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50 QAF (1 – 31)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

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By the glorious Koran! Nay, but they marvel that a warner has come to them from among them; and the unbelievers say, ‘This is a marvellous thing! What, when we are dead and become dust? That is a far returning!’ We know what the earth diminishes of them; with Us is a book recording. 5Nay, but they cried lies to the truth when it came to them, and so they are in a case confused. What, have they not beheld heaven above them, how We have built it, and decked it out fair, and it has no cracks? And the earth—We stretched it forth, and cast on it firm mountains, and We caused to grow therein of every joyous kind for an insight and a reminder to every penitent servant. And We sent down out of heaven water blessed, and caused to grow thereby gardens and grain of harvest 10and tall palm-trees with spathes compact, a provision for the servants, and thereby We revived a land that was dead. Even so is the coming forth.

Cried lies before them the people of Noah and the men of Er-Rass, and Thamood, and Ad and Pharaoh, the brothers of Lot, the men of the Thicket, the people of Tubba’. Every one cried lies to the Messengers, and My threat came true.

What, were We wearied by the first creation? No indeed; but they are in uncertainty as to the new creation.

15We indeed created man; and We know what his soul whispers within him, and We are nearer to him than the jugular vein.

When the two angels meet together, sitting one on the right, and one on the left, not a word he utters, but by him is an observer ready. And death's agony comes in truth; that is what thou wast shunning! And the Trumpet shall be blown; that is the Day of the Threat. 20And every soul shall come, and with it a driver and a witness. ‘Thou wast heedless of this; therefore We have now removed from thee thy covering, and so thy sight today is piercing.’ And his comrade shall say, ‘This is what I have, made ready.’ ‘Cast, you twain, into Gehenna every froward unbeliever, every hinderer of the good, transgressor, disquieter, 25who set up with God another god; therefore, you twain, cast him into the terrible chastisement.’ And his comrade shall say, ‘Our Lord, I made him not insolent, but he was in far error.’ He shall say, ‘Dispute not before Me! For I sent you beforehand the threat. The Word is not changed with Me; I wrong not My servants.’ Upon the day We shall say unto Gehenna, ‘Art thou filled?’ 30And it shall say, ‘Are there any more to come?’ And Paradise shall be brought forward to the godfearing, not afar: ‘This is that you were promised; it is for every mindful penitent.’

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