35. Fatir (Creator)

Meccan, 45 verses

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

  1. All praise belongs to God, creator of the skies and the earth, Who appointed the angels as messengers having two, three, and four wings. He adds to creation whatever He wants. Indeed God is capable of everything.

  2. Whatever God opens to the people from mercy, there is no withholder for it, and whatever He withholds, there is no sender for it after Him. And He is the powerful and the wise.

  3. People, remember God’s favor upon you. Is there any creator other than God who provides for you from the sky and the earth? There is no god except Him, so how do you deviate (from the truth)?

  4. And if they deny you, (know that) messengers before you were also denied. And all affairs are returned to God.

  5. People, indeed God’s promise is true, so do not let this world’s life deceive you, and do not let the deceiver (Satan) deceive you about God.

  6. Indeed Satan is your enemy, so take him as an enemy. He only invites his party so that they become among inhabitants of the burning fire.

  7. Those who disbelieve have a severe punishment, and those who believe and do good have forgiveness and a great reward.

  8. Is someone whose bad work is beautified for him to see it good (like someone who is not)? Indeed God misguides anyone He wants and guides anyone He wants, so do not kill yourself regretting for them. Indeed God knows what they do.

  9. God is the One Who sends the winds, then they put the clouds in motion, then We drive them to a dead land and with them We bring the earth back to life after its death. The Resurrection is like that.

  10. Anyone who wants honor/power, (should know that) all honor/power belongs to God, the good talk goes up to Him, and the good raises it up. And those who plot the bad (things) have a severe punishment, and their plot leads to nothing.

  11. And God created you from dust, then from fertilized egg (zygote), then He made you couples. And no female carries (and gets pregnant) and does not give birth without His knowledge. And anyone who is given life is not given a long life or his life is not shortened unless it is (recorded) in a book. Indeed that is easy for God.

  12. And the two seas are not the same. Drink of this one is fresh, sweet and pleasant, and that one salty and bitter. And you eat fresh meat (fish) from both, and you bring out jewelry that you wear, and you see ships slicing (and sailing) through them so that you look for His bounty, and so that you may be thankful.

  13. He makes the night pass through the day and makes the day pass through the night, and He regulates the sun and the moon, each running (its course) in a finite time. This is God, your Lord, the rule belongs to Him. And those whom you call on besides Him do not own the skin of a date pit.

  14. If you call on them, they do not hear your call, and even if they hear, they would not answer you, and on the Resurrection Day they deny your associating (them as God's partners). And no one tells you like the well-informed (God).

  15. People, you are in need of God, and God is rich (and without need) and praiseworthy.

  16. If He wants, He does away with you and brings a new creation.

  17. And that is not difficult for God.

  18. And no bearer bears burden of another. And if one with heavy load (of burdens) calls on (others) to carry it, nothing of it is carried even if they are relatives. You can only warn those who secretly fear their Lord and perform mandatory prayers. And anyone who purifies (and absolves) then he only purifies for himself. And the final return is to God.

  19. And the blind and the seeing are not equal,

  20. neither are the darkness and the light,

  21. nor are the shade and the (sun’s) heat.

  22. And the living and the dead are not equal. Indeed God makes anyone He wants listen. And you cannot make those who are in the graves listen.

  23. You are only a warner.

  24. Indeed We have sent you with the truth as a giver of good news and as a warner. And there is not any community unless a warner has passed through it.

  25. And if they deny you, (know that) those before them also denied (their messengers even though) their messengers brought them clear evidences and the scriptures and the enlightening book.

  26. Then I took those who disbelieved, so how was My rejection (and their punishment)?

  27. Do you not see that God sends down the rain from the sky, then We bring out produce of various colors with it, and some of the mountains have streaks of white and red, various colors and dark black.

  28. And likewise, people and creatures and livestock are different colors. Only the knowledgeable among His servants fear (the punishment of) God. God is powerful and forgiving.

  29. Indeed those who read God’s book, and perform mandatory prayer and spend (in God's way) secretly and openly from what We have provided for them, hope for a trade that would never fail,

  30. that He pays them back their rewards in full and increases them (their reward) from His grace. He is forgiving and appreciative.

  31. And what We revealed to you from the book is the truth, confirming what is before it. God is certainly well-informed and watchful of His servants.

  32. Then We gave the book as inheritance to those whom We chose among Our servants, and some of them were wrongdoer to themselves, and some of them were moderate, and some of them exceeded in good deeds by God’s permission. That is the great grace.

  33. (Their reward is) eternal gardens which they will enter them, and they will be decorated with bracelets of gold and pearl in them, and their clothes will be silk in them.

  34. And they say: “All praise belongs to God, the One Who removed the sadness from us, our Lord is certainly forgiving and appreciative,

  35. the One Who settled us in the everlasting house out of His grace, suffering would not touch us in it and fatigue would not touch us in it.”

  36. And those who disbelieve, they will have fire of hell. It will not be decided for them that they die (to stop the punishment), and its punishment will not be reduced for them. That is how We punish every ungrateful one.

  37. And they cry out in there: “Our Lord, bring us out, we will do good other than what we used to do.” (They will be told:) “Didn't We make your life long enough so that anyone who takes notice would take notice in it, and the warner came to you? So taste (the punishment), for there is no helper for the wrongdoers.”

  38. Indeed God is knower of the unseen (secrets) of the skies and the earth. He knows what is inside the chests/minds.

  39. He is the One Who made you successors on the earth. So anyone who disbelieves, then his disbelief is against him. And disbelief of the disbelievers only increases disgust in their Lord’s view, and disbelief of the disbelievers only increases (their) loss.

  40. Say: “What do you think of your partners (of God), those you called on besides God? Show me what they created on the earth, or do they have any share (in the creation) of the skies, or have We given them a book so they are upon a clear evidence from that?” No, but the wrongdoers only promise each other a delusion.

  41. Indeed God keeps the skies and the earth so that they do not stop (functioning), and if they stop no one can keep them (functioning) after Him. He is patient and forgiving.

  42. And they solemnly swore by God that if a warner comes to them, they shall become better guided than any of the communities. But when a warner came to them, it only increased their disgust,

  43. being arrogant on the earth and plotting bad (things). But the bad plot only falls on its people (who plotted it). So, are they looking for (anything) other than the way of (dealing with) the earlier ones? And you will never find any change in God’s way, and you will never find any revision in God’s way.

  44. Or have they not traveled throughout the earth to see what the end of those before them was, and they were more powerful than them? And God is not made powerless by anything in the skies or on the earth. Indeed He is knowledgeable and capable.

  45. And if God takes (punishes) people for what they have done, He would not leave a living creature on its back, but He postpones them (their punishment) for a limited period. And when their appointed time comes, then indeed God is observant of His servants.