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18:1  Praise be to Allah Who has revealed to His servant the Book devoid of all crookedness
18:2  an unerringly Straight Book, meant to warn of a stern punishment from Allah, and to proclaim, to those who believe and work righteous deeds, the tiding that theirs shall be a good rewar
18:3  wherein they shall abide for ever
18:4  and also to warn those who say: "Allah has taken to Himself a son,"
18:5  a thing about which they have no knowledge, neither they nor their ancestors. Dreadful is the word that comes out of their mouths. What they utter is merely a lie
18:6  (O Muhammad), if they do not believe in this Message, you will perhaps torment yourself to death with grief, sorrowing over them
18:7  Surely We have made all that is on the earth an embellishment for it in order to test people as to who of them is better in conduct
18:8  In the ultimate, We shall reduce all that is on the earth to a barren plain
18:9  Do you think that the people of the Cave and the Inscription were one of Our wondrous signs
18:10  When those youths sought refuge in the Cave and said: "Our Lord! Grant us mercy from Yourself and provide for us rectitude in our affairs."
18:11  We lulled them to sleep in that cave for a number of year
18:12  and then roused them so that We might see which of the two parties could best tell the length of their stay
18:13  We narrate to you their true story. They were a party of young men who had faith in their Lord, and We increased them in guidanc
18:14  and strengthened their hearts when they stood up and proclaimed: "Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. We shall call upon no other god beside Him; (for if we did so), we shall be uttering a blasphemy."
18:15  (Then they conferred among themselves and said): "These men, our own people, have taken others as gods beside Him: why do they not bring any clear evidence that they indeed are gods? Who can be more unjust than he who foists a lie on Allah
18:16  And now that you have dissociated yourselves from them and from whatever they worship beside Allah, go and seek refuge in the Cave. Your Lord will extend His mercy to you and will provide for you the means for the disposal of your affairs."
18:17  Had you seen them in the Cave it would have appeared to you that when the sun rose, it moved away from their Cave to the right; and when it set, it turned away from them to the left, while they remained in a spacious hollow in the Cave. This is one of the Signs of Allah. Whomsoever Allah guides, he alone is led aright; and whomsoever Allah lets go astray, you will find for him no guardian to direct him
18:18  On seeing them you would fancy them to be awake though they were asleep; and We caused them to turn their sides to their right and to their left, and their dog sat stretching out its forelegs on the threshold of the Cave. Had you looked upon them you would have certainly fled away from them, their sight filling you with terror
18:19  Likewise, We roused them in a miraculous way that they might question one another. One of them asked: "How long did you remain (in this state)?" The others said: "We remained so for a day or part of a day." Then they said: "Your Lord knows better how long we remained in this state. Now send one of you to the city with this coin of yours and let him see who has the best food, and let him buy some provisions from there. Let him be cautious and not inform anyone of our whereabouts
18:20  For if they should come upon us, they will stone us to death or force us to revert to their faith whereafter we shall never prosper."
18:21  Thus did We make their case known to the people of the city so that they might know that Allah´s promise is true, and that there is absolutely no doubt that the Hour will come to pass. But instead of giving thought to this, they disputed with one another concerning the People of the Cave, some saying: "Build a wall over them. Their Lord alone knows best about them." But those who prevailed over their affairs said: "We shall build a place of worship over them."
18:22  Some will say concerning them: "They were three and their dog, the fourth"; and some will say: "They were five, and their dog, the sixth" ? all this being merely guesswork; and still others will say: "They were seven, and their dog, the eighth." Say: "My Lord knows their number best. Only a few know their correct number. So do not dispute concerning their number, but stick to what is evident, and do not question anyone about them."
18:23  And never say about anything: "I shall certainly do this tomorrow"
18:24  unless Allah should will it. And should you forget (and make such a statement), remember your Lord and say: "I expect my Lord to guide me to what is nearer to rectitude than this."
18:25  They remained in the Cave for three hundred years; and others added nine more years
18:26  Say: "Allah knows best how long they remained in it, for only He knows all that is hidden in the heavens and the earth. How well He sees; how well He hears! The creatures have no other guardian than Him; He allows none to share His authority."
18:27  (O Prophet), recite to them from the Book of your Lord what has been revealed to you for none may change His words; (and were you to make any change in His words) you will find no refuge from Him
18:28  Keep yourself content with those who call upon their Lord, morning and evening, seeking His pleasure, and do not let your eyes pass beyond them. Do you seek the pomp and glitter of the world? Do not follow him whose heart We have caused to be heedless of Our remembrance, and who follows his desires, and whose attitude is of excess
18:29  And proclaim: "This is the Truth from your Lord. Now let him who will, believe; and let him who will, disbelieve. We have prepared a Fire for the wrong-doers whose billowing folds encompass them. If they ask for water, they will be served with a drink like dregs of oil that will scald their faces. How dreadful a drink, and how evil an abode
18:30  As for those who believe and do good We shall not cause their reward to be lost
18:31  They shall dwell in the Gardens of Eternity, beneath which streams flow. There they will be adorned with bracelets of gold, will be arrayed in green garments of silk and rich brocade, and will recline on raised couches. How excellent is their reward, and how nice their resting-place!"
18:32  (O Muhammad), propound a parable to them. There were two men of whom We bestowed upon one of the two vineyards, surrounding both of them with date-palms and putting a tillage in between
18:33  Both the vineyards yielded abundant produce without failure and We caused a stream to flow in their mids
18:34  so the owner had fruit in abundance and he said to his neighbour, while conversing with him: "I have greater wealth than you and I am stronger than you in numbers."
18:35  Then he entered his vine-yard and said, wronging himself: "Surely, I do not believe that all this will ever perish
18:36  Nor do I believe that the Hour of Resurrection will ever come to pass. And even if I am returned to my Lord, I shall find a better place than this."
18:37  While conversing with him his neighbour exclaimed: "Do you deny Him Who created you out of dust, then out of a drop of sperm, and then fashioned you into a complete man
18:38  As for myself, Allah alone is my Lord, and I associate none with my Lord in His Divinity
18:39  When you entered your vineyard, why did you not say: ´Whatever Allah wills shall come to pass, for there is no power save with Allah!´ If you find me less than yourself in wealth and childre
18:40  it may well be that my Lord will give me something better than your vineyard, and send a calamity upon your vineyard from the heavens and it will be reduced to a barren waste
18:41  or the water of your vineyard will be drained deep into the ground so that you will not be able to seek it out."
18:42  Eventually all his produce was destroyed and he began to wring his hands in sorrow at the loss of what he had spent on it, and on seeing it fallen down upon its trellises, saying: "Would I had not associated anyone with my Lord in His Divinity."
18:43  And there was no host, beside Allah, to help him, nor could he be of any help to himself
18:44  (Then he knew) that all power of protection rests with Allah, the True One. He is the best to reward, the best to determine the end of things
18:45  (O Prophet), propound to them the parable of the present life: it is like the vegetation of the earth which flourished luxuriantly when it mingled with the water that We sent down from the sky, but after that the same vegetation turned into stubble which the winds blew about. Allah alone has the power over all things
18:46  Wealth and children are an adornment of the life of the world. But the deeds of lasting righteousness are the best in the sight of your Lord in reward, and far better a source of hope
18:47  Bear in mind the Day when We shall set the mountains in motion and you will find the earth void and bare. On that Day We shall muster all men together, leaving none of them behind
18:48  They shall be brought before your Lord, all lined up, and shall be told: "Now, indeed, you have come before Us in the manner We created you in the first instance, although you thought that We shall not appoint a tryst (with Us)."
18:49  And then the Record of their deeds shall be placed before them and you will see the guilty full of fear for what it contains, and will say: "Woe to us! What a Record this is! It leaves nothing, big or small, but encompasses it." They will find their deeds confronting them. Your Lord wrongs no one
18:50  And recall when We said to the angels: "Prostrate yourselves before Adam"; all of them fell prostrate, except Iblis. He was of the jinn and so disobeyed the command of his Lord. Will you, then, take him and his progeny as your guardians rather than Me although they are your open enemies? What an evil substitute are these wrong-doers taking
18:51  I did not call them to witness the creation of the heavens and the earth, nor in their own creation. I do not seek the aid of those who lead people astray
18:52  What will such people do on the Day when the Lord will say: "Now call upon all those whom you believed to be My partners?" Thereupon they will call upon them, but they will not respond to their call; and We shall make them a common pit of doom
18:53  and the guilty shall behold the Fire and know that they are bound to fall into it, and will find no escape from it
18:54  And surely We have explained matters to people in the Qur´an in diverse ways, using all manner of parables. But man is exceedingly contentious
18:55  What is it that prevented mankind from believing when the guidance came to them, and from asking forgiveness of their Lord, except that they would like to be treated as the nations of yore, or that they would like to see the scourge come upon them face to face
18:56  We raise Messengers only to give good news and to warn. But the unbelievers resort to falsehood in order to rebut the truth with it, and scoff at My revelations and My warnings
18:57  Who is more wicked than the man who, when he is reminded by the revelations of his Lord, turns away from them and forgets (the consequence of) the deeds wrought by his own hands? We have laid veils over their hearts lest they understand the message of the Qur´an, and We have caused heaviness in their ears. Call them as you may to the Right Path, they will not be ever guided aright
18:58  Your Lord is All-Forgiving, full of mercy. Had He wished to take them to task for their doings, He would have hastened in sending His scourge upon them. But He has set for them a time-limit which they cannot evade
18:59  All the townships afflicted with scourge are before your eyes. When they committed wrong, We destroyed them. For the destruction of each We had set a definite term
18:60  (And recount to them the story of Moses) when Moses said to his servant: "I will journey on until I reach the point where the two rivers meet, though I may march on for ages."
18:61  But when they reached the point where the two rivers meet, they forgot their fish, and it took its way into the sea, as if through a tunnel
18:62  When they had journeyed further on, Moses said to his servant: "Bring us our repast. We are surely fatigued by today´s journey."
18:63  The servant said: "Did you see what happened? When we betook ourselves to the rock to take rest, I forgot the fish ? and it is only Satan who caused me to forget to mention it to you ? so that it made its way into the sea in a strange manner."
18:64  Moses said: "That is what we were looking for." So the two turned back, retracing their footsteps
18:65  and there they found one of Our servants upon whom We had bestowed Our mercy, and to whom We had imparted a special knowledge from Ourselves
18:66  Moses said to him: "May l follow you that you may teach me something of the wisdom which you have been taught?"
18:67  He answered: "You will surely not be able to bear with me
18:68  For how can you patiently bear with something you cannot encompass in your knowledge?"
18:69  Moses replied: "You shall find me, if Allah wills, patient; and I shall not disobey you in anything."
18:70  He said: "Well, if you follow me, do not ask me concerning anything until I myself mention it to you."
18:71  Then the two went forth until, when they embarked on the boat, he made a hole in it, whereupon Moses exclaimed: "Have you made a hole in it so as to drown the people in the boat? You have certainly done an awful thing."
18:72  He replied: "Did I not tell you that you will not be able to patiently bear with me?"
18:73  Moses said: "Do not take me to task at my forgetfulness, and do not be hard on me."
18:74  Then the two went forth until they met a lad whom he slew, whereupon Moses exclaimed: "What! Have you slain an innocent person without his having slain anyone? Surely you have done a horrible thing."
18:75  He said: "Did I not tell you that you will not be able to patiently bear with me?"
18:76  Moses said: "Keep me no more in your company if I question you concerning anything after this. You will then be fully justified."
18:77  Then the two went forth until when they came to a town, they asked its people for food, but they refused to play host to them. They found in that town a wall that was on the verge of tumbling down, and he buttressed it, whereupon Moses said: "If you had wished, you could have received payment for it."
18:78  He said: "This brings me and you to a parting of ways. Now I shall explain to you the true meaning of things about which you could not remain patient
18:79  As for the boat it belonged to some poor people who worked on the river, and I desired to damage it for beyond them lay the dominion of a king who was wont to seize every boat by force
18:80  As for the lad, his parents were people of faith, and we feared lest he should plague them with transgression and disbelief
18:81  and we desired that their Lord should grant them another in his place, a son more upright and more tender hearted
18:82  As for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city, and under it there was a treasure that belonged to them. Their father was a righteous man and your Lord intended that they should come of age and then bring forth their treasure as a mercy from your Lord; I did not do this of my own bidding. This is the true meaning of things with which you could not keep your patience."
18:83  (O Muhammad), they ask you about Dhu al-Qarnayn. Say: "I will give you an account of him."
18:84  We granted him power in the land and endowed him with all kinds of resources
18:85  He set out (westwards) on an expedition
18:86  until when he reached the very limits where the sun sets, he saw it setting in dark turbid waters; and nearby he met a people. We said: "O Dhu al-Qarnayn, you have the power to punish or to treat them with kindness."
18:87  He said: "We will chastise him who does wrong, whereafter he will be returned to his Lord and He will chastise him grievously
18:88  But as for him who believes and acts righteously, his will be a goodly reward and we shall enjoin upon him only mild commands."
18:89  Then he set out on another expeditio
18:90  until he reached the limit where the sun rises and he found it rising on a people whom We had provided no shelter from it
18:91  Thus was the state of those people, and We encompassed in knowledge all concerning Dhu al- Qarnayn
18:92  Then he set out on another expeditio
18:93  until when he reached a place between the two mountains, he found beside the mountains a people who scarcely understood anything
18:94  They said: "O Dhu al-Qarnayn, Gog and Magog are spreading corruption in this land. So shall we pay you taxes on the understanding that you will set up a barrier between us and them?"
18:95  He answered: "Whatever my Lord has granted me is good enough. But help me with your labour and I will erect a rampart between you and them
18:96  Bring me ingots of iron." Then after he had filled up the space between the two mountain-sides, he said: "(Light a fire) and ply bellows." When he had made it (red like) fire, he said: "Bring me molten copper which I may pour on it."
18:97  Such was the rampart that Gog and Magog could not scale, nor could they pierce it
18:98  Dhu al-Qarnayn said: "This is a mercy from my Lord: but when the time of my Lord´s promise shall come, He will level the rampart with the ground. My Lord´s promise always comes true."
18:99  And on that Day We shall let some of them surge like waves against others, and the Trumpet shall be blown. Then We shall gather them all together
18:100  That will be the Day We shall place Hell before the unbeliever
18:101  whose eyes had become blind against My admonition and who were utterly disinclined to hear it
18:102  Do the unbelievers, then, believe that they can take any of My creatures as their guardians beside Me? Verily We have prepared Hell to welcome the unbelievers
18:103  Say, (O Muhammad): "Shall We tell you who will be the greatest losers in respect of their works
18:104  It will be those whose effort went astray in the life of the world and who believe nevertheless that they are doing good
18:105  Those are the ones who refused to believe in the revelations of their Lord and that they are bound to meet Him. Hence, all their deeds have come to naught, and We shall assign no weight to them on the Day of Resurrection
18:106  Hell is their recompense for disbelieving and their taking My revelations and My Messengers as objects of jest
18:107  As for those who believe and do good works, the Gardens of Paradise shall be there to welcome them
18:108  there they will abide for ever, with no desire to be removed from there."
18:109  Say: "If the sea were to become ink to record the Words of my Lord, indeed the sea would be all used up before the Words of my Lord are exhausted, and it would be the same even if We were to bring an equal amount of ink."
18:110  Say (O Muhammad): "I am no more than a human being like you; one to whom revelation is made: ´Your Lord is the One and Only God.´ Hence, whoever looks forward to meet his Lord, let him do righteous works, and let him associate none with the worship of his Lord."