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25 SALVATION (1 – 21)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Blessed be He who has sent down the Salvation upon His servant, that he may be a warner to all beings; to whom belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth; and He has not taken to Him a son, and He has no associate in the Kingdom; and He created every thing, then He ordained it very exactly. Yet they have taken to them gods, apart from Him, that create nothing and themselves are created, and have no power to hurt or profit themselves, no power of death or life or raising up.

5The unbelievers say, ‘This is naught but a calumny he has forged, and other folk have helped him to it.’ So they have committed wrong and falsehood. They say, ‘Fairy-tales of the ancients that he has had written down, so that they are recited to him at the dawn and in the evening.’ Say: ‘He sent it down, who knows the secret in the heavens and earth; He is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.’

They also say, ‘What ails this Messenger that he eats food, and goes in the markets? Why has an angel not been sent down to him, to be a warner with him? Or why is not a treasure thrown to him, or why has he not a Garden to eat of?’ The evildoers say, ‘You are only following a man bewitched!’ 10Behold, how they strike similitudes for thee, and go astray, and are unable to find a way!

Blessed be He who, if He will, shall assign to thee better than that—gardens underneath which rivers flow, and He shall assign to thee palaces.

Nay, but they cry lies to the Hour; and We have prepared for him who cries lies to the Hour a Blaze. When it sees them from a far place, they shall hear its bubbling and sighing. And when they are cast, coupled in fetters, into a narrow place of that Fire, they will call out there for destruction. 15‘Call not out today for one destruction, but call for many!’

Say: ‘Is that better, or the Garden of Eternity, that is promised to the godfearing, and is their recompense and homecoming?’ Therein they shall have what they will dwelling forever; it is a promise binding upon thy Lord, and of Him to be required.

Upon the day when He shall muster them and that they serve, apart from God, and He shall say, ‘Was it you that led these My servants astray, or did they themselves err from the way?’ They shall say, ‘Glory be to Thee! It did not behove us to take unto ourselves protectors apart from Thee; but Thou gavest them and their fathers enjoyment of days, until they forgot 20the Remembrance, and were a people corrupt.’ So they cried you lies touching the things you say, and you can neither turn it aside, nor find any help. Whosoever of you does evil, We shall let him taste a great chastisement.

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