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74 SHROUDED (1 – 34)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

O thou shrouded in thy mantle, arise, and warn! Thy Lord magnify thy robes purify 5and defilement flee! Give not, thinking to gain greater and be patient unto thy Lord.

For when the Trump is sounded that day will be a harsh day, 10for the unbelievers not easy. Leave Me with him whom I created alone, and appointed for him ample wealth and sons standing before him, and made all things smooth for him; 15then he is eager that I should do more. Nay! He is froward unto Our signs; and I shall constrain him to a hard ascent. Lo! He reflected, and determined— death seize him, how he determined! 20Again, death seize him, how he determined! Then he beheld, then he frowned, and scowled, then he retreated, and waxed proud. He said, ‘This is naught but a trumped-up sorcery; 25this is nothing but mortal speech.’ I shall surely roast him in Sakar; and what will teach thee what is Sakar? It spares not, neither leaves alone scorching the flesh; 30over it are nineteen. We have appointed only angels to be masters of the Fire, and their number We have appointed only as a trial for the unbelievers, that those who were given the Book may have certainty, and that those who believe may increase in belief, and that those who were given the Book and those who believe may not be in doubt, and that those in whose hearts there is sickness, and the unbelievers, may say, ‘What did God intend by this as a similitude?’ So God leads astray whomsoever He will, and He guides whomsoever He will; and none knows the hosts of thy Lord but He. And it is naught but a Reminder to mortals.

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