By the Book that makes plain.
Lo! We revealed it on a blessed night - Lo! We are ever warning (against evil and its consequences) -
Therein (the blessed night) every wise affair is made clear,
A command from Us; surely We are ever the senders (of revelations),
As a mercy from your Lord. Surely He is the Hearer, the Knower,
The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, if you would be sure (in faith.)
There is no God but He; He quickens and causes death, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers.
Nay, but they make sport in doubt,
Therefore, keep waiting for the day when the heaven shall bring evident smoke (or mist),
That shall overtake men; this is a painful punishment.
(They pray,) "Our Lord! Remove from us the punishment; surely we are believers."
How can they remember (or understand Allah or the message), when a Messenger making clear (the truth) had already come to them,
Butt they had turned their backs on him and said, "He is one taught by others, a madman."
Lo! We remove the punishment a little, (but) you will surely return (to evil).
On the day when We will seize them with a mighty seizing, We will indeed exact retribution.
And certainly We tried before them the people of Pharaoh, and there came to them a noble Messenger,
Saying, "Deliver to me the servants of Allah; surely I am a trustworthy messenger unto you,
"And be not arrogant against Allah, for I come with clear authority:
"And surely I have taken refuge with my Lord and your Lord against your stoning me to death:
"And if you put no faith in me, then let me go."
Then he called upon his Lord, "These are a guilty people".
(The reply came,) "So go forth with My servants by night; for surely you will be pursued:
"And leave the sea divided (as a furrow); surely they are a host that shall be drowned."
How many are the gardens and springs they have left behind!
And corn fields and noble places!
And goodly things wherein they rejoiced;
Thus it was, and We gave them as a heritage to another people.
So the heaven and the earth did not weep for them, nor were they respited.
And certainly We delivered the children of Israel from the abasing chastisement,
From Pharaoh; surely he was haughty, (and) one of those who committed excesses.
And certainly We chose them, knowingly (or purposely), above all the nations.
And We gave them signs wherein was a clear trial.
Lo! These (the pagan Arabs) say,
"There is naught but our first death and we shall not be raised again.
"Bring back our fathers, if you are truthful."
What! Are they better than the people of Tubba and those before them? We destroyed them, for surely they were guilty.
And We did not create the heavens and the earth and what is between them in sport.
We create them both not, except with truth, but most of them know not.
Assuredly the Day of Decision (or of Sorting) is the term appointed for all of them,
The day on which friend can in naught avail friend, nor can they be helped,
Save those on whom Allah has mercy; surely He is the Mighty the Merciful.
Behold the tree of Zaqqum,
Is the food of the sinful,
Like molten brass, it shall boil in (their) bellies,
Like the seesing of boiling water.
(It will be said,) "Seize him, then drag him down into the midst of hell;
Then pour above his head of the torment of the boiling water:
"Saying, ´Taste; lo! You were forsooth the mighty, the noble!
"´Surely this is what you used to doubt!´"
Surely the righteous are in a secure place,
Amidst Gardens and springs;
Attired in fine silk and rich brocade, face to face;
Thus shall it be, and We will join them with Houris (pure and beautiful companions) with wide, lovely eyes.
They shall call in safety therein for every fruit;
They taste not death therein except the first death (i.e. in this physical life), and He will have saved them from the doom of hell,
A grace from your Lord; this is the supreme achievement (or triumph).
Verily We have made it (the Quran) easy in your tongue that they may be mindful.
Therefore wait (O Muhammad); they too are waiting.