Abdullah Yusuf Ali Translation
1. The revelation of this Book is from Allah, the Exalted in Power,
full of Wisdom.
2. Verily it is We Who have revealed the Book to thee in
Truth: so serve Allah, offering Him sincere devotion.
3. Is it not to
Allah that sincere devotion is due? But those who take for protectors other than
Allah (say): "We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to
Allah." Truly Allah will judge between them in that wherein they differ. But
Allah guides not such as are false and ungrateful.
4. Had Allah wished to
take to Himself a son, He could have chosen whom He pleased out of those whom He
doth create: but Glory be to Him! (He is above such things.) He is Allah, the
One, the Irresistible.
5. He created the heavens and the earth in true
(proportions): He makes the Night overlap the Day, and the Day overlap the
Night: He has subjected the sun and the moon (to His law): Each one follows a
course for a time appointed. Is not He the Exalted in Power - He Who forgives
again and again?
6. He created you (all) from a single person: then
created, of like nature, his mate; and he sent down for you eight head of cattle
in pairs: He makes you, in the wombs of your mothers, in stages, one after
another, in three veils of darkness. such is Allah, your Lord and Cherisher: to
Him belongs (all) dominion. There is no god but He: then how are ye turned away
(from your true Centre)?
7. If ye reject (Allah), Truly Allah hath no
need of you; but He liketh not ingratitude from His servants: if ye are
grateful, He is pleased with you. No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of
another. In the end, to your Lord is your Return, when He will tell you the
truth of all that ye did (in this life). for He knoweth well all that is in
8. When some trouble toucheth man, he crieth unto his
Lord, turning to Him in repentance: but when He bestoweth a favour upon him as
from Himself, (man) doth forget what he cried and prayed for before, and he doth
set up rivals unto Allah, thus misleading others from Allah's Path. Say, "Enjoy
thy blasphemy for a little while: verily thou art (one) of the Companions of the
9. Is one who worships devoutly during the hour of the night
prostrating himself or standing (in adoration), who takes heed of the Hereafter,
and who places his hope in the Mercy of his Lord - (like one who does not)? Say:
"Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? It is those who are
endued with understanding that receive admonition.
10. Say: "O ye my
servants who believe! Fear your Lord, good is (the reward) for those who do good
in this world. Spacious is Allah's earth! those who patiently persevere will
truly receive a reward without measure!"
11. Say: "Verily, I am commanded
to serve Allah with sincere devotion;
12. "And I am commanded to be the
first of those who bow to Allah in Islam."
13. Say: "I would, if I
disobeyed my Lord, indeed have fear of the Penalty of a Mighty Day."
Say: "It is Allah I serve, with my sincere (and exclusive) devotion:
"Serve ye what ye will besides him." Say: "Truly, those in loss are those who
lose their own souls and their People on the Day of Judgment: Ah! that is indeed
the (real and) evident Loss!
16. They shall have Layers of Fire above
them, and Layers (of Fire) below them: with this doth Allah warn off his
servants: "O My Servants! then fear ye Me!"
17. Those who eschew Evil,-
and fall not into its worship,- and turn to Allah (in repentance),- for them is
Good News: so announce the Good News to My Servants,-
18. Those who
listen to the Word, and follow the best (meaning) in it: those are the ones whom
Allah has guided, and those are the ones endued with understanding.
Is, then, one against whom the decree of Punishment is justly due (equal to one
who eschews Evil)? Wouldst thou, then, deliver one (who is) in the Fire?
20. But it is for those who fear their Lord. That lofty mansions, one above
another, have been built: beneath them flow rivers (of delight): (such is) the
Promise of Allah. never doth Allah fail in (His) promise.
21. Seest thou
not that Allah sends down rain from the sky, and leads it through springs in the
earth? Then He causes to grow, therewith, produce of various colours: then it
withers; thou wilt see it grow yellow; then He makes it dry up and crumble away.
Truly, in this, is a Message of remembrance to men of understanding.
Is one whose heart Allah has opened to Islam, so that he has received
Enlightenment from Allah, (no better than one hard-hearted)? Woe to those whose
hearts are hardened against celebrating the praises of Allah. they are
manifestly wandering (in error)!
23. Allah has revealed (from time to
time) the most beautiful Message in the form of a Book, consistent with itself,
(yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects): the skins of those who fear
their Lord tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the
celebration of Allah's praises. Such is the guidance of Allah. He guides
therewith whom He pleases, but such as Allah leaves to stray, can have none to
24. Is, then, one who has to fear the brunt of the Penalty on the
Day of Judgment (and receive it) on his face, (like one guarded therefrom)? It
will be said to the wrong- doers: "Taste ye (the fruits of) what ye earned!"
25. Those before them (also) rejected (revelation), and so the Punishment
came to them from directions they did not perceive.
26. So Allah gave
them a taste of humiliation in the present life, but greater is the punishment
of the Hereafter, if they only knew!
27. We have put forth for men, in
this Qur'an every kind of Parable, in order that they may receive admonition.
28. (It is) a Qur'an in Arabic, without any crookedness (therein): in order
that they may guard against Evil.
29. Allah puts forth a Parable a man
belonging to many partners at variance with each other, and a man belonging
entirely to one master: are those two equal in comparison? Praise be to Allah.
but most of them have no knowledge.
30. Truly thou wilt die (one day),
and truly they (too) will die (one day).
31. In the end will ye (all), on
the Day of Judgment, settle your disputes in the presence of your Lord.
32. Who, then, doth more wrong than one who utters a lie concerning Allah, and
rejects the Truth when it comes to him; is there not in Hell an abode for
33. And he who brings the Truth and he who confirms (and
supports) it - such are the men who do right.
34. They shall have all
that they wish for, in the presence of their Lord: such is the reward of those
who do good:
35. So that Allah will turn off from them (even) the worst
in their deeds and give them their reward according to the best of what they
36. Is not Allah enough for his Servant? But they try to
frighten thee with other (gods) besides Him! for such as Allah leaves to stray,
there can be no guide.
37. And such as Allah doth guide there can be none
to lead astray. Is not Allah Exalted in Power, (Able to enforce His Will), Lord
38. If indeed thou ask them who it is that created the
heavens and the earth, they would be sure to say, "(Allah)". Say: "See ye then?
the things that ye invoke besides Allah,- can they, if Allah wills some Penalty
for me, remove His Penalty?- Or if He wills some Grace for me, can they keep
back his Grace?" Say: "Sufficient is Allah for me! In Him trust those who put
39. Say: "O my People! Do whatever ye can: I will do (my
part): but soon will ye know-
40. "Who it is to whom comes a Penalty of
ignominy, and on whom descends a Penalty that abides."
41. Verily We have
revealed the Book to thee in Truth, for (instructing) mankind. He, then, that
receives guidance benefits his own soul: but he that strays injures his own
soul. Nor art thou set over them to dispose of their affairs.
42. It is
Allah that takes the souls (of men) at death; and those that die not (He takes)
during their sleep: those on whom He has passed the decree of death, He keeps
back (from returning to life), but the rest He sends (to their bodies) for a
term appointed verily in this are Signs for those who reflect.
Do they take for intercessors others besides Allah. Say: "Even if they have no
power whatever and no intelligence?"
44. Say: "To Allah belongs
exclusively (the right to grant) intercession: to Him belongs the dominion of
the heavens and the earth: In the End, it is to Him that ye shall be brought
45. When Allah, the One and Only, is mentioned, the hearts of
those who believe not in the Hereafter are filled with disgust and horror; but
when (gods) other than He are mentioned, behold, they are filled with joy!
46. Say: "O Allah. Creator of the heavens and the earth! Knower of all that
is hidden and open! it is Thou that wilt judge between Thy Servants in those
matters about which they have differed."
47. Even if the wrong-doers had
all that there is on earth, and as much more, (in vain) would they offer it for
ransom from the pain of the Penalty on the Day of Judgment: but something will
confront them from Allah, which they could never have counted upon!
For the evils of their Deeds will confront them, and they will be (completely)
encircled by that which they used to mock at!
49. Now, when trouble
touches man, he cries to Us: But when We bestow a favour upon him as from
Ourselves, he says, "This has been given to me because of a certain knowledge (I
have)!" Nay, but this is but a trial, but most of them understand not!
50. Thus did the (generations) before them say! But all that they did was of no
profit to them.
51. Nay, the evil results of their Deeds overtook them.
And the wrong-doers of this (generation)- the evil results of their Deeds will
soon overtake them (too), and they will never be able to frustrate (Our Plan)!
52. Know they not that Allah enlarges the provision or restricts it, for any
He pleases? Verily, in this are Signs for those who believe!
53. Say: "O
my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy
of Allah. for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
54. "Turn ye to our Lord (in repentance) and bow to His (Will), before the
Penalty comes on you: after that ye shall not be helped.
55. "And follow
the best of (the courses) revealed to you from your Lord, before the Penalty
comes on you - of a sudden while ye perceive not!-
56. "Lest the soul
should (then) say: 'Ah! Woe is me!- In that I neglected (my duty) towards Allah,
and was but among those who mocked!'-
57. "Or (lest) it should say: 'If
only Allah had guided me, I should certainly have been among the righteous!'-
58. "Or (lest) it should say when it (actually) sees the penalty: 'If only I
had another chance, I should certainly be among those who do good!'
"(The reply will be:) 'Nay, but there came to thee my Signs, and thou didst
reject them: thou wast Haughty, and became one of those who reject faith!'"
60. On the Day of Judgment wilt thou see those who told lies against Allah.-
their faces will be turned black; Is there not in Hell an abode for the Haughty?
61. But Allah will deliver the righteous to their place of salvation: no
evil shall touch them, nor shall they grieve.
62. Allah is the Creator of
all things, and He is the Guardian and Disposer of all affairs.
Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth: and those who reject the Signs
of Allah,- it is they who will be in loss.
64. Say: "Is it some one other
than Allah that ye order me to worship, O ye ignorant ones?"
65. But it
has already been revealed to thee,- as it was to those before thee,- "If thou
wert to join (gods with Allah., truly fruitless will be thy work (in life), and
thou wilt surely be in the ranks of those who lose (all spiritual good)".
66. Nay, but worship Allah, and be of those who give thanks.
just estimate have they made of Allah, such as is due to Him: On the Day of
Judgment the whole of the earth will be but His handful, and the heavens will be
rolled up in His right hand: Glory to Him! High is He above the Partners they
attribute to Him!
68. The Trumpet will (just) be sounded, when all that
are in the heavens and on earth will swoon, except such as it will please Allah
(to exempt). Then will a second one be sounded, when, behold, they will be
standing and looking on!
69. And the Earth will shine with the Glory of
its Lord: the Record (of Deeds) will be placed (open); the prophets and the
witnesses will be brought forward and a just decision pronounced between them;
and they will not be wronged (in the least).
70. And to every soul will
be paid in full (the fruit) of its Deeds; and (Allah) knoweth best all that they
71. The Unbelievers will be led to Hell in crowd: until, when they
arrive, there, its gates will be opened. And its keepers will say, "Did not
apostles come to you from among yourselves, rehearsing to you the Signs of your
Lord, and warning you of the Meeting of This Day of yours?" The answer will be:
"True: but the Decree of Punishment has been proved true against the
72. (To them) will be said: "Enter ye the gates of Hell, to
dwell therein: and evil is (this) Abode of the Arrogant!"
73. And those
who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds: until behold, they
arrive there; its gates will be opened; and its keepers will say: "Peace be upon
you! well have ye done! enter ye here, to dwell therein."
74. They will
say: "Praise be to Allah, Who has truly fulfilled His Promise to us, and has
given us (this) land in heritage: We can dwell in the Garden as we will: how
excellent a reward for those who work (righteousness)!"
75. And thou wilt
see the angels surrounding the Throne (Divine) on all sides, singing Glory and
Praise to their Lord. The Decision between them (at Judgment) will be in
(perfect) justice, and the cry (on all sides) will be, "Praise be to Allah, the
Lord of the Worlds!"