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an-Nahl (The Bee)
as rendered by Ali Quli Qara'i
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Ali Quli Qara'i rendition of Surah The Bee(an-Nahl)
16:1 Allah’s edict is coming! So do not seek to hasten it. Immaculate is He and exalted above [having] any partners that they ascribe [to Him]
16:2 He sends down the angels with the Spirit of His command to whomever He wishes of His servants: ‘Warn [the people] that there is no god except Me; so be wary of Me.&rsquo
16:3 He created the heavens and the earth with reason. He is above having any partners that they ascribe [to Him]
16:4 He created man from a drop of [seminal] fluid, and, behold, he is an open contender
16:5 He created the cattle, in which there is warmth for you and [other] uses and some of them you eat
16:6 There is in them a beauty for you when you bring them home for rest and when you drive them forth to pasture
16:7 And they bear your burdens to towns which you could not reach except by straining yourselves. Indeed your Lord is most kind and merciful
16:8 And horses, mules and asses, for you to ride them, and for adornment, and He creates what you do not know
16:9 With Allah rests guidance to the straight path, and some of them are devious, and had He wished He would have guided you all
16:10 It is He who sends down water from the sky: from it you get your drink and from it are [sustained] the plants wherein you pasture your herds
16:11 With it He makes the crops grow for you and olives, date palms, vines, and fruits of all kinds. There is indeed a sign in that for a people who reflect
16:12 He disposed the night and the day for you, and the sun, the moon and the stars are disposed by His command. There are indeed signs in that for a people who apply reason
16:13 And whatever He has created for you in the earth of diverse hues —there is indeed a sign in that for a people who take admonition
16:14 It is He who disposed the sea [for your benefit] that you may eat from it fresh meat, and obtain from it ornaments, which you wear —and you see the ships plowing through it— and that you may seek of His grace, and that you may give thanks
16:15 He cast in the earth firm mountains lest it should shake with you, and [made] streams and ways, so that you may be guide
16:16 —and the landmarks [as well], and by the stars they are guided
16:17 Is He who creates like one who does not create? Will you not then take admonition
16:18 If you enumerate Allah’s blessings, you will not be able to count them. Indeed Allah is all-forgiving, all-merciful
16:19 Allah knows whatever you hide and whatever you disclose
16:20 Those whom they invoke besides Allah do not create anything and are themselves created
16:21 They are dead, not living, and are not aware when they will be resurrected
16:22 Your God is the One God. Those who do not believe in the Hereafter, their hearts are amiss, and they are arrogant
16:23 Undoubtedly, Allah knows whatever they hide and whatever they disclose. Indeed He does not like the arrogant
16:24 When they are told, ‘What is it that your Lord has sent down?’ They say, ‘Myths of the ancients,&rsquo
16:25 that they may bear their entire burdens on the Day of Resurrection, along with some of the burdens of those whom they lead astray without any knowledge. Look! Evil is what they bear
16:26 Those who were before them [had also] schemed. Then Allah razed their edifice from the foundations and the roof collapsed upon them from above and the punishment overtook them whence they were not aware
16:27 Then He will disgrace them on the Day of Resurrection, and say, ‘Where are My partners for whose sake you used to defy [Allah]?’ Those who were given knowledge will say, ‘Indeed today disgrace and distress pursue the faithless.&rsquo
16:28 —Those whom the angels take away while they are wronging themselves. Thereat they submit: ‘We were not doing any evil!’ ‘Yes, indeed Allah knows best what you used to do
16:29 Enter the gates of hell to remain in it [forever]. Evil is the [final] abode of the arrogant.&rsquo
16:30 But to those who were Godwary it will be said, ‘What is it that your Lord has sent down?’ They will say, ‘Good.’ For those who do good in this world there will be a good [reward], and the abode of the Hereafter is better, and the abode of the Godwary is surely excellent
16:31 the Gardens of Eden, which they will enter, with streams running in them. There they will have whatever they wish, and thus does Allah reward the Godwar
16:32 —those whom the angels take away while they are pure. They say [to them], ‘Peace be to you! Enter paradise because of what you used to do.&rsquo
16:33 Do they await anything but that the angels should come to them, or your Lord’s edict should come? Those who were before them had acted likewise; Allah did not wrong them, but they used to wrong themselves
16:34 So the evils of what they had earned visited them, and they were besieged by what they used to deride
16:35 The polytheists say, ‘Had Allah wished, we would not have worshiped anything besides Him —neither we, nor our fathers— nor would we have held anything holy besides Him.’ Those who were before them had acted likewise. Is the apostles’ duty anything but to communicate in clear terms
16:36 Certainly We raised an apostle in every nation [to preach:] ‘Worship Allah, and keep away from the Rebels.’ Then among them were some whom Allah guided, and among them were some who deserved to be in error. So travel over the land and then observe how was the fate of the deniers
16:37 If you are eager for them to be guided, indeed Allah does not guide those who mislead [others], and they will have no helpers
16:38 They swear by Allah with solemn oaths that Allah will not resurrect those who die. Yes indeed, it is a promise binding upon Him, but most people do not know
16:39 That He may clarify for them what they differ about, and that the faithless may know that they were liars
16:40 All that We say to a thing, when We will it, is to say to it ‘Be!’ and it is
16:41 Those who migrate for the sake of Allah after they have been wronged, We will surely settle them in a good place in the world, and the reward of the Hereafter is surely greater, had they known
16:42 —Those who are patient and put their trust in their Lord
16:43 We did not send [any apostles] before you except as men to whom We revealed —ask the People of the Reminder if you do not know&mdash
16:44 [and sent them] with manifest proofs and scriptures. We have sent down the reminder to you so that you may clarify for the people that which has been sent down to them, so that they may reflect
16:45 Do those who make evil schemes feel secure that Allah will not make the earth swallow them, or the punishment will not overtake them whence they are not aware
16:46 Or that He will not seize them in the midst of their bustle, whereupon they will not be able to thwart [Him]
16:47 Or that He will not visit them with attrition? Indeed your Lord is most kind and merciful
16:48 Have they not regarded that whatever thing Allah has created casts its shadow to the right and to the left, prostrating to Allah in utter humility
16:49 To Allah prostrates whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth, including animals and angels, and they are not arrogant
16:50 They fear their Lord above them, and do what they are commanded
16:51 And Allah has said, ‘Do not worship two gods. Indeed He is the One God, so be in awe of Me [alone].&rsquo
16:52 To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth, and to Him belongs the enduring religion. Will you, then, be wary of other than Allah
16:53 Whatever blessing you have is from Allah, then when a distress befalls you, you make entreaties to Him
16:54 Then when He removes the distress from you, behold, a part of them ascribe partners to their Lord
16:55 being unthankful for what We have given them. So let them enjoy. Soon they shall know
16:56 To what they do not know, they attribute a share of what We have provided them. By Allah, you will surely be questioned concerning what you used to fabricate
16:57 And they attribute daughters to Allah —immaculate is He— while they will have what they desire
16:58 When one of them is brought the news of a female [newborn], his face becomes darkened and he chokes with suppressed agony
16:59 He hides from the people out of distress at the news he has been brought: shall he retain it in humiliation, or bury it in the ground! Look! Evil is the judgement that they make
16:60 For those who do not believe in the Hereafter there is an evil description, and the loftiest description belongs to Allah, and He is the All-mighty, the All-wise
16:61 Were Allah to take mankind to task for their wrongdoing, He would not leave any living being upon it. But He respites them until a specified time; so when their time comes they shall not defer it by a single hour nor shall they advance it
16:62 They attribute to Allah what they dislike [for themselves], and their tongues assert the lie that the best reward will be theirs. Undoubtedly, the Fire shall be their lot and they will be foremost [in entering it]
16:63 By Allah, We have certainly sent [apostles] to nations before you. But Satan made their deeds seem decorous to them. So he is their master today and there is a painful punishment for them
16:64 We did not send down the Book to you except [for the purpose] that you may clarify for them what they differ about, and as a guidance and mercy for a people who have faith
16:65 Allah sends down water from the sky with which He revives the earth after its death. There is indeed a sign in that for a people who listen
16:66 There is indeed a moral for you in the cattle: We give you to drink of that which is in their bellies from between [intestinal] waste and blood, as pure milk, pleasant to those who drink
16:67 And of the fruits of date palms and vines, from which you draw wine and goodly provision. There are indeed signs in that for a people who apply reason
16:68 And your Lord inspired the bee [saying]: ‘Make your home in the mountains, and on the trees and the trellises that they erect
16:69 Then eat from every [kind of] fruit and follow meekly the ways of your Lord.’ There issues from its belly a juice of diverse hues in which there is a cure for the people. There is indeed a sign in that for a people who reflect
16:70 Allah has created you, then He takes you away, and there are some among you who are relegated to the nethermost age so that he knows nothing after [having possessed] some knowledge. Indeed Allah is all-knowing, all-powerful
16:71 Allah has granted some of you an advantage over others in [respect of] provision. Those who have been granted an advantage do not give over their provision to their slaves so that they become equal in its respect. What, will they dispute the blessing of Allah
16:72 Allah made for you mates from your own selves and appointed for you, from your mates, children and grandchildren, and We provided you with all the good things. What, will they believe in falsehood while they deny the blessing of Allah
16:73 They worship besides Allah what has no power to provide them with anything from the heavens and the earth, nor are they capable [of doing that]
16:74 So do not draw comparisons for Allah: indeed Allah knows and you do not know
16:75 Allah draws a parable: a chattel who has no power over anything, and one whom We have provided a goodly provision and who spends out of it secretly and openly. Are they equal? All praise belongs to Allah. But most of them do not know
16:76 Allah draws [another] parable: Two men, one of whom is dumb, having no power over anything and who is a liability to his master: wherever he directs him he does not bring any good. Is he equal to someone who enjoins justice and is [steady] on a straight path
16:77 To Allah belongs the Unseen of the heavens and the earth. The matter of the Hour is just like the twinkling of an eye, or [even] swifter. Indeed Allah has power over all things
16:78 Allah has brought you forth from the bellies of your mothers while you did not know anything. He made for you hearing, eyesight, and hearts so that you may give thanks
16:79 Have they not regarded the birds disposed in the air of the sky: no one sustains them except Allah. There are indeed signs in that for a people who have faith
16:80 It is Allah who has made for you your homes as a place of rest and He made for you homes out of the skins of the cattle which you find portable on the day of your shifting and on the day of your halt, and out of their wool, their fur and hair furniture and wares [enduring] for a while
16:81 It is Allah who has made for you shade from what He created, and made for you retreats in the mountains, and made for you garments that protect you from heat and garments that protect you from your [mutual] violence. That is how He completes His blessing upon you so that you may submit [to Him]
16:82 But if they turn their backs [on you], your duty is only to communicate in clear terms
16:83 They recognize the blessing of Allah and then deny it, and most of them are faithless
16:84 The day We shall raise a witness from every nation, then the faithless will not be permitted [to speak], nor will they be asked to propitiate [Allah]
16:85 And when the wrongdoers sight the punishment, it shall not be lightened for them, nor will they be granted any respite
16:86 When the polytheists sight their partners, they will say, ‘Our Lord! These are our partners whom we used to invoke besides You.’ But they will retort to them, ‘You are indeed liars!&rsquo
16:87 They will submit to Allah on that day, and what they used to fabricate will forsake them
16:88 Those who are faithless and bar from the way of Allah —We shall add punishment to their punishment because of the corruption they used to cause
16:89 The day We raise in every nation a witness against them from among themselves, We shall bring you as a witness against these. We have sent down the Book to you as a clarification of all things and as a guidance and mercy and good news for the muslims
16:90 Indeed Allah enjoins justice and kindness and generosity towards relatives, and He forbids indecency, wrong, and aggression. He advises you, so that you may take admonition
16:91 Fulfill Allah’s covenant when you pledge, and do not break [your] oaths after pledging them solemnly and having made Allah a witness over yourselves. Indeed Allah knows what you do
16:92 Do not be like her who would undo her yarn, breaking it up after [spinning it to] strength, by making your oaths a means of [mutual] deceit among yourselves, so that one community may become more affluent than another community. Allah only tests you thereby, and He will surely clarify for you on the Day of Resurrection what you used to differ about
16:93 Had Allah wished, He would have made you one community, but He leads astray whomever He wishes and guides whomever He wishes, and you will surely be questioned concerning what you used to do
16:94 Do not make your oaths a means of [mutual] deceit among yourselves lest feet should stumble after being steady and [lest] you suffer ill for barring from the way of Allah and there be a great punishment for you
16:95 Do not sell Allah’s covenant for a paltry gain. Indeed what is with Allah is better for you, should you know
16:96 That which is with you will be spent but what is with Allah shall last, and We will surely pay the patient their reward by the best of what they used to do
16:97 Whoever acts righteously, [whether] male or female, should he be faithful, —We shall revive him with a good life and pay them their reward by the best of what they used to do
16:98 When you recite the Qur’an, seek the protection of Allah against the outcast Satan
16:99 Indeed he does not have any authority over those who have faith and put their trust in their Lord
16:100 His authority is only over those who befriend him and those who make him a partner [of Allah]
16:101 When We change a sign with another in its place —and Allah knows best what He sends down— they say, ‘You are just a fabricator.’ Rather most of them do not know
16:102 Say, the Holy Spirit has brought it down duly from your Lord to fortify those who have faith and as a guidance and good news for the muslims
16:103 We certainly know that they say, ‘It is only a human that instructs him.’ The language of him to whom they refer is non-Arabic, while this is a clear Arabic language
16:104 Indeed those who do not believe in the signs of Allah —Allah shall not guide them and there is a painful punishment for them
16:105 Only those fabricate lies who do not believe in the signs of Allah, and it is they who are the liars
16:106 Whoever renounces faith in Allah after [affirming] his faith —barring someone who is compelled while his heart is at rest in faith— but those who open up their breasts to unfaith, upon such shall be Allah’s wrath, and there is a great punishment for them
16:107 That, because they preferred the life of the world to the Hereafter and that Allah does not guide the faithless lot
16:108 They are the ones on whose hearts Allah has set a seal, and on their hearing and their sight [as well], and it is they who are the heedless
16:109 Undoubtedly, they are the ones who will be the losers in the Hereafter
16:110 Then indeed your Lord, to those who migrated, after they were persecuted, and waged jihad and were patient —indeed, after that, your Lord will surely be all-forgiving, all-merciful
16:111 The day when every soul will come pleading for itself and every soul will be recompensed fully for what it has done, and they will not be wronged
16:112 Allah draws a parable: A town secure and peaceful. Its provision came abundantly from every place. But it was ungrateful toward Allah’s blessings. So Allah made it taste hunger and fear because of what they used to do
16:113 There had certainly come to them an apostle from among themselves, but they impugned him, so the punishment seized them while they were wrongdoers
16:114 So eat out of what Allah has provided you as lawful and good, and give thanks for Allah’s blessing, if it is Him that you worship
16:115 He has forbidden you only carrion, blood, the flesh of the swine, and that which has been offered to other than Allah. But should someone be compelled, without being rebellious or aggressive, indeed Allah is all-forgiving, all-merciful
16:116 Do not say, asserting falsely with your tongues, ‘This is lawful, and this is unlawful,’ to fabricate lies against Allah. Indeed those who fabricate lies against Allah will not be felicitous
16:117 A trifling enjoyment, and there will be a painful punishment for them
16:118 We forbade to the Jews what We have recounted to you earlier, and We did not wrong them, but they used to wrong themselves
16:119 Then indeed your Lord, to those who commit evil out of ignorance and then repent after that, and reform —indeed, after that, your Lord will surely be all-forgiving, all-merciful
16:120 Indeed Abraham was a nation obedient to Allah, a ḥana«f, and he was not one of the polytheists
16:121 Grateful [as he was] for His blessings, He chose him and guided him to a straight path
16:122 We gave him good in this world, and in the Hereafter he will indeed be among the Righteous
16:123 Then We revealed to you [saying], ‘Follow the creed of Abraham, a ḥana«f, and he was not one of the polytheists.&rsquo
16:124 The Sabbath was only prescribed for those who differed about it. Your Lord will indeed judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that about which they used to differ
16:125 Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good advice and dispute with them in a manner that is best. Indeed your Lord knows best those who stray from His way, and He knows best those who are guided
16:126 And if you retaliate, retaliate with the like of what you have been made to suffer, but if you are patient that is surely better for the patient
16:127 So be patient, and you cannot be patient except with Allah[’s help]. And do not grieve for them, nor be upset by their guile
16:128 Indeed Allah is with those who are Godwary and those who are virtuous


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