In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
21:1-4 Their reckoning draws near for people, while they turn away in heedlessness. Never comes there to them a new reminder from their Lord but they listen to it while they play. With hearts preoccupied. And they confer in secret. The wrongdoers say: Is this other than a mortal like you? Will you then succumb to magic when you see (it)? He said: My Lord knows what is spoken in the heaven and the earth. He is the Hearer, the Knower.
21:5 Nay, say they, (these are but) muddled dreams; nay, he has but invented it; nay, he is but a poet. Let him bring us a sign even as those of old (who were God's Messengers) were sent (with signs).
21:6-9 Not a township believed of those, which We destroyed before them (though We sent them signs):
would they then believe? And We sent not (as Our Messengers) before you other than men whom We inspired. Ask the people of the previous Scriptures if you know not? We gave them not bodies that would not eat food, nor were they immortals. Then We fulfilled the promise to them. So We delivered them and whom We would, and We destroyed the prodigals.
21:10 Now We have revealed to you a Scripture wherein is your Reminder. Have you then no sense?
21:11-15 How many a community that dealt unjustly have We shattered, and raised up after them another folk! And, when they felt Our might, behold them fleeing from it! (But it was said to them:) Flee not, but return to that (existence) which emasculated you and to your dwellings, that you may be questioned. They cried: Alas for us! Lo! We were wrongdoers. And this their crying ceased not till We made them as reaped corn, extinct.
21:16-18 We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them in play. If We had wished to find a pastime, We could have found it in Us – if We ever did. Nay, but We hurl the true against the false, and it does break its head and lo! It vanishes. And yours will be woe for that which you ascribe (to Him).
21:19-20 To Him belongs whoever is in the heavens and the earth. And those who are near Him are not too proud to worship Him nor do they weary; they glorify (Him) night and day; they flag not.
21:21-22 Or have they chosen gods from the earth who raise the dead? If there were therein gods beside God, then verily both (the heavens and the earth) had been disordered. Glorified be God, the Lord of the Throne, from all that they ascribe (to Him).
21:23 He will not be questioned as to that which He does, but they will be questioned.
21:24 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.
21:25 And We sent no Messenger before you but We inspired him (saying): None should be worshipped but Me, so worship Me.
21:26-29 And they say: The Beneficent has taken to Himself a son. Be He glorified! Nay, but (those whom they call sons) are honored slaves; they speak not until He has spoken, and they act by His command. He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they cannot intercede except for him whom He accepts, and they quake for awe of Him. And one of them who should say: Lo! I am a god beside Him, that one We should repay with Hell. Thus We repay wrongdoers.
21:30-33 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? And We have placed in the earth firm hills lest it quake with them, and We have placed therein ravines as roads that perhaps they may find their way. And We have made the sky a roof withheld (from them). Yet they turn away from its signs. And it is He, Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. They float, each in an orbit.
21:34-35 We appointed immortality for no mortal before you. What! If you die, can they be immortal? Every soul must taste of death, and We try you with evil and with good, for ordeal. And to Us you will be returned.
21:36 And when those who disbelieve behold you, they but choose you out for mockery (saying): Is this he who makes mention of your gods? And they would deny all mention of the Beneficent.
21:37-40 Man is made of haste. I shall show you My signs, but ask Me not to hasten. And they say: When will this promise (be fulfilled), if you are truthful? 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! 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.
21:41 Messengers before you, indeed, were mocked, but that which they mocked surrounded those who scoffed at them.
21:42-44 Say: Who guards you in the night or in the day from the Beneficent? Nay, but they turn away from mention of their Lord, or have they gods who can shield them from Us? They cannot help themselves nor can they be defended from Us. Nay, but We gave these and their fathers ease until life grew long for them. See they not how we visit the land, reducing it of its outlying parts? Can they then be the victors?
21:45-46 Say (O Muhammad to people): I warn you only by the Inspiration. But the deaf hear not the call when they are warned. And if a breath of your Lord's punishment were to touch them, they assuredly would say: Alas for us! Lo! We were wrongdoers.
21:47 And We set a just balance for the Day of Resurrection so that no soul is wronged in anything. Though it be of the weight of a grain of mustard seed, We bring it. And We suffice for reckoners.
21:48-50 And We verily gave Moses and Aaron the criterion (of right and wrong) and a light and a reminder for those who are pious, those who fear their Lord in secret and who dread the Hour (of Judgment). This is a blessed Reminder that We have revealed: Will you then reject it?
21:51-70 And We verily gave Abraham of old his proper course, and We were Aware of him, when he said to his father and his folk: What are these images to which you pay devotion? They said: We found our fathers worshippers of them. He said: Verily you and your fathers were in plain error. They said: Bring you to us the truth, or are you some jester? 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 to that. And, by God, I shall circumvent your idols after you have gone away and turned your backs. Then he reduced them to fragments, all except the chief of them, that perhaps they might have recourse to it. They said: Who has done this to our gods? Surely it must be some evildoer. They said: We heard a youth called Abraham make mention of them. They said: Then bring him (hither) before the people's eyes that they may testify. They said: Is it you who has done this to our gods, O Abraham? He said: But this, their chief has done it. So question them, if they can speak. Then gathered they apart and said: Lo! You yourselves are the wrongdoers. And they were utterly confounded, and they said: Well you know that these speak not. He said: Worship you then instead of God that which cannot profit you at all, nor harm you? Fie on you and all that you worship instead of God! Have you then no sense? They cried: Burn him and stand by your gods, if you will be doing. We said: O fire, be coolness and peace for Abraham. And they wished to set a snare for him, but We made them the greater losers.
21:71-75 And We rescued him and Lot (and brought them) to the land, which We have blessed for (all) peoples. And We bestowed upon him Isaac, and Jacob as a grandson. Each of them We made righteous. 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). And to Lot We gave judgment and knowledge, and We delivered him from the community that did abominations. Lo! They were folk of evil, lewd. And We brought him in to Our mercy. Lo! He was of the righteous.
21:76-77 And Noah, when he cried of old, We heard his prayer and saved him and his household from the great affliction. And delivered him from the people who denied Our revelations. Lo! They were folk of evil, therefore We drowned them all.
21:78-82 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. And We made Solomon understand (the case); and to 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). And We taught him the art of making garments (of mail) to protect you in your daring. Are you then thankful? And to Solomon (We subdued) the wind in it's raging. It set by His command toward the land, which We had blessed. And of everything We are aware. And of the evil ones (subdued We to him) some who dived (for pearls) for him and did other work, and We were warders to them.
21:83-84 And Job, when he cried to his Lord (saying): Lo! Adversity afflicts me, and You are Most Merciful of all who show mercy. 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;
21:85-86 And (mention) Ishmael, and Idris, and Dhul-Kifl. All were of the patient. And We brought them in to Our mercy. Lo! They are among the righteous.
21:87-88 And (mention) Dhun-Nun, when he went off in anger and deemed that We had no power over him, but he cried out in the darkness, saying: None should be worshipped but God alone. Be You glorified! I have been a wrongdoer. Then We heard his prayer and saved him from the anguish. Thus We save believers.
21:89-90 And Zachariah, when he cried to his Lord: My Lord! Leave me not childless, though You are the best of inheritors. 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 to Us in longing and in fear, and were submissive to Us.
21:91 And she who was chaste, therefore We breathed into her (something) of Our spirit and made her and her son a sign for (all) peoples.
21:92-94 Lo! This, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me. And they have broken their religion (into fragments) among them, (yet) all are returning to Us. Then whoever does good works and is a believer, there will be no rejection of his effort. Lo! We record (it) for him.
21:95-97 And there is a ban upon any community which We have destroyed: that they shall not return, until, when Gog and Magog are let loose, and they hasten out of every mound. And the true promise draws near; 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 wrongdoers!
21:98-100 Lo! You (idolaters) and that which you worship beside God are the fuel of Hell. Thereto you will come. If these had been gods they would not have come there, but all will abide therein. Therein wailing is their portion, and therein they hear not.
21:101-103 Lo! Those to whom kindness has gone forth before from Us, they will be far removed from there.. They will not hear the slightest sound thereof, while they abide in that which their souls desire. The Supreme Horror will not grieve them, and the angels will welcome them (saying:) This is your day, which you were promised;
21:104-106 The day when We shall roll up the heavens as a recorder rolls 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. And verily We have written in the Scripture, after the Reminder: My righteous slaves will inherit the earth. Lo! There is a plain statement for folk who are devout in worship.
21:107 We sent you not except as a mercy for the peoples.
21:108-112 Say: It is only inspired in me that your God is One God. Will you then surrender (to Him)! But if they are averse, then say: I have warned you all alike, although I know not whether near or far is that which you are promised. Lo! He knows that which is said openly, and that which you conceal. And I know not but that this may be a trial for you, and enjoyment for a while. He says: My Lord! Judge You with truth. Our Lord is the Beneficent, Whose help is to be implored against that which you ascribe (to Him).
22. Al-Hajj: The Pilgrimage
In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
22:1-2 O people! Fear your Lord. Lo! The earthquake of the Hour (of Judgment) is a tremendous thing. On the Day when you behold it, every nursing mother will forget her nursling and every pregnant one will be delivered of her burden, and you (O Muhammad) will see people as drunken, yet they will not be drunken, but the punishment of God will be strong (upon them).
22:3-4 Among people is he who disputes concerning God without knowledge, and follows each forward devil; for him it is decreed that whoever takes him for a friend, will verily be misled by him and he will guide him to the punishment of the Flame.
22:5-7 O people! If you are in doubt concerning the Resurrection, then lo! We have created you from dust, then from a drop of seed, then from a clot, then from a little lump of flesh shapely and shapeless, that We may make (it) clear for you. And We cause what We will to remain in the wombs for an appointed time, and afterward We bring you forth as infants, then (give you growth) that you attain your full strength. And among you there is he who dies (young), and among you there is he who is brought back to the most abject time of life, so that, after knowledge, he knows nothing. And you (O Muhammad) see the earth barren, but when We send down water thereon, it does thrill and swell and put forth every lovely kind (of growth). That is because God, He is the Truth. Lo! He quickens the dead, and lo! He is Able to do all things; and because the Hour will come, there is no doubt thereof; and because God will raise those who are in the graves.
22:8-10 And among people is he who disputes concerning God without knowledge or guidance or a Scripture giving light. Turning away in pride to deceive (men) from the way of God. For him in this world is humiliation, and on the Day of Resurrection We make him taste the punishment of burning. (And to him it will be said:) This is for that which your two hands have sent before, and because God is no oppressor of His slaves.
22:11-13 And among people is he who worships God upon a narrow margin so that if good befalls him he is content with it, but if a trial befalls him, he falls away utterly. He loses both the world and the Hereafter. That is the sheer loss. He calls, beside God, to that which neither hurts him nor benefits him. That is the far error. He calls to him whose harm is nearer than his benefit; verily an evil patron and verily an evil friend!
22:14 Lo! God causes those who believe and do good works to enter the Gardens underneath which rivers flow. Lo! God does what He intends.
22:15-16 Whoever is wont to think (through envy) that God will not give him (Muhammad) victory in the world and the Hereafter (and is enraged at the thought of his victory), let him stretch a rope up to the roof (of his dwelling), and let him hang himself. Then let him see whether his strategy dispels that at which he rages! Thus We reveal it as plain revelations, and verily God guides whom He wills.
22:17 Lo! Those who believe (this Revelation), and those who are Jews, and the Sabaeans and the Christians and the Magians and the idolaters – Lo! God will decide between them on the Day of Resurrection. Lo! God is Witness over all things.
22:18 Have you not seen that to God pays adoration whoever is in the heavens and whoever is in the earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the hills, and the trees, and the beasts, and many of people, while there are many to whom the punishment is justly due. He whom God scorns, there is none to give him honor. Lo! God does what He wills.
22:19-22 These twain (the believers and the disbelievers) are two opponents who contend concerning their Lord. But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads. Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted; and for them are
hooked rods of iron. Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forward from there they are driven back to it and (it is said to them): Taste the punishment of burning.
22:23-24 Lo! God will cause those who believe and do good works to enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will be allowed armlets of gold, and pearls, and their raiment therein will be silk. They are guided to gentle speech; they are guided to the path of the Glorious One.
22:25 Lo! Those who disbelieve and bar (people) from the way of God and from the Inviolable Place of Worship, which We have appointed for people together, the dweller therein and the nomad; who ever inclines to evil actions, We shall cause him to taste a painful punishment.
22:26-33 And (remember) when We prepared for Abraham the place of the (Holy) House, saying: Ascribe you no thing as partner to Me, and purify My House for those who make the round (thereof) and those who stand and those who bow and make prostration. And proclaim to people the pilgrimage. They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every deep ravine. That they may witness things that are of benefit to them, and mention the name of God on appointed days over the beast of cattle that He has bestowed upon them. Then eat thereof and feed with it the poor unfortunate. Then let them make an end of their unkemptness and pay their vows and go around the Ancient House. That (is the command). And whoever magnifies the sacred things of God, it will be well for him in the sight of his Lord. The cattle are lawful to you except that which has been told to you. So shun the filth of idols, and shun lying speech. Turning to God (only), not ascribing partners to Him; for whoever ascribes partners to God, it is as if he had fallen from the sky and the birds had snatched him or the wind had blown him to a far off place. That (is the command). And whoever magnifies the offerings consecrated to God, it surely is from piety of the heart. Therein are benefits for you for an appointed term; and afterward they are brought for sacrifice to the Ancient House.
22:34-35 And for every nation We have appointed a ritual, that they may mention the name of God over the beast of cattle that He has given them for food; and your God is One God, therefore surrender to Him. And give good tidings (O Muhammad) to the humble. Whose hearts fear when God is mentioned, and the patient of whatever may befall them, and those who establish worship and who spend of that which We have bestowed on them.
22:36-38 And the camels! We have appointed them among the ceremonies of God. Therein you have much good. So mention the name of God over them when they are drawn up in lines. Then when their flanks fall (dead), eat thereof and feed the beggar and the suppliant. Thus have We made them subject to you, that perhaps you may give thanks. Their flesh and their blood reach not God, but your piety reaches Him. Thus have We made them subject to you that you may magnify God that He has guided you. And give good tidings (O Muhammad) to the good. Lo! God defends those who are true. Lo! God loves not each treacherous ingrate.
22:39-41 Sanction is given to those who fight because they have been wronged; and God is indeed Able to give them victory; those who have been driven from their homes unjustly only because they said: Our Lord is God – For had it not been for God's repelling some men by means of others, cloisters and churches and oratories and mosques, wherein the name of God is oft mentioned, would assuredly have been pulled down. Verily God helps one who helps Him. Lo! God is Strong, Almighty. Those who, if We give them power in the land, establish worship and pay the poor-due and enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. And God's is the sequel of events.
22:42-44 If they deny you (Muhammad), even so the folk of Noah, and (the tribes of) Aad and Thamud, before you, denied (Our Messengers); and the folk of Abraham and the folk of Lot; (and) the dwellers in Midian. And Moses was denied; but I indulged the disbelievers a long while, then I seized them, and how (terrible) was My abhorrence!
22:45-47 How many a township have We destroyed while it was sinful, so that it lies (to this day) in ruins, and (how many) a deserted well and lofty tower! Have they not traveled in the land, and have they hearts with which to feel and ears with which to hear? For indeed it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts, which are within the bosoms, that grow blind. And they will bid to you hasten on the punishment, and God fails not His promise, but lo! A Day with God is as a thousand years of what you reckon.
22:48 And how many a township did I suffer long though it was sinful! Then I grasped it. To Me is the return.
22:49-51 Say: O people! I am only a plain warner to you. Those who believe and do good works, for them is pardon and a rich provision; while those who strive to thwart Our revelations, such are rightful inhabitants of the Fire.
22:52 Never sent We a Messenger or a Prophet before you but when He recited (the message) Satan proposed (opposition) in respect of that which he recited thereof. But God abolishes that which Satan proposes. Then God establishes His revelations. God is Knower, Wise.
22:53-54 That He may make that which Satan proposes a temptation for those in whose hearts is a disease, and those whose hearts are hardened – Lo! The evildoers are in open schism – and those that have been given knowledge may know that it is the truth from your Lord, so that they may believe therein, and their hearts may submit humbly to Him. Lo! God verily is guiding those who believe to a right path.
22:55-57 And those who disbelieve will not cease to be in doubt thereof until the Hour comes upon them unawares, or there comes to them the punishment of a disastrous day. The supreme power on that Day will be God's. He will judge between them. Then those who believed and did good works will be in Gardens of Delight, while those who disbelieved and denied Our revelations, for them will be a shameful punishment.
22:58 Those who migrated for the cause of God and then were slain or died, verily God will provide for them a good provision. Lo! God, verily He is Best of all who make provision.
22:59 Assuredly He will cause them to enter by an entry that they will love. Lo! God verily is the Knower, the Forbearing.
22:60 That (is so). And whoever has retaliated with the like of that which he was made to suffer and then has (again) been wronged, God will succor him. Lo! God verily is, Mild, Forgiving.
22:61 That is because God makes the night, pass into the day, and makes the day pass into the night, and because God is Hearer, Seer.
22:62 That is because God, is the True, and that whereon they call instead of Him, it is the False, and because God, He is the High, the Great.
22:63 See you not how God sends down water from the sky and then the earth becomes green upon the morrow? Lo! God is Subtle, Aware.
22:64 To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. Lo! God, verily He is the Absolute, the Owner of praise.
22:65 Have you not seen how God has made all that is in the earth subservient to you? And the ship runs upon the sea by His command, and He holds back the heaven from falling on the earth unless by His leave. Lo! God is, for people, full of pity, Merciful.
22:66 And it is He, Who gave you life, then He will cause you to die, and then will give you life (again). Lo! Man is verily an ingrate.
22:67-70 To each nation have We given sacred rites which they are to perform; so let them not dispute with you of the matter, but summon you to your Lord. Lo! You indeed follow right guidance. And if they wrangle with you, say: God is Best Aware of what you do. God will judge between you on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein you used to differ. Have you not known that God knows all that is in the heaven and the earth? Lo! It is in a record. Lo! That is easy for God.
22:71-72 And they worship instead of God that for which no warrant has been revealed to them, and that whereof they have no knowledge. For evildoers there is no helper. And when Our revelations are recited to them, you know the denial in the faces of those who disbelieve; they all but attack those who recite Our revelations to them. Say: Shall I proclaim to you worse than that? The Fire! God has promised it for those who disbelieve. An evil journey's end!
22:73-74 O people! A similitude is coined, so pay you heed to it: Lo! Those on whom you call beside God will never create a fly though they combine together for the purpose. And if the fly took something from them, they could not rescue it. So weak are (both) the seeker and the sought! They measure not God His rightful measure. Lo! God is Strong, Almighty.
22:75 God chooses from the angels Messengers, and (also) from humankind. Lo! God is Hearer, Seer.
22:76 He knows all that is before them and all that is behind them, and to God all things are returned.
22:77-78 O you who believe! Bow down and prostrate yourselves, and worship your Lord, and do good, that perhaps you may prosper. And fight hard for God with the endeavor, which is His right. He has chosen you and has not laid upon you in religion any hardship the faith of your father Abraham (is yours). He has named you Muslims of old time and in this (Scripture), that the Messenger may be a witness against you, and that you may be witnesses against people. So establish worship, pay the poor-due, and hold fast to God. He is your Guardian (and Protector). A blessed Patron and a blessed Helper!