( 1 ) Blessed is He in whose hand is dominion, and He is over all things competent -
( 2 ) [He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed - and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving -
( 3 ) [And] who created seven heavens in layers. You do not see in the creation of the Most Merciful any inconsistency. So return [your] vision [to the sky]; do you see any breaks?
( 4 ) Then return [your] vision twice again. [Your] vision will return to you humbled while it is fatigued.
( 5 ) And We have certainly beautified the nearest heaven with stars and have made [from] them what is thrown at the devils and have prepared for them the punishment of the Blaze.
( 6 ) And for those who disbelieved in their Lord is the punishment of Hell, and wretched is the destination.
( 7 ) When they are thrown into it, they hear from it a [dreadful] inhaling while it boils up.
( 8 ) It almost bursts with rage. Every time a company is thrown into it, its keepers ask them, "Did there not come to you a warner?"
( 9 ) They will say," Yes, a warner had come to us, but we denied and said, 'Allah has not sent down anything. You are not but in great error.'"
( 10 ) And they will say, "If only we had been listening or reasoning, we would not be among the companions of the Blaze."
( 11 ) And they will admit their sin, so [it is] alienation for the companions of the Blaze.
( 12 ) Indeed, those who fear their Lord unseen will have forgiveness and great reward.
( 13 ) And conceal your speech or publicize it; indeed, He is Knowing of that within the breasts.
( 14 ) Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted?
( 15 ) It is He who made the earth tame for you - so walk among its slopes and eat of His provision - and to Him is the resurrection.
( 16 ) Do you feel secure that He who [holds authority] in the heaven would not cause the earth to swallow you and suddenly it would sway?
( 17 ) Or do you feel secure that He who [holds authority] in the heaven would not send against you a storm of stones? Then you would know how [severe] was My warning.
( 18 ) And already had those before them denied, and how [terrible] was My reproach.
( 19 ) Do they not see the birds above them with wings outspread and [sometimes] folded in? None holds them [aloft] except the Most Merciful. Indeed He is, of all things, Seeing.
( 20 ) Or who is it that could be an army for you to aid you other than the Most Merciful? The disbelievers are not but in delusion.
( 21 ) Or who is it that could provide for you if He withheld His provision? But they have persisted in insolence and aversion.
( 22 ) Then is one who walks fallen on his face better guided or one who walks erect on a straight path?
( 23 ) Say, "It is He who has produced you and made for you hearing and vision and hearts; little are you grateful."
( 24 ) Say, "It is He who has multiplied you throughout the earth, and to Him you will be gathered."
( 25 ) And they say, "When is this promise, if you should be truthful?"
( 26 ) Say, "The knowledge is only with Allah, and I am only a clear warner."
( 27 ) But when they see it approaching, the faces of those who disbelieve will be distressed, and it will be said, "This is that for which you used to call."
( 28 ) Say, [O Muhammad], "Have you considered: whether Allah should cause my death and those with me or have mercy upon us, who can protect the disbelievers from a painful punishment?"
( 29 ) Say, "He is the Most Merciful; we have believed in Him, and upon Him we have relied. And you will [come to] know who it is that is in clear error."
( 30 ) Say, "Have you considered: if your water was to become sunken [into the earth], then who could bring you flowing water?"
( 1 ) Nun. By the pen and what they inscribe,
( 2 ) You are not, [O Muhammad], by the favor of your Lord, a madman.
( 3 ) And indeed, for you is a reward uninterrupted.
( 4 ) And indeed, you are of a great moral character.
( 5 ) So you will see and they will see
( 6 ) Which of you is the afflicted [by a devil].
( 7 ) Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has gone astray from His way, and He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided.
( 8 ) Then do not obey the deniers.
( 9 ) They wish that you would soften [in your position], so they would soften [toward you].
( 10 ) And do not obey every worthless habitual swearer
( 11 ) [And] scorner, going about with malicious gossip -
( 12 ) A preventer of good, transgressing and sinful,
( 13 ) Cruel, moreover, and an illegitimate pretender.
( 14 ) Because he is a possessor of wealth and children,
( 15 ) When Our verses are recited to him, he says, "Legends of the former peoples."
( 16 ) We will brand him upon the snout.