Holy Quran 23


1THE TRUE BELIEVERS will be successful,
2Who are humble in their service,
3Who shun all frivolities,
4Who strive for betterment;
5Who guard their sex
6Except from their wives and women slaves of old are free of blame,
7But those who covet more than this will be transgressors;
8And those who fulfil their trusts and keep their promises;
9And those who are watchful of their acts of prayer.
10These are the real gainers,
11Who will inherit Paradise, and live in it for ever.
12We created man from the finest extract of clay,
13Then We placed him as a sperm in a firmly established lodging;
14Then We fashioned the sperm into an embryo, then fashioned the embryo into a shapeless lump of flesh; then from the lump of flesh We fashioned bones, then clothed the bones with flesh. Thus We formed him into a new creation. So blessed be God the best of Creators.
15And then you will certainly die,
16Then will be raised up on the Day of Resurrection.
17We made several highways one over the other above you. We are not neglectful of creation.
18We send down water from the sky in determined measure, and store it up in the earth; and We have power to drain it away.
19We grow orchards of dates and grapes from it for you, Which yield fruits in abundance that you eat.
20The tree that grows on Mount Sinai yields oil and seasoning for those who eat.
21There are lessons for you in the cattle from whose bellies We give you milk to drink, and there are other advantages that you derive from them, and some of them you eat;
22And you are carried on them and on boats.
23We sent Noah to his people. He said: "O my people, worship God, for you have no other god but He. Will you not take heed for yourselves?"
24The chiefs of his people, who did not believe, said: "He is only a man like you. He wishes to acquire ascendancy over you. If God had willed He would have sent down angels. We never heard this from our elders.
25He is only a man possessed; so wait and watch him for a time."
26"O my Lord," prayed (Noah), "help me against them, for they accuse me of lies."
27So We asked him to build the ark under Our eyes and guidance, (and said): "When Our command is issued and the source of water boils over, put a pair of every species in it, and your family except those for whom Our sentence has been passed already; and do not speak to Me for those who are wicked: They will be drowned.
28When you and those with you have boarded the ark, say: 'All praise be to God who has delivered us from the people who were sinful.'
29And say: 'O Lord, disembark me in a welcome place; You are the best of deliverers.'
30There were surely signs in this; We will surely put you to the test.
31After them We raised a new generation.
32Then We sent to them an apostle from among them (who said): "Worship God, for you have no other god but He. Will you not take heed and fear God?"
33The chiefs of the people who did not believe and denied the life to come, though We had given them good things of this life to enjoy, (said): "He is only a mortal like you. He eats as you do, and drinks as you drink.
34So if you follow a man like yourself you will certainly be doomed.
35Does he give you a promise that when you are dead and turned to dust and bones, you will be raised to life again?
36How far-fetched what you are promised;
37There is only the life of this world: We die and we live: there is no rising from the dead for us.
38He is just a man who invents a lie about God; we cannot believe in him."
39(The apostle prayed): "O Lord, deliver me, for they accuse me of lies."
40Answered (the Lord): "They shall wake up repenting soon."
41So they were rightly seized by a mighty blast; and We turned them into mouldy rubbish: A good riddance of the wicked people!
42Then after them We raised other generations.
43No nation can live beyond its allotted time, or lag behind.
44Then We sent Our apostles one after the other. Every time an apostle came to a people they denied him. So We made one follow the other (to its doom), and turned them into bygone tales. Cursed be the people who do not believe!
45Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron with Our miracles and clear proofs
46To Pharaoh and his nobles who behaved with arrogance, for they were a conceited lot,
47And said: "Should we believe in two men like yourselves, whose people are our subjects?"
48Then they accused them of lies, and joined the company of those who were destroyed.
49And We gave the Book to Moses so that they may be guided.
50And We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign, and gave them shelter on an elevated ground, sequestered, watered by a spring.
51O you apostles, eat things that are clean, and do things that are good. We are surely cognisant of what you do.
52Verily this your order is one order, and I am your Lord, so fear Me.
53But then they divided up their order into different creeds, each section rejoicing in what it had come to have.
54So leave them to their ignorance for a time.
55Do they think that by increasing their wealth and children
56We are hastening to reward them for good deeds? No. They do not comprehend.
57Surely those who live in awe of their Lord,
58Who believe in their Lord's revelations,
59Who do not associate any one with their Lord,
60Who give whatsoever they give (in His way), and their hearts tremble with fear that they have to go back to their Lord,
61Are the ones who hasten to goodness and outpace the others.
62We do not burden a soul beyond capacity, for We have a record that tells the truth. No wrong will be done to any one.
63Yet their hearts are oblivious of this; and besides, they are busy with other things,
64So that when We seize the affluent among them with affliction, they will begin to implore for help.
65"Do not supplicate for help today; you will not be rescued by Us;
66For when My revelations were read out to you, you turned back on your heels and fled
67Insolently, treating them like tales told at night."
68Why did they not think over the message? Or has something come to them which had not come to their fathers?
69Or did they not recognise their apostle, and rejected him?
70Or do they say that he is possessed? In fact, he has brought the truth to them, but most of them abhor the truth.
71Had truth been subject to their whims the heavens and the earth and all those within them would have been depraved. In fact We had sent them their reminder, but they turned away from good advice.
72Or do you ask of them any tribute? In that case the tribute of your Lord is better, for He is the best of providers.
73You are surely calling them to the right path.
74But those who believe not in the Hereafter turn away from the straight path.
75If We took compassion on them and removed the affliction they are in, they would only wander lost in confusion.
76We had seized them with the punishment, but they did not bow before their Lord nor turned to Him in humility,
77So that when at last We open up the gate of severe punishment on them they will be overwhelmed with despair.
78It is He who gave you hearing, sight, and hearts, but only few of you give thanks.
79It is He who multiplied you on the earth, and it will be before Him that you will be gathered.
80It is He who gives you life and death, and His the alternation of night and day. Even then you do not understand,
81And talk as did the people of old.
82They say: "When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, shall we be raised to life again?
83We and our fathers were promised this before; it is nothing but ancient lore!"
84Say: "To whom does the earth and whosoever is upon it then belong, if you know?"
85They will say: "To God." Say: "Then why do you not bethink yourselves?"
86Say: "Then who is the Lord of the seven skies? And who is the Lord of the mighty Throne?"
87They will say: "God." Say: "Then why do you not obey and fear Him?"
88Say: "Whose is the sovereignty over all things, who protects, and against whom there is no protection? {Answer) if you have knowledge."
89They will say: "God's." Say: "Then why are you so deluded?"
90In fact We have sent the truth to them, but they are liars.
91God has not begotten a son, nor is there any god besides Him. Had this been so, each god would have taken away what he had created with him, and some would have risen over the others. God is much too glorious for what they attribute (to Him)!
92The knower of the absent and the present, too exalted is He for what they associate (with Him)!
93Say: "O Lord, if I am made to see what has been promised them,
94Then do not, O Lord, put me among the sinners."
95We have certainly the power to make you see what We have promised them.
96Dispel evil with what is good. We know well what they attribute (to Us).
97Say: "My Lord, I seek refuge in You from the evil promptings of the devils.
98I seek refuge in You lest they come to me."
99(But the unbelievers will persist) until when death comes to one of them he will say: "O Lord, send me back again
100That I may do some good I did not do (in the world)." Not so. These are only words he utters. Behind them lies the intervening barrier (stretching) to the day of their resurrection.
101When the trumpet blast is sounded no ties of lineage will hold among them, nor will they ask after one another.
102Only those whose scales are heavier in the balance will find happiness.
103But those whose scales are lighter will perish and abide in Hell for ever.
104Their faces will be scorched by flames, and they will grin and scowl within it.
105"Were not My messages read out to you? But you denied them."
106They will say: "O Lord, our misery overwhelmed us, so we remained a people astray.
107Get us out of this, O Lord. If we transgress we will surely be sinful."
108He will say: "Remain condemned in it, and do not speak to Me.
109There was a section among My creatures that said: 'O Lord, we believe. Forgive us and have mercy upon us, for You are the best of the merciful.'
110But you ridiculed them. So much so that out of (spite) for them you forgot to remember Me and laughed at them.
111I have rewarded them this day for they were constant, and they have come to attainment."
112They will be asked: "How long did you live on the earth in terms of years?"
113They will say: "A day or less than a day. Ask the enumerators of numbers."
114He will say: "You stayed there only a moment, if you knew.
115Do you think We created you for nothing, and that you will not return to Us?"
116Exalted then be God, the King, the Real. There is no god but He, the Lord of the glorious throne.
117Whoever worships another god apart from God, for which he holds no proof, will have to account for it before his Lord. Verily the unbelievers will not prosper.
118Say: "My Lord, forgive and have mercy. You are the best of the merciful."