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When the sun is compacted in blackness,
when the stars fall in rapid succession,
when the mountains are set in motion,
when the camels in foal are neglected,
when the wild beasts are all herded together,
when the oceans surge into each other,
when the selves are arranged into classes,
when the baby girl buried alive is asked
for what crime she was killed,
when the Pages are opened up,
when the Heaven is peeled away,
when the Fire is set ablaze,
when the Garden is brought up close:
then each self will know what it has done.
No! I swear by the planets with their retrograde motion,
swiftly moving, self-concealing,
and by the night when it draws in,
and by the dawn when it exhales,
truly it is the speech of a noble Messenger,
possessing great strength, securely placed with the Lord of the Throne,
obeyed there, trustworthy.
Your companion is not mad.
He saw him on the clear horizon.
Nor is he miserly with the Unseen.
Nor is it the word of an accursed Shaytan.
So where, then, are you going?
It is nothing but a Reminder to all the worlds,
to whoever among you wishes to go straight.
But you will not will unless Allah wills, the Lord of all the Worlds.
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