Blessed and Supreme is He in Whose Hand is the Sovereignty; and He has full power over everything.
He Who has created death and life, so that He may try you (and demonstrate to yourselves) which of you is better in deeds; and He is the All-Glorious with irresistible might (Whose will none can frustrate), the All-Forgiving (Who forgives many of His servants’ sins so that they learn from being tested).
He Who has created seven heavens in harmony. You do not see any fault or incongruity in the creation of the All-Merciful. Look yet again: can you see any rifts?
Then look again and yet again, (and however often you do so, with whatever instruments to aid your looking) your sight will fall back to you dazzled (by the splendor of God’s creation), and awed and weakened (being unable to discern any flaw to support any excuse for claiming that there could be any sharing in the dominion of the universe).
And, indeed, We have adorned the lowest heaven (the heaven of the world) with lamps (stars), and made (out of) them missiles to drive away devils; and for them We have prepared (in the Hereafter) the punishment of the Blaze.
And also for those who disbelieve in their Lord is the punishment of Hell. How evil a destination to arrive at!
When they are cast into it, they will hear its raucous breath (by which they are sucked in) as it boils up,
Almost bursting with fury. Every time a group is cast into it, its keepers will ask them: "Did no warner ever come to you?"
They will say: "Yes, indeed, a warner came to us but we denied (him) and said (to him): "God has never sent down anything, you are only in a great error."
They will say: "If only we had listened (to him) or reasoned (and distinguished what was to our benefit from what was to our harm, and acted accordingly), we would not (now) be among the companions of the Blaze."
Thus will they acknowledge their sins, but God’s mercy will (then) be far from the companions of the Blaze!
As for those who stand in awe of their Lord though unseen (beyond their perception), for them there is forgiveness (to bring unforeseen blessings), and a great reward.
Whether you keep concealed what you intend to say or speak it out loud, He surely has full knowledge of all that lies in the bosoms.
Is it conceivable that One Who creates should not know? He is the All-Subtle (penetrating to the most minute dimensions of all things), the All-Aware.
He it is Who has made the earth subservient to you (as if a docile animal), so go about through its shoulders (uplands) and eat of His provision; but (be ever mindful that) to Him will be the Resurrection.
And yet, are you secure that He Who is above everything will not cause the earth to swallow you up then, when it is in a state of commotion?
Or are you secure that He Who is above everything will not send against you a deadly sand-storm? Then you will know how My warning is.
Indeed, those before them denied (the truth and were destroyed). So (reflect on) how awesome was My disowning them!
Have they never considered the birds above them, flying in lines with wings they spread out and fold in? Nothing holds them up except the All-Merciful. He indeed sees everything very well.
Who is there that will be an "army" for you, (a means of strength and support) to help you (to survive or succeed), apart from the All-Merciful? The unbelievers are surely in nothing but delusion.
Who is there that can provide for you if He should withhold His provision? No, but they persist in disdain and aversion (in obstinate flight from truth and reality).
(Now consider:) Is one who goes prone upon his face (with no breadth or depth to his line of sight, barely seeing what is touching his face) better guided, or one who goes upright (with a clear line of sight to what is ahead of him) on a straight path?
Say: "He it is Who has brought you into being and endowed you with hearing, and eyes, and hearts. How little you give thanks!
Say: "He it is Who has multiplied you on the earth, and (it is) to Him you will be gathered (to give account of your life on that earth).
They say (questioning with derision): "When is this promise (of gathering) to be fulfilled, if you are truthful (in your claim)?"
Say: "The knowledge (of that, and true and full knowledge of all things) is with God. And I am but a plain warner."
But then, when they see it close at hand, the faces of those who disbelieve turn black with grief, and it will be said to them (who had been so mocking): "This is what you were calling for (derisively)."
Say: "Have you ever considered (this): whether God destroys me and those in my company or He has mercy on us (and enables us to attain victory), then who is there that can protect the unbelievers from a painful punishment?"
Say: "He is the All-Merciful. In Him We believe and in Him we put our trust, so you will soon come to know who it is that is lost in obvious error."
Say: "Have you ever considered (this): If your water should vanish underground (leaving you with no source of water), who is there that can bring to you (a source to replace it of) gushing water?"