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Alif Lam Ra, these are the signs of the Book and a clear Qur'an.
Perhaps those who have rejected the truth will wish to submit themselves to God.
Let them eat and enjoy themselves and be preoccupied with [false] hope, for they will [one day] know.
We have never destroyed a town unless it had a known decree.
No nation can speed up [the end of] its time, nor defer it.
And [yet], they [who deny the truth] say, "You, to whom the message has been sent down, you are crazy.
If you are honest, why do you not bring us angels?"
We do not send down the angels except in Truth and, [if We did so now, those who deny the truth) would have no reprieve
It is We who sent down this Reminder and We will preserve it.
We sent [messengers] before you, to earlier communities.
And every time a messenger came they mocked him.
In that way, We insert discord into the hearts of those who force others to reject Our messages.
They will not believe. This was what happened with those earlier people.
And [even] if We had opened a gate to the sky for them, and they had continued to ascend though it,
they would have said, "Our eyesight has only been befuddled," or, "We are under a spell."
We have placed constellations in the sky and have beautified it for the observers.
And We have secured it from every cursed satanic force.
Except for anyone who tries to eavesdrop [to learn the unknown]-he is pursued by a clear flame.
As for the earth - We have spread it wide and set firm mountains on it, and caused everything to grow in a well-balanced way.
And We put sustenance in it for both you and all creatures for which you don't provide.
We have the storehouse of everything that exists, and We send it down only in a known measure.
We send the winds to fertilize, and we bring water from the sky for you to drink; but it is not you who control its sources
It is We who give life and cause death, and it is We alone who will inherit all.
We know very well those of you who have gone ahead and those who are still to come;
and, behold, it is your Lord who will gather them all together [on Judgment Day]. Truly, He is the All-Wise and the All-Knowing!
We have created man out of dried clay, formed from dark mud
and, before that, we had created jinn from a scorching firestorm.
And when Your Lord said to the angels: "Behold, I am about to create mortal man out of dried clay, formed from dark mud
and when I have fully formed him and breathed into him of My spirit, fall down and prostrate [yourselves] before him!"
Then the angels prostrated themselves, all of them
except Iblis. He refused to bow down with the others.
God said, "Iblis! What prevents you from being among those who have prostrated themselves?"
[Iblis] replied, "I will not bow down before a mortal man whom You have created out of dried clay, formed from dark mud!"
God said, "Be gone! You are expelled from Our grace
and you will be cursed until the Day of Reckoning!"
Iblis said, "Then, my Lord, grant me relief until the Day when all will be raised again!"
God answered: "You will be granted relief
until the Day of the appointed time."
[Whereupon Iblis] said, "Oh, my Lord! Since You led me on to this, I will make [all that is evil] on earth appear good to people, and will most certainly entice them into sin,
all except the sincere among your worshipers!"
God said: "[Devotion] is a straight path to Me.
Truly, you will have no power over My worshipers except for the misled who follow you
and Hell is the promised meeting place for all of you.
There will be seven gates leading into Hell, each gate receiving its allotted share."
Truly, those who are ever mindful of God will be amid Gardens and springs,
"Enter it in peace, [safe and] secure!"
And We will remove whatever resentment may have been [lingering] in their hearts, brethren resting on couches facing one another
no weariness will ever touch them there, and they will never be made to leave.
Tell My worshipers that I am the Forgiving, the Mercy Giver;
and that my punishment is truly painful
And tell them all [once again] about Abraham's guests.
When they entered his presence and greeted him with "Peace", he answered, "We are afraid of you!"
They said: "Fear not! We bring you the good news of [the birth of] a son who will be endowed with profound knowledge."
Abraham said: "Do you give me this good news despite the fact that I am overwhelmed with old age? What kind of good news is this?"
They answered: "We have given you the good news of Truth so do not be among those who despair!"]
[He exclaimed]: "And who - other than those who have utterly lost their way -could ever abandon the hope of his Lord's grace?"
He added: "And, heavenly messengers, what [else] might you have in mind?"
They answered: "We are sent to a people who already cut all relations to God and rejected his messages,
except for Lot's household. All of them will be saved,
except for Lot's wife, [God] has ordained that she should be among those who stay behind!'
And when the Messengers [of God] came to the house of Lot,
he said: "Who are you? I do not know you people!"
They said, "We have come to you with what they have always rejected but wondered whether it will happen to them,
and we bring you certainty [of its fulfillment], for we speak the Truth."
Go, then with your family while it is still night, follow behind them yourself; and do not permit anyone to look back, but go where you are told to go."[:
And We revealed unto him the decree: "The very last of those [sinners] will be wiped out by the morning."
The people of the town came [to Lot] hoping to have fun [with the strangers]
[Lot] said, "These are my guests. Do not bring shame on me,
but fear God and do not disgrace me!"
They answered, "Have we not forbidden you [to offer protection] to any kind of people?"
[Lot] said, "Take my daughters instead, if you must!
"Do not pay attention to them [the messengers said], they are stumbling around in their wild intoxication!"
The blast [of Our punishment] overtook them around sunrise,
and We turned the town upside down, and rained down upon them stones of baked clay.
Truly, there are messages in this for those who discern
[the town] is still there standing by a road that still exists.
Truly, there is a sign in this for all who believe.
And the woods-dwellers were also unjust,
and so We inflicted Our retribution on them. Both of these [sinful communities] were on a highway, [still) plain to see.
And the people of Al-Hijr, likewise rejected our messengers
We gave them our signs, but they turned their backs to them.
They carved dwellings in the mountains, thinking themselves secure
The blast [of Our punishment] overtook them early in the morning,
and all [the power] that they had acquired was of no use to them
We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them without [an inner] truth; the Hour [when this will become clear to all] is yet to come. Hence, forgive [men's failings] gracefully.
Truly, your Lord is the All-Knowing Creator of all things!
And We have given you seven of the oft-repeated [verses], and this glorious Qur'an
[so] don't turn your eyes [longingly] towards what we have given some of them to enjoy. And neither grieve over those [who are rejecting your message], but spread your wings [of modesty and tenderness] over the believers,
and say, "I am the clear Warner!
Just as We have sent down warnings for the conspiring separatists
who reduced the Qur'an into fragments believing in some and rejecting others
By your Lord! We will call them to account, one and all,
for whatever they have done!
Hence, proclaim openly all that you have been told [to say], and leave the idolaters alone.
Truly, We are sufficient for you against all who mock this revelation.
who associate another deity with God, for in time they will know.
And We know that your heart is distressed by the things they say:
but celebrate your Lord's limitless glory, praise Him, and be among those who prostrate themselves [before Him] in worship,
and worship your Lord until you die.
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