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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 46 - Al Ahkaf

SURA XLVI (46) - AL AHKAF (Mecca - 35 Verses) (LXXXVII - 313)

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Ha. Mim. The Revelation (sending down) of this Book is from the Mighty,

the Wise!

We have not created the Heavens and the Earth and all that is between

them otherwise than in truth and for a settled term. But they who believe not,

turn away from their warning.

Say: What think ye? As for those whom ye invoke beside God, shew me

what part of the earth it is which they have created? Had they a share in the

Heavens? Bring me a Book sent down by them before this Koran, or traces of

their knowledge; - if ye are men of truth.

And who erreth more than he who, beside God, calleth upon that which

shall not answer him until the day of Resurrection? Yes, they regard not their


And when mankind shall be assembled together, they will become their

enemies, and ungratefully disown their worship.

And when our clear signs are recited to them, they who believe not say

of the truth when it cometh to them, "This is plain sorcery."

Will they say, "he hath devised It?" Say: If I have devised the Koran,

then not one single thing shall ye ever obtain for me from God! He best

knoweth what ye utter in its regard! Witness enough is He between me and you!

And He is the Gracious, the Merciful.

Say: I am no apostle of new doctrines: neither know I what will be done

with me or you. Only what is revealed to me do I follow, and I am only charged

to warn openly.

Say: What think ye? If this Book be from God, and ye believe it not,

and a witness of the children of Israel witness to its conformity with the Law,

and believe, while ye proudly disdain it. . .? Ah! God guideth not the people

guilty of such a wrong!

46:10 But the infidels say of the believers, "If it were a good Book they

would not have been before us in believing it:" And not having submitted to

guidance, they proceed to say, "It is an old lying legend!"

But before the Koran was the Book of Moses, a rule and a mercy; and this

Book confirmeth it (the Pentateuch) - in the Arabic tongue - that those who are

guilty of that wrong may be warned, and as glad tidings to the doers of good.

Assuredly they who say, "Our Lord is God," and take the straight way to

Him - no fear shall come on them, neither shall they be put to grief:

These shall be the inmates of Paradise to remain therein for ever, - the

recompense of their deeds!

Moreover, we have enjoined on man to shew kindness to his parents. With

pain his mother beareth him; with pain she bringeth him forth: and his bearing

and his weaning is thirty months; until when he attaineth his strength, and

attaineth to forty years, he saith, "O my Lord! stir me up to be grateful for

thy favours wherewith thou hast favoured me and my parents, and to do good

works which shall please thee: and prosper me in my offspring: for to thee am I

turned, and am resigned to thy will" (am a Muslim).

These are they from whom we will accept their best works, and whose

evil works we will pass by; among the inmates shall they be of Paradise: - a

true promise which they are promised.

But he who saith to his parents, "Fie on you both! Promise ye me that I

shall be taken forth from the grave alive, when whole generations have already

passed away before me?" But they both will implore the help of God, and say,

"Alas for thee! Believe: for the promise of God is true." But he saith, "It

is no more than a fable of the ancients."

These are they in whom the sentence passed on the nations, djinn and

men, who flourished before them, is made good. They shall surely perish.

And there are grades for all, according to their works, that God may

repay them for their works; and they shall not be dealt with unfairly.

And they who believe not shall one day be set before the fire. "Ye made

away your precious gifts during your life on earth; and ye took your fill of

pleasure in them: This day, therefore, with punishment of shame shall ye be

rewarded, for that ye behaved you proudly and unjustly on the earth, and for

that ye were given to excesses."

46:20 Remember, too, the brother of Ad when he warned his people in Al Ahkaf -

and before and since his time there have been warners - "Worship none but God:

verily I fear for you the punishment of the great day."

They said, "Art thou come to us to turn us away from our Gods? Bring on

us now the woes which thou threatenest if thou speakest truth."

"That knowledge," said he, "is with God alone: I only proclaim to you

the message with which I am sent. But I perceive that ye are a people sunk in


So when they saw a cloud coming straight for their valleys, they said,

"It is a passing cloud that shall give us rain." "Nay, it is that whose speedy

coming ye challenged - a blast wherein is an afflictive punishment: -

It will destroy everything at the bidding of its Lord!" And at morn

nought was to be seen but their empty dwellings! Thus repay we a wicked


With power had we endued them, even as with power have we endued you;

and we had given them ears and eyes and hearts: yet neither their eyes, nor

their ears, nor their hearts aided them at all, when once they gainsaid the

signs of God; but that punishment which they had mocked at enveloped them on

all sides.

Of old, too, did we destroy the cities which were round about you; and

in order that they might return to us, we varied our signs before them.

But did those whom they took for gods beside God as his kindred deities,

help them? Nay, they withdrew from them. Such was their delusion, and their


And remember when we turned aside a company of the djinn to thee, that

they might hearken to the Koran: and no sooner were they present at its reading

than they said to each other, "Hist;" and when it was ended, they returned to

their people with warnings.

They said, "O our people! verily we have been listening to a book sent

down since the days of Moses, affirming the previous scriptures; it guideth to

the truth, and to the right way.

46:30 O our people! Obey the Summoner of God, and believe in him, that He may

forgive your sins, and rescue from an afflictive punishment.

And he who shall not respond to God's preacher, yet cannot weaken God's

power on earth, nor shall he have protectors beside Him. These are in obvious


See they not that God who created the Heavens and the Earth, and was not

wearied with their creation, is of power to quicken the dead? Yea, he is for

all things Potent.

And a day is coming when the infidels shall be set before the fire. "Is

not this it in truth?" They shall say, "Aye, by our Lord." He said, "Taste

then the punishment for that ye would not believe."

Bear thou up, then, with patience, as did the Apostles endued with

firmness, and seek not to accelerate their doom. For, on the day when they

shall see that with which they have been menaced,

It shall be as though they had waited but an hour of the day. Enough!

shall any perish save they who transgress?

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