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Consider the Qur’an filled with wisdom.
You [Muhammed] are indeed among the messengers.
[You are] on a Straight Way.
It is a revelation bestowed by the Almighty, the Most Merciful.
[It is] so you may warn a people whose forefathers had received no warning and who therefore remained heedless.
Certainly, the Word is proven true against the majority of them for they do not believe.
Indeed, We have put yokes around their necks up to their chins so that their heads are forced up.
We have put a barrier in front of them and a barrier behind them, and We have covered them, so that they cannot see.
It is the same to them whether you warn them or not; they will never believe.
You can only warn one who follows the reminder and fears the Most Gracious in the unseen. Therefore, give such a one good news of forgiveness and a generous reward.
Truly, We will give life to the dead, and We record what [deeds] they sent before and their footprints [ie, their legacy]. We have taken account of all things in a concise register.
Explain to them by using a parable of the companions of the city. Messengers came to it.
We sent two [messengers], and they rejected them. We strengthened (the first two messengers) with a third. (The messengers) said [to the city], “Truly, we are messengers for you.”
(The people) said, “You are merely men like us. The Most Gracious has not revealed anything. You do nothing but lie.”
They said, “Our Lord knows that we have indeed been sent to you.
Our duty is only to proclaim the lucid message.”
(The people) said, “We certainly suspect an evil omen from you. If you don’t stop, we will certainly stone you. A horrible punishment will indeed be inflicted on you by us.”
(The messengers) said, “Your evil omen is with you. Is it because you are admonished? Nonsense! You are a sinful people.”
Then a man came running from the farthest part of the city. He said, “O my people, obey the messengers.
Obey those who ask no reward of you and who have received guidance themselves.
Why would I not worship the One who created me and to whom you will be returned?
Shall I take gods besides Him? If the Most Gracious should intend some adversity for me, their intercession would do me no good. They could not deliver me.
If I did that, I would indeed be in real error.
Truly, I have faith in your Lord. Listen to me then.”
[After he died,] it was said, “Enter Paradise.” He said, “If only my people had known!
“My Lord has granted me forgiveness and has enrolled me among those held in honor.”
After him, We did not send down against his people any hosts from Heaven. It was not necessary to do so.
It was no more than a single blast, and, suddenly, they were extinct.
Alas for the servants! A messenger never comes to them without their mocking him.
Do they not see how many generations before them We destroyed? (Those generations) will never return to (their people).
All of them will be assembled before Us.
A sign for them is the dead earth. We revive it and produce from it grain which they eat.
We produce on it orchards with date palms and vines. We cause springs to gush from it.
[This is] so they may eat of its fruits. It was not their hands that made this. Will they not then be grateful?
Glory to the One who created in pairs all things that the earth produces as well as themselves and things of which they have no knowledge.
A sign for them is the night. We withdraw the day from it, and suddenly they are plunged into darkness.
The sun journeys on its fixed course. That is His decree. He is the Victorious, the All-knowing.
We have measured for the moon phases until it returns [appearing curved] like an old, dried-out date stalk.
The sun is not permitted to catch up with the moon. The night cannot interfere with the day. Each swims in orbit.
A sign for (humanity) is that We carried their descendants [humanity’s DNA] in the loaded ark [of Noah].
We have created for them similar (vessels), which they ride.
If it were Our will, We could drown them, and no responder would come for their deliverance.
The exception would be as a mercy from Us, and for accommodation for a time.
They are told, “Fear what is before you and what will be after you so you may receive mercy.”
A sign from among the signs of their Lord never came to them without their turning away from it.
When they are told, “Invest [in charity] from what Allah has provided you,” the unbelievers say to the believers, “Why should we have to feed those whom Allah could have fed Himself if He had wanted? You are clearly wrong.”
Further, they say, “When will this promise [of judgment] be if you are telling the truth?”
They will wait only for a single blast. It will seize them while they are still arguing.
They will not have a chance to prepare a will or to return to their own people.
The trumpet shall be sounded when, behold, from the graves they will rush forth to their Lord.
They will say, “Oh, woe to us! Who has raised us from our beds of repose?” [In answer:] “This is what the Most Gracious promised, and the messengers told the truth.”
No more than a single blast will there be when, behold, they will all be brought before Us.
On that day, not a single soul will be wronged in the least, and you shall be repaid only for your past deeds.
Truly, the Companions of the Garden will have joy that day in everything they do.
They and their spouses will be in shady groves, reclining on couches.
Fruits will be there for them. They will have whatever they request.
“Peace!” That’s the word from the Most Merciful Lord.
[To the unforgiven:] “O Sinners, depart on this day!
Did I not enjoin on you, O Children of Adam, that you should not revere Satan because he was your avowed enemy?
[Did I not say] that you should worship Me? That was the Straight Way.
He led astray many multitudes of you. Did you not then understand?
“This is Hell, about which you were warned.
“Embrace it this day because you would not believe.”
On that day, We shall seal their lips, but their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will bear witness for all their deeds.
If it had been Our will, We could certainly have poked out their eyes and left them groping for the path, but then how could they have seen [even if they had wanted]?
If it had been Our will, We could have transformed them into immovable objects wherever they settled [in spiritual matters], and then they could not have returned [even if they had wanted]. [But God continued allowing free will.]
If we grant long life to anyone, We cause him/her to reverse in nature [becoming weak like a child]. Will they not understand?
We have not instructed (the Prophet) in poetry, and it is not intended for him. This is no less than a reminder and a Qur’an to clarify.
[It is intended] to warn anyone alive and so that the charge may be proven against those who deny faith.
Do they not see that it is We who have created for them –among other things fashioned by Our hands— cattle under their care?
[Do they not see] that We have subjected them [for their use]? They ride some of (the cattle), and they eat some of them.
They have other benefits from them, including [milk] to drink. Will they not then be grateful?
Yet they accept gods other than Allah to get help.
They do not have the power to help them. They will be assembled as a group [on Judgment Day].
Do not let their speech worry you. Truly, We know what they hide as well as what they publicize.
Can a person not understand that We created him/her from [male and female] gametes? Yet, he/she is openly adverse.
He/she compares Us [to created things] and forgets his/her own origin. He/she says, “Who can revive decomposed bones?”
Say, “He who created them in the first place will give them life again, for He is capable in every form of creating.
“[He is] the same who produces for you fire from the green tree, which you use for kindling.
“Is it not possible for the One who created the heavens and Earth to create anew? Yes, indeed, for He is the Creator, the All-knowing.
“Truly, when He intends something, He just says, ‘Be!’ and it is.
“So glory to Him in whose hands is the dominion of all things, and to Him you will return.”
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