016.001 The commandment of Allah will come to pass, so seek not ye to hasten it.
Glorified and Exalted be He above all that they associate (with Him).
016.002 He sendeth down the angels with the Spirit of His command unto whom He
will of His bondmen, (saying): Warn mankind that there is no God save Me, so keep
your duty unto Me.
016.003 He hath created the heavens and the earth with truth. High be He Exalted
above all that they associate (with Him).
016.004 He hath created man from a drop of fluid, yet behold! he is an open
016.005 And the cattle hath He created, whence ye have warm clothing and uses, and
whereof ye eat;
016.006 And wherein is beauty for you, when ye bring them home, and when ye take
them out to pasture.
016.007 And they bear your loads for you unto a land ye could not reach save with
great trouble to yourselves. Lo! your Lord is Full of Pity, Merciful.
016.008 And horses and mules and asses (hath He created) that ye may ride them, and
for ornament. And He createth that which ye know not.
016.009 And Allah's is the direction of the way, and some (roads) go not straight.
And had He willed He would have led you all aright.
016.010 He it is Who sendeth down water from the sky, whence ye have drink, and
whence are trees on which ye send your beasts to pasture.
016.011 Therewith He causeth crops to grow for you, and the olive and the date-palm
and grapes and all kinds of fruit. Lo! herein is indeed a portent for people who reflect.
016.012 And He hath constrained the night and the day and the sun and the moon to
be of service unto you, and the stars are made subservient by His command. Lo!
herein indeed are portents for people who have sense.
016.013 And whatsoever He hath created for you in the earth of divers hues, lo!
therein is indeed a portent for people who take heed.
016.014 And He it is Who hath constrained the sea to be of service that ye eat fresh
meat from thence, and bring forth from thence ornaments which ye wear. And thou
seest the ships ploughing it that ye (mankind) may seek of His bounty and that haply
ye may give thanks.
016.015 And He hath cast into the earth firm hills that it quake not with you, and
streams and roads that ye may find a way.
016.016 And landmarks (too), and by the star they find a way.
016.017 Is He then Who createth as him who createth not ? Will ye not then
016.018 And if ye would count the favour of Allah ye cannot reckon it. Lo! Allah is
indeed Forgiving, Merciful.
016.019 And Allah knoweth that which ye keep hidden and that which ye proclaim.
016.020 Those unto whom they cry beside Allah created naught, but are themselves
016.021 (They are) dead, not living. And they know not when they will be raised.
016.022 Your God is One God. But as for those who believe not in the Hereafter their
hearts refuse to know, for they are proud.
016.023 Assuredly Allah knoweth that which they keep hidden and that which they
proclaim. Lo! He loveth not the proud.
016.024 And when it is said unto them: What hath your Lord revealed ? they say:
(Mere) fables of the men of old,
016.025 That they may bear their burdens undiminished on the Day of Resurrection,
with somewhat of the burdens of those whom they mislead without knowledge. Ah!
evil is that which they bear!
016.026 Those before them plotted, so Allah struck at the foundations of their
building, and then the roof fell down upon them from above them, and the doom
came on them whence they knew not;
016.027 Then on the Day of Resurrection He will disgrace them and will say: Where
are My partners, for whose sake ye opposed (My guidance) ? Those who have been
given knowledge will say: Disgrace this day and evil are upon the disbelievers,
016.028 Whom the angels cause to die while they are wronging themselves. Then will
they make full submission (saying): We used not to do any wrong. Nay! Surely Allah
is Knower of what ye used to do.
016.029 So enter the gates of hell, to dwell therein for ever. Woeful indeed will be the
lodging of the arrogant.
016.030 And it is said unto those who ward off (evil): What hath your Lord revealed ?
They say: Good. For those who do good in this world there is a good (reward) and the
home of the Hereafter will be better. Pleasant indeed will be the home of those who
ward off (evil) -
016.031 Gardens of Eden which they enter, underneath which rivers flow, wherein
they have what they will. Thus Allah repayeth those who ward off (evil),
016.032 Those whom the angels cause to die (when they are) good. They say: Peace
be unto you! Enter the Garden because of what ye used to do.
016.033 Await they aught say that the angels should come unto them or thy Lord's
command should come to pass ? Even so did those before them. Allah wronged them
not, but they did wrong themselves,
016.034 So that the evils of what they did smote them, and that which they used to
mock surrounded them.
016.035 And the idolaters say: Had Allah willed, we had not worshipped aught beside
Him, we and our fathers, nor had we forbidden aught without (command from) Him.
Even so did those before them. Are the messengers charged with aught save plain
conveyance (of the message) ?
016.036 And verily We have raised in every nation a messenger, (proclaiming): Serve
Allah and shun false gods. Then some of them (there were) whom Allah guided, and
some of them (there were) upon whom error had just hold. Do but travel in the land
and see the nature of the consequence for the deniers!
016.037 Even if thou (O Muhammad) desirest their right guidance, still Allah
assuredly will not guide him who misleadeth. Such have no helpers.
016.038 And they swear by Allah their most binding oaths (that) Allah will not raise
up him who dieth. Nay, but it is a promise (binding) upon Him in truth, but most of
mankind know not,
016.039 That He may explain unto them that wherein they differ, and that those who
disbelieved may know that they were liars.
016.040 And Our word unto a thing, when We intend it, is only that We say unto it:
Be! and it is.
016.041 And those who became fugitives for the cause of Allah after they had been
oppressed, We verily shall give them goodly lodging in the world, and surely the
reward of the Hereafter is greater, if they but knew;
016.042 Such as are steadfast and put their trust in Allah.
016.043 And We sent not (as Our messengers) before thee other than men whom We
inspired - Ask the followers of the Remembrance if ye know not! -
016.044 With clear proofs and writings; and We have revealed unto thee the
Remembrance that thou mayst explain to mankind that which hath been revealed for
them, and that haply they may reflect.
016.045 Are they who plan ill-deeds then secure that Allah will not cause the earth to
swallow them, or that the doom will not come on them whence they know not ?
016.046 Or that He will not seize them in their going to and fro so that there be no
escape for them ?
016.047 Or that He will not seize them with a gradual wasting ? Lo! thy Lord is
indeed Full of Pity, Merciful.
016.048 Have they not observed all things that Allah hath created, how their shadows
incline to the right and to the left, making prostration unto Allah, and they are lowly ?
016.049 And unto Allah maketh prostration whatsoever is in the heavens and
whatsoever is in the earth of living creatures, and the angels (also) and they are not
016.050 They fear their Lord above them, and do what they are bidden.
016.051 Allah hath said: Choose not two gods. There is only One God. So of Me, Me
only, be in awe.
016.052 Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth, and religion
is His for ever. Will ye then fear any other than Allah ?
016.053 And whatever of comfort ye enjoy, it is from Allah. Then, when misfortune
reacheth you, unto Him ye cry for help.
016.054 And afterward, when He hath rid you of the misfortune, behold! a set of you
attribute partners to their Lord,
016.055 So as to deny that which We have given them. Then enjoy life (while ye
may), for ye will come to know.
016.056 And they assign a portion of that which We have given them unto what they
know not. By Allah! but ye will indeed be asked concerning (all) that ye used to
016.057 And they assign unto Allah daughters - Be He Glorified! - and unto
themselves what they desire;
016.058 When if one of them receiveth tidings of the birth of a female, his face
remaineth darkened, and he is wroth inwardly.
016.059 He hideth himself from the folk because of the evil of that whereof he hath
had tidings, (asking himself): Shall he keep it in contempt, or bury it beneath the dust.
Verily evil is their judgment.
016.060 For those who believe not in the Hereafter is an evil similitude, and Allah's is
the Sublime Similitude. He is the Mighty, the Wise.
016.061 If Allah were to take mankind to task for their wrong-doing, he would not
leave hereon a living creature, but He reprieveth them to an appointed term, and when
their term cometh they cannot put (it) off an hour nor (yet) advance (it).
016.062 And they assign unto Allah that which they (themselves) dislike, and their
tongues expound the lie that the better portion will be theirs. Assuredly theirs will be
the Fire, and they will be abandoned.
016.063 By Allah, We verily sent messengers unto the nations before thee, but the
devil made their deeds fairseeming unto them. So he is their patron this day, and
theirs will be a painful doom.
016.064 And We have revealed the Scripture unto thee only that thou mayst explain
unto them that wherein they differ, and (as) a guidance and a mercy for a people who
016.065 Allah sendeth down water from the sky and therewith reviveth the earth after
her death. Lo! herein is indeed a portent for a folk who hear.
016.066 And lo! in the cattle there is a lesson for you. We give you to drink of that
which is in their bellies, from betwixt the refuse and the blood, pure milk palatable to
016.067 And of the fruits of the date-palm, and grapes, whence ye derive strong drink
and (also) good nourishment. Lo! therein is indeed a portent for people who have
016.068 And thy Lord inspired the bee, saying: Choose thou habitations in the hills
and in the trees and in that which they thatch;
016.069 Then eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of thy Lord, made smooth (for
thee). There cometh forth from their bellies a drink divers of hues, wherein is healing
for mankind. Lo! herein is indeed a portent for people who reflect.
016.070 And Allah createth you, then causeth you to die, and among you is he who is
brought back to the most abject stage of life, so that he knoweth nothing after (having
had) knowledge. Lo! Allah is Knower, Powerful.
016.071 And Allah hath favoured some of you above others in provision. Now those
who are more favoured will by no means hand over their provision to those (slaves)
whom their right hands possess, so that they may be equal with them in respect
thereof. Is it then the grace of Allah that they deny ?
016.072 And Allah hath given you wives of your own kind, and hath given you, from
your wives, sons and grandsons, and hath made provision of good things for you. Is it
then in vanity that they believe and in the grace of Allah that they disbelieve ?
016.073 And they worship beside Allah that which owneth no provision whatsoever
for them from the heavens or the earth, nor have they (whom they worship) any
016.074 So coin not similitudes for Allah. Lo! Allah knoweth; ye know not.
016.075 Allah coineth a similitude: (on the one hand) a (mere) chattel slave, who hath
control of nothing, and (on the other hand) one on whom we have bestowed a fair
provision from Us, and he spendeth thereof secretly and openly. Are they equal ?
Praise be to Allah! But most of them know not.
016.076 And Allah coineth a similitude: Two men, one of them dumb, having control
of nothing, and he is a burden on his owner; whithersoever he directeth him to go, he
bringeth no good. Is he equal with one who enjoineth justice and followeth a straight
path (of conduct) ?
016.077 And unto Allah belongeth the Unseen of the heavens and the earth, and the
matter of the Hour (of Doom) is but as a twinkling of the eye, or it is nearer still. Lo!
Allah is Able to do all things.
016.078 And Allah brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers knowing
nothing, and gave you hearing and sight and hearts that haply ye might give thanks.
016.079 Have they not seen the birds obedient in mid-air ? None holdeth them save
Allah. Lo! herein, verily, are portents for a people who believe.
016.080 And Allah hath given you in your houses an abode, and hath given you
(also), of the hides of cattle, houses which ye find light (to carry) on the day of
migration and on the day of pitching camp; and of their wool and their fur and their
hair, caparison and comfort for a while.
016.081 And Allah hath given you, of that which He hath created, shelter from the
sun; and hath given you places of refuge in the mountains, and hath given you coats
to ward off the heat from you, and coats (of armour) to save you from your own
foolhardiness. Thus doth He perfect His favour unto you, in order that ye may
surrender (unto Him).
016.082 Then, if they turn away, thy duty (O Muhammad) is but plain conveyance (of
016.083 They know the favour of Allah and then deny it. Most of them are ingrates.
016.084 And (bethink you of) the day when we raise up of every nation a witness,
then there is no leave for disbelievers, nor are they allowed to make amends.
016.085 And when those who did wrong behold the doom, it will not be made light
for them, nor will they be reprieved.
016.086 And when those who ascribed partners to Allah behold those partners of
theirs, they will say: Our Lord! these are our partners unto whom we used to cry
instead of Thee. But they will fling to them the saying: Lo! ye verily are liars!
016.087 And they proffer unto Allah submission on that day, and all that they used to
invent hath failed them.
016.088 For those who disbelieve and debar (men) from the way of Allah, We add
doom to doom because they wrought corruption,
016.089 And (bethink you of) the day when We raise in every nation a witness
against them of their own folk, and We bring thee (Muhammad) as a witness against
these. And We reveal the Scripture unto thee as an exposition of all things, and a
guidance and a mercy and good tidings for those who have surrendered (to Allah).
016.090 Lo! Allah enjoineth justice and kindness, and giving to kinsfolk, and
forbiddeth lewdness and abomination and wickedness. He exhorteth you in order that
ye may take heed.
016.091 Fulfil the covenant of Allah when ye have covenanted, and break not your
oaths after the asseveration of them, and after ye have made Allah surety over you.
Lo! Allah knoweth what ye do.
016.092 And be not like unto her who unravelleth the thread, after she hath made it
strong, to thin filaments, making your oaths a deceit between you because of a nation
being more numerous than (another) nation. Allah only trieth you thereby, and He
verily will explain to you on the Day of Resurrection that wherein ye differed.
016.093 Had Allah willed He could have made you (all) one nation, but He sendeth
whom He will astray and guideth whom He will, and ye will indeed be asked of what
ye used to do.
016.094 Make not your oaths a deceit between you, lest a foot should slip after being
firmly planted and ye should taste evil forasmuch as ye debarred (men) from the way
of Allah, and yours should be an awful doom.
016.095 And purchase not a small gain at the price of Allah's covenant. Lo! that
which Allah hath is better for you, if ye did but know.
016.096 That which ye have wasteth away, and that which Allah hath remaineth. And
verily We shall pay those who are steadfast a recompense in proportion to the best of
what they used to do.
016.097 Whosoever doeth right, whether male or female, and is a believer, him verily
we shall quicken with good life, and We shall pay them a recompense in proportion to
the best of what they used to do.
016.098 And when thou recitest the Qur'an, seek refuge in Allah from Satan the
016.099 Lo! he hath no power over those who believe and put trust in their Lord.
016.100 His power is only over those who make a friend of him, and those who
ascribe partners unto Him (Allah).
016.101 And when We put a revelation in place of (another) revelation, - and Allah
knoweth best what He revealeth - they say: Lo! thou art but inventing. Most of them
016.102 Say: The holy Spirit hath delivered it from thy Lord with truth, that it may
confirm (the faith of) those who believe, and as guidance and good tidings for those
who have surrendered (to Allah).
016.103 And We know well that they say: Only a man teacheth him. The speech of
him at whom they falsely hint is outlandish, and this is clear Arabic speech.
016.104 Lo! those who disbelieve the revelations of Allah, Allah guideth them not
and theirs will be a painful doom.
016.105 Only they invent falsehood who believe not Allah's revelations, and (only)
they are the liars.
016.106 Whoso disbelieveth in Allah after his belief - save him who is forced thereto
and whose heart is still content with the Faith - but whoso findeth ease in disbelief:
On them is wrath from Allah. Theirs will be an awful doom.
016.107 That is because they have chosen the life of the world rather than the
Hereafter, and because Allah guideth not the disbelieving folk.
016.108 Such are they whose hearts and ears and eyes Allah hath sealed. And such
are the heedless.
016.109 Assuredly in the Hereafter they are the losers.
016.110 Then lo! thy Lord - for those who became fugitives after they had been
persecuted, and then fought and were steadfast - lo! thy Lord afterward is (for them)
indeed Forgiving, Merciful.
016.111 On the Day when every soul will come pleading for itself, and every soul
will be repaid what it did, and they will not be wronged.
016.112 Allah coineth a similitude: a township that dwelt secure and well content, its
provision coming to it in abundance from every side, but it disbelieved in Allah's
favours, so Allah made it experience the garb of dearth and fear because of what they
used to do.
016.113 And verily there had come unto them a messenger from among them, but
they had denied him, and so the torment seized them while they were wrong-doers.
016.114 So eat of the lawful and good food which Allah hath provided for you, and
thank the bounty of your Lord if it is Him ye serve.
016.115 He hath forbidden for you only carrion and blood and swineflesh and that
which hath been immolated in the name of any other than Allah; but he who is driven
thereto, neither craving nor transgressing, lo! then Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
016.116 And speak not, concerning that which your own tongues qualify (as clean or
unclean), the falsehood: "This is lawful, and this is forbidden," so that ye invent a lie
against Allah. Lo! those who invent a lie against Allah will not succeed.
016.117 A brief enjoyment (will be theirs); and theirs a painful doom.
016.118 And unto those who are Jews We have forbidden that which We have
already related unto thee. And We wronged them not, but they were wont to wrong
016.119 Then lo! thy Lord - for those who do evil in ignorance and afterward repent
and amend - lo! (for them) thy Lord is afterward indeed Forgiving, Merciful.
016.120 Lo! Abraham was a nation obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was
not of the idolaters;
016.121 Thankful for His bounties; He chose him and He guided him unto a straight
016.122 And We gave him good in the world, and in the Hereafter he is among the
016.123 And afterward We inspired thee (Muhammad, saying): Follow the religion of
Abraham, as one by nature upright. He was not of the idolaters.
016.124 The Sabbath was appointed only for those who differed concerning it, and lo!
thy Lord will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that
wherein they used to differ.
016.125 Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason
with them in the better way. Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from
His way, and He is Best Aware of those who go aright.
016.126 If ye punish, then punish with the like of that wherewith ye were afflicted.
But if ye endure patiently, verily it is better for the patient.
016.127 Endure thou patiently (O Muhammad). Thine endurance is only by (the help
of) Allah. Grieve not for them, and be not in distress because of that which they
016.128 Lo! Allah is with those who keep their duty unto Him and those who are
doers of good.