Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

as We gave her the good news of [the birth of] Isaac,
and of Jacob, after Isaac.
72 She said, ‘Oh, my!
Shall I, an old woman, bear [children],
and [while] this husband of mine is an old man?!
That is indeed an odd thing!’
73 They said, ‘Are you amazed at Allah’s dispensation?
[That is] Allah’s mercy and His blessings upon you,
members of the household.
Indeed He is all-laudable, all-glorious.’
74 So when the awe had left Abraham
and the good news had reached him,
he pleaded with Us concerning the people of Lot.
75 Abraham was indeed most forbearing,
plaintive, [and] penitent.
76 ‘O Abraham, let this matter alone!
Your Lord’s edict has certainly come,
and an irrevocable punishment shall overtake them.’
77 When Our messengers came to Lot,
he was distressed on their account
and in a predicament for their sake,
and he said,
‘This is a terrible day!’
78 Then his people came running toward him,
and they had been committing vices aforetime.
He said, ‘O my people, these are my daughters:
they are purer for you.1
Be wary of Allah
and do not humiliate me with regard to my guests.

1 That is, it would be purer for you to get married to them.

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 28 May. 2024: