[19.1] Kaf. Ha. Ya. A'in.
[19.2] A mention of the mercy of thy Lord unto His servant
[19.3] When he cried unto his Lord a cry in secret,
[19.4] Saying: My Lord! Lo! the bones of me wax feeble and my
head is shining with grey hair, and I have never been unblest in
prayer to Thee, my Lord.
[19.5] Lo! I fear my kinsfolk after me, since my wife is barren.
Oh, give me from Thy presence a successor
[19.6] Who shall inherit of me and inherit (also) of the house
of Jacob. And make him, my Lord, acceptable (unto Thee).
[19.7] (It was said unto him): O Zachariah! Lo! We bring thee
tidings of a son whose name is John; we have given the same name
to none before (him).
[19.8] He said: My Lord! How can I have a son when my wife is
barren and I have reached infirm old age ?
[19.9] He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for
Me, even as I created thee before, when thou wast naught.
[19.10] He said: My Lord! Appoint for me some token. He said:
Thy token is that thou, with no bodily defect, shalt not speak
unto mankind three nights.
[19.11] Then he came forth unto his people from the sanctuary,
and signified to them: Glorify your Lord at break of day and
fall of night.
[19.12] (And it was said unto his son): O John! Hold fast the
Scripture. And we gave him wisdom when a child,
[19.13] And compassion from Our presence, and purity; and he was
[19.14] And dutiful toward his parents. And he was not arrogant,
[19.15] Peace on him the day he was born, and the day he dieth
and the day he shall be raised alive!
[19.16] And make mention of Mary in the Scripture, when she had
withdrawn from her people to a chamber looking East,
[19.17] And had chosen seclusion from them. Then We sent unto
her Our Spirit and it assumed for her the likeness of a perfect
[19.18] She said: Lo! I seek refuge in the Beneficent One from
thee, if thou art God-fearing.
[19.19] He said: I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may
bestow on thee a faultless son.
[19.20] She said: How can I have a son when no mortal hath
touched me, neither have I been unchaste ?
[19.21] He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for
Me. And (it will be) that We may make of him a revelation for
mankind and a mercy from Us, and it is a thing ordained.
[19.22] And she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a
[19.23] And the pains of childbirth drove her unto the trunk of
the palm-tree. She said:Oh, would that I had diedhere this and
had become a thing of naught, forgotten!
[19.24] Then (one) cried unto her from below her, saying: Grieve
not! Thy Lord hath placed a rivulet beneath thee,
[19.25] And shake the trunk of the palm-tree toward thee, thou
wilt cause ripe dates to fall upon thee.
[19.26] So eat and drink and be consoled. And if thou meetest
any mortal, say: Lo! I have vowed a fast unto the Beneficent,
and may not speak this day to any mortal.
[19.27] Then she brought him to her own folk, carrying him. They
said: O Mary! Thou hast come with an amazing thing.
[19.28] O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a wicked man nor
was thy mother a harlot.
[19.29] Then she pointed to him. They said: How can we talk to
one who is in the cradle, a young boy ?
[19.30] He spoke: Lo! I am the slave of Allah. He hath given me
the Scripture and hath appointed me a Prophet,
[19.31] And hath made me blessed wheresoever I may be, and hath
enjoined upon me prayer and almsgiving so long as I remain
[19.32] And (hath made me) dutiful toward her who bore me, and
hath not made me arrogant, unblest.
[19.33] Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and
the day I shall be raised alive!
[19.34] Such was Jesus, son of Mary: (this is) a statement of
the truth concerning which they doubt.
[19.35] It befitteth not (the Majesty of) Allah that He should
take unto Himself a son. Glory be to Him! When He decreeth a
thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is.
[19.36] And lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So serve Him.
That is the right path.
[19.37] The sects among them differ: but woe unto the
disbelievers from the meeting of an awful Day.
[19.38] See and hear them on the Day they come unto Us! yet the
evil-doers are to-day in error manifest.
[19.39] And warn them of the Day of anguish when the case hath
been decided. Now they are in a state of carelessness, and they
[19.40] Lo! We, only We, inherit the earth and all who are
thereon, and unto Us they are returned.
[19.41] And make mention (O Muhammad) in the Scripture of
Abraham. Lo! he was a saint, a prophet.
[19.42] When he said unto his father: O my father! Why
worshippest thou that which heareth not nor seeth, nor can in
aught avail thee ?
[19.43] O my father! Lo! there hath come unto me of knowledge
that which came not unto thee. So follow me, and I will lead
thee on a right path.
[19.44] O my father! Serve not the devil. Lo! the devil is a
rebel unto the Beneficent.
[19.45] O my father! Lo! I fear lest a punishment from the
Beneficent overtake thee so that thou become a comrade of the
[19.46] He said: Rejectest thou my gods, O Abraham ? If thou
cease not, I shall surely stone thee. Depart from me a long
[19.47] He said: Peace be unto thee! I shall ask forgiveness of
my Lord for thee. Lo! He was ever gracious unto me.
[19.48] I shall withdraw from you and that unto which ye pray
beside Allah, and I shall pray unto my Lord. It may be that, in
prayer unto my Lord, I shall not be unblest.
[19.49] So, when he had withdrawn from them and that which they
were worshipping beside Allah, We gave him Isaac and Jacob. Each
of them We made a prophet.
[19.50] And we gave them of Our mercy, and assigned to them a
high and true renown.
[19.51] And make mention in the Scripture of Moses. Lo! he was
chosen, and he was a messenger (of Allah), a prophet.
[19.52] We called him from the right slope of the Mount, and
brought him nigh in communion.
[19.53] And We bestowed upon him of Our mercy his brother Aaron,
a prophet (likewise).
[19.54] And make mention in the Scripture of Ishmael. Lo! he was
a keeper of his promise, and he was a messenger (of Allah), a
[19.55] He enjoined upon his people worship and almsgiving, and
was acceptable in the sight of his Lord.
[19.56] And make mention in the Scripture of Idris. Lo! he was a
saint, a prophet;
[19.57] And We raised him to high station.
[19.58] These are they unto whom Allah showed favour from among
the prophets, of the seed of Adam and of those whom We carried
(in the ship) with Noah, and of the seed of Abraham and Israel,
and from among those whom We guided and chose. When the
revelations of the Beneficent were recited unto them, they fell
down, adoring and weeping.
[19.59] Now there hath succeeded them a later generation whom
have ruined worship and have followed lusts. But they will meet
[19.60] Save him who shall repent and believe and do right. Such
will enter the Garden, and they will not be wronged in aught -
[19.61] Gardens of Eden, which the Beneficent hath promised to
His slaves in the unseen. Lo! His promise is ever sure of
[19.62] They hear therein no idle talk, but only Peace; and
therein they have food for morn and evening.
[19.63] Such is the Garden which We cause the devout among Our
bondmen to inherit.
[19.64] We (angels) come not down save by commandment of thy
Lord. Unto Him belongeth all that is before us and all that is
behind us and all that is between those two, and thy Lord was
never forgetful -
[19.65] Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is
between them! Therefor, worship thou Him and be thou steadfast
in His service. Knowest thou one that can be named along with
[19.66] And man saith: When I am dead, shall I forsooth be
brought forth alive ?
[19.67] Doth not man remember that We created him before, when
he was naught ?
[19.68] And, by thy Lord, verily We shall assemble them and the
devils, then We shall bring them, crouching, around hell.
[19.69] Then We shall pluck out from every sect whichever of
them was most stubborn in rebellion to the Beneficent.
[19.70] And surely We are Best Aware of those most worthy to be
[19.71] There is not one of you but shall approach it. That is a
fixed ordinance of thy Lord.
[19.72] Then We shall rescue those who kept from evil, and leave
the evil-doers crouching there.
[19.73] And when Our clear revelations are recited unto them,
those who disbelieve say unto those who believe: Which of the
two parties (yours or ours) is better in position, and more
imposing as an army ?
[19.74] How many a generation have We destroyed before them, who
were more imposing in respect of gear and outward seeming!
[19.75] Say: As for him who is in error, the Beneficent will
verily prolong his span of life until, when they behold that
which they were promised, whether it be punishment (in the
world), or the Hour (of doom), they will know who is worse in
position and who is weaker as an army.
[19.76] Allah increaseth in right guidance those who walk
aright, and the good deeds which endure are better in thy Lord's
sight for reward, and better for resort.
[19.77] Hast thou seen him who disbelieveth in Our revelations
and saith: Assuredly I shall be given wealth and children ?
[19.78] Hath he perused the Unseen, or hath he made a pact with
the Beneficent ?
[19.79] Nay, but We shall record that which he saith and prolong
for him a span of torment.
[19.80] And We shall inherit from him that whereof he spake, and
he will come unto Us, alone (without his wealth and children).
[19.81] And they have chosen (other) gods beside Allah that they
may be a power for them.
[19.82] Nay, but they will deny their worship of them, and
become opponents unto them.
[19.83] Seest thou not that We have set the devils on the
disbelievers to confound them with confusion ?
[19.84] So make no haste against them (O Muhammad). We do but
number unto them a sum (of days).
[19.85] On the day when We shall gather the righteous unto the
Beneficent, a goodly company.
[19.86] And drive the guilty unto hell, a weary herd,
[19.87] They will have no power of intercession, save him who
hath made a covenant with his Lord.
[19.88] And they say: The Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a
[19.89] Assuredly ye utter a disastrous thing
[19.90] Whereby almost the heavens are torn, and the earth is
split asunder and the mountains fall in ruins,
[19.91] That ye ascribe unto the Beneficent a son,
[19.92] When it is not meet for (the Majesty of) the Beneficent
that He should choose a son.
[19.93] There is none in the heavens and the earth but cometh
unto the Beneficent as a slave.
[19.94] Verily He knoweth them and numbereth them with (right)
[19.95] And each one of them will come unto Him on the Day of
[19.96] Lo! those who believe and do good works, the Beneficent
will appoint for them love.
[19.97] And We make (this Scripture) easy in thy tongue, (O
Muhammad) only that thou mayst bear good tidings therewith unto
those who ward off (evil), and warn therewith the froward folk.
[19.98] And how many a generation before them have We destroyed!
Canst thou (Muhammad) see a single man of them, or hear from
them the slightest sound ?