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By the Quran full of wisdom,
you are certainly (one) of the messengers,
on the straight path.
(The Quran is) sent down by the Mighty, the Merciful
that you may warn a people whose fathers were not warned so they are heedless.
The word has indeed proved true on most of them so they do not believe.
We have placed chains round their necks and they are right up to the chins, so their heads are raised,
and We have made a barrier before them and a barrier behind them, then We have covered them, therefore they are not able to see.
And it is equal to them whether you warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe.
You can warn only him who follows the reminder and fears the Beneficent (Allah) without having seen Him, so convey to him the good news of protective forgiveness and an honourable reward.
We certainly give life to the dead and record the (deeds) which they send before (in advance) and their footprints (work which they leave behind) and We have computed everything in a clear guide (book of deeds).
And set forth to them the similitude of the inhabitants of the town, when messengers came to it,
when We sent to them two, they denied them both, therefore We strengthened (them) with a third, so they said, “We are messengers (sent) to you.”
They said, “You are nothing but men like us and the Beneficent (Allah) has not sent down anything, you do nothing but lie.”
They said, “Our Fosterer knows that we are certainly messengers (sent) to you
and there is no (responsibility) on us except clear conveyance (of the message).”
They said, “We consider you to be an evil omen, if you do not desist we will definitely stone you and you will definitely be afflicted by a painful punishment from us.”
They said, “(Let) your evil omens be with you. What! (you resist us just) because you are reminded, no, you are an extravagant people.”
And a man came running from a distant (part) of the city, he said, “O my people! follow the messengers,
follow those who do not ask you for a reward and who are themselves guided.
And what reason do I have not to serve Him Who initiated my creation, and to Him you will be returned.
What! should I take gods besides Him, whose recommendation will not make me free from anything, if the Beneficent (Allah) intends harm, nor will they save me?
Then, in that case, I will certainly be in clear error.
I have believed in your Fosterer, so listen to me.”
It was said, “Enter the garden.” He said, “I wish my people could know
(the reason) because of which my Fosterer protectively forgave me and placed me among the honoured ones.”
And after him, We did not send down on his people, any army from the sky, and it was not (necessary) for Us to send,
it was nothing but a single loud cry when they became motionless.
(Let there be) regret on My servants, there does not come to them any messenger but they mock at him.
Did they not consider, how many of the generations did We destroy before them which do not come back to them?
And all of them, without exception, will be presented before Us.
And a sign to them is the dead earth, We give life to it and bring out from it grain so they eat of it.
And We have made therein gardens of date palms and grapes and We have caused the springs to gush forth therein,
that they may eat of its fruit, and their hands did not make it. Will they not then be grateful?
Glory be to Him Who created pairs of everything, of that which the earth grows and of themselves and of that which they do not know.
And a sign for them is the night, We cause the day to slip off from it, when (again) they are in darkness.
And the sun moves on for the time (and) in the space (appointed for) it. That is the programme of the Mighty, the Knowing.
And the moon, We have programmed for it stages (in space and time) till it returns like an old dry palm branch.
Neither it is possible for the sun to catch (up with) the moon, nor can the night outstrip the day and each moves fast in an orbit.
And a sign for them is that We carried their progeny in the loaded ship.
And We created for them (vessels) similar to it, on which they ride.
And if We will We can drown them, then there will be no one (to respond) to their cry for help nor will they be saved,
but (if this does not happen, it is due to) the mercy from Us and a provision till a time.
And (they are heedless) when it is said to them, “Guard (yourselves against) that which is before you and that which is behind you that you may be dealt with mercifully.”
And there does not come to them any sign from the signs of their Fosterer but they turn away from it.
And when it is said to them, “Spend from that which Allah has provided for you,” those who do not believe say to those who believe, “Should we feed him, whom Allah (Himself) could feed, if He wills? You are in nothing but clear error.”
And they say, “When will the promise (be fulfilled) if you are truthful?”
They do not wait for anything but a single loud cry which will take hold of them while they are (involved) in a tussle with each other,
so that they will neither be able to make a bequest nor will they be able to return to their own people.
And it will be blown into the trumpet (structure of the universe) when they will rush forth from their graves towards their Fosterer,
saying, “Sorrowful is our state, who has raised us from our sleeping place? This is what the Beneficent (Allah) had promised and the messengers had spoken the truth.”
It will be nothing but a single loud cry when all of them will be presented before Us.
So on that day, no soul will be dealt with unjustly in anything and you will not be rewarded for anything but for that which you used to do.
On that day, the inhabitants of the garden will certainly be in a joyful occupation,
they and their mates (will be) in shades, reclining on couches.
For them there will be fruits and for them (there will be) what they ask for.
‘Peace,’ (will be) the word from the Merciful Fosterer.
(Allah will say), “Separate on this day, O you criminals!
Had I not enjoined on you, O children of Adam! that you should not serve the devil, (as) he is your open enemy,
and that you should serve Me, this is the straight path?
And he had indeed led astray a large group of people from among you, then were you not having sense?
This is the hell you were threatened with,
enter it this day, because you did not believe.”
This day We will put a seal on their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us and their feet will bear witness of that which they used to earn.
And if We will We could wipe off their eyes, then they would strive for the path, but how will they be able to see?
And if We will We could transform them in their places, then they would not be able to go forward or to return.
And he to whom We give a long life, We reverse him in creation (instead of growing he starts decaying). Do they not then understand?
And We have not taught him (Muhammed) poetry and it is not suitable for him, it is nothing but a reminder and a Quran (that makes things) clear,
that he who is alive may be warned and the word may be proved true against the infidels.
Did they not see that We have created the cattle for them, among that which Our hands have done, then they are their masters?
And We have subdued them for their (use), so among them are (some on) whom they ride and (some) of them they eat.
And they have (other) benefits in them and drinks. Will they not then be grateful?
And they have taken gods besides Allah that they may be helped.
They are not capable of helping them, and they (their false gods, supposed to be a) force for them, will (also) be presented (before Allah).
So do not let their speech grieve you, We know that which they keep secret and that which they make public.
H as not man considered that We created him from a sperm* even then he is an open disputant. * See note no. 1 of chapter 16, Verse 4.
And he strikes a similitude for Us and forgets his own creation, saying, “Who will give life to the bones when they are decomposed?”
Say, “He will give life to them Who produced them the first time and He knows every (kind of) creation.
He it is Who made the fire for you from the green trees, so that you get your fuel from it.
Is not He Who created the skies and the earth, able to create the like of them, why not? And He is the Great Creator Who knows.
His command, when He intends anything, is that He says to it only, ‘Be’, so it is.”
So glory be to Him in Whose hand is the kingdom of everything and to Him you will be returned.
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