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an-Naml (The Ant, The Ants)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi
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Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Ant, The Ants(an-Naml)
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27:1 Ta-seen. These are Verses of the Qur'aan. And it is a Book that makes things clear.
27:2 It contains guidance and glad tidings for the believers.
27:3 Those who establish prayer, give Zakaat, and believe in the Hereafter with conviction!
27:4 Those indeed who do not believe in the Hereafter — We have made their deeds appear good to them, and so they stumble blindly on.
27:5 It is them that the worst of punishment is reserved for. And it is they who shall be the losers in the Hereafter!
27:6 And, indeed, you (singular) are made to receive this Qur'aan from One who is Wise, Knowledgeable.
27:7 When Moses said to his family, "I do indeed see a fire. I shall bring you from there some information, or bring you a burning brand so that you warm yourselves therewith."
27:8 Then, when he came to it, he was called out and told, "Blessed is all that is in the fire and around it! And glory to Allah, Lord of the worlds!"
27:9 "O Moses! It is indeed Me, Allah — the Almighty, the Wise!"
27:10 "And throw your staff down!" Then he saw it (staff) stir as if it were a serpent. And he took to flight and did not look back! "O Moses! Fear not. The Messengers need have no fear in My Presence."
27:11 "Nor those need fear who do wrong and then after a bad deed they change for the good. for, indeed, I am Forgiving, Merciful!"
27:12 "And put your hand into your pocket: it will come out blemish-less white — [these are] among nine signs unto Pharaoh and his people. They are indeed a depraved people!"
27:13 So then when Our clear-cut signs came unto them (Pharaoh and his people), they said, "This is pure magic!"
27:14 And, though their minds were convinced of their genuineness, they wickedly and arrogantly refused to accept those as signs. And behold what happened in the end to those corrupt people !
27:15 And We did grant knowledge to David and Solomon. And they both said, "Praise to Allah! HE has favoured us above many of His believing devotees."
27:16 And Solomon inherited David. And he said, "O people! We have been taught the speech of the birds, and have been given all kinds of things. This, indeed, is certainly a manifest favour!"
27:17 And Solomon's armies — of Jinns&, of human beings, and of birds — were assembled and then they were led forth in orderly ranks before him.
27:18 The parade went on till, when they came upon a valley of ants, an ant said, "O ants! Get into your homes (holes), lest Solomon and his armies crush you unknowingly!"
27:19 Solomon then smiled broadly at her (the ant's) words, and said, "My Lord! Make me grateful for your favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents. And make me do righteous deeds which You are pleased with. And put me in the list of Your righteous devotees!"
27:20 And he (Solomon) inspected the rank of the birds, and said, "How come I do not see the Hudhud ? Or is he among the absentees?
27:21 "I will punish it severely or slaughter it unless it brings me a convincing excuse!"
27:22 And when the bird registered its presence before long, it said, "I have covered something which you have not. And I have come to you from Sheba with reliable information!"
27:23 "I did indeed find there a woman ruling over them. And she is endowed with everything. And she has a huge throne!"
27:24 "And I found her and her people prostrating to the sun instead of to Allah! And the Satan has made their deeds look good to them, and has thus hindered them from the Right Path. And so they do not tread that Path."
27:25 And the Satan prompts them not to bow to Allah Who it is that takes out the hidden, in the heavens and on earth, and knows what you conceal and what you declare.
27:26 Allah! No god besides Him — Lord of the Mighty Throne!
27:27 Solomon said to the bird, "We shall soon see whether thou have told the truth or are one of those who lie!"
27:28 Go with this letter of mine and drop it to them! Then withdraw from them and observe how they react."
27:29 The Queen of Sheba said: "O noblemen! A significant letter has been dropped down to me."
27:30 "It is indeed from Solomon, and it indeed tells me, in the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful,"
27:31 "Exalt not anything (or anybody) above Me, and come to Me in willing surrender!"
27:32 She said, "O noblemen! Give me your advice on what I should do. I would never pass an order unless you endorse it."
27:33 They said, "We are a powerful nation, capable of fighting bravely in war. And the command is yours. Consider, then, what command you would give."
27:34 She said, "Indeed, when kings invade a place of human habitation they devastate it, and humiliate its respected inhabitants. And this is how they behave."
27:35 "And so, indeed, I am going to send a gift to them, and see what the envoys bring back."
27:36 Then, when the Queen's envoy came to Solomon, the latter said, "Are you helping me with wealth? But what Allah has given me is better than what He has given you! Nay, it is you yourself that would rejoice in your gift!
27:37 "Go back to them! We shall certainly come to them with forces they will not be able to face! And we shall certainly cause them to be driven therefrom, humiliated and belittled!"
27:38 Solomon said, "O noblemen! Which of you can bring me her throne before they surrender and come to me?"
27:39 A gigantic and powerful one of the Jinns said, "I shall bring it to you before you rise from your seat. And, indeed, I have dependable ability to do it!"
27:40 The one who had knowledge acquired from the divine Record, said, "I shall bring it (Queen of Sheba's throne) to you before the twinkling of your eyes!" And when he saw it (the throne) squarely placed before him, Solomon exclaimed, "This is by the Grace of my Lord! It is to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful. And he who is grateful is but grateful for his own sake. And as for he who is ungrateful, my Lord is indeed self-sufficient, beneficent!"
27:41 Solomon said, "Disguise her throne for her. Let us see if she recognizes it or not."
27:42 And when she arrived, she was asked, "Is this throne like yours?" She said, "It is almost the same!" [Solomon said to himself or to his noblemen,] "And the knowledge had come to us before her, and we had surrendered ourselves to Allah!"
27:43 "And what she worshipped besides Allah had kept her away from the right path. She is descended, indeed, of people who suppressed the Truth!"
27:44 She was asked to enter the royal court. And when she saw it, she thought it was a pool of water and bared her legs. Solomon said, "It is but a court paved with glass!" She said, "My Lord! I have indeed committed a wrong against myself. And I have surrendered myself, with Solomon, unto the Lord of all the worlds!"
27:45 And We did send to the ancient tribe of Thamood their brother Salih to advise them, "Worship Allah!" And they then split into two contending factions.
27:46 Salih said, "O my people! Why do you hasten for the evil to come upon you before the good? Why do you not ask for forgiveness from Allah, so that you might be treated with mercy?"
27:47 They said, "We take you and those with you as portents of evil!" Salih said, "Your portents rest with Allah. Nay, you are a people on trial!"
27:48 And there were in the city nine of a leading family. They caused corruption to spread on earth, and they would not reform.
27:49 They said, "Swear to one another by Allah that we shall surely attack him and his family by night. And then we shall say to his next of kin, `We were not witness to the destruction of his family, and we are of course telling the truth!'"
27:50 And they devised a plan, and We devised a plan. And they knew not!
27:51 Then see what all their planning came to in the end: We annihilated them and their people — all of them!
27:52 And these their houses overturned, because of the wrong they did. There is, indeed, a lesson in this for people who know.
27:53 And We saved those who believed and refrained from wrong-doing fearing Allah's wrath.
27:54 And Lot — as he asked his people, "How could you so openly indulge in the obscenity?"
27:55 "How could you really go to men instead of to women for sexual gratification? Nay, but you are a stupid people!"
27:56 His people's answer was not but that, "Expel Lot's family out of your township! They are indeed folk too pure to live with!"
27:57 We then saved him and his family, except for his wife whom We willed to be among those that stayed behind.
27:58 And We rained a rain upon them. Dire was the rain upon those warned!
27:59 Say, "The praise is for Allah, and peace on those devotees of His whom He chose!" Is Allah better or those they worship besides Him?
27:60 Is there any god worthy of worship besides Allah — Allah Who it is that has created the heavens and the earth, and sends down for you water from the skies, and then therewith We cause — it is not in your power to make those trees grow — beautiful gardens to grow? But yet they are a people who equate others with Allah!
27:61 Is there any god worthy of worship besides Allah — Allah Who it is that has made the earth stable, and has caused rivers to flow in its ravines, and has set mountains upon it, and has placed a barrier between the two seas ? Nay, most of them know not!
27:62 Is there any god worthy of worship besides Allah — Allah Who it is that responds to the one in distress when that one calls out (prays) to Him and Who removes the distress, and Who has made you His vicegerents on the earth? Seldom do you remember this!
27:63 Is there any god worthy of worship besides Allah — Allah Who it is that guides you in the midst of the darkness of land and sea, and sends the winds heralding the approach of His mercy (rains)? Exalted is Allah far above what they worship besides Him!
27:64 Is there any god worthy of worship besides Allah — Allah Who it is that initiates creation in the first instance — and then recreates it — and provides you with means of sustenance from the heavens and the earth? Say, "Produce your evidence — if what you claim is true!"
27:65 Say, "None in the heavens or on earth knows the Unseensave Allah!" And they know not when they shall be raised from the dead.
27:66 Nay, their knowledge fails them in regard to the Hereafter! Nay, they are in doubt about it. Nay, they are blind to it.
27:67 And those that suppress the truth say, "Shall we and our forefathers be truly brought back to life after we have become dust!?"
27:68 "Verily, we were promised this — we and our forefathers — in the past as well; it is nothing but fables of ancient times!"
27:69 Say, "Travel the earth and see what end the sinners met with!"
27:70 And grieve not over them, and be not in misery because of what they conspire!
27:71 And they ask, "When — if you are men of truth — is this promise to be fulfilled?"
27:72 Say, "It may well be that something of what you want hastened has already come close to you!"
27:73 And, indeed, your Lord does certainly bestow lots of favours upon mankind, but most of them are ungrateful!
27:74 And, indeed, your Lord does certainly know what their minds conceal and what they reveal!
27:75 And there is nothing hidden in the heavens or on earth, but duly and clearly mentioned in the divine Record.
27:76 This Qur'an does indeed explain to the Children of Israel most of what they differ in.
27:77 And, indeed, it certainly is guidance and mercy for all the believers.
27:78 Indeed, your Lord will judge between them by His Decree. And He is the One Omnipotent, All-knowing.
27:79 Put your trust then in Allah. You are indeed on the Truth manifest!
27:80 You cannot make the dead hear. And you cannot make the deaf to the call hear when they turn their backs and go away.
27:81 And you cannot guide the blind out of their liability. None can you make listen to you save those who believe in Our Verses/signs and then become Muslims (surrender to Allah's Will).
27:82 And when the word gets fulfilled about them, We shall bring out for them a creature from the earth, which will tell them that mankind had no real faith in Our Verses/signs. @ @ My undedrstanding of this Verse is that it applies to modern man's unabashed gobbling up of the theory of evolution. Protagonists of this theory assert that mankind evolved itself from lower forms of life through processes of natural selection and survival of the fittest. They reject the Qur'aanic assertion that a Super-intelligent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Being has consciously, deliberately or purposefully created mankind and everything else in the Universe. The thought of such a Creator is anathema for the atheists subscribing to the theory of evolution. This theory could well be the creature spoken of in this Verse, telling those who believe in it that they have no real faith in the Qur'aanic Verses/signs. In this context I invite my readers to go through my booklet Why Do I Believe In Islam.
27:83 And on that Day We shall gather from within every community a host of those who considered Our Verses false. They will then be led in rows.
27:84 And so when they shall come up before Allah, He will say, "You considered My Verses false and you have had no thorough knowledge thereon!? What were you doing!?"
27:85 And the Word shall get fulfilled about them because of the wrong they had committed, and they will not speak!
27:86 Do they not see that it is We who had made the night for them to rest therein, and the day to make them see well? In this, indeed, there certainly are signs for people who believe!
27:87 And the Day the trumpet is sounded, everyone in the heavens and on earth will be seized with fear, except such as Allah wills. And everyone will come to Him humbly.
27:88 And you will see the mountains — which you consider firm — floating about like clouds. A creation of Allah, Who has ordered all things to perfection! He is indeed aware of all that you do!
27:89 Whoever comes with good shall get a reward better even than what he/she deserves. And they will be secure from the terror of that Day.
27:90 And those who come with evil, they will be cast upon their faces into the Fire. They will be asked, "Are you not but justly requitted for what you were doing?"
27:91 "I have been commanded to worship the Lord of this City — the Lord who has made the city sacred, and to whom all things belong. And I have been commanded to be of those who surrender themselves to Him."
27:92 "And that I recite the Qur'aan." One then that follows the right path, follows it for one's own good. And to one that goes astray, say, "I am but of those who warn."
27:93 And say, "The praise is for Allah! He will soon show you His signs, and then you shall recognise them." And your Lord is not unaware of what you do.


   


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