The Holy Qur'an Translation

 
 



An-Naml

In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful.
Tá Sín. These are the verses of the Qur'an and an illuminating Book, (1) A guidance and good tidings to those who would believe, (2) Who observe Prayer and pay the Zakát, and have firm faith in the Hereafter. (3) As to those who believe not in the Hereafter, WE have made their deeds appear beautiful to them, so they wander blindly. (4) It is they who shall have a grievous torment, and they alone it is who shall be the greatest losers in the hereafter. (5) Verily, thou receivest the Qur'an from the One Wise, All-Knowing. (6) Call to mind when Moses said to his family, `I perceive a fire. I will bring you from there some news of great import, or I will bring you a flaming brand that you may warm yourselves.' (7) So when he came to it, he was called by a voice, `Blessed is he who is in the fire and also those around it, and glorified be ALLAH, the Lord of the worlds; (8) `O Moses, verily, I am ALLAH, the Mighty, the Wise; (9) `Throw down thy rod.' And when he saw it move as though it were a serpent, he turned back retreating and did not look back, whereupon WE said, `O Moses, fear not. Verily, I am the One in Whose presence the Messengers need have no fear; (10) `As to those who do wrong and then adopt good instead of evil; to them I am indeed Most Forgiving, Merciful; (11) And put thy hand into thy bosom; it will come forth white without evil. This is among the nine Signs unto Pharaoh and his people, for they are a rebellious people.' (12) But when Our sight-giving Signs came to them, they said, `This is manifest magic.' (13) And they rejected them wrongfully and arrogantly, while their souls were convinced of their truth. See then, how evil was the end of those who acted corruptly ! (14) And WE gave knowledge to David and Solomon and they said, `All praise belongs to ALLAH, Who has exalted us above many of HIS believing servants.' (15) And Solomon was heir to David. And he said, `O ye people, we have been taught the language of birds, and we have had all necessary things bestowed upon us. This indeed is God's manifest Grace.' (16) And there were gathered together unto Solomon his hosts of jinn and men and birds, and they were formed into separate divisions, (17) Until when they came to the valley of Al-Naml, a Namlite said, `O ye Naml, enter your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you, while they know not.' (18) Thereupon he smiled wondering at her words and said, `My Lord, grant me that I may be grateful to Thee, for Thy favour which Thou hast bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do such good works as would please Thee, and admit me, by Thy mercy, among Thy righteous servants.' (19) And he reviewed the birds and said, `How is it that I do not see Hudhud ? Is he deliberately absent ? (20) `I will surely punish him with a severe punishment or I will slay him, unless he brings me a clear reason for his absence. (21) And he did not tarry long before Hudhud came and said, `I have acquired knowledge of that of which thou hast no knowledge; and I have come to thee from Saba' with sure tidings; (22) `I found a woman ruling over them, and she has been given every necessary thing and she has a mighty throne; (23) `I found her and her people worshiping the sun instead of ALLAH, and Satan has made their works look beautiful to them, and has thus hindered them from the right way, so they are not rightly guided - (24) `And they insist that they will not worship ALLAH, while ALLAH is HE who brings to light that which is hidden in the heavens and the earth, And Who knows what you conceal and what you disclose of your design; (25) `ALLAH ! there is no god but HE, the Lord of the Mighty Throne.' (26) Thereupon Solomon said, `We shall see whether thou hast spoken the truth or whether thou art a liar; (27) `Go thou, with this letter of mine, and lay it before them; then withdraw from them and see what answer they return.' (28) The Queen said, `Ye chiefs, there has been delivered to me a noble letter; (29) `It is from Solomon, and it is `In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful; (30) `Behave not arrogantly towards me, but come to me in submission.' (31) She said, `Ye chiefs, advise me concerning my affair. I never decide any affair until you are present to advise me.' (32) They replied, `We possess power and we possess great prowess in war, but it is for thee to command; so consider what thou wilt command.' (33) She said, `Surely, the kings, when they enter a country, despoil it, and turn the highest of its people into the lowest. And thus they always do; (34) `But I am going to send them a present and wait to see what answer the envoys bring back.' (35) So when the Queen's envoy came to Solomon, he said, `Do you presume to help me with your wealth ? But that which ALLAH has given me is better than that which HE has given you. Nay, you take pride in your gift; (36) `Go back to them, for we shall surely come to them with hosts against which they will have no power of resistance, and we shall drive them out of their land disgraced, and they will be humbled.' (37) He said, `O nobles, which of you will bring me her throne before they come to me submitting ?' (38) A powerful chieftain from among the jinn said, `I will bring it to thee before thou strikest thy camp; and indeed I possess power therefor and I am trustworthy.' (39) Said one who had knowledge of the book, `I will bring it to thee before thy noble envoy returns to thee.' And when he saw it set before him, he said, `This is of the grace of my Lord, that HE may try me whether I am grateful or ungrateful. And whosoever is grateful is grateful for the good of his own soul; but whosoever is ungrateful, truly, my Lord is Self-Sufficient, Gracious.' (40) He said, `Make the throne so beautiful as to make her own throne appear quite ordinary to her, and let us see whether she follows the right way or whether she is one of those who follow not the right way.' (41) And when she came, it was said to her, `Is thy throne like this ?' She replied, `It is as though it were the same. And we had been given knowledge before this, and we have already submitted.' (42) And that which she used to worship beside ALLAH prevented her from believing; for she came of a disbelieving people. (43) It was said to her, `Enter the palace.' And when she saw it, she thought it to be a great expanse of water, and she bared her shanks. Solomon said, `It is a palace paved smooth with slabs of glass.' She said, `My Lord, indeed I have wronged my soul; and I submit myself with Solomon to ALLAH, the Lord of the worlds.' (44) And WE sent to Thamud their brother Salih who said, `Worship ALLAH.' And at once they became two parties contending with each other. (45) He said, `O my people, why do you seek to hasten on evil rather than good ? Wherefore do you not ask forgiveness of ALLAH that you may be shown mercy ?' (46) They said, `We augur ill of thee and of those that are with thee.' He said, `The true cause of your ill-fortune is with ALLAH, but you are a people who are on trial.' (47) And there were in the city a party of nine persons who made mischief in the land, and who would not reform. (48) They said, `Swear one to another by ALLAH that we will surely attack him and his family by night, and then we will say to his heir, `We witnessed not the destruction of his family, and most surely we are truthful.' (49) And they planned a plan, And WE also planned a plan, but they perceived it not. (50) Then see how evil was the end of their plan ! Verily, WE utterly destroyed them and their people all together. (51) And yonder are their houses fallen down because of their wrongdoing. In that verily is a Sign for a people who have knowledge. (52) And WE saved those who believed and feared God. (53) And WE sent Lot as a Messenger, when he said to his people, `Do you commit abomination while you see ? (54) What ! do you approach men lustfully rather than women ? Nay, you are indeed an ignorant people.' (55) But the only answer of his people was that they said, `Drive out Lot's family from your city. They are a people who would keep pure. (56) So WE saved him and his family, except his wife; her WE decreed to be of those who stayed behind. (57) And WE rained upon them a rain; and evil was the rain that descended upon those who had been warned. (58) Say, `All praise belongs to ALLAH, and peace be upon those servants of HIS whom HE has chosen. Is ALLAH better or that which they associate with HIM ? (59) Or, Who created the heavens and the earth, and Who sent down water for you from the sky wherewith WE cause to grow beautiful orchards ? You could not cause their trees to grow. Is there a god with ALLAH ? Nay, they are a people who deviate from the right path. (60) Or, Who made the earth a place of rest, and placed rivers in its midst, and placed upon it firm mountains, and put a barrier between the two waters ? Is there a god with ALLAH ? Nay, most of them know not. (61) Or, Who answers the cry of the distressed person when he calls upon HIM, and removes the evil, and makes you successors in the earth ? Is there a god with ALLAH ? Little is that you reflect. (62) Or, Who guides you in the depths of darkness on land and sea, and Who sends the winds as glad tidings before HIS mercy ? Is there a god with ALLAH ? Exalted is ALLAH above what they associate with HIM. (63) Or, Who originates creation, and then repeats it and Who provides for you from the heaven and the earth ? Is there a god with ALLAH ? Say, `Bring forward your proof if you are truthful.' (64) Say, `None in the heavens and the earth knows the unseen save ALLAH; and they do not know when they will be raised up.' (65) Nay, their knowledge respecting the Hereafter has reached its limit, rather they are in doubt about it; rather they are blind to it. (66) And those who disbelieve say, `What ! when we and our fathers have become dust, shall we indeed be brought forth again ? (67) `We were surely promised this before - we and our fathers; this is nothing but tales of the ancients.' (68) Say, `Travel in the earth and see how evil was the end of the sinful.' (69) And grieve thou not for them nor be thou in distress because of what they devise. (70) And they say, `When will this promise be fulfilled, if you are truthful ?' (71) Say, `May be that a part of that which you would hasten on is close behind you.' (72) And, truly, thy Lord is gracious to mankind, but most of them are not grateful. (73) And surely thy Lord knows what their bosoms conceal and what they disclose. (74) And there is nothing hidden in the heaven and the earth, but it is recorded in a clear Book. (75) Verily, this Qur'an explains to the Children of Israel most of that concerning which they differ. (76) And verily it is a guidance and a mercy for the believers. (77) Verily, thy Lord will decide between them by HIS judgment, and HE is the Mighty, the All-Knowing. (78) So put thy trust in ALLAH, surely, thou art on manifest truth. (79) Verily, thou canst not make the dead to hear, nor canst thou make the deaf to hear the call, when they retreat turning their backs. (80) And thou canst not guide the blind out of their error. Thou canst make only those to hear who believe in Our Signs, so they submit. (81) And when the sentence is passed against them, WE shall bring forth for them an insect out of the earth which shall wound them because people did not believe in Our Signs. (82) And remind them of the day when WE shall gather together from every people a party from among those who rejected Our Signs, and they shall be formed into separate groups. (83) Till, when they come, HE will say, `Did you reject MY Signs while you had not full knowledge concerning them ? Or, what was it that you were doing about them ? (84) And the sentence shall come to pass against them because they did wrong, and they will be speechless. (85) See they not that WE have made the night that they may rest therein, and the day sight-giving ? In that verily are Signs for a people who believe. (86) And call to mind the day when the trumpet will be blown and whoever is in the heavens and whoever is in the earth will be struck with terror, save him whom ALLAH pleases. And all shall come unto HIM humbled. (87) And thou seest the mountains, which thou thinkest to be firmly fixed, pass away as the clouds pass away - the handiwork of ALLAH Who has made everything perfect. Verily, HE is full Aware of what you do. (88) Whoever does a good deed shall have a better reward than that, and such will be secure from terror that day. (89) And those who do evil, shall be thrown down on their faces into the Fire; and it will be said to them, `Are you not rewarded for what you have been doing ?' (90) Say, `I am commanded only to serve the Lord of this City which HE has made sacred, and to HIM belongs all things; and I am commanded to be of those who submit to God, (91) `And to recite the Qur'an. So whoever follows guidance follows it only for the good of his own soul; and as to him who goes astray, say, `I am only a Warner.' (92) And say, `All praise belongs to ALLAH; HE will soon show you HIS Signs, and you will know them.' And thy Lord is not unaware of what you do. (93)