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

018.000 The Cave

 

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 reward,

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Wherein they will abide for ever;

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And to warn those who say: Allah hath chosen a son,

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(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.

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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 friend.

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 Him.

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 abandoned.

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 resting-place!

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 himself.

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 hope.

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 again.

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 knowledge ?

018.069

He said: Allah willing, thou shalt find me patient and I shall not in aught gainsay thee.

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 bank.

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 for welcome,

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.


 


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