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EXTOL the limitless glory of thy Sustainer's name: [the glory of] the All-Highest,
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who creates [every thing], and thereupon forms it in accordance with what it is meant to be,1
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and who determines the nature [of all that exists],2 and thereupon guides it [towards its fulfilment],
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and who brings forth herbage,
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and thereupon causes it to decay into rust-brown stubble!3
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WE SHALL teach thee, and thou wilt not forget [aught of what thou art taught],
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save what God may will [thee to forget]4 - for, verily, He [alone] knows all that is open to [man's] perception as well as all that is hidden [from it]5 -:
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and [thus] shall We make easy for thee the path towards [ultimate] ease.6
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REMIND, THEN, [others of the truth, regardless of] whether this reminding [would seem to] be of use [or not]:7
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in mind will keep it he who stands in awe [of God],
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but aloof from it will remain that most hapless wretch -
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he who [in the life to come] shall have to endure the great fire
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wherein he will neither die nor remain alive.8
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To happiness [in the life to come] will indeed attain he who attains to purity [in this world],
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and remembers his Sustainer's name, and prays [unto Him].
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But nay, [0 men,] you prefer the life of this world,
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although the life to come is better and more enduring
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Verily, [all] this has indeed been [said] in the earlier revelations -
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the revelations of Abraham and Moses.9