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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

39. The Throngs (53 – 72)

53Say, ‘[God says], My servants who have harmed yourselves by your own excess, do not despair of God's mercy. God forgives all sins: He is truly the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful. 54Turn to your Lord. Submit to Him before the punishment overtakes you and you can no longer be helped. 55Follow the best teaching sent down to you from your Lord, before the punishment suddenly takes you, unawares, 56and your soul says, “Woe is me for having neglected what is due to God, and having been one of those who scoffed!” 57Or it says, “If God had guided me, I would have joined the righteous!” 58Or, faced by punishment, it says, “If only I could have another chance, I would join those who do good!” 59No indeed! My messages came to you and you rejected them: you were arrogant and rejected the truth.’

60On the Day of Resurrection, you [Prophet] will see those who told lies against God, their faces darkened. Is there not ample punishment for the arrogant in Hell? 61But God will deliver those who took heed of Him to their place of safety: no harm will touch them, nor will they grieve.62God is the Creator of all things; He has charge of everything; 63the keys of the heavens and earth are His. Those who have rejected the revelations of God will be the losers.

64Say, ‘Do you order me to worship someone other than God, you foolish people?’ 65It has already been revealed to you [Prophet] and to those before you: ‘If you ascribe any partner to God, all your work will come to nothing: you will be one if the losers. 66No! Worship God alone and be one of those who are grateful to Him.’ 67These people have no grasp of God's true measure. On the Day of Resurrection, the whole earth will be in His grip. The heavens will be rolled up in His right hand—Glory be to Him! He is far above the partners they ascribe to Him!—68the Trumpet will be sounded, and everyone in the heavens and earth will fall down senseless except those God spares. It will be sounded once again and they will be on their feet, looking on. 69The earth will shine with the light of its Lord; the Record of Deeds will be laid open; the prophets and witnesses will be brought in. Fair judgement will be given between them: they will not be wronged 70and every soul will be repaid in full for what it has done. He knows best what they do.

71Those who rejected the Truth will be led to Hell in their throngs. When they arrive, its gates will open and its keepers will say to them, ‘Were you not sent your own messengers to recite the revelations of your Lord to you and warn you that you would meet this Day?’ and they will say, ‘Yes indeed we were.’ But the sentence of punishment will have been passed against those who rejected the truth.72It will be said, ‘Enter the gates of Hell: there you will remain. How evil is the abode of the arrogant!’

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