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Blessed is He who has dominion in His hands. He has power over all things.
He created death and life so He may test which among you are best in deeds. He is the Victorious, the Most Forgiving.
He created seven [layers of] skies, one above another. You will see no flaw in the creation of the Most Gracious. Look again. Do you see any defect?
Look another time. Your vision will return to you blurred and tired.
We have adorned the nearest sky with lamps [stars, planets, and moons]. We have made some of them as missiles [shooting stars] to scare away the demons. [We] have prepared for them the penalty of the blazing fire.
For those who reject their Lord, there is the penalty of Hell. That destination is wretched.
When they are thrown into it, they will hear the heaving of its breath, even as it blazes forth.
It will almost burst with fury. Every time a group is cast into it, its keepers will ask them, “Did no advisor come to you?”
They will say, “Yes, indeed; an advisor did come to us, but we rejected him and said, ‘Allah never sent down any message. You are only in strange delusion.’”
They will further say, “If we had only listened or used our brains, we would not be among the companions of the blazing fire.”
They will then realize their sins, so away with the companions of the blazing fire!
For those who fear their unseen Lord, there is forgiveness and a great reward.
Whether you conceal your word or proclaim it, He is certainly the All-knowing over what is within hearts.
Wouldn’t He know? He is the One who created. He is the Subtle One, the Fully Aware.
It is He who has made the earth to be of service for you. Travel on its roads and eat of His provision. Unto Him is the Resurrection.
Do you feel secure that He who is in Heaven will not cause you to be swallowed by the earth when it shakes [with an earthquake]?
Do you feel secure that He who is in Heaven will not send against you a violent storm so that you will know My warning?
Certainly, people before them rejected [the warnings]. How terrible was My rejection [of them]!
Do they not observe the birds above them, spreading their wings and folding them in? No one can hold them up except the Most Gracious. Truly, He watches over all things.
Who is there who can help you, like an army, besides the Most Merciful? The unbelievers are only in delusion.
Who is there who can provide you with sustenance if He were to withhold His provision? Bunk! They persist in pride and rebellion.
Is one who walks stumbling, falling on his/her face, better guided, or one who walks evenly on the Straight Way?
Say, “He created you and provided for you the senses of hearing, seeing, feeling, and perceiving. You give little thanks.”
Say, “He multiplied you across the earth, and to Him you will be assembled.”
(Scoffers) ask, “When will the promise [of the Day of Judgment] be realized, if you are telling the truth?”
Say, “Such knowledge is with Allah alone. I am only one who gives fair warning.”
When they see it quickly approaching, the faces of the unbelievers will show distress. It will be said, “This is it –what you beckoned!”
Say, “Consider this: Whether Allah destroys me and those with me or bestows His mercy on us, who can deliver the unbelievers from a horrendous penalty?”
Say, “He is the Most Gracious; we have believed in Him, and on Him we have put our trust. Soon you will know who of us [believers or unbelievers] are wrong.”
Say, “Don’t you understand? If some morning your water supply is suddenly lost into the earth, who then can restore your flow of water?”