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By the morning,
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and the ten nights (first ten days of Dhul-Hijja),
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the even and the odd,
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and the night when it departs!
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Is there not in these an oath (enough evidence) for those who use their common sense?
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Have you not seen how your Rabb dealt with 'Ad?
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The residents of Iram, the city of lofty pillars,
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the like of which had never been built in other cities.
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And with the people of Thamud who hewed out their dwellings in the rocks of the valley?
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And with Fir'on (Pharaoh) the owner of stakes?
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They all transgressed beyond bounds in their cities,
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and committed great mischief therein.
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Therefore, your Rabb let loose on them His scourge of torment.
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Surely your Rabb is ever watchful.
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As for man, when his Rabb tries him through giving him honor and blessings, he says: "My Rabb is bountiful to me."
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But when He tries him through restricting his subsistence, he says: "My Rabb has humiliated me."
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Nay! But you did not show kindness to the orphan,
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nor did you encourage each other in feeding the poor.
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Greedily you lay your hands on the inheritance of the weak,
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and you love wealth with all your hearts.
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Nay! You should know, when the earth will be pounded to powder,
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your Rabb will come, with angels standing in ranks,
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hell shall be brought in sight. On that Day man will remember his deeds, but how is that remembrance going to profit him?
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He will say: "Alas! Would that I had sent forth some good deeds for this life of mine."
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None can punish as Allah will punish on that Day,
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and none can bind as He will bind.
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To the righteous soul it will be said: "O fully satisfied soul!
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Return to your Rabb, well pleased with Him and well-pleasing to Him.
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Join My servants,
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and enter My paradise."