الر تِلْكَ آيَاتُ الْكِتَابِ وَقُرْآنٍ مُبِينٍ
Alif. Lām. Rā. THESE ARE MESSAGES of revelation – of a discourse clear in itself and clearly showing the truth. (1)
رُبَمَا يَوَدُّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَوْ كَانُوا مُسْلِمِينَ
And it will come to pass that those who are [now] bent on denying this truth will wish that they had surrendered themselves to God [in their lifetime]. (2)
ذَرْهُمْ يَأْكُلُوا وَيَتَمَتَّعُوا وَيُلْهِهِمُ الْأَمَلُ فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ
Leave them alone; let them eat and enjoy themselves the while the hope [of vain delights] beguiles them: for in time they will come to know [the truth]. (3)
وَمَا أَهْلَكْنَا مِنْ قَرْيَةٍ إِلَّا وَلَهَا كِتَابٌ مَعْلُومٌ
And never have We destroyed any community [for its wrongdoing] unless a divine writ had [previously] been made known to it; (4)
مَا تَسْبِقُ مِنْ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلَهَا وَمَا يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ
[but remember that] no community can ever forestall [the end of] its term – and neither can they delay [it]. (5)
وَقَالُوا يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِي نُزِّلَ عَلَيْهِ الذِّكْرُ إِنَّكَ لَمَجْنُونٌ
And yet, they [who deny the truth] say: "O thou unto whom this reminder has [allegedly] been bestowed from on high: verily, thou art mad! (6)
لَوْ مَا تَأْتِينَا بِالْمَلَائِكَةِ إِنْ كُنْتَ مِنَ الصَّادِقِينَ
Why dost thou not bring before us angels, if thou art a man of truth?" (7)
مَا نُنَزِّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةَ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَمَا كَانُوا إِذًا مُنْظَرِينَ
[Yet] We never send down angels otherwise than in accordance with the [demands of] truth; and [were the angels to appear now,] lo! they [who reject this divine writ] would have no further respite! (8)
إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ
Behold, it is We Ourselves who have bestowed from on high, step by step, this reminder: and, behold, it is We who shall truly guard it [from all corruption]. (9)
وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا مِنْ قَبْلِكَ فِي شِيَعِ الْأَوَّلِينَ
AND, INDEED, [O Prophet,] even before thy time did We send [Our apostles] unto communities of old (10)
وَمَا يَأْتِيهِمْ مِنْ رَسُولٍ إِلَّا كَانُوا بِهِ يَسْتَهْزِئُونَ
and never yet came an apostle to them without their deriding him. (11)
كَذَٰلِكَ نَسْلُكُهُ فِي قُلُوبِ الْمُجْرِمِينَ
Even so do We [now] cause this [scorn of Our message] to pervade the hearts of those who are lost in sin, (12)
لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِهِ وَقَدْ خَلَتْ سُنَّةُ الْأَوَّلِينَ
who do not believe in it, although the way which those [evildoers] of olden times had to go has long been within their ken. (13)
وَلَوْ فَتَحْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ بَابًا مِنَ السَّمَاءِ فَظَلُّوا فِيهِ يَعْرُجُونَ
Yet even had We opened to them a gateway to heaven and they had ascended, on and on, up to it, (14)
لَقَالُوا إِنَّمَا سُكِّرَتْ أَبْصَارُنَا بَلْ نَحْنُ قَوْمٌ مَسْحُورُونَ
they would surely have said, "It is only our eyes that are spellbound! Nay, we have been bewitched!" (15)
- AND, INDEED, [O Prophet,] even before thy time did We send [Our apostles] unto communities11 of old
- 11 The term shi'ah denotes a distinct group of people having in common the same persuasion or adhering to the same principles of behaviour, and is sometimes (though not here) used in the sense of "sect".
- We did send messengers before thee amongst the religious sects1945 of old:
- 1945 Shiya', plural of Shi'ah = a sect, a religious division. Mankind sees fragments of Truth at a time, and is apt to fall into fragments and divisions. All true Messengers of Allah come to reconcile these fragments or divisions, for they preach the true Gospel of Unity. So came Al Mustafa to bring back to Unity the many jarring sects among the Jews, Christians, and Pagans. His mission was held up to ridicule, but so was the mission of his predecessors. Mockery itself should not discourage the preachers of Truth.
We did send messengers before thee amongst the religious sects of old:
— Abdullah Yusuf Ali
We verily sent (messengers) before thee among the factions of the men of old.
— Marmaduke Pickthall
And certainly We sent (messengers) before you among the nations of yore.
— M. Habib Shakir
Indeed, We sent Messengers before you (O Muhammad SAW) amongst the sects (communities) of old.
— Taqiuddin Hilali and M. Mohsin Khan
And assuredly We have sent apostles before thee among the sects of the ancients.
— Abdul-Majid Daryabadi
We have sent forth before you Messengers among the factions of the ancients.
— Hasan Qaribullah and Ahmed Darwish
And indeed We sent Messengers before thee among the ancient sects.
— Ayub Khan
And We sent Messengers before thee among parties of ancient people.
— Sher Ali
AND, INDEED, [O Prophet,] even before thy time did We send [Our apostles] unto communities of old
— Muhammad Asad
Indeed, We sent Messengers before thee, among the factions of the ancients,
— Arthur Arberry
(O Muhammad), certainly We did send Messengers before you among the nations which have gone by.
— Abu'l Ala Maududi