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A challenger1 has demanded a punishment bound to come
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for the disbelievers—to be averted by none—
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from Allah, Lord of pathways of ˹heavenly˺ ascent,
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˹through which˺ the angels and the ˹holy˺ spirit1 will ascend to Him on a Day fifty thousand years in length.2
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So endure ˹this denial, O  Prophet,˺ with beautiful patience.
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They truly see this ˹Day˺ as impossible,
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but We see it as inevitable.
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On that Day the sky will be like molten brass
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and the mountains like ˹tufts of˺ wool.
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And no close friend will ask ˹about˺ their friends,
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˹although˺ they will be made to see each other. The wicked will wish to ransom themselves from the punishment of that Day by their children,
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their spouses, their siblings,
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their clan that sheltered them,
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and everyone on earth altogether, just to save themselves.
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But no! There will certainly be a raging Flame
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ripping off scalps.
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It will summon whoever turned their backs ˹on Allah˺ and turned away ˹from the truth˺,
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and gathered and hoarded ˹wealth˺.
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Indeed, humankind was created impatient:
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distressed when touched with evil,
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and withholding when touched with good—
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except those who pray,
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consistently performing their prayers;
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and who give the rightful share of their wealth
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to the beggar and the poor;
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and who ˹firmly˺ believe in the Day of Judgment;
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and those who fear the punishment of their Lord—
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˹knowing that˺ none should feel secure from their Lord’s punishment—
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and those who guard their chastity1
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except with their wives or those ˹bondwomen˺ in their possession,1 for then they are free from blame,
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but whoever seeks beyond that are the transgressors.
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˹The faithful are˺ also those who are true to their trusts and covenants;
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and who are honest in their testimony;
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and who are ˹properly˺ observant of their prayers.
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These will be in Gardens, held in honour.
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So what is the matter with the disbelievers that they rush ˹head-long˺ towards you ˹O Prophet˺,
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from the right and the left, in groups ˹to mock you˺?1
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Does every one of them expect to be admitted into a Garden of Bliss?
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But no! Indeed, they ˹already˺ know what We created them from.1
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So, I do swear by the Lord of ˹all˺ the points of sunrise and sunset1 that We are truly capable
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of replacing them with ˹others˺ better than them, and We cannot be prevented ˹from doing so˺.
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So let them indulge ˹in falsehood˺ and amuse ˹themselves˺ until they face their Day, which they have been threatened with—
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the Day they will come forth from the graves swiftly, as if racing to an idol ˹for a blessing˺,1
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with eyes downcast, utterly covered with disgrace. That is the Day they have ˹always˺ been warned of.