Surah 31. Luqman, The Wise
31:1. A. L. M. (Almighty. Loving. Merciful.)
31:2. These are Verses of the Wise Book,-
31:3. A Guide and a Mercy to the Doers of Good,-
31:4. Those who establish constant Prayer, and give regular Charity, and have (in their hearts) the assurance of the Hereafter.
31:5. These are on (true) Guidance from their Lord; and these are the ones who will prosper.
31:6. But there are, among men, those who purchase idle tales, without knowledge (or meaning), to mislead (men) from The Way of "I AM" and throw ridicule (on The Way): for such there will be a Humiliating Penalty.
31:7. When Our Signs are rehearsed to such a one, he turns away in arrogance, as if he heard them not, as if there were deafness in both his ears: announce to him a grievous Penalty.
31:8. For those who believe and work righteous deeds, there will be Gardens of Bliss,-
31:9. To dwell therein. The promise of "I AM" is true: and He is Exalted in Power, Wise.
31:10. He created the heavens without any pillars that ye can see; He set on the Earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with you; and He scattered through it beasts of all kinds. We send down rain from the sky, and produce on the Earth every kind of noble creature, in pairs.
31:11. Such is the Creation of "I AM": now show Me what is there that others besides Him have created: nay, but the Transgressors are in obvious error.
31:12. We bestowed (in the past) Wisdom on the Wise-man: "Show (thy) gratitude to "I AM"." Any who is grateful does so to the profit of his own soul: but if any is ungrateful, verily "I AM" is free of all wants, worthy of all praise.
31:13. Behold, the Wise-man said to his son by way of instruction: "O my son! Join not in your worship (others) with "I AM": for false worship is indeed the highest wrong-doing."
31:14. And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in two years was his weaning: (hear the command), "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal.
31:15. "But if they strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration), and follow The Way of those who turn to me (in love): in the End the return of you all is to Me, and I will tell you the truth (and meaning) of all that ye did."
31:16. "O my son!" (said the Wise-man), "If there be (only) the weight of a mustard-seed and it were (hidden) in a rock, or (anywhere) in the heavens or on Earth, "I AM" will bring it forth: for "I AM" understands the finest mysteries, (and) is well-acquainted (with them).
31:17. "O my son! Establish constant prayer, enjoin what is just, and forbid what is wrong: and bear with patient constancy whatever happens to thee; for this is firmness (of purpose) in (the conduct of) affairs.
31:18. "And swell not thy cheek (for pride) at men, nor walk in insolence through the Earth; for "I AM" loveth not any arrogant boaster.
31:19. "And be moderate in thy pace, and lower thy voice; for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the ass."
31:20. Do ye not see that "I AM" has subjected to your (use) all things in the heavens and on Earth, and has made His bounties flow to you in exceeding measure, (both) seen and unseen? Yet there are among men those who dispute about "I AM", without Knowledge and without Guidance, and without the Book (Bible) to enlighten them!
31:21. When they are told to follow the (revelation) that "I AM" has sent down, they say: "Nay, we shall follow the ways that we found our fathers (following). "What! Even though it is Satan beckoning them to the Penalty of the (Blazing) Fire?
31:22. Whoever submits his whole "self" to "I AM", and is a doer of good, has grasped indeed the most trustworthy hand-hold: and with "I AM" rests the End and Decision of (all) affairs.
31:23. But if any reject Faith, let not his rejection grieve thee: to Us is their Return, and We shall tell them the truth of their deeds: for "I AM" knows well all that is in (men's) hearts.
31:24. We grant them their pleasure for a little while: in the end shall We drive them to a chastisement unrelenting.
31:25. If thou ask them, who it is that created the heavens and the Earth. They will certainly say, "("I AM")". Say: "Praise be to "I AM"!" But most of them understand not.
31:26. To "I AM" belong all things in heaven and Earth: verily "I AM" is He (that is) free of all wants, worthy of all praise.
31:27. And if all the trees on Earth were pens and the Ocean (were ink), with seven Oceans behind it to add to its (supply), yet would not the Words of "I AM" be exhausted (in the writing) (John 21:25): for "I AM" is Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom.
31:28. And your creation or your resurrection is in no wise but as an individual soul (Being): for "I AM" is He Who hears and sees (all things).
31:29. Seest thou not that "I AM" merges Night into Day and he merges Day into Night; that He has subjected the sun, and the moon (to His Law), each running its course for a term appointed; and that "I AM" is well-acquainted with all that ye do?
31:30. That is because "I AM" is the (ONLY) Reality, and because whatever else they invoke besides Him is Falsehood (and therefore Fantasy); and because "I AM",- He is the Most High, Most Great.
31:31. Seest thou not that the ships sail through the Ocean by the Grace of "I AM"- that He may show you of His Signs? Verily in this are Signs for all who constantly persevere and give thanks.
31:32. When a wave covers them like the canopy (of clouds), they call to "I AM", offering Him sincere devotion. But when He has delivered them safely to land, there are among them those that halt between (right and wrong). But none reject Our Signs except only a treacherous ungrateful (wretch)!
31:33. O mankind! Do your duty to your Lord, and fear (the coming of) a Day when no dad can avail anything for his son, nor a son avail anything for his dad. Verily, the promise of "I AM" is true: let not then this present life deceive you, nor let the chief Deceiver (John 8:35 - the Devil - Lucifer) deceive you about "I AM".
31:34. Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with "I AM" (alone - Mark 13:32). It is He Who sends down rain, and He Who knows what is in the wombs. Nor does any one know what it is that he will earn on the morrow: nor does any one know in what land he is to die. Verily with "I AM" is full knowledge and He is acquainted (with all things).