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Noon. By the pen and that which they write (with it),
by the grace of your Fosterer you are not under the influence of the jinn.
And there is certainly a reward for you, which will never fail.
And you are certainly of an exalted character.
So you will see and they (too) will see (as to)
which of you is afflicted (with madness).
Your Fosterer certainly knows best him who has gone astray from His way and He knows best those who receive guidance.
So do not obey the liars,
they like that you should compromise, so that they (too) would compromise.
And do not obey any disgraceful person who swears much,
defamer, going about spreading slander,
forbidder of good, exceeder of limits, sinful,
merciless, besides that, mean,
because he possesses wealth and sons.
When Our signs are recited to him, he says, “Stories of the ancient.”
We will brand him on the nose.
We tried them as We tried the inhabitants of the garden when they swore that they would pluck its fruit in the morning,
and they did not like to keep aside (a portion for the poor).
So there went around it, a circuit (of disaster) from your Fosterer while they were asleep,
so that the (garden) became as if (it was already) plucked.
And they cried out to each other in the morning,
saying, “Go to your field in the morning, if you are to pluck (the fruits).”
So they went whispering to one another,
that, “No poor man shall enter it today (to beg) from you.”
And (when they went) in the morning, (they presumed that) they had power on their determination (to pluck the fruit),
but when they saw it, they said, “We are certainly in error,
no, we are those who have been deprived (of receiving the benefit of our labour).”
One balanced among them said, “Did I not tell you? Had you glorified (by regarding Allah above all, this would not have happened).”
They said, “Glorified be our Fosterer, we were certainly unjust.”
Then they turned, some blaming the others.
They said, “Sorrowful is our state, we were rebellious,
it may be that our Fosterer will give us in exchange, a better (garden) than this; to our Fosterer (we turn as) seekers (of His grace).”
Such was the punishment, and the punishment of the hereafter is greater, had they but known.
For those who guard (against evil), there will certainly be gardens of bliss with their Fosterer.
Shall We make those who submit (as Muslims), like the criminals?
What is (wrong) with you? How do you judge?
Or have you a book through which you learn,
that you shall have therein what you choose?
Or do you have an agreement from Us which extends till the day of resurrection that you will have what you order (for)?
Ask them, which of them will be a claimant of that.
Or have they partners? Then let them bring their partners if they are truthful.
On the day (the covering) will be removed from the ankle (there being a calamity), and they will be called for prostrations, but they will not be able to (prostrate),
their looks will be humbled, disgrace will cover them. And indeed they used to be called for prostrations when they were sound, (but they used to refuse).
So leave Me and him who denies this statement, We will gradually catch them from such a position that they will not know.
And I give them time, My plot is certainly firm.
Do you ask them for a reward so that they are burdened with a lasting difficulty?
Or is (the knowledge of) the unseen with them, so that they write (it) down?
So wait patiently for the command of your Fosterer and do not be like the companion of the fish (Yunus) when he called out while he was in grief.
Had the favour of his Fosterer not reached him, he would have been (left) cast on the naked shore while he was blamed.
Then his Fosterer chose him and made him of the righteous.
And those who do not believe, when they hear the reminder, (give such an impression) by their looks that they would almost pull you down from your position and say, “He is indeed under the influence of the jinn.”
And this is nothing but a reminder to the worlds.
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