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AL-ANBIYA (21)

The Prophets

Revealed at Mecca, Verses: 112 In the name of Allah, The Merciful, The All-merciful
  1. Near to men has drawn their reckoning, but they, in heedlessness, are turning away.(1)
  2. No Remembrance comes to them renewed from their Lord, but they listen to it playing,(2)
  3. their hearts diverted. And the wrongdoers conferred in secret, `is this any but a mortal like you? Will you take to sorcery while you see?'(3)
  4. He said `my Lord knows what is said in the heaven and the earth, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.(4)
  5. ' No, but they said, `a hotchpotch of nightmares; no, he has forged it; no, he is a poet; or let him bring us a Sign as the earlier Messengers were sent with.'(5)
  6. No city, that We destroyed before them, believed; will they then believe?(6)
  7. And We sent none before thee, but men to whom We made Revelation; ask the People of the Remembrance, if you do not know.(7)
  8. And We did not make their bodies such that would not eat food, nor were they ever-abiding.(8)
  9. Then We made true the promise made to them, and We delivered them and whomsoever We would; and We destroyed the extravagant.(9)
  10. Now We have sent down to you a Book in which is a Remembrance for you; will you not understand? (10)
  11. And how many a city, that was wrong-doing, We have shattered, and raised after it another people?(11)
  12. When they perceived Our might coming, then lo, they were fleeing from it__(12)
  13. `do not flee, but return to the comforts given to you and to your dwelling-places, that you may be questioned.'(13)
  14. They said, `alas for us, we were surely wrongdoers.'(14)
  15. And this cry of theirs did not cease, till We made them stubble, dead and extinguished.(15)
  16. And We created not the heaven and the earth and what between them is as playing.(16)
  17. Had We desired to take a pastime, We would have surely taken it from Ourselves, if We were to do anything.(17)
  18. No, but We hurl the truth at falsehood and it breaks its head, then lo, it vanishes. And woe to you for that you describe!(18)
  19. And to Him belongs whoso is in the heavens and the earth; and those who are in His presence do not show arrogance to serve Him, nor do they grow weary.(19)
  20. They extol Him night and day, unfailing.(20)
  21. Or have they taken gods from the earth who raise the dead?(21)
  22. Had there been in them gods, other than God, they would have been in disorder; Holy be God, the Lord of the Throne, above that they describe!(22)
  23. He shall not be questioned as to what He does, but they shall be questioned.(23)
  24. Or have they taken gods, apart from Him? Say, `bring your proof. This is a Remembrance for those who are with me, and a Remembrance for those who were before me.' No, but most of them do not know the truth, so they are turning away from it.(24)
  25. And We did not send any Messenger before thee but We revealed to him: `there is no god but I, so serve Me.'(25)
  26. And they say, `the All-merciful has taken to Him a son;' Holy be He. No, they are honoured servants,(26)
  27. who do not precede Him in speech and they act on His command.(27)
  28. He knows what is before them, and what is behind them, and they do not intercede except for him with whom He is pleased, and they tremble in awe of Him.(28)
  29. And if any of them says, `I am a god, apart from Him', that one We will recompense with Hell; even so We recompense the wrong-doers.(29)
  30. And have the unbelievers not considered that the heavens and the earth were a mass joined together, then We split them? And We made every living thing of water. Will they not then believe?(30)
  31. And We set firm mountains in the earth, lest it should shake with people, and We made in it ravines to serve as paths that they may find the way.(31)
  32. And We made the heaven as a guarded roof, yet they are turning away from its Signs.(32)
  33. And it is He who made the night and the day, and the sun and the moon; all float in an orbit.(33)
  34. And We did not assign eternal living to any mortal before thee; so if thou diest, will they live forever?(34)
  35. Every soul shall taste of death; and We try you with evil and good for a testing; and to Us you shall be returned.(35)
  36. And when the unbelievers see thee, they take thee only for mockery: `Is this the one who makes mention of your gods?' And they refuse to make mention of the All-merciful.(36)
  37. Man is created of haste; I shall show you My Signs, so do not ask Me to make haste.(37)
  38. And they say, `when shall this promise come to pass, if you are truthful?'(38)
  39. If the unbelievers only knew that, at that time, they shall not ward off the Fire from their faces, nor from their backs, nor will they be helped!(39)
  40. No, it shall come upon them suddenly and make them dumbfounded, then they shall not be able to repel it, nor will they be respited.(40)
  41. And surely the Messengers were mocked at before thee, but what they mocked at befell those who scoffed at them.(41)
  42. Say, `who guards you by night and by day other than the All-merciful?' No, but they are turning away from the Remembrance of their Lord.(42)
  43. Or have they any gods that protect them, apart from Us? They cannot help themselves, nor are they supported by Us.(43)
  44. No, but We gave these and their fathers enjoyment, until life lasted long enough on them. Now do they not see how We come to the land diminishing it from its borders? Will then they be the victors?(44)
  45. Say, `I simply warn you by the Revelation; but the deaf will not hear the call however they are warned.(45)
  46. And if a breath of thy Lord's punishment touched them, they would surely say, `alas for us; indeed we were wrong-doers.'(46)
  47. And We shall set up just balances for the Day of Resurrection, so that no soul shall be wronged anything; and if it were the weight of a grain of mustard-seed, We shall produce it; and We suffice as reckoners.(47)
  48. And We gave Moses and Aaron the Criterion and a Radiance and a Remembrance for the godfearing,(48)
  49. those who fear their Lord without seeing, and who dread the Hour.(49)
  50. And this is a blessed Remembrance that We have sent down; now will you be denying it?(50)
  51. And We gave Abraham right judgement aforetime, and We knew him.(51)
  52. When he said to his father and his people, `what are these statues by which you keep sitting?'(52)
  53. They said, `we found our fathers serving them'.(53)
  54. He said, `surely you and your fathers were clearly astray.'(54)
  55. They said, `hast thou brought us the truth, or art thou one of those that play?'(55)
  56. He said, `no, but your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, who originated them, and I am of those that bear witness to it.(56)
  57. And by God, I shall plot against your idols, after you have turned on your backs.'(57)
  58. Then he reduced them to pieces, except the great one of them, that they might return to it.(58)
  59. They said, `who did this with our gods? Surely he is of the wrongdoers'.(59)
  60. They said, `we heard a young man, called Abraham, making mention of them'.(60)
  61. They said, `bring him before the people's eyes, that they may bear witness.'(61)
  62. They said, `art thou the one who has done this to our gods, O Abraham?'(62)
  63. He said, `no, but this great one of them did it; ask them if they speak.'(63)
  64. Then they turned to themselves, and said, `indeed you yourselves are the wrongdoers.'(64)
  65. But again they turned upside down on their heads, `thou indeed knowest that these do not speak.'(65)
  66. He said, `do you then serve, apart from God, that which does not profit you anything nor hurts you?(66)
  67. Fie upon you and upon what you serve, apart from God; will you not understand?'(67)
  68. They said, `burn him, and help your gods, if you would do anything.'(68)
  69. We said, `O fire, be coolness and safety for Abraham';(69)
  70. and they desired to plot against him, but We made them the worst losers.(70)
  71. And We delivered him and Lot to the land in which We had placed blessings for the people.(71)
  72. And We gave him Isaac, and, for a grandson, Jacob; and everyone We made righteous.(72)
  73. And We made them leaders, guiding (people) by Our command, and We revealed to them the doing of good deeds, and the establishing of the Prayer, and the paying of the Alms, and Us they served.(73)
  74. And lot __ We gave him judgement and knowledge and delivered him from the city that was doing dirty things __ they were surely an evil people, transgressors __(74)
  75. and We admitted him in Our mercy; surely he was of the righteous.(75)
  76. And Noah, when he called aforetime, so We answered him and delivered him and his family from the great distress;(76)
  77. and We helped him against the people who gave lies to Our Signs; they were surely an evil people, so We drowned them all together.(77)
  78. And David and Solomon, when they gave judgement concerning the tillage, when the sheep of the people strayed there, and We were witness to their judgement.(78)
  79. Then We gave Solomon insight into it; and to each We gave judgement and knowledge; and with David We subjected the mountains and birds that extol God; and We were the doers.(79)
  80. And We taught him the making of coats of mail for you, to protect you during your violent acts; will you then be thankful?(80)
  81. And to Solomon, (We subjected) strongly blowing wind that ran at his command to the land in which We had placed Our blessings; and We had knowledge of everything;(81)
  82. and (We subjected) some devils who dived for him and did other works besides; and We were Guardians over them.(82)
  83. And Job, when he called to his Lord: `harm has afflicted me, and Thou art the Most Merciful of the merciful.'(83)
  84. So We answered him, and removed the harm that was upon him and gave him his family, and the like of them along with them, as a mercy from Us, and as an admonition to those who serve.(84)
  85. And Ishmael, Idris and Zul-Kifl; all were among the patient;(85)
  86. and We admitted them to Our mercy; surely they were among the righteous.(86)
  87. And Zun-Nun, when he went off enraged, and he thought that We would not overpower him; then he called out in the darkness: `there is no god but Thou, Holy art Thou; indeed I was among the wrongdoers'.(87)
  88. So We answered him, and delivered him out of grief; and thus do We deliver the Believers.(88)
  89. And Zachariah, when he called to his Lord, `my Lord, do not leave me solitary, and Thou art the best of inheritors.'(89)
  90. So We answered him, and bestowed on him John, and We set his wife right for him; surely they used to hasten to good works, and call on Us in hope and fear; and they were humble before Us.(90)
  91. And she who guarded her chastity, We breathed into her of Our Spirit, and We made her and her son a Sign for all people.(91)
  92. `Surely this community of yours is one community, and I am your Lord, so serve Me.'(92)
  93. But people split up their affair between them; all shall be returning to Us.(93)
  94. And whoso does deeds of righteousness and he is a Believer, no unthankfulness shall be shown to his endeavor, and We are writing it down for him.(94)
  95. And there is a ban on any city that We have destroyed, that they shall not return.(95)
  96. Until, when Gog and Magog are let loose, and they slide down from every mound.(96)
  97. And the true promise draws near, and then, behold, the eyes of the unbelievers staring; `woe to us; we were surely heedless of this; no, we were wrong-doers.'(97)
  98. `Surely you and what you served, apart from God, are fuel for Hell; you shall go down to it.(98)
  99. If these had been gods, they would not have gone down to it; and everyone shall dwell therein forever.(99)
  100. Therein shall be sighing for them and therein they shall hear nothing.'(100)
  101. Those for whom fairest reward has already gone forth from Us, they shall be kept far from it,(101)
  102. not hearing any whisper of it; and they shall dwell forever in that their souls desire.(102)
  103. The Great Terror shall not grieve them, and the angels shall meet them: `this is your day that you were promised'.(103)
  104. On the day when We shall roll up the heaven like rolling of a scroll for the writings; as We began the first creation, so shall We bring it back; it is a promise binding on Us; We shall be doing it.(104)
  105. And We have written in the Psalms, after the Remembrance, that the earth, My righteous servants shall inherit.(105)
  106. In this is surely a Message for a people who serve.(106)
  107. And We have not sent thee but as a mercy for all people. (107)
  108. Say, `it is revealed to me only that your god is only One God; will you then surrender?'(108)
  109. Yet if they turn back, say `I have proclaimed to you equally; and I do not know whether that which you are promised is near or far.(109)
  110. He knows what is spoken aloud and knows what you hide.(110)
  111. And I do not know if it may be a trial for you and an enjoyment for a time'.(111)
  112. He said, `my Lord, judge with truth; and our Lord is the All-merciful, the One whose help is ever sought against what you describe.'(112)
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