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Ha. Mim.1
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CONSIDER this divine writ, clear in itself and clearly showing the truth!2
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Behold, from on high have We bestowed it on a blessed night:3 for, verily, We have always been warning [man].4
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On that [night] was made clear, in wisdom, the distinction between all things [good and evil]5
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at a behest from Ourselves: for, verily, We have always been sending [Our messages of guidance]
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in pursuance of thy Sustainer's grace [unto man]. Verily, He alone is all-hearing, all-knowing,
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the Sustainer of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them - if you could but grasp it with inner certainty!6
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There is no deity save Him: He grants life and deals death: He is your Sustainer as well as the Sustainer of your forebears of old.
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Nay, but they [who lack inner certainty] are but toying with their doubts.7
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WAIT, THEN, for the Day when the skies shall bring forth a pall of smoke which will make obvious [the approach of the Last Hour],
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enveloping all mankind, [and causing the sinners to exclaim:] "Grievous is this suffering!
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O our Sustainer, relieve us of suffering, for, verily, we [now] believe [in Thee]!"
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[But] how shall this remembrance avail them [at the Last Hour], seeing that an apostle had previously come unto them, clearly expounding the truth,
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whereupon they turned their backs on him and said, "Taught [by others] is he,8 a madman"?
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[Still,] behold, We shall postpone9 this suffering for a little while, although you are bound to revert [to your evil ways: but]
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on the Day when We shall seize [all sinners] with a most mighty onslaught, We shall, verily, inflict Our retribution [on you as well]!
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AND, INDEED, [long] before their time did We try Pharaoh's people [in the same way]: for there came unto them a noble apostle, [who said:]
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"Give in unto me, O God's bondmen!10 Verily, I am an apostle [sent] unto you, worthy of trust!
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"And exalt not yourselves against God: for, verily, I come unto you with a manifest authority [from Him];
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and, behold, it is with my Sustainer - and your Sustainer - that I seek refuge against all your endeavours to revile me.11
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And if you do not believe me, [at least] stand away from me!"
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But then, [when they beset him with their enmity,] he called out to his Sustainer, "These are [indeed] people lost in sin!"
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And [God said]: "Go thou forth with My servants by night, for you will surely be pursued;
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and leave the sea becalmed12 [between thee and Pharaoh's men]: for, verily, they are a host destined to be drowned!"
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[And so they perished: and] how many gardens did they leave behind, and water-runnels,
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and fields of grain, and noble dwellings,
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and [all that] life of ease in which they used to delight!
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Thus it was. And [then] We made another people heirs [to what they had left],
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and neither sky nor earth shed tears over them, nor were they allowed a respite.13
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And, indeed, We delivered the children of Israel from the shameful suffering
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[inflicted on them] by Pharaoh, seeing that he was truly outstanding among those who waste their own selves;14
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and, indeed, We chose them knowingly above all other people,15
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and gave them such signs [of Our grace] as would clearly presage a test.16
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[Now,] behold, these [people] say indeed:17
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"That [which is ahead of us] is but our first [and only] death,18 and we shall not be raised to life again.
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So then, bring forth our forefathers [as witnesses], if what you claim is true!"19
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Are they, then, better than the people of Tubba' and those before them, whom We destroyed because they were truly lost in [the same] sin?20
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For [thus it is:] We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in mere idle play:21
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none of this have We created without [an inner] truth:22 but most of them understand it not.
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VERILY, the Day of Distinction [between the true and the false] is the term appointed for all of them:23
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the Day when no friend shall be of the least avail to his friend, and when none shall be succoured
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save those upon whom God will have bestowed His grace and mercy: for, verily, He alone is almighty, a dispenser of grace.
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Verily, [in the life to come] the tree of deadly fruit24
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will be the food of the sinful:25
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like molten lead will it boil in the belly,
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like the boiling of burning despair.26
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[And the word will be spoken:] "Seize him, [O you forces of hell,] and drag him into the midst of the blazing fire:
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then pour over his head the anguish of burning despair!
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Taste it - thou who [on earth] hast considered thyself so mighty, so noble!27
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This is the very thing which you [deniers of the truth] were wont to call in question!"28
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[As against this -] verily, the God-conscious will find themselves in a state secure,
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amid gardens and springs,
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wearing [garments] of silk and brocade, facing one another [in love].29
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Thus shall it be. And We shall pair them with companions pure, most beautiful of eye.30
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In that [paradise] they shall [rightfully] claim all the fruits [of their past deeds],31 resting in security;
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and neither shall they taste death there after having passed through their erstwhile death.32 Thus will He have preserved them from all sufferging through the blazing fire -
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an act of thy Sustainer's favour:33 and that, that will be the triumph supreme!
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THUS, THEN, [O Prophet,] have We made this [divine writ] easy to understand, in thine own [human] tongue, so that men might take it to heart.34
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So wait thou [for what the future will bring]: behold, they, too, are waiting.35