Surah 29 - Al 'Ankabut THE SPIDER
029.001 Alif, Lam, Mim.
029.002 Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, "We believe", and
they will not be tested?
029.003 We did test those before them, and God will certainly know those who are
true from those who are false.
029.004 Do those who practise evil think that they will get the better of Us?
029.005 For those whose hopes are in the meeting with God (in the Hereafter, let
them strive); for the term (appointed) by God is surely coming and He hears and
knows (all things).
029.006 And if any strive (with might and main), they do so for their own souls: for
God is free of all needs from all creation.
029.007 Those who believe and work righteous deeds,- from them shall We blot out
all evil (that may be) in them, and We shall reward them according to the best
029.008 We have enjoined on man kindness to parents: but if they (either of them)
strive (to force) thee to join with Me (in worship) anything of which thou hast
knowledge, obey them not. Ye have (all) to return to me, and I will tell you (the truth)
of all that ye did.
029.009 And those who believe and work righteous deeds,- them shall We admit to
the company of the Righteous.
029.010 Then there are among men such as say, "We believe in God"; but when they
suffer affliction in (the cause of) God, they treat men's oppression as if it were the
Wrath of God! And if help comes (to thee) from thy Lord, they are sure to say,
have (always) been with you!" Does not God know best all that is in the hearts
029.011 And God most certainly knows those who believe, and as certainly those
who are Hypocrites.
029.012 And the Unbelievers say to those who believe: "Follow our path, and we
will bear (the consequences) of your faults." Never in the least will they bear
faults: in fact they are liars!
029.013 They will bear their own burdens, and (other) burdens along with their
and on the Day of Judgments they will be called to account for their falsehoods.
029.014 We (once) sent Noah to his people, and he tarried among them a thousand
years less fifty: but the Deluge overwhelmed them while they (persisted in) sin.
029.015 But We saved him and the companions of the Ark, and We made the (Ark)
Sign for all peoples!
029.016 And (We also saved) Abraham: behold, he said to his people, "Serve God
and fear Him: that will be best for you- If ye understand!
029.017 "For ye do worship idols besides God, and ye invent falsehood. The things
that ye worship besides God have no power to give you sustenance: then seek ye
sustenance from God, serve Him, and be grateful to Him: to Him will be your return.
029.018 "And if ye reject (the Message), so did generations before you: and the duty
of the messenger is only to preach publicly (and clearly)."
029.019 See they not how God originates creation, then repeats it: truly that
029.020 Say: "Travel through the earth and see how God did originate creation;
will God produce a later creation: for God has power over all things.
029.021 "He punishes whom He pleases, and He grants Mercy to whom He pleases,
and towards Him are ye turned.
029.022 "Not on earth nor in heaven will ye be able (fleeing) to frustrate (his Plan),
nor have ye, besides God, any protector or helper."
029.023 Those who reject the Signs of God and the Meeting with Him (in the
Hereafter),- it is they who shall despair of My Mercy: it is they who will (suffer) a
most grievous Penalty.
029.024 So naught was the answer of (Abraham's) people except that
they said: "Slay
him or burn him." But God did save him from the Fire. Verily in this are Signs
people who believe.
029.025 And he said: "For you, ye have taken (for worship) idols besides God,
mutual love and regard between yourselves in this life; but on the Day of Judgment ye
shall disown each other and curse each other: and your abode will be the Fire,
shall have none to help."
029.026 But Lut had faith in Him: He said: "I will leave home for the sake of
Lord: for He is Exalted in Might, and Wise."
029.027 And We gave (Abraham) Isaac and Jacob, and ordained among his progeny
Prophethood and Revelation, and We granted him his reward in this life; and he
in the Hereafter (of the company) of the Righteous.
029.028 And (remember) Lut: behold, he said to his people: "Ye do commit
lewdness, such as no people in Creation (ever) committed before you.
029.029 "Do ye indeed approach men, and cut off the highway?- and practise
wickedness (even) in your councils?" But his people gave no answer but this: they
said: "Bring us the Wrath of God if thou tellest the truth."
029.030 He said: "O my Lord! help Thou me against people who do mischief!"
029.031 When Our Messengers came to Abraham with the good news, they said:
"We are indeed going to destroy the people of this township: for truly they are
(addicted to) crime."
029.032 He said: "But there is Lut there." They said: "Well do we know who is
there: we will certainly save him and his following,- except his wife: she is of those who
029.033 And when Our Messengers came to Lut, he was grieved on their account,
and felt himself powerless (to protect) them: but they said: "Fear thou not, nor grieve:
we are (here) to save thee and thy following, except thy wife: she is of those
029.034 "For we are going to bring down on the people of this township a
Punishment from heaven, because they have been wickedly rebellious."
029.035 And We have left thereof an evident Sign, for any people who (care to)
029.036 To the Madyan (people) (We sent) their brother Shu'aib. Then
he said: "O
my people! serve God, and fear the Last Day: nor commit evil on the earth, with
intent to do mischief."
029.037 But they rejected him: Then the mighty Blast seized them, and they lay
prostrate in their homes by the morning.
029.038 (Remember also) the 'Ad and the Thamud (people): clearly will appear to
you from (the traces) of their buildings (their fate): the Evil One made their
alluring to them, and kept them back from the Path, though they were gifted with
intelligence and skill.
029.039 (Remember also) Qarun, Pharaoh, and Haman: there came to them Moses
with Clear Signs, but they behaved with insolence on the earth; yet they could
029.040 Each one of them We seized for his crime: of them, against some We sent a
violent tornado (with showers of stones); some were caught by a (mighty) Blast;
We caused the earth to swallow up; and some We drowned (in the waters): It was
God Who injured (or oppressed) them:" They injured (and oppressed) their own souls.
029.041 The parable of those who take protectors other than God is that of the
who builds (to itself) a house; but truly the flimsiest of houses is the spider's house;- if
they but knew.
029.042 Verily God doth know of (every thing) whatever that they call upon besides
Him: and He is Exalted (in power), Wise.
029.043 And such are the Parables We set forth for mankind, but only those
understand them who have knowledge.
029.044 God created the heavens and the earth in true (proportions): verily in
a Sign for those who believe.
029.045 Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish
Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of
is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And God knows the (deeds) that ye do.
029.046 And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, except with means better
(than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and
injury): but say, "We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that
which came down to you; Our God and your God is one; and it is to Him we bow (in
029.047 And thus (it is) that We have sent down the Book to thee. So the People of
the Book believe therein, as also do some of these (pagan Arabs): and none but
Unbelievers reject our signs.
029.048 And thou wast not (able) to recite a Book before this (Book came), nor
thou (able) to transcribe it with thy right hand: In that case, indeed, would the talkers
of vanities have doubted.
029.049 Nay, here are Signs self-evident in the hearts of those endowed with
knowledge: and none but the unjust reject Our Signs.
029.050 Ye they say: "Why are not Signs sent down to him from his Lord?" Say:
"The signs are indeed with God: and I am indeed a clear Warner."
029.051 And is it not enough for them that we have sent down to thee the Book
which is rehearsed to them? Verily, in it is Mercy and a Reminder to those who
029.052 Say: "Enough is God for a witness between me and you: He knows what is
in the heavens and on earth. And it is those who believe in vanities and reject
that will perish (in the end).
029.053 They ask thee to hasten on the Punishment (for them): had it not been
term (of respite) appointed, the Punishment would certainly have come to them:
will certainly reach them,- of a sudden, while they perceive not!
029.054 They ask thee to hasten on the Punishment: but, of a surety, Hell will
encompass the Rejecters of Faith!-
029.055 On the Day that the Punishment shall cover them from above them and from
below them, and (a Voice) shall say: "Taste ye (the fruits) of your deeds!"
029.056 O My servants who believe! truly, spacious is My Earth: therefore serve ye
Me - (and Me alone)!
029.057 Every soul shall have a taste of death in the end to Us shall ye be brought
029.058 But those who believe and work deeds of righteousness - to them shall
give a Home in Heaven,- lofty mansions beneath which flow rivers,- to dwell therein
for aye;- an excellent reward for those who do (good)!-
029.059 Those who persevere in patience, and put their trust, in their Lord and
029.060 How many are the creatures that carry not their own sustenance? It is
who feeds (both) them and you: for He hears and knows (all things).
029.061 If indeed thou ask them who has created the heavens and the earth and
subjected the sun and the moon (to his Law), they will certainly reply, "God".
are they then deluded away (from the truth)?
029.062 God enlarges the sustenance (which He gives) to whichever of His servants
He pleases; and He (similarly) grants by (strict) measure, (as He pleases): for
full knowledge of all things.
029.063 And if indeed thou ask them who it is that sends down rain from the sky,
and gives life therewith to the earth after its death, they will certainly reply, "God!"
Say, "Praise be to God!" But most of them understand not.
029.064 What is the life of this world but amusement and play? but verily the
in the Hereafter,- that is life indeed, if they but knew.
029.065 Now, if they embark on a boat, they call on God, making their devotion
sincerely (and exclusively) to Him; but when He has delivered them safely to (dry)
land, behold, they give a share (of their worship to others)!-
029.066 Disdaining ungratefully Our gifts, and giving themselves up to (worldly)
enjoyment! But soon will they know.
029.067 Do they not then see that We have made a sanctuary secure, and that men
are being snatched away from all around them? Then, do they believe in that which is
vain, and reject the Grace of God?
029.068 And who does more wrong than he who invents a lie against God or rejects
the Truth when it reaches him? Is there not a home in Hell for those who reject
029.069 And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to
Paths: For verily God is with those who do right.