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The Qurʾan What is This? A current English-language version of the Qur'an, published in 2004
Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

7. The Heights (52 – 72)

52We have brought people a Scripture—We have explained it on the basis of true knowledge—as guidance and mercy for those who believe. 53What are they waiting for but the fulfilment of its [final prophecy]? On the Day it is fulfilled, those who had ignored it will say, ‘Our Lord's messenger spoke the truth. Is there anyone to intercede for us now? Or can we be sent back to behave differently from the way we behaved before?’ They will really have squandered their souls, and all [the idols] they invented will have deserted them.

54Your Lord is God, who created the heavens and earth in six Days, then established Himself on the throne; He makes the night cover the day in swift pursuit; He created the sun, moon, and stars to be subservient to His command; all creation and command belong to Him. Exalted be God, Lord of all the worlds! 55Call on your Lord humbly and privately—He does not like those who transgress His bounds: 56do not corrupt the earth after it has been set right—call on Him fearing and hoping. The mercy of God is close to those who do good. 57It is God who sends the winds, bearing good news of His coming grace, and when they have gathered up the heavy clouds, We drive them to a dead land where We cause rain to fall, bringing out all kinds of crops, just as We shall bring out the dead. Will you not reflect? 58Vegetation comes out of good land in abundance, by the will of its Lord, but out of bad land only scantily: We explain Our Revelations in various ways to those who give thanks.

59We sent Noah to his people. He said, ‘My people, serve God: you have no god other than Him. I fear for you the punishment of a fearsome Day!’ 60but the prominent leaders of his people said, ‘We believe you are far astray.’ 61He replied, ‘My people, there is nothing astray about me! On the contrary, I am a messenger from the Lord of all the Worlds: 62I am delivering my Lord's messages to you and giving you sincere advice. I know things from God that you do not. 63Do you find it so strange that a message should come from your Lord—through a man in your midst—to warn you and make you aware of God so that you may be given mercy?’ 64but they called him a liar. We saved him, and those who were with him, on the Ark and We drowned those who rejected Our revelations—they were wilfully blind.

65To the people of ‘Ad We sent their brother, Hud. He said, ‘My people, serve God: you have no god other than Him. Will you not take heed?’ 66but the disbelieving leaders of his people said, ‘We believe you are a fool,’ and ‘We think you are a liar.’ 67He said, ‘My people, there is nothing foolish about me! On the contrary, I am a messenger from the Lord of all the Worlds: 68I am delivering my Lord's messages to you. I am your sincere and honest adviser. 69Do you find it so strange that a message should come from your Lord, through a man in your midst, to warn you? Remember how He made you heirs after Noah's people, and increased your stature: remember God's bounties, so that you may prosper.’ 70They said, ‘Have you really come to tell us to serve God alone and to forsake what our forefathers served? If what you say is true, bring us the punishment you threaten.’ 71He said, ‘You are already set to receive your Lord's loathing and anger. Are you arguing with me about mere names you and your forefathers invented, names for which God has given no sanction? Just wait; I too am waiting.’ 72We saved him, and those who were with him, through Our mercy; We destroyed those who denied Our revelations and would not believe.

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