57. Al-Hadid (The Iron)

Medinan, 29 verses

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

  1. Everything in the skies and the earth glorifies God, and He is the powerful, the wise.

  2. The rule of the skies and the earth belongs to Him, He gives life and causes death, and He is capable of everything.

  3. He is the first and the last, and the obvious and the obscure, and He knows everything.

  4. He is the One Who created the skies and the earth in six stages and then He reigned the dominion. He knows whatever goes into the earth and whatever comes out of it, and whatever comes down from the sky and whatever goes up to it, and He is with you wherever you are, and God sees whatever you do.

  5. The rule of the skies and the earth belongs to Him, and all affairs are returned to God.

  6. He makes the night pass through the day and makes the day pass through the night. And He knows what is inside the chests/minds.

  7. Believe in God and His messenger and spend (in God's way) from what He made you successors in it. There is a great reward for those of you who believe and spend (in God's way).

  8. What is with you that you don’t believe in God while the messenger calls you to believe in your Lord? And He has certainly taken your commitment if you are believer.

  9. He is the One Who sends down clear signs to His servant in order to bring you out of the darkness into the light. God is indeed gentle and merciful to you.

  10. And what is with you that you do not spend in God’s way, while the inheritance of the skies and the earth belongs to God? Those of you who spent and fought before the victory are not equal (to those who did that later). They have greater rank than those who spent and fought afterward, while God promised goodness to all (of them). And God is well informed of what you do.

  11. And who is he that lends God a good loan (or offers God a good deed) so that He multiplies it for him, and there will be a noble (and generous) reward for him?

  12. A day when you see the believing men and the believing women rushing with their lights ahead of them and to the right of them (they will be told:) “Today your good news is: gardens that rivers flow through them, remaining in there forever. That is the great victory.”

  13. A day when the hypocrite men and the hypocrite women say to those who believed: “Look at us that we may get some of your light.” It is said: “Go back to your past and look for a light.” And a wall having a gate will be put up between them, its interior will have mercy in it while its exterior will have punishment facing it.

  14. They (the disbelievers) call on them (the believers:) “Were we not with you?” They will say: “Yes, but you tempted yourselves and you waited and you doubted, and wishful thinking deceived you until God’s command came and the deceiver (Satan) deceived you about God.

  15. So today no ransom will be taken from you and from those who disbelieved, your housing will be the fire, it is your helper and it is a miserable destination.”

  16. Is it not about time for those who believe to humble their hearts for God’s remembrance and what has come down from the truth, and not to be like those who were given the book in the past? And then after some time had passed for them, their hearts hardened and many of them were disobedient.

  17. Know that God brings the earth back to life after its death. We certainly made the signs clear for you, so that you may understand.

  18. The charitable men and the charitable women and those who lend God a good loan (do good deeds), it (their reward) will be multiplied for them and the will have a noble (and generous) reward.

  19. And those who believe in God and His messenger, they are the truthful and witnesses before their Lord, they will have their reward and their light. And those who disbelieve and deny Our signs, they will be inhabitants of the hellfire.

  20. Know that this world’s life is only play and amusement, and decoration and show off among yourselves, and wanting more wealth and children. It is like the example of a rain impressing the farmers with its (growth of the) plants, then it (the plant) dries up and you see it turn yellow and then becomes broken pieces. And in the Hereafter there is severe punishment (for the disbelievers) and forgiveness and pleasure of God (for the believers). And this world’s life is nothing but means of deception.

  21. Race to forgiveness of your Lord, and a garden whose width is as wide as the sky and the earth, and is prepared for those who believe in God and His messengers. That is God’s grace that He gives it to anyone He wants. And God has enormous grace.

  22. No tragedy happens on the earth or within yourselves unless it is (written) in a book before We create it (according to God's laws). This is easy for God.

  23. So that you do not be sad over what slips away from you (or what you lose) and not to be overjoyed about what He gives you. And God does not like any selfish show off,

  24. those who are stingy and order people to stinginess. And anyone who turns back, God is indeed rich (without any need) and praiseworthy.

  25. We have certainly sent Our messengers with clear evidences, and sent down the book and the balance (of right and wrong) with them so that people carry out justice. And We sent down the iron in which there is great harm and (many) benefits for people, and for God to know anyone who secretly helps Him and His messengers. God is indeed strong and powerful.

  26. And We have certainly sent Noah and Abraham and We put the prophethood and the book among their descendants, so some of them were guided, and most of them were disobedient.

  27. Then We followed them up with Our messengers, and We sent Jesus, son of Mary, and We gave him the Gospel, and put gentleness and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him. But they made up being monks, We did not mandate it to them, but (We only mandated) looking for God's pleasure, but they did not observe it as it was supposed to be observed. Then we gave those of them who believed their reward, while most of them are disobedient.

  28. You who believe, be cautious of God and believe in His messenger, (so that) He gives you a double portion of His mercy and makes a light for you to walk with it and forgives you. He is forgiving and merciful.

  29. So that people of the book know that they do not have a bit of power over God’s grace, and that grace is in God’s hand, giving it to anyone He wants. God has enormous grace.