Sura Al-Furqan (The Criterion)
Sheikh / Mahmoud AlHosary

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

    25:1 Blessed is He Who has revealed to His slave the Criterion (of right and wrong), that he may be a warner to the peoples.

    25:2 He to Whom belongs the supreme power of the heavens and the earth. He has chosen no son nor has He any partner in the supreme power. He has created everything and has meted out for it a measure.

    25:3 Yet they choose beside Him other gods who create nothing but are themselves created, and possess not hurt nor profit for themselves, and possess not death nor life, nor power to raise the dead.

    25:4-6 Those who disbelieve say: This is nothing but a lie that he has invented, and other folk have helped him with it, so that they have produced a slander and a lie. And they say: Fables of the men of old which he has had written down so that they are dictated to him morn and evening. Say (to them O Muhammad): He Who knows the secret of the heavens and the earth has revealed it. Lo! He ever is Forgiving, Merciful.

    25:7-9 And they say: What ails this Messenger (of God) that he eats food and walks in the markets? Why is not an angel sent down to him, to be a warner with him? Or why is a treasure not thrown down to him, or why has he not a Paradise to eat from? And the evildoers say: You are but following a man bewitched. See how they coin similitude for you, so that they are all- astray and cannot find a road!

    25:10 Blessed is He Who, if He wills, will assign you better than (all) that – Gardens underneath which rivers flow – and will assign you mansions.

    25:11-14 Nay, but they deny (the coming of) the Hour, and for those who deny (the coming of) the Hour We have prepared a flame. When it sees them from afar, they hear the cracking and the roar thereof. And when they are flung into a narrow place thereof, chained together, they pray for destruction there. Pray not that Day for one destruction, but pray for much destruction.

    25:15-16 Say: Is that (punishment) better or the Garden of Immortality which is promised to those who are pious? It will be their reward and journey's end. Therein abiding, they shall have all that they desire. It is for your Lord a promise that must be fulfilled.

    25:17-19 And on the Day when He will assemble them and that which they worship instead of God and will say: Was it you who misled these slaves of Mine, or did they (themselves) wander from the way? They will say: Be You glorified! It was not for us to choose any helpers (and protectors) beside You; but You did give them and their fathers ease till they forgot the warning and became lost folk. Thus they will give you the lie regarding what you say, and then you can neither avert (the punishment) nor obtain help. And whoever among you does wrong, We shall make him taste great torment.

    25:20 We never sent before you any messengers but lo! They ate food and walked in the markets. And We have appointed some of you a test for others: Will you be patient? And your Lord is ever Seer.

    25:21-23 And those who look not for a meeting with Us say: Why are angels not sent down to us and (why) do we not see our Lord? Assuredly they think too highly of themselves and are scornful with great pride. On the Day when they behold the angels, on that Day there will be no good tidings for the guilty; and they will cry: A forbidding ban! And We shall turn to the work that they did and make it scattered motes.

    25:24-26 Those who have earned the Garden on that Day will be better in their home and happier in their place of noonday rest; a day when the heaven with the clouds will be rent asunder and the angels will be sent down, a grand descent. The supreme power on that Day will be the true (power) belonging to the Beneficent One, and it will be a hard day for disbelievers.

    25:27-29 On the Day when the wrongdoer gnaws his hands, he will say: Ah, would that I had chosen a way together with the Messenger (of God)! Alas for me! Ah, would that I had never taken such a one for a friend! He verily led me astray from the reminder after it had reached me. Satan was ever man's deserter in the hour of need.

    25:30-31 And the Messenger says: O my Lord! Lo! My own folk make this Quran of no account. Even so have We appointed to every Prophet an opposition from among the guilty; but God suffices for a Guide and Helper.

    25:32-34 And those who disbelieve say: Why is the Quran not revealed to him all at once? (It is revealed) thus, that We may strengthen your heart therewith; and We have arranged it in right order. And they bring you no similitude but We bring you the Truth (as against it), and better (than their similitude) as argument. Those who will be gathered on their faces to Hell: such are worse in plight and further from the right road.

    25:35-37 We verily gave Moses the Scripture and placed with him his brother Aaron as a henchman. Then We said: Go together to the folk who have denied Our revelations. Then We destroyed them, a complete destruction. And Noah's folk, when they denied the Messengers, We drowned them and made of them a sign for people We have prepared a painful punishment for evildoers.

    25:38-40 And (the tribes of) Aad and Thamud, and the dwellers in Ar-Rass, and many generations in between. Each (of them) We warned by examples, and each (of them) We brought to utter ruin. And indeed they have passed by the township whereon was rained the fatal rain. Can it be that they have not seen it? Nay, but they hope for no resurrection.

    25:41-42 And when they see you (O Muhammad) they treat you only as a jest (saying): Is this he whom God sends as a Messenger? He would have led us far away from our gods if we had not been staunch to them. They will know, when they behold the punishment, who is more astray as to the road.

    25:43-44 Have you seen him who chooses for his god his own lust? Would you then be guardian over him? Or deem you that most of them hear or understand? They are but as the cattle – nay, but they are farther astray!

    25:45-50 Have you not seen how your Lord has spread the shade – And if He willed He could have made it still – then We have made the sun its pilot; then We withdraw it to Us, a gradual withdrawal? And it is He, Who makes night a covering for you, and sleep repose, and makes day a resurrection. And it is He, Who sends the winds, glad tidings heralding His mercy. And We send down purifying water from the sky. That We may give life thereby to a dead land, and We give many beasts and men that which We have created to drink thereof. And verily We have repeated it among them that they may remember, but most of people begrudge anything except ingratitude.

    25:51-52 If We willed, We could raise up a warner in every village. So obey not the disbelievers, but fight hard against them herewith with a great endeavor.

    25:53-54 And it is He, Who has given independence to the two seas (though they meet); one palatable, sweet, and the other salty, bitter; and has set a bar and a forbidding ban between them. And it is He Who has created man from water, and has appointed for him kindred by blood and kindred by marriage; for your Lord is ever Powerful.

    25:55 Yet they worship instead of God that which can neither benefit them nor hurt them. The disbeliever was ever a partisan against his Lord.

    25:56-60 And We have sent you (O Muhammad) only as a bearer of good tidings and a warner. Say: I ask of you no reward for this, except that whoever will may choose a way to his Lord. And trust you in the Living One Who does not die, and hymn His praise. He suffices as the Knower of His bondmen's sins. He Who created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six Days, and then He mounted the Throne. The Beneficent! Ask any one informed concerning Him! And when it is said to them: Adore the Beneficent! They say: And what is the Beneficent? Are we to adore whatever you (Muhammad) bid us? And it increases aversion in them.

    25:61-62 Blessed be He Who has placed in the heaven mansions of the stars, and has placed therein a great lamp and a moon giving light! And it is He, Who has appointed night and day in succession, for him who desires to remember, or desires thankfulness.

    25:63-70 The (faithful) slaves of the Beneficent are they who walk upon the earth modestly, and when the foolish ones address them answer: Peace; and who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing; and who say: Our Lord! Avert from us the punishment of Hell; lo! The punishment thereof is anguish; lo! It is wretched as an abode and station; and those who, when they spend, are neither prodigal nor grudging; and there is ever a firm station between the two; and those who cry not to any other god along with God, nor take the life which God has forbidden except in (the course of) justice, nor commit adultery – and whoever does this shall pay the penalty; the punishment will be doubled for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein disdained forever; except him who repents and believes and does righteous work; as for such, God will change their evil deeds to good deeds. God is ever Forgiving, Merciful.

    25:71-76 And whosoever repents and does good, he verily repents toward God with true repentance. And those who will not witness vanity, but when they pass near some evil play or evil talk, pass by with dignity. And those who, when they are reminded of the revelations of their Lord, fall not deaf and blind thereat. And who say: Our Lord! Give us comfort of our wives and of our offspring, and make us patterns for (all) those who are pious. They will be awarded the high place forasmuch as they were patient, and they will meet therein with welcome and the word of peace, abiding there forever. Happy is it as an abode and station!

    25:77 Say (O Muhammad to the disbelievers): My Lord would not concern Himself with you but for your prayer. But now you have denied (the Truth), therefore there will be judgment.