In the name of God,

Most Gracious, Most Merciful

51:1 By the (Winds) that scatter broadcast;

51:2 And those that lift and bear away heavy weights;

51:3 And those that flow with ease and gentleness;

51:4 And those that distribute and apportion by Command;-

51:5 Verily that which ye are promised is true;

51:6 And verily Judgment and Justice must indeed come to pass.

51:7 By the Sky with (its) numerous Paths,

51:8 Truly ye are in a doctrine discordant,

51:9 Through which are deluded (away from the Truth) such as would be deluded.

51:10 Woe to the falsehood-mongers,-

51:11 Those who (flounder) heedless in a flood of confusion:

51:12 They ask, "When will be the Day of Judgment and Justice?"

51:13 (It will be) a Day when they will be tried (and tested) over the Fire!

51:14 "Taste ye your trial! This is what ye used to ask to be hastened!"

51:15 As to the Righteous, they will be in the midst of Gardens and Springs,

51:16 Taking joy in the things which their Lord gives them, because, before then, they lived a good life.

51:17 They were in the habit of sleeping but little by night,

51:18 And in the hour of early dawn, they (were found) praying for Forgiveness;

51:19 And in their wealth and possessions (was remembered) the right of the (needy,) him who asked, and him who (for some reason) was prevented (from asking).

51:20 On the earth are signs for those of assured Faith,

51:21 As also in your own selves: Will ye not then see?

51:22 And in heaven is your Sustenance, as (also) that which ye are promised.

51:23 Then, by the Lord of heaven and earth, this is the very Truth, as much as the fact that ye can speak intelligently to each other.

51:24 Has the story reached thee, of the honoured guests of Abraham?

51:25 Behold, they entered his presence, and said: "Peace!" He said, "Peace!" (and thought, "These seem) unusual people."

51:26 Then he turned quickly to his household, brought out a fatted calf,

51:27 And placed it before them.. he said, "Will ye not eat?"

51:28 (When they did not eat), He conceived a fear of them. They said, "Fear not," and they gave him glad tidings of a son endowed with knowledge.

51:29 But his wife came forward (laughing) aloud: she smote her forehead and said: "A barren old woman!"

51:30 They said, "Even so has thy Lord spoken: and He is full of Wisdom and Knowledge."

51:31 (Abraham) said: "And what, O ye Messengers, is your errand (now)?"

51:32 They said, "We have been sent to a people (deep) in sin;-

51:33 "To bring on, on them, (a shower of) stones of clay (brimstone),

51:34 "Marked as from thy Lord for those who trespass beyond bounds."

51:35 Then We evacuated those of the Believers who were there,

51:36 But We found not there any just (Muslim) persons except in one house:

51:37 And We left there a Sign for such as fear the Grievous Penalty.

51:38 And in Moses (was another Sign): Behold, We sent him to Pharaoh, with authority manifest.

51:39 But (Pharaoh) turned back with his Chiefs, and said, "A sorcerer, or one possessed!"

51:40 So We took him and his forces, and threw them into the sea; and his was the blame.

51:41 And in the 'Ad (people) (was another Sign): Behold, We sent against them the devastating Wind:

51:42 It left nothing whatever that it came up against, but reduced it to ruin and rottenness.

51:43 And in the Thamud (was another Sign): Behold, they were told, "Enjoy (your brief day) for a little while!"

51:44 But they insolently defied the Command of their Lord: So the stunning noise (of an earthquake) seized them, even while they were looking on.

51:45 Then they could not even stand (on their feet), nor could they help themselves.

51:46 So were the People of Noah before them for they wickedly transgressed.

51:47 With power and skill did We construct the Firmament: for it is We Who create the vastness of pace.

51:48 And We have spread out the (spacious) earth: How excellently We do spread out!

51:49 And of every thing We have created pairs: That ye may receive instruction.

51:50 Hasten ye then (at once) to God: I am from Him a Warner to you, clear and open!

51:51 And make not another an object of worship with God: I am from Him a Warner to you, clear and open!

51:52 Similarly, no apostle came to the Peoples before them, but they said (of him) in like manner, "A sorcerer, or one possessed"!

51:53 Is this the legacy they have transmitted, one to another? Nay, they are themselves a people transgressing beyond bounds!

51:54 So turn away from them: not thine is the blame.

51:55 But teach (thy Message) for teaching benefits the Believers.

51:56 I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.

51:57 No Sustenance do I require of them, nor do I require that they should feed Me.

51:58 For God is He Who gives (all) Sustenance,- Lord of Power,- Steadfast (for ever).

51:59 For the Wrong-doers, their portion is like unto the portion of their fellows (of earlier generations): then let them not ask Me to hasten (that portion)!

51:60 Woe, then, to the Unbelievers, on account of that Day of theirs which they have been promised!

The Holy Quran

Translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali


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