Sura An-Naml (The Ants)
Sheikh / Mishary AlAfasy

  • In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

    27:1-3 Ta . Sin. These are revelations of the Quran and a Scripture that makes plain ; a guidance and good tidings for believers who establish worship and pay the poor-due and are sure of the Hereafter.

    27:4-5 Lo! As for those who believe not in the Hereafter, We have made their works fair seeming to them so that they are all astray. Those are the ones for whom is the worst of punishment, and in the Hereafter they will be the greatest losers.

    27:6 Lo! As for you (O Muhammad), you verily received the Quran from the One Wise, Aware.

    27:7-9 (Remember) when Moses said to his household: Lo! I spy far off a fire; I will bring you tidings from there, or bring to you a borrowed flame that you may warm yourselves. But when he reached it, he was called, saying: Blessed is whoever is in the fire and whoever is around about it! And glorified be God, the Lord of the Worlds! O Moses! Lo! It is I, God, the Mighty, the Wise.

    27:10-11 And throw down your staff! But when he saw it writhing as it were a demon, he turned to flee headlong; (but it was said to him): O Moses! Fear not! Lo! The emissaries fear not in Me, except him who has done wrong and afterward has changed evil for good. And lo! I am Forgiving, Merciful.

    27:12-14 And put your hand into the bosom of your robe, it will come forth white but unhurt. (This will be one) among nine signs to Pharaoh and his people. Lo! They were ever evil living folk. But when Our signs came to them, plain to see, they said: This is mere magic, and they denied them, though their souls acknowledged them, for spite and arrogance. Then see the nature of the consequence for the wrongdoers!

    27:15-19 And We verily gave knowledge to David and Solomon, and they said: Praise be to God, Who has preferred us above many of His believing slaves! And Solomon was David's heir. And he said: O people! Lo! We have been taught the language of birds, and have been given (abundance) of all things. This surely is evident favor. And there were gathered together to Solomon his armies of the jinn and humankind, and of the birds, and they were set in battle order; till, when they reached the Valley of the Ants, an ant exclaimed: O ants! Enter your dwellings lest Solomon and his armies crush you, unperceiving. And (Solomon) smiled, laughing at her speech, and said: My Lord, arouse me to be thankful for Your favor wherewith You have favored me and my parents, and to do good that shall be pleasing to You, and include me in (the number of) Your righteous slaves.

    27:20-26 And he sought among the birds and said: How is it that I see not the hoopoe, or is he among the absent? I verily will punish him with hard punishment, or I verily will slay him, or he verily shall bring me a plain excuse. But he was not long in coming, and he said: I have found out (a thing) that you apprehend not, and I come to you from Sheba with sure tidings. Lo! I found a woman ruling over them, and she has been given (abundance) of all things, and hers is a mighty throne. I found her and her people worshipping the sun instead of God; and Satan makes their works fair seeming to them, and debarred them from the way (of Truth), so that they go not aright: So that they worship not God, Who brings forth the hidden in the heavens and the earth, and knows what you hide and what you proclaim, God; none should be worshipped but God alone, the Lord of the Tremendous Throne.

    27:27-31 (Solomon) said: We shall see whether you speak truth or whether you are of the liars. Go with this my letter and throw it down to them; then turn away and see what (answer) they return, (the Queen of Sheba) said (when she received the letter): O chieftains! Lo! There has been thrown to me a noble letter. Lo! It is from Solomon, and lo! It is: In the name of God the Beneficent, the Merciful; exalt not yourselves against me, but come to me as those who surrender.

    27:32-35 She said: O chieftains! Pronounce for me in my case. I decide no case till you are present with me. They said: We are lords of might and lords of great prowess, but it is for you to command; so consider what you will command. She said: Lo! Kings, when they enter a township, ruin it and make the honor of its people shame. Thus will they do. But lo! I am going to send a present to them, and to see, with what (answer) the messengers return.

    27:36-37 So when (the envoy) came to Solomon, (the King) said: What! Would you help me with wealth? But that which God has given me is better than that which He has given you. Nay it is you (and not I) who exult in your gift. Return to them. We verily shall come to them with hosts that they cannot resist, and we shall drive them out from there with shame, and they will be abased.

    27:38-40 He said: O chiefs! Which of you will bring me her throne before they come to me, surrendering? A stalwart of the jinn said: I will bring it you before you can rise from your place. Lo! I verily am strong and trusty for such work. One with whom was knowledge of the Scripture said: I will bring it you before your gaze returns to you. And when he saw it set in his presence, (Solomon said: This is of the bounty of my Lord, that He may try me whether I give thanks or am ungrateful. Whosoever gives thanks he only gives thanks for (the good of) his own soul: and whosoever is ungrateful (is ungrateful only to his own soul's hurt). For lo! My Lord is Absolute in independence, Bountiful.

    27:41-44 He said: Disguise her throne for her that we may see whether she will go aright or be of those not rightly guided. So, when she came, it was said (to her): Is your throne like this? She said: (It is) as though it were the very one. And (Solomon said): We were given the knowledge before her and we had surrendered (to God). And (all) that she was wont to worship instead of God hindered her, for she came of disbelieving folk. It was said to her: Enter the hall. And when she saw it she deemed it a pool and bared her legs. (Solomon) said: Lo! It is a hall, made smooth, of glass. She said: My Lord! Lo! I have wronged myself, and I surrender with Solomon to God, the Lord of the Worlds.

    27:45-46 And We verily sent until Thamud their brother Salih, saying: Worship God. And lo! They (then) became two parties quarrelling. He said: O my people! Why will you hasten on the evil rather than the good? Why will you not ask pardon of God, that you may receive mercy?

    27:47-49 They said: We augur evil of you and those with you. He said: Your evil augury is with God. Nay, but you are folk that are being tested. And there were in the city nine persons who made mischief in the land and reformed not. They said: Swear one to another by God that we verily will attack him and his household by night, and afterward we will surely say to his friend: We witnessed not the destruction of his household. And lo! We are truth tellers.

    27:50-53 So they plotted a plot: and We plotted a plot, while they perceived not. Then see the nature of the consequence of their plotting, for lo! We destroyed them and their people, every one. See, yonder are their dwellings empty and in ruins because they did wrong. Lo! Herein is indeed a sign for a people who have knowledge. And We saved those who believed and used to fear (God).

    27:54-55 And Lot! When he said to his folk: will you commit abomination knowingly? Must your needs lust after men instead of women? Nay, but you are folk who act senselessly.

    27:56-58 But the answer of his folk was nothing except that they said: Expel the household of Lot from your township, for they (forsooth) are folk who would keep clean! Then we saved him and his house hold except his wife; We destined her to be of those who stayed behind. And We rained a rain upon them. Dreadful is the rain of those who have been warned.

    27:59 Say (O Muhammad): Praise be to God, and peace be on His slaves whom He has chosen! Is God best, or (all) that you ascribe as partners (to Him)?

    27:60 Is He not (best), Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends down for you water from the sky with which We cause to spring forth joyous orchards, whose trees you could never otherwise cause to grow. Is there any god beside God? Nay, but they are folk who ascribe equals (to Him)!

    27:61 Is not He (best) Who made the earth a fixed abode, and placed rivers in the folds thereof, and placed firm hills therein, and has set a barrier between the two seas? Is there any god beside God? Nay, but most of them know not!

    27:62 Is He not (best) Who answers the wronged one when he cries to Him and removes the evil, and has made you viceroys of the earth? Is there any god beside God? Little do they reflect!

    27:63 Is He not (best) Who guides you in the darkness of the land and the sea, He Who sends the winds as heralds of His mercy? Is there any god beside God? High exalted be God from all that they ascribe as partner (to Him)!

    27:64 Is He not (best) Who produces creation, then reproduces it, and Who provides for you from the heaven and the earth? Is there any god beside God? Say: Bring your proof, if you are truthful!

    27:65-66 Say (O Muhammad): None in the heavens and the earth knows the Unseen except God; and they know not when they will be raised (again). Nay, but does their knowledge reach to the Hereafter? Nay, for they are in doubt concerning it. Nay, for they cannot see it.

    27:67-68 Yet those who disbelieve say: When we have become dust like our fathers, shall we verily be brought forth (again)? We were promised this, forsooth, we and our fathers. (All) this is nothing but fables of the men of old.

    27:69 Say (to them, O Muhammad): Travel in the land and see the nature of the sequel for the guilty!

    27:70 And grieve you not for them, nor be in distress because of what they plot (against you).

    27:71-72 And they say: When (will) this promise (be fulfilled), if you are truthful? Say: It may be that a part of that which you would hasten on is close behind you.

    27:73 Lo! Your Lord is full of bounty for people, but most of them do not give thanks.

    27:74-75 Lo! Your Lord knows surely all that their bosoms hide, and all that they proclaim. And there is nothing hidden in the heaven or the earth but it is in a clear Record.

    27:76-78 Lo! This Quran narrates to the Children of Israel most of that concerning which they differ. And lo! It is a guidance and a mercy for believers. Lo! Your Lord will judge between them of His wisdom, and He is the Mighty, the Wise.

    27:79-81 Therefore (O Muhammad) put your trust in God, for you (stand) on the plain Truth. Lo! You cannot make the dead hear, nor can you make the deaf hear the call when they have turned to flee; nor can you lead the blind out of their error. You can make none hear, except those who believe Our revelations and who are Muslims (have surrendered).

    27:82 And when the word is fulfilled concerning them, We shall bring forth a beast of the earth to speak to them because people had not faith in Our revelations.

    27:83-84 And(remind them of) the Day when We shall gather out of every nation a host of those who denied Our revelations, and they will be set in array; till, when they come (before their Lord), He will say: Did you deny My revelations when you could not compass them in knowledge, or what was it that you did?

    27:85-86 And the Word will be fulfilled concerning them because they have done wrong, and they will not speak. Have they not seen how We have appointed the night that they may rest therein, and the day, sight giving? Lo! Therein verily are signs for a people who believe.

    27:87 And (remind them of) the Day, when the Trumpet will be blown, and all who are in the heavens and the earth will start in fear, except him whom God wills. And all come to Him, humbled.

    27:88 And you see the hills you deem solid, flying with the flight of clouds. (It is) the doing of God Who perfects all things. Lo! He is informed of what you do.

    27:89 Whoever brings a good deed will have better than its worth; and such are safe from fear that Day.

    27:90 And whoever brings an ill deed, such will be flung down on their faces in the Fire. Are you rewarded anything except what you did?

    27:91-93 (Say:) I (Muhammad) am commanded only to worship the Lord of this land, which He has hallowed, and to Whom all things belong. And I am commanded to be of those who are Muslims, (surrendered to Him), and to recite the Quran. And whoever goes right, goes right only for (the good of) his own soul; and as for him who goes astray (to him) say: Lo! I am only a warner. And say: Praise be to God Who will show you His signs so that you shall know them. And your Lord is not unaware of what you (mortals) do.

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