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The Qurʾan What is This? A current English-language version of the Qur'an, published in 2004
Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

35. The Creator (1 – 26)

A Meccan sura that affirms God's power and Creation and contrasts this with the powerlessness and uselessness of the ‘partners’ set up by the idolaters. The sura warns the idolaters of their punishment and comforts the Prophet through mention of previous messengers who were also rejected as liars. The great rewards that await believers are described.

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

1Praise be to God, Creator of the heavens and earth, who made angels messengers with two, three, four [pairs of] wings. He adds to creation as He will: God has power over everything. 2No one can withhold the blessing God opens up for people, nor can anyone but Him release whatever He withholds: He is the Almighty, the All Wise. 3People, remember God's grace towards you. Is there any creator other than God to give you sustenance from the heavens and earth? There is no god but Him. How can you be so deluded?

4If they call you a liar [Prophet], many messengers before you were also called liars: it is to God that all things will be returned. 5People! God's promise is true, so do not let the present life deceive you. Do not let the Deceiver deceive you about God: 6Satan is your enemy—so treat him as an enemy—and invites his followers only to enter the blazing fire. 7Those who disbelieve will be punished severely; those who believe and do good deeds will be forgiven, and richly rewarded. 8What about those whose evil deeds are made alluring to them so that they think they are good? God leaves whoever He will to stray and guides whoever He will. [Prophet], do not waste your soul away with regret for them: God knows exactly what they do.

9It is God who sends forth the winds; they raise up the clouds; We drive them to a dead land and with them revive the earth after its death: such will be the Resurrection. 10If anyone desires power, all power belongs to God; good words rise up to Him and He lifts up the righteous deed, but a severe torment awaits those who plot evil and their plotting will come to nothing. 11It is God who created you from dust and later from a drop of fluid; then He made you into two sexes; no female conceives or gives birth without His knowledge; no person grows old or has his life cut short, except in accordance with a Record: all this is easy for God.

12The two bodies of water are not alike—one is palatable, sweet, and pleasant to drink, the other salty and bitter—yet from each you eat fresh fish and extract ornaments to wear, and in each you see the ships ploughing their course so that you may seek God's bounty and be grateful. 13He makes the night merge into the day and the day into the night; He has subjected the sun and the moon—each runs for an appointed term. Such is God your Lord: all control belongs to Him. Those you invoke beside Him do not even control the skin of a date stone; 14if you call them they cannot hear you; if they could hear, they could not answer you; on the Day of Resurrection they will disown your idolatry. None can inform you [Prophet] like the One who is all aware.

15People, it is you who stand in need of God—God needs nothing and is worthy of all praise—16if He wills, He can do away with you and bring in a new creation, 17that is not difficult for God. 18No burdened soul will bear the burden of another: even if a heavily laden soul should cry for help, none of its load will be carried, not even by a close relative. But you [Prophet] can only warn those who fear their Lord, though they cannot see Him, and keep up the prayer— whoever purifies himself does so for his own benefit—everything returns to God. 19The blind and the seeing are not alike, 20nor are darkness and light;21shade and heat are not alike,22nor are the living and the dead. God makes anyone He wills hear [His message]: you cannot make those in their graves hear.23You are only here to warn them—24We have sent you with the Truth as a bearer of good news and warning—every community has been sent a warner. 25If they call you a liar, their predecessors did the same: messengers came to them with clear signs, scriptures, and enlightening revelation 26and afterwards I seized the disbelievers—how terrible My punishment was!

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