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Truly you are one of the Messengers
The revelation of the Almighty, the Most Merciful
so that you may warn a people whose fathers were not warned and who are therefore unaware.
The Word has been justly carried out against most of them so they have no iman.
We have put iron collars round their necks reaching up to the chin, so that their heads are forced back.
We have placed a barrier in front of them and a barrier behind them, blindfolding them so that they cannot see.
It makes no difference to them whether you warn them or do not warn them: they will not have iman.
You can only warn those who act on the Reminder and fear the All-Merciful in the Unseen. Give them the good news of forgiveness and a generous reward.
We bring the dead to life and We record what they send ahead and what they leave behind. We have listed everything in a clear register.
Make an example for them of the inhabitants of the city when the Messengers came to it.
When We sent them two and they denied them both, so We reinforced them with a third. They said, ´Truly We have been sent to you as Messengers.´
They said, ´You are nothing but human beings like ourselves. The All-Merciful has not sent down anything. You are simply lying.´
They said, ´Our Lord knows we have been sent as Messengers to you.
We are only responsible for clear transmission.´
They said, ´We see an evil omen in you. If you do not stop we will stone you and you will suffer a painful punishment at our hands.´
They said, ´Your evil omen is in yourselves. Is it not just that you have been reminded? No, you are an unbridled people!´
A man came running from the far side of the city, saying, ´My people! follow the Messengers!
Follow those who do not ask you for any wage and who have received guidance.
Why indeed should I not worship Him Who brought me into being, Him to Whom you will be returned?
Am I to take as gods instead of Him those whose intercession, if the All-Merciful desires harm for me, will not help me at all and cannot save me?
In that case I would clearly be misguided.
I have iman in your Lord so listen to me!´
He was told, ´Enter the Garden!´ He said, ´If my people only knew
how my Lord has forgiven me and placed me among the honoured ones!´
We did not send down to his people any host from heaven after him nor would We send one down.
It was but one Great Blast and they were extinct.
Alas for My slaves! No Messenger comes to them without their mocking him.
Do they not see how many generations before them We have destroyed and that they will not return to them?
Each and every one will be summoned to Our presence.
A Sign for them is the dead land which We bring to life and from which We bring forth grain of which they eat.
We place in it gardens of dates and grapes, and cause springs to gush out in it,
so they may eat its fruits they did not do it themselves. So will they not be thankful?
Glory be to Him who created all the pairs: from what the earth produces and from themselves and from things unknown to them.
A Sign for them is the night: We peel the day away from it and there they are in darkness.
And the sun runs to its resting place. That is the decree of the Almighty, the All-Knowing.
And We have decreed set phases for the moon, until it ends up looking like an old palm spathe.
It is not for the sun to overtake the moon nor for the night to outstrip the day; each one is swimming in a sphere.
A Sign for them is that We carried their families in the laden ship.
And We have created for them the like of it in which they sail.
If We wished, We could drown them with no one to hear their cry, and then they would not be saved
except as an act of mercy from Us, to give them enjoyment for a time.
They are told, ´Have taqwa of what is before you and behind you so that hopefully you will have mercy shown to you.´
Not one of your Lord´s Signs comes to them without their turning away from it.
And when they are told, ´Spend from the provision Allah has given you,´ those who are kafir say to those who have iman, ´Why should we feed someone whom, if He wished, Allah would feed Himself? You are clearly in error.´
And they say, ´When will this promise come about if you are telling the truth?´
What are they waiting for but one Great Blast to seize them while they are quibbling?
They will not be able to make a will or return to their families.
The Trumpet will be blown and at once they will be sliding from their graves towards their Lord.
They will say, ´Alas for us! Who has raised us from our resting-place? This is what the All-Merciful promised us. The Messengers were telling the truth.´
It will be but one Great Blast, and they will all be summoned to Our presence.
Today no self will be wronged in any way. You will only be repaid for what you did.
The Companions of the Garden are busy enjoying themselves today,
they and their wives reclining on couches in the shade.
They will have fruits there and whatever they request.
´Peace!´ A word from a Merciful Lord.
´Keep yourselves apart today, you evildoers!
Did I not make a contract with you, tribe of Adam, not to worship Shaytan, who truly is an outright enemy to you,
but to worship Me? That is a straight path.
He has led huge numbers of you into error. Why did you not use your intellect?
This is the Hell that you were promised.
Roast in it today because you were kafirun.´
Today We seal up their mouths and their hands speak to us, and their feet bear witness to what they have earned.
If We wished, We could put out their eyes. Then, though they might race for the path, how would they see?
If We wished, We could transform them where they stand so they would neither be able to go out nor return.
When We grant long life to people, We return them to their primal state. So will you not use your intellect?
We did not teach him poetry nor would it be right for him. It is simply a reminder and a clear Qur´an
so that you may warn those who are truly alive and so that the Word may be carried out against the kafirun.
Have they not seen how We created for them, by Our own handiwork, livestock which are under their control?
We have made them tame for them and some they ride and some they eat.
And they have other uses for them, and milk to drink. So will they not be thankful?
They have taken gods besides Allah so that perhaps they may be helped.
They cannot help them even though they are an army mobilised in their support.
So do not let their words distress you. We know what they keep secret and what they divulge.
Does not man see that We created him from a drop yet there he is, an open antagonist!
He makes likenesses of Us and forgets his own creation, saying, ´Who will give life to bones when they are decayed?´
Say ´He who made them in the first place will bring them back to life. He has total knowledge of each created thing;
He Who produces fire for you from green trees so that you use them to light your fires.´
Does He who created the heavens and earth not have the power to create the same again? Yes indeed! He is the Creator, the All-Knowing.
His command when He desires a thing is just to say to it, ´Be!´ and it is.
Glory be to Him Who has the Dominion of all things in His Hand. To Him you will be returned.