053.001 By the Star when it setteth,
053.002 Your comrade erreth not, nor is deceived;
053.003 Nor doth he speak of (his own) desire.
053.004 It is naught save an inspiration that is inspired,
053.005 Which one of mighty powers hath taught him,
053.006 One vigorous; and he grew clear to view
053.007 When he was on the uppermost horizon.
053.008 Then he drew nigh and came down
053.009 Till he was (distant) two bows' length or even nearer,
053.010 And He revealed unto His slave that which He revealed.
053.011 The heart lied not (in seeing) what it saw.
053.012 Will ye then dispute with him concerning what he seeth ?
053.013 And verily he saw him yet another time
053.014 By the lote-tree of the utmost boundary,
053.015 Nigh unto which is the Garden of Abode.
053.016 When that which shroudeth did enshroud the lote-tree,
053.017 The eye turned not aside nor yet was overbold.
053.018 Verily he saw one of the greater revelations of his Lord.
053.019 Have ye thought upon Al-Lat and Al-'Uzza
053.020 And Manat, the third, the other ?
053.021 Are yours the males and His the females ?
053.022 That indeed were an unfair division!
053.023 They are but names which ye have named, ye and your fathers, for which
Allah hath revealed no warrant. They follow but a guess and that which (they)
themselves desire. And now the guidance from their Lord hath come unto them.
053.024 Or shall man have what he coveteth ?
053.025 But unto Allah belongeth the after (life), and the former.
053.026 And how many angels are in the heavens whose intercession availeth naught
save after Allah giveth leave to whom He chooseth and accepteth.
053.027 Lo! it is those who disbelieve in the Hereafter who name the angels with the
names of females.
053.028 And they have no knowledge thereof. They follow but a guess, and lo! a
guess can never take the place of the truth.
053.029 Then withdraw (O Muhammad) from him who fleeth from Our remembrance
and desireth but the life of the world.
053.030 Such is their sum of knowledge. Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who
strayeth, and He is Best Aware of him whom goeth right.
053.031 And unto Allah belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in
the earth, that He may reward those who do evil with that which they have done, and
reward those who do good with goodness.
053.032 Those who avoid enormities of sin and abominations, save the unwilled
offences - (for them) lo! thy Lord is of vast mercy. He is Best Aware of you (from the
time) when He created you from the earth, and when ye were hidden in the bellies of
your mothers. Therefor ascribe not purity unto yourselves. He is Best Aware of him
who wardeth off (evil).
053.033 Didst thou (O Muhammad) observe him who turned away,
053.034 And gave a little, then was grudging ?
053.035 Hath he knowledge of the Unseen so that he seeth ?
053.036 Or hath he not had news of what is in the books of Moses
053.037 And Abraham who paid his debt:
053.038 That no laden one shall bear another's load,
053.039 And that man hath only that for which he maketh effort,
053.040 And that his effort will be seen.
053.041 And afterward he will be repaid for it with fullest payment;
053.042 And that thy Lord, He is the goal;
053.043 And that He it is who maketh laugh, and maketh weep,
053.044 And that He it is Who giveth death and giveth life;
053.045 And that He createth the two spouses, the male and the female,
053.046 From a drop (of seed) when it is poured forth;
053.047 And that He hath ordained the second bringing forth;
053.048 And that He it is Who enricheth and contenteth;
053.049 And that He it is Who is the Lord of Sirius;
053.050 And that He destroyed the former (tribe of) A'ad,
053.051 And (the tribe of) Thamud He spared not;
053.052 And the folk of Noah aforetime, Lo! they were more unjust and more
053.053 And Al-Mu'tafikah He destroyed
053.054 So that there covered them that which did cover.
053.055 Concerning which then, of the bounties of thy Lord, canst thou dispute ?
053.056 This is a warner of the warners of old.
053.057 The threatened Hour is nigh.
053.058 None beside Allah can disclose it.
053.059 Marvel ye then at this statement,
053.060 And laugh and not weep,
053.061 While ye amuse yourselves ?
053.062 Rather prostrate yourselves before Allah and serve Him.