Surah 11 - Hud THE PROPHET HUD
011.001 Alif, Lam, Ra. (This is) a Book, with verses basic or fundamental (of established
meaning), further explained in detail,- from One Who is Wise and Well-acquainted
(with all things):
011.002 (It teacheth) that ye should worship none but God. (Say): "Verily I am
unto you from Him to warn and to bring glad tidings:
011.003 "(And to preach thus), 'Seek ye the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn
Him in repentance; that He may grant you enjoyment, good (and true), for a term
appointed, and bestow His abounding grace on all who abound in merit! But if ye
away, then I fear for you the penalty of a great day:
011.004 'To God is your return, and He hath power over all things.'"
011.005 Behold! they fold up their hearts, that they may lie hid from Him! Ah
when they cover themselves with their garments, He knoweth what they conceal, and
what they reveal: for He knoweth well the (inmost secrets) of the hearts.
011.006 There is no moving creature on earth but its sustenance dependeth on God:
He knoweth the time and place of its definite abode and its temporary deposit:
in a clear Record.
011.007 He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days - and His Throne
was over the waters - that He might try you, which of you is best in conduct. But if
thou wert to say to them, "Ye shall indeed be raised up after death", the Unbelievers
would be sure to say, "This is nothing but obvious sorcery!"
011.008 If We delay the penalty for them for a definite term, they are sure to
"What keeps it back?" Ah! On the day it (actually) reaches them, nothing will turn it
away from them, and they will be completely encircled by that which they used to
011.009 If We give man a taste of Mercy from Ourselves, and then withdraw it from
him, behold! he is in despair and (falls into) blasphemy.
011.010 But if We give him a taste of (Our) favours after adversity hath touched him,
he is sure to say, "All evil has departed from me:" Behold! he falls into exultation and
011.011 Not so do those who show patience and constancy, and work righteousness;
for them is forgiveness (of sins) and a great reward.
011.012 Perchance thou mayest (feel the inclination) to give up a part of what
revealed unto thee, and thy heart feeleth straitened lest they say, "Why is not
treasure sent down unto him, or why does not an angel come down with him?" But
thou art there only to warn! It is God that arrangeth all affairs!
011.013 Or they may say, "He forged it," Say, "Bring ye then ten suras forged,
unto it, and call (to your aid) whomsoever ye can, other than God!- If ye speak
011.014 "If then they (your false gods) answer not your (call), know ye that this
revelation is sent down (replete) with the knowledge of God, and that there is
but He! will ye even then submit (to Islam)?"
011.015 Those who desire the life of the present and its glitter,- to them we
(the price of) their deeds therein,- without diminution.
011.016 They are those for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter but
the Fire: vain
are the designs they frame therein, and of no effect and the deeds that they do!
011.017 Can they be (like) those who accept a Clear (Sign) from their Lord, and
whom a witness from Himself doth teach, as did the Book of Moses before it,- a
guide and a mercy? They believe therein; but those of the Sects that reject it,
- the Fire
will be their promised meeting-place. Be not then in doubt thereon: for it is the truth
from thy Lord: yet many among men do not believe!
011.018 Who doth more wrong than those who invent a lie against God? They will
be turned back to the presence of their Lord, and the witnesses will say, "These are
the ones who lied against their Lord! Behold! the Curse of God is on those who
011.019 "Those who would hinder (men) from the path of God and would seek in it
something crooked: these were they who denied the Hereafter!"
011.020 They will in no wise frustrate (His design) on earth, nor have they protectors
besides God! Their penalty will be doubled! They lost the power to hear, and they did
011.021 They are the ones who have lost their own souls: and the (fancies) they
invented have left them in the lurch!
011.022 Without a doubt, these are the very ones who will lose most in the
011.023 But those who believe and work righteousness, and humble themselves
before their Lord,- They will be companions of the gardens, to dwell therein for aye!
011.024 These two kinds (of men) may be compared to the blind and deaf, and those
who can see and hear well. Are they equal when compared? Will ye not then take
011.025 We sent Noah to his people (with a mission): "I have come to
you with a
011.026 "That ye serve none but God: Verily I do fear for you the penalty of a
011.027 But the chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people said: "We see (in)
nothing but a man like ourselves: Nor do we see that any follow thee but the meanest
among us, in judgment immature: Nor do we see in you (all) any merit above us:
fact we thing ye are liars!"
011.028 He said: "O my people! See ye if (it be that) I have a Clear Sign from
Lord, and that He hath sent Mercy unto me from His own presence, but that the
Mercy hath been obscured from your sight? shall we compel you to accept it when
are averse to it?
011.029 "And O my people! I ask you for no wealth in return: my reward is from
none but God: But I will not drive away (in contempt) those who believe: for verily
they are to meet their Lord, and ye I see are the ignorant ones!
011.030 "And O my people! who would help me against God if I drove them away?
Will ye not then take heed?
011.031 "I tell you not that with me are the treasures of God, nor do I know what is
hidden, nor claim I to be an angel. Nor yet do I say, of those whom your eyes do
despise that God will not grant them (all) that is good: God knoweth best what
their souls: I should, if I did, indeed be a wrong-doer."
011.032 They said: "O Noah! thou hast disputed with us, and (much) hast thou
prolonged the dispute with us: now bring upon us what thou threatenest us with,
thou speakest the truth!?"
011.033 He said: "Truly, God will bring it on you if He wills,- and then, ye will not
be able to frustrate it!
011.034 "Of no profit will be my counsel to you, much as I desire to give you
counsel, if it be that God willeth to leave you astray: He is your Lord! and to
011.035 Or do they say, "He has forged it"? Say: "If I had forged it, on me were my
sin! and I am free of the sins of which ye are guilty!
011.036 It was revealed to Noah: "None of thy people will believe except those
have believed already! So grieve no longer over their (evil) deeds.
011.037 "But construct an Ark under Our eyes and Our inspiration, and address
no (further) on behalf of those who are in sin: for they are about to be overwhelmed
(in the Flood)."
011.038 Forthwith he (starts) constructing the Ark: Every time that the chiefs
people passed by him, they threw ridicule on him. He said: "If ye ridicule us
(in our turn) can look down on you with ridicule likewise!
011.039 "But soon will ye know who it is on whom will descend a penalty that will
cover them with shame,- on whom will be unloosed a penalty lasting:"
011.040 At length, behold! there came Our command, and the fountains of the earth
gushed forth! We said: "Embark therein, of each kind two, male and female, and
family - except those against whom the word has already gone forth,- and the
Believers." but only a few believed with him.
011.041 So he said: "Embark ye on the Ark, In the name of God, whether it move
be at rest! For my Lord is, be sure, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful!"
011.042 So the Ark floated with them on the waves (towering) like mountains, and
Noah called out to his son, who had separated himself (from the rest): "O my son!
embark with us, and be not with the unbelievers!"
011.043 The son replied: "I will betake myself to some mountain: it will save
from the water." Noah said: "This day nothing can save, from the command of God,
any but those on whom He hath mercy! "And the waves came between them, and the
son was among those overwhelmed in the Flood.
011.044 Then the word went forth: "O earth! swallow up thy water, and O sky!
Withhold (thy rain)!" and the water abated, and the matter was ended. The Ark rested
on Mount Judi, and the word went forth: "Away with those who do wrong!"
011.045 And Noah called upon his Lord, and said: "O my Lord! surely my son is
my family! and Thy promise is true, and Thou art the justest of Judges!"
011.046 He said: "O Noah! He is not of thy family: For his conduct is unrighteous.
So ask not of Me that of which thou hast no knowledge! I give thee counsel, lest thou
act like the ignorant!"
011.047 Noah said: "O my Lord! I do seek refuge with Thee, lest I ask Thee for
of which I have no knowledge. And unless thou forgive me and have Mercy on me,
should indeed be lost!"
011.048 The word came: "O Noah! Come down (from the Ark) with peace from Us,
and blessing on thee and on some of the peoples (who will spring) from those with
thee: but (there will be other) peoples to whom We shall grant their pleasures
time), but in the end will a grievous penalty reach them from Us."
011.049 Such are some of the stories of the unseen, which We have revealed unto
thee: before this, neither thou nor thy people knew them. So persevere patiently: for
the End is for those who are righteous.
011.050 To the 'Ad People (We sent) Hud, one of their own brethren. He said: "O my
people! worship God! ye have no other god but Him. (Your other gods) ye do nothing
011.051 "O my people! I ask of you no reward for this (Message). My reward is
none but Him who created me: Will ye not then understand?
011.052 "And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him (in
repentance): He will send you the skies pouring abundant rain, and add strength
your strength: so turn ye not back in sin!"
011.053 They said: "O Hud! No Clear (Sign) that hast thou brought us, and we are
not the ones to desert our gods on thy word! Nor shall we believe in thee!
011.054 "We say nothing but that (perhaps) some of our gods may have seized thee
with imbecility." He said: "I call God to witness, and do ye bear witness, that
free from the sin of ascribing, to Him,
011.055 "Other gods as partners! so scheme (your worst) against me, all of you, and
give me no respite.
011.056 "I put my trust in God, My Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving
creature, but He hath grasp of its fore-lock. Verily, it is my Lord that is on
011.057 "If ye turn away,- I (at least) have conveyed the Message with which I
sent to you. My Lord will make another people to succeed you, and you will not
Him in the least. For my Lord hath care and watch over all things."
011.058 So when Our decree issued, We saved Hud and those who believed with
him, by (special) Grace from Ourselves: We saved them from a severe penalty.
011.059 Such were the 'Ad People: they rejected the Signs of their Lord and
Cherisher; disobeyed His messengers; And followed the command of every powerful,
011.060 And they were pursued by a Curse in this life,- and on the Day of Judgment.
Ah! Behold! for the 'Ad rejected their Lord and Cherisher! Ah! Behold! removed
(from sight) were 'Ad the people of Hud!
011.061 To the Thamud People (We sent) Salih, one of their own brethren. He said:
"O my people! Worship God: ye have no other god but Him. It is He Who hath
produced you from the earth and settled you therein: then ask forgiveness of Him, and
turn to Him (in repentance): for my Lord is (always) near, ready to answer."
011.062 They said: "O Salih! thou hast been of us! a centre of our hopes hitherto!
dost thou (now) forbid us the worship of what our fathers worshipped? But we are
really in suspicious (disquieting) doubt as to that to which thou invitest us."
011.063 He said: "O my people! do ye see? if I have a Clear (Sign) from my Lord
and He hath sent Mercy unto me from Himself,- who then can help me against God
I were to disobey Him? What then would ye add to my (portion) but perdition?
011.064 "And O my people! This she-camel of God is a symbol to you: leave her
feed on God's (free) earth, and inflict no harm on her, or a swift penalty will
011.065 But they did ham-string her. So he said: "Enjoy yourselves in your homes
for three days: (Then will be your ruin): (Behold) there a promise not to be belied!"
011.066 When Our Decree issued, We saved Salih and those who believed with him,
by (special) Grace from Ourselves - and from the Ignominy of that day. For thy
- He is the Strong One, and able to enforce His Will.
011.067 The (mighty) Blast overtook the wrong-doers, and they lay prostrate in
homes before the morning,-
011.068 As if they had never dwelt and flourished there. Ah! Behold! for the
Thamud rejected their Lord and Cherisher! Ah! Behold! removed (from sight) were
011.069 There came Our messengers to Abraham with glad tidings. They said,
"Peace!" He answered, "Peace!" and hastened to entertain them with a roasted calf.
011.070 But when he saw their hands went not towards the (meal), he felt some
mistrust of them, and conceived a fear of them. They said: "Fear not: We have been
sent against the people of Lut."
011.071 And his wife was standing (there), and she laughed: But we gave her glad
tidings of Isaac, and after him, of Jacob.
011.072 She said: "Alas for me! shall I bear a child, seeing I am an old woman, and
my husband here is an old man? That would indeed be a wonderful thing!"
011.073 They said: "Dost thou wonder at God's decree? The grace of God and His
blessings on you, o ye people of the house! for He is indeed worthy of all praise, full
of all glory!"
011.074 When fear had passed from (the mind of) Abraham and the glad tidings had
reached him, he began to plead with us for Lut's people.
011.075 For Abraham was, without doubt, forbearing (of faults), compassionate,
given to look to God.
011.076 O Abraham! Seek not this. The decree of thy Lord hath gone forth: for
there cometh a penalty that cannot be turned back!
011.077 When Our messengers came to Lut, he was grieved on their account and felt
himself powerless (to protect) them. He said: "This is a distressful day."
011.078 And his people came rushing towards him, and they had been long in the
habit of practising abominations. He said: "O my people! Here are my daughters:
are purer for you (if ye marry)! Now fear God, and cover me not with shame about
my guests! Is there not among you a single right-minded man?"
011.079 They said: "Well dost thou know we have no need of thy daughters: indeed
thou knowest quite well what we want!"
011.080 He said: "Would that I had power to suppress you or that I could betake
myself to some powerful support."
011.081 (The Messengers) said: "O Lut! We are Messengers from thy Lord! By no
means shall they reach thee! now travel with thy family while yet a part of the
remains, and let not any of you look back: but thy wife (will remain behind): To her
will happen what happens to the people. Morning is their time appointed: Is not
011.082 When Our Decree issued, We turned (the cities) upside down, and rained
down on them brimstones hard as baked clay, spread, layer on layer,-
011.083 Marked as from thy Lord: Nor are they ever far from those who do wrong!
011.084 To the Madyan People (We sent) Shu'aib, one of their own brethren: he
"O my people! worship God: Ye have no other god but Him. And give not short
measure or weight: I see you in prosperity, but I fear for you the penalty of a
will compass (you) all round.
011.085 "And O my people! give just measure and weight, nor withhold from the
people the things that are their due: commit not evil in the land with intent to do
011.086 "That which is left you by God is best for you, if ye (but) believed!
but I am
not set over you to keep watch!"
011.087 They said: "O Shu'aib! Does thy (religion of) prayer command thee that
leave off the worship which our fathers practised, or that we leave off doing what we
like with our property? truly, thou art the one that forbeareth with faults and
011.088 He said: "O my people! see ye whether I have a Clear (Sign) from my Lord,
and He hath given me sustenance (pure and) good as from Himself? I wish not, in
opposition to you, to do that which I forbid you to do. I only desire (your) betterment
to the best of my power; and my success (in my task) can only come from God. In
Him I trust, and unto Him I look.
011.089 "And O my people! let not my dissent (from you) cause you to sin, lest
suffer a fate similar to that of the people of Noah or of Hud or of Salih, nor
people of Lut far off from you!
011.090 "But ask forgiveness of your Lord, and turn unto Him (in repentance):
my Lord is indeed full of mercy and loving-kindness."
011.091 They said: "O Shu'aib! much of what thou sayest we do not understand!
fact among us we see that thou hast no strength! Were it not for thy family, we
certainly have stoned thee! for thou hast among us no great position!"
011.092 He said: "O my people! is then my family of more consideration with you
than God? For ye cast Him away behind your backs (with contempt). But verily my
Lord encompasseth on all sides all that ye do!
011.093 "And O my people! Do whatever ye can: I will do (my part): Soon will ye
know who it is on whom descends the penalty of ignominy; and who is a liar! and
watch ye! for I too am watching with you!"
011.094 When Our decree issued, We saved Shu'aib and those who believed with
him, by (special) mercy from Ourselves: But the (mighty) blast did seize the wrong-doers, and they lay prostrate in their homes by the morning,-
011.095 As if they had never dwelt and flourished there! Ah! Behold! How the
Madyan were removed (from sight) as were removed the Thamud!
011.096 And we sent Moses, with Our Clear (Signs) and an authority manifest,
011.097 Unto Pharaoh and his chiefs: but they followed the command of Pharaoh
and the command of Pharaoh was no right (guide).
011.098 He will go before his people on the Day of Judgment, and lead them into the
Fire (as cattle are led to water): But woeful indeed will be the place to which
011.099 And they are followed by a curse in this (life) and on the Day of Judgment:
and woeful is the gift which shall be given (unto them)!
011.100 These are some of the stories of communities which We relate unto thee: of
them some are standing, and some have been mown down (by the sickle of time).
011.101 It was not We that wronged them: They wronged their own souls: the
deities, other than God, whom they invoked, profited them no whit when there is
the decree of thy Lord: Nor did they add aught (to their lot) but perdition!
011.102 Such is the chastisement of thy Lord when He chastises communities in
midst of their wrong: grievous, indeed, and severe is His chastisement.
011.103 In that is a Sign for those who fear the penalty of the Hereafter: that is a Day
for which mankind will be gathered together: that will be a Day of Testimony.
011.104 Nor shall We delay it but for a term appointed.
011.105 The day it arrives, no soul shall speak except by His leave: of those
(gathered) some will be wretched and some will be blessed.
011.106 Those who are wretched shall be in the Fire: There will be for them therein
(nothing but) the heaving of sighs and sobs:
011.107 They will dwell therein for all the time that the heavens and the earth
endure, except as thy Lord willeth: for thy Lord is the (sure) accomplisher of
011.108 And those who are blessed shall be in the Garden: They will dwell therein
for all the time that the heavens and the earth endure, except as thy Lord willeth: a gift
011.109 Be not then in doubt as to what these men worship. They worship nothing
but what their fathers worshipped before (them): but verily We shall pay them back
(in full) their portion without (the least) abatement.
011.110 We certainly gave the Book to Moses, but differences arose therein: had it
not been that a word had gone forth before from thy Lord, the matter would have
decided between them, but they are in suspicious doubt concerning it.
011.111 And, of a surety, to all will your Lord pay back (in full the recompense) of
their deeds: for He knoweth well all that they do.
011.112 Therefore stand firm (in the straight Path) as thou art commanded,- thou and
those who with thee turn (unto God); and transgress not (from the Path): for He
well all that ye do.
011.113 And incline not to those who do wrong, or the Fire will seize you; and
have no protectors other than God, nor shall ye be helped.
011.114 And establish regular prayers at the two ends of the day and at the
approaches of the night: For those things, that are good remove those that are
that the word of remembrance to those who remember (their Lord):
011.115 And be steadfast in patience; for verily God will not suffer the reward of the
righteous to perish.
011.116 Why were there not( among the generations before you, persons possessed
of balanced good sense, prohibiting (men) from mischief in the earth - except a
among them whom We saved (from harm)? But the wrong-doers pursued the
enjoyment of the good things of life which were given them, and persisted in sin.
011.117 Nor would thy Lord be the One to destroy communities for a single wrong-
doing, if its members were likely to mend.
011.118 If thy Lord had so willed, He could have made mankind one people: but
they will not cease to dispute.
011.119 Except those on whom thy Lord hath bestowed His Mercy: and for this did
He create them: and the Word of thy Lord shall be fulfilled: "I will fill Hell
and men all together."
011.120 All that we relate to thee of the stories of the messengers,- with it We
thy heart: in them there cometh to thee the Truth, as well as an exhortation and a
message of remembrance to those who believe.
011.121 Say to those who do not believe: "Do what ever ye can: We shall do our
011.122 "And wait ye! We too shall wait."
011.123 To God do belong the unseen (secrets) of the heavens and the earth, and to
Him goeth back every affair (for decision): then worship Him, and put thy trust in
Him: and thy Lord is not unmindful of aught that ye do.