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1 . The Hour (of Judgment) is nigh, and the moon is cleft asunder.

2 . But if they see a Sign, they turn away, and say, "This is (but) transient magic."

3 . They reject (the warning) and follow their (own) lusts but every matter has its appointed time.

4 . There have already come to them Recitals wherein there is (enough) to check (them),

5 . Mature wisdom;- but (the preaching of) Warners profits them not.

6 . Therefore, (O Prophet,) turn away from them. The Day that the Caller will call (them) to a terrible affair,

7 . They will come forth,- their eyes humbled - from (their) graves, (torpid) like locusts scattered abroad,

8 . Hastening, with eyes transfixed, towards the Caller!- "Hard is this Day!", the Unbelievers will say.

9 . Before them the People of Noah rejected (their messenger): they rejected Our servant, and said, "Here is one possessed!", and he was driven out.

10 . Then he called on his Lord: "I am one overcome: do Thou then help (me)!"

11 . So We opened the gates of heaven, with water pouring forth.

12 . And We caused the earth to gush forth with springs, so the waters met (and rose) to the extent decreed.

13 . But We bore him on an (Ark) made of broad planks and caulked with palm-fibre:

14 . She floats under our eyes (and care): a recompense to one who had been rejected (with scorn)!

15 . And We have left this as a Sign (for all time): then is there any that will receive admonition?

16 . But how (terrible) was My Penalty and My Warning?

17 . And We have indeed made the Qur´an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?

18 . The ´Ad (people) (too) rejected (Truth): then how terrible was My Penalty and My Warning?

19 . For We sent against them a furious wind, on a Day of violent Disaster,

20 . Plucking out men as if they were roots of palm-trees torn up (from the ground).

21 . Yea, how (terrible) was My Penalty and My Warning!

22 . But We have indeed made the Qur´an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?

23 . The Thamud (also) rejected (their) Warners.

24 . For they said: "What! a man! a Solitary one from among ourselves! shall we follow such a one? Truly should we then be straying in mind, and mad!

25 . "Is it that the Message is sent to him, of all people amongst us? Nay, he is a liar, an insolent one!"

26 . Ah! they will know on the morrow, which is the liar, the insolent one!

27 . For We will send the she-camel by way of trial for them. So watch them, (O Salih), and possess thyself in patience!

28 . And tell them that the water is to be divided between them: Each one´s right to drink being brought forward (by suitable turns).

29 . But they called to their companion, and he took a sword in hand, and hamstrung (her).

30 . Ah! how (terrible) was My Penalty and My Warning!

31 . For We sent against them a single Mighty Blast, and they became like the dry stubble used by one who pens cattle.

32 . And We have indeed made the Qur´an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?

33 . The people of Lut rejected (his) warning.

34 . We sent against them a violent Tornado with showers of stones, (which destroyed them), except Lut´s household: them We delivered by early Dawn,-

35 . As a Grace from Us: thus do We reward those who give thanks.

36 . And (Lut) did warn them of Our Punishment, but they disputed about the Warning.

37 . And they even sought to snatch away his guests from him, but We blinded their eyes. (They heard:) "Now taste ye My Wrath and My Warning."

38 . Early on the morrow an abiding Punishment seized them:

39 . "So taste ye My Wrath and My Warning."

40 . And We have indeed made the Qur´an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?

41 . To the People of Pharaoh, too, aforetime, came Warners (from Allah).

42 . The (people) rejected all Our Signs; but We seized them with such Penalty (as comes) from One Exalted in Power, able to carry out His Will.

43 . Are your Unbelievers, (O Quraish), better than they? Or have ye an immunity in the Sacred Books?

44 . Or do they say: "We acting together can defend ourselves"?

45 . Soon will their multitude be put to flight, and they will show their backs.

46 . Nay, the Hour (of Judgment) is the time promised them (for their full recompense): And that Hour will be most grievous and most bitter.

47 . Truly those in sin are the ones straying in mind, and mad.

48 . The Day they will be dragged through the Fire on their faces, (they will hear:) "Taste ye the touch of Hell!"

49 . Verily, all things have We created in proportion and measure.

50 . And Our Command is but a single (Act),- like the twinkling of an eye.

51 . And (oft) in the past, have We destroyed gangs like unto you: then is there any that will receive admonition?

52 . All that they do is noted in (their) Books (of Deeds):

53 . Every matter, small and great, is on record.

54 . As to the Righteous, they will be in the midst of Gardens and Rivers,

55 . In an Assembly of Truth, in the Presence of a Sovereign Omnipotent.