ALIF LAM MIM. A book which We have revealed unto you , to bring men forth from darkness into light, - by permission of their Lord - unto the Way of the Almighty, the Praiseworthy.
Allah is He unto Whom belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Alas for the disbelievers, for a terrible doom;
Those who love the life of this world better than the Hereafter, and turn folks from the path of Allah, and crave to make it crooked; these are far astray.
We never sent a Messenger save with the language of his people, that he might clarify the message to them. Then Allah leads whom He will astray, and guides whom He will; and He is the Mighty, the Wise.
We did send Moses with our signs, saying, "Bring forth your people from the darkness into the light, and remind them of the Days of Allah!" Verily, in that are signs to every patient, grateful one.
Remember when Moses said to his people, "Remember the favours of Allah towards you, when He saved you from Pharaoh´s people, who afflicted you with dreadful torment, slaughtering your sons and letting your women live;" in that was a great trial for you from your Lord.
When your Lord proclaimed, "If you give thanks I will surely give you increase; but if you are thankless, verily, my torment is severe!"
And Moses said, "If you are thankless, you and all on the earth, then - verily, Allah is self-sufficient and Praiseworthy."
Has not the history come to you of those who were before you, of the people of Noah, and A´ad, and Thamud, and those who came after them? None knows them save Allah. Their Messengers came unto them with manifest signs; but they thrust their hands into their mouths and said, "Verily, we disbelieve in that with which you are sent, and we are in grave doubt concerning that to which you call us!"
Their Messengers said, "Is there doubt about Allah, the originator of the heavens and the earth? He calls you to pardon you for your sins, and to reprieve you unto an appointed term." They said, "You are but mortals like ourselves; you wish to turn us from what our fathers used to serve. Bring us, then, clear authority!"
Their Messengers said unto them, "We are only mortals like yourselves; but Allah gives grace unto whomsoever He will of His servants, and it is not for us to bring you an authority, save by His permission. In Allah let believers rely!"
What ails us that we should not put our trust in Allah when He has guided us in our paths? We will surely endure the hurt you do us. In Allah let the trusting put their trust.
And those who disbelieved said to their Messengers, "We will drive you forth from our land; or else you shall return to our faith!" Then their Lord inspired them, saying "We will surely destroy the unjust;
And We will make you to dwell in the land after them. That is for him who fears (keeps in mind) My Time (of Judgment or Majesty) and fears (keeps in mind) My punishment (or threat)."
Then they sought to force a decision (to settle the matter in their favour); and disappointed was every rebel tyrant!
Behind such a one is hell, and he is given to drink boiling fetid liquid (unwholesome products of disease like pus).
Which he sips but cannot swallow; and death comes upon him from every side, and yet he can not die; and before him is unrelenting woe!
This is the likeness (parable, similitude) of those who disbelieve in their Lord - their works are as ashes whereon the wind blows fiercely on a stormy day. They have no control of aught that they have earned - That is the extreme failure (or far straying).
Do not you see that Allah created the heavens and the earth in Truth? If He please He can remove you (take you off) and bring (replace you with) a new creation;
That is for Allah no great matter.
They will all come forth unto their Lord; and the despised (or weak) say to those who were scornful (or inflated with pride), "We were but followers of your s, can you now avail us aught against Allah´s torment?" They say, "If Allah had guided us we would have guided you. It is now the same for us whether we rage or whether we are penitent, we have no escape."
And Satan says, when the affair is decided, "Verily, Allah promised you a promise of truth; I, too, promised and failed you. I had no authority over you, except to call you, and you did hearken unto me; then blame me not, but blame yourselves; I cannot help you, nor can you help me. I disbelieved before in your associating me as partner with Allah (or rebelled against Allah with whom you associated me as partner); verily, for wrong-doers there must be grievous woe!"
But those who believe and do right will enter Gardens beneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein for ever by the permission of their Lord; their salutation therein is "Peace! (tranquillity, security, harmony)"
Do you not see how Allah strikes out a parable? A goodly Saying is like a goodly tree whose root is set firm, and whose branches reach into the heavens;
It gives its fruit at every season by the permission of its Lord - Allah strikes out parables for men that per chance (or possibly) they may reflect (or be mindful).
And the similitude of a bad saying is as a bad tree, which is felled from above the earth, possessing no stability.
Allah answers (confirms, establishes) those who believe with the firm (sure) word in the life of this world and in the Hereafter; but Allah leads the wrong-doers astray; for Allah does what He will.
Do not you see those who have exchanged Allah´s favours for disbelief, and have led their people to the House of Perdition?
Into Hell? They shall broil therein - an ill resting-place!
And they made peers for Allah, to lead men astray from His path. Say, "Enjoy yourselves, for, verily, your destination is the Fire."
Say to my servants who believe, that they be steadfast in prayer and expend in charity of what We have bestowed upon them, in secret and in public, before there comes the Day when there shall be no bargaining (buying and selling, barter) and no befriending.
Allah it is who created the heavens and the earth; and sent down water from the sky, and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you; and subjected to you the ships, to float therein upon the sea at His bidding; and made of service for you the rivers;
And makes the sun and the moon constant in their course, to be of service to you; and made of service for you the night and the day;
And He gives you of everything you asked of Him: and if you try to number Allah´s favours, you cannot count them; - verily, man is persistently unjust and ungrateful.
And when Abraham said, "My Lord, make this land safe, and turn me and my sons away from serving idols!
"My Lord, verily, they have led many men astray; but he who follows me, verily, he is of me; but he who rebels against me - still you are Forgiving, Merciful!
"O our Lord! Verily, I have settled some of my seed (posterity) in a valley without corn (uncultivable), near Thy Sacred House (the valley of Mecca). O our Lord! That they may establish proper worship, so make the heart of men yearn towards them, and provide them with fruits in order that they may give thanks.
"O my Lord! Verily, Thou knowest what we hide and what we proclaim; for naught is hid from Allah in the earth or in the heavens.
Praise be to Allah Who hath bestowed on me in my old age, Ishmael and Isaac! - Verily, my Lord is Hearer of Prayer.
"O my Lord! Make me steadfast in proper worship and of my seed likewise! O our Lord! And accept my prayer!
"O our Lord! Cover us with Thy Forgiveness, me and my parents and all believers on the Day when the reckoning is established."
So think not Allah careless of what the unjust do; He only respites them until the day on which all eyes shall stare in horror!
Running on, necks outstretched, heads uplifted, their gaze returned to them, and their heart void;
And warn mankind of the Day when the Wrath shall reach them: then those who have done wrong shall say, "O our Lord! Respite us for a short term longer, and we will respond to Thy call, and follow the Messengers!" - "What! Did you not used to swear before that you should suffer no decline?"
"And you dwelt in the dwellings of those who had wronged their own souls; and it was made plain to you how We dealt with them; and We struck out many parables for you."
But they plotted mighty stratagems, but their stratagem were within Allah´s sight, although their stratagem were mountain-shaking.
So think not that Allah fails in his promise to His Messengers. Verily, Allah is Mighty, the Lord of Retribution.
On the day when the earth shall be changed for another earth, and the heavens too; and all shall come forth unto Allah, the One, the Almighty.
You shall see the guilty on that day bound together in chains;
With garments of pitch, and fire covering their faces;
That Allah may reward each soul according to what it has earned. Verily, Allah is swift at reckoning!
This is a clear message to be delivered to mankind that they may be warned thereby, and that they may know that only He is Allah, the One, and that men of understanding may take heed.