Holy Quran 38


1SAD. I CALL to witness the admonishing Qur'an.
2But the unbelievers are still full of pride and hostility.
3How many generations have We destroyed before them who cried (for mercy) when it was too late for escape.
4They were surprised that one of them had come to them as warner; and the unbelievers said: "He is a deceiving sorcerer.
5Has he turned so many gods into one deity? This is indeed a strange thing!"
6And their leading chiefs said: "Remain attached to your gods. There is surely some motive behind it.
7We never heard of it in the former faith. It is surely a fabrication.
8To him of all of us has the Reminder been sent down?" They are still in doubt about My admonition; but they have not tasted My punishment yet!
9Do they have the stores of the mercy of your Lord, the mighty and munificent?
10Or is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, theirs? Then let them climb up the ladders (to the heavens).
11They will be one more army vanquished among the many routed hordes.
12Even before them the people of Noah, 'Ad, the mighty Pharoah,
13And the Thamud, the people of Lot, as well as the dwellers of the Wood, had denied. These were the hordes.
14Of all these there was not one who did not deny the messengers. So My retribution was justified.
15They await but a single blast which will not be repeated.
16Still they say: "O Lord, give us our share before the Day of Reckoning."
17Bear with patience what they say, and remember Our votary David, man of strength. He surely turned to Us in penitence.
18We subjugated the chiefs (of tribes) to struggle day and night with him,
19And the levied Tair. They were all obedient to him.
20So We further strengthened his kingdom, and bestowed wisdom on him, and judgement in legal matters.
21Have you heard of the litigants who jumped over the wall into his chamber?
22When they came before David, he was frightened of them. "Do not be afraid," they said. "The two of us are disputing the wrong one has done the other. So judge between us with equity, and do not be unjust, and guide us to the right path.
23This man here is my brother. He has ninety and nine ewes while I have only one. He demands that I should give him my ewe, and wants to get the better of me in argument."
24(David) said: "He is unjust in demanding your ewe to add to his (many) ewes. Many partners are surely -- unjust to one another, except those who believe and do the right; but there are only a few of them." It occurred to David that he was being tried by Us, and he begged his Lord to forgive him, and fell down in homage and repented.
25So We forgave him. He has surely a high rank with Us and an excellent place of return.
26"O David, We have made you trustee on the earth. So judge between men equitably, and do not follow your lust lest it should lead you astray from the way of God. Surely for those who go astray from the way of God, is severe punishment, for having forgotten the Day of Reckoning.
27We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, all for nothing. Only those who deny imagine so. So for the unbelievers there is woe from the fire.
28Should We equate those who do the right with those who spread corruption in the land? Should We make those who are morally integrated equal to those who seek disintegration?
29We have sent down a Book to you which is blessed, so that people may apply their minds to its revelations, and the men of wisdom may reflect.
30We bestowed Solomon on David who was an excellent devotee, for he turned to God in penitence.
31When they brought fleet-footed chargers in the evening to show him,
32He said: "The love of horses is worthy of desire to me for the remembrance of my Lord;" and when they were out of sight, (he said):
33"Bring them back to me," and he began to rub and stroke their shanks and necks.
34We surely tried Solomon, and placed another body on his throne. So he turned to God
35Saying: "O Lord, forgive me, and give me such a dominion as none will merit after me. You are the great bestower."
36So we subjugated the wind to his service which carried his merchandise wheresoever he wished;
37And the devils -- the builders and divers of all kinds,
38And many others bound in bond.
39"This is Our gift," (We said to him), "so bestow freely or withhold without reckoning."
40He has a high position with Us and an excellent abode.
41Remember Our votary Job because he called to his Lord: "Satan has afflicted me with disease and distress."
42"Go swiftly to the spring," (We said). "This cold water is for bathing and for drinking."
43We restored his family to him with others similar to them, as a blessing from Us and a reminder for men of wisdom. --
44"Take a handful of herbs," (We said to him), and apply and rub them, and do not make a mistake." We found him patient in adversity, an excellent devotee, always turning in repentance.
45Remember Our votaries Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, men of power and insight.
46We distinguished them for the distinct remembrance of the abode (of the Hereafter).
47They are the chosen ones, the excellent in Our sight.
48And remember Ishmael, Elisha and Dhu'l-Kifl. Every one of them is among the best.
49This is a commemoration. Surely for those who take heed for themselves is an excellent place of return --
50Gardens of Eden with gates open wide to them,
51Where they will take their ease, calling for fruits in plenty, and for wine,
52With companions of modest look, the same in age, by their side.
53This is what is promised you for the Day of Reckoning.
54This is surely Our provision never-ending.
55This (for the virtuous); but for the transgressors the evil destination,
56Hell, in which they will burn. How vile a resting place!
57There will be boiling water for them and cold, clammy, fetid drink to taste,
58And other similar torments.
59Here is a multitude rushing headlong with you. There is no welcome for them. They will roast in the fire.
60They will say: "In fact, it is you who will have no welcome. It is you who brought this upon us. What an evil place of rest!"
61They will say: "O Lord, give him who has brought this upon us two times more the torment of Hell;"
62And will add: "O what has happened to us that we do not see the men we counted among the wicked.
63Did we laugh at them (for nothing), or our eyes fail to pick them out?"
64This contending of the inmates of Hell will surely be real.
65Say: "I am only a warner, and there is no other god but God, the one, the omnipotent,
66Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, all-mighty, all-forgiving."
67Say: "This is a momentous message,
68To which you pay no heed.
69I had no knowledge of the higher Assembly when they discussed it among themselves.
70Only this has been revealed to me that I am a distinct warner.
71When your Lord said to the angels: "I am going to create a man from clay;
72And when I have made him and have breathed into him of My spirit. Fall down in homage before him."
73Then the angels bowed before him in a body,
74Except Iblis. He was filled with pride and turned an unbeliever.
75Said (God): "O Iblis, what hindered you from adoring what I created by My own authority? Are you too proud, or too high and mighty?"
76He said: "I am better than he. You created me from fire, and him from clay."
77(God) said: "Then go hence, ostracised.
78Upon you will be My damnation till the Day of Doom."
79He said: "O Lord, give me respite till the day the dead rise from their graves."
80(God) said: "You have the respite
81Till the appointed day."
82He said: "By Your authority, I will lead them astray,
83Other than the chosen ones among Your creatures."
84(God) said: "This is right by Me, and what I say is right.
85I will fill up Hell with you together with those who follow you."
86Say: "I do not ask any compensation of you for it, nor am I a specious pretender.
87This is only a warning for mankind.
88You will come to know its truth in time."