And We have certainly created you, [O mankind], and given you [human] form. Then We said to the angels, "Prostrate to Adam"; so they prostrated, except for Iblees. He was not of those who prostrated.
[God] said, "Indeed, you are of those reprieved." *John 16:7 - 11
But Satan whispered to them to make apparent to them that which was concealed from them of their private parts. He said, "Your Lord did not forbid you this tree except that you become angels or become of the immortal." *Genesis 3:4 - 5
So he made them fall, through deception. And when they tasted of the tree, their private parts became apparent to them, and they began to fasten together over themselves from the leaves of Paradise. *Genesis 3:6 - 7 And their Lord called to them, "Did I not forbid you from that tree and tell you that Satan is to you a clear enemy?"
He said, "Therein you will live, and therein you will die, *2 Ezra 3:7 and from it you will be brought forth."
O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of the fear [of God] - that is best. That is from the signs of God that perhaps they will remember.
O children of Adam, let not Satan tempt you as he removed your parents from Paradise, stripping them of their clothing to show them their private parts. Indeed, he sees you, he and his tribe, from where you do not see them. Indeed, We have made the devils allies to those who do not believe.
And when they commit an immorality, they say, "We found our fathers doing it, and God has ordered us to do it." Say, "Indeed, God does not order immorality. Do you say about God that which you do not know?"
Say, "My Lord has ordered justice and that you set your faces [toward Him] at every place [or time] of prostration, and invoke Him, sincere to Him in religion." Just as He originated you, you will return -
Say, "Who has forbidden the adornment of God which He has produced for His servants and the good [lawful] things of provision?" Say, "They are for those who believe during the worldly life [but] exclusively for them on the Day of Resurrection." Thus do We detail the verses for a people who know.
Say, "My Lord has only forbidden immoralities - what is apparent of them and what is concealed - and sin, and oppression without right, and that you associate with God that for which He has not sent down authority, and that you say about God that which you do not know."
And who is more unjust than one who invents about God a lie or denies His verses? Those will attain their portion of the decree until when Our messengers come to them to take them in death, they will say, "Where are those you used to invoke besides God?" They will say, "They have departed from us," and will bear witness against themselves that they were disbelievers.
[God] will say, "Enter among nations which had passed on before you of jinn and mankind into the Fire." Every time a nation enters, it will curse its sister until, when they have all overtaken one another therein, the last of them will say about the first of them "Our Lord, these had misled us, so give them a double punishment of the Fire." He will say, "For each is double, but you do not know."
Indeed, those who deny Our verses and are arrogant toward them - the gates of Heaven will not be opened for them, nor will they enter Paradise until a camel enters into the eye of a needle. *Matthew 19:24, *Mark 10:25, *Luke 18:25 And thus do We recompense the criminals.
And We will have removed whatever is within their breasts of resentment, [while] flowing beneath them are rivers. And they will say, "Praise to God, who has guided us to this; and we would never have been guided if God had not guided us. Certainly the messengers of our Lord had come with the truth." And they will be called, "This is Paradise, which you have been made to inherit for what you used to do."
And the companions of Paradise will call out to the companions of the Fire, "We have already found what our Lord promised us to be true. Have you found what your Lord promised to be true?" They will say, "Yes." Then an announcer will announce among them, "The curse of God shall be upon the wrongdoers."
And between them will be a partition, and on [its] elevations are men who recognize all by their mark. And they call out to the companions of Paradise, "Peace be upon you." They have not [yet] entered it, but they long intensely.
[God will say], "Are these the ones whom you [inhabitants of Hell] swore that God would never offer them mercy? Enter Paradise, [O People of the Elevations]. No fear will there be concerning you, nor will you grieve."
And the companions of the Fire will call to the companions of Paradise, "Pour upon us some water or from whatever God has provided you." *Luke 16:24 They will say, "Indeed, God has forbidden them both to the disbelievers."
Who took their religion as distraction and amusement and whom the worldly life deluded. So Today We will forget them just as they forgot the meeting of this Day of theirs and for having rejected Our verses.
Do they await except its result? The Day its result comes those who had ignored it before will say, "The messengers of our Lord had come with the truth, so are there [now] any intercessors to intercede for us or could we be sent back to do other than we used to do?" They will have lost themselves, and lost from them is what they used to invent.
Indeed, your Lord is God, who created the heavens and earth in six days *Genesis 1:31 - 2:1 and then established Himself above the Throne. He covers the night with the day, [another night] chasing it rapidly; and [He created] the sun, the moon, and the stars, subjected by His command. *Book of Enoch 82:8 Unquestionably, His is the creation and the command; *Isaiah 45:12 blessed is God, Lord of the worlds.
Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; *Matthew 6:6 indeed, He does not like transgressors.
And it is He who sends the winds as good tidings before His mercy until, when they have carried heavy rain clouds, We drive them to a dead land and We send down rain therein and bring forth thereby [some] of all the fruits. Thus will We bring forth the dead; perhaps you may be reminded.
And the good land - its vegetation emerges by permission of its Lord; but that [land] which is bad - nothing emerges except sparsely, with difficulty. Thus do We diversify the signs for a people who are grateful.
Then do you wonder that there has come to you a reminder from your Lord through a man from among you, that he may warn you? And remember when He made you successors after the people of Noah and increased you in creation extensively. So remember the favors of God that you might succeed."
[Hud] said, "Already have defilement and anger fallen upon you from your Lord. Do you dispute with me concerning [mere] names you have named them, you and your fathers, for which God has not sent down any authority? Then wait; indeed, I am with you among those who wait."
And to Thamud [We sent] their brother Salih. He said, "O my people, serve God; you have no god other than Him. There has come to you clear evidence from your Lord. This is the she-camel of God [sent] to you as a sign. So leave her to eat within God's land and do not touch her with harm, lest there seize you a painful punishment.
And remember when He made you successors after 'Aad and settled you in the land, [and] you take for yourselves palaces from its plains and carve from the mountains, homes. Then remember the favors of God and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption."
Said the eminent ones who were arrogant among his people to those who were oppressed - to those who believed among them, "Do you [actually] know that Salih is sent from his Lord?" They said, "Indeed we, in that with which he was sent, are believers."
And to [the people of] Midian [We sent] their brother Shu'ayb. He said, "O my people, serve God; you have no god other than Him. There has come to you clear evidence from your Lord. So fulfill the measure and weight and do not deprive people of their due and cause not corruption upon the earth after its reformation. That is better for you, if you should be believers.
And do not sit on every path, threatening and averting from the way of God those who believe in Him, seeking to make it [seem] deviant. And remember when you were few and He increased you. And see how was the end of the corrupters.
And if there should be a group among you who has believed in that with which I have been sent and a group that has not believed, then be patient until God judges between us. And He is the best of judges."
Said the eminent ones who were arrogant among his people, "We will surely evict you, O Shu'ayb, and those who have believed with you from our city, or you must return to our religion." He said, "Even if we were unwilling?
We would have invented against God a lie if we returned to your religion after God had saved us from it. And it is not for us to return to it except that God, our Lord, should will. Our Lord has encompassed all things in knowledge. In God do we trust. Our Lord, decide between us and our people in truth, and You are the best of those who give decision."
Then We exchanged in place of the bad [condition], good, until they increased [and prospered] and said, "Our fathers [also] were touched with hardship and ease." So We seized them suddenly while they did not perceive.
And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared God, We would have opened upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth; *Deuteronomy 11:13 - 15 but they denied [the messengers], so We seized them for what they were earning." *Deuteronomy 11:16 - 17
Those cities - We relate to you, some of their news. And certainly did their messengers come to them with clear proofs, but they were not to believe in that which they had denied before. Thus does God seal over the hearts of the disbelievers.
[Who is] obligated not to say about God except the truth. I have come to you with clear evidence from your Lord, so send with me the Children of Israel." *Exodus 7:2
Said Pharaoh, "You believed in him before I gave you permission. *~Exodus 8:19 Indeed, this is a conspiracy which you conspired in the city to expel therefrom its people. But you are going to know.
And the eminent among the people of Pharaoh said, "Will you leave Moses and his people to cause corruption in the land and abandon you and your gods?" [Pharaoh] said, "We will kill their sons and keep their women alive; and indeed, we are subjugators over them."
Said Moses to his people, "Seek help through God and be patient. Indeed, the earth belongs to God. He causes to inherit it whom He wills of His servants. And the [best] outcome is for those who fear [God]."
They said, "We have been harmed before you came to us and after you have come to us." He said, "Perhaps your Lord will destroy your enemy and grant you succession in the land and see how you will do."
But when good came to them, they said, "This is ours [by right]." And if a bad [condition] struck them, they saw an evil omen in Moses and those with him. Unquestionably, their fortune is with God, but most of them do not know.
So We sent upon them the flood and locusts *Exodus 10:12 - 14 and lice *Exodus 8:16 - 17 and frogs *Exodus 8:5 - 6 and blood *Exodus 7:17 as distinct signs, but they were arrogant and were a criminal people.
And when the punishment descended upon them, they said, "O Moses, invoke for us your Lord by what He has promised you. If you [can] remove the punishment from us, we will surely believe you, and we will send with you the Children of Israel." *Exodus 8:8
And We caused the people who had been oppressed to inherit the eastern regions of the land and the western ones, which We had blessed. And the good word of your Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel because of what they had patiently endured. And We destroyed [all] that Pharaoh and his people were producing and what they had been building.
And We took the Children of Israel across the sea; then they came upon a people intent in devotion to [some] idols of theirs. They said, "O Moses, make for us a god just as they have gods." He said, "Indeed, you are a people behaving ignorantly.
And [recall, O Children of Israel], when We saved you from the people of Pharaoh, [who were] afflicting you with the worst torment - killing your sons and keeping your women alive. *Exodus 1:16, *Exodus 1:22 And in that was a great trial from your Lord.
And We made an appointment with Moses for thirty nights and perfected them by [the addition of] ten; so the term of his Lord was completed as forty nights. *Exodus 24:18, *Exodus 34:28, *Deuteronomy 9:9, *Deuteronomy 9:11 And Moses said to his brother Aaron, "Take my place among my people, do right [by them], and do not follow the way of the corrupters."
And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, "My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You." *Exodus 33:18 [God] said, "You will not see Me, *Exodus 33:20 but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me." *Exodus 33:21 - 23 But when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke, he said, "Exalted are You! I have repented to You, and I am the first of the believers."
And We wrote for him on the tablets [something] of all things - instruction and explanation for all things, *Exodus 34:28 [saying], "Take them with determination and order your people to take the best of it. I will show you the home of the defiantly disobedient."
I will turn away from My signs those who are arrogant upon the earth without right; and if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it. And if they see the way of consciousness, they will not adopt it as a way; but if they see the way of error, they will adopt it as a way. That is because they have denied Our signs and they were heedless of them.
And the people of Moses made, after [his departure], from their ornaments a calf - an image having a lowing sound. Did they not see that it could neither speak to them nor guide them to a way? They took it [as a god], and they were wrongdoers. *Exodus 32:3 - 4, *Deuteronomy 9:16
And when Moses returned to his people, angry and grieved, he said, "How wretched is that by which you have replaced me after [my departure]. Were you impatient over the matter of your Lord?" And he threw down the tablets *Exodus 32:19, *Deuteronomy 9:17 and seized his brother by [the hair of] his head, pulling him toward him. [Aaron] said, "O son of my mother, indeed the people oppressed me and were about to kill me, so let not the enemies rejoice over me and do not place me among the wrongdoing people." *Exodus 32:22
[Moses] said, "My Lord, forgive me and my brother *Deuteronomy 9:20 and admit us into Your mercy, for You are the most merciful of the merciful."
Indeed, those who took the calf [as a god] will obtain anger from their Lord and humiliation in the life of this world, and thus do We recompense the inventors [of falsehood]. *Exodus 32:35
And Moses chose from his people seventy men for Our appointment. *Exodus 24:1, *Numbers 11:16 And when the earthquake seized them, *Deuteronomy 11:6 he said, "My Lord, if You had willed, You could have destroyed them before and me [as well]. Would You destroy us for what the foolish among us have done? This is not but Your trial by which You send astray whom You will and guide whom You will. You are our Protector, so forgive us and have mercy upon us; and You are the best of forgivers.
And decree for us in this world [that which is] good and [also] in the Hereafter; indeed, we have turned back to You." [God] said, "My punishment - I afflict with it whom I will, but My mercy encompasses all things." So I will decree it [especially] for those who fear Me and give alms and those who believe in Our verses -
Those who follow the messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him - it is those who will be the successful.
Say, "O mankind, indeed I am the messenger of God to you all, [from Him] to whom belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. There is no god except Him; He gives life and causes death." So believe in God and His messenger, the unlettered prophet, who believes in God and His words, and follow him that you may be guided.
And We divided them into twelve descendant tribes [as distinct] nations. And We inspired to Moses when his people implored him for water, *Exodus 17:2 "Strike with your staff the stone," *Exodus 17:6, *Numbers 20:7 - 8 and there gushed forth from it twelve springs. Every people knew its watering place. And We shaded them with clouds *Exodus 14:19 - 20 and sent down upon them manna *Exodus 16:15 and quails, *Exodus 16:13 [saying], "Eat from the good things with which We have provided you." And they wronged Us not, but they were [only] wronging themselves.
And when it was said to them, "Dwell in this city and eat from it wherever you will and say, 'Relieve us of our burdens,' and enter the gate bowing humbly; We will [then] forgive you your sins. We will increase the doers of good [in goodness and reward]."
But those who wronged among them changed [the words] to a statement other than that which had been said to them. So We sent upon them a punishment from the heaven for the wrong that they were doing.
And ask them about the town that was by the sea - when they transgressed in [the matter of] the sabbath - when their fish came to them openly on their sabbath day, and the day they had no sabbath they did not come to them. Thus did We give them trial because they were defiantly disobedient.
And when a community among them said, "Why do you advise [or warn] a people whom God is [about] to destroy or to punish with a severe punishment?" They [the advisors] said, "To be absolved before your Lord and perhaps they may fear Him."
And when they forgot that by which they had been reminded, We saved those who had forbidden evil and seized those who wronged, with a wretched punishment, because they were defiantly disobeying.
And when your Lord declared that He would surely [continue to] send upon them until the Day of Resurrection those who would afflict them with the worst torment. Indeed, your Lord is swift in penalty; but indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.
And We divided them throughout the earth into nations. Of them some were righteous, and of them some were otherwise. And We tested them with good [times] and bad that perhaps they would return [to obedience].
And there followed them successors who inherited the Scripture [while] taking the commodities of this lower life and saying, "It will be forgiven for us." And if an offer like it comes to them, they will [again] take it. Was not the covenant of the Scripture taken from them that they would not say about God except the truth, and they studied what was in it? And the home of the Hereafter is better for those who fear God, so will you not use reason?
And when We raised the mountain above them as if it was a dark cloud and they were certain that it would fall upon them, [and God said], "Take what We have given you with determination and remember what is in it that you might fear God."
And when your Lord took from the children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants and made them testify of themselves, [saying to them], "Am I not your Lord?" They said, "Yes, we have testified." [This] - lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection, "Indeed, we were of this unaware."
And if We had willed, We could have elevated him thereby, but he adhered [instead] to the earth and followed his own desire. *Romans 2:16, *1 Corinthians 7:12, *1 Corinthians 7:25, *1 Corinthians 7:40, *2 Corinthians 11:17, *2 Timothy 2:8 So his example is like that of the dog: if you chase him, he pants, or if you leave him, he [still] pants. That is the example of the people who denied Our signs. So relate the stories that perhaps they will give thought.
And We have certainly multiplied for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless.
Do they not look into the realm of the heavens and the earth and everything that God has created and [think] that perhaps their appointed time has come near? So in what statement hereafter will they believe?
They ask you, about the Hour, when is its arrival? Say, "Its knowledge is only with my Lord. *Matthew 24:36, *Mark 13:32 None will reveal its time except Him. It lays heavily upon the heavens and the earth. It will not come upon you except unexpectedly." They ask you as if you are familiar with it. Say, "Its knowledge is only with God, but most of the people do not know."
Say, "I hold not for myself [the power of] benefit or harm, except what God has willed. And if I knew the unseen, I could have acquired much wealth, and no harm would have touched me. I am not except a warner and a bringer of good tidings to a people who believe."
It is He who created you from one soul and created from it its mate *Genesis 2:22 that he might dwell in security with her. And when he covers her, she carries a light pregnancy and continues therein. And when it becomes heavy, they both invoke God, their Lord, "If You should give us a righteous [child], we will surely be among the grateful."
But when He gives them a righteous [child], they ascribe partners to Him concerning that which He has given them. Exalted is God above what they associate with Him. *Psalms 97:9
Indeed, those you [polytheists] call upon besides God are servants like you. So call upon them and let them respond to you, if you should be truthful. *Isaiah 46:6 - 7, *Jeremiah 2:28, *Habakkuk 2:18 - 19
Do they have feet by which they walk? Or do they have hands by which they strike? Or do they have eyes by which they see? Or do they have ears by which they hear? *Deuteronomy 4:28, *Psalms 115:4 - 7, *Psalms 135:15 - 17, *Wisdom of Solomon 15:15, *Revelation 9:20 Say, "Call your 'partners' and then conspire against me and give me no respite.
And when you do not bring them a sign, *2 Ezra 1:35 they say, "Why have you not contrived it?" Say, "I only follow what is revealed to me from my Lord. This [Qur'an] is enlightenment from your Lord and guidance and mercy for a people who believe."
And remember your Lord within yourself in humility and in fear without being apparent in speech - in the mornings *Psalms 5:3, *Psalms 55:17, *Psalms 92:1 - 2 and the afternoons. And do not be among the heedless.