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21:1  The time of reckoning has drawn near for mankind, yet they are heedless and turn away
21:2  Whenever any fresh admonition comes to them from their Lord, they listen to it, but do not take it seriously
21:3  their hearts are distracted and forgetful. The wrongdoers confer together secretly, saying, Is not this man a mortal like you? Will you succumb to magic with your eyes open
21:4  Say, My Lord knows every word spoken in the heavens and on the earth. He is All Hearing, All Knowing
21:5  Some say, These are his confused dreams. Others say, He has invented it himself, and yet others say, He is a poet. Let him bring us a sign as previous messengers did
21:6  Before them, not one of the communities which We destroyed believed either. Will these believe
21:7  The messengers We sent before you were but men whom We had sent revelations. Ask the People of the Book if you do not know thi
21:8  We did not give them bodies that needed no food, nor were they to live forever
21:9  Then We fulfilled Our promise to them and We saved them and those with them whom We pleased, and We destroyed those who exceeded all bounds
21:10  We have revealed a Book to you which is admonition for you. Will you not then understand
21:11  How many communities of evil-doers We have destroyed, raising up other people after them
21:12  When they felt Our punishment coming upon them, they began to flee from it
21:13  They were told, Do not try to flee, but return to the comfort and luxuries in which you exulted and to the places where you lived, so that you may be questioned
21:14  They said, Woe to us! We were indeed wrongdoers
21:15  and this they kept repeating until We caused them to become like a field mowed down, and reduced to ashes
21:16  It was not in play that We created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them
21:17  Had We wished to find a pastime, We would surely have found it in that which is with Us, if such had been Our will
21:18  We will hurl the truth at falsehood, the falsehood shall be crushed and will disappear. Woe to you for what you utter
21:19  To Him belongs whosoever is in the heavens and on the earth and those that are with Him are never too proud to worship Him, nor do they grow weary
21:20  they glorify Him night and day without tiring
21:21  Have they taken deities from the earth who can bring the dead to life
21:22  If there had been in the heavens and on the earth, other deities besides God, both the heavens and earth would be ruined. God, Lord of the throne, is far above that which they ascribe to Him
21:23  None shall question Him about His works, but they shall be questioned
21:24  Have they taken other deities besides Him? Say to them, Bring your proofs. This is the reminder of those who are with me and the reminder of those who were before me. But most of them do not know the truth, and so they turn away from it
21:25  We sent all messengers before you with this revelation: There is no deity save Me, so worship Me alone
21:26  They say, The All Merciful has taken a son! Glory be to Him! They are only His honoured servants
21:27  they do not try to speak ahead of Him, and they act at His command
21:28  He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they cannot intercede without His permission. Indeed they themselves stand in awe of Him
21:29  Whoever of them should say, I am a deity besides Him, shall be requited with Hell. Thus do We reward the wrongdoers
21:30  Do not those who deny the truth see that the heavens and the earth were joined together and that We then split them asunder? And that We have made every living thing out of water? Will they still not believe
21:31  We set firm mountains upon the earth lest it should sway under them, and We placed therein passages for paths so that they might find their way
21:32  We have made the heaven a well-secured canopy; yet still they turn away from Our signs
21:33  It is He who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, each gliding in its orbit
21:34  We have not granted everlasting life to any human being before you; then if you [Muhammad] should die, will they live forever
21:35  Every soul shall taste death; We test you with both good and evil [circumstances] as a trial. To Us you shall return
21:36  When those who deny the truth see you, they laugh at you, saying, Is this the one who talks of your deities? Yet it is they who deny all mention of the Gracious One
21:37  Man is a creature of haste. Soon I will show you My signs, but do not ask Me to hasten them
21:38  They ask, When will this promise be fulfilled, if what you say be true
21:39  If only those who deny the truth knew the time when they would not be able to ward off the fire neither from their faces nor from their backs. They will not be helped
21:40  Indeed, it will come upon them suddenly and confound them; and they will not be able to ward it off, nor shall they be reprieved
21:41  Other messengers have been mocked before you, but those who scoffed were overwhelmed by the very thing they had mocked
21:42  Say, Who will save you from the wrath of the Most Gracious, by night and by day? Yet they turn away from the remembrance of their Lord
21:43  Do they have other deities who can defend them against Us? They cannot even help themselves, neither can they be aided against Us
21:44  Yet We bestowed the good things [of life] upon their fathers for a great length of time. But do they not see how We are shrinking their borders? Is it they who will prevail
21:45  Say, I warn you only through the Revelation. But the deaf can hear nothing when they are warned
21:46  yet if even a breath of your Lords punishment touched them, they would say, Woe to us! We were indeed wrongdoers
21:47  We shall set up scales of justice on the Day of Resurrection, so that no soul can be in the least wronged. Actions as small as a grain of mustard seed shall be weighed. We are sufficient as a reckoner
21:48  We gave Moses and Aaron the criterion of right and wrong and a light and reminder for the righteous
21:49  those who fear their Lord in the unseen, also dread the Hour of Judgement
21:50  This is a blessed reminder that We have revealed to you. Will you then reject it
21:51  Before this We gave Abraham his guidance. We knew him well
21:52  When he asked his father and his people, What are these images to which you are so devoted
21:53  They replied, We found our fathers worshipping them
21:54  Abraham said, Indeed, you and your fathers have been clearly misguided
21:55  They said, Have you brought us the truth or are you jesting
21:56  Abraham replied, Your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, who created them, and I bear witness to that
21:57  By the Lord, I will devise a plan against your deities after you have gone away and turned your backs
21:58  He broke them all into pieces, except for the biggest one of them, so that they might return to it [for enquiry]
21:59  Who has done this to our deities? He must be a wrongdoer
21:60  Some said, We heard a young man, called Abraham, talking about them
21:61  They said, Then bring him here in the sight of all the people, so that they may act as witnesses
21:62  They said, Abraham, was it you who did this to our deities
21:63  He answered, Rather this biggest one of them did it. Ask them, if they can speak
21:64  Then they turned to one another and said, It is you yourselves who are in the wrong
21:65  then they hung their heads, and said, O Abraham! You know they cannot speak
21:66  Abraham said, So, do you worship something instead of God that can neither benefit you nor harm you
21:67  Shame on you and on whatever you worship instead of God. Can you not understand
21:68  They said, Burn him and help your deities, if you are resolved to do something
21:69  But We said, Fire! Be cool and a means of safety for Abraham
21:70  They had sought to do him harm, but We frustrated them
21:71  And We saved him and Lot [and brought them] to a land which We had blessed for all people
21:72  We bestowed Isaac and then Jacob on him as an additional boon and We made all of them righteous
21:73  We made them leaders who guided people by Our command. We revealed to them the doing of good, observance of prayer and the giving of alms and Us alone did they worship
21:74  To Lot We gave wisdom and knowledge and delivered him from the city which practiced abomination. They were indeed a wicked people
21:75  We admitted him to Our mercy; he was a righteous man
21:76  Before him Noah cried out to Us, and We heard his prayer. We saved him and all his household from a great distress
21:77  We helped him against his people who rejected Our revelations. They were surely a wicked people, so We drowned them all
21:78  Tell of David and Solomon who both passed judgement on the field into which some peoples sheep had strayed [and grazed] at night. We bore witness to their judgement
21:79  We gave Solomon the right understanding of the matter, and We bestowed wisdom and knowledge on both of them. We caused the mountains and the birds to celebrate Our praises along with David. We had the power to do thi
21:80  We taught him the art of making coats of mail for you, to protect you in battle. Will you then give thanks
21:81  We subjected to Solomon the stormy wind, which blew at his behest towards the land which We had blessed. For it is We who have knowledge of all thing
21:82  We also subjected to him some of the jinn who dived for him in the sea and performed other tasks; We kept a watch over them
21:83  Remember Job when he called on his Lord saying, I have been afflicted with great distress: but You are the most merciful of the merciful
21:84  We heard his prayer and relieved his suffering, We restored to him his family, doubling their number as an act of Our grace, and as a reminder for the worshippers
21:85  Remember Ishmael and Idris and Dhul Kifl: they were all patient and steadfast
21:86  We admitted them to Our mercy. They were all righteous men
21:87  Remember the man in the whale [Jonah] when he went away in anger, thinking We had no power over him. But he cried out in the darkness, There is no deity but You. Glory be to You! I was indeed wrong
21:88  So We heard his prayer and delivered him from sorrow. Thus shall We deliver the true believers
21:89  Remember Zachariah, when he called out to his Lord, Do not leave me heirless Lord, You are the best of heirs
21:90  So We heard his prayer and bestowed John upon him and made his wife fit to bear him a child. They used to hasten to do good and they called on Us in hope and fear, and they were always humble towards Us
21:91  Remember the one who guarded her chastity; so We breathed Our Spirit into her, and made her and her son a sign for all people
21:92  This community of yours is one community and I am your Lord, so worship Me
21:93  But they divided themselves into factions, but to Us they shall all return
21:94  He who does good works while he is a believer, shall not see his efforts disregarded: We record them all
21:95  It is ordained that no nation We have destroyed shall ever rise again
21:96  but when Gog and Magog are let loose and swarm down from every hillside and they spread out, [leaping across every barrier of land and sea]
21:97  when the true promise of God draws near, those who denied the truth will stare in amazement, crying, Woe to us! We have been so heedless of this. Indeed, we were wrongdoers
21:98  You and what you worship instead of God will be fuel for hell: to it you shall all com
21:99  if those had really been deities, they would not have been led there; but there they will remain forever
21:100  They shall groan. They will not hear therein anything else
21:101  But those who have been promised a good reward by Us will be kept far away from Hel
21:102  they will not hear the slightest sound of it, and they shall forever abide in a state of bliss, among everything their souls longed for
21:103  The great Horror [of the Day of Judgement] shall not grieve them, and the angels will welcome them, saying, This is your Day which you have been promised
21:104  On that Day We shall roll up the heavens like a scroll of parchment. As We originated the first creation, so shall We repeat it. This is a promise binding on Us. Truly, We shall fulfill it
21:105  We have already written in the Psalms following the Reminder, My righteous servants shall inherit the earth
21:106  Herein, surely is a message for true worshippers
21:107  We have sent you forth as a mercy to all mankind
21:108  Say, It has been revealed to me that your God is but One God. Will you then submit to Him
21:109  If they turn away, say, I have warned you all alike, though I do not know whether [the scourge] which you are promised is near at hand or far off
21:110  God surely knows what you say openly and also knows what you conceal
21:111  Nor do I know whether it may mean a trial for you and a short Gracious One whose help we reprieve
21:112  Say, My Lord, judge with truth. Our Lord is Gracious One whose help we seek against what you utter