The Holy Qur'an Translation

 
 



Ash-Shra

In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful.
H Mm. (1) `Ain Sn Qf. (2) Thus does ALLAH, the Mighty, the Wise, send revelation to thee as HE revealed to those before thee. (3) To HIM belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth, and HE is the High, the Great. (4) The heavens may well-nigh rend asunder from above them; and the angels proclaim the praises of their Lord and ask forgiveness for those on earth. Behold ! it is, surely, ALLAH Who is the Most Forgiving, the Merciful. (5) And as for those who take for themselves protectors beside HIM- ALLAH watches over them, and thou art not a guardian over them. (6) Thus have WE revealed to thee the Qur'an in Arabic, that thou mayest warn the Mother of towns, and all those around it; and that thou mayest warn them of the Day of Gathering, whereof there is no doubt; when a party will be in the Garden and a party in the blazing Fire. (7) And if ALLAH had so willed, HE could have made them one people; but HE admits into HIS mercy whomsoever HE pleases. The wrongdoers will have no protector and no helper. (8) Have they taken for themselves protectors other than HIM ? But it is ALLAH Who is the real Protector. And HE quickens the dead, and HE has power over all things. (9) And in whatsoever you differ, the final decision thereof rests with ALLAH. Say, `Such is ALLAH, my Lord; in HIM I put my trust, and to HIM I always turn.' (10) HE is the originator of the heavens and the earth. HE has made for you pairs of you own selves, and of the cattle also HE has made pairs. HE multiplies you therein. There is nothing whatever like unto HIM, and HE is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. (11) To HIM belong the keys of the heavens and the earth. HE enlarges the provision for whomsoever HE pleases and straitens it for whomsoever HE pleases. Surely, HE knows all things full well. (12) HE has prescribed for you the religion which HE enjoined on Noah, and which WE have now revealed to thee, and which WE enjoined on Abraham and Moses and Jesus, viz., `Establish obedience to ALLAH in the earth, and be not divided therein. Hard upon the idolaters is that to which thou callest them. ALLAH chooses for Himself whom HE pleases, and guides to Himself him who turns to HIM.' (13) And they did not become divided but, after knowledge had come to them, through jealousy among themselves. And had it not been for a word that had already gone forth from thy Lord for an appointed term, the matter would, surely, have been decided between them. Surely, those who were made to inherit the Book after them are in a disquieting doubt concerning it. (14) To this religion, then, do thou invite mankind. And be thou steadfast in it as thou art commanded, and follow not their evil inclinations, but say, `I believe in whatever book ALLAH has sent down, and I am commanded to judge justly between you; ALLAH is our Lord and your Lord. For us is the reward of our works, and for you the reward of your works. There is no quarrel between us and you. ALLAH will gather us together, and to HIM is the return.' (15) And those who dispute concerning ALLAH after HIS call has been responded to - their contention is null and void in the sight of their Lord; and on them will fall God's wrath and for them will be a severe punishment. (16) ALLAH is HE Who has sent down the Book with truth and also the Balance. And what will make thee know that the Hour may be nigh ? (17) Those who believe not therein seek to hasten it; but those who believe are fearful of it, and know that it is bound to come. Beware ! those who dispute concerning the Hour are in error, far gone. (18) ALLAH is Benignant to HIS servants. HE provides for whom HE pleases. And HE is the Powerful, the Mighty. (19) Whoso desires the harvest of the Hereafter, WE give him increase in his harvest; and whoso desires the harvest of this world, WE give him his portion thereof, but in the hereafter he will have no share. (20) Have they such associates of ALLAH as have made lawful for them in religion that which ALLAH has not allowed ? And but for Our word about the final judgment, the matter would have been decided by now between them. And, surely, the wrongdoers will have a grievous punishment. (21) Thou wilt see the wrongdoers in fear on account of that which they have earned, and it is sure to befall them. But those who believe and do good works will be in meadows of the Gardens. They shall have with their Lord whatever they will desire. That is the great bounty of ALLAH. (22) This it is whereof ALLAH gives the glad tidings to HIS servants who believe and do good works. Say, `I ask of you no reward for my service to you, except such love as subsist between kindred. And whoso earns a good deed, WE give him increase of good therein. Surely, ALLAH is Most Forgiving, Most Appreciating. (23) Do they say, `He has forged a lie against ALLAH ?' If ALLAH had so willed, HE could seal thy heart. But ALLAH blots out falsehood through thee and establishes the truth by HIS words. Surely, HE knows quite well what is in the breasts. (24) And HE it is Who accepts repentance from HIS servants and forgives sins. And HE knows what you do. (25) And HE accepts the prayers of those who believe and do good works, and gives them more than their due reward, out of HIS grace; and the disbelievers will have a severe punishment. (26) And if ALLAH should greatly enlarge the provision for HIS servants, they would rebel in the earth; but HE sends down according to a proper measure as HE pleases. Indeed, HE is All-Aware and All-Seeing of the condition of His servants. (27) And HE it is Who sends down rain after they have despaired of it and spreads out his mercy. And HE is the Protector, the Praiseworthy. (28) And among HIS signs is the creation of the Heavens and the earth, and of whatever living creatures HE has spread forth in both. And HE has the power to gather them together whenever HE pleases. (29) And whatever misfortune befalls you is the consequence of what your own hands have wrought. And HE forgives many of your sins. (30) And you cannot frustrate God's purpose in the earth, nor have you any friend or helper beside ALLAH. (31) And of HIS signs are the sailing ships on the sea, tall like mountains. (32) If HE so desires HE can cause the wind to become still so that they become motionless upon the surface thereof - in that, surely, are Signs for every patient and grateful person - (33) Or HE can destroy those who are in them because of that which they have earned - but HE forgives many of their sins - (34) And HE destroys them so that those who dispute concerning Our Signs may know that they have no refuge. (35) And whatever you have been given is only a temporary provision of this life, but that which is with ALLAH is better and more lasting for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord, (36) And those who eschew the more grievous sins and indecencies, and, when they are wroth, they forgive, (37) And those, who hearken to their Lord, and observe Prayer, and whose affairs are decided by mutual consultation, and who spend out of what WE have provided for them, (38) And those who, when a wrong is done to them, defend themselves. (39) Remember that the recompense of an injury is an injury the like thereof; but whoso forgives and thereby brings about an improvement, his reward is with ALLAH. Surely, HE loves not the wrongdoers. (40) There is no blame on those who defend themselves after they have been wronged. (41) The blame is only on those who wrong men and transgress in the earth without justification. Such will have a grievous punishment. (42) And he who is patient and forgives - that, surely, is a matter of high resolve. (43) And he whom ALLAH adjudges astray - there is no protector for him thereafter. And thou wilt find the wrongdoers, when they see the punishment, saying, `Is there any way of return ?' (44) And thou wilt see them brought before the Fire, casting down their eyes in humiliation, looking at it with a furtive glance. And those who believe will say, `The losers, indeed, are those who ruin themselves and their families on the Day of Resurrection.' Behold ! the wrongdoers will remain in a lasting punishment. (45) And they have no helpers to help them against ALLAH. And for him, whom ALLAH leaves in error, there is no way of guidance. (46) Hearken ye to your Lord before there comes a day for which there will be no averting contrary to the decree of ALLAH. There will be no refuge for you on that day, nor will there be for you any chance of denial. (47) But if they turn away, WE have not sent thee as a guardian over them. Thy duty is only to convey the Message. And truly when WE cause man to taste of mercy from US, he rejoice therein. But if an evil befalls them because of what their hands have sent forth, then lo ! man is ungrateful. (48) To ALLAH belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth. HE creates what HE pleases. HE bestows daughters upon whom HE pleases and HE bestows sons upon whom HE pleases; (49) Or, HE mixes them, males and females; and HE makes whom HE pleases barren. Surely, HE is All-Knowing, Powerful. (50) And it is not for a man that ALLAH should speak to him except by direct revelation, or from behind a veil, or by sending a messenger to reveal by HIS command what HE pleases. Surely, HE is High, Wise. (51) And thus have We revealed to thee the Word by Our command. Thou didst not know what the Book was, nor what the faith. But We have made the revelation a light, whereby We guide such of Our servants as WE please. And, truly, thou guidest mankind to the right path, (52) The path of ALLAH, to Whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. Remember, to ALLAH do all things return. (53)