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The Koran Interpreted Translation by A.J. Arberry

11 HOOD (27 – 71)

The Qurʾan Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

11. Hud (44 – 68)

And We sent Noah to his people: ‘I am for you a warner, and a bearer of good tidings: Serve you none but God. I fear for you the chastisement of a painful day.’ Said the Council of the unbelievers of his people, ‘We see thee not other than a mortal like ourselves, and we see not any following thee but the vilest of us, inconsiderately. We do not see you have over us any superiority; no, rather we think you are liars.’ 30He said, ‘O my people, what think you? If I stand upon a clear sign from my Lord, and He has given me mercy from Him, and it has been obscured for you, shall we compel you to it while you are averse to it? O my people, I do not ask of you wealth for this; my wage falls only upon God. I will not drive away those who believe; they shall surely meet their Lord. But I see you are an ignorant people. O my people, who would help me against God, if I drive them away? Will you not remember? I do not say to you, “I possess the treasuries of God”; I know not the Unseen; and I do not say, “I am an angel.” Nor do I say to those your eyes despise, “God will not give them any good”; ”God knows best what is in their hearts. Surely in that case I should be among the evildoers.’ They said, ‘Noah, thou hast disputed with us and make much disputation with us. Then bring us that thou promisest us, if thou speakest truly.’ 35He said, ‘God will bring you it if He will; you cannot frustrate Him. And my sincere counsel will not profit you, if I desire to counsel you sincerely, if God desires to pervert you; He is your Lord, and unto Him you shall be returned.’ (Or do they say, ‘He has forged it’? Say: ‘If I have forged it, upon me falls my sin; and I am quit of the sins you do.’) And it was revealed to Noah, saying, ‘None of thy people shall believe but he who has already believed; so be thou not distressed by that they may be doing. Make thou the Ark under Our eyes, and as We reveal; and address Me not concerning those who have done evil; they shall be drowned.’ 40So he was making the Ark; and whenever a council of his people passed by him they scoffed at him. He said, ‘If you scoff at us, we shall surely scoff at you, as you scoff, and you shall know to whom will come a chastisement degrading him, and upon whom there shall alight a lasting chastisement.’ Until, when Our command came, and the Oven boiled, We said, ‘Embark in it two of every kind, and thy family—except for him against whom the word has already been spoken—and whosoever believes.’ And there believed not with him except a few. He said, ‘Embark in it! In God's Name shall be its course and its berthing. Surely my Lord is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.’ So it ran with them amid waves like mountains; and Noah called to his son, who was standing apart, ‘Embark with us, my son, and be thou not with the unbelievers!’ 45He said, ‘I will take refuge in a mountain, that shall defend me from the water.’ Said he, ‘Today there is no defender from God's command but for him on whom He has mercy.’ And the waves came between them, and he was among the drowned. And it was said,’Earth, swallow thy waters; and, heaven, abate!’ And the waters subsided, the affair was accomplished, and the Ark settled on El-Judi, and it was said: ‘Away with the people of the evildoers!’ And Noah called unto his Lord, and said, ‘O my Lord, my son is of my family, and Thy promise is surely the truth. Thou art the justest of those that judge.’ Said He, ‘Noah, he is not of thy family; it is a deed not righteous. Do not ask of Me that whereof thou hast no knowledge. I admonish thee, lest thou shouldst be among the ignorant.’ He said, ‘My Lord, I take refuge with Thee, lest I should ask of Thee that whereof I have no knowledge; for if Thou forgivest me not, and hast not mercy on me, I shall be among the losers.’ 50It was said, ‘Noah, get thee down in peace from Us, and blessings upon thee and on the nations of those with thee; and nations—We shall give them enjoyment, then there shall visit them from Us a painful chastisement.’ (That is of the tidings of the Unseen, that We reveal to thee; thou didst not know it, neither thy people, before this. So be patient; the issue ultimate is to the godfearing.)

And to Ad their brother Hood; he said, ‘O my people, serve God! You have no god other than He; you are but forgers. O my people, I do not ask of you a wage for this; my wage falls only upon Him who did originate me; will you not understand? And, O my people, ask forgiveness of your Lord, then repent to Him, and He will loose heaven in torrents upon you, 55and He will increase you in strength unto your strength; and turn not your backs as sinners.’ They said, ‘Hood, thou hast not brought us a clear sign, and we will not leave our gods for what thou sayest; we do not believe thee. We say nothing, but that one of our gods has smitten thee with some evil.’ He said, ‘I call God to witness; and witness you, that I am quit of that you associate apart from Him; so try your guile on me, all together, then you shall give me no respite. Truly, I have put my trust in God, my Lord and your Lord; there is no creature that crawls, but He takes it by the forelock. Surely my Lord is on a straight path. 60But if you turn your backs, I have delivered to you that I was sent with unto you, and my Lord will make a people other than you successors; you will not hurt Him anything. My Lord is Guardian over everything.’ And when Our command came, We delivered Hood and those who believed with him by a mercy from Us, and delivered them from a harsh chastisement. That was Ad; they denied the signs of their Lord, and rebelled against His Messengers, and followed the command of every froward tyrant. And there was sent following after them in this world a curse, and upon the Day of Resurrection: ‘Surely Ad disbelieved in their Lord: so away with Ad, the people of Hood!’

And to Thamood their brother Salih; he said, ‘O my people, serve God! You have no god other than He. It is He who produced you from the earth and has given you to live therein; so ask forgiveness of Him, then repent to Him; surely my Lord is nigh, and answers prayer.’ 65They said, ‘Salih, thou hast hitherto been a source of hope among us. What, dost thou forbid us to serve that our fathers served? Truly we are in doubt, concerning what thou callest us to, disquieting.’ He said, ‘O my people, what think you? If I stand upon a clear sign from my Lord, and He has given me mercy from Him, who shall help me against God if I rebel against Him? You would do nothing for me, except increase my loss. O my people, this is the She-camel of God, to be a sign for you. Leave her that she may eat in God's earth, and touch her not with evil, lest you be seized by a nigh chastisement.’ But they hamstrung her; and he said, ‘Take your joy in your habitation three days—that is a promise not to be belied.’ And when Our command came, We delivered Salih and those who believed with him by a mercy from Us, and from the degradation of that day; thy Lord is the All-strong, the All-mighty. 70And the evildoers were seized by the Cry, and morning found them in their habitations fallen prostrate as if they never dwelt there: ‘Surely Thamood disbelieved in their Lord, so away with Thamood!’

44Then it was said, ‘Earth, swallow up your water, and sky, hold back,’ and the water subsided, the command was fulfilled. The Ark settled on Mount Judi, and it was said, ‘Gone are those evildoing people!’ 45Noah called out to his Lord, saying, ‘My Lord, my son was one of my family, though Your promiseb To save Noah's family; see verse 40. is true, and You are the most just of all judges.’ 46God said, ‘Noah, he was not one of your family. What he did was not right. Do not ask Me for things you know nothing about. I am warning you not to be foolish.’ 47He said, ‘My Lord, I take refuge with You from asking for things I know nothing about. If You do not forgive me, and have mercy on me, I shall be one of the losers.’ 48And it was said, ‘Noah, descend in peace from Us, with blessings on you and on some of the communities that will spring from those who are with you. There will be others We will allow to enjoy life for a time, but then a painful punishment from Us will afflict them.’ 49These accounts are part of what was beyond your knowledge [Muhammad]. We revealed them to you. Neither you nor your people knew them before now, so be patient: the future belongs to those who are aware of God.

50To the ‘Ad, We sent their brother, Hud. He said, ‘My people, worship God. You have no god other than Him; you are only making up lies. 51I ask no reward from you, my people; my reward comes only from Him who created me. Why do you not use your reason? 52My people, ask forgiveness from your Lord, and return to Him. He will send down for you rain in abundance from the sky, and give you extra strength. Do not turn away and be lost in your sins.’ 53They replied, ‘Hud, you have not brought us any clear evidence. We will not forsake our gods on the strength of your word alone, nor will we believe in you. 54All we can say is that one of our gods may have inflicted some harm on you.’ He said, ‘I call God to witness, and you too are my witnesses, that I disown those you set up as partners with God. 55So plot against me, all of you, and give me no respite. 56I put my trust in God, my Lord and your Lord. There is no moving creature which He does not control.a Literally ‘grasp by its forelock’. My Lord's way is straight. 57But if you turn away, then I have conveyed the message with which I was sent to you, and my Lord will bring along another people in your place. You cannot do Him any harm: it is my Lord who protects everything.’ 58And so, when Our judgement came to pass, by Our grace We saved Hud and his fellow believers. We saved them from a severe punishment. 59These were the ‘Ad: they rejected their Lord's signs, disobeyed His messengers, and followed the command of every obstinate tyrant. 60They were rejected in this life and so they shall be on the Day of Judgement. Yes, the ‘Ad denied their Lord—so away with the ‘Ad, the people of Hud!

61To the Thamud, We sent their brother, Salih. He said, ‘My people, worship God. You have no god other than Him. It was He who brought you into being from the earth and made you inhabit it, so ask forgiveness from Him, and turn back to Him: my Lord is near, and ready to answer.’ 62They said, ‘Salih, We used to have such great hope in you. Will you forbid us to worship what our fathers worshipped? We are in grave doubt about what you are asking us to do.’ 63He said, ‘My people, just think: if I did have clear proof from my Lord, and if He had given me mercy of His own, who could protect me from God if I disobeyed Him? You would only make my loss greater. 64My people, this camel belongs to God, a sign for you, so leave it to pasture on God's earth and do not harm it, or you will soon be punished.’ 65But they hamstrung it, so he said, ‘Enjoy lifea Literally ‘continue to live in your homes’. for another three days: 66this warning will not prove false.’ And so, when Our command was fulfilled, by Our mercy We saved Salih and his fellow believers from the disgrace of that day. [Prophet], it is your Lord who is the Strong, the Mighty One. 67The blast struck the evildoers and they lay dead in their homes, 68as though they had never lived and flourished there. Yes, the Thamud denied their Lord—so away with the Thamud!

Notes:

b To save Noah's family; see verse 40.

a Literally ‘grasp by its forelock’.

a Literally ‘continue to live in your homes’.

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