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an-Naml (The Ant, The Ants)
as rendered by Bilal Muhammad 2018
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A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) rendition of Surah The Ant, The Ants(an-Naml)
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27:1 Taa, Siin. These are verses of the Quran, a book which makes things clear,
27:2 A guide and good news for the believers.
27:3 Those who establish prayer, pay their zakat, and have confidence in the hereafter.
27:4 As for those who do not believe in the hereafter, We have made their deeds acceptable in their eyes, and so they wander about, lost.
27:5 For them a terrible penalty is waiting, and in the hereafter, theirs will be the greatest loss.
27:6 As for you, the Quran is bestowed upon you from the presence of One Who is Wise and All Knowing.
27:7 Behold, Moses said to his family, “I perceive a fire, soon I will bring you from there some knowledge, or I will bring you a burning brand to light our fuel, so that you may warn yourselves.
27:8 But when he came to the fire, a voice was heard, “Blessed are those in the fire and those around it, and glory be to God, Evolver of all the worlds.
27:9 “O Moses, indeed I am God, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
27:10 “Now throw your staff.” But when he saw it moving of its own accord, as if it had been a snake, he turned his back in retreat, and did not look back. “O Moses, do not fear, truly in My presence those called as messengers have no fear,
27:11 “But if any have done wrong, but have thereafter replaced good in place of wrong, truly I am Oft-Forgiving, Mercifully Redeeming.
27:12 “Now put your hand into your chest and it will come out white, free of harm. These are among the nine signs you will take to Pharaoh and his people, for they are a people defiant.”
27:13 But when Our signs came to them which should have opened their eyes they said, “These are illusions manifest.”
27:14 And they rejected those signs unjustly and with arrogance, though their souls were convinced of it. So see what the end of those who acted wrongfully was.
27:15 In the past, We gave knowledge to David and Solomon, and they both said, “Praise God, Who has favored us above many of His servants who believe.”
27:16 And Solomon was David’s heir. He said, “O you people, we have been taught the speech of birds, and on us has been bestowed a little of all things. This is indeed grace manifest from God.”
27:17 And before Solomon, marched a legion of the jinn, the humans, and the birds, and they were arranged in ranks.
27:18 Then, when they came to a valley of the ants, one of the ants said, “O you ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his legion crush you without knowing it.”
27:19 So he smiled, amused at its speech, and he said, “O my Lord, order me that I may be grateful for Your favors which you have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous deeds that will please You, and admit me, by Your grace, to the ranks of Your righteous servants.”
27:20 And he looked over the birds and he said, “Why do I not see the hoopoe, or is it among the absentees?
27:21 “I will certainly punish it with a severe penalty, or cause it to be absent permanently, unless it brings me a clear reason for its absence.”
27:22 But the hoopoe had not gone far. It approached him and said, “I have compassed territory which you have not compassed, and I have come to you from Sheba with certain findings.
27:23 “I found there a woman ruling over them and governing them, and she has been provided everything, and she has a magnificent throne.
27:24 “I found her and her people worshipping the Sun instead of God. Satan has made their deeds seem pleasing in their eyes which has averted them from the way, so that they can receive no guidance,
27:25 “And so that they do not worship God, He Who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth, and Who knows what you conceal and what you reveal.
27:26 “God, there is no god but He, Lord of the Throne Supreme.”
27:27 Solomon said, “Soon will we see whether you have told the truth or lied.
27:28 “Go with this letter of mine, and deliver it to them. Then draw back from them, and wait to see what answer they return.”
27:29 The queen said, “O you advisors, here addressed to me is a letter worthy of respect.
27:30 “It is from Solomon, and it reads as follows,
27:31 “Be not arrogant towards me, but come to me as a Muslim.”
27:32 She said, “O you advisors, advise me in this situation of mine, for no decision have I made, except in your presence.”
27:33 They said, “We are endued with strength, and possessors of great might, but the command is with you, so consider what you will command.”
27:34 She said, “Kings indeed, when they enter a country, ravish it, and make the most honorable of its people, its most humiliated, they do indeed.
27:35 “But I am going to send him a gift, and wait to see with what answer my messenger returns.”
27:36 So when the messenger came Solomon said, “You give me riches? But that which God has given me is better than that which He has given you. No, it is you who rejoice in your gift.
27:37 “Go back to them, and be sure we will come to them with such legions as they will never be able to resist. We will expel them from there in disgrace, and they will feel humbled.”
27:38 He said to his own people, “O advisors which of you can bring me her throne before they come to me as Muslim?”
27:39 Said a strong one of the jinn, “I will bring it to you before you stand from your place. Indeed I have full strength for the purpose, and can be trusted.”
27:40 Said one who had knowledge of the Book, “I will bring it to you before your sight can return to you.” Then when Solomon saw it placed before him he said, “This is allowed by my Lord, to make evident whether or not I will reject it, but if any is grateful, indeed his gratitude is for his own self. But if any rejects it, still my Lord is rich and noble, and truly my Lord is free of all needs, supreme in honor.”
27:41 He said, “Make her throne uncomfortable, we will see whether she is guided to the truth or is one of those who receive no guidance.”
27:42 So when she arrived, she was asked, “Is this your throne?” She said, “It was just like this, but knowledge was bestowed on us in advance of this, and we are Muslims.”
27:43 And he diverted her from the worship of others besides God, for she was from a people who had rejected it.
27:44 She was asked to enter the lofty palace, but when she saw it, she thought it was a pool of water, and exposed her legs. He said, “This is only a palace paved smooth with glass.” She said, “My Lord, I have indeed wronged my soul, and I submit with Solomon, to the Guardian Evolver of all systems of knowledge.”
27:45 We sent to the Thamud their brother Salih saying, “Serve God.” But behold, they became two factions arguing with each other.
27:46 He said, “O my people, why do you hasten on harm before good? Why do you not ask God for forgiveness, that you may receive mercy?
27:47 They said, “A bad omen do we predict from you and those who are with you.” He said, “Your bad omen is with God. Yes, you are a people being tested.”
27:48 There were in the city nine people of a family, who do wrong in the land, and would not reform.
27:49 They said, “Swear a mutual promise by God that we will make a secret night attack on him and his people, and that we will then say to his heir when he seeks vengeance, ‘We were not present at the slaughter of his people, and we are indeed telling the truth.’ ”
27:50 They plotted and planned, but We too planned, even while they perceived it not.
27:51 So see what the end of their plot was, We caused them and their people to perish, all of them.
27:52 Now their houses were in utter ruin, because they did wrong, indeed in this is a sign for people of knowledge.
27:53 And We saved those who believed and practiced righteousness.
27:54 We also sent Lot as a prophet. Behold, he said to his people, “Do you do what is shameful with you eyes wide open?
27:55 "Are you really attracted to men more than, in addition to, or instead of women?" No, but you are unaware.
27:56 But his people gave no other answer but this, they said, “Drive out the followers of Lot from your city, these are indeed men who want to be uncorrupted and refined.”
27:57 But We saved him and his family, except his wife, We knew that she would be of those who lagged behind.
27:58 And We rained down on them a shower of brimstone, and harmful was the shower on those who were advised but did not listen.
27:59 Say, praise be to God, and peace on His servants whom He has chosen for His message. Who is better, God or the false gods they associate with Him? 59 (End of Part 19)
27:60 Or Who has created the heavens and the earth? And Who sends you down rain from the sky? Yes, with it We cause to grow well-planted orchards full of beauty and pleasure. It is not in your power to cause the growth of the trees in them. Can there be another god besides God? No, still there are people who stray from justice.
27:61 And Who has made the earth comfortable to live on, made rivers in it, set mountains immovable, and made a separating partition between the two bodies of ?owing water? Can there be another god besides God? No, but most of them know not.
27:62 And Who listens to the soul distressed when it calls on Him? And Who relieves its suffering, and makes you inheritors of the earth? Can there be another god besides God? But little it is that you remember.
27:63 And Who guides you through the depths of darkness on land and sea? And Who sends the winds as heralds of good news, going before His mercy? Can there be another god besides God? High is God above what they associate with Him.
27:64 And Who originates creation, then repeats it, and Who gives you sustenance from heaven and earth? Can there be another god besides God? Say, “Bring forward your argument if you are telling the truth.”
27:65 Say, none in outer-space nor on earth, except God, knows what is hidden, nor can they know when they will be raised up.
27:66 Nor can their knowledge comprehend the hereafter. No, they are in doubt. No, they are blind to it.
27:67 The unbelievers say, “What, when we become dust, we and our ancestors, will we really be raised from the dead?
27:68 “Indeed we were promised this, as well as our ancestors before us. But these are nothing but tales of the ancient.”
27:69 Say, “Go through the earth and see what the end of those guilty of wrongdoing was.”
27:70 But do not grieve over them, nor distress yourself because of their plans.
27:71 They also say, “When will this promise come if you are truthful?”
27:72 Say, “It may be that some of the events which you wish to hasten are close.”
27:73 But indeed your Lord is full of grace to humanity, yet most of them are ungrateful.
27:74 And indeed your Lord knows all that their hearts hide as well as all that they reveal.
27:75 Nor is anything hidden in heaven or on earth, except what is in a clear record.
27:76 Indeed this Quran explains to the Children of Israel much of the matters which they disagree.
27:77 And indeed it is a guide and a mercy to those who believe.
27:78 Indeed your Lord will decide between them by His decree, and He is Exalted in Might, All Knowing.
27:79 So put your trust in God, for you are on the path of manifest truth.
27:80 Truly you cannot cause the dead to listen, nor can you cause the deaf to hear the call, as they turn back in retreat.
27:81 Nor can you be a guide to the blind, to prevent them from straying. Only those will listen who believe in Our signs, and they should all be considered muslim.
27:82 And when the word is proven against them, we will produce from the earth a creature to face them. He will speak to them because humanity did not believe with assurance in Our signs.
27:83 One day We will gather together from every people, a group of those who reject our signs, and they will be kept in ranks,
27:84 Until they come, and it will be said to them, “Did you reject My signs, though you comprehended them not, or what was it you did?”
27:85 And the word will be fulfilled against them, because of their wrongdoing, and they will be unable to speak.
27:86 Do they not see that We have made the night for them to rest in, and the day to give them energy? Indeed in this are signs for any people who believe.
27:87 And the day that the trumpet will be sounded, terrified will be those who are in the sky, and those who are on earth, except who God wills to save, and all will come to His presence as beings conscious of their vulnerabilities.
27:88 You see the mountains and you think of them as immovable, but they will pass away as the clouds pass away. Such is the work of God, He Who manages all things, for He is well acquainted with all that you do.
27:89 Whoever comes with good, good will be waiting for him, and he will be secure from terror that day.
27:90 And if any does harm, their faces will be pushed down into the fire. Do you receive a reward other than that which you have earned by your deeds?”
27:91 For me, I have been asked to serve the Guardian Evolver of this city, He Who has purified it, and to Whom belong all things, and I am asked to be of those who bow as Muslims,
27:92 And I recite the Quran. And if any accept guidance, they do it for the good of their own souls, and if any stray say, “I am only a warner.”
27:93 And say, “Praise God, He Who will soon show you His signs, so that you will know them,” and your Lord is not unmindful of what you do.


   


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