More Books by The Qur'an (Rodwell tr)

Sura 1 - The Opening
Sura 2 - The Cow
Sura 3 - The Family of Imran
Sura 4 - Women
Sura 5 - The Table
Sura 6 - Cattle
Sura 7 - Al Araf
Sura 8 - The Spoils
Sura 9 - Immunity
Sura 10 - Jonah, Peace be on Him!
Sura 11 - Houd
Sura 12 - Joseph, Peace be on Him
Sura 13 - Thunder
Sura 14 - Abraham, on Whom be Peace
Sura 15 - Hedjr
Sura 16 - The Bee
Sura 17 - The Night Journey
Sura 18 - The Cave
Sura 19 - Mary
Sura 20 - Ta. Ha.
Sura 21 - The Prophets
Sura 22 - The Pilgrimage
Sura 23 - The Believers
Sura 24 - Light
Sura 25 - Al Furkan
Sura 26 - The Poets
Sura 27 - The Ant
Sura 28 - The Story
Sura 29 - The Spider
Sura 30 - The Greeks
Sura 31 - Lokman
Sura 32 - Adoration
Sura 33 - The Confederates
Sura 34 - Saba
Sura 35 - The Creator, or the Angels
Sura 36 - Ya. Sin
Sura 37 - The Ranks
Sura 38 - Sad
Sura 39 - The Troops
Sura 40 - The Believer
Sura 41 - The Made Plain
Sura 42 - Counsel
Sura 43 - Ornaments of Gold
Sura 44 - Smoke
Sura 45 - The Kneeling
Sura 46 - Al Ahkaf
Sura 47 - Muhammad
Sura 48 - The Victory
Sura 49 - The Apartments
Sura 50 - Kaf
Sura 51 - The Scattering
Sura 52 - The Mountain
Sura 53 - The Star
Sura 54 - The Moon
Sura 55 - The Merciful
Sura 56 - The Inevitable
Sura 57 - Iron
Sura 58 - She Who Pleaded
Sura 59 - The Emigration
Sura 60 - She Who is Tried
Sura 61 - Battle Array
Sura 62 - The Assembly
Sura 63 - The Hypocrites
Sura 64 - Mutual Deceit
Sura 65 - Divorce
Sura 66 - The Forbidding
Sura 67 - The Kingdom
Sura 68 - The Pen
Sura 69 - The Inevitable
Sura 70 - The Steps or Ascents
Sura 71 - Noah
Sura 72 - Djinn
Sura 73 - The Enfolded
Sura 74 - The Enwrapped
Sura 75 - The Resurrection
Sura 76 - Man
Sura 77 - The Sent
Sura 78 - The News
Sura 79 - Those Who Drag Forth
Sura 80 - He Frowned
Sura 81 - The Folded Up
Sura 82 - The Cleaving
Sura 83 - Those Who Stint
Sura 84 - The Splitting Usunder
Sura 85 - The Starry
Sura 86 - The Night-Comer
Sura 87 - The Most High
Sura 88 - The Overshadowing
Sura 89 - The Daybreak
Sura 90 - The Soil
Sura 91 - The Sun
Sura 92 - The Night
Sura 93 - The Brightness
Sura 94 - The Opening
Sura 95 - The Fig
Sura 96 - Thick Blood, or Clots of Blood
Sura 97 - Power
Sura 98 - Clear Evidence
Sura 99 - The Earthquake
Sura 100 - The Chargers
Sura 101 - The Blow
Sura 102 - Desire
Sura 103 - The Afternoon
Sura 104 - The Backbiter
Sura 105 - The Elephant
Sura 106 - The Koreisch
Sura 107 - Religion
Sura 108 - The Abundance
Sura 109 - Unbelievers
Sura 110 - Help
Sura 111 - Abu Lahab
Sura 112 - The Unity
Sura 113 - The Daybreak
Sura 114 - Men
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The Qur'an (Rodwell tr) : Sura 14 - Abraham, on Whom be Peace


In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Elif. Lam. Ra. This Book have we sent down to thee that by their Lord's

permission thou mayest bring men out of darkness into light, into the path of

the Mighty, the Glorious -

Of God; to whom belongeth whatever is in the Heavens and whatever is on

the Earth: and woe! for their terrible punishment, to the infidels,

Who love the life that now is, above that which is to come, and mislead

from the way of God, and seek to make it crooked. These are in a far-gone


And in order that He might speak plainly to them, we have not sent any

Apostle, save with the speech of his own people; but God misleadeth whom He

will, and whom He will he guideth: and He is the Mighty, the Wise.

Of old did we sent Moses with our signs: and said to him, "Bring forth

thy people from the darkness into the light, and remind them of the days of

God." Verily, in this are signs for every patient, grateful person:

When Moses said to his people, "Remember the kindness of God to you,

when he rescued you from the family of Pharaoh who laid on you a cruel

affliction, slaughtering your male children, and suffering only your females to

live." In this was a sore trial from your Lord -

And when your Lord caused it to be heard that, "If we render thanks then

will I surely increase you more and more: but if ye be thankless. . . .

Verily, right terrible my chastisement."

And Moses said, "If ye and all who are on the Earth be thankless, yet

truly God is passing Rich, and worthy of all praise."

Hath not the story reached you of those who were before you, the people

of Noah, and Ad, and Themoud,

14:10 And of those who lived after them? None knoweth them but God. When

their prophets came to them with proofs of their mission, they put their hands

on their mouths and said, "In sooth, we believe not your message; and in sooth,

of that to which you bid us, we are in doubt, as of a thing suspicious."

Their prophets said: "Is there any doubt concerning God, maker of the

Heavens and of the Earth, who calleth you that He may pardon your sin, and

respite you until an appointed time?"

They said, "Ye are but men like us: fain would ye turn us from our

fathers' worship. Bring us therefore some clear proof."

Their Apostles said to them, "We are indeed but men like you. But God

bestoweth favours on such of his servants as he pleaseth, and it is not in our

power to bring you any special proof,

But by the leave of God. In God therefore let the faithful trust.

And why should we not put our trust in God, since He hath already guided

us in our ways. We will certainly bear with constancy the harm you would do to

us. In God let the trustful trust."

And they who believed not said to their Apostles, "Forth from our land

will we surely drive you, or, to our religion shall ye return." Then their

Lord revealed to them, "We will certainly destroy the wicked doers,

And we shall certainly cause you to dwell in the land after them. This

for him who dreadeth the appearance at my judgment-seat and who dreadeth my


Then sought they help from God, and every proud rebellious one perished:

Hell is before him: and of tainted water shall he be made to drink:

14:20 He shall sup it and scarce swallow it for loathing; and Death shall

assail him on every side, but he shall not die: and before him shall be seen a

grievous torment.

A likeness of those who believe not in their Lord. Their works are like

ashes which the wind scattereth on a stormy day: no advantage shall they gain

from their works. This is the far-gone wandering.

Seest thou not that in truth hath God created the Heavens and the Earth?

Were such his pleasure He could make you pass away, and cause a new creation to

And this would not be hard for God.

All mankind shall come forth before God; and the weak shall say to the

men of might, "Verily, we were your followers: will ye not then relieve us of

some part of the vengeance of God?"

They shall say, "If God had guided us, we surely had guided you. It is

now all one whether we be impatient, or endure with patience. We have no


And after doom hath been given, Satan shall say, "Verily, God promised

you a promise of truth: I, too, made you a promise, but I deceived you. Yet I

had not power over you:

But I only called you and ye answered me. Blame not me then, but blame

yourselves: I cannot aid you, neither can ye aid me. I never believed that I

was His equal with whom ye joined me." As for the evil doers, a grievous

torment doth await them.

But they who shall have believed and done the things that be right,

shall be brought into gardens beneath which the rivers flow: therein shall

they abide for ever by the permission of their Lord: their greeting therein

shall be, "Peace."

Seest thou not to what God likeneth a good word? To a good true: its

root firmly fixed, and its branches in the Heaven:

14:30 Yielding its fruit in all seasons by the will of its Lord. God setteth

forth these similitudes to men that haply they may reflect.

And an evil word is like an evil tree torn up from the face of the

earth, and without strength to stand.

Those who believe shall God stablish by his steadfast word both in this

life and in that which is to come: but the wicked shall He cause to err: God

doth his pleasure.

Hast thou not beholden those who repay the goodness of God with

infidelity, and sink their people into the abode of perdition -

Hell? Therein shall they be burned; and wretched the dwelling!

They set up compeers with God in order to mislead man from his way.

Say: Enjoy your pleasures yet awhile, but assuredly, your going hence shall be

into the fire.

Speak to my servants who have believed, that they observe prayer, and

give alms of that with which we have supplied them, both privately and openly,

ere the day come when there shall be neither traffic nor friendship.

It is God who hath created the Heavens and the Earth, and sendeth down

water from the Heaven, and so bringeth forth the fruits for your food:L And He

hath subjected to you the ships, so that by His command, they pass through the

sea; and He hath subjected the rivers to you: and He hath subjected to you the

sun and the moon in their constant courses: and He hath subjected the day and

the night to you: of everything which ye ask Him, giveth He to you; and if ye

would reckon up the favours of God, ye cannot count them! Surely man is

unjust, ungrateful!

Abraham said: "O Lord make this land secure, and turn aside me and my

children from serving idols:

For many men, O my Lord, have they led astray. But whosoever shall

follow me, he truly shall be of me; and whosoever shall disobey me. . . . Thou

truly art Gracious, Merciful.

14:40 O our Lord! verily I have settled some of my offspring in an unfruitful

valley, nigh to thy holy house; O our Lord, that they may strictly observe

prayer! Make thou therefore the hearts of men to yearn toward them, and

supply them with fruits that they may be thankful.

O our Lord! thou truly knowest what we hide and what we bring to light;

nought on earth or in heaven is hidden from God. Praise be to God who hath

given me, in my old age, Ismael and Isaac! My Lord is the hearer of prayer.

Lord! grant that I and my posterity may observe prayer. O our Lord! and

grant this my petition. O our Lord! forgive me and my parents and the

faithful, on the day wherein account shall be taken."

Think thou not that God is regardless of the deeds of the wicked. He

only respiteth them to the day on which all eyes shall stare up with terror:

They hasten forward in fear; their heads upraised in supplication; their

looks riveted; and their hearts a blank. Warn men therefore of the day when

the punishment shall overtake them,

And when the evil doers shall say, "O our Lord! respite us yet a little


To thy call will we make answer; thine Apostles will be follow." "Did

ye not once swear that no change should befal you?

Yet ye dwelt in the dwellings of those who were the authors of their

undoing and it was made plain to you how we had dealt with them; and we held

them up to you as examples. They plotted their plots: but God could master

their plots, even though their plots had been so powerful as to move the


Think not then that God will fail his promise to his Apostles; aye! God

is mighty, and Vengeance is His.

On the day when the Earth shall be changed into another Earth, and the

Heavens also, men shall come forth unto God, the Only, the Victorious.

14:50 And thou shalt see the wicked on that day linked together in chains -

Their garments of pitch, and fire shall enwrap their faces - that God

may reward every soul as it deserveth; verily God is prompt to reckon.

This is a message for mankind, that they may thereby warned: and that

they may know that there is but one God; and that men of understanding may

ponder it.

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