Marmaduke Pickthall, The Meaning of The Glorious Koran. An Explanatory Translation (1930)
Az-Zukhruf, “Ornaments of Gold,” is the fourth of the Ḥâ. Mîm. Sûrahs. It takes its name from a word meaning golden ornaments which occurs in v. 35.
It belongs to the middle group of Meccan Sûrahs.
Ornaments of Gold
1. Ḥâ. Mîm.1
2. By the Scripture which maketh plain,
3. Lo! We have appointed it a Lecture 2 in Arabic that haply ye may understand.
4. And lo! in the Source of Decrees, which We possess, it is indeed sublime, decisive.
5. Shall We utterly ignore you because ye are a wanton folk?
6. How many a Prophet did We send among the men of old!
7. And never came there unto them a Prophet but they used to mock him.
8. Then we destroyed men mightier than these in prowess; and the example of the men of old hath gone (before them).
9. And if thou (Muhammad) ask them: Who created the heavens and the earth, they will surely answer: The Mighty, the Knower created them;
10. Who made the earth a resting-place for you, and
1 See Sûr. II, v. 1, footnote.
2 Ar. Qur’ân.