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53:1  CONSIDER this unfolding [of God’s message], as it comes down from on high
53:2  This fellow-man of yours has not gone astray, nor is he deluded
53:3  and neither does he speak out of his own desire
53:4  that [which he conveys to you] is but [a divine] inspiration with which he is being inspired –
53:5  something that a very mighty one has imparted to him
53:6  [an angel] endowed with surpassing power, who in time manifested himself in his true shape and nature
53:7  appearing in the horizon’s loftiest part
53:8  and then drew near, and came close
53:9  until he was but two bow-lengths away, or even nearer
53:10  And thus did [God] reveal unto His servant whatever He deemed right to reveal
53:11  The [servant’s] heart did not give the lie to what he saw
53:12  will you, then, contend with him as to what he saw
53:13  And, indeed, he saw him a second tim
53:14  by the lote-tree of the farthest limit
53:15  near unto the garden of promise
53:16  with the lote-tree veiled in a veil of nameless splendour…
53:17  [And withal,] the eye did not waver, nor yet did it stray
53:18  truly did he see some of the most profound of his Sustainer’s symbols
53:19  HAVE YOU, then, ever considered [what you are worshipping in] Al-Lat and Al-Uzza
53:20  as well as [in] Manat, the third and last [of this triad]
53:21  Why - for yourselves [you would choose only] male offspring, whereas to Him [you assign] female
53:22  that, lo and behold, is an unfair division
53:23  These [allegedly divine beings] are nothing but empty names which you have invented - you and your forefathers - [and] for which God has bestowed no warrant from on high. They [who worship them] follow nothing but surmise and their own wishful thinking - although right guidance has now indeed come unto them from their Sustainer
53:24  Does man imagine that it is his due to have all that he might wish for
53:25  despite the fact that [both] the life to come and this present [one] belong to God [alone]
53:26  For, however many angels there be in the heavens, their intercession can be of no least avail [to anyone] - except after God has given leave [to intercede] for whomever He wills and with whom He is well-pleased
53:27  Behold, it is [only] such as do not [really] believe in the life to come that regard the angels as female beings
53:28  and [since] they have no knowledge whatever thereof, they follow nothing but surmise: yet, behold, never can surmise take the place of truth
53:29  Avoid thou, therefore, those who turn away from all remembrance of Us and care for no more than the life of this world
53:30  which, to them, is the only thing worth knowing. Behold, thy Sustainer is fully aware as to who has strayed from His path, and fully aware is He as to who follows His guidance
53:31  Indeed, unto God belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth: and so He will reward those who do evil in accordance with what they did, and will reward those who do good with ultimate good
53:32  As for those who avoid the [truly] grave sins and shameful deeds - even though they may sometimes stumble behold, thy Sustainer is abounding in forgiveness. He is fully aware of you when He brings you into being out of dust, and when you are still hidden in your mothers’ wombs: do not, then, consider yourselves pure - [for] He knows best as to who is conscious of Him
53:33  HAST THOU, then, ever considered him who turns away [from remembering Us, and cares for no more than the life of this world]
53:34  and gives so little [of himself for the good of his soul], and so grudgingly
53:35  Does he [claim to] have knowledge of something that is beyond the reach of human perception, so that he can see [it clearly]
53:36  Or has he never yet been told of what was [said] in the revelations of Moses
53:37  and of Abraham, who to his trust was true
53:38  that no bearer of burdens shall be made to bear another’s burden
53:39  and that nought shall be accounted unto man but what he is striving for
53:40  and that in time [the nature of] all his striving will be shown [to him in its true light]
53:41  whereupon he shall be requited for it with the fullest requital
53:42  and that with thy Sustainer is the beginning and the end [of all that exists]
53:43  and that it is He alone who causes [you] to laugh and to weep
53:44  and that it is He alone who deals death and grants life
53:45  and that it is He who creates the two kinds - the male and the female –
53:46  out of a [mere] drop of sperm as it is poured forth
53:47  and that [therefore] it is within His power to bring about a second life
53:48  and that it is He alone who frees from want and causes to possess
53:49  and that it is He alone who sustains the brightest star
53:50  and that it is He who destroyed the ancient [tribes of] A
53:51  and Thamud, leaving no trace [of them]
53:52  as well as the people of Noah before them - [since,] verily, they all had been most willful in their evildoing and most overweening –
53:53  just as He thrust into perdition those cities that were overthrow
53:54  and then covered them from sight forever
53:55  About which, then, of thy Sustainer’s powers canst thou [still] remain in doubt
53:56  THIS IS a warning like those warnings of old
53:57  that [Last Hour] which is so near draws ever nearer
53:58  [although] none but God can unveil it...
53:59  Do you, perchance, find this tiding strange
53:60  And do you laugh instead of weeping
53:61  and divert yourselves all the while
53:62  [Nay,] but prostrate yourselves before God, and worship [Him alone]