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?ad. By the Quran possessed of remembrance
Nay, but those who disbelieve are in vainglory and schism
How many a generation before them have We destroyed? And they called out when the time for escape had passed
Now they marvel that a warner from among themselves has come unto them, and the disbelievers say, “This is a lying sorcerer
Has he made the gods one God? Truly this is an astounding thing!
And the notables among them set out, [saying], “Go! Be steadfast to your gods. Truly this is a thing desired
We did not hear of this in the creed of latter days. This is naught but an invention
Has the Reminder been sent down upon him among all of us?” Nay, but they are in doubt regarding My Reminder! Nay, they have not yet tasted My Punishment
Or have they the treasuries of thy Lord’s Mercy, the Mighty, the Bestower
Or have they sovereignty over the heavens and the earth and whatsoever is between them? Then let them ascend by some means
a host among the parties yonder routed
The people of Noah denied before them, as did ?Ad and Pharaoh of the tent poles
Thamud, the people of Lot, and the inhabitants of the thicket; they are the parties
Each of them did naught but deny the messengers; so My Retribution came due
They await naught but a single cry for which there is no delay
And they say, “Our Lord, hasten our share unto us before the Day of Reckoning.
Bear patiently that which they say, and remember Our servant David, possessed of might; truly he turned oft [unto God]
Truly We compelled the mountains to join him in glorifying at eventide and at the break of day
And the birds gathered, each turning oft unto Him
And We strengthened his sovereignty and gave him wisdom and decisive speech
Has the report of the dispute come unto thee, when they scaled the sanctuary
When they entered upon David, he was frightened of them. They said, “Fear not! We are two disputants: one of us has transgressed against the other; so judge between us with truth. Be not unjust, and guide us unto the right path
Behold, this, my brother, has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe. Yet he has said, ‘Place her under my care,’ and has overpowered me in speech.
He said, “He has indeed wronged you in asking that your ewe be added to his ewes. Truly many associates transgress against one another, save those who believe and perform righteous deeds. Yet how few are they!” And David understood that We had tried him; so he sought forgiveness from his Lord, fell down kneeling, and repented
Thus did We forgive him that. Truly nearness unto Us shall be his, and a beautiful return
O David! Truly We have appointed thee as a vicegerent upon the earth; so judge among the people with truth and follow not caprice, lest it lead thee astray from the way of God. Truly those who stray from the way of God, theirs shall be a severe punishment for having forgotten the Day of Reckoning
And We did not create Heaven and earth and whatsoever is between them in vain; that is the conjecture of those who disbelieve. So woe unto those who disbelieve in the Fire
Or shall We make those who believe and perform righteous deeds like those who work corruption upon the earth? Or shall We make the reverent like the profligate
A blessed Book that We have sent down upon thee, that they may contemplate His signs and that those possessed of intellect may reflect
And We bestowed Solomon upon David; how excellent a servant! Truly he turned oft [unto God]
When at eventide noble steeds swift of foot were displayed before him
he said, “I have loved the love of good things over the remembrance of my Lord, until [the sun] was taken behind the veil
Bring them back unto me!” Then he began to stroke their legs and necks
And We did indeed try Solomon, and We cast a corpse upon his throne. He then repented
saying, “My Lord, forgive me and bestow a kingdom upon me such as shall not befit anyone after me. Truly Thou art the Bestower.
So We made the wind subservient unto him, coursing gently by his command whither he wished
as well as the satans, every builder and diver
and others, bound together in fetters
“This is Our Gift; so bestow graciously or withhold without reckoning.
Truly nearness unto Us shall be his, and a beautiful return
And remember Our servant Job, when he called upon his Lord, “Truly Satan has afflicted me with weariness and punishment.
“Strike with thy foot; this is cool water wherewith to wash and to drink.
And We bestowed upon him his family and their like along with them as a mercy from Us and a reminder for possessors of intellect
And, “Take with thy hand a bundle of rushes and strike therewith, and break not thine oath.” Truly We found him to be steadfast. What an excellent servant! Truly he turned oft [unto God]
And remember Our servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, possessed of strength and sight
Truly We purified them with that which is pure—remembrance of the Abode
And truly in Our Sight they are among the chosen, the elect
And remember Ishmael, Elisha, and Dhu’l-Kifl; each is among the excellent
This is a reminder. And for the reverent there will surely be a beautiful return
Gardens of Eden, the gates whereof are open unto them
reclining therein, they call therein for abundant fruit and drink
And theirs shall be maidens of modest gaze, of like age
This is that which you are promised for the Day of Reckoning
This indeed is Our provision which shall never be spent
This it shall be! Yet for the rebellious there will surely be a most evil return
Hell, wherein they will burn. What an evil resting place
This it shall be! So let them taste it, a boiling liquid and a cold, murky fluid
coupled with other [punishments] similar in kind
This troop rushing in with you—no greeting for them! They will surely burn in the Fire
They will say, “Nay, but no greeting for you! You have sent it forth for us. What an evil dwelling place!”
They will say, “O Lord! Whosoever has sent this forth for us, increase him twofold in punishment in the Fire.
And they will say, “How is that we do not see men here whom we had counted among the evil
Did we take them in mockery? Or have our eyes swerved away from them?
Surely that is true: the disputing of the people of the Fire
Say, “I am only a warner, and there is no god but God, the One, the Paramount
Lord of the heavens and the earth and whatsoever is between them, the Mighty, the Forgiving.
Say, “It is a great tidin
from which you turn away
I have no knowledge of the Highest Assembly, when they dispute
Naught is revealed unto me but that I am only a clear warner.
[Remember] when thy Lord said unto the angels, “Behold! I am creating a human being from clay
When I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My Spirit, fall down before him prostrating.
Then the angels prostrated, all of them together
Not so Iblis. He waxed arrogant, and was among the disbelievers
[God] said, “O Iblis! What has prevented thee from prostrating unto that which I created with My two Hands? Dost thou wax arrogant, or art thou among the exalted?
He said, “I am better than him. Thou hast created me from fire, while Thou hast created him from clay.
He said, “Go forth from it! Surely thou art outcast
And surely My Curse shall be upon thee till the Day of Judgment.
He said, “My Lord! Grant me respite till the Day they are resurrected.
He said, “Then verily thou art among those granted respit
till the Day of the Moment Known.
He said, “Then, by Thy Might, I shall cause them to err all together
save Thy sincere servants among them.
He said, “This is the truth, and the truth I speak
‘I shall surely fill Hell with thee and with such of them as follow thee, all together.’
Say, “I ask not of you any reward for it, nor am I among the pretenders
It is naught but a reminder for the worlds
and you will certainly know its tiding after a time.
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