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27. An-Naml (The Ant, 93 verses)
27.1. Tā. Sīn. These are the Revelations of the Qur'ān, (and) a Book clear in itself and clearly showing the truth;
27.2. Guidance and glad tidings for the believers,
27.3. Who establish the Prayer in conformity with its conditions and pay the Prescribed Purifying Alms, and in the Hereafter, they have certainty of faith.
27.4. As for those who do not believe in the Hereafter, We have surely decked out their deeds to be appealing to them (because of their unbelief), and so they wander in anxiety (about their worldly lives, with deadened hearts).
27.5. Those are the ones for whom is the worst of punishment (in the world and in the Hereafter), and they will be the greatest losers in the Hereafter (as they will be left with no good deeds forwarded for acceptance).
27.6. And to you (O Messenger), the Qur'ān is being conveyed from the Presence of One All-Wise, All-Knowing.
27.7. (Remember and recount to them) when Moses (while traveling in the desert saw a fire and) said to his family: "I perceive a fire far off. (Wait here,) I will bring you from there some information (about where we are and the way we should take), or bring you at least a burning brand so that you may (kindle a fire and) warm yourselves. "
27.8. When he came to it, he was called: "Blessed is he who is at the fire and those who are around it; and All-Glorified is God (above having any resemblance with the created), the Lord of the worlds.
27.9. "O Moses! It is I, God, the All-Glorious with irresistible might, the All-Wise.
27.10. "Now, throw down your staff. " (He threw it, and) when he saw it (as a big snake) slithering (so swiftly) as if a small snake, he turned his back to flee. "O Moses, have no fear. The Messengers (those who enjoy nearness to Me and, therefore, absolute security) do not (have any reason to) feel fear in My Presence.
27.11. "Only those who have done wrong (should fear). But if (they repent and) substitute good in place of evil – surely I am All-Forgiving, All-Compassionate.
27.12. "Put your (right) hand into your bosom: it will come forth shining white without flaw. It is (one) among the nine signs (miracles for you to show) to the Pharaoh and his people. Surely, they are a transgressing people. "
27.13. But when Our signs came to them in plain sight and clear enough to have opened their eyes to truth, they said: "This is clearly nothing but sorcery. "
27.14. They rejected them out of mere iniquity and self-exaltation, although their consciences were convinced of their being true. So, see what was the outcome for those given in to spreading disorder and corruption.
27.15. (On the other hand, We saved the Children of Israel whom the Pharaohs had persecuted for centuries, and granted them great triumph. And in time,) We granted David and Solomon (special) knowledge. Both used to thank and praise God, saying: "All praise and gratitude are for God, Who has favored us more than many of His believing servants. "
27.16. Solomon succeeded David. He would say (citing in gratitude God's favors to him): "O people! We have been taught the language of birds, and we have been granted (some portion) of everything (which God provides for His servants). Surely this is a conspicuous favor.
27.17. One day his hosts of jinn, and of men, and of birds were assembled before Solomon (upon his command), and were led forth under full control,
27.18. Until, when they reached a valley of ants, one of the ants said: "O you ants! Get into your dwellings lest Solomon and his army crush you unawares. "
27.19. Smiling at her words (in humble contentment with God's favors to him), he said: "My Lord! Inspire and guide me so that I may thank You for Your favor which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and so that I may act righteously in a manner that will please You; and include me (out of Your mercy) among Your righteous servants. "
27.20. (On another occasion,) he inspected the birds and said: "How is it that I cannot see the hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees?
27.21. "I will certainly inflict a severe punishment on him, or maybe even kill him, unless he comes to me with a convincing reason (for his absence). "
27.22. Before long, the hoopoe came up and said: "I have obtained (some important information) which you do not have, and have come to you from Sheba with reliable news. "
27.23. "I found there a woman ruling over them, one who has been granted everything (that a ruler is expected to have), and who has a mighty throne.
27.24. "However, I found her and her people prostrating to the sun rather than God. Satan has decked out their deeds to be appealing to them, and thus has barred them from the (unique straight) way, so they are not rightly guided,
27.25. "So that they do not prostrate before God, Who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth (Who brings into the light of existence all things and beings in the heavens and the earth from the veil of non-existence), and knows what you keep secret and what you disclose.
27.26. "God – there is no deity but He, the Lord of the Mighty Throne. "
27.27. (Solomon) said: "We will see whether you are speaking the truth or are one of the liars.
27.28. "Go with this letter of mine, and drop it to them; then draw back from them and see how they will deal with it among themselves, and return. "
27.29. She (the Queen, when the letter reached her) said: "O you nobles! See, an honorable letter has been cast to me.
27.30. "It is from Solomon, and it is: ‘In the Name of God, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate.
27.31. ‘Do not act towards me in defiance, but come to me in submission. '
27.32. "O you nobles! Let me have your counsel in this matter. (You know well that) I never conclude a decision on a matter unless you are present with me. "
27.33. They said: "We dispose great power and we dispose great daring but the decision is yours, so consider what you will command. "
27.34. She said: "When kings enter a country, they cause destruction and corruption in it, and make the noble (ones of its inhabitants) abased. This is what they really do.
27.35. "Now I will send them a present and see with what (answer) the envoys return. "
27.36. When he (the envoy with the present) came to Solomon, he (Solomon) said: "Do you mean to help me with wealth? What God has granted me (of Prophethood, kingdom, and wealth) is much more and better than all that He has given you. It is only (people such as) you who would rejoice in this gift of yours.
27.37. "Go back to them (who sent you, and inform them that, if they do not come to us in submission), we will certainly come upon them with hosts which they have no power to resist. We will assuredly drive them from there in disgrace, and they will be humbled. "
27.38. (The Queen, having received his message, decided to visit Solomon (at his home). Knowing of her journey,) Solomon said (to his council): "O you nobles! Who among you can bring me her throne before they come to me in submission?"
27.39. One strong and cunning among the jinn said: "I can bring it to you before you rise from your council. Surely I have the strength and skill to do so and I am trustworthy. "
27.40. And one who had some knowledge of the Book said: "I can bring it to you in the twinkling of your eye. " When Solomon saw the throne set in his presence, he said: "This is out of the pure grace of my Lord that He may try me whether I give thanks or act with ingratitude. Whoever gives thanks, gives thanks only for (the good of) his own soul; and whoever acts with ingratitude – (let him be aware that) my Lord is surely All-Wealthy and Self-Sufficient, All-Munificent. "
27.41. He said: "Disguise her throne, and let us see whether she is able to find guidance or remains one of those who are not guided. "
27.42. When she (the Queen) arrived, she was asked: "Is your throne like this?" She said: "It is as if it were the same. We were given knowledge (about the magnificence of Solomon's rule and his extraordinary power) before all this (we have seen here), and we have already decided to submit. "
27.43. That she had been worshipping other than God kept her back (from the Straight Path); for she belonged to a disbelieving people.
27.44. It was said (to her): "Enter the palace. " When she saw it, she thought it was a pool of water and bared her calves (in order to hold her robes above the water). He (Solomon) said: "This is a palace paved with crystal. " (Having now concluded that Solomon must truly be a Prophet,) she said: "My Lord, surely I have wronged myself (by worshipping false deities). But now I submit myself, in Solomon's company, to God, the Lord of the worlds. "
27.45. And certainly We sent to the Thamūd their brother Sālih (with the message): "Worship God alone. " (When he conveyed the Message,) they split into factions in dispute with each other.
27.46. He (Sālih) said (to them): "O my people! Why do you seek to hasten the coming (upon you) of evil instead of good? Why do you not seek God's forgiveness for your sins so that you may be shown mercy (to be granted a good, virtuous life in the world and eternal happiness in the Hereafter)?"
27.47. They said: "We augur ill of you and those who are with you. " (Sālih) answered: "What you describe as augury is (something ordained) by God. But the truth is that you are a people who are being tried. "
27.48. There were nine ringleaders in the city, causing disorder and corruption in the land and not setting things right.
27.49. They said, swearing in God's Name: "We will certainly swoop on him and his family by night suddenly and kill them all. Then we will assuredly say to his heirs that we did not witness the destruction of his family (nor of Sālih himself); indeed we speak the truth. "
27.50. And so they devised a scheme, and indeed We put Our will into force (to give them their just deserts), while they were not aware.
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