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ad-Dukhan (Smoke, The Evident Smoke)
as rendered by George Sale
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George Sale rendition of Surah Smoke, The Evident Smoke(ad-Dukhan)
44:1 H.M.
44:2 By the perspicuous book of the Koran;
44:3 verily We have sent down the same on a blessed night, -- for We had engaged so to do, --
44:4 on the night wherein is distinctly sent down the decree of every determined thing, as a command from Us.
44:5 Verily We have ever used to send apostles with revelations, at proper intervals,
44:6 as a mercy from thy Lord; for it is He who heareth and knoweth:
44:7 The Lord of heaven and earth, and of whatever is between them; if ye are men of sure knowledge.
44:8 There is no God but He: He giveth life, and He causeth to die; he is your Lord, and the Lord of your fore-fathers.
44:9 Yet do they amuse themselves with doubt.
44:10 But observe them on the day whereon the heaven shall produce a visible smoke,
44:11 which shall cover mankind: This will be a tormenting plague.
44:12 They shall say, O Lord, take this plague from off us: Verily we will become true believers.
44:13 How should an admonition be of avail to them in this condition; when a manifest apostle came unto them,
44:14 but they retired from him, saying, this man is instructed by others, or is a distracted person?
44:15 We will take the plague from off you, a little: But ye will certainly return to your infidelity.
44:16 On the day whereon We shall fiercely assault them with great power, verily We will take vengeance on them.
44:17 We made trial of the people of Pharaoh before them, and an honourable messenger came unto them, saying,
44:18 send unto me the servants of God; verily I am a faithful messenger unto you:
44:19 And lift not yourselves up against God: For I come unto you with manifest power.
44:20 And I fly for protection unto my Lord, and your Lord, that ye stone me not.
44:21 If ye do not believe me, at least depart from me.
44:22 And when they accused him of imposture, he called upon his Lord, saying, these are a wicked people.
44:23 And God said unto him, march forth with my servants by night; for ye will be pursued:
44:24 And leave the sea divided, that the Egyptians may enter the same; for they are a host doomed to be drowned.
44:25 How many gardens, and fountains,
44:26 and fields of corn, and fair dwellings,
44:27 and advantages which they enjoyed, did they leave behind them?
44:28 Thus We dispossessed them thereof; and We gave the same for an inheritance unto another people.
44:29 Neither heaven nor earth wept for them; neither were they respited any longer.
44:30 And We delivered the children of Israel from a shameful affliction;
44:31 from Pharaoh; for he was haughty, and a transgressor:
44:32 And We chose them, knowingly, above all people;
44:33 and We shewed them several signs, wherein was an evident trial.
44:34 Verily these Meccans say,
44:35 assuredly our final end will be no other than our first natural death; neither shall we be raised again:
44:36 Bring now our forefathers back to life, if ye speak truth.
44:37 Are they better, or the people of Tobba, and those who were before them? We destroyed them, because they wrought wickedness.
44:38 We have not created the heavens and the earth, and whatever is between them, by way of sport:
44:39 We have created them no otherwise than in truth; but the greater part of them do not understand.
44:40 Verily the day of separation shall be the appointed term of them all;
44:41 a day, whereon the master and the servant shall be of no advantage to one another, neither shall they be helped;
44:42 excepting those on whom God shall have mercy: For He is the mighty, the merciful.
44:43 Verily the fruit of the tree of al Zakkum
44:44 shall be the food of the impious:
44:45 As the dregs of oil shall it boil in the bellies of the damned,
44:46 like the boiling of the hottest water.
44:47 And it shall be said to the tormentors, take him, and drag him into the midst of hell:
44:48 And pour on his head the torture of boiling water,
44:49 saying, taste this; for thou art that mighty and honourable person.
44:50 Verily this is the punishment of which ye doubted.
44:51 But the pious shall be lodged in a place of security;
44:52 among gardens and fountains:
44:53 They shall be cloathed in fine silk, and in satin; and they shall sit facing one another.
44:54 Thus shall it be: And We will espouse them to fair damsels, having large black eyes.
44:55 In that place shall they call for all kinds of fruits, in full security:
44:56 They shall not taste death therein, after the first death; and God shall deliver from the pains of hell:
44:57 Through the gracious bounty of thy Lord. This will be great felicity.
44:58 Moreover We have rendered the Koran easy for thee, by revealing it in thine own tongue: To the end that they may be admonished:
44:59 Wherefore do thou wait the event; for they wait to see some misfortune befall thee.


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