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1 . By the break of Day

2 . By the Nights twice five;

3 . By the even and odd (contrasted);

4 . And by the Night when it passeth away;-

5 . Is there (not) in these an adjuration (or evidence) for those who understand?

6 . Seest thou not how thy Lord dealt with the ´Ad (people),-

7 . Of the (city of) Iram, with lofty pillars,

8 . The like of which were not produced in (all) the land?

9 . And with the Thamud (people), who cut out (huge) rocks in the valley?-

10 . And with Pharaoh, lord of stakes?

11 . (All) these transgressed beyond bounds in the lands,

12 . And heaped therein mischief (on mischief).

13 . Therefore did thy Lord pour on them a scourge of diverse chastisements:

14 . For thy Lord is (as a Guardian) on a watch-tower.

15 . Now, as for man, when his Lord trieth him, giving him honour and gifts, then saith he, (puffed up), "My Lord hath honoured me."

16 . But when He trieth him, restricting his subsistence for him, then saith he (in despair), "My Lord hath humiliated me!"

17 . Nay, nay! but ye honour not the orphans!

18 . Nor do ye encourage one another to feed the poor!-

19 . And ye devour inheritance - all with greed,

20 . And ye love wealth with inordinate love!

21 . Nay! When the earth is pounded to powder,

22 . And thy Lord cometh, and His angels, rank upon rank,

23 . And Hell, that Day, is brought (face to face),- on that Day will man remember, but how will that remembrance profit him?

24 . He will say: "Ah! Would that I had sent forth (good deeds) for (this) my (Future) Life!"

25 . For, that Day, His Chastisement will be such as none (else) can inflict,

26 . And His bonds will be such as none (other) can bind.

27 . (To the righteous soul will be said:) "O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction!

28 . "Come back thou to thy Lord,- well pleased (thyself), and well-pleasing unto Him!

29 . "Enter thou, then, among My devotees!

30 . "Yea, enter thou My Heaven!