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By the Recital, rich in wisdom,
you are surely one of the Messengers,
It is a revelation sent down by the Mighty, the Merciful,
so you may warn a people whose ancestors had not been warned and so they were heedless.
The word has in fact proved true against most of them, but they do not believe.
For We have placed yokes on their necks, reaching to their chins, so their heads are forced up:
and We have placed a barrier before them and a barrier behind them, and covered them over, so they do not see.
And it is the same to them whether you warn them or not: they do not believe.
You can only warn those who follow the Reminder and fear the Compassionate One in secret: give them news of forgiveness and a generous, noble reward.
For We give life to the dead, and We record what they sent before and what they left after them: and We have taken account of all things in a clear book of examples.
Set forth to them a parable, of the companions of the city when there came to it Envoys sent as messengers.
When We first sent them two, they called them both liars; so We strengthened the two with a third. And they said, â€œwe are messengers sent to you.â€
The people said, â€œYou are nothing but human beings like us. And the Compassionate One does not send anything down at all. You are simply lying."
The messengers said, "Our Lord knows we are indeed messengers sent to you.
"And our only obligation is clear communication.â€
The people said, "We see an evil omen in you: if you do not desist, we will stone you, and a painful punishment will hit you from us.â€
The messengers said, "Your evil omen is on your own account; does it depend on your being admonished? No, you are a people exceeding all bounds."
And there came, from the remotest part of the city, a man running: he said, "O my people! Follow the Messengers:
â€œFollow those who ask you no reward, but are themselves guided ones.
"And how could I not serve the One who created me, and to whom you will all be returned?
"Shall I take to other gods? If the Compassionate One wished me ill, their intercession would avail me nothing, and they would not deliver me.
â€œIndeed, I would be in evident error.
â€œI do believe in your Lord: so listen to me.â€
It was said. "Enter the garden." He said, â€œAh, would that my people knew
â€œmy Lord has forgiven me and placed me among the honored ones!"
And We did not send to his people after him any hosts from heaven; and We were not bound to send them.
It was but one single blast: and they were extinct!
Alas for the servants: whenever a Messenger comes to them, they mock him.
Do they not see how many communities We destroyed before them? To them they'll not return.
And each and every one, all together, will be brought before Us.
And a sign for them is the earth when it is dead: We enliven it and bring forth grain from it, of which they partake.
And We have placed on it gardens of dates and grapes, and caused springs to flow in it,
that they may eat of its fruits, though their own hands did not make this: will they not then be thankful?
Glory to the One who created mates, all of them. from what the earth produces, from their own selves, and from what they do not know.
And a sign for them is the night, from which We strip the day, whereupon they are steeped in darkness.
And the sun courses in the place established for it that is the order decreed by the Almighty, the All- Knowing.
And for the moon We have n1easured phases, until it returns to a tiny crescent.
The sun is not to overtake the moon, nor the night to outstrip the day; and each swims in an orbit.
And a sign for them is that We carried their race in the loaded Ark:
and We made for them the like of it, in which they ride.
And if We wished, We could drown them so they would have no helper, and they would not be delivered,
except as a mercy from Us, and as a temporary provision.
And when it is said to them, â€œBe wary of what is before you and what is behind you, that you may be favored with mercy,"
not a single one of the signs of their Lord comes to them without them turning away.
And when it 1s said to them, â€œSpend of what God has provided you," those who disbelieve say to those who believe, "Shall we feed those whom God could have fed if willing? You are simply in obvious error."
And they say, "When is this promise to be fulfilled, if you are telling the truth?"'
They have nothing to look forward to but a single blast: it will seize them even as they are disputing.
so they wonâ€™t be able to make their last will. and they wonâ€™t return to their families.
And the trumpet will be sounded. and from the graves to their Lord they will hasten.
They will say. â€œwoe to us! Who has roused us from our beds?.. This is what God The Compassionate has promised. for the Prophets spoke the truth.
It will be just one single blast. whereupon all of them will be brought together before Us.
And on that day no soul will be wronged in anything. and you will not be rewarded except for what you did.
The people of the Garden will be happy at work that day;
they and their mates will be in the shade reclining on couches,
every amenity there for them, and they have whatever they call for.
Peace: a word from a merciful Lord.
And stand as.1de this day. you who are sinners;
did I not command you, children of Adam, not to serve Obsession, an obvious enemy to you,
and to serve Me, this being a straight Path?
It has in fact led a great many of you astray; did you not understand?
This is hell, which you were promised:
burn in it today, for having been ungrateful.
On that day We will seal their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will bear witness to what they have earned.
And if We wished, We could have put out their eyes; and they would have rushed for the path, but how could they see?
And if We wished, We could have transformed them in their places, so they could neither progress nor go back.
And whomever We grant long life. We reverse in nature: so will they not understand?
And We did not teach him poetry, as it is not proper for him. This is but a Reminder and a clear Recital,
to warn those who are alive, and prove the Word against the ungrateful who disbelieve.
Have they not seen that We have created for them, of what Our hands have made, cattle, over which they have control?
And We have made them submissive, so some of them are mounts, and some of them they eat.
And they have other uses for them, including milk to drink: are they not then thankful?
Yet they take to gods other than The God, that they might perchance be helped.
They are unable to help them; but they will be brought forth as an army against them.
So do not let their speech grieve you, for We know what they hide and what they reveal.
Has Man not seen that We have created him from a drop? Yet there he is, an open disputer!
Say, "The One who created them the first time will bring them to life, knowing full well every created nature.
"The One who produced fire for you from the green tree, so you yourselves kindle fire from it.
"Is not the One who created the heavens and the earth not able to create their like?" Oh. yes! For this is the Supreme Creator. the Omniscient One.
God's only command, when willing any thing is saying to it, "'Be!" -and itis.
So glory to the One in Whose hand is the dominion of all things, and to whom you will all be returned.
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