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

135 Say, ‘Each [of us] is waiting.
So wait!
Soon you will know
who are the people of the right path,
and who is guided.’

[Part 17]

21. Sūrat al-Anbiyā’ 1

In the Name of Allah,
the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

1 Mankind’s reckoning has drawn near to them,
yet they are disregardful in [their] obliviousness.
2 There does not come to them
any new reminder from their Lord
but they listen to it as they play around,
3 their hearts set on diversions.
The wrongdoers secretly whisper together, [saying],
‘Is not this [man] just a human being like yourselves?
Will you give in to magic with open eyes?’
4 He said, ‘My Lord knows
every word [spoken] in the sky and the earth,
and He is the All-hearing, the All-knowing.’
5 Rather they said, ‘[They are] confused nightmares!’
‘Rather he has fabricated it!’
‘Rather he is a poet!’
‘Let him bring us a sign, like those sent to the ancients.’
6 No town that We destroyed before them believed.2

1 Accounts of several prophets (anbiyā’) appear in this sūrah, hence its name.

2 That is, they did not believe even after miracles were shown 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 30 Sep. 2023: