وَالسَّمَاءِ ذَاتِ الْبُرُوجِ
CONSIDER the sky full of great constellations, (1)
and [then bethink thyself of] the promised Day (2)
and [of] Him who witnesses [all], and [of] that unto which witness is borne [by Him]! (3)
قُتِلَ أَصْحَابُ الْأُخْدُودِ
THEY DESTROY [but] themselves, they who would ready a pit (4)
النَّارِ ذَاتِ الْوَقُودِ
of fire fiercely burning [for all who have attained to faith]! (5)
إِذْ هُمْ عَلَيْهَا قُعُودٌ
Lo! [With glee do] they contemplate that [fire], (6)
وَهُمْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَفْعَلُونَ بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ شُهُودٌ
fully conscious of what they are doing to the believers, (7)
وَمَا نَقَمُوا مِنْهُمْ إِلَّا أَنْ يُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ
whom they hate for no other reason than that they believe in God, the Almighty, the One to whom all praise is due, (8)
الَّذِي لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ
[and] to whom the dominion of the heavens and the earth belongs. But God is witness unto everything! (9)
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ فَتَنُوا الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَتُوبُوا فَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ جَهَنَّمَ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ الْحَرِيقِ
Verily, as for those who persecute believing men and believing women, and thereafter do not repent, hell's suffering awaits them: yea, suffering through fire awaits them! (10)
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ ذَٰلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْكَبِيرُ
[But,] verily, they who attain to faith and do righteous deeds shall [in the life to come] have gardens through which running waters flow – that triumph most great! (11)
إِنَّ بَطْشَ رَبِّكَ لَشَدِيدٌ
VERILY, thy Sustainer's grip is exceedingly strong! (12)
إِنَّهُ هُوَ يُبْدِئُ وَيُعِيدُ
Behold, it is He who creates [man] in the first instance, and He [it is who] will bring him forth anew. (13)
وَهُوَ الْغَفُورُ الْوَدُودُ
And He alone is truly-forgiving, all-embracing in His love, (14)
ذُو الْعَرْشِ الْمَجِيدُ
in sublime almightiness enthroned, (15)
فَعَّالٌ لِمَا يُرِيدُ
a sovereign doer of whatever He wills. (16)
هَلْ أَتَاكَ حَدِيثُ الْجُنُودِ
HAS IT ever come within thy ken, the story of the [sinful] hosts (17)
of Pharaoh, and of [the tribe of] Thamūd? (18)
بَلِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فِي تَكْذِيبٍ
And yet, they who are bent on denying the truth persist in giving it the lie: (19)
وَاللَّهُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِمْ مُحِيطٌ
but all the while God encompasses them [with His knowledge and might] without their being aware of it. (20)
بَلْ هُوَ قُرْآنٌ مَجِيدٌ
Nay, but this [divine writ which they reject] is a discourse sublime, (21)
فِي لَوْحٍ مَحْفُوظٍ
upon an imperishable tablet [inscribed]. (22)
But Allah doth encompass them from behind!
— Abdullah Yusuf Ali
And Allah, all unseen, surroundeth them.
— Marmaduke Pickthall
And Allah encompasses them on every side.
— M. Habib Shakir
And Allah encompasses them from behind! (i.e. all their deeds are within His Knowledge, and He will requite them for their deeds).
— Taqiuddin Hilali and M. Mohsin Khan
Whereas Allah is, from behind them, Encompassing.
— Abdul-Majid Daryabadi
Allah encompasses them all from behind.
— Hasan Qaribullah and Ahmed Darwish
and God is behind them encompassing.
— Ayub Khan
And God encompasses them from before them and from behind them.
— Sher Ali
but all the while God encompasses them [with His knowledge and might] without their being aware of it.
— Muhammad Asad
and God is behind them, encompassing.
— Arthur Arberry
although Allah surrounds them.
— Abu'l Ala Maududi