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44 SMOKE (1 – 32)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Ha Mim

By the Clear Book. We have sent it down in a blessed night (We are ever warning) therein every wise bidding determined as a bidding from Us, (we are ever sending) 5as a mercy from thy Lord (surely He is the All-hearing, the All-knowing) Lord of the heavens and earth, and all that between them is, if you have faith. There is no god but He; He gives life and makes to die; your Lord and the Lord of your fathers, the ancients.

Nay, but they are in doubt, playing. So be on the watch for a day when heaven shall bring a manifest smoke 10covering the people; this is a painful chastisement. ‘O our Lord, remove Thou from us the chastisement; we are believers’. How should they have the Reminder, seeing a clear Messenger already came to them, then they turned away from him and said, ‘A man tutored, possessed!’ ‘Behold, We are removing the chastisement a little; behold, you revert!’ 15Upon the day when We shall assault most mightily, then We shall take Our vengeance.

Already before them We tried the people of Pharaoh, and a noble Messenger came unto them, saying, ‘Deliver to me God's servants; I am for you a faithful Messenger,’ and, ‘Rise not up against God; behold, I come to you with a clear authority, and I take refuge in my Lord and your Lord, lest you should stone me. 20But if so be that you believe me not, go you apart from me!’ And he called to his Lord, saying, ‘These are a sinful people.’ ‘Then set thou forth with My servants in a watch of the night; surely you will be followed. And leave the sea becalmed; they are a drowned host.’ They left how many gardens and fountains, 25sown fields, and how noble a station, and what prosperity they had rejoiced in! Even so; and We bequeathed them upon another people. Neither heaven nor earth wept for them, nor were they respited; and We delivered the Children of Israel from the humbling chastisement, 30from Pharaoh; surely he was a high one, of the prodigals; and We chose them, out of a knowledge, above all beings. and gave them signs wherein there was a manifest trial.

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