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and the ten nights (first ten days of Dhul-Hijja)
the even and the odd
and the night when it departs
Is there not in these an oath (enough evidence) for those who use their common sense
Have you not seen how your Lord dealt with ‘Ad
The residents of Iram, the city of lofty pillars
the like of which had never been built in other cities
And with the people of Thamud who hewed out their dwellings in the rocks of the valley
And with Pharaoh the owner of stakes
They all transgressed beyond bounds in their cities
and committed great mischief therein
Therefore, your Lord let loose on them His scourge of torment
Surely your Lord is ever watchful
As for man, when his Lord tries him through giving him honor and blessings, he says: "My Lord is bountiful to me."
But when He tries him through restricting his subsistence, he says: "My Lord has humiliated me."
Nay! But you did not show kindness to the orphan
nor did you encourage each other in feeding the poor
Greedily you lay your hands on the inheritance of the weak
and you love wealth with all your hearts
Nay! You should know, when the earth will be pounded to powder
your Lord will come, with angels standing in ranks
hell shall be brought in sight. On that Day man will remember his deeds, but how is that remembrance going to profit him
He will say: "Alas! Would that I had sent forth some good deeds for this life of mine."
None can punish as Allah will punish on that Day
and none can bind as He will bind
To the righteous soul it will be said: "O fully satisfied soul
Return to your Lord, well pleased with Him and well-pleasing to Him
and enter My paradise."
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