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20. Ta Ha The Holy Qur'an (Maulana Muhammad Ali) 21. The Prophets (Al-Anbiya)
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22. The Pilgrimage

21. The Prophets (Al-Anbiya)

In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful.

1 <section begin="21:1"/>Their reckoning draws nigh to men, and they turn away in heedlessness. <section end="21:1"/>

2 <section begin="21:2"/>There comes not to them a new Reminder from their Lord but they hear it while they sport, <section end="21:2"/>

3 <section begin="21:3"/>Their hearts trifling. And they -- the wrongdoers -- counsel in secret: He is nothing but a mortal like yourselves; will you then yield to enchantment while you see? <section end="21:3"/>

4 <section begin="21:4"/>He said: My Lord knows (every) utterance in the heaven and the earth, and He is the Hearer, the Knower. <section end="21:4"/>

5 <section begin="21:5"/>Nay, say they: Medleys of dreams! nay, he has forged it! nay, he is a poet! so let him bring to us a sign such as the former (prophets) were sent (with). <section end="21:5"/>

6 <section begin="21:6"/>Not a town believed before them which We destroyed: will they then believe? <section end="21:6"/>

7 <section begin="21:7"/>And We sent not before thee any but men to whom We sent revelation; so ask the followers of the Reminder if you know not. <section end="21:7"/>

8 <section begin="21:8"/>Not did We give them bodies not eating food, nor did they abide. <section end="21:8"/>

9 <section begin="21:9"/>Then We made Our promise good to them; so We delivered them and whom We pleased, and We destroyed the extravagant. <section end="21:9"/>

10 <section begin="21:10"/>Certainly We have revealed to you a Book which will give you eminence. Do you not then understand? <section end="21:10"/>

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11 <section

begin="21:11"/>And how many a town which was iniquitous did We demolish, and We raised up after it another people! <section end="21:11"/>

12 <section begin="21:12"/>So when they felt Our might, lo! they began to flee from it. <section end="21:12"/>

13 <section begin="21:13"/>Flee not and return to the easy lives which you led, and to your dwellings, that you may be questioned. <section end="21:13"/>

14 <section begin="21:14"/>They said: O woe to us! Surely we were unjust. <section end="21:14"/>

15 <section begin="21:15"/>And this cry of theirs ceased not till We made them cut off, extinct. <section end="21:15"/>

16 <section begin="21:16"/>And We created not the heaven and the earth and what is between them for sport. <section end="21:16"/>

17 <section begin="21:17"/>Had We wished to take a pastime, We would have taken it from before Ourselves; by no means would We do (so). <section end="21:17"/>

18 <section begin="21:18"/>Nay, We hurl the Truth against falsehood, so it knocks out its brains, and lo! it vanishes. And woe to you for what you describe! <section end="21:18"/>

19 <section begin="21:19"/>And to Him belongs whoever is in the heavens and the earth. And those who are with Him are not too proud to serve Him, nor are they weary. <section end="21:19"/>

20 <section begin="21:20"/>They glorify (Him) night and day: they flag not. <section end="21:20"/>

21 <section begin="21:21"/>Or have they taken gods from the earth who give life? <section end="21:21"/>

22 <section begin="21:22"/>If there were in them gods besides Allah, they would both have been in disorder. So glory be to Allah, the Lord of the Throne, being above what they describe! <section end="21:22"/>

23 <section begin="21:23"/>He cannot be questioned as to what He does, and they will be questioned. <section end="21:23"/>

24 <section begin="21:24"/>Or, have they taken gods besides Him? Say Bring your proof. This is the reminder of those with me and the reminder of those before me. Nay, most of them know not the Truth, so they turn away. <section end="21:24"/>

25 <section begin="21:25"/>And We sent no messenger before thee but We revealed to him that there is no God but Me, so serve Me. <section end="21:25"/>

26 <section begin="21:26"/>And they say: The Beneficent has taken to Himself a son. Glory be to Him! Nay, they are honoured servants -- <section end="21:26"/>

27 <section begin="21:27"/>They speak not before He speaks, and according to His command they act. <section end="21:27"/>

28 <section begin="21:28"/>He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they intercede not except for him whom He approves, and for fear of Him they tremble. <section end="21:28"/>

29 <section begin="21:29"/>And whoever of them should say I am a god besides Him, such a one We recompense with hell. Thus We reward the unjust. <section end="21:29"/>

* * *
30 <section

begin="21:30"/>Do not those who disbelieve see that the heavens and the earth were closed up, so We rent them. And We made from water everything living. Will they not then believe? <section end="21:30"/>

31 <section begin="21:31"/>And We made firm mountains in the earth lest it be convulsed with them, and We made in it wide ways that they might follow a right direction. <section end="21:31"/>

32 <section begin="21:32"/>And We have made the heaven a guarded canopy; yet they turn away from its signs. <section end="21:32"/>

33 <section begin="21:33"/>And He it is Who created the night and the day and the sun and the moon. All float in orbits. <section end="21:33"/>

34 <section begin="21:34"/>And We granted abiding for ever to no mortal before thee. If thou diest, will they abide? <section end="21:34"/>

35 <section begin="21:35"/>Every soul must taste of death. And We test you by evil and good by way of trial. And to Us you are returned. <section end="21:35"/>

36 <section begin="21:36"/>And when those who disbelieve see thee, they treat thee not but with mockery: Is this he who speaks of your gods? And they deny when the Beneficent God is mentioned. <section end="21:36"/>

37 <section begin="21:37"/>Man is created of haste. Soon will I show you My signs, so ask Me not to hasten them. <section end="21:37"/>

38 <section begin="21:38"/>And they say When will this threat come to pass, if you are truthful? <section end="21:38"/>

39 <section begin="21:39"/>If those who disbelieve but knew the time when they will not be able to ward off the fire from their faces, nor from their backs, and they will not he helped! <section end="21:39"/>

40 <section begin="21:40"/>Nay, it will come to them all of a sudden and confound them, so they will not have the power to avert it, nor will they be respited. <section end="21:40"/>

41 <section begin="21:41"/>And messengers before thee were indeed mocked, so there befell those of them who scoffed, that where-at they scoffed. <section end="21:41"/>

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42 <section

begin="21:42"/>Say: Who guards you by night and by day from the Beneficent? Nay, they turn away at the mention of their Lord. <section end="21:42"/>

43 <section begin="21:43"/>Or, have they gods who can defend them against Us? They cannot help themselves, nor can they be defended from Us. <section end="21:43"/>

44 <section begin="21:44"/>Nay, We gave provision to these and their fathers, until life was prolonged to them. See they not then that We are visiting the land, curtailing it of its sides? Can they then prevail? <section end="21:44"/>

45 <section begin="21:45"/>Say: I warn you only by revelation; and the deaf hear not the call when they are warned. <section end="21:45"/>

46 <section begin="21:46"/>And if a blast of the chastisement of thy Lord were to touch them, they would say: O woe to us! Surely we were unjust. <section end="21:46"/>

47 <section begin="21:47"/>And We will set up a just balance on the day of Resurrection, so no soul will be wronged in the least. And if there be the weight of a grain of mustard seed, We will bring it. And Sufficient are We to take account. <section end="21:47"/>

48 <section begin="21:48"/>And certainly We gave Moses and Aaron the criterion and a light and a reminder for those who keep from evil, <section end="21:48"/>

49 <section begin="21:49"/>Who fear their Lord in secret and they are fearful of the Hour. <section end="21:49"/>

50 <section begin="21:50"/>And this is a blessed Reminder which We have revealed. Will you then deny it? <section end="21:50"/>

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51 <section

begin="21:51"/>And certainly We gave Abraham his rectitude before, and We knew him well. <section end="21:51"/>

52 <section begin="21:52"/>When he said to his sire and his people What are these images to whose worship you cleave? <section end="21:52"/>

53 <section begin="21:53"/>They said We found our fathers worshipping them. <section end="21:53"/>

54 <section begin="21:54"/>He said Certainly you have been, you and your fathers, in manifest error. <section end="21:54"/>

55 <section begin="21:55"/>They said: Hast thou brought us the truth, or art thou of the jesters? <section end="21:55"/>

56 <section begin="21:56"/>He said Nay, your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, Who created them and I am of those who bear witness to this. <section end="21:56"/>

57 <section begin="21:57"/>And, by Allah! I will certainly plan against your idols after you go away, turning your backs. <section end="21:57"/>

58 <section begin="21:58"/>So he broke them into pieces, except the chief of them, that haply they might return to it <section end="21:58"/>

59 <section begin="21:59"/>They said: Who has done this to our gods? Surely he is one of the unjust. <section end="21:59"/>

60 <section begin="21:60"/>They said: We heard a youth, who is called Abraham, speak of them. <section end="21:60"/>

61 <section begin="21:61"/>They said: Then bring him before the people's eyes, perhaps they may bear witness. <section end="21:61"/>

62 <section begin="21:62"/>They said: Hast thou done this to our gods, O Abraham? <section end="21:62"/>

63 <section begin="21:63"/>He said: Surely (someone) has done it. The chief of them is this; so ask them, if they can speak. <section end="21:63"/>

64 <section begin="21:64"/>Then they turned to themselves and said: Surely you yourselves are wrongdoers; <section end="21:64"/>

65 <section begin="21:65"/>Then they were made to hang down their heads: Thou knowest indeed that they speak not. <section end="21:65"/>

66 <section begin="21:66"/>He said: Serve you then besides Allah what does you no good, nor harm you? <section end="21:66"/>

67 <section begin="21:67"/>Fie on you and on what you serve besides Allah! Have you no sense? <section end="21:67"/>

68 <section begin="21:68"/>They said: Burn him, and help your gods, if you are going to do (anything). <section end="21:68"/>

69 <section begin="21:69"/>We said: O fire, be coolness and peace for Abraham: <section end="21:69"/>

70 <section begin="21:70"/>And they intended a plan against him, but We made them the greater losers. <section end="21:70"/>

71 <section begin="21:71"/>And We delivered him and Lot (directing them) to the land which We had blessed for the nations. <section end="21:71"/>

72 <section begin="21:72"/>And We gave him Isaac; and Jacob, a son's son. And We made (them) all good. <section end="21:72"/>

73 <section begin="21:73"/>And We made them leaders who guided (people) by Our command, and We revealed to them the doing of good and the keeping up of prayer and the giving of alms, and Us (alone) they served; <section end="21:73"/>

74 <section begin="21:74"/>And to Lot We gave wisdom and knowledge, and We delivered him from the town which wrought abomination. Surely they were an evil people, transgressors <section end="21:74"/>

75 <section begin="21:75"/>And We admitted him to Our mercy; surely he was of the righteous. <section end="21:75"/>

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76 <section

begin="21:76"/>And Noah, when he cried aforetime, so We answered him, and delivered him and his people from the great calamity. <section end="21:76"/>

77 <section begin="21:77"/>And We helped him against the people who rejected Our messages. Surely they were an evil people, so We drowned them all. <section end="21:77"/>

78 <section begin="21:78"/>And David and Solomon, when they gave judgment concerning the field, when the people's sheep strayed therein by night, and We were bearers of witness to their judgment. <section end="21:78"/>

79 <section begin="21:79"/>So We made Solomon to understand it. And to each (of them) We gave wisdom and knowledge. And We made the mountains, declaring (Our) glory, and the birds, subservient to David. And We were the Doers. <section end="21:79"/>

80 <section begin="21:80"/>And We taught him the making of coats of mail for you, to protect you in your wars will you then be grateful? <section end="21:80"/>

81 <section begin="21:81"/>And to Solomon (We subdued) the wind blowing violent, pursuing its course by His command to the land which We had blessed, and We are ever Knower of all things. <section end="21:81"/>

82 <section begin="21:82"/>And of the devils there were those who dived for him and did other work besides that; and We kept guard over them: <section end="21:82"/>

83 <section begin="21:83"/>And Job, when he cried to his Lord; Distress has afflicted me and Thou art the most Merciful of those who show mercy. <section end="21:83"/>

84 <section begin="21:84"/>So We responded to him and removed the distress he had, and We gave him his people and the like of them with them; a mercy from Us and a reminder to the worshippers. <section end="21:84"/>

85 <section begin="21:85"/>And Ishmael and Idris and Dhu-l-Kifl; all were of the patient ones; <section end="21:85"/>

86 <section begin="21:86"/>And We admitted them to Out mercy; surely they were of the good ones. <section end="21:86"/>

87 <section begin="21:87"/>And Dhu-l-Nun, when he went away in wrath, and he thought that We would not straiten him, so he called out among afflictions. There is no God but Thou, glory be to Thee! Surely I am of the sufferers of loss. <section end="21:87"/>

88 <section begin="21:88"/>So We responded to him and delivered him from grief. And thus do We deliver the believers <section end="21:88"/>

89 <section begin="21:89"/>And Zacharias, when he cried to his Lord: My Lord, leave me not alone and Thou art the Best of inheritors. <section end="21:89"/>

90 <section begin="21:90"/>So We responded to him and gave him John and made his wife fit for him. Surely they used to vie, one with another, in good deeds and called upon Us, hoping and fearing and they were humble before Us. <section end="21:90"/>

91 <section begin="21:91"/>And she who guarded her chastity, so We breathed into her of Our inspiration, and made her and her son a sign for the nations. <section end="21:91"/>

92 <section begin="21:92"/>Surely this your community is a single community, and I am your Lord, so serve Me. <section end="21:92"/>

93 <section begin="21:93"/>And they cut off their affair among them: to Us will all return. <section end="21:93"/>

* * *
94 <section

begin="21:94"/>So whoever does good deeds and is a believer, there is no rejection of his effort, and We surely write (it) down for him. <section end="21:94"/>

95 <section begin="21:95"/>And it is forbidden to a town which We destroy: they shall not return. <section end="21:95"/>

96 <section begin="21:96"/>Even when Gog and Magog are let loose and they sally forth from every elevated place. <section end="21:96"/>

97 <section begin="21:97"/>And the True Promise draws nigh, then lo the eyes of those who disbelieve will be fixedly open: O woe to us Surely we were heedless of this; nay, we were unjust. <section end="21:97"/>

98 <section begin="21:98"/>Surely you and what you worship besides Allah are fuel of hell: to it you will come. <section end="21:98"/>

99 <section begin="21:99"/>Had these been gods, they would not have come to it. And all will abide therein, <section end="21:99"/>

100 <section begin="21:100"/>For them therein is groaning and therein they hear not. <section end="21:100"/>

101 <section begin="21:101"/>Those for whom the good has already gone forth from Us, they will he kept far off from it <section end="21:101"/>

102 <section begin="21:102"/>They will nor hear the faintest sound of it and they will abide in that which their souls desire. <section end="21:102"/>

103 <section begin="21:103"/>The great Terror will not grieve them, and the angels will meet them: This is your day which you were promised. <section end="21:103"/>

104 <section begin="21:104"/>The day when We roll up heaven like the rolling up of the scroll of writings. As We began the first creation, We shall reproduce it. A promise (binding) on Us. We shall bring it about. <section end="21:104"/>

105 <section begin="21:105"/>And certainly We wrote in the Book after the reminder that My righteous servants will inherit the land. <section end="21:105"/>

106 <section begin="21:106"/>Surely in this is a message for a people who serve (Us). <section end="21:106"/>

107 <section begin="21:107"/>And We have not sent thee but as a mercy to the nations. <section end="21:107"/>

108 <section begin="21:108"/>Say It is only revealed to me that your God is one God will you then submit? <section end="21:108"/>

109 <section begin="21:109"/>But if they turn back, say: I have warned you in fairness, and I know not whether that which you are promised is near or far. <section end="21:109"/>

110 <section begin="21:110"/>Surely He knows what is spoken openly and He knows what you hide. <section end="21:110"/>

111 <section begin="21:111"/>And I know not if this may be a trial for you and a provision till a time. <section end="21:111"/>

112 <section begin="21:112"/>He said: My Lord, judge Thou with truth. And our Lord is the Beneficent, Whose help is sought against what you ascribe (to Him). <section end="21:112"/>

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