Surah 43 - The Ornaments
In the Name
of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
swear by the Book that makes things clear:
Surely We have made it an Arabic Quran that you may understand.
surely it is in the original of the Book with Us, truly elevated, full of wisdom.
shall We then turn away the reminder from you altogether because you are an extravagant
how many a prophet have We sent among the ancients.
there came not to them a prophet but they mocked at him.
We destroyed those who were stronger than these in prowess, and the case of the ancients
has gone before,
if you should ask them, Who created the heavens and the earth? they would most certainly
say: The Mighty, the Knowing One, has created them;
Who made the earth a resting-place for you, and made in it ways for you that you may go
He Who sends down water from the cloud according to a measure, then We raise to life
thereby a dead country, even thus shall you be brought forth;
He Who created pairs of all things, and made for you of the ships and the cattle what you
you may firmly sit on their backs, then remember the favor of your Lord when you are
firmly seated thereon, and say: Glory be to Him Who made this subservient to us and we
were not able to do it,
surely to our Lord we must return.
they assign to Him a part of His servants; man, to be sure, is clearly ungrateful.
What! has He taken daughters to Himself of what He Himself creates and chosen you to have
when one of them is given news of that of which he sets up as a likeness for the
Beneficent God, his face becomes black and he is full of rage.
What! that which is made in ornaments and which in contention is unable to make plain
they make the angels -- them who are the servants of the Beneficent God -- female
(divinities). What! did they witness their creation? Their evidence shall be written down
and they shall be questioned.
they say: If the Beneficent God had pleased, we should never have worshiped them. They
have no knowledge of this; they only lie.
have We given them a book before it so that they hold fast to it?
they say: We found our fathers on a course, and surely we are guided by their footsteps.
thus, We did not send before you any warner in a town, but those who led easy lives in it
said: Surely we found our fathers on a course, and surely we are followers of their
warner) said: What! even if I bring to you a better guide than that on which you found
your fathers? They said: Surely we are unbelievers in that with which you are sent.
We inflicted retribution on them, then see how was the end of the rejecters.
when Ibrahim said to his father and his people: Surely I am clear of what you worship,
Him Who created me, for surely He will guide me.
he made it a word to continue in his posterity that they may return.
I gave them and their fathers to enjoy until there came to them the truth and an Apostle
making manifest (the truth).
when there came to them the truth they said: This is magic, and surely we are disbelievers
they say: Why was not this Quran revealed to a man of importance in the two towns?
they distribute the mercy of your Lord? We distribute among them their livelihood in the
life of this world, and We have exalted some of them above others in degrees, that some of
them may take others in subjection; and the mercy of your Lord is better than what they
were it not that all people had been a single nation, We would certainly have assigned to
those who disbelieve in the Beneficent God (to make) of silver the roofs of their houses
and the stairs by which they ascend.
the doors of their houses and the couches on which they recline,
(other) embellishments of gold; and all this is naught but provision of this world's life,
and the hereafter is with your Lord only for those who guard (against evil).
whoever turns himself away from the remembrance of the Beneficent God, We appoint for him
a Shaitan, so he becomes his associate.
most surely they turn them away from the path, and they think that they are guided aright:
Until when he comes to Us, he says: O would that between me and you there were the
distance of the East and the West; so evil is the associate!
since you were unjust, it will not profit you this day that you are sharers in the
What! can you then make the deaf to hear or guide the blind and him who is in clear error?
if We should take you away, still We shall inflict retribution on them;
Rather We will certainly show you that which We have promised them; for surely We are the
possessors of full power over them.
Therefore hold fast to that which has been revealed to you; surely you are on the right
most surely it is a reminder for you and your people, and you shall soon be questioned.
ask those of Our apostles whom We sent before you: Did We ever appoint gods to be
worshiped besides the Beneficent God?
certainly We sent Musa with Our communications to Firon and his chiefs, so he said: Surely
I am the apostle of the Lord of the worlds.
when he came to them with Our signs, lo! they laughed at them.
We did not show them a sign but it was greater than its like, and We overtook them with
chastisement that they may turn.
they said: O magician! call on your Lord for our sake, as He has made the covenant with
you; we shall surely be the followers of the right way.
when We removed from them the chastisement, lo! they broke the pledge.
Firon proclaimed amongst his people: O my people! is not the kingdom of Egypt mine? And
these rivers flow beneath me; do you not then see?
I am better than this fellow, who is contemptible, and who can hardly speak distinctly:
why have not bracelets of gold been put upon him, or why have there not come with him
angels as companions?
he incited his people to levity and they obeyed him: surely they were a transgressing
when they displeased Us, We inflicted a retribution on them, so We drowned them all
We made them a precedent and example to the later generations.
when a description of the son of Marium is given, lo! your people raise a clamor thereat.
they say: Are our gods better, or is he? They do not set it forth to you save by way of
disputation; nay, they are a contentious people.
was naught but a servant on whom We bestowed favor, and We made him an example for the
children of Israel.
if We please, We could make among you angels to be successors in the land.
most surely it is a knowledge of the hour, therefore have no doubt about it and follow me:
this is the right path.
let not the Shaitan prevent you; surely he is your open enemy.
when Isa came with clear arguments he said: I have come to you indeed with wisdom, and
that I may make clear to you part of what you differ in; so be careful of (your duty to)
Allah and obey me:
Surely Allah is my Lord and your Lord, therefore serve Him; this is the right path:
parties from among them differed, so woe to those who were unjust because of the
chastisement of a painful day.
they wait for aught but the hour, that it should come ! upon them all of a sudden while
they do not perceive?
friends shall on that day be enemies one to another, except those who guard (against
[43.68] O My
servants! there is no fear for you this day, nor shall you grieve.
Those who believed in Our communications and were submissive:
Enter the garden, you and your wives; you shall be made happy.
There shall be sent round to them golden bowls and drinking-cups and therein shall be what
their souls yearn after and (wherein) the eyes shall delight, and you shall abide therein.
this is the garden which you are given as an inheritance on account of what you did.
you therein are many fruits of which you shall eat.
Surely the guilty shall abide in the chastisement of hell.
shall not be abated from them and they shall therein be despairing.
We are not unjust to them, but they themselves were unjust.
they shall call out: O Malik! let your Lord make an end of us. He shall say: Surely you
Certainly We have brought you the truth, but most of you are averse to the truth.
have they settled an affair? Then surely We are the settlers.
do they think that We do not hear what they conceal and their secret discourses? Aye! and
Our messengers with them write down.
If the Beneficent God has a son, I am the foremost of those who serve.
Glory to the Lord of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of power, from what they
leave them plunging into false discourses and sporting until they meet their day which
they are threatened with.
He it is Who is God in the heavens and God in the earth; and He is the Wise, the Knowing.
blessed is He Whose is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and what is between them,
and with Him is the knowledge of the hour, and to Him shall you be brought back.
those whom they call upon besides Him have no authority for intercession, but he who bears
witness of the truth and they know (him).
if you should ask them who created them, they would certainly say: Allah. Whence are they
then turned back?
Consider his cry: O my Lord! surely they are a people who do not believe.
turn away from them and say, Peace, for they shall soon come to know.
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