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 35 - The Creator, or the Angels

SURA XXXV (35) - THE CREATOR, OR THE ANGELS (Mecca - 45 verses) (LXXXVI - (289)

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

35:1 Praise be to God, Maker of the Heavens and of the Earth! Who employeth

the angels as envoys, with pairs of wings, two, three and four: He addeth to

his creature what He will! Truly God hath power for all things.

The mercy which God layeth open for man, no one can keep back; and what

He shall keep back, none can afterwards send forth. And He is the Mighty, the


O men! bear in mind the favour of God towards you. Is there a creator

other than God, who nourisheth you with the gifts of heaven and earth? There

is no God but He! How then are ye turned aside from Him?

If they treat thee as an impostor, then before thee have apostles been

treated as impostors. But to God shall all things return.

O men! assuredly the promise of God is true: let not then the present

life deceive you: and let not the Deceiver deceive you as to God.

Yes, Satan is your foe. For a foe then hold him. He calleth his

followers to him that they may become inmates of the flame.

The unbelievers - for them a terrible punishment!

But believers and doers of good works, for them is mercy, and a great


Shall he, the evil of whose deeds are so tricked out to him that he

deemeth them good, be treated like him who seeth things aright? Verily God

misleadeth whom He will, and guideth whom He will. Spend not thy soul in

sights for them: God knoweth their doings

35:10 It is God who sendeth forth the winds which raise the clouds aloft:

then drive we them on to some land dead from drought, and give life thereby to

the earth after its death. So shall be the resurrection.

If any one desireth greatness, all greatness is in God. The good word

riseth up to Him, and the righteous deed will He exalt. But a severe

punishment awaiteth the plotters of evil things; and the plots of such will He

render vain.

Moreover, God created you of dust - then of the germs of life - then

made you two sexes: and no female conceiveth or bringeth forth without his

knowledge; and the aged ageth not, nor is aught minished from man's age, but in

accordance with the Book. An easy thing truly is this to God.

Nor are the two seas alike: the one fresh, sweet, pleasant for drink,

and the other salt, bitter; yet from both ye eat fresh fish, and take forth for

you ornaments to wear, and thou seest the ships cleaving their waters that ye

may go in quest of his bounties, and that ye may be thankful.

He causeth the night to enter in upon the day, and the day to enter in

upon the night; and He hath given laws to the sun and to the moon, so that each

journeyeth to its appointed goal: This is God your Lord: All power is His:

But the gods whom ye call on beside Him have no power over the husk of a date


If ye cry to them they will not hear your cry; and if they heard they

would not answer you, and in the day of resurrection they will disown your

joining them with God: and none can instruct thee like Him who is informed of


O men! ye are but paupers in need of God; but God is the Rich, the


If He please, He could sweep you away, and bring forth a new creation!

Nor will this be hard for God.

And the burdened soul shall not bear the burden of another: and if the

heavy laden soul cry out for its burden to be carried, yet shall not aught of

it be carried, even by the near of kin! Thou shalt warn those who fear their

Lord in secret, and observe prayer. And whosoever shall keep himself pure, he

purifieth himself to his own behoof:P for unto God shall be the final


35:20 And the blind and the seeing are not alike; neither darkness and light;

nor the shade and the hot wind;

Nor are the living and the dead the same thing! God indeed shall make

whom He will to hearken, but thou shalt not make those who are in their graves

to hearken; for only with warning are thou charged.

Verily we have sent thee with the truth; a bearer of good tidings and a

warner; nor hath there been a people unvisited by its warner.

And if they treat thee as a liar, so did those who were before them

threat their Apostles who came to them with the proofs of their mission, and

with the Scriptures and with the enlightening Book:

Then chastised I the unbelievers: and how great was my vengeance!

Seest thou not how that God sendeth down water from the Heaven, and that

by it we cause the up-growth of fruits of varied hues, and that on the

mountains are tracks of varied hues, white and red, and others are of a raven

black? And of men, and reptiles and animals, various likewise are the hues.

Such only of his servants as are possessed of knowledge fear God. Lo! God is

Mighty, Gracious!

Verily they who recite the Book of God, and observe prayer, and give

alms in public and in private from what we have bestowed upon them, may hope

for a merchandise that shall not perish:

God will certainly pay them their due wages, and of his bounty increase

them: for He is Gracious, Grateful.

And that which we have revealed to thee of the Book is the very Truth,

confirmatory of previous Scriptures: for God knoweth and beholdeth his


Moreover, we have made the Book an heritage to those of our servants

whom we have chosen. Some of them injure themselves by evil deeds; others keep

the midway between good and evil; and others, by the permission of God,

outstrip in goodness; this is the great merit!

35:30 Into the gardens of Eden shall they enter: with bracelets of gold and

pearl shall they be decked therein, and therein shall their raiment be of silk:

And they shall say, "Praise be to God who hath put away sorrow from us.

Verily our Lord is Gracious, Grateful.

Who of His bounty hath placed us in a mansion that shall abide for ever:

therein no toil shall reach us, and therein no weariness shall touch us."

But for infidels is the fire of Hell; to die shall never be decreed

them, nor shall aught of its torment be made light to them. Thus reward we

every infidel!

And therein shall they cry aloud, "Take us hence, O our Lord!

righteousness will we work, and not what we wrought of old." - "Prolonged we

not your days that whoever would be warned might be warned therein? And the

preacher came to you -

Taste it then." - There is no protector for the unjust.

God truly knoweth the hidden things both of the Heavens and of the

Earth: for He knoweth the very secrets of the breast.

He hath appointed you his vicegerents in the earth: And whoever

believeth not, on him shall be his unbelief; and their unbelief shall only

increase for the unbelievers, hatred at the hands of their Lord: - and their

unbelief shall only increase for the unbelievers their own perdition!

Say: What think ye of the gods whom ye invoke beside God? Shew me what

part of the earth they have created? Had they a share in the creation of the

Heavens? Have we given them a Book in which they can find proofs that they are

to be called on? Nay, the wicked promise one another only deceits.

Verily God holdeth fast the Heavens and the Earth that they pass not

away: and if they were passing away one could hold them back but He: for He

is Kind, Gracious.

35:40 They swore by God with their mightiest oath that should a preacher come

to them they would yield to guidance more than any people: but when the

preacher came to them it only increased in them their estrangement,

Their haughtiness on earth and their plotting of evil! But the plotting

of evil shall only enmesh those who make use of it. Look they then for aught

but God's way of dealing with the peoples of old? Thou shalt not find any

change in the way of God, -

Yea, thou shalt not find any variableness in the way of God.

Have they never journeyed in the land and seen what hath been the end of

those who flourished before them, though mightier in strength than they? God

is not to be frustrated by aught in the Heavens or in the Earth; for He is the

All-knowing, the All-mighty.

If, moreover, God should chastise men according to their deserts, He

would not leave even a reptile on the back of the earth! But to an appointed

time doth He respite them.

And when their time shall come, then verily God's eye is on his


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