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Say, “It has been revealed to me that a company of spirit-beings listened [as the Qur’an was being recited]. They said, ‘Truly, we have heard a wonderful Qur’an!
“‘It gives guidance to the righteous, and we have believed in it. We will not attribute any others with our Lord.
“‘Exalted is the majesty of our Lord. He has not taken a wife and has no son.
“‘Some foolish ones among us made huge lies against Allah.
“‘We had thought, however, that humans and spirit-beings would never state lies concerning Allah.
“‘It is true that some people among humanity took refuge with individuals among the spirit-beings, but they [the spirit-beings] caused them [the misguided humans] to increase their foolishness.
“‘They began to think, as you [misguided people] think –that Allah will not raise anyone [to face the judgment].
“‘We sought to reach Heaven, but we found it surrounded with unyielding guards and flaming fires.
“‘We used to sit in hidden realms to hear, but anyone who tries to listen now will find flaming fire waiting in ambush.
“‘We do not understand whether disaster is intended for those on earth, or whether their Lord intends to guide them to proper conduct.’
“‘Among us [spirit-beings] are some who are righteous and some who are contrary. We follow divergent paths.
“‘But we think that we can by no means frustrate Allah throughout the earth, nor can we frustrate Him by flight.
“‘As for us, since we have listened to guidance, we have accepted it. Any who believes in his/her Lord fears neither injustice nor oppression.
“‘Among us are some who submit their wills and some who deviate. Those who submit their wills have sought correct conduct.
“‘But those who deviate are only fuel for Hell fire.’”
If (the idolaters) had remained on the [divine] path, We should certainly have given them plenty to drink [eg, good rain].
[That would be] so We could test them by that [blessing]. As for any who turns from the remembrance of his/her Lord, He will cause him/her to endure a severe penalty.
The places of worship are only for Allah, so do not invoke anyone else along with Allah.
Yet, when a devotee of Allah approaches in order to invoke Him, (the idolaters) crowd around him/her to intimidate him/her.
Say, “I only call upon my Lord, and I do not associate anyone with Him [as equal].”
Say, “It is certainly not within my power to cause you harm or to bring you into proper conduct.”
Say, “No one could save me from [the wrath of] Allah, and I will find no refuge without Him.
[That is] unless I convey what I receive from Allah and His messages. As for any who disobey Allah and His messenger, for them is Hell where they shall dwell eternally.”
At length, when they see that [Hell] which they are promised, then they will know who is most helpless and counts for less.
Say, “I do not know if that which you are promised is near or whether my Lord will appoint it far into the future.
“He knows the unseen, and He does not acquaint anyone with His mysteries.
“The exception is a messenger whom He has chosen, and then He appoints a guard [ie, guardian angel] to march before him and behind him.
“[That is] so that (Allah) may ensure that they [the messenger and the angel] have indeed conveyed the messages of their Lord. He encompasses what is with them, and takes account of every single thing.”
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