< Surah 20:99-135


Surah 20


White-eyed with terror
Absurdity Intolerance Injustice Cruelty 20:77-112

99 Thus relate We unto thee (Muhammad) some tidings of that which happened of old, and We have given thee from Our presence a reminder.

100 Whoso turneth away from it, he verily will bear a burden on the Day of Resurrection,

101 Abiding under it - an evil burden for them on the Day of Resurrection,

102 The day when the Trumpet is blown. On that day we assemble the guilty white-eyed (with terror),

When the trumpet is blown, we [Allah] will assemble the guilty, who will be white-eyed with terror.

103 Murmuring among themselves: Ye have tarried but ten (days).

104 We are Best Aware of what they utter when their best in conduct say: Ye have tarried but a day.

They will murmur among themselves, saying,

It's only been ten days.

Others will say, "It's only been one day."

105 They will ask thee of the mountains (on that day). Say: My Lord will break them into scattered dust.

106 And leave it as an empty plain,

107 Wherein thou seest neither curve nor ruggedness.

108 On that day they follow the summoner who deceiveth not, and voices are hushed for the Beneficent, and thou hearest but a faint murmur.

109 On that day no intercession availeth save (that of) him unto whom the Beneficent hath given leave and whose word He accepteth.

110 He knoweth (all) that is before them and (all) that is behind them, while they cannot compass it in knowledge.

111 And faces humble themselves before the Living, the Eternal. And he who beareth (a burden of) wrongdoing is indeed a failure (on that day).

112 And he who hath done some good works, being a believer, he feareth not injustice nor begrudging (of his wage).

When they ask you about the mountains, say,

The Lord will break them into dust.

A lecture in Arabic
Absurdity 20:113-115

113 Thus we have revealed it as a Lecture in Arabic, and have displayed therein certain threats, that peradventure they may keep from evil or that it may cause them to take heed.

We've revealed the Quran in Arabic. [1]

114 Then exalted be Allah, the True King! And hasten not (O Muhammad) with the Qur'an ere its revelation hath been perfected unto thee, and say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.

115 And verily We made a covenant of old with Adam, but he forgot, and We found no constancy in him.

Increase my knowledge. [2]

Allah and Iblis
Absurdity Contradiction 20:116-119

116 And when We said unto the angels: Fall prostrate before Adam, they fell prostrate (all) save Iblis; he refused.

117 Therefor we said: O Adam! This is an enemy unto thee and unto thy wife, so let him not drive you both out of the Garden so that thou come to toil.

118 It is (vouchsafed) unto thee that thou hungerest not therein nor art naked,

119 And that thou thirstest not therein nor art exposed to the sun's heat.

We said to the angels,

Fall prostrate before Adam.

And they all did, except Iblis. [3]

The tree of immortality and power
Absurdity Intolerance Injustice Cruelty 20:120-127

120 But the devil whispered to him, saying: O Adam! Shall I show thee the tree of immortality and power that wasteth not away?

121 Then they twain ate thereof, so that their shame became apparent unto them, and they began to hide by heaping on themselves some of the leaves of the Garden. And Adam disobeyed his Lord, so went astray.

122 Then his Lord chose him, and relented toward him, and guided him.

123 He said: Go down hence, both of you, one of you a foe unto the other. But when there come unto you from Me a guidance, then whoso followeth My guidance, he will not go astray nor come to grief.

124 But he who turneth away from remembrance of Me, his will be a narrow life, and I shall bring him blind to the assembly on the Day of Resurrection.

125 He will say: My Lord! Wherefor hast Thou gathered me (hither) blind, when I was wont to see?

126 He will say: So (it must be). Our revelations came unto thee but thou didst forget them. In like manner thou art forgotten this Day.

The devil whispered to Adam, saying,

Shall I show you the tree of immortality and power?

And they ate from the tree, became ashamed, and hid behind leaves in the garden. [4]

127 Thus do We reward him who is prodigal and believeth not the revelations of his Lord; and verily the doom of the Hereafter will be sterner and more lasting.

We reward those who don't believe our revelations with a stern and lasting doom.

How many generations we have destroyed?
Absurdity Intolerance Injustice Cruelty 20:128-135

128 Is it not a guidance for them (to know) how many a generation We destroyed before them, amid whose dwellings they walk? Lo! therein verily are signs for men of thought.

How many generations have we destroyed? [5]

129 And but for a decree that had already gone forth from thy Lord, and a term already fixed, the judgment would have been inevitable (in this world).

130 Therefor (O Muhammad), bear with what they say, and celebrate the praise of thy Lord ere the rising of the sun and ere the going down thereof. And glorify Him some hours of the night and at the two ends of the day, that thou mayst find acceptance.

131 And strain not thine eyes toward that which We cause some wedded pairs among them to enjoy, the flower of the life of the world, that We may try them thereby. The provision of thy Lord is better and more lasting.

132 And enjoin upon thy people worship, and be constant therein. We ask not of thee a provision: We provided for thee. And the sequel is for righteousness.

133 And they say: If only he would bring us a miracle from his Lord! Hath there not come unto them the proof of what is in the former scriptures?

134 And if we had destroyed them with some punishment before it, they would assuredly have said: Our Lord! If only Thou hadst sent unto us a messenger, so that we might have followed Thy revelations before we were (thus) humbled and disgraced!

135 Say: Each is awaiting; so await ye! Ye will come to know who are the owners of the path of equity, and who is right.