( 15 ) And We had certainly given to David and Solomon knowledge, and they said, “Praise [is due] to Allah, who has favored us over many of His believing servants.” ( 16 ) And Solomon inherited David. He said, “O people, we have been taught the language of birds, and we have been given from all things. Indeed, this is evident bounty.” ( 17 ) And gathered for Solomon were his soldiers of the jinn and men and birds, and they were [marching] in rows.
( 18 ) Until, when they came upon the valley of the ants, an ant said, “O ants, enter your dwellings that you not be crushed by Solomon and his soldiers while they perceive not.” ( 19 ) So [Solomon] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.” ( 20 ) And he took attendance of the birds and said, “Why do I not see the hoopoe – or is he among the absent?
( 21 ) I will surely punish him with a severe punishment or slaughter him unless he brings me clear authorization.” ( 22 ) But the hoopoe stayed not long and said, “I have encompassed [in knowledge] that which you have not encompassed, and I have come to you from Sheba with certain news. ( 23 ) Indeed, I found [there] a woman ruling them, and she has been given of all things, and she has a great throne.
( 24 ) I found her and her people prostrating to the sun instead of Allah, and Satan has made their deeds pleasing to them and averted them from [His] way, so they are not guided, So that they worship not Allah, Who bringeth forth the hidden in the heavens and the earth, and knoweth what ye hide and what ye proclaim, (25) Allah; there is no God save Him, the Lord of the tremendous Throne. (26) (Solomon) said: We shall see whether thou speakest truth or whether thou art of the liars. (27) Go with this my letter and throw it down unto them; then turn away and see what (answer) they return, (28) The Queen of Sheba) said (when she received the letter): O chieftains! Lo! there hath been thrown unto me a noble letter. (29) Lo! it is from Solomon, and lo! it is: In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful; (30) Exalt not yourselves against me, but come unto me as those who surrender. (31) She said: O chieftains! Pronounce for me in my case. I decide no case till ye are present with me. (32) They said: We are lords of might and lords of great prowess, but it is for thee to command; so consider what thou wilt command. (33) She said: Lo! kings, when they enter a township, ruin it and make the honour of its people shame. Thus will they do. (34) But lo! I am going to send a present unto them, and to see with what (answer) the messengers return. (35) So when (the envoy) came unto Solomon, (the King) said: What! Would ye help me with wealth? But that which Allah hath given me is better than that which He hath given you. Nay it is ye (and not I) who exult in your gift. (36) Return unto them. We verily shall come unto them with hosts that they cannot resist, and we shall drive them out from thence with shame, and they will be abased. (37) He said: O chiefs! Which of you will bring me her throne before they come unto me, surrendering? (38) A stalwart of the jinn said: I will bring it thee before thou canst rise from thy place. Lo! I verily am strong and trusty for such work. (39) One with whom was knowledge of the Scripture said: I will bring it thee before thy gaze returneth unto thee. 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 giveth thanks he only giveth 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. (40) He said: Disguise her throne for her that we may see whether she will go aright or be of those not rightly guided. (41) So, when she came, it was said (unto her): Is thy 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 Allah). (42) And (all) that she was wont to worship instead of Allah hindered her, for she came of disbelieving folk. (43) It was said unto 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 unto Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. (44) And We verily sent unto Thamud their brother Salih, saying: Worship Allah. And lo! they (then became two parties quarrelling. (45) He said: O my people! Why will ye hasten on the evil rather than the good? Why will ye not ask pardon of Allah, that ye may receive mercy. (46) They said: We augur evil of thee and those with thee. He said: Your evil augury is with Allah. Nay, but ye are folk that are being tested. (47) And there were in the city nine persons who made mischief in the land and reformed not. (48) They said: Swear one to another by Allah that we verily will attack him and his household by night, and afterward we will surely say unto his friend: We witnessed not the destruction of his household. And lo! we are truthtellers. (49) So they plotted a plot: and We plotted a plot, while they perceived not. (50) Then see the nature of the consequence of their plotting, for lo! We destroyed them and their people, every one. (51) See, yonder are their dwellings empty and in ruins because they did wrong. Lo! herein is indeed a portent for a people who have knowledge. (52) And we saved those who believed and used to ward off (evil). (53) And Lot! when he said unto his folk: Will ye commit abomination knowingly? (54) Must ye needs lust after men instead of women? Nay, but ye are folk who act senselessly. (55) But the answer of his folk was naught save that they said: Expel the household of Lot from your township, for they (forsooth) are folk who would keep clean! (56) Then We saved him and his household save his wife; We destined her to be of those who stayed behind. (57 And We rained a rain upon them. Dreadful is the rain of those who have been warned. (58) Say (O Muhammad): Praise be to Allah, and peace be on His slaves whom He hath chosen! Is Allah best, or (all) that ye ascribe as partners (unto Him)? (59) And verily We tried before them Pharaoh’s folk, when there came unto them a noble messenger, (17) Saying: Give up to me the slaves of Allah. Lo! I am a faithful messenger unto you. (18 And saying: Be not proud against Allah. Lo! I bring you a clear warrant. (19) And lo! I have sought refuge in my Lord and your Lord lest ye stone me to death. (20) And if ye put no faith in me, then let me go. (21) nd he cried unto his Lord, (saying): These are guilty folk. (22) Then (his Lord commanded): Take away My slaves by night. Lo! ye will be followed, (23) And leave the sea behind at rest, for lo! they are a drowned host. (24) How many were the gardens and the watersprings that they left behind, (25) And the cornlands and the goodly sites (26) And pleasant things wherein they took delight! (27) Even so (it was), and We made it an inheritance for other folk; (28) And the heaven and the earth wept not for them, nor were they reprieved. (29) And We delivered the Children of Israel from the shameful doom; (30) (We delivered them) from Pharaoh. Lo! he was a tyrant of the wanton ones. (31) And We chose them, purposely, above (all) creatures. (32) And We gave them portents wherein was a clear trial. (33) Lo! these, forsooth, are saying: (34) There is naught but our first death, and we shall not be raised again. (35) Bring back our fathers, if ye speak the truth! (36) Are they better, or the folk of Tubb’a and those before them? We destroyed them, for surely they were guilty. (37) And We created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, in play. (38) We created them not save with truth; but most of them know not. (39) Assuredly the Day of Decision is the term for all of them, (40) A day when friend can in naught avail friend, nor can they be helped, (41) Save him on whom Allah hath mercy. Lo! He is the Mighty, the Merciful. (42) Lo! the tree of Zaqqum, (43) The food of the sinner! (44) Like molten brass, it seetheth in their bellies (45) As the seething of boiling water. (46) (And it will be said): Take him and drag him to the midst of hell, (47) Then pour upon his head the torment of boiling water. (48) (Saying): Taste! Lo! thou wast forsooth the mighty, the noble! (49) Lo! this is that whereof ye used to doubt. (50) Lo! those who kept their duty will be in a place secure. (51) Amid gardens and watersprings, (52) Attired in silk and silk embroidery, facing one another. (53) Even so (it will be). And We shall wed them unto fair ones with wide, lovely eyes. (54) They call therein for every fruit in safety. (55) They taste not death therein, save the first death. And He hath saved them from the doom of hell, (56) A bounty from thy Lord. That is the supreme triumph. (57) And We have made (this Scripture) easy in thy language only that they may heed. (58) Wait then (O Muhammad). Lo! they (too) are waiting. (59) Is not he best Who hath created the heavens and the earth, and Who sendeth down water for you from the heaven wherewith We cause beauteous orchards to grow up, whereof it was not possible for you to cause the trees to grow up! Is there any god along with Allah! Nay! but they are a people who equalise. (60) Is not he best Who hath made the earth a fixed abode and placed rivers in the midst thereof and placed Firm mountains thereon, and hath set a barrier between the two seas? IS there any god along with Allah? Nay! but most of them know not. (61) s not he best Who answereth the distressed when he calleth unto Him and removeth the evil, and hath made you the successors in the earth? Is there any god along with Allah? Little ye reflect! (62) Is not he best Who guideth you in the darknesses of the land and the sea, and Who sendeth the winds as heralds before His mercy Is there any god along with Allah? Exalted be Allah from all that they associate! (63) Is not he best Who originateth creation, and shall thereafter restoreth it, and Who provideth for you from the heaven and the earth? IS there any godl along with Allah? Say thou: bring your proof, if ye are truth-tellers. (64) Say thou: none in the heavens and the earth knoweth the Unseen save Allah; nor can they perceive when they will be raised. (65) Aye! their knowledge attaineth not to the Hereafter, Aye! they are in doubt thereof. Aye! thereunto they are blind. (66) nd those who disbelieve say: when we have become dust, we and our fathers, shall we, for sooth, be brought forth? (67) Assuredly we have been promised this aforetime, we and our fathers. Naught is this but fables of the ancients. (68) Say thou: travel in the land and behold what like hath been the end of the culprits. (69) And grieve thou not over them nor be straitened because of that which they plot. (70) And they say: when will this Promise be fufilled if ye say sooth? (71) Say thou: belike close behind you may be some of that which ye would hasten on. (72) And verily thine Lord is full of grace for mankind, but most of them give not thanks. (73) nd verily thine Lord knoweth whatsoever their breasts conceal and whatsoever they make known. (74) And naught there is hidden in the heaven or the earth but it is in a Manifest Book. (75) Verily this Quran recounteth with truth unto the Children of Israil much of that wherein they differ. (76) And verily it is a guidance and a mercy unto the believers. (77) And verily thine Lord shall decide between them with His judgment, and He is the Mighty, the Knowing. (78) Wherefore put thy trust in Allah; verily thou art on manifest truth. (79) Verily thou canst not make the dead hear, nor canst thou make the deaf hear the call when they flee turning their backs. (80) Nor canst thou lead the blind out of their error. Thou canst make none hear save these who believe in Our signs and who have submitted themselves. (81) And when the word shall come to be fulfilled concerning them, We shall bring forth a beast of the earth speaking unto them, that the people have not of Our signs been convinced. (82) And remind them of the Day whereon We shall Rather from every community a troop of those who belied Our signs, and they shall be held in order. (83 Until when they shall have come, He Shall say: belied ye My signs when ye encompassed them not in Your knowledge; nay, what else was it that ye have been working? (84) And the Word shall be fulfilled concerning them, because they did wrong, and they shall not be able to speak. (85 Observe they not that We have appointed the night that they may repose therein, and the day sight-giving? Verily herein are signs unto a people who believe. (86) And remind them of the Day whereon the trumpet shall be blown, and affrighted will be those who are in the heavens and the earth, save him whom Allah willeth. And all shall come unto Him, lowly. (87) And thou shalt see the mountains thou deemest solid passing away as the passing away of the clouds: the handiwork of Allah Who hath perfected everything. Verily He is Aware of all that ye do. (88) Whosoever will bring good shall have better than the worth thereof; and they from the terror of that Day will be secure. (89) And whosoever will bring evil –their faces shall be cast down into the Fire. Are ye being requited aught save that which ye have been working? (90) I am commanded only to worship the Lord of this city which He hath sanctified, -and His is every thing – and I am commanded to be of the Muslims; (91) And that I should recite the Quran. And whosoever receiveth guidance, receiveth guidance for his own soul, and as for him who strayeth say thou: I am only of the warners. (92) And say thou: All praise unto Allah! Anon He shall shew you His signs, so that ye will recognize them. And thy Lord is not negligent of that which ye Work. (93) Nun By the pen and by that which they inscribe. (1) Thou art nor, through the grace of thy Lord, mad. (2) And verily thine shall be a hire unending.” (3) And verily thou art of a high and noble disposition. (4) Anon thou wilt see and they will see: (5) Which of you is afflicted with madness. (6) Verily thy Lord! He is the best Knower of him who strayeth from His path, and He is the best Knower of the guided one, (7) Wherefore obey not thou the beliers. (8) Fain would they that thou shouldst be pliant, so that they will be pliant. (9) And obey not: thou any swearer ignominous. (10) A defamer, spreader abroad of slander. (11) Hinderer of the good, trespasser; sinner. (12) Gross, and therewithal ignoble- (13) Because he is owner of riches and children. (14) When Our revelations are rehearsed Unto him, he saith: fables of the ancients. (15) Anon We shall brand him on snout. (16) Verily We! We have proved them even as We proved the fellows of a garden when they swarethat they would surely reap it in the morning. (17) And they made not the exception. (18) Wherefore an encircling visitation visited it even as they slept on. (19) Then in the morning it became as though it had been reaped. (20) hen they cried out Unto each other in the morning, (21) Saying: go out betimes to your tilth if ye would reap. (22) So they went off speaking to each other in a low voice: (23) Let there not enter upon you today any needy man. (24) And they went out betimes determined in purpose. (25) Then when they beheld it, they said: verily we have strayed. (26) Aye! it is we who are deprived! (27) The most moderate of them said: said I not Unto you, wherefore hallow him ye not! (28) They said: hallowed be Our Lord! verily we have been wrong-doers. (29) Then they turned to each other reproaching (30) They said: woe Unto us! verily we! we have been arrogant. (31) Belike our Lord may exchange for us better garden than this; verily we are Unto our Lord beseechers. (32) Such is the torment. And the torment of the Hereafter is far greater; if they but knew. (33) Verily for the God-fearing, are with their Lord Gardens of Delight. (34) Shall We then make the Muslims like the culprits? (35) What aileth you? How ill ye judge! (36) Is there with you a Book wherein ye study: (37) That therein is yours that which. ye may choose? (38) Or have ye oaths from us reaching to the Day of Resurrection, that you shall be that which ye judge? (39) Ask then, which of them will stand thereof a surety? (40) Have they associate gods? Then let them produce their associate gods if they say sooth! (41) Remember the Day whereon the shank shall be bared and they shall be called upon to Prostrate themselves, but they shall not be able. (42) Downcast will be their looks; abjectness will overspread them. Surely they had been called upon to Prostrate themselves while yet they were whole. (43) Let Me alone with him who belieth this discourse; step by step We lead them on when they perceive not. (44) And I bear with them; verily My contrivance is sure. (45) Askest thou a hire from them so that they are laden with debt? (46) Is with them the unseen, so that they write down? (47) Be patient thou, then, with thy Lords judgment, and be thou not like him of the fish, when he cried out while he was in anguish. (48) Had not grace from his Lord reached him, he had surely been cast into the wilderness in a plight. (49) Then his Lord chose him and made him of the righteous. (50) And those who disbelieve well-nigh cause thee to stumble with their looks when they hear the Admonition, and they say: verily he is mad. (51) While it is naught but an admonition Unto the worlds. (52)