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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

72. The Jinna Unseen beings. (16 – 28)

16If theyc The Meccan Arabs. had taken to the right way, We would have given them abundant water to drink—17a test for thema In the Qurʾan, plenty is as great a test as privation (see 21: 35), if not greater (see 10: 21–2).—but anyone who turns away from his Lord's Revelation will be sent by Him to spiralling torment. 18Places of worship are for God alone—so do not pray to anyone other than God—19yet when God's Servantb Muhammad. stood up to pray to Him, they pressed in on him. 20Say, ‘I pray to my Lord alone; I set up no partner with Him.’ 21Say, ‘I have no control over any harm or good that may befall you.’ 22Say, ‘No one can protect me from God: I have no refuge except in Him. 23I only deliver [what I receive] from God—only His messages.’

Whoever disobeys God and His Messenger will have Hell's Fire as his permanent home: 24when they are confronted by what they have been warned about, they will realize who has the weaker protector and the smaller number. 25Say, ‘I do not know whether what you have been warned about is near, or whether a distant time has been appointed for it by my Lord.’ 26He is the One who knows what is hidden. 27He does not disclose it except to a messenger of His choosing. He sends watchers to go in front and behind 28to ensure that each of His messengers delivers his Lord's message: He knows all about them, and He takes account of everything.

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a Unseen beings.

c The Meccan Arabs.

a In the Qurʾan, plenty is as great a test as privation (see 21: 35), if not greater (see 10: 21–2).

b Muhammad.

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