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an-Naml (The Ant, The Ants)
as rendered by Amatul Rahman Omar
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Amatul Rahman Omar rendition of Surah The Ant, The Ants(an-Naml)
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27:1 Ta Sin - I am the Benign, the All-Hearing (God). These are the verses of the Qur'an, of the Book that tells the right from the wrong and makes (the truth) manifest.
27:2 (It is) a guidance and good tidings to the believers;
27:3 Who observe Prayer and (regularly) spend in charity and who are such people as have firm faith in the Hereafter.
27:4 (As to those) who do not believe in the Hereafter We had made their deeds (they ought to do) fair-seeming to them, but they wander on aimlessly ( making all sorts of blunders).
27:5 It is they for whom there awaits a grievous punishment. It is these alone who shall be the greatest losers in the Hereafter.
27:6 And as a matter of fact you are being made to learn the Qur'an from the presence of the All-Wise, the All-Knowing (God).
27:7 (Recall) when Moses said to his companions, `Surely I see with feelings of warmth, of love, something like a fire. I will soon bring you some important information from there or at least bring you a flaming brand so that you may warm yourselves.'
27:8 So when he came (close) to it (- the fire) he was called by a voice, `Blessed be he who is in quest of the fire (of Divine light) and blessed are those around this (place of the fire), Holy is Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
27:9 `O Moses! the fact is that I am Allah, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.
27:10 `And put down your staff (on the ground).' When (Moses put down his staff) he saw it shifting about as if it were a tiny serpent with quick movements, he turned his back retreating and did not look behind. (Whereupon We said,) `O Moses! do not fear. Verily, I am the One in Whose presence the Messengers need have no fear.
27:11 `Nor (does he fear) who acts unjustly and commits some evil deed and then changes over to good after giving up evil. I am to such a person a Great Protector, Ever Merciful, indeed.
27:12 `And put your hand into your bosom, it will come forth (sparkling) white without any disease. (These are two signs) from among the nine signs (which you shall show) to Pharaoh and his people. They are truly a rebellious people.'
27:13 But when Our eye-opening signs were shown to them (- Pharaoh and his people) they said, `This is plain witchcraft (to cause disruption among the people).'
27:14 And they strongly rejected them (- the signs) out of spite and arrogance, although their minds were convinced of (the truth in) them. Look, then how (evil) was the end of those who acted corruptly.
27:15 And We granted knowledge to David and Solomon, and they said, `All true and perfect praise belongs to Allah alone Who has exalted us over many of His believing servants.'
27:16 And Solomon succeeded David and he said, `O you people! we have been taught the language of the birds (and also the technique of horsemanship), and bestowed with everything (essential for us). This indeed is a distinct favour (of God and His grace).'
27:17 And there were gathered together before Solomon his hosts comprising of jinn (- haughty) and (ordinary) men and birds and swift footed horses, and they were then arranged in separate well-disciplined columns.
27:18 (Once he was marching with them) until when they (his armies) reached the valley of (the tribe named) al-Naml, a distinguished Namlite said, `O al-Naml! get into your habitations lest Solomon and his hosts should crush you unknowingly.'
27:19 Thereupon he (- Solomon) wondered and was pleased with (the good opinion the Namlite expressed about his own and his army's power and piety) and said (praying), `My Lord! rouse me up that I may offer thanks for the favours You have shown me and my forefathers and that I should do such deeds as are righteous and may please You, and count me through Your mercy with Your righteous servants.'
27:20 And (once) he reviewed the birds and the (cavalry of) swift running horses and said, `How is it that I do not see (my officer named) Hudhud? Is he deliberately absent?
27:21 `I will certainly punish him very severely, rather I will execute him or else he must give me some valid excuse (for remaining absent).
27:22 But he (- Solomon) had not to wait long (before Hudhud came) and said, `I have acquired that information which you do not possess. I have come to you from (the territory of a Yemanite tribe) Saba' with sure and important news (to tell).
27:23 `I found (there) a (wonderful) woman ruling over them (- the Sabaeans) and she has been given everything (she requires) and owns a magnificent throne.
27:24 `I (also) found her and her people worshipping the sun instead of Allah. And satan has made their deeds fair-seeming to them (so that they take pride in their practices), and has thus hindered them from the right way, so that they do not follow true guidance.
27:25 `And (satan has done this) so that they do not worship Allah while Allah is He Who brings to light all that lies hidden in the heavens and the earth and knows all that you (O people!) conceal (in your minds) and all that you make known (of your designs).
27:26 `Allah! there is no other, cannot be and will never be One worthy of worship but He, the Lord of the Mighty Throne.' [Prostration]
27:27 (Thereupon Solomon) said, `We will now look into it and see whether you have spoken the truth or whether you are of the liars.
27:28 `Take this letter of mine, deliver it to them (-the people of Saba') then withdraw from them and wait what (answer) they make in return,
27:29 (When the Queen saw the letter) she said, `Chieftains! there has been delivered to me a noble letter.
27:30 `It is from Solomon and it says, "With the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful (I commence to write to you).
27:31 "Do not rise up against me but come to me (surrendering yourselves) in submission".'
27:32 She said, `Chieftains! give me your sound and mature advice in the matter which confronts me, (for) I decide no important matter except when you are present with me (to advise).'
27:33 They said, `We are a people possessing (extraordinary) power and are gallant fighters; but as for the decision it rests with you, therefore you may thoroughly consider what order you want to give.'
27:34 She said, `Surely, when the kings enter a township (as invaders) they ruin it and reduce its most honourable residents to the most degraded positions. And such indeed will be their (- of Solomon and his men's) ways.
27:35 `I am going to send them a (significant) gift and shall wait to see what (answer) the envoys bring back.'
27:36 So when he (- the Queen's envoy) came (with the present) to Solomon he (- Solomon) said, `Do you mean to help me with (your) wealth? Well, what Allah has given me is far better than what He has given you. You seem to be rather proud of your gift.
27:37 `Go back to them (and tell your people that), we shall certainly come down upon them with hosts they have no power to withstand and we shall, surely, drive them out from there (- their country) disgraced, while they are subjugated?'
27:38 (Later on addressing his courtiers Solomon) said, `Nobles! which one of you will bring me a throne befitting her (- the Queen) before they come to me surrendering in submission.'
27:39 A stalwart from among the jinn said, `I will bring it to you (prepared as you desire), before you rise and depart from your place of encampment. Surely, I am strong and expert enough (to accomplish this task and can be) trusted (with it).'
27:40 One (Israelite) who had knowledge of the Scripture said, `I will bring it to you before your Yemanite (noble guests) come to you.' And when he (- Solomon) saw it (- the throne) set before him he said, `This is due to the grace of my Lord; so that He may reveal my inner self to show whether I am grateful (for all His favours) or ungrateful. Indeed, he who thanks, his thanksgiving is for his own good, and he who shows ingratitude (let him remember that) My Lord is truly Self-Sufficient (and is in need of no praise), Oft-Generous (and Noble in His own right).'
27:41 He (further) said, `Make her own (old) throne seem discredited to her (in her own estimation by making this new throne of a very excellent standard). We shall see (thereby) whether she follows the right way (by discarding her old idolatrous throne) or whether she is (one) of those who do not follow the right way.'
27:42 When she came (to Solomon) it was said to her, `Is your throne like this?' She said, `It is as though it were much the same. We had been given the knowledge (about your excellence and perfection) before this and we have already surrendered in submission (to you).'
27:43 And (Solomon) held her back from the things she used to worship apart from Allah, for she belonged to an unbelieving people.
27:44 It was said to her, `Enter the palace.' And when she saw it she took it for a great expanse of water. She was greatly perturbed. (Solomon) said, `It is a palace paved smooth with slabs of glass.' She (realizing the truth that she worshipped outward objects like the sun in place of Reality, the true God,) said, `My Lord! I have done injustice to myself and (now) I submit myself through Solomon to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.'
27:45 And (likewise) We sent to Thamud their kinsman Salih, (who said), `Worship Allah.' But (as soon as they heard this preaching) they broke up into two factions who contended with each another.
27:46 He said, `O my people! why do you seek to hasten on evil, rather than good, (and you ask for a sign of destruction instead of that of bliss for you)? Why do you not ask for Allah's protection so that you may be shown mercy?'
27:47 They said, `We have suffered due to you and your companions.' (Salih) said, `Your deeds and true cause of your sufferings is with Allah (Who is punishing you for your evil deeds). Nay, you are a people who are being tried (to distinguish the good of you from the bad).
27:48 And there were in the city a gang of nine (persons) who had upset the order and peace in the country and would not reform (themselves).
27:49 They said one to another, `Let us swear by Allah that we will surely make a raid on him (-Salih) and his family by night and then we will say to his claimant (- the next of kin, if he seeks vengeance) that we were not present at the time and place of the destruction of his family and most surely we speak the truth.'
27:50 And they hatched a plot and We likewise brought forth a counter plan of which they were not aware (that their plotting would go in vain).
27:51 Look, then how (evil) was the end their planning met; We utterly destroyed them and their people one and all.
27:52 So their houses are lying deserted over there because of their acting unjustly. Indeed, in this (episode) there is a great sign for a people who would know.
27:53 (Whereas We destroyed them,) We saved those who had believed and used to guard against evil.
27:54 And (We also sent) Lot (as a Messenger). (Recall) when he said to his people, `Do you commit obscenity while you see (the evil thereof).
27:55 `What! (is it true) you approach men instead of (your) women to satisfy (your) lust? Nay, you are indeed a people who act senselessly.'
27:56 But his people had no reply except that they said, `Drive the followers of Lot out of your township. They are a people who would pose (and parade) to be extra pure and righteous (internally and externally).'
27:57 So the result was that We saved him and his followers except his wife. We had ordained about her (for her foul deeds) to be with those who stayed behind (and thus would not be saved).
27:58 And We pelted them with a terrible rain (of stones). So (look,) how evil was the rain which descended upon those who had been warned!
27:59 Say, `All kind of true and perfect praise belongs to Allah. And peace be upon those of His servants whom He has chosen.' Who is to be preferred, Allah or the things they associate (with Him)?
27:60 Or Who is it that created the heavens and the earth, and sends down water for you from the clouds? (It is We.) Then We cause to grow with it orchards full of bloom and loveliness. You had no power to cause their trees to grow. Is there any god with Allah? (There is none;) yet there are a people who ascribe (to Him) equals (in all these works, and deviate from the right path).
27:61 Or Who is it that made the earth a resting place; and made the rivers flow in it; and raised (on the earth) firm mountains for its advantage; and put a barrier between the two waters? Is there a god with Allah (as an associate with Him in His works)? Nay, not so, yet most of them do not know (the truth).
27:62 Or Who is it that answers the distressed person when he calls on Him, and removes (his) distress? And Who is it that makes you (the) rulers in the land? Is there any other god with Allah? Little is the heed you take!
27:63 Or Who is it that guides you (to the path of salvation) in all kinds of darkness (and vicissitudes) on the land and the sea; and Who is it that sends the winds as heralds of His mercy. Is there any god with Allah (to do such things)? Highly-Exalted is Allah above all the things they associate (with Him).
27:64 Or Who is it that originates the creation then keeps on repeating and reproducing it, and Who is it that provides for your sustenance (both physical and spiritual) from the heaven and the earth? Is there any other god with Allah (capable of being a partner with Him in all these works)? Say, `Bring forward your proof (in support of your polytheistic beliefs) if you are truthful (in what you claim).'
27:65 Say, `There is no one in the heavens and the earth who knows the hidden realities save Allah. And they (- the disbelievers) do not perceive when they will be raised up (to life again after death).'
27:66 Nay, (the fact is) their knowledge about the Hereafter has found its limit. Rather they are in doubt about it (- the life after death). Rather they are totally blind to it (- the existence of God Himself).
27:67 And those who disbelieve say, `Is it that when we and our forefathers have been reduced to dust we shall really be brought forth (alive again)?
27:68 `We have been surely given this promise once before (this) and also our forefathers. But such a thing is nothing but tales of the ancients.'
27:69 Say, `Travel through the land and behold how (evil) has been the end of those who cut off their ties (with God).'
27:70 (Prophet!) do not grieve for them, nor feel distressed on account of their (hostile) intrigues (against you).
27:71 They say, `When will this promise (of your victory) come to pass if you are truthful?'
27:72 Say, `It is possible that a part of that (victory) which you are keen to precipitate may be close on your heels.'
27:73 And infact your Lord is full of grace to mankind, yet most of them render (Him) no thanks.
27:74 And surely your Lord knows the things which they hide in their hearts and those which they profess.
27:75 There is nothing hidden in the heavens and the earth but it is recorded in a Book revealing (the Divine decree).
27:76 Verily, this Qur'an explains to the Children of Israel (both the Jews and the Christians) most of the things concerning which they are at variance.
27:77 And surely, this is a (source of) guidance and mercy for the believers.
27:78 (Prophet!) your Lord will rightly judge between them (- the believing and the disbelieving people) with His command (- the Qur'an). He is the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing.
27:79 So put your trust in Allah, for surely you stand on manifest truth.
27:80 Of course you cannot make the dead hear nor can you make the deaf hear (your) call when they retreat turning their backs (on you).
27:81 And you cannot guide the blind (as well) out of their error. You can make only those to hear who believe in Our Messages and so have surrendered themselves in submission (to Our will).
27:82 And when the judgment becomes due against them (-the unjust) We shall bring forth for them a (grossly) materialistic person which will rule over them (and also an insect which shall wound them to cause plague). That is because the people did not have firm faith in Our Messages.
27:83 And (remind them of) the day when We shall gather together from every people a large group of those who cried lies to Our Messages; then they shall be arranged in separate columns.
27:84 Until when they arrive (before their Lord) He will say, `Did you not cry lies to My Messages before you had gained full knowledge about them? Or what (else) was it that you had been doing (about them)?'
27:85 And the judgment becomes due against them because they acted wrongly and they will not be able to speak (in their defence).
27:86 Do they not consider that We have made the night for them to rest and (have made) the day for giving light. Surely, in this there are signs for a people who would believe.
27:87 And (remind them of) the day when the trumpet will be blown, then, excepting those whom Allah will (to keep them safe from terror), all those who are in the heavens and all those who are on the earth will be stricken with fear. And everyone shall come in submission to Him.
27:88 You see the mountains and think them to be firmly fixed while in fact they are passing away like clouds. (Such are) the works of Allah Who has made everything perfect (in every way). Verily, He is fully Aware of your deeds.
27:89 Those who come with good deeds (before their Lord) shall have (even) better reward than they actually deserve. Such people will be secure from fear that day.
27:90 Those who come with (something) evil shall be hurled headlong into the Fire (and it will be said to them,) `You are certainly reaping the fruit of what you have been doing.'
27:91 Say, `In fact I am commanded to worship only the Lord of this city (- Makkah) which He has declared sacred. Everything belongs to Him. And I have also been commanded to be (one) of those who submit (to His will),
27:92 `And to recite (to the people), and follow the Qur'an; so one who (on listening to it) follows guidance, does it for his own good. And (tell him) who goes astray (from the straight path) that my mission is only to give warning.'
27:93 And also say, `All true praise belongs to Allah He will soon show you His signs and you shall recognise them. And your Lord is not at all unaware of what you do.


   


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