Hā. Mīm. (1)
CONSIDER this divine writ, clear in itself and clearly showing the truth! (2)
إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةٍ مُبَارَكَةٍ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُنْذِرِينَ
Behold, from on high have We bestowed it on a blessed night: for, verily, We have always been warning [man]. (3)
فِيهَا يُفْرَقُ كُلُّ أَمْرٍ حَكِيمٍ
On that [night] was made clear, in wisdom, the distinction between all things [good and evil] (4)
أَمْرًا مِنْ عِنْدِنَا إِنَّا كُنَّا مُرْسِلِينَ
at a behest from Ourselves: for, verily, We have always been sending [Our messages of guidance] (5)
رَحْمَةً مِنْ رَبِّكَ إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
in pursuance of thy Sustainer's grace [unto man]. Verily, He alone is all-hearing, all-knowing, (6)
رَبِّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا إِنْ كُنْتُمْ مُوقِنِينَ
the Sustainer of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them – if you could but grasp it with inner certainty! (7)
لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ رَبُّكُمْ وَرَبُّ آبَائِكُمُ الْأَوَّلِينَ
There is no deity save Him: He grants life and deals death: He is your Sustainer as well as the Sustainer of your forebears of old. (8)
بَلْ هُمْ فِي شَكٍّ يَلْعَبُونَ
Nay, but they [who lack inner certainty] are but toying with their doubts. (9)
فَارْتَقِبْ يَوْمَ تَأْتِي السَّمَاءُ بِدُخَانٍ مُبِينٍ
WAIT, THEN, for the Day when the skies shall bring forth a pall of smoke which will make obvious [the approach of the Last Hour], (10)
يَغْشَى النَّاسَ هَٰذَا عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ
enveloping all mankind, [and causing the sinners to exclaim:] "Grievous is this suffering! (11)
رَبَّنَا اكْشِفْ عَنَّا الْعَذَابَ إِنَّا مُؤْمِنُونَ
O our Sustainer, relieve us of suffering, for, verily, we [now] believe [in Thee]!" (12)
أَنَّىٰ لَهُمُ الذِّكْرَىٰ وَقَدْ جَاءَهُمْ رَسُولٌ مُبِينٌ
[But] how shall this remembrance avail them [at the Last Hour], seeing that an apostle had previously come unto them, clearly expounding the truth, (13)
ثُمَّ تَوَلَّوْا عَنْهُ وَقَالُوا مُعَلَّمٌ مَجْنُونٌ
whereupon they turned their backs on him and said, "Taught [by others] is he, a madman"? (14)
إِنَّا كَاشِفُو الْعَذَابِ قَلِيلًا إِنَّكُمْ عَائِدُونَ
[Still,] behold, We shall postpone this suffering for a little while, although you are bound to revert [to your evil ways: but] (15)
يَوْمَ نَبْطِشُ الْبَطْشَةَ الْكُبْرَىٰ إِنَّا مُنْتَقِمُونَ
on the Day when We shall seize [all sinners] with a most mighty onslaught, We shall, verily, inflict Our retribution [on you as well]! (16)
وَلَقَدْ فَتَنَّا قَبْلَهُمْ قَوْمَ فِرْعَوْنَ وَجَاءَهُمْ رَسُولٌ كَرِيمٌ
AND, INDEED, [long] before their time did We try Pharaoh's people [in the same way]: for there came unto them a noble apostle, [who said:] (17)
أَنْ أَدُّوا إِلَيَّ عِبَادَ اللَّهِ إِنِّي لَكُمْ رَسُولٌ أَمِينٌ
"Give in unto me, O God's bondmen! Verily, I am an apostle [sent] unto you, worthy of trust! (18)
وَأَنْ لَا تَعْلُوا عَلَى اللَّهِ إِنِّي آتِيكُمْ بِسُلْطَانٍ مُبِينٍ
"And exalt not yourselves against God: for, verily, I come unto you with a manifest authority [from Him]; (19)
وَإِنِّي عُذْتُ بِرَبِّي وَرَبِّكُمْ أَنْ تَرْجُمُونِ
and, behold, it is with my Sustainer – and your Sustainer – that I seek refuge against all your endeavours to revile me. (20)
وَإِنْ لَمْ تُؤْمِنُوا لِي فَاعْتَزِلُونِ
And if you do not believe me, [at least] stand away from me!" (21)
فَدَعَا رَبَّهُ أَنَّ هَٰؤُلَاءِ قَوْمٌ مُجْرِمُونَ
But then, [when they beset him with their enmity,] he called out to his Sustainer, "These are [indeed] people lost in sin!" (22)
فَأَسْرِ بِعِبَادِي لَيْلًا إِنَّكُمْ مُتَّبَعُونَ
And [God said]: "Go thou forth with My servants by night, for you will surely be pursued; (23)
وَاتْرُكِ الْبَحْرَ رَهْوًا إِنَّهُمْ جُنْدٌ مُغْرَقُونَ
and leave the sea becalmed [between thee and Pharaoh's men]: for, verily, they are a host destined to be drowned!" (24)
كَمْ تَرَكُوا مِنْ جَنَّاتٍ وَعُيُونٍ
[And so they perished: and] how many gardens did they leave behind, and water-runnels, (25)
وَزُرُوعٍ وَمَقَامٍ كَرِيمٍ
and fields of grain, and noble dwellings, (26)
وَنَعْمَةٍ كَانُوا فِيهَا فَاكِهِينَ
and [all that] life of ease in which they used to delight! (27)
كَذَٰلِكَ وَأَوْرَثْنَاهَا قَوْمًا آخَرِينَ
Thus it was. And [then] We made another people heirs [to what they had left], (28)
فَمَا بَكَتْ عَلَيْهِمُ السَّمَاءُ وَالْأَرْضُ وَمَا كَانُوا مُنْظَرِينَ
and neither sky nor earth shed tears over them, nor were they allowed a respite. (29)
And wealth (and conveniences of life), wherein they had taken such delight!
— Abdullah Yusuf Ali
And pleasant things wherein they took delight!
— Marmaduke Pickthall
And goodly things wherein they rejoiced;
— M. Habib Shakir
And comforts of life wherein they used to take delight!
— Taqiuddin Hilali and M. Mohsin Khan
And the delights which they had been enjoying!
— Abdul-Majid Daryabadi
and good things in which they took delight.
— Hasan Qaribullah and Ahmed Darwish
station, and comforts in which they rejoiced!
— Ayub Khan
And the comforts and luxuries wherein they took delight!
— Sher Ali
and [all that] life of ease in which they used to delight!
— Muhammad Asad
and what prosperity they had rejoiced in!
— Arthur Arberry
and the life of ease in which they took delight!
— Abu'l Ala Maududi