||Kaf. Ha. Ya. 'Ain. Sad.
||(This is) a recital of the Mercy of thy Lord
to His servant Zakariya.
||Behold! he cried to his Lord in secret,
||Praying: "O my Lord! infirm indeed are my
bones, and the hair of my head doth glisten with
grey: but never am I unblest, O my Lord, in my
prayer to Thee!
||"Now I fear (what) my relatives (and
colleagues) (will do) after me: but my wife is
barren: so give me an heir as from Thyself,-
||"(One that) will (truly) represent me, and
represent the posterity of Jacob; and make him,
O my Lord! one with whom Thou art well-pleased!"
||(His prayer was answered): "O Zakariya! We
give thee good news of a son: His name shall be
Yahya: on none by that name have We conferred
||He said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son,
when my wife is barren and I have grown quite
decrepit from old age?"
||He said: "So (it will be) thy Lord saith,
'that is easy for Me: I did indeed create thee
before, when thou hadst been nothing!'"
||(Zakariya) said: "O my Lord! give me a
Sign." "Thy Sign," was the answer, "Shall be
that thou shalt speak to no man for three
nights, although thou art not dumb."
||So Zakariya came out to his people from him
chamber: He told them by signs to celebrate
God's praises in the morning and in the evening.
||(To his son came the command): "O Yahya!
take hold of the Book with might": and We gave
him Wisdom even as a youth,
||And piety (for all creatures) as from Us,
and purity: He was devout,
||And kind to his parents, and he was not
overbearing or rebellious.
||So Peace on him the day he was born, the day
that he dies, and the day that he will be raised
up to life (again)!
||Relate in the Book (the story of) Mary, when
she withdrew from her family to a place in the
||She placed a screen (to screen herself) from
them; then We sent her our angel, and he
appeared before her as a man in all respects.
||She said: "I seek refuge from thee to (God)
Most Gracious: (come not near) if thou dost fear
||He said: "Nay, I am only a messenger from
thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a
||She said: "How shall I have a son, seeing
that no man has touched me, and I am not
||He said: "So (it will be): Thy Lord saith,
'that is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint
him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us':It
is a matter (so) decreed."
||So she conceived him, and she retired with
him to a remote place.
||And the pains of childbirth drove her to the
trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in her
anguish): "Ah! would that I had died before
this! would that I had been a thing forgotten
and out of sight!"
||But (a voice) cried to her from beneath the
(palm-tree): "Grieve not! for thy Lord hath
provided a rivulet beneath thee;
||"And shake towards thyself the trunk of the
palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates
||"So eat and drink and cool (thine) eye. And
if thou dost see any man, say, 'I have vowed a
fast to (God) Most Gracious, and this day will I
enter into not talk with any human being'"
||At length she brought the (babe) to her
people, carrying him (in her arms). They said:
"O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou
||"O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man
of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!"
||But she pointed to the babe. They said: "How
can we talk to one who is a child in the
||He said: "I am indeed a servant of God: He
hath given me revelation and made me a prophet;
||"And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I
be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity
as long as I live;
||"(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and
not overbearing or miserable;
||"So peace is on me the day I was born, the
day that I die, and the day that I shall be
raised up to life (again)"!
||Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a
statement of truth, about which they (vainly)
||It is not befitting to (the majesty of) God
that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him!
when He determines a matter, He only says to it,
"Be", and it is.
||Verily God is my Lord and your Lord: Him
therefore serve ye: this is a Way that is
||But the sects differ among themselves: and
woe to the unbelievers because of the (coming)
Judgment of a Momentous Day!
||How plainly will they see and hear, the Day
that they will appear before Us! but the unjust
today are in error manifest!
||But warn them of the Day of Distress, when
the matter will be determined: for (behold,)
they are negligent and they do not believe!
||It is We Who will inherit the earth, and all
beings thereon: to Us will they all be returned.
||(Also mention in the Book (the story of)
Abraham: He was a man of Truth, a prophet.
||Behold, he said to his father: "O my father!
why worship that which heareth not and seeth
not, and can profit thee nothing?
||"O my father! to me hath come knowledge
which hath not reached thee: so follow me: I
will guide thee to a way that is even and
||"O my father! serve not Satan: for Satan is
a rebel against (God) Most Gracious.
||"O my father! I fear lest a Penalty afflict
thee from (God) Most Gracious, so that thou
become to Satan a friend."
||(The father) replied: "Dost thou hate my
gods, O Abraham? If thou forbear not, I will
indeed stone thee: Now get away from me for a
good long while!"
||Abraham said: "Peace be on thee: I will pray
to my Lord for thy forgiveness: for He is to me
||"And I will turn away from you (all) and
from those whom ye invoke besides God: I will
call on my Lord: perhaps, by my prayer to my
Lord, I shall be not unblest."
||When he had turned away from them and from
those whom they worshipped besides God, We
bestowed on him Isaac and Jacob, and each one of
them We made a prophet.
||And We bestowed of Our Mercy on them, and We
granted them lofty honour on the tongue of
||Also mention in the Book (the story of)
Moses: for he was specially chosen, and he was
an apostle (and) a prophet.
||And we called him from the right side of
Mount (Sinai), and made him draw near to Us, for
||And, out of Our Mercy, We gave him his
brother Aaron, (also) a prophet.
||Also mention in the Book (the story of)
Isma'il: He was (strictly) true to what he
promised, and he was an apostle (and) a prophet.
||He used to enjoin on his people Prayer and
Charity, and he was most acceptable in the sight
of his Lord.
||Also mention in the Book the case of Idris:
He was a man of truth (and sincerity), (and) a
||And We raised him to a lofty station.
||Those were some of the prophets on whom God
did bestow His Grace,- of the posterity of Adam,
and of those who We carried (in the Ark) with
Noah, and of the posterity of Abraham and Israel
of those whom We guided and chose. Whenever the
Signs o f (God) Most Gracious were rehearsed to
them, they would fall down in prostrate
adoration and in tears.
||But after them there followed a posterity
who missed prayers and followed after lusts
soon, then, will they face Destruction,-
||Except those who repent and believe, and
work righteousness: for these will enter the
Garden and will not be wronged in the least,-
||Gardens of Eternity, those which (God) Most
Gracious has promised to His servants in the
Unseen: for His promise must (necessarily) come
||They will not there hear any vain discourse,
but only salutations of Peace: And they will
have therein their sustenance, morning and
||Such is the Garden which We give as an
inheritance to those of Our servants who guard
||(The angels say:) "We descend not but by
command of thy Lord: to Him belongeth what is
before us and what is behind us, and what is
between: and thy Lord never doth forget,-
||"Lord of the heavens and of the earth, and
of all that is between them; so worship Him, and
be constant and patient in His worship: knowest
thou of any who is worthy of the same Name as
||Man says: "What! When I am dead, shall I
then be raised up alive?"
||But does not man call to mind that We
created him before out of nothing?
||So, by thy Lord, without doubt, We shall
gather them together, and (also) the Evil Ones
(with them); then shall We bring them forth on
their knees round about Hell;
||Then shall We certainly drag out from every
sect all those who were worst in obstinate
rebellion against (God) Most Gracious.
||And certainly We know best those who are
most worthy of being burned therein.
||Not one of you but will pass over it: this
is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be
||But We shall save those who guarded against
evil, and We shall leave the wrong-doers
therein, (humbled) to their knees.
||When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them,
the Unbelievers say to those who believe, "Which
of the two sides is best in point of position?
Which makes the best show in council?"
||But how many (countless) generations before
them have we destroyed, who were even better in
equipment and in glitter to the eye?
||Say: "If any men go astray, (God) Most
Gracious extends (the rope) to them, until, when
they see the warning of God (being fulfilled) -
either in punishment or in (the approach of) the
Hour,- they will at length realise who is worst
in position , and (who) weakest in forces!
||"And God doth advance in guidance those who
seek guidance: and the things that endure, Good
Deeds, are best in the sight of thy Lord, as
rewards, and best in respect of (their) eventual
||Hast thou then seen the (sort of) man who
rejects Our Signs, yet says: "I shall certainly
be given wealth and children?"
||Has he penetrated to the Unseen, or has he
taken a contract with (God) Most Gracious?
||Nay! We shall record what he says, and We
shall add and add to his punishment.
||To Us shall return all that he talks of and
he shall appear before Us bare and alone.
||And they have taken (for worship) gods other
than God, to give them power and glory!
||Instead, they shall reject their worship,
and become adversaries against them.
||Seest thou not that We have set the Evil
Ones on against the unbelievers, to incite them
||So make no haste against them, for We but
count out to them a (limited) number (of days).
||The day We shall gather the righteous to
(God) Most Gracious, like a band presented
before a king for honours,
||And We shall drive the sinners to Hell, like
thirsty cattle driven down to water,-
||None shall have the power of intercession,
but such a one as has received permission (or
promise) from (God) Most Gracious.
||They say: "(God) Most Gracious has begotten
||Indeed ye have put forth a thing most
||At it the skies are ready to burst, the
earth to split asunder, and the mountains to
fall down in utter ruin,
||That they should invoke a son for (God) Most
||For it is not consonant with the majesty of
(God) Most Gracious that He should beget a son.
||Not one of the beings in the heavens and the
earth but must come to (God) Most Gracious as a
||He does take an account of them (all), and
hath numbered them (all) exactly.
||And everyone of them will come to Him singly
on the Day of Judgment.
||On those who believe and work deeds of
righteousness, will (God) Most Gracious bestow
||So have We made the (Qur'an) easy in thine
own tongue, that with it thou mayest give Glad
Tidings to the righteous, and warnings to people
given to contention.
||But how many (countless) generations before
them have We destroyed? Canst thou find a single
one of them (now) or hear (so much as) a whisper