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THE MOST GRACIOUS
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has imparted this Qur'an [unto man].
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He has created man:
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He has imparted unto him articulate thought and speech.1
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[At His behest] the sun and the moon run their appointed courses;2
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[before Him] prostrate themselves the stars and the trees.
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And the skies has He raised high, and has devised [for all things] a measure,3
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so that you [too, O men,] might never transgress the measure [of what is right]:
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weigh, therefore, [your deeds] with equity, and cut not the measure short!
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And the earth has He spread out for all living beings,
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with fruit thereon, and palm trees with sheathed clusters [of dates],
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and grain growing tall on its stalks, and sweet-smelling plants.
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?4
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He has created man out of sounding clay, like pottery,5
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whereas the invisible beings He has created out of a confusing flame of fire.6
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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[He is] the Sustainer of the two farthest points of sunrise, and the Sustainer of the two farthest points of sunset.7
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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He has given freedom to the two great bodies of water, so that they might meet:
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[yet] between them is a barrier which they may not transgress.8
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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Out of these two [bodies of water] come forth pearls, both great and small.
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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And His are the lofty ships that sail like [floating] mountains through the seas.9
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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All that lives on earth or in the heavens10 is bound to pass away:
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but forever will abide thy Sustainer's Self,11 full of majesty and glory.
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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On Him depend all creatures12 in the heavensn and on earth; [and] every day He manifests Himself in yet another [wondrous] way.
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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[ONE DAY] We shall take you to task,13 O you sin-laden two!14
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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O you who live in close communion with [evil] invisible beings and humans!15 If you [think that you] can pass beyond the regions of the heavens and the earth,16 pass beyond them! [But] you cannot pass beyond them, save by a sanction [from God]!17
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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A flash of fire will be let loose upon you, and smoke, and you will be left without succour!
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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And when the sky is rent asunder and becomes red like [burning] oil18 -
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which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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For on that Day neither man nor invisible being will be asked about his sins.19
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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All who were lost in sin shall by their marks be known, and shall by their forelocks and their feet be seized!20
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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This will be the hell which those who are lost in sin [now] call a lie:
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between it and [their own] burning-hot despair will they wander to and fro!21
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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BUT FOR THOSE who of their Sustainer's Presence stand in fear, two gardens [of paradise are readied]22
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which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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[two gardens] of many wondrous hues.23
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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In [each of] these two [gardens] two springs will flow.24
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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In [each of] these two will two kinds of every fruit be [found].25
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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[In such a paradise the blest will dwell,] reclining upon carpets lined with rich brocade;26 and the fruit of both these gardens will be within easy reach.
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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In these [gardens] will be mates of modest gaze, whom neither man nor invisible being will have touched ere then.27
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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[When you are promised splendours] as though [of] rubies and [of] pearls -
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which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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Could the reward of good be aught but good?
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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And besides those two will be yet two [other] gardens28 -
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which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow? -
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two [gardens] of the deepest green.29
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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In [each of] these two [gardens] will two springs gush forth.
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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In both of them will be [all kinds of] fruit, and date-palms and pomegranates.
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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In these [gardens] will be [all] things most excellent and beautiful.
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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[There the blest will live with their] companions pure30 and modest, in pavillions [splendid] -
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which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow? -
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[companions] whom neither man nor invisible being will have touched ere then.
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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[In such a paradise will they dwell,] reclining upon meadows green and carpets rich in beauty.
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Which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow?
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HALLOWED be thy Sustainer's name, full of majesty and glory!