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1 . By those who range themselves in ranks,

2 . And so are strong in repelling (evil),

3 . And thus proclaim the Message (of Allah)!

4 . Verily, verily, your Allah is one!-

5 . Lord of the heavens and of the earth and all between them, and Lord of every point at the rising of the sun!

6 . We have indeed decked the lower heaven with beauty (in) the stars,-

7 . (For beauty) and for guard against all obstinate rebellious evil spirits,

8 . (So) they should not strain their ears in the direction of the Exalted Assembly but be cast away from every side,

9 . Repulsed, for they are under a perpetual penalty,

10 . Except such as snatch away something by stealth, and they are pursued by a flaming fire, of piercing brightness.

11 . Just ask their opinion: are they the more difficult to create, or the (other) beings We have created? Them have We created out of a sticky clay!

12 . Truly dost thou marvel, while they ridicule,

13 . And, when they are admonished, pay no heed,-

14 . And, when they see a Sign, turn it to mockery,

15 . And say, "This is nothing but evident sorcery!

16 . "What! when we die, and become dust and bones, shall we (then) be raised up (again)

17 . "And also our fathers of old?"

18 . Say thou: "Yea, and ye shall then be humiliated (on account of your evil)."

19 . Then it will be a single (compelling) cry; and behold, they will begin to see!

20 . They will say, "Ah! Woe to us! This is the Day of Judgment!"

21 . (A voice will say,) "This is the Day of Sorting Out, whose truth ye (once) denied!"

22 . "Bring ye up", it shall be said, "The wrong-doers and their wives, and the things they worshipped-

23 . "Besides Allah, and lead them to the Way to the (Fierce) Fire!

24 . "But stop them, for they must be asked:

25 . "´What is the matter with you that ye help not each other?´"

26 . Nay, but that day they shall submit (to Judgment);

27 . And they will turn to one another, and question one another.

28 . They will say: "It was ye who used to come to us from the right hand (of power and authority)!"

29 . They will reply: "Nay, ye yourselves had no Faith!

30 . "Nor had we any authority over you. Nay, it was ye who were a people in obstinate rebellion!

31 . "So now has been proved true, against us, the word of our Lord that we shall indeed (have to) taste (the punishment of our sins).

32 . "We led you astray: for truly we were ourselves astray."

33 . Truly, that Day, they will (all) share in the Penalty.

34 . Verily that is how We shall deal with Sinners.

35 . For they, when they were told that there is no god except Allah, would puff themselves up with Pride,

36 . And say: "What! shall we give up our gods for the sake of a Poet possessed?"

37 . Nay! he has come with the (very) Truth, and he confirms (the Message of) the messengers (before him).

38 . Ye shall indeed taste of the Grievous Penalty;-

39 . But it will be no more than the retribution of (the Evil) that ye have wrought;-

40 . But the sincere (and devoted) Servants of Allah,-

41 . For them is a Sustenance determined,

42 . Fruits (Delights); and they (shall enjoy) honour and dignity,

43 . In Gardens of Felicity,

44 . Facing each other on Thrones (of Dignity):

45 . Round will be passed to them a Cup from a clear-flowing fountain,

46 . Crystal-white, of a taste delicious to those who drink (thereof),

47 . Free from headiness; nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom.

48 . And besides them will be chaste women, restraining their glances, with big eyes (of wonder and beauty).

49 . As if they were (delicate) eggs closely guarded.

50 . Then they will turn to one another and question one another.

51 . One of them will start the talk and say: "I had an intimate companion (on the earth),

52 . "Who used to say, ´what! art thou amongst those who bear witness to the Truth (of the Message)?

53 . "´When we die and become dust and bones, shall we indeed receive rewards and punishments?´"

54 . (A voice) said: "Would ye like to look down?"

55 . He looked down and saw him in the midst of the Fire.

56 . He said: "By Allah! thou wast little short of bringing me to perdition!

57 . "Had it not been for the Grace of my Lord, I should certainly have been among those brought (there)!

58 . "Is it (the case) that we shall not die,

59 . "Except our first death, and that we shall not be punished?"

60 . Verily this is the supreme achievement!

61 . For the like of this let all strive, who wish to strive.

62 . Is that the better entertainment or the Tree of Zaqqum?

63 . For We have truly made it (as) a trial for the wrong-doers.

64 . For it is a tree that springs out of the bottom of Hell-Fire:

65 . The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of devils:

66 . Truly they will eat thereof and fill their bellies therewith.

67 . Then on top of that they will be given a mixture made of boiling water.

68 . Then shall their return be to the (Blazing) Fire.

69 . Truly they found their fathers on the wrong Path;

70 . So they (too) were rushed down on their footsteps!

71 . And truly before them, many of the ancients went astray;-

72 . But We sent aforetime, among them, (messengers) to admonish them;-

73 . Then see what was the end of those who were admonished (but heeded not),-

74 . Except the sincere (and devoted) Servants of Allah.

75 . (In the days of old), Noah cried to Us, and We are the best to hear prayer.

76 . And We delivered him and his people from the Great Calamity,

77 . And made his progeny to endure (on this earth);

78 . And We left (this blessing) for him among generations to come in later times:

79 . "Peace and salutation to Noah among the nations!"

80 . Thus indeed do we reward those who do right.

81 . For he was one of our believing Servants.

82 . Then the rest we overwhelmed in the Flood.

83 . Verily among those who followed his Way was Abraham.

84 . Behold! he approached his Lord with a sound heart.

85 . Behold! he said to his father and to his people, "What is that which ye worship?

86 . "Is it a falsehood- gods other than Allah- that ye desire?

87 . "Then what is your idea about the Lord of the worlds?"

88 . Then did he cast a glance at the Stars.

89 . And he said, "I am indeed sick (at heart)!"

90 . So they turned away from him, and departed.

91 . Then did he turn to their gods and said, "will ye not eat (of the offerings before you)?...

92 . "What is the matter with you that ye speak not (intelligently)?"

93 . Then did he turn upon them, striking (them) with the right hand.

94 . Then came (the worshippers) with hurried steps, and faced (him).

95 . He said: "Worship ye that which ye have (yourselves) carved?

96 . "But Allah has created you and your handwork!"

97 . They said, "Build him a furnace, and throw him into the blazing fire!"

98 . (This failing), they then sought a stratagem against him, but We made them the ones most humiliated!

99 . He said: "I will go to my Lord! He will surely guide me!

100 . "O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!"

101 . So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear.

102 . Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills one practising Patience and Constancy!"

103 . So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice),

104 . We called out to him "O Abraham!

105 . "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!" - thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

106 . For this was obviously a trial-

107 . And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice:

108 . And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times:

109 . "Peace and salutation to Abraham!"

110 . Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

111 . For he was one of our believing Servants.

112 . And We gave him the good news of Isaac - a prophet,- one of the Righteous.

113 . We blessed him and Isaac: but of their progeny are (some) that do right, and (some) that obviously do wrong, to their own souls.

114 . Again (of old) We bestowed Our favour on Moses and Aaron,

115 . And We delivered them and their people from (their) Great Calamity;

116 . And We helped them, so they overcame (their troubles);

117 . And We gave them the Book which helps to make things clear;

118 . And We guided them to the Straight Way.

119 . And We left (this blessing) for them among generations (to come) in later times:

120 . "Peace and salutation to Moses and Aaron!"

121 . Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

122 . For they were two of our believing Servants.

123 . So also was Elias among those sent (by Us).

124 . Behold, he said to his people, "Will ye not fear (Allah)?

125 . "Will ye call upon Baal and forsake the Best of Creators,-

126 . "Allah, your Lord and Cherisher and the Lord and Cherisher of your fathers of old?"

127 . But they rejected him, and they will certainly be called up (for punishment),-

128 . Except the sincere and devoted Servants of Allah (among them).

129 . And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times:

130 . "Peace and salutation to such as Elias!"

131 . Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

132 . For he was one of our believing Servants.

133 . So also was Lut among those sent (by Us).

134 . Behold, We delivered him and his adherents, all

135 . Except an old woman who was among those who lagged behind:

136 . Then We destroyed the rest.

137 . Verily, ye pass by their (sites), by day-

138 . And by night: will ye not understand?

139 . So also was Jonah among those sent (by Us).

140 . When he ran away (like a slave from captivity) to the ship (fully) laden,

141 . He (agreed to) cast lots, and he was condemned:

142 . Then the big Fish did swallow him, and he had done acts worthy of blame.

143 . Had it not been that he (repented and) glorified Allah,

144 . He would certainly have remained inside the Fish till the Day of Resurrection.

145 . But We cast him forth on the naked shore in a state of sickness,

146 . And We caused to grow, over him, a spreading plant of the gourd kind.

147 . And We sent him (on a mission) to a hundred thousand (men) or more.

148 . And they believed; so We permitted them to enjoy (their life) for a while.

149 . Now ask them their opinion: Is it that thy Lord has (only) daughters, and they have sons?-

150 . Or that We created the angels female, and they are witnesses (thereto)?

151 . Is it not that they say, from their own invention,

152 . "Allah has begotten children"? but they are liars!

153 . Did He (then) choose daughters rather than sons?

154 . What is the matter with you? How judge ye?

155 . Will ye not then receive admonition?

156 . Or have ye an authority manifest?

157 . Then bring ye your Book (of authority) if ye be truthful!

158 . And they have invented a blood-relationship between Him and the Jinns: but the Jinns know (quite well) that they have indeed to appear (before his Judgment-Seat)!

159 . Glory to Allah! (He is free) from the things they ascribe (to Him)!

160 . Not (so do) the Servants of Allah, sincere and devoted.

161 . For, verily, neither ye nor those ye worship-

162 . Can lead (any) into temptation concerning Allah,

163 . Except such as are (themselves) going to the blazing Fire!

164 . (Those ranged in ranks say): "Not one of us but has a place appointed;

165 . "And we are verily ranged in ranks (for service);

166 . "And we are verily those who declare (Allah´s) glory!"

167 . And there were those who said,

168 . "If only we had had before us a Message from those of old,

169 . "We should certainly have been Servants of Allah, sincere (and devoted)!"

170 . But (now that the Qur´an has come), they reject it: But soon will they know!

171 . Already has Our Word been passed before (this) to our Servants sent (by Us),

172 . That they would certainly be assisted,

173 . And that Our forces,- they surely must conquer.

174 . So turn thou away from them for a little while,

175 . And watch them (how they fare), and they soon shall see (how thou farest)!

176 . Do they wish (indeed) to hurry on our Punishment?

177 . But when it descends into the open space before them, evil will be the morning for those who were warned (and heeded not)!

178 . So turn thou away from them for a little while,

179 . And watch (how they fare) and they soon shall see (how thou farest)!

180 . Glory to thy Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! (He is free) from what they ascribe (to Him)!

181 . And Peace on the messengers!

182 . And Praise to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds.