53. An-Najm (The Star)

Meccan, 62 verses

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

  1. By the star when it falls down (or goes down),

  2. your companion is not misguided and he was not deceived.

  3. And he does not speak from (his own) desire.

  4. It (Quran) is only a revelation (from God) that is revealed (to him),

  5. taught to him by the very powerful (Gabriel),

  6. being strong (and competent), he stood straight,

  7. while he was on the highest horizon,

  8. then he came closer and he came down,

  9. until he was at a distance of two bows or closer,

  10. then he revealed to His servant what he revealed.

  11. His (the prophet’s) heart/mind did not deny what he saw.

  12. Do you argue with him about what he saw?

  13. And he has certainly seen him in another descent,

  14. by the Lote (Sidra) tree at the utmost boundary,

  15. the garden of (eternal) housing is near it.

  16. When the Lote (Sidra) tree was covered by what covers,

  17. the eyes (of Muhammad) did not turn aside and did not outreach.

  18. He has certainly seen some of the great signs of His Lord.

  19. What do you think of the Lat, the Uzza

  20. and Manat, the third, the other one (of them)?

  21. Are the males for you and females for Him?

  22. That is an unfair division.

  23. They are only names which you and your fathers named them, whereas God did not send down any reason for that. They only follow guess (and speculation) and what the souls desire, while the guidance has certainly come to them from their Lord.

  24. Or does human being have whatever he desires?

  25. While the last (the Hereafter) and the first (this world) belong to God.

  26. And many angels are in the skies, that their mediation is of no benefit at all except after God gives permission for whom He wants and He approves.

  27. Indeed those who do not believe in the Hereafter shall name the angels the feminine names,

  28. while they have no knowledge of that. They only follow guesswork, and guess is of no use against the truth at all.

  29. So stay away from anyone who turns away from Our reminder and only wants this world’s life.

  30. That is the extent of their knowledge. Indeed your Lord knows better anyone who lost His way and He knows better anyone who is guided.

  31. And whatever is in the skies and whatever is on the earth belongs to God, so that He penalizes those who did bad according to what they did and to reward those who did good with the better (reward than what they did),

  32. those who avoid the big sins and the indecencies except the small ones. Your Lord is vast in forgiveness. He knows best about you, when He produced you from the earth and when you were hidden (as embryos) in your mothers’ wombs. So do not claim yourselves pure (and innocent), as He knows better who is cautious (of God).

  33. Did you see the one who turned away

  34. and gave a little and was stingy?

  35. Does he have knowledge of the unseen, so he sees (what happens)?

  36. Or was he not informed of what is in scriptures of Moses,

  37. and Abraham, the one who fulfilled (his duties)?

  38. That no bearer bears burden of another,

  39. and that there is not (any reward) for human being except what he has worked for.

  40. And that his efforts will be seen,

  41. then he is rewarded with full reward.

  42. And that the final ending is to your Lord.

  43. And that He is he who makes (everyone) laugh and cry.

  44. And that He is he who causes death and gives life.

  45. And that He created the two types, the male and the female,

  46. from sperm when it is ejected.

  47. And that the other creation (resurrection) is His responsibility.

  48. And that He is he who makes rich and makes poor (or gives property).

  49. And that He is the Lord of Sirius (the brightest star at night).

  50. And that He has destroyed the earlier Aad

  51. and Thamud, and He did not leave (anyone alive).

  52. And (He destroyed) people of Noah before (them), indeed they were more wrongdoer and more rebellious.

  53. And He overthrew the overturned cities,

  54. and it was covered by what covers.

  55. So which of your Lord's favors do you doubt?

  56. This is a warner like the previous warners.

  57. The upcoming (Judgment Day) is coming up.

  58. No one other than God can expose it.

  59. Are you surprised by this saying,

  60. and you laugh (at it) and you do not cry

  61. while you are negligent?

  62. So show humbleness to God and serve Him.