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6. Al An'am

Surah 6 - Al An'am THE CATTLE

006.001 Praise be to God, Who created the heavens and the earth, and made the Darkness and the Light. Yet those who reject Faith hold (others) as equal, with their Guardian-Lord.

006.002 He it is Who created you from clay, and then decreed a stated term (for you). And there is in His presence another determined term; yet ye doubt within yourselves!

006.003 And He is God in the heavens and on earth. He knoweth what ye hide, and what ye reveal, and He knoweth the (recompense) which ye earn (by your deeds).

006.004 But never did a single one of the Signs of their Lord reach them, but they turned away therefrom.

006.005 And now they reject the truth when it reaches them: but soon shall they learn the reality of what they used to mock at.

006.006 See they not how many of those before them We did destroy?- generations We had established on the earth, in strength such as We have not given to you - for whom We poured out rain from the skies in abundance, and gave (fertile) streams flowing beneath their (feet): yet for their sins We destroyed them, and raised in their wake fresh generations (to succeed them).

006.007 If We had sent unto thee a written (Message) on parchment, so that they could touch it with their hands, the Unbelievers would have been sure to say: " This is nothing but obvious magic!"

006.008 They say: "Why is not an angel sent down to him?" If We did send down an angel, the matter would be settled at once, and no respite would be granted them.

006.009 If We had made it an angel, We should have sent him as a man, and We should certainly have caused them confusion in a matter which they have already covered with confusion.

006.010 Mocked were (many) apostles before thee; but their scoffers were hemmed in by the thing that they mocked.

006.011 Say: "Travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth."

006.012 Say: "To whom belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth?" Say: "To God. He hath inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy. That He will gather you together for the Day of Judgment, there is no doubt whatever. It is they who have lost their own souls, that will not believe.

006.013 To Him belongeth all that dwelleth (or lurketh) in the night and the day. For He is the one who heareth and knoweth all things."

006.014 Say: "Shall I take for my protector any other than God, the Maker of the heavens and the earth? And He it is that feedeth but is not fed." Say: "Nay! but I am commanded to be the first of those who bow to God (in Islam), and be not thou of the company of those who join gods with God."

006.015 Say: "I would, if I disobeyed my Lord, indeed have fear of the Penalty of a Mighty Day.

006.016 "On that day, if the Penalty is averted from any, it is due to God's Mercy; And that would be (Salvation), the obvious fulfilment of all desire.

006.017 "If God touch thee with affliction, none can remove it but He; if He touch thee with happiness, He hath power over all things.

006.018 "He is the Irresistible, (watching) from above over His worshippers; and He is the Wise, acquainted with all things."

006.019 Say: "What thing is most weighty in evidence?" Say: "God is witness between me and you; This Qur'an hath been revealed to me by inspiration, that I may warn you and all whom it reaches. Can ye possibly bear witness that besides God there is another God?" Say: "Nay! I cannot bear witness!" Say: "But in truth He is the one God, and I truly am innocent of (your blasphemy of) joining others with Him."

006.020 Those to whom We have given the Book know this as they know their own sons. Those who have lost their own souls refuse therefore to believe.

006.021 Who doth more wrong than he who inventeth a lie against God or rejecteth His signs? But verily the wrong-doers never shall prosper.

006.022 One day shall We gather them all together: We shall say to those who ascribed partners (to Us): "Where are the partners whom ye (invented and) talked about?"

006.023 There will then be (left) no subterfuge for them but to say: "By God our Lord, we were not those who joined gods with God."

006.024 Behold! how they lie against their own souls! But the (lie) which they invented will leave them in the lurch.

006.025 Of them there are some who (pretend to) listen to thee; but We have thrown veils on their hearts, So they understand it not, and deafness in their ears; if they saw every one of the Signs, not they will believe in them; in so much that when they come to thee, they (but) dispute with thee; the Unbelievers say: "These are nothing but tales of the ancients."

006.026 Others they keep away from it, and themselves they keep away; but they only destroy their own souls, and they perceive it not.

006.027 If thou couldst but see when they are confronted with the Fire! They will say: "Would that we were but sent back! Then would we not reject the Signs of our Lord, but would be amongst those who believe!"

006.028 Yea, in their own (eyes) will become manifest what before they concealed. But if they were returned, they would certainly relapse to the things they were forbidden, for they are indeed liars.

006.029 And they (sometimes) say: "There is nothing except our life on this earth, and never shall we be raised up again."

006.030 If thou couldst but see when they are confronted with their Lord! He will say: "Is not this the truth?" They will say: "Yea, by our Lord!" He will say: "Taste ye then the Penalty, because ye rejected Faith."

006.031 Lost indeed are they who treat it as a falsehood that they must meet God,- until on a sudden the hour is on them, and they say: "Ah! woe unto us that we took no thought of it"; for they bear their burdens on their backs, and evil indeed are the burdens that they bear?

006.032 What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the Home in the Hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will ye not then understand?

006.033 We know indeed the grief which their words do cause thee: It is not thee they reject: it is the Signs of God, which the wicked contemn.

006.034 Rejected were the Apostles before thee: with patience and constancy they bore their rejection and their wrongs, until Our aid did reach them: there is none that can alter the Words (and Decrees) of God. Already hast thou received some account of those Apostles.

006.035 If their spurning is hard on thy mind, yet if thou wert able to seek a tunnel in the ground or a ladder to the skies and bring them a sign,- (what good?). If it were God's will, He could gather them together unto true guidance: so be not thou amongst those who are swayed by ignorance (and impatience)!

006.036 Those who listen (in truth), be sure, will accept: as to the dead, God will raise them up; then will they be turned unto Him.

006.037 They say: "Why is not a Sign sent down to him from his Lord?" Say: "God hath certainly power to send down a Sign: but most of them understand not.

006.038 There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have We omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.

006.039 Those who reject our Signs are deaf and dumb,- in the midst of darkness profound: whom God willeth, He leaveth to wander: whom He willeth, He placeth on the Way that is Straight.

006.040 Say: "Think ye to yourselves, if there come upon you the Wrath of God, or the Hour (that ye dread), would ye then call upon other than God?- (reply) if ye are truthful!

006.041 "Nay,- On Him would ye call, and if it be His will, He would remove (the distress) which occasioned your call upon Him, and ye would forget (the false gods) which ye join with Him!"

006.042 Before thee We sent (Apostles) to many nations, and We afflicted the nations with suffering and adversity, that they might learn humility.

006.043 When the suffering reached them from Us, why then did they not learn humility? On the contrary their hearts became hardened, and Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them.

006.044 But when they forgot the warning they had received, We opened to them the gates of all (good) things, until, in the midst of their enjoyment of Our gifts, on a sudden, We called them to account, when lo! they were plunged in despair!

006.045 Of the wrong-doers the last remnant was cut off. Praise be to God, the Cherisher of the Worlds.

006.046 Say: "Think ye, if God took away your hearing and your sight, and sealed up your hearts, who - a god other than God - could restore them to you?" See how We explain the Signs by various (symbols); yet they turn aside.

006.047 Say: "Think ye, if the punishment of God comes to you, whether suddenly or openly, will any be destroyed except those who do wrong?

006.048 We send the apostles only to give good news and to warn: so those who believe and mend (their lives),- upon them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

006.049 But those who reject Our Signs,- them shall punishment touch, for that they ceased not from transgressing.

006.050 Say: "I tell you not that with me are the Treasures of God, nor do I know what is hidden, nor do I tell you I am an angel. I but follow what is revealed to me." Say: "Can the blind be held equal to the seeing?" Will ye then consider not?

006.051 Give this warning to those in whose (hearts) is the fear that they will be brought (to Judgment) before their Lord: except for Him they will have no protector nor intercessor: that they may guard (against evil).

006.052 Send not away those who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking His Face. In naught art thou accountable for them, and in naught are they accountable for thee, that thou shouldst turn them away, and thus be (one) of the unjust.

006.053 Thus did We try some of them by comparison with others, that they should say: "Is it these then that God hath favoured from ...
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