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 25 - Al Furkan

SURA XXV (25) - AL FURKAN (Mecca - 77 Verses) (LXVI - 159

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Blessed be He who hath sent down Al Furkan (the illumination) on his

servant, that to all creatures he may be a warner.

His the Kingdom of the Heavens and of the Earth! No son hath He

begotten! No partner hath He in his Empire! All things hath He created, and

decreeing hath decreed their destinies.

Yet have they adopted gods beside Him which have created nothing, but

were themselves created:

And no power have they over themselves for evil or for good, nor have

they power of death, or of life, or of raising the dead.

And the infidels say, "This Koran is a mere fraud of his own devising,

and others have helped him with it, who had come hither by outrage and life."

And they say, "Tales of the ancients that he hath put in writing! and

they were dictated to him morn and even."

Say: He hath sent it down who knoweth the secrets of the Heavens and of

the Earth. He truly is the Gracious, the Merciful.

And they say, "What sort of apostle is this? He eateth food and he

walketh the streets! Unless an angel be sent down and take part in his


Or a treasure be thrown down to him, or he have a garden that supplieth

him with food..." and those unjust persons say, "Ye follow but a man


25:10 See what likenesses they strike out for thee! But they err, and cannot

find their way.

Blessed be He who if he please can give thee better than that of which

they speak - Gardens, 'neath which the rivers flow: and pavilions will He

assign thee.

Aye, they have treated the coming of "the Hour" as a lie. But a flaming

fire have we got ready for those who treat the coming of the Hour as a lie.

When it shall see them from afar, they shall hear its raging and

roaring, -

And when they shall be flung into a narrow space thereof bound together,

they shall invoke destruction on the spot:

- "Call not this day for one destruction, but call for destructions


Say: Is this, or the Paradise of Eternity which was promised to the

God-fearing, best? Their recompense shall it be and their retreat;

Abiding therein for ever, they shall have it in all that they desire!

It is a promise to be claimed of thy Lord.

And on the day when he shall gather them together, and those whom they

worshipped beside God, he will say, "Was it ye who led these my servants

astray, or of themselves strayed they from the path?"

They will say, "Glory be to thee! It beseemed not us to take other

lords than thee. But thou gavest them and their fathers their fill of good

things, till they forgat the remembrance of thee, and became a lost people."

25:20 Then will God say to the Idolaters, "Now have they made you liars in

what ye say, and they have no power to avert your doom, or to succour you."

And whosoever of you thus offendeth, we will make him taste a great


Never have we sent Apostles before thee who ate not common food, and

walked not the streets. And we test you by means of each other. Will ye be

steadfast? Thy Lord is looking on!

They who look not forward to meet Us say, "If the angels be not sent

down to us, or unless we behold our Lord...." Ah! they are proud of heart, and

exceed with great excess!

On the day when they shall see the angels, no good news shall there be

for the guilty ones, and they shall cry6 out, "A barrier than cannot be


Then will we proceed to the works which they have wrought, and make them

as scattered dust.

Happier, on that day, the inmates of the Garden as to abode, and better

off as to place of noontide slumber!

On that day shall the heaven with its clouds be cleft, and the angels

shall be sent down, descending:

On that day shall all empire be in very deed with the God of Mercy, and

hard day shall it be for the Infidels.

And on that day shall the wicked one bite his hands, and say, "Oh! would

that I had taken the same path with the Apostle!

25:30 "Oh! woe is me! would that I had not taken such an one for my friend!

It was he who led me astray from the Warning which had reached me! and

Satan is man's betrayer."

Then said the Apostle, "O my Lord! truly my people have esteemed this

Koran to be vain Bábbling."

Thus have we given to every Prophet an enemy from among the wicked ones

- But thy Lord is a sufficient guide and helper.

And the infidels say, "Unless the Koran be sent down to him all at

once...." But in this say would we stablish thy heart by it; in parcels have

we parcelled it out to thee;

Nor shall they come to thee with puzzling questions, but we will come to

thee with the truth, and their best solution.

They who shall be gathered upon their faces into hell, shall have the

worst place, and be farthest from the path of happiness.

Heretofore we gave the law to Moses, and appointed his brother Aaron to

be his counsellor:

And we said, "Go ye to the people who treat our signs as lies." And

them destroyed we with utter destruction.

And as to the people of Noah! when they treated their Apostles as

impostors, we drowned them; and we made them a sign to mankind: - A grievous

chastisement have we prepared for the wicked!

25:40 And Ad and Themoud, and the men of Rass, and divers generations between


Unto each of them did we set forth parables for warnings, and each of

them did we utterly exterminate.

Oft there this have the unbelieving Meccans passed by the city on which

we rained a fatal rain. What! Have they not seen it? Yet have they no hope

of a resurrection!

And when they see thee, they do but take thee as the subject of their

railleries. "What! Is this he whom God has sent as an Apostle?

Indeed he had well nigh led us astray from our gods, had we not

persevered steadfastly in their service." But in the end they shall know, when

they shall see the punishment, who hath most strayed from the path.

What thinkest thou? He who hath taken his passion as a god - wilt thou

be a guardian over him?

Thinkest thou that the greater part of them hear or understand? They

are just like the brutes! Yes! they stray even further from the right way.

Hast thou not seen how thy Lord lengthened out the shadow? Had He

pleased he had made it motionless. But we made the sun to be its guide;

Then draw it in unto Us with easy indrawing.

He it is who ordaineth the night as a garment, and sleep for rest, and

ordaineth the day for waking up to life:

25:50 He it is who sendeth the winds as the forerunner of his mercy (rain);

and pure water send we down from Heaven,

That we may revive by it a dead land: and we give it for drink to our

creation, beasts and men in numbers;

And we distribute it among them on all sides, that they may reflect:

but most men refuse to be aught but thankless.

Had we pleased, we had raised up a warner in every city.

Give not way therefore to the Infidels, but by means of this Koran

strive against them with a mighty strife.

And He it is who hath let loose the two seas, the one sweet, fresh; and

the other salt, bitter; and hath put an interspace between them, and a barrier

that cannot be passed.

And it is He who hath created man of water, and established between them

the ties of kindred and affinity: and potent is thy Lord.

Yet beside God do they worship what can neither help nor hurt them: and

the Infidel is Satan's helper against his Lord:

Still we have sent thee only as a herald and a warner.

Say: I ask of you no recompense for it, except from him who is willing

to take the way to his Lord.

25:60 And put thou thy trust in Him that liveth and dieth not, and celebrate

his praise; (He fully knoweth the faults of his servants) who in six days

created the Heavens and the Earth, and whatever is between them, then mounted

his Throne: the God of Mercy! Ask now of the Wise concerning Him.

But when it is said to them, "Bow down before the God of Mercy," they

say, "Who is the God of Mercy? Shall we bow down to what thou biddest?" And

they fly from thee the more.

Blessed be He who hath placed in the Heaven the sign of the Zodiac! who

hath placed in it the Lamp of the Sun, and the light-giving Moon!

And it is He who hath ordained the night and the day to succeed one

another for those who desire to think on God or desire to be thankful.

And the servants of the God of Mercy are thy who walk upon the Earth

softly; and when the ignorant address them, they reply, "Peace!"

They that pass the night in the worship of their lord prostrate and

standing: -

And that say, "O our Lord! turn away from us the torment of Hell, for

its torment is endless: it is indeed an ill abode and resting place!

Those who when they spend are neither lavish nor niggard, but keep the

mean: -

Those who call on no other gods with God, nor slay whom God hath

forbidden to be slain, except for a just cause, and who commit not fornication

(for he who doth this shall meet the reward of his wickedness:

Doubt to him shall be the torment on the day of Resurrection; and in it

shall he remain, disgraced, for ever: -

25:70 Save those who shall repent and believe and do righteous works - for

them God will change their evil things into good things, for God is Gracious,

Merciful -

And whoso turneth to God and doeth what is right, he verily will concert

with a true conversion):

And they who bear not witness to that which is false, and when they pass

by frivolous sport, pass on with dignity: -

And they who, when monished by the signs of their Lord, fall not down

thereat, as if deaf and blind: -

And who say, "O our Lord! give us in our wives and offspring the joy of

our eyes, and make us examples to those who fear thee:"

These shall be rewarded with the High Places of Paradise for their

steadfast endurance, and they shall meet therein with - Welcome and Salutation:


For ever shall they remain therein: a fair abode and resting-place!

Say: Not on your account doth my Lord care if ye call not on Him! ye

have treated his Apostle as an impostor: but bye and bye a punishment shall

cleave to them.

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