The Day of Accountability for mankind is getting closer and closer, yet they are heedless and are turning away from the admonition.
They listen with ridicule to each fresh warning that comes to them from their Rabb and remain engaged in the sports.
Their hearts are preoccupied with worldly affairs; these wrongdoers say to each other in private: "Is this man (Muhammad) not a human being like yourselves? Would you follow witchcraft with your eyes open?"
Tell them: "My Rabb has knowledge of every word which is spoken in the heavens and the earth, and He hears all and knows all."
"Rather," some of them say, "this Qur'an is jumble of dreams!" Others say: "He has made it all up!" And yet others say: "He is a poet!" Let him bring to us a sign as did the former Rasools."
The fact, however, is that even though We showed Signs to the prior people, not a single nation before them, which We destroyed, ever believed. Will they believe?
The Rasools which We sent before you, O Muhammad, were also human to whom We sent revelation. If you, O objectors, do not know this, then ask the people of the reminder (Jews and Christians).
We did not give them bodies which could survive without food, nor were they immortal.
Then We fulfilled Our promise with them: We saved them and those whom We pleased, and destroyed the transgressors.
Now, O People, We have sent down to you a Book (The Qur'an) which deals with matters concerning yourselves; why don't you understand?
How many nations We have destroyed because of their iniquities and replaced them by other nations!
When they felt that Our punishment was coming, they took to their heels and fled.
They were told: "Do not run away. Return to your luxuries of life and to your homes, so that you may be asked questions."
They replied: "Woe to us! Indeed we were wrongdoers."
They kept on repeating that statement till We mowed them down, leaving no spark of life in them.
Our creation of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them is not a game.
Had We meant to make it a play ground, We would have done it by Ourself, without giving you discretion to do right and wrong, had We ever done so.
Nay! We give falsehood a violent blow with the Truth to knock it out and behold! Falsehood vanishes away. Woe be to you, for all the false gods you have invented.
To Him belongs all that exist in the heavens and in the earth; and the angels, who are in His very presence, are not too proud to serve Him, nor do they feel wearied of His service.
They glorify Him night and day; and do not pause.
Have the earthly deities, that they have taken for worship, the power to raise the dead?
If there were other gods in the heavens or in the earth besides Allah, both the heavens and earth would have been in a state of disorder. Glory be to Allah, the Lord of the Throne, absolutely free is He from the falsehood that they attribute to Him.
He is accountable to none about what He does, but they are accountable to Him.
Even then, have they taken other deities for worship besides Him? Ask them: "Show us your proof: here is this reminder (Al-Qur'an) for the people of my time and it also contains the reminder of those before me." But most of them have no knowledge of Reality, and that is why they have turned away.
The fact is that to every Rasool whom We sent before you, We revealed the same Message: "there is no god but Me, so worship Me Alone."
Inspite of receiving that message, they still say: "The Beneficent (Allah) has offspring!" Glory be to Him! The angels are but His honored servants.
They do not precede Him in speaking and they act according to His commandment.
He knows what is before them and what is behind them and they do not intercede except for the one whom He approves, and for fear of Him they tremble.
If any of them were to say: "I am also a deity besides Him," We would send him to hell, thus shall We reward the wrongdoers.
Have not the unbelievers ever considered that the skies and the earth were once one mass, then We split them asunder? And We have created every living thing from water. Will they still not believe?
And We have planted mountains on earth lest it should tilt to one side with them (the weight of people) and We left between them open passages so that they may find the right direction.
And We have made the sky a safe canopy: yet they are heedless to these signs.
He is the One Who has created the night and the day and the sun and the moon: all (the celestial bodies) move swiftly in an orbit of their own.
O Muhammad, We have not granted immortality to any human before you: so if you are to die, will these unbelievers live forever?
Every soul is bound to have the taste of death. We are putting all of you to a test by passing you through bad and good conditions, and finally you shall return to Us.
When the unbelievers see you they do not take you but for one to be scoffed at, saying: "Is this the one who talks against your gods?" And they themselves deny the mention of the Compassionate (Allah).
Man is a creature of haste (impatience). Soon I will show you My signs, therefore, you need not be impatient.
They ask: "When will this promise be fulfilled if you are telling the truth?"
They would not have asked this question if only the unbelievers knew the Day when they will be able to protect neither their faces from the fire of hell nor their backs, nor will they be helped!
Nay, it will come to them all of a sudden and overpower them so abruptly that they shall neither be able to avert it nor shall they get any respite.
As for their scoffing, the Rasools before you were also scoffed at; but their scoffers were hemmed in by the very thing at which they used to scoff.
Ask them, "Who is there to protect you by night and by day from the wrath of the Compassionate?" Yet they turn away from the admonition of their Rabb.
Do they have such gods who can defend them against Us? Their gods can neither help themselves nor can they protect themselves from Us.
The fact is that We gave the good things of this life to them and their forefathers until they got used to these things because of their prolonged lives; can they not see how We gradually reduce the land which was in their control and curtail it from all sides? Do they still expect to be victorious against Us?
Tell them, "I am warning you on the authority of Revelation," but the deaf choose not to listen the call when they are warned!
Yet even if a breath from the Wrath of your Rabb was to touch them, they will certainly say, "Woe to us! No doubt we were wrongdoers."
On the Day of Judgement We shall set up scales of justice so that no one will be dealt with unjustly in any way; even if someone has an act as small as a grain of a mustard seed, We will bring it to account, and sufficient are We to settle the accounts.
Certainly, We granted to Musa (Moses) and Haroon (Aaron) the Criterion of right and wrong, a light and a reminder for those righteous people
who fear their Rabb though they have not seen Him, and dread the Day of Judgment.
And now We have revealed this blessed Reminder (The Qur'an). Will you then deny it?
Even before that We blessed Ibrahim (Abraham) with rectitude, for We knew him well.
Remember that occasion when Ibrahim asked his father and his people, "What are these images to which you are so devoted?"
They replied, "We found our forefathers worshipping them."
He said "Then certainly both you and your forefathers have been in manifest error."
They asked, "Have you brought us the Truth or are you one of the triflers?"
He replied, "Nay! Your Rabb is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. It is He Who has created them; and I am of those who bear witness to this.
By Allah! I will certainly plan against your idols when you turn and go away."
So he broke them all in pieces, except the biggest of them, so that they might turn to it.
(On their return when they saw the plight of their idols), some asked, "Who has done this to our gods? He must surely be a wicked person!"
Others replied, "We heard a youth, called Ibrahim, talking about them."
They said, "Then bring him here before the eyes of the people, so that they may witness how severely he is punished."
When Ibrahim came, they asked, "O Ibrahim, are you the one who has done this to our gods?"
He replied, "Surely someone has done it; the chief of them, that is! Ask them, if they can speak!"
Thereupon they turned to search their own consciences, and said to themselves, "Surely you yourselves are the wrongdoers!"
Confounded as they were, lowering their heads they said, "You know fully well that they cannot speak."
At this Ibrahim said, "Do you then worship these deities, instead of Allah, who can neither benefit nor harm you?
Shame on you and on those deities you worship besides Allah! Have you no sense at all?"
They cried, "Burn him alive and avenge your gods, if you want to take any action."
When they threw him in the fire, We commanded, "O fire! Be cool and comfortable for Ibrahim."
They sought to harm him, but We made them the big losers.
We delivered him and his nephew Lut (Lot) and directed them to the land which We have blessed for all the people of the world.
We gave him a son Ishaq (Isaac) and then a grandson Ya'qoob (Jacob); and We made each of them a righteous man.
We made them leaders who guided other people by Our command and We sent them revelations to do good deeds, establish Salah and pay Zakah. To Us Alone did they serve.
To Lut (Lot) We gave wisdom and knowledge, and We delivered him from the town which practiced abominations - surely its inhabitants were very wicked transgressors
- and We admitted him to Our mercy: for he was of the righteous people.
Before them Nuh (Noah) prayed to Us, We accepted his prayer and delivered him and his family from the great calamity.
We helped him against those people who had denied Our revelations; surely they were an evil people, so We drowned them all in the Great Flood.
We also bestowed favors upon Dawood (David) and Sulaiman (Solomon): when the two were judging a case regarding the field into which the sheep of certain people had strayed by night, and We were watching them to arrive at judgment,
at that time We gave Sulaiman insight to arrive at the right decision, although We had given wisdom and knowledge to both of them. We caused the mountains and the birds to celebrate Our praises with Dawood; it was We Who made this happen.
We taught him the armor's craft, so that they might protect you in your wars: yet are you ever grateful?
We made the raging winds subservient to Sulaiman, pursuing its course by his command to the land which We had blessed; and We have knowledge of everything.
And We had subjected to him many of the shaitans who dived for him into the sea and performed other duties besides this; and We were the One Who had control over them for him.
Similarly We blessed Ayub, when he prayed to his Rabb saying, "I am badly afflicted with disease: but of all those who show mercy You are the most Merciful."
We accepted his prayer and relieved his affliction, and restored not only his family but also as many more with them as a favor from Us so that it may serve as a reminder to Our worshippers.
Likewise, We blessed Isma`il (Ishmael), Idris and Zul-kifl, for all of them practised patience.
We admitted them to Our Mercy, for they were of the righteous people.
We blessed Zun-nun (Yunus / Jonah), when he departed in anger, thinking We would not take him to task for this, but later he prayed to Us from the depths of darkness, "There is no god but You, glory be to You! Indeed I was the one who committed wrong."
We accepted his prayer and delivered him from distress; thus do We deliver the believers.
We also blessed Zakariya, when he prayed to his Rabb, "O my Rabb! Do not let me remain childless even though You are the best of inheritors.
We accepted his prayer and gave him Yahya (John), curing his wife for him to bear a child. They were ever quick in emulating good deeds and called on Us with hope, fear, and submission.
And We blessed the woman (Maryam), who guarded her chastity, We breathed into her of Our Spirit and We made her and her son a sign for the whole world.
Verily this brotherhood of yours is a single brotherhood and I am your only Rabb, therefore worship Me Alone.
But the people have divided their religion into sects between them- to Us they shall all return.
Whoever shall do good deeds, provided he is a believer, his endeavor will not be rejected: We are recording it all for him.
It is not possible that a nation which We have destroyed may rise again.
Until, when Gog and Magog will be let loose and they will swiftly swarm from every height,
and the time of fulfillment for the True Promise will draw near, then behold! The eyes of the unbelievers will fixedly stare in horror: "O woe to us! We were indeed heedless of this warning; nay we were wrongdoers."
Surely you (O mushrikin) and your deities that you worship besides Allah shall be the fuel of hell; therein you shall all enter.
If those deities would have been true gods, they would not have gotten there; but there they shall abide forever.
In there, sobbing will be their lot, and they will not be able to hear anything else.
Certainly those for whom the good reward from Us has preceded them will be kept far away from it.
They shall not hear even its slightest sound, and they shall dwell forever in the midst of whatever their souls desire.
The time of Great Terror (Day of Judgement) will not grieve them, and the angels will receive them with greetings: "This is your Day that you were promised."
On that Day We shall roll up the heavens like a scroll of writings; just as We originated the first creation, so shall We produce it again - that is Our promise, and We will fulfill it.
We wrote this in The Zaboor (Psalms xxxvii, 29) after the reminder (Torah given to Musa): that as for the land, My righteous servants shall inherit it."
Surely in this is great news for those people who worship Us.
O Muhammad, We have not sent you but as a blessing for all the worlds.
Tell them: "It has been revealed to me that your God is One God - will you then become Muslims?"
If they give no heed, tell them: "I have warned you all alike in complete fairness; now I do not know whether what you are threatened with is near or far.
It is He Who knows your spoken words and hidden thoughts.
I do not know whether this delay is a trial for you or you are being given respite for an appointed time."
Finally the Prophet said: "O Rabb! Pass Your Judgment with fairness. And O People! Our Rabb is most Compassionate, Whose help we seek against the blasphemies you utter."