67 The Kingdom
Al-Mulk: Makki
In the name of Allah, most benevolent, ever-merciful.
BLESSED BE HE who holds the (reins of) Kingship in His hand, who has
power over everything,
2. Who created death and life in order to try you to see who of you are best of
deed. He is all-mighty and forgiving,
3. Who created the seven skies one above the other. Do you see any
disproportion in the creations of Ar-Rahman? Turn your eyes again. Do you
see any fissures?
4. Turn your eyes again and again. Your gaze turns back dazed and tired.
5. We have adorned the lowest sky with lamps, and made them missiles against
the devils, for whom We have prepared a torment of most intense fire.
6. For those who believe not in their Lord there is the punishment of Hell; and
what a wretched destination
7. When they are cast into it, they will hear it roar and raging
8. As though it would burst with fury. Every time a crowd is thrown into it, its
wardens will ask: “Did no warner come to you?”
9. And they will answer: “Surely; a warner came to us, but we denied him, and
said: ‘God did not send down any thing; you are greatly deluded, in fact.’”
10. They will say: “If we had listened and been wise, we would not have been
among the inmates of Hell.”
11. So will they confess their guilt. Deprived (of all joys) will be the inmates of
12. For those who fear their Lord in secret is forgiveness and a great reward.
13. Whether you say a thing secretly or openly, He knows the innermost
secrets of your hearts.
14. Can He who has created not know (His creation)? He is all-penetrating, allaware.
15. It is lie who made the earth subservient to you that you may travel all
around it, and eat of things He has provided; and to Him will be your
16. Are you so unafraid that He who is in Heaven will not open up the earth to
swallow you, when it will begin to tremble?
17. Or have you become so unafraid that He who is in Heaven will not send a
violent wind to shower stones at you? Then you will know the import of My
18. Those before them had also denied. And how was My punishment then!
19. Do they not see the birds above them flying wings spread out or folded?
Nothing holds them aloft but God. All things are within His purview.
20. What other army do you have to help you apart from Ar-Rahman? The
unbelievers are surely lost in delusion.
21. Who is there to give you food in case He withholds His bounty? Yet they
persist in rebellion and aversion.
22. Will he find the way who grovels flat on his face, or he who walks straight
on the right path?
23. Say: “It is He who raised you and gave you ears and eyes and hearts. How
little are the thanks you offer!”
24. Say: “It is He who dispersed you all over the earth, and to Him you will be gathered.”
25. But they say: “When will this promise come to pass, if what you say is
26. Say: “God alone has knowledge. My duty is only to warn you clearly.”
27. When they realise it has come upon them, distraught will be the faces of
unbelievers. They will be told: “This is what you asked for.”
28. Say: “Just think: If God destroys me and those with me, or is benevolent to
us, who will then protect the unbelievers from a painful doom?”
29. Say: “He is the benevolent; in Him do we believe, and in Him do we place
our trust. You will now realise who is in manifest error.”
30. Say: “Just think: If your water were to dry up in the morning who will
bring you water from a fresh, flowing stream?”


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