Hamid S. Aziz - Sura: 16. An-Nahl - The Bee

  1. The Command of Allah will inevitably come to pass; seek not then to hasten it. Glorified and Exalted is He above all that which they join with Him.

  2. He sends down the angels with the Spirit at His command upon whom He will of His servants, saying, "Give warning that there is no God but Me; therefore, fear (do your duty to) Me."

  3. He created the heavens and the earth with truth! Exalted is He above all that which they join with Him!

  4. He created man from a drop (of sperm); and yet, behold, he is an open opponent!

  5. The cattle too have We created for you; in them is warmth (clothing) and profit (benefits, uses) and from them do you eat.

  6. In them there is beauty for you when you drive them home to rest, and when you drive them forth to pasture.

  7. And they bear your heavy burdens to lands which you could not otherwise reach, except with souls distressed; - verily, your Lord is Kind and Merciful.

  8. And horses too, and mules, and asses, for you to ride upon and for an ornament. He has creates also that which you know not.

  9. (Unto or For Allah) is the direction of the Straight Way; from it some turn aside (or are not straight): but had He pleased He would have led you all straight.

  10. He it is who sends down water from the sky, whence you have drink, and whence the trees grow whereby you feed your flocks.

  11. He makes the corn to grow, and the olives, and the palms, and the grapes, and all kinds of other fruit; - verily, herein is indeed a sign for a people who reflect.

  12. And He subjected to you the night and the day, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars are subjected to His command. Verily, in these are signs to a people who have sense (sensibility or wisdom).

  13. And what He has produced for you in the earth varying in hue (colours and qualities), verily, in that is a sign for a people who are mindful (aware. remembering, grateful).

  14. He it is who has subjected the sea, that you may eat fresh flesh there from; and you bring forth from it ornaments which you wear,- and you may see the ships cleaving through it, and that you may search after His Bounty, and per chance (or possibly) you may give thanks.

  15. And He has cast firm mountains on the earth lest it shake with you; and rivers and roads; per chance (or possibly) you may be guided.

  16. And landmarks; and by the stars too are they guided.

  17. Is He who creates like him who creates not? Will you then not remember (be mindful, aware)?

  18. But if you would number the favours of Allah, you cannot count them. Verily, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

  19. Allah knows what you keep secret (or hidden), and what you disclose (or proclaim).

  20. And those on whom you call beside Allah cannot create anything, for they are themselves created,

  21. Dead, not living, nor can they know when they shall be raised.

  22. Your God is one God, and those who believe not in the Hereafter their heart are given to denial, and they are inflated with pride!

  23. Without a doubt Allah knows what you keep secret and what you disclose. Verily, He loves not those inflated with pride.

  24. And when it is said to them, "What is it that your Lord has revealed (sent down)?" they say, "Old folks´ tales!"

  25. Let them bear the burden of their sins in full on the Day of Resurrection, and also some of the burdens of those whom they led astray without knowledge. Alas! How grievous is the burden they shall bear!

  26. Those who were before them plotted, but Allah struck at the foundations of their building, and the roof fell on them from above, and the torment came to them, from whence they could not perceive.

  27. Then on the Day of Resurrection He will put them to shame, and say, "Where are My associates about whom you were divided into parties?" Those endowed with knowledge will say, "Verily, to-day disgrace, and evil cover the disbelievers,

  28. "Those whom the angels take away while they are wronging their own souls." Then will they offer peace and surrender, saying "We have done no evil (knowingly)." (The reply will be) "Nay! Surely Allah knows what you used to do.

  29. "So enter you the doors of hell, to dwell therein; ill, indeed, is the resort of the arrogant."

  30. And it will be said to those who fear Allah (the righteous), "What is it that your Lord has revealed (sent down)?" They will say, "All that is good." For those who do good, there is good in this world; but certainly the abode of the Hereafter is better; and surely excellent is the abode of the righteous (or those who fear).

  31. Gardens of Eternity which they shall enter, beneath which rivers flow; therein shall they have what they please; - thus does Allah reward those who fear Him (or repel evil).

  32. To those whom the angels take away in a goodly state (those who die righteous) they shall say, "Peace be upon you! Enter you into the Garden (Paradise) for that which you have done."

  33. Do they expect other than that the angels should come to take them away, or that your Lord´s command should come to pass? Even so did those before them; Allah did not wrong them; but it was themselves they wronged.

  34. So that the evil which they had done smote them, and that which they mocked surrounded (imprisoned, restricted, hemmed them in).

  35. And the idolaters (those who associated others with Allah) said, "Had Allah pleased we had not served aught beside Him, neither we nor our fathers; nor had we forbidden aught without His permission". Even so did those before them. Are the messengers charged to do anything but to deliver their message clearly?

  36. Verily, We have sent to every nation a Messenger, proclaiming, "Serve you Allah, and avoid Taghut (false gods)." And amongst them are some whom Allah has guided, and amongst them are some for whom error has become established. So travel through the earth, and behold what was the end of those who denied them.

  37. If you are eager for their guidance, verily, Allah guides not those who go astray (or mislead), nor have they any helpers.

  38. They swear by their strongest oath, "Allah will not raise up him who dies."- Nay! But it is a promise binding on Him in truth. But most know not.

  39. (It is) To explain to them that which they disputed about, and that those who disbelieved may know that they are liars.

  40. We only say unto a thing We intend, the Word, "BE," and it is.

  41. But those who fled their homes for Allah´s sake, after they were wronged (oppressed), We will surely establish them in this world with good things; but truly the reward of the Hereafter is greater, if you did but know,

  42. Those who are patient, and put their trust (or reliance) upon their Lord,

  43. And We have not sent before you any but men, whom We inspired - Ask you those who possess the Reminder (or the Message), if you know not yourselves,

  44. With Manifest (clear) Signs and with Books of Prophecy; and We have sent down the Reminder to you too, that you may explain to men clearly what has been sent down to them, and that they may reflect.

  45. Are those, who devise evil plots, secure that Allah will not cause the earth to swallow them up, or that His Wrath will not seize them from whence they cannot perceive.

  46. Or that He may not call them to account in the midst of their going to and fro, without the possibility of frustrating Him?

  47. Or that He should seize them with a gradual wasting? Verily, your Lord is indeed Kind, Merciful.

  48. Do they not look at Allah´s creations, even among (inanimate things) - how their shadows turn to the right or the left, in prostration (obeisance or submission) to Allah and they are humble (or shrinking)?

  49. And unto Allah does prostration (obeisance) whatever is in the heavens and in the earth, whether living creature or angel; nor are they arrogant (inflated with pride).

  50. They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded.

  51. And Allah says, "Take not two gods; He is only one God; then fear Me, and Me alone."

  52. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and in the earth, and to Him is duty (obedience) due unceasingly (or religion is for Him fundamentally and forever). Will you then fear other than Allah?

  53. And whatever favours you enjoy, they are from Allah; then, whenever distress touches you, unto Him you turn for succour.

  54. Yet, when He removes the distress from you, lo! A party of you join partners with their Lord.

  55. That they may deny that which We have given them. Then enjoy life while you may, for at length you shall come to know the truth.

  56. And they set aside a portion of what We have bestowed upon them for what they know not. By Allah! You shall certainly be questioned concerning that which you have devised.

  57. They assign for Allah daughters - Glory be to Him - and for themselves they desire them not (or desire sons).

  58. When any one of them receives tidings of a female child, his face is over clouded and black, and he is filled with inner wrath.

  59. He skulks away from the people, for the evil tidings he has heard; - is he to keep it with its disgrace, or to bury it in the dust? - Ah! How evil is their judgment (or choice)!

  60. For those who believe not in the Hereafter is there is an evil similitude: but Allah´s is the Sublime Similitude; for He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.

  61. If Allah were to punish men for their wrong-doing He would not leave upon the earth a single living creature; but He reprieves them until an appointed time; and when their time comes they cannot put it off an hour, nor can they advance it.

  62. They assign to Allah what they abhor themselves; and their tongues expound the lie that all good is to be theirs." Without a doubt theirs is the Fire, for, verily, they shall be abandoned therein.

  63. By Allah! We verily sent messengers unto the nations before you, but Satan made their works fair-seeming unto them. So he is their patron this day, and for them is grievous doom!

  64. We have revealed the Book unto you only that you may explain unto them that wherein they differ, and as a guidance and a mercy to a people who have faith.

  65. And Allah sends down water from the sky, and quickens therewith the earth after its death; verily, in that is a sign to a people who can hear.

  66. Verily, you have in cattle a lesson; We give you to drink from that which is in their belly, betwixt excretions and blood, pure milk, agreeable for drinkers.

  67. And of the fruit of the palms and the grapes you derive drinks and goodly nourishment; verily, in that is a sign to a people who have sense!

  68. And your Lord inspired the bee, "Take to habitations in the mountains and in the trees, and in the habitations of men.

  69. "Then eat from every fruit, and walk in the beaten paths of your Lord". There comes forth from her body a draught varying in hue, in which is a healing for mankind. Verily, herein are, indeed, signs unto a people who reflect.

  70. Allah created you; then He will take you to Himself; but amongst you are some whom He will thrust into the most decrepit stage of life, so that he may not know aught that once he knew. Verily, Allah is Knower, Powerful.

  71. And Allah has bestowed his gifts of provisions more freely on some of you over others; but those who have been preferred will not restore their provision to those whom their right hands possess that they may share equally therein: - is it Allah´s favours they deny?

  72. And Allah has made for you mates of your own nature, and has made for you from them sons and daughters and grandchildren; and has provided you with sustenance of the best things; - is it, then in vanity that they believe, while for Allah´s favour they are ungrateful?

  73. And they serve beside Allah what cannot control for them any provision from the heavens or the earth, nor have they any power.

  74. Do not then coin similitudes for Allah! Verily, Allah knows, but you know not.

  75. Allah coins a similitude (or parable); (On the one hand) a slave owned by another, having control over nothing, and (on the other hand) one on whom We have bestowed a goodly favours from Us, and who spends there from freely secretly and openly - shall they be held equal? Praise be to Allah, but most of them understand not.

  76. And Allah coins another similitude (parable): two men, one of them dumb, able to do nothing, a burden to his lord; wherever he directs him he brings no success; is he to be held equal with him who bids what is just and who is on the Straight Way?

  77. To Allah belongs the Mystery of the heavens and the earth. And the Decision of the Hour (of Judgment) is but as the twinkling of an eye, or even quicker. Verily, Allah has power over all things.

  78. Allah brings you forth out of the wombs of your mothers knowing naught; and He gives you hearing, and sight, and heart, that you may give thanks.

  79. Do they not see the birds subservient in the vault of the sky? None holds them in but Allah: verily, in that is a sign unto a people who believe.

  80. Allah made for you habitations, homes of repose; and made for you, of the skins of cattle, dwellings (tents), that you may find them light on the day you move your quarters and the day when you abide; and from their wool and from their fur, and from their hair come furnishings and chattels for a season.

  81. And Allah has made for you, out what He has created, shade; and has made for you shelters in the mountains; and He has made for you garments to protect you from the heat, and coats of mail to keep you from each other´s violence: - thus does He fulfil His favours towards you, per chance (or possibly) you yet may surrender to His Will (i.e. in Islam).

  82. But if they turn their backs, your duty is only to convey the Clear Message.

  83. They recognize the favours of Allah, and then they deny them, for most men are ungrateful.

  84. On the Day We shall raise from all peoples a witness; then shall no excuse be accepted from disbelievers, and they shall receive no favours (or be allowed to make amends).

  85. And when those who did wrong see the Penalty, it will not be mitigated, nor will they receive respite.

  86. And when those who join partners with Allah behold those partners, they will say, "Our Lord! These are your partners on whom we used to invoke beside Thee." And they shall throw back the words at them, "Verily, you are liars!"

  87. And they shall proffer unto Allah surrender that day; and all that which they had devised shall stray away from them.

  88. Those who disbelieve and turn folks from the path of Allah, We will add doom to their doom, for that they worked corruption.

  89. And on the day when We will raise up in every nation a witness against them from among themselves, and We will bring you (Muhammad) as a witness against these (your people or the other witnesses); for We have revealed (sent down) to you a Book (Scripture) expounding all things clearly, and a guidance, and a mercy, and glad tidings for those who have Surrendered unto Allah (Muslims).

  90. Verily, Allah commands justice, the doing of good (kindness, benevolence), and liberality to kindred, and He forbids all shameful deeds (lewdness, abomination, perversity) and wickedness (wrong, injustice, oppression, rebellion); He exhorts you that per chance (or possibly) you may be mindful.

  91. Fulfil the Covenant of Allah when you have entered into it, and break not your oaths after confirming them, for you thereby make Allah your surety; verily, Allah knows what you do.

  92. And be not like her who unravels her yarn, fraying it out after she hath spun it close, by taking your oaths for mutual intrigue, because one nation is more numerous than another; Allah only tries you therewith, but He will make manifest to you on the Day of Judgment that whereon you disagree.

  93. But had Allah pleased He would have made you one nation; but He leads astray whom He will, and guides whom He will; - but you shall be questioned as to that which you used to do.

  94. Take not therefore your oaths for mutual deceit, lest a foot slip after being planted firmly, and you taste of evil in that you turned folks off the path of Allah, and your s should be a mighty doom.

  95. And sell not the Covenant of Allah for a little price; Verily, with Allah alone is that which is better for you, if you did but know.

  96. What you have is spent (wastes away), but what Allah has endures; and verily, We will recompense the patient (steadfast) in proportion to the best of what they used to do.

  97. Whoever acts aright, male or female, and is a believer, We will quicken with a goodly life; and We will recompense them in proportion to the best of what they used to do.

  98. When you do read the Quran ask refuge with Allah from Satan the outcast (the rejected or pelted one).

  99. Verily, he has no power over those who believe and who upon their Lord rely (trust).

  100. His power is only over those who take him for a patron, and over the idolaters.

  101. And whenever We change one revelation for another - Allah knows best what He reveals (sends down) - They say, "You are but inventing!"- Nay, most of them know not.

  102. Say, "The Holy Spirit brought it down from your Lord in truth, that it may confirm (the faith of) those who believe, and for a guidance and glad tidings to those who have Surrendered unto Allah (Muslims)."

  103. We know well that they say, "It is only some mortal who teaches him." But the tongue of him they point to (Muhammad) is outlandish, while this (Quran) is Arabic, pure and clear.

  104. Verily, those who believe not in Allah´s signs, Allah will not guide them, and for them is grievous woe.

  105. Only they are the inventors who believe not in Allah´s signs; and these, they are the liars.

  106. Whoever disbelieves in Allah after having believed - unless it be one who is forced and whose heart is still content in the faith - but whoever expands his breast to (easing) disbelieve - on them is wrath from Allah, and theirs is a mighty doom.

  107. That is because they preferred the love of the life of this world to the Hereafter, and because Allah guides not unbelieving people.

  108. These are they whose heart, and hearing, and sight, Allah has sealed, and these, they are the heedless.

  109. Assuredly, in the Hereafter they will be the losers.

  110. Then, verily, your Lord - to those who fled after they had been tried, and then fought strenuously and were patient, - verily, your Lord after that will be Forgiving and Merciful.

  111. On the Day when every soul will come to plead for itself, every soul shall be paid what it has earned, and they shall not be wronged.

  112. Allah coins a similitude (parable): a city which was safe and content, its provision came to it in plenty from every place, and then it denied (was ungrateful for) Allah´s favours, and Allah made it feel the garb of dearth and fear, because of that which the used to do.

  113. And there came to them a messenger from amongst themselves, but they called him a liar, so the torment seized them, while yet they were unjust.

  114. Eat, then, from what Allah has provided you, things lawful and good, and give thanks for the favours of Allah, if it be Him you serve.

  115. He has only forbidden you carrion, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that which is devoted to other than Allah; but he who is driven thereto (forced by necessity), neither craving nor transgressing due limits, then verily, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

  116. And say not of what your own tongues pronounce, the lie "This is lawful, and this is unlawful," inventing against Allah a lie; verily, those who invent against Allah a lie shall not prosper.

  117. A brief enjoyment for them - then a grievous woe!

  118. For those who are Jews We have forbidden what We have already narrated to you. We wronged them not, but they were wont to wrong themselves.

  119. Then, verily, your Lord - for those who do evil in ignorance and afterwards repent and amend - verily, your Lord is indeed Forgiving and Merciful.

  120. Verily, Abraham was indeed, a model, devoutly obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the idolaters:

  121. Thankful for His favours; He chose him and He guided him unto the Straight Way.

  122. And We gave him in this world good things; and, verily, in the Hereafter he is among the righteous.

  123. Then We inspired you (Muhammad) saying, "Follow the religion of Abraham, as one by nature upright. He was not of the idolaters."

  124. The Sabbath was only made (strict) for those who dispute thereon; but, verily, your Lord will judge between them on the Day of Judgment concerning that whereon they do dispute.

  125. Call unto the way of your Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and reason with them in the best (kindest, most gracious, elegant, persuasive) way; verily, your Lord He knows best who has erred from His way, and He is best aware of those who receive guidance.

  126. But if you punish (or catch them out), punish (or catch them out) only with the like of that with which you were afflicted; but if you endure patiently, verily it is better for the patient.

  127. Endure you patiently. Your endurance is only by the help of Allah. Grieve not about them; and be not distressed because of that which they devise.

  128. Verily, Allah is with those who fear (do their duty to) Him, and with those who do good.


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