18a. Al-Kahf (1 to 50)
Praise be to Allah Who hath revealed the Scripture unto
His slave , and hath not placed therein any crookedness ,…
Praise be to Allah Who hath revealed the Scripture unto His slave , and hath not placed therein any crookedness ,
( But hath made it ) straight , to give warning of stem punishment from Him , and to bring unto the believers who do good works the news that theirs will be a fair reward .
Wherein they will abide for ever ;
And to warn those who say : Allah hath chosen a son ,
( A thing ) whereof they have no knowledge , nor ( had ) thee fathers . Dreadful is the word that cometh out of their mouths . They speak naught but a lie .
Yet it may be , if they believe not in this statement , that thou ( Muhammad ) wilt torment thy soul with grief over their footsteps .
Lo! We have placed all that is in the earth as an ornament thereof that we may try them : which of them is best in conduct .
And lo! We shall make all that is therein a barren mound .
Or deemest thou that the People of the Cave and the Inscription are a wonder among Our portents?
When the young men Red for refuge to the Cave and said : Our Lord! Give us mercy from Thy presence and shape for us right conduct in our plight
Then We sealed up their hearing in the Cave for a number of years .
And afterward We raised them up that We might know which of the two parties would best calculate the time that they had tarried .
We narrate unto thee their story with truth . Lo! they were young men who believed in their Lord , and We increased them in guidance .
And We made firm their hearts when they stood forth and said : Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth . We cry unto no god beside Him , for then should we utter an enormity .
These , our people , have chosen ( other ) gods beside Him though they bring no clear warrant ( vouchsafed ) to them . And who doth greater wrong than he who inventeth a lie concerning Allah?
And when ye withdraw from them and that which they worship except Allah , then seek refuge in the Cave ; your Lord will spread for you of His mercy and will prepare for you a pillow in your plight .
And thou mightest have seen the sun when it rose move away from their cave to the right , and when it set go past them on the left , and they were in the cleft thereof . That was ( one ) of the portents of Allah . He whom Allah guideth , he indeed is led aright , and he whom He sendeth astray , for him thou wilt not find a guiding friend .
And thou wouldst have deemed them waking thou they were asleep , and we caused them to turn over to the right and the left , and their dog stretching out his paws on the threshold . If thou hadst observed them closely thou hadst assuredly turned away from them in flight , and hadst been filled with awe of them .
And in like manner We awakened them that they might question one another . A speaker from among them said : How long have ye tarried? They said : We have tarried a day or some part of a day , ( Others ) said : Your Lord best knoweth what ye have tarried . Now send one of you with this your silver coin unto the city , and let him see what food is purest there and bring you a supply thereof . Let him be courteous and let no man know of you .
For they , if they should come to know of you , will stone you or turn you back to their religion ; then ye will never prosper .
And in like manner We disclosed them ( to the people of the city ) that they might know that the promise of Allah is true , and that , as for the Hour , there is no doubt concerning it . When ( the people of the city ) disputed of their case among themselves , they said : Build over them a building ; their Lord knoweth best concerning them . Those who won their point said : We verity shall build a place of worship over them .
( Some ) will say : They were three , their dog the fourth , and ( some ) say : Five , their dog the sixth , guessing at random ; and ( some ) say : Seven , and their dog the eighth . Say ( O Muhammad ) : My Lord is best aware of their number . None knoweth them save a few . So contend not concerning them except with an outward contending , and ask not any of them to pronounce concerning them .
And say not of anything : Lo! I shall do that tomorrow ,
Except if Allah will . And remember thy Lord when thou forgettest , and say : It may be that my Lord guideth me unto a nearer way of truth than this .
And ( it is said ) they tarried in their Cave three hundred years and add nine .
Say : Allah is best aware how long they tarried . His is the Invisible of the heavens and the earth . How clear of sight is He and keen of hearing! They have no protecting friend beside Him , and He maketh none to share in His government .
And recite that which hath been revealed unto thee of the scripture of thy Lord . There is none who can change His words , and thou wilt find no refuge beside Him .
Restrain thyself along with those who cry unto their Lord at morn and evening , seeking His countenance ; and let not thine eyes overlook them , desiring the pomp of the life of the world ; and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance , who followeth his own lust and whose case hath been abandoned .
Say : ( It is ) the truth from the Lord of you ( all ) . Then whosoever will , let him believe , and whosoever will , let him disbelieve . Lo! We have prepared for disbelievers Fire . Its tent encloseth them . If they ask for showers , they will be showered with water like to molten lead which burneth the faces . Calamitous the drink and ill the resting place!
Lo! as for those who believe and do good works , Lo! We suffer not the reward of one whose work is goodly to be lost .
As for such , theirs will be Gardens of Eden , wherein rivers flow beneath them ; therein they will be given armlets of gold and will wear green robes of finest silk and gold embroidery , reclining upon thrones therein . Blest the reward , and fair the resting place!
Coin for them a similitude : Two men , unto one of whom We had assigned two gardens of grapes , and We had surrounded both with date palms and had put between them tillage .
Each of the gardens gave its fruit and withheld naught thereof . And We caused a river to gush forth therein .
And he had fruit . And he said unto his comrade , when he spake with him : I am more than thee in wealth , and stronger in respect of men .
And he went into his garden , while he ( thus ) wronged himself . He said : I think not that all this will ever perish .
I think not that the Hour will ever come , and if indeed I am brought back unto my Lord I surely shall find better than this as a resort .
And his comrade , while he disputed with him , ex claimed : Disbelievest thou in Him Who created thee of dust , then of a drop ( of seed ) , and then fashioned thee a man?
But He is Allah , my Lord , and I ascribe unto my Lord no partner .
If only , when thou enteredst thy garden , thou hadst said : That which Allah wilteth ( will come to pass ) ! There is no strength save in Allah! Though thou seest me as less than thee in wealth and children .
Yet it may be that my Lord will give me better than thy garden , and will send on it a bolt from heaven , and some morning it will be a smooth hillside ,
Or some morning the water thereof will he lost in the earth so that thou canst not make search for it .
And his fruit was beset ( with destruction ) . Then began he to wring his hands for all that he had spent upon it , when ( now ) it was all ruined on its trellises , and to say : Would that I had ascribed no partner to my Lord!
And he had no troop of men to help him as against Allah , nor could he save himself .
In this case is protection only from Allah , the True . He is best for reward , and best for consequence .
And coin for them the similitude of the life of the world as water which We send down from the sky , and the vegetation of the earth mingleth with it and then becometh dry twigs that the winds scatter . Allah is Able to do all things .
Wealth and children are an ornament of life of the world . But the good deeds which endure are better in thy Lord ' s sight for reward , and better in respect of hope .
And ( bethink you of ) the Day when We remove the hills and ye see the earth emerging , and We gather them together so as to leave not one of them behind .
And they are set before thy Lord in ranks ( and it is said unto them ) : Now verily have ye come unto Us as We created you at the first . But ye thought that We had set no tryst for you .
And the Book is placed , and thou seest the guilty fearful of that which is therein , and they say : What Kind of a book is this that leaveth not a small thing nor a great thing but hath counted it! And they find all that they did confronting them , and thy Lord wrongeth no one .
And ( remember ) when We said unto the angels : Fall prostrate before Adam , and they fell prostrate , all save Ibis . He was of the Jinn , so he rebelled against his Lord ' s command . Will ye choose him and his seed for your protecting friends instead of Me , when they are an enemy unto you? Calamitous is the exchange for evil doers!