0 SAQ 19. Mary 19
Zechariah and his son John
Absurdity 19:1-15

1Kaf. Ha. Ya. A'in. Sad.

Kaf. Ha. Ya. A'in. Sad. [1]

2 A mention of the mercy of thy Lord unto His servant Zachariah.

3 When he cried unto his Lord a cry in secret,

Zachariah cried out to his Lord, saying,

4 Saying: My Lord! Lo! the bones of me wax feeble and my head is shining with grey hair, and I have never been unblest in prayer to Thee, my Lord.

I'm an old man with grey hair.

5 Lo! I fear my kinsfolk after me, since my wife is barren. Oh, give me from Thy presence a successor

And my wife is barren.

6 Who shall inherit of me and inherit (also) of the house of Jacob. And make him, my Lord, acceptable (unto Thee).

I need a son to succeed me.

7(It was said unto him): O Zachariah! Lo! We bring thee tidings of a son whose name is John; we have given the same name to none before (him).

8 He said: My Lord! How can I have a son when my wife is barren and I have reached infirm old age?

9 He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for Me, even as I created thee before, when thou wast naught.

Someone said to him,

You're going to have a son named John.

Zecharish said,

How's that going to happen?

My wife is barren and I'm an old man.

He said, "The Lord said it'd be easy for him to do."

10 He said: My Lord! Appoint for me some token. He said: Thy token is that thou, with no bodily defect, shalt not speak unto mankind three nights.

11 Then he came forth unto his people from the sanctuary, and signified to them: Glorify your Lord at break of day and fall of night.

Zechariah: "Give me some token."

He said,

The token is that you won't speak for three nights. [2]

12 (And it was said unto his son): O John! Hold fast the Scripture. And we gave him wisdom when a child,

13 And compassion from Our presence, and purity; and he was devout,

14 And dutiful toward his parents. And he was not arrogant, rebellious.

15 Peace on him the day he was born, and the day he dieth and the day he shall be raised alive!

Sometime later, John was born.

Mary and the baby Jesus
AbsurdityContradictions 19:16-34

16 And make mention of Mary in the Scripture, when she had withdrawn from her people to a chamber looking East,


17 And had chosen seclusion from them. Then We sent unto her Our Spirit and it assumed for her the likeness of a perfect man.

18 She said: Lo! I seek refuge in the Beneficent One from thee, if thou art God- fearing.

We [Allah] sent Mary our spirit [3]

and it appeared as a perfect man.

19 He said: I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son.

He said to her,

You're going to get pregnant and deliver a faultless man.

20 She said: How can I have a son when no mortal hath touched me, neither have I been unchaste?

She said,

How's that going to happen?

No one has ever touched me?

21 He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for Me. And (it will be) that We may make of him a revelation for mankind and a mercy from Us, and it is a thing ordained.

He said,

Your Lord said it'd be easy for him.

22 And she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place.

And she conceived.

23And the pangs of childbirth drove her unto the trunk of the palm-tree. She said: Oh, would that I had died ere this and had become a thing of naught, forgotten!

The pain of childbirth drove Mary to the trunk of a palm tree.

She said,

I wish I were dead.

24Then (one) cried unto her from below her, saying: Grieve not! Thy Lord hath placed a rivulet beneath thee,

25And shake the trunk of the palm-tree toward thee, thou wilt cause ripe dates to fall upon thee.

26 So eat and drink and be consoled. And if thou meetest any mortal, say: Lo! I have vowed a fast unto the Beneficent, and may not speak this day to any mortal.

Someone from below said to her,

Don't be sad. Thy Lord has put a small river below you.

Shake the trunk of the palm tree and ripe dates will fall.

27 Then she brought him to her own folk, carrying him. They said: O Mary! Thou hast come with an amazing thing.

28O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a wicked man nor was thy mother a harlot.

29Then she pointed to him. They said: How can we talk to one who is in the cradle, a young boy?

After Jesus was born, Mary brought him to her family, who said to her,

Oh sister of Aaron, [4]

Your father wasn't wicked and your mother wasn't a harlot.

She pointed at the baby, and they said,

How can we talk to a baby in a cradle?

30 He spake: Lo! I am the slave of Allah. He hath given me the Scripture and hath appointed me a Prophet,

31And hath made me blessed wheresoever I may be, and hath enjoined upon me prayer and almsgiving so long as I remain alive,

32And (hath made me) dutiful toward her who bore me, and hath not made me arrogant, unblest.

Then the baby Jesus said,

I'm the slave of Allah.

He has given me the Scripture

and has made me a prophet.

33 Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!

34 Such was Jesus, son of Mary: (this is) a statement of the truth concerning which they doubt.

When I die I'll be rasied alive!

Abraham's father - the devil worshiper
AbsurdityIntolerance 19:35-55
Cf. 6:74-83, 9:35-55, 26:69-103

35It befitteth not (the Majesty of) Allah that He should take unto Himself a son. Glory be to Him! When He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is.

36 And lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So serve Him. That is the right path.

It isn't fitting for Allah to take a son.

37 The sects among them differ: but woe unto the disbelievers from the meeting of an awful Day.

38 See and hear them on the Day they come unto Us! yet the evil-doers are to- day in error manifest.

39 And warn them of the Day of anguish when the case hath been decided. Now they are in a state of carelessness, and they believe not.

40 Lo! We, only We, inherit the earth and all who are thereon, and unto Us they are returned.

Woe to disbelievers on the awful day.

41 And make mention (O Muhammad) in the Scripture of Abraham. Lo! he was a saint, a prophet.

Abraham was a saint and a prophet.

42 When he said unto his father: O my father! Why worshippest thou that which heareth not nor seeth, nor can in aught avail thee?

43 O my father! Lo! there hath come unto me of knowledge that which came not unto thee. So follow me, and I will lead thee on a right path.

He said to his father,

Why do you worship something that you can't see or hear?

44O my father! Serve not the devil. Lo! the devil is a rebel unto the Beneficent.

Don't serve the devil.

45O my father! Lo! I fear lest a punishment from the Beneficent overtake thee so that thou become a comrade of the devil.

I fear Allah will punish you for being a comrade of the devil.

46 He said: Rejectest thou my gods, O Abraham? If thou cease not, I shall surely stone thee. Depart from me a long while!

47 He said: Peace be unto thee! I shall ask forgiveness of my Lord for thee. Lo! He was ever gracious unto me.

48 I shall withdraw from you and that unto which ye pray beside Allah, and I shall pray unto my Lord. It may be that, in prayer unto my Lord, I shall not be unblest.

His father said,

So you reject my gods?

Get away from me or I'll stone you to death.

49 So, when he had withdrawn from them and that which they were worshipping beside Allah, We gave him Isaac and Jacob. Each of them We made a prophet.

50 And we gave them of Our mercy, and assigned to them a high and true renown.

So Abraham left his father, and we [Allah] gave him Isaac and Jacob.

We made them prophets, too.

51 And make mention in the Scripture of Moses. Lo! he was chosen, and he was a messenger (of Allah), a prophet.

52 We called him from the right slope of the Mount, and brought him nigh in communion.

And Moses was a prophet and messenger of Allah.

53 And We bestowed upon him of Our mercy his brother Aaron, a prophet (likewise).

His broher Aaron was also a prophet.

54 And make mention in the Scripture of Ishmael. Lo! he was a keeper of his promise, and he was a messenger (of Allah), a prophet.

55 He enjoined upon his people worship and almsgiving, and was acceptable in the sight of his Lord.

Ishmael was also a messenger and a prophet.

Idris - the unknown prophet
AbsurdityContradictions 19:56-67

56 And make mention in the Scripture of Idris. Lo! he was a saint, a prophet;

57 And We raised him to high station.

58 These are they unto whom Allah showed favour from among the prophets, of the seed of Adam and of those whom We carried (in the ship) with Noah, and of the seed of Abraham and Israel, and from among those whom We guided and chose. When the revelations of the Beneficent were recited unto them, they fell down, adoring and weeping.

59 Now there hath succeeded them a later generation whom have ruined worship and have followed lusts. But they will meet deception.

60 Save him who shall repent and believe and do right. Such will enter the Garden, and they will not be wronged in aught-

61 Gardens of Eden, which the Beneficent hath promised to His slaves in the unseen. Lo! His promise is ever sure of fulfilment -

62 They hear therein no idle talk, but only Peace; and therein they have food for morn and evening.

63 Such is the Garden which We cause the devout among Our bondmen to inherit.

64 We (angels) come not down save by commandment of thy Lord. Unto Him belongeth all that is before us and all that is behind us and all that is between those two, and thy Lord was never forgetful -

65 Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them! Therefor, worship thou Him and be thou steadfast in His service. Knowest thou one that can be named along with Him?

66 And man saith: When I am dead, shall I forsooth be brought forth alive?

Idris was a saint and a prophet. [5]

67 Doth not man remember that We created him before, when he was naught?

We created man from nothing. [6]

Allah's crouching assembly of devils
AbsurdityIntolerance 19:68-73

68 And, by thy Lord, verily We shall assemble them and the devils, then We shall bring them, crouching, around hell.

69 Then We shall pluck out from every sect whichever of them was most stubborn in rebellion to the Beneficent.

70 And surely We are Best Aware of those most worthy to be burned therein.

71 There is not one of you but shall approach it. That is a fixed ordinance of thy Lord.

72 Then We shall rescue those who kept from evil, and leave the evil-doers crouching there.

73 And when Our clear revelations are recited unto them, those who disbelieve say unto those who believe: Which of the two parties (yours or ours) is better in position, and more imposing as an army?

We will assemble the devils,

and bring them, crouching, around hell.

Then we'll pluck out of every sect those who have most rebelled against us.

We know best who should be burned.

How many generations have we destroyed!
AbsurdityIntolerance 19:74-98

74How many a generation have We destroyed before them, who were more imposing in respect of gear and outward seeming!

How many generations have we destroyed! [7]

75 Say: As for him who is in error, the Beneficent will verily prolong his span of life until, when they behold that which they were promised, whether it be punishment (in the world), or the Hour (of doom), they will know who is worse in position and who is weaker as an army.

76 Allah increaseth in right guidance those who walk aright, and the good deeds which endure are better in thy Lord's sight for reward, and better for resort.

We may allow those who are in error to live long lives so their punishment will seem even worse in their hour of doom.

77 Hast thou seen him who disbelieveth in Our revelations and saith: Assuredly I shall be given wealth and children?

78 Hath he perused the Unseen, or hath he made a pact with the Beneficent?

79 Nay, but We shall record that which he saith and prolong for him a span of torment.

80 And We shall inherit from him that whereof he spake, and he will come unto Us, alone (without his wealth and children).

81 And they have chosen (other) gods beside Allah that they may be a power for them.

82 Nay, but they will deny their worship of them, and become opponents unto them.

We will prolong the torment of those who disbelieve our revelations.

83 Seest thou not that We have set the devils on the disbelievers to confound them with confusion?

84 So make no haste against them (O Muhammad). We do but number unto them a sum (of days).

85 On the day when We shall gather the righteous unto the Beneficent, a goodly company.

We will set the devils on disbelievers to confound them with confusion.

86And drive the guilty unto hell, a weary herd,

87 They will have no power of intercession, save him who hath made a covenant with his Lord.

And drive the guilty into hell, like a weary herd of animals.

88 And they say: The Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a son.

89Assuredly ye utter a disastrous thing

90 Whereby almost the heavens are torn, and the earth is split asunder and the mountains fall in ruins,

91 That ye ascribe unto the Beneficent a son,

92 When it is not meet for (the Majesty of) the Beneficent that He should choose a son.

93 There is none in the heavens and the earth but cometh unto the Beneficent as a slave.

94 Verily He knoweth them and numbereth them with (right) numbering.

95 And each one of them will come unto Him on the Day of Resurrection, alone.

96 Lo! those who believe and do good works, the Beneficent will appoint for them love.

97 And We make (this Scripture) easy in thy tongue, (O Muhammad) only that thou mayst bear good tidings therewith unto those who ward off (evil), and warn therewith the froward folk.

Those who say that Allah has taken a son have uttered a disastrous thing.

98 And how many a generation before them have We destroyed! Canst thou (Muhammad) see a single man of them, or hear from them the slightest sound?

How many generations have we destroyed!


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