021.001 Their reckoning draweth nigh for mankind, while they turn away in
021.002 Never cometh there unto them a new reminder from their Lord but they listen
to it while they play,
021.003 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) ?
021.004 He saith: My Lord knoweth what is spoken in the heaven and the earth. He is
the Hearer, the Knower.
021.005 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 God's
messengers) were sent (with portents).
021.006 Not a township believed of those which We destroyed before them (though
We sent them portents): would they then believe ?
021.007 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 ?
021.008 We gave them not bodies that would not eat food, nor were they immortals.
021.009 Then we fulfilled the promise unto them. So we delivered them and whom
We would, and We destroyed the prodigals.
021.010 Now We have revealed unto you a Scripture wherein is your Reminder. Have
ye then no sense ?
021.011 How many a community that dealt unjustly have We shattered, and raised up
after them another folk!
021.012 And, when they felt Our might, behold them fleeing from it!
021.013 (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.
021.014 They cried: Alas for us! we were wrong-doers.
021.015 And this their crying ceased not till We made them as reaped corn, extinct.
021.016 We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them in play.
021.017 If We had wished to find a pastime, We could have found it in Our presence
- if We ever did.
021.018 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).
021.019 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;
021.020 They glorify (Him) night and day; they flag not.
021.021 Or have they chosen gods from the earth who raise the dead ?
021.022 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).
021.023 He will not be questioned as to that which He doeth, but they will be
021.024 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.
021.025 And We sent no messenger before thee but We inspired him, (saying): There
is no God save Me (Allah), so worship Me.
021.026 And they say: The Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a son. Be He
Glorified! Nay, but (those whom they call sons) are honoured slaves;
021.027 They speak not until He hath spoken, and they act by His command.
021.028 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.
021.029 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.
021.030 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 ?
021.031 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 their way.
021.032 And we have made the sky a roof withheld (from them). Yet they turn away
from its portents.
021.033 And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon.
They float, each in an orbit.
021.034 We appointed immortality for no mortal before thee. What! if thou diest, can
they be immortal!
021.035 Every soul must taste of death, and We try you with evil and with good, for
ordeal. And unto Us ye will be returned.
021.036 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.
021.037 Man is made of haste. I shall show you My portents, but ask Me not to
021.038 And they say: When will this promise (be fulfilled), if ye are truthful ?
021.039 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!
021.040 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 reprieved.
021.041 Messengers before thee, indeed, were mocked, but that whereat they mocked
surrounded those who scoffed at them.
021.042 Say: Who guardeth you in the night or in the day from the Beneficent ? Nay,
but they turn away from mention of their Lord!
021.043 Or have they gods who can shield them from Us ? They cannot help
themselves nor can they be defended from Us.
021.044 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 ?
021.045 Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): I warn you only by the Inspiration. But
the deaf hear not the call when they are warned.
021.046 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.
021.047 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.
021.048 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,
021.049 Those who fear their Lord in secret and who dread the Hour (of doom).
021.050 This is a blessed Reminder that we have revealed: Will ye then reject it ?
021.051 And We verily gave Abraham of old his proper course, and We were Aware
021.052 When he said unto his father and his folk: What are these images unto which
ye pay devotion ?
021.053 They said: We found our fathers worshippers of them.
021.054 He said: Verily ye and your fathers were in plain error.
021.055 They said: Bringest thou unto us the truth, or art thou some jester ?
021.056 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.
021.057 And, by Allah, I shall circumvent your idols after ye have gone away and
turned your backs.
021.058 Then he reduced them to fragments, all save the chief of them, that haply
they might have recourse to it.
021.059 They said: Who hath done this to our gods ? Surely it must be some evil-
021.060 They said: We heard a youth make mention of them, who is called Abraham.
021.061 They said: Then bring him (hither) before the people's eyes that they may
021.062 They said: Is it thou who hast done this to our gods, O Abraham ?
021.063 He said: But this, their chief hath done it. So question them, if they can
021.064 Then gathered they apart and said: Lo! ye yourselves are the wrong-doers.
021.065 And they were utterly confounded, and they said: Well thou knowest that
these speak not.
021.066 He said: Worship ye then instead of Allah that which cannot profit you at all,
nor harm you ?
021.067 Fie on you and all that ye worship instead of Allah! Have ye then no sense ?
021.068 They cried: Burn him and stand by your gods, if ye will be doing.
021.069 We said: O fire, be coolness and peace for Abraham,
021.070 And they wished to set a snare for him, but We made them the greater losers.
021.071 And We rescued him and Lot (and brought them) to the land which We have
blessed for (all) peoples.
021.072 And We bestowed upon him Isaac, and Jacob as a grandson. Each of them
We made righteous.
021.073 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).
021.074 And unto Lot we gave judgment and knowledge, and We delivered him from
the community that did abominations. Lo! they were folk of evil, lewd.
021.075 And We brought him in unto Our mercy. Lo! he was of the righteous.
021.076 And Noah, when he cried of old, We heard his prayer and saved him and his
household from the great affliction.
021.077 And delivered him from the people who denied Our revelations. Lo! they
were folk of evil, therefor did We drown them all.
021.078 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.
021.079 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).
021.080 And We taught him the art of making garments (of mail) to protect you in
your daring. Are ye then thankful ?
021.081 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 Aware.
021.082 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.
021.083 And Job, when he cried unto his Lord, (saying): Lo! adversity afflicteth me,
and Thou art Most Merciful of all who show mercy.
021.084 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 the worshippers;
021.085 And (mention) Ishmael, and Idris, and Dhu'l-Kifl. All were of the steadfast.
021.086 And We brought them in unto Our mercy. Lo! they are among the righteous.
021.087 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.
021.088 Then we heard his prayer and saved him from the anguish. Thus we save
021.089 And Zachariah, when he cried unto his Lord: My Lord! Leave me not
childless, though Thou art the Best of inheritors.
021.090 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.
021.091 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.
021.092 Lo! this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me.
021.093 And they have broken their religion (into fragments) among them, (yet) all
are returning unto Us.
021.094 Then whoso doeth some good works and is a believer, there will be no
rejection of his effort. Lo! We record (it) for him.
021.095 And there is a ban upon any community which We have destroyed: that they
shall not return.
021.096 Until, when Gog and Magog are let loose, and they hasten out of every
021.097 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!
021.098 Lo! ye (idolaters) and that which ye worship beside Allah are fuel of hell.
Thereunto ye will come.
021.099 If these had been gods they would not have come thither, but all will abide
021.100 Therein wailing is their portion, and therein they hear not.
021.101 Lo! those unto whom kindness hath gone forth before from Us, they will be
far removed from thence.
021.102 They will not hear the slightest sound thereof, while they abide in that which
their souls desire.
021.103 The Supreme Horror will not grieve them, and the angels will welcome
them, (saying): This is your Day which ye were promised;
021.104 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.
021.105 And verily we have written in the Scripture, after the Reminder: My
righteous slaves will inherit the earth:
021.106 Lo! there is a plain statement for folk who are devout.
021.107 We sent thee not save as a mercy for the peoples.
021.108 Say: It is only inspired in me that your God is One God. Will ye then
surrender (unto Him) ?
021.109 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.
021.110 Lo! He knoweth that which is said openly, and that which ye conceal.
021.111 And I know not but that this may be a trial for you, and enjoyment for a
021.112 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).