Al 'Alaq (The Clot)

1. Iqra bismi rab bikal lazee khalaq


اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ


Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created-


2. Khalaqal insaana min 'alaq


خَلَقَ الْإِنْسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ


Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood:


3. Iqra wa rab bukal akram


اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ


Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful,-


4. Al lazee 'allama bil qalam


الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ


He Who taught (the use of) the pen,-


5. 'Al lamal insaana ma lam y'alam


عَلَّمَ الْإِنْسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ


Taught man that which he knew not.


6. Kallaa innal insaana layatghaa


كَلَّا إِنَّ الْإِنْسَانَ لَيَطْغَىٰ


Day, but man doth transgress all bounds,


7. Ar-ra aahus taghnaa


أَنْ رَآهُ اسْتَغْنَىٰ


In that he looketh upon himself as self-sufficient.


8. Innna ilaa rabbikar ruj'aa


إِنَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ الرُّجْعَىٰ


Verily, to thy Lord is the return (of all).


9. Ara-aital lazee yanhaa


أَرَأَيْتَ الَّذِي يَنْهَىٰ


Seest thou one who forbids-


10. 'Abdan iza sallaa


عَبْدًا إِذَا صَلَّىٰ


A votary when he (turns) to pray?


11. Ara-aita in kana 'alal hudaa


أَرَأَيْتَ إِنْ كَانَ عَلَى الْهُدَىٰ


Seest thou if he is on (the road of) Guidance?-


12. Au amara bit taqwaa


أَوْ أَمَرَ بِالتَّقْوَىٰ


Or enjoins Righteousness?


13. Ara-aita in kaz zaba wa ta walla


أَرَأَيْتَ إِنْ كَذَّبَ وَتَوَلَّىٰ


Seest thou if he denies (Truth) and turns away?


14. Alam y'alam bi-an nal lahaa yaraa


أَلَمْ يَعْلَمْ بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ يَرَىٰ


Knoweth he not that Allah doth see?


15. Kalla la illam yantahi la nasfa'am bin nasiyah


كَلَّا لَئِنْ لَمْ يَنْتَهِ لَنَسْفَعًا بِالنَّاصِيَةِ


Let him beware! If he desist not, We will drag him by the forelock,-


16. Nasiyatin kazi batin khaatiah


نَاصِيَةٍ كَاذِبَةٍ خَاطِئَةٍ


A lying, sinful forelock!


17. Fal yad'u naadiyah


فَلْيَدْعُ نَادِيَهُ


Then, let him call (for help) to his council (of comrades):


18. Sanad 'uz zabaaniyah


سَنَدْعُ الزَّبَانِيَةَ


We will call on the angels of punishment (to deal with him)!


19. Kalla; la tuti'hu wasjud waqtarib (make sajda)


كَلَّا لَا تُطِعْهُ وَاسْجُدْ وَاقْتَرِبْ ۩


Day, heed him not: But bow down in adoration, and bring thyself the closer (to Allah)!