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an-Naml (The Ant, The Ants)
as rendered by Abdul Hye
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Abdul Hye rendition of Surah The Ant, The Ants(an-Naml)
27:1 Ta-Seen. These are Verses of the Qur’an, a clear book;
27:2 a guide, and glad tidings for the believers,
27:3 those who establish the prayer, give the obligatory charity, and believe with certainty in the Hereafter.
27:4 Surely, those who don’t believe in the Hereafter, We have made their deeds seem fair to them, so that they wander about blindly.
27:5 They are those for them there will be an evil punishment (in this world). They will be the greatest losers in the Hereafter.
27:6 And surely, you (O Muhammad) are being taught the Qur’an from the One Who is All-Wise, All-Knower.
27:7 (Remember) when Moses said to his family: “Surely! I have seen a fire, I will bring you some information from it, or I will bring you a burning brand so that you may warm yourselves.”
27:8 But when he came to it, he was called (by a voice) that: “Blessed is (Allah) Who is in the fire, and whoever is around it! And glory be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
27:9 O Moses! Surely! It is I, Allah, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.
27:10 Throw down your stick!” But when he saw it moving as if it were a snake, he turned in flight, and did not even look back. (It was said): “O Moses! Don’t fear, surely! The Messengers don’t fear in front of Me,
27:11 except the one who has done wrong and afterwards even if he changes evil for good, then surely, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
27:12 And now put your hand into your bosom, it will come out (shining) white without any harm. These are among the 9 Verses (you will take) to Pharaoh and his people, and surely, they are not pious people.”
27:13 But when Our Verses came to them, clear to see, they said: “This is a clear magic.”
27:14 They rejected them (Verses) wrongfully and arrogantly, though their own selves were convinced of them. So see how was the end of the evil-doers.
27:15 And indeed We gave knowledge to David and Solomon, and they said: “All the praises are to Allah, Who has preferred us above many of His believing servants!”
27:16 Solomon inherited (the knowledge of) David. He said: “O mankind! We have been taught the language of birds and on us has been bestowed from every thing. Surely, this indeed is grace evident (from Allah).”
27:17 And Solomon gathered his hosts of jinns, people, birds, and they were set in battle order,
27:18 till, when they came to the valley of the ants, one ant said: “O ants! Enter your residences, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (by their feet) while they don’t perceive.”
27:19 So he (Solomon) smiled laughing at its speech and said: “My Lord! Bestow upon me power that I may thank You for Favors, which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, so that I may do righteous deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous servants.”
27:20 He inspected the birds, and said: “What is the matter that I don’t see the hoopoe (old world bird) or is he among the absentees?
27:21 I will surely punish him with severe punishment, or slaughter him, unless he brings me a clear reason (for absence).”
27:22 But he (the hoopoe) did not stay long, he (came up and) said: “I have just found (the knowledge of a thing) which you have not found. I have come to you from Sheba with true news.
27:23 Surely I found a woman ruling over them, and she has been given from every thing, and she has a great throne.
27:24 I found her and her people prostrating themselves before the sun instead of Allah, Satan has made their deeds seem fair to them, and has barred them from (Allah’s) Way, so they are not guided,
27:25 they don’t prostrate themselves before Allah, Who brings out the hidden thing in the heavens and the earth, and knows what you conceal and what you reveal.
27:26 Allah, there is no one worthy of worship but He, the Lord of the Supreme Throne!”
27:27 (Solomon) said: “We shall see whether you speak the truth or you are of the liars.
27:28 Go with this letter of mine, and deliver it to them, then bring back from them, and see what answer they return.
27:29 She (the queen) said: “O chiefs! Surely! A noble letter has been delivered to me,
27:30 surely it is from Solomon, and surely it reads: In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
27:31 (It reads) Don’t be exalted against me, but come to me as Muslims.”
27:32 She said: "O chiefs! Advise me in my case. I don’t decide any case till you are present.”
27:33 They said: “We have power and great strength, and the matter is for you to command; so think what you will command.”
27:34 She said: “Surely! When the kings enter a town, they spoil it, and make the most honorable of its people the lowest. And thus they always do.
27:35 But surely I will send them a present, and see with what answer the Messengers return.
27:36 So when (the envoys of the Queen with the present) came to Solomon, he said: “Will you help me in wealth? What Allah has given me is better than that which He has given you! Nay, you rejoice in your gift
27:37 (Solomon said to the chief of her messengers who brought the present): Go back to them (your people). (If your people don’t submit) surely we shall come to them with army which they will never be able to resist, we shall drive them out from there (land) in disgrace, and they will be humiliated.”
27:38 (When Solomon heard that the Queen of Sheba was coming in submission) he said: “O chiefs! Which of you can bring me her throne before they come to me as Muslims?”
27:39 A strong one from the jinns said: “I will bring it to you before you rise from your place (council). Surely, I am indeed strong, trustworthy for such work.”
27:40 One with whom was the knowledge of the Scripture said: “I will bring it to you before your eyesight returns to you (within twinkling of an eye)!” Then when he (Solomon) saw it placed before him, he said: “This is from the Grace of my Lord to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! Whoever is grateful, indeed is grateful for oneself, and whoever is ungrateful (should know that) certainly, my Lord is Rich, Bountiful.”
27:41 Then he said: “Disguise for her throne so that we may see whether she will be guided (able to recognize her throne), or she will be of those who are not guided.”
27:42 So when she came, it was said (to her): “Is your throne like this?” She said: “(It is) as though it were the same. Knowledge was bestowed on us in advance of this, and we have become Muslims (submitted to Allah).”
27:43 Other deities which she used to worship besides Allah has prevented her (from Islam), indeed she was of a disbelieving people.
27:44 It was said to her: “Enter the palace.” (The floor was glass surface with water underneath it). But when she saw it, she thought it was a pool, and she (pulled up her clothes) uncovering her legs. Solomon said: “Surely, it is a palace (with a glass surface and water underneath it) traced smooth with glass.” She said: “My Lord! Surely, I have wronged myself, and I submit (accept Islam) with Solomon to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.”
27:45 And indeed We sent to Thamud their brother Saleh, saying: “Worship Allah.” Then look! They became 2 parties (believers and disbelievers) quarreling with each other.
27:46 He said: “O my people! Why do you seek to hasten the evil (Allah’s punishment) before the good (Allah’s Mercy)? Why don’t you seek the forgiveness of Allah, so that you may be treated with mercy?”
27:47 They said: “We consider bad luck from you and those with you.” He said: “Your luck is with Allah; in fact, you are a people that are being tested.”
27:48 There were in the city 9 men (leaders) who made mischief in the land, and they would not reform.
27:49 They said: “Swear one to another by Allah so that we shall surely make a night attack on him and his family, and afterwards we will surely say to his near relatives: we did not witness the destruction of his family, and surely! We are truthful.”
27:50 So they plotted a plot, and We planned a plan, while they did not perceive.
27:51 Thus see how the end of their plot was! Surely! We destroyed them and their nation, all together.
27:52 These are their houses in ruin, for what they did wrong. Surely, in this is indeed a sign for people who know.
27:53 And We saved those who believed, and used to fear Allah.
27:54 And (remember) Lot! When he said to his people: “Do you commit indecency while you see?
27:55 Why do you come to men with lust instead of women? Nay, but you are a people who are ignorant.”
27:56 There was no answer by his people except that they said: “Drive out the family of Lot from your city. Surely, they are a people who are clean!”
27:57 So We saved him and his family, except his wife. We destined her to be of those who remained behind.
27:58 And We rained down on them a rain (of stones). So evil was the rain of those who were warned.
27:59 Say (O Muhammad): “All praise is to Allah, and peace be on His servants whom He has chosen! Is Allah better, or that you ascribe as partners (to Him)?
27:60 Is not He (better than false deities) Who has created the heavens and the earth, and sends down from the sky water (rain) for you and We cause to grow gardens with it full of beauty and delight? It is not in your ability that you cause their trees to grow. Is there any one worthy of worship besides Allah? Nay, but they are a people who ascribe equals (to Him)!
27:61 Is not He Who has made the earth as a fixed abode, has placed rivers in its midst, has placed firm mountains for it, and has set a barrier between the 2 seas (of salt and sweet water)? Is there any one worthy of worship besides Allah? Nay, but most of them don’t know.
27:62 Is not He Who responds to the distressed one when one calls Him, Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth (generations after generations)? Is there any one worthy of worship besides Allah? Little is that you remember
27:63 Is not He Who guides you in the darkness of the land, the sea, and Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings before His Mercy? Is there any one worthy of worship besides Allah? High exalted is Allah above all that they associate as partners (to Him)!
27:64 Is not He Who originates creation, then repeats it, and Who provides you from heaven and earth? Is there any one worthy of worship besides Allah? Say: “Bring your proofs if you are truthful.”
27:65 Say: “No one in the heavens and the earth has the knowledge of the unseen except Allah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.”
27:66 Nay, their knowledge does not reach to the Hereafter. Nay, they are in doubt about it. Nay, they are blind about it.
27:67 And those who disbelieve say: “When we and our forefathers have become dust, shall we really be brought forth (again from dead)?
27:68 Indeed we were promised this to us and our forefathers before. Surely, this is nothing but tales of the ancient people.”
27:69 Say to them (O Muhammad): “Travel in the land and see what has been the end of the criminals (who disobeyed Allah).
27:70 Neither grieve over them, nor be in distress because of what they plot.
27:71 And they (disbelievers) say: “When will this Promise (be fulfilled), if you are truthful?
27:72 Say: “Perhaps that which you wish to hasten on, may be close behind you.”
27:73 Surely, your Lord is full of Grace for mankind, yet most of them don’t give thanks.
27:74 Surely, your Lord knows what their hearts conceal and what they reveal.
27:75 There is nothing hidden in the heaven and the earth, but is recorded in a clear book.
27:76 Surely, this Qur’an narrates to the children of Israel most of that in which they differ.
27:77 And truly, it (this Qur’an) is guidance and a Mercy for the believers.
27:78 Surely, your Lord will decide between them (various sects) by His judgment. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Knower.
27:79 Put your trust in Allah; surely, you (O Muhammad) are on the clear truth.
27:80 Surely, you can neither make the dead hear, nor can you make the deaf hear the call when they flee turning their backs,
27:81 nor can you lead the blind out of their error; you can not make to hear except those who believe in Our Verses, and who have submitted as Muslims.
27:82 And when the Word (of punishment) is fulfilled against them, We shall bring out for them a beast from the earth, which will speak to them because people did not believe in Our Verses
27:83 And (remember) the Day when We shall gather out of every nation a troop of those who denied Our Verses, and they shall be driven (to the place of reckoning),
27:84 until when they all come (before their Lord), He will say: “Did you deny My Verses when you did not comprehend them by knowledge? Or what you used to do?”
27:85 And the Word (of punishment) will be fulfilled against them, because they have done wrong, and they will not be able to speak (to defend themselves).
27:86 Don’t they see that We have made the night for them to rest in it, and the day to give them light? Surely, in this are Verses for people who believe.
27:87 And (remember) the Day on which the trumpet will be blown in and all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth, will be terrified except the one whom Allah wills. And all shall come to Him humbled.
27:88 You will see the mountains and think them solid, but they shall pass away as the passing away of the clouds. Such is the Work of Allah, Who perfected all things; surely, Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do.
27:89 Those who bring good deeds shall be rewarded with better than it, and they will be safe from the terror on that Day.
27:90 And those who brings an evil deed, they will be cast down on their faces in the fire. (It will be said to them): “Are you being recompensed except what you used to do?”
27:91 Indeed I (Muhammad) have been commanded to worship the Lord of this city (Makkah), Who has made it sacred and to Whom belongs everything. And I have been commanded to be from among the Muslims,
27:92 and to recite the Qur’an. So whoever receives guidance then surely will receive it for his own good, and whoever goes astray, say: “Surely, I am one of the warners.”
27:93 And say (O Muhammad): “All the praises are to Allah. He will show you His Verses, and you shall recognize them. And your Lord is not unaware of what you do.”


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