29 The Spider
Al-’Ankabut: Makki
In the name of Allah, most benevolent, ever-merciful.
2. Do men think they will get away by saying: “We believe,” and will not be
3. We had tried those who were before them so that God knew who spoke the
truth, and who were liars.
4. Do those who do evil think that they will get the better of Us? How bad is
the judgement that they make!
5. He who hopes to meet God (should know) that God’s appointed time will
surely come. He is all-hearing and all-knowing.
6. He who strives does so for himself. Verily God is independent of the
creatures of the world.
7. We shall pardon the sinful deeds of those who believe and do the right, and
give them a reward better than their deeds.
8. We have enjoined on man to be good to his parents; but if they try to make
you associate with Me that of which you have no knowledge, then do not obey
them. You have to come back to Us, when I will tell you what you used to do.
9. We shall admit those who believe and do the right among the righteous.
10. There are among men those who say: “We believe in God;” yet if they
happen to suffer in the cause of God they take oppression by men as
punishment from God. And if help comes to them from your Lord, they say: “We were with you.” Does not God know what is hidden in the hearts of men?
11. God will surely know the believers and know the hypocrites.
12. Those who deny say to those who affirm: “Follow our way; we shall carry
the burden of your sins.” But they cannot carry the burden of their sins in the
least. They are liars indeed.
13. They will carry their own loads and other loads besides their own; and will
surely be questioned on the Day of Resurrection about what they contrived.
14. We sent Noah to his people, and he lived with them a thousand years minus
fifty. Then they were caught by the deluge for they were evil.
15. But We saved him and those with him in the ark, and made it a sign for the
creatures of the world.
16. And (remember) Abraham who said to his people: “Worship God and be
obedient to Him. This is better for you if you understand.
17. You worship idols in place of God and invent lies. Surely those you
worship other than God have no power over your means of livelihood. So seek
your sustenance from God, and worship Him and give Him thanks. To Him
will you be brought back in the end.
18. But if you deny, then many a people have denied before you. The duty of
the apostle is to convey the message clearly.”
19. Do they not see how God originates creation, then reverts it back? This is
indeed how inevitably the law of God works;
20. Say: “Travel on the earth and see how He originated creation. Then (you
will know) how God will raise the last raising (of the dead). Surely God has
power over everything,
21. Punish whom He will, and have mercy on whom He please. And to Him
will you be brought back in the end.
22. Escape Him you cannot either in the earth or in the sky; and you have no
friend or helper apart from God. Those who deny the signs of God and the
meeting with Him, cannot have hope of My mercy. There is a painful
punishment for them.
24. The people (of Abraham) had no answer except: “Kill him or burn him;”
but God saved him from the fire. There are lessons in this for those who
25. He said: “You have taken to idols through mutual affection in this life, in
place of God, but on the Day of Resurrection you will disown and curse each
other, and your abode will be Hell, and you will have none to help you.”
26. Then Lot believed in him; and (Abraham) said: “I will separate myself and
take refuge in my Lord. Surely He is all-mighty and all-wise.”
27. So We bestowed on him Isaac and Jacob and gave his progeny
prophethood and scripture, and rewarded him in this world, and in the next he
will be among the upright.
28. And (remember) Lot when he said to his people: “You indulge in lecherous
acts which none of the creatures had done before you.
29. You commit unnatural acts with men and cut off the way (of procreation),
and commit obscenities in your gatherings.” The only answer his people made
was: “Bring the punishment of God, if you are truthful.”
30. “O Lord, help me against the wicked people,”(Lot) prayed.
31. When Our messengers came to Abraham with good news, they said: “We
have to destroy this city as its inhabitants have become sinful.”
32. He said: “Surely Lot is there.” They answered: “We know who is there. We are to save him and his family except his wife, for she is one of those who will
stay behind.”
33. So, when Our messengers came to Lot, he was worried on their account as
he was unable to protect them. They said: “Have no fear or regret. We will
certainly save you and your family except your wife, for she is one of those
who will stay behind.
34. We have to bring a scourge from the heavens on the people of this city as
they are depraved.”
35. Verily We have left a clear sign of this for people of sense to see.
36. To Midian We sent their brother Shu’aib. He said: “O people, worship God
and be ready for the Day of Resurrection. Do no evil, and create no mischief in
the land.”
37. But they denied him and were seized by an earthquake, and lay overturned
in their homes in the morning.
38. And (remember) ‘Ad and Thamud. It will be clear to you from their
habitations (how they were destroyed), for Satan had made their deeds look
attractive to them, and turned them away from the path; and yet they were a
people of acumen.
39. (Remember) Qarun, Pharaoh and Haman to whom Moses came with clear
signs; but they were haughty (and oppressed) the land. Yet they could not run
away from Us;
40. And We seized all of them for their crimes. Against some We sent a violent
wind hurling stones, and some We seized with a mighty blast, and some We
submerged under the earth, and some We drowned. It was not for God to
wrong them, they wronged themselves.
41. The semblance of those who take protectors besides God is that of the
spider. She arranges a house for herself, but the flimsiest of houses is the
spider’s. If only they had sense!
42. Verily God knows what they invoke in His place, for He is all-mighty and
43. These are precepts of wisdom We offer to men, but only those who are
rational understand.
44. God has created the heavens and the earth with reason. Surely in this is a
sign for those who believe.
45. Recite what has been revealed to you of this Book, and be constant in
devotion. Surely prayer keeps you away from the obscene and detestable, but
the remembrance of God is greater far; and God knows what you do.
46. Do not argue with the people of the Book unless in a fair way, apart from
those who act wrongly, and say to them: “We believe what has been sent down
to us, and we believe what has been sent down to you. Our God and your God
is one, and to Him we submit.”
47. That is how We have revealed this Book to you and those to whom We
have sent down the Book will believe in it. Only those who are infidels will
deny it.
48. You did not read any Scripture before this, nor wrote one with your right
hand, or else these dissemblers would have found a cause to doubt it.
49. In fact, in the minds of those who have intelligence these are clear signs.
No one denies Our revelations except those who are unjust.
50. For they say: “How Is it no signs were sent down to him from his Lord?”
Say: “The signs are with God. I am only a warner, plain and simple.” 51. Is it not sufficient for them that We have revealed the Book to you which is
read out to them? It is indeed a grace and reminder for people who believe.
52. Say: “God is sufficient as witness between me and you.” He knows what is
in the heavens and the earth. It is those who believe in falsehood and disbelieve
in God who will perish.
53. They want you to hasten the punishment: But for a time already determined
the punishment would have come upon them. It will come upon them all too
suddenly, and they will be caught unawares.
54. They want you to hasten the punishment: Hell will indeed surround the
55. The day the punishment comes upon them from above and underneath their
feet, (God will) say: “And now taste of what you had done.”
56. O My creatures who believe, surely My earth has plenty of scope and so
worship only Me.
57. Every soul has to know the taste of death. You will then be sent back to Us.
58. We shall admit those who believe and do the right to empyreal gardens
with rivers rippling by, where they will abide for ever. How excellent the
guerdon of those who toil,
59. Who persevere and place their trust in their Lord.
60. How many living things there are on the earth that do not Store their food;
God provides them as well as you. He is all-hearing and all-knowing.
61. If you ask them: “Who created the heavens and the earth, and who set the
sun and the moon to work?” They will answer: “God.” Why then do they
62. God increases the means of those of His creatures as He please, or limits
them for whomsoever He will. He is certainly cognisant of everything.
63. If you ask them: “Who sends down rain from the sky and quickens the
earth when it is dead?” They will answer: “God.” Say: “All praise be to God.”
But most of them do not understand.
64. The life of this world is only a sport and play. It is surely the home of the
Hereafter that will indeed be life extended and new, if only they knew!
65. When they board a ship they call on God, placing their faith wholly in
Him. But when He brings them safely back to shore, they begin to associate
others with Him,
66. And deny what We had given them, in order to go on enjoying themselves.
They will come to know soon.
67. Do they not see that We have given them a safe sanctuary, while all around
them men are being despoiled? Do they then believe what is false, and deny
the bounty of God?
68. Who is more unjust than he who fabricates a lie about God, or denies the
truth when it has come to him? Is there not an abode for unbelievers in Hell?
69. We shall guide those who strive in Our cause to the paths leading straight
to Us. Surely God is with those who do good.


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