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1 . By the Dawn

2 . And ten nights,

3 . And the Even and the Odd,

4 . And the night when it departeth,

5 . There surely is an oath for thinking man.

6 . Dost thou not consider how thy Lord dealt with (the tribe of) A´ad,

7 . With many-columned Iram,

8 . The like of which was not created in the lands;

9 . And with (the tribe of) Thamud, who clove the rocks in the valley;

10 . And with Pharaoh, firm of might,

11 . Who (all) were rebellious (to Allah) in these lands,

12 . And multiplied iniquity therein?

13 . Therefore thy Lord poured on them the disaster of His punishment.

14 . Lo! thy Lord is ever watchful.

15 . As for man, whenever his Lord trieth him by honouring him, and is gracious unto him, he saith: My Lord honoureth me.

16 . But whenever He trieth him by straitening his means of life, he saith: My Lord despiseth me.

17 . Nay, but ye (for your part) honour not the orphan

18 . And urge not on the feeding of the poor.

19 . And ye devour heritages with devouring greed.

20 . And love wealth with abounding love.

21 . Nay, but when the earth is ground to atoms, grinding, grinding,

22 . And thy Lord shall come with angels, rank on rank,

23 . And hell is brought near that day; on that day man will remember, but how will the remembrance (then avail him)?

24 . He will say: Ah, would that I had sent before me (some provision) for my life!

25 . None punisheth as He will punish on that day!

26 . None bindeth as He then will bind.

27 . But ah! thou soul at peace!

28 . Return unto thy Lord, content in His good pleasure!

29 . Enter thou among My bondmen!

30 . Enter thou My Garden!