Sura An-Nahl (The Bees)
Sheikh / AbdulBaset AbdulSamad

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

    16:1 The commandment of God will come to pass, so seek not you to hasten it. Glorified and Exalted be He above all that they associate (with Him).

    16:2 He sends down the angels with the Spirit of His command to whom He wills of His bondmen (saying): Warn people that none should be worshipped but Me, so keep your duty to Me.

    16:3 He has created the heavens and the earth with truth. High be He exalted above all that they associate (with Him).

    16:4-7 He has created man from a drop of fluid, yet behold! He is an open opponent. And He has created, the cattle , from which you have warm clothing and uses, and whereof you eat. And wherein is beauty for you, when you bring them home, and when you take them out to pasture. And they bear your loads for you to a land you could not reach except with great trouble to yourselves. Lo! Your Lord is full of pity, Merciful.

    16:8 And horses and mules and asses (has He created) that you may ride them, and for ornament. And He creates that which you know not.

    16:9 And God"s is the direction of the way, and some (roads) go not straight. And had He willed He would have led you all aright.

    16:10-11 It is He, Who sends down water from the sky, from which you have drink, and trees on which you send your beasts to pasture. Therewith He causes crops to grow for you, and the olive and the date palm and grapes and all kinds of fruit. Lo! Herein is indeed a sign for people who reflect.

    16:12-13 And he has constrained the night and the day and the sun and the moon to be of service to you, and the stars are made subservient by His command. Lo! Herein indeed are signs for people who have sense. And whatsoever He has created for you in the earth of diverse hues, lo! Therein is indeed a sign for people who take heed.

    16:14 And it is He, Who has constrained the sea to be of service that you eat fresh meat from therein, and bring forth from there ornaments which you wear. And you see the ships plowing it that you (people) may seek of His bounty, and that perhaps you may give thanks.

    16:15-18 And He has cast into the earth firm hills that it quakes not with you, and streams and roads that you may find your way. And landmarks (too), and by the star they find their way. Is He then Who creates as him who creates not? Will you not then remember? And if you would count the favor of God you cannot reckon it. Lo! God is indeed Forgiving, Merciful.

    16:19-23 And God knows that which you keep hidden and that which you proclaim. Those to whom they cry to besides God created nothing, but are themselves created. (They are) dead, not living. And they know not when they will be raised. Your God is One God. But as for those who believe not in the Hereafter their hearts refuse to know, for they are arrogant. Assuredly God knows that which they keep hidden and that which they proclaim. Lo! He loves not the arrogant.

    16:24-25 And when it is said to them: What has your Lord revealed? They say: (Mere) fables of the men of old. That they may bear their burdens undiminished on the Day of Resurrection, with somewhat of the burdens of those whom they mislead without knowledge. Ah! Evil is that which they bear!

    16:26-29 Those before them plotted, so God struck at the foundations of their building, and then the roof fell down upon them from above them, and the punishment came on them whence they knew not; then on the Day of Resurrection He will disgrace them and will say: Where are My partners, for whose sake you opposed (My Guidance)? Those who have been given knowledge will say: Disgrace this day and evil are upon the disbelievers, whom the angels cause to die while they are wronging themselves. Then will they make full submission (saying): We used not to do any wrong. Nay! Surely God is Knower of what you used to do. So enter the Gates of Hell, to dwell therein forever. Woeful indeed will be the lodging of the arrogant.

    16:30-32 And it is said to those who are pious: What has your Lord revealed? They say: Good. For those who do good in this world there is a good (reward) and the home of the Hereafter will be better. Pleasant indeed will be the home of those who are pious – Gardens of Eden that they enter, underneath which rivers flow, wherein they have what they will. Thus God repays those who are pious, those whom the angels cause to die (when they are) good. They say: Peace be to you! Enter the Garden because of what you used to do.

    16:33-34 Await they anything except that the angels should come to them or your Lord"s command should come to pass? Even so did those before them. God wronged them not, but they did wrong themselves, so that the evil of what they did, smote them, and that which they used to mock surrounded them.

    16:35 And the idolaters say: Had God willed, we had not worshipped anything beside Him, we and our fathers, nor had we forbidden anything without (command from) Him. Even so did those before them. Are the Messengers charged with anything except plain conveyance (of the message)?

    16:36 And verily We have raised in every nation a Messenger, (proclaiming): Worship God and shun false gods. Then some of them (there were) whom God guided, and some of them (there were) upon whom error had just hold. Do but travel in the land and see the nature of the consequence for the deniers!

    16:37-39 Even if you (O Muhammad) desire their right guidance, still God assuredly will not guide him who misleads. Such have no helpers. And they swear by God their most binding oaths (that) God will not raise up him who dies. Nay, but it is a promise (binding) upon Him in truth, but most of people know not, that he may explain to them that wherein they differ, and that those who disbelieved may know that they were liars.

    16:40 And Our word to a thing, when We intend it, is only that We say to it: Be! And it is.

    16:41-42 And those who became fugitives for the cause of God after they had been oppressed, We shall verily give them goodly lodging in the world, and surely the reward of the Hereafter is greater, if they but knew; such as are patient and put their trust in God.

    16:43-44 And We sent not (as Our Messengers) before you other than men whom We inspired – Ask the followers of the Remembrance if you know not! – With clear proofs and writings; and We have revealed to you the Remembrance that you may explain to people that which has been revealed for them, and that perhaps they may reflect.

    16:45-47 Are they who plan ill deeds then secure that God will not cause the earth to swallow them, or that the punishment will not come on them whence they know not? Or that He will not seize them in their going to and fro that there be no escape for them? Or that He will not seize them with a gradual wasting? Lo! Your Lord is indeed full of pity, Merciful!

    16:48-50 Have they not observed all things that God has created, how their shadows incline to the right and to the left, making prostration to God, and they are lowly? And to God makes prostration whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth of living creatures, and the angels (also), and they are not proud. They fear their Lord above them, and do what they are bidden.

    16:51-52 God has said: Choose not two gods. There is only One God. Therefore be in awe of Me, only Me. To Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth, and religion is His forever. Will you then fear any other than God?

    16:53-56 And whatever of comfort you enjoy, it is from God. Then, when misfortune reaches you, to Him you cry for help. And afterward, when He has rid you of the misfortune, behold! A set of you attributes partners to their Lord, so as to deny that which We have given them. Then enjoy life (while you may), for you will come to know. And they assign a portion of that which We have given them to what they know not. By God! But you will indeed be asked concerning (all) that you used to invent.

    16:57-59 And they assign to God daughters–Be He glorified!–And to themselves what they desire; when if one of them receives tidings of the birth of a female, his face remains darkened, and he is wroth inwardly. He hides himself from the folk because of the evil of that whereof he has bad tidings, (asking himself): Shall he keep it in contempt, or bury it beneath the dust. Verily, evil is their judgment.

    16:60 For those who believe not in the Hereafter is an evil similitude, and God"s is the Sublime Similitude. He is the Mighty, the Wise.

    16:61-62 If God were to take people to task for their wrongdoing, he would not leave a living creature, but He reprieves them to an appointed term, and when their term comes they cannot put (it) off an hour nor (yet) advance (it). And they assign to God that which they (themselves) dislike, and their tongues expound the lie that the better portion will be theirs. Assuredly theirs will be the Fire, and they will be abandoned.

    16:63-64 By God, We verily sent Messengers to the nations before you, but Satan made their deeds fair seeming to them. So he is their patron this day, and theirs will be a painful punishment. And we have revealed the Scripture to you only that you may explain to them that wherein they differ, and (as) a guidance and a mercy for a people who believe.

    16:65-69 God sends down water from the sky and therewith revives the earth after her death! Lo! Herein is indeed a sign for a folk who hear. And lo! In the cattle there is a lesson for you. We give you to drink of that which is in their bellies, from betwixt the refuse and the blood, pure milk palatable to the drinkers. And of the fruits of the date palm, and grapes, with which you derive strong drink and (also) good nourishment. Lo! Therein, is indeed a sign for people who have sense. And your Lord inspired the bee, saying: Choose you habitations in the hills and in the trees and in that which they hatch; then eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord, made smooth (for you). There comes forth from their bellies a drink diverse of hues, wherein is healing for people. Lo! Herein is indeed a sign for people who reflect.

    16:70 And God creates you, and then causes you to die, and among you is he who is brought back to the most abject stage of life, so that he knows nothing after (having had) knowledge. Lo! God is Knower, Powerful.

    16:71 And God has favored some of you above others in provision. Now those who are more favored will by no means hand over their provision to those (slaves) whom their right hands possess, so that they may be equal with them in respect thereof. Is it then the grace of God that they deny?

    16:72 And God has given you wives of your own kind, and has given you, from your wives, sons and grandsons, and has made provision of good things for you. Is it then in vanity that they believe and in the grace of God that they disbelieve?

    16:73-74 And they worship beside God that which owns no provision whatsoever for them from the heavens nor the earth, nor have they (whom they worship) any power. So coin not similitudes for God. Lo! God knows; you know not.

    16:75 God coins a similitude: (on the one hand) a (mere) chattel slave, who has control of nothing, and (on the other hand) one on whom We have bestowed a fair provision from Us, and he spends thereof secretly and openly. Are they equal? Praise be to God! But most of them know not.

    16:76 And God coins a similitude: Two men, one of them dumb, having control of nothing, and he is a burden on his owner; wherever he directs him to go, he brings no good. Is he equal with one who enjoins justice and follows a straight path (of conduct)?

    16:77 And to God belongs the Unseen of the heavens and the earth, and the matter of the Hour (of Judgment) is but as a twinkling of the eye, or it is nearer still. Lo! God is Able to do all things.

    16:78 And God brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers knowing nothing, and gave you hearing and sight and hearts that perhaps you might give thanks.

    16:79 Have they not seen the birds obedient in midair? None holds them except God. Lo! Herein, verily, are signs for a people who believe.

    16:80-81 And God has given you in your houses an abode, and has given you (also), of the hides of cattle, houses which you find light (to carry) on the day of migration and on the day of pitching camp; and of their wool and their fur and their hair, caparison and comfort for a while. And God has given you, of that which He has created, shelter from the sun; and has given you places of refuge in the mountains, and has given you coats to ward off the heat from you, and coats (of armor) to save you from your own foolhardiness. Thus does He perfect His favor to you, in order that you may surrender (to Him).

    16:82-83 Then, if they turn away, your duty (O Muhammad) is but plain conveyance (of the message). They know the favor of God and then deny it. Most of them are ingrates.

    16:84-88 And (have you not considered of) the Day when We raise up of every nation a witness, then there is no leave for disbelievers, nor are they allowed to make amends. And when those who did wrong behold the punishment, it will not be made light for them, nor will they be reprieved. And when those who ascribed partners to God behold those partners of theirs, they will say: Our Lord! These are our partners to whom we used to cry instead of You. But they will fling them the saying: Lo! You verily are liars! And they proffer to God submission on that Day, and all that they used to invent has failed them. For those who disbelieve and debar (men) from the way of God, We add punishment to punishment because they wrought corruption.

    16:89 And (have you not considered of) the Day when We raise in every nation a witness against them of their own folk, and We bring you (O Muhammad) as a witness against these. And We reveal the Scripture to you as an exposition of all things, and a guidance and a mercy and good tidings for those who are Muslims (have surrendered to God).

    16:90-91 Lo! God enjoins justice and kindness and giving to kinsfolk, and forbids lewdness and abomination and wickedness. He exhorts you in order that you may take heed. Fulfill the covenant of God when you have covenanted, and break not your oaths after the asseveration of them, and after you have made God surety over you. Lo! God knows what you do.

    16:92 And be not like to her who unravels the thread, after she has made it strong, to thin filaments, making your oaths a deceit between you because of a nation being more numerous than (another) nation. God only tries you thereby, and He verily will explain to you on the Day of Resurrection that wherein you differed.

    16:93 Had God willed He could have made you (all) one nation, but He sends whom He wills astray and guides whom He wills, and you will indeed be asked of what you used to do.

    16:94 Make not your oaths a deceit between you, lest a foot should slip after being firmly planted and you should taste evil because you debarred (men) from the way of God, and yours should be an awful punishment.

    16:95-97 And purchase not a small gain at the price of God"s covenant. Lo! That which God has is better for you, if you did but know. That which you have wastes away, and that which God has remains. And verily We shall pay those who are patient, a recompense in proportion to the best of what they used to do. Whosoever does right, whether male or female, and is a believer, him verily We shall quicken with good life, and We shall pay them a recompense in proportion to the best of what they used to do.

    16:98-100 And when you recite the Quran, seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast. Lo! He has no power over those who believe and put trust in their Lord. His power is only over those who make a friend of him, and those who ascribe partners to Him (God).

    16:101-102 And when We put a revelation in place of (another) revelation – and God knows best what He reveals – they say: Lo! You are but inventing. Most of them know not. Say: The Holy Spirit has revealed it from your Lord with truth, that it may confirm (the faith of) those who believe, and as guidance and good tidings for Muslims (those who have surrendered to God).

    16:103-105 And We know well that they say: Only a man teaches him. The speech of him at whom they falsely hint is outlandish, and this is clear Arabic speech. Lo! Those who disbelieve the revelations of God, God guides them not and theirs will be a painful punishment. Only they invent falsehoods that believe not God"s revelations, and (only) they are the liars.

    16:106-109 Whoever disbelieves in God after his belief – except him who is forced thereto and whose heart is still content with Faith – but whoever finds ease in disbelief: On them is wrath from God. Theirs will be an awful punishment. That is because they have chosen the life of the world rather than the Hereafter, and because God guides not the disbelieving folk. Such are they whose hearts and ears and eyes God has sealed. And such are the heedless. Assuredly in the Hereafter they are the losers.

    16:110 Then lo! Your Lord – for those who become fugitives after they had been persecuted, and then fought and were patient – lo! Your Lord afterward is (for them) indeed Forgiving, Merciful

    16:111 On the Day when every soul will come pleading for itself, and every soul will be repaid for what it did, and they will not be wronged.

    16:112-113 God coins a similitude: a township that dwelt secure and well content, its provision coming to it in abundance from every side, but it disbelieved in God"s favors, so God made it experience the garb of dearth and fear because of what they used to do. And verily there had come to them a Messenger from among them, but they had denied him, and so the torment seized them while they were wrongdoers.

    16:114-115 So eat of the lawful and good food, which God has provided for you, and thank the bounty of your Lord if it is Him you worship. He has forbidden for you only carrion and blood and swine flesh and that which has been immolated in the name of any other than God; but he who is driven thereto, neither craving nor transgressing, lo! Then God is Forgiving, Merciful.

    16:116-117 And speak not, concerning that which your own tongues qualify (as clean or unclean), the falsehood: `This is lawful, and this is forbidden," so that you invent a lie against God. Lo! Those who invent a lie against God will not succeed. A brief enjoyment (will be theirs); and theirs is a painful punishment.

    16:118 And to those who are Jews We have forbidden that which We have already related to you. And We wronged them not, but they were wont to wrong themselves.

    16:119 Then lo! Your Lord – for those who do evil in ignorance and afterward repent and amend – lo! (For them) your Lord is afterward indeed Forgiving, Merciful.

    16:120-123 Lo! Abraham was obedient to God, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists; thankful for His bounties; He chose him and He guided him to a straight path. And We gave him good in the world, and in the Hereafter he is among the righteous. And afterward We inspired you (Muhammad, saying): Follow the religion of Abraham, as one by nature upright. He was not of the polytheists.

    16:124 The Sabbath was appointed only for those who differed concerning it, and lo! Your Lord will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein they used to differ.

    16:125 Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way. Lo! Your Lord is Best Aware of him who strays from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who are guided.

    16:126-128 If you punish, then punish with the like of that wherewith you were afflicted. But if you endure patiently, verily it is better for the patient. Endure you patiently (O Muhammad). Your endurance is only by (the help of) God. Grieve not for them, and be not in distress because of that which they devise. Lo! God is with those who keep their duty to Him and those who are doers of good.