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al-`Ankabut (The Spider)
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The Study Quran rendition of Surah The Spider(al-`Ankabut)
29:1 Alif. Lām. Mīm.
29:2 Does mankind suppose that they will be left to say, “We believe,” and that they will not be tried,
29:3 though We have indeed tried those who were before them? Surely God knows those who are truthful, and surely He knows the liars.
29:4 Or do those who commit evil deeds suppose that they will outstrip Us? Evil indeed is the judgment they make!
29:5 Whosoever hopes for the meeting with God, God’s term is coming. And He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
29:6 And whosoever strives, strives only for himself. Truly God is beyond need of the worlds.
29:7 And those who believe and perform righteous deeds, We shall surely absolve them of their evil deeds, and We shall surely recompense them according to the best of that which they used to do.
29:8 And We have enjoined man to be good unto his parents. But if they urge thee to ascribe as partner unto Me that whereof thou hast no knowledge, then obey them not. Unto Me is your return, whereupon I shall inform you of that which you used to do.
29:9 And those who believe and perform righteous deeds, We shall surely cause them to enter among the righteous.
29:10 Among mankind are those who say, “We believe in God”; but if he is harmed for the sake of God, he takes persecution from men to be as God’s Punishment. Yet if help comes from thy Lord, he will surely say, “We were indeed with you.” Does God not know best what lies within the breasts of all creatures?
29:11 Surely God knows those who believe, and surely He knows the hypocrites.
29:12 Those who disbelieve say to those who believe, “Follow our path and we shall bear your sins.” But they bear not aught of their sins. Truly they are liars.
29:13 Surely they will bear their own burdens, and others’ burdens along with their own, and on the Day of Resurrection they will surely be questioned concerning that which they used to fabricate.
29:14 And indeed We sent Noah unto his people and he remained among them a thousand years, less fifty; and the flood seized them, for they were wrongdoers.
29:15 Then We saved him and the companions of the ship, and We made it a sign for the worlds.
29:16 And [We sent] Abraham, when he said to his people, “Worship God and reverence Him. That is better for you, if you but knew.
29:17 You only worship idols apart from God, and you only create perversion. Truly those whom you worship apart from God have no power over what provision may come to you. So seek your provision with God, worship Him, and be thankful to Him; unto Him shall you be returned.
29:18 But if you deny, then communities have certainly denied before you; and naught is incumbent upon the Messenger but the clear proclamation.”
29:19 Have they not considered how God originates creation, then brings it back? Truly that is easy for God.
29:20 Say, “Journey upon the earth and observe how He originated creation. Then God shall bring the next genesis into being. Truly God is Powerful over all things.”
29:21 He punishes whomsoever He will and has mercy upon whomsoever He will, and unto Him will you be returned.
29:22 You thwart not on earth, nor in Heaven; and apart from God you have no protector or helper.
29:23 Those who disbelieve in God’s signs and in the meeting with Him, they despair of My Mercy, and for them there shall be a painful punishment.
29:24 Yet the answer of his people was but to say, “Slay him, or burn him!” Then God saved him from the fire. Truly in that are signs for a people who believe.
29:25 And Abraham said, “You have taken idols apart from God on account of affection between you in the life of this world. Then on the Day of Resurrection you will disown one another, and you will curse one another; your refuge will be the Fire, and you will have no helpers.”
29:26 And Lot believed him and said, “Truly I am fleeing unto my Lord. Truly He is the Mighty, the Wise.”
29:27 And We bestowed upon him Isaac and Jacob, and We established prophethood and scripture among his progeny. We gave him his reward in this world, and in the Hereafter he shall truly be among the righteous.
29:28 And [We sent] Lot, when he said to his people, “Truly you commit indecency such as none in the worlds committed before you.
29:29 What! Do you come unto men, cut off the way, and commit reprehensible deeds in your gatherings?” Yet the answer of his people was but to say, “Bring us God’s Punishment, if you are among the truthful.”
29:30 He said, “My Lord, help me against the people who work corruption.”
29:31 And when Our envoys came unto Abraham with glad tidings, they said, “We shall surely destroy the people of this town; truly its people are wrongdoers.”
29:32 He said, “Verily, Lot is in it.” They said, “We know better who is in it. Assuredly We shall save him and his family, save for his wife; she is among those who lagged behind.”
29:33 And when Our envoys came unto Lot, he was distressed on their account; yet he was constrained from helping them. And they said, “Be not afraid, nor grieve. We shall surely save thee and thy family, save for thy wife; she is among those who lagged behind.
29:34 Truly we shall bring down upon the people of this town a torment from Heaven for having been iniquitous.”
29:35 And We indeed have left of it a manifest sign for a people who understand.
29:36 And unto Midian, [We sent] their brother Shuʿayb; he said, “O my people! Worship God and hope for the Last Day, and behave not wickedly upon the earth, working corruption.”
29:37 But they denied him, and so the earthquake seized them, and morning found them lying lifeless in their abode;
29:38 and ʿĀd, and Thamūd; [their fate] is certainly evident to you from their dwellings. Satan made their deeds seem fair unto them and thus turned them from the way, though they had been discerning;
29:39 and Korah, and Pharaoh, and Hāmān! Indeed, Moses brought them clear proofs, but they waxed arrogant upon the earth, and outstripped [Us] not.
29:40 Each We seized for his sin. Among them are some upon whom We sent a torrent of stones, and among them are some whom the Cry seized, and among them are some whom We caused the earth to engulf, and among them are some whom We drowned. God wronged them not, but themselves did they wrong.
29:41 The parable of those who take protectors apart from God is that of the spider that makes a house. Truly the frailest of houses is the spider’s house, if they but knew.
29:42 Truly God knows whatsoever they call upon apart from Him. And He is the Mighty, the Wise.
29:43 These are the parables; We set them forth for mankind. But none understand them, save those who know.
29:44 God created the heavens and the earth in truth. Surely in that is a sign for believers.
29:45 Recite that which has been revealed unto thee of the Book, and perform the prayer. Truly prayer prevents against indecency and abomination, but the remembrance of God is surely greater. And God knows whatsoever you do.
29:46 And dispute not with the People of the Book, save in the most virtuous manner, unless it be those of them who have done wrong. And say, “We believe in that which was sent down unto us and was sent down unto you; our God and your God are one, and unto Him are we submitters.”
29:47 Thus have We sent down unto thee the Book. So those unto whom We have given the Book believe in it. Among them are some who believe in it; and none reject Our signs, save the disbelievers.
29:48 And thou didst not recite before this any Book; nor didst thou write it with thy right hand, for then those who make false claims would have doubted.
29:49 Nay, it is but clear signs in the breasts of those who have been given knowledge, and none reject Our signs, save the wrongdoers.
29:50 And they say, “Why have signs not been sent down unto him from his Lord?” Say, “Signs are with God alone, and I am only a clear warner.”
29:51 Does it not suffice them that We have sent down unto thee the Book that is recited unto them? Surely in that is a mercy and a reminder for a people who believe.
29:52 Say, “God suffices as a Witness between you and me. He knows whatsoever is in the heavens and on the earth.” And those who believe in what is false and disbelieve in God, it is they who are the losers.
29:53 And they bid thee hasten the punishment. Yet were it not for a term appointed, the punishment would have come upon them. And it will surely come upon them suddenly, while they are unaware.
29:54 And they bid thee hasten the punishment. Truly Hell shall encompass the disbelievers
29:55 on the Day when the punishment will cover them from above and from beneath their feet, and We shall say, “Taste that which you used to do!”
29:56 O My servants who believe! Truly My earth is vast. So worship Me.
29:57 Every soul shall taste death. Then unto Us shall you be returned.
29:58 And those who believe and perform righteous deeds, We shall surely settle them in lofty abodes of the Garden with rivers running below, therein to abide. Excellent indeed is the reward of the workers [of righteousness],
29:59 those who are patient and trust in their Lord.
29:60 And how many a beast bears not its own provision, yet God provides for it and for you? And He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
29:61 Wert thou to ask them, “Who created the heavens and the earth and made the sun and the moon subservient?” They would surely say, “God.” How, then, are they perverted?
29:62 God outspreads and straitens provision for whomsoever He will among His servants. Truly God is Knower of all things.
29:63 And wert thou to ask them, “Who sends down water from the sky and revives thereby the earth after its death?” They would surely say, “God.” Say, “Praise be to God!” Nay, but most of them understand not.
29:64 The life of this world is naught but diversion and play. And surely the Abode of the Hereafter is life indeed, if they but knew.
29:65 And when they board a ship, they call upon God, devoting religion entirely to Him, but when He delivers them to land, behold, they ascribe partners [unto Him].
29:66 So let them be ungrateful for that which We have given them, and let them enjoy themselves, for soon they will know!
29:67 Or have they not considered that We have made a secure sanctuary while people are snatched away all around them? Do they believe in that which is false? And are they ungrateful for God’s Blessing?
29:68 Who does greater wrong than one who fabricates a lie against God or denies the truth when it comes unto him? Is there not within Hell an abode for the disbelievers?
29:69 But as for those who strive for Us, We shall surely guide them in Our ways. Truly God is with the virtuous.


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