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ELIF. LAM. RA. These are the signs of the Book, and of a lucid recital [Koran]
Many a time will the infidels wish that they had been Muslims
Let them feast and enjoy themselves, and let hope beguile them: but they shall know the truth at last
We never destroyed a city whose term was not perfixed
No people can forestall or retard its destiny
They say: "O thou to whom the warning hath been sent down, thou art surely possessed by a djinn
Wouldst thou not have come to us with the angels, if thou wert of those who assert the truth?"
- We will not send down the angels without due cause. The Infidels would not in that case have been respited
Verily, We have sent down the warning, and verily, We will be its guardian
And already have We sent Apostles, before thee, among the sects of the ancients
But never came Apostles to them whom they did not deride
In like manner will We put it into the hearts of the sinners of Mecca to do the same
They will not believe on him though the example of those of old hath gone before
Even were We to open above them a gate in Heaven, yet all the while they were mounting up to it
They would surely say: It is only that our eyes are drunken: nay, we are a people enchanted
We have set the signs of the zodiac in the Heavens, and adorned and decked them forth for the beholders
And We guard them from every stoned Satan
Save such as steal a hearing: and him doth a visible flame pursue
And the Earth have We spread forth, and thrown thereon the mountains, and caused everything to spring forth in it in balanced measure
And We have provided therein sustenance for you, and for the creatures which not ye sustain
And no one thing is there, but with Us are its storehouses; and We send it not down but in settled measure
And We send forth the fertilising winds, and cause the rain to come down from the heaven, and give you to drink of it; and it is not ye who are its storers
And We cause to live and We cause to die, and We are the heir of all things
We know those of you who flourish first and We know those who come later
And truly thy Lord will gather them together again, for He is Wise, Knowing
We created man of dried clay, of dark loam moulded
And the djinn had We before created of subtle fire
Remember when thy Lord said to the Angels, "I create man of dried clay, of dark loam moulded
And when I shall have fashioned him and breathed of my spirit into him, then fall ye down and worship him."
And the Angels bowed down in worship, all of them, all together
Save Eblis: he refused to be with those who bowed in worship
"O Eblis," said God, "wherefore art thou not with those who bow down in worship?"
He said, "It beseemeth not me to bow in worship to man whom thou hast created of clay, of moulded loam."
He said, "Begone then hence; thou art a stoned one
And the curse shall be on thee till the day of reckoning."
He said, "O my Lord! respite me till the day when man shall be raised from the dead."
He said, "One then of the respited shalt thou b
Till the day of the predestined time."
He said, "O my Lord! because thou hast beguiled me, I will surely make all fair seeming to them on the earth; I will surely beguile them all
Except such of them as shall be thy sincere servants."
He said, "This is the right way with me
For over none of my servants shalt thou have power, save those beguiled ones who shall follow thee."
And verily, Hell is the promise for them one and all
It hath seven Portals; at each Portal is a separate band of them
But 'mid gardens and fountains shall the pious dwell
"Enter ye therein in peace, secure-"
And all rancour will We remove from their bosoms: they shall sit as brethren, face to face, on couches
Therein no weariness shall reach them, nor forth from it shall they be cast for ever
Announce to my servants that I am the Gracious, the Merciful
And that my chastisement is the grievous chastisement
And tell them of Abraham's guests
When they entered in unto him, and said, "Peace." "Verily," said he, "We fear you."
They said, "Fear not, for of a sage son we bring thee tidings."
He said, "Bring ye me such tidings now that old age hath come upon me? What, therefore, are your tidings really?"
They said, "We announce them to thee in very truth. Be not then one of the despairing."
"And who," said he, "despaireth of the mercy of his Lord, but they who err?"
He said, "What is your business then, O ye Sent Ones?"
They said, "We are sent unto a people who are sinners
Except the family of Lot, whom verily we will rescue all
Except his wife. We have decreed that she shall be of those who linger."
And when the Sent Ones came to the family of Lo
He said, "Yes; are persons unknown to me."
They said, "Yes; but we have come to thee for a purpose about which thy people doubt
We have come to thee with very truth, and we are truthful envoys
Lead forth therefore thy family in the dead of the night; follow thou on their rear: and let no one of you turn round, but pass ye on whither ye are bidden."
And this command we gave him because to the last man should these people be cut off at morning
Then came the people of the city rejoicing at the news
He said, "These are my guests: therefore disgrace me not
And fear God and put me not to shame."
They said, "Have we not forbidden thee to entertain any one whatever?"
He said, "Here are my daughters, if ye will thus act."
As thou livest, O Muhammad, they were bewildered in the drunkenness of their lust
So a tempest overtook them at their sunrise
And we turned the city upside down, and we rained stones of baked clay upon them
Verily, in this are signs for those who scan heedfully
And these cities lay on the high road
Verily, in this are signs for the faithful
The inhabitants also of El Aika were sinners
So we took vengeance on them, and they both became a plain example
And the people of HEDJR treated God's messengers as liars
And we brought forth our signs to them, but they drew back from them
And they hewed them out abodes in the mountains to secure them
But a tempest surprised them at early morn
And their labours availed them nothing
We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that between them is, but for a worthy end. And verily, "the hour" shall surely come. Wherefore do thou, Muhammad, forgive with kindly forgiveness
For thy Lord! He is the Creator, the Wise
We have already given thee the seven verses of repetition and the glorious Koran
Strain not thine eyes after the good things we have bestowed on some of the unbelievers: afflict not thyself on their account, and lower thy wing to the faithful
And SAY: I am the only plain-spoken warner
We will punish those who foster divisions
Who break up the Koran into parts
By thy Lord! we will surely take account from them one and all
Concerning that which they have done
Profess publicly then what thou hast been bidden, and withdraw from those who join gods to God
Verily, We will maintain thy cause against those who deride thee
Who set up gods with God: and at last shall they know their folly
Now know We that thy heart is distressed at what they say
But do thou celebrate the praise of thy Lord, and be of those who bow down in worship
And serve thy Lord till the certainty o'ertake thee