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16:1  The Commandment of Allâh will come to pass, thus, seek not to hasten it. Glorified is He and high above what they associate with Him.
16:2  He sends down the ‘Angels’ with the inspiration by His Commandment on whomsoever He wills of His servants, (telling them): "Warn that there is no god except Me. Thus, act piously toward me,” (or show honor and reverence for Me).
16:3  He created the heavens and earth for genuine reason. High is He above what they associate with Him.
16:4  He created man from a minute quantity of semen, then behold, he becomes a manifest opponent.
16:5  The cattle, He has created them for you. You have in them warm clothing and (numerous) benefits, and of them you eat.
16:6  There is beauty in them for you when you bring them home (in the evening), and as you lead them forth to pasture (in the morning).
16:7  They carry your (heavy) loads to a land that you are not capable of reaching it, but with great difficulties for yourselves. Indeed, your Lord is full of Compassion, Most Merciful.
16:8  (He created) horses, mules, and donkeys for you to ride and as an adornment. He creates (other things) of which you have no knowledge.
16:9  Upon Allâh is the responsibility to show you the direction of the (right) way and there are some (ways) that deviate (from the truth). If Allâh had willed, He would have definitely guided you all (into all the truth).
16:10  He is the One Who sends down water from the sky; from it you drink and from it (grows) the vegetation on which you feed your cattle.
16:11  He causes to grow for you thereby crops, olives, date-palms, grapes, and every kind of fruit. Certainly there is a sign (of Allâh's power & glory) in this for a people who ruminate on ( the Sovereignty of Allâh).
16:12  He has made subservient for you the night and the day, the sun and the moon while the stars are made subservient by His Command. Certainly there are signs (of Allâh’s power & glory) in this for a people who are capable of perceiving the intended meaning of (His sings).
16:13  Whatsoever He has created for you on this earth of various colors, there is indeed a sign (of Allâh's power & glory) for a people who celebrate the praise of their Lord and declare his indefinite glory.
16:14  He is the One Who has made the sea subservient for you in order that you may eat tender (and tasty) meat from it, and may bring forth out of it ornaments to wear. You could see the ships cleaving through it in order that you may seek of His Bounty, and that you may give thanks.
16:15  And He has set up on the earth firm hills lest it should quake with you, rivers and roads that you find your way,
16:16  And landmarks. By the stars, they are (also) guided.
16:17  Is He then Who creates like the one who creates not? Will you not then celebrate the praises of your Lord and declare his indefinite glory?
16:18  If it happens that you (intend to) count the blessings of your Lord, you will not be able to compute them. Indeed, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
16:19  Allâh knows perfectly well whatever you conceal and whatever you reveal.
16:20  Those to whom they cry, beside Allâh, created nothing, but are themselves created.
16:21  (They are) dead, lifeless. They do not even know when they will be resurrected.
16:22  Your God is one God. But those who refuse to admit the truth of the ‘Hereafter’, their hearts in blind denial. And they are the ones who display an arrogant attitude towards Faith.
16:23  Indubitably, Allâh knows perfectly well whatever they conceal and whatever they reveal. Certainly He demonstrates not his own love for the ones who are arrogant.
16:24  When it is said unto them: "What is it that your Lord has revealed (unto ‘Muhammad’)?” They say: "Myths of the Ancients!"
16:25  They will bear their own burdens in full on the ‘Day of Resurrection’, and also the burdens of those whom they lead astray without knowledge. How dreadful is the burden that they will bear!
16:26  Verily, those before them made evil plans, so Allâh struck at the foundations of their building, causing the roof to fall down upon them, from above them, and the divine retribution came to them from a direction which they had never anticipated.
16:27  Then, on the ‘Day of Resurrection’, He will humiliate them and will say: "Where are My partners for whom you used to argue with (the ‘Monotheistic Believers’)?” Those who have spiritual gift of knowledge will say: “Verily, ignominy and misery have covered this day those who lack do Faith in Allâh,
16:28  Those whom the ‘Angels’ cause to die, while they are still acting wrongfully to their own selves." Then they would offer submission (saying): "We used not to do any evil." (The ‘Angels’ will say): "Nay! Indeed, Allâh is All- Knowing of what you are accustomed to do.
16:29  Thus, enter the gates of ‘Gehenna’, to abide therein. Gloomy indeed is the abode of the arrogant.”
16:30  And when It will be said unto those who acted piously: "What is it that your Lord has revealed (unto ‘Muhammad’)?” they say: "That which is good." For those who pursue righteousness, there is a good (reward) in this ‘worldly life’. Indeed, the home of the ‘Hereafter’ is better. Excellent indeed is the abode of the Pious (or those who show honor and reverence for Allâh/ or those who guard themselves against falling into sin and temptation).
16:31  They will be admitted into the ‘Gardens of Eden’, underneath which rivers flow. They will have therein whatever they desire. This is how Allâh rewards the ‘Pious’ (or those who show honor and reverence for Allâh/ or those who guard themselves against falling into temptation or sin) ,
16:32  those whom the ‘Angels’ cause to die while they are in state of inner purity, saying: "Peace be upon you. Enter ‘Al-Jannah’ for what you used to do."
16:33  Do they await but that the ‘Angels’ should come to them or the command of your Lord should come to pass? This is what they did (also) those who were before them. Allâh wronged them not, but they used to wrong their own selves.
16:34  The evil of what they did overtook them, and that at which they used to scoff encompassed them.
16:35  Those who associate others with Allâh say: "If Allâh had willed, neither we nor our fathers would have worshiped anything other than Him, nor would we have prohibited anything without (a command from) Him." This is what they did (also) those who were before them. Thus, are the ‘Messengers’ responsible for anything but to convey clearly the ‘Message’ (of their Lord to the people)?
16:36  Indeed, We have sent to every community a ‘Messenger’ (saying): “Worship (& venerate) Allâh (Alone), and avoid (idolizing) the mythological deities.” Then of them were some whom Allâh guided, of them were some upon whom deception was rightfully justified. Thus, travel through the earth and then observe the dreadful outcome of those who refused to acknowledge (the truth of Allâh's Oneness)!
16:37  (Even) if you strive hard for them to receive spiritual insight, indeed, Allâh will not illuminate the path of those whom He makes go astray, and they will have no helpers.
16:38  They swear by Allâh their most vigorous oaths (that) Allâh will not resurrect the one who dies. Yea! (It is absolutely) a true promise (binding) upon Him, but most of the people do lake the knowledge (of Allâh’s power & glory).
16:39  ( The fact is that He will resurrect them) so that He may make clear to them (the truth) of that wherein they differ, and that those who do lack Faith in Allâh will come to know that they are lairs.
16:40  Our Word to a thing when We destine it to come into being is only that We say unto it: "Be," consequently, there it is.”
16:41  As for those who emigrated for (serving) the cause of Allâh after being oppressed, We shall definitely give them goodly lodging in this ‘worldly life’, and certainly the reward of ‘Hereafter’ is far greater, if they but knew.
16:42  (They are) the ones who persist in patience and constancy, and depend on their Lord with full trust.
16:43  We sent not before you any but men to whom We inspired. Thus, ask those who have spiritual gift of knowledge of the Scriptures if you have no knowledge.
16:44  We provided them with the knowledge of truth and scriptures. We have also sent down to you the 'Revealer of Truth' in order that you may make manifest to the people what has been sent down to them, and that they will ruminate on (the sovereignty of Allâh).
16:45  Do then those who make evil plans feel secure that Allâh will not cause the earth to swallow them, or that the chastisement will not come to them from directions which they never anticipate?
16:46  Or that He will not seize them in their going to and fro during their trips, whereupon they will not be able to escape.
16:47  Or that He will not seize them while they are fearfully expecting it? Indeed, Your Lord is full of Compassion, Most Merciful.
16:48  Have they not seen the things that Allâh has created? Their shadows incline to the right and to the left in total submission to Allâh, while they are humble.
16:49  To Allâh makes prostration whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth of living creatures, and the ‘Angels’. And they do not display an arrogant attitude towards worshiping Him .
16:50  They show honor and reverence for their Lord, high above them, and they do what they are commanded.
16:51  Allâh said: “Take not (for worship) two gods. He is only one God. You must show honor and reverence for Me Alone."
16:52  Unto Him does belong whatsoever is in the heavens and on the earth; and obedience is permanently due to Him. Will you then seek to act piously towards other than Allâh?
16:53  Whatever of blissful things you have are from Allâh. Then, when misfortune touches you, unto Him you you cry for help.
16:54  Then, when He removes the misfortune from you, some of you associate in worshiping and venerating others with their Lord.
16:55  Consequently, they show not reverence for what We have given them. Thus, enjoy yourself (for a while), but you will come to know (the truth).
16:56  They attribute a portion of that which We have bestowed upon them to what they know not (i.e. to mythological deities). By Allâh, you shall definitely be questioned about (all) that you used to mythologize.
16:57  They assign daughters to Allâh- Glory be to Him- and to themselves what they desire.
16:58  When the news of the birth of a daughter is announced to one of them, his face becomes gloomy; and he is filled with sorrow.
16:59  He (bashfully) hides himself from the people because of the bad news of what is announced to him. Will he keep her (the baby girl) with disgrace or bury her alive? Definitely, dreadful is their Judgment!
16:60  For those who refuse to admit the truth of the ‘Hereafter’ is an evil parable, and Allâh is the Most Sublime Epitome. He is the All-Mighty, the All- Wise.
16:61  If Allâh were to destroy men for their grossly unfair acts, He would not leave therein a single moving (living) creature, but He defers them until an appointed time. Once their intervening time ends, they are not capable of delaying it by one hour, nor are capable of advancing it.
16:62  They assign to Allâh what they (themselves) loathe, and their tongues assert the mendacity that they will have the best. Indubitably, for them is the Fire, and they will be ostracized.
16:63  By Allâh, We definitely sent ‘Messengers’ to (different) nations before you, but the devil adorn their (evil deeds) in their eyes. Thus, he is their protector today (i.e. in this ‘worldly life’), and theirs will be an agonizing chastisement.
16:64  We have not sent down the ‘Book’, (the Qur’ān), to you, except that you may make manifest to them that wherein they differ, and (as) a a source of inner guidance and spiritual transformation, and a divine clemency for a people who live a life of Genuine Faith.
16:65  Allâh sends down water from the sky and then He resuscitates the earth therewith after its death. Verily, in this is a sign (of Allâh's power & glory) for people who submitted (themselves completely to the authority of Allâh).
16:66  Certainly, in the cattle, there is a lesson for you. We give you to drink of that which is in their bellies- between secretion and blood- pure milk, palatable to the drinkers.
16:67  From the fruits of the palms and the grapes, you extract vintage and good nourishment. Indeed, therein is a sign (of Allâh's power & glory) for a people who have the ability to perceive (the intended meaning of Allah’s signs of power & glory).
16:68  Your Lord revealed unto the honey bee colony, (commanding the Queen Bee) to make for itself hives in the mountains, in the trees and in the trellises,
16:69  Then (commanded he the worker bee): “Eat from all the fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord submissively." There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying colors wherein is healing for the people. Indeed, in this is a sign (of Allâh's power & glory) for people who ruminate on (the sovereignty of Allâh).
16:70  Allâh creates you, and then He causes you to die. Among you is he who sent back to a feeble age so that he may know nothing after having knowledge. Allâh is absolutely All-Knowing, All-Powerful.
16:71  Allâh has preferred some of you above others in the means of livelihood. Then, those who are preferred will by no means hand over their sustenance to those whom their right hands possess, so that they may be equal in that respect. Do they then refuse to acknowledge the grace of Allâh, (the Lord of All the worlds)?
16:72  Allâh has made wives for you from among yourselves, given you sons and grandsons from your wives and bestowed upon you good provision. Do they then believe in falsehood and refuse to acknowledge the grace of Allâh, (the Lord of All the worlds)?
16:73  They worship others beside Allâh which posses no sustenance at all from the heavens or from the earth, nor can they ever obtain such power.
16:74  Therefore, strike not similarities to Allâh. Indeed, Allâh knows perfectly well, whereas you do lack knowledge ( of the supremacy of Allâh).
16:75  Allâh sets forth a parable: a slave (who is) owned and incapable of doing anything, and one whom We have bestowed a good provision from Us, so he spends from it secretly and publicly. Can they be equal? All the praises and gratitude belong to Allâh! But most of them do lack knowledge.
16:76  Allâh sets forth a parable of two men: one of them dumb and incapable of doing anything, being a burden to his master; wherever he sends him, he brings no good. Is he equal with the one who commands justice, and he is on a right path?
16:77  Unto Allâh belongs the unseen of the heavens and of the earth. The matter of the ('Inevitable) Hour' is but as a twinkling of the eye, or even nearer. Indeed, Allâh is capable of doing whatever He wills.
16:78  Allâh brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers while you knew nothing and gave you hearing, sight and hearts, so that you may be grateful.
16:79  Do they not see the birds being subjected in the middle of the sky? No one withholds them but Allâh. Indeed, in this are signs (of Allâh's supremacy) for people who accept Allâh into their life.
16:80  And it is Allâh, Who has made for you in your houses a place of rest and He has made for you out of the skins of the cattle, houses , which you find light to carry on the day of travel and your day of encampment; and out of their wool, fur and hair, household stuff and comfort for a while.
16:81  And it is Allâh, Who made for you out of what He has created shadows, given you shelters in the mountains, giving you garments to protect you from heat, and coats of mail to protect you in your fighting. This is how He completes His blessing on you so that you may submit (yourselves entirely to His authority).
16:82  Then if it happens that they take no heed, (then you’ll need to know that) your mission is only to convey (& promulgate the message of your Lord) clearly.
16:83  They fully recognize the (endless) blessings blessings of Allâh. Yet they refuse to acknowledge them, and most of them do lack Faith in Allâh, (acting impiously).
16:84  (Mention) the day when We shall raise up a witness from every nation, then there will be no leave for those who lack Faith in Allâh, nor will they be asked to make amends.
16:85  When those who are grossly unfair and morally wrong see the chastisement will (come to know that) it will not be lightened for them, neither will they be given respite.
16:86  When those who associate partners with Allâh see their ‘associate-gods’. They will say: "Our Lord, these are our ‘associate-gods’ to whom we used to implore and pray besides you. But ‘associate-gods‘ will fling to them the word (and say): “Indeed you are Lairs.!”
16:87  They will (decide firmly to) proffer submission to Allâh on that day, and what they used to mythologize will fail them.
16:88  Those who lack Faith in Allâh and hinder (men) from the way of Allâh- for them We will add chastisement to chastisement, for that they used to spread corruption.
16:89  (Mention) the day when We will raise up a witness against them from among themselves from every nation; and We bring you as a witness against these. We have sent down to you the ‘Book’, (the ‘Qur'ân’), as clarification of everything, giving spiritual insight , divine clemency to men, and joyful news to those who have submitted (themselves entirely to the authority of Allâh).
16:90  Verily, Allâh commands (you) to do justice, to show kindness, and to give priority to the relatives, and forbids immorality, abomination, and tyranny. He admonishes you, so that you may take heed.
16:91  Fulfill the covenant of Allâh when you have made a covenant, and break not the oaths after confirming them since you have appointed Allâh to be your surety. Indeed, Allâh knows what you do.
16:92  Be not like the woman who breaks her yarn after weaving it strongly, by making your oaths (as) an action of deceiving among yourselves, because you find out that (one) group is more plentiful than those with whom you made covenant. Allâh only tries you by this, so that He will make manifest to you that which you used to differ on the Day of Resurrection.
16:93  If Allâh had willed, He would certainly have made you one nation, but He sends astray whomsoever He wills and guides whomsoever He wills. You will definitely be called to account for what you used to do.
16:94  Make not your oaths (as) an action of deceiving among yourselves, lest a foot may slip after being entrenched, and you may have to taste the evil as a result of having hindered (men) from the path of Allâh, and lest a mighty chastisement awaits you.
16:95  Exchange not the covenant of Allâh for a small price. Certainly, whatever is with Allâh is far better for you, if you but knew.
16:96  Whatever is with you will run out, and whatever is with Allâh will remain. We will definitely give to those who persist in patience and constancy their reward in accordance with the best of what they used to do. .
16:97  Whoever does a righteous good deed, whether male or female, and adheres firmly to Islamic monotheism, We shall indeed grant him a new life, happy and blissful. We shall definitely bestow on such their reward in accordance with the best of what they used to do.
16:98  Thus, when you recite the ‘Qur'ân’, seek refuge in Allâh from the accursed devil (- ‘Iblīs’-).
16:99  Indeed, he has no authority over those who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism and over those who depend on their Lord with full trust.
16:100  His authority is only over those who obey and follow him, and those who associate others with Allâh.
16:101  When We substitute a verse in place of a verse - and Allâh knows perfectly well what He reveals - they say: “You, (O’ Muhammad), are but a forger." The fact is that most of them do lack knowledge.
16:102  Say, (O’ Muhammad): “It has been revealed by the sacred spirit (-’Gabriel’ -) from your Lord with truth, in order that It may entrench (the faith of) those who adhere firmly to Islamic monotheism and may give spiritual insight and joyful news to those who have submitted (themselves entirely to the authority of Allâh).
16:103  Indeed, We know perfectly well what they say: "It is only a human being who teaches him." The tongue of the one they allude to is outlandish, while this ‘Qur'ân’ is pure Arabic tongue.
16:104  Those who believe not in the ‘Revelations of Allâh’, Allâh will not illuminate their path. They will be subjected to a painful chastisement in the ‘Hereafter”.
16:105  The only ones who invent lies are those who believe not in the ‘Revelations of Allâh’. And they are (indeed) the liars.
16:106  Whoever refuses to accept Allâh (into his life) after placing his Faith in Him, except one who is imposed by coercion thereto and whose heart is at comfort with faith, but such as open their breasts to disbelief: In them abides a wrath from Allâh, and a vehement chastisement awaits them.
16:107  That is because they preferred this ‘worldly life’ more than the ‘Hereafter’. Indeed, Allâh guides not those who fall into disbelief in Allâh.
16:108  Those are the ones whom Allâh has sealed their hearts, their hearing and their sight. And such are the ones who are spiritually dead and blind.
16:109  Indubitable, in the ‘Hereafter’, they are the ones who are doomed to eternal perdition.
16:110  And yet, behold, your Lord (grants repentance) to those who migrated, (to ‘Medina’), after they were persecuted, then continued to strive hard ( in serving the cause of Allâh) and persisted in patience and constancy. Indeed, your Lord afterward is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
16:111  (Remember) the day when every ‘Human Self’ will come pleading for itself. And every ‘Human Self’ will be paid in full for what it did, and they will not be wronged.
16:112  Allâh has set forth a parable: a township safe and secure, to which its means of provision used to come to it in abundance from every location, but it refused to acknowledge (the truth of the endless) blessings of Allâh. Thus, Allâh made (its inhabitants) to taste the hardships of starvation and the dread (of disasters) for what they used to do.
16:113  Indeed, there has come to them a ‘Messenger’ from among themselves but they belied him, so the (divine) retribution seized them while they were grossly unfair and morally wrong.
16:114  So eat of what Allâh has provided for you, lawful and delicious, and be (extremely) grateful for (the endless) blessings of Allâh, if it is He whom you worship (& venerate).
16:115  He has forbidden you only carrion, blood, swine flesh and that which has been sanctified to other than Allâh. But whosoever is forced by necessity, not desiring or exceeding the limit, (needs to know that) Allâh is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.
16:116  Utter not about what your tongues affirm of falsehood: "This is lawful and this is illicit," in order to invent a lie against Allâh. Truly those who invent lies against Allâh will never achieve a blissful life or gain eternal salivation.
16:117  (It is) a brief entertainment and they will have a painful chastisement.
16:118  And to those who are ‘Jews’, We prohibited that which We related unto you before. We wronged them not, but they used to wrong their own selves.
16:119  Then indeed your Lord (grants repentance) to who does evil deeds out of ignorance and afterward repents and amends his ways. Verily, your Lord afterward is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
16:120  ‘Abraham’ was certainly an epitome (of faith and virtue), obedient to Allâh and a true monotheist. Lo! He was not of the ‘Polytheists’.
16:121  (‘Abraham’ was) grateful to Allâh for His (endless) blessings. He chose him and guided him to a straight path.
16:122  We gave him the good (things) in this ‘worldly life’, and certainly, in the ‘Hereafter’, he will be among the righteous.
16:123  Then we inspired you, (O’ ‘Muhammad’), to follow the creed of Abraham, (the doctrine of monotheism). Lo! He was (a true monotheist), not being of the Polytheists.
16:124  The Sabbath was prescribed only against those who differed concerning it. Indeed, your Lord will judge between them on the ‘Day of Resurrection’ concerning that wherein they used to differ.
16:125  Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good sermon, and debate with them in a way that is best. Verily, your Lord knows perfectly well who has gone astray from His path, and He knows perfectly well those who have followed the right way.
16:126  If you chastise, then chastise with the like of that wherewith you were afflicted. But if it happens that you endure patiently, it will certainly be better for those who show patience and constancy.
16:127  Resort to patience and constancy! For your patience is but from Allâh. Grieve not over them, nor be in anguish because of that which they machinate.
16:128  Verily, Allâh is with those who act piously, and with those who pursue righteousness..