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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
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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 34 - Saba

SURA XXXIV (34) - SABA (Mecca - 54 Verses) (LXXXV - 284)

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Praise be to God! to whom belongeth all that is in the Heavens and all

that is on the Earth; and to Him be praise in the next world: for he is the

All-wise, the All-informed!

He knoweth what entereth into the earth, and what proceedeth from it;

and what cometh down from heaven, and what goeth up into it: and He is the

Merciful, the Forgiving!

"Never," say the unbelievers, "will the Hour come upon us!" Say: Yea,

by my Lord who knoweth the unseen, it will surely come upon you! not the

weight of a mote either in the Heavens or in the Earth escapeth him; nor is

there aught less than this or aught greater, which is not in the clear Book; -

To the intent that God may reward those who have believed and done the

things that are right: Pardon and a noble provision shall they receive:

But as for those who aim to invalidate our signs, - a chastisement of

painful torment awaiteth them!

And they to whom knowledge hath been given see that what hath been sent

down to thee from thy Lord is the truth, and that it guideth into the way of

the Glorious one, the Praiseworthy.

But the unbelievers say to those whom they fall in with, "Shall we shew

you a man who will foretell you that when ye shall have been utterly torn and

rent to pieces, ye shall be restored in a new form?

He deviseth a lie about God, or there is a djinn in him," but they who

believe not in the next life, shall incur the chastisement, and be lost in the

mazes of estrangement from God.

What! have they never contemplated that which is before them and behind

them, the Heaven and the Earth? If such were our pleasure, we could sink them

into that Earth, or cause a portion of that Heaven to fall upon them! herein

truly is a sign for our every returning servant.

34:10 Of old bestowed we on David a gift, our special boon: - "Ye mountains

and ye birds answer his songs of praise." And we made the iron soft for him: -

"Make coats of mail, and arrange its plates; and work ye righteousness; for I

behold your actions."

And unto Solomon did we subject the wind, which travelled in the morning

a month's journey, and a month's journey in the evening. And we made a

fountain of molten brass to flow for him. And of the Djinn were some who

worked in his presence, by the will of his Lord; and such of them as swerved

from our bidding will we cause to taste the torment of the flame.

They made for him whatever he pleased, of lofty halls, and images, and

dishes large as tanks for watering camels, and cooking pots that stood firmly.

"Work," said we, "o family of David with thanksgiving:" But few of my

servants are the thankful!

And when we decreed the death of Solomon, nothing shewed them that he

was dead but a reptile of the earth that gnawed the staff which supported his

corpse. And when it fell, the Djinn perceived that if they had known the

things unseen, they had not continued in this shameful affliction.

A sign there was to Saba, in their dwelling places: - two gardens, the

one on the right hand and the other on the left: - "Eat ye of your Lord's

supplies, and give thanks to him: Goodly is the country, and gracious is the


But they turned aside: so we sent upon them the flood of Irem; and we

changed them their gardens into two gardens of bitter fruit and tamarisk and

some few jujube trees.

Such was our retribution on them for their ingratitude: but do we thus

recompense any except the ungrateful?

And we placed between them and the cities which we have blessed,

conspicuous cities, and we fixed easy stages: "Travel ye through them by night

and day, secure."

But they said, "O Lord! make the distance between our journeys longers;"

- and against themselves did they act unjustly: so we made them a tale, and

scattered them with an utter scattering. Truly herein are signs to everyone

that is patient, grateful.

And Eblis found that he had judged truly of them: and they all except a

remnant of the faithful, followed him:

34:20 Yet no power had he over them. Only we would discern him who believed

in the life to come, from him who doubted of it; for thy Lord watched all


Say: Call ye upon those whom ye deem gods, beside God: their power in

the Heavens and in the Earth is not the weight of an atom - neither have they

any share in either; nor hath He a helper from among them.

No intercession shall avail with Him but that which He shall Himself

allow. Until when at last their hearts shall be relieved from terror, they

shall say, "What saith your Lord?" they shall say, "The Truth; and He is the

High, the Great."

Say: Who supplied you out of the Heavens and the Earth? Say: God.

And either we or ye have guidance, or are in palpable error!

Say: Not as to our faults shall ye be questioned; neither shall we be

questioned as to your actions.

Say: Our Lord will gather us together: then will He judge between us

in justice; for He is the Judge, the Knowing!

Say: Shew me those whom ye have united with Him as associates: Nay,

rather, He is God, the Mighty, the Wise!

And we have sent thee to mankind at large, to announce and to threaten.

But most men understand not.

And they say, "When will this threat come to pass? Tell us, if ye be

men of truth."

Say: Ye are menaced with a day, which not for an hour shall ye retard

or hasten on.

34:30 The unbelievers say, "We will not believe in this Koran, nor in the

Books which preceded it." But couldst thou see when the wicked shall be set

before their Lord! With reproaches will they answer one another. The weak

shall say to the mighty ones, "But for you we had been believers:"

Then shall the mighty ones say to the weak, "What! was it we would

turned you aside from the guidance which had reached you? Nay, but ye acted

wickedly yourselves."

And the weak shall say to the mighty ones, "Nay, but there was a plot by

night and by day, when ye bad us believe not in God, and gave him peers." And

they shall proclaim their repentance after they have seen the punishment! And

yokes will we place on the necks of those who have not believed! Shall they be

rewarded but as they have wrought?

And never have we sent a warner to any city whose opulent men did not

say, "In sooth we disbelieve your message."

And they said, "We are the more abundant in riches and in children, nor

shall we be among the punished."

Say: Of a truth my Lord will be liberal or sparing in his supplies to

whom he pleaseth: but the greater part of men acknowledge it not.

Neither by your riches nor by your children shall you bring yourselves

into nearness with Us; but they who believe and do the thing that is right

shall have a double reward for what they shall have done: and in the pavilions

of Paradise shall they dwell secure!

But they who shall aim to invalidate our signs, shall be consigned to


Say: Of a truth my Lord will be liberal in supplies to whom he pleaseth

of his servants, or will be sparing to him: and whatever ye shall give in alms

he will return; and He is the best dispenser of gifts.

One day he will gather them all together: then shall he say to the

angels, "Did these worship you?"

34:40 They shall say, "Glory be to thee! Thou art our master, not these!

But they worshipped the Djinn: it was in them that most of them believed.

On this day the one of you shall have no power over others for help or

hurt. And we will say to the evil doers, "Taste ye the torment of the fire,

which ye treated as a delusion."

For when our distinct signs are recited to them, they say, "This is

merely a man who would fain pervert you from your father's Worship." And they

say, "This (Koran) is no other than a forged falsehood." And the unbelievers

say to the truth when it is presented to them, "Tis nothing but palpable


Yet have we given them no books in which to study deeply, nor have we

sent any one to them before thee, charged with warnings.

They also flourished before them, treated our apostles as impostors in

like sort: but not to the tenth part of what we bestowed on them, have these

attained. And yet when they charged my apostles with deceit, how terrible

was my vengeance:

Say: One thing in sooth do I advise you: - that ye stand up before God

two and two, or singly, and then reflect that in your fellow citizen is no

djinn:P he is no other than your warner before a severe punishment.

Say: I ask not any wage from you: keep it for yourselves: my wage is

from God alone. And He is witness over all things!

Say: Truly my Lord sendeth forth the Truth: - Knower of things unseen!

Say: Truth is come, and falsehood shall vanish and return no more.

Say: If I err, verily to my own cost only shall I err: but if I have

guidance, it will be of my Lord's revealing, for He is the Hearer, the near at


34:50 Couldst thou see how they shall tremble and find no escape, and be

taken forth from the place that is so near;

And shall say, "We believe in Him!" But how, in their present distance,

shall they receive the faith,

When they had before denied it, and aimed their shafts at the mysteries

from afar?:

And a gulf shall be between them and that which they shall desire -

As was done unto their likes of old, who were lost in the questionings

of doubt.

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