43. Az-Zukhruf (The Ornament)

Meccan, 89 verses

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

  1. H. M. (Ha. Mim.)

  2. By the clear (and clarifying) book.

  3. Indeed We made it an Arabic Quran so that you may understand.

  4. And it is indeed in the main book with Us, (and it is) outstanding and wise.

  5. Should We take the reminder away from you, ignoring you because you are excessive people?

  6. And how many prophets did We send among the earlier ones?

  7. And no prophet came to them, unless they used to ridicule him.

  8. So We destroyed more courageous (and more powerful people) than them, and the example of the earlier ones has passed.

  9. And if you ask them: “Who created the skies and the earth?” They shall say: “The powerful and the knowledgeable created them.”

  10. The One Who made the earth a bed for you and He made roadways for you in it so that you may be guided (and find your way).

  11. And the One Who sent down rain from the sky with (proper) measure, then We brought dead land back to life with it. That is how you are brought out.

  12. And the One Who created pairs of everything, and made ships and livestock for you to ride,

  13. in order that you settle on its back, then when you are settled on it remember the favor of your Lord and say: “Glory to the One (who is flawless) Who brought this under our control (to be of service to us) while we were not capable of it,

  14. and we certainly return to our Lord.”

  15. And they set up a part (an offspring) for Him from His servants. Indeed the human being is clearly ungrateful.

  16. Did He take daughters (for Himself) from what He creates, and He chose sons for you?

  17. And when one of them is given the good news of what he assigns to the beneficent (a girl), his face turns dark (and shameful) while he holds back his anger.

  18. Or (do they assign to God) someone who is raised in luxury, and who is unclear in the debate?

  19. And they made the angels, those who are servants of the beneficent, females! Did they witness their creation? Their testimony is going to be written down and they will be questioned.

  20. And they said: “If the beneficent had wanted, we would not have served them.” They have no knowledge of that, they only guess.

  21. Or did We give them a book before that, which they are adhering to it?

  22. No, but they said: “We found our fathers on a course, and we are guided by their footsteps.

  23. And the same way, We did not send any town anyone as a warner before you, unless its rich (and wealthy) said: “We found our fathers on a course, and we are following their footsteps.”

  24. He (the warner) said: “Even if I have brought you a better guidance than what you found your fathers upon it?” They said: “We disbelieve in what you were sent with.”

  25. Then We took revenge from them, so see what the end of those who denied was.

  26. And (remember) when Abraham told his father and his people: “I am free of what you serve

  27. except the One Who created me, indeed He is going to guide me.”

  28. And he made it a lasting word among his descendants so that they may return (to God).

  29. No, but I made these and their fathers enjoy until the truth and a clarifying messenger came to them.

  30. And when the truth came to them, they said: “This is a magic and we are disbelievers in it.”

  31. And they say: “Why this Quran was not sent down to a great man from the two towns (Mecca and Taif)?”

  32. Do they divide up (and distribute) your Lord’s mercy? We divide their livelihood (and wealth) between them in this world’s life. And We raise some of them above the others in ranks so that some of them take the others into service. And your Lord’s mercy is better than what they accumulate.

  33. And if it was not (for the fact) that people would become a single community (of disbelievers), We would have made houses, for anyone who disbelieves in the beneficent, with silver roofs and (silver) ladders to go up on it,

  34. and (silver) doors for their houses and (silver) couches that they lean on it,

  35. and (gold) ornament. And all that is only an enjoyment of this world’s life while the Hereafter with your Lord is for those who are cautious (of God).

  36. And anyone who ignores remembrance of the beneficent, We appoint a devil to him to be close to him,

  37. and they shall obstruct them from the (right) way, and they think they are guided,

  38. until when he comes to Us, saying: “I wish there was distance of the two easts (the east and the west) between you (the appointed devil) and me.” It is the miserable companion.

  39. And (your regret) never benefits you today, since you did wrong, indeed you are partners in the punishment.

  40. Can you make the deaf hear, or guide the blind and anyone who is in an obvious error?

  41. So whether We take you away (from this world), We shall take revenge from them,

  42. or (whether) We show you what We promised them, indeed We have power over them (to do that).

  43. So hold on to what We revealed to you, indeed you are on a straight path.

  44. And indeed it (Quran) is a reminder for you and for your people, and you (all) will be questioned (about it).

  45. And ask (followers of) Our messengers whom We sent before you: “Did We appoint any gods to be served other than the beneficent?”

  46. And We certainly sent Moses with Our signs to Pharaoh and his assembly, he said: “I am a messenger from the Lord of humankind.”

  47. But when he brought them Our miracles, they laughed at them.

  48. And We did not show them any miracle unless it was bigger than its sister (the one before it). And We took them with the punishment so that they may return.

  49. And they said: “Magician, call on your Lord for us according to His agreement with you, as we are indeed guided.”

  50. But when We removed the punishment from them, they immediately broke (their promise).

  51. And Pharaoh called out among his people, saying: “My people, does not the rule of Egypt belong to me as do these rivers flowing underneath me? Do you not see?

  52. Am I not better than this one who is despicable and cannot express (himself) clearly?

  53. So why bracelets of gold were not given to him or the angels did not come accompanying him?”

  54. Then he belittled his people and they obeyed him. Indeed they were disobedient people.

  55. So when they angered Us, We took revenge from them and drowned them all.

  56. So We made them a thing of the past and an example for the later ones.

  57. And when the son of Mary (Jesus) was given as an example, your people turned away from it (laughing).

  58. And they said: “Are our gods better or he?” They only gave you (this example) to argue. No, but they are argumentative people.

  59. He (Jesus) was only a servant whom We favored upon him and We made him an example for children of Israel.

  60. And if We wanted, We would have made some of you angels on the earth, to succeed you.

  61. And it is certainly an indication of the Hour, so do not doubt it and follow Me. This is a straight path.

  62. And do not let Satan hold you up, as he is indeed your clear enemy.

  63. And when Jesus brought clear evidences, he said: “I have certainly brought you wisdom to clarify for you some of what you disagree about, so be cautious of God and obey me.

  64. Indeed God is He who is my Lord and your Lord, so serve Him. This is straight path.”

  65. But the parties disagreed among themselves, so woe to those who do wrong from punishment of a painful day.

  66. Do they wait (for anything) except the Hour to come to them suddenly, while they do not realize.

  67. On that day, the friends are enemy of each other except those who were cautious (of God).

  68. My servants, there is no fear for you today, and you will not be sad.

  69. Those who believed in Our signs and were submitted,

  70. you and your spouses enter the garden, being delighted.

  71. Golden plates and drinking glasses are circulated for them, and whatever the soul desires and pleases the eyes is in there, and you remain in it forever.

  72. And this is the garden that you are made to inherit because of what you used to do.

  73. There are plenty of fruits for you to eat in there.

  74. Indeed the guilty ones remain in the punishment of hell forever.

  75. It is not reduced for them and they will be hopeless in it.

  76. We did not wrong them, but they were the wrongdoers.

  77. And they call out: “Master (of hell), have your Lord finish us off.” He says: “Indeed you are staying (here forever).”

  78. We have certainly brought you the truth, but most of you dislike the truth.

  79. Or did they firmly settle on an affair (plotting against Muhammad), then indeed We are firmly settled too.

  80. Or do they think that We do not hear their secret and their private talk? Yes (We hear them), and Our messengers are with them writing.

  81. Say: “If there was a child for the beneficent, then I would be the first of the servants.”

  82. The Lord of the skies and the earth, the Lord of the dominion is flawless about what they describe.

  83. So leave them to engage in useless/false discussion and play until they meet their day which they are promised.

  84. And He is the One Who is god in the skies and god on the earth, and He is the wise, the knowledgeable.

  85. And blessed is the One that the rule of the skies and the earth and whatever between them belongs to Him, and knowledge of the Hour is with Him, and you will be returned to Him.

  86. And those you call on besides Him have no power of mediation, except whoever testifies with the truth, and they know (the truth).

  87. And if you ask them who created them? They shall say: “God.” So, how are they deviated (from the truth)?

  88. And his (Muhammad’s) saying was: “My Lord, indeed these people do not believe.”

  89. (And God told him:) “Pardon/ignore them and say peace (and well-being), they will know.”