Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)
30. Sūrat al-Rūm 1
the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.
1 Alif, Lām, Mīm.
2 Byzantium has been vanquished
3 in a nearby territory,
but following their defeat they will be victors
4 in a few years.
All command belongs to Allah, before and after,
and on that day the faithful will rejoice
5 at Allah’s help.
He helps whomever He wishes,
and He is the All-mighty, the All-merciful.
6 [This is] a promise of Allah:
Allah does not break His promise,
but most people do not know.
7 They know just an outward aspect of the life of the world,
but they are oblivious of the Hereafter.
8 Have they not reflected in their own souls?
Allah did not create the heavens and the earth
and whatever is between them
except with reason and for a specified term.
Indeed many of the people
disbelieve in the encounter with their Lord.
9 Have they not traveled in the land
1 The sūrah derives its name from verse 2 which mentions Byzantium (al-Rūm).