you drive them forth to pasture in the morning. (6) And they carry your loads to a land which you could not reach except with great hardship to yourselves. Surely, your Lord is compassionate, Merciful. (7) And HE has created horses and mules and asses that you may ride them, and as a source of beauty. And HE will create what you do not yet know. (8) And upon ALLAH rests the showing of the right way, and there are ways which deviate from the right course. And if HE had enforced HIS Will, HE would have guided you all. (9) HE it is who sends down water from the clouds; out of it you have your drink, and there grow from it trees on which you pasture your cattle. (10) Therewith HE grows corn for you and the olive and the date-palm and the grapes and all manner of fruit. Surely, in that is a Sign for people who reflect. (11) And HE pressed into service for you the night and the day and the sun and the moon; and the stars too have been pressed into service by HIS command. Surely, in that are Signs for a people who use their understanding. (12) And the things of diverse hues that HE has created for you in the earth also serve your purpose. Surely, in that is a Sign for a people who take heed. (13) And HE it is Who has subjected to you the sea that you may eat therefrom fresh flesh and may take forth articles which you wear as ornaments. And thou seest the ships ploughing through it, that you may journey thereby and that you may seek of HIS bounty in other ways and that you may be grateful. (14) And HE has placed in the earth firm mountains lest it quake with you and rivers and routes that you may find the way to your destination. (15) And, HE has set up other marks; by them and by the stars they follow the right direction. (16) Is HE, then, WHO creates like one who creates not ? Will you not then take heed ? (17) And if you try to count the favours of ALLAH, you will not be able to number them. Surely, ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Merciful. (18) And ALLAH knows what you keep hidden and what you disclose. (19) And those on whom they call besides ALLAH create not anything, but they are themselves created. (20) They are dead, not living; and they know not when they will be raised. (21) Your God is One God. And as to those who believe not in the Hereafter, their hearts are strangers to truth and they are full of pride. (22) Undoubtedly, ALLAH knows what they keep secret and what they disclose. Surely, HE loves not the proud. (23) And when it is said to them, `What think ye of that which your Lord has sent down ?' They say, `They are but mere stories of the ancients.' (24) The consequence will be that they shall bear their burdens in full on the Day of Resurrection, and also a portion of the burdens of those whom they lead astray without knowledge. Behold ! evil is that which the bear. (25) Those who were before them also devised plans, but ALLAH came upon their structure from the very foundations, so that the roof fell down upon them from above them, and the punishment came upon them from where they knew not. (26) The on the Day of Resurrection HE will humiliate them and will say, `Where are my partners for whose sake you used to oppose My Prophets ?' Those endowed with knowledge will say, `This day humiliation and affliction will surely befall the disbelievers.' (27) Those on whom the angels cause to die while they are wronging their souls, will offer submission pleading, `We use not to do any evil.' It will be said to them, `Nay, surely, ALLAH knows well what you used to do, (28) `So enter the gates of Hell, to abide therein. Evil indeed is the abode of the arrogant.' (29) And when it is said to the righteous, `What say ye of that which your Lord has revealed ?' They say, `The best.' For those who do good, there is good in this world, and the home of the Hereafter is even better. Excellent indeed is the abode of the righteous, (30) Gardens of Eternity, which they will enter; through them flow streams. They will have therein what they wish for. Thus does ALLAH reward the righteous, (31) Those whom the angels cause to die while they are pure, they say to them, `Peace be unto you. Enter Heaven because of what you used to do.' (32) What do these disbelievers wait for except that the angels should come upon them or that the decree of thy Lord should come to pass ? So did those who were before them. ALLAH did not wrong them, but they used to wrong themselves. (33) So the evil consequences of what they did overtook them and that which they used to mock at encompassed them. (34) And the idolaters say, `If ALLAH had so willed, we should not have worshiped anything beside HIM, neither we nor our fathers, nor should we have forbidden anything without command from HIM.' So did those who opposed the truth before them. Are the Messengers responsible for anything except the plain delivery of the Message ? (35) And WE did raise among every people a Messenger with the teaching, `Worship ALLAH and shun the Evil one.' Then among them were some whom ALLAH guided and among them were some who became deserving of ruin. So travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who treated the prophets as liars ! (36) If thou art solicitous of their guidance, then know that ALLAH surely guides not those who lead others astray. And for such there are no helpers. (37) And they swear by ALLAH their strongest oaths, that ALLAH will not raise up those who die. Nay, HE will certainly raise them up. This is a true promise the fulfillment of which is binding on HIM but most men know not. (38) HE will surely raise them up that HE may make clear to them that wherein they differed, and that those who disbelieved may realize that they were liars. (39) Our word concerning a thing, when WE will it, it is only that WE say to it, `Be,' and it is. (40) And as to those who leave their homes for the sake of ALLAH after they are wronged, WE will surely give them a goodly abode in this world; and truly the reward of the Hereafter is greater; if they but knew - (41) Those who are steadfast and put their trust in their Lord. (42) And WE sent not as Messengers before thee but men to whom WE sent revelation - so ask those who possess the reminder, if you know not - (43) With clear Signs and Scriptures. And WE have sent down to thee the Reminder that thou mayest explain to mankind that which has been sent down to them, and that they may reflect. (44) Do, then, those who devise evil plans, feel secure that ALLAH will humiliate them in their own land, or that the punishment will not come upon them whence they do not know ? (45) Or that HE will not seize them in their going to and fro so that they shall not be able to frustrate HIS plans ? (46) Or that HE will not destroy them through a process of gradual attrition ? Your Lord is indeed Compassionate, Merciful. (47) Have they not observed, bowing in humility before ALLAH that the shadows of everything which ALLAH has created shift from the right and from the left, and they are being humbled ? (48) And whatever is in the heavens and whatever creature is in the earth submits humbly to ALLAH, and the angels too, and they are not proud. (49) They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded. (50) ALLAH has said, `Take not for worship two gods. There is only One God. So fear ME alone.' (51) And to HIM belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth and to HIM is obedience due for ever. Will you then take any other than ALLAH as your Protector ? (52) And whatever blessing you have, it is from ALLAH. And when affliction befalls you, it is unto HIM that you cry for help; (53) Then, when HE removes the affliction from you, behold ! a party among you begins to ascribe associates to their Lord, (54) So as to deny that which WE have bestowed upon them. Well, then, enjoy yourselves a while, but soon will you know. (55) And they set apart for their false gods of which they know nothing, a portion of that which WE have bestowed on them. By ALLAH, you shall certainly be called to account for all that you forged. (56) And they ascribe daughters to ALLAH - Holy is HE - while they themselves have what they desire. (57) And when to one of them is conveyed the tidings of the birth of a female, his face darkens with inward suppressed grief; (58) He hides himself from the people because of the bad news he has had. Shall he keep it inspite of disgrace or shall he bury it in the dust ? Verily, evil is that which they judge. (59) The state of those who do not believe in the Hereafter, is evil, while all sublime attributes belong to ALLAH and HE is the Mighty, the Wise. (60) And if ALLAH were to punish men for their wrongdoing, HE would not leave on the earth a living creature, but HE gives them respite till an appointed term; and when their term is come, they cannot remain behind a single hour, nor can they go ahead of it. (61) And they assign to ALLAH what they dislike for themselves and their tongues utter the lie that they will have the best of everything. Undoubtedly, theirs shall be the Fire, and therein shall they be abandoned. (62) By ALLAH, WE certainly sent Messengers to all the peoples before thee; but Satan made their works appear beautiful to them. So he is their patron this day, and they shall have a grievous punishment. (63) And WE have not sent down to thee the Book except that thou mayest explain to them that concerning which they have created differences and as a guidance, and a mercy for a people who believe. (64) And ALLAH has sent down water from the sky and has quickened the earth after its death. Surely, in that is a Sign for a people who would listen to the truth. (65) And surely in the cattle too there is a lesson for you. WE provide for you drink out of that which is in their bellies -from betwixt the faeces and the blood - milk pure and pleasant for those who drink it. (66) And of the fruits of the date-palms and the grapes, whence you obtain intoxicating drink and wholesome food. Verily in that is a Sign for a people who use their understanding. (67) And thy Lord revealed to the bee : `Make thou houses in the hills and in the trees and in the trellises which they build, (68) `Then eat all manner of fruits, and follow the ways taught to thee by thy Lord and which have been made easy for thee.' There comes from their bellies a drink of varying hues. Therein is a healing for mankind. Surely, in that is Sign for a people who reflect. (69) And ALLAH creates you, then HE causes you to die; and there are some among you who are driven to the worst state of life with the result that they know nothing after having had knowledge. Surely, ALLAH is All-Knowing, Powerful. (70) And ALLAH has favoured some of you above others in worldly gifts. But those more favoured will not restore any part of their worldly gifts to those whom their right hands possess, so that they may be equal shares in them. Knowing this, will they still deny the favour of ALLAH ? (71) And ALLAH has made for you mates from among yourselves, and has made for you, from your mates, sons and grandsons, and has provided you with good things. Will they then believe in that which perishes and deny the favour of ALLAH ? (72) And they worship beside ALLAH such as have no power to bestow on them any gift from the heavens and the earth, nor can they ever have such power. (73) So coin not similitudes for ALLAH. Surely ALLAH knows and you know not. (74) ALLAH sets forth for you the parable of a slave who is owned, having no power over anything; and a free man whom WE have provided with a fair provision from US and he spends thereof secretly and openly. Are they equal ? Praise be to ALLAH. But most of them know not. (75) And ALLAH sets forth another parable of two men - one of them is dumb, having no power over anything, and he is a burden on his master; withersoever he sends him, he brings no good. Can he be equal to him who enjoins justice and who is on the straight path ? (76) And to ALLAH belongs the knowledge of the unseen in the heavens and the earth; and the matter of the coming of the promised Hour is but as the twinkling of an eye, nay, it is nearer still. Surely, ALLAH has full power over all things. (77) And ALLAH has brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers while you knew nothing, and gave you ears and eyes and hearts, that you may be grateful. (78) Do they not observe the birds held under subjection in the vault of heaven ? None keeps them back save ALLAH. Verily, in that are Signs for a people who believe. (79) And ALLAH has made for you, in your houses, a place of rest and has also made for you, of the skins of cattle, abodes which you find light at the time when you travel and useful at the time when you halt; and of their wool and their furs and their hair HE has supplied you with household goods and articles of use for a time. (80) And ALLAH has made for you of that which HE has created, many things affording shade; and HE has made for you in the mountains places of shelter; and HE has made for you garments which protect you from heat, and coats of mail which protect you in your wars. Thus does HE complete HIS favours upon you, that you may submit wholly to HIM. (81) But if they turn away, then thou art responsible only for the plain delivery of the Message. (82) They recognize the favour of ALLAH, yet they deny it; and most of them are confirmed disbelievers. (83) And remember the day when WE shall raise up a witness from every people, then those who disbelieve shall not be permitted to make amends, nor shall their plea be accepted. (84) And when those who did wrong actually see the punishment, it will not be lightened for them, nor will they be respited. (85) And when those who associate partners with ALLAH, will see their associated-gods, they will say, `Our Lord, these are our associated-gods, whom we used to call upon instead of Thee.' Thereupon they will retort on them with the words, `Surely, you are liars.' (86) And they will offer submission to ALLAH on that day, and all that they used to forge shall fail them. (87) As for those who disbelieve and turn men away from the way of ALLAH, WE will add punishment to their punishment because they made mischief. (88) And remember the day when WE will raise up in every people a witness against them from among themselves, and WE will bring thee as a witness against all of them. And WE have sent down to thee the Book to explain everything and a guidance and a mercy and glad tidings to those who submit to ALLAH. (89) Verily, ALLAH enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency and manifest evil and transgression. HE admonishes you that you may take heed. (90) And fulfill the covenant of ALLAH when you have made one, and break not your oaths after making them firm, while you have made ALLAH your surety. Certainly, ALLAH knows what you do. (91) And be not like unto her who cuts up her yarn into pieces after having spun it strong by making your oaths a means of deceit between you, for fear lest one people become more powerful than another people. Surely, ALLAH tries you therewith, and on the Day of Resurrection HE will make clear to you that wherein you differed. (92) And if ALLAH had enforced HIS will, HE would surely have made you all one people; but HE lets go astray him who wishes it, and guides him who wishes it, and you shall surely be questioned concerning that which you have been doing. (93) And make not your oaths a means of deceit between you; or you foot will slip after it has been firmly established and you will taste evil because by acting thus you have turned people away from the path of ALLAH, and you will have a severe punishment. (94) And barter not the covenant of ALLAH for a paltry price. Surely, that which is with ALLAH is better for you if you knew. (95) That which you have shall pass away, but that which is with ALLAH is lasting. And WE will certainly give those, who are steadfast, their reward according to the best of their works. (96) Whoso acts righteously, whether male or female and is a believer, WE will surely grant him a pure life; and WE will surely bestow on such their reward according to the best of their works. (97) And when thou recitest the Qur'an, seek refuge with ALLAH from Satan, the rejected. (98) Surely he has no power over those who believe and who put their trust in their Lord. (99) His power is only over those who make friends with him and those who associate partners with him. (100) And when WE bring one Sign in place of another - and ALLAH knows best the object of what HE reveals - they say, `Thou art but a fabricator,' Nay, but most of them know not. (101) Say, `The Spirit of holiness has brought it down from thy Lord with truth, that HE may strengthen in their faith those who believe and as a guidance and glad tidings for Muslims. (102) And indeed WE know that they say that it is only a man who teaches him. But the tongue of him towards whom their minds is inclined in making this insinuation is foreign while this is Arabic tongue plain and clear. (103) As to those who do not believe in the Signs of ALLAH, surely, ALLAH will not guide them, and they shall have a grievous punishment. (104) It is only those who believe not in the Signs of ALLAH, who forge falsehood, and they it is who are the liars. (105) Whoso disbelieves in ALLAH after he has believed - save him who is forced to make a declaration of disbelief while his heart finds peace in faith - but such as open their breast to disbelief, on them is ALLAH's wrath; and for them is decreed a severe punishment. (106) That is because they have preferred the present life to the Hereafter, and because ALLAH guides not the disbelieving people. (107) It is they on whose hearts and ears and eyes ALLAH has set a seal. And it is they who are the heedless. (108) Undoubtedly, it is they who will be the loses in the Hereafter. (109) Then, surely thy Lord - to those who migrated after they had been persecuted and the strove hard in the cause of ALLAH and remained steadfast - surely, after that, thy Lord is Most Forgiving, Merciful. (110) On the day when every soul shall come pleading for itself, and every soul will be fully recompensed for what it did, and they will not be wronged. (111) And ALLAH sets forth the parable of a city which enjoyed security and peace; its provisions come to it in plenty from every quarter; but it was ungrateful for the favours of ALLAH, so ALLAH made it taste hunger and fear which clothed it like a garment because of what they used do. (112) And indeed there has come to them a Messenger from among themselves, but they treated him as a liar, so punishment overtook them while they were wrongdoers. (113) So eat of the lawful and good things which ALLAH has provided for you; and be grateful for the bounty of ALLAH, if it is HIM you worship. (114) HE has made unlawful for you only that which dies of itself and blood and the flesh of swine and that on which the name of other than ALLAH has been invoked. But he who is driven by necessity to eat any of these things, being neither disobedient nor exceeding the limit, them, surely, ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Merciful. (115) And say not - because of the falsehood which your tongues utter - `This is lawful, and this is unlawful,' so as to be of those who forge lies against ALLAH. Surely, those who forge lies against ALLAH do not prosper. (116) This life is a brief enjoyment and then they shall have a grievous punishment. (117) And to those also who are the Jews, WE forbade before this all that WE have related to thee. And WE wronged them not, but they used to wrong themselves. (118) Then, surely, thy Lord - to those who do evil in ignorance and repent thereafter and make amends - surely, after that thy Lord is Most Forgiving, Merciful. (119) Abraham was indeed a paragon of virtue, obedient to ALLAH, ever inclined to HIM , and he was not of those who set up equals with ALLAH; (120) Ever grateful for HIS favours: HE chose him and guided him to a straight path. (121) And WE bestowed on him good in this world, and in the Hereafter he will surely be among the righteous. (122) And now WE have sent revelation to thee, enjoining, `Follow the way of Abraham who was ever inclined to ALLAH and was not of those who set up equals to HIM.' (123) The punishment for profaning the Sabbath was imposed only on those who had differed about it and thy Lord will surely judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein they differed. (124) Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation and argue with them in a way that is best. Surely, thy Lord knows best who has strayed from HIS way; and HE also knows those who are rightly guided. (125) And if you decide to punish the oppressors, then punish them to the extent to which you have been wronged; but if you show patience then, surely, that is best for those who are patient. (126) And, O Prophet, endure thou with patience; and verily thy patience is possible only with the help of ALLAH. And grieve not for them, nor feel distressed because of their evil designs. (127) Verily, ALLAH is with those who are righteous and those who do good. (128)