||These are verses of the
Qur'an,-a book that makes (things) clear;
||A guide: and glad
tidings for the believers,-
||Those who establish
regular prayers and give in regular charity, and
also have (full) assurance of the hereafter.
||As to those who believe
not in the Hereafter, We have made their deeds
pleasing in their eyes; and so they wander about
||Such are they for whom
a grievous Penalty is (waiting); and in the
Hereafter theirs will be the greatest loss.
||As to thee, the Qur'an
is bestowed upon thee from the presence of one
who is wise and all-knowing.
||Behold! Moses said to
his family: "I perceive a fire; soon will I
bring you from there some information, or I will
bring you a burning brand to light our fuel,
that ye may warn yourselves.
||But when he came to the
(fire), a voice was heard: "Blessed are those in
the fire and those around: and glory to God, the
Lord of the worlds.
||"O Moses! verily, I am
God, the exalted in might, the wise!....
||"Now do thou throw thy
rod!" But when he saw it moving (of its own
accord)as if it had been a snake, he turned back
in retreat, and retraced not his steps: "O
Moses!" (it was said), "Fear not: truly, in My
presence, those called as apostles ha ve no
||"But if any have done
wrong and have thereafter substituted good to
take the place of evil, truly, I am
Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
||"Now put thy hand into
thy bosom, and it will come forth white without
stain (or harm): (these are) among the nine
Signs (thou wilt take) to Pharaoh and his
people: for they are a people rebellious in
||But when Our Signs came
to them, that should have opened their eyes,
they said: "This is sorcery manifest!"
||And they rejected those
Signs in iniquity and arrogance, though their
souls were convinced thereof: so see what was
the end of those who acted corruptly!
||We gave (in the past)
knowledge to David and Solomon: And they both
said: "Praise be to God, Who has favored us
above many of his servants who believe!"
||And Solomon was David's
heir. He said: "O ye people! We have been taught
the speech of birds, and on us has been bestowed
(a little) of all things: this is indeed Grace
manifest (from God.)"
||And before Solomon were
marshalled his hosts,- of Jinns and men and
birds, and they were all kept in order and
||At length, when they
came to a (lowly) valley of ants, one of the
ants said: "O ye ants, get into your
habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush
you (under foot) without knowing it."
||So he smiled, amused at
her speech; and he said: "O my Lord! so order me
that I may be grateful for Thy favours, which
thou hast bestowed on me and on my parents, and
that I may work the righteousness that will
please Thee: And admit me, by Th y Grace, to the
ranks of Thy righteous Servants."
||And he took a muster of
the Birds; and he said: "Why is it I see not the
Hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees?
||"I will certainly punish him with a severe
penalty, or execute him, unless he bring me a
clear reason (for absence)."
||But the Hoopoe tarried not far: he (came up
and) said: "I have compassed (territory) which
thou hast not compassed, and I have come to thee
from Saba with tidings true.
||"I found (there) a woman ruling over them
and provided with every requisite; and she has a
||"I found her and her people worshipping the
sun besides God: Satan has made their deeds seem
pleasing in their eyes, and has kept them away
from the Path,- so they receive no guidance,-
||"(Kept them away from the Path), that they
should not worship God, Who brings to light what
is hidden in the heavens and the earth, and
knows what ye hide and what ye reveal.
||"God!- there is no god but He!- Lord of the
||(Solomon) said: "Soon shall we see whether
thou hast told the truth or lied!
||"Go thou, with this letter of mine, and
deliver it to them: then draw back from them,
and (wait to) see what answer they return"...
||(The queen) said: "Ye chiefs! here is
delivered to me - a letter worthy of respect.
||"It is from Solomon, and is (as follows):
'In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most
||"'Be ye not arrogant against me, but come to
me in submission (to the true Religion).'"
||She said: "Ye chiefs! advise me in (this) my
affair: no affair have I decided except in your
||They said: "We are endued with strength, and
given to vehement war: but the command is with
thee; so consider what thou wilt command."
||She said: "Kings, when they enter a country,
despoil it, and make the noblest of its people
its meanest thus do they behave.
||"But I am going to send him a present, and
(wait) to see with what (answer) return (my)
||Now when (the embassy) came to Solomon, he
said: "Will ye give me abundance in wealth? But
that which God has given me is better than that
which He has given you! Nay it is ye who rejoice
in your gift!
||"Go back to them, and be sure we shall come
to them with such hosts as they will never be
able to meet: We shall expel them from there in
disgrace, and they will feel humbled (indeed)."
||He said (to his own men): "Ye chiefs! which
of you can bring me her throne before they come
to me in submission?"
||Said an 'Ifrit, of the Jinns: "I will bring
it to thee before thou rise from thy council:
indeed I have full strength for the purpose, and
may be trusted."
||Said one who had knowledge of the Book: "I
will bring it to thee within the twinkling of an
eye!" Then when (Solomon) saw it placed firmly
before him, he said: "This is by the Grace of my
Lord!- to test me whether I am grateful or
ungrateful! a nd if any is grateful, truly his
gratitude is (a gain) for his own soul; but if
any is ungrateful, truly my Lord is Free of all
Needs, Supreme in Honour !"
||He said: "Transform her throne out of all
recognition by her: let us see whether she is
guided (to the truth) or is one of those who
receive no guidance."
||So when she arrived, she was asked, "Is this
thy throne?" She said, "It was just like this;
and knowledge was bestowed on us in advance of
this, and we have submitted to God (in Islam)."
||And he diverted her from the worship of
others besides God: for she was (sprung) of a
people that had no faith.
||She was asked to enter the lofty Palace: but
when she saw it, she thought it was a lake of
water, and she (tucked up her skirts),
uncovering her legs. He said: "This is but a
palace paved smooth with slabs of glass." She
said: "O my Lord! I ha ve indeed wronged my
soul: I do (now) submit (in Islam), with
Solomon, to the Lord of the Worlds."
||We sent (aforetime), to the Thamud, their
brother Salih, saying, "Serve God": But behold,
they became two factions quarrelling with each
||He said: "O my people! why ask ye to hasten
on the evil in preference to the good? If only
ye ask God for forgiveness, ye may hope to
||They said: "Ill omen do we augur from thee
and those that are with thee". He said: "Your
ill omen is with God; yea, ye are a people under
||There were in the city nine men of a family,
who made mischief in the land, and would not
||They said: "Swear a mutual oath by God that
we shall make a secret night attack on him and
his people, and that we shall then say to his
heir (when he seeks vengeance): 'We were not
present at the slaughter of his people, and we
are positively telling the truth.'"
||They plotted and planned, but We too
planned, even while they perceived it not.
||Then see what was the end of their plot!-
this, that We destroyed them and their people,
all (of them).
||Now such were their houses, - in utter ruin,
- because they practised wrong- doing. Verily in
this is a Sign for people of knowledge.
||And We saved those who believed and
||(We also sent) Lut (as an apostle): behold,
He said to his people, "Do ye do what is
shameful though ye see (its iniquity)?
||Would ye really approach men in your lusts
rather than women? Nay, ye are a people
||But his people gave no other answer but
this: they said, "Drive out the followers of Lut
from your city: these are indeed men who want to
be clean and pure!"
||But We saved him and his family, except his
wife; her We destined to be of those who lagged
||And We rained down on them a shower (of
brimstone): and evil was the shower on those who
were admonished (but heeded not)!
||Say: Praise be to God, and Peace on his
servants whom He has chosen (for his Message).
(Who) is better?- God or the false gods they
associate (with Him)?
||Or, Who has created the heavens and the
earth, and Who sends you down rain from the sky?
Yea, with it We cause to grow well-planted
orchards full of beauty of delight: it is not in
your power to cause the growth of the trees in
them. (Can there be another) god besides God?
Nay, they are a people who swerve from justice.
||Or, Who has made the earth firm to live in;
made rivers in its midst; set thereon mountains
immovable; and made a separating bar between the
two bodies of flowing water? (can there be
another) god besides God? Nay, most of them know
||Or, Who listens to the (soul) distressed
when it calls on Him, and Who relieves its
suffering, and makes you (mankind) inheritors of
the earth? (Can there be another) god besides
God? Little it is that ye heed!
||Or, Who guides you through the depths of
darkness on land and sea, and Who sends the
winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before
His Mercy? (Can there be another) god besides
God?- High is God above what they associate with
||Or, Who originates creation, then repeats
it, and who gives you sustenance from heaven and
earth? (Can there be another) god besides God?
Say, "Bring forth your argument, if ye are
telling the truth!"
||Say: None in the heavens or on earth, except
God, knows what is hidden: nor can they perceive
when they shall be raised up (for Judgment).
||Still less can their knowledge comprehend
the Hereafter: Nay, they are in doubt and
uncertainty thereanent; nay, they are blind
||The Unbelievers say: "What! when we become
dust,- we and our fathers,- shall we really be
raised (from the dead)?
||"It is true we were promised this,- we and
our fathers before (us): these are nothing but
tales of the ancients."
||Say: "Go ye through the earth and see what
has been the end of those guilty (of sin)."
||But grieve not over them, nor distress
thyself because of their plots.
||They also say: "When will this promise (come
to pass)? (Say) if ye are truthful."
||Say: "It may be that some of the events
which ye wish to hasten on may be (close) in
||But verily thy Lord is full of grace to
mankind: Yet most of them are ungrateful.
||And verily thy Lord knoweth all that their
hearts do hide. As well as all that they reveal.
||Nor is there aught of the unseen, in heaven
or earth, but is (recorded) in a clear record.
||Verily this Qur'an doth explain to the
Children of Israel most of the matters in which
||And it certainly is a Guide and a Mercy to
those who believe.
||Verily thy Lord will decide between them by
His Decree: and He is Exalted in Might,
||So put thy trust in God: for thou art on
(the path of) manifest Truth.
||Truly thou canst not cause the dead to
listen, nor canst thou cause the deaf to hear
the call, (especially) when they turn back in
||Nor canst thou be a guide to the blind, (to
prevent them) from straying: only those wilt
thou get to listen who believe in Our Signs, and
they will bow in Islam.
||And when the Word is fulfilled against them
(the unjust), we shall produce from the earth a
beast to (face) them: He will speak to them, for
that mankind did not believe with assurance in
||One day We shall gather together from every
people a troop of those who reject our Signs,
and they shall be kept in ranks,-
||Until, when they come (before the
Judgment-seat), (God) will say: "Did ye reject
My Signs, though ye comprehended them not in
knowledge, or what was it ye did?"
||And the Word will be fulfilled against them,
because of their wrong-doing, and they will be
unable to speak (in plea).
||See they not that We have made the Night for
them to rest in and the Day to give them light?
Verily in this are Signs for any people that
||And the Day that the Trumpet will be sounded
- then will be smitten with terror those who are
in the heavens, and those who are on earth,
except such as God will please (to exempt): and
all shall come to His (Presence) as beings
conscious of t heir lowliness.
||Thou seest the mountains and thinkest them
firmly fixed: but they shall pass away as the
clouds pass away: (such is) the artistry of God,
who disposes of all things in perfect order: for
he is well acquainted with all that ye do.
||If any do good, good will (accrue) to them
therefrom; and they will be secure from terror
||And if any do evil, their faces will be
thrown headlong into the Fire: "Do ye receive a
reward other than that which ye have earned by
||For me, I have been commanded to serve the
Lord of this city, Him Who has sanctified it and
to Whom (belong) all things: and I am commanded
to be of those who bow in Islam to God's Will,-
||And to rehearse the Qur'an: and if any
accept guidance, they do it for the good of
their own souls, and if any stray, say: "I am
only a Warner".
||And say: "Praise be to God, Who will soon
show you His Signs, so that ye shall know them";
and thy Lord is not unmindful of all that ye do.