al-Jinn: The Jinn

1. Say (O Muhammad): "It has been revealed to me that a group (from three to ten in number) of jinns listened (to this Qur'ān). They said: 'Verily! We have heard a wonderful Recital (this Qur'ān)!

2. 'It guides to the Right Path, and we have believed therein, and we shall never join (in worship) anything with our Lord (Allāh).

3. 'And exalted be the Majesty of our Lord, He has taken neither a wife, nor a son (or offspring or children).

4. 'And that the foolish among us [i.e., Iblīs (Satan) or the polytheists amongst the jinns] used to utter against Allāh that which was wrong and not right.

5. 'And verily, we thought that men and jinns would not utter a lie against Allāh.

6. 'And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the masculine among the jinns, but they (jinns) increased them (mankind) in sin and disbelief.

7. 'And they thought as you thought, that Allāh will not send any Messenger (to mankind or jinns).

8. 'And we have sought to reach the heaven; but found it filled with stern guards and flaming fires.

9. 'And verily, we used to sit there in stations, to (steal) a hearing, but any who listens now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush.

10. 'And we know not whether evil is intended for those on earth, or whether their Lord intends for them a Right Path.

11. 'There are among us some that are righteous, and some the contrary; we are groups each having a different way (religious sect, etc.).

12. 'And we think that we cannot escape (from the punishment of) Allāh in the earth, nor can we escape (from the punishment) by flight.

13. 'And indeed when we heard the Guidance (this Qur'ān), we believed therein (Islāmic Monotheism), and whosoever believes in his Lord shall have no fear, either of a decrease in the reward of his good deeds or an increase in punishment for his sins.

14. 'And of us some are Muslims (who have submitted to Allāh, after listening to this Qur'ān), and of us some are Al-Qāsitūn (disbelievers those who have deviated from the Right Path) '. And whosoever has embraced Islām (i.e., has become a Muslim by submitting to Allāh), then such have sought the Right Path."

15. And as for the Qāsitūn (disbelievers who deviated from the Right Path), they shall be firewood for Hell,

16. If they (non-Muslims) had believed in Allāh, and went on the Right Way (i.e., Islām) We should surely have bestowed on them water (rain) in abundance.

17. That We might try them thereby. And whosoever turns away from the Reminder of his Lord (i.e., this Qur'ān, and practice not its laws and orders), He will cause him to enter in a severe torment (i.e., Hell).

18. And the mosques are for Allāh (Alone), so invoke not anyone along with Allāh.

19. (It has been revealed to me that) When the slave of Allāh (Muhammad) stood up invoking (his Lord Allāh) in prayer to Him they (the jinns) just made round him a dense crowd as if sticking one over the other (in order to listen to the Prophet's recitation).

20. Say (O Muhammad): "I invoke only my Lord (Allāh Alone), and I associate none as partners along with Him."

21. Say: "It is not in my power to cause you harm, or to bring you to the Right Path."

22. Say (O Muhammad): "None can protect me from Allāh's punishment (if I were to disobey Him), nor should I find refuge except in Him.

23. " (Mine is) but conveyance (of the truth) from Allāh and His Messages (of Islāmic Monotheism), and whosoever disobeys Allāh and His Messenger, then verily, for him is the Fire of Hell, he shall dwell therein forever."

24. Till, when they see that which they are promised, then they will know who it is that is weaker concerning helpers and less important concerning numbers.

25. Say (O Muhammad): "I know not whether (the punishment) which you are promised is near or whether my Lord will appoint for it a distant term.

26. " (He Alone) the All-Knower of the Ghā'ib (unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghā'ib (unseen)."

27. Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes), and then He makes a band of watching guards (angels) to march before him and behind him.

28. [He (Allāh) protects them (the Messengers)], till He sees that they (the Messengers) have conveyed the Messages of their Lord (Allāh). And He (Allāh) surrounds all that which is with them, and He (Allāh) keeps count of all things (i.e., He knows the exact number of everything).

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