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The Qurʾan What is This? A current English-language version of the Qur'an, published in 2004
Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

6. Livestock (74 – 94)

74Remember when Abraham said to his father, Azar, ‘How can you take idols as gods? I see that you and your people have clearly gone astray.’ 75In this way We showed Abraham [God's] mighty dominion over the heavens and the earth, so that he might be a firm believer. 76When the night grew dark over him he saw a star and said, ‘This is my Lord,’ but when it set, he said, ‘I do not like things that set.’ 77And when he saw the moon rising he said, ‘ This is my Lord,’ but when it too set, he said, ‘If my Lord does not guide me, I shall be one of those who go astray.’ 78Then he saw the sun rising and cried, ‘This is my Lord! This is greater.’ But when the sun set, he said, ‘My people, I disown all that you worship beside God. 79I have turned my face as a true believer towards Him who created the heavens and the earth. I am not one of the polytheists.’

80His people argued with him, and he said, ‘How can you argue with me about God when He has guided me? I do not fear anything you associate with Him: unless my Lord wills [nothing can happen]. My Lord encompasses everything in His knowledge. How can you not take heed? 81Why should I fear what you associate with Him? Why do you not fear to associate with Him things for which He has sent you no authority? Tell me, if you know the answer, which side has more right to feel secure? 82It is those who have faith, and do not mix their faith with idolatry,a The Prophet explained zulm (evildoing) here to be shirk (idolatry), referring to 31: 13. who will be secure, and it is they who are rightly guided.’ 83Such was the argument We gave to Abraham against his people—We raise in rank whoever We will—your Lord is all wise, all knowing.

84We gave him Isaac and Jacob, each of whom We guided, as We had guided Noah before, and among his descendants were David, Solomon, Job, Joseph, Moses, and Aaron—in this way We reward those who do good—85Zachariah, John, Jesus, and Elijah—every one of them was righteous—86Ishmael, Elisha, Jonah, and Lot. We favoured each one of them over other people, 87and also some of their forefathers, their offspring, and their brothers: We chose them and guided them on a straight path. 88Such is God's guidance, with which He guides whichever of His servants He will. If they had associated other gods with Him, all their deeds would have come to nothing. 89Those are the ones to whom We gave the Scripture, wisdom, and prophethood. Even if these people now disbelieve in them, We have entrusted them to others who do not disbelieve. 90Those were the people God guided, ‘[Prophet], follow the guidance they received.’ Say, ‘I ask no reward for it from you: it is a lesson for all people.’

91They have no grasp of God's true measure when they say, ‘God has sent nothing down to a mere mortal.’ Say, ‘Who was it who sent down the Scripture, which Moses brought as a light and a guide to people, which you made into separate sheets, showing some but hiding many? You were taught things that neither you nor your forefathers had known.’ Say, ‘God [sent it down],’ then leave them engrossed in their vain talk. 92This is a blessed Scripture that We have sent down to confirm what came before it and for you to warn the Mother of Citiesa Mecca. and all around it. Those who believe in the Hereafter believe in this Scripture, and do not neglect their prayers. 93Who could be more wicked than someone who invents a lie against God, or claims, ‘A revelation has come to me,’ when no revelation has been sent to him, or says, ‘I too can reveal something equal to God's revelation’? If you could only see the wicked in their death agonies, as the angels stretch out their hands [to them], saying, ‘Give up your souls. Today you will be repaid with a humiliating punishment for saying false things about God and for arrogantly rejecting His revelations.’ 94[God will say], ‘Now you return to Us, alone, as We first created you: you have left behind everything We gave you, nor do We see those intercessors of yours that you claimed were partners of God. All the bonds between you have been severed, and those about whom you made such claims have deserted you.’

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a The Prophet explained zulm (evildoing) here to be shirk (idolatry), referring to 31: 13.

a Mecca.

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