023 : The Believers
The believers must (eventually) win through,-
Those who humble themselves in their prayers;
Who avoid vain talk;
Who are active in deeds of charity;
Who abstain from sex,
Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the
captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (in their case) they are
free from blame,
But those whose desires exceed those limits are
Those who faithfully observe their trusts and their
And who (strictly) guard their prayers;-
These will be the heirs,
Who will inherit Paradise: they will dwell therein (for
Man We did create from a quintessence (of clay);
Then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place of rest,
Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of
that clot We made a (foetus) lump; then we made out of that lump bones and
clothed the bones with flesh; then we developed out of it another creature.
So blessed be Allah, the best to create!
After that, at length ye will die
Again, on the Day of Judgment, will ye be raised up.
And We have made, above you, seven tracts; and We are never
unmindful of (our) Creation.
And We send down water from the sky according to (due)
measure, and We cause it to soak in the soil; and We certainly are able to
drain it off (with ease).
With it We grow for you gardens of date-palms and vines: in
them have ye abundant fruits: and of them ye eat (and have enjoyment),-
Also a tree springing out of Mount Sinai, which produces oil,
and relish for those who use it for food.
And in cattle (too) ye have an instructive example: from
within their bodies We produce (milk) for you to drink; there are, in them,
(besides), numerous (other) benefits for you; and of their (meat) ye eat;
An on them, as well as in slips, ye side.
(Further, We sent a long line of prophets for your
instruction). We sent Noah to his people: He said, "O my people! worship
Allah! Ye have no other god but Him. Will ye not fear (Him)?"
The chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people said: "He is no
more than a man like yourselves: his wish is to assert his superiority over
you: if Allah had wished (to send messengers), He could have sent down
angels; never did we hear such a thing (as he says), among our ancestors of
(And some said): "He is only a man possessed: wait (and have
patience) with him for a time."
(Noah) said: "O my Lord! help me: for that they accuse me of
So We inspired him (with this message): "Construct the Ark
within Our sight and under Our guidance: then when comes Our Command, and
the fountains of the earth gush forth, take thou on board pairs of every
species, male and female, and thy family- except those of them against whom
the Word has already gone forth: And address Me not in favour of the
wrong-doers; for they shall be drowned (in the Flood).
And when thou hast embarked on the Ark - thou and those with
thee,- say: "Praise be to Allah, Who has saved us from the people who do
And say: "O my Lord! enable me to disembark with thy blessing:
for Thou art the Best to enable (us) to disembark."
Verily in this there are Signs (for men to understand); (thus)
do We try (men).
Then We raised after them another generation.
And We sent to them a messenger from among themselves,
(saying), "Worship Allah! ye have no other god but Him. Will ye not fear
And the chiefs of his people, who disbelieved and denied the
Meeting in the Hereafter, and on whom We had bestowed the good things of
this life, said: "He is no more than a man like yourselves: he eats of that
of which ye eat, and drinks of what ye drink.
"If ye obey a man like yourselves, behold, it is certain ye
will be lost.
"Does he promise that when ye die and become dust and bones,
ye shall be brought forth (again)?
"Far, very far is that which ye are promised!
"There is nothing but our life in this world! We shall die and
we live! But we shall never be raised up again!
"He is only a man who invents a lie against Allah, but we are
not the ones to believe in him!"
(The prophet) said: "O my Lord! help me: for that they accuse
me of falsehood."
(Allah) said: "In but a little while, they are sure to be
Then the Blast overtook them with justice, and We made them as
rubbish of dead leaves (floating on the stream of Time)! So away with the
people who do wrong!
Then We raised after them other generations.
No people can hasten their term, nor can they delay (it).
Then sent We our messengers in succession: every time there came
to a people their messenger, they accused him of falsehood: so We made them
follow each other (in punishment): We made them as a tale (that is told):
So away with a people that will not believe!
Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron, with Our Signs and
To Pharaoh and his Chiefs: But these behaved insolently: they
were an arrogant people.
They said: "Shall we believe in two men like ourselves? And
their people are subject to us!"
So they accused them of falsehood, and they became of those
who were destroyed.
And We gave Moses the Book, in order that they might receive
And We made the son of Mary and his mother as a Sign: We gave
them both shelter on high ground, affording rest and security and furnished
O ye messengers! enjoy (all) things good and pure, and work
righteousness: for I am well-acquainted with (all) that ye do.
And verily this Brotherhood of yours is a single Brotherhood,
and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (and no other).
But people have cut off their affair (of unity), between them,
into sects: each party rejoices in that which is with itself.
But leave them in their confused ignorance for a time.
Do they think that because We have granted them abundance of
wealth and sons,
We would hasten them on in every good? Nay, they do not
Verily those who live in awe for fear of their Lord;
Those who believe in the Signs of their Lord;
Those who join not (in worship) partners with their Lord;
And those who dispense their charity with their hearts full of
fear, because they will return to their Lord;-
It is these who hasten in every good work, and these who are
foremost in them.
On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear:
before Us is a record which clearly shows the truth: they will never be
But their hearts are in confused ignorance of this; and there
are, besides that, deeds of theirs, which they will (continue) to do,-
Until, when We seize in Punishment those of them who received
the good things of this world, behold, they will groan in supplication!
(It will be said): "Groan not in supplication this day: for ye
shall certainly not be helped by Us.
"My Signs used to be rehearsed to you, but ye used to turn
back on your heels-
"In arrogance: talking nonsense about the (Qur'an), like one
telling fables by night."
Do they not ponder over the Word (of Allah), or has anything
(new) come to them that did not come to their fathers of old?
Or do they not recognise their Messenger, that they deny him?
Or do they say, "He is possessed"? Nay, he has brought them
the Truth, but most of them hate the Truth.
If the Truth had been in accord with their desires, truly the
heavens and the earth, and all beings therein would have been in confusion
and corruption! Nay, We have sent them their admonition, but they turn away
from their admonition.
Or is it that thou askest them for some recompense? But the
recompense of thy Lord is best: He is the Best of those who give
But verily thou callest them to the Straight Way;
And verily those who believe not in the Hereafter are
deviating from that Way.
If We had mercy on them and removed the distress which is on
them, they would obstinately persist in their transgression, wandering in
distraction to and fro.
We inflicted Punishment on them, but they humbled not
themselves to their Lord, nor do they submissively entreat (Him)!-
Until We open on them a gate leading to a severe Punishment:
then Lo! they will be plunged in despair therein!
It is He Who has created for you (the faculties of) hearing,
sight, feeling and understanding: little thanks it is ye give!
And He has multiplied you through the earth, and to Him shall
ye be gathered back.
It is He Who gives life and death, and to Him (is due) the
alternation of Night and Day: will ye not then understand?
On the contrary they say things similar to what the ancients
They say: "What! when we die and become dust and bones, could
we really be raised up again?
"Such things have been promised to us and to our fathers
before! they are nothing but tales of the ancients!"
Say: "To whom belong the earth and all beings therein? (say)
if ye know!"
They will say, "To Allah!" say: "Yet will ye not receive
Say: "Who is the Lord of the seven heavens, and the Lord of
the Throne (of Glory) Supreme?"
They will say, "(They belong) to Allah." Say: "Will ye not then
be filled with awe?"
Say: "Who is it in whose hands is the governance of all
things,- who protects (all), but is not protected (of any)? (say) if ye
They will say, "(It belongs) to Allah." Say: "Then how are ye
We have sent them the Truth: but they indeed practise
No son did Allah beget, nor is there any god along with Him: (if
there were many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had
created, and some would have lorded it over others! Glory to Allah! (He is
free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him!
He knows what is hidden and what is open: too high is He for
the partners they attribute to Him!
Say: "O my Lord! if Thou wilt show me (in my lifetime) that
which they are warned against,-
"Then, O my Lord! put me not amongst the people who do
And We are certainly able to show thee (in fulfilment) that
against which they are warned.
Repel evil with that which is best: We are well acquainted
with the things they say.
And say "O my Lord! I seek refuge with Thee from the
suggestions of the Evil Ones.
"And I seek refuge with Thee O my Lord! lest they should come
(In Falsehood will they be) Until, when death comes to one of
them, he says: "O my Lord! send me back (to life),-
"In order that I may work righteousness in the things I
neglected." - "By no means! It is but a word he says."- Before them is a
Partition till the Day they are raised up.
Then when the Trumpet is blown, there will be no more
relationships between them that Day, nor will one ask after another!
Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy,- they will
But those whose balance is light, will be those who have lost
their souls, in Hell will they abide.
The Fire will burn their faces, and they will therein grin,
with their lips displaced.
"Were not My Signs rehearsed to you, and ye did but treat them
They will say: "our Lord! Our misfortune overwhelmed us, and
we became a people astray!
"Our Lord! bring us out of this: if ever we return (to Evil),
then shall we be wrong-doers indeed!"
He will say: "Be ye driven into it (with ignominy)! And speak
ye not to Me!
"A part of My servants there was, who used to pray 'our Lord!
we believe; then do Thou forgive us, and have mercy upon us: For Thou art
the Best of those who show mercy!"
"But ye treated them with ridicule, so much so that (ridicule
of) them made you forget My Message while ye were laughing at them!
"I have rewarded them this Day for their patience and
constancy: they are indeed the ones that have achieved Bliss..."
He will say: "What number of years did ye stay on earth?"
They will say: "We stayed a day or part of a day: but ask
those who keep account."
He will say: "Ye stayed not but a little,- if ye had only
"Did ye then think that We had created you in jest, and that
ye would not be brought back to Us (for account)?"
Therefore exalted be Allah, the King, the Reality: there is no
god but He, the Lord of the Throne of Honour!
If anyone invokes, besides Allah, Any other god, he has no
authority therefor; and his reckoning will be only with his Lord! and
verily the Unbelievers will fail to win through!
So say: "O my Lord! grant Thou forgiveness and mercy for Thou
art the Best of those who show mercy!"
023 : The Believers