16. An-Nahl (The Bees)

Meccan, 128 verses

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

  1. God’s command has come, so do not ask to rush it. He is flawless and is above what you associate (with Him).

  2. He sends down the angels, by His command, with the revelation/spirit to whom He wants among His servants (saying:) “Warn that there is no god except Me, so be cautious of Me.

  3. He created the skies and the earth with truth. He is above what you associate (with Him).

  4. God created human being from fertilized egg (zygote), now he is an overt challenger!

  5. And He created the livestock for you, in them there is warmth (from their skin) and other benefits, and you eat from them.

  6. And there is beauty (and joy) for you in them when you return them (from pasture) and when you drive them out (to pasture).

  7. And they carry your heavy loads to a land that you were not able to reach except with (great) difficulty to yourselves. Indeed your God is gentle and kind.

  8. And (He also created) horses, mules and donkeys for you to ride and as a frill. And He creates what you do not know.

  9. And (showing) the right way is God’s responsibility, while (other ways away) from it are wrong. If He wanted, He would have guided all of you.

  10. He is the One Who sends down rain from the sky for you to drink from it, and (to grow) vegetation from it that you graze (your livestock) in it.

  11. He grows crops and olives and dates and grapes and all kinds of produce with it for you. Indeed there is a sign in that for people who think.

  12. And He brought the night and the day and the sun and the moon and the stars under your control (and at your service), controlled by His command. Indeed there are signs in that for people who understand.

  13. And whatever (animals, plants, and other things) He created for you (to be in your service) in various colors on the earth. There is a sign in that for those who notice.

  14. He is the One Who brought the sea under control, so that you eat fresh meat from it, and you bring out jewelry from it that you wear. And you see the ships plowing through it so that you look for His bounty, and you may be thankful.

  15. And He placed firm mountains in the earth, that it does not shake you (as much), and rivers and roads so that you may find your way,

  16. and (also) landmarks; and they find their way with the stars.

  17. So is the one who creates like one who does not create? Do you not take notice?

  18. And if you count God’s favor, you cannot count them. Indeed God is forgiving and merciful.

  19. And God knows what you hide and what you disclose.

  20. And those whom they call on besides God do not create anything, and they themselves are created.

  21. (They are) dead, not alive, and they do not realize when they will be raised.

  22. Your god is the One god. Those who do not believe in the Hereafter, their hearts are deniers, and they are arrogant.

  23. Undoubtedly God knows what they hide and what they disclose, indeed He does not like the arrogant ones.

  24. And when they are told: “What did your Lord send down?” They say: “Stories of the earlier ones.”

  25. So they carry their full burdens on the Resurrection Day, as well as some burdens of those whom they misguided without knowledge. Surely, what they carry is bad.

  26. Those before them had plotted, then God struck their building from the foundations, and then the roof fell down on them from above them, and the punishment came to them from somewhere they did not realize.

  27. Then He humiliates them on the Resurrection Day and says: “Where are My (so called) partners, those you used to oppose (the believers) in them?” Those who were given knowledge say: “Indeed today the humiliation and the misery are upon the disbelievers.”

  28. Those whom the angels take their lives while wronging themselves, then they offer submission (and say:) “We were not doing any bad (deed).” Yes, indeed God knows well what you were doing.

  29. So enter the gates of hell, remaining in there forever. Accommodation of the arrogant ones is certainly miserable.

  30. And those who were cautious (of God) are told: “What did your Lord send down?” They say: “Good.” For those who do good in this world there is a good (reward), and the home of the Hereafter is certainly better. And the home of those who are cautious (of God) is certainly excellent.

  31. They enter in eternal gardens which rivers flow through them. They have whatever they want in it. That is how God rewards those who are cautious (of Him).

  32. They (the angels) say to those whom the angels take their lives while being good: “Peace (and well-being) upon you, enter the garden for what you were doing.”

  33. Do they (the disbelievers) wait for anything except that the angels come to them or your Lord’s command comes (for their punishment)? That is how those before them acted. God did not wrong them, but they used to wrong themselves.

  34. So the bad result of what they did happened to them, and they were surrounded by what they used to ridicule.

  35. And those who associated (partners with God) said: “If God wanted, we and our fathers would not have served anything other than Him, and we would not have forbidden anything other than His (prohibitions).” That is how those before them acted. Are the messengers responsible for anything other than clearly delivering (the message)?

  36. We have certainly raised a messenger among every group of people (saying:) “Serve God and avoid the rebellious ones.God guided some of them, and some of them deserved misguidance. So travel throughout the earth and see what the end of those who denied was.

  37. Although you are eager for their guidance, indeed God does not guide those whom He misguides, and there is no helper for them.

  38. They solemnly swear by God that God does not raise anyone who dies. Yes (He will), that is a true promise (binding) on Him, but most people do not know.

  39. So that He clarifies for them what they disagree about, and so that those who disbelieve know that indeed they were liars.

  40. Indeed Our word for anything when We want it, is that We say for it: “Be” and it will be.

  41. And those who migrated for God after they were wronged, We shall provide them well in this world, and reward of the Hereafter is certainly greater, if they knew,

  42. those who persevered and they put their trust in their Lord.

  43. And We did not send (messengers) before you except men whom We revealed to them. So ask people of the reminder (people of the book) if you do not know.

  44. (We sent them) with clear evidences and the scriptures. And We sent down the reminder (Quran) to you so that you clarify for people what was sent down to them, and that they may think.

  45. Do those who plot bad (plots) feel safe from God making the earth swallow them, or the punishment coming to them from somewhere they do not realize?

  46. Or He will (not) take them (into punishment) when they are going back and forth (going about their business), and they cannot disable/escape it.

  47. Or He will (not) take them (into punishment) by making them fear (by slowly wasting them)? Indeed your Lord is gentle and merciful.

  48. Or did they not look at everything that God created that incline their shadows to the right and to the left, showing humbleness for God, while they are submissive (and inferior)?

  49. And every creature in the skies and on the earth and the angels show humbleness for God, and they are not arrogant.

  50. They are afraid of their Lord that is above them (and superior to them), and they (the angels) do what they are ordered.

  51. And God said: “Do not take two gods,” indeed He is the One god, “and fear Me alone.”

  52. And everything in the skies and on the earth belongs to Him, and the way of life (religion) permanently belongs to Him. Are you cautious of other than God?

  53. And whatever favor (and blessing) you have is from God, then when harm touches you, you cry out to Him.

  54. Then when He removes the harm from you, immediately some of you associate (partners) with your Lord,

  55. to be ungrateful about what We gave them. So enjoy, you will eventually know.

  56. And they set aside a portion of what We have provided for them for something that they do not know (their idols). By God, you shall be questioned about what you used to fabricate.

  57. And they assign daughters to God, He is flawless, and (they assign) for themselves what they desire.

  58. And when the news of (birth of) a female is given to one of them, his face turns dark and he holds back his anger.

  59. He hides from people because of bad news he was given. Should he keep her with disgrace, or bury her in the ground? Surely, what they judge is bad.

  60. The bad example (and attribute) belongs to those who do not believe in the Hereafter, and the highest example (and attributes) belongs to God. He is the powerful and the wise.

  61. And if God takes (punishes) people for their wrongdoings, He would not leave any creature on it (earth), but He postpones them (their punishment) for a limited period. And when their appointed time comes, they cannot put it back or put it forward (even) for an hour.

  62. And they assign to God what they dislike, and their tongue describes the lie that good things are for them. No doubt that the fire will be theirs, and they are rushed (into it).

  63. By God, We have certainly sent (messengers) to groups of people before you, but Satan beautified their actions for them, so today he is their supporter and they will have a painful punishment.

  64. And We only sent down the book (Quran) to you, so that you clarify for them what they disagree about, and as a guide and a mercy for people who believe.

  65. And God sent down rain from the sky then He brought back the land to life with that after its death. Indeed there is a sign in that for people who listen.

  66. And indeed there is a lesson for you in the livestock. We make you drink from what is inside their bellies, from between feces and blood, pure delicious milk for those who drink.

  67. And from the fruits of date palms and grapes you extract intoxicating drinks as well as good food. Indeed there is a sign in that for people who understand.

  68. And your Lord revealed to the honeybee to make homes from the mountains and from the trees and from what they construct.

  69. Then eat from all the fruits and obediently follow your Lord’s ways. A liquid of different colors (honey), in which there is healing for people, comes out from its inside. Indeed there is a sign in that for people who think.

  70. And God created you and then makes you die. And some of you are returned to the meanest part of the life, so that they do not know anything after knowing. Indeed God is knowledgeable and capable.

  71. God has preferred some over the others in regards to provision. But those who have been preferred would not give away (part) of their provision to those whom their right hands own so that they become equal in it. Do they reject God’s favor?

  72. And God made spouses for you from yourselves, and made children and grandchildren for you from your spouses, and provided you with good things. Do they believe in falsehood and disbelieve in God’s favor?

  73. And besides God they serve something that does not own any provision for them from the skies or the earth, and they are not able (to do that).

  74. So do not regard (anything) as equal (or comparable) to God. Indeed God knows and you do not know.

  75. God gave an example of an owned servant who has no power over anything, and someone whom We have provided him with good provision from Us and he spends from it secretly and openly, are they equal? All praise belongs to God, but most of them do not know.

  76. And God gave an example of two men, one of them is dumb and has no power over anything and he is a burden to his master and he does not bring any good wherever he directs him, is he equal to the one who orders to justice and is on a straight path?

  77. And the unseen of the skies and the earth belongs to God. And matter of the Hour (Resurrection) is only like the blink of an eye or even shorter. Indeed God is capable of everything.

  78. And God brought you out of your mothers’ wombs, not knowing anything, and He made hearing, sight, and hearts for you, so you may be thankful.

  79. Did they not see the birds (flying) controlled in the middle of the sky? Nothing keeps them except God. Indeed there are signs in that for people who believe.

  80. And God made your houses a place of rest for you, and made homes (tents) for you from the skins of the livestock which you find them light on your travel day and on your settling day (when you camp), and from their wool and furs and hairs household goods and enjoyment for a while.

  81. And God made shade for you from what He created and He made shelters for you in the mountains and made coats (clothes) for you protecting you from the heat and coats (armors) protecting you in your battles. That is how He completes his favor upon you, so you may submit (to Him alone).

  82. But if they turn away, then your responsibility is only clearly delivering (the message).

  83. They recognize God’s favor then they deny it, and most of them (people) are ungrateful.

  84. On a day that We raise a witness from every group, then those who disbelieved are not given permission, and they are not allowed to plea (to appease God).

  85. And when those who did wrong see the punishment, it is not reduced for them, and they are not given any delays.

  86. And when those who associated, see their partners (that they associated with God), they say: Our Lord, these are our partners (of God), those whom we were calling on besides You.” But they would throw the word back at them (saying:) “You are certainly liars.”

  87. On that day, they yield the submission to God, and what they used to fabricate abandons them.

  88. We add punishment to the punishment of those who disbelieved and obstructed God's way, because they were committing corruption,

  89. on a day that from every group We raise a witness against them from themselves, and We bring you as a witness against these. We sent down the book to you explaining everything, and a guide and a mercy and good news for those who submit.

  90. Indeed God orders to justice and doing good and giving to relatives (and close ones), and prohibits from indecency and unacceptable (and wrong) and injustice. He advises you so you may take notice.

  91. And fulfill your promise to God when you made a promise (to Him), and do not break your oaths after confirming it while you have made God a guarantor (for your oaths). Indeed God knows what you do.

  92. And do not be like her who unraveled her yarn, breaking it, after making it strong (by spinning it), by taking your oaths as a means of deception among you so that one group be more numerous (and powerful) than another group. Indeed God tests you by it, and on the Resurrection Day He shall clarify for you what you were disagreeing about.

  93. And if God wanted, He would have made you a single community (of faith), but He misguides anyone He wants, and He guides anyone He wants, and you shall be questioned about what you were doing.

  94. And do not take your oaths as a (means of) deception among you, so that a foot slips after its steadiness and you taste the suffering because you obstructed God’s way, and you will have a great punishment.

  95. And do not trade your promise to God for a small price. Indeed whatever (reward that) is with God is better for you, if you were to know.

  96. What is with you perishes, and what is with God lasts. And We shall reward those who persevered, their wage (will be) better than what they used to do.

  97. Anyone who does good, a man or a woman, and is a believer, We shall give him life, a good life, and We shall reward them (with) their wage better than what they used to do.

  98. When you read the Quran, seek God’s protection from the cast-out Satan.

  99. Indeed he (Satan) has no authority (or power) over those who believe and put their trust in their Lord.

  100. His power is only over those who take him as a friend, and those who associate (partners) with Him.

  101. And when We substitute a verse/sign in place of another verse/sign, they say: “You are only a fabricator (and a liar)!” while God knows better what He has sent down. No, but most of them do not know.

  102. Say: “The Holy Spirit (Gabriel) brought it down from your Lord with truth, to strengthen those who believe, and as a guide and a good news for those who submit.”

  103. And We certainly know that they say: “It is only a human being who teaches him.” The language of the person that they refer to him is foreign, while this (Quran) is clear Arabic language.

  104. Indeed God does not guide those who do not believe in God’s signs, and they will have a painful punishment.

  105. Indeed those who fabricate lies (and attribute them to God) are those who do not believe in God’s signs, and they are liars.

  106. Whoever disbelieves in God after his belief (will have a great punishment), except anyone who does so (denies his religion) unwillingly while his heart is assured with (his) belief, but anyone who opens his chest/heart to disbelief (is disbeliever), and God’s anger is upon them, and they will have a great punishment.

  107. That is because they prefer this world's life over the Hereafter, and that God does not guide the disbelieving people.

  108. They are those whom God sets a seal on their hearts and their hearing and their sight, and they are the negligent ones,

  109. without a doubt, indeed they are losers in the Hereafter.

  110. So indeed your Lord (is kind) to those who migrated and tried hard and persevered after they were persecuted, indeed your Lord is forgiving and merciful after that.

  111. On the day that every person comes arguing for itself and each person is paid for what it did and they will not be wronged.

  112. And God gave an example: “A town that was safe and peaceful, its provision coming to it abundantly from every place, then it disbelieved in God’s favors, so God made them taste cover of hunger and fear because of what they were doing,

  113. and certainly a messenger from among them had come to them, but they denied him, so the punishment took them, and they were wrongdoers.”

  114. So eat from lawful good things that God provided for you, and be grateful for God’s favor if you serve Him.

  115. He has only forbidden you dead (animals), blood and, pig’s meat (pork) and what is offered up for other than God. But if anyone is forced without being desirous and not exceeding, then God is forgiving and merciful.

  116. And do not say lies that your tongue describes (saying:) “This is lawful and this is unlawful” so that you fabricate lies (and attribute them) to God. Those who fabricate lies (and attribute them) to God do not succeed,

  117. a little enjoyment (in this life) and they will have a painful punishment.

  118. And to the Jews, We prohibited what We told you in the past. And We did not wrong them, but they used to wrong themselves.

  119. So indeed your Lord (is forgiving) to those who did wrong out of ignorance and then repented and straightened out after that, indeed your Lord is forgiving and merciful.

  120. Indeed Abraham was a leader, obedient to God, a true believer and he was not of the idolaters,

  121. thankful for His favors, He chose him and guided him to a straight path.

  122. And We gave him a good (life) in this world, and indeed he will be among the righteous in the Hereafter.

  123. Then We revealed to you (Muhammad) to follow Abraham's faith, a true believer and he was not of the idolaters.

  124. The Sabbath was only made (a mandate) for those who disagreed about it, and on the Resurrection Day your Lord certainly judges between them in what they were disagreeing about.

  125. Invite (people) to your Lord’s way with wisdom and good advice, and debate with them in the best manner. Your Lord knows best those who are lost from His way, and He knows best who are the guided ones.

  126. And if you (want to) punish, then punish like you were made to suffer it (and not more), and if you are patient, it is certainly better for the patient ones.

  127. And (Muhammad,) persevere (and be patient), as your perseverance (and patience) is only from God. And do not be sad for them, and do not be upset over what they plot.

  128. Indeed God is with those who are cautious (of Him) and those who are good doers.