Surah 11 Hud - Hud, 123 verses (Makka)
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
- A. L. R. (This is) a Book, with verses basic or
fundamental (of established meaning), further explained
in detail,- from One Who is Wise and Well-acquainted
(with all things):
- (It teacheth) that ye should worship none but God.
(Say): "Verily I am (sent) unto you from Him to warn
and to bring glad tidings:
- "(And to preach thus), 'Seek ye the forgiveness of
your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance; that He may
grant you enjoyment, good (and true), for a term
appointed, and bestow His abounding grace on all who
abound in merit! But if ye turn away, then I fear for
you the penalty of a great day:
- 'To God is your return, and He hath power over all
- Behold! they fold up their hearts, that they may
lie hid from Him! Ah even when they cover themselves
with their garments, He knoweth what they conceal, and
what they reveal: for He knoweth well the (inmost
secrets) of the hearts.
- There is no moving creature on earth but its
sustenance dependeth on God: He knoweth the time and
place of its definite abode and its temporary deposit:
All is in a clear Record.
- He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in
six Days - and His Throne was over the waters - that He
might try you, which of you is best in conduct. But if
thou wert to say to them, "Ye shall indeed be raised up
after death", the Unbelievers would be sure to say,
"This is nothing but obvious sorcery!"
- If We delay the penalty for them for a definite
term, they are sure to say, "What keeps it back?" Ah!
On the day it (actually) reaches them, nothing will
turn it away from them, and they will be completely
encircled by that which they used to mock at!
- If We give man a taste of Mercy from Ourselves, and
then withdraw it from him, behold! he is in despair and
(falls into) blasphemy.
- But if We give him a taste of (Our) favours after
adversity hath touched him, he is sure to say, "All
evil has departed from me:" Behold! he falls into
exultation and pride.
- Not so do those who show patience and constancy,
and work righteousness; for them is forgiveness (of
sins) and a great reward.
- Perchance thou mayest (feel the inclination) to
give up a part of what is revealed unto thee, and thy
heart feeleth straitened lest they say, "Why is not a
treasure sent down unto him, or why does not an angel
come down with him?" But thou art there only to warn!
It is God that arrangeth all affairs!
- Or they may say, "He forged it," Say, "Bring ye
then ten suras forged, like unto it, and call (to your
aid) whomsoever ye can, other than God!- If ye speak
- "If then they (your false gods) answer not your
(call), know ye that this revelation is sent down
(replete) with the knowledge of God, and that there is
no god but He! will ye even then submit (to Islam)?"
- Those who desire the life of the present and its
glitter,- to them we shall pay (the price of) their
deeds therein,- without diminution.
- They are those for whom there is nothing in the
Hereafter but the Fire: vain are the designs they frame
therein, and of no effect and the deeds that they do!
- Can they be (like) those who accept a Clear (Sign)
from their Lord, and whom a witness from Himself doth
teach, as did the Book of Moses before it,- a guide and
a mercy? They believe therein; but those of the Sects
that reject it,- the Fire will be their promised
meeting-place. Be not then in doubt thereon: for it is
the truth from thy Lord: yet many among men do not
- Who doth more wrong than those who invent a life
against God? They will be turned back to the presence
of their Lord, and the witnesses will say, "These are
the ones who lied against their Lord! Behold! the Curse
of God is on those who do wrong!-
- "Those who would hinder (men) from the path of God
and would seek in it something crooked: these were they
who denied the Hereafter!"
- They will in no wise frustrate (His design) on
earth, nor have they protectors besides God! Their
penalty will be doubled! They lost the power to hear,
and they did not see!
- They are the ones who have lost their own souls:
and the (fancies) they invented have left them in the
- Without a doubt, these are the very ones who will
lose most in the Hereafter!
- But those who believe and work righteousness, and
humble themselves before their Lord,- They will be
companions of the gardens, to dwell therein for aye!
- These two kinds (of men) may be compared to the
blind and deaf, and those who can see and hear well.
Are they equal when compared? Will ye not then take
- We sent Noah to his people (with a mission): "I
have come to you with a Clear Warning:
- "That ye serve none but God: Verily I do fear for
you the penalty of a grievous day."
- But the chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people
said: "We see (in) thee nothing but a man like
ourselves: Nor do we see that any follow thee but the
meanest among us, in judgment immature: Nor do we see
in you (all) any merit above us: in fact we thing ye
- He said: "O my people! See ye if (it be that) I
have a Clear Sign from my Lord, and that He hath sent
Mercy unto me from His own presence, but that the Mercy
hath been obscured from your sight? shall we compel you
to accept it when ye are averse to it?
- "And O my people! I ask you for no wealth in
return: my reward is from none but God: But I will not
drive away (in contempt) those who believe: for verily
they are to meet their Lord, and ye I see are the
- "And O my people! who would help me against God if
I drove them away? Will ye not then take heed?
- "I tell you not that with me are the treasures of
God, nor do I know what is hidden, nor claim I to be an
angel. Nor yet do I say, of those whom your eyes do
despise that God will not grant them (all) that is
good: God knoweth best what is in their souls: I
should, if I did, indeed be a wrong-doer."
- They said: "O Noah! thou hast disputed with us, and
(much) hast thou prolonged the dispute with us: now
bring upon us what thou threatenest us with, if thou
speakest the truth!?"
- He said: "Truly, God will bring it on you if He
wills,- and then, ye will not be able to frustrate it!
- "Of no profit will be my counsel to you, much as I
desire to give you (good) counsel, if it be that God
willeth to leave you astray: He is your Lord! and to
Him will ye return!"
- Or do they say, "He has forged it"? Say: "If I had
forged it, on me were my sin! and I am free of the sins
of which ye are guilty!
- It was revealed to Noah: "None of thy people will
believe except those who have believed already! So
grieve no longer over their (evil) deeds.
- "But construct an Ark under Our eyes and Our
inspiration, and address Me no (further) on behalf of
those who are in sin: for they are about to be
overwhelmed (in the Flood)."
- Forthwith he (starts) constructing the Ark: Every
time that the chiefs of his people passed by him, they
threw ridicule on him. He said: "If ye ridicule us now,
we (in our turn) can look down on you with ridicule
- "But soon will ye know who it is on whom will
descend a penalty that will cover them with shame,- on
whom will be unloosed a penalty lasting:"
- At length, behold! there came Our command, and the
fountains of the earth gushed forth! We said: "Embark
therein, of each kind two, male and female, and your
family - except those against whom the word has already
gone forth,- and the Believers." but only a few
believed with him.
- So he said: "Embark ye on the Ark, In the name of
God, whether it move or be at rest! For my Lord is, be
sure, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful!"
- So the Ark floated with them on the waves
(towering) like mountains, and Noah called out to his
son, who had separated himself (from the rest): "O my
son! embark with us, and be not with the unbelievers!"
- The son replied: "I will betake myself to some
mountain: it will save me from the water." Noah said:
"This day nothing can save, from the command of God,
any but those on whom He hath mercy! "And the waves
came between them, and the son was among those
overwhelmed in the Flood.
- Then the word went forth: "O earth! swallow up thy
water, and O sky! Withhold (thy rain)!" and the water
abated, and the matter was ended. The Ark rested on
Mount Judi, and the word went forth: "Away with those
who do wrong!"
- And Noah called upon his Lord, and said: "O my
Lord! surely my son is of my family! and Thy promise is
true, and Thou art the justest of Judges!"
- He said: "O Noah! He is not of thy family: For his
conduct is unrighteous. So ask not of Me that of which
thou hast no knowledge! I give thee counsel, lest thou
act like the ignorant!"
- Noah said: "O my Lord! I do seek refuge with Thee,
lest I ask Thee for that of which I have no knowledge.
And unless thou forgive me and have Mercy on me, I
should indeed be lost!"
- The word came: "O Noah! Come down (from the Ark)
with peace from Us, and blessing on thee and on some of
the peoples (who will spring) from those with thee: but
(there will be other) peoples to whom We shall grant
their pleasures (for a time), but in the end will a
grievous penalty reach them from Us."
- Such are some of the stories of the unseen, which
We have revealed unto thee: before this, neither thou
nor thy people knew them. So persevere patiently: for
the End is for those who are righteous.
- To the 'Ad People (We sent) Hud, one of their own
brethren. He said: "O my people! worship God! ye have
no other god but Him. (Your other gods) ye do nothing
- "O my people! I ask of you no reward for this
(Message). My reward is from none but Him who created
me: Will ye not then understand?
- "And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord, and
turn to Him (in repentance): He will send you the skies
pouring abundant rain, and add strength to your
strength: so turn ye not back in sin!"
- They said: "O Hud! No Clear (Sign) that hast thou
brought us, and we are not the ones to desert our gods
on thy word! Nor shall we believe in thee!
- "We say nothing but that (perhaps) some of our gods
may have seized thee with imbecility." He said: "I call
God to witness, and do ye bear witness, that I am free
from the sin of ascribing, to Him,
- "Other gods as partners! so scheme (your worst)
against me, all of you, and give me no respite.
- "I put my trust in God, My Lord and your Lord!
There is not a moving creature, but He hath grasp of
its fore-lock. Verily, it is my Lord that is on a
- "If ye turn away,- I (at least) have conveyed the
Message with which I was sent to you. My Lord will make
another people to succeed you, and you will not harm
Him in the least. For my Lord hath care and watch over
- So when Our decree issued, We saved Hud and those
who believed with him, by (special) Grace from
Ourselves: We saved them from a severe penalty.
- Such were the 'Ad People: they rejected the Signs
of their Lord and Cherisher; disobeyed His apostles;
And followed the command of every powerful, obstinate
- And they were pursued by a Curse in this life,- and
on the Day of Judgment. Ah! Behold! for the 'Ad
rejected their Lord and Cherisher! Ah! Behold! removed
(from sight) were 'Ad the people of Hud!
- To the Thamud People (We sent) Salih, one of their
own brethren. He said: "O my people! Worship God: ye
have no other god but Him. It is He Who hath produced
you from the earth and settled you therein: then ask
forgiveness of Him, and turn to Him (in repentance):
for my Lord is (always) near, ready to answer."
- They said: "O Salih! thou hast been of us! a centre
of our hopes hitherto! dost thou (now) forbid us the
worship of what our fathers worshipped? But we are
really in suspicious (disquieting) doubt as to that to
which thou invitest us."
- He said: "O my people! do ye see? if I have a Clear
(Sign) from my Lord and He hath sent Mercy unto me from
Himself,- who then can help me against God if I were to
disobey Him? What then would ye add to my (portion) but
- "And O my people! This she-camel of God is a symbol
to you: leave her to feed on God's (free) earth, and
inflict no harm on her, or a swift penalty will seize
- But they did ham-string her. So he said: "Enjoy
yourselves in your homes for three days: (Then will be
your ruin): (Behold) there a promise not to be belied!"
- When Our Decree issued, We saved Salih and those
who believed with him, by (special) Grace from
Ourselves - and from the Ignominy of that day. For thy
Lord - He is the Strong One, and able to enforce His
- The (mighty) Blast overtook the wrong-doers, and
they lay prostrate in their homes before the morning,-
- As if they had never dwelt and flourished there.
Ah! Behold! for the Thamud rejected their Lord and
Cherisher! Ah! Behold! removed (from sight) were the
- There came Our messengers to Abraham with glad
tidings. They said, "Peace!" He answered, "Peace!" and
hastened to entertain them with a roasted calf.
- But when he saw their hands went not towards the
(meal), he felt some mistrust of them, and conceived a
fear of them. They said: "Fear not: We have been sent
against the people of Lut."
- And his wife was standing (there), and she laughed:
But we gave her glad tidings of Isaac, and after him,
- She said: "Alas for me! shall I bear a child,
seeing I am an old woman, and my husband here is an old
man? That would indeed be a wonderful thing!"
- They said: "Dost thou wonder at God's decree? The
grace of God and His blessings on you, o ye people of
the house! for He is indeed worthy of all praise, full
of all glory!"
- When fear had passed from (the mind of) Abraham and
the glad tidings had reached him, he began to plead
with us for Lut's people.
- For Abraham was, without doubt, forbearing (of
faults), compassionate, and given to look to God.
- O Abraham! Seek not this. The decree of thy Lord
hath gone forth: for them there cometh a penalty that
cannot be turned back!
- When Our messengers came to Lut, he was grieved on
their account and felt himself powerless (to protect)
them. He said: "This is a distressful day."
- And his people came rushing towards him, and they
had been long in the habit of practising abominations.
He said: "O my people! Here are my daughters: they are
purer for you (if ye marry)! Now fear God, and cover me
not with shame about my guests! Is there not among you
a single right-minded man?"
- They said: "Well dost thou know we have no need of
thy daughters: indeed thou knowest quite well what we
- He said: "Would that I had power to suppress you or
that I could betake myself to some powerful support."
- (The Messengers) said: "O Lut! We are Messengers
from thy Lord! By no means shall they reach thee! now
travel with thy family while yet a part of the night
remains, and let not any of you look back: but thy wife
(will remain behind): To her will happen what happens
to the people. Morning is their time appointed: Is not
the morning nigh?"
- When Our Decree issued, We turned (the cities)
upside down, and rained down on them brimstones hard as
baked clay, spread, layer on layer,-
- Marked as from thy Lord: Nor are they ever far from
those who do wrong!
- To the Madyan People (We sent) Shu'aib, one of
their own brethren: he said: "O my people! worship God:
Ye have no other god but Him. And give not short
measure or weight: I see you in prosperity, but I fear
for you the penalty of a day that will compass (you)
- "And O my people! give just measure and weight, nor
withhold from the people the things that are their due:
commit not evil in the land with intent to do mischief.
- "That which is left you by God is best for you, if
ye (but) believed! but I am not set over you to keep
- They said: "O Shu'aib! Does thy (religion of)
prayer command thee that we leave off the worship which
our fathers practised, or that we leave off doing what
we like with our property? truly, thou art the one that
forbeareth with faults and is right-minded!"
- He said: "O my people! see ye whether I have a
Clear (Sign) from my Lord, and He hath given me
sustenance (pure and) good as from Himself? I wish not,
in opposition to you, to do that which I forbid you to
do. I only desire (your) betterment to the best of my
power; and my success (in my task) can only come from
God. In Him I trust, and unto Him I look.
- "And O my people! let not my dissent (from you)
cause you to sin, lest ye suffer a fate similar to that
of the people of Noah or of Hud or of Salih, nor are
the people of Lut far off from you!
- "But ask forgiveness of your Lord, and turn unto
Him (in repentance): For my Lord is indeed full of
mercy and loving-kindness."
- They said: "O Shu'aib! much of what thou sayest we
do not understand! In fact among us we see that thou
hast no strength! Were it not for thy family, we should
certainly have stoned thee! for thou hast among us no
- He said: "O my people! is then my family of more
consideration with you than God? For ye cast Him away
behind your backs (with contempt). But verily my Lord
encompasseth on all sides all that ye do!
- "And O my people! Do whatever ye can: I will do (my
part): Soon will ye know who it is on whom descends the
penalty of ignominy; and who is a liar! and watch ye!
for I too am watching with you!"
- When Our decree issued, We saved Shu'aib and those
who believed with him, by (special) mercy from
Ourselves: But the (mighty) blast did seize the
wrong-doers, and they lay prostrate in their homes by
- As if they had never dwelt and flourished there!
Ah! Behold! How the Madyan were removed (from sight) as
were removed the Thamud!
- And we sent Moses, with Our Clear (Signs) and an
- Unto Pharaoh and his chiefs: but they followed the
command of Pharaoh and the command of Pharaoh was no
- He will go before his people on the Day of
Judgment, and lead them into the Fire (as cattle are
led to water): But woeful indeed will be the place to
which they are led!
- And they are followed by a curse in this (life) and
on the Day of Judgment: and woeful is the gift which
shall be given (unto them)!
- These are some of the stories of communities which
We relate unto thee: of them some are standing, and
some have been mown down (by the sickle of time).
- It was not We that wronged them: They wronged their
own souls: the deities, other than God, whom they
invoked, profited them no whit when there issued the
decree of thy Lord: Nor did they add aught (to their
lot) but perdition!
- Such is the chastisement of thy Lord when He
chastises communities in the midst of their wrong:
grievous, indeed, and severe is His chastisement.
- In that is a Sign for those who fear the penalty of
the Hereafter: that is a Day for which mankind will be
gathered together: that will be a Day of Testimony.
- Nor shall We delay it but for a term appointed.
- The day it arrives, no soul shall speak except by
His leave: of those (gathered) some will be wretched
and some will be blessed.
- Those who are wretched shall be in the Fire: There
will be for them therein (nothing but) the heaving of
sighs and sobs:
- They will dwell therein for all the time that the
heavens and the earth endure, except as thy Lord
willeth: for thy Lord is the (sure) accomplisher of
what He planneth.
- And those who are blessed shall be in the Garden:
They will dwell therein for all the time that the
heavens and the earth endure, except as thy Lord
willeth: a gift without break.
- Be not then in doubt as to what these men worship.
They worship nothing but what their fathers worshipped
before (them): but verily We shall pay them back (in
full) their portion without (the least) abatement.
- We certainly gave the Book to Moses, but
differences arose therein: had it not been that a word
had gone forth before from thy Lord, the matter would
have been decided between them, but they are in
suspicious doubt concerning it.
- And, of a surety, to all will your Lord pay back
(in full the recompense) of their deeds: for He knoweth
well all that they do.
- Therefore stand firm (in the straight Path) as thou
art commanded,- thou and those who with thee turn (unto
God); and transgress not (from the Path): for He seeth
well all that ye do.
- And incline not to those who do wrong, or the Fire
will seize you; and ye have no protectors other than
God, nor shall ye be helped.
- And establish regular prayers at the two ends of
the day and at the approaches of the night: For those
things, that are good remove those that are evil: Be
that the word of remembrance to those who remember
- And be steadfast in patience; for verily God will
not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish.
- Why were there not, among the generations before
you, persons possessed of balanced good sense,
prohibiting (men) from mischief in the earth - except a
few among them whom We saved (from harm)? But the
wrong-doers pursued the enjoyment of the good things of
life which were given them, and persisted in sin.
- Nor would thy Lord be the One to destroy
communities for a single wrong-doing, if its members
were likely to mend.
- If thy Lord had so willed, He could have made
mankind one people: but they will not cease to dispute.
- Except those on whom thy Lord hath bestowed His
Mercy: and for this did He create them: and the Word of
thy Lord shall be fulfilled: "I will fill Hell with
jinns and men all together."
- All that we relate to thee of the stories of the
apostles,- with it We make firm thy heart: in them
there cometh to thee the Truth, as well as an
exhortation and a message of remembrance to those who
- Say to those who do not believe: "Do what ever ye
can: We shall do our part;
- "And wait ye! We too shall wait."
- To God do belong the unseen (secrets) of the
heavens and the earth, and to Him goeth back every
affair (for decision): then worship Him, and put thy
trust in Him: and thy Lord is not unmindful of aught
that ye do.
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