In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful
72:1 Say: It has been revealed to me that a company of Jinns listened (to the Qur'an). They said, 'We have really heard a wonderful Recital!
72:2 'It gives guidance to the Right, and we have believed therein: we shall not join (in worship) any (gods) with our Lord.
72:3 'And Exalted is the Majesty of our Lord: He has taken neither a wife nor a son.
72:4 'There were some foolish ones among us, who used to utter extravagant lies against God;
72:5 'But we do think that no man or spirit should say aught that untrue against God.
72:6 'True, there were persons among mankind who took shelter with persons among the Jinns, but they increased them in folly.
72:7 'And they (came to) think as ye thought, that God would not raise up any one (to Judgment).
72:8 'And we pried into the secrets of heaven; but we found it filled with stern guards and flaming fires.
72:9 'We used, indeed, to sit there in (hidden) stations, to (steal) a hearing; but any who listen now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush.
72:10 'And we understand not whether ill is intended to those on earth, or whether their Lord (really) intends to guide them to right conduct.
72:11 'There are among us some that are righteous, and some the contrary: we follow divergent paths.
72:12 'But we think that we can by no means frustrate God throughout the earth, nor can we frustrate Him by flight.
72:13 'And as for us, since we have listened to the Guidance, we have accepted it: and any who believes in his Lord has no fear, either of a short (account) or of any injustice.
72:14 'Amongst us are some that submit their wills (to God), and some that swerve from justice. Now those who submit their wills - they have sought out (the path) of right conduct:
72:15 'But those who swerve,- they are (but) fuel for Hell-fire'-
72:16 (And God's Message is): "If they (the Pagans) had (only) remained on the (right) Way, We should certainly have bestowed on them Rain in abundance.
72:17 "That We might try them by that (means). But if any turns away from the remembrance of his Lord, He will cause him to undergo a severe Penalty.
72:18 "And the places of worship are for God (alone): So invoke not any one along with God;
72:19 "Yet when the Devotee of God stands forth to invoke Him, they just make round him a dense crowd."
72:20 Say: "I do no more than invoke my Lord, and I join not with Him any (false god)."
72:21 Say: "It is not in my power to cause you harm, or to bring you to right conduct."
72:22 Say: "No one can deliver me from God (If I were to disobey Him), nor should I find refuge except in Him,
72:23 "Unless I proclaim what I receive from God and His Messages: for any that disobey God and His Apostle,- for them is Hell: they shall dwell therein for ever."
72:24 At length, when they see (with their own eyes) that which they are promised,- then will they know who it is that is weakest in (his) helper and least important in point of numbers.
72:25 Say: "I know not whether the (Punishment) which ye are promised is near, or whether my Lord will appoint for it a distant term.
72:26 "He (alone) knows the Unseen, nor does He make any one acquainted with His Mysteries,-
72:27 "Except an apostle whom He has chosen: and then He makes a band of watchers march before him and behind him,
72:28 "That He may know that they have (truly) brought and delivered the Messages of their Lord: and He surrounds (all the mysteries) that are with them, and takes account of every single thing."
The Holy Quran
Translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali