[11.1] Alif. Lam. Ra. (This
is) a Scripture the revelations whereof are perfected and then
expounded. (It cometh) from One Wise, Informed,
[11.2] (Saying): Serve none but Allah. Lo! I am unto you from
Him a warner and a bringer of good tidings.
[11.3] And (bidding you): Ask pardon of your Lord and turn to
Him repentant. He will cause you to enjoy a fair estate until a
time appointed. He giveth His bounty unto every bountiful one.
But if ye turn away, lo! (then) I fear for you the retribution
of an awful Day.
[11.4] Unto Allah is your return, and He is Able to do all
[11.5] Lo! now they fold up their breasts that they may hide
(their thoughts) from Him. At the very moment when they cover
themselves with their clothing, Allah knoweth that which they
keep hidden and that which they proclaim. Lo! He is Aware of
what is in the breasts (of men).
[11.6] And there is not a beast in the earth but the sustenance
thereof dependeth on Allah. He knoweth its habitation and its
repository. All is in a clear Record.
[11.7] And He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six
Days - and His Throne was upon the water - that He might try
you, which of you is best in conduct. Yet if thou (O Muhammad)
sayest: Lo! ye will be raised again after death! those who
disbelieve will surely say: This is naught but mere magic.
[11.8] And if We delay for them the doom until a reckoned time,
they will surely say: What withholdeth it ? Verily on the day
when it cometh unto them, it cannot be averted from them, and
that which they derided will surround them.
[11.9] And if we cause man to taste some mercy from Us and
afterward withdraw it from him, lo! he is despairing, thankless.
[11.10] And if We cause him to taste grace after some misfortune
that had befallen him, he saith: The ills have gone from me. Lo!
he is exultant, boastful;
[11.11] Save those who persevere and do good works. Theirs will
be forgiveness and a great reward.
[11.12] A likely thing, that thou wouldst forsake aught of that
which hath been revealed unto thee, and that thy breast should
be straitened for it, because they say: Why hath not a treasure
been sent down for him, or an angel come with him ? Thou art but
a warner, and Allah is in charge of all things.
[11.13] Or they say: He hath invented it. Say: Then bring ten
surahs, the like thereof, invented, and call on everyone ye can
beside Allah, if ye are truthful!
[11.14] And if they answer not your prayer, then know that it is
revealed only in the knowledge of Allah; and that there is no
God save Him. Will ye then be (of) those who surrender ?
[11.15] Whoso desireth the life of the world and its pomp, We
shall repay them their deeds herein, and therein they will not
[11.16] Those are they for whom is naught in the Hereafter save
the Fire. (All) that they contrive here is vain and (all) that
they are wont to do is fruitless.
[11.17] Is he (to be counted equal with them) who relieth on a
clear proof from his Lord, and a witness from Him reciteth it,
and before it was the Book of Moses, an example and a mercy ?
Such believe therein, and whoso disbelieveth therein of the
clans, the Fire is his appointed place. So be not thou in doubt
concerning it. Lo! it is the Truth from thy Lord; but most of
mankind believe not.
[11.18] Who doeth greater wrong than he who inventeth a lie
concerning Allah ? Such will be brought before their Lord, and
the witnesses will say: These are they who lied concerning their
Lord. Now the curse of Allah is upon wrong-doers,
[11.19] Who debar (men) from the way of Allah and would have it
crooked, and who are disbelievers in the Hereafter.
[11.20] Such will not escape in the earth, nor have they any
protecting friends beside Allah. For them the torment will be
double. They could not bear to hear, and they used not to see.
[11.21] Such are they who have lost their souls, and that which
they used to invent hath failed them.
[11.22] Assuredly in the Hereafter they will be the greatest
[11.23] Lo! those who believe and do good works and humble
themselves before their Lord: such are rightful owners of the
Garden; they will abide therein.
[11.24] The similitude of the two parties is as the blind and
the deaf and the seer and the hearer. Are they equal in
similitude ? Will ye not then be admonished ?
[11.25] And We sent Noah unto his folk (and he said): Lo! I am a
plain warner unto you.
[11.26] That ye serve none, save Allah. Lo! I fear for you the
retribution of a painful Day.
[11.27] The chieftains of his folk, who disbelieved, said: We
see thee but a mortal like us, and we see not that any follow
thee save the most abject among us, without reflection. We
behold in you no merit above us - nay, we deem you liars.
[11.28] He said: O my people! Bethink you, if I rely on a clear
proof from my Lord and there hath come unto me a mercy from His
presence, and it hath been made obscure to you, can we compel
you to accept it when ye are averse thereto ?
[11.29] And O my people! I ask of you no wealth therefor. My
reward is the concern only of Allah, and I am not going to
thrust away those who believe - Lo! they have to meet their
Lord! - buut I see you a folk that are ignorant.
[11.30] And, O my people! who would deliver me from Allah if I
thrust them away ? Will ye not then reflect ?
[11.31] I say not unto you: "I have the treasures of Allah" nor
"I have knowledge of the Unseen," nor say I: "Lo! I am an
angel!" Nor say I unto those whom your eyes scorn that Allah
will not give them good - Allah knoweth best what is in their
hearts - Lo! then indeed I should be of the wrong-doers.
[11.32] They said: O Noah! Thou hast disputed with us and
multiplied disputation with us; now bring upon us that wherewith
thou threatenest us, if thou art of the truthful.
[11.33] He said: Only Allah will bring it upon you if He will,
and ye can by no means escape.
[11.34] My counsel will not profit you if I were minded to
advise you, if Allah's will is to keep you astray. He is your
Lord and unto Him ye will be brought back.
[11.35] Or say they (again): He hath invented it ? Say: If I
have invented it, upon me be my crimes, but I am innocent of
(all) that ye commit.
[11.36] And it was inspired in Noah, (saying): No-one of thy
folk will believe save him who hath believed already. Be not
distressed because of what they do.
[11.37] Build the ship under Our eyes and by Our inspiration,
and speak not unto Me on behalf of those who do wrong. Lo! they
will be drowned.
[11.38] And he was building the ship, and every time that
chieftains of his people passed him, they made mock of him. He
said: Though ye make mock of Us, yet We mock at you even as ye
[11.39] And ye shall know to whom a punishment that will
confound him cometh, and upon whom a lasting doom will fall.
[11.40] (Thus it was) till, when Our commandment came to pass
and the oven gushed forth water, We said: Load therein two of
every kind, a pair (the male and female), and thy household,
save him against whom the word hath gone forth already, and
those who believe. And but a few were they who believed with
[11.41] And he said: Embark therein! In the name of Allah be its
course and its mooring. Lo! my Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.
[11.42] And it sailed with them amid waves like mountains, and
Noah cried unto his son - and he was standing aloof - O my son!
Come ride with us, and be not with the disbelievers.
[11.43] He said: I shall betake me to some mountain that will
save me from the water. (Noah) said: This day there is none that
saveth from the commandment of Allah save him on whom He hath
had mercy. And the wave came in between them, so he was among
[11.44] And it was said: O earth! Swallow thy water and, O sky!
be cleared of clouds! And the water was made to subside. And the
commandment was fulfilled. And it (the ship) came to rest upon
(the mount) Al-Judi and it was said: A far removal for
[11.45] And Noah cried unto his Lord and said: My Lord! Lo! my
son is of my household! Surely Thy promise is the truth and Thou
are the Most Just of Judges.
[11.46] He said: O Noah! Lo! he is not of thy household; lo! he
is of evil conduct, so ask not of Me that whereof thou hast no
knowledge. I admonish thee lest thou be among the ignorant.
[11.47] He said: My Lord! Lo! in Thee do I seek refuge (from the
sin) that I should ask of Thee that whereof I have no knowledge.
Unless Thou forgive me and have mercy on me I shall be among the
[11.48] It was said (unto him): O Noah! Go thou down (from the
mountain) with peace from Us and blessings upon thee and some
nations (that will spring) from those with thee. (There will be
other) nations unto whom We shall give enjoyment a long while
and then a painful doom from Us will overtake them.
[11.49] This is of the tidings of the Unseen which We inspire in
thee (Muhammad). Thou thyself knewest it not, nor did thy folk
(know it) before this. Then have patience. Lo! the sequel is for
those who ward off (evil).
[11.50] And unto (the tribe of) A'ad (We sent) their brother,
Hud. He said: O my people! Serve Allah! Ye have no other God
save Him. Lo! ye do but invent.
[11.51] O my people! I ask of you no reward for it. Lo! my
reward is the concern only of Him Who made me. Have ye then no
[11.52] And, O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord, then
turn unto Him repentant; He will cause the sky to rain abundance
on you and will add unto you strength to your strength. Turn not
[11.53] They said: O Hud! Thou hast brought us no clear proof
and we are not going to forsake our gods on thy (mere) saying,
and we are not believers in thee.
[11.54] We say naught save that one of our gods hath possessed
thee in an evil way. He said: I call Allah to witness, and do ye
(too) bear witness, that I am innocent of (all) that ye ascribe
as partners (to Allah)
[11.55] Beside Him. So (try to) circumvent me, all of you, give
me no respite.
[11.56] Lo! I have put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord.
Not an animal but He doth grasp it by the forelock! Lo! my Lord
is on a straight path.
[11.57] And if ye turn away, still I have conveyed unto you that
wherewith I was sent unto you, and my Lord will set in place of
you a folk other than you. Ye cannot injure Him at all. Lo! my
Lord is Guardian over all things.
[11.58] And when Our commandment came to pass We saved Hud and
those who believed with him by a mercy from Us; We saved them
from a harsh doom.
[11.59] And such were A'ad. They denied the revelations of their
Lord and flouted His messengers and followed the command of
every froward potentate.
[11.60] And a curse was made to follow them in the world and on
the Day of Resurrection. Lo! A'ad disbelieved in their Lord. A
far removal for A'ad, the folk of Hud!
[11.61] And unto (the tribe of) Thamud (We sent) their brother
Salih. He said: O my people! Serve Allah, Ye have no other God
save Him. He brought you forth from the earth and hath made you
husband it. So ask forgiveness of Him and turn unto Him
repentant. Lo! my Lord is Nigh, Responsive.
[11.62] They said: O Salih! Thou hast been among us hitherto as
that wherein our hope was placed. Dost thou ask us not to
worship what our fathers worshipped ? Lo! we verily are in grave
doubt concerning that to which thou callest us.
[11.63] He said: O my people! Bethink you: if I am (acting) on
clear proof from my Lord and there hath come unto me a mercy
from Him, who will save me from Allah if I disobey Him ? Ye
would add to me naught save perdition.
[11.64] O my people! This is the camel of Allah, a token unto
you, so suffer her to feed in Allah's earth, and touch her not
with harm lest a near torment seize you.
[11.65] But they hamstrung her, and then he said: Enjoy life in
your dwelling-place three days! This is a threat that will not
[11.66] So, when Our commandment came to pass, We saved Salih,
and those who believed with him, by a mercy from Us, from the
ignominy of that day. Lo, thy Lord! He is the Strong, the
[11.67] And the (awful) Cry overtook those who did wrong, so
that morning found them prostrate in their dwellings,
[11.68] As though they had not dwelt there. Lo! Thamud
disbelieved in their Lord. A far removal for Thamud!
[11.69] And Our messengers cam unto Abraham with good news. They
said: Peace! He answered: Peace! and delayed not to bring a
[11.70] And when he saw their hands reached not to it, he
mistrusted them and conceived a fear of them. They said: Fear
not! Lo! we are sent unto the folk of Lot.
[11.71] And his wife, standing by laughed when We gave her good
tidings (of the birth) of Isaac, and, after Isaac, of Jacob.
[11.72] She said: Oh woe is me! Shall I bear a child when I am
an old woman, and this my husband is an old man ? Lo! this is a
[11.73] They said: Wonderest thou at the commandment of Allah ?
The mercy of Allah and His blessings be upon you, O people of
the house! Lo! He is Owner of Praise, Owner of Glory!
[11.74] And when the awe departed from Abraham, and the glad
news reached him, he pleaded with Us on behalf of the folk of
[11.75] Lo! Abraham was mild, imploring, penitent.
[11.76] (It was said) O Abraham! Forsake this! Lo! thy Lord's
commandment hath gone forth, and lo! there cometh unto them a
doom which cannot be repelled.
[11.77] And when Our messengers came unto Lot, he was distressed
and knew not how to protect them. He said: This is a distressful
[11.78] And his people came unto him, running towards him - and
before then they used to commit abominations - He said: O my
people! Here are my daughters! They are purer for you. Beware of
Allah, and degrade me not in (the person of) my guests. Is there
not among you any upright man ?
[11.79] They said: Well thou knowest that we have no right to
thy daughters, and well thou knowest what we want.
[11.80] He said: Would that I had strength to resist you or had
some strong support (among you)!
[11.81] (The messengers) said: O Lot! Lo! we are messengers of
thy Lord; they shall not reach thee. So travel with thy people
in a part of the night, and let not one of you turn round -
(all) save thy wife. Lo! that which smiteth them will smite her
(also). Lo! their tryst is (for) the morning. Is not the morning
[11.82] So when Our commandment came to pass We overthrew (that
township) and rained upon it stones of clay, one after another,
[11.83] Marked with fire in the providence of thy Lord (for the
destruction of the wicked). And they are never far from the
[11.84] And unto Midian (We sent) their brother Shu'eyb. He
said: O my people! Serve Allah. Ye have no other God save Him!
And give not short measure and short weight. Lo! I see you
well-to-do, and lo! I fear for you the doom of a besetting Day.
[11.85] O my people! Give full measure and full weight in
justice, and wrong not people in respect of their goods. And do
not evil in the earth, causing corruption.
[11.86] That which Allah leaveth with you is better for you if
ye are believers; and I am not a keeper over you.
[11.87] They said: O Shu'eyb! Doth thy way of prayer command
thee that we should forsake that which our fathers (used to)
worship, or that we (should leave off) doing what we will with
our own property. Lo! thou art the mild, the guide to right
[11.88] He said: O my people! Bethink you: if I am (acting) on a
clear proof from my Lord and He sustaineth me with fair
sustenance from Him (how can I concede aught to you) ? I desire
not to do behind your backs that which I ask you not to do. I
desire naught save reform so far as I am able. My welfare is
only in Allah. In Him I trust and unto Him I turn (repentant).
[11.89] And, O my people! Let not the schism with me cause you
to sin so that there befall you that which befell the folk of
Noah and the folk of Hud, and the folk of Salih; and the folk of
Lot are not far off from you.
[11.90] Ask pardon of your Lord and then turn unto Him
(repentant). Lo! my Lord is Merciful, Loving.
[11.91] They said: O Shu'eyb! We understand not much of that
thou tellest, and lo! we do behold thee weak among us. But for
thy family, we should have stoned thee, for thou art not strong
[11.92] He said: O my people! Is my family more to be honoured
by you than Allah ? and ye put Him behind you, neglected! Lo! my
Lord surroundeth what ye do.
[11.93] And, O my people! Act according to your power, lo! I
(too) am acting. Ye will soon know on whom there cometh a doom
that will abase him, and who it is that lieth. And watch! Lo! I
am a watcher with you.
[11.94] And when Our commandment came to pass We saved Shu'eyb
and those who believed with him by a mercy from Us; and the
(Awful) Cry seized those who did injustice, and morning found
them prostrate in their dwellings,
[11.95] As though they had not dwelt there. A far removal for
Midian, even as Thamud had been removed afar!
[11.96] And verily We sent Moses with Our revelations and a
[11.97] Unto Pharaoh and his chiefs, but they did follow the
command of Pharaoh, and the command of Pharaoh was no right
[11.98] He will go before his people on the Day of Resurrection
and will lead them to the Fire for watering-place. Ah, hapless
is the watering-place (whither they are) led.
[11.99] A curse is made to follow them in the world and on the
Day of Resurrection. Hapless is the gift (that will be) given
[11.100] That is (something) of the tidings of the townships
(which were destroyed of old). We relate it unto thee
(Muhammad). Some of them are standing and some (already) reaped.
[11.101] We wronged them not, but they did wrong themselves; and
their gods on whom they call beside Allah availed them naught
when came thy Lord's command; they added to them naught save
[11.102] Even thus is the grasp of thy Lord when He graspeth the
townships while they are doing wrong. Lo! His grasp is painful,
[11.103] Lo! herein verily there is a portent for those who fear
the doom of the Hereafter. That is a day unto which mankind will
be gathered, and that is a day that will be witnessed.
[11.104] And We defer it only to a term already reckoned.
[11.105] On the day when it cometh no soul will speak except by
His permission; some among them will be wretched, (others) glad.
[11.106] As for those who will be wretched (on that day) they
will be in the Fire; sighing and wailing will be their portion
[11.107] Abiding there so long as the heavens and the earth
endure save for that which thy Lord willeth. Lo! thy Lord is
Doer of what He will.
[11.108] And as for those who will be glad (that day) they will
be in the Garden, abiding there so long as the heavens and the
earth endure save for that which thy Lord willeth: a gift
[11.109] So be not thou in doubt concerning that which these
(folk) worship. They worship only as their fathers worshipped
aforetime. Lo! we shall pay them their whole due unabated.
[11.110] And we verily gave unto Moses the Scripture, and there
was strife thereupon; and had it not been for a Word that had
already gone forth from thy Lord, the case would have been
judged between them, and lo! they are in grave doubt concerning
[11.111] And lo! unto each thy Lord will verily repay his works
in full. Lo! He is Informed of what they do.
[11.112] So tread thou the straight path as thou art commanded,
and those who turn (unto Allah) with thee, and transgress not.
Lo! He is Seer of what ye do.
[11.113] And incline not toward those who do wrong lest the Fire
touch you, and ye have no protecting friends against Allah, and
afterward ye would not be helped.
[11.114] Establish worship at the two ends of the day and in
some watches of the night. Lo! good deeds annul ill-deeds. This
is reminder for the mindful.
[11.115] And have patience, (O Muhammad), for lo! Allah loseth
not the wages of the good.
[11.116] If only there had been among the generations before you
men possessing a remnant (of good sense) to warn (their people)
from corruption in the earth, as did a few of those whom We
saved from them! The wrong-doers followed that by which they
were made sapless, and were guilty.
[11.117] In truth thy Lord destroyed not the townships
tyrannously while their folk were doing right.
[11.118] And if thy Lord had willed, He verily would have made
mankind one nation, yet they cease not differing,
[11.119] Save him on whom thy Lord hath mercy; and for that He
did create them. And the Word of thy Lord hath been fulfilled:
Verily I shall fill hell with the jinn and mankind together.
[11.120] And all that We relate unto thee of the story of the
messengers is in order that thereby We may make firm thy heart.
And herein hath come unto thee the Truth and an exhortation and
a reminder for believers.
[11.121] And say unto those who believe not: Act according to
your power. Lo! We (too) are acting.
[11.122] And wait! Lo! We (too) are waiting.
[11.123] And Allah's is the Invisible of the heavens and the
earth, and unto Him the whole matter will be returned. So
worship Him and put thy trust in Him. Lo! thy Lord is not
unaware of what ye (mortals) do.