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36 YA SIN (1 – 32)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Ya Sin

By the Wise Koran, thou art truly among the Envoys on a straight path; the sending down of the All-mighty, the All-compassionate, 5that thou mayest warn a people whose fathers were never warned, so they are heedless. The Word has been realised against most of them, yet they do not believe. Surely We have put on their necks fetters up to the chin, so their heads are raised; and We have put before them a barrier and behind them a barrier; and We have covered them, so they do not see. Alike it is to them whether thou hast warned them or thou hast not warned them, they do not believe. 10Thou only warnest him who follows the Remembrance and who fears the All-merciful in the Unseen; so give him the good tidings of forgiveness and a generous wage. Surely it is We who bring the dead to life and write down what they have forwarded and what they have left behind; everything We have numbered in a clear register.

Strike for them a similitude— the inhabitants of the city, when the Envoys came to it; when We sent unto them two men, but they cried them lies, so We sent a third as reinforcement. They said, ‘We are assuredly Envoys unto you.’ They said, ‘You are naught but mortals like us; the All-merciful has not sent down anything. You are speaking only lies.’ 15They said, ‘Our Lord knows we are Envoys unto you; and it is only for us to deliver the Manifest Message.’ They said, ‘We augur ill of you. If you give not over, we will stone you and there shall visit you from us a painful chastisement.’ They said, ‘Your augury is with you; if you are reminded? But you are a prodigal people.’ Then came a man from the furthest part of the city, running; he said, ‘My people, follow the Envoys! 20Follow such as ask no wage of you, that are right-guided. And why should I not serve Him who originated me, and unto whom you shall be returned? What, shall I take, apart from Him, gods whose intercession, if the All-merciful desires affliction for me, shall not avail me anything, and who will never deliver me? Surely in that case I should be in manifest error. Behold, I believe in your Lord; therefore hear me!’ 25It was said, ‘Enter Paradise!’ He said, ‘Ah, would that my people had knowledge that my Lord has forgiven me and that He has placed me among the honoured.’ And We sent not down upon his people, after him, any host out of heaven; neither would We send any down. It was only one Cry and lo, they were silent and still. Ah, woe for those servants! Never comes unto them a Messenger, but they mock at him. 30What, have they not seen how many generations We have destroyed before them, and that it is not unto them that they return? They shall every one of them be arraigned before Us.

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