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See! on a blessed night have we sent it down, for we would warn mankind
On the night wherein all things are disposed in wisdom
By virtue of our behest. Lo! we have ever sent forth Apostles
A mercy from thy Lord: he truly heareth and knoweth all things
Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth and of all that is between them, - if ye be firm in faith
There is no God but He! - He maketh alive and killeth! - Your Lord and the Lord of your sires of old
Yet with doubts do they disport them
But mark them on the day when the Heaven shall give out a palpable SMOKE
Which shall enshroud mankind: this will be an afflictive torment
They will cry, "Our Lord! relieve us from this torment: see! we are believers."
But how did warning avail them, when an undoubted apostle had come to them
And they turned their backs on him, and said, "Taught by others, possessed?"
Were we to relieve you from the plague even a little, ye would certainly relapse
On the day when we shall fiercely put forth our great fierceness, we will surely take vengeance on them
Of old, before their time, had we proved the people of Pharaoh, when a noble apostle presented himself to them
"Send away with me," cried he, "the servants of God; for I am an apostle worthy of all credit
And exalt not yourselves against God, for I come to you with undoubted power
And I take refuge with Him who is my Lord and your Lord, that ye stone me not
And if ye believe me not, at least separate yourselves from me."
And he cried to his Lord, "That these are a wicked people."
"March forth then, said God, with my servants by night, for ye will be pursued
And leave behind you the cleft sea: they are a drowned host."
How many a garden and fountain did they quit
And corn fields and noble dwellings
And pleasures in which they rejoiced them
So was it: and we gave them as a heritage to another people
Nor Heaven nor Earth wept for them, nor was their sentence respited
And we rescued the children of Israel from a degrading affliction
From Pharaoh, for he was haughty, given to excess
And we chose them, in our prescience, above all peoples
And we shewed them miracles wherein was their clear trial
Yet these infidels say
"There is but our first death, neither shall we be raised again
Bring back our sires, if ye be men of truth."
Are they better than the people of Tobba, And those who flourished before them whom we destroyed for their evil deeds
We have not created the Heavens and the Earth and whatever is between them in sport
We have not created them but for a serious end: but the greater part of them understand it not
Verily the day of severing shall be the appointed time of all
A day when the master shall not at all be aided by the servant, neither shall they be helped
Save those on whom God shall have mercy: for He is the mighty, the merciful
Verily the tree of Ez-Zakkou
Shall be the sinner's food
Like dregs of oil shall it boil up in their bellies
Like the boiling of scalding water
"Seize ye him, and drag him into the mid-fire
Then pour on his head of the tormenting boiling water
- 'Taste this:' for thou forsooth art the mighty, the honourable
Lo! this is that of which ye doubted."
But the pious shall be in a secure place
Amid gardens and fountains
Clothed in silk and richest robes, facing one another
Thus shall it be: and we will wed them to the virgins with large dark eyes
Therein shall they call, secure, for every kind of fruit
Therein, their first death passed, shall they taste death no more; and He shall keep them from the pains of Hell:
'Tis the gracious bounty of thy Lord! This is the great felicity
We have made this Koran easy for thee in thine own tongue, that they may take the warning
Therefore wait thou, for they are waiting