The Holy Qur'an Translation



In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful.
Qf. WE cite the glorious Qur'an (as a proof that the great Resurrection is sure to take place). (1) But they wonder that there has come to them a Warner from among themselves. And the disbelievers say, `This is a strange thing. (2) `What ! when we are dead and have become dust, shall we be raised up again ? That is a return far from possible.' (3) WE know how much the earth diminishes of them and how much it adds to them, and with US is a Book that preserves everything. (4) Nay, they rejected the truth when it came to them, and so they are in a state of confusion. (5) Do they not look at the sky above them, how WE have made it and adorned it, and there are no flaws in it ? (6) And the earth - WE have spread it out, and placed therein firm mountains; and WE have made to grow therein every kind of beautiful species, (7) As a means of enlightenment and as a reminder to every servant that turns to US. (8) And WE send down from the clouds water which is full of blessings, and WE produce therewith gardens and crops, (9) And tall palm-trees with spathes piled one above the other, (10) As a provision for Our servants; and WE quicken thereby a dead land. Even so shall be the Resurrection. (11) The people of Noah rejected the truth before them and so did the people of the Well and the tribe of Thamud, (12) And the tribe of AD, and Pharaoh and the brethren of Lot, (13) And the dwellers of the Wood, and the people of Tubba. All of them rejected the Messengers with the result that MY threatened punishment befell them. (14) Were WE then wearied by the first creation ? Nay, but they are in confusion about the new creation. (15) And assuredly, WE have created man and WE know what his mind whispers to him, and WE are nearer to him than even his jugular vein. (16) When the two Recording angels record everything, sitting on his right and on his left; (17) He utters not a word but there is by him a guardian angel ready to record it, (18) And the stupor of death, certainly comes. `this is what thou wast striving to run from.' (19) And the trumpet shall be blown. That will be the Day of Promise. (20) And every soul shall come forth and along with it there will be an angel to bear witness. (21) Then WE shall say, `Thou wast heedless of this; now WE have removed from thee thy veil, and keen is thy sight this day.' (22) And his companion will say, `This is what I have ready of his record.' (23) WE shall say to his two companions, cast ye twain into Hell every disbelieving enemy of truth, (24) Hinderer of good, transgressor, doubter; (25) `Who sets up another god beside ALLAH, so do, ye twain, cast him into the severe torment.' (26) His associate will say, `O Lord, it was not that I caused him to rebel; but he himself was too far gone in error.' (27) ALLAH will say, `Quarrel not in MY presence; I gave you the warning beforehand, (28) `The sentenced passed by ME cannot be changed, and I am not in the least unjust to MY servants.' (29) On that day WE will say to Hell, `Art thou filled up ?' And it will answer, `Are there any more ?' (30) And Heaven will be brought near to the righteous, no longer remote. (31) And it will be said, `This is what was promised to you -to every one who constantly turned to God and was watchful of his actions, (32) `Who feared the Gracious God in private and came to HIM with a penitent heart. (33) `Enter ye therein in peace. This is the Day of Eternity.' (34) They will have therein whatever they desire, and with US is a good deal more. (35) And how many a generation, who were mightier than they in prowess, have WE destroyed before them ! But when the punishment came, they went about in the lands, devising plans to escape it. But was there any place of refuge for them ? (36) Therein, verily, is a reminder for him who has an understanding heart, or, who gives ear and is attentive. (37) And, verily, WE created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six periods and no weariness touched US. (38) So bear with patience what they say, and celebrate the praises of thy Lord, before the rising of the sun and before its setting; (39) And in parts of the night also do thou glorify HIM, and after the prescribed prostrations. (40) Hearken ! On the day when the caller will call from a place nearby, (41) The day when they will hear the inevitable blast; that will be the day of coming forth from the graves. (42) Verily, it is WE Who give life and cause death, and to US is the final return. (43) On the day when the earth will cleave asunder and in consequence of their misdeeds they will come forth hastening - that will be a raising up of the dead easy for US. (44) WE know best what they say; and thou art not to compel them in any way. So admonish, by means of the Qur'an, him who fears MY warning. (45)