[These letters are one
of the miracles of the Qur'ān, and none but Allāh (Alone) knows their meanings].
The revelation of the Book (this Qur'ān) is from Allāh, the All-Mighty,
We created not the heavens and the earth and all that is between them
except with truth, and for an appointed term. But those who disbelieve turn
away from that whereof they are warned.
Say (O Muhammad
to these pagans): "Think! All that you invoke besides Allāh show me!
What have they created of the earth? Or have they a share in (the creation
of) the heavens? Bring me a Book (revealed before this), or some trace of
knowledge (in support of your claims), if you are truthful!"
And who is more astray than one who calls (invokes) besides Allāh, such
as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection, and who are (even) unaware
of their calls (invocations) to them?
And when mankind are gathered (on the Day of Resurrection), they (false
deities) will become enemies for them and will deny their worshipping.
And when Our Clear Verses are recited to them, the disbelievers say of
the truth (this Qur'ān), when it reaches them: "This is plain magic!"
Or say they: "He (Muhammad )
has fabricated it." Say: "If I have fabricated it, still you have
no power to support me against Allāh. He knows best of what you say among
yourselves concerning it (i.e. this Qur'ān)! Sufficient is He for a witness
between me and you! And He is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful."
Say (O Muhammad ):"I
am not a new thing among the Messengers (of Allāh) (i.e. I am not the first
Messenger) nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I only follow
that which is revealed to me, and I am but a plain warner."
Say: "Tell me! If this (Qur'ān) is from Allāh, and you deny it, and
a witness from among the Children of Israel ('Abdullāh bin Salām ) testifies
that this Qur'ān is from Allāh [like the Taurāt (Torah)], so he believed (embraced
Islām) while you are too proud (to believe)." Verily! Allāh guides not
the people who are Zālimūn (polytheists, disbelievers and wrong-doing).
And those who disbelieve (strong and wealthy) say of those who believe
(weak and poor): "Had it (Islāmic Monotheism to which Muhammad
is inviting mankind) been a good thing, they (weak and poor) would not have
preceded us thereto!" And when they have not let themselves be guided
by it (this Qur'ān), they say: "This is an ancient lie!"
And before this was the Scripture of Mūsa (Moses) as a guide and a mercy.
And this is a confirming Book (the Qur'ān) in the Arabic language, to warn
those who do wrong, and as glad tidings to the Muhsinūn (good-doers
- see V.2:112).
Verily, those who say: "Our Lord is (only) Allāh," and thereafter
Istaqāmū (i.e. stood firm and straight on the Islāmic Faith of Monotheism
by abstaining from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which Allāh has forbidden
and by performing all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained), on them
shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Such shall be the dwellers of Paradise, abiding therein (forever), a reward
for what they used to do.
And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents. His
mother bears him with hardship and she brings him forth with hardship, and
the bearing of him, and the weaning of him is thirty (30) months, till when
he attains full strength and reaches forty years, he says: "My Lord!
Grant me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favour which
You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do righteous
good deeds, such as please You, and make my off-spring good. Truly, I have
turned to You in repentance, and truly, I am one of the Muslims (submitting
to Your Will)."
They are those from whom We shall accept the best of their deeds and overlook
their evil deeds. (They shall be) among the dwellers of Paradise, a promise
of truth, which they have been promised.
But he who says to his parents: "Fie upon you both! Do you hold out
the promise to me that I shall be raised up (again) when generations before
me have passed away (without rising)?" While they (father and mother)
invoke Allāh for help (and rebuke their son): "Woe to you! Believe! Verily,
the Promise of Allāh is true." But he says: "This is nothing but
the tales of the ancient."
They are those against whom the Word (of torment) is justified among the
previous generations of jinns and mankind that have passed away. Verily! They
are ever the losers.
And for all, there will be degrees according to that which they did, that
He (Allāh) may recompense them in full for their deeds. And they will not
On the Day when those who disbelieve (in the Oneness of Allāh Islāmic
Monotheism) will be exposed to the Fire (it will be said): "You received
your good things in the life of the world, and you took your pleasure therein.
Now this Day you shall be recompensed with a torment of humiliation, because
you were arrogant in the land without a right, and because you used to rebel
and disobey (Allāh).
And remember (Hūd) the brother of 'Ad, when he warned his people in Al-Ahqāf
(the curved sand-hills in the southern part of Arabian Peninsula). And
surely, there have passed away warners before him and after him (saying):
"Worship none but Allāh; truly, I fear for you the torment of a mighty
They said: "Have you come to turn us away from our āliha (gods)?
Then bring us that with which you threaten us, if you are one of the truthful!"
He said: "The knowledge (of the time of its coming) is with Allāh
only, and I convey to you that wherewith I have been sent, but I see that
you are a people given to ignorance!"
Then, when they saw it as a dense cloud coming towards their valleys,
they said: "This is a cloud bringing us rain!" Nay, but it is that
(torment) which you were asking to be hastened! a wind wherein is a painful
Destroying everything by the Command of its Lord! So they became such
that nothing could be seen except their dwellings! Thus do We recompense the
people who are Mujrimūn (polytheists, disbelievers, sinners, etc.)!
And indeed We had firmly established them with that wherewith We have
not established you (O Quraish)! And We had assigned them the (faculties of)
hearing (ears), seeing (eyes), and hearts, but their hearing (ears), seeing
(eyes), and their hearts availed them nothing since they used to deny the
Ayāt (Allāh's Prophets and their Prophethood, proofs, evidences, verses,
signs, revelations, etc.) of Allāh, and they were completely encircled by
that which they used to mock at!
And indeed We have destroyed towns (populations) round about you, and
We have (repeatedly) shown (them) the Ayāt (proofs, evidences, verses,
lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in various ways that they might return
(to the truth and believe in the Oneness of Allāh - Islāmic Monotheism).
Then why did those whom they had taken for āliha (gods) besides
Allāh, as a way of approach (to Allāh) not help them? Nay, but they vanished
completely from them (when there came the torment). And that was their lie,
and their inventions which they had been inventing (before their destruction).
And (remember) when We sent towards you (Muhammad
Nafran (three to ten persons) of the jinns, (quietly) listening to
the Qur'ān, when they stood in the presence thereof, they said: "Listen
in silence!" And when it was finished, they returned to their people,
They said: "O our people! Verily! We have heard a Book (this Qur'ān)
sent down after Mūsa (Moses), confirming what came before it, it guides to
the truth and to a Straight Path (i.e. Islām).
O our people! Respond (with obedience) to Allāh's Caller (i.e. Allāh's
Messenger Muhammad ),
and believe in him (i.e. believe in that which Muhammad
has brought from Allāh and follow him). He (Allāh) will forgive you of your
sins, and will save you from a painful torment (i.e. Hell-fire) .
And whosoever does not respond to Allāh's Caller, he cannot escape
on earth, and there will be no Auliyā' (protectors) for him besides
Allāh (from Allāh's Punishment). Those are in manifest error.
Do they not see that Allāh, Who created the heavens and the earth, and
was not wearied by their creation, is Able to give life to the dead? Yes,
He surely is Able to do all things.
And on the Day when those who disbelieve will be exposed to the Fire (it
will be said to them): "Is this not the truth?" They will say: "Yes,
By our Lord!" He will say: "Then taste the torment, because you
used to disbelieve!"
be patient (O Muhammad )
as did the Messengers of strong will and be in no haste about them (disbelievers).
On the Day when they will see that (torment) with which they are promised
(i.e. threatened, it will be) as if they had not stayed more than an hour
in a single day. (O mankind! This Qur'ān is sufficient as) a clear Message
(or proclamation to save yourself from destruction). But shall any be destroyed
except the people who are Al-Fāsiqūn (the rebellious, disobedient to