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An inquirer asked about an impending punishment.
It is for the kafirun and cannot be averted
from Allah the Lord of the Ascending Steps.
The angels and the Spirit ascend to Him in a day whose length is fifty thousand years.
Therefore be patient with a patience which is beautiful.
They see it as something distant,
but We see it as very close.
On the Day the sky is like molten brass
and the mountains like tufts of coloured wool.
no good friend will ask about his friend
even though they can see each other. An evildoer will wish he could ransom himself from the punishment of that Day, by means of his sons,
or his wife or his brother
or his family who sheltered him
or everyone else on earth, if that only meant that he could save himself.
But no! It is a Raging Blaze
stripping away the limbs and scalp,
which calls for all who drew back and turned away,
and amassed and hoarded up.
Truly man was created headstrong
desperate when bad things happen,
begrudging when good things come
except for those who do salat
and are constant in it;
those in whose wealth there is a known share
for beggars and the destitute;
those who affirm the Day of Judgement,
those who are fearful of the punishment of their Lord
(no one is safe from the punishment of his Lord);
those who guard their private parts
except from their wives and any slaves they own, in which case they incur no blame,
but if anyone desires any more than that, they have overstepped the limits;
those who honour their trusts and contracts;
those who stand by their testimony;
those who safeguard their salat;
such people will be in Gardens, highly honoured.
What is the matter with those who are kafir? They run about in front of you, with outstretched necks and staring eyes,
on the right and on the left in scattered groups!
Does each one of them aspire to be admitted into a Garden of Delight?
Certainly not! We created them from what they know full well.
No! I swear by the Lord of the Easts and Wests that We have the power
to replace them with something better than them. We will not be outstripped.
So leave them to plunge and play around until they meet their Day which they are promised.
The Day they will emerge swiftly from their graves as if rushing to rally to the flag,
eyes downcast, darkened by debasement, that will be the Day which they were promised.
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