By: Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall (Translation)


The Opening
The Cow
The Family of Imran
Women
The Table Spread
Cattle
The Heights
Spoils of War
Repentance
Jonah
Hud
Joseph
The Thunder
Abraham
Al Hijr
The Bee
The Night Journey
The Cave
Mary
Taha
The Prophets
The Pilgrimage
The Believers
Light
The Criterion
The Poets
The Ant
The Story
The Spider
The Romans
Luqman
Prostration
The Clans
Sheba
The_Angels
YaSin
Drawn Up in Ranks
Sad
The Troops
The Believer
HaMim
Consultation
Ornaments of Gold
Ornaments of Gold
Crouching
The Dunes
Muhammad
Victory
The Private Apartments
Qaf
The Winnowing Winds
The Mount
The Star
The Moon
The Beneficient
The Event
Iron
She That Disputeth
Exile
She That Is To Be Examined
The Ranks
The Congregation
The Hypocrites
Mutual Disillusion
Divorce
Prohibition
The Sovereignty
The Pen
The Reality
The Ascending Stairways
Noah
The Jinn
The Enshrouded One
The Cloaked One
Resurrection
Man
The Emissaries
The Tidings
Those Who Drag Forth
He Frowned
The Overthrowing
The Cleaving
Defrauding
The Sundering
The Mansions of the Stars
The Morning Star
The Most High
The Overwhelming
The Dawn
The City
The Sun
The Night
The Morning Hours
Solace
The Fig
The Clot
The Night of Power
The Clear Proof
The Earthquake
The Coursers
The Calamity
Rivalry in Worldly Increase
The Declining Day
The Traducer
The Elephant
Quraysh
Small Kindnesses
Abundance
The Unbelievers
Succour
Palm Fibre
Palm Fibre
The Daybreak
Mankind

Islambasics Library: The Glorious Quran English Translation

016.000 The Bee

 

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 opponent.

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 remember ?

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 created.

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! -

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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 proud.

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 invent.

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 believe.

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 the drinkers.

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 sense.

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 power.

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 the message).

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 outcast.

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 know not.

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 themselves.

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 path.

016.122

And We gave him good in the world, and in the Hereafter he is among the righteous.

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 devise.

016.128

Lo! Allah is with those who keep their duty unto Him and those who are doers of good.


 


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