In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
ELIF. LAM. MIM.1 This Book is without a doubt a Revelation sent down from the Lord of the Worlds.
Will they say, He hath forged it? Nay, it is the truth from thy Lord that thou mayest warn a people to whom no warner hath come before thee, that haply they may be guided.
God it is who hath created the Heavens and the Earth and all that is between them in six days; then ascended his throne. Save Him ye have no patron, and none to plead for you. Will ye not then reflect?
From the Heaven to the Earth He governeth all things: hereafter shall they come up to him on a day whose length shall be a thousand of such years as ye reckon.2
This is He who knoweth the unseen and the seen; the Mighty, the Merciful,
Who hath made everything which he hath created most good; and began the creation of man with clay;
Then ordained his progeny from germs of life,3 from sorry water:
Then shaped him, and breathed of His Spirit into him, and gave you hearing and seeing and hearts: what little thanks do ye return!
And they say, What! when we shall have lain hidden in the earth, shall we become a new creation?
Yea, they deny that they shall meet their Lord.
Couldst thou but see when the guilty shall droop their heads before their Lord, and cry, O our Lord! we have seen and we have heard: return us then to life: we will do that which is right. Verily we believe firmly!
(Had we pleased we had certainly given to every soul its guidance. But true shall be the word which hath gone forth from meI will surely fill hell with Djinn and men together.)
They only believe in our signs, who, when mention is made of them, fall down in ADORATION, and celebrate the praise of their Lord, and are not puffed up with disdain:
Who, as they raise them4 from their couches, call on their Lord with fear and desire, and give alms of that with which we have supplied them.
No soul knoweth what joy of the eyes is reserved for the good in recompense of their works.
Shall he then who is a believer be as he who sinneth grossly? they shall not be held alike.
As to those who believe and do that which is right, they shall have gardens of eternal abode as the meed of their works: