Surah 29

THE SPIDER (Al-Ankabut)

Do good works and be kind to your parents
Boring Stuff Good Stuff 29:1-13

1 Alif. Lam. Mim.

2 Do men imagine that they will be left (at ease) because they say, We believe, and will not be tested with affliction?

Do believers think they won't be tested with affliction just because they believe?

3 Lo! We tested those who were before you. Thus Allah knoweth those who are sincere, and knoweth those who feign.

Well, we [Allah] tested those who lived before you to find out who was sincere.

4 Or do those who do ill-deeds imagine that they can outstrip Us? Evil (for them) is that which they decide.

Do those who do ill-deeds think they can fool us?

5 Whoso looketh forward to the meeting with Allah (let him know that) Allah's reckoning is surely nigh, and He is the Hearer, the Knower.

6 And whosoever striveth, striveth only for himself, for lo! Allah is altogether Independent of (His) creatures.

Well, they can't.

7 And as for those who believe and do good works, We shall remit from them their evil deeds and shall repay them the best that they did.

We'll forgive those who do good.

8 We have enjoined on man kindness to parents; but if they strive to make thee join with Me that of which thou hast no knowledge, then obey them not. Unto Me is your return and I shall tell you what ye used to do.

We've commanded you to be kind to your parents.

Obey me.

9 And as for those who believe and do good works, We verily shall make them enter in among the righteous.

10 Of mankind is he who saith: We believe in Allah, but, if he be made to suffer for the sake of Allah, he mistaketh the persecution of mankind for Allah's punishment; and then, if victory cometh from thy Lord, will say: Lo! we were with you (all the while). Is not Allah Best Aware of what is in the bosoms of (His) creatures?

If you believe and do good, I'll consider you righteous.

11 Verily Allah knoweth those who believe, and verily He knoweth the hypocrites.

Allah knows who believes and who doesn't.

12 Those who disbelieve say unto those who believe: Follow our way (of religion) and we verily will bear your sins (for you). They cannot bear aught of their sins. Lo! they verily are liars.

Those who say that their religion can bear your sins are liars.

13 But they verily will bear their own loads and other loads beside their own, and they verily will be questioned on the Day of Resurrection concerning that which they invented.

Everyone will bear their own loads and others besides their own.

Noah lived with them for 950 years

14 And verily we sent Noah (as Our messenger) unto his folk, and he continued with them for a thousand years save fifty years; and the flood engulfed them, for they were wrong-doers.

We sent Noah to his people when he was 950 years old. [1]

15 And We rescued him and those with him in the ship, and made of it a portent for the peoples.

Abraham and the idol worshipers
Absurdity Injustice Intolerance Cruelty 29:16-25
Cf. 6:74-83, 9:113-4, 19:35-55, 26:69-103

16 And Abraham! (Remember) when he said unto his folk: Serve Allah, and keep your duty unto Him; that is better for you if ye did but know.

Abraham said to his people,

You should serve Allah.

17 Ye serve instead of Allah only idols, and ye only invent a lie. Lo! those whom ye serve instead of Allah own no provision for you. So seek your provision from Allah, and serve Him, and give thanks unto Him, (for) unto Him ye will be brought back.

18 But if ye deny, then nations have denied before you. The messenger is only to convey (the message) plainly.

19 See they not how Allah produceth creation, then reproduceth it? Lo! for Allah that is easy.

But you serve idols instead.

20 Say (O Muhammad): Travel in the land and see how He originated creation, then Allah bringeth forth the later growth. Lo! Allah is Able to do all things.

Say this Muhammad: Allah is able to do anything.

21 He punisheth whom He will and showeth mercy unto whom He will, and unto Him ye will be turned.

He punishes or rewards whomever he wants.

22 Ye cannot escape (from Him) in the earth or in the sky, and beside Allah there is for you no friend or helper.

23 Those who disbelieve in the revelations of Allah and in (their) Meeting with Him, such have no hope of My mercy. For such there is a painful doom.

You can't escape from him in the earth or in the sky.

There's no helper besides him.

Those who disbelieve in Allah's revelations have no hope of mercy.

There's will be a painful doom.

24 But the answer of his folk was only that they said: "Kill him" or "Burn him." Then Allah saved him from the Fire. Lo! herein verily are portents for folk who believe.

25 He said: Ye have chosen only idols instead of Allah. The love between you is only in the life of the world. Then on the Day of Resurrection ye will deny each other and curse each other, and your abode will be the Fire, and ye will have no helpers.

But his people said, "Kill him" or "Burn him."

But Allah saved him from the fire.

Abraham said,

You have chosen idols instead of Allah.

So on the day of resurrection, you will live in the fire.

And you'll have no helpers.

Lot is among the righteous

26 And Lot believed him, and said: Lo! I am a fugitive unto my Lord. Lo! He, only He, is the Mighty, the Wise.

Lot said,

I'm a fugitive to my Lord.

27 And We bestowed on him Isaac and Jacob, and We established the prophethood and the Scripture among his seed, and We gave him his reward in the world, and lo! in the Hereafter he verily is among the righteous.

We gave him Isaac and Jacob, and made him a prophet.

He was a righteous man. [2]

28 And Lot! (Remember) when he said unto his folk: Lo! ye commit lewdness such as no creature did before you.

29 For come ye not in unto males, and cut ye not the road (for travellers), and commit ye not abomination in your meetings? But the answer of his folk was only that they said: Bring Allah's doom upon us if thou art a truthteller!

30 He said: My Lord! Give me victory over folk who work corruption.

Lot said,

You commit lewdness like no other creature before you, having sex with males.

But they said,

If you're telling the truth, bring Allah's doom upon us.

31 And when Our messengers brought Abraham the good news, they said: Lo! we are about to destroy the people of that township, for its people are wrong-doers.

32 He said: Lo! Lot is there. They said: We are best aware of who is there. We are to deliver him and his household, all save his wife, who is of those who stay behind.

33 And when Our messengers came unto Lot, he was troubled upon their account, for he could not protect them; but they said: Fear not, nor grieve! Lo! we are to deliver thee and thy household, (all) save thy wife, who is of those who stay behind.

When our messengers brought Abraham the good news, they said,

We're going to destroy everyone in that town.

But Abraham said, "Lo! Lot is there.

The messengers said,

Yeah, we know that.

We'll save him and his family,

except for his wife, who will stay behind.

34 Lo! We are about to bring down upon the folk of this township a fury from the sky because they are evil-livers.

35 And verily of that We have left a clear sign for people who have sense.

We'll bring fury down from the sky on this town because they are evil-livers. [3]