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Sura 36 of the Qur'an

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


Title: Ya Seen
English: Ya Seen
Location: Makkah

Traditional Order:
< Sura 35 (Fatir - Originator)
> Sura 37 (As-Saaffat - Those Who Set the Ranks)

Chronological Order:
< Sura 72 (Al-Jinn - The Jinn)
> Sura 25 (Al-Furqan - The Standard)

Verses: 83

1Ya Sin

For more on Sura 36:38-40 see Islam and Science: Errors in the Qur'an and Arab Education: 1. Astronomy Mistakes.

Some comments on Sura 36:38-40 are on Christianity v. Astronomy: The Earth Orbits the Sun!: 7. Islam and the Qur'an.

Some comments on Sura 36:40 are on Islam and Science: Errors in the Qur'an and Arab Education: 1. Astronomy Mistakes.

Sura 36:40 is mentioned on Christianity v. Astronomy: The Earth Orbits the Sun!: 7. Islam and the Qur'an.

Some comments on Sura 36:68 are on Why Did Some People in the Bible Live So Long?: 2. Lack of Longevity in the Qur'an.

Sura 36:77 comments: Islam and Science: Errors in the Qur'an and Arab Education: 2. Biology Mistakes.

2By the Wise Koran,
3thou art truly among the Envoys
4on a straight path;
5the sending down of the All-mighty, the All-wise,
6that thou mayest warn a people whose fathers were never warned, so they are heedless.
7The Word has been realised against most of them, yet they do not believe.
8Surely We have put on their necks fetters up to the chin, so their heads are raised;
9and We have put before them a barrier and behind them a barrier; and We have covered them, so they do not see.
10Alike it is to them whether thou hast warned them or thou hast not warned them, they do not believe.
11Thou only warnest him who follows the Remembrance and who fears the All-merciful in the Unseen; so give him the good tidings of forgiveness and a generous wage.
12Surely it is We who bring the dead to life and write down what they have forwarded and what they have left behind; everything We have numbered in a clear register.
13Strike for them a similitude -- the inhabitants of the city, when the Envoys came to it;
14when We sent unto them two men, but they cried them lies, so We sent a third as reinforcement. They said, 'We are assuredly Envoys unto you.
15They said, 'You are naught but mortals like us; the All-merciful has not sent down anything. You are speaking only lies.'
16They said, 'Our Lord knows we are Envoys unto you;
17and it is only for us to deliver the Manifest Message.'
18They said, 'We augur ill of you. If you give not over, we will stone you and there shall visit you from us a painful chastisement.'
19They said, 'Your augury is with you; if you are reminded? But you are a prodigal people.'
20Then came a man from the furthest part of the city, running; he said, 'My people, follow the Envoys!
21Follow such as ask no wage of you, that are right-guided.
22And why should I not serve Him who originated me, and unto whom you shall be returned?
23What, shall I take, apart from Him, gods whose intercession, if the All-merciful desires affliction for me, shall not avail me anything, and who will never deliver me?
24Surely in that case I should be in manifest error.
25Behold, I believe in your Lord; therefore hear me!'
26It was said, 'Enter Paradise!' He said, 'Ah, would that my people had knowledge
27that my Lord has forgiven me and that He has placed me among the honoured.'
28And We sent not down upon his people, after him, any host out of heaven; neither would We send any down.
29It was only one Cry and lo, they were silent and still.
30Ah, woe for those servants! Never comes unto them a Messenger, but they mock at him.
31What, have they not seen how many generations We have destroyed before them, and that it is not unto them that they return?
32They shall every one of them be arraigned before Us.
33And a sign for them is the dead land, that We quickened and brought forth from it grain, whereof they eat;
34and We made therein gardens of palms and vines, and therein We caused fountains to gush forth,
35that they might eat of its fruits and their hands' labour. What, will they not be thankful?
36Glory be to Him, who created all the pairs of what the earth produces, and of themselves, and of what they know not.
37And a sign for them is the night; We strip it of the day and lo, they are in darkness.
38And the sun -- it runs to a fixed resting-place; that is the ordaining of the All-mighty, the All-knowing.
39And the moon -- We have determined it by stations, till it returns like an aged palm-bough.
40It behoves not the sun to overtake the moon, neither does the night outstrip the day, each swimming in a sky.
41And a sign for them is that We carried their seed in the laden ship,
42and We have created for them the like of it whereon they ride;
43and if We will, We drown them, then none have they to cry to, neither are they delivered,
44save as a mercy from Us, and enjoyment for a while.
45And when it is said to them, 'Fear what is before you and what is behind you; haply you will find mercy' --
46yet never any sign of the signs of their Lord comes to them, but they are turning away from it.
47And when it is said to them, 'Expend of that God has provided you, ' the unbelievers say to the believers, 'What, shall we feed such a one whom, if God willed, He would feed? You are only in manifest error!'
48They also say, 'When shall this promise come to pass, if you speak truly?'
49They are awaiting only for one Cry to seize them while they are yet disputing,
50then they will not be able to make any testament, nor will they return to their people.
51And the Trumpet shall be blown; then behold, they are sliding down from their tombs unto their Lord.
52They say, 'Alas for us! Who roused us out of our sleeping place? This is what the All-merciful promised, and the Envoys spoke truly.'
53'It was only one Cry; then behold, they are all arraigned before Us.
54So today no soul shall be wronged anything, and you shall not be recompensed, except according to what you have been doing.
55See, the inhabitants of Paradise today are busy in their rejoicing,
56they and their spouses, reclining upon couches in the shade;
57therein they have fruits, and they have all that they call for.
58'Peace!' -- such is the greeting, from a Lord All-compassionate.
59'Now keep yourselves apart, you sinners, upon this day!
60Made I not covenant with you, Children of Adam, that you should not serve Satan -- surely he is a manifest foe to you --
61and that you should serve Me? This is a straight path.
62He led astray many a throng of you; did you not understand?
63This is Gehenna, then, the same that you were promised;
64roast well in it today, for that you were unbelievers!'
65Today We set a seal on their mouths, and their hands speak to Us, and their feet bear witness as to what they have been earning.
66Did We will, We would have obliterated their eyes, then they would race to the path, but how would they see?
67Did We will, We would have changed them where they were, then they could not go on, nor could they return.
68And to whomsoever We give long life, We bend him over in His constitution; what, do they not understand?
69We have not taught him poetry; it is not seemly for him. It is only a Remembrance and a Clear Koran,
70that he may warn whosoever is living, and that the Word may be realized against the unbelievers.
71Have they not seen how that We have created for them of that Our hands wrought cattle that they own?
72We have subdued them to them, and some of them they ride, and some they eat;
73other uses also they have in them, and beverages. What, will they not be thankful?
74Yet they have taken, apart from God, gods; haply they might be helped.
75They cannot help them, though they be hosts made ready for them.
76So do not let their saying grieve thee; assuredly We know what they keep secret and what they publish.
77Has not man regarded how that We created him of a sperm-drop? Then lo, he is a manifest adversary.
78And he has struck for Us a similitude and forgotten his creation; he says, 'Who shall quicken the bones when they are decayed?'
79Say: 'He shall quicken them, who originated them the first time; He knows all creation,
80who has made for you out of the green tree fire and lo, from it you kindle.'
81Is not He, who created the heavens and earth, able to create the like of them? Yes indeed; He is the All-creator, the All-knowing.
82His command, when He desires a thing, is to say to it 'Be, ' and it is.
83So glory be to Him, in whose hand is the dominion of everything, and unto whom you shall be returned.