Surah 72. The Jinn, the Spirit-Beings
72:1. Say: "It has been revealed to me that a company of Beings listened (to the Koran). They said, 'We have really heard a wonderful Recital!
72:2. 'It gives guidance to the Right, and we have believed therein: we shall not join (in worship) any (gods) with our Lord.
72:3. 'And Exalted is the Majesty of our Lord: He has taken neither a wife nor a son.
72:4. 'There were some foolish ones among us, who used to utter extravagant lies against God;
72:5. 'But we do think that no man or spirit should say anything that is untrue against "I AM".
72:6. 'True, there were persons among mankind who took shelter with persons among the Beings, but they increased them in folly.
72:7. 'And they (came to) think as ye thought, that "I AM" would not raise up any one (to Judgment).
72:8. 'And we pried into the secrets of heaven; but we found it filled with stern guards and flaming fires.
72:9. 'We used, indeed, to sit there in (hidden) stations, to (steal) a hearing; but any who listen now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush.
72:10. 'And we understand not whether ill is intended to those on Earth, or whether their Lord (really) intends to guide them to right conduct.
72:11. 'There are among us some that are righteous, and some the contrary: we follow divergent paths.
72:12. 'But we think that we can by no means frustrate "I AM" throughout the Earth, nor can we frustrate Him by flight.
72:13. 'And as for us, since we have listened to the Guidance, we have accepted it: and any who believes his Lord has no fear, either of a short (account) or of any injustice.
72:14. 'Amongst us are some that submit their wills (to "I AM"), and some that swerve from justice. Now those who submit their wills - they have sought out (The Way - Deut. 11:28; 31:29) of right conduct:
72:15. 'But those who swerve,- they are (only) fuel for Hell-fire"-
72:16. (And "I AM"'s Message is): "If they (the Pagans) had (only) remained on The (right) Way, We should certainly have bestowed on them Rain in abundance.
72:17. "That We might try them by that (means). But if any turns away from the remembrance of his Lord, He will cause him to undergo a severe Penalty.
72:18. "And the place for worship is to "I AM" (alone): so invoke not any one along with "I AM".
72:19. "Yet when the Devotee of "I AM" stands forth to invoke Him, they just make round him a dense crowd."
72:20. Say: "I do no more than invoke my Lord, and I join not with Him any (false god)."
72:21. Say: "It is not in my power to cause you harm, or to bring you to right conduct."
72:22. Say: "No one can deliver me from "I AM" (if I were to disobey Him), nor should I find refuge except in Him,
72:23. "Unless I proclaim what I receive from "I AM" and His Messages: for any that disobey God and His Messenger,- for them is Hell-Fire: they shall dwell therein for ever."
72:24. At length, when they see (with their own eyes) that which they are promised,- then will they know who it is that is weakest in (his) helper and least important in point of numbers.
72:25. Say: "I know not whether the (Punishment) which ye are promised is near, or whether my Lord will appoint for it a distant term."
72:26. "He (alone) knows the Unseen, nor does He make any one acquainted with His Mysteries,-
72:27. "Except an Apostle whom He has chosen: and then He makes a band of watchers march before him and behind him,
72:28. "That He may know that they have (truly) brought and delivered the Messages of their Lord: and He surrounds (all the mysteries) that are with them, and takes account of every single thing."