Chapter[ 21: AL-ANBIYA (THE PROPHETS)
Verses[ 112 ] Revealed[ MAKKA
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Y: Closer and closer to mankind comes their Reckoning: yet they heed not
and they turn away.
P: Their reckoning draweth nigh for mankind, while they turn away in
S: Their reckoning has drawn near to men, and in heedlessness are they
Y: Never comes (aught) to them of a renewed Message from their Lord, but
they listen to it as in jest,-
P: Never cometh there unto them a new reminder from their Lord but they
listen to it while they play,
S: There comes not to them a new reminder from their Lord but they hear
it while they sport,
Y: Their hearts toying as with trifles. The wrong-doers conceal their
private counsels, (saying), "Is this (one) more than a man like
yourselves? Will ye go to witchcraft with your eyes open?"
P: With hearts preoccupied. And they confer in secret. The wrong-doers
say: Is this other than a mortal like you? Will ye then succumb to
magic when ye see (it)?
S: Their hearts trifling; and those who are unjust counsel together in
secret: He is nothing but a mortal like yourselves; what! will you then
yield to enchantment while you see?
Y: Say: "My Lord knoweth (every) word (spoken) in the heavens and on
earth: He is the One that heareth and knoweth (all things)."
P: He saith: My Lord knoweth what is spoken in the heaven and the earth.
He is the Hearer, the Knower.
S: He said: My Lord knows what is spoken in the heaven and the earth,
and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
Y: "Nay," they say, "(these are) medleys of dream! - Nay, He forged it!
- Nay, He is (but) a poet! Let him then bring us a Sign like the ones
that were sent to (Prophets) of old!"
P: Nay, say they, (these are but) muddled dreams; nay, he hath but
invented it; nay, he is but a poet. Let him bring us a portent even as
those of old (who were Allah's messengers) were sent (with portents).
S: Nay! say they: Medleys of dreams; nay! he has forged it; nay! he is a
poet; so let him bring to us a sign as the former (prophets) were sent
Y: (As to those) before them, not one of the populations which We
destroyed believed: will these believe?
P: Not a township believed of those which We destroyed before them
(though We sent them portents): would they then believe?
S: There did not believe before them any town which We destroyed, will
they then believe?
Y: Before thee, also, the messengers We sent were but men, to whom We
granted inspiration: If ye realise this not, ask of those who possess
P: And We sent not (as Our messengers) before thee other than men, whom
We inspired. Ask the followers of the Reminder if ye know not?
S: And We did not send before you any but men to whom We sent
revelation, so ask the followers of the reminder if you do not know.
Y: Nor did We give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they exempt
P: We gave them not bodies that would not eat food, nor were they
S: And We did not make them bodies not eating the food, and they were
not to abide (forever).
Y: In the end We fulfilled to them Our Promise, and We saved them and
those whom We pleased, but We destroyed those who transgressed beyond
P: Then we fulfilled the promise unto them. So we delivered them and
whom We would, and We destroyed the prodigals.
S: Then We made Our promise good to them, so We delivered them and those
whom We pleased, and We destroyed the extravagant.
Y: We have revealed for you (O men!) a book in which is a Message for
you: will ye not then understand?
P: Now We have revealed unto you a Scripture wherein is your Reminder.
Have ye then no sense?
S: Certainly We have revealed to you a Book in which is your good
remembrance; what! do you not then understand?
Y: How many were the populations We utterly destroyed because of their
iniquities, setting up in their places other peoples?
P: How many a community that dealt unjustly have We shattered, and
raised up after them another folk!
S: And how many a town which was iniquitous did We demolish, and We
raised up after it another people!
Y: Yet, when they felt Our Punishment (coming), behold, they (tried to)
flee from it.
P: And, when they felt Our might, behold them fleeing from it!
S: So when they felt Our punishment, lo! they began to fly
Y: Flee not, but return to the good things of this life which were given
you, and to your homes in order that ye may be called to account.
P: (But it was said unto them): Flee not, but return to that (existence)
which emasculated you and to your dwellings, that ye may be questioned.
S: Do not fly (now) and come back to what you were made to lead easy
lives in and to your dwellings, haply you will be questioned.
Y: They said: "Ah! woe to us! We were indeed wrong-doers!"
P: They cried: Alas for us! we were wrong-doers.
S: They said: O woe to us! surely we were unjust.
Y: And that cry of theirs ceased not, till We made them as a field that
is mown, as ashes silent and quenched.
P: And this their crying ceased not till We made them as reaped corn,
S: And this ceased not to be their cry till We made them cut
Y: Not for (idle) sport did We create the heavens and the earth and all
that is between!
P: We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them
S: And We did not create the heaven and the earth and what is between
them for sport.
Y: If it had been Our wish to take (just) a pastime, We should surely
have taken it from the things nearest to Us, if We would do (such a
P: If We had wished to find a pastime, We could have found it in Our
presence - if We ever did.
S: Had We wished to make a diversion, We would have made it from before
Ourselves: by no means would We do (it).
Y: Nay, We hurl the Truth against falsehood, and it knocks out its
brain, and behold, falsehood doth perish! Ah! woe be to you for the
(false) things ye ascribe (to Us).
P: Nay, but We hurl the true against the false, and it doth break its
head and lo! it vanisheth. And yours will be woe for that which ye
ascribe (unto Him).
S: Nay! We cast the truth against the falsehood, so that it breaks its
head, and lo! it vanishes; and woe to you for what you describe;
Y: To Him belong all (creatures) in the heavens and on earth: Even those
who are in His (very) Presence are not too proud to serve Him, nor are
they (ever) weary (of His service):
P: Unto Him belongeth whosoever is in the heavens and the earth. And
those who dwell in His presence are not too proud to worship Him, nor
do they weary;
S: And whoever is in the heavens and the earth is His; and those who are
with Him are not proud to serve Him, nor do they grow weary.
Y: They celebrate His praises night and day, nor do they ever flag or
P: They glorify (Him) night and day; they flag not.
S: They glorify (Him) by night and day; they are never languid.
Y: Or have they taken (for worship) gods from the earth who can raise
P: Or have they chosen gods from the earth who raise the dead?
S: Or have they taken gods from the earth who raise (the dead).
Y: If there were, in the heavens and the earth, other gods besides
Allah, there would have been confusion in both! but glory to Allah, the
Lord of the Throne: (High is He) above what they attribute to Him!
P: If there were therein gods beside Allah, then verily both (the
heavens and the earth) had been disordered. Glorified be Allah, the
Lord of the Throne, from all that they ascribe (unto Him).
S: If there had been in them any gods except Allah, they would both have
certainly been in a state of disorder; therefore glory be to Allah, the
Lord of the dominion, above what they attribute (to Him).
Y: He cannot be questioned for His acts, but they will be questioned
P: He will not be questioned as to that which He doeth, but they will be
S: He cannot be questioned concerning what He does and they shall be
Y: Or have they taken for worship (other) gods besides him? Say,
"Bring your convincing proof: this is the Message of those with me and
the Message of those before me." But most of them know not the Truth,
and so turn away.
P: Or have they chosen other gods beside Him? say: Bring your proof (of
their godhead). This is the Reminder of those with me and those before
me, but most of them know not the Truth and so they are averse.
S: Or, have they taken gods besides Him? Say: Bring your proof; this is
the reminder of those with me and the reminder of those before me. Nay!
most of them do not know the truth, so they turn aside.
Y: Not a messenger did We send before thee without this inspiration sent
by Us to him: that there is no god but I; therefore worship and serve
P: And We sent no messenger before thee but We inspired him, (saying):
There is no God save Me (Allah), so worship Me.
S: And We did not send before you any messenger but We revealed to him
that there is no god but Me, therefore serve Me.
Y: And they say: "(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten offspring." Glory
to Him! they are (but) servants raised to honour.
P: And they say: The Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a son. Be He
Glorified! Nay, but (those whom they call sons) are honoured slaves;
S: And they say: The Beneficent Allah has taken to Himself a son.
Glory be to Him. Nay! they are honored servants;
Y: They speak not before He speaks, and they act (in all things) by His
P: They speak not until He hath spoken, and they act by His command.
S: They do not precede Him in speech and (only) according to His
commandment do they act.
Y: He knows what is before them, and what is behind them, and they offer
no intercession except for those who are acceptable, and they stand in
awe and reverence of His (Glory).
P: He knoweth what is before them and what is behind them, and they
cannot intercede except for him whom He accepteth, and they quake for
awe of Him.
S: He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they do not
intercede except for him whom He approves and for fear of Him they
Y: If any of them should say, "I am a god besides Him", such a one We
should reward with Hell: thus do We reward those who do wrong.
P: And one of them who should say: Lo! I am a god beside Him, that one
We should repay with hell. Thus We Repay wrong-doers.
S: And whoever of them should say: Surely I am a god besides Him, such a
one do We recompense with hell; thus do, We recompense the unjust.
Y: Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined
together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder? We
made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?
P: Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth
were of one piece, then We parted them, and we made every living thing
of water? Will they not then believe?
S: Do not those who disbelieve see that the heavens and the earth were
closed up, but We have opened them; and We have made of water
everything living, will they not then believe?
Y: And We have set on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should
shake with them, and We have made therein broad highways (between
mountains) for them to pass through: that they may receive Guidance.
P: And We have placed in the earth firm hills lest it quake with them,
and We have placed therein ravines as roads that haply they may find
S: And We have made great mountains in the earth lest it might be
convulsed with them, and We have made in it wide ways that they may
follow a right direction.
Y: And We have made the heavens as a canopy well guarded: yet do they
turn away from the Signs which these things (point to)!
P: And we have made the sky a roof withheld (from them). Yet they turn
away from its portents.
S: And We have made the heaven a guarded canopy and (yet) they turn
aside from its signs.
Y: It is He Who created the Night and the Day, and the sun and the moon:
all (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its rounded course.
P: And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the
moon. They float, each in an orbit.
S: And He it is Who created the night and the day and the sun and the
moon; all (orbs) travel along swiftly in their celestial spheres.
Y: We granted not to any man before thee permanent life (here): if then
thou shouldst die, would they live permanently?
P: We appointed immortality for no mortal before thee. What! if thou
diest, can they be immortal!
S: And We did not ordain abiding for any mortal before you. What! Then
if you die, will they abide?
Y: Every soul shall have a taste of death: And We test you by evil and
by good by way of trial: To Us must ye return.
P: Every soul must taste of death, and We try you with evil and with
good, for ordeal. And unto Us ye will be returned.
S: Every soul must taste of death and We try you by evil and good by way
of probation; and to Us you shall be brought back.
Y: When the Unbelievers see thee, they treat thee not except with
ridicule. "Is this," (they say), "the one who talks of your gods?" and
they blaspheme at the mention of (Allah) Most Gracious!
P: And when those who disbelieve behold thee, they but choose thee out
for mockery, (saying): Is this he who maketh mention of your gods? And
they would deny all mention of the Beneficent.
S: And when those who disbelieve see you, they do not take you but for
one to be scoffed at: Is this he who speaks of your gods? And they are
deniers at the mention of the Beneficent Allah.
Y: Man is a creature of haste: soon (enough) will I show you My Signs;
then ye will not ask Me to hasten them!
P: Man is made of haste. I shall show you My portents, but ask Me not to
S: Man is created of haste; now will I show to you My signs, therefore
do not ask Me to hasten (them) on.
Y: They say: "When will this promise come to pass, if ye are telling the
P: And they say: When will this promise (be fulfilled), if ye are
S: And they say: When will this threat come to pass if you are truthful?
Y: If only the Unbelievers knew (the time) when they will not be able to
ward off the fire from their faces, nor yet from their backs, and
(when) no help can reach them!
P: If those who disbelieved but knew the time when they will not be able
to drive off the fire from their faces and from their backs, and they
will not be helped!
S: Had those who disbelieve but known (of the time) when they shall not
be able to ward off the fire from their faces nor from their backs, nor
shall they be helped.
Y: Nay, it may come to them all of a sudden and confound them: no power
will they have then to avert it, nor will they (then) get respite.
P: Nay, but it will come upon them unawares so that it will stupefy
them, and they will be unable to repel it, neither will they be
S: Nay, it shall come on them all of a sudden and cause them to become
confounded, so they shall not have the power to avert it, nor shall
they be respited.
Y: Mocked were (many) messenger before thee; But their scoffers were
hemmed in by the thing that they mocked.
P: Messengers before thee, indeed, were mocked, but that whereat they
mocked surrounded those who scoffed at them.
S: And certainly messengers before you were scoffed at, then there
befell those of them who scoffed that at which they had scoffed.
Y: Say: "Who can keep you safe by night and by day from (the Wrath of)
(Allah) Most Gracious?" Yet they turn away from the mention of their
P: Say: Who guardeth you in the night or in the day from the Beneficent?
Nay, but they turn away from mention of their Lord!
S: Say: Who guards you by night and by day from the Beneficent Allah?
Nay, they turn aside at the mention of their Lord.
Y: Or have they gods that can guard them from Us? They have no power to
aid themselves, nor can they be defended from Us.
P: Or have they gods who can shield them from Us? They cannot help
themselves nor can they be defended from Us.
S: Or, have they gods who can defend them against Us? They shall not be
able to assist themselves, nor shall they be defended from Us.
Y: Nay, We gave the good things of this life to these men and their
fathers until the period grew long for them; See they not that We
gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders?
Is it then they who will win?
P: Nay, but We gave these and their fathers ease until life grew long
for them. See they not how we aim to the land, reducing it of its
outlying parts? Can they then be the victors?
S: Nay, We gave provision to these and their fathers until life was
prolonged to them. Do they not then see that We are visiting the land,
curtailing it of its sides? Shall they then prevail?
Y: Say, "I do but warn you according to revelation": But the deaf will
not hear the call, (even) when they are warned!
P: Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): I warn you only by the Inspiration.
But the deaf hear not the call when they are warned.
S: Say: I warn you only by revelation; and the deaf do not hear the call
whenever they are warned.
Y: If but a breath of the Wrath of thy Lord do touch them, they will
then say, "Woe to us! we did wrong indeed!"
P: And if a breath of thy Lord's punishment were to touch them, they
assuredly would say: Alas for us! Lo! we were wrong-doers.
S: And if a blast of the chastisement of your Lord were to touch them,
they will certainly say: O woe to us! surely we were unjust.
Y: We shall set up scales of justice for the Day of Judgment, so that
not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least, and if there be
(no more than) the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it (to
account): and enough are We to take account.
P: And We set a just balance for the Day of Resurrection so that no soul
is wronged in aught. Though it be of the weight of a grain of mustard
seed, We bring it. And We suffice for reckoners.
S: And We will set up a just balance on the day of resurrection, so no
soul shall be dealt with unjustly in the least; and though there be the
weight of a grain of mustard seed, (yet) will We bring it, and
sufficient are We to take account.
Y: In the past We granted to Moses and Aaron the criterion (for
judgment), and a Light and a Message for those who would do right,-
P: And We verily gave Moses and Aaron the Criterion (of right and wrong)
and a light and a Reminder for those who keep from evil,
S: And certainly We gave to Musa and Haroun the Furqan and a light and a
reminder for those who would guard (against evil).
Y: Those who fear their Lord in their most secret thoughts, and who hold
the Hour (of Judgment) in awe.
P: Those who fear their Lord in secret and who dread the Hour (of doom).
S: (For) those who fear their Lord in secret and they are fearful of the
Y: And this is a blessed Message which We have sent down: will ye then
P: This is a blessed Reminder that we have revealed: Will ye then reject
S: And this is a blessed Reminder which We have revealed; will you then
Y: We bestowed aforetime on Abraham his rectitude of conduct, and well
were We acquainted with him.
P: And We verily gave Abraham of old his proper course, and We were
Aware of him,
S: And certainly We gave to Ibrahim his rectitude before, and We knew
him fully well.
Y: Behold! he said to his father and his people, "What are these images,
to which ye are (so assiduously) devoted?"
P: When he said unto his father and his folk: What are these images unto
which ye pay devotion?
S: When he said to his father and his people: What are these images to
whose worship you cleave?
Y: They said, "We found our fathers worshipping them."
P: They said: We found our fathers worshippers of them.
S: They said: We found our fathers worshipping them.
Y: He said, "Indeed ye have been in manifest error - ye and your
P: He said: Verily ye and your fathers were in plain error.
S: He said: Certainly you have been, (both) you and your fathers, in
Y: They said, "Have you brought us the Truth, or are you one of those
P: They said: Bringest thou unto us the truth, or art thou some jester?
S: They said: Have you brought to us the truth, or are you one of the
Y: He said, "Nay, your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, He
Who created them (from nothing): and I am a witness to this (Truth)."
P: He said: Nay, but your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth,
Who created them; and I am of those who testify unto that.
S: He said: Nay! your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, Who
brought them into existence, and I am of those who bear witness to
Y: "And by Allah, I have a plan for your idols - after ye go away and
turn your backs"..
P: And, by Allah, I shall circumvent your idols after ye have gone away
and turned your backs.
S: And, by Allah! I will certainly do something against your idols after
you go away, turning back.
Y: So he broke them to pieces, (all) but the biggest of them, that they
might turn (and address themselves) to it.
P: Then he reduced them to fragments, all save the chief of them, that
haply they might have recourse to it.
S: So he broke them into pieces, except the chief of them, that haply
they may return to it.
Y: They said, "Who has done this to our gods? He must indeed be some man
P: They said: Who hath done this to our gods? Surely it must be some
S: They said: Who has done this to our gods? Most surely he is one of
Y: They said, "We heard a youth talk of them: He is called Abraham."
P: They said: We heard a youth make mention of them, who is called
S: They said: We heard a youth called Ibrahim speak of them.
Y: They said, "Then bring him before the eyes of the people, that they
may bear witness."
P: They said: Then bring him (hither) before the people's eyes that they
S: Said they: Then bring him before the eyes of the people, perhaps they
may bear witness.
Y: They said, "Art thou the one that did this with our gods, O Abraham?"
P: They said: Is it thou who hast done this to our gods, O Abraham?
S: They said: Have you done this to our gods, O Ibrahim?
Y: He said: "Nay, this was done by - this is their biggest one! ask
them, if they can speak intelligently!"
P: He said: But this, their chief hath done it. So question them, if
they can speak.
S: He said: Surely (some doer) has done it; the chief of them is this,
therefore ask them, if they can speak.
Y: So they turned to themselves and said, "Surely ye are the ones in the
P: Then gathered they apart and said: Lo! ye yourselves are the
S: Then they turned to themselves and said: Surely you yourselves are
Y: Then were they confounded with shame: (they said), "Thou knowest full
well that these (idols) do not speak!"
P: And they were utterly confounded, and they said: Well thou knowest
that these speak not.
S: Then they were made to hang down their heads: Certainly you know that
they do not speak.
Y: (Abraham) said, "Do ye then worship, besides Allah, things that can
neither be of any good to you nor do you harm?"
P: He said: Worship ye then instead of Allah that which cannot profit
you at all, nor harm you?
S: He said: What! do you then serve besides Allah what brings you not
any benefit at all, nor does it harm you?
Y: "Fie upon you, and upon the things that ye worship besides Allah!
Have ye no sense?"..
P: Fie on you and all that ye worship instead of Allah! Have ye then no
S: Fie on you and on what you serve besides Allah; what! do you not then
Y: They said, "Burn him and protect your gods, if ye do (anything at
P: They cried: Burn him and stand by your gods, if ye will be doing.
S: They said: Burn him and help your gods, if you are going to do
Y: We said, "O Fire! be thou cool, and (a means of) safety for Abraham!"
P: We said: O fire, be coolness and peace for Abraham,
S: We said: O fire! be a comfort and peace to Ibrahim;
Y: Then they sought a stratagem against him: but We made them the ones
that lost most!
P: And they wished to set a snare for him, but We made them the greater
S: And they desired a war on him, but We made them the greatest losers.
Y: But We delivered him and (his nephew) Lut (and directed them) to the
land which We have blessed for the nations.
P: And We rescued him and Lot (and brought them) to the land which We
have blessed for (all) peoples.
S: And We delivered him as well as Lut (removing them) to the land which
We had blessed for all people.
Y: And We bestowed on him Isaac and, as an additional gift, (a
grandson), Jacob, and We made righteous men of every one (of them).
P: And We bestowed upon him Isaac, and Jacob as a grandson. Each of them
We made righteous.
S: And We gave him Ishaq and Yaqoub, a son's son, and We made (them) all
Y: And We made them leaders, guiding (men) by Our Command, and We sent
them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to
practise regular charity; and they constantly served Us (and Us only).
P: And We made them chiefs who guide by Our command, and We inspired in
them the doing of good deeds and the right establishment of worship and
the giving of alms, and they were worshippers of Us (alone).
S: And We made them Imams who guided (people) by Our command, and We
revealed to them the doing of good and the keeping up of prayer and the
giving of the alms, and Us (alone) did they serve;
Y: And to Lut, too, We gave Judgment and Knowledge, and We saved him
from the town which practised abominations: truly they were a people
given to Evil, a rebellious people.
P: And unto Lot we gave judgment and knowledge, and We delivered him
from the community that did abominations. Lo! they were folk of evil,
S: And (as for) Lut, We gave him wisdom and knowledge, and We delivered
him from the town which wrought abominations; surely they were an evil
Y: And We admitted him to Our Mercy: for he was one of the Righteous.
P: And We brought him in unto Our mercy. Lo! he was of the righteous.
S: And We took him into Our mercy; surely he was of the good.
Y: (Remember) Noah, when he cried (to Us) aforetime: We listened to his
(prayer) and delivered him and his family from great distress.
P: And Noah, when he cried of old, We heard his prayer and saved him and
his household from the great affliction.
S: And Nuh, when he cried aforetime, so We answered him, and delivered
him and his followers from the great calamity.
Y: We helped him against people who rejected Our Signs: truly they were
a people given to Evil: so We drowned them (in the Flood) all together.
P: And delivered him from the people who denied Our revelations. Lo!
they were folk of evil, therefor did We drown them all.
S: And We helped him against the people who rejected Our communications;
surely they were an evil people, so We drowned them all.
Y: And remember David and Solomon, when they gave judgment in the matter
of the field into which the sheep of certain people had strayed by
night: We did witness their judgment.
P: And David and Solomon, when they gave judgment concerning the field,
when people's sheep had strayed and browsed therein by night; and We
were witnesses to their judgment.
S: And Dawood and Sulaiman when they gave judgment concerning the field
when the people's sheep pastured therein by night, and We were bearers
of witness to their judgment.
Y: To Solomon We inspired the (right) understanding of the matter: to
each (of them) We gave Judgment and Knowledge; it was Our power that
made the hills and the birds celebrate Our praises, with David: it was
We Who did (all these things).
P: And We made Solomon to understand (the case); and unto each of them
We gave judgment and knowledge. And we subdued the hills and the birds
to hymn (His) praise along with David. We were the doers (thereof).
S: So We made Sulaiman to understand it; and to each one We gave wisdom
and knowledge; and We made the mountains, and the birds to celebrate
Our praise with Dawood; and We were the doers.
Y: It was We Who taught him the making of coats of mail for your
benefit, to guard you from each other's violence: will ye then be
P: And We taught him the art of making garments (of mail) to protect you
in your daring. Are ye then thankful?
S: And We taught him the making of coats of mail for you, that they
might protect you in your wars; will you then be grateful?
Y: (It was Our power that made) the violent (unruly) wind flow (tamely)
for Solomon, to his order, to the land which We had blessed: for We do
know all things.
P: And unto Solomon (We subdued) the wind in its raging. It set by his
command toward the land which We had blessed. And of everything We are
S: And (We made subservient) to Sulaiman the wind blowing violent,
pursuing its course by his command to the land which We had blessed,
and We are knower of all things.
Y: And of the evil ones, were some who dived for him, and did other work
besides; and it was We Who guarded them.
P: And of the evil ones (subdued We unto him) some who dived (for
pearls) for him and did other work, and We were warders unto them.
S: And of the rebellious people there were those who dived for him and
did other work besides that, and We kept guard over them;
Y: And (remember) Job, when He cried to his Lord, "Truly distress has
seized me, but Thou art the Most Merciful of those that are merciful."
P: And Job, when he cried unto his Lord, (saying): Lo! adversity
afflicteth me, and Thou art Most Merciful of all who show mercy.
S: And Ayub, when he cried to his Lord, (saying): Harm has afflicted me,
and Thou art the most Merciful of the merciful.
Y: So We listened to him: We removed the distress that was on him, and
We restored his people to him, and doubled their number,- as a Grace
from Ourselves, and a thing for commemoration, for all who serve Us.
P: Then We heard his prayer and removed that adversity from which he
suffered, and We gave him his household (that he had lost) and the like
thereof along with them, a mercy from Our store, and a remembrance for
S: Therefore We responded to him and took off what harm he had, and We
gave him his family and the like of them with them: a mercy from Us and
a reminder to the worshippers.
Y: And (remember) Isma'il, Idris, and Zul-kifl, all (men) of constancy
P: And (mention) Ishmael, and Idris, and Dhu'l-Kifl. All were of the
S: And Ismail and Idris and Zulkifl; all were of the patient ones;
Y: We admitted them to Our mercy: for they were of the righteous ones.
P: And We brought them in unto Our mercy. Lo! they are among the
S: And We caused them to enter into Our mercy, surely they were of the
Y: And remember Zun-nun, when he departed in wrath: He imagined that We
had no power over him! But he cried through the depths of darkness,
"There is no god but Thou: glory to Thee: I was indeed wrong!"
P: And (mention) Dhu'n-Nun, when he went off in anger and deemed that We
had no power over him, but he cried out in the darkness, saying: There
is no God save Thee. Be Thou Glorified! Lo! I have been a wrong-doer.
S: And Yunus, when he went away in wrath, so he thought that We would
not straiten him, so he called out among afflictions: There is no god
but Thou, glory be to Thee; surely I am of those who make themselves to
Y: So We listened to him: and delivered him from distress: and thus do
We deliver those who have faith.
P: Then we heard his prayer and saved him from the anguish. Thus we save
S: So We responded to him and delivered him from the grief and thus do
We deliver the believers.
Y: And (remember) Zakariya, when he cried to his Lord: "O my Lord! leave
me not without offspring, though thou art the best of inheritors."
P: And Zachariah, when he cried unto his Lord: My Lord! Leave me not
childless, though Thou art the Best of inheritors.
S: And Zakariya, when he cried to his Lord: O my Lord leave me not
alone; and Thou art the best of inheritors.
Y: So We listened to him: and We granted him Yahya: We cured his wife's
(Barrenness) for him. These (three) were ever quick in emulation in
good works; they used to call on Us with love and reverence, and humble
themselves before Us.
P: Then We heard his prayer, and bestowed upon him John, and adjusted
his wife (to bear a child) for him. Lo! they used to vie one with the
other in good deeds, and they cried unto Us in longing and in fear, and
were submissive unto Us.
S: So We responded to him and gave him Yahya and made his wife fit for
him; surely they used to hasten, one with another, in deeds of goodness
and to call upon Us, hoping and fearing; and they were humble before Us.
Y: And (remember) her who guarded her chastity: We breathed into her of
Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all peoples.
P: And she who was chaste, therefor We breathed into her (something) of
Our Spirit and made her and her son a token for (all) peoples.
S: And she who guarded her chastity, so We breathed into her of Our
inspiration and made her and her son a sign for the nations.
Y: Verily, this brotherhood of yours is a single brotherhood, and I am
your Lord and Cherisher: therefore serve Me (and no other).
P: Lo! this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so
S: Surely this Islam is your religion, one religion (only), and I am
your Lord, therefore serve Me.
Y: But (later generations) cut off their affair (of unity), one from
another: (yet) will they all return to Us.
P: And they have broken their religion (into fragments) among them,
(yet) all are returning unto Us.
S: And they broke their religion (into sects) between them: to Us shall
all come back.
Y: Whoever works any act of righteousness and has faith,- his endeavour
will not be rejected: We shall record it in his favour.
P: Then whoso doeth some good works and is a believer, there will be no
rejection of his effort. Lo! We record (it) for him.
S: Therefore whoever shall do of good deeds and he is a believer, there
shall be no denying of his exertion, and surely We will write (It) down
Y: But there is a ban on any population which We have destroyed: that
they shall not return,
P: And there is a ban upon any community which We have destroyed: that
they shall not return.
S: And it is binding on a town which We destroy that they shall not
Y: Until the Gog and Magog (people) are let through (their barrier), and
they swiftly swarm from every hill.
P: Until, when Gog and Magog are let loose, and they hasten out of every
S: Even when Gog and Magog are let loose and they shall break forth from
every elevated place.
Y: Then will the true promise draw nigh (of fulfilment): then behold!
the eyes of the Unbelievers will fixedly stare in horror: "Ah! Woe to
us! we were indeed heedless of this; nay, we truly did wrong!"
P: And the True Promise draweth nigh; then behold them, staring wide (in
terror), the eyes of those who disbelieve! (They say): Alas for us! We
(lived) in forgetfulness of this. Ah, but we were wrong-doers!
S: And the true promise shall draw nigh, then lo! the eyes of those who
disbelieved shall be fixedly open: O woe to us! surely we were in a
state of heedlessness as to this; nay, we were unjust.
Y: Verily ye, (unbelievers), and the (false) gods that ye worship
besides Allah, are (but) fuel for Hell! to it will ye (surely) come!
P: Lo! ye (idolaters) and that which ye worship beside Allah are fuel of
hell. Thereunto ye will come.
S: Surely you and what you worship besides Allah are the firewood of
hell; to it you shall come.
Y: If these had been gods, they would not have got there! but each one
will abide therein.
P: If these had been gods they would not have come thither, but all will
S: Had these been gods, they would not have come to it and all shall
Y: There, sobbing will be their lot, nor will they there hear (aught
P: Therein wailing is their portion, and therein they hear not.
S: For them therein shall be groaning and therein they shall not hear.
Y: Those for whom the good (record) from Us has gone before, will be
removed far therefrom.
P: Lo! those unto whom kindness hath gone forth before from Us, they
will be far removed from thence.
S: Surely (as for) those for whom the good has already gone forth from
Us, they shall be kept far off from it;
Y: Not the slightest sound will they hear of Hell: what their souls
desired, in that will they dwell.
P: They will not hear the slightest sound thereof, while they abide in
that which their souls desire.
S: They will not hear its faintest sound, and they shall abide in that
which their souls long for.
Y: The Great Terror will bring them no grief: but the angels will meet
them (with mutual greetings): "This is your Day,- (the Day) that ye
P: The Supreme Horror will not grieve them, and the angels will welcome
them, (saying): This is your Day which ye were promised;
S: The great fearful event shall not grieve them, and the angels shall
meet them: This is your day which you were promised.
Y: The Day that We roll up the heavens like a scroll rolled up for books
(completed),- even as We produced the first creation, so shall We
produce a new one: a promise We have undertaken: truly shall We fulfil
P: The Day when We shall roll up the heavens as a recorder rolleth up a
written scroll. As We began the first creation, We shall repeat it. (It
is) a promise (binding) upon Us. Lo! We are to perform it.
S: On the day when We will roll up heaven like the rolling up of the
scroll for writings, as We originated the first creation, (so) We shall
reproduce it; a promise (binding on Us); surely We will bring it about.
Y: Before this We wrote in the Psalms, after the Message (given to
Moses): "My servants the righteous, shall inherit the earth."
P: And verily we have written in the Scripture, after the Reminder: My
righteous slaves will inherit the earth:
S: And certainly We wrote in the Book after the reminder that (as for)
the land, My righteous servants shall inherit it.
Y: Verily in this (Qur'an) is a Message for people who would (truly)
P: Lo! there is a plain statement for folk who are devout.
S: Most surely in this is a message to a people who serve
Y: We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures.
P: We sent thee not save as a mercy for the peoples.
S: And We have not sent you but as a mercy to the worlds.
Y: Say: "What has come to me by inspiration is that your Allah is One
Allah: will ye therefore bow to His Will (in Islam)?"
P: Say: It is only inspired in me that your Allah is One Allah. Will ye
then surrender (unto Him)?
S: Say: It is only revealed to me that your Allah is one Allah; will you
Y: But if they turn back, say: "I have proclaimed the Message to you all
alike and in truth; but I know not whether that which ye are promised
is near or far."
P: But if they are averse, then say: I have warned you all alike,
although I know not whether nigh or far is that which ye are promised.
S: But if they turn back, say: I have given you warning in fairness and I
do not know whether what you are threatened with is near or far:
Y: "It is He Who knows what is open in speech and what ye hide (in your
P: Lo! He knoweth that which is said openly, and that which ye conceal.
S: Surely He knows what is spoken openly and He knows what you hide:
Y: "I know not but that it may be a trial for you, and a grant of
(worldly) livelihood (to you) for a time."
P: And I know not but that this may be a trial for you, and enjoyment
for a while.
S: And I do not know if this may be a trial for you and a provision till
Y: Say: "O my Lord! judge Thou in truth!" "Our Lord Most Gracious is the
One Whose assistance should be sought against the blasphemies ye
P: He saith: My Lord! Judge Thou with truth. Our Lord is the Beneficent,
Whose help is to be implored against that which ye ascribe (unto Him).
S: He said: O my Lord! judge Thou with truth; and our Lord is the
Beneficent Allah, Whose help is sought against what you ascribe (to