[16.1] The commandment of
Allah will come to pass, so seek not ye to hasten it. Glorified
and Exalted be He above all that they associate (with Him).
[16.2] He sendeth down the angels with the Spirit of His command
unto whom He will of His bondmen, (saying): Warn mankind that
there is no God save Me, so keep your duty unto Me.
[16.3] He hath created the heavens and the earth with truth.
High be He Exalted above all that they associate (with Him).
[16.4] He hath created man from a drop of fluid, yet behold! he
is an open opponent.
[16.5] And the cattle hath He created, whence ye have warm
clothing and uses, and whereof ye eat;
[16.6] And wherein is beauty for you, when ye bring them home,
and when ye take them out to pasture.
[16.7] And they bear your loads for you unto a land ye could not
reach save with great trouble to yourselves. Lo! your Lord is
Full of Pity, Merciful.
[16.8] And horses and mules and asses (hath He created) that ye
may ride them, and for ornament. And He createth that which ye
[16.9] And Allah's is the direction of the way, and some (roads)
go not straight. And had He willed He would have led you all
[16.10] He it is Who sendeth down water from the sky, whence ye
have drink, and whence are trees on which ye send your beasts to
[16.11] Therewith He causeth crops to grow for you, and the
olive and the date-palm and grapes and all kinds of fruit. Lo!
herein is indeed a portent for people who reflect.
[16.12] And He hath constrained the night and the day and the
sun and the moon to be of service unto you, and the stars are
made subservient by His command. Lo! herein indeed are portents
for people who have sense.
[16.13] And whatsoever He hath created for you in the earth of
divers hues, lo! therein is indeed a portent for people who take
[16.14] And He it is Who hath constrained the sea to be of
service that ye eat fresh meat from thence, and bring forth from
thence ornaments which ye wear. And thou seest the ships
ploughing it that ye (mankind) may seek of His bounty and that
haply ye may give thanks.
[16.15] And He hath cast into the earth firm hills that it quake
not with you, and streams and roads that ye may find a way.
[16.16] And landmarks (too), and by the star they find a way.
[16.17] Is He then Who createth as him who createth not ? Will
ye not then remember ?
[16.18] And if ye would count the favour of Allah ye cannot
reckon it. Lo! Allah is indeed Forgiving, Merciful.
[16.19] And Allah knoweth that which ye keep hidden and that
which ye proclaim.
[16.20] Those unto whom they cry beside Allah created naught,
but are themselves created.
[16.21] (They are) dead, not living. And they know not when they
will be raised.
[16.22] Your God is One God. But as for those who believe not in
the Hereafter their hearts refuse to know, for they are proud.
[16.23] Assuredly Allah knoweth that which they keep hidden and
that which they proclaim. Lo! He loveth not the proud.
[16.24] And when it is said unto them: What hath your Lord
revealed ? they say: (Mere) fables of the men of old,
[16.25] That they may bear their burdens undiminished on the Day
of Resurrection, with somewhat of the burdens of those whom they
mislead without knowledge. Ah! evil is that which they bear!
[16.26] Those before them plotted, so Allah struck at the
foundations of their building, and then the roof fell down upon
them from above them, and the doom came on them whence they knew
[16.27] Then on the Day of Resurrection He will disgrace them
and will say: Where are My partners, for whose sake ye opposed
(My guidance) ? Those who have been given knowledge will say:
Disgrace this day and evil are upon the disbelievers,
[16.28] Whom the angels cause to die while they are wronging
themselves. Then will they make full submission (saying): We
used not to do any wrong. Nay! Surely Allah is Knower of what ye
used to do.
[16.29] So enter the gates of hell, to dwell therein for ever.
Woeful indeed will be the lodging of the arrogant.
[16.30] And it is said unto those who ward off (evil): What hath
your Lord revealed ? They say: Good. For those who do good in
this world there is a good (reward) and the home of the
Hereafter will be better. Pleasant indeed will be the home of
those who ward off (evil) -
[16.31] Gardens of Eden which they enter, underneath which
rivers flow, wherein they have what they will. Thus Allah
repayeth those who ward off (evil),
[16.32] Those whom the angels cause to die (when they are) good.
They say: Peace be unto you! Enter the Garden because of what ye
used to do.
[16.33] Await they aught say that the angels should come unto
them or thy Lord's command should come to pass ? Even so did
those before them. Allah wronged them not, but they did wrong
[16.34] So that the evils of what they did smote them, and that
which they used to mock surrounded them.
[16.35] And the idolaters say: Had Allah willed, we had not
worshipped aught beside Him, we and our fathers, nor had we
forbidden aught without (command from) Him. Even so did those
before them. Are the messengers charged with aught save plain
conveyance (of the message) ?
[16.36] And verily We have raised in every nation a messenger,
(proclaiming): Serve Allah and shun false gods. Then some of
them (there were) whom Allah guided, and some of them (there
were) upon whom error had just hold. Do but travel in the land
and see the nature of the consequence for the deniers!
[16.37] Even if thou (O Muhammad) desirest their right guidance,
still Allah assuredly will not guide him who misleadeth. Such
have no helpers.
[16.38] And they swear by Allah their most binding oaths (that)
Allah will not raise up him who dieth. Nay, but it is a promise
(binding) upon Him in truth, but most of mankind know not,
[16.39] That He may explain unto them that wherein they differ,
and that those who disbelieved may know that they were liars.
[16.40] And Our word unto a thing, when We intend it, is only
that We say unto it: Be! and it is.
[16.41] And those who became fugitives for the cause of Allah
after they had been oppressed, We verily shall give them goodly
lodging in the world, and surely the reward of the Hereafter is
greater, if they but knew;
[16.42] Such as are steadfast and put their trust in Allah.
[16.43] And We sent not (as Our messengers) before thee other
than men whom We inspired - Ask the followers of the Remembrance
if ye know not! -
[16.44] With clear proofs and writings; and We have revealed
unto thee the Remembrance that thou mayst explain to mankind
that which hath been revealed for them, and that haply they may
[16.45] Are they who plan ill-deeds then secure that Allah will
not cause the earth to swallow them, or that the doom will not
come on them whence they know not ?
[16.46] Or that He will not seize them in their going to and fro
so that there be no escape for them ?
[16.47] Or that He will not seize them with a gradual wasting ?
Lo! thy Lord is indeed Full of Pity, Merciful.
[16.48] Have they not observed all things that Allah hath
created, how their shadows incline to the right and to the left,
making prostration unto Allah, and they are lowly ?
[16.49] And unto Allah maketh prostration whatsoever is in the
heavens and whatsoever is in the earth of living creatures, and
the angels (also) and they are not proud.
[16.50] They fear their Lord above them, and do what they are
[16.51] Allah hath said: Choose not two gods. There is only One
God. So of Me, Me only, be in awe.
[16.52] Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and the
earth, and religion is His for ever. Will ye then fear any other
than Allah ?
[16.53] And whatever of comfort ye enjoy, it is from Allah.
Then, when misfortune reacheth you, unto Him ye cry for help.
[16.54] And afterward, when He hath rid you of the misfortune,
behold! a set of you attribute partners to their Lord,
[16.55] So as to deny that which We have given them. Then enjoy
life (while ye may), for ye will come to know.
[16.56] And they assign a portion of that which We have given
them unto what they know not. By Allah! but ye will indeed be
asked concerning (all) that ye used to invent.
[16.57] And they assign unto Allah daughters - Be He Glorified!
- and unto themselves what they desire;
[16.58] When if one of them receiveth tidings of the birth of a
female, his face remaineth darkened, and he is wroth inwardly.
[16.59] He hideth himself from the folk because of the evil of
that whereof he hath had tidings, (asking himself): Shall he
keep it in contempt, or bury it beneath the dust. Verily evil is
[16.60] For those who believe not in the Hereafter is an evil
similitude, and Allah's is the Sublime Similitude. He is the
Mighty, the Wise.
[16.61] If Allah were to take mankind to task for their
wrong-doing, he would not leave hereon a living creature, but He
reprieveth them to an appointed term, and when their term cometh
they cannot put (it) off an hour nor (yet) advance (it).
[16.62] And they assign unto Allah that which they (themselves)
dislike, and their tongues expound the lie that the better
portion will be theirs. Assuredly theirs will be the Fire, and
they will be abandoned.
[16.63] By Allah, We verily sent messengers unto the nations
before thee, but the devil made their deeds fairseeming unto
them. So he is their patron this day, and theirs will be a
[16.64] And We have revealed the Scripture unto thee only that
thou mayst explain unto them that wherein they differ, and (as)
a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe.
[16.65] Allah sendeth down water from the sky and therewith
reviveth the earth after her death. Lo! herein is indeed a
portent for a folk who hear.
[16.66] And lo! in the cattle there is a lesson for you. We give
you to drink of that which is in their bellies, from betwixt the
refuse and the blood, pure milk palatable to the drinkers.
[16.67] And of the fruits of the date-palm, and grapes, whence
ye derive strong drink and (also) good nourishment. Lo! therein
is indeed a portent for people who have sense.
[16.68] And thy Lord inspired the bee, saying: Choose thou
habitations in the hills and in the trees and in that which they
[16.69] Then eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of thy Lord,
made smooth (for thee). There cometh forth from their bellies a
drink divers of hues, wherein is healing for mankind. Lo! herein
is indeed a portent for people who reflect.
[16.70] And Allah createth you, then causeth you to die, and
among you is he who is brought back to the most abject stage of
life, so that he knoweth nothing after (having had) knowledge.
Lo! Allah is Knower, Powerful.
[16.71] And Allah hath favoured some of you above others in
provision. Now those who are more favoured will by no means hand
over their provision to those (slaves) whom their right hands
possess, so that they may be equal with them in respect thereof.
Is it then the grace of Allah that they deny ?
[16.72] And Allah hath given you wives of your own kind, and
hath given you, from your wives, sons and grandsons, and hath
made provision of good things for you. Is it then in vanity that
they believe and in the grace of Allah that they disbelieve ?
[16.73] And they worship beside Allah that which owneth no
provision whatsoever for them from the heavens or the earth, nor
have they (whom they worship) any power.
[16.74] So coin not similitudes for Allah. Lo! Allah knoweth; ye
[16.75] Allah coineth a similitude: (on the one hand) a (mere)
chattel slave, who hath control of nothing, and (on the other
hand) one on whom we have bestowed a fair provision from Us, and
he spendeth thereof secretly and openly. Are they equal ? Praise
be to Allah! But most of them know not.
[16.76] And Allah coineth a similitude: Two men, one of them
dumb, having control of nothing, and he is a burden on his
owner; whithersoever he directeth him to go, he bringeth no
good. Is he equal with one who enjoineth justice and followeth a
straight path (of conduct) ?
[16.77] And unto Allah belongeth the Unseen of the heavens and
the earth, and the matter of the Hour (of Doom) is but as a
twinkling of the eye, or it is nearer still. Lo! Allah is Able
to do all things.
[16.78] And Allah brought you forth from the wombs of your
mothers knowing nothing, and gave you hearing and sight and
hearts that haply ye might give thanks.
[16.79] Have they not seen the birds obedient in mid-air ? None
holdeth them save Allah. Lo! herein, verily, are portents for a
people who believe.
[16.80] And Allah hath given you in your houses an abode, and
hath given you (also), of the hides of cattle, houses which ye
find light (to carry) on the day of migration and on the day of
pitching camp; and of their wool and their fur and their hair,
caparison and comfort for a while.
[16.81] And Allah hath given you, of that which He hath created,
shelter from the sun; and hath given you places of refuge in the
mountains, and hath given you coats to ward off the heat from
you, and coats (of armour) to save you from your own
foolhardiness. Thus doth He perfect His favour unto you, in
order that ye may surrender (unto Him).
[16.82] Then, if they turn away, thy duty (O Muhammad) is but
plain conveyance (of the message).
[16.83] They know the favour of Allah and then deny it. Most of
them are ingrates.
[16.84] And (bethink you of) the day when we raise up of every
nation a witness, then there is no leave for disbelievers, nor
are they allowed to make amends.
[16.85] And when those who did wrong behold the doom, it will
not be made light for them, nor will they be reprieved.
[16.86] And when those who ascribed partners to Allah behold
those partners of theirs, they will say: Our Lord! these are our
partners unto whom we used to cry instead of Thee. But they will
fling to them the saying: Lo! ye verily are liars!
[16.87] And they proffer unto Allah submission on that day, and
all that they used to invent hath failed them.
[16.88] For those who disbelieve and debar (men) from the way of
Allah, We add doom to doom because they wrought corruption,
[16.89] And (bethink you of) the day when We raise in every
nation a witness against them of their own folk, and We bring
thee (Muhammad) as a witness against these. And We reveal the
Scripture unto thee as an exposition of all things, and a
guidance and a mercy and good tidings for those who have
surrendered (to Allah).
[16.90] Lo! Allah enjoineth justice and kindness, and giving to
kinsfolk, and forbiddeth lewdness and abomination and
wickedness. He exhorteth you in order that ye may take heed.
[16.91] Fulfil the covenant of Allah when ye have covenanted,
and break not your oaths after the asseveration of them, and
after ye have made Allah surety over you. Lo! Allah knoweth what
[16.92] And be not like unto her who unravelleth the thread,
after she hath made it strong, to thin filaments, making your
oaths a deceit between you because of a nation being more
numerous than (another) nation. Allah only trieth you thereby,
and He verily will explain to you on the Day of Resurrection
that wherein ye differed.
[16.93] Had Allah willed He could have made you (all) one
nation, but He sendeth whom He will astray and guideth whom He
will, and ye will indeed be asked of what ye used to do.
[16.94] Make not your oaths a deceit between you, lest a foot
should slip after being firmly planted and ye should taste evil
forasmuch as ye debarred (men) from the way of Allah, and yours
should be an awful doom.
[16.95] And purchase not a small gain at the price of Allah's
covenant. Lo! that which Allah hath is better for you, if ye did
[16.96] That which ye have wasteth away, and that which Allah
hath remaineth. And verily We shall pay those who are steadfast
a recompense in proportion to the best of what they used to do.
[16.97] Whosoever doeth right, whether male or female, and is a
believer, him verily we shall quicken with good life, and We
shall pay them a recompense in proportion to the best of what
they used to do.
[16.98] And when thou recitest the Qur'an, seek refuge in Allah
from Satan the outcast.
[16.99] Lo! he hath no power over those who believe and put
trust in their Lord.
[16.100] His power is only over those who make a friend of him,
and those who ascribe partners unto Him (Allah).
[16.101] And when We put a revelation in place of (another)
revelation, - and Allah knoweth best what He revealeth - they
say: Lo! thou art but inventing. Most of them know not.
[16.102] Say: The holy Spirit hath delivered it from thy Lord
with truth, that it may confirm (the faith of) those who
believe, and as guidance and good tidings for those who have
surrendered (to Allah).
[16.103] And We know well that they say: Only a man teacheth
him. The speech of him at whom they falsely hint is outlandish,
and this is clear Arabic speech.
[16.104] Lo! those who disbelieve the revelations of Allah,
Allah guideth them not and theirs will be a painful doom.
[16.105] Only they invent falsehood who believe not Allah's
revelations, and (only) they are the liars.
[16.106] Whoso disbelieveth in Allah after his belief - save him
who is forced thereto and whose heart is still content with the
Faith - but whoso findeth ease in disbelief: On them is wrath
from Allah. Theirs will be an awful doom.
[16.107] That is because they have chosen the life of the world
rather than the Hereafter, and because Allah guideth not the
[16.108] Such are they whose hearts and ears and eyes Allah hath
sealed. And such are the heedless.
[16.109] Assuredly in the Hereafter they are the losers.
[16.110] Then lo! thy Lord - for those who became fugitives
after they had been persecuted, and then fought and were
steadfast - lo! thy Lord afterward is (for them) indeed
[16.111] On the Day when every soul will come pleading for
itself, and every soul will be repaid what it did, and they will
not be wronged.
[16.112] Allah coineth a similitude: a township that dwelt
secure and well content, its provision coming to it in abundance
from every side, but it disbelieved in Allah's favours, so Allah
made it experience the garb of dearth and fear because of what
they used to do.
[16.113] And verily there had come unto them a messenger from
among them, but they had denied him, and so the torment seized
them while they were wrong-doers.
[16.114] So eat of the lawful and good food which Allah hath
provided for you, and thank the bounty of your Lord if it is Him
[16.115] He hath forbidden for you only carrion and blood and
swineflesh and that which hath been immolated in the name of any
other than Allah; but he who is driven thereto, neither craving
nor transgressing, lo! then Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
[16.116] And speak not, concerning that which your own tongues
qualify (as clean or unclean), the falsehood: "This is lawful,
and this is forbidden," so that ye invent a lie against Allah.
Lo! those who invent a lie against Allah will not succeed.
[16.117] A brief enjoyment (will be theirs); and theirs a
[16.118] And unto those who are Jews We have forbidden that
which We have already related unto thee. And We wronged them
not, but they were wont to wrong themselves.
[16.119] Then lo! thy Lord - for those who do evil in ignorance
and afterward repent and amend - lo! (for them) thy Lord is
afterward indeed Forgiving, Merciful.
[16.120] Lo! Abraham was a nation obedient to Allah, by nature
upright, and he was not of the idolaters;
[16.121] Thankful for His bounties; He chose him and He guided
him unto a straight path.
[16.122] And We gave him good in the world, and in the Hereafter
he is among the righteous.
[16.123] And afterward We inspired thee (Muhammad, saying):
Follow the religion of Abraham, as one by nature upright. He was
not of the idolaters.
[16.124] The Sabbath was appointed only for those who differed
concerning it, and lo! thy Lord will judge between them on the
Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein they used to differ.
[16.125] Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair
exhortation, and reason with them in the better way. Lo! thy
Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is
Best Aware of those who go aright.
[16.126] If ye punish, then punish with the like of that
wherewith ye were afflicted. But if ye endure patiently, verily
it is better for the patient.
[16.127] Endure thou patiently (O Muhammad). Thine endurance is
only by (the help of) Allah. Grieve not for them, and be not in
distress because of that which they devise.
[16.128] Lo! Allah is with those who keep their duty unto Him
and those who are doers of good.