Sura Ar-Rad (Thunder)
Sheikh / Mohammad Ayyoob

  • In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

    13:1 Alif. Lam. Mim. Ra. These are verses of the Scripture. That which is revealed to you from your Lord is the Truth , but most of people believe not.

    13:2 It is God, Who raised up the heavens without visible supports, then mounted the Throne, and compelled the sun and the moon to be of service, each runs to an appointed term; He orders the course; He details the revelations, that perhaps you may be certain of the meeting with your Lord.

    13:3 And it is He who spread out the earth and placed therein-firm hills and flowing streams, and of all fruits He placed therein two spouses (male and female). He covers the night with the day. Lo! Herein verily are signs for people who take thought.

    13:4 And in the earth are neighboring tracts, vineyards and ploughed lands, and date palms, like and unlike, which are watered with one water. And We have made some of them excel others in fruit. Lo! Herein verily are signs for people who have sense.

    13:5 And if you wonder, then wondrous is their saying: When we are dust, are we then forsooth (to be raised) in a new creation? Such are they who disbelieve in their Lord; such have carcanets on their necks; such are rightful inhabitants of the Fire, they will abide therein.

    13:6 And they bid you to hasten on the evil rather than the good, when exemplary punishments have indeed occurred before them. But lo! Your Lord is rich in pardon for people despite their wrong, and lo! Your Lord is strong in punishment!

    13:7 Those who disbelieve say: If only a sign was sent down upon him from his Lord! You are a warner only, and for every folk a guide.

    13:8-9 God knows that which every female bears and that which the wombs absorb and that which they grow. And everything with Him is measured. He is the Knower of the invisible and the visible, the Great, the High Exalted.

    13:10-11 Alike of you is he who hides the saying and he who noises it abroad, he who lurks in the night and he who goes freely in the daytime. For him are angels ranged before him and behind him who guard him by God's command. Lo! God changes not the condition of a folk until they (first) change that which is in their hearts; and if God wills misfortune for a folk there is none that can repel it, nor have they a defender beside Him.

    13:12-13 It is He, Who shows you the lightning, a fear and a hope, and raises the heavy clouds. The thunder hymns His praise and (so do) the angels for awe of Him. He launches the thunderbolts and smites with them whom He wills while they dispute (in doubt) concerning God, and He is Mighty in wrath.

    13:14 To Him is the real prayer. Those unto whom they pray beside God respond to them not at all, except as (if the response to) one who stretches forth his hands toward water (asking) that it may come to his mouth, and it will never reach it. The prayer of disbelievers goes (far) astray.

    13:15 And to God falls prostrate whosoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, as do their shadows in the morning and the evening hours.

    13:16 Say (O Muhammad): Who is Lord of the heaven and the earth? Say: God! Say: Take you then (others) beside Him for protectors, which, even for themselves, have neither benefit nor hurt? Say: Is the blind man equal to the seer, or is darkness equal to light? Or assign they to God partners? Who created the like of His creation so that the creation (which they made and His creation) seemed alike to them? Say: God is the Creator of all things, and He is the One, the Almighty.

    13:17 He sends down water from the sky, so that valleys flow according to their measure, and the flood bears (on its surface) swelling foam – from that which they smelt in the fire in order to make ornaments and tools rises a foam like to it – thus God coins (the similitude of) the true and the false. Then, as for the foam, it passes away as scum upon the banks, while, as for that which is of use to people, it remains in the earth. Thus God coins the similitude.

    13:18 For those who answered God's call is bliss; and for those who answered not His call, if they had all that is in the earth, and therewith the like thereof, they would proffer it as ransom. Such will have a woeful reckoning, and their habitation will be Hell, a dire abode.

    13:19-24 Is he who knows that what is revealed to you from your Lord is the truth like him who is blind? But only men of understanding heed; such as keep the pact of God, and break not the covenant; such as unite that which God has commanded should be joined, and fear their Lord, and dread a woeful reckoning. Such as persevere in seeking their Lord's Face and are regular in prayer and spend of that which We bestow upon them secretly and openly, and overcome evil with good. Theirs will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home. Gardens of Eden which they enter, along with all who do right of their fathers and their helpmeets and their seed. The angels enter to them from every gate. (Saying): Peace be to you because you persevered. Ah, passing sweet will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home.

    13:25 And those who break the covenant of God after ratifying it, and sever that which God has commanded should be joined, and make mischief in the earth: theirs is the curse and theirs is the ill abode.

    13:26 God enlarges livelihood for whom He wills, and straitens (it for whom He wills); and they rejoice in the life of the world, whereas the life of the world is but brief comfort as compared with the Hereafter.

    13:27 Those who disbelieve say: If only a sign was sent down upon him from his Lord! Say: Lo! God sends whom He wills astray, and guides to Himself all who turn (to Him),

    13:28-29 who have believed and whose hearts have rest in the remembrance of God. Verily in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest! Those who believe and do right: Joy is for them, and bliss (their) journey's end.

    13:30 Thus We send you (O Muhammad) to a nation, before whom other nations have passed away, that you may recite to them that which We have inspired in you, while they are disbelievers in the Beneficent. Say: He is my Lord; none should be worshipped but God alone. In Him do I put my trust and to Him is my recourse.

    13:31 Had it been possible for a Lecture to cause the mountains to move, or the earth to be torn asunder, or the dead to speak, (this Quran would have done so). Nay, but God's is the whole command. Do not those who believe know that, had God willed, He could have guided all people? As for those who disbelieve, disaster ceases not to strike them because of what they do, or it dwells near their home until the threat of God come to pass. Lo! God fails not to keep the promise.

    13:32 And verily Messengers (of God) were mocked before you, but long I bore with those who disbelieved. At length I seized them, and how (awful) was My punishment!

    13:33-34 Is He Who is aware of the deserts of every soul (as he who is aware of nothing)? Yet they ascribe to God partners. Say: Name them. Is it that you would inform Him of something which He knows not in the earth? Or is it but a way of speaking? Nay, but their contrivance is made fair-seeming for those who disbelieve and they are kept from the right road. He whom God sends astray, for him there is no guide. For them is torment in the life of the world, and verily the punishment of the Hereafter is more painful, and they have no defender from God.

    13:35 A similitude of the Garden which is promised to those who keep their duty (to God): Underneath it rivers flow; its food is everlasting, and its shade; this is the reward of those who keep their duty, while the reward of disbelievers is the Fire.

    13:36 Those to whom We gave the Scripture rejoice in that which is revealed to you. And of the clans there are those who deny some of it. Say: I am commanded only that I worship God and ascribe to Him no partner. To Him I cry, and to Him is my return.

    13:37 Thus have We revealed it, a decisive utterance in Arabic and if you should follow their desires after that which has come to you of knowledge, then truly would you have from God no protector nor defender.

    13:38 And verily We sent Messengers (to people) before you, and We appointed for them wives and offspring, and it was not (given) to any Messenger that he should bring a sign except by God's leave. For everything there is a time prescribed.

    13:39 God effaces what He wills, and establishes(what He wills), and with Him is the source of ordinance.

    13:40 Whether We let you see something of that which We have promised them, or make you die (before its happening), yours is but conveyance (of the message), Ours the reckoning.

    13:41 See they not how We visit the land, reducing it of its outlying parts? God punishes there is none that can postpone His punishment, and He is swift at reckoning.

    13:42 Those who were before them plotted; but all plotting is God's. He knows that which each soul earns. The disbelievers will come to know for whom will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home.

    13:43 They who disbelieve say: You are no Messenger (of God). Say: God, and whosoever has true knowledge of the Scripture, is sufficient witness between me and you.