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43 ORNAMENTS (1 – 24)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Ha Mim

By the Clear Book, behold, We have made it an Arabic Koran; haply you will understand; and behold, it is in the Essence of the Book, with Us; sublime indeed, wise. shall We turn away the Remembrance from you, for that you are a prodigal people?

5How many a Prophet We sent among the ancients, but not a Prophet came to them, without they mocked at him; so We destroyed men stronger in valour than they, and the example of the ancients passed away.

If thou askest them, ‘Who created the heavens and earth?’ they will say, ‘The All-mighty, the All-knowing created them.’ He who appointed the earth to be a cradle for you, and appointed ways for you therein, that haply you may be guided; 10and who sent down out of heaven water in measure; and We revived thereby a land that was dead; even so you shall be brought forth; and who created the pairs, all of them, and appointed for you ships and cattle such as you ride, that you may be seated on their backs and then remember your Lord's blessing when you are seated on them, and say, ‘Glory be to Him, who has subjected this to us, and we ourselves were not equal to it; surely unto our Lord we are turning.’

Yet they have assigned to Him a part of His own servants! Man is clearly unthankful. 15Or has He taken to Himself, from that He creates, daughters, and favoured you with sons? And when any of them is given the good tidings of that he has likened to the All-merciful, his face is darkened, and he chokes inwardly. What, one who is reared amid ornaments and, when the time of altercation comes, is not to be seen? And they have made the angels, who are themselves servants of the All-merciful, females. What, did they witness their creation? Their witness shall be written down, and they shall be questioned. They say, ‘Had the All-merciful so willed, we would not have served them.’ They have no knowledge of that; they are only conjecturing. 20Or did We bring them a Book aforetime to which they hold? Nay, but they say, ‘We found our fathers upon a community, and we are guided upon their traces.’ Even so We sent never before thee any warner into any city, except that its men who lived at ease said, ‘We indeed found our fathers upon a community, and we are following upon their traces.’ Say: ‘What, though I should bring you a better guidance than you found your fathers upon?’ They say, ‘We disbelieve in that you were sent with.’ So We took vengeance upon them; and behold how was the end of them that cried lies.

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