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truly thou art among the message bearers
upon a straight path
a revelation of the Mighty, the Merciful
that thou mayest warn a people whose fathers were not warned; s0 they were heedless
The Word has indeed come due for most of them, for they do not believe
Truly We have put shackles upon their necks, and they are up to their chins, so that they are forced up
And We placed a barrier before them and a barrier behind them and veiled them; so they see not
It is the same for them whether thou warnest them or warnest them not; they do not believe
Thou only warnest whomsoever follows the Reminder and fears the Compassionate unseen. So give such a one glad tidings of forgiveness and a generous reward
Truly We give life to the dead and record that which they have sent forth and that which they have left behind. And We have counted all things in a clear registry
And set forth for them as a parable the people of the town, when the message bearers came unto it
When We sent two unto them, they denied them. So We strengthened them with a third, and they said, “Verily, we have been sent unto you!
They said, “You are but human beings like us, and the Compassionate has not sent down anything. You are but lying.
They said, “Our Lord knows. Verily we have indeed been sent unto you
And naught is incumbent upon us save the clear proclamation.
They said, “Truly we augur ill of you. If you cease not, we shall certainly stone you, and a painful punishment will certainly befall you from us.
They said, “Your auguring ill is upon yourselves though you have been reminded? Nay, you are a prodigal people!
And from the outskirts of the city, a man came running. He said, “O my people! Follow the message bearers
Follow those who ask not of you any reward and who are guided
Why should I not worship Him who originated me, and unto Whom you will be returned
Shall I take gods apart from Him? If the Compassionate desired harm for me, their intercession would avail me naught, nor would they save me
Truly would I then be in manifest error
Truly I believe in your Lord, so listen to me.
It was said unto him, “Enter the Garden!” He said, “Would that my people kne
how my Lord forgave me and placed me among the honored.
And after him We did not send down a host from Heaven against his people; nor would We send down
It was but a single cry. Then, behold, they were extinguished
Alas for the servants! Never did a messenger come unto them, but that they mocked him
Have they not considered how many generations before them We destroyed, such that they return not unto them
Each of them shall be a group arraigned before Us
A sign unto them is the dead earth: We revive it and bring forth grain therefrom, that they may eat thereof
And We place gardens of date palms and grapevines therein and make springs flow forth
that they may eat of its fruit and of that which their hands have worked. Will they not then give thanks
Glory be unto Him, Who has created the pairs, all of them, from what the earth makes grow, and from themselves, and from what they know not
And a sign unto them is the night: We strip the day therefrom, and behold, they are in darkness
And the sun runs to a dwelling place of its own. That is the decree of the Mighty, the Knowing
And for the moon, We have decreed mansions, till it returns like an old palm stalk
It befits not the sun to overtake the moon, nor the night to outstrip the day. Each glides in an orbit
And a sign unto them is that We carried their progeny in the full-laden Ark
And We created for them the like thereof upon which they ride
And if We will, We drown them, such that they would have none to call upon and would not be saved
save as a mercy from Us and an enjoyment for a while
And when it is said unto them, “Be mindful of that which is before you and of that which is behind you, that haply you may receive mercy.
Never did a sign from among the signs of their Lord come unto them but that they turned away from it
And when it is said unto them, “Spend of that wherewith God has provided you,” those who disbelieve say to those who believe, “Are we to feed one whom, if God willed, He would feed him? You are in naught but manifest error.
And they say, “When will this promise come to pass, if you are truthful?
They await naught but a single cry that will seize them while they dispute among themselves
and then they can make no bequest, nor return to their people
And the trumpet will be blown. Then, behold, they will rush forth from their graves unto their Lord
They will say, “Oh, woe unto us! Who has raised us from our place of sleep?” “This is that which the Compassionate did promise; and the message bearers spoke true.
There shall be but a single cry. Then, behold, they will all be arraigned before Us
This day no soul will be wronged in any way, and you will not be recompensed, save for that which you used to do
Truly the inhabitants of the Garden on that Day will be busy rejoicing
they and their spouses reclining upon couches in the shade
Therein they have fruit and whatsoever they call for
“Peace!” a word from a Lord most Merciful
Stand apart this Day, O guilty ones
Did I not enjoin upon you
Children of Adam, that you not worship Satan—truly he is a manifest enemy unto you— a and that you worship Me? This is a straight path
For indeed he has led many among you astray. Did you not understand
This is the Hell that you were promised
Burn therein today for having disbelieved
On that Day We shall seal their mouths. Their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will bear witness to that which they used to earn
And had We willed, We would have blotted out their eyes. Then they would race to the path; yet how would they see
And had We willed, We would have transformed them in their places. Then they could neither advance nor go back
And whomsoever We give long life, We cause him to regress in creation. Do they not understand
And We have not taught him poetry; nor would it befit him. It is but a reminder and a clear Quran
to warn whomsoever is alive, and so that the Word may come due for the disbelievers
Have they not considered that among that which Our Hands have wrought We created cattle for them, and that they are their masters
and that We have subdued these for them, such that some are a mount for them and of some they eat
And they have benefits and drinks therein. Will they not then give thanks
Yet they have taken gods other than God, that perhaps they might be helped
They cannot help them, though they be a host made ready for them
So let not their speech grieve thee. Truly We know what they hide and what they disclose
Has not man seen that We created him from a drop, and behold, he is a manifest adversary
And he has set forth for Us a parable and forgotten his own creation, saying, “Who revives these bones, decayed as they are?
Say, “He will revive them Who brought them forth the first time, and He knows every creation
Who made for you fire from the green tree, and, behold, you kindle from it.
Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth able to create the like thereof
Yea, indeed, He is the knowing Creator. His Command when He desires a thing is only to say to it, “Be!” and it is
So glory be to Him in Whose Hand lies the dominion of all things, and unto Whom you shall be returned
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