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Consider the enlightening Book.
We bestowed it during a blessed night for We wanted to forewarn.
Within it, every aspect of wisdom is distinguished.
[It is so] by command from Us, for We grant,…
…as a mercy from your Lord. He truly is the All-hearing, the All-knowing.
[He is] the Lord of Heavens and Earth and all among them. If only you were certain!
No god is there except Him! He gives life, and He gives death –the Lord of you and your earliest ancestors.
Yet, they flit in doubt.
Watch for the day when the sky will erupt in thick smoke.
[The smoke will be] enveloping the people. This will be a wretched penalty!
“Our Lord, remove the penalty from us, for now we really do believe!”
How shall the message solidify for them, seeing that a message clearly explaining had come to them?
Yet they turned away from him and said, “He’s been coached! He’s possessed!”
We shall indeed withdraw the penalty for a while, but truly you [sinners] will lapse [back to your wicked ways].
One day We will seize you with a mighty onslaught. We will indeed exact retribution.
Before them, We tried the people of Pharaoh. An honorable messenger came to them.
[He was] saying, “Restore to me the servants of Allah. I am for you a trustworthy messenger.
Do not be arrogant against Allah. I come to you with evident authority.
Indeed, I have sought refuge, with my Lord and your Lord, so you will not stone me.
If you do not believe in me, separate yourselves from me.”
[After their aggression], he cried to his Lord, “These people are lost sinners.”
[Allah’s orders:] “March forth with My servants by night, for you will certainly be pursued.
Leave the sea as a furrow, for they [Pharaoh’s army] are a host to be drowned.”
They left behind many gardens and springs.
[They left behind] cornfields and splendid buildings.
[They left behind] luxuries that made them happy.
That’s the way it was. We made other people inheritors [of what they left behind].
Neither Heaven nor Earth shed a tear for them. They were given no respite.
We delivered the Children of Israel from humiliating suffering.
[The suffering] was inflicted by Pharaoh for he was arrogant among the sinners.
We chose (the Children of Israel), with knowledge, above all other nations.
[We] granted them signs in which there was evident trial.
As for these [Quraysh], they say this:…
…“There is only our first death, and we will not be raised again.
“Return our ancestors if what you say is true.”
Are they any better than the people of Tubba and those who came before them? We destroyed them because they were guilty of sin.
We did not create the skies and Earth and all among them merely for sport.
We did not create them for anything except a purpose. Most of them do not understand.
Truly, the day of distinction is the time appointed for all of them.
[It is] the day when no friend can avail his/her friend at all. They can receive no help.
The exception is those who receive Allah’s mercy. Truly, He is the Victorious, the Most Merciful.
Truly, the Tree of Bitterness…
…will be the food of the sinners.
[It will be] like molten brass. It will boil in their bellies.
[It will be] like the boiling of scalding water.
“Seize him/her. Drag him/her into the midst of the blazing fire.
Pour over his/her head the torment of boiling water.
“Taste! Truly, you were high and mighty!
“Truly, this [Hell] is what you used to doubt.”
The righteous will be in a position of security.
[They will be] among gardens and springs.
[They will be] dressed in fine silk and rich brocade. They will face each other.
Thus shall it be. We shall join them to companions with beautiful, wide, lustrous eyes.
There they can ask for every kind of fruit, in security.
They will never taste death, except the initial death. He will save them from the penalty of Hell.
[That will be] a grace from your Lord. That will be the ultimate achievement!
Truly, We have made this [Qur’an] easy in your tongue so that they may pay attention.
Wait and watch. They also are waiting.
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