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53:1  By the star when it goes down
53:2  Your companion is neither astray nor being misled
53:3  Nor does he say anything of his own volition
53:4  It is no less than inspiration sent down to him
53:5  He was taught by one mighty in power
53:6  Endued with wisdom, for he appeared
53:7  While he was in the highest part of the horizon
53:8  Then he approached and came closer
53:9  And was at a distance of only two bow-lengths or nearer
53:10  So God conveyed the inspiration to His servant which He meant to convey
53:11  His heart in no way falsified that which he saw
53:12  Will you then dispute with him concerning what he saw
53:13  For indeed he saw him at a second descent
53:14  Near the lotus-tree beyond which none may pass
53:15  Near is the garden of abode
53:16  Behold, the lotus-tree was shrouded
53:17  His sight never deviated, nor did it go wrong
53:18  For truly he saw the signs of his Lord, the Greatest
53:19  Have you seen Lat and ‘Uzza
53:20  And another, the third, Manat
53:21  What, for you the male, and for Him, the female
53:22  Behold, that would indeed be a division unfair
53:23  These are nothing but names which you have made up, you and your fathers, for which God has sent down no authority. They follow nothing but speculation, and what their own soul’s desire. Even though there has already come to them guidance from their Lord
53:24  No, will human beings have everything they pursue
53:25  But it is to God that the end and the beginning belong
53:26  However many angels there are in the heavens, their intercession will avail them nothing, except after God has given permission to whom He pleases, and that they are acceptable to Him
53:27  Those who do not believe in the hereafter, name the angels with female names
53:28  But they cannot know. They follow nothing but speculation, and speculation avails nothing against truth
53:29  Therefore turn away from those who turn away from Our message, and desire nothing but the life of the present
53:30  That is as far as their knowledge will take them, indeed your Lord knows best those who stray from His path, and He knows best those who receive guidance
53:31  Yes, to God belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth. He rewards those who do wrong, according to their deeds, and He rewards those who do right, with what is best
53:32  Those who avoid great sins and shameful deeds, only falling into small faults, indeed your Lord is ample in forgiveness. He knows you well when He brings you out of the earth, and when you are hidden in your mothers’ wombs. Therefore do not justify yourselves. He knows best who it is that guards against harm
53:33  See the one, who turns back
53:34  Gives a little, then hardens
53:35  What, have they knowledge of the unknown and can they see it
53:36  No, is he not acquainted with what is in the Books of Moses
53:37  And of Abraham, who fulfilled his engagements
53:38  Namely, that no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another
53:39  That human beings can have nothing but what they strive for
53:40  That their striving will soon come into sight
53:41  Then they will be rewarded with a reward complete
53:42  That to your Lord is the final goal
53:43  That it is He Who grants laughter and tears
53:44  That it is He Who grants death and life
53:45  That He created in pairs, male and female
53:46  From a zygote when lodged in its place
53:47  That He has promised a second creation
53:48  That it is He Who gives wealth and satisfaction
53:49  That He is the Lord of Sirius
53:50  And that it is He Who caused to perish, the ancient ‘Ad people
53:51  And the Thamud, nor gave them a lease of perpetual life
53:52  And before them, the people of Noah, because they were all most unjust and most insolent transgressors
53:53  And He caused to perish the overthrown cities
53:54  And they have been covered up
53:55  Then about which of the gifts of your Lord will you dispute
53:56  This is a warner, of the series of warners ahead of him
53:57  The Ever Approaching draws near
53:58  None but God can remove it
53:59  Do you then wonder at this recital
53:60  And will you laugh and not weep
53:61  Wasting your time in vanities
53:62  But fall down in prostration to God, in worship to Him