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an-Nahl (The Bee)
as rendered by Abdul Hye
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Abdul Hye rendition of Surah The Bee(an-Nahl)
16:1 The Command of Allah has come, so don’t seek to hasten it. Glorified is He and above all that they associate as partners with (Him).
16:2 He sends down the angels with the revelation of His Command to whom He wills of His servants (saying): “Warn (mankind) that there is no one worthy of worship but I, so fear Me.”
16:3 He has created the heavens and the earth with truth. He is exalted above all they associate as partners (with Him).
16:4 He has created human from semen, yet the he becomes an open opponent.
16:5 And He has created the cattle for you; in them there is warmth (clothing), numerous benefits, and you eat some of them.
16:6 And there is beauty in them for you when you bring them home in the evening and when you lead them to pasture in the morning.
16:7 And they carry your loads to a land where you could not reach except with great trouble to yourselves. Truly, your Lord is Kind, Merciful.
16:8 And (He has created) horses, mules, and donkeys so that you may ride them and as an adornment. And He has created (others about which) you have no knowledge.
16:9 And upon Allah is (to show) the direction of the Right Way, but there are some of them (ways) that are crooked. And had He willed, He could have guided you all.
16:10 It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, from it you drink and from it grows vegetation therein to pasture your cattle.
16:11 With it He grows for you the crops, the olives, the date-palms, the grapes, and every kind of fruit. Surely, there is a sign in this for people who think.
16:12 And He has subjected to you the night and the day, the sun and the moon; and the stars are subjected by His Command. Surely, there are signs in this for people who understand.
16:13 And He has created for you on this earth of varying colors. Surely, there is a sign in this for people who remember.
16:14 And it is He Who has subjected the sea to you so that you may eat fresh tender meat (fish) from it, and that you may bring out ornaments to wear from it, and that you see the ships plough through it. (All these are done) so that you may seek His Bounty and you may give thanks (to Allah).
16:15 He has affixed mountains into the earth standing firm, lest it should shake with you. (He made) rivers and roads so that you may be guided
16:16 and land-marks and the stars for your guidance.
16:17 Is then He, who has created all these, like the one who can not create? Why don’t you remember?
16:18 And if you want to count the Favors of Allah, you can not count them. Surely, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
16:19 And Allah knows what you conceal and what you reveal.
16:20 Those who invoke other than Allah, they have created nothing, and they themselves are created.
16:21 (They are) dead, lifeless, and they don’t know when they will be resurrected.
16:22 Your deity is One (Allah). As for those who don’t believe in the Hereafter, their hearts deny, and they are proud.
16:23 No doubt that Allah knows what they conceal and what they reveal. Surely, He does not like the proud.
16:24 And when they are asked: “What is that your Lord has sent down?” They say: “Tales of the ancient people!”
16:25 They will bear their own burdens in full on the Day of Resurrection, and the burdens of those whom they have misguided without knowledge. Indeed it is evil that they will bear!
16:26 Indeed those before them also plotted, but Allah struck their buildings from the foundations, the roof fell upon them from above, and the punishment came to them from where they did not even perceive.
16:27 Then, on the Day of Resurrection, He will disgrace them and say: “Where are those partners whom you used to associate with (Allah), about whom you used to disagree and dispute (with the believers)?” Those who have been given the knowledge (about the punishment of Allah) will say: “Surely! Today disgrace and misery are upon the disbelievers,
16:28 those whom the angels cause to die while they wronged themselves.” Then they will make false submission (saying): “We were not doing any evil.” (The angels will reply): “Yes! Surely, Allah is the All-Knower of what you used to do.
16:29 So enter the gates of hell to abide in it.” Indeed, what an evil abode for the arrogant.
16:30 And (when) the pious people are asked: “What (is it that) your Lord has sent down?” They say: “(That which is) good.” There is good for those who do good in this world and the home of the Hereafter will be even better. Excellent indeed will be the home (Paradise) of the pious.
16:31 Gardens of Eden (Paradise) which they will enter, rivers flow from beneath them, they will have all that they wish in it. Thus Allah will reward the pious,
16:32 those whose lives the angels take while they are pious saying (to them): “Peace be on you, enter Paradise because of what you used to do.”
16:33 Do they (the disbelievers) wait for the angels to come to them (to take souls at death), or command of your Lord to come? So did those before them. And Allah did not wrong them, but they used to wrong themselves.
16:34 Then, the evil results of what they did overtook them, and surrounded them by that they used to mock at.
16:35 And those who join others in worship (with Allah) say: “If Allah had willed, neither we would have worshipped anything other than Him, nor our forefathers, nor we would have forbidden anything without (command from) Him.” So did those who were before them. Then are the Messengers charged with anything but to convey the clear message?
16:36 And surely, We have sent in every nation a Messenger (saying): “You worship Allah, and avoid false deities.” Then, there were some whom Allah has guided and there were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what the end of those who denied (the truth) was.
16:37 If you (O Muhammad) desire for their guidance, then surely Allah does not guide whom He lets to go astray. They will have no helpers.
16:38 And they swear their strongest oaths by Allah: “Allah will never raise the dead who dies (to life).” Yes, (He will raise them up), it is a Promise upon Him in truth, but most of mankind don’t know.
16:39 (He will fulfill) in order to illustrate for them that they differ in it, and those who disbelieved may know that they were liars.
16:40 When We intend to do a thing which We want, We only say to it: “Be!” and it is.
16:41 And for those who migrated for the cause of Allah after persecution, We will certainly give them good residence in this world, and indeed the reward of the Hereafter will be greater, if they but knew!
16:42 (They are) those who remained patient (in this world), and put their trust in their Lord.
16:43 We have not send (Messengers) before you (O Muhammad) but men, whom We have sent revelation. So ask those who knows the Scripture (learned people of the Torah and the Gospel), if you don’t know,
16:44 with clear signs and books. And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) the reminder (the Qur’an) so that you may explain to mankind what was sent down to them so that they may give thought.
16:45 Do those who devise evil plots feel secure that Allah will not sink them into the earth, or that the punishment will not come to them from directions that they don’t perceive?
16:46 Or that He may not seize them in their going to and from (journey) so they will not be able to escape (from His punishment)?
16:47 Or that He may seize them with a gradual wasting (of wealth and health)? Surely! Your Lord is indeed Gracious, Merciful.
16:48 Do they not see how Allah has created from things, their shadows incline to the right and to the left, making prostration to Allah, and they are humble?
16:49 And to Allah prostate all the living creatures that are in the heavens and in the earth, and the angels, and they are not proud,
16:50 they fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded.
16:51 And Allah said (O mankind): “Don’t take – 2 deities. Surely, He is the only one worthy of worship. Then you should fear Me.”
16:52 To Him belongs all that are in the heavens and in the earth and His religion is everlasting. Would you fear any one other than Allah?
16:53 And whatever blessings you have are from Allah. When harm touches you, you cry to Him aloud for help.
16:54 Yet, when He removes the harm from you, behold! Some of you associate others in worship with their Lord,
16:55 so they deny that which (Favors) We have bestowed on them! So enjoy yourselves (short stay), soon you will come to know (the consequences).
16:56 And they assign a portion of what We have provided them (for those deities) about whom they don’t know. By Allah, you shall certainly be asked about what you used to fabricate.
16:57 And they assign daughters to Allah! Glorified is He. To themselves what they desire (sons).
16:58 And when the news of (birth of) a female child is brought to any of them, his face remains dark, and he is filled with inward grief!
16:59 He hides himself from the people because of the evil of what he has been informed. (He asks himself) shall he keep her with dishonor or bury her in the earth? Certainly, evil is what they decide.
16:60 Those who don’t believe in the Hereafter set an evil example, and for Allah is the highest example. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.
16:61 And if Allah were to seize mankind for their wrong-doing, He would not leave on it (the earth) a single living creature, but He postpones them for an appointed term. When their appointed term comes, neither they can delay it for an Hour nor can they advance it
16:62 They assign to Allah what they dislike. Their tongues describe the falsehood that the better things will be theirs. No doubt that for them is the fire, and they will be sent ahead of the others.
16:63 By Allah, indeed We have sent (Messengers) to the nations before you (O Muhammad), but Satan made their deeds fair-seeming to them. So he (Satan) is their helper today (in this world), and they will have a painful punishment.
16:64 And We have not sent down to you (O Muhammad) the book (the Qur’an) except that you may explain to them those things in which they differ, as guidance, and a Mercy for those who believe.
16:65 And Allah sends down water (rain) from the sky, and it gives life in the earth after it has been dead. Surely, in this is a sign for people who listen.
16:66 Surely! In the cattle, there is a lesson for you. We give you to drink of what is in their bellies, between bowels and blood - pure milk; pleasant to the drinkers.
16:67 And (similarly) from the fruits of date-palms and grapes, you derive strong drink from it and good provision. Surely, there is indeed a sign for people who think.
16:68 And your Lord inspired the bees, saying: “Take your habitations in the mountains, in the trees, and in what they (people) erect,
16:69 then eat all fruits and follow the easy ways of your Lord.” There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of different colors, which is healing for people. Surely, in this there is indeed a sign for people who think.
16:70 And Allah has created you, then He will cause you to die, and there are some of you who are sent back to the worst of old age so that they know nothing after having known. Surely! Allah is the All-Knower, All-Powerful.
16:71 And Allah has preferred some of you above others in provision. Those who are preferred will not hand over their wealth to what their right hands possess so that they are equal in it. Then do they deny the Grace of Allah?
16:72 And Allah has given to you your kind wives, and has given to you from your wives, sons and grandsons, and has provided to you good things. Then do they believe in false deities and deny the Favors of Allah?
16:73 They worship others besides Allah, which don’t own anything to provide any provision for them from the heavens and the earth, nor they can.
16:74 So don’t compare anything with Allah. Surely! Allah knows and you don’t know.
16:75 Allah puts forward the example (of 2 men): a captive (disbeliever) under the possession of another, he has no power over anything, and (the other), a man (believer) on whom We have provided a good provision from Us, and he spends from it secretly and openly. Can they be equal? All the praises are to Allah. Nay! But most of them don’t know.
16:76 And Allah puts forward an example of 2 men: one of them is dumb, has no power over anything, and is a burden to his master, whatever way he directs him, he brings no good. Is he equal to one who commands justice, and he is on the Right Way?
16:77 And to Allah (belongs) the unseen of the heavens and the earth. The matter of the Hour (of Judgment) is not but as a twinkling of the eye, or it is even nearer. Surely! Allah has power over everything
16:78 And Allah has brought you out of the wombs of your mothers, you don’t know anything. And He has given you hearing, sight, and intelligence so that you may give thanks (to Allah).
16:79 Do they not see the birds flying in the midst of the sky? None holds them but Allah. Surely, in this are clear signs for people who believe.
16:80 And Allah has made for you in your homes an abode, and made for you out of the hides of the cattle (as tent for) homes which you find light during the day of your travel and during the day of your stay (in travel); and from their wool, fur, and hair, (Allah provides) furniture, articles of convenience (such as carpets, blankets), comfort for a while.
16:81 And Allah has made shades (from sun) for you out of that which He has created. He has made for you places of refuge in the mountains, has made for you garments to protect you from the heat, and coats of armor to protect you from your mutual violence. Thus He perfects His Grace to you so that you may submit (to Islam).
16:82 If they still turn away, then it is only on you (O Muhammad) to convey (the message) in a clear way.
16:83 They recognize the Favors of Allah, yet they deny them and most of them are (ungrateful) disbelievers.
16:84 And (remember) the Day when We shall raise up a witness (their Messenger) from each nation. Then those who have disbelieved will neither be permitted (to excuse), nor will they be allowed to repent.
16:85 And when those who did wrong (disbelievers) will see the punishment, it will neither be lightened for them, nor will they be given respite.
16:86 And when those who associated partners (with Allah) see their partners, they will say: “Our Lord! These are our partners whom we used to invoke besides you.” But they (partners) will throw back their word at them (and say): “Surely! You are liars!”
16:87 And they will offer submission to Allah (alone) on that Day and what they used to invent (false deities) will vanish from them.
16:88 Those who disbelieved and hinder people from the way of Allah, We will add punishment over the punishment for them because they used to spread corruption.
16:89 And (remember) the Day when We shall raise up a witness in every nation against them from amongst themselves. And We shall bring you (O Muhammad) as a witness against them. (For this reason) We have sent down to you the book (the Qur’an) as an explanation of everything, a guide, a Mercy, and glad tidings for the Muslims.
16:90 Surely, Allah enjoins justice, doing good (to others), giving help to kith and kin, and forbids lewdness, evil deeds, and oppression. He admonishes you so that you may take heed.
16:91 And fulfill the Covenant of Allah when you have taken a covenant, and don’t break your oaths after you have confirmed them; and indeed you have appointed Allah over you as guarantor. Surely! Allah knows what you do.
16:92 And don’t be like that (woman) who had spun thread strongly and then undo it by weakening it; nor take your oaths as a means of deception among yourselves so that a nation may take undue advantage over another nation. Only Allah tests you by these (oaths). He will make clear to you on the Day of Resurrection what you used to differ about it.
16:93 And if Allah willed, He could have made you all one nation, but He sends astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. Certainly you will be questioned for what you used to do.
16:94 Don’t take your oaths as a means of deception among yourselves, lest your foot slip after being firmly fixed; and you may have to taste the punishment for hindering people from the Way of Allah, and there will be a great punishment for you.
16:95 And don’t purchase a small gain (at the cost of) Allah’s Covenant. Surely! What is with Allah is better for you if you but knew it.
16:96 Whatever is with you, will be exhausted, and whatever is with Allah, will remain. We will certainly pay those who are patient; their reward will be in proportion to the best of what they used to do.
16:97 Whoever does a righteous deed, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a believer; We will give a good life, and We shall pay such people their reward according to the best of what they used to do.
16:98 When you recite the Qur’an, seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the outcast.
16:99 Surely! He (Satan) has no power over those who believe and put their trust in their Lord.
16:100 Only he (Satan) has power over those who follow him, and those who join partners with Him (Allah).
16:101 And when We change a Verse (of the Qur’an) in place of another Verse, and Allah knows the best of what He sends down, they (disbelievers) say: “You (O Muhammad) are but a forger, liar.” But most of them don’t know.
16:102 Say (O Muhammad): “The Holy Spirit (angel Gabriel) has brought it (the Qur’an) down from your Lord with truth to strengthen those who believe, and as guidance, and glad tidings to the Muslims.”
16:103 And indeed We know what they (polytheists) say: “It is only a human being who teaches him (Muhammad).” But the language of the man whom they refer to him is foreign, while this (the Qur’an) is a clear Arabic language.
16:104 Surely! Those who don’t believe in the Verses of Allah, Allah will not guide them and for them will be a painful punishment.
16:105 It is only those who don’t believe in the Verses of Allah, fabricate falsehood, and they are liars.
16:106 Whoever is forced to deny faith after its acceptance while the heart is at rest with faith in Allah, shall be forgiven; but whoever opens its heart to disbelief (willingly after accepting the faith), shall incur the wrath from Allah, and for them will be a great punishment.
16:107 That is because they love and prefer the life of this world over that of the Hereafter. Allah does not guide the disbelievers.
16:108 They are those whom Allah has set a seal upon their hearts, their hearings, and their eyes. They are those who are heedless!
16:109 No doubt, they will be the losers in the Hereafter.
16:110 Then surely! Your Lord is Forgiving, Merciful afterwards to those who emigrated after they had been put to trials (for their faith), struggled hard, and were patient.
16:111 (Remember) the Day when every soul will come up pleading for itself, every soul will be paid in full for what it did, and they will not be dealt with unjustly.
16:112 And Allah puts forward the example of a town (Makkah) which was enjoying security and peace, its provision was coming to it in abundance from every place; then it (its people) denied the Favors of Allah. So Allah made it (its people) taste the seize of hunger and fear because of what they used to do.
16:113 And surely, a Messenger (Muhammad) was sent to them from among themselves, but they denied him; so the punishment overtook them while they were wrongdoers.
16:114 So eat of the lawful and good things which Allah has provided for you; and thank Allah’s Bounty if you really worship Him.
16:115 He has only forbidden you to eat the dead animal, blood, the flesh of swine, and (any animal) which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah with it. But if one is forced (by necessity) without willful disobedience, and not transgressing, then surely, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
16:116 And you don’t say that which describe your tongues falsely: “This is lawful and this is unlawful,” in order to invent lies against Allah. Surely, those who invent lies against Allah will never prosper.
16:117 A brief enjoyment is (in this life) for them, but they will have a painful punishment.
16:118 And to those who are Jews, We have forbidden such things as We have already mentioned to you (Muhammad) before (6:146). And We have not wronged to them, but they did wrong to themselves.
16:119 Then surely, yet, your Lord is Forgiving and Merciful to those who do evil in ignorance, then they repent after that, and do righteous deeds.
16:120 Surely, Abraham was a nation (a leader with all the good qualities), straight obedient to Allah, and he was not of the polytheists.
16:121 (He was) thankful for His Graces. He chose him and guided him to the Right Way.
16:122 And We gave him good (life) in this world, and surely in the Hereafter he will be of those who are righteous.
16:123 Then, We have sent the revelation to you (O Muhammad saying): “Follow the faith of Abraham and he was not one of the polytheists.”
16:124 The Sabbath was only prescribed for those who differed in it. Surely, your Lord will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection about that over which they used to differ.
16:125 Invite (mankind, O Muhammad) to the Way of your Lord (Islam) with wisdom, kind advice, and reason with them in a way that it is better. Surely, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Way, and He knows best those who are guided.
16:126 And if you (have to) punish (your enemy), then let your punishment be like that which you were punished with. But if you endure patiently, surely, it is better for the patient.
16:127 And endure patiently (O Muhammad), and your patience is not but from Allah. And don’t grieve over them (polytheists), and be not in distress from what they plot.
16:128 Surely, Allah is with those who fear Him, and those who are righteous people


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