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By the grace of your Lord, Prophet, you aren’t possessed.
Indeed, you shall have an everlasting reward,
and you have a strong character
Soon you will see, and so will they,
who is really demented.
Your Lord knows best who strayed from His path, and He knows best who are the guided.
So don’t compromise with the deniers;
they would love to see you compromise with them so that they may compromise.
Don’t yield to every despicable swearer of oaths –
a fault-finder, dashing around backbiting,
obstructing the common good, an aggressor, a sinner,
an oppressor, and moreover of doubtful birth.
He has plenty of wealth and children.
When Our verses are recited to him he says, “These are ancient stories.”
We shall soon put a mark on his nose
We test them as We tested the owners of the orchard, when they promised they would pick the fruits early in the morning
and they made no exceptions.
While they slept, a disaster from your Lord struck the orchard,
so by the morning it was a desolate place.
They woke up in the morning and called out to each other,
“Hurry to your harvest, if you are going to pick its fruits.”
So off they went, whispering to each other,
“Absolutely no needy person will enter it today and bother you.”
They went early, purposefully and determined.
However, when they reached there they saw it utterly desolate,
they said, “We are lost,
rather we are prevented from picking the fruit!
The middle one said, “Didn’t I tell you to glorify Allah?”
They replied, “Glory be to Our Lord, we were wicked!”
So they turned to one other and began blaming each other.
They cried, “Woe to us! We were shamelessly disobedient,
perhaps Our Lord will give us something better in exchange for the orchard; we turn genuinely in hope to Our Lord.”
Such was the punishment, but the punishment of the Hereafter is even greater. If only they knew
The righteous will have attractive Gardens near their Lord.
So are We to treat those who have submitted themselves like the sinners?
What is the matter with you; what makes you judge in this way?
Or do you have a book from where you have learnt
that you will get whatever you choose?
Or do you have solemn oaths with Us that are binding till Judgement Day – you will have whatever you decide?
Ask them: “Who will guarantee this?
Or do they have partners beside Allah?” So let them bring their partners if they are truthful.
The Day things will be extremely difficult, they will be invited to prostrate, but they won’t be able to do so,
their eyes lowered and faces covered with humiliation. They were invited to prostrate when they were safe and sound.
So leave those to Me who deny this Revelation. So gradually We shall lead them to their ruin, and they will not know it,
and We shall give them more time. My plan will work
Or do you ask them for a wage, which will burden them heavily with debt
Or do they have knowledge of the unseen that they write down
So wait patiently for your Lord’s judgement and do not be like the companion in the belly of the whale who prayed whilst in distress.
Hadn’t a blessing from His Lord reached him, he would have been abandoned on the barren shore, condemned forever.
So His Lord accepted his plea and selected him, and He made him among the righteous.
They wish to strike you down with their evil eyes; when the disbelievers hear the Reminder they say, “He is mad!”
This is a clear Reminder for all people
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