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

20 In the earth are signs for those who have conviction,
21 and in your souls [as well].
Will you not then perceive?
22 And in the sky is your provision
and what you are promised.
23 By the Lord of the sky and the earth,
it is indeed the truth,
just as [it is a fact that] you speak.

24 Did you receive the story
of Abraham’s honoured guests?
25 When they entered into his presence,
they said, ‘Peace!’
‘Peace!’ He answered,
‘[You are] an unfamiliar folk.’1
26 Then he retired to his family
and brought a fat [roasted] calf,
27 and put it near them.
He said, ‘Will you not eat?’
28 Then he felt a fear of them.
They said, ‘Do not be afraid!’
and they gave him the good news of a wise son.2
29 Then his wife came forward crying [with joy].
She beat her face,
and said, ‘A barren old woman!’
30 They said, ‘So has your Lord said.
Indeed He is the All-wise, the All-knowing.’

1 Cf. 15:62.

2 See 11:69-73 and 15:51-60 for parallel descriptions of the episode of Abraham’s guests.

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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 25 May. 2024: