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Section 1 He (the Prophet) frowned and turned away
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when there came to him the blind man (Ibn Umme Maktum, who came to the Prophet and interrupted his conversation with the chiefs of Makkah).
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How could you tell? He might have sought to purify himself
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or become reminded and might have benefited from Our reminder.
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As for him who is indifferent,
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to whom you were attending;
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you will not be held responsible if he would not purify himself.
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Yet to him who came to you with zeal on his own
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and with fear of Allah in his heart,
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you gave no heed.
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It should not be so! Indeed, this is but an admonition;
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let him who wants, accept it.
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It is written in scrolls, which are honored,
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exalted, purified,
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and which remain in the hands of scribes,
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who are noble and virtuous.
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Woe to man! What a disbeliever he is!
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Out of what Allah has created him?
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Out of a semen-drop! Allah created him and then fashioned him in due proportion,
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then makes his way of life smooth for him,
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then causes him to die and stows him in a grave.
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Then He will surely bring him back to life when He pleases.
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By no means has he fulfilled the duty that Allah had assigned him.
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Let man reflect on the food he eats,
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How We pour down rainwater in abundance
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and cleave the soil asunder.
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How We bring forth grain,
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grapes and nutritious vegetation;
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olives and dates,
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lush gardens,
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fruits and fodder,
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as a means of sustenance for you and your cattle.
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Finally when there come the deafening blast,
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on that Day each man shall flee from his own brother,
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his mother and his father,
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his wife and his children.
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For each one of them, on that Day, shall have enough concern of his own to make him indifferent to the others.
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Some faces on that Day shall be shining,
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smiling and joyful.
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And some faces on that Day shall be dusty
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and veiled with darkness.
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These shall be the faces of the disbelieving wicked.