Surah 13 - Al Ra'd THE THUNDER
013.001 Alif, Lam, Mim, Ra. These are the signs (or verses) of the Book: that which hath
revealed unto thee from thy Lord is the Truth; but most men believe not.
013.002 Allah is He Who raised the heavens without any pillars that
ye can see; then He established Himself on the throne (of authority); He has subjected the sun and the moon
(to his Law)! Each one runs (its course) for a term appointed. He doth regulate
affairs, explaining the signs in detail, that ye may believe with certainty in
meeting with your Lord.
013.003 And it is He who spread out the earth, and set thereon mountains standing
firm and (flowing) rivers: and fruit of every kind He made in pairs, two and two: He
draweth the night as a veil o'er the Day. Behold, verily in these things there
for those who consider!
013.004 And in the earth are tracts (diverse though) neighbouring, and gardens
vines and fields sown with corn, and palm trees - growing out of single roots or
otherwise: watered with the same water, yet some of them We make more excellent
than others to eat. Behold, verily in these things there are signs for those who
013.005 If thou dost marvel (at their want of faith), strange is their saying:
are (actually) dust, shall we indeed then be in a creation renewed?" They are those
who deny their Lord! They are those round whose necks will be yokes (of servitude):
they will be Companions of the Fire, to dwell therein (for aye)!
013.006 They ask thee to hasten on the evil in preference to the good: Yet have
come to pass, before them, (many) exemplary punishments! But verily thy Lord is
of forgiveness for mankind for their wrong-doing, and verily thy Lord is (also)
013.007 And the Unbelievers say: "Why is not a sign sent down to him from his
Lord?" But thou art truly a warner, and to every people a guide.
013.008 Allah doth know what every female (womb) doth bear, by how much the
wombs fall short (of their time or number) or do exceed. Every single thing is
His sight, in (due) proportion.
013.009 He knoweth the unseen and that which is open: He is the Great, the Most
013.010 It is the same (to Him) whether any of you conceal his speech or declare it
openly; whether he lie hid by night or walk forth freely by day.
013.011 For each (such person) there are (angels) in succession, before and behind
him: They guard him by command of Allah. Verily never will Allah change the
condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). But when
(once) Allah willeth a people's punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor
they find, besides Him, any to protect.
013.012 It is He Who doth show you the lightning, by way both of fear and of hope:
It is He Who doth raise up the clouds, heavy with (fertilising) rain!
013.013 Nay, thunder repeateth His praises, and so do the angels, with awe: He
flingeth the loud-voiced thunder-bolts, and therewith He striketh whomsoever He
will... yet these (are the men) who (dare to) dispute about Allah, with the strength of His
013.014 For Him (alone) is prayer in Truth: any others that they call upon besides
Him hear them no more than if they were to stretch forth their hands for water
reach their mouths but it reaches them not: for the prayer of those without Faith is
nothing but (futile) wandering (in the mind).
013.015 Whatever beings there are in the heavens and the earth do prostrate
themselves to Allah (acknowledging subjection),- with good-will or in spite of
themselves: so do their shadows in the morning and evenings.
013.016 Say: "Who is the Lord and Sustainer of the heavens and the earth?" Say: "(It
is) Allah." Say: "Do ye then take (for worship) protectors other than Him, such as have
no power either for good or for harm to themselves?" Say: "Are the blind equal
those who see? Or the depths of darkness equal with light?" Or do they assign to Allah
partners who have created (anything) as He has created, so that the creation seemed to
them similar? Say: "Allah is the Creator of all things: He is the One, the Supreme and
013.017 He sends down water from the skies, and the channels flow, each according
to its measure: But the torrent bears away to foam that mounts up to the surface. Even
so, from that (ore) which they heat in the fire, to make ornaments or utensils
therewith, there is a scum likewise. Thus doth Allah (by parables) show forth Truth
and Vanity. For the scum disappears like forth cast out; while that which is for the
good of mankind remains on the earth. Thus doth Allah set forth parables.
013.018 For those who respond to their Lord, are (all) good things. But those
respond not to Him,- Even if they had all that is in the heavens and on earth,
much more, (in vain) would they offer it for ransom. For them will the reckoning be
terrible: their abode will be Hell,- what a bed of misery!
013.019 Is then one who doth know that that which hath been revealed unto thee
from thy Lord is the Truth, like one who is blind? It is those who are endued with
understanding that receive admonition;-
013.020 Those who fulfil the covenant of Allah and fail not in their plighted word;
013.021 Those who join together those things which Allah hath commanded to be
joined, hold their Lord in awe, and fear the terrible reckoning;
013.022 Those who patiently persevere, seeking the countenance of their Lord;
Establish regular prayers; spend, out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their
sustenance, secretly and openly; and turn off Evil with good: for such there is
final attainment of the (eternal) home,-
013.023 Gardens of perpetual bliss: they shall enter there, as well as the righteous
among their fathers, their spouses, and their offspring: and angels shall enter
them from every gate (with the salutation):
013.024 "Peace unto you for that ye persevered in patience! Now how
the final home!"
013.025 But those who break the Covenant of Allah, after having plighted their word
thereto, and cut asunder those things which Allah has commanded to be joined, and
work mischief in the land;- on them is the curse; for them is the terrible home!
013.026 Allah doth enlarge, or grant by (strict) measure, the sustenance (which
giveth) to whomso He pleaseth. (The wordly) rejoice in the life of this world:
life of this world is but little comfort in the Hereafter.
013.027 The Unbelievers say: "Why is not a sign sent down to him from his Lord?"
Say: "Truly Allah leaveth, to stray, whom He will; But He guideth to Himself those
who turn to Him in penitence,-
013.028 "Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance
of Allah: For without doubt in the remembrance of God do hearts find satisfaction.
013.029 "For those who believe and work righteousness, is (every) blessedness,
a beautiful place of (final) return."
013.030 Thus have we sent thee amongst a People before whom (long since) have
(other) Peoples (gone and) passed away; in order that thou mightest rehearse unto
them what We send down unto thee by inspiration; yet do they reject (Him), the
Gracious! Say: "He is my Lord! There is no god but He! On Him is my trust, and
Him do I turn!"
013.031 If there were a Qur'an with which mountains were moved, or the earth were
cloven asunder, or the dead were made to speak, (this would be the one!) But, truly,
the command is with Allah in all things! Do not the Believers know, that, had Allah
willed, He could have guided all mankind (to the right)? But the Unbelievers,-never
will disaster cease to seize them for their (ill) deeds, or to settle close to
until the promise of Allah come to pass, for, verily, Allah will not fail in His promise.
013.032 Mocked were (many) messengers before thee: but I granted respite to the
unbelievers, and finally I punished them: Then how (terrible) was my requital!
013.033 Is then He who standeth over every soul (and knoweth) all that it doth, (like
any others)? And yet they ascribe partners to Allah. Say: "But name them! is it that ye
will inform Him of something he knoweth not on earth, or is it (just) a show of
words?" Nay! to those who believe not, their pretence seems pleasing, but they
kept back (thereby) from the path. And those whom Allah leaves to stray, no one can
013.034 For them is a penalty in the life of this world, but harder, truly, is
of the Hereafter: and defender have they none against Allah.
013.035 The parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised!- beneath it
flow rivers: perpetual is the enjoyment thereof and the shade therein: such is
of the Righteous; and the end of Unbelievers in the Fire.
013.036 Those to whom We have given the Book rejoice at what hath been revealed
unto thee: but there are among the clans those who reject a part thereof. Say:
commanded to worship Allah, and not to join partners with Him. Unto Him do I call,
and unto Him is my return."
013.037 Thus have We revealed it to be a judgment of authority in Arabic. Wert
to follow their (vain) desires after the knowledge which hath reached thee, then
wouldst thou find neither protector nor defender against Allah.
013.038 We did send messengers before thee, and appointed for them wives and
children: and it was never the part of a messenger to bring a sign except as Allah
permitted (or commanded). For each period is a Book (revealed).
013.039 Allah doth blot out or confirm what He pleaseth: with Him is the Mother
013.040 Whether We shall show thee (within thy lifetime) part of what we promised
them or take to ourselves thy soul (before it is all accomplished),- thy duty is to make
(the Message) reach them: it is Our part to call them to account.
013.041 See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from
outlying borders? (Where) Allah commands, there is none to put back His Command:
and He is swift in calling to account.
013.042 Those before them did (also) devise plots; but in all things the master-
planning is Allah's He knoweth the doings of every soul: and soon will the Unbelievers
know who gets home in the end.
013.043 The Unbelievers say: "No messenger art thou." Say: "Enough for a witness
between me and you is Allah, and such as have knowledge of the Book."