27a. An-Naml (1 to 50)
Ta . Sin . These are revelations of the quran_en and a , A guidance and good tidings for believers, Who establish worship and pay the poor due and are sure …
Ta . Sin . These are revelations of the quran_en and a Scripture that maketh plain ;
A guidance and good tidings for believers
Who establish worship and pay the poor due and are sure of the Hereafter .
Lo! as for those who believe not in the Hereafter , We have made their works fair seeming unto them so that they are all astray .
Those are they for whom is the worst of punishment , and in the Hereafter they will be the greatest losers .
Lo! as for thee ( Muhammad ) , thou verily receivest the quran_en from the presence of One Wise , Aware .
( Remember ) when Moses said unto his household : Lo! I spy afar off a fire ; I will bring you tidings thence , or bring to you a borrowed flame that ye may warm yourselves .
But when he reached it , he was called , saying : Blessed is whosoever is in the fire and whosoever is round about it! And glorified be Allah , the Lord of the Worlds!
O Moses! Lo! it is I , Allah , the Mighty , the Wise .
And throw down thy staff! But when he saw it writhing as it were a demon , he turned to flee headlong ; ( but it was said unto him ) : O Moses! Fear not! Lo! the emissaries fear not in My presence ,
Save him who hath done wrong and afterward hath changed evil for good . And lo! I am Forgiving , Merciful .
And put thy hand into the bosom of thy robe , it will come forth white but unhurt . ( This will be one ) among name tokens unto Pharaoh and his people . Lo! they were ever evil living folk .
But when Our tokens came unto them , plain to see , they said : This is mere magic ,
And they denied them , though their souls acknowledged them , for spite and arrogance . Then see the nature of the consequence for the wrong doers!
And We verily gave knowledge unto David and Solomon , and they said : Praise be to Allah , Who hath preferred us above many of His believing slaves!
And Solomon was David ' s heir . And he said : O mankind! Lo! we have been taught the language of birds , and have been given ( abundance ) of all things . This surely is evident favor .
And there were gathered together unto Solomon his armies of the jinn and humankind , and of the birds , and they were set in battle order ;
Till , when they reached the Valley of the Ants , an ant exclaimed : O ants! Enter your dwellings lest Solomon and his armies crush you , unperceiving .
And ( Solomon ) smiled , laughing at her speech , and said : My Lord , arouse me to be thankful for Thy favor wherewith Thou hast favored me and my parents , and to do good that shall be pleasing unto Thee , and include me in ( the number of ) Thy righteous staves .
And he sought among the birds and said : How is it that I see not the hoopoe , or is he among the absent?
I verily will punish him with hard punishment or I verily will slay him , or he verily shall bring me a plain excuse .
But he was not long in coming , and he said : I have found out ( a thing ) that thou apprehendest not , and I come unto thee from Sheba with sure tidings .
Lo! I found a woman ruling over them , and she hath been given ( abundance ) of all things , and hers is a mighty throne .
I found her and her people worshipping the sun instead of Allah ; and Satan maketh their works fair seeming unto them , and debarreth them from the way ( of Truth ) , so that they go not aright :
So that they worship not Allah , Who bringeth forth the hidden in the heavens and the earth , and knoweth what ye hide and what ye proclaim ,
Allah ; there is no God save Him , the Lord of the tremendous Throne .
( Solomon ) said : We shall see whether thou speakest truth or whether thou art of the liars .
Go with this my letter and throw it down unto them ; then turn away and see what ( answer ) they return ,
( The Queen of Sheba ) said ( when she received the letter ) : O chieftains! Lo! there hath been thrown unto me a noble letter .
Lo! it is from Solomon , and lo! it is : In the name of Allah the Beneficent , the Merciful ;
Exalt not yourselves against me , but come unto me as those who surrender .
She said : O chieftains! Pronounce for me in my case . I decide no case till ye are present with me .
They said : We are lords of might and lords of great prowess , but it is for thee to command ; so consider what thou wilt command .
She said : Lo! kings , when they enter a township , ruin it and make the honor of its people shame . Thus will they do .
But lo! I am going to send a present unto them , and to see with what ( answer ) the messengers return .
So when ( the envoy ) came unto Solomon , ( the King ) said : What! Would ye help me with wealth? But that which Allah hath given me is better than that which He hath given you . Nay it is ye ( and not I ) who exult in your gift .
Return unto them . We verily shall come unto them with hosts that they cannot resist , and we shall drive them out from thence with shame , and they will be abased .
He said : O chiefs! Which of you will bring me her throne before they come unto me , surrendering?
A stalwart of the Jinn said : I will bring it thee before thou canst rise from thy place . Lo! I verily am strong and trusty for such work .
One with whom was knowledge of the Scripture said : I will bring it thee before thy gaze returneth unto thee . And when he saw it set in his presence , ( Solomon said : This is of the bounty of my Lord , that He may try me whether I give thanks or am ungrateful . Whosoever giveth thanks he only giveth thanks for ( the good of ) his own soul : and whosoever is ungrateful ( is ungrateful only to his own soul ' s hurt ) . For lo! my Lord is Absolute in independence , Bountiful .
He said : Disguise her throne for her that we may see whether she will go aright or be of those not rightly guided .
So , when she came , it was said ( unto her ) : Is thy throne like this? She said : ( It is ) as though it were the very one . And ( Solomon said ) : We were given the knowledge before her and we had surrendered ( to Allah ) .
And ( all ) that she was wont to worship instead of Allah hindered her , for she came of disbelieving folk .
It was said unto her : Enter the hall . And when she saw it she deemed it a pool and bared her legs . ( Solomon ) said : Lo! it is a hall , made smooth , of glass . She said : My Lord! Lo! I have wronged myself , and I surrender with Solomon unto Allah , the Lord of the Worlds .
And We verily sent until Thamud their brother Salih , saying : Worship Allah . And lo! they ( then ) became two parties quarrelling .
He said : O my people! Why will ye hasten on the evil rather than the good? Why will ye not ask pardon of Allah , that ye may receive mercy .
They said : We augur evil of thee and those with thee . He said : Your evil augury is with Allah . Nay , but ye are folk that are being tested .
And there were in the city nine persons who made mischief in the land and reformed not .
They said : Swear one to another by Allah that we verily will attack him and his household by night , and afterward we will surely say unto his friend : We witnessed not the destruction of his household . And lo! we are truthtellers .
So they plotted a plot : and We plotted a plot , while they perceived not .