Surah 13 The Thunder - Al-Ra'd, 43 verses (Makka)
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
- A.L.M.R. These are the signs (or verses) of the
Book: that which hath been revealed unto thee from thy
Lord is the Truth; but most men believe not.
- God is He Who raised the heavens without any
pillars that ye can see; is firmly established on the
throne (of authority); He has subjected the sun and the
moon (to his Law)! Each one runs (its course) for a
term appointed. He doth regulate all affairs,
explaining the signs in detail, that ye may believe
with certainty in the meeting with your Lord.
- And it is He who spread out the earth, and set
thereon mountains standing firm and (flowing) rivers:
and fruit of every kind He made in pairs, two and two:
He draweth the night as a veil o'er the Day. Behold,
verily in these things there are signs for those who
- And in the earth are tracts (diverse though)
neighbouring, and gardens of vines and fields sown with
corn, and palm trees - growing out of single roots or
otherwise: watered with the same water, yet some of
them We make more excellent than others to eat. Behold,
verily in these things there are signs for those who
- If thou dost marvel (at their want of faith),
strange is their saying: "When we are (actually) dust,
shall we indeed then be in a creation renewed?" They
are those who deny their Lord! They are those round
whose necks will be yokes (of servitude): they will be
Companions of the Fire, to dwell therein (for aye)!
- They ask thee to hasten on the evil in preference
to the good: Yet have come to pass, before them, (many)
exemplary punishments! But verily thy Lord is full of
forgiveness for mankind for their wrong-doing, and
verily thy Lord is (also) strict in punishment.
- And the Unbelievers say: "Why is not a sign sent
down to him from his Lord?" But thou art truly a
warner, and to every people a guide.
- God doth know what every female (womb) doth bear,
by how much the wombs fall short (of their time or
number) or do exceed. Every single thing is before His
sight, in (due) proportion.
- He knoweth the unseen and that which is open: He is
the Great, the Most High.
- It is the same (to Him) whether any of you conceal
his speech or declare it openly; whether he lie hid by
night or walk forth freely by day.
- For each (such person) there are (angels) in
succession, before and behind him: They guard him by
command of God. Verily never will God change the
condition of a people until they change it themselves
(with their own souls). But when (once) God willeth a
people's punishment, there can be no turning it back,
nor will they find, besides Him, any to protect.
- It is He Who doth show you the lightning, by way
both of fear and of hope: It is He Who doth raise up
the clouds, heavy with (fertilising) rain!
- Nay, thunder repeateth His praises, and so do the
angels, with awe: He flingeth the loud-voiced
thunder-bolts, and therewith He striketh whomsoever He
will..yet these (are the men) who (dare to) dispute
about God, with the strength of His power (supreme)!
- For Him (alone) is prayer in Truth: any others that
they call upon besides Him hear them no more than if
they were to stretch forth their hands for water to
reach their mouths but it reaches them not: for the
prayer of those without Faith is nothing but (futile)
wandering (in the mind).
- Whatever beings there are in the heavens and the
earth do prostrate themselves to God (Acknowledging
subjection),- with good-will or in spite of themselves:
so do their shadows in the morning and evenings.
- Say: "Who is the Lord and Sustainer of the heavens
and the earth?" Say: "(It is) God." Say: "Do ye then
take (for worship) protectors other than Him, such as
have no power either for good or for harm to
themselves?" Say: "Are the blind equal with those who
see? Or the depths of darkness equal with light?" Or do
they assign to God partners who have created (anything)
as He has created, so that the creation seemed to them
similar? Say: "God is the Creator of all things: He is
the One, the Supreme and Irresistible."
- He sends down water from the skies, and the
channels flow, each according to its measure: But the
torrent bears away to foam that mounts up to the
surface. Even so, from that (ore) which they heat in
the fire, to make ornaments or utensils therewith,
there is a scum likewise. Thus doth God (by parables)
show forth Truth and Vanity. For the scum disappears
like forth cast out; while that which is for the good
of mankind remains on the earth. Thus doth God set
- For those who respond to their Lord, are (all) good
things. But those who respond not to Him,- Even if they
had all that is in the heavens and on earth, and as
much more, (in vain) would they offer it for ransom.
For them will the reckoning be terrible: their abode
will be Hell,- what a bed of misery!
- Is then one who doth know that that which hath been
revealed unto thee from thy Lord is the Truth, like one
who is blind? It is those who are endued with
understanding that receive admonition;-
- Those who fulfil the covenant of God and fail not
in their plighted word;
- Those who join together those things which God hath
commanded to be joined, hold their Lord in awe, and
fear the terrible reckoning;
- Those who patiently persevere, seeking the
countenance of their Lord; Establish regular prayers;
spend, out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their
sustenance, secretly and openly; and turn off Evil with
good: for such there is the final attainment of the
- Gardens of perpetual bliss: they shall enter there,
as well as the righteous among their fathers, their
spouses, and their offspring: and angels shall enter
unto them from every gate (with the salutation):
- "Peace unto you for that ye persevered in patience!
Now how excellent is the final home!"
- But those who break the Covenant of God, after
having plighted their word thereto, and cut asunder
those things which God has commanded to be joined, and
work mischief in the land;- on them is the curse; for
them is the terrible home!
- God doth enlarge, or grant by (strict) measure, the
sustenance (which He giveth) to whomso He pleaseth.
(The wordly) rejoice in the life of this world: But the
life of this world is but little comfort in the
- The Unbelievers say: "Why is not a sign sent down
to him from his Lord?" Say: "Truly God leaveth, to
stray, whom He will; But He guideth to Himself those
who turn to Him in penitence,-
- "Those who believe, and whose hearts find
satisfaction in the remembrance of God: for without
doubt in the remembrance of God do hearts find
- "For those who believe and work righteousness, is
(every) blessedness, and a beautiful place of (final)
- Thus have we sent thee amongst a People before whom
(long since) have (other) Peoples (gone and) passed
away; in order that thou mightest rehearse unto them
what We send down unto thee by inspiration; yet do they
reject (Him), the Most Gracious! Say: "He is my Lord!
There is no god but He! On Him is my trust, and to Him
do I turn!"
- If there were a Qur'an with which mountains were
moved, or the earth were cloven asunder, or the dead
were made to speak, (this would be the one!) But,
truly, the command is with God in all things! Do not
the Believers know, that, had God (so) willed, He could
have guided all mankind (to the right)? But the
Unbelievers,- never will disaster cease to seize them
for their (ill) deeds, or to settle close to their
homes, until the promise of God come to pass, for,
verily, God will not fail in His promise.
- Mocked were (many) apostles before thee: but I
granted respite to the unbelievers, and finally I
punished them: Then how (terrible) was my requital!
- Is then He who standeth over every soul (and
knoweth) all that it doth, (like any others)? And yet
they ascribe partners to God. Say: "But name them! is
it that ye will inform Him of something he knoweth not
on earth, or is it (just) a show of words?" Nay! to
those who believe not, their pretence seems pleasing,
but they are kept back (thereby) from the path. And
those whom God leaves to stray, no one can guide.
- For them is a penalty in the life of this world,
but harder, truly, is the penalty of the Hereafter: and
defender have they none against God.
- The parable of the Garden which the righteous are
promised!- beneath it flow rivers: perpetual is the
enjoyment thereof and the shade therein: such is the
end of the Righteous; and the end of Unbelievers in the
- Those to whom We have given the Book rejoice at
what hath been revealed unto thee: but there are among
the clans those who reject a part thereof. Say: "I am
commanded to worship God, and not to join partners with
Him. Unto Him do I call, and unto Him is my return."
- Thus have We revealed it to be a judgment of
authority in Arabic. Wert thou to follow their (vain)
desires after the knowledge which hath reached thee,
then wouldst thou find neither protector nor defender
- We did send apostles before thee, and appointed for
them wives and children: and it was never the part of
an apostle to bring a sign except as God permitted (or
commanded). For each period is a Book (revealed).
- God doth blot out or confirm what He pleaseth: with
Him is the Mother of the Book.
- Whether We shall show thee (within thy life-time)
part of what we promised them or take to ourselves thy
soul (before it is all accomplished),- thy duty is to
make (the Message) reach them: it is our part to call
them to account.
- See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in
their control) from its outlying borders? (Where) God
commands, there is none to put back His Command: and He
is swift in calling to account.
- Those before them did (also) devise plots; but in
all things the master-planning is God's He knoweth the
doings of every soul: and soon will the Unbelievers
know who gets home in the end.
- The Unbelievers say: "No apostle art thou." Say:
"Enough for a witness between me and you is God, and
such as have knowledge of the Book."
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