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an-Nahl (The Bee)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah The Bee(an-Nahl)
16:1 THE DECREE of GOD will surely come; so do not try to hasten it: Too glorious and high is He for what they associate with Him
16:2 He sends the angels with revelation by His command, to any of His creatures as He please, (saying): "Warn that there is no god but I, so fear Me."
16:3 He created the heavens and the earth with reason. Too glorious and high is He for what they associate with Him
16:4 Man He created from a drop of semen; and still he becomes an open contender
16:5 He created the cattle from whom you get warm clothing and (other) advantages, and some you eat
16:6 There is life and cheer for you as you drive them home in the evening, and lead them out in the morning to graze
16:7 They carry your burdens to lands so distant you could not have reached without much hardship. Indeed your Lord is compassionate and kind
16:8 He created horses, mules and donkeys for riding and for splendour. He created other things too which you do not know
16:9 To God leads the right path, though some deviate. If He willed He could guide you all to the right way
16:10 It is He who sends down water from the sky of which you drink, and which nourishes the plants you feed your cattle
16:11 With which He makes crops grow, and olives, dates and grapes and fruits of every kind for you. In this is a sign for those who think
16:12 He harnessed the day and night for you, as also the sun, the moon and the stars, by His command. In this are signs for men who understand
16:13 And other things of different shades has He produced on the earth for you. In this are signs for those who reflect
16:14 It is He who has subdued the sea that you may eat fresh meat from it, and obtain ornaments to wear. You see the ships plough through it that you may seek of His bounties and, perhaps, be grateful
16:15 He placed stablisers in the earth so that while it revolves you live undisturbed, and rivers and tracks so that you may find your way
16:16 As well as many other signs, as by the stars (you) find direction
16:17 So, could one who creates be like one who cannot? Will you not then contemplate
16:18 If you count the favours of God you will not be able to calculate. Assuredly God is forgiving and kind
16:19 God knows what you hide and disclose
16:20 , As for those they call besides God, they cannot create a thing, and have themselves been created
16:21 Dead, without life they are, and do not know when they will be raised
16:22 Your God is one God. But the hearts of those who believe not in the life to come are filled with denial, and they are puffed up with pride
16:23 Surely God knows what they hide and what they disclose. He certainly does not love the proud
16:24 For when they are asked: "What has your Lord sent down?" they say: "Tales of long ago."
16:25 On the Day of Resurrection they will carry their own burden and some of the load of those they have led astray without any knowledge. Oh, how evil a burden they will carry
16:26 Those who have gone before them had also conspired; then God uprooted their structure from its foundation; the roof fell over them from above, and punishment came upon them from somewhere they did not suspect
16:27 On the Day of Resurrection He will disgrace them and ask: "Where are My compeers for whom you contended?" Those endowed with knowledge will say: "Shame and evil surely are for unbelievers today."
16:28 They whose souls are drawn out by the angels while they are sinning, shall offer submission: "We did no evil." But God knows well what you did
16:29 So enter the gates of Hell, and dwell there for ever. How dreadful a dwelling for the haughty
16:30 When those who took heed for themselves would be asked: "What did your Lord send down?" They will answer: "The best." For those who do good there is good in the world, but certainly the abode of the next is better. How excellent the home of the virtuous
16:31 They will enter perennial gardens with streams of water and all they wish. Thus will the pious and devout be rewarded
16:32 When the angels receive the souls of those who are blameless they will say: "Peace on you. Enter Paradise as recompense for what you did."
16:33 What! Do the (unbelievers) expect that the angels should descend, or the sentence of your Lord come to pass? So had the people done before them; yet God did not wrong them, they wronged themselves
16:34 The evil they perpetrated overtook them, and what they mocked has turned upon them
16:35 The idolaters say: "If God had willed we would not have worshipped anything apart from Him, nor would our fathers have done, nor would we have forbidden any thing without His (leave)." So had the people done before them. Therefore it is binding on the prophets to convey the message in clearest terms
16:36 To every community We have sent an apostle. (saying:) "Worship God, and keep away from all other deities." Thus some of them were guided by God, and ruin was justified on some. Travel over the earth and see what befell those who accused (the apostles) of lies
16:37 Even if you are eager to guide them, God does not surely guide those who have gone astray: They will have no one to help them
16:38 They swear emphatically in the name of God that God will not raise the dead. On the contrary, it is a promise incumbent on Him, though most men do not understand
16:39 For (they fear) He might make what they differed about plain to them, and that the infidels may realise that they were liars
16:40 Yet when We will a thing We have only to say: "Be", and it is
16:41 Those who left their homes in the cause of God after having been oppressed, will be given by Us a better place in the world, and if they knew, the guerdon of the next would be greate
16:42 (For) those who persevere and place their trust in their Lord
16:43 We sent before you none (as apostles) but men, to whom We sent revelations. In case you are unaware, enquire of those who are keepers of the Oracles of God
16:44 We had Sent them with miracles and Books; and We have sent to you this Reminder so that you may explain distinctly to men what was sent down to them: They may haply reflect
16:45 Have the plotters of mischief become unafraid that God will not split the earth to swallow them, or that punishment will not fall upon them from somewhere they do not (even) suspect
16:46 Or that He will not seize them as they move about, and they will not be able to elude (His grasp)
16:47 Or He may seize them by diminishing their portion. Yet your Lord is compassionate and kind
16:48 Do they not see the shadows of all things God has created incline to the right and the left, bowing in obeisance to God
16:49 All things that move on the earth and in the heavens, and the angels, bow in homage to God, and do not behave with pride
16:50 They have fear of God for His power over them, and act as commanded
16:51 God says: "Do not take to two gods, for there is only one God. So fear Me."
16:52 Whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth belongs to Him, and His the judgement for ever. So will you fear any other than God
16:53 Whatsoever the blessings you enjoy are surely from God, and when in trouble you turn to Him in supplication
16:54 Yet when He has delivered you from affliction, some of you ascribe companions to your Lor
16:55 So as to deny what We have bestowed on them. Well, enjoy yourselves, you will come to know soon
16:56 They set aside a portion of the food We have given them for those they do not know. By God, you will surely have to answer for all you contrive
16:57 They attribute daughters to God, the glorious, but for themselves whatsoever they please
16:58 Yet when news of the birth of a daughter reaches one of them, his face is darkened, and he is overwhelmed with silent grief
16:59 And hides from people for shame at the news, (at a loss) whether he should keep her with shame, or bury her in the ground. How bad is the judgement that they make
16:60 The semblance of those who believe not in the life to come is that of the meanest; but the semblance of God is the most sublime, for He is all-mighty and all-wise
16:61 If God were to punish men for their inequity He would not leave a single moving thing on earth. Yet He gives them latitude for a time ordained. When that time is come, there will not be a moment's delay nor a moment's haste
16:62 Yet they attribute to God what they find detestable; and their tongues assert the lie that for them is only good. On the contrary, there is Fire for them, and they will be thrown into it
16:63 By God, We sent apostles to many a people before you, but Satan made their acts seem attractive to them, and he is their friend this day, and a painful torment awaits them
16:64 We have sent down this Book to you that you may explain to them what it is that they are differing about, and as guidance and a grace for those who believe
16:65 God sends down water from the skies and quickens the dead earth to a new birth. Here is a sign for those who listen
16:66 And surely in cattle there is a lesson for you: We give you a drink from the extract of food in their bellies and blood-purest milk so delicious to drink
16:67 And in fruits of the date-palm and the vine, from which you obtain inebriating drinks and excellent food. In this indeed are signs for those who understand
16:68 Your Lord predisposed the bees to make their hives in mountains, trees and trellices
16:69 And suck from all fruits and flit about the unrestricted paths of their Lord. A drink of various hues comes out of their bellies which contains medicine for men. In this is a sign for those who reflect
16:70 It is God who creates you, then makes you die; and some reach the age of dotage when they forget what they had known before. God is indeed all-knowing and all-powerful
16:71 God has favoured some of you over others in the means of subsistence. But those who have been favoured with more do not give of their means to their dependents so that they may become equal with them. Do they then deny God's beneficence
16:72 God has provided mates for you of your own kind, and has bestowed on you sons and daughters from your mates, and has given you good things for food. Will they even then believe in the false and deny God's grace
16:73 Yet they worship those apart from God who cannot provide for them any sustenance from the heavens or the earth, nor will they have power to do so
16:74 So do not invent similitudes for God. Indeed God knows, and you do not know
16:75 God presents the example of a man who is a hired servant with no power over anything, and another on whom We have bestowed a handsome fortune, who spends from it in private and in public: Can they be equal? Praised be God! But most men do not understand
16:76 God presents another example of two men, one dumb and unable to do a thing and is a burden on his master. Wherever he is sent he returns without any good (result). Could he be equal to one who enjoins what is just, and follows the right path
16:77 To God belong the secrets of the heavens and the earth, and the Hour of Doom is a matter of the winking of an eye, even less, for God has certainly power over all things
16:78 God produced you from your mothers' wombs knowing nothing, but gave you ears and eyes and hearts so that you may be grateful
16:79 Do you not see the birds held high between the heavens and the earth? Nothing holds them (aloft) but God. There are verily signs in this for those who believe
16:80 God has given you homes to live in, and tents (made) from the hides of cattle convenient for days of travelling and halting; and from their wool and fur and hair you make domestic articles and goods that last a certain time
16:81 God has given you of things created, shade, and places of shelter in the mountains, and clothes for protection against the heat, and coats (of mail) for defence during war. He thus bestows His favours on you so that you may be grateful to Him
16:82 If they still turn away, your duty is to warn them in clear terms
16:83 They do know the favours of God, and yet they deny them, for most of them are not grateful
16:84 The day We shall call a witness from every people, the unbelievers will not be allowed to make excuses
16:85 And when the wicked shall face the torment it will not be decreased, nor will they be reprieved
16:86 When the idolaters see their partners they will call out: "O our Lord, these are the partners we invoked instead of You;" but they will retort: "You are liars."
16:87 They will offer submission to God that Day, and the lies they fabricated will not be of the least avail
16:88 For those who deny the truth and obstruct (others) from the way of God, We shall add torment to torment as they were perpetrating corruption
16:89 Remind them of the Day when We shall call from every people a witness against them, and make you a witness over them, for We have revealed to you the Book as an exposition of everything, and as guidance and grace and happy tidings for those who submit
16:90 Verily God has enjoined justice, the doing of good, and the giving of gifts to your relatives; and forbidden indecency, impropriety and oppression. He warns you so that you may remember
16:91 Fulfil your covenant with God, having made the covenant, and do not break your oaths once you have sworn them, as you have made God a witness over you. Indeed God knows what you do
16:92 And do not be like her who untwists her yarn having spun it into durable thread. Do not use your oaths deceitfully because one party has ascendency over you. God surely tries you in this way: He will make it clear to you on the Day of Resurrection what you were differing about
16:93 If God had pleased He would surely have made you a single community of belief; but He leads whosoever He wills astray, and guides whosoever He please. But you will surely be questioned about what you used to do
16:94 So do not make your oaths a means of deceiving one another, lest your foot should slip after having found its hold, and you taste of evil for having hindered (others) from the way of God, and suffer a grievous punishment
16:95 And do not trade God's covenant for a paltry price. Remember, what is with God is better for you, if only you knew
16:96 For what you possess will pass, but what is with God will abide. We shall certainly award those who persevere a recompense in keeping with their deeds
16:97 We shall invest whosoever works for good, whether man or woman, with a pleasant life, and reward them in accordance with the best of what they have done
16:98 So, when you recite the Qur'an seek refuge in God from Satan the execrable
16:99 He does not have power over those who believe and place their trust in their Lord
16:100 His power is only over those who take him as their patron, and those who ascribe equals (to God)
16:101 When We replace a message with another -- and God knows best what He reveals -- they say: "You have made it up;" yet most of them do not know
16:102 You say: "It has been sent by divine grace from your Lord with truth to strengthen those who believe, and as guidance and good news for those who have submitted (to God)."
16:103 Yet We know what they say: "It is only a man who instructs him." The speech of the man they imply is obscure while this is clear Arabic
16:104 Those who do not believe in the words of God are verily not guided by God. For them is severe punishment
16:105 They alone invent lies who do not believe in the words of God, and they are liars
16:106 Whosoever denies having once believed -- unless he is forced to do so while his heart enjoys the peace of faith -- and opens his mind to disbelief will suffer the wrath of God. Their punishment will be great
16:107 For they loved the life of this world more than the life to come; and God does not guide those who do not believe
16:108 They are the ones whose hearts and ears and eyes have been sealed by God; and these are the heedless
16:109 They will surely be losers in the life to come
16:110 But (to) those who were victimised and left their homes and then fought and endured patiently, your Lord will surely be forgiving and kind
16:111 On the day when every soul will come pleading for itself, and every soul will be recompensed for what it had done, no one will be wronged
16:112 God presents the example of a town which enjoyed peace and security, its provisions coming from everywhere in abundance, but it denied the favours of God; so God acquainted it with intimate hunger and fear (as punishment) for what they had done
16:113 An apostle came to them who was one of them, but they called him a liar. Then they were seized by torment for they were sinners
16:114 Eat the good and lawful of things that God has given you, and be grateful for the bounty of God, if you really worship Him
16:115 He has forbidden carrion and blood and the flesh of the swine, and what has been killed in the name of any other but God; but if one is driven by necessity (to eat it) without craving or reverting to it, then God is forgiving and kind
16:116 Do not utter the lies your tongues make up: "This is lawful, and this is forbidden," in order to impute lies to God; for they who impute lies to God will not find fulfilment
16:117 For them there is some enjoyment, but the punishment is painful
16:118 We have already told you what We have forbidden the Jews. We did not wrong them, they wronged themselves
16:119 To those who do wrong out of ignorance, then repent and correct themselves, your Lord is indeed forgiving and kind
16:120 Abraham was certainly a model of faith, obedient to God and upright, and not one of idolaters
16:121 Grateful to Him for His favours; so He chose him and guided him to the path that is straight
16:122 And gave him what is good in the world, and in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous and the good
16:123 So We commanded you to follow the way of Abraham the upright who was not of idolaters
16:124 As for the Sabbath, it was imposed on those who had differed about it; and your Lord will tell them on the Day of Resurrection what it was they had differed about
16:125 Call them to the path of your Lord with wisdom and words of good advice; and reason with them in the best way possible. Your Lord surely knows who strays from His path, and He knows those who are guided the right way
16:126 If you have to retaliate, do so to the extent you have been injured; but if you forbear it is best for those who bear with fortitude
16:127 Endure with patience, for your endurance is not without the help of God. Do not grieve for them, and do not be distressed by their plots
16:128 God is verily with those who are pious and devout, and those who are doers of good


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