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Nun. By the Pen and what they write down!
By the blessing of your Lord, you are not mad.
You will have a wage which never-fails.
Indeed you are truly vast in character.
So you will see and they will see
which of you is mad.
Your Lord knows best who is misguided from His Way and He knows best those who are guided.
So do not obey those who deny the truth.
They wish that you would conciliate them, then they too would be conciliating.
But do not obey any vile swearer of oaths,
any backbiter, slandermonger,
impeder of good, evil aggressor,
gross, coarse and furthermore, despicable,
simply because he possesses wealth and sons.
When Our Signs are recited to him, he says, ´Just myths of previous peoples!´
We will brand him on the snout!
We have tried them as We tried the owners of the garden when they swore that they would harvest in the morning
but did not say the redeeming words, ´If Allah wills´.
So a visitation from your Lord came upon it while they slept
and in the morning it was like burnt land stripped bare.
In the morning they called out to one another,
´Leave early for your land if you want to pick the fruit.´
So they set off, quietly saying to one another,
´Do not let any poor man into it today while you are there.´
They left early, intent on carrying out their scheme.
But when they saw it, they said, ´We must have lost our way.
No, the truth is we are destitute!´
The best of them said, ´Did I not say to you, "Why do you not glorify Allah?"´
They said, ´Glory be to our Lord! Truly we have been wrongdoers.´
They turned to face each other in mutual accusation.
They said, ´Woe to us! We were indeed inordinate.
Maybe our Lord will give us something better than it in exchange. We entreat our Lord.´
Such is the punishment. And the punishment of the Next World is much greater if they only knew.
The people who have taqwa will have Gardens of Delight with their Lord.
Would We make the Muslims the same as the evildoers?
What is the matter with you? On what basis do you judge?
Or do you have a Book which you study,
so that you may have anything in it you choose?
Or do you have oaths which bind Us, extending to the Day of Rising, that you will have whatever you decide?
Ask them which of them stands as guarantor for that!
Or do they have Divine partners? Then let them produce their partners if they are telling the truth!
On the Day when legs are bared and they are called on to prostrate, they will not be able to do so.
Their eyes will be downcast, darkened by debasement; for they were called on to prostrate when they were in full possession of their faculties.
So leave anyone who denies this discourse to Me! We will lead them, step by step, into destruction from where they do not know.
I will allow them more time. My subterfuge is sure.
Or do you ask them for a wage so they are weighed down with debt?
Or is the Unseen in their hands, so they can write out what is to happen?
So wait steadfastly for the judgement of your Lord. Do not be like the Companion of the Fish when he called out in absolute despair.
Had a blessing from his Lord not overtaken him, he would have been thrown up on the naked shore, for he was at fault.
But his Lord chose him and made him one of the righteous.
Those who are kafir all but strike you down with their evil looks when they hear the Reminder and say, ´He is quite mad.´
But it is nothing less than a Reminder to all the worlds.
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