Surah 22 The Pilgrimage - Al-Hajj, 78 verses (Madina)
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
- O mankind! fear your Lord! for the convulsion of
the Hour (of Judgment) will be a thing terrible!
- The Day ye shall see it, every mother giving suck
shall forget her suckling-babe, and every pregnant
female shall drop her load (unformed): thou shalt see
mankind as in a drunken riot, yet not drunk: but
dreadful will be the Wrath of God.
- And yet among men there are such as dispute about
God, without knowledge, and follow every evil one
obstinate in rebellion!
- About the (Evil One) it is decreed that whoever
turns to him for friendship, him will he lead astray,
and he will guide him to the Penalty of the Fire.
- O mankind! if ye have a doubt about the
Resurrection, (consider) that We created you out of
dust, then out of sperm, then out of a leech-like clot,
then out of a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly
unformed, in order that We may manifest (our power) to
you; and We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for
an appointed term, then do We bring you out as babes,
then (foster you) that ye may reach your age of full
strength; and some of you are called to die, and some
are sent back to the feeblest old age, so that they
know nothing after having known (much), and (further),
thou seest the earth barren and lifeless, but when We
pour down rain on it, it is stirred (to life), it
swells, and it puts forth every kind of beautiful
growth (in pairs).
- This is so, because God is the Reality: it is He
Who gives life to the dead, and it is He Who has power
over all things.
- And verily the Hour will come: there can be no
doubt about it, or about (the fact) that God will raise
up all who are in the graves.
- Yet there is among men such a one as disputes about
God, without Knowledge, without Guidance, and without a
Book of Enlightenment,-
- (Disdainfully) bending his side, in order to lead
(men) astray from the Path of God: for him there is
disgrace in this life, and on the Day of Judgment We
shall make him taste the Penalty of burning (Fire).
- (It will be said): "This is because of the deeds
which thy hands sent forth, for verily God is not
unjust to His servants.
- There are among men some who serve God, as it were,
on the verge: if good befalls them, they are,
therewith, well content; but if a trial comes to them,
they turn on their faces: they lose both this world and
the Hereafter: that is loss for all to see!
- They call on such deities, besides God, as can
neither hurt nor profit them: that is straying far
indeed (from the Way)!
- (Perhaps) they call on one whose hurt is nearer
than his profit: evil, indeed, is the patron, and evil
the companion (or help)!
- Verily God will admit those who believe and work
righteous deeds, to Gardens, beneath which rivers flow:
for God carries out all that He plans.
- If any think that God will not help him (His
Apostle) in this world and the Hereafter, let him
stretch out a rope to the ceiling and cut (himself)
off: then let him see whether his plan will remove that
which enrages (him)!
- Thus have We sent down Clear Sings; and verily God
doth guide whom He will!
- Those who believe (in the Qur'an), those who follow
the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians, Christians,
Magians, and Polytheists,- God will judge between them
on the Day of Judgment: for God is witness of all
- Seest thou not that to God bow down in worship all
things that are in the heavens and on earth,- the sun,
the moon, the stars; the hills, the trees, the animals;
and a great number among mankind? But a great number
are (also) such as are fit for Punishment: and such as
God shall disgrace,- None can raise to honour: for God
carries out all that He wills.
- These two antagonists dispute with each other about
their Lord: But those who deny (their Lord),- for them
will be cut out a garment of Fire: over their heads
will be poured out boiling water.
- With it will be scalded what is within their
bodies, as well as (their) skins.
- In addition there will be maces of iron (to punish)
- Every time they wish to get away therefrom, from
anguish, they will be forced back therein, and (it will
be said), "Taste ye the Penalty of Burning!"
- God will admit those who believe and work righteous
deeds, to Gardens beneath which rivers flow: they shall
be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls;
and their garments there will be of silk.
- For they have been guided (in this life) to the
purest of speeches; they have been guided to the Path
of Him Who is Worthy of (all) Praise.
- As to those who have rejected (God), and would keep
back (men) from the Way of God, and from the Sacred
Mosque, which We have made (open) to (all) men - equal
is the dweller there and the visitor from the country -
and any whose purpose therein is profanity or
wrong-doing - them will We cause to taste of a most
- Behold! We gave the site, to Abraham, of the
(Sacred) House, (saying): "Associate not anything (in
worship) with Me; and sanctify My House for those who
compass it round, or stand up, or bow, or prostrate
themselves (therein in prayer).
- "And proclaim the Pilgrimage among men: they will
come to thee on foot and (mounted) on every kind of
camel, lean on account of journeys through deep and
distant mountain highways;
- "That they may witness the benefits (provided) for
them, and celebrate the name of God, through the Days
appointed, over the cattle which He has provided for
them (for sacrifice): then eat ye thereof and feed the
distressed ones in want.
- "Then let them complete the rites prescribed for
them, perform their vows, and (again) circumambulate
the Ancient House."
- Such (is the Pilgrimage): whoever honours the
sacred rites of God, for him it is good in the Sight of
his Lord. Lawful to you (for food in Pilgrimage) are
cattle, except those mentioned to you (as exception):
but shun the abomination of idols, and shun the word
that is false,-
- Being true in faith to God, and never assigning
partners to Him: if anyone assigns partners to God, is
as if he had fallen from heaven and been snatched up by
birds, or the wind had swooped (like a bird on its
prey) and thrown him into a far-distant place.
- Such (is his state): and whoever holds in honour
the symbols of God, (in the sacrifice of animals), such
(honour) should come truly from piety of heart.
- In them ye have benefits for a term appointed: in
the end their place of sacrifice is near the Ancient
- To every people did We appoint rites (of
sacrifice), that they might celebrate the name of God
over the sustenance He gave them from animals (fit for
food). But your God is One God: submit then your wills
to Him (in Islam): and give thou the good news to those
who humble themselves,-
- To those whose hearts when God is mentioned, are
filled with fear, who show patient perseverance over
their afflictions, keep up regular prayer, and spend
(in charity) out of what We have bestowed upon them.
- The sacrificial camels we have made for you as
among the symbols from God: in them is (much) good for
you: then pronounce the name of God over them as they
line up (for sacrifice): when they are down on their
sides (after slaughter), eat ye thereof, and feed such
as (beg not but) live in contentment, and such as beg
with due humility: thus have We made animals subject to
you, that ye may be grateful.
- It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches
God: it is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus
made them subject to you, that ye may glorify God for
His Guidance to you and proclaim the good news to all
who do right.
- Verily God will defend (from ill) those who
believe: verily, God loveth not any that is a traitor
to faith, or show ingratitude.
- To those against whom war is made, permission is
given (to fight), because they are wronged;- and
verily, God is most powerful for their aid;-
- (They are) those who have been expelled from their
homes in defiance of right,- (for no cause) except that
they say, "our Lord is God". Did not God check one set
of people by means of another, there would surely have
been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and
mosques, in which the name of God is commemorated in
abundant measure. God will certainly aid those who aid
his (cause);- for verily God is full of Strength,
Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will).
- (They are) those who, if We establish them in the
land, establish regular prayer and give regular
charity, enjoin the right and forbid wrong: with God
rests the end (and decision) of (all) affairs.
- If they treat thy (mission) as false, so did the
peoples before them (with their prophets),- the People
of Noah, and 'Ad and Thamud;
- Those of Abraham and Lut;
- And the Companions of the Madyan People; and Moses
was rejected (in the same way). But I granted respite
to the Unbelievers, and (only) after that did I punish
them: but how (terrible) was my rejection (of them)!
- How many populations have We destroyed, which were
given to wrong-doing? They tumbled down on their roofs.
And how many wells are lying idle and neglected, and
castles lofty and well-built?
- Do they not travel through the land, so that their
hearts (and minds) may thus learn wisdom and their ears
may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that
are blind, but their hearts which are in their breasts.
- Yet they ask thee to hasten on the Punishment! But
God will not fail in His Promise. Verily a Day in the
sight of thy Lord is like a thousand years of your
- And to how many populations did I give respite,
which were given to wrong-doing? in the end I punished
them. To me is the destination (of all).
- Say: "O men! I am (sent) to you only to give a
- "Those who believe and work righteousness, for them
is forgiveness and a sustenance most generous.
- "But those who strive against Our Signs, to
frustrate them,- they will be Companions of the Fire."
- Never did We send an apostle or a prophet before
thee, but, when he framed a desire, Satan threw some
(vanity) into his desire: but God will cancel anything
(vain) that Satan throws in, and God will confirm (and
establish) His Signs: for God is full of Knowledge and
- That He may make the suggestions thrown in by
Satan, but a trial for those in whose hearts is a
disease and who are hardened of heart: verily the
wrong-doers are in a schism far (from the Truth):
- And that those on whom knowledge has been bestowed
may learn that the (Qur'an) is the Truth from thy Lord,
and that they may believe therein, and their hearts may
be made humbly (open) to it: for verily God is the
Guide of those who believe, to the Straight Way.
- Those who reject Faith will not cease to be in
doubt concerning (Revelation) until the Hour (of
Judgment) comes suddenly upon them, or there comes to
them the Penalty of a Day of Disaster.
- On that Day of Dominion will be that of God: He
will judge between them: so those who believe and work
righteous deeds will be in Gardens of Delight.
- And for those who reject Faith and deny our Signs,
there will be a humiliating Punishment.
- Those who leave their homes in the cause of God,
and are then slain or die,- On them will God bestow
verily a goodly Provision: Truly God is He Who bestows
the best provision.
- Verily He will admit them to a place with which
they shall be well pleased: for God is All-Knowing,
- That (is so). And if one has retaliated to no
greater extent than the injury he received, and is
again set upon inordinately, God will help him: for God
is One that blots out (sins) and forgives (again and
- That is because God merges night into day, and He
merges day into night, and verily it is God Who hears
and sees (all things).
- That is because God - He is the Reality; and those
besides Him whom they invoke,- they are but vain
Falsehood: verily God is He, Most High, Most Great.
- Seest thou not that God sends down rain from the
sky, and forthwith the earth becomes clothed with
green? for God is He Who understands the finest
mysteries, and is well-acquainted (with them).
- To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on
earth: for verily God,- He is free of all wants, Worthy
of all Praise.
- Seest thou not that God has made subject to you
(men) all that is on the earth, and the ships that sail
through the sea by His Command? He withholds the sky
(rain) from failing on the earth except by His leave:
for God is Most Kind and Most Merciful to man.
- It is He Who gave you life, will cause you to die,
and will again give you life: Truly man is a most
- To every People have We appointed rites and
ceremonies which they must follow: let them not then
dispute with thee on the matter, but do thou invite
(them) to thy Lord: for thou art assuredly on the Right
- If they do wrangle with thee, say, "God knows best
what it is ye are doing."
- "God will judge between you on the Day of Judgment
concerning the matters in which ye differ."
- Knowest thou not that God knows all that is in
heaven and on earth? Indeed it is all in a Record, and
that is easy for God.
- Yet they worship, besides God, things for which no
authority has been sent down to them, and of which they
have (really) no knowledge: for those that do wrong
there is no helper.
- When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, thou
wilt notice a denial on the faces of the Unbelievers!
they nearly attack with violence those who rehearse Our
Signs to them. Say, "Shall I tell you of something
(far) worse than these Signs? It is the Fire (of Hell)!
God has promised it to the Unbelievers! and evil is
- O men! Here is a parable set forth! listen to it!
Those on whom, besides God, ye call, cannot create
(even) a fly, if they all met together for the purpose!
and if the fly should snatch away anything from them,
they would have no power to release it from the fly.
Feeble are those who petition and those whom they
- No just estimate have they made of God: for God is
He Who is strong and able to Carry out His Will.
- God chooses messengers from angels and from men for
God is He Who hears and sees (all things).
- He knows what is before them and what is behind
them: and to God go back all questions (for decision).
- O ye who believe! bow down, prostrate yourselves,
and adore your Lord; and do good; that ye may prosper.
- And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive,
(with sincerity and under discipline). He has chosen
you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in
religion; it is the cult of your father Abraham. It is
He Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this
(Revelation); that the Apostle may be a witness for
you, and ye be witnesses for mankind! So establish
regular Prayer, give regular Charity, and hold fast to
God! He is your Protector - the Best to protect and the
Best to help!
Surah 21 The Prophets
Surah 22 The Pilgrimage
Surah 23 The Believers