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

having any partners that they ascribe [to Him].
4 He created man from a drop of [seminal] fluid,1
and, behold, he is an open contender!2
5 He created the cattle,
in which there is warmth 3 for you and [other] uses
and some of them you eat.
6 There is in them a beauty for you
when you bring them home for rest
and when you drive them forth to pasture.
7 And they bear your burdens to towns
which you could not reach
except by straining yourselves.
Indeed your Lord is most kind and merciful.
8 And horses, mules and asses,
for you to ride them, and for adornment,
and He creates what you do not know.
9 With Allah rests guidance to the straight path,4
and some of them 5 are devious,
and had He wished He would have guided you all.
10 It is He who sends down water from the sky:
from it you get your drink
and from it are [sustained] the plants
wherein you pasture your herds.
11 With it He makes the crops grow for you
and olives, date palms, vines,

1 Or ‘from a drop of semen;’ cf. 18:37; 22:5; 23:13-14; 35:11; 36:77; 40:67; 53:46; 75:37; 76:2; 80:19.

2 Or ‘a lucid debater,’ or ‘an open adversary;’ cf. 36:77.

3 That is, in the garments made from wool and leather.

4 Cf. 20:50; 76:3; 92:12.

5 That is, some of the paths. Cf. 6:153

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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 02 Dec. 2022: