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28. The Narrative The Holy Qur'an (Maulana Muhammad Ali) 29. The Spider (Al-'Ankabut)
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30. The Romans

29. The Spider (Al-'Ankabut)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

1 <section begin="29:1"/>I, Allah, am the best Knower. <section end="29:1"/>

2 <section begin="29:2"/>Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, We believe, and will not be tried? <section end="29:2"/>

3 <section begin="29:3"/>And indeed We tried those before them, so Allah will certainly know those who are true and He will know the liars. <section end="29:3"/>

4 <section begin="29:4"/>Or do they who work evil think that they will escape Us? Evil is it that they judge! <section end="29:4"/>

5 <section begin="29:5"/>Whoever hopes to meet with Allah, the term of Allah is then surely coming. And He is the Hearing, the Knowing. <section end="29:5"/>

6 <section begin="29:6"/>And whoever strives hard, strives for himself. Surely Allah is Self-sufficient, above (need of) (His) creatures. <section end="29:6"/>

7 <section begin="29:7"/>And those who believe and do good, We shall certainly do away. with their afflictions and reward them for the best of what they did. <section end="29:7"/>

8 <section begin="29:8"/>And We have enjoined on man goodness to his parents. But if they contend with thee to associate (others) with Me, of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not. To Me is your return, so I will inform you of what you did. <section end="29:8"/>

9 <section begin="29:9"/>And those who believe and do good, We shall surely make them enter among the righteous. <section end="29:9"/>

10 <section begin="29:10"/>And among men is he who says: We believe in Allah; but when he is persecuted for the sake of Allah, he thinks the persecution of men to be as the chastisement of Allah. And if there comes help from thy Lord, they will say: Surely we were with you. Is not Allah the Best Knower of what is in the hearts of mankind? <section end="29:10"/>

11 <section begin="29:11"/>And certainly Allah will know those who believe, and He will know the hypocrites. <section end="29:11"/>

12 <section begin="29:12"/>And those who disbelieve say to those who believe: Follow our path and we will bear your wrongs. And they can never bear aught of their wrongs. Surely they are liars. <section end="29:12"/>

13 <section begin="29:13"/>And they will certainly bear their own burdens, and other burdens besides their own burdens; and they will certainly be questioned on the day of Resurrection as to what they forged. <section end="29:13"/>

* * *
14 <section

begin="29:14"/>And We indeed sent Noah to his people, so he remained among them a thousand years save fifty years. And the deluge overtook them, and they were wrongdoers. <section end="29:14"/>

15 <section begin="29:15"/>So We delivered him and the inmates of the ark, and made it a sign to the nations. <section end="29:15"/>

16 <section begin="29:16"/>And (We sent) Abraham, when he said to his people: Serve Allah and keep your duty to Him. That is better for you, if you did but know. <section end="29:16"/>

17 <section begin="29:17"/>You only worship idols besides Allah and you invent a lie. Surely they whom you serve besides Allah control no sustenance for you; so seek sustenance from Allah and serve Him and be grateful to Him. To Him you will be brought back. <section end="29:17"/>

18 <section begin="29:18"/>And if you reject, nations before you did indeed reject (the Truth). And the duty of the Messenger is only to deliver (the message) plainly. <section end="29:18"/>

19 <section begin="29:19"/>See they not how Allah originates the creation, then reproduces it? Surely that is easy to Allah. <section end="29:19"/>

20 <section begin="29:20"/>Say: Travel in the earth then see how He makes the first creation, then Allah creates the latter creation. Surely Allah is Possessor of power over all things. <section end="29:20"/>

21 <section begin="29:21"/>He chastises whom He pleases and has mercy on whom He pleases, to Him you will be turned back. <section end="29:21"/>

22 <section begin="29:22"/>And you cannot escape in the earth nor in the heaven, and you have no protector or helper besides Allah. <section end="29:22"/>

* * *
23 <section

begin="29:23"/>And those who disbelieve in the messages of Allah and the meeting with Him, they despair of My mercy, and for them is a painful chastisement. <section end="29:23"/>

24 <section begin="29:24"/>So naught was the answer of his people except that they said: Slay him or burn him! But Allah delivered him from the fire. Surely therein are signs for a people who believe. <section end="29:24"/>

25 <section begin="29:25"/>And he said: You have only taken idols besides Allah by way of friendship between you in this world's life, then on the day of Resurrection some of you will deny others, and some of you will curse others and your abode is the Fire, and you will have no helpers. <section end="29:25"/>

26 <section begin="29:26"/>So Lot believed in him. And he said: I am fleeing to my Lord. Surely He is the Mighty, the Wise. <section end="29:26"/>

27 <section begin="29:27"/>And We granted him Isaac and Jacob, and ordained prophethood and the Book among his seed. And We gave him his reward in this world, and in the Hereafter he will surely be among the righteous. <section end="29:27"/>

28 <section begin="29:28"/>And (We sent) Lot when he said to his people: Surely you are guilty of an abomination which none of the nations has done before you. <section end="29:28"/>

29 <section begin="29:29"/>Do you come to males and commit robbery on the highway, and commit evil deeds in your assemblies? But the answer of his people was only that they said: Bring on us Allah's chastisement, if thou art truthful. <section end="29:29"/>

30 <section begin="29:30"/>He said: My Lord, help me against the mischievous people. <section end="29:30"/>

* * *
31 <section

begin="29:31"/>And when Our messengers came to Abraham with good news, they said: We are going to destroy the people of this town, for its people are iniquitous. <section end="29:31"/>

32 <section begin="29:32"/>He said: Surely in it is Lot. They said: We know well who is in it; we shall certainly deliver him and his followers, except his wife; she is of those who remain behind. <section end="29:32"/>

33 <section begin="29:33"/>And when Our messengers came to Lot, he was grieved on account of them, and he lacked strength to protect them. And they said: Fear not, nor grieve; surely we will deliver thee and thy followers, except thy wife -- she is of those who remain behind. <section end="29:33"/>

34 <section begin="29:34"/>Surely We are going to bring down upon the people of this town a punishment from heaven, because they transgressed. <section end="29:34"/>

35 <section begin="29:35"/>And certainly We have left a clear sign of it for a people who understand. <section end="29:35"/>

36 <section begin="29:36"/>And to Midian (We sent) their brother Shu'aib, so he said: O my people, serve Allah and fear the Latter day, and act not corruptly, making mischief, in the land. <section end="29:36"/>

37 <section begin="29:37"/>But they rejected him, so a severe earthquake overtook them and they lay prostrate in their abodes. <section end="29:37"/>

38 <section begin="29:38"/>And 'Ad and Thamud! And some of their dwellings are indeed apparent to you. And the devil made their deeds fair-seeming to them, so he kept them back from the path, and they could see clearly. <section end="29:38"/>

39 <section begin="29:39"/>And Korah and Pharaoh and Haman! And certainly Moses came to them with clear arguments, but they behaved haughtily in the land; and they could not outstrip (Us). <section end="29:39"/>

40 <section begin="29:40"/>So each one We punished for his sin. Of them was he on whom We sent a violent storm, and of them was he whom the rumbling overtook, and of them was he whom We caused the earth to swallow, and of them was he whom We drowned. And it was not Allah, Who wronged them, but they wronged themselves. <section end="29:40"/>

41 <section begin="29:41"/>The parable of those who take guardians besides Allah is as the parable of the spider that makes for itself a house; and surely the frailest of the houses is the spider's house -- if they but knew! <section end="29:41"/>

42 <section begin="29:42"/>Surely Allah knows whatever they call upon besides Him. And He is the Mighty, the Wise. <section end="29:42"/>

43 <section begin="29:43"/>And these parables,We set them forth for men, and none understand them but the learned. <section end="29:43"/>

44 <section begin="29:44"/>Allah created the heavens and the earth with truth. Surely there is a sign in this for the believers. <section end="29:44"/>

* * *
45 <section

begin="29:45"/>Recite that which has been revealed to thee of the Book and keep up prayer. Surely prayer keeps (one) away from indecency and evil; and certainly the remembrance of Allah is the greatest (force). And Allah knows what you do. <section end="29:45"/>

46 <section begin="29:46"/>And argue not with the People of the Book except by what is best, save such of them as act unjustly. But say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him we submit. <section end="29:46"/>

47 <section begin="29:47"/>And thus have We revealed the Book to thee. So those whom We have given the Book believe in it, and of these there are those who believe in it; and none deny Our messages except the disbelievers. <section end="29:47"/>

48 <section begin="29:48"/>And thou didst not recite before it any book, nor didst thou transcribe one with thy right hand, for then could the liars have doubted. <section end="29:48"/>

49 <section begin="29:49"/>Nay, it is clear messages in the hearts of those who are granted knowledge. And none deny Our messages except the iniquitous. <section end="29:49"/>

50 <section begin="29:50"/>And they say: Why are not signs sent down upon him from his Lord? Say: Signs are with Allah only, and I am only a plain warner. <section end="29:50"/>

51 <section begin="29:51"/>Is it not enough for them that We have revealed to thee the Book which is recited to them? Surely there is mercy in this and a reminder for a people who believe. <section end="29:51"/>

* * *
52 <section

begin="29:52"/>Say: Allah is sufficient as a witness between me and you. He knows what is in the heavens and the earth. And those who believe in falsehood and disbelieve in Allah, these it is that are the losers. <section end="29:52"/>

53 <section begin="29:53"/>And they ask thee to hasten on the chastisement. And had not a term been appointed, the chastisement would certainly have come to them. And certainly it will come to them all of a sudden, while they perceive not. <section end="29:53"/>

54 <section begin="29:54"/>They ask thee to hasten on the chastisement, and surely hell encompasses the disbelievers -- <section end="29:54"/>

55 <section begin="29:55"/>The day when the chastisement will cover them from above them, and from beneath their feet And He will say: Taste what you did. <section end="29:55"/>

56 <section begin="29:56"/>O My servants who believe, surely My earth is vast, so serve Me only. <section end="29:56"/>

57 <section begin="29:57"/>Every soul must taste of death then to Us you will be returned. <section end="29:57"/>

58 <section begin="29:58"/>And those who believe and do good, We shall certainly give them an abode in high places in the Garden wherein flow rivers, abiding therein. Excellent the reward of the workers. <section end="29:58"/>

59 <section begin="29:59"/>Who are patient, and on their Lord they rely! <section end="29:59"/>

60 <section begin="29:60"/>And how many a living creature carries not its sustenance! Allah sustains it and yourselves. And He is the Hearing, the Knowing. <section end="29:60"/>

61 <section begin="29:61"/>And if thou ask them, Who created the heavens and the earth and made the sun and the moon subservient? they would say, Allah. Whence are they then turned away? <section end="29:61"/>

62 <section begin="29:62"/>Allah makes abundant the means of subsistence for whom He pleases of His servants, or straitens (them) for him; Surely Allah is Knower of all things. <section end="29:62"/>

63 <section begin="29:63"/>And if thou ask them, Who is it that sends down water from the clouds, then gives life to the earth with it after its death? they will say, Allah. Say: Praise be to Allah! Nay, most of them understand not. <section end="29:63"/>

* * *
64 <section

begin="29:64"/>And the life of this world is but a sport and a play. And the home of the Hereafter, that surely is the Life, did they but know! <section end="29:64"/>

65 <section begin="29:65"/>So when they ride in the ships, they call upon Allah, being sincerely obedient to Him but when He brings them safe to the land, lo they associate others (with Him), <section end="29:65"/>

66 <section begin="29:66"/>That they may be ungrateful for what We have given them, and that they may enjoy. But they shalt soon know. <section end="29:66"/>

67 <section begin="29:67"/>See they not that We have made a sacred territory secure while men are carried off by force from around them? Will they still believe in the falsehood and disbelieve in the favour of Allah? <section end="29:67"/>

68 <section begin="29:68"/>And who is more iniquitous than one who forges a lie against Allah, or gives the lie to the Truth, when it has come to him? Is there not an abode in hell for the disbelievers? <section end="29:68"/>

69 <section begin="29:69"/>And those who strive hard for Us, We shall certainly guide them in Our ways. And Allah is surely with the doers of good. <section end="29:69"/>

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