Sura Al-Muminun (The Believers)
Sheikh / Mohammad Ayyoob

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

    23:1-11 Successful indeed are the believers who are humble in their prayers, and who shun vain conversation, and who pay the poor-due; and who guard their modesty – except from their wives or the (slaves) that their right hands possess, for then they are not blameworthy, but whoever craves beyond that, such are transgressors. And those that are caretakers of their pledge and their covenant, and who pay heed to their prayers. They are the heirs who will inherit Paradise: There they will abide.

    23:12-14 Verily We created man from a product of wet earth; then placed him as a drop (of seed) in a safe lodging; then fashioned We the drop into a clot, then fashioned We the clot into a little lump, then fashioned We the little lump into bones, then clothed We the bones with flesh, and then produced it as another creation. So blessed be God, the Best of Creators!

    23:15-16 Then lo! After that you surely die. Then lo! On the Day of Resurrection you are raised (again).

    23:17-22 And We have created above you seven paths, and We are never unmindful of creation. And We send down from the sky water in measure, and We give it lodging in the earth, and lo! We are able to withdraw it. Then We produce for you therewith gardens of date palms and grapes, wherein is much fruit for you and whereof you eat; and a tree that springs forth from Mount Sinai that grows oil and relish for the eaters. And lo! In the cattle there is verily a lesson for you. We give you to drink of that, which is in their bellies, and many uses have you in them, and of them do you eat; and on them and on the ship you are carried.

    23:23-30 And We verily sent Noah to his folk, and he said: O my people! Worship God. You have no other God except Him. Will you not fear (Him)? But the chieftains of his folk, who disbelieved, said: This is only a mortal like you who would make himself superior to you. Had God willed, He surely could have sent down angels. We heard not of this in the case of our fathers of old. He is only a man in whom is madness, so watch him for a while. He said: My Lord! Help me because they deny me. Then We inspired in him, saying: Make the ship under Our eyes and Our inspiration. Then, when Our command comes and the oven gushes water, introduce therein of every (kind) two spouses, and your household except him thereof against whom the Word has already gone forth. And plead not with Me on behalf of those who have done wrong: Lo! They will be drowned. And when you are on board the ship, you and whoever is with you, then say: Praise be to God Who has saved us from the wrongdoing folk! And say: My Lord! Cause me to land at a blessed landing place, for You are Best of all who bring to land. Lo! Herein verily are signs, for lo! We are ever putting (people) to the test.

    23:31-41 Then, after them, We brought forth another generation; and We sent among them a Messenger of their own saying: Worship God. You have no other God except Him. Will you not warn off (evil)? And the chieftains of his folk, who disbelieved and denied the meeting of the Hereafter, and whom We had made soft in the life of the world, said: This is only a mortal like you, who eats of that whereof you eat and drinks of that you drink. If you were to obey a mortal like yourselves, you surely would be losers. Does he promise you that you, when you are dead and have become dust and bones, will (again) be brought forth? Begone, begone, with that which you are promised! There is nothing but our life of the world; we die and we live, and we shall not be raised (again). He is only a man who has invented a lie about God. We are not going to put faith in him. He said: My Lord! Help me because they deny me, he said: In a little while they surely will become repentant. So the (Awful) Cry overtook them rightfully, and We made them like as wreckage (that a torrent hurls). A far removal for wrongdoing folk!

    23:42-43 Then after them We brought forth other generations. No nation can outstrip its term, nor yet postpone it.

    23:44 Then We sent our messengers one after another. Whenever its messenger came to a nation they denied him; so We caused them to follow one another (to disaster) and We made them bywords. A far removal for folk who believe not!

    23:45-49 Then We sent Moses and his brother Aaron with Our signs and a clear warrant to Pharaoh and his chiefs, but they treated them arrogantly and they were despotic folk. And they said: Shall we put faith in two mortals like ourselves, and whose folk are servile to us? So they denied them, and became of those who were destroyed. And we verily gave Moses the Scripture that perhaps they might go aright.

    23:50 And We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign, and We gave them refuge on a height, a place of flocks and water springs.

    23:51 O you messengers! Eat of the good thing, and do right. Lo! I am Aware of what you do.

    23:52-54 And lo! This, your religion is one religion and I am your Lord, so keep your duty to Me. But they (people) have broken their religion among them into sects, each sect rejoicing in its tenets. So leave them in their error till a time.

    23:55-56 Think they that in the wealth and sons that We provide them with We hasten to them with good things? Nay, but they perceive not.

    23:57-61 Lo! Those who go in awe for fear of their Lord, and those who believe in the revelations of their Lord, and those who ascribe not partners to their Lord, and those who give that which they give with hearts afraid because they are about to return to their Lord, these race for the good things, and they shall win them in the race.

    23:62-65 And We task not any soul beyond its scope, and with Us is a Record which speaks the truth, and they will not be wronged. Nay, but their hearts are in ignorance of this (Quran), and they have other works, besides, which they are doing; till when We grasp their luxurious ones with the punishment, behold! They supplicate. Supplicate not this day! Assuredly you will not be helped by Us.

    23:66-71 My revelations were recited to you, but you used to turn back on your heels, in arrogance thereof. Nightly you did rave together. Have they not pondered the Word, or has that come to them which came not to their fathers of old? Or know they not their Messenger, and so reject him?

    23:70-71 Or say they: There is a madness in him? Nay, but he brings them the Truth; and most of them are haters of the Truth. And if the Truth had followed their desires, verily the heavens and the earth and whoever is therein would have been corrupted. Nay, We have brought them their Reminder, but from their Reminder they now turn away.

    23:72 Or do you ask of them (O Muhammad) any tribute? But! The bounty of your Lord is better, for He is Best of all who make provision.

    23:73-77 And lo! You summon them indeed to a right path. And lo! Those who believe not in the Hereafter are indeed astray from the path. Though We had mercy on them and relieved them of the harm afflicting them, they still would wander blindly on in their contumacy. Already We have grasped them with punishment, but they humble not themselves to their Lord, nor do they pray, until, when We open for them the gate of extreme punishment, behold! They are aghast thereat.

    23:78-80 It is He, Who has created for you ears and eyes and hearts. Small thanks give you! And it is He that has sown you broadcast in the earth, and to Him you will be gathered. And it is He, that gives life and causes death, and His is the difference of night and day. Have you then no sense?

    23:81-83 Nay, but they say the like of that which was said by the men of old; they say: When we are dead and have become mere dust and bones, shall we then, forsooth, be raised again? We were already promised this, we and our forefathers. Lo! This is nothing but fables of the men of old.

    23:84-90 Say: To whom (belongs) the earth and whoever is therein, if you have knowledge? They will say: To God. Say: Will you not then remember? Say: Who is Lord of the seven heavens, and Lord of the Tremendous Throne? They will say: To God (all that belongs). Say: Will you not then keep duty (to Him)? Say: In whose hand is the dominion over all things and He protects, while against Him there is no protection, if you have knowledge? They will say: To God (all that belongs). Say: How then are you bewitched? Nay, but We have brought them the Truth, and lo! They are liars.

    23:91-92 God has not chosen any son, nor is there any god along with Him; else would each god have assuredly championed that which he created, and some of them would assuredly have overcome others. Glorified be God above all that they allege. Knower of the invisible and the visible! And exalted be He over all that they ascribe as partners (to Him)!

    23:93-94 Say: My Lord! If you should show me that which they are promised, my Lord! Then set me not among the wrongdoing folk.

    23:95-96 And verily We are Able to show you that which We have promised them. Repel evil with that which is better. We are Best Aware of that which they allege.

    23:97-100 And say: My Lord! I seek refuge in You from suggestions of the evil ones, and I seek refuge in You, my Lord, lest they be present with me, until, when death comes to one of them, he says: My Lord! Send me back, that I may do right in that which I have left behind! But nay! It is but a word that he speaks; and behind them is a barrier until the day when they are raised.

    23:101-108 And when the trumpet is blown there will be no kinship among them that day, nor will they ask of one another. Then those whose scales are heavy, they are the successful. And those whose scales are light are those who lose their souls, in Hell abiding. The fire burns their faces, and they are glum therein. (It will be said): Were not My revelations recited to you, and then you used to deny them? They will say: Our Lord! Our evil fortune conquered us, and we were erring folk. Our Lord! Oh, bring us forth from hence! If we return (to evil) then indeed we shall be wrongdoers. He says: Begone therein, and speak not to Me.

    23:109-111 Lo! There was a party of My slaves who said: Our Lord! We believe, therefore forgive us and have mercy on us for You are Best of all who show mercy; but you chose them from a laughing stock until they caused you to forget remembrance of Me, while you laughed at them. Lo! I have rewarded them this day forasmuch as they were patient; and they verily are the triumphant.

    23:112-114 He will say: How long tarried you in the earth, counting by years? They will say: We tarried but a day or part of a day. Ask of those who keep count! He will say: You tarried but a little if you only knew.

    23:115-116 Deemed you then that We had created you for nothing, and that you would not be returned to Us? Now God be exalted, the True King! None should be worshipped but God alone, the Lord of the Throne of Grace.

    23:117 He who cries to any other god along with God has no proof thereof. His reckoning is only with his Lord. Lo! Disbelievers will not be successful.

    23:118 And (O Muhammad) say: My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for You are Best of all who show mercy.