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53:1  By the star as it goes down
53:2  Your friend has not gone astray, nor has he erred
53:3  Nor does he speak out of desire
53:4  It is but a revelation revealed
53:5  Taught to him by the Extremely Powerful
53:6  The one of vigor. He settled
53:7  While he was at the highest horizon
53:8  Then he came near, and hovered around
53:9  He was within two bows' length, or closer
53:10  Then He revealed to His servant what He revealed
53:11  The heart did not lie about what it saw
53:12  Will you dispute with him concerning what he saw
53:13  He saw him on another descent
53:14  At the Lotus Tree of the Extremity
53:15  Near which is the Garden of Repose
53:16  As there covered the Lotus Tree what covered it
53:17  The sight did not waver, nor did it exceed
53:18  He saw some of the Great Signs of his Lord
53:19  Have you considered al-Lat and al-Uzza
53:20  And Manat, the third one, the other
53:21  Are you to have the males, and He the females
53:22  What a bizarre distribution
53:23  These are nothing but names, which you have devised, you and your ancestors, for which God sent down no authority. They follow nothing but assumptions, and what the ego desires, even though guidance has come to them from their Lord
53:24  Or is the human being to have whatever he desires
53:25  To God belong the Last and the First
53:26  How many an angel is there in the heavens whose intercession avails nothing, except after God gives permission to whomever He wills, and approves
53:27  Those who do not believe in the Hereafter give the angels the names of females
53:28  They have no knowledge of that. They only follow assumptions, and assumptions are no substitute for the truth
53:29  So avoid him who has turned away from Our remembrance, and desires nothing but the present life
53:30  That is the extent of their knowledge. Your Lord knows best who has strayed from His path, and He knows best who has accepted guidance
53:31  To God belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth. He will repay those who do evil according to their deeds, and recompense those who do good with the best
53:32  Those who avoid gross sins and indecencies—except for minor lapses—your Lord is of Vast Forgiveness. He knows you well, ever since He created you from the earth, and ever since you were embryos in your mothers' wombs. So do not acclaim your own virtue; He is fully aware of the righteous
53:33  Have you considered him who turned away
53:34  And gave a little, and held back
53:35  Does he possess knowledge of the unseen, and can therefore foresee
53:36  Or was he not informed of what is in the Scrolls of Moses
53:37  And of Abraham, who fulfilled
53:38  That no soul bears the burdens of another soul
53:39  And that the human being attains only what he strives for
53:40  And that his efforts will be witnessed
53:41  Then he will be rewarded for it the fullest reward
53:42  And that to your Lord is the finality
53:43  And that it is He who causes laughter and weeping
53:44  And that it is He who gives death and life
53:45  And that it is He who created the two kinds—the male and the female
53:46  From a sperm drop, when emitted
53:47  And that upon Him is the next existence
53:48  And that it is He who enriches and impoverishes
53:49  And that it is He who is the Lord of Sirius
53:50  And that it is He who destroyed the first Aad
53:51  And Thamood, sparing no one
53:52  And the people of Noah before that; for they were most unjust and most oppressive
53:53  And He toppled the ruined cities
53:54  And covered them with whatever covered them
53:55  So which of your Lord's marvels can you deny
53:56  This is a warning, just like the first warnings
53:57  The inevitable is imminent
53:58  None besides God can unveil it
53:59  Do you marvel at this discourse
53:60  And laugh, and do not weep
53:61  Lost in your frivolity
53:62  So bow down to God, and worship