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By the dawn and its mystery and what it entails of religious rites
By the ten highly esteemed sacred nights
And by the contrasted yet related, the even and the odd
And by the night when it flows along its way, then it softly moves away
Is there not enough assertion in these corroboratory facts for those who ponder
Did you not see how Allah, Your Creator, dealt with the people of ‘Ad, the Adites; (said to be fifth generation of descendants of Noah
And with their city of Iram with its lofty and strong architectural pillars imposing, by reason of beauty coupled with magnitude that was indeed grand
The like of which was never created in the land
And how He dealt with the people of Thamud, who hewed out of the huge rocks in the valley outstanding buildings
And how He dealt with Pharaoh who impaled people on the stakes
All of whom practiced tyrannies in the land
They encouraged mischief therein and promoted an age of discord
In consequence did Allah, your Creator, requite them with. painful misfortunes which together with their principles and practice well accord
Allah your Creator is ever vigilant, He pays off the equivalent
When Allah tests man by crediting him with plenty, he immodestly says: "Allah, my Creator, has ministered to my necessities and honoured me with gratification
And when He tests him by restricting his means, he despairingly says: "Allah, my Creator, has disregarded me and reduced me to humiliation"
No, but you do not take good care of the orphan to make him feel comfortable and secure
Nor do you encourage benevolence to the indigent who is really poor
You eat greedily all you can get of the inheritance
And you love to hoard wealth inordinately
No, but indeed when the earth will be severely pounded
And there come Allah, your Creator, with His angels ranked in row after row
And then Hell is brought face to face, and there is no escape from the encounter with the infernal hiss and crackle of the flame. Now man remembers his deeds, but how late it is to hope for a better fate
He will wish he had done better in life than what he used to perpetrate
But then no one requites for sins the way Allah does
Nor does anyone bind in captivity the way Allah makes fast with bonds
"O you, the untroubled soul"
"Return to Allah, your Creator, pleased and blessed"
"And take up your abode in My Paradise"
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