11 Hud
Hud: Makki
In the name of Allah, most benevolent, ever-merciful.
ALIF LAM RA. This is a Book whose verses are indeclinable and distinct,
which comes from One who is most wise and all-knowing,
2. (Proclaiming) that you should worship none but God. Verily I bring to you
from Him a message of warning and rejoicing,
3. And that you should seek His forgiveness and turn towards Him. He will
bestow the best things of life on you for a time ordained, and favour those with
blessings who are worthy of grace. But if you turn away, I fear the punishment
of a terrible Day for you.
4. To God have you to go back, and He has power over everything.
5. Look, how they double up their breasts in order to hide from Him. But when
they cover themselves up with their garments, He knows what they hide and
what they expose. Indeed, He knows the secrets of the hearts.
6. There is not a creature that moves on the earth whose nourishment is not
provided by God, whose place of sojourning and depositing is not known to
Him. All things conform to a manifest law.
7. It is He who created the heavens and the earth In six spans, and has control
over the waters (of life) so that he may bring out the best that everyone of you
could do. Yet if you said to them: “You shall certainly be raised from the
dead,” the unbelievers will say: “This will be nothing but sorcery.”
8. If We defer their punishment for a certain time, they will say: “What is
keeping it back?” And yet, the day it comes, they will not be able to avert it;
and what they used to laugh at will encompass them.
9. If We allow man to enjoy Our favours, and then take them away from him, he becomes despondent and ungrateful.
10. If We let him taste Our favours after adversity, he says: “Misfortune has
left me,” and begins to brag and exult,
11. Except those who endure with patience and do the right, who will have
pardon and a great reward.
12. You may haply omit some of what has been revealed to you, and may be
disheartened because they say: “Why was no treasure sent down to him, or an
angel accompanied him?” Yet you have been sent to warn alone, for God takes
care of everything.
13. Do they say (of the Prophet): “He has forged (the Qur’an)?” Say: “Then
bring ten Surahs like it, and call anyone except God to help you, if what you
say is true.”
14. If they do not answer you, then know it has been revealed with the
knowledge of God, and that there is no god but He. (And say) “Will you now
15. To those who desire the life of this world and its many allures, We shall
pay them in full for their acts herein and will not withold any thing.
16. Yet these are the people for whom there is nothing but Fire in the world to
come. Fruitless will be what they have fashioned, and whatever they have done
will perish.
17. Will he who has a clear proof from his Lord, which acts as evidence from
Him, before which the Book of Moses was a way-giver and a grace, (not
believe in it)? Whoever among the partisans does not believe in it shall have
Hell as the promised award. So have no doubt about it, for surely it’s the truth
from your Lord, though most men may not believe.
18. Who is more wicked than he who invents lies about God? Such men shall
be arraigned before their Lord, and the witnesses will testify: “These are those
who imputed lies to God.” Beware! The scourge of God will fall on the unjust,
19. Who obstruct others from the way of God and seek obliquity in it, and do
not believe in the life to come.
20. They shall not weaken (the power of) God on earth, nor find any other
protector but God. Their punishment will be doubled, for they could neither
hear nor see.
21. They are verily those who exceeded themselves, and the (gods) they
invented abandoned them.
22. Undoubtedly they will be losers in the life to come.
23. But those who believe and do things good, and are humble before their
Lord, are men of Paradise where they will abide for ever.
24. The semblance of these two groups is that of a man who is deaf and blind,
and the other who can hear and see. Can they be equal? Why do you not
25. We sent Noah to his people (and he said): “I give you a clear warning.
26. Do not worship anyone but God; for I fear the punishment of a dreadful
day for you.”
27. The leaders of the people who were unbelievers, replied: “We see that you
are but a man like us, and see that none among us follows you but the meanest
and immature of judgement, and do not see any excellence in you above us. In
fact, we think you are a liar.”
28. He said: “O my people, think. If I have a clear proof from my Lord, and He
has bestowed on me His grace, though unknown to you, can we force it upon you when you are averse?
29. I do not demand for it any wealth from you, O my people. My reward is
with God. And I will not drive those away who believe. They have also to meet
their Lord. But I see you are an ignorant people.
30. O my people, who will save me from God if I drive them away? Do you
not understand?
31. I say not that I have the treasures of God, or that I possess the knowledge
of the unknown. I do not claim to be an angel, nor can I say that God will not
bestow any good on those you disdain, for God is cognisant of what is in their
hearts. If I say this, I will surely be unjust.”
32. They said: “O Noah, you have argued with us, and disputed at length; so
bring that (retribution) you promise, if you speak the truth.”
33. He replied: “Only God will bring it on you if He please, and you cannot
prevail against Him.
34. Even if I wish to advise you aright, my counsel will not profit you if God
intend that you go astray, for He is your Lord and to Him you will return.”
35. Do they say you have fabricated it? Tell them: “If I have fabricated it, then
mine is the guilt; but I am clear of what you are guilty.”
36. And Noah was informed through revelation: “Apart from those who have
come to believe already not one of your people is going to believe. So grieve
not for what they are doing.
37. Build an ark under Our eye and as We instruct. Do not plead for those who
have been wicked, for they shall certainly be drowned.”
38. So he built the ark; and when groups of his people passed by him, they
scoffed at him. He said to them: “Though you laugh at us (now), we shall
laugh at you, as you are laughing at us.
39. You will soon come to know who suffers the punishment that would put
him to shame, and who suffers lasting torment.”
40. When Our command was issued and the waters gushed forth from the
source, We said: “Take into (the ark) a pair of every species, and members of
your family other than those against whom the sentence has been passed
already, and those who come to believe.” But only a few believed in him.
41. And (Noah) said: “Embark. In the name of God be its course and mooring.
My Lord is surely forgiving and kind.”
42. It sailed on waves like mountains (high), and Noah called to his son who
was separated from him: “Embark with us, O my son, and be not one of those
who do not believe.”
43. “I shall go up a mountain,” he said, “which will keep me from the water.”
“There is no getting away,” said Noah, “from the decree of God today, except
for those on whom be His mercy.” And a wave came between them, and he
was among those who were drowned.
44. Then it was said: “O earth, swallow back your water; and, O sky, desist.”
And the water subsided, and the decree was accomplished. The ark came to
rest on Judi (Mount Ararat), and it was said: “Away with the cursed people!”
45. Noah called on his Lord and said: “O Lord, my son is surely a member of
my family, and verily Your promise is true, as You are the most just of all
46. “O Noah”, He answered, “truly he is not of your family. He is surely the
outcome of an unrighteous act. So ask Me not of what you do not know. I warn
you not to be one of the ignorant.” 47. “Preserve me, O Lord,” said (Noah), “from asking You that of which I have
no knowledge. If You do not forgive me and have mercy on me I shall be
among those who perish.”
48. (And the Lord) said: “O Noah, disembark with peace and safety from Us
and blessings on you and the people with you. As for some (of them), We shall
bestow advantages for a time, then send a grievous punishment on them.”
49. This is news of the Unknown We reveal to you, which neither you nor your
people knew before. So endure with patience. The future is for those who keep
away from evil and follow the straight path.
50. We sent to the people of ‘Ad their brother Hud, who said: “O my people,
worship God; you have no other god but He. (As for the idols,) you are only
inventing lies.
51. O my people, I ask no recompense of you for it: My reward is with Him
who created me. Will you not, therefore, understand?
52. O my people, beg your Lord to forgive you, and turn to Him in repentance.
He will send down rain in torrents for you from the shies, and give you added
strength. So do not turn away from Him as sinners.”
53. They said: “O Hud, you have come to us with no proofs. We shall not
abandon our gods because you say so, nor believe in you.
54. All we can say is that some of our gods have smitten you with evil.” He
replied:” I call God to witness, and you be witness too, that I am clear of what
you associate (in your affairs)
55. Apart from Him. Contrive against me as much as you like, and give me no
56. I place my trust in God who is my Lord and your Lord. There is no creature
that moves on the earth who is not held by the forelock firmly by Him. Verily
the way of my Lord is straight.
57. If you turn away, then (remember) I have delivered to you the message I
was sent with. My Lord will put other people in your place, and you will not be
able to prevail against Him. Indeed my Lord keeps a watch over all things.”
58. So, when Our command was issued We rescued Hud by Our grace, and
those who believed, with him, and saved them from a dreadful doom.
59. These were the people of ‘Ad who denied the word of their Lord and
rebelled against His apostles, and followed the bidding of every perverse
60. So they were accursed in the world, and they will be damned on the Day of
Doom. Beware! The ‘Ad turned away from their Lord.
61. Be warned! Accursed are the people of ‘Ad who were Hud’s. To Thamud
We Sent their brother Saleh. “O my people,” he said, “worship God; you have
no other god but He. It is He who raised you from the earth and settled you
upon it. So beg your Lord to forgive you, and turn to Him in repentance.
Surely my Lord is near and answers.”
62. They said: “O Saleh, we had placed our hopes in you, but you forbid us
from worshipping that which our fathers worshipped, and we are suspicious of
what you are calling us to.”
63. He said: “O my people, have you considered that if my Lord has clearly
shown me the way, and I have His blessings too, who will save me then from
God if I disobey? You will only add to my ruin.
64. O my people, this she-camel of God is a token for you. So leave her alone
to graze on God’s earth, and do not molest her, otherwise the swiftest punishment would befall you.”
65. But they hamstrung her. Then (Saleh) said: “You have but three days to
enjoy life in your homes. Infallible is this promise.
66. So, when Our command (of punishment) came We delivered Saleh by Our
grace, and those who believed, with him, from the disgrace of that day. Verily
your Lord is mighty and powerful.
67. The sinners were seized by a blast from heaven, and lay overturned in their
homes in the morning,
68. As though they had never lived there at all. Beware! The people of Thamud
turned away from their Lord. Beware! Accursed are the people of Thamud.
69. Our angels came to Abraham with good news, and said: “Peace on you.
“Peace on you too,” said Abraham, and hastened to bring a roasted calf.
70. When they did not stretch their hands towards it he became suspicious and
afraid of them. They said: “Do not be afraid. We have been sent to the people
of Lot.”
71. His wife who stood near, laughed as We gave her the good news of Isaac,
and after Isaac of Jacob.
72. She said: “Woe betide me! Will I give birth when I am old and this my
husband be aged? This is indeed surprising!”
73. “Why are you surprised at the command of God? God’s mercy and
blessings be upon you, O members of this household,” they said. “Verily He is
worthy of praise and glory.”
74. When Abraham’s fear was dispelled, and the good news had come to him,
he pleaded for the people of Lot with Us.
75. Abraham was kind, compassionate, and penitent.
76. “Desist from pleading, O Abraham,” (they said). “Your Lord’s command
has verily been issued, and a punishment that cannot be averted is bound to fall
on them.”
77. So when Our angels came to Lot, he grieved for them, and felt powerless to
help them, and said: “This is a day of sorrow.
78. His people came excited to him. They were addicted to sin already. Said
(Lot): “O my people, these daughters of mine are cleaner (and lawful) for you.
Have fear of God, and do not shame me before my guests. Is there no man of
discernment among you?”
79. They said: “You know we have no need for your daughters, and know well
what we want.”
80. “I wish I had the power to resist you,” said (Lot), “or powerful support.”
81. (The angels) said: “O Lot, we have verily been sent by your Lord. They
will never be able to harm you. So, leave late at night with your family, and
none of you should turn back to look; but your wife will suffer (the fate) they
are going to suffer. Their hour of doom is in the morning: Is not the morning
82. So when the decreed moment arrived, We turned the habitations upside
down, and rained upon them stones of hardened lava in quick succession,
83. Impressed with (the signs) of your Lord. And such (punishment) is not far
for the (other) transgressers.
84. We sent to Midian their brother Shu’aib. He said: “O my people, worship
God; you have no other god but He. So do not give in short measure nor
underweigh. I see you are prosperous, but I fear the doom of an overwhelming
Day for you. 85. So, O my people, weigh and measure with justness, and do not withhold
things due to men, and do not spread corruption in the land, despoiling it.
86. That which is left to you by God is better, if you are true believers; yet I am
not a warden over you.”
87. They said: “O Shu’aib, does your piety teach that we should abandon what
our fathers worshipped, or desist from doing what we like with our goods?
How gracious a man of discernment you are indeed!”
88. He said: “O my people, think. I have a clear sign from my Lord, who has
also given me a goodly provision, and I do not wish for myself what I forbid
you: I only wish to reform you as best I can. My success is from God alone. In
Him I have placed my trust, and to Him I turn.
89. “O my people (I fear) lest your opposition to me should bring you the like
of what befell the people of Noah or Hud or Saleh; and the people of Lot are
not distant from you.
90. “Beg your Lord to forgive you, and turn to Him. Indeed my Lord is
compassionate and loving.”
91. They said: “O Shu’aib, much of what you say is meaningless to us, and
then (for sure) you are powerless among us. But for your clan we would have
stoned you to death. You have no power over us.
92. He said: “My clan seems mightier to you than God whom you neglect and
push behind your backs. Surely what you do is within the power of my Lord.
93. Do on your part what you can, O people, I will do what I will. You will
come to know who suffers the punishment that would put him to shame, and
who is the liar. So watch; I am watching with you.”
94. And when Our word came to pass, We rescued Shu’aib and those who
believed, with him, by Our grace, but those who were wicked were seized by a
punishment from heaven, and lay overturned in their homes in the morning.
95. As though they had not dwelt there at all. Beware! Condemmed were the
people of Midian as those of Thamud had been before them!
96. We sent Moses with Our signs and full authority
97. To the Pharaoh and his nobles, but they followed the bidding of Pharaoh,
though the bidding of Pharaoh was unrightful.
98. He shall be at the head of his people on the Day of Resurrection, and drive
them into Hell like cattle driven to water — what an evil watering-place to
99. Damned will they be in this world, and on the Day of Doom how evil the
gift that they will receive!
100. These are a few accounts of settlements that We narrate to you. Some still
survive, and some have been mowed down.
101. We did not wrong them; they wronged themselves. When your Lord’s
chastisement descended upon them, their gods, on whom they called apart
from God, were not of the least avail, and all they did was only to add to their
102. Such is the punishment of your Lord when He seizes human settlements
in the acts of wickedness. Surely His hold is grievous and terrible.
103. In this surely is a sign for him who fears the torment of the Hereafter, the
day when mankind will be assembled together, which will be a day when all
things would become evident.
104. We are deferring it only for a time ordained.
105. The day it comes no soul will dare say a word but by His leave; and some will be wretched, some will be blessed.
106. And those who are doomed, will be in Hell: For them will be sighing and
107. Where they will dwell so long as heaven and earth endure, unless your
Lord will otherwise. Verily your Lord does as He wills.
108. Those who are blessed will be in Paradise, where they will dwell so long
as heaven and earth survive, unless your Lord wills otherwise: This will be a
gift uninterrupted.
109. So, you should not entertain any doubt about those whom they worship:
They only worship what their fathers had worshipped before them. We shall
verily give them their meed without diminution.
110. Verily We gave to Moses the Book, but there was disagreement about it.
Had the decree of your Lord (delaying it) not been issued the matter would
have been settled between them. They are still suspicious of it and in doubt.
111. Surely your Lord will reward everyone in accordance with his deeds. He
is certainly aware of all they do.
112. So, you and those who turned to God with you, should walk along the
straight path as you have been commanded, and do not transgress, for He
verily sees whatsoever you do.
113. Do not lean towards the wicked, or you will be caught in the flames of
Hell, and have none to befriend you other than God, nor will you be given
114. Stand up for the service of prayer at the two ends of day and the first
watch of night. Remember that good deeds nullify the bad. This is a reminder
for those who are observant.
115. Be steadfast, for verily God does not let the reward of those who are
upright and do good to go waste.
116. If only there had been men endued with virtue in the ages before you, who
could preserve men from doing evil in the world, other than the few We saved
from among them. Those who were wicked followed that which made them
dissolute, and became sinners.
117. Your Lord would not surely destroy unjustly human habitations so long as
the people are righteous.
118. But if your Lord had pleased He could have made all human beings into
one community of belief. But they would still have differed from one another,
119. Except those on whom your Lord had mercy for which He has created
them. But fulfilled shall be the word of your Lord. “I will fill up Hell with jinns
and men.”
120. The histories of apostles that We relate to you are (meant) to strengthen
your heart. Through them has the truth come to you, and guidance, and
reminder to those who believe.
121. Say to the infidels. “Act as best you can, we are acting too;
122. And wait (for what is to come), we are also waiting (to see).”
123. To God belong the secrets of the heavens and the earth, and all things will
go back to Him. So worship Him and put your trust in Him; your Lord is not
heedless of what you do.


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