The Holy Qur'an Translation

 
 



Ar­Rūm

In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful.
Alif, Lam, Mim. (1) The Romans have been defeated (2) In the land nearby, and they, after their defeat, will be victorious (3) In a few years - ALLAH's is the dominion before and after that - and on that day the believers will rejoice (4) In ALLAH's help. HE helps whom HE pleases; and HE is the Mighty, the Merciful. (5) ALLAH has made this promise. ALLAH breaks not HIS promise, but most men know not. (6) They know only the outer part of the life of this world, and of the Hereafter they are utterly unmindful. (7) Do they not reflect within themselves that ALLAH has not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between the two but in accordance with the requirements of wisdom and for a fixed term ? But many among men believe not in the meeting with their Lord. (8) Have they not traveled in the earth so that they might see how evil was the end of those who were before them ? They were stronger than these in power, and they tilled the soil and populated it more and better than these have populated it. And their Messengers came to them with manifest Signs. And ALLAH would not wrong them, but they wronged their own souls. (9) Then evil was the end of those who did evil, because, they rejected the Signs of ALLAH and scoffed at them. (10) ALLAH originates creation; then HE keeps repeating it; then to HIM shall you be brought back. (11) And on the day when the Hour will arrive the guilty shall be seized with despair. (12) And they shall have no intercessors from among those who they associate with ALLAH; and they will deny those whom they associate with HIM. (13) And on the day when the Hour will arrive - on that day they will become separated from one another. (14) Then those who believed and acted righteously will be honoured and made happy in stately gardens. (15) But as for those who disbelieved and rejected Our Signs and the meeting of the Hereafter, these shall be confronted with punishment. (16) So glorify ALLAH when you enter the evening and when you enter the morning - (17) And to HIM belongs all praise in the heavens and the earth - and glorify HIM in the afternoon and when you enter upon the time of the decline of the sun. (18) HE brings forth the living from the dead, and HE brings forth the dead from the living; and HE gives life to the earth after its death. And in like manner shall you be brought forth. (19) And of HIS Signs is that HE created you from dust; then behold, you are men spreading over the earth. (20) And of HIS Signs is that HE has created wives for you from among yourselves that you may find peace of mind in them, and HE has put love and tenderness between you. In that, surely, are Signs for a people who reflect. (21) And of HIS Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your tongues and colours. In that, surely, are Signs for those who possess knowledge. (22) And of HIS Signs is your sleep by night, and by day, your seeking of HIS bounty. In that, surely, are Signs for a people who would listen. (23) And of HIS Signs is that HE shows you the lightning for fear and hope, and HE sends down water from the sky, and quickens therewith the earth after its death. In that, surely, are Signs for a people who understand. (24) And of HIS Signs is that the heavens and the earth stand firm by HIS command. Then when HE calls you by a single call to come forth from the earth, behold, you will come forth. (25) And to HIM belongs whosoever is in the heavens and the earth. All are obedient to HIM. (26) And HE it is Who originates the creation, then keeps repeating it, and it is most easy for HIM. HIS is the most exalted state in the heavens and the earth; and HE is the Mighty, the Wise. (27) HE sets forth for you a parable concerning yourselves. Have you, among those whom your right hands possess, partners in what WE have provided for you so that you become equal sharers therein, and you fear them as you fear each other ? Thus do WE explain the Signs to a people who understand. (28) Nay, but those, who are unjust, follow their own low desires without knowledge. Then who can guide him whom ALLAH lets go astray ? There will be no helpers for them. (29) So set thy face to the service of religion with single-minded devotion. And follow the nature made by ALLAH, the nature according to which HE has fashioned mankind. There is no altering the creation of ALLAH. That is the right religion - but most men know not - (30) So you all turn to HIM, in repentance, and seek HIS protection and observe Prayer, and be not of those who associate partners with ALLAH - (31) Of those who split up their religion and have become divided into sects, every party rejoicing in what they have. (32) And when an affliction befalls people, they cry unto their Lord, turning sincerely to HIM; then, when HE has made them taste of mercy from HIM, lo ! a section of them associate partners with their Lord, (33) So that they begin to deny that which WE have bestowed upon them. So enjoy yourselves awhile but soon you will come to know. (34) Have WE sent down to them any authority which speaks in favour of what they associate with HIM ? (35) And when WE make people taste of mercy, they rejoice therein; but if some evil befalls them because of that which their own hands have sent on, behold ! they are in despair. (36) See they not that ALLAH enlarges the provision to whomsoever HE pleases and straitens it to whomsoever HE pleases ? In that, truly, are Signs for a people who believe. (37) So give to the kinsman his due and to the needy and to the wayfarer. That is best for those who seek the favour of ALLAH, and it is they who will prosper. (38) Whatever you lay out at interest that it may increase the wealth of the people, it does not increase in the sight of ALLAH; but whatever you give in Zakįt, seeking the pleasure of ALLAH - it is these who will increase their wealth manifold. (39) It is ALLAH Who has created you, and then HE has provided for you; then HE will cause you to die, and then HE will bring you to life. Is there any of your so-called associate-gods, who can do any of these things ? Glorified be HE and exalted far above that which they associate with HIM. (40) Corruption have spread on land and sea because of what men's hands has wrought, that HE may make them taste the fruit of some of their doings, so that they may turn back from evil. (41) Say, `Travel in the earth and see how evil was the end of those before you. Most of them were idolaters.' (42) So set thy face to the service of the right religion, before there comes the day from ALLAH for which there will be no averting. On that day believers and disbelievers will be separated from each other. (43) Those who disbelieve will bear the consequences of their disbelief; and those who do righteous deeds prepare good for their own souls, (44) That HE, out of HIS bounty, may reward those who believe and act righteously. Surely, HE loves not the disbelievers. (45) And of HIS Signs is that HE sends the winds as bearers of glad tidings and that HE may make you taste of HIS mercy, and that the ships may sail at HIS command, and that you may seek of HIS bounty, and that you may be grateful. (46) And, surely, WE sent Messengers before thee to their own people, and they brought them clear Signs. Then WE punished those who were guilty. And it was certainly incumbent upon US to help the believers. (47) It is ALLAH Who sends the winds so that they raise the vapours in the form of a cloud. Then HE spreads it in the sky as HE pleases, and then HE spreads it into fragments, and thou seest the rain issuing forth from its midst. And when HE causes it to fall on whom HE pleases of HIS servants, behold ! they rejoice; (48) Though before that - before it was sent down upon them -they were in despair. (49) Observe, then, the marks of ALLAH's mercy; how HE quickens the earth after its death. Verily, it is HE Who quickens the dead; for HE has power over all things. (50) And if WE had sent a wind and they saw their harvest turn yellow, they would, certainly thereafter, begin to deny Our favours. (51) And thou canst not make the dead to hear, nor canst thou make the deaf to hear the call, when they retreat turning their backs; (52) Nor canst thou guide the blind out of their error. Thou canst make only those to hear who would believe in Our Signs and submit. (53) ALLAH is HE Who created you in a state of weakness, and after weakness gave you strength; then, after strength, caused weakness and old age. HE creates what HE pleases. HE is the All-Knowing, the All-Powerful. (54) And on the day when the appointed Hour shall arrive, the guilty will swear that they tarried not save a brief period - thus are they turned away from the right path. (55) But those, who are given knowledge and faith, will say, `You have indeed tarried according to the Book of ALLAH, till the Day of Resurrection. And this indeed is the Day of Resurrection, but you did not care to know. (56) So on that day their excuses will not avail the wrongdoers; nor will they be allowed to make amends. (57) And, truly, WE have set forth for men in this Qur'an every type of parable, and indeed, if thou bring them a Sign, those who disbelieve will, surely, say, `You are but liars.' (58) Thus does ALLAH seal the hearts of those who have no knowledge. (59) So be thou patient. Surely, the promise of ALLAH is true; and let not those who have no certainty of faith hold thee in light estimation so as to move thee from the stand thou hast taken. (60)