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Consider those scattering, dispersing.
[Consider] those carrying burdens.
[Consider] those that flow with ease.
[Consider] those that assign command.
Truly, all that you are promised is true.
Truly, judgment must come to pass.
Consider the sky with its numerous orbits.
Truly, you are in doctrinal discord.
Those who would be deluded will be deluded [regardless of what message they hear].
Condemned are the liars…
…–those who flounder in a flood of confusion!
They ask, “When is the Day of Judgment?”
That day they will be tested over the fire.
“Taste your trial! This is what you wanted hastened.”
The righteous will be in the midst of gardens and springs.
[They will] enjoy the things that the Lord gives them because of the good lives they had lived.
They had a habit of sleeping only a little at night.
The hours of early dawn would find them praying for forgiveness.
From their wealth and resources was provided the right of those who asked [for help] and those who were deprived.
On the earth are signs for those of assurance [in faith].
[There are] also [signs] within your own selves. Will you not understand?
In Heaven is Your sustenance, as you are promised.
Consider then the Lord of Heaven and Earth. This is the very truth –just as real as the fact that you are able to converse.
Have you heard the story of Abraham’s honored guests?
(Angels) entered his presence and said, “Peace!” He said, “Peace!” to the strangers.
He went to his household and got a fattened calf.
[He] placed (the roasted calf) before them. He said, “Will you not eat?”
He began to fear them [because they did not eat]. They said, “Fear not.” They gave him the good news of a knowledgeable son.
(Abraham’s) wife came forward, [laughing] out loud. She smacked her forehead and said, “A barren old woman?”
(The angels) said, “Thus your Lord has spoken. Indeed, He is the Perfectly Wise, the All-knowing.”
(Abraham) said, “O messengers, what is your errand now?”
They said, “Indeed, We have been sent to a sinful people.
[We are] to bring brimstones upon them.
[The stones] are marked from your Lord for the sinners.”
We evacuated the believers there.
We did not find there any good people except for one family.
We left there a sign for those who fear the horrid punishment.
[Consider] Moses. We sent him with obvious authority to Pharaoh.
(Pharaoh) turned away with his leaders and said, “A sorcerer or one possessed!”
We took him and his armies and threw them into the sea, and it was his fault.
[Consider] the Ad. We sent a devastating wind against them.
It left nothing that it came against, but reduced it to destroyed ruins.
[Consider] the Thamud. They were told, “Enjoy yourselves for a little while.”
They rebelled against the command of their Lord. Lightning seized them while they watched.
They could not even stand, and they could not help themselves.
[Consider] the people of Noah before them. Indeed, they were a disobedient people.
We constructed the sky with skill, and We are expanding it.
We unfurled the earth. How excellently We prepared it!
We created everything as a pair. Perhaps you will reflect.
Hurry then to Allah! I am merely an advisor from Him, bluntly calling you [to accept His message].
Do not make another into an object of worship with Allah. I am an advisor from Him, bluntly calling you.
In the same way, no messenger came to any people before them without their saying, “A sorcerer or one possessed!”
Is this the legacy they have passed down? Nonsense! They are a sinful people.
Turn away from them. You are not to blame.
Teach, for teaching certainly benefits the believers.
I have created spirit-beings and human beings only so they may worship Me.
I require no sustenance from them. I do not require them to feed me.
Truly Allah is He who gives sustenance. [He is] the Owner of Power, the Forceful One.
For the sinners, their portion is like the portion of their ancestors. They should not ask Me to hasten it.
Woe to the unbelievers because of that day of theirs, which has been promised to them.
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