Stories From Quran: Two Gardens of Grapes

A man was bestowed with great blessings; He had two grape gardens which gave wonderful and abundant fruit. These gardens were surrounded by date palm trees and were irrigated by a river which flowed through them.Instead of being thankful to Allah for all His blessings, he grew proud and vain. He started to think that his blessings would never end and that if there ever was a hereafter, he would succeed there too. Allah never likes pride and arrogance, so He punished him.


“And put forward to them the example of two men; unto one of them We had given two gardens of grapes, and We had surrounded both with date-palms; and had put between them green crops (cultivated fields etc.)” (32)

Each of those two gardens brought forth its produce, and failed not in the least therein, and We caused a river to gush forth in the midst of them.” (33)

And he had property (or fruit) and he said to his companion, in the course of mutual talk: I am more than you in wealth and stronger in respect of men.” (34)

And he went into his garden while in a state (of pride and disbelief) unjust to himself. He said: “I think not that this will ever perish.” (35)

“And I think not the Hour will ever come, and if indeed I am brought back to my Lord, (on the Day of Resurrection), I surely shall find better than this when I return to Him.” (36)

His companion said to him, during the talk with him: “Do you disbelieve in Him Who created you out of dust (i.e. your father Adam), then out of Nutfah (mixed semen drops of male and female discharge), then fashioned you into a man?” (37)

But as for my part (I believe) that He is Allâh, my Lord and none shall I associate as partner with my Lord.” (38)

It was better for you to say, when you entered your garden:

‘ مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ لَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ . If you see me less than you in wealth, and children.” (39)






It may be that my Lord will give me something better than your garden, and will send on it Husbân (torment, bolt, etc.) from the sky, then it will be a slippery earth.” (40)

Or the water thereof (of the gardens) becomes deep-sunken (underground) so that you will never be able to seek it.” (41)

So his fruits were encircled (with ruin). And he remained clapping his hands with sorrow over what he had spent upon it, while it was all destroyed on its trellises, he could only say: “Would I had ascribed no partners to my Lord!” (42)

(Al-Kahf 18)