Surah 34 - Saba' SHEBA
034.001 Praise be to God, to Whom belong all things in the heavens and on earth: to
Him be Praise in the Hereafter: and He is Full of Wisdom, acquainted with all things.
034.002 He knows all that goes into the earth, and all that comes out thereof;
comes down from the sky and all that ascends thereto and He is the Most Merciful,
034.003 The Unbelievers say, "Never to us will come the Hour": Say, "Nay! but
most surely, by my Lord, it will come upon you;- by Him Who knows the unseen,-
from Whom is not hidden the least little atom in the heavens or on earth: Nor is there
anything less than that, or greater, but is in the Record Perspicuous:
034.004 That He may reward those who believe and work deeds of righteousness:
such is Forgiveness and a Sustenance Most Generous."
034.005 But those who strive against Our Signs, to frustrate them,- for such will be a
Penalty,- a Punishment most humiliating.
034.006 And those to whom knowledge has come see that the (Revelation) sent
down to thee from thy Lord - that is the Truth, and that it guides to the Path
Exalted (in might), Worthy of all praise.
034.007 The Unbelievers say (in ridicule): "Shall we point out to you a man that will
tell you, when ye are all scattered to pieces in disintegration, that ye shall
raised) in a New Creation?
034.008 "Has he invented a falsehood against God, or has a spirit (seized) him?"-
Nay, it is those who believe not in the Hereafter, that are in (real) Penalty,
034.009 See they not what is before them and behind them, of the sky and the earth?
If We wished, We could cause the earth to swallow them up, or cause a piece of
sky to fall upon them. Verily in this is a Sign for every devotee that turns to
034.010 We bestowed Grace aforetime on David from ourselves: "O ye Mountains!
Sing ye back the Praises of God with him! and ye birds (also)! And We made the
soft for him;-
034.011 (Commanding), "Make thou coast of mail, balancing well the rings of chain
armour, and work ye righteousness; for be sure I see (clearly) all that ye do."
034.012 And to Solomon (We made) the Wind (obedient): Its early morning (stride)
was a month's (journey), and its evening (stride) was a month's (journey); and
made a Font of molten brass to flow for him; and there were Jinns that worked in
front of him, by the leave of his Lord, and if any of them turned aside from our
command, We made him taste of the Penalty of the Blazing Fire.
034.013 They worked for him as he desired, (making) arches, images, basons as
as reservoirs, and (cooking) cauldrons fixed (in their places): "Work ye, sons
David, with thanks! but few of My servants are grateful!"
034.014 Then, when We decreed (Solomon's) death, nothing showed them his death
except a little worm of the earth, which kept (slowly) gnawing away at his staff: so
when he fell down, the Jinns saw plainly that if they had known the unseen, they
would not have tarried in the humiliating Penalty (of their Task).
034.015 There was, for Saba, aforetime, a Sign in their home-land - two Gardens to
the right and to the left. "Eat of the Sustenance (provided) by your Lord, and
grateful to Him: a territory fair and happy, and a Lord Oft-Forgiving!
034.016 But they turned away (from God), and We sent against them the Flood
(released) from the dams, and We converted their two garden (rows) into "gardens"
producing bitter fruit, and tamarisks, and some few (stunted) Lote-trees.
034.017 That was the Requital We gave them because they ungratefully rejected
Faith: and never do We give (such) requital except to such as are ungrateful rejecters.
034.018 Between them and the Cities on which We had poured our blessings, We
had placed Cities in prominent positions, and between them We had appointed stages
of journey in due proportion: "Travel therein, secure, by night and by day."
034.019 But they said: "Our Lord! Place longer distances between our journey-
stages": but they wronged themselves (therein). At length We made them as a tale
(that is told), and We dispersed them all in scattered fragments. Verily in this are
Signs for every (soul that is) patiently constant and grateful.
034.020 And on them did Satan prove true his idea, and they followed him, all
party that believed.
034.021 But he had no authority over them,- except that We might test the man
believes in the Hereafter from him who is in doubt concerning it: and thy Lord
watch over all things.
034.022 Say: "Call upon other (gods) whom ye fancy, besides God: They have no
power,- not the weight of an atom,- in the heavens or on earth: No (sort of) share have
they therein, nor is any of them a helper to God.
034.023 "No intercession can avail in His Presence, except for those for whom
has granted permission. So far (is this the case) that, when terror is removed
their hearts (at the Day of Judgment, then) will they say, 'what is it that your Lord
commanded?' they will say, 'That which is true and just; and He is the Most High
034.024 Say: "Who gives you sustenance, from the heavens and the earth?" Say: "It
is God; and certain it is that either we or ye are on right guidance or in manifest
034.025 Say: "Ye shall not be questioned as to our sins, nor shall we be questioned as
to what ye do."
034.026 Say: "Our Lord will gather us together and will in the end decide the
between us (and you) in truth and justice: and He is the one to decide, the One
034.027 Say: "Show me those whom ye have joined with Him as partners: by no
means (can ye). Nay, He is God, the Exalted in Power, the Wise."
034.028 We have not sent thee but as a universal (Messenger) to men, giving them
glad tidings, and warning them (against sin), but most men understand not.
034.029 They say: "When will this promise (come to pass) if ye are telling the
034.030 Say: "The appointment to you is for a Day, which ye cannot put back for an
hour nor put forward."
034.031 The Unbelievers say: "We shall neither believe in this scripture nor in (any)
that (came) before it." Couldst thou but see when the wrong-doers will be made
stand before their Lord, throwing back the word (of blame) on one another! Those
who had been despised will say to the arrogant ones: "Had it not been for you,
should certainly have been believers!"
034.032 The arrogant ones will say to those who had been despised: "Was it we
kept you back from Guidance after it reached you? Nay, rather, it was ye who
034.033 Those who had been despised will say to the arrogant ones: "Nay! it was a
plot (of yours) by day and by night: Behold! Ye (constantly) ordered us to be
ungrateful to God and to attribute equals to Him!" They will declare (their)
repentance when they see the Penalty: We shall put yokes on the necks of the
Unbelievers: It would only be a requital for their (ill) Deeds.
034.034 Never did We send a warner to a population, but the wealthy ones among
them said: "We believe not in the (Message) with which ye have been sent."
034.035 They said: "We have more in wealth and in sons, and we cannot be
034.036 Say: "Verily my Lord enlarges and restricts the Provision to whom He
pleases, but most men understand not."
034.037 It is not your wealth nor your sons, that will bring you nearer to Us
degree: but only those who believe and work righteousness - these are the ones
whom there is a multiplied Reward for their deeds, while secure they (reside) in the
dwellings on high!
034.038 Those who strive against Our Signs, to frustrate them, will be given over
034.039 Say: "Verily my Lord enlarges and restricts the Sustenance to such of
servants as He pleases: and nothing do ye spend in the least (in His cause) but
replaces it: for He is the Best of those who grant Sustenance.
034.040 One Day He will gather them all together, and say to the angels, "Was
that these men used to worship?"
034.041 They will say, "Glory to Thee! our (tie) is with Thee - as Protector -
them. Nay, but they worshipped the Jinns: most of them believed in them."
034.042 So on that Day no power shall they have over each other, for profit or
and We shall say to the wrong-doers, "Taste ye the Penalty of the Fire,- the which ye
were wont to deny!"
034.043 When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, they say, "This is only a
who wishes to hinder you from the (worship) which your fathers practised." And
say, "This is only a falsehood invented!" and the Unbelievers say of the Truth
comes to them, "This is nothing but evident magic!"
034.044 But We had not given them Books which they could study, nor sent messengers
to them before thee as Warners.
034.045 And their predecessors rejected (the Truth); these have not received a
of what We had granted to those: yet when they rejected My messengers, how (terrible)
was My rejection (of them)!
034.046 Say: "I do admonish you on one point: that ye do stand up before God,-
may be) in pairs, or (it may be) singly,- and reflect (within yourselves): your
Companion is not possessed: he is no less than a warner to you, in face of a terrible
034.047 Say: "No reward do I ask of you: it is (all) in your interest: my reward is
only due from God: And He is witness to all things."
034.048 Say: "Verily my Lord doth cast the (mantle of) Truth (over His servants),-
He that has full knowledge of (all) that is hidden."
034.049 Say: "The Truth has arrived, and Falsehood neither creates anything new,
nor restores anything."
034.050 Say: "If I am astray, I only stray to the loss of my own soul: but if
guidance, it is because of the inspiration of my Lord to me: it is He Who hears
things, and is (ever) near."
034.051 If thou couldst but see when they will quake with terror; but then there will
be no escape (for them), and they will be seized from a position (quite) near.
034.052 And they will say, "We do believe (now) in the (Truth)"; but how could
receive (Faith) from a position (so far off,-
034.053 Seeing that they did reject Faith (entirely) before, and that they (continually)
cast (slanders) on the unseen from a position far off?
034.054 And between them and their desires, is placed a barrier, as was done in the
past with their partisans: for they were indeed in suspicious (disquieting) doubt.