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Quran Chapter 76 - Humankind - Qualities of Righteous People, Remember your Lord

A Medinan sura that speaks of how man is tested (verses 2–3) and what the results will be for the evildoers (verse 4) and for the righteous (verses 5–22). The Prophet is urged to persevere in his devotion and to bear with patience (verses 23–6).

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

1 Was there not a period of time when man [a] was nothing to speak of ? [b] 2 We created man from a drop of mingled fluid to put him to the test; We gave him hearing and sight; 3 We guided him to the right path, whether he was grateful or not.

4 We have prepared chains, iron collars, and blazing Fire for the disbelievers, but 5 the righteous will have a drink mixed with kafur, [c] 6 a spring for God’s servants, which flows abundantly at their wish. 7 They fulfil their vows; they fear a day of widespread woes; 8 they give food to the poor, the orphan, and the captive, though they love it themselves, 9 saying, ‘We feed you for the sake of God alone: We seek neither recompense nor thanks from you. 10 We fear the Day of our Lord––a woefully grim Day.’ 11 So God will save them from the woes of that Day, give them radiance and gladness, 12 and reward them, for their steadfastness, with a Garden and silken robes. 13 They will sit on couches, feeling neither scorching heat nor biting cold, 14 with shady [branches] spread above them and clusters of fruit hanging close at hand. 15 They will be served with silver plates 16 and gleaming silver goblets according to their fancy, 17 and they will be given a drink infused with ginger 18 from a spring called Salsabil. 19 Everlasting youths will attend them––if you could see them, you would think they were scattered pearls–– 20 and if you were to look around, you would see bliss and great wealth: 21 they will wear garments of green silk and brocade; they will be adorned with silver bracelets; their Lord will give them a pure drink.

22 [It will be said], ‘This is your reward. Your endeavors are appreciated.’

Remember your Lord

23 We Ourself have sent down this Quran to you [Prophet] in gradual revelation. 24 Await your Lord’s Judgement with patience; do not yield to any of these sinners or disbelievers; 25 remember the name of your Lord at dawn and in the evening; 26 bow down before Him, and glorify Him at length by night.

27 These people love the fleeting life. They put aside [all thoughts of] a Heavy Day. 28 Yet We created them; We strengthened their constitution; if We please, We can replace such people completely.

29 This is a reminder. Let whoever wishes, take the way to his Lord. 30 But you will only wish to do so if God wills– God is all knowing, all wise– 31 He admits whoever He will into His Mercy and has prepared a painful torment for the disbelievers.


a. See footnote g, Sura 89.

b. Literally ‘Has there not come over man a period of time when he was not mentioned?’ This refers to the time before a person is born, the point being that he was nothing, then God created him, just as He will bring him to life again for Judgement.

c. A fragrant herb.

The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)

The Qur'an / a new translation by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem, copyright © 2004 Oxford World's Classics (Oxford University Press). Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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