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Surah Al A’laq


(Revealed at Mecca – contains 19 verses – 1 section)

Bimsillah Hir Rahmaan Nir Raheem

Allah – beginning with the name of – the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

1 اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ
Read with the name of your Lord Who created,
2 خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ
Created man from a clot.
3 اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ
Read, and your Lord only is the Most Beneficent,
4 الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ
The One Who taught to write with the pen.
5 عَلَّمَ الْإِنسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ
The One Who taught man all what he did not know.
6 كَلَّا إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَيَطْغَىٰ
Yes indeed, man is surely rebellious.
7 أَن رَّآهُ اسْتَغْنَىٰ
As he considers himself independent!
8 إِنَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ الرُّجْعَىٰ
Indeed towards your Lord only is the return.
9 أَرَأَيْتَ الَّذِي يَنْهَىٰ
What is your opinion – regarding him who forbids –
10 عَبْدًا إِذَا صَلَّىٰ
A bondman when he offers the prayer?
11 أَرَأَيْتَ إِن كَانَ عَلَى الْهُدَىٰ
What is your opinion – if he were upon guidance,
12 أَوْ أَمَرَ بِالتَّقْوَىٰ
He would enjoin piety, so how good it would be!
13 أَرَأَيْتَ إِن كَذَّبَ وَتَوَلَّىٰ
What is your opinion – if he denies and turns away, how wretched will be his state!
14 أَلَمْ يَعْلَم بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ يَرَىٰ
Did he not realise that Allah is watching?
15 كَلَّا لَئِن لَّمْ يَنتَهِ لَنَسْفَعًا بِالنَّاصِيَةِ
Yes certainly, if he does not desist, We will seize him by the forelock.
16 نَاصِيَةٍ كَاذِبَةٍ خَاطِئَةٍ
A forelock that lies, is sinful.
17 فَلْيَدْعُ نَادِيَهُ
So let him now call his gang!
18 سَنَدْعُ الزَّبَانِيَةَ
We will now call the guards!
19 كَلَّا لَا تُطِعْهُ وَاسْجُدْ وَاقْتَرِب ۩
Yes indeed; do not listen to him – and prostrate, and become close to Us. (Command of Prostration # 14)


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