||By the Qur'an, full of Wisdom,-
||Thou art indeed one of the apostles,
||On a Straight Way.
||It is a Revelation sent down by (Him), the
Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.
||In order that thou mayest admonish a people,
whose fathers had received no admonition, and
who therefore remain heedless (of the Signs of
||The Word is proved true against the greater
part of them: for they do not believe.
||We have put yokes round their necks right up
to their chins, so that their heads are forced
up (and they cannot see).
||And We have put a bar in front of them and a
bar behind them, and further, We have covered
them up; so that they cannot see.
||The same is it to them whether thou admonish
them or thou do not admonish them: they will not
||Thou canst but admonish such a one as
follows the Message and fears the (Lord) Most
Gracious, unseen: give such a one, therefore,
good tidings, of Forgiveness and a Reward most
||Verily We shall give life to the dead, and
We record that which they send before and that
which they leave behind, and of all things have
We taken account in a clear Book (of evidence).
||Set forth to them, by way of a parable, the
(story of) the Companions of the City. Behold!,
there came apostles to it.
||When We (first) sent to them two apostles,
they rejected them: But We strengthened them
with a third: they said, "Truly, we have been
sent on a mission to you."
||The (people) said: "Ye are only men like
ourselves; and (God) Most Gracious sends no sort
of revelation: ye do nothing but lie."
||They said: "Our Lord doth know that we have
been sent on a mission to you:
||"And our duty is only to proclaim the clear
||The (people) said: "for us, we augur an evil
omen from you: if ye desist not, we will
certainly stone you. And a grievous punishment
indeed will be inflicted on you by us."
||They said: "Your evil omens are with
yourselves: (deem ye this an evil omen). If ye
are admonished? Nay, but ye are a people
transgressing all bounds!"
||Then there came running, from the farthest
part of the City, a man, saying, "O my people!
Obey the apostles:
||"Obey those who ask no reward of you (for
themselves), and who have themselves received
||"It would not be reasonable in me if I did
not serve Him Who created me, and to Whom ye
shall (all) be brought back.
||"Shall I take (other) gods besides Him? If
(God) Most Gracious should intend some adversity
for me, of no use whatever will be their
intercession for me, nor can they deliver me.
||"I would indeed, if I were to do so, be in
||"For me, I have faith in the Lord of you
(all): listen, then, to me!"
||It was said: "Enter thou the Garden." He
said: "Ah me! Would that my People knew (what I
||"For that my Lord has granted me Forgiveness
and has enrolled me among those held in honour!"
||And We sent not down against his People,
after him, any hosts from heaven, nor was it
needful for Us so to do.
||It was no more than a single mighty Blast,
and behold! they were (like ashes) quenched and
||Ah! Alas for (My) Servants! There comes not
an apostle to them but they mock him!
||See they not how many generations before
them we destroyed? Not to them will they return:
||But each one of them all - will be brought
before Us (for judgment).
||A Sign for them is the earth that is dead:
We do give it life, and produce grain therefrom,
of which ye do eat.
||And We produce therein orchard with
date-palms and vines, and We cause springs to
gush forth therein:
||That they may enjoy the fruits of this
(artistry): It was not their hands that made
this: will they not then give thanks?
||Glory to God, Who created in pairs all
things that the earth produces, as well as their
own (human) kind and (other) things of which
they have no knowledge.
||And a Sign for them is the Night: We
withdraw therefrom the Day, and behold they are
plunged in darkness;
||And the sun runs his course for a period
determined for him: that is the decree of (Him),
the Exalted in Might, the All-Knowing.
||And the Moon,- We have measured for her
mansions (to traverse) till she returns like the
old (and withered) lower part of a date-stalk.
||It is not permitted to the Sun to catch up
the Moon, nor can the Night outstrip the Day:
Each (just) swims along in (its own) orbit
(according to Law).
||And a Sign for them is that We bore their
race (through the Flood) in the loaded Ark;
||And We have created for them similar
(vessels) on which they ride.
||If it were Our Will, We could drown them:
then would there be no helper (to hear their
cry), nor could they be delivered,
||Except by way of Mercy from Us, and by way
of (world) convenience (to serve them) for a
||When they are told, "Fear ye that which is
before you and that which will be after you, in
order that ye may receive Mercy," (they turn
||Not a Sign comes to them from among the
Signs of their Lord, but they turn away
||And when they are told, "Spend ye of (the
bounties) with which God has provided you," the
Unbelievers say to those who believe: "Shall we
then feed those whom, if God had so willed, He
would have fed, (Himself)?- Ye are in nothing
but manifest error."
||Further, they say, "When will this promise
(come to pass), if what ye say is true?"
||They will not (have to) wait for aught but a
single Blast: it will seize them while they are
yet disputing among themselves!
||No (chance) will they then have, by will, to
dispose (of their affairs), nor to return to
their own people!
||The trumpet shall be sounded, when behold!
from the sepulchres (men) will rush forth to
||They will say: "Ah! Woe unto us! Who hath
raised us up from our beds of repose?"... (A
voice will say:) "This is what (God) Most
Gracious had promised. And true was the word of
||It will be no more than a single Blast, when
lo! they will all be brought up before Us!
||Then, on that Day, not a soul will be
wronged in the least, and ye shall but be repaid
the meeds of your past Deeds.
||Verily the Companions of the Garden shall
that Day have joy in all that they do;
||They and their associates will be in groves
of (cool) shade, reclining on Thrones (of
||(Every) fruit (enjoyment) will be there for
them; they shall have whatever they call for;
||"Peace!" - a word (of salutation) from a
Lord Most Merciful!
||"And O ye in sin! Get ye apart this Day!
||"Did I not enjoin on you, O ye Children of
Adam, that ye should not worship Satan; for that
he was to you an enemy avowed?-
||"And that ye should worship Me, (for that)
this was the Straight Way?
||"But he did lead astray a great multitude of
you. Did ye not, then, understand?
||"This is the Hell of which ye were
||"Embrace ye the (fire) this Day, for that ye
(persistently) rejected (Truth)."
||That Day shall We set a seal on their
mouths. But their hands will speak to us, and
their feet bear witness, to all that they did.
||If it had been our Will, We could surely
have blotted out their eyes; then should they
have run about groping for the Path, but how
could they have seen?
||And if it had been Our Will, We could have
transformed them (to remain) in their places;
then should they have been unable to move about,
nor could they have returned (after error).
||If We grant long life to any, We cause him
to be reversed in nature: Will they not then
||We have not instructed the (Prophet) in
Poetry, nor is it meet for him: this is no less
than a Message and a Qur'an making things clear:
||That it may give admonition to any (who are)
alive, and that the charge may be proved against
those who reject (Truth).
||See they not that it is We Who have created
for them - among the things which Our hands have
fashioned - cattle, which are under their
||And that We have subjected them to their
(use)? of them some do carry them and some they
||And they have (other) profits from them
(besides), and they get (milk) to drink. Will
they not then be grateful?
||Yet they take (for worship) gods other than
God, (hoping) that they might be helped!
||They have not the power to help them: but
they will be brought up (before Our
Judgment-seat) as a troop (to be condemned).
||Let not their speech, then, grieve thee.
Verily We know what they hide as well as what
||Doth not man see that it is We Who created
him from sperm? yet behold! he (stands forth) as
an open adversary!
||And he makes comparisons for Us, and forgets
his own (origin and) Creation: He says, "Who can
give life to (dry) bones and decomposed ones (at
||Say, "He will give them life Who created
them for the first time! for He is Well-versed
in every kind of creation!-
||"The same Who produces for you fire out of
the green tree, when behold! ye kindle therewith
(your own fires)!
||"Is not He Who created the heavens and the
earth able to create the like thereof?" - Yea,
indeed! for He is the Creator Supreme, of skill
and knowledge (infinite)!
||Verily, when He intends a thing, His Command
is, "be", and it is!
||So glory to Him in Whose hands is the
dominion of all things: and to Him will ye be
all brought back.