In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
1 . Sad . By the renowned Quran ,
2 . Nay , but those who disbelieve are in false pride and schism .
3 . How many a generation We destroyed before them , and they cried out when it was no longer the time for escape!
4 . And they marvel that a warner from among themselves hath come unto them , and the disbelievers say : This is a wizard , a charlatan .
5 . Maketh he the gods One God? Lo! that is an astounding thing .
6 . The chiefs among them go about , exhorting : Go and be staunch to your gods! Lo! this is a thing designed .
7 . We have not heard of this in later religion . This is naught but an invention .
8 . Hath the reminder been revealed unto him ( alone ) among us? Nay , but they are in doubt concerning My reminder ; nay but they have not yet tasted My doom .
9 . Or are theirs the treasures of the mercy of thy Lord , the Mighty , the Bestower?
10 . Or is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them theirs? Then let them ascend by ropes!
11 . A defeated host are ( all ) the factions that are there .
12 . The folk of Noah before them denied ( their messenger ) and ( so did the tribe of ) Aad , and Pharaoh firmly planted ,
13 . And ( the tribe of ) Thamud ; and the folk of Lot , and the dwellers in the wood : these were the factions .
14 . Not one of them but did deny the messengers , therefor My doom was justified ,
15 . These wait for but one Shout , there will be no second thereto .
16 . They say : Our Lord! Hasten on for us our fate before the Day of Reckoning .
17 . Bear with what they say , and remember Our bondman David , lord of might . Lo! he was ever turning in repentance ( toward Allah ) .
18 . Lo! We subdued the hills to hymn the praises ( of their Lord ) with him at nightfall and sunrise ,
19 . And the birds assembled ; all were turning unto Him
20 . We made his kingdom strong and gave him wisdom and decisive speech .
21 . And hath the story of the litigants come unto thee? How they climbed the wall into the royal chamber ;
22 . How they burst in upon David , and he was afraid of them . They said Be not afraid ( We are ) two litigants , one of whom hath wronged the other , therefor judge aright between us ; be not unjust ; and show us the fair way .
23 . Lo! this my brother hath ninety and nine ewes while I had one ewe ; and he said : Entrust it to me , and he conquered me in speech .
24 . ( David ) said : He hath wronged thee in demanding thine ewe in addition to his ewes , and lo! many partners oppress one another , save such as believe and do good works , and they are few . And David guessed that We had tried him , and he sought forgiveness of his Lord , and he bowed himself and fell down prostrate and repented .
25 . So We forgave him that ; and lo! he had access to Our presence and a happy journey ' s end .
26 . ( And it was said unto him ) : O David! Lo! We have set thee as a viceroy in the earth ; therefor judge aright between mankind , and follow not desire that it beguile thee from the way of Allah . Lo! those who wander from the way of Allah have an awful doom , forasmuch as they forgot the Day of Reckoning .
27 . And We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them in vain . That is the opinion of those who disbelieve . And woe unto those who disbelieve , from the Fire!
28 . Shall We treat those who believe and do good works as those who spread corruption in the earth ; or shall We treat the Pious as the wicked?
29 . ( This is ) a Scripture that We have revealed unto thee , full of blessing , that they may ponder its revelations , and that men of understanding may reflect .
30 . And We bestowed on David , Solomon . How excellent a slave! Lo! he was ever turning in repentance ( toward Allah ) .
31 . When there were shown to him at eventide light footed coursers
32 . And he said : Lo! I have preferred the good things ( of the world ) to the remembrance of my Lord ; till they were taken out of sight behind the curtain .
33 . ( Then he said ) : Bring them back to me , and fell to slashing ( with his sword their ) legs and necks .
34 . And verily We tried Solomon , and set upon his throne a ( mere ) body . Then did he repent .
35 . He said : My Lord! Forgive me and bestow on me sovereignty such shall not belong to any after me . Lo! Thou art the Bestower .
36 . So We made the wind subservient unto him , setting fair by his command whithersoever he intended .
37 . And the unruly , every builder and diver ( made We subservient ) ,
38 . And others linked together in chains ,
39 . ( Saying ) : This is Our gift , so bestow thou , or withhold , without reckoning .
40 . And lo! he hath favor with Us , and a happy journey ' s end .
41 . And make mention ( O Muhammad ) of Our bondman Job , when he cried unto his Lord ( saying ) : Lo! the devil doth afflict me with distress and torment .
42 . ( And it was said unto him ) : Strike the ground with thy foot . This ( spring ) is a cool bath and a refreshing drink .
43 . And We bestowed on him ( again ) his household and therewith the like thereof , a mercy from Us , and a memorial for men of understanding .
44 . And ( it was said unto him ) : Take in thine hand a branch and smite therewith , and break not twine oath . Lo! We found him steadfast , how excellent a slave! Lo! he was ever turning in repentance ( to his Lord ) .
45 . And me mention of our bondmen , Abraham , Isaac and Jacob , men of parts and vision .
46 . Lo! We purified them with a pure thought , remembrance of the Home ( of the Hereafter ) .
47 . Lo! in Our sight they are verily of the elect , the excellent .
48 . And make mention of Ishmael and Elisha and Dhul Kifl . All are of the chosen .
49 . This is a reminder . And lo! for those who ward off ( evil ) is a happy journey ' s end ,
50 . Gardens of Eden , whereof the gates are opened for them .
51 . Wherein , reclining , they call for plenteous fruit and cool drink ( that is ) therein .
52 . And with them are those of modest gaze , companions .
53 . This it is that ye are promised for the Day of Reckoning .
54 . Lo! this in truth is Our provision , which will never waste away .
55 . This ( is for the righteous ) . And lo! for the transgressors there will be an evil journey ' s end ,
56 . Hell , where they will burn , an evil resting place .
57 . Here is a boiling and an ice cold draught , so let them taste it ,
58 . And other ( torment ) of the kind in pairs ( the two extremes ) !
59 . Here is an army rushing blindly with you . ( Those who are already in the fire say ) : No word of welcome for them . Lo! they will roast at the Fire .
60 . They say : Nay , but you ( misleaders ) , for you there is no word of welcome . Ye prepared this for us ( by your misleading ) . Now hapless is the plight .
61 . They say : Our Lord! Whoever did prepare this for Us , oh , give him double portion of the Fire!
62 . And they say : What aileth us that we behold not men whom we were wont to count among the wicked?
63 . Did we take them ( wrongly ) for a laughing stock , or have our eyes missed them?
64 . Lo! that is very truth : the wrangling of the dwellers in the Fire .
65 . Say ( unto them , O Muhammad ) : I am only a warner , and there is no God save Allah , the One , the Absolute ,
66 . Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them , the Mighty , the Pardoning .
67 . Say : It is tremendous tidings
68 . Whence ye turn away!
69 . I had no knowledge of the Highest Chiefs when they disputed ;
70 . It is revealed unto me only that I may be a plain warner .
71 . When thy Lord said unto the angels : lo! I am about to create a mortal out of mire ,
72 . And when I have fashioned him and breathed into him of My spirit , then fall down before him prostrate ,
73 . The angels fell down prostrate , every one .
74 . Saving Iblis , he was scornful and became one of the disbelievers .
75 . He said : O Iblis! What hindereth thee from falling prostrate before that which I have created with both My hands? Art thou too proud or art thou of the high
76 . He said : I am better than him . Thou createdst me off fire , whilst him Thou didst create of clay .
77 . He said : Go forth from hence , for lo! thou art outcast ,
78 . And lo! My curse is on thee till the Day of Judgment .
79 . He said : My Lord! Reprieve me till the day when they are raised .
80 . He said : Lo! thou art of those reprieved
81 . Until the day of the time appointed .
82 . He said : Then , by Thy might , I surely will beguile them every one ,
83 . Save Thy single minded slaves among them .
84 . He said : The Truth is , and the Truth I speak ,
85 . That I shall fill hell with thee and with such of them as follow thee , together .
86 . Say ( O Muhammad , unto mankind ) : I ask of you no fee for this , and I am no impostor .
87 . Lo! it is naught else than a reminder for all peoples
88 . And ye will come in time to know the truth thereof .