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an-Nahl (The Bee)
as rendered by [The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
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[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) rendition of Surah The Bee(an-Nahl)
16:1 The command of God will come, so do not hasten it. Be He glorified and exalted above the partners they set up
16:2 He sends down the angels with the Spirit by His command upon whom He wishes of His servants: "That you shall warn that there is no god except I, so be aware of Me.
16:3 He has created the heavens and the earth with the truth. Be He exalted above the partners they set up.
16:4 He has created man from a seed, but then he becomes clearly in opposition.
16:5 And the livestock He has created them for you, in them is warmth and benefits, and from them you eat
16:6 And for you in them is beauty, when you relax and when you travel
16:7 And they carry your loads to a land that you would not have been able to reach except with great strain. Your Lord is Compassionate, Merciful
16:8 And the horses and the mules and the donkeys, that you may ride them and as an adornment; and He creates what you do not know
16:9 And upon God the path is sought; and from it are deviations. And if He had wished, He could have guided you all
16:10 He is the One who has sent down water from the sky for you, from it you drink, and from it are woods in which you pasture
16:11 He brings forth with it the vegetation and the olives and the palm trees and the grapes, and of all the fruits; in that are signs for a people who think
16:12 And He has commissioned for you the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, and the stars are commissioned by His command. In that are signs for a people who comprehend
16:13 And what He has placed for you on the earth in various colors.In that are signs for a people who remember
16:14 And He is the One who has commissioned the sea, that you may eat from it a tender meat, and that you may extract from it pearls that you wear. And you see the ships flowing through it, so that you may seek from His bounty, and that you may be thankful
16:15 And He has cast onto the earth stabilizers so that it would not tumble with you, and rivers, and paths, perhaps you will be guided
16:16 And landmarks, and by the star they are guided
16:17 Is He who creates the same he who does not create? Will you not remember
16:18 And if you count the blessings of God, you will not be able to number them. God is Forgiving, Merciful
16:19 And God knows what you conceal and what you reveal
16:20 As for those they call on besides God, they do not create a thing, but are themselves created
16:21 They are dead, not alive, and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected.
16:22 Your god is One god. Those who do not believe in the Hereafter, their hearts are denying, and they are arrogant
16:23 Certainly, God knows what they hide and what they reveal. He does not like the arrogant
16:24 And if they are told: "What has your Lord sent down?" They say: "Fictional tales of old!
16:25 They will carry their burdens in full on the Day of Resurrection, and also from the burdens of those whom they misguided without knowledge. Evil indeed is what they bear
16:26 Those before them had schemed, so God came to their buildings from the foundation, thus the roof fell on top of them; and the retribution came to them from where they did not know
16:27 Then, on the Day of Resurrection He will humiliate them, and say: "Where are My partners regarding whom you used to dispute?" Those who have received the knowledge said: "The humiliation today and the misery are upon the rejecters.
16:28 Those whom their lives are terminated by the angels, while they had wronged themselves: "Amnesty, we have not done any evil!" "Alas, God is aware of what you have done.
16:29 "So enter the gates of Hell, in it you shall reside; such is the abode of the arrogant.
16:30 And it was said to those who were righteous: "What has your Lord sent down?" They said: "All goodness." For those who have done good in this world there is good; and the Hereafter is goodness. Excellent indeed is the home of the righteous
16:31 Gardens of delight; which they will enter, with rivers flowing beneath them, in it they will have what they wish. It is such that God rewards the righteous
16:32 Those whom their lives are terminated by the angels, while they had been good, they will say: "Peace be upon you, enter the Paradise because of that which you have done.
16:33 Are they waiting for the angels to come for them, or a command from your Lord? It was exactly the same as what those before them did. God did not wrong them, but it was their own souls that they wronged
16:34 Thus is was, that the evil of their work has afflicted them, and they will be surrounded by that which they used to mock
16:35 And those who were polytheists said: "If God had wished, we would not have served a thing other than Him; neither us nor our fathers; nor would we have made unlawful anything other than from Him." Those before them did exactly the same thing; so are the messengers required to do anything except deliver with clarity
16:36 And We have sent a messenger to every nation: "You shall serve God and avoid evil." Some of them were guided by God, and some of them deserved to be misguided. So travel the earth, and see how the punishment was of those who denied
16:37 If you are concerned for their guidance, God does not guide whom He misguides; and they will have no supporters
16:38 And they swore by God, in their strongest oaths, that God will not resurrect he who dies. No, it is a promise of truth upon Him, but most of the people do not know.
16:39 So that He will clarify for them that in which they have disputed, and so that those who have rejected will know that they were liars
16:40 Indeed, Our saying to a thing, if We wanted it, is that We say to it: 'Be,' and it is
16:41 And those who have emigrated for God, after they were oppressed, We will grant them good in the world, and the reward of the Hereafter will be greater, if only they knew
16:42 Those who are patient, and put their trust in their Lord
16:43 And We did not send any except men before you whom We inspired, so ask the people who have received the Reminder if you do not know
16:44 With proofs and the scriptures. And We sent down to you the Reminder to reveal to the people what was sent to them, and perhaps they will think
16:45 Have those who schemed evil guaranteed that God will not make the earth swallow them, or the retribution come to them from where they do not expect
16:46 Or that He will take them in their sleep? For they cannot stop it
16:47 Or that He will take them while they are in a state of fear? Your Lord is Compassionate, Merciful.
16:48 Have they not seen that what God has created of a thing, its shadow inclines to the right and the left in prostration to God; and they are humbled
16:49 And to God prostrate all those in the heavens and all those on the earth, from the creatures and the angels, and they are not arrogant
16:50 They fear their Lord from above them, and they do what they are commanded
16:51 And God said: "Do not take two gods, there is only One god, so it is Me that you shall reverence.
16:52 And to Him is what is in the heavens and the earth, and the system shall be to Him. Is it other than God that you shall be aware of
16:53 And any blessing that is with you is from God. Then, when harm afflicts you, to Him you cry out
16:54 Then, when He removes the harm from you, a group of you set up partners with their Lord
16:55 So they reject what We have given them. Enjoy, for you will come to know
16:56 And they allocate a portion from what We provide for them to that which they have no knowledge of. By God, you will be asked about the lies you have invented!
16:57 And they assign daughters to God; be He glorified; and to them is what they desire
16:58 And when one of them is given news of a female, his face becomes darkened and he is in grief
16:59 He hides from his people because of the bad news he has received. Shall he keep her with dishonor, or bury her in the sand? Miserable indeed is how they judge
16:60 To those who do not believe in the Hereafter is the worst example, and to God is the highest example, and He is the Noble, the Wise
16:61 And if God were to call the people to account for their transgression, He would not have left on it a single creature. But He delays them to a determined time; so when their time comes, they do not delay by one hour and they do not advance
16:62 And they assign to God what they hate, and their tongues describe with lies that they will have what is good. No doubt they will have the Fire, for they have rebelled
16:63 By God, We had sent to nations before you, but the devil adorned their work for them. So he is their ally today, and they will have a painful retribution
16:64 And We have not sent down the Book to you except that you may clarify for them that in which they have disputed, and as a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe
16:65 And God has sent down water from the sky, so He revives the land with it after its death. In that is a sign for a people who listen
16:66 And for you there is a lesson in the livestock; We give you to drink from what is in its belly between the digested food and the blood, a pure milk which is relieving for the drinkers
16:67 And from the fruits of the palm trees and the grapes you make strong drink and a good provision. In that is a sign for a people who comprehend
16:68 And your Lord inspired to the bees: "You shall take homes of the mountains and of the trees and of what they erect.
16:69 "Then you shall eat from every fruit, so seek the path your Lord has made easy." From its belly will emerge a liquid that has different colors, in it is a healing for the people. In that is a sign for a people who will think
16:70 And God has created you, then He will terminate your lives. And some of you will continue to old age so that he will not know anything more after his knowledge. God is Knowledgeable, Capable
16:71 And God has preferred some of you over others in provision. Yet, those who have been preferred will not relinquish their provision to those who are maintained by their oaths, that they may become equal in it. Is it the favor of God that they deny
16:72 And God has made for you mates from among yourselves, and He has made from your mates sons and grandchildren, and He has provided you from the good provisions. Is it the falsehood that they believe in,while the favor of God they reject
16:73 And they serve besides God that which does not and cannot possess anything of the provisions from the heaven or the earth
16:74 So do not give examples to God. God knows while you do not know
16:75 God puts forth the example of a slave who is owned and cannot achieve anything, against one whom We have provided a good provision which he spends of it secretly and openly. Are they the same? Praise be to God, but most of them do not know.
16:76 And God puts forth the example of two men, one of them is mute and he cannot achieve anything, and he is a burden to his guardian. Wherever he points him, he does not come with any good. Is he the same as one who orders good and he is upon a straight path?
16:77 And to God is the unseen of the heavens and the earth, and the matter of the Hour is like the blink of the eye or nearer. God is capable of all things
16:78 And God brought you out of the wombs of your mothers while you knew nothing. And He has made for you the hearing and the eyesight and the heart, perhaps you would be thankful
16:79 Have they not looked at the birds held in the atmosphere of the sky? No one holds them up except God. In that are signs for a people who believe
16:80 And God has made your homes a habitat, and He has made for you from the hides of the livestock homes which you find light when you travel and when you camp; and from its wool, fur, and hair you make furnishings and goods, until a time
16:81 And God has made for you shade from what He has created, and He has made from the mountains a refuge for you, and He has made for you garments which protect you from the heat, and garments which protect you from attack. It is such that He completes His blessings upon you, that perhaps you may submit
16:82 So if they turn away, then you are only required to deliver clearly
16:83 They recognize the blessings of God, then they deny them. And most of them are rejecters
16:84 And the Day We send from every nation a witness, then those who have rejected will not be given leave, nor will they be allowed to repent
16:85 And then those who were wicked will see the retribution; it will not be lightened for them, nor will they be given respite
16:86 And when those who were polytheists saw their partners, they said: "Our Lord, these are our partners that we used to call upon besides You." But they returned in answer to them: "You are liars!
16:87 And they offered submission to God on that Day; and what they had invented abandoned them
16:88 Those who rejected, and repelled others from the path of God, We have added them retribution over the retribution, for what they had corrupted
16:89 And the Day We send to every nation a witness against them from themselves, and We have brought you as a witness against these. And We have sent down to you the Book as a clarification for all things, and a guidance and a mercy and good tidings to those who have submitted
16:90 God orders justice and goodness and that you shall help your relatives, and He prohibits immorality and vice and transgression. He warns you that you may remember
16:91 And fulfill your pledge to God when you pledge so, and do not break your oath after making it, for you have made God a sponsor over you. God is aware of what you do
16:92 And do not be like she who unraveled her knitting after it had become strong, by breaking your oaths as a means of deception between you. That a nation shall be more numerous than another nation, for God puts you to the test by it. And He will show you on the Day of Resurrection that which you were disputing in
16:93 And if God had wished, He would have made you one nation, but He misguides whom He wishes, and He guides whom He wishes. And you will be asked about what you used to do
16:94 And do not use your oaths as a means of deception between you, that a foot will slip after it has been made firm, and you will taste the evil of turning away from the path of God, and you will have a great retribution
16:95 And do not purchase with the pledge of God a cheap price. What is with God is far better for you if you know
16:96 What you have will run out, while what God has will remain. And We will deliver to those who are patient their reward for the best of what they used to do
16:97 Whoever does good works, whether male or female, and is a believer, We will give him a good life and We will reward them their dues with the best of what they used to do.
16:98 When you read the Qur'an, you shall seek refuge with God from the outcast devil
16:99 He has no authority over those who believe, and who put their trust in their Lord
16:100 His authority is over those who follow him, and set him up as a partner.
16:101 And if We exchange a revelation in place of another revelation; and God is more aware of what He is revealing; they say: "You are making this up!" Alas, most of them do not know
16:102 Say: "The Holy Spirit has brought it down from your Lord with the truth, so that those who believe will be strengthened, and as a guidance and good news for those who have submitted.
16:103 And We are aware that they say: "A human being is teaching him." The tongue of the one they refer to is foreign, while this is a clear Arabic tongue
16:104 Those who do not believe in the revelations of God, God will not guide them, and they will have a painful retribution
16:105 Inventing fabrications is only done by those who do not believe in the revelations of God; and these are the liars.
16:106 Whoever rejects God after having believed - except for he who is forced while his heart is still content with belief - and has comforted his chest towards rejection, then these will have a wrath from God and they will have a great retribution.
16:107 That is because they have preferred the worldly life over the Hereafter, and God does not guide the rejecting people
16:108 Those are the ones whom God has stamped on their hearts, and their hearing, and their sight, and these are the unaware ones
16:109 Without doubt, in the Hereafter they are the losers
16:110 Then your Lord is; for those who emigrated after they were persecuted, then they strived and were patient; your Lord is, after that, Forgiver, Merciful
16:111 The Day every soul will come to argue for itself, and every soul will be paid in full for what it did, and they will not be wronged
16:112 And God puts forth the example of a town which was peaceful and content, its provisions were coming to it bountifully from all places, but then it rebelled against the blessings of God, and God made it taste hunger and fear for what they used to do
16:113 And a messenger came to them from themselves, but they denied him, so the punishment took them while they were wicked
16:114 So eat from what God has provided you, that which is good and lawful, and be thankful for the blessing of God, if it is indeed He whom you serve
16:115 He has only forbidden for you what is already dead, and the blood, and the meat of pig, and what was dedicated to other than God. But whoever is forced to, without seeking disobedience or transgression, then God is Forgiver, Merciful
16:116 And do not say, as to what your tongues falsely describe: "This is lawful, and that is forbidden;" that you seek to invent lies about God. Those who invent lies about God will not succeed
16:117 A small enjoyment, and they will have a painful retribution
16:118 And for those who are Jewish, We forbade what We told to you before. And We did not wrong them, but they were wronging themselves
16:119 Then your Lord to those who do evil out of ignorance, then they repent after that and they make good, your Lord after that is Forgiver, Merciful
16:120 Abraham was a nation, dutiful to God, a monotheist, and he was not of the polytheists
16:121 Thankful for His blessings. He chose him and guided him to a straight path
16:122 And We gave him good in this world, and in the Hereafter he is of the upright ones
16:123 Then We inspired to you: "You shall follow the creed of Abraham, monotheism, and he was not of the polytheists.
16:124 Indeed, the Sabbath was only decreed for those who had disputed in it, and your Lord will judge between them for that in which they had disputed
16:125 Invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and good advice, and argue with them in that which is better. Your Lord is fully aware of who is misguided from His path, and He is fully aware of the guided ones
16:126 And if you punish, then punish with equivalence to that which you were punished. And if you are patient then it is better for the patient ones
16:127 And be patient, for your patience is on none except God. And do not grieve for them, and do not be depressed by what they scheme
16:128 God is with those who are aware and are good doers.


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