[21.1] Their reckoning
draweth nigh for mankind, while they turn away in heedlessness.
[21.2] Never cometh there unto them a new reminder from their
Lord but they listen to it while they play,
[21.3] With hearts preoccupied. And they confer in secret. The
wrong-doers say: Is this other than a mortal like you ? Will ye
then succumb to magic when ye see (it) ?
[21.4] He saith: My Lord knoweth what is spoken in the heaven
and the earth. He is the Hearer, the Knower.
[21.5] Nay, say they, (these are but) muddled dreams; nay, he
hath but invented it; nay, he is but a poet. Let him bring us a
portent even as those of old (who were God's messengers) were
sent (with portents).
[21.6] Not a township believed of those which We destroyed
before them (though We sent them portents): would they then
[21.7] And We sent not (as Our messengers) before thee other
than men, whom We inspired. Ask the followers of the Reminder if
ye know not ?
[21.8] We gave them not bodies that would not eat food, nor were
[21.9] Then we fulfilled the promise unto them. So we delivered
them and whom We would, and We destroyed the prodigals.
[21.10] Now We have revealed unto you a Scripture wherein is
your Reminder. Have ye then no sense ?
[21.11] How many a community that dealt unjustly have We
shattered, and raised up after them another folk!
[21.12] And, when they felt Our might, behold them fleeing from
[21.13] (But it was said unto them): Flee not, but return to
that (existence) which emasculated you and to your dwellings,
that ye may be questioned.
[21.14] They cried: Alas for us! we were wrong-doers.
[21.15] And this their crying ceased not till We made them as
reaped corn, extinct.
[21.16] We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is
between them in play.
[21.17] If We had wished to find a pastime, We could have found
it in Our presence - if We ever did.
[21.18] Nay, but We hurl the true against the false, and it doth
break its head and lo! it vanisheth. And yours will be woe for
that which ye ascribe (unto Him).
[21.19] Unto Him belongeth whosoever is in the heavens and the
earth. And those who dwell in His presence are not too proud to
worship Him, nor do they weary;
[21.20] They glorify (Him) night and day; they flag not.
[21.21] Or have they chosen gods from the earth who raise the
[21.22] If there were therein gods beside Allah, then verily
both (the heavens and the earth) had been disordered. Glorified
be Allah, the Lord of the Throne, from all that they ascribe
[21.23] He will not be questioned as to that which He doeth, but
they will be questioned.
[21.24] Or have they chosen other gods beside Him ? say: Bring
your proof (of their godhead). This is the Reminder of those
with me and those before me, but most of them know not the Truth
and so they are averse.
[21.25] And We sent no messenger before thee but We inspired
him, (saying): There is no God save Me (Allah), so worship Me.
[21.26] And they say: The Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a
son. Be He Glorified! Nay, but (those whom they call sons) are
[21.27] They speak not until He hath spoken, and they act by His
[21.28] He knoweth what is before them and what is behind them,
and they cannot intercede except for him whom He accepteth, and
they quake for awe of Him.
[21.29] And one of them who should say: Lo! I am a god beside
Him, that one We should repay with hell. Thus We Repay
[21.30] Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and
the earth were of one piece, then We parted them, and we made
every living thing of water ? Will they not then believe ?
[21.31] And We have placed in the earth firm hills lest it quake
with them, and We have placed therein ravines as roads that
haply they may find their way.
[21.32] And we have made the sky a roof withheld (from them).
Yet they turn away from its portents.
[21.33] And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the
sun and the moon. They float, each in an orbit.
[21.34] We appointed immortality for no mortal before thee.
What! if thou diest, can they be immortal!
[21.35] Every soul must taste of death, and We try you with evil
and with good, for ordeal. And unto Us ye will be returned.
[21.36] And when those who disbelieve behold thee, they but
choose thee out for mockery, (saying): Is this he who maketh
mention of your gods ? And they would deny all mention of the
[21.37] Man is made of haste. I shall show you My portents, but
ask Me not to hasten.
[21.38] And they say: When will this promise (be fulfilled), if
ye are truthful ?
[21.39] If those who disbelieved but knew the time when they
will not be able to drive off the fire from their faces and from
their backs, and they will not be helped!
[21.40] Nay, but it will come upon them unawares so that it will
stupefy them, and they will be unable to repel it, neither will
they be reprieved.
[21.41] Messengers before thee, indeed, were mocked, but that
whereat they mocked surrounded those who scoffed at them.
[21.42] Say: Who guardeth you in the night or in the day from
the Beneficent ? Nay, but they turn away from mention of their
[21.43] Or have they gods who can shield them from Us ? They
cannot help themselves nor can they be defended from Us.
[21.44] Nay, but We gave these and their fathers ease until life
grew long for them. See they not how we aim to the land,
reducing it of its outlying parts ? Can they then be the victors
[21.45] Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): I warn you only by the
Inspiration. But the deaf hear not the call when they are
[21.46] And if a breath of thy Lord's punishment were to touch
them, they assuredly would say: Alas for us! Lo! we were
[21.47] And We set a just balance for the Day of Resurrection so
that no soul is wronged in aught. Though it be of the weight of
a grain of mustard seed, We bring it. And We suffice for
[21.48] And We verily gave Moses and Aaron the Criterion (of
right and wrong) and a light and a Reminder for those who keep
[21.49] Those who fear their Lord in secret and who dread the
Hour (of doom).
[21.50] This is a blessed Reminder that we have revealed: Will
ye then reject it ?
[21.51] And We verily gave Abraham of old his proper course, and
We were Aware of him,
[21.52] When he said unto his father and his folk: What are
these images unto which ye pay devotion ?
[21.53] They said: We found our fathers worshippers of them.
[21.54] He said: Verily ye and your fathers were in plain error.
[21.55] They said: Bringest thou unto us the truth, or art thou
some jester ?
[21.56] He said: Nay, but your Lord is the Lord of the heavens
and the earth, Who created them; and I am of those who testify
[21.57] And, by Allah, I shall circumvent your idols after ye
have gone away and turned your backs.
[21.58] Then he reduced them to fragments, all save the chief of
them, that haply they might have recourse to it.
[21.59] They said: Who hath done this to our gods ? Surely it
must be some evil-doer.
[21.60] They said: We heard a youth make mention of them, who is
[21.61] They said: Then bring him (hither) before the people's
eyes that they may testify.
[21.62] They said: Is it thou who hast done this to our gods, O
[21.63] He said: But this, their chief hath done it. So question
them, if they can speak.
[21.64] Then gathered they apart and said: Lo! ye yourselves are
[21.65] And they were utterly confounded, and they said: Well
thou knowest that these speak not.
[21.66] He said: Worship ye then instead of Allah that which
cannot profit you at all, nor harm you ?
[21.67] Fie on you and all that ye worship instead of Allah!
Have ye then no sense ?
[21.68] They cried: Burn him and stand by your gods, if ye will
[21.69] We said: O fire, be coolness and peace for Abraham,
[21.70] And they wished to set a snare for him, but We made them
the greater losers.
[21.71] And We rescued him and Lot (and brought them) to the
land which We have blessed for (all) peoples.
[21.72] And We bestowed upon him Isaac, and Jacob as a grandson.
Each of them We made righteous.
[21.73] And We made them chiefs who guide by Our command, and We
inspired in them the doing of good deeds and the right
establishment of worship and the giving of alms, and they were
worshippers of Us (alone).
[21.74] And unto Lot we gave judgment and knowledge, and We
delivered him from the community that did abominations. Lo! they
were folk of evil, lewd.
[21.75] And We brought him in unto Our mercy. Lo! he was of the
[21.76] And Noah, when he cried of old, We heard his prayer and
saved him and his household from the great affliction.
[21.77] And delivered him from the people who denied Our
revelations. Lo! they were folk of evil, therefor did We drown
[21.78] And David and Solomon, when they gave judgment
concerning the field, when people's sheep had strayed and
browsed therein by night; and We were witnesses to their
[21.79] And We made Solomon to understand (the case); and unto
each of them We gave judgment and knowledge. And we subdued the
hills and the birds to hymn (His) praise along with David. We
were the doers (thereof).
[21.80] And We taught him the art of making garments (of mail)
to protect you in your daring. Are ye then thankful ?
[21.81] And unto Solomon (We subdued) the wind in its raging. It
set by his command toward the land which We had blessed. And of
everything We are Aware.
[21.82] And of the evil ones (subdued We unto him) some who
dived (for pearls) for him and did other work, and We were
warders unto them.
[21.83] And Job, when he cried unto his Lord, (saying): Lo!
adversity afflicteth me, and Thou art Most Merciful of all who
[21.84] Then We heard his prayer and removed that adversity from
which he suffered, and We gave him his household (that he had
lost) and the like thereof along with them, a mercy from Our
store, and a remembrance for the worshippers;
[21.85] And (mention) Ishmael, and Idris, and Dhu'l-Kifl. All
were of the steadfast.
[21.86] And We brought them in unto Our mercy. Lo! they are
among the righteous.
[21.87] And (mention) Dhu'n-Nun, when he went off in anger and
deemed that We had no power over him, but he cried out in the
darkness, saying: There is no God save Thee. Be Thou Glorified!
Lo! I have been a wrong-doer.
[21.88] Then we heard his prayer and saved him from the anguish.
Thus we save believers.
[21.89] And Zachariah, when he cried unto his Lord: My Lord!
Leave me not childless, though Thou art the Best of inheritors.
[21.90] Then We heard his prayer, and bestowed upon him John,
and adjusted his wife (to bear a child) for him. Lo! they used
to vie one with the other in good deeds, and they cried unto Us
in longing and in fear, and were submissive unto Us.
[21.91] And she who was chaste, therefor We breathed into her
(something) of Our Spirit and made her and her son a token for
[21.92] Lo! this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your
Lord, so worship Me.
[21.93] And they have broken their religion (into fragments)
among them, (yet) all are returning unto Us.
[21.94] Then whoso doeth some good works and is a believer,
there will be no rejection of his effort. Lo! We record (it) for
[21.95] And there is a ban upon any community which We have
destroyed: that they shall not return.
[21.96] Until, when Gog and Magog are let loose, and they hasten
out of every mound,
[21.97] And the True Promise draweth nigh; then behold them,
staring wide (in terror), the eyes of those who disbelieve!
(They say): Alas for us! We (lived) in forgetfulness of this.
Ah, but we were wrong-doers!
[21.98] Lo! ye (idolaters) and that which ye worship beside
Allah are fuel of hell. Thereunto ye will come.
[21.99] If these had been gods they would not have come thither,
but all will abide therein.
[21.100] Therein wailing is their portion, and therein they hear
[21.101] Lo! those unto whom kindness hath gone forth before
from Us, they will be far removed from thence.
[21.102] They will not hear the slightest sound thereof, while
they abide in that which their souls desire.
[21.103] The Supreme Horror will not grieve them, and the angels
will welcome them, (saying): This is your Day which ye were
[21.104] The Day when We shall roll up the heavens as a recorder
rolleth up a written scroll. As We began the first creation, We
shall repeat it. (It is) a promise (binding) upon Us. Lo! We are
to perform it.
[21.105] And verily we have written in the Scripture, after the
Reminder: My righteous slaves will inherit the earth:
[21.106] Lo! there is a plain statement for folk who are devout.
[21.107] We sent thee not save as a mercy for the peoples.
[21.108] Say: It is only inspired in me that your God is One
God. Will ye then surrender (unto Him) ?
[21.109] But if they are averse, then say: I have warned you all
alike, although I know not whether nigh or far is that which ye
[21.110] Lo! He knoweth that which is said openly, and that
which ye conceal.
[21.111] And I know not but that this may be a trial for you,
and enjoyment for a while.
[21.112] He saith: My Lord! Judge Thou with truth. Our Lord is
the Beneficent, Whose help is to be implored against that which
ye ascribe (unto Him).