The Holy Qur'an Translation

 
 



Ghâfir

In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful.
Há Mím. (1) The revelation of this Book is from ALLAH, the Mighty, the All-Knowing. (2) Forgiver of sin, Acceptor of repentance, Severe in punishment, the Lord of Bounty. There is no god but HE. Towards HIM is the final return. (3) None disputes concerning the Signs of ALLAH except those who disbelieve. Let not, then, their going about in the land deceive thee. (4) Before them the people of Noah and other groups after them rejected Our Signs and every nation strove to seize their Messenger, and disputed by means of false arguments that they might rebut the truth thereby. Then I seized them, and how terrible was MY retribution ! (5) And thus was the word of thy Lord fulfilled against the disbelievers, that they are the inmates of the Fire. (6) Those who bear the Throne and those who are around it, proclaim the praise of their Lord and believe in HIM, and ask forgiveness for those who believe, saying, `Our Lord, Thou dost comprehend all things in Thy mercy and knowledge. So forgive those who repent and follow Thy way, and protect them from the punishment of Hell; (7) `Our Lord, make them enter the Gardens of Eternity which Thou hast promised them, as well as such of their fathers and their wives and their children as are virtuous. Surely, Thou art the Mighty, the Wise; (8) `And guard them against evils; and he whom Thou dost guard against evils on that day - him hast Thou, surely, shown mercy. And that, indeed, is the mighty triumph.' (9) It will be announced to those who disbelieve: `Greater was the abhorrence of ALLAH, when you were called to the faith and you disbelieved, than your own abhorrence of yourselves today.' (10) They will say, `Our Lord, Thou hast caused us to die twice, and Thou hast given us life twice and now we confess our sins. Is, then, there a way out ?' (11) It will be said to them, `This is because, when ALLAH alone was called upon, you disbelieved, but when partners were associated with HIM, you believed. The decision now rests only with ALLAH, the High, the Incomparably Great.' (12) HE it is who shows you HIS Signs and sends down provision for you from heaven; but none pays heed save he who turns to ALLAH. (13) Call ye, then, upon ALLAH, devoting your obedience wholly and sincerely to HIM, though the disbelievers may be averse to it. (14) HE is of most exalted attributes, Lord of the Throne. HE sends HIS Word by HIS command to whomsoever of HIS servants HE pleases, that HE may give warning of the Day of Meeting, (15) The day when they will all come forth; nothing concerning them will be hidden from ALLAH. `Whose is the Kingdom this day !' It is ALLAH's, the one, the Most Supreme. (16) This day will every soul be requited for that which it has earned. No injustice this day ! Surely, ALLAH is Swift at reckoning. (17) And warn them of the day that is fast approaching, when the hearts will reach up to the throats, full of suppressed grief. The wrongdoers will have no warm friend, nor any intercessor whose intercession would be accepted. (18) HE knows the treachery of the eyes and what the breasts conceal. (19) And ALLAH judges with truth, but those upon whom they call beside HIM cannot judge at all. Surely, ALLAH is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. (20) Have they not traveled in the earth that they could see what was the end of those before them ? They were mightier than these in power and they left firmer marks in the earth. But ALLAH seized them for their sins, and they had no one to protect them from ALLAH. (21) That was because their Messengers came to them with manifest Signs but they disbelieved; So ALLAH seized them. Surely, HE is Powerful, Severe in punishment. (22) And, surely, WE sent Moses with Our Signs and manifest authority, (23) Unto Pharaoh and Hámán and Korah; but they said, `He is a sorcerer and a great liar.' (24) And when he came to them with truth from US, they said, `Slay the sons of those who have believed with him, and let their women live.' But the design of the disbelievers is ever bound to fail. (25) Pharaoh said, `Leave me alone that I may slay Moses, and let him call on his Lord. I fear lest he should change your religion or cause disorder to appear in the land.' (26) And Moses said, I take refuge with my Lord and your Lord from every arrogant person who believes not in the Day of Reckoning.' (27) And a believing man from among the people of Pharaoh, who kept hidden his faith, said, `Will you slay a man because he says, `My Lord is ALLAH,' while he has also brought you clear proofs from your Lord ? And if he be a liar, on him will be the sin of his lie; but if he is truthful, then some of that which he threatens you with will, surely, befall you. Certainly, ALLAH guides not one who exceeds the bounds and is a great liar;' (28) `O my people, yours is the sovereignty this day, you being dominant in the land. But who will help us and protect us from the punishment of ALLAH if it comes upon us ?' Pharaoh said, `I only point out to you that which I see myself, and I guide you only to the path of rectitude.' (29) And he who believed said, `O my people, I fear for you something like the day of destruction of the great peoples of the past; (30) `Like that which happened to the people of Noah, and the tribes of Ad and Thamud and those after them. And ALLAH intends no injustice to HIS servants: (31) `And O my people, I fear for you the day when people will call one another for help, (32) `The day when you shall turn back fleeing; and there will be no one to save you from ALLAH's wrath. And for him whom ALLAH leaves to go astray, there shall be no guide.' (33) And Joseph, indeed, came to you before with clear proofs, but you ceased not to be in doubt concerning that which he came to you till, when he died, you said, `ALLAH will never raise a Messenger after him.' Thus does ALLAH adjudge as having gone astray every transgressor, doubter - (34) Those who dispute concerning the Signs of ALLAH without any authority having come to them from ALLAH. Grievously hateful is this in the Sight of ALLAH and in the sight of those who believe. Thus does ALLAH set a seal upon the heart of every arrogant, haughty person. (35) And Pharaoh said, `O Haman, build thou for me a lofty tower that I may attain to the means of access - (36) `The means of access to the heavens, so that I may have a look at the God of Moses, and I, surely, consider him to be a liar.' And thus the evil of his conduct was made to look fair in the eyes of Pharaoh, and he was barred from the right path; and the design of Pharaoh was bound to end in ruin. (37) And he who believed said, `O my people follow me. I will guide you to the path of rectitude; (38) `O my people, this life of the world is but a temporary provision; and the Hereafter is certainly the permanent abode; (39) `Whoso does evil will be requited only with the like of it; but whoso does good, whether male or female, and is a believer - these will enter the Garden; they will be provided therein without measure; (40) `And O my people, how strange it is that I call you to salvation, and you call me to the Fire; (41) `You invite me that I should disbelieve in ALLAH and should associate with HIM that of which I have no knowledge, while I invite you to the Mighty, the Great Forgiver; (42) `Surely, that to which you call me has no title to be called upon in this world or in the Hereafter; and that our return is certainly to ALLAH and that the transgressors will be the inmates of the Fire; (43) `So you will soon remember what I say to you. And I entrust my affair to ALLAH. Verily, ALLAH watches over HIS servants.' (44) So ALLAH preserved him from the evils of whatever they plotted, and a grievous punishment encompassed the people of Pharaoh - (45) The Fire. They are exposed to it morning and evening. And on the day when the appointed Hour is come, it will be said to the angels, `Cast Pharaoh's people into the severest punishment.' (46) And when they will dispute with one another in the Fire, the weak will say to those who were proud, `Verily, we were your followers; will you then relieve us of a portion of the torment of the Fire ?' (47) Those, who were proud, will say, `Now, we are all in it. ALLAH has already judged between HIS servants.' (48) And those in the Fire will say to the Keepers of Hell, `Pray to your Lord that HE may lighten for us the punishment for a day.' (49) The Keepers will say, `Did not your Messengers come to you with manifest Signs ?' They will say, `Yea.' The Keepers will say, `Then pray on.' but the prayer of disbelievers is of no avail. (50) Most, surely, we help Our Messengers and those who believe, both in the present life and on the day when the witnesses will stand forth, (51) The day when their pleading will not profit the wrongdoers, and for them will be the curse and for them will be the evil abode. (52) And, indeed, WE gave Moses the guidance, and made the children of Israel heirs to the Book - (53) A guidance and a Reminder for men of understanding. (54) So have patience. Surely, the promise of ALLAH is true. And ask forgiveness for them for the wrongs they have done thee and glorify thy Lord with HIS praise in the evening and the in morning. (55) Those who dispute concerning the Signs of ALLAH without any authority having come to them from ALLAH - there is nothing in their breasts but an ambition to become great which they will never attain. So seek refuge in ALLAH. Surely, HE is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. (56) Certainly, the creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of mankind; but most men know not. (57) And the blind and the seeing are not equal; neither are those who believe and do good deeds equal to those who do evil. Little do you reflect. (58) The Hour of punishment will, surely, come; there is no doubt about it; yet most men believe not. (59) And your Lord says, `Pray unto ME; I will answer your prayer. But those who are too proud to worship ME will, surely, enter Hell, despised.' (60) ALLAH is HE who has made the night for you that you may rest therein, and the day to enable you to see. Verily, ALLAH is Bountiful to mankind, yet most men are ungrateful. (61) Such is ALLAH, your Lord, the Creator of all things. There is no god but HE. How then, are, you turned away ? (62) Thus, indeed, are turned away those who deny the Signs of ALLAH. (63) ALLAH is HE who has made for you the earth a resting-place and the heaven a structure for protection, and has given you shapes and made your shapes perfect, and has provided you with pure things. Such is ALLAH, your Lord. So blessed is ALLAH, the Lord of the worlds. (64) HE is the Living God. There is no god but HE. So pray unto HIM, devoting your worship wholly and sincerely to HIM. All praise belongs to ALLAH, the Lord of the worlds. (65) Say, I have been forbidden to worship those whom you call upon beside ALLAH since there have come clear proofs unto me from MY Lord; and I have been commanded to submit myself solely to the Lord of the worlds.' (66) HE it is Who created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clot; then HE brings you forth as a child; then HE lets you grow, so that you attain your full strength; and afterward become old - though some among you are caused to die before - and that you may reach a term appointed and that you may learn wisdom. (67) HE it is Who gives life and causes death. And when HE decrees a thing, HE says concerning it, `Be !' and it becomes into being. (68) Seest thou not those who dispute concerning the Signs of ALLAH ? How they are being turned away from the truth ! (69) Those who reject the Book and that with which WE sent Our Messengers. But soon will they come to know, (70) When the iron-collars will be round their necks, and chains too. And they will be dragged (71) Into boiling water; then in the Fire will they be burnt. (72) Then it will be said to them, `Where are those who were your associate gods (73) `Beside ALLAH ?' They will say, `They have vanished away from us. Nay, we never prayed to anything beside ALLAH before.' Thus will ALLAH confound the disbelievers. (74) That is because you exulted in the earth without justification, and because you behaved insolently. (75) Enter ye the gates of Hell, to abide therein. And evil is the abode of the arrogant. (76) So be thou patient. Surely, the promise of ALLAH is bound to be fulfilled. And whether WE show thee in this life part of what WE have promised them or whether WE cause thee to die before the fulfillment of Our promise, to Us will they be brought back. (77) And WE, indeed, sent Messengers before thee; of them are some whom WE have mentioned to thee ; and of them are some whom WE have not mentioned to thee, and it is not possible for any Messenger to bring a Sign except by the leave of ALLAH. But when ALLAH's decree comes, the matter is decided with justice and then there perish those who utter falsehoods. (78) ALLAH is HE who has made cattle for you, that you may ride on them, and eat of the flesh of some of them - (79) And you derive other benefits from them - and that, by means of them you may satisfy any desire that may be in your breasts. And on them and on ships are you borne. (80) And HE shows you HIS Signs; which, then, of the Signs of ALLAH will you deny ? (81) Have they not traveled in the earth that they might see what was the end of those who were before them ? They were more numerous than these, and mightier in power and left firmer traces in the earth. But all that which they earned was of no avail to them. (82) And when their Messengers came to them with manifest Signs, they exulted in the little knowledge they had. And that at which they mocked encompassed them. (83) And when they saw Our punishment they said, `We believe in ALLAH alone and we reject all that which we used to associate with HIM.' (84) But their faith could not profit them when they saw Our punishment. This is ALLAH's law that has ever been in operation in respect of HIS servants. And thus perished those who disbelieved. (85)