Quotes From The Qur’an

We have collected and put the best Quotes From The Qur’an. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free to share this page on your social media to inspire others.

May these Quotes From The Qur’an inspire you to never give up and keep working towards your goals. Who knows—success could be just around the corner.

The Qur’an (also Quran, Koran; القُرآن) is the principal religious text of Islam. It is also widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of literature in the Arabic language.

Muslim tradition holds that the Qur’an is a message of Allah, delivered through Muhammad ibn Abdullah as revealed to him by the angel Jabreel (Gabriel) over a period of 23 years. It consists of 114 surahs (chapters) with a total of 6,236 ayats (verses).

See also: The Quran And Wisdom and Book and Wisdom (Kitab and Hikma)

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Quotes From The Qur’an

1. Respect and honour all human beings irrespective of their religion, colour, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on [Qur’an 17/70]

2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception [Qur’an 33/70]

3. Choose best words to speak and say them in the best possible way [Qur’an 17/53, 2/83]

4. Do not shout. Speak politely keeping your voice low. [Qur’an 31/19]

5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious [Qur’an 22/30]

6. Do not confound truth with falsehood [Qur’an 2/42]

7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart [Qur’an 3/167]

8. Speak in a civilised manner in a language that is recognised by the society and is commonly used [Qur’an 4/5]

9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative [Qur’an 6/152]

10. Do not be a bragging boaster [Qur’an 31/18]

11. Do not talk, listen or do anything vain [Qur’an 23/3, 28/55]

12. Do not participate in any paltry. If you pass near a futile play, then pass by with dignity [Qur’an 25/72]

13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious or overt [Qur’an 6/151]

14. If, unintentionally, any misconduct occurs by you, then correct yourself expeditiously [Qur’an 3/134]

15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people [Qur’an 31/18]

16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit [Qur’an 17/37, 31/18]

17. Be moderate in thy pace [Qur’an 31/19]

18. Walk with humility and sedateness [Qur’an 25/63]

19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers and salacious stares [Qur’an 24/30-31, 40/19]

20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, it is better to keep silent. You might think that speaking about something without full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave consequences [Qur’an 24/15-16]

21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favourable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence [Qur’an 24/12-13]

22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did [Qur’an 49/6]

23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct knowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and conception) you must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning [Qur’an 17/36]

24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [Qur’an 12/76]. Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, “O My sustainer! Advance me in knowledge.” [Qur’an 20:114]

25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of one family, brothers and sisters unto one another. [Qur’an 49/10]

26. Do not make mockery of others or ridicule others. [Qur’an 49/11]

27. Do not defame others. [Qur’an 49/11]

28. Do not insult others by nicknames. [Qur’an 49/11]

29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork might deplete your communal energy. [Qur’an 49/12]

30. Spy not upon one another [Qur’an 49/12]

31. Do not backbite one another. [Qur’an 49/12]

32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings for safety. One who conveys to you a message of safety and security and also when a courteous greeting is offered to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous or (at least) of equal courtesy. [Qur’an 4/86]

33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else, compliment the inmates. [Qur’an 24/61]

34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought permission; and then greet the inmates and wish them a life of blessing,purity and pleasure. [Qur’an 24/27]

35. Treat kindly: Your parents; Relatives; The orphans; And those who have been left alone in the society [Qur’an 4/36]

36. Take care of: The needy, The disabled, Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs; And those whose businesses have stalled ; And those who have lost their jobs. [Qur’an 4/36]

37. Treat kindly: Your related neighbours, and unrelated neighbours; Companions by your side in public gatherings, or public transportation. [Qur’an 4/36]

38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the street,and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition [Qur’an 4/36]

39. Be nice to people who work under your care. [Qur’an 4/36]

40. Do not follow up what you have given to others to afflict them with reminders of your generosity [Qur’an 2/262]

41. Do not expect a return for your good behaviour, not even thanks [Qur’an 76/9]

42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with others in evil and bad matters [Qur’an 5/2]

43. Do no try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues [Qur’an 53/32]

44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own ways first. Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice good deeds yourself, then preach [Qur’an 2/44]

45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying to correct others] [Qur’an 66/6]

46. Pardon gracefully if anyone among you who commits a bad deed out of ignorance, and then repents and amends [Qur’an 6/54, 3/134]

47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotions to creative energy, and become a source of tranquillity and comfort to people [Qur’an 3/134]

48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful exhortation. Reason with them most decently [Qur’an 16/125]

49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to the Divine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play and amusement [Qur’an 6/70]

50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unless they engage in some other conversation [Qur’an 4/140]

51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed [Qur’an 4/54]

52. In your collective life, make rooms for others [Qur’an 58/11]

53. When invited to dine, Go at the appointed time. Do not arrive too early to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating to engage in bootless babble. Such things may cause inconvenience to the host [Qur’an 33/53]

54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation [Qur’an 7/31]

55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly [Qur’an 17/26]

56. Fulfil your promises and commitments [Qur’an 17/34]

57. Keep yourself clean, pure [Qur’an 9/108, 4/43, 5/6]

58. Dress-up in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisite character from inside out [Qur’an 7/26]

59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavour [Qur’an 29/17, 2/188]

60. Do not devour the wealth and property of others unjustly, nor bribe the officials or the judges to deprive others of their possessions. [Qur’an 2/188]

61. Would you exchange what is better for what is worse?… [Qur’an 2:61]

62. … Wherever you turn, there is Allah’s presence/appearance/face… [Qur’an 2:115]

63. Remember Me, and I will remember you… [Qur’an 2:152]

64. … [The righteous are] steadfast in trial and adversity… [Qur’an 2:177]

65. Fight in God’s cause against those who attack you, but begin not transgressions; for Allah loves not transgressors.[Qur’an 2:190]

66. Kind speech and forgiveness is better than charity followed by injury… [Qur’an 2:263]

67. … The grace of God is infinite… [Qur’an 3:74]

68. … [Those who guard (against wrong)] do not knowingly persist in what they have done. [Qur’an 3:135]

69. … If you patiently persevere and guard against evil, it will be a determining factor of affairs. [Qur’an 3:186]

70. … [God] knows what you hide and what you reveal… [Qur’an 6:3]

71. Vision does not comprehend Him [God], and He comprehends [all] vision. He is the [knower of the] subtle, the aware. [Qur’an 6:103]

72. … Every soul gets what it deserves on none other than itself… [Qur’an 6:164]

73. … Eat and drink, but do not be excessive… [Qur’an 7:31]

74. … Be patient and persevering; for God is with those who patiently/firlmy persevere. [Qur’an 8:46]

75. … Whoever follows the right way does so for [the good of] his own soul, and whoever goes astray does so to his own detriment… [Qur’an 10:108]

76. … God does not change the condition of a people until they change it within themselves [within their hearts/souls]…[Qur’an 13:11]

77. … Nothing on earth or in heaven is hidden from God. [Qur’an 14:38]

78. God imposes being just, doing good, and giving to family/community; and He forbids all shamefulness, injustice, and rebellion… [Qur’an 16:90]

79. Whoever goes rightly, does so for his own soul; and whoever goes astray, does so to his own detriment. And the bearer of a burden cannot bear the burden of another… [Qur’an 17:15]

80. You shall not follow what you do not know—you must use your hearing, sight, and heart/brain. [Qur’an 17:36]

81. Do not turn your face in contempt from others, nor walk insultingly/arrogantly through earth. [Qur’an 31:18]

82. … He [God] is aware of what is in [people’s] hearts/brains/thoughts. [Qur’an 35:38]

83. … Avoid excessive suspicion… [Qur’an 49:12]

84. … God is aware of all you do. [Qur’an 57:10]

85. It is the most hateful sight to God when you say what you do not practice. [Qur’an 61:3]

86. And so I call witness by the sunset’s glow,
And by the night and all that it drives on,
And by the moon when it becomes full,
That you shall surely travel from one stage to another. [Qur’an 84:16-19]

87. The preoccupation of abundance [in material wealth] diverts you [from higher things], [Qur’an 102:1]

88. Distress goes to all slanderers and libelers. [Qur’an 104:1]

90. He [God] neither begets, nor was he begotten. [Qur’an 112:3]

Quotes From The Qur'an

Quotes From The Qur’an

Surah 1: The Opening

  • In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
    Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds;
    Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
    Master of the Day of Judgment.
    Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.
    Show us the straight way,
    The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.

    • 1:1-7, translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Surah 2: The Cow

  • This is the Scripture in which there is no doubt, containing guidance for those who are mindful of God.
    • 2:2; translated by Abdel Haleem
  • They are the people who are rightly following their Lord and it is they who shall be successful.
    • 2:5; translation of Wahiduddin Khan
  • Behold, as for those who are bent on denying the truth – it is all one to them whether thou warnest them or dost not warn them: they will not believe. God; has sealed their hearts and their hearing, and over their eyes is a veil; and awesome suffering awaits them.
    • 2:6-7; Muhammad Asad translation
  • And there are people who say, “We do believe in God and the Last Day,” the while they do not [really] believe. They would deceive God and those who have attained to faith-the while they deceive none but themselves, and perceive it not.
    • 2:8-9; Muhammad Asad translation
  • And give good news to those who believe and do good deeds, that for them are Gardens in which rivers flow.
    • 2:25, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Allah disdains not to use the similitude of things, lowest as well as highest. Those who believe know that it is truth from their Lord; but those who reject Faith say: “What means Allah by this similitude?” By it He causes many to stray, and many He leads into the right path.
    • 2:26, translation of Yusuf Ali
  • But verily there cometh unto you from Me a guidance; and whoso followeth My guidance, there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. But they who disbelieve, and deny Our revelations, such are rightful Peoples of the Fire. They will abide therein.
    • 2:38-39, translation of M. M. Pickthall
  • Do not confuse truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth knowingly.
    • 2:42, Ahmed Ali translation
  • Seek help in patience and prayer; and truly it is hard save for the humble-minded.
    • 2:45; M. M. Pickthall translation
  • Lo! Those who believe (in that which is revealed unto thee, Muhammad), and those who are Jews, and Christians, and Sabaeans – whoever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doeth right – surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.
    • 2:62, translation of M. M. Pickthall
  • Do they not know that God is aware of what they conceal and what they reveal?
    • 2:77, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
  • There is no doubt that evil doers who are engulfed in sins are the companions of hell fire wherein they will live forever. As for the righteously striving believers, they will be among the people of Paradise wherein they will live forever.
    • 2:81-82, Muhammad Sarwar translation
  • And remember when We took from the children of Israel a covenant, saying, “Serve you none but Allah, and to your two parents show kindness, and to your kindred and the orphans and the needy, and speak to men kindly, and be steadfast in prayer, and give alms.”
    • 2:83; Hamid Aziz translation
  • And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah: for Allah sees Well all that ye do.
    • 2:110, translated by Yusuf Ali
  • Those who are devoid of knowledge say, Why does God not speak to us or show us a sign? The same demand was made by those before them; their hearts are all alike. We have made the signs clear to those whose faith is firm.
    • 2:118; translation of Wahiduddin Khan
  • Those to whom We have sent down the Book, and who read it as it should be read, believe in it truly; but those who deny it will be losers.
    • 2:121; Ahmed Ali translation
  • When his Lord said to him, “Submit,” he said, “I submit to the Lord of the universe.”
    • 2:131, Rashad Khalifa translation
  • This is the ˹natural˺ Way of God. And who is better than God in ordaining a way?
    • 2:138, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
  • The East and West belong ˹only˺ to God. He guides whoever He wills to the Straight Path.
    • 2:142, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
  • Vie with one another in good works.
    • 2:148, M. M. Pickthall translation
  • O Believers! Seek comfort in patience and prayer. God is certainly with those who are patient
    • 2:153, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
  • And speak not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, (they are) alive, but you perceive not.
    • 2:154; Maulana Muhammad Ali
  • Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.
    • 2:155, translation of Yusuf Ali
  • Your God is ˹only˺ One God. There is no god ˹worthy of worship˺ except Him—the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
    • 2:163, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
  • Verily, in the creation of the heavens and of the earth, and the succession of night and day: and in the ships that speed through the sea with what is useful to man: and in the waters which God sends down from the sky, giving life thereby to the earth after it had, been lifeless, and causing all manner of living creatures to multiply thereon: and in the change of the winds, and the clouds that run their appointed courses between sky and earth: [in all this] there are messages indeed for people who use their reason.
    • 2:164, translation of Muhammad Asad
  • True piety does not consist in turning your faces towards the east or the west – but truly pious is he who believes in God, and the Last Day; and the angels, and revelation, and the prophets; and spends his substance – however much he himself may cherish – it – upon his near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and the beggars, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage; and is constant in prayer, and renders the purifying dues; and [truly pious are] they who keep their promises whenever they promise, and are patient in misfortune and hardship and in time of peril: it is they that have proved themselves true, and it is they, they who are conscious of God.
    • 2:177, translation of Muhammad Asad
  • When My servants ask you ˹O Prophet˺ about Me: I am truly near
    • 2:186, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
  • Fight in the cause of Allah ˹only˺ against those who wage war against you, but do not exceed the limits. Allah does not like transgressors.
    • 2:190, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
      • Alternate translation by M. M. Pickthall:
        Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not aggressors.
  • Persecution is worse than slaughter.
    • 2:191; M. M. Pickthall translation
      • Variant translation of Muhammad Asad:
        Oppression is even worse than killing.
  • Fight against them ˹if they persecute you˺ until there is no more persecution, and ˹your˺ devotion will be to Allah ˹alone˺. If they stop ˹persecuting you˺, let there be no hostility except against the aggressors.
    • 2:193, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
      • Variant translation of Maulana Muhammad Ali:
        And fight them until there is no persecution, and religion is only for Allah. But if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors.
  • They ask you [Prophet] about intoxicants and gambling. Say, There is great sin in both, although they have some benefit for people: but their harm is greater than their benefit.
    • 2:219; Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • God will not call you to account for any oaths you uttered unintentionally, but He will take you to task for what is intended in your hearts.
    • 2:225, Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • God — there is no god but He, the Ever-living, the Self-subsisting by Whom all subsist. Slumber overtakes Him not, nor sleep.
    • 2:255, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks.
    • 2:256, translation of Yusuf Ali
  • God is the patron of the faithful. He leads them from darkness to the light. As for those who deny the truth, their supporter is Satan, who brings them out of light into darkness. They are the heirs of the Fire, and there they will remain forever.
    • 2:257, Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of God is as the parable of a grain growing seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains.
    • 2:261, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O believers! Do not waste your charity with reminders of your generosity or hurtful words
    • 2:264, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
  • If you do deeds of charity openly, it is well; but if you bestow it upon the needy in secret, it will be even better for you, and it will atone for some of your bad deeds. And God is aware of all that you do.
    • 2:271, Muhammad Asad translation
  • Allah does not bless usury, and He causes charitable deeds to prosper, and Allah does not love any ungrateful sinner.
    • 2:276; translation of Shakir
  • Whether you manifest what is in your minds or hide it, God will call you to account according to it.
    • 2:284; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • God does not require of any soul more than what it can afford.
    • 2:286, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
      • Variant translation by Maulana Muhammad Ali:
        Allah imposes not on any soul a duty beyond its scope.

Surah 3: The Family of Imran

  • The believers must not establish friendship with the unbelievers in preference to the faithful.
    • 3:28; Muhammad Sarwar translation
  • Say ˹O Prophet˺, “Whether you conceal what is in your heart or reveal it, it is known to God.
    • 3:29, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
  • The likeness of Jesus with Allah is truly as the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then said to him, Be, and he was. (This is) the truth from thy Lord, so be not of the disputers.
    • 3:59-60; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Abraham was neither a “Jew” nor a “Christian”, but was one who turned away from all that is false, having surrendered himself unto God.
    • 3:67; Muhammad Asad translation
  • Those who sell their covenant with God and their promises for a small price will have no share in the life hereafter. God will not speak to them nor will He look at them on the Day of Judgment nor will He purify them. They will face a painful torment.
    • 3:77; Muhammad Sarwar translation
  • No human being whom Allah blesses with the Book and Wisdom and Prophethood has the right to say to the people: “Be my servants instead of Allah’s”
    • 3:79; Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri translation
  • And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.
    • 3:85; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Verily, as for those who are bent on denying the truth and die as deniers of the truth – not all the gold on earth could ever be their ransom. It is they for whom grievous suffering is in store; and they shall have none to succour them.
    • 3:91, Muhammad Asad translation
  • Never will you attain to righteousness unless you spend for the cause of God out of what you cherish; and whatever you spend is known to God.
    • 3:92; Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and do not die except in a state of Islam (submission to Allah).
    • 3:102; Syed Vickar Ahamed translation
  • And hold fast all together to the rope of God and never be divided. Remember God’s favor upon you: you were once enemies and He reconciled your hearts so that through His favor you became like brothers. You stood on the brink of a pit of fire, and He delivered you from it.
    • 3:103; translation of Ali Ünal
  • There are people whom you love, but they do not love you, despite your belief in all the (heavenly) Books. On meeting you They proclaim belief on meeting you, but in private, bite their fingers at you in anger. Tell them, “Perish in your rage! God knows well what is in everyone’s hearts”. They hate to see your success and rejoice if any misfortune befalls you. If you will be patient and pious, their plots can cause no harm to you. God has control over all their actions.
    • 3:119-120, Muhammad Sarwar translation
  • Nay, but if you are patient in adversity and conscious of Him, and the enemy should fall upon you of a sudden, your Sustainer will aid you with five thousand angels swooping down!
    • 3:125; Muhammad Asad translation
  • Victory cometh only from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise
    • 3:126; translated by M. M. Pickthall
  • Those who remember God and implore forgiveness for their sins if they do something shameful or wrong themselves- who forgives sins but God?- and who never knowingly persist in doing wrong. The reward for such people is forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens graced with flowing streams, where they will remain. How excellent is the reward of those who labour!
    • 3:135-136; Abdel Haleem translation
  • Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth.
    • 3:137; Yusuf Ali translation
  • Do you think that you could enter paradise unless God takes cognizance of your having striven hard [in His cause], and takes cognizance of your having been patient in adversity?
    • 3:142; translated by Muhammad Asad
  • No soul can ever die except by Allah’s leave and at a term appointed. Whoso desireth the reward of the world, We bestow on him thereof; and whoso desireth the reward of the Hereafter, We bestow on him thereof. We shall reward the thankful.
  • 3:145; M. M. Pickthall translation
  • How many a prophet has fought with many devout men alongside him! They did not lose heart, despite all that they had to suffer in Gods path. They neither weakened nor yielded. God loves the patient! All they said was, Our Lord, forgive us our sins and our excesses. Make our feet firm, and help us against those who deny the truth, and so God gave them both the rewards of this life and the excellent recompense of the life to come: God loves those who do good.
    • 3:146-148; Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve because they set up with Allah that for which He has sent down no authority, and their abode is the Fire. And evil is the abode of the wrong-doers.
    • 3:151, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And if you die or you are slain, to Allah you are gathered.
    • 3:158; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Those who withhold in miserliness what Allah has given them out of His grace should not take it as good for them. Instead, it is bad for them. They shall be forced, on the Doomsday, to put on what they withheld, as iron-collars round their necks.
    • 3:180; Muhammad Taqi Usmani translation
  • Every soul shall have a taste of death: And only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life): For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.
    • 3:185, Yusuf Ali translation
  • I will never deny any of you—male or female—the reward of your deeds. Both are equal in reward.
    • 3:195, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
  • Let it not deceive thee that those who are bent on denying the truth seem to be able to do as they please on earth: it is [but] a brief enjoyment, with hell thereafter as their goal – and how vile a resting-place! –
    • 3:196-197, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation

Surah 4: The Women

  • Those who swallow the property of the orphans unjustly, they swallow only fire into their bellies. And they will burn in blazing fire.
    • 4:10; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • God wishes to lighten your burdens, for, man has been created weak.
    • 4:28; Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • Whoso obeyeth Allah and the messenger, they are with those unto whom Allah hath shown favour, of the prophets and the saints and the martyrs and the righteous. The best of company are they!
    • 4:69, M. M. Pickthall translation
  • The believers fight for God’s cause, while those who reject faith fight for an unjust cause. Fight the allies of Satan: Satan’s strategies are truly weak.
    • 4:76, Abdel Haleem translation
  • But when they were commanded to fight, behold, a section among them were filled with fear of men as though it were the fear of God and even more, and said: “O Lord, why did you make war compulsory for us? Why did you not allow us to live a little more?” Say to them: “How short-lived is the commerce of this world; but that of the next is best for those who fear God; and you will not be wronged the breadth of a thread.”
    • 4:77; Ahmed Ali translation
  • Wherever you are, death will overtake you, though you are in towers, raised high.
    • 4:78; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Whatever good happens to thee is from God; and whatever evil befalls thee is from thyself.
    • 4:79; Muhammad Asad translation
  • Will they not, then, try to understand this Qur’an? Had it issued from any but God, they would surely have found in it many an inner contradiction!
    • 4:82; Muhammad Asad translation
  • Thus, (Muhammad), fight for the cause of God. You are only responsible for yourself. Rouse the believers and perhaps God will stop the evil designs of the unbelievers.
    • 4:84; Muhammad Sarwar translation
  • Whoso interveneth in a good cause will have the reward thereof, and whoso interveneth in an evil cause will bear the consequence thereof. Allah overseeth all things.
    • 4:85; M. M. Pickthall translation
  • And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet with one better than it, or return it. Surely Allah ever takes account of all things.
    • 4:86; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • They would love to see you deny the truth even as they have denied it, so that you should be like them. Do not, therefore, take them for your allies until they forsake the domain of evil for the sake of God; and if they revert to [open] enmity, seize them and slay them wherever you may find them. And do not take any of them for your ally or giver of succour.
    • 4:88; Muhammad Asad translation
  • If they let you be, and do not make war on you, and offer you peace, God does not allow you to harm them.
    • 4:90; Muhammad Asad translation
  • Whoso slayeth a believer of set purpose, his reward is hell for ever. Allah is wroth against him and He hath cursed him and prepared for him an awful doom.
    • 4:93; M. M. Pickthall translation
  • Believers, if you march with arms for the cause of God, make sure that you know whom to fight. Do not accuse anyone who claims himself to be a Muslim of disbelief just for worldly gains. There is abundant bounty with God. Before, you were also like them, but God bestowed His favors upon you. Thus, make sure that you know whom to fight. God is Well Aware of what you do.
    • 4:94; Muhammad Sarwar translation
  • Whoever emigrates for the cause of God will find many places of refuge in the land and plentiful provision. Those who leave home for the cause of God and His Messenger; but is then overtaken by death, shall be recompensed by God. God is most forgiving and ever-merciful.
    • 4:100; Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • And when ye go forth in the land, it is no sin for you to curtail (your) worship if ye fear that those who disbelieve may attack you. In truth the disbelievers are an open enemy to you.
    • 4:101; M. M. Pickthall translation
  • Relent not in pursuit of the enemy. If ye are suffering, lo! they suffer even as ye suffer and ye hope from Allah that for which they cannot hope.
    • 4:104; M. M. Pickthall translation
  • Yet do not argue in behalf of those who are false to their own selves: verily, God does not love those who betray their trust and persist in sinful ways. They would conceal their doings from men; but from God they cannot conceal them – for He is with them whenever they devise, in the dark of night, all manner of beliefs which He does not approve. And God indeed encompasses [with His knowledge] whatever they do.
    • 4:107-108; Muhammad Asad translation
  • And whoever does evil or wrongs his soul, then asks forgiveness of Allah, will find Allah Forgiving, Merciful.
    • 4:110-112, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Whoso committeth sin committeth it only against himself.
    • 4:111; M. M. Pickthall translation
  • And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. And Allah ever encompasses all things.
    • 4:126, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O you who believe, be maintainers of justice, bearers of witness for Allah, even though it be against your own selves or (your) parents or near relatives whether he be rich or poor, Allah has a better right over them both. So follow not (your) low desires, lest you deviate. And if you distort or turn away from (truth), surely Allah is ever Aware of what you do.
    • 4:135, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Give news to the hypocrites that for them is a painful chastisement — Those who take disbelievers for friends rather than believers. Do they seek for might from them? Might surely belongs wholly to Allah.
    • 4:138-139; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And, indeed, He has enjoined upon you in this divine writ that whenever you hear people deny the truth of God’s messages and mock at them, you shall avoid their company until they begin to talk of other things – or else, verily, you will become like them. Behold, together with those who deny the truth God will gather in hell the hypocrites,
    • 4:140; Muhammad Asad translation
  • Those who deny God and His messengers and seek to make a distinction between God and His messengers and say, We believe in some messengers and disbelieve in others, and desire to adopt a position in between. Those indeed are they who are denying the truth beyond doubt, and We have prepared a humiliating punishment for the deniers.
    • 4:150-151; Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • Then as for those who believe and do good, He will pay them fully their rewards and give them more out of His grace. And as for those who disdain and are proud, He will chastise them with a painful chastisement, And they will find for themselves besides Allah no friend nor helper.
    • 4:173-174, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation

Surah 5: The Food

  • And never let your hatred of people who would bar you from the Inviolable House of Worship lead you into the sin of aggression: but rather help one another in furthering virtue and God-consciousness, and do not help one another in furthering evil and enmity; and remain conscious of God: for, behold, God is severe in retribution!
    • 5:2; Muhammad Asad translation
  • And whoever denies faith, his work indeed is vain; and in the Hereafter he is of the losers.
    • 5:5; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Believers, be steadfast in the cause of God and bear witness with justice. Do not let your enmity for others turn you away from justice. Deal justly; that is nearer to being God-fearing. Fear God. God is aware of all that you do.
    • 5:8; Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • Allah guideth him who seeketh His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He bringeth them out of darkness unto light by His decree, and guideth them unto a straight path.
    • 5:16; M. M. Pickthall translation
  • So We decreed for the tribe of Israel that if someone kills another person — unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth — it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind.
    • 5:32; Aisha Bewley translation
  • The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered, or crucified, or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides, or they should be imprisoned. This shall be a disgrace for them in this world, and in the Hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement, Except those who repent before you overpower them; so know that Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
    • 5:33-34; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And (as for) the man and the woman addicted to theft, cut off their hands as a punishment for what they have earned, an exemplary punishment from Allah. And Allah is Mighty, Wise. But whoever repents after his wrongdoing and reforms, Allah will turn to him (mercifully). Surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
    • 5:38-39; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O you who have attained to faith! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for your allies: they are but allies of one another and whoever of you allies himself with them becomes, verily, one of them; behold, God does not guide such evildoers.
    • 5:51; Muhammad Asad translation
  • Surely those who believe and those who are Jews and the Sabeans and the Christians — whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good — they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve.
    • 5:69; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Certainly We made a covenant with the Children of Israel and We sent to them messengers. Whenever a messenger came to them with that which their souls desired not, some (of them) they called liars and some they (even) sought to kill.
    • 5:70; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Thou wilt certainly find the most violent of people in enmity against the believers to be the Jews and the idolaters; and thou wilt find the nearest in friendship to the believers to be those who say, We are Christians. That is because there are priests and monks among them and because they are not proud. And when they hear that which has been revealed to the Messenger thou seest their eyes overflow with tears because of the truth they recognize. They say: Our Lord, we believe, so write us down with the witnesses.
    • 5:82-84; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Say: “There is no comparison between the bad things and the good things, even though very many of the bad things may please thee greatly. Be, then, conscious of God, O you who are endowed with insight, so that you might attain to a happy state!”
    • 5:100; Muhammad Asad translation
  • O you who believe, take care of your souls — he who errs cannot harm you when you are on the right way.
    • 5:105; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And when I revealed to the disciples, saying, Believe in Me and My messenger, they said: We believe and bear witness that we submit. When the disciples said: O Jesus, son of Mary, is thy Lord able to send down food to us from heaven? He said: Keep your duty to Allah if you are believers. They said: We desire to eat of it, and that our hearts should be at rest, and that we may know that thou hast indeed spoken truth to us, and that we may be witnesses thereof. Jesus, son of Mary, said: O Allah, our Lord, send down to us food from heaven which should be to us an ever-recurring happiness to the first of us and the last of us, and a sign from Thee, and give us sustenance and Thou art the Best of the sustainers. Allah said: Surely I will send it down to you, but whoever disbelieves afterwards from among you, I will chastise him with a chastisement with which I will not chastise any one among the nations.
    • 5:111-115; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And when Allah will say: O Jesus, son of Mary, didst thou say to men, Take me and my mother for two gods besides Allah? He will say: Glory be to Thee! it was not for me to say what I had no right to (say). If I had said it, Thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my mind, and I know not what is in Thy mind. Surely Thou art the great Knower of the unseen. I said to them naught save as Thou didst command me: Serve Allah, my Lord and your Lord; and I was a witness of them so long as I was among them
    • 5:116-117; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation

Surah 6: The Cattle

  • This Qur’an hath been revealed to me by inspiration, that I may warn you and all whom it reaches.
    • 6:19; translation of Yusuf Ali
  • And of them is he who hearkens to thee and We have cast veils over their hearts so that they understand it not and a deafness into their ears. And (even) if they see every sign they will not believe in it. So much so that when they come to thee they only dispute with thee — those who disbelieve say: This is naught but stories of the ancients. And they forbid (others) from it, and they keep away from it; and they ruin none but their own souls while they perceive not.
    • 6:25-26; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And this world’s life is naught but a play and an idle sport. And certainly the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who keep their duty. Do you not then understand?
    • 6:32; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • If only, when Our disaster came on them, they had been humble! But their hearts were hardened and the devil made all that they used to do seem fair unto them!
    • 6:43; M. M. Pickthall translation
  • Say, ‘I do not have the treasures of God, nor do I know the unseen, nor do I tell you that I am an angel. I only follow what is revealed to me.’
    • 6:50; Abdel Haleem translation
  • He is the Absolute Master over His servants. He sends forth guardians [angels] who watch over you until, when death approaches one of you, Our angels take his soul, and they never fail in their duty. Then they will all be returned to God, their true Lord.
    • 6:61-62; Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • Now, whenever thou meet such as indulge in [blasphemous] talk about Our messages, turn thy back upon them until they begin to talk of other things and if Satan should ever cause thee to forget [thyself], remain not, after recollection, in the company of such evildoing folk, for whom those who are conscious of God are in no wise accountable. Theirs, however, is the duty to admonish [the sinners], so that they might become conscious of God.
    • 6:68-69; Muhammad Asad translation
  • He causes the break of day, and has made the night for rest and He made the sun and the moon to a precise measure. That is the measure determined by the All Mighty and the All Knowing. It is He who has set up for you the stars so that you might be guided by them in the midst of the darkness of land and sea. We have made the signs clear for people who want to understand. It is He who first produced you from a single soul, then gave you a place to stay [in life] and a resting place [after death]. We have made Our revelations clear to those who are men of understanding. It is He who sends down water from the sky. With it We produce vegetation of all kinds; out of green foliage, We produce clustered grain; and from the date-palm, out of its sheath, We produce bunches of dates hanging low. We produce vineyards and olive groves and pomegranates, alike yet different. Look at their fruit as He causes it to grow and ripen. In this are signs for people who believe.
    • 6:96-99; Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • And they regard the jinn to be partners with Allah, and He created them, and they falsely attribute to Him sons and daughters without knowledge. Glory be to Him, and highly exalted is He above what they ascribe (to Him)!
    • 6:100; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Clear proofs have indeed come to you from your Lord; so whoever sees, it is for his own good; and whoever is blind, it is to his own harm. And I am not a keeper over you.
    • 6:104; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And abuse not those whom they call upon besides Allah, lest, exceeding the limits, they abuse Allah through ignorance.
    • 6:109; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Now if thou pay heed unto the majority of those [who live] on earth, they will but lead thee astray from the path of God: they follow but [other people’s] conjectures, and they themselves do nothing but guess.
    • 6:117; Muhammad Asad translation
  • But abstain from sinning, be it open or secret-for, behold, those who commit sins shall be requited for all that they have earned.
    • 6:120; Muhammad Asad translation
  • And so We have put chief evildoers in every city to perpetrate their schemes there- but they scheme only against themselves, without realizing it.
    • 6:123; Abdel Haleem translation
  • Verily, as for those who have broken the unity of their faith and have become sects – thou hast nothing to do with them.
    • 6:159; Muhammad Asad translation
  • Whoever brings a good deed will have tenfold like it, and whoever brings an evil deed, will be recompensed only with the like of it, and they shall not be wronged.
    • 6:160; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Say: As for me, my Lord has guided me to the right path — a right religion, the faith of Abraham, the upright one, and he was not of the polytheists. Say My prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are surely for Allah, the Lord of the worlds — No associate has He. And this am I commanded, and I am the first of those who submit.
    • 6:162-164; Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • He it is Who hath placed you as viceroys of the earth and hath exalted some of you in rank above others, that He may try you by (the test of) that which He hath given you. Lo! Thy Lord is swift in prosecution, and Lo! He verily is Forgiving, Merciful.
    • 6:165, translated by M. M. Pickthall

Surah 7: The Elevated Places

  • Follow what has been revealed to you from your Lord and follow not besides Him any guardians; little do you mind!
    • 7:3, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And We indeed created you, then We fashioned you, then We said to the angels: Make submission to Adam. So they submitted, except Iblis; he was not of those who submitted. He said: What hindered thee that thou didst not submit when I commanded thee? He said: I am better than he; Thou hast created me of fire, while him Thou didst create of dust. He said: Then get forth from this (state), for it is not for thee to behave proudly therein. Go forth, therefore, surely thou art of the abject ones. He said: Respite me till the day when they are raised. He said: Thou art surely of the respited ones. He said: As Thou hast adjudged me to be erring, I will certainly lie in wait for them in Thy straight path, Then I shall certainly come upon them from before them and from behind them, and from their right and from their left; and Thou wilt not find most of them thankful. He said: Get out of it, despised, driven away. Whoever of them will follow thee, I will certainly fill hell with you all. And (We said): O Adam, dwell thou and thy wife in the garden, so eat from whence you desire, but go not near this tree, lest you become of the unjust.
    • 7:11-19, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O children of Adam, let not the devil seduce you, as he expelled your parents from the garden, pulling off from them their clothing that he might show them their shame. He surely sees you, he as well as his host, from whence you see them not. Surely We have made the devils to be the friends of those who believe not.
    • 7:27, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And when they commit an indecency they say: We found our fathers doing this, and Allah has enjoined it on us. Say: Surely Allah enjoins not indecency. Do you say of Allah what you know not? Say: My Lord enjoins justice. And set upright your faces at every time of prayer and call on Him, being sincere to Him in obedience. As He brought you into being, so shall you return. A party has He guided, and another party — perdition is justly their due. Surely they took the devils for friends instead of Allah, and they think that they are rightly guided. O children of Adam, attend to your adornment at every time of prayer, and eat and drink and be not prodigal; surely He loves not the prodigals.
    • 7:28-31, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Say: My Lord forbids only indecencies, such of them as are apparent and such as are concealed, and sin and unjust rebellion, and that you associate with Allah that for which He has sent down no authority, and that you say of Allah what you know not.
    • 7:33, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And every nation has a term so when its term comes, they cannot remain behind the least while, nor can they precede (it).
    • 7:34, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And those who reject Our messages and turn away from them haughtily these are the companions of the Fire; they shall abide in it.
    • 7:36, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Who is then more unjust than he who forges a lie against Allah or rejects His messages? These — their portion of the Book shall reach them; until when Our messengers come to them causing them to die; they say: Where is that which you used to call upon besides Allah? They would say: They are gone away from us. And they shall bear witness against themselves that they were disbelievers.
    • 7:37, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • He will say: Enter into the Fire among the nations that have passed away before you from among the jinn and men. Every time a nation enters, it curses its sister until when they all follow one another into it, the last of them will say with regard to the first of them: Our Lord, these led us astray, so give them a double chastisement of the Fire. He will say: Each one has double but you know not. And the first of them will say to the last of them: You have no preference over us, so taste the chastisement for what you earned.
    • 7:38-39, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Those who reject Our messages and turn away from them haughtily, the doors of heaven will not be opened for them, nor will they enter the Garden until the camel pass through the eye of the needle. And thus do We reward the guilty. They shall have a bed of hell and over them coverings (of it). And thus do We requite the wrongdoers.
    • 7:40-41, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And as for those who believe and do good — We impose not on any soul a duty beyond its scope — they are the owners of the Garden; therein they abide. And We shall remove whatever of ill-feeling is in their hearts — rivers flow beneath them. And they say: All praise is due to Allah, Who guided us to this! And we would not have found the way if Allah had not guided us. Certainly the messengers of our Lord brought the truth. And it will be cried out to them: This is the Garden which you are made to inherit for what you did.
    • 7:42-43, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And the owners of the Garden call out to the companions of the Fire: We have found that which our Lord promised us to be true; have you, too, found that which your Lord promised to be true? They will say: Yes. Then a crier will cry out among them: The curse of Allah is on the wrongdoers, Who hinder (men) from Allah’s way and seek to make it crooked, and they are disbelievers in the Hereafter. And between them is a veil. And on the Elevated Places are men who know all by their marks. And they call out to the owners of the Garden: Peace be to you! They have not yet entered it, though they hope. And when their eyes are turned towards the companions of the Fire, they say: Our Lord, place us not with the unjust people.
    • 7:44-47, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And the owners of the Elevated Places call out to men whom they recognize by their marks, saying: Of no avail were to you your amassings and your arrogance. Are these they about whom you swore that Allah would not bestow mercy on them? Enter the Garden; you have no fear, nor shall you grieve. And the companions of the Fire call out to the owners of the Garden: Pour on us some water or some of that which Allah has provided for you. They say: Surely Allah has forbidden them both to the disbelievers, Who take their religion for an idle sport and a play, and this world’s life deceives them. So this day We shall forsake them, as they neglected the meeting of this day of theirs, and as they denied Our messages.
    • 7:48-51, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And He it is Who sends forth the winds hearing good news before His mercy; till, when they bear a laden cloud, We drive it to a dead land, then We send down water on it, then bring forth thereby fruits of all kinds. Thus do We bring forth the dead that you may be mindful.
    • 7:57, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Those who follow the Messenger-Prophet, the [Ummi] whom they find mentioned in the Torah and the Gospel. He enjoins them good and forbids them evil, and makes lawful to them the good things and prohibits for them impure things, and removes from them their burden and the shackles which were on them. So those who believe in him and honour him and help him, and follow the light which has been sent down with him — these are the successful.
    • 7:157, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And recite to them the news of him to whom We give Our messages, but he withdraws himself from them, so the devil follows him up, and he is of those who perish. And if We had pleased, We would have exalted him thereby; but he clings to the earth and follows his low desire. His parable is as the parable of the dog if thou drive him away, he lolls out his tongue, and if thou leave him alone, he lolls out his tongue. Such is the parable of the people who reject Our messages. So relate the narrative that they may reflect.
    • 7:175-176, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Evil is the likeness of the people who reject Our messages and wrong their own souls. He whom Allah guides is on the right way; and he whom He leaves in error — they are the losers. And certainly We have created for hell many of the jinn and the men — they have hearts wherewith they understand not, and they have eyes wherewith they see not, and they have ears wherewith they hear not. They are as cattle; nay, they are more astray. These are the heedless ones.
    • 7:177-179, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And of those whom We have created is a community who guide with the truth and therewith do justice.
    • 7:181, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Take to forgiveness and enjoin good and turn away from the ignorant.
    • 7:199, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And when the Qur’an is recited, listen to it and remain silent, that mercy may be shown to you. And remember thy Lord within thyself humbly and fearing, and in a voice not loud, in the morning and the evening, and be not of the heedless. Surely those who are with thy Lord are not too proud to serve Him, and they glorify Him and prostrate themselves before Him.
    • 7:204-206, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation

Surah 8: Voluntary Gifts

  • When you sought the aid of your Lord, so He answered you, I will assist you with a thousand of the angels following one another. And Allah gave it only as good news, and that your hearts might be at ease thereby. And victory is only from Allah surely Allah is Mighty, Wise.
    • 8:9-10, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • When He made slumber fall on you as a security from Him, and sent down upon you water from the clouds that He might thereby purify you, and take away from you the uncleanness of the devil, and that He might fortify your hearts and make firm (your) feet thereby.
    • 8:11, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • When thy Lord revealed to the angels; I am with you, so make firm those who believe I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. So smite above the necks and smite every finger-tip of them. This is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever opposes Allah and His Messenger — then surely Allah is Severe in requiting. This — taste it, and (know) that for the disbelievers is the chastisement of the Fire.
    • 8:12-14, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O you who believe, when you meet those who disbelieve marching for war, turn not your backs to them. And whoso turns his back to them on that day unless maneuvering for battle or turning to join a company — he, indeed, incurs Allah’s wrath and his refuge is hell. And an evil destination it is.
    • 8:15-16,
  • So you slew them not but Allah slew them, and thou smotest not when thou didst smite (the enemy), but Allah smote (him), and that He might confer upon the believers a benefit from Himself. Surely Allah is Hearing, Knowing.
    • 8:17, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • This — and (know) that Allah will weaken the struggle of the disbelievers. If you sought a judgment, the judgment has indeed come to you and if you desist, it is better for you. And if you return (to fight), We (too) shall return and your forces will avail you nothing, though they may be many; and (know) that Allah is with the believers.
    • 8:18-19, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And be not like those who say, We hear; and they hear not.
    • 8:21, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O you who believe, respond to Allah and His Messenger, when he calls you to that which gives you life. And know that Allah comes in between a man and his heart, and that to Him you will be gathered.
    • 8:24, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And remember when you were few, deemed weak in the land, fearing lest people should carry you off by force, He sheltered you and strengthened you with His help, and gave you of the good things that you might give thanks.
    • 8:26, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And know that your wealth and your children are a temptation, and that Allah is He with Whom there is a mighty reward.
    • 8:28, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And when they said: O Allah, if this is indeed the truth from Thee, then rain down on us stones from heaven or inflict on us a painful chastisement. And Allah would not chastise them while thou wast among them; nor would Allah chastise them while they seek forgiveness. And what excuse have they that Allah should not chastise them while they hinder (men) from the Sacred Mosque and they are not its (true) guardians? Its guardians are only those who keep their duty, but most of them know not. And their prayer at the House is nothing but whistling and clapping of hands. Taste, then, the chastisement, because you disbelieved.
    • 8:32-35, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Surely those who disbelieve spend their wealth to hinder (people) from the way of Allah. So they will go on spending it, then it will be to them a regret, then they will be overcome. And those who disbelieve will be gathered together to hell, That Allah may separate the wicked from the good, and put the wicked one upon another, then heap them together, then cast them into hell. These indeed are the losers.
    • 8:36-37, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And know that whatever you acquire in war, a fifth of it is for Allah and for the Messenger and for the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, if you believe in Allah and in that which We revealed to Our servant, on the day of Discrimination, the day on which the two patties met. And Allah is Possessor of power over all things.
    • 8:41, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • When Allah showed them to thee in thy dream as few and if He had shown them to thee as many, you would certainly have become weak hearted and you would have disputed about the matter, but Allah saved (you). Surely He is Knower of what is in the breasts.
    • 8:43, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O you who believe, when you meet an army, be firm, and remember Allah much, that you may be successful. And obey Allah and His Messenger and dispute not one with another, lest you get weak-hearted and your power depart; and be steadfast. Surely Allah is with the steadfast.
    • 8:45-46, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And be not like those who came forth from their homes exultingly and to be seen of men, and they hinder (people) from the way of Allah. And Allah encompasses what they do. And when the devil made their works fair-seeming to them, and said: None among men can overcome you this day, and I am your protector. But when the two armies came in sight of one another, he turned upon his heels, and said: Surely I am clear of you, I see what you see not; surely I fear Allah. And Allah is Severe in requiting.
    • 8:47-48, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Surely the vilest of beasts in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve, then they would not believe. Those with whom thou makest an agreement, then they break their agreement every time, and they keep not their duty. So if thou overtake them in war, scatter by them those who are behind them, that they may be mindful. And if thou fear treachery on the part of a people, throw back to them (their treaty) on terms of equality. Surely Allah loves not the treacherous.
    • 8:55-58, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace.
    • 8:61, translation of Yusuf Ali
  • And if they intend to deceive thee, then surely Allah is sufficient for thee. He it is Who strengthened thee with His help and with the believers, And He has united their hearts. If thou hadst spent all that is in the earth, thou couldst not have united their hearts, but Allah united them. Surely He is Mighty, Wise. O Prophet, Allah is sufficient for thee and those who follow thee of the believers.
    • 8:62-64, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O Prophet, urge the believers to fight. If there be of you twenty steadfast, they shall overcome two hundred; and if there be of you a hundred, they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they are a people who do not understand.
    • 8:65, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Eat then of the lawful and good (things) which you have acquired in war, and keep your duty to Allah. Surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
    • 8:69, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O Prophet, say to those of the captives who are in your hands: If Allah knows anything good in your hearts, He will give you better than that which has been taken from you, and will forgive you. And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
    • 8:70, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation

Surah 9: The Immunity

  • As for the polytheists who have honoured every term of their treaty with you and have not supported an enemy against you, honour your treaty with them until the end of its term. Surely Allah loves those who are mindful ˹of Him˺. But once the Sacred Months have passed, kill the polytheists ˹who violated their treaties˺ wherever you find them, capture them, besiege them, and lie in wait for them on every way. But if they repent, perform prayers, and pay alms-tax, then set them free. Indeed, Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
    • 9:4-5, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
      • variant translation of 9:5 by Maulana Muhammad Ali:
        So when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters, wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. But if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rare, leave their way free. Surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
  • And if anyone of the idolaters seek thy protection, protect him till he hears the word of Allah, then convey him to his place of safety. This is because they are a people who know not.
    • 9:6, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • How can there be an agreement for the idolaters with Allah and with His Messenger, except those with whom you made an agreement at the Sacred Mosque? So as long as they are true to you, be true to them. Surely Allah loves those who keep their duty.
    • 9:7, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • But if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rare, they are your brethren in faith. And We make the messages clear for a people who know. And if they break their oaths after their agreement and revile your religion, then fight the leaders of disbelief — surely their oaths are nothing — so that they may desist.
    • 9:11-12, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Will you not fight those who have broken their oaths, conspired to expel the Messenger ˹from Mecca˺, and attacked you first? Do you fear them? Allah is more deserving of your fear, if you are ˹true˺ believers. ˹So˺ fight them and Allah will punish them at your hands, put them to shame, help you overcome them, and soothe the hearts of the believers—removing rage from their hearts. And Allah pardons whoever He wills. For Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
    • 9:13-15, translation of Dr Mustafa Khattab
      • Variant translation by Maulana Muhammad Ali of 9:14-15:
        Fight them; Allah will chastise them at your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and relieve the hearts of a believing people, And remove the rage of their hearts. And Allah turns (mercifully) to whom He pleases. And Allah is Knowing, Wise.
  • The idolaters have no right to maintain the mosques of Allah, while bearing witness to disbelief against themselves. These it is whose works are vain; and in the Fire will they abide. Only he can maintain the mosques of Allah who believes in Allah and the Last Day, and keeps up prayer and pays the poor-rate and fears none but Allah. So these it is who may be of the guided ones.
    • 9:17-18, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O you who believe, take not your fathers and your brothers for friends if they love disbelief above faith. And whoever of you takes them for friends, such are the wrongdoers.
    • 9:23, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Say If your fathers and your sons and your brethren and your wives and your kinsfolk and the wealth you have acquired, and trade whose dullness you fear, and dwellings you love, are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and striving in His way, then wait till Allah brings His command to pass. And Allah guides not the transgressing people.
    • 9:24, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Certainly Allah helped you in many battlefields, and on the day of Hunain, when your great numbers made you proud, but they availed you nothing, and the earth with all its spaciousness was straitened for you, then you turned back retreating. Then Allah sent down His calm upon His Messenger and upon the believers, and sent hosts which you saw not, and chastised those who disbelieved. And such is the reward of the disbelievers.
    • 9:25-26, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O you who believe, the idolaters are surely unclean, so they shall not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year of theirs. And if you fear poverty, then Allah will enrich you out of His grace, if He please. Surely Allah is Knowing, Wise. Fight those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, nor follow the Religion of Truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.
    • 9:28-29, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say The Messiah is the son of Allah. These are the words of their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before. Allah’s curse be on them! How they are turned away! They take their doctors of law and their monks for Lords besides Allah, and (also) the Messiah, son of Mary, And they were enjoined that they should serve one God only — there is no god but He. Be He glorified from what they set up (with Him)! They desire to put out the light of Allah with their mouths, and Allah will allow nothing save the perfection of His light, though the disbelievers are averse. He it is Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religions, though the polytheists are averse.
    • 9:30-33, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O you who believe, surely many of the doctors of law and the monks eat away the property of men falsely, and hinder (them) from Allah’s way. And those who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in Allah’s way — announce to them a painful chastisement, On the day when it will be heated in the Fire of hell, then their foreheads and their sides and their backs will be branded with it: This is what you hoarded up for yourselves, so taste what you used to hoard.
    • 9:34-35, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Surely the number of months with Allah is twelve months by Allah’s ordinance, since the day when He created the heavens and the earth — of these four are sacred. That is the right religion; so wrong not yourselves therein. And fight the polytheists all together as they fight you all together. And know that Allah is with those who keep their duty. Postponing (of the sacred month) is only an addition in disbelief, whereby those who disbelieve are led astray. They allow it one year and forbid it (another) year, that they may agree in the number (of months) which Allah has made sacred, and thus make lawful what Allah has forbidden. The evil of their doings is made fair-seeming to them. And Allah guides not the disbelieving people.
    • 9:36-37, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O you who believe, what (excuse) have you that when it is said to you, Go forth in Allah’s way, you should incline heavily to earth? Are you contented with this world’s life instead of the Hereafter? The provision of this world’s life is but little as compared with the Hereafter.
    • 9:38, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • If you go not forth, He will chastise you with a painful chastisement, and bring in your place a people other than you, and you can do Him no harm. And Allah is Possessor of power over all things.
    • 9:39, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Go forth, light and heavy, and strive hard in Allah’s way with your wealth and your lives. This is better for you, if you know. Had it been a near gain and a short journey, they would certainly have followed thee, but the hard journey was too long for them. And they wilt swear by Allah: If we had been able, we would have gone forth with you. They cause their own souls to perish; and Allah knows that they are liars.
    • 9:41-42, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Say: Nothing will afflict us save that which Allah has ordained for us. He is our Patron; and on Allah let the believers rely.
    • 9:51, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And nothing hinders their contributions being accepted from them, except that they disbelieve in Allah and in His Messenger and they come not to prayer except as lazy people, and they spend not but while they are reluctant. Let not then their wealth nor their children excite thine admiration. Allah only wishes to chastise them therewith in this world’s life and (that) their souls may depart while they are disbelievers.
    • 9:54-55, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And they swear by Allah that they are truly of you. And they are not of you, but they are a people who are afraid. If they could find a refuge or caves or a place to enter, they would certainly have turned thereto, running away in all haste.
    • 9:56-57, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And of them are those who blame thee in the matter of the alms. So if they are given thereof, they are pleased, and if they are not given thereof, lo! they are enraged.
    • 9:58, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • (Zakat) charity is only for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer it, and those whose hearts are made to incline (to truth), and (to free) the captives, and those in debt, and in the way of Allah and for the wayfarer — an ordinance from Allah. And Allah is Knowing, Wise.
    • 9:60, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • The hypocrites, men and women, are all alike. They enjoin evil and forbid good and withhold their hands. They have forsaken Allah, so He has forsaken them. Surely the hypocrites are the transgressors. Allah promises the hypocrites, men and women, and the disbelievers, the Fire of hell to abide therein. It is enough for them. And Allah curses them, and for them is a lasting chastisement.
    • 9:67-68, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Like those before you they were stronger than you in power and had more wealth and children. So they enjoyed their portion thus have you enjoyed your portion as those before you enjoyed their portion, and you indulge in idle talk as they did. These are they whose works are null in this world and the Hereafter, and these are they who are the losers.
    • 9:69, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • ‘Allah has promised to the believers, men and women, Gardens, wherein flow rivers, to abide therein, and goodly dwellings in Gardens of perpetual abode. And greatest of all is Allah’s goodly pleasure. That is the grand achievement.
    • 9:72, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And of them are those who made a covenant with Allah: If He give us out of His grace, we will certainly give alms and be of the righteous. But when He gave them out of His grace, they became niggardly of it and they turned away and they are averse. So He requited them with hypocrisy in their hearts till the day when they meet Him, because they broke their promise with Allah and because they lied.
    • 9:75-77, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Those who taunt the free givers of alms among the believers as well as those who cannot find anything (to give) but with their hard labor they scoff at them. Allah will pay them back their mockery and for them is a painful chastisement. Ask forgiveness for them or ask not forgiveness for them. Even if thou ask forgiveness for them seventy times Allah will not forgive them. This is because they disbelieve in Allah and His Messenger. And Allah guides not the transgressing people.
    • 9:79-80, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Those who were left behind were glad on account of their sitting behind Allah’s Messenger, and they were averse to striving in Allah’s way with their property and their persons, and said: Go not forth in the heat. Say: The Fire of hell is fiercer in heat. If only they could understand! Then let them laugh a little and weep much a recompense for what they earned. So if Allah bring thee back to a party of them, then they ask thy permission to go forth, say: Never shall you go forth with me and never shall you fight an enemy with me. You chose to sit (at home) the first time so sit (now) with those who remain behind. And never offer prayer for any one of them who dies, nor stand by his grave. Surely they disbelieved in Allah and His Messenger and they died in transgression.
    • 9:81-84, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And let not their wealth and their children excite thy admiration. Allah only intends to chastise them thereby in this world, and (that) their souls may depart while they are disbelievers.
    • 9:85, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • No blame lies on the weak, nor on the sick, nor on those who can find nothing to spend, if they are sincere to Allah and His Messenger. There is no way (to blame) against the doers of good. And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful…
    • 9:91, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And of the desert Arabs are those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and consider what they spend and the prayers of the Messenger, as bringing them nearer to Allah. Surely they bring them nearer (to Allah). Allah will bring them into His mercy. Surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
    • 9:99, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And of those around you of the desert Arabs, there are hypocrites and of the people of Madinah (also) — they persist in hypocrisy. Thou knowest them not; We know them. We will chastise them twice, then they will be turned back to a grievous chastisement. And others have acknowledged their faults, — they mixed a good deed with another that was evil. It may be that Allah will turn to them (mercifully). Surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. Take alms out of their property — thou wouldst cleanse them and purify them thereby — and pray for them. Surely thy prayer is a relief to them. And Allah is Hearing, Knowing.
    • 9:101-103, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Know they not that Allah is He Who accepts repentance from His servants and takes the alms, and that Allah — He is the Oft-returning (to mercy), the Merciful? And say, Work so Allah will see your work and (so will) His Messenger and the believers. And you will be brought back to the Knower of the unseen and the seen, then He will inform you of what you did.
    • 9:104-105, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Surely Allah has bought of the believers their persons and their property for this, that they shall have the garden; they fight in Allah’s way, so they slay and are slain; a promise which is binding on Him in the Taurat and the Injeel and the Quran; and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Rejoice therefore in the pledge which you have made; and that is the mighty achievement. They who turn (to Allah), who serve (Him), who praise (Him), who fast, who bow down, who prostrate themselves, who enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, and who keep the limits of Allah; and give good news to the believers.
    • 9:111-112, translation of Shakir
  • It is not (fit) for the Prophet and those who believe that they should ask forgiveness for the polytheists, even though they should be near relatives, after it has become clear to them that they are inmates of the flaming fire.
    • 9:113, translation of Shakir
  • Certainly Allah has turned in mercy to the Prophet and the Emigrants and the Helpers who followed him in the hour of hardship, after the hearts of a part of them were about to deviate; then He turned to them in mercy. Surely to them He is Compassionate, Merciful; And (He turned in mercy) to the three who were left behind; until the earth, vast as it is, became strait to them and their souls were also straitened to them; and they knew that there was no refuge from Allah but in Him. Then He turned to them in mercy that they might turn (to Him). Surely Allah — He is the Oft-returning to mercy, the Merciful.
    • 9:117-118, translation of Maulana Muhammad Ali
  • O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him).
    • 9:123, M. M. Pickthall translation
  • And whenever a chapter is revealed, there are some of them who say: Which of you has it strengthened in faith? Then as for those who believe, it strengthens them in faith and they rejoice. And as for those in whose hearts is a disease, it adds uncleanness to their uncleanness and they die while they are unbelievers. Do they not see that they are tried once or twice in every year, yet they do not turn (to Allah) nor do they mind. And whenever a chapter is revealed, they cast glances at one another: Does any one see you? Then they turn away: Allah has turned away their hearts because they are a people who do not understand.
    • 9:124-127, translation of Shakir
  • There has certainly come to you an apostle from among yourselves. Grievous to him is your distress; he has deep concern for you, and is most kind and merciful to the faithful. But if they turn their backs [on you], say, ‘Allah is sufficient for me. There is no god except Him. In Him I have put my trust and He is the Lord of the Great Throne.’
    • 9:128-129, translation of Ali Quli Qara’i

Surah 10: Jonah

  • I, Allah, am the Seer. These are the verses of the Book, full of wisdom.
    • 10:1, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Surely your Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six periods, and He is established on the Throne of Power regulating the Affair. There is no intercessor except after His permission. This is Allah, your Lord, therefore serve Him. Will you not mind?
    • 10:3, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • To Him is your return, of all (of you). It is the promise of Allah (made) in truth. Surely He produces the first creation, then He reproduces it, that He may reward with equity those who believe and do good. And as for those who disbelieve, for them is a drink of hot water and a painful chastisement because they disbelieved.
    • 10:4, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • He it is Who made the sun a shining brightness, and the moon a light, and ordained for it stages that you might know the computation of years and the reckoning. Allah created not this but with truth. He makes the signs manifest for a people who know. Surely in the variation of the night and the day, and that which Allah has created in the heavens and the earth, there are signs for a people who keep their duty.
    • 10:5-6, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Those who believe and do good, their Lord guides them by their faith; rivers will flow beneath them in Gardens of bliss. Their cry therein will be, Glory to Thee, O Allah and their greeting, Peace! And the last of their cry will be Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!
    • 10:9-10, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And if Allah were to hasten for men the (consequences of) evil, as they would hasten on the good, their doom would certainly have been decreed for them. But We leave those alone, who have no hope of meeting with Us, in their inordinacy, blindly wandering on. And when affliction touches a man, he calls on Us, whether lying on his side or sitting or standing; but, when We remove his affliction from him, he passes on as though he had never called on Us on account of an affliction that touched him. Thus is what they do, made fair-seeming to the extravagant.
    • 10:11-12, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And when Our clear messages are recited to them, those who have no hope of meeting with Us say: Bring a Qur’an other than this or change it. Say: It is not for me to change it of my own accord. I follow naught but what is revealed to me. Indeed I fear, if I disobey my Lord, the chastisement of a grievous day. Say: If Allah had desired, I would not have recited it to you, nor would He have made it known to you. I have lived among you a lifetime before it. Do you not then understand?
    • 10:15-16, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Who is then more unjust than he who forges a lie against Allah or gives the lie to His messages? Surely the guilty never succeed.
    • 10:17, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And they serve besides Allah that which can neither harm them nor profit them, and they say: These are our intercessors with Allah. Say Would you inform Allah of what He knows not in the heavens and the earth? Glory be to Him, and supremely exalted is He above what they set up (with Him)!
    • 10:18, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And (all) people are but a single nation, then they disagree. And had not a word already gone forth from thy Lord, the matter would have certainly been decided between them in respect of that wherein they disagree. And they say: Why is not a sign sent to him from his Lord? Say: The unseen is only for Allah, so wait; surely I too with you am of those who wait.
    • 10:19-20, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • He it is Who makes you travel by land and sea; until, when you are in the ships, and they sail on with them in a pleasant breeze, and they rejoice at it, a violent wind overtakes them and the billows surge in on them from all sides, and they deem that they are encompassed about. Then they pray to Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience: If Thou deliver us from this, we will certainly be of the grateful ones. But when He delivers them, lo! they are unjustly rebellious in the earth. O men, your rebellion is against yourselves a provision (only) of this world’s life. Then to Us is your return, so We shall inform you of what you did.
    • 10:22-23, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • The likeness of this world’s life is only as water which We send down from the clouds, then the herbage of the earth, of which men and cattle eat, grows luxuriantly thereby; until when the earth puts on its golden raiment and it becomes adorned, and its people think that they are masters of it, Our command comes to it, by night or by day, so We render it as reaped seed-produce, as though it had not flourished yesterday. Thus do We make clear the messages for a people who reflect.
    • 10:24, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And Allah invites to the abode of peace, and guides whom He pleases to the right path. For those who do good is good (reward) and more (than this). Neither blackness nor ignominy will cover their faces. These are the owners of the Garden; therein they will abide.
    • 10:25-26, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And those who earn evil, the punishment of an evil is the like thereof, and abasement will cover them they will have none to protect them from Allah — as if their faces had been covered with slices of the dense darkness of night. These are the companions of the Fire; therein they will abide.
    • 10:27, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Say: Who gives you sustenance from the heaven and the earth, or who controls the hearing and the sight, and who brings forth the living from the dead, and brings forth the dead from the living? And who regulates the affair? They will say: Allah. Say then: Will you not then guard against evil?
    • 10:31, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Say: Is there anyone among your associate-gods who produces the first creation, then reproduces it? Say Allah produces the first creation, then He reproduces it. How are you then turned away!
    • 10:34, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Say: Is there any of your associate-gods who guides to the Truth? Say: Allah guides to the Truth. Is He then Who guides to the Truth more worthy to be followed, or he who finds not the way unless he is guided? What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
    • 10:35, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And this Qur’an is not such as could be forged by those besides Allah, but it is a verification of that which is before it and a dear explanation of the Book, there is no doubt in it, from the Lord of the worlds.
    • 10:37, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And if they reject thee, say My work is for me and your work for you. You are clear of what I do and I am clear of what you do.
    • 10:41, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And of them are some who look at thee. But canst thou show the way to the blind, though they will not see? Surely Allah wrongs not men in aught, but men wrong themselves.
    • 10:43-44, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And on the day when He will gather them, as though they had not stayed but an hour of the day, they will recognize one another. They perish indeed who reject the meeting with Allah, and they follow not the right way.
    • 10:45, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • O men, there has come to you indeed an admonition from your Lord and a healing for what is in the breasts; and a guidance and a mercy for the believers. Say: In the grace of Allah and In His mercy, in that they should rejoice. It is better than that which they hoard.
    • 10:57-58, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation

Surah 11: Hud

  • I, Allah, am the Seer. A Book, whose verses are characterized by wisdom, then they are made plain, from One Wise, Aware: That you should serve none but Allah. Surely I am to you from Him a warner and a giver of good news.
    • 11:1-2, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Now surely they cover up their breasts to conceal (their enmity) from Him. Now surely, when they put their garments as a covering, He knows what they hide and what they make public. Surely He is Knower of what is in the breasts. And there is no animal in the earth but on Allah is the sustenance of it, and He knows its resting-place and its depository. All is in a clear record.
    • 11:5-6, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six periods and His Throne of Power is ever on water that He might manifest (the good qualities in) you whoever of you is best in deeds. And if thou sayest, You shall surely be raised up after death, those who disbelieve say This is nothing but clear deceit.
    • 11:7, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Then, may it be that thou wilt give up part of what is revealed to thee and thy breast will he straitened by it, because they say: Why has not a treasure been sent down for him or an angel come with him? Thou art only a warner And Allah is in charge of all things. Or, say they He has forged it. Say: Then bring ten forged chapters like it, and call upon whom you can besides Allah, if you are truthful. But if they answer you not, then know that it is revealed by Allah’s knowledge, and that there is no God but He. Will you then submit?
    • 11:12-14, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Whoever desires this world’s life and its finery We repay them their deeds therein, and they are not made to suffer loss in it. These are they for whom there is nothing but Fire in the Hereafter. And what they work therein is fruitless and their deeds are vain.
    • 11:15-16, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • They said: O Noah, indeed thou hast disputed with us and prolonged dispute with us, so bring upon us that which thou threatenest us with, if thou art truthful. He said: Only Allah will bring it on you, if He please, and you will not escape: And my advice will not profit you, if I intend to give you good advice, if Allah intends to destroy you. He is your Lord; and to Him you will be brought back.
    • 11:32-34, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Or say they: He has forged it? Say: If I have forged it, on me is my guilt; and I am free of that of which you are guilty.
    • 11:35, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • At length when Our command came and water gushed forth from the valley, We said: Carry in it two of all things, a pair, and thine own family except those against whom the word has already gone forth — and those who believe. And there believed not with him but a few. And he said: Embark in it, in the name of Allah be its sailing and its anchoring. Surely my Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.
    • 11:40-41, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And it moved on with them amid waves like mountains. And Noah called out to his son, and he was aloof: O my son, embark with us and be not with the disbelievers. He said: I will betake myself for refuge to a mountain that will save me from the water. He said: There is none safe to-day from Allah’s command, but he on whom He has mercy. And a wave intervened between them, so he was among the drowned.
    • 11:42-43, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • It was said: O Noah, descend with peace from Us and blessings on thee and on nations (springing) from those with thee. And there are nations whom We afford provisions, then a painful punishment from Us afflicts them. These are announcements relating to the unseen which We reveal to thee; thou didst not know them (neither) thou nor thy people before this. So be patient. Surely, the (good) end is for the dutiful.
    • 11:48-49, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And to ‘Ad (We sent) their brother Hud. He said: O my people, serve Allah, you have no god save Him. You are only fabricators. O my people, I ask of you no reward for it. My reward is only with Him Who created me. Do you not then understand? And, O my people, ask forgiveness of your Lord, then turn to Him, He will send on you clouds pouring down abundance of rain and add strength to your strength, and turn not back, guilty.
    • 11:50-52, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • But if you turn away, then indeed I have delivered to you that with which I am sent to you. And my Lord will bring another people in your place, and you cannot do Him any harm. Surely my Lord is the Preserver of all things.
    • 11:57, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And such were ‘Ad. They denied the messages of their Lord, and disobeyed His messengers and followed the bidding of every insolent opposer (of truth). And they were overtaken by a curse in this world and on the day of Resurrection. Now surely ‘Ad disbelieved in their Lord. Now surely, away with ‘Ad, the people of Hud!
    • 11:59-60, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And to Thamud (We sent) their brother Salih. He said: O my people, serve Allah, you have no god other than Him. He brought you forth from the earth and made you dwell in it, so ask forgiveness of Him, then turn to Him. Surely my Lord is Nigh, Answering. They said: O Salih, thou wast among us a centre of (our) hopes before this. Dost thou forbid us to worship what our fathers worshipped? And surely we are in grave doubt about that to which thou callest us.
    • 11:61-62, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And the cry overtook those who did wrong, so they were motionless bodies in their abodes, As though they had never dwelt therein. Now surely Thamud disbelieved in their Lord. So away with Thamud!
    • 11:67-68, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And to Midian (We sent) their brother Shu’aib. He said: O my people, serve Allah, you have no other god save Him. And give not short measure and weight. I see you in prosperity, and I fear for you the chastisement of an all-encompassing day: And, O my people, give full measure and weight justly, and defraud not men of their things, and act not corruptly in the land, making mischief: What remains with Allah is better for you, if you are believers. And I am not a keeper over you.
    • 11:84-86, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And, O my people, let not opposition to me make you guilty so that there may befall you the like of that which befell the people of Noah, or the people of Hud, or the people of Salih. Nor are the people of Lot far off from you.
    • 11:89, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And when Our decree came to pass, We delivered Shu’aib and those who believed with him by mercy from Us. And the cry overtook those who were iniquitous, so they were motionless bodies in their abodes, As though they had never dwelt in them. So away with Midian, just as Thamud perished!
    • 11:94-95, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • This is an account of the towns which we relate to thee. Of them are some that stand and (others) mown down. And We wronged them not but they wronged themselves. And their gods whom they called upon besides Allah availed them naught when the decree of thy Lord came to pass. And they added to them naught but ruin. And such is the punishment of thy Lord, when He punishes the towns while they are iniquitous. Surely His punishment is painful, severe. Surely there is a sign in this for him who fears the chastisement of the Hereafter. That is a day on which people will be gathered together, and that is a day to be witnessed. And We delay it not but for an appointed term.
    • 11:100-102, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And incline not to those who do wrong, lest the fire touch you; and you have no protectors besides Allah, then you would not be helped. And keep up prayer at the two ends of the day and in the first hours of the night. Surely good deeds take away evil deeds. This is a reminder for the mindful. And be patient, for surely Allah wastes not the reward of the doers of good.
    • 11:113-115, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • Why were there not then among the generations before you those possessing understanding, forbidding mischief in the earth, except a few among them whom We delivered? And the unjust pursued the enjoyment of plenty, and they were guilty. And thy Lord would not destroy the towns unjustly, while their people acted well.
    • 11:116-117, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And if thy Lord had pleased, He would have made people a single nation. And they cease not to differ, Except those on whom thy Lord has mercy; and for this did He create them. And the word of thy Lord is fulfilled: I shall fill hell with jinn and men, all together.
    • 11:118-119, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation
  • And Allah’s is the unseen in the heavens and the earth, and to Him the whole affair will be returned. So serve Him and put thy trust in Him. And thy Lord is not heedless of what you do.
    • 11:123, Maulana Muhammad Ali translation

Surah 13: The Thunder

  • Indeed Allah will not change the conditions of a population until they change what is in themselves.
    • 13:11

Surah 14: Abraham

  • A Book which We have revealed unto thee, in order that thou mightest lead mankind out of the depths of darkness into light – by the leave of their Lord – to the Way of (Him) the Exalted in power, worthy of all praise!
    • 14:1, translation of Yusuf Ali

Surah 16: The Bee

  • He has created cattle for you: from them you derive food and clothing and numerous other benefits; how pleasant they look when you bring them home in the evenings and when you take them out to pasture in the mornings. They carry your loads to places which you could otherwise not reach without great hardship-surely, your Lord is compassionate and merciful.
    • 16:5-7, translation of Wahiduddin Khan
  • It is Allah who creates you and takes your souls at death; and of you there are some who are sent back to a feeble age, so that they know nothing after having known (much): for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful.
    • 16:70, Yusuf Ali translation

Surah 17: The Night Journey

  • Nor walk on the earth with insolence: for you cannot rend the earth asunder, nor reach the mountains in height.
    • 17:37, Yusuf Ali translation

Surah 18: The Cave

  • Say: “The truth is from your Lord: So believe if you like, or do not believe if you will.” We have prepared for the sinners a fire which will envelope them in its tent. If they ask for water they will be helped to liquid like molten brass that would scald their mouths. How evil the drink, and evil the resting-place!
    • 18:29, Ahmed Ali translation

Surah 22: The Pilgrimage

  • Permission to take up arms is hereby granted to those who are attacked; they have suffered injustice. God has all the power to give victory
    • 22:39; Muhammad Sarwar translation
  • Those who have been evicted from their homes unjustly, for no reason other than saying, “Our Lord is Allah!” For, if Allah had not enabled people to defend themselves against one another, monasteries, and churches, and synagogues, and masjids, where the Name of Allah is oft mentioned, would surely have been destroyed. And Allah will certainly help those who help Him. For, Allah is Mighty, Powerful.
    • 22:40; translated by Shabbir Ahmed

Surah 24: The Light

  • As for those who disbelieve, their deeds are as a mirage in a desert. The thirsty one supposeth it to be water till he cometh unto it and findeth it naught, and findeth, in the place thereof, Allah Who payeth him his due; and Allah is swift at reckoning.
    • 24:39, translation of M. M. Pickthall

Surah 27: The Ant

  • He who made the earth a fixed abode, and placed rivers in its folds; and placed upon it firm mountains; and placed a barrier between the two waters; is there any God besides Allah?
    • 27:61, translated by Hamid S. Aziz

Surah 28: The Narrative

  • And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant.”
    • 28:55, translation of Yusuf Ali

Surah 29: The Spider

  • Allah is most surely with the doers of good.
    • 29:69, translation of Shakir

Surah 33: The Allies

  • O you who believe! be careful of (your duty to) Allah and speak the right word.
    • 33:70, translation of Shakir
  • Believers, have fear of God and speak righteous words.
    • 33:70, translation of Muhammad Sarwar

Surah 36: Yasseen

  • The sun, too, follows its determined course laid down for it by the Almighty, the All Knowing.
    • 36:38, Wahiduddin Khan translation
  • When it is said to them, ‘Give charity from what God has given to you,’ the unbelievers say to the believers, ‘Should we feed the person whom God, if He wished, could feed?’
    • 36:47, as translated by Hujjat-ul-Islam wal Muslimeen Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi

Surah 48: The Victory

  • Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah ; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves.
    • 48:29, translation of Umm Muhammad

Surah 49: The Apartments

  • The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.
    • 49:10, translation of Umm Muhammad

Surah 60: The Woman who is Examined

  • There is certainly a good exemplar for you in Abraham and those who were with him, when they said to their own people, “Indeed we repudiate you and whatever you worship besides Allah. We disavow you, and between you and us there has appeared enmity and hate for ever, unless you come to have faith in Allah alone”
    • 60:4, Ali Quli Qara’i translation
  • As for such [of the unbelievers] as do not fight against you on account of [your] faith, and neither drive you forth from your homelands, God does not forbid you to show them kindness and to behave towards them with full equity: for, verily, God loves those who act equitably.
    • 60:8, translation of Muhammad Asad
  • God does not forbid you, with regard to those who do not fight you because of your faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them, for God loves those who are just.
    • 60:8, translation of Bilal Muhammad
  • God does not forbid you from being kind and acting justly towards those who did not fight over faith with you, nor expelled you from your homes. God indeed loves those who are just.
    • 60:8, translation of Ahmed Ali

Surah 67: The Kingdom

  • He has created seven Cosmic Systems in great harmony. Look! No fault will you see in the creation of the Beneficent. And turn your vision upon it once more. Can you see any flaw?
    • 67:3, translation of Shabbir Ahmed
  • It almost explodes in rage. Whenever a group is thrown into it, its keepers will ask them, “Did no one come to warn you?”.
    • 67:8, translation of Sarwar
  • They will say, “Yes, someone did come to warn us, but we rejected him saying, ‘God has revealed nothing. You are in great error”.
    • 67:9, translation of Sarwar
  • They will also say, “Had We listened or used our minds, we would not have become the dwellers of hell“.
    • 67:10, translation of Sarwar

Surah 69: The Sure Truth

  • And the earth and the mountains shall be lifted up and crushed with a single stroke!
    • 69:14, Muhammad Asad translation

Surah 70: The Ways of Ascent

  • Lo! they behold it Judgement Day afar off, While we behold it nigh.
    • 70:6-7, translation of M. M. Pickthall
  • And those who of their prayer are observant. Those shall dwell in Gardens, honoured.
    • 70:34-35 translation of Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Surah 81: The Folding Up

  • When the sun is overthrown, and when the stars fall, and when the camels big with young are abandoned, and when the wild beasts are herded together, and when the seas rise, and when souls are reunited, and when the girl-child that was buried alive is asked for what sin she was slain, and when the pages are laid open, and when the sky is torn away, and when hell is lighted, and when the Garden is brought nigh, (then) every soul will know what it hath made ready.
    • 81:1-14, translation of M. M. Pickthall

Surah 94: The Expansion

  • إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
    • Verily, with every hardship comes ease!
      • 94:6, Muhammad Asad translation

Surah 99: The Shaking

  • Whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it.
    Whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.

    • 99:7-8, Aisha Bewley translation

Surah 102: The Rivalry

  • أَلْهَاكُمُ التَّكَاثُرُ
    حَتَّىٰ زُرْتُمُ الْمَقَابِرَ
    كَلَّا سَوْفَ تَعْلَمُونَ
    ثُمَّ كَلَّا سَوْفَ تَعْلَمُونَ
    كَلَّا لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ عِلْمَ الْيَقِينِ
    لَتَرَوُنَّ الْجَحِيمَ
    ثُمَّ لَتَرَوُنَّهَا عَيْنَ الْيَقِينِ
    مَّ لَتُسْأَلُنَّ يَوْمَئِذٍ عَنِ النَّعِيمِ

    • The desire to have more of the worldly gains have pre-occupied you so much (that you have neglected remembring God),
      until you come to the graves.
      You shall know.
      You shall certainly know (about the consequences of your deeds).
      You will certainly have the knowledge of your deeds beyond all doubt.
      You will be shown hell
      and you will see it with your own eyes.
      Then, on that day, you will be questioned about the bounties (of God).

      • 102:1-102:8; translation by Muhammad Sarwar

Surah 103: The Time

  • By the declining day, Lo! man is a state of loss, save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.
    • 103:1-3, translation of M. M. Pickthall

Surah 109: The Disbelievers

  • Say: O disbelievers! I worship not that which ye worship; Nor worship ye that which I worship. And I shall not worship that which ye worship. Nor will ye worship that which I worship. Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.
    • 109:1-6, translated by M. M. Pickthall

Quotes about the Qur’an

  • The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force.
    • John Quincy Adams, in The American Annual Register for the Years 1827–8–9 (New-York: E. & G. W. Blunt, 1830), Chapter X, p. 274
  • This book is a long conference of God, the angels, and Mahomet, which that false prophet very grossly invented; sometimes he introduceth God, who speaketh to him, and teacheth him his law, then an angel, among the prophets, and frequently maketh God to speak in the plural. … Thou wilt wonder that such absurdities have infected the best part of the world, and wilt avouch, that the knowledge of what is contained in this book, will render that law contemptible …
    • John Adams Library (Boston Public Library) BRL; Du Ryer, André, ca. 1580-ca. 1660, tr; Adams, John, 1735-1826, former owner, “[[[:Template:Reference archive]] The Koran : commonly called the Alcoran of Mahomet (1806)],” Springfield [Mass.] : Printed by Henry Brewer, for Isaiah Thomas, Jun.
  • In making the present attempt to improve on the performance of my predecessors, and to produce something which might be accepted as echoing however faintly the sublime rhetoric of the Arabic Koran, I have been at pains to study the intricate and richly varied rhythms which – apart from the message itself – constitute the Koran’s undeniable claim to rank amongst the greatest literary masterpieces of mankind… This very characteristic feature – ‘that inimitable symphony,’ as the believing Pickthall described his Holy Book, ‘the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy’ – has been almost totally ignored by previous translators; it is therefore not surprising that what they have wrought sounds dull and flat indeed in comparison with the splendidly decorated original.”
    • Arthur John Arberry, The Koran Interpreted, London: Oxford University Press, 1964, p. x
  • To begin with, there was no forced conversion, no choice between ‘Islam and the Sword’. Islamic law, following a clear Qur’anic principle (2:256), prohibited any such things: dhimmis [non-Muslims under Muslim protection] must be allowed to practice their religion.
    • Michael Bonner, (2006) Jihad in Islamic History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 89-90.
  • KORAN, n. A book which the Mohammedans foolishly believe to have been written by divine inspiration, but which Christians know to be a wicked imposture, contradictory to the Holy Scriptures.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic’s Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil’s Dictionary (1911).
  • The above observation makes the hypothesis advanced by those who see Muhammad as the author of the Qur’an untenable. How could a man, from being illiterate, become the most important author, in terms of literary merits, in the whole of Arabic literature? How could he then pronounce truths of a scientific nature that no other human being could possibly have developed at that time, and all this without once making the slightest error in his pronouncement on the subject?”
    • Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, the Quran and Science, 1978, p. 125.
  • A totally objective examination of it [the Qur’an] in the light of modern knowledge, leads us to recognize the agreement between the two, as has been already noted on repeated occasions. It makes us deem it quite unthinkable for a man of Muhammad’s time to have been the author of such statements on account of the state of knowledge in his day. Such considerations are part of what gives the Qur’anic Revelation its unique place, and forces the impartial scientist to admit his inability to provide an explanation which calls solely upon materialistic reasoning.”
    • Maurice Bucaille, The Quran and Modern Science, 1981, p. 18
  • …I must say, it [the Koran] is as toilsome reading as I ever undertook. A wearisome confused jumble, crude, incondite; endless iterations, long-windedness, entanglement; most crude, incondite; — insupportable stupidity, in short! Nothing but a sense of duty could carry any European through the Koran … It is the confused ferment of a great rude human soul; rude, untutored, that cannot even read; but fervent, earnest, struggling vehemently to utter itself in words … We said “stupid:” yet natural stupidity is by no means the character of Mahomet’s Book; it is natural uncultivation rather. The man has not studied speaking; in the haste and pressure of continual fighting, has not time to mature himself into fit speech … The man was an uncultured semi-barbarous Son of Nature, much of the Bedouin still clinging to him: we must take him for that. But for a wretched Simulacrum, a hungry Impostor without eyes or heart… we will not and cannot take him. Sincerity, in all senses, seems to me the merit of the Koran; what had rendered it precious to the wild Arab men … Curiously, through these incondite masses of tradition, vituperation, complaint, ejaculation in the Koran, a vein of true direct insight, of what we might almost call poetry, is found straggling.
    • Thomas Carlyle, “On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History”, pg. 64-67
  • Every person I met believes if there is any disagreement between the Koran and science, then the Koran wins. It’s just utterly deplorable. These are now British children who are having their minds stuffed with alien rubbish. Occasionally, my colleagues lecturing in universities lament having undergraduate students walk out of their classes when they talk about evolution. This is almost entirely Muslims.
    • Richard Dawkins
  • Like all Arabs they were connoisseurs of language and rhetoric. Well, then if the Koran were his own composition other men could rival it. Let them produce ten verses like it. If they could not (and it is obvious that they could not), then let them accept the Koran as an outstanding evidential miracle.
    • H. A. R Gibb, (1980) Islam: A Historical Survey. Oxford University Press, p. 28.
  • However often we turn to it [the Qur’an] at first disgusting us each time afresh, it soon attracts, astounds, and in the end enforces our reverence… Its style, in accordance with its contents and aim is stern, grand, terrible — ever and anon truly sublime — Thus this book will go on exercising through all ages a most potent influence.
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, quoted in Dictionary of Islam (1895), by T.P. Hughes, p. 526
  • The Koran cannot be translated — the “map” changes on translation no matter how carefully one tries.
    • Robert A. Heinlein, in Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
  • The prophet died in the year 632 of our own approximate calendar. The first account of his life was set down a full hundred and twenty years later by Ibn Ishaq, whose original was lost and can only be consulted through its reworked form, authored by Ibn Hisham, who died in 834. Adding to this hearsay and obscurity, there is no agreed-upon account of how the Prophet’s followers assembled the Koran, or of how his various sayings (some of them written down by secretaries) became codified. … It is said by some Muslim authorities that during the first caliphate of Abu Bakr, immediately after Muhammad’s death, concern arose that his orally transmitted words might be forgotten. So many Muslim soldiers had been killed in battle that the number who had the Koran safely lodged in their memories had become alarmingly small. It was therefore decided to assemble every living witness, together with “pieces of paper, stones, palm leaves, shoulder-blades, ribs and bits of leather” on which sayings had been scribbled, and give them to Zaid ibn Thabit, one of the Prophet’s former secretaries, for an authoritative collation. Once this had been done, the believers had something like an authorized version. If true, this would date the Koran to a time fairly close to Muhammad’s own life. But we swiftly discover that there is no certainty or agreement about the truth of the story. Some say that it was Ali—the fourth and not the first caliph, and the founder of Shiism—who had the idea. Many others—the Sunni majority—assert that it was Caliph Uthman, who reigned from 644 to 656, who made the finalized decision. Told by one of his generals that soldiers from different provinces were fighting over discrepant accounts of the Koran, Uthman ordered Zaid ibn Thabit to bring together the various texts, unify them, and have them transcribed into one. When this task was complete, Uthman ordered standard copies to be sent to Kufa, Basra, Damascus, and elsewhere, with a master copy retained in Medina. Uthman thus played the canonical role that had been taken, in the standardization and purging and censorship of the Christian Bible, by Irenaeus and by Bishop Athanasius of Alexandria. The roll was called, and some texts were declared sacred and inerrant while others became “apocryphal.” Outdoing Athanasius, Uthman ordered that all earlier and rival editions be destroyed. Even supposing this version of events to be correct, which would mean that no chance existed for scholars ever to determine or even dispute what really happened in Muhammad’s time, Uthman’s attempt to abolish disagreement was a vain one. The written Arabic language has two features that make it difficult for an outsider to learn: it uses dots to distinguish consonants like “b” and “t,” and in its original form it had no sign or symbol for short vowels, which could be rendered by various dashes or comma-type marks. Vastly different readings even of Uthman’s version were enabled by these variations. … To take one instance that can hardly be called negligible, the Arabic words written on the outside of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem are different from any version that appears in the Koran.
    • Christopher Hitchens, god is not Great (2007).
  • As tangible signs, Qur’anic verses are expressive of an inexhaustible truth, they signify meaning layered with meaning, light upon light, miracle after miracle.
    • Bruce Lawrence, (2006) The Qur’an: A Biography. London: Atlantic Books, p 8
  • The Koran admittedly occupies an important position among the great religious books of the world. Though the youngest of the epoch-making works belonging to this class of literature, it yields to hardly any in the wonderful effect which it has produced on large masses of men. It has created an all but new phase of human thought and a fresh type of character. It first transformed a number of heterogeneous desert tribes of the Arabian peninsula into a nation of heroes, and then proceeded to create the vast politico-religious organizations of the Muhammadan world which are one of the great forces with which Europe and the East have to reckon today.”
    • G. Margoliouth, in the Introduction to The Koran as translated by John Medows Rodwell, Everyman’s Library edition (1977), p. vii.
  • For Muslims the Quran is the Word of God; it is sacred scripture, not a work of “literature,” a manual of law, or a text of theology, philosophy or history although it is of incomparable literary quality, contains many injunctions about a Sacred Law, is replete with verses of metaphysical, theological, and philosophical significance, and contains many accounts of sacred history. The unique structure of the Quran and the flow of its content constitute a particular challenge to most modern readers. For traditional Muslims the Quran is not a typical “read” or manual to be studied. For most of them, the most fruitful way of interacting with the Quran is not to sit down and read the Sacred Tex from cover to cover (although there are exceptions, such as completing the whole text during Ramadan). It is, rather, to recite a section with full awareness of it as the Word of God and to meditate upon it as one whose soul is being directly addressed, as the Prophet’s soul was addressed during its revelation. … In this context it must be remembered that the Quran itself speaks constantly of the Origin and the Return, of all things coming from God and returning to Him, who himself has no origin or end. As the Word of god, the Quran also seems to have no beginning and no end. Certain turns of phrase and teachings about the Divine Reality, the human condition, the life of this world, and the Hereafter are often repeated, but they are not mere repetitions. Rather each iteration of a particular word, phrase, or verse opens the door of a hidden passage to other parts of the Quran. Each coda is always a prelude to an as yet undiscovered truth.
    • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary (2015)
  • No one will deny or dispute the power of the Almighty to make such a communication, if he pleases. But admitting, for the sake of a case, that something has been revealed to a certain person, and not revealed to any other person, it is revelation to that person only. When he tells it to a second person, a second to a third, a third to a fourth, and so on, it ceases to be a revelation to all those persons. It is revelation to the first person only, and hearsay to every other, and consequently they are not obliged to believe it…..When I am told that the Koran was written in Heaven and brought to Mahomet by an angel, the account comes too near the same kind of hearsay evidence and second-hand authority as the former (Book of Exodus). I did not see the angel myself, and, therefore, I have a right not to believe it.
    • Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, Part 1, Section 2, published in 1794.
  • I finished the Koran – a good book and interesting.
    • George S. Patton, in his diary, October 30, 1942, published in The Patton Papers 1940-1945 (1996), p. 79.
  • The Qur’an cannot be translated. …The book is here rendered almost literally and every effort has been made to choose befitting language. But the result is not the Glorious Qur’an, that inimitable symphony, the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy. It is only an attempt to present the meaning of the Qur’an — and peradventure something of the charm in English. It can never take the place of the Qur’an in Arabic, nor is it meant to do so…
    • Marmaduke Pickthall in the Translator’s Foreword to his translation of the Qur’an (1930)
  • Verily, this Quran does not reveal its secrets save to those who rush into battles with the Quran at their side.
    • Sayyid Qutb Doctrines for Jihadi Terrorist Training, Brynjar Lia, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Kjeller, Norway, 2008,p.13 pdf
  • From the literary point of view, the Koran has little merit. Declamation, repetition, puerility, a lack of logic and coherence strike the unprepared reader at every turn. It is humiliating to the human intellect to think that this mediocre literature has been the subject of innumerable commentaries, and that millions of men are still wasting time absorbing it.
    • Salomon Reinach, Orpheus: A History of Religions, (1909)
  • Allah, perchance, the secret word might spell;
    If Allah be, He keeps His secret well;
    What He hath hidden, who shall hope to find?
    Shall God His secret to a maggot tell?

    The Koran! well, come put me to the test—
    Lovely old book in hideous error drest—
    Believe me, I can quote the Koran too,
    The unbeliever knows his Koran best.And do you think that unto such as you,
    A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew,
    God gave the secret, and denied it me?—
    Well, well, what matters it! believe that too.

    • Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat (1048–1123), translation by Richard Le Gallienne
    • Not a literal translation of Omar Khayyám’s work, but a paraphrase according to Richard Le Gallienne own understanding, as stated in LE GALLIENNE’S PARAPHRASE AND THE LIMITS OF TRANSLATION by Adam Talib, pp. 175-176
  • No better leaders guiding you on the Path of God
Than the Koran and the sacred Traditions.
Only Muhammad’s hand and heart are able to take care of the secrets’ treasury (the human heart).
If your heart is filled by Ahmad’s light,
Be assured that you are saved from the Fire.

  • Sanai, Persian Sufi Poetry, by J. T. P. De Bruijn, Curzon, pg. 40
  • Temples and churches, pagodas and mosques, in all countries and ages, in their splendor and spaciousness, testify to man’s need for metaphysics, a need strong and ineradicable, which follows close on the physical. … Sometimes it lets inself be satisfied with clumsy fables and fairy-tales. If only they are imprinted early enough, they are for man adequate explanations of his existence and supports for his morality. Consider the Koran, for example; this wretched book was sufficient to start a world-religion, to satisfy the metaphysical need of countless millions for twelve hundred years, to become the basis of their morality and of a remarkable contempt for death, and also to inspire them to bloody wars and the most extensive conquests. In this book we find the saddest and poorest form of theism. Much may be lost in translation, but I have not been able to discover in it one single idea of value.
    • Arthur Schopenhauer, E. F. Payne (Translator) – The World as Will and Representation, vol II, p. 162
  • Here, therefore, its merits as a literary production should perhaps not be measured by some preconceived maxims of subjective and aesthetic taste, but by the effects which it produced in Muhammad’s contemporaries and fellow countrymen. If it spoke so powerfully and convincingly to the hearts of his hearers as to weld hitherto centrifugal and antagonistic elements into one compact and well organised body, animated by ideas far beyond those which had until now ruled the Arabian mind, then its eloquence was perfect, simply because it created a civilised nation out of savage tribes, and shot a fresh woof into the old warp of history.
    • Francis Joseph Steingasss, quoted in Hughes’ Dictionary of Islam, p. 528.
  • A work, then, which calls forth so powerful and seemingly incompatible emotions even in the distant reader – distant as to time, and still more so as a mental development – a work which not only conquers the repugnance which he may begin its perusal, but changes this adverse feeling into astonishment and admiration, such a work must be a wonderful production of the human mind indeed and a problem of the highest interest to every thoughtful observer of the destinies of mankind.”
    • Francis Joseph Steingass, quoted in Dictionary Of Islam (1885) by Thomas Hughes, pp. 526-527.
  • The Moslem, in proof of their religion, appeal to the plenary and manifest inspiration of the Koran. They rest the divinity of their holy Book upon its inimitable excellence; but instead of holding it to be divine because it is excellent, they believe its excellence because they admit its divinity. There is nothing in the Koran which affects the feelings, nothing which elevates the imagination, nothing which enlightens the understanding, nothing which ameliorates the heart: it contains no beautiful narrative, no proverbs of wisdom or axioms of morality; it is a chaos of detached sentences, a mass of dull tautology. Not a solitary passage to indicate the genius of a poet can be found in the whole volume.
    • Robert Southey, Chronicle of the Cid (1808), p. xviii
  • It (Qur’an) is inimitable because of its eloquence, its unique style, and because it is free of error.
    • al-Suyuti, (2005) Al-Itqan fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an. Madina: Mujamma Malik Fahad, p. 1881.
  • On the whole, while many parts of the Koran undoubtedly have considerable rhetorical power, even over an unbelieving reader, the book, aesthetically considered, is by no means a first-rate performance… Muhammad, in short, is not in any sense a master of style. This opinion will be endorsed by any European who reads through the book with an impartial spirit and some knowledge of the language, without taking into account the tiresome effect of its endless iterations. But in the ears of every pious Muslim such a judgment will sound almost as shocking as downright atheism or polytheism. Among the Muslims, the Koran has always been looked upon as the most perfect model of style and language. This feature of it is in their dogmatic the greatest of all miracles, the incontestable proof of its divine origin. Such a view on the part of men who knew Arabic infinitely better than the most accomplished European Arabist will ever do, may well startle us. In fact, the Koran boldly challenged its opponents to produce ten suras, or even a single one, like those of the sacred book, and they never did so. That, to be sure, on calm reflection, is not so very surprising. Revelations of the kind which Muhammad uttered, no unbeliever could produce without making himself a laughingstock.
    • Nöldeke, Theodor. “The Qur’an,” Sketches from Eastern History. Trans. J.S. Black. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1892.
  • I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.
    • Alexis de Tocqueville; Olivier Zunz, Alan S. Kahan (2002). “The Tocqueville Reader”. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 063121545X. OCLC 49225552. p. 229.
  • That is a simple rule, and easy to remember. When I, a thoughtful and un-blessed Presbyterian, examine the Koran, I know that beyond any question every Mohammedan is insane; not in all things, but in religious matters.
    • Mark Twain, Christian Science: Book I. Chapter V
  • None of them was able to compose even a few sentences to match the Qurānic verses. Just think that they were a people who according to ‘Allāmah Jurjāni, could never resist ridiculing the idea in their poetry if they heard that there was someone at the other end of the globe who prided himself on his eloquence and rhetorical speech. It is unthinkable that they could keep quiet even after such repeated challenges and dare not come forward… They had left no stone unturned for persecuting the Prophet .صلى الله عليه وسلمThey tortured him, called him insane, sorcerer, poet and sooth-sayer, but failed utterly in composing even a few sentences like the Qurānic verses.
    • Taqi Usmani, (2000) An Approach to the Quranic Sciences, p. 262.
  • Its highest degree of eloquence, which is beyond the capacity of a human being. However, since we come after the first Arabs we are unable to reach its essence. But the measure which we know is that the employment of lucid words and sweet constructions gracefully and without affectation that we find in the Tremendous Qur’an is to be found nowhere else in any of the poetry of the earlier or later peoples.
    • Shah Waliullah, (2014) Al-Fawz al-Kabīr fī Uṣūl at-Tafsīr. The Great Victory on Qur’ānic Hermeneutics: A Manual of the Principles and Subtleties of Qur’anic Tafsīr. Translated, Introduction and Annotated by Tahir Mahmood Kiani. London: Taha, p.160.
  • I did’t have to be Muslim to find the images beautiful, or its poetry moving.
    • Gordon Dietrich, interpreted by Stephen Fry in the film V for Vendetta (film), by Andy, and Larry Wachowski, Warner Bros. Production Limited, (March 17, 2006).
  • Since the creation of the universe
God had already appointed his great faith-preaching man,
From the West he was born,
And received the holy scripture
And book made of 30 parts (Juz)
To guide all creations,
Master of all rulers,
Leader of the holy ones,
With support from the Heavens,
To protect his nation,
With five daily prayers,
Silently praying for peace,
His heart directed towards Allah,
Giving power to the poor,
Saving them from calamity,
Seeing through the Unseen,
Pulling the souls and the spirits away from all wrongdoings,
Mercy to the world,
Trans-versing the ancient, Majestic path,
vanquishing away all evil,
His religion, Qing Zhen (the name for islam in chinese (especially at that time), which literally means Pure and True),
Muhammad, The Noble Great One.

  • Zhu Yuanzhang, the Hongwu Emperor and first emperor of the Ming Dynasty of China, from Kaikyōken: Le monde Islamique, Volume 7, page 139, published by Shikai Shobo
  • The universe began with the heavenly tablet recording his name.
The religion-delivering great sage, born in the western realm.
Conferring and receiving heavenly scripture in thirty parts, universally transforming all created beings.
Master of the trillion rulers, leader of the ten thousand sages.
Assisted by destiny, protector of the community. In each of the five prayers, he silently supplicates for their total well-being.
His intention is that Allah should remember the needy. Deliver them from tribulations to safety, Knower of the unseen.
Exalted above every soul and spirit, free from any blameworthy deeds.
A mercy to all of the worlds, whose path is preeminent for all time.
Renounce spiritual ignorance; return to The One – that is the religion called Islam.
Muhammad is the most noble sage.

  • Zhu Yuanzhang, from Praising the Prophet Muhammad in Chinese, The Matheson Trust, page 3, by Brendan Newlon, translated by Brendon Newlon
  • Not withstanding the literary excellence of some of the long pre-Islamic poems… the Qur’an is definitely on a level of its own as the most eminent written manifestation of the Arabic language.
    • Martin Zammit, (2002) A Comparative Lexical Study of Qur’anic Arabic. Leiden: Brill, p. 37.

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