018.001 Praise be to Allah Who hath revealed the Scripture unto His slave, and hath
not placed therein any crookedness,
018.002 (But hath made it) straight, to give warning of stern punishment from Him,
and to bring unto the believers who do good works the news that theirs will be a fair
018.003 Wherein they will abide for ever;
018.004 And to warn those who say: Allah hath chosen a son,
018.005 (A thing) whereof they have no knowledge, nor (had) their fathers, Dreadful
is the word that cometh out of their mouths. They speak naught but a lie.
018.006 Yet it may be, if they believe not in this statement, that thou (Muhammad)
wilt torment thy soul with grief over their footsteps.
018.007 Lo! We have placed all that is on the earth as an ornament thereof that We
may try them: which of them is best in conduct.
018.008 And lo! We shall make all that is thereon a barren mound.
018.009 Or deemest thou that the People of the Cave and the Inscription are a wonder
among Our portents ?
018.010 When the young men fled for refuge to the Cave and said: Our Lord! Give us
mercy from Thy presence, and shape for us right conduct in our plight.
018.011 Then We sealed up their hearing in the Cave for a number of years.
018.012 And afterward We raised them up that We might know which of the two
parties would best calculate the time that they had tarried.
018.013 We narrate unto thee their story with truth. Lo! they were young men who
believed in their Lord, and We increased them in guidance.
018.014 And We made firm their hearts when they stood forth and said: Our Lord is
the Lord of the heavens and the earth. We cry unto no God beside Him, for then
should we utter an enormity.
018.015 These, our people, have chosen (other) gods beside Him though they bring
no clear warrant (vouchsafed) to them. And who doth greater wrong than he who
inventeth a lie concerning Allah ?
018.016 And when ye withdraw from them and that which they worship except Allah,
then seek refuge in the Cave; your Lord will spread for you of His mercy and will
prepare for you a pillow in your plight.
018.017 And thou mightest have seen the sun when it rose move away from their
cave to the right, and when it set go past them on the left, and they were in the cleft
thereof. That was (one) of the portents of Allah. He whom Allah guideth, he indeed is
led aright, and he whom He sendeth astray, for him thou wilt not find a guiding
018.018 And thou wouldst have deemed them waking though they were asleep, and
We caused them to turn over to the right and the left, and their dog stretching out his
paws on the threshold. If thou hadst observed them closely thou hadst assuredly
turned away from them in flight, and hadst been filled with awe of them.
018.019 And in like manner We awakened them that they might question one another.
A speaker from among them said: How long have ye tarried ? They said: We have
tarried a day or some part of a day, (Others) said: Your Lord best knoweth what ye
have tarried. Now send one of you with this your silver coin unto the city, and let him
see what food is purest there and bring you a supply thereof. Let him be courteous
and let no man know of you.
018.020 For they, if they should come to know of you, will stone you or turn you
back to their religion; then ye will never prosper.
018.021 And in like manner We disclosed them (to the people of the city) that they
might know that the promise of Allah is true, and that, as for the Hour, there is no
doubt concerning it. When (the people of the city) disputed of their case among
themselves, they said: Build over them a building; their Lord knoweth best
concerning them. Those who won their point said: We verily shall build a place of
worship over them.
018.022 (Some) will say: They were three, their dog the fourth, and (some) say: Five,
their dog the sixth, guessing at random; and (some) say: Seven, and their dog the
eighth. Say (O Muhammad): My Lord is Best Aware of their number. None knoweth
them save a few. So contend not concerning them except with an outward contending,
and ask not any of them to pronounce concerning them.
018.023 And say not of anything: Lo! I shall do that tomorrow,
018.024 Except if Allah will. And remember thy Lord when thou forgettest, and say:
It may be that my Lord guideth me unto a nearer way of truth than this.
018.025 And (it is said) they tarried in their Cave three hundred years and add nine.
018.026 Say: Allah is Best Aware how long they tarried. His is the Invisible of the
heavens and the earth. How clear of sight is He and keen of hearing! They have no
protecting friend beside Him, and He maketh none to share in His government.
018.027 And recite that which hath been revealed unto thee of the Scripture of thy
Lord. There is none who can change His words, and thou wilt find no refuge beside
018.028 Restrain thyself along with those who cry unto their Lord at morn and
evening, seeking His Countenance; and let not thine eyes overlook them, desiring the
pomp of the life of the world; and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless
of Our remembrance, who followeth his own lust and whose case hath been
018.029 Say: (It is) the truth from the Lord of you (all). Then whosoever will, let him
believe, and whosoever will, let him disbelieve. Lo! We have prepared for
disbelievers Fire. Its tent encloseth them. If they ask for showers, they will be
showered with water like to molten lead which burneth the faces. Calamitous the
drink and ill the resting-place!
018.030 Lo! as for those who believe and do good works - Lo! We suffer not the
reward of one whose work is goodly to be lost.
018.031 As for such, theirs will be Gardens of Eden, wherein rivers flow beneath
them; therein they will be given armlets of gold and will wear green robes of finest
silk and gold embroidery, reclining upon throne therein. Blest the reward, and fair the
018.032 Coin for them a similitude: Two men, unto one of whom We had assigned
two gardens of grapes, and We had surrounded both with date-palms and had put
between them tillage.
018.033 Each of the gardens gave its fruit and withheld naught thereof. And We
caused a river to gush forth therein.
018.034 And he had fruit. And he said unto his comrade, when he spake with him: I
am more than thee in wealth, and stronger in respect of men.
018.035 And he went into his garden, while he (thus) wronged himself. He said: I
think not that all this will ever perish.
018.036 I think not that the Hour will ever come, and if indeed I am brought back
unto my Lord I surely shall find better than this as a resort.
018.037 His comrade, when he (thus) spake with him, exclaimed: Disbelievest thou in
Him Who created thee of dust, then of a drop (of seed), and then fashioned thee a man
018.038 But He is Allah, my Lord, and I ascribe unto my Lord no partner.
018.039 If only, when thou enteredst thy garden, thou hadst said: That which Allah
willeth (will come to pass)! There is no strength save in Allah! Though thou seest me
as less than thee in wealth and children,
018.040 Yet it may be that my Lord will give me better than thy garden, and will send
on it a bolt from heaven, and some morning it will be a smooth hillside,
018.041 Or some morning the water thereof will be lost in the earth so that thou canst
not make search for it.
018.042 And his fruit was beset (with destruction). Then began he to wring his hands
for all that he had spent upon it, when (now) it was all ruined on its trellises, and to
say: Would that I had ascribed no partner to my Lord!
018.043 And he had no troop of men to help him as against Allah, nor could he save
018.044 In this case is protection only from Allah, the True, He is Best for reward,
and best for consequence.
018.045 And coin for them the similitude of the life of the world as water which We
send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingleth with it and then
becometh dry twigs that the winds scatter. Allah is able to do all things.
018.046 Wealth and children are an ornament of the life of the world. But the good
deeds which endure are better in thy Lord's sight for reward, and better in respect of
018.047 And (bethink you of) the Day when we remove the hills and ye see the earth
emerging, and We gather them together so as to leave not one of them behind.
018.048 And they are set before thy Lord in ranks (and it is said unto them): Now
verily have ye come unto Us as We created you at the first. But ye thought that We
had set no tryst for you.
018.049 And the Book is placed, and thou seest the guilty fearful of that which is
therein, and they say: What kind of a Book is this that leaveth not a small thing nor a
great thing but hath counted it! And they find all that they did confronting them, and
thy Lord wrongeth no-one.
018.050 And (remember) when We said unto the angels: Fall prostrate before Adam,
and they fell prostrate, all save Iblis. He was of the jinn, so he rebelled against his
Lord's command. Will ye choose him and his seed for your protecting friends instead
of Me, when they are an enemy unto you ? Calamitous is the exchange for evil-doers.
018.051 I made them not to witness the creation of the heavens and the earth, nor
their own creation; nor choose I misleaders for (My) helpers.
018.052 And (be mindful of) the Day when He will say: Call those partners of Mine
whom ye pretended. Then they will cry unto them, but they will not hear their prayer,
and We shall set a gulf of doom between them.
018.053 And the guilty behold the Fire and know that they are about to fall therein,
and they find no way of escape thence.
018.054 And verily We have displayed for mankind in this Qur'an all manner of
similitudes, but man is more than anything contentious.
018.055 And naught hindereth mankind from believing when the guidance cometh
unto them, and from asking forgiveness of their Lord unless (it be that they wish) that
the judgment of the men of old should come upon them or (that) they should be
confronted with the Doom.
018.056 We send not the messengers save as bearers of good news and warners.
Those who disbelieve contend with falsehood in order to refute the Truth thereby.
And they take Our revelations and that wherewith they are threatened as a jest.
018.057 And who doth greater wrong than he who hath been reminded of the
revelations of his Lord, yet turneth away from them and forgetteth what his hands
send forward (to the Judgment) ? Lo! on their hearts We have placed coverings so
that they understand not, and in their ears a deafness. And though thou call them to
the guidance, in that case they can never be led aright.
018.058 Thy Lord is the Forgiver, Full of Mercy. If He took them to task (now) for
what they earn, He would hasten on the doom for them; but theirs is an appointed
term from which they will find no escape.
018.059 And (all) those townships! We destroyed them when they did wrong, and We
appointed a fixed time for their destruction.
018.060 And when Moses said unto his servant: I will not give up until I reach the
point where the two rivers meet, though I march on for ages.
018.061 And when they reached the point where the two met, they forgot their fish,
and it took its way into the waters, being free.
018.062 And when they had gone further, he said unto his servant: Bring us our
breakfast. Verily we have found fatigue in this our journey.
018.063 He said: Didst thou see, when we took refuge on the rock, and I forgot the
fish - and none but Satan caused me to forget to mention it - it took its way into the
waters by a marvel.
018.064 He said: This is that which we have been seeking. So they retraced their steps
018.065 Then found they one of Our slaves, unto whom We had given mercy from
Us, and had taught him knowledge from Our presence.
018.066 Moses said unto him: May I follow thee, to the end that thou mayst teach me
right conduct of that which thou hast been taught ?
018.067 He said: Lo! thou canst not bear with me.
018.068 How canst thou bear with that whereof thou canst not compass any
018.069 He said: Allah willing, thou shalt find me patient and I shall not in aught
018.070 He said: Well, if thou go with me, ask me not concerning aught till I myself
make mention of it unto thee.
018.071 So they twain set out till, when they were in the ship, he made a hole therein.
(Moses) said: Hast thou made a hole therein to drown the folk thereof ? Thou verily
hast done a dreadful thing.
018.072 He said: Did I not tell thee that thou couldst not bear with me ?
018.073 (Moses) said: Be not wroth with me that I forgot, and be not hard upon me
for my fault.
018.074 So they twain journeyed on till, when they met a lad, he slew him. (Moses)
said: What! Hast thou slain an innocent soul who hath slain no man ? Verily thou hast
done a horrid thing.
018.075 He said: Did I not tell thee that thou couldst not bear with me ?
018.076 (Moses) said: If I ask thee after this concerning aught, keep not company
with me. Thou hast received an excuse from me.
018.077 So they twain journeyed on till, when they came unto the folk of a certain
township, they asked its folk for food, but they refused to make them guests. And
they found therein a wall upon the point of falling into ruin, and he repaired it.
(Moses) said: If thou hadst wished, thou couldst have taken payment for it.
018.078 He said: This is the parting between thee and me! I will announce unto thee
the interpretation of that thou couldst not bear with patience.
018.079 As for the ship, it belonged to poor people working on the river, and I wished
to mar it, for there was a king behind them who is taking every ship by force.
018.080 And as for the lad, his parents were believers and we feared lest he should
oppress them by rebellion and disbelief.
018.081 And we intended that their Lord should change him for them for one better in
purity and nearer to mercy.
018.082 And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city, and there was
beneath it a treasure belonging to them, and their father had been righteous, and thy
Lord intended that they should come to their full strength and should bring forth their
treasure as a mercy from their Lord; and I did it not upon my own command. Such is
the interpretation of that wherewith thou couldst not bear.
018.083 They will ask thee of Dhu'l-Qarneyn. Say: I shall recite unto you a
remembrance of him.
018.084 Lo! We made him strong in the land and gave him unto every thing a road.
018.085 And he followed a road
018.086 Till, when he reached the setting-place of the sun, he found it setting in a
muddy spring, and found a people thereabout. We said: O Dhu'l-Qarneyn! Either
punish or show them kindness.
018.087 He said: As for him who doeth wrong, we shall punish him, and then he will
be brought back unto his Lord, Who will punish him with awful punishment!
018.088 But as for him who believeth and doeth right, good will be his reward, and
We shall speak unto him a mild command.
018.089 Then he followed a road
018.090 Till, when he reached the rising-place of the sun, he found it rising on a
people for whom We had appointed no shelter therefrom.
018.091 So (it was). And We knew all concerning him.
018.092 Then he followed a road
018.093 Till, when he came between the two mountains, he found upon their hither
side a folk that scarce could understand a saying.
018.094 They said: O Dhu'l-Qarneyn! Lo! Gog and Magog are spoiling the land. So
may we pay thee tribute on condition that thou set a barrier between us and them ?
018.095 He said: That wherein my Lord hath established me is better (than your
tribute). Do but help me with strength (of men), I will set between you and them a
018.096 Give me pieces of iron - till, when he had levelled up (the gap) between the
cliffs, he said: Blow! - till, when he had made it a fire, he said: Bring me molten
copper to pour thereon.
018.097 And (Gog and Magog) were not able to surmount, nor could they pierce (it).
018.098 He said: This is a mercy from my Lord; but when the promise of my Lord
cometh to pass, He will lay it low, for the promise of my Lord is true.
018.099 And on that day we shall let some of them surge against others, and the
Trumpet will be blown. Then We shall gather them together in one gathering.
018.100 On that day we shall present hell to the disbelievers, plain to view,
018.101 Those whose eyes were hoodwinked from My reminder, and who could not
bear to hear.
018.102 Do the disbelievers reckon that they can choose My bondmen as protecting
friends beside Me ? Lo! We have prepared hell as a welcome for the disbelievers.
018.103 Say: Shall We inform you who will be the greatest losers by their works ?
018.104 Those whose effort goeth astray in the life of the world, and yet they reckon
that they do good work.
018.105 Those are they who disbelieve in the revelations of their Lord and in the
meeting with Him. Therefor their works are vain, and on the Day of Resurrection We
assign no weight to them.
018.106 That is their reward: hell, because they disbelieved, and made a jest of Our
revelations and Our messengers.
018.107 Lo! those who believe and do good works, theirs are the Gardens of Paradise
018.108 Wherein they will abide, with no desire to be removed from thence.
018.109 Say: Though the sea became ink for the Words of my Lord, verily the sea
would be used up before the words of my Lord were exhausted, even though We
brought the like thereof to help.
018.110 Say: I am only a mortal like you. My Lord inspireth in me that your God is
only One God. And whoever hopeth for the meeting with his Lord, let him do
righteous work, and make none sharer of the worship due unto his Lord.