Sura Hud (Prophet - Hud)
Sheikh / Mahmoud AlHosary

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

    11:1-2 Alif. Lam. Ra. (This is) a Scripture the revelations whereof are perfected and then expounded. (It comes) from One Wise, Informed, (saying :) worship none but God. Lo! I am to you from Him a warner and a bringer of good tidings.

    11:3-4 And (bidding you): Ask pardon of your Lord and turn to Him repentant. He will cause you to enjoy a fair estate until a time appointed. He gives His bounty to every bountiful one. But if you turn away, Lo! (Then) I fear for you the retribution of an Awful Day. To God is your return, and He is Able to do all things.

    11:5 Lo! Now they fold up their breasts that they may hide (their thoughts) from Him. At the very moment when they cover themselves with their clothing, God knows that which they keep hidden and that which they proclaim. Lo! He is Aware of what is in the breasts (of men).

    11:6 And there is not a beast in the earth but the sustenance thereof depends on God. He knows its habitation and its repository. All is in a clear record.

    11:7-8 And it is He Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days – and His Throne was upon the water – that He might try which of you is best in conduct. Yet if you (O Muhammad) say: Lo! You will be raised again after death! Those who disbelieve will surely say: This is nothing but mere magic. And if We delay for them the punishment until a reckoned time, they will surely say: What withholds it? Verily on the Day when it comes to them, it cannot be averted from them, and that which they derided will surround them.

    11:9-11 And if We cause man to taste some mercy from Us and afterward withdraw it from him, lo! He is despairing, thankless. And if We cause him to taste grace after some misfortune that has befallen him, he says: The ills have gone from me. Lo! He is exultant, boastful; except those who persevere and do good works. Theirs will be forgiveness and a great reward.

    11:12-14 A likely thing, that you would forsake anything of that which has been revealed to you, and that your breast should be straitened for it, because they say: Why has not a treasure been sent down for him, or an angel come with him? You are but a warner, and God is in charge of all things. Or they say: He has invented it. Say: Then bring ten Surah (chapters) , the like thereof , invented , and call on everyone you can beside God , if you are truthful! And if they answer not your prayer, then know that it is revealed only in the knowledge of God; and that none should be worshipped but God alone. Will you then be (of) the Muslims (those who surrender)?

    11:15-16 Whoever desires the life of the world and its pomp, We shall repay them their deeds therein, and therein they will not be wronged. Those are they for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter except the Fire. (All) that they contrive here is in vain and (all) that they are wont to do is fruitless.

    11:17 Are those who rely on a clear proof from their Lord and a witness (Gabriel) from Him reciting it (like those who disbelieve)? And before it came the Book of Moses, an example and a mercy. Such believe therein. And whoever disbelieves therein of the clans, the Fire is his appointed place. So be not you in doubt concerning it. Lo! It is the Truth from your Lord; but most of people believe not.

    11:18-22 Who does greater wrong than he who invents a lie concerning God? Such will be brought before their Lord, and the witnesses will say: These are they who lied concerning their Lord. Now the curse of God is upon wrongdoers, who debar (men) from the way of God and would have it crooked, and who are disbelievers in the Hereafter. Such will not escape in the earth, nor have they any helpers (and protectors) beside God. For them the torment will be double. They could not bear to hear, and they used not to see. Such are they who have lost their souls, and that which they used to invent has failed them. Assuredly in the Hereafter they will be the greatest losers.

    11:23 Lo! Those who believe and do good works and humble themselves before their Lord: such are rightful inhabitants of the Garden; they will abide therein.

    11:24 The similitude of the two parties is as the blind and the deaf and the seer and the hearer. Are they equal in similitude? Will you not then be admonished?

    11:25-34 And We sent Noah to his folk (and he said): I am a plain warner to you. That you worship none, except God. Lo! I fear for you the retribution of a painful Day. The chieftains of his folk, who disbelieved, said: We see you but a mortal like us, and we see not that any follow you except the most abject among us, without reflection. We behold in you no merit above us – nay, we deem you liars. He said: O my people! Have you not considered, if I rely on a clear proof from my Lord and there has come to me a mercy from Him, and it has been made obscure to you, can we compel you to accept it when you are averse thereto? And O my people! I ask of you no wealth therefore. My reward is the concern only of God, and I am not going to thrust away those who believe – Lo! They have to meet their Lord – but I see you are a folk that are ignorant. And, O my people! Who would deliver me from God if I thrust them away? Will you not then reflect? I say not to you: `I have the treasures of God' nor `I have knowledge of the Unseen,' nor say I: `Lo! I am an angel!' Nor say I to those whom your eyes scorn that God will not give them good – God knows best what is in their hearts – Lo! Then indeed I should be of the wrongdoers. They said: O Noah! You have disputed with us and multiplied disputation with us; now bring upon us that wherewith you threaten us, if you are of the truthful. He said: Only God will bring it upon you if He wills, and you can by no means escape. My counsel will not profit you if I were minded to advise you, if God's will is to keep you astray. He is your Lord and to Him you will be brought back.

    11:35-41 Or say they (again) He has invented it? Say: If I have invented it, upon me be my crimes, but I am innocent of (all) that you commit. And it was inspired in Noah (saying): No one of the folk will believe except him who has believed already. Be not distressed because of what they do. Build the ship under Our Eyes and by Our inspiration, and speak not to Me on behalf of those who do wrong. Lo! They will be drowned. And he was building the ship, and every time that the chieftains of his people passed him, they made mock of him. He said: Though you make a mockery of us, yet we mock at you even as you mock; and you shall know to whom a punishment that will disgrace him comes, and upon whom a lasting punishment will fall. (Thus it was) till, when Our commandment came to pass and the oven gushed forth water, We said: Load therein two of every kind, a pair (the male and female), and your household, except him against whom the word has gone forth already, and those who believe. And but a few were they who believed with him. And he said: Embark therein! In the name of God be its course and its mooring. Lo! My Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.

    11:42-45 And it sailed with them amid waves like mountains, and Noah cried to his son – and he was standing aloof – O my son! Come ride with us, and be not with the disbelievers. He said: I shall betake me to some mountain that will save me from the water. (Noah) said: This day there is none that saves from the commandment of God except him on whom He has had mercy. And the wave came in between them, so he was among the drowned. And it was said: O earth! Swallow your water and, O sky! Be cleared of clouds! And the water was made to subside. And the commandment was fulfilled. And it (the ship) came to rest upon (the mount) Al-Judi and it was said: A far removal for wrongdoing folk! And Noah cried to his Lord and said: My Lord! Lo! My son is of my household! Surely Your promise is the Truth and You are the Most Just of judges.

    11:46-48 He said: O Noah! Lo! He is not of your household. lo! He is of evil conduct, so ask not of Me that whereof you have no knowledge. I admonish you lest you be among the ignorant. He said: My Lord! Lo! In You do I seek refuge (from the sin) that I should ask of You that whereof I have no knowledge. Unless You forgive me and have mercy on me I shall be among the lost. It was said (to him): O Noah! Go you down (from the mountain) with peace from Us and blessings upon you and some nations (that will spring) from those with you. (There will be other) nations to whom We shall give enjoyment a long while and then a painful punishment from Us will overtake them.

    11:49 This is of the tidings of the Unseen that We inspire in you (O Muhammad). You yourself knew it not, nor did your folk (know it) before this. Then have patience. Lo! The sequel is for those who are pious.

    11:50-58 And to (the tribe of) Aad (We sent) their brother, Hud. He said: O my people! Worship God! You have no other God except Him. Lo! You do but invent! O my people! I ask of you no reward for it. Lo! My reward is the concern only of Him Who created me. Have you then no sense? And, O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord, and then turn to Him repentant; He will cause the sky to rain abundance on you and will add more strength to your strength. Turn not away, guilty! They said: O Hud! You have brought us no clear proof and we are not going to forsake our gods on your (mere) saying, and we are not believers in you. We say nothing except that one of our gods has possessed you in an evil way. He said: I call God to witness, and do you (too) bear witness, that I am innocent of (all) that you ascribe as partners (to God). Beside Him. So (try to) circumvent me, all of you, give me no respite. Lo! I have put my trust in God, my Lord and your Lord. Not an animal but He does grasp it by the forelock! Lo! My Lord is on a straight path. And if you turn away, still I have conveyed to you that with which I was sent to you, and my Lord will set in place of you a folk other than you. You cannot injure Him at all. Lo! My Lord is Guardian over all things. And when Our commandment came to pass We saved Hud and those who believed with him by a mercy from Us; We saved them from a harsh punishment.

    11:59-60 And such were Aad. They denied the revelations of their Lord and flouted His Messengers and followed the command of every forward potentate. And a curse was made to follow them in the world and on the Day of Resurrection. Lo! Aad disbelieved in their Lord. A far removal for Aad, the folk of Hud!

    11:61-66 And to (the tribe of) Thamud (We sent) their brother Salih. He said: O my people! Worship God, you have no other God except Him. He brought you forth from the earth and has made you husband it. So ask forgiveness of Him and turn to Him repentant. Lo, my Lord is Near, Responsive. They said: O Salih! You have been among us until now as that wherein our hope was placed. Do you ask us not to worship what our fathers worshipped? Lo! We verily are in grave doubt concerning that to which you call us. He said: O my people! Have you not considered: if I am (acting) on clear proof from my Lord and there has come to me a mercy from Him, who will save me from God if I disobey Him? You would add to me nothing except perdition. O my people! This is the camel of God, a sign to you, so leave her to feed in God's earth, and touch her not with harm lest a near torment seize you. But they hamstrung her, and then he said: Enjoy life in your dwelling place three days! This is a threat that will not be belied. So, when Our commandment came to pass, We saved Salih, and those who believed with him, by a mercy from Us, from the humiliation of that day. Lo, Your Lord! He is the Strong, the Mighty.

    11:67-68 And the (Awful) Cry overtook those who did wrong, so that morning found them prostrate in their dwellings, as though they had not dwelt there. Lo! Thamud disbelieved in their Lord. A far removal for Thamud!

    11:69-76 And Our messengers came to Abraham with good news. They said: Peace! He answered: Peace! And delayed not to bring a roasted calf. And when he saw their hands reached not to it, he mistrusted them and conceived a fear of them. They said: Fear not! Lo! We are sent to the folk of Lot. And his wife, standing by, laughed when We gave her good tidings (of the birth) of Isaac, and, after Isaac, of Jacob. She said: Oh, woe is me! Shall I bear a child when I am an old woman, and this my husband, an old man? Lo! This is a strange thing! They said: Wonder you at the commandment of God? The mercy of God and His blessings be upon you, O people of the house! Lo! He is Owner of praise, Owner of glory! And when the awe departed from Abraham, and the glad news reached him, he pleaded with Us on behalf of the folk of Lot. Lo! Abraham was mild, imploring, and penitent. (It was said) O Abraham! Forsake this! Lo! Your Lord's commandment has gone forth, and lo! There comes to them a punishment which cannot be repelled.

    11:77-83 And when Our messengers came to Lot, he was distressed and knew not how to protect them. He said: This is a distressful day. And his people came to him, running towards him – and before then they used to commit abominations – He said: O my people! Here are my daughters! They are purer for you. Beware of God, and degrade me not in (the person of) my guests. Is there not among you any upright man? They said: Well you know that we have no right to your daughters, and well you know what we want. He said: Would that I had strength to resist you or had some strong support (among you)! (The messengers) said: O Lot! Lo! We are messengers of your Lord; they shall not reach you. So travel with your people in a part of the night, and let not one of you turn round.(all) except your wife. Lo! That which smites them will smite her (also). Lo! Their appointed time is (for) the morning. Is not the morning near? So when Our commandment came to pass We overthrew (that township) and rained upon it stones of clay, one after another, marked with fire in the providence of your Lord (for the destruction of the wicked). And they are never far from the wrongdoers.

    11:84-90 And to Midian (We sent) their brother Shueyb. He said: O my people! Worship God. You have no other God except Him! And give not short measure and short weight. Lo! I see you well to do, and lo! I fear for you the punishment of a besetting Day. O my people! Give full measure and full weight in justice, and wrong not people in respect of their goods. And do not evil in the earth, causing corruption. That which God leaves with you is better for you if you are believers; and I am not a keeper over you. They said: O Shueyb! Does your way of prayer command you that we should forsake that which our fathers (used to) worship, or that we (should leave off) doing what we will with our own property. Lo! You are the mild, the guide to right behavior. He said: O my people! Have you not considered: if I am (acting) on a clear proof from my Lord and He sustains me with fair sustenance from Him (how can I concede anything to you)? I desire not to do behind your backs that which I ask you not to do. I desire nothing except reform so far as I am able. My welfare is only in God. In Him I trust and to Him I turn (repentant). And, O my people! Let not the schism with me cause you to sin so that there befall you that which befell the folk of Noah and the folk of Hud, and the folk of Salih; and the folk of Lot are not far off from you. Ask pardon of your Lord and then turn to Him (repentant). Lo! My Lord is, Merciful, Loving.

    11:91-95 They said: O Shueyb! We understand not much of that you tell, and lo! We do behold you weak among us. But for your family, we should have stoned you, for you are not strong against us. He said: O my people! Is my family more to be honored by you than God? And you put Him behind you, neglected! Lo! My Lord surrounds what you do. And, O my people! Act according to your power, lo, I (too) am acting. You will soon know on whom there comes a punishment that will abase him, and who it is that lies. And watch! Lo! I am watcher with you. And when Our commandment came to pass we saved Shueyb and those who believed with Him by a mercy from Us; and the (Awful) Cry seized those who did injustice, and morning found them prostrate in their dwellings. As though they had not dwelt there. A far removal for Midian, even as Thamud had been removed afar!

    11:96-99 And verily We sent Moses with Our revelations and a clear warrant. To Pharaoh and his chiefs, but they did follow the command of Pharaoh, and the command of Pharaoh was no right guide. He will go before his people on the Day of Resurrection and will lead them to the Fire for a watering-place. Ah, evil is the watering-place (whither they are) led. A curse is made to follow them in the world and on the Day of Resurrection. Evil is the gift (that will be) given to (them).

    11:100-102 That is (something) of the tidings of the townships (which were destroyed of old). We relate it to you (O Muhammad). Some of them are standing and some (already) reaped. We wronged them not, but they did wrong themselves; and their gods on whom they call beside God availed them nothing then came your Lord's command; they added to them nothing except ruin. Even thus is the grasp of your Lord when he grasps the townships while they are doing wrong. Lo! His grasp is painful, very strong.

    11:103-107 Lo! Herein verily there is a sign for those who fear the punishment of the Hereafter. That is a Day to which people will be gathered, and that is a Day that will be witnessed. And We defer it only as a term already reckoned. On the Day when it comes no soul will speak except by His permission; some among them will be wretched, (others) glad. As for those who will be wretched (on that Day) they will be in the Fire; sighing and wailing will be their portion therein. Abiding there so long as the heavens and the earth endure except for that which your Lord wills. Lo! Your Lord is Doer of what He wills.

    11:108 And as for those who will be glad (that Day) they will be in the Garden, abiding there so long as the heavens and the earth endure except for that which your Lord wills: a gift unfailing.

    11:109-111 So be not you in doubt concerning that which these (folk) worship. They worship only as their fathers worshipped aforetime. Lo! We shall pay them their whole due unabated. And We verily gave to Moses the Scripture, and there was strife thereupon; and had it not been for a Word that had already gone forth from your Lord, the case would have been judged between them, and Lo! They are in grave doubt concerning it. And lo! To each your Lord will verily repay his works in full. Lo! He is informed of what they do.

    11:112 So tread you upon the straight path as you are commanded, and those who turn (to God) with you, and transgress not. Lo! He is Seer of what you do.

    11:113 And incline not toward those who do wrong lest the Fire touch you, and you have no helpers (and protectors) against God, and afterward you would not be helped.

    11:114-115 Establish worship at the two ends of the day and in some watches of the night. Lo! Good deeds annul ill deeds. This is a reminder for the mindful. And have patience, (O Muhammad), for lo! God loses not the wages of the good.

    11:116-119 If only there had been among the generations before you, men possessing a remnant (of good sense) to warn (their people) of corruption in the earth, as did a few of those whom We saved from them! The wrongdoers followed that by which they were made sapless, and were guilty. In truth your Lord destroyed not the townships tyrannously while their folk were doing right. And if your Lord had willed, He verily would have made people one nation, yet they cease not differing, except him on whom your Lord has mercy; and for that He did create them. And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled: Verily I shall fill Hell with the jinn and humankind together.

    11:120-122 And all that We relate to you of the story of the Messengers is in order that thereby We may make firm your heart. And herein has come to you the Truth and an exhortation and a reminder for believers. And say to those who believe not: Act according to your power. Lo! We (too) are acting. And wait! Lo! We (too) are waiting.

    11:123 And God's is the Invisible of the heavens and the earth, and to Him the whole matter will be returned. So worship Him and put your trust in Him. Lo! Your Lord is not unaware of what you (mortals) do.