The Holy Qur'an Translation

 
 



Al-`Ankabűt

In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful.
Alif, Lám, Mím. (1) Do men think that they will be left alone because they say, `We believe,' and that they will not be tried ? (2) And WE did try those who were before them. So ALLAH will, assuredly, know those who are truthful and HE will, assuredly, know the liars. (3) Or, those who commit evil deeds imagine that they will escape US ? How ill they judge ! (4) Whoso hopes to meet ALLAH, let him be prepared for it, for ALLAH's appointed time is certainly coming. And HE is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. (5) And whoso strives, strives only for his own soul; verily, ALLAH is Independent of all HIS creatures. (6) And as to those who believe and do righteous deeds WE shall surely, remove from them their evils, and WE shall, surely, give them the best reward of their works. (7) And WE have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; but if they contend with thee to make thee associate that with ME of which thou hast no knowledge, then obey them not. Unto ME is your return, and I shall inform you of what you did. (8) And those who believe and do righteous deeds - them WE shall, surely, admit into the company of the righteous. (9) And of men there are some who say, `We believe in ALLAH;' but when they are made to suffer in the cause of ALLAH, they regard the persecution of men as if it were the punishment of ALLAH. And if help comes from thy Lord, they are sure to say, `Certainly, we were with you.' Is not ALLAH best aware of what is in the breasts of HIS creatures ? (10) And ALLAH will, certainly, make manifest those who believe and HE will, surely, distinguish the hypocrites from the believers. (11) And those who disbelieve say to those who believe, `Follow our way, and we will, surely, bear the burden of your sins.' But they will bear none of the burden of their sins. They are, surely, liars. (12) But they shall, surely, bear their own burdens, and other burdens along with their own burdens. And they will, surely, be questioned on the Day of Resurrection concerning that which they fabricated. (13) And WE, certainly, sent Noah to his people, and he remained among them a thousand years, short of fifty years. Then the deluge overtook them, while they were wrongdoers. (14) But WE saved him and those who were with him in the Ark; and WE made it a Sign for all peoples. (15) And WE sent Abraham when he said to his people, `Worship ALLAH and fear HIM. That is better for you, if only you knew; (16) `You only worship idols beside ALLAH, and you invent a lie. Those, whom you worship beside ALLAH, have no power to provide sustenance for you. Then seek sustenance from ALLAH, and worship HIM, and be Grateful to HIM. Unto HIM will you be brought back.' (17) And if you reject the truth, then the generations before you also rejected it. And the Messenger is only responsible for the clear delivery of the Message. (18) See they not how ALLAH originates creation, then repeats it ? That, surely, is easy for ALLAH. (19) Say, `Travel in the earth, and see how HE originated the creation. Then will ALLAH create the second creation. Surely, ALLAH has power over all things; (20) HE punishes whom HE pleases and shows mercy unto whom HE pleases; and to HIM will you be turned back; (21) And you cannot frustrate the designs of ALLAH in the earth nor in the heaven; nor have you any friend or helper beside ALLAH.' (22) Those who disbelieve in the Signs of ALLAH and the meeting with HIM - it is they who despair of MY mercy. And they will have a grievous punishment. (23) And the only answer of his people was that they said, `Slay him or burn him.' But ALLAH delivered him from the fire. In that, surely, are, Signs for a people who believe. (24) And Abraham said, `Verily, you have taken for yourselves idols beside ALLAH, out of love for each other in the present life. Then on the Day of Resurrection you will deny each other, and curse each other. And your abode will be the Fire; and you will have no helpers.' (25) And Lot believed in him, and Abraham said, `I flee unto my Lord; surely, HE is the Mighty, the Wise.' (26) And WE bestowed on him Isaac and Jacob, and WE placed Prophethood and the Book among his descendants, and WE gave him his reward in this life, and in the Hereafter he will, surely, be among the righteous. (27) And call to mind Lot when he said to his people, `You commit an abomination such as no one among mankind has ever committed before you; (28) What ! Do you approach men with lust and commit robbery on the highway, and you commit abomination in your meetings ?' But the only answer of his people was that they said, `Bring upon us the punishment of ALLAH if thou speakest the truth.' (29) He said, `Help me, my Lord, against the wicked people.' (30) And when Our Messengers brought Abraham the tidings, they said, `The tidings is, `We were about to destroy the people of this town; surely, its people are wrongdoers.' (31) He said, `But Lot is there !' They said, `We know very well who is there. We will surely, save him and his family, except his wife, who is of those who remain behind.' (32) And when Our Messengers came to Lot, he was distressed on their account and felt powerless with regard to them. And they said, `Fear not nor grieve, and we have been charged with the divine message: `We will, surely, save thee and thy family except thy wife, who is of those who remain behind, (33) And `We are, surely, going to bring down on the people of this town a punishment from heaven, for they have been rebellious.' (34) And WE have left thereof a clear Sign for a people who would understand. (35) And to Midian WE sent their brother Shu'aib who said, `O my people, worship ALLAH, and be mindful of the Last Day and commit not iniquity in the earth, creating disorder.' (36) But they called him a liar. So a violent earthquake seized them, and in their homes they lay prostrate upon the ground. (37) And WE destroyed Ad and Thamud; and it is evident to you from their dwelling places. And Satan made their deeds appear attractive to them, and thus turned them away from the right path, sagacious though they were. (38) And WE destroyed Korah and Pharaoh and Haman. And Moses did come to them with manifest Signs, but they behaved arrogantly in the land, yet they could not outstrip Us. (39) So each one of them WE seized for his sin; of them were those against whom WE sent a violent sandstorm, and of them were those whom a roaring blast overtook, and of them were those whom WE caused the earth to swallow up, and of them were those whom WE drowned. And ALLAH did not wrong them, but they wronged themselves. (40) The case of those who take helpers beside ALLAH is like unto the case of the spider that takes to itself a house; and, surely, the frailest of all houses is the house of the spider, if they but knew. (41) Verily, ALLAH knows whatever they call upon beside HIM; and HE is the Mighty, the Wise. (42) And these are similitudes which WE set forth for mankind, but only those understand them who have knowledge. (43) ALLAH created the heavens and the earth in accordance with the requirements of wisdom. In that, surely, is a Sign for the believers. (44) Recite that which has been revealed of the Book and observe Prayer. Surely, Prayer restrains one from indecency and manifest evil; and the remembrance of ALLAH is the greatest virtue. And ALLAH knows what you do. (45) And argue not with the people of the Book except with what is best as an argument, but argue not at all with such of them as are unjust. And say, `We believe in that which has been revealed to us and that which has been revealed to you; and our God and your God is One, and to HIM we submit.' (46) And in like manner have WE sent down the Book to thee; so those to whom WE have given true knowledge of the Book (Torah) believe in it (the Qur'an); and of these Meccans also there are some who believe in it. And none but the disbelievers persist in rejecting Our Signs. (47) And thou didst not recite any Book before the Qur'an, nor didst thou write one with thy right hand; in that case the liars would have had cause to doubt. (48) Nay, it is a collection of clear Signs in the hearts of those who are given knowledge. And none but the wrongdoers deny Our Signs. (49) And they say, `Why are not Signs sent down to him from his Lord ?' Say, `The Signs are with ALLAH, and I am but a plain warner,' (50) Is it not enough for a Sign for them that WE have sent down to thee the perfect Book which is recited to them ? Verily, in this there is great mercy and a reminder for a people who believe. (51) Say, `ALLAH is sufficient as a Witness between me and you. HE knows what is in the heavens and the earth. And as for those who believe in falsehood and disbelieve in ALLAH, they it is who are the losers.' (52) They ask thee to hasten on the punishment, and had there not been an appointed term, the punishment would have come upon them. And it shall, surely, overtake them unexpectedly, while they perceive not. (53) They ask thee to hasten on the punishment; but Hell will, certainly, encompass the disbelievers; (54) On the day when the punishment will overwhelm them from above them and from underneath their feet, and HE will say, `Taste ye the fruit of your actions.' (55) O MY servants who believe ! verily, MY earth is vast; so worship ME alone. (56) Every soul shall taste of death; then to US shall you all be brought back. (57) And those who believe and do righteous deeds - them shall WE, surely, house in lofty mansions of Paradise, beneath which streams flow. They will abide therein. Excellent is the reward of those who labour for good, (58) Those who are steadfast, and put their trust in their Lord. (59) And how many an animal there is that carries not its sustenance ! ALLAH provides for it and for you. And HE is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. (60) And if thou ask them, `Who has created the heavens and the earth and pressed into service the sun and the moon ? They will, surely, say, `ALLAH.' How then are they being turned away from the truth ? (61) ALLAH enlarges the means of sustenance for such of his servants as HE pleases, and straitens them for whom HE pleases. Surely, ALLAH has full knowledge of all things. (62) And if thou ask them, `Who sends down water from the sky and therewith gives life to the earth after its death ?' They will, surely, say, `ALLAH.' Say, `All praise belongs to ALLAH.' But most of them understand not. (63) And the life of this world is nothing but a pastime and a sport, and the Home of the Hereafter - that indeed is Life, if they but knew ! (64) And when they go on board a ship, they call on ALLAH, with sincere and single-minded faith in HIM. But when HE brings them safe to land, behold ! they associate partners with HIM again, (65) Being ungrateful for what WE have bestowed on them, and enjoying themselves for a time. But they will soon come to know the consequences of their conduct. (66) Do they not see that WE have made the sanctuary of Mecca secure for them, while people are snatched away from all around them ? Would they then believe in falsehood and deny the favour of ALLAH ? (67) And who is more unjust than he who invents a lie concerning ALLAH, or rejects the truth when it comes to him ? Is there not an abode in Hell for disbelievers ? (68) And as for those who strive to meet US - WE will, surely, guide them in OUR ways. And, verily, ALLAH is with those who do good. (69)