Surah 29

THE SPIDER (Al-Ankabut)

Shu'eyb and the people of Midian
Cruelty Injustice Intolerance Absurdity 29:36-37
Cf. 7:85-93, 26:176-189

36 And unto Midian We sent Shu'eyb, their brother. He said: O my people! Serve Allah, and look forward to the Last Day, and do not evil, making mischief, in the earth.

37 But they denied him, and the dreadful earthquake took them, and morning found them prostrate in their dwelling place.

We [Allah] sent Shu'eyb to Midian, who said to them,

Serve Allah, look forward to the last day, and don't do evil.

But they didn't do what he said, so they were killed by an earthquake.

The tribes of A'ad and Thamud!

38 And (the tribes of) A'ad and Thamud! (Their fate) is manifest unto you from their (ruined and deserted) dwellings. Satan made their deeds seem fair unto them and so debarred them from the Way, though they were keen observers.

Satan misled the tribes of A'ad and Thamud,

So Allah destroyed them.

Korah, Pharaoh and Haman!

39 And Korah, Pharaoh and Haman! Moses came unto them with clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty), but they were boastful in the land. And they were not winners (in the race).

Moses came with clear proofs to Korah, Pharaoh, and Haman, but they were boastful and didn't win the race.

40 So We took each one in his sin; of them was he on whom We sent a hurricane, and of them was he who was overtaken by the (Awful) Cry, and of them was he whom We caused the earth to swallow, and of them was he whom We drowned. It was not for Allah to wrong them, but they wronged themselves.

So we sent a hurricane to kill Haman [1],

buried Korah alive [2],

and drowned the Pharaoh. [3]

But Allah didn't hurt them; they hurt themselves.

A spider's house (is the frailest of all houses)
Science Absurdity 29:41-45

41 The likeness of those who choose other patrons than Allah is as the likeness of the spider when she taketh unto herself a house, and lo! the frailest of all houses is the spider's house, if they but knew.

People who choose another protector besides Allah are like spiders, who live in the frailest of all houses. [4]

42 Lo! Allah knoweth what thing they invoke instead of Him. He is the Mighty, the Wise.

43 As for these similitudes, We coin them for mankind, but none will grasp their meaning save the wise.

We coin thses simlilitudes for people,

but most don't understand thaem.

44 Allah created the heavens and the earth with truth. Lo! therein is indeed a portent for believers.

45 Recite that which hath been inspired in thee of the Scripture, and establish worship. Lo! worship preserveth from lewdness and iniquity, but verily remembrance of Allah is more important. And Allah knoweth what ye do.

Don't argue with Christians and Jews
(Say you believe what was revealed to them)
Absurdity Intolerance 29:46-51

46 And argue not with the People of the Scripture unless it be in (a way) that is better, save with such of them as do wrong; and say: We believe in that which hath been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our God and your God is One, and unto Him we surrender.

Don't argue with Christians and Jews. Say to them:

We believe what has been revealed to us and to you.

We worship the same God.

47 In like manner We have revealed unto thee the Scripture, and those unto whom We gave the Scripture aforetime will believe therein; and of these (also) there are some who believe therein. And none deny Our revelations save the disbelievers.

No one denies our revelations except for disbelievers.

48 And thou (O Muhammad) wast not a reader of any scripture before it, nor didst thou write it with thy right hand, for then might those have doubted, who follow falsehood.

And you (Muhammad) aren't a reader.

You've never read or written any scriptures.

49 But it is clear revelations in the hearts of those who have been given knowledge, and none deny Our revelations save wrong-doers.

No one denies our revelations except for wrong-doers.

50 And they say: Why are not portents sent down upon him from his Lord? Say: Portents are with Allah only, and I am but a plain warner.

51 Is it not enough for them that We have sent down unto thee the Scripture which is read unto them? Lo! herein verily is mercy, and a reminder for folk who believe.

When they say, "Why doesn't Allah send you any signs?"

Say: "I'm just a plain warner."

Taste what you used to do!
Absurdity Intolerance 29:52-69

52 Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Allah sufficeth for witness between me and you. He knoweth whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth. And those who believe in vanity and disbelieve in Allah, they it is who are the losers.

Those who disbelieve in Allah are losers.

53 They bid thee hasten on the doom (of Allah). And if a term had not been appointed, the doom would assuredly have come unto them (ere now). And verily it will come upon them suddenly when they perceive not.

The doom of Allah will fall upon them when they least expect it.

54 They bid thee hasten on the doom, when lo! hell verily will encompass the disbelievers.

Hell will encompass disbelievers.

55 On the day when the doom will overwhelm them from above them and from underneath their feet, and He will say: Taste what ye used to do!

56 O my bondmen who believe! Lo! My earth is spacious. Therefor serve Me only.

57 Every soul will taste of death. Then unto Us ye will be returned.

58 Those who believe and do good works, them verily We shall house in lofty dwellings of the Garden underneath which rivers flow. There they will dwell secure. How sweet the guerdon of the toilers,

59 Who persevere, and put their trust in their Lord!

60 And how many an animal there is that beareth not its own provision! Allah provideth for it and for you. He is the Hearer, the Knower.

61 And if thou wert to ask them: Who created the heavens and the earth, and constrained the sun and the moon (to their appointed work)? they would say: Allah. How then are they turned away?

62 Allah maketh the provision wide for whom He will of His bondmen, and straiteneth it for whom (He will). Lo! Allah is Aware of all things.

63 And if thou wert to ask them: Who causeth water to come down from the sky, and therewith reviveth the earth after its death? they verily would say: Allah. Say: Praise be to Allah! But most of them have no sense.

64 This life of the world is but a pastime and a game. Lo! the home of the Hereafter - that is Life, if they but knew.

65 And when they mount upon the ships they pray to Allah, making their faith pure for Him only, but when He bringeth them safe to land, behold! they ascribe partners (unto Him),

66 That they may disbelieve in that which We have given them, and that they may take their ease. But they will come to know.

67 Have they not seen that We have appointed a sanctuary immune (from violence), while mankind are ravaged all around them? Do they then believe in falsehood and disbelieve in the bounty of Allah?

When hell overwhelms them from above and below,

he [Allah] will say to them, "Taste what your used to do!"

68 Who doeth greater wrong than he who inventeth a lie concerning Allah, or denieth the truth when it cometh unto him? Is not there a home in hell for disbelievers?

69 As for those who strive in Us, We surely guide them to Our paths, and lo! Allah is with the good.

The worst thing anyone can do is invent a lie about Allah.

Isn't there a home in hell for disbelievers?