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Chapter 36:
Ya Sin — Ya Sin

Revealed at Makkah: 5 sections; 83 verses

English Translation of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

36:1 O man,

36:2 By the Quran, full of wisdom!

36:3 Surely thou art one of the messengers,

36:4 On a right way.

36:5 A revelation of the Mighty, the Merciful,

36:6 That thou mayest warn a people whose fathers were not warned, so they are heedless.

36:7 The word has indeed proved true of most of them, so they believe not.

36:8 Surely We have placed on their necks chains reaching up to the chins, so they have their heads raised aloft.

36:9 And We have set a barrier before them and a barrier behind them, thus We have covered them, so that they see not.

36:10 And it is alike to them whether thou warn them or warn them not — they believe not.

36:11 Thou canst warn him only who follows the Reminder and fears the Beneficent in secret; so give him good news of forgiveness and a generous reward.

36:12 Surely We give life to the dead, and We write down that which they send before and their footprints, and We record everything in a clear writing.

36:13 And set out to them a parable of the people of the town, when apostles came to it.

36:14 When We sent to them two, they rejected them both; then We strengthened (them) with a third, so they said: Surely we are sent to you.

36:15 They said: You are only mortals like ourselves, nor has the Beneficent revealed anything — you only lie.

36:16 They said: Our Lord knows that we are surely sent to you.

36:17 And our duty is only a clear deliverance (of the message).

36:18 They said: Surely we augur evil from you. If you desist not, we will surely stone you, and a painful chastisement from us will certainly afflict you.

36:19 They said: Your evil fortune is with you. What! If you are reminded! Nay, you are an extravagant people.

36:20 And from the remote part of the city there came a man running. He said: O my people, follow the apostles.

36:21 Follow him who asks of you no reward, and they are on the right course.

36:22 And what reason have I that I should not serve Him Who created me and to Whom you will be brought back.

36:23 Shall I take besides Him gods whose intercession, if the Beneficent should desire to afflict me with harm, will avail me naught, nor can they deliver me?

36:24 Then I shall surely be in clear error.

36:25 Surely I believe in your Lord, so hear me.

36:26 It was said: Enter the Garden. He said: Would that my people knew,

36:27 How my Lord has forgiven me and made me of the honoured ones!

36:28 And We sent not down upon his people after him any host from heaven, nor do We ever send.

36:29 It was naught but a single cry, and lo! they were still.

36:30 Alas for the servants! Never does a messenger come to them but they mock him.

36:31 See they not how many generations We destroyed before them, that they return not to them?

36:32 And all — surely all — will be brought before Us.

36:33 And a sign to them is the dead earth: We give life to it and bring forth from it grain so they eat of it.

36:34 And We make therein gardens of date-palms and grapes and We make springs to flow forth therein,

36:35 That they may eat of the fruit thereof, and their hands made it not. Will they not then give thanks?

36:36 Glory be to Him Who created pairs of all things, of what the earth grows, and of their kind and of what they know not!

36:37 And a sign to them is the night: We draw forth from it the day, then lo! they are in darkness;

36:38 And the sun moves on to its destination. That is the ordinance of the Mighty, the Knower.

36:39 And the moon, We have ordained for it stages till it becomes again as an old dry palm-branch.

36:40 Neither is it for the sun to overtake the moon, nor can the night outstrip the day. And all float on in an orbit.

36:41 And a sign to them is that We bear their offspring in the laden ship,

36:42 And We have created for them the like thereof, whereon they ride.

36:43 And if We please, We may drown them, then there is no succour for them, nor can they be rescued —

36:44 But by mercy from Us and for enjoyment till a time.

36:45 And when it is said to them: Guard against that which is before you and that which is behind you, that mercy may be shown to you.

36:46 And there comes to them no message of the messages of their Lord but they turn away from it.

36:47 And when it is said to them: Spend out of that which Allah has given you, those who disbelieve say to those who believe: Shall we feed him whom, if Allah please, He could feed? You are in naught but clear error.

36:48 And they say: When will this promise come to pass, if you are truthful?

36:49 They await but a single cry, which will overtake them while they contend.

36:50 So they will not be able to make a bequest, nor will they return to their families.

36:51 And the trumpet is blown, when lo! from their graves they will hasten on to their Lord.

36:52 They will say: O woe to us! Who has raised us up from our sleeping-place? This is what the Beneficent promised and the messengers told the truth.

36:53 It is but a single cry, when lo! they are all brought before Us.

36:54 So this day no soul is wronged in aught; and you are not rewarded aught but for what you did.

36:55 Surely the owners of the Garden are on that day in a happy occupation.

36:56 They and their wives are in shades, reclining on raised couches.

36:57 They have fruits therein, and they have whatever they desire.

36:58 Peace! A word from a Merciful Lord.

36:59 And withdraw to-day, O guilty ones!

36:60 Did I not charge you, O children of Adam, that you serve not the devil? Surely he is your open enemy.

36:61 And that you serve Me. This is the right way.

36:62 And certainly he led astray numerous people from among you. Could you not then understand?

36:63 This is the hell which you were promised.

36:64 Enter it this day because you disbelieved.

36:65 That day We shall seal their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will bear witness as to what they earned.

36:66 And if We pleased, We would put out their eyes, then they would strive to get first to the way, but how should they see?

36:67 And if We pleased, We would transform them in their place, then they would not be able to go on, or turn back.

36:68 And whomsoever We cause to live long, We reduce to an abject state in creation. Do they not understand?

36:69 And We have not taught him poetry, nor is it meet for him. This is naught but a Reminder and a plain Quran,

36:70 To warn him who would have life, and (that) the word may prove true against the disbelievers.

36:71 See they not that We have created cattle for them, out of what Our hands have wrought, so they are their masters?

36:72 And We have subjected them to them, so some of them they ride, and some they eat.

36:73 And therein they have advantages and drinks. Will they not then give thanks?

36:74 And they take gods besides Allah that they may be helped.

36:75 They are not able to help them, and they are a host brought up before them.

36:76 So let not their speech grieve thee. Surely We know what they do in secret and what they do openly.

36:77 Does not man see that We have created him from the small life-germ? Then lo! he is an open disputant.

36:78 And he strikes out a likeness for Us and forgets his own creation. Says he: Who will give life to the bones, when they are rotten?

36:79 Say: He will give life to them, Who brought them into existence at first, and He is Knower of all creation,

36:80 Who produced fire for you out of the green tree, so that with it you kindle.

36:81 Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth able to create the like of them? Yea! And He is the Creator (of all), the Knower.

36:82 His command, when He intends anything, is only to say to it, Be, and it is.

36:83 So glory be to Him in Whose hand is the kingdom of all things! and to Him you will be returned.

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