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an-Naml (The Ant, The Ants)
as rendered by Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
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Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali rendition of Surah The Ant, The Ants(an-Naml)
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27:1 Ta Sin (These are the names of letters of the Arabic alphabet, and only Allah knows their meaning here).Those (Literally: that) are the ayat (Verses, signs) of the Qur'an and an Evident Book,
27:2 A guidance and good tidings to the believers,
27:3 Who keep up the prayer, and bring the Zakat, (i.e., pay the poor-dues) and they, (always) they, have certitude in the Hereafter.
27:4 Surely the ones who do not believe in the Hereafter, We have adorned for them their deeds, so they are blundering (blindly);
27:5 Those are they for whom is an odious torment, and they, (always) they, are the ones who will be the greatest losers in the Hereafter.
27:6 And surely you indeed are granted (Literally: you are made to keep receiving) the Qur'an from very close to The Ever-Wise, The Ever-Knowing.
27:7 As Musa (Moses) said to his family, "Surely I perceive a fire. Soon I will come up to you with news of it, or come up to you with a flaming brand that possibly you would warm yourselves."
27:8 So, as soon as he came to it, he was called out (that): "Blessed are they who are in the fire, and they who are around it, and All Extolment be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds!
27:9 O Musa, surely I, Ever I, am Allah, The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Wise.
27:10 And cast down your staff." So, as soon as he saw it shaking as if it were a jinni, he turned away withdrawing and did not retrace his steps. "O Musa, do not fear (anything). Surely I (am The One); the Emissaries do not fear (anything) close to Me.
27:11 Except him who has done (an) injustice, (and) thereafter substituted fair (deeds) for odious (deeds). Then surely I am Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Merciful.
27:12 And put your hand into your bosom, (i.e., the bosom of your robe) it will come out (Literally: go out) white without any odious (imperfection) among nine signs to Firaawn (Pharaoh) and his people. Surely they have been an immoral people."
27:13 Then as soon as Our signs came to them, a beholding, (i.e., as a proof from Allah) they said, "This is evident sorcery."
27:14 And they repudiated them, and their selves had (inner) certitude of them, out of injustice and exaltation. So look into how was the end of the corruptors.
27:15 And indeed We already brought Dawud (David) and Sulayman (Solomon) knowledge, and they (both) said, "Praise be to Allah, Who has graced us over many of His believing bondmen."
27:16 And Sulayman was Dawud's heir, (Literally: inherited "from" Dawud "David") and he said, "O you mankind, we have been taught the language (Literally: the manner of pronunciation) of (the) birds, and we have been brought (much) of everything; surely this is indeed the evident Grace."
27:17 And his hosts were mustered to Sulayman, of the jinn and humankind and birds. So they were duly dispensed.
27:18 Till, when they came up to the Valley of Ants, an ant said, "O you ants, enter your dwellings so that Sulayman and his hosts would not definitely crush you, (while) they are not aware."
27:19 So he smiled broadly, laughing at its speech, and said, "Lord! Dispense me to thank (You) for Your favor wherewith You have favored me and (both) my parents, and to do righteousness that satisfies You, and cause me to enter by Your mercy, among Your righteous bondmen."
27:20 And he reviewed the birds; then he said, "what is it with me that I do not see the hoopoe? Or is he among the absent?
27:21 Indeed I will definitely torment him with a strict torment or indeed I will definitely slay him, or indeed he should definitely come up to me with an evident, all-binding authority."
27:22 Yet he stayed (a while) without being far away, then said, "I have encompassed that which you have not encompassed, and I have come from Saba? to you with a tiding of certitude.
27:23 Surely I found a woman ruling over them, (Literally: a wife possessing them) and she has been brought (much) of everything, and she has a magnificent throne.
27:24 I found her and her people prostrating to the sun, apart from Allah; and Ash-Shaytan (The ever-vicious, i.e., the Devil) has adorned (i.e., made attractive) their deeds to them, so has barred them from the way, so that they are not guided,
27:25 So that they do not prostrate (themselves) to Allah, Who brings out what is hidden in the heavens and the earth. And He knows whatever you conceal and whatever you make public.
27:26 Allah, there is no god except He, The Lord of the Magnificent Throne." A prostration is to be performed here
27:27 He said, "We will soon look whether you have (spoken) sincerely or whether you are among the liars.
27:28 Go with this book (i.e., letter) of mine, then cast it to them; thereafter turn away from them, (and) so look what (answer) they return."
27:29 She said, "O you chiefs, surely an honorable book has been cast to me.
27:30 Surely it is from Sulayman, (Solomon) and surely it is in The Name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful.
27:31 That "You should not exalt yourselves against me, and come up to me as Muslims." (Or: in surrender)
27:32 She said, "O you chiefs, pronounce to me concerning my command; in no way have I affirmed (Literally: cutting) a command until you bear witness."
27:33 They said, "We are endowed with power, and we are endowed with strict violence, (i.e., we are strong and able to fight) and the command (rests) with you; so look into what you command (us)."
27:34 She said, "Surely, kings, when they enter a town, do corruption in it and make the mighty ones of its population humiliated. And thus they (too) will perform (similarly).
27:35 And surely I am sending to them a present, so I am waiting to look into what the emissaries return with."
27:36 So, as soon as he (the envoy) came to Sulayman, (Solomon) he said, "Would you supply me with wealth? Then what Allah has brought me is more charitable (i.e., better) than what He has brought you. No indeed, (but) you exult with your present.
27:37 Return to them. So indeed we will definitely come up against them with hosts they cannot withstand (Literally: of no withstanding). Indeed, we will definitely drive them out there from humiliated, and they will be (utterly) belittled."
27:38 He said, "O you chiefs, whichever one of you will come up to me with (i.e., bring) her throne before they come up to me as Muslims?" (Or: in surrender).
27:39 A cIfrit (i.e., powerful, stalwart) of the jinn said, "I will come up with it to you before you rise up from your station; and surely I am indeed powerful for it (and) trustworthy."
27:40 Said he in whose presence was knowledge of the Book, "I will come up with it (i.e., bring) to you before your glance returns on you." (i.e., in the twinkling of an eye) Then, as soon as he saw it secured in position in his presence, he (Sulayman) said, "This is of the Grace of my Lord that He may try me, whether I thank (Him) or be ungrateful. And whoever thanks (Him), then surely he thanks only for his (own) self, and whoever is ungrateful, (Or: whoever disbelieves) then surely my Lord is Ever-Affluent, (Literally: Ever-Wealthy, Ever-Rich) Ever-Honorable."
27:41 He said, "Disguise her throne for her, that we may look into whether she is guided, or she is of the ones who are not guided."
27:42 So, as soon as she came, it was said, "Is your throne just like this?" She said, " (It is) as though it were the (very) one." And (Sulayman) (Solomon) said, "We were brought the knowledge before her, and we were Muslims." (i.e., we surrendered "to Allah").
27:43 And what she used to worship, apart from Allah, barred her (from belief); (for) surely she was of a disbelieving people.
27:44 It was said to her, "Enter the tower." Then as soon as she saw it, she reckoned it a pool, and she uncovered both her shanks. He said, "Surely it is a tower smoothed of crystal." She said, "Lord! Surely I have done injustice to myself, and I (now) surrender (i.e., I am a Muslim) with Sulayman to Allah, The Lord of the worlds."
27:45 And indeed We already sent to Thamud their brother Salih, (saying), "Worship Allah." Then, only then were they two groups, standing adversaries one with the other.
27:46 He said, "O my people, why do you seek to hasten odious (deeds) before fair (ones)? Had you asked forgiveness from Allah, possibly you would be (offered) mercy!"
27:47 They said, "We augur ill of you and of (the ones) who are with you." He said, "Your bird (of) augury is in the Providence of Allah. No indeed, (but) you are a people being tempted."
27:48 And (there) was in the city nine (men of) a clan who corrupted in the land and did not act righteously.
27:49 They said, "Swear, one to another, by Allah that indeed we will definitely attack him and his family by night. Thereafter indeed we will definitely say to his patron, "In no way did we testify to the perishing of his family; and surely we are indeed sincere (men)."
27:50 And they schemed a scheme, and We schemed a scheme, and they were not aware.
27:51 So look into how was the end of their scheming, (for) We destroyed them and their people all together.
27:52 So those are their houses, devastated because they did injustice; surely in that is a sign for a people who know (the Truth).
27:53 And We delivered the ones who believed and were pious.
27:54 And Lut, (Lot) as he said to his people, "Do you come up to (the) obscenity (while) you behold (its impurity)?
27:55 Do you (really) come up with lust to men rather than women? No indeed, you are a people who are ignorant."
27:56 Then in no way was the answer of his people anything except that they said, "Drive the house of L?t out of your town; surely they are a folk who purify themselves."
27:57 So We delivered him and his family, except his wife; We determined she should be of the laggards.
27:58 And We rained on them a rain; so, how odious is the rain of (the ones) who are warned.
27:59 Say, "Praise be to Allah, and peace be on His bondmen whom He has elected." Is Allah Most Charitable, or whatever they associate (with Him)?
27:60 Is not He the (Most Charitable) Who created the heavens and the earth and sent down for you from the heaven water? So We caused to grow therewith enclosed orchards, full (Literally: owing, comprising) of delight. In no way can you germinate its trees. Is there a god with Allah? No indeed, (but) they are a people who (unjustly) set up equals to Him.
27:61 Is not He (Most Charitable) Who made the earth a residence, and made amidst it rivers, and made for it anchorages, (i.e., firm mountains) and made a partition between the two seas? Is there a god with Allah? No indeed, (but) most of them do not know.
27:62 Is not He (Most Charitable) Who answers the constrained person when he invokes Him, and lifts off odious (happenings) and makes you successors of the earth? Is there a god with Allah? Little is that of which you are mindful.
27:63 Is not He (Most Charitable) Who guides you in the darknesses of the land and the sea and Who sends the winds, bearing good tidings before (Literally: between the two Hands of) His mercy? Is there a god with Allah? Supremely Exalted be Allah above whatever they associate (with Him).
27:64 Is not He (Most Charitable) Who begins creation, (and) thereafter He brings it back again, and Who provides you from the heaven and the earth? Is there a god with Allah? Say, "Offer your proof, in case you are sincere."
27:65 Say, "None knows the Unseen in the heavens and the earth except Allah." And in no way are they aware whence they will be made to rise again.
27:66 No indeed, (but) their knowledge has been overtaken (i.e., their knowledge is insignificant) as to the Hereafter; no indeed, they are in doubt of it; no indeed, they are willfully blind to it.
27:67 And the ones who have disbelieved have said, "When we are dust, and our fathers, surely will we indeed be brought out (of the graves)?
27:68 Indeed, we have already been promised this, we and our fathers earlier. Decidedly this is (nothing) except myths of the earliest (people)."
27:69 Say, "Travel in the earth, then look into how was the end of the criminals."
27:70 And do not grieve for them nor be straitened for what they scheme.
27:71 And they say, "When will this promise (come to pass), in case you are sincere?"
27:72 Say, "It may be that coming immediately after you is some (part) of that which you seek to hasten."
27:73 And surely your Lord is indeed The Owner of Grace to mankind; but most of them do not thank (Him).
27:74 And surely your Lord knows indeed whatever their breasts carefully secrete and whatever they make public.
27:75 And in no way is there an unseen thing in the heaven or the earth except that it is in an evident Book.
27:76 Surely this Qur'an an narrates to the Seeds (Or: sons) of Israel most of that concerning which they differ;
27:77 And surely it is indeed a guidance and a mercy to the believers.
27:78 Surely our Lord will decree between them by His Judgment; and He is The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Knowing.
27:79 So put your trust in Allah; surely you are upon the evident Truth.
27:80 Surely you will not make the dead to hear, nor will you make the deaf to hear the call when they turn away, withdrawing.
27:81 And in no way will you ever guide the blind out of their errancy; decidedly you will make none to hear except the ones who believe in Our signs, (and) so they become Muslims (i.e., they surrender to Allah).
27:82 And when the Saying befalls them, We will bring out for them from the earth a beast that will speak to them that mankind had no certitude in Our signs.
27:83 And the Day when We will muster out of every nation a troop of the ones who cried lies to Our signs, so they were duly dispensed.
27:84 Until, when they come, He will say, "Did you cry lies to My signs, and did (you) not encompass them in knowledge, or what were you doing?"
27:85 And the Saying will befall them for that they did injustice, so they will not pronounce (at all).
27:86 Have they not seen that We have made the night for them to rest in it, and the daytime a beholder? (1) Surely in that are indeed signs for a people who believe.
27:87 And on the Day the Trumpet will be blown, then alarmed is whoever is in the heavens and whoever is in the earth, excepting whomever Allah decides (to exempt), and every one will come up to Him, all (utterly) abject.
27:88 And you see the mountains, that you reckon inert, and (really) they pass by like clouds- the handiwork of Allah, Who has consummated everything; surely He is Ever-Cognizant of whatever you perform.
27:89 Whoever comes with a fair (deed), then he will have a more charitable (i.e., better) (reward) than it, and they will be secure from alarm upon that Day.
27:90 And whoever comes with an odious (deed), then their faces will be tossed down in the Fire. Are you recompensed except whatever you were doing?
27:91 Surely I have been commanded only to worship The Lord of this township (Makkah), which He has prohibited; (Prohibited it for disbelievers) and to Him belongs everything; and I have been commanded to be of the Muslims (Those who surrender to Allah).
27:92 And to recite the Qur'an. So whoever is guided, then surely he is guided for (the good) of his (own) self; and whoever errs away, then say, "Surely I am only one of the warners."
27:93 And say, "Praise be to Allah! He will soon show you His signs (and) then you will recognize them; and in no way is your Lord ever heedless of whatever you do."


   


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