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By those who set the ranks in battle order
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And those who drive away (the wicked) with reproof
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And those who read (the Word) for a reminder,
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Lo! thy Lord is surely One.
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Lord of the heavens and of the earth and all that is between them, and Lord of the sun's risings.
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Lo! We have adorned the lowest heaven with an ornament, the planets:
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With security from every froward devil.
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They cannot listen to the Highest Chiefs for they are pelted from every side,
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Outcast, and theirs is a perpetual torment;
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Save him who snatcheth a fragment, and there pursueth him a piercing flame.
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Then ask them (O Muhammad): Are they stronger as a creation, or those (others) whom We have created? Lo! We created them of plastic clay.
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Nay, but thou dost marvel when they mock
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And heed not when they are reminded,
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And seek to scoff when they behold a portent
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And they say: lo! this is mere magic;
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When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then, forsooth, be raised (again)?
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And our forefathers?
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Say (O Muhammad): Yea, in truth; and ye will be brought low.
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There is but one Shout, and lo! they behold
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And say: Ah, woe for us! This is the Day of Judgment.
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This is the Day of Separation, which ye used to deny.
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(And it is said unto the angels): Assemble those who did wrong, together with their wives and what they used to worship
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Instead of Allah, and lead them to the path to hell;
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And stop them, for they must be questioned.
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What aileth you that ye help not one another?
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Nay, but this day they make full submission.
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And some of them draw near unto others, mutually questioning.
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They say: Lo! ye used to come unto us, imposing, (swearing that ye spoke the truth).
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They answer: Nay, but ye (yourselves) were not believers.
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We had no power over you, but ye were wayward folk.
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Now the Word of our Lord hath been fulfilled concerning us. Lo! we are about to taste (the doom).
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Thus we misled you. Lo! we were (ourselves) astray.
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Then lo! this day they (both) are sharers in the doom.
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Lo! thus deal We with the guilty.
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For when it was said unto them, There is no god save Allah, they were scornful
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And said: Shall we forsake our gods for a mad poet?
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Nay, but he brought the Truth, and he confirmed those sent (before him).
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Lo! (now) verily ye taste the painful doom--
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Ye are requited naught save what ye did--
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Save single-minded slaves of Allah;
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For them there is a known provision,
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Fruits. And they will be honored
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In the Gardens of delight,
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On couches facing one another
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A cup from a gushing spring is brought round for them,
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White, delicious to the drinkers,
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Wherein there is no headache nor are they made mad thereby.
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And with them are those of modest gaze, with lovely eyes,
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(Pure) as they were hidden eggs (of the ostrich).
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And some of them draw near unto others, mutually questioning.
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A speaker of them saith: Lo! I had a comrade
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Who used to say: Art thou in truth of those who put faith (in his words)?
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Can we, when we are dead and have become mere dust and bones, can we (then) verily be brought to book?
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He saith: Will ye look?
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Then looketh he and seeth him in the depth of hell.
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He saith: By Allah, thou verily didst all but cause my ruin,
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And had it not been for the favor of my Lord, I too had been of those haled forth (to doom).
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Are we then not to die
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Saving our former death, and are we not to be punished?
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Lo! this is the supreme triumph.
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For the like of this, then, let the workers work.
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Is this better as a welcome, or the tree of Zaqqam?
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Lo! We have appointed it a torment for wrong-doers.
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Lo! it is a tree that springeth in the heart of hell
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Its crop is as it were the heads of devils
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And lo! they verily must eat thereof, and fill (their) bellies therewith.
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And afterward, lo! thereupon they have a drink of boiling water
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And afterward, lo! their return is surely unto hell.
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They indeed found their fathers astray,
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But they make haste (to follow) in their footsteps.
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And verily most of the men of old went astray before them,
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And verily We sent among them warners.
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Then see the nature of the consequence for those warned,
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Save single-minded slaves of Allah.
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And Noah verily prayed unto Us, and gracious was the Hearer of his prayer
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And We saved him and his household from the great distress,
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And made his seed the survivors,
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And left for him among the later folk (the salutation):
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Peace be unto Noah among the peoples!
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Lo! thus do We reward the good.
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Lo! he is one of Our believing slaves.
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Then We did drown the others.
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And lo! of his persuasion verily was Abraham
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When he came unto his Lord with a whole heart;
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When he said unto his father and his folk: What is it that ye worship?
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Is it a falsehood--gods beside Allah--that ye desire?
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What then is your opinion of the Lord of the Worlds?
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And he glanced a glance at the stars
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Then said: Lo! I feel sick!
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And they turned their backs and went away from him
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Then turned he to their gods and said: Will ye not eat?
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What aileth you that ye speak not?
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Then he attacked them, striking with his right hand.
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And (his people) came toward him, hastening.
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He said: Worship ye that which ye yourselves do carve
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When Allah hath created you and what ye make?
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They said: Build for him a building and fling him in the red hot fire.
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And they designed a snare for him, but We made them the undermost.
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And he said: Lo! I am going unto my Lord Who will guide me.
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My Lord! Vouchsafe me of the righteous.
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So We gave him tidings of a gentle son.
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And when (his son) was old enough to walk with him, (Abraham) said: O my dear son, I have seen in a dream that I must sacrifice thee. So look, what thinkest thou? He said: O my father! Do that which thou art commanded. Allah willing, thou shalt find me of the steadfast.
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Then, when they had both surrendered (to Allah), and he had flung him down upon his face,
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We called unto him: O Abraham:
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Thou hast already fulfilled the vision. Lo! thus do We reward the good.
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Lo! that verily was a clear test.
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Then We ransomed him with a tremendous victim.
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And We left for him among the later folk (the salutation):
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Peace be unto Abraham!
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Thus do We reward the good.
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Lo! he is one of Our believing slaves.
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And We gave him tidings of the birth of Isaac, a Prophet of the righteous.
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And We blessed him and Isaac. And of their seed are some who do good, and some who plainly wrong themselves.
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And We verily gave grace unto Moses and Aaron,
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And saved them and their people from the great distress,
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And helped them so that they became the victors.
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And We gave them the clear Scripture
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And showed them the right path.
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And We left for them, among the later folk (the salutation):
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Peace be unto Moses and Aaron!
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Lo! thus do We reward the good.
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Lo! they are two of our believing slaves.
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And lo! Elias was of those sent (to warn)
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When he said unto his folk: Will ye not ward off (evil)?
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Will ye cry unto Baal and forsake the best of Creators,
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Allah, your Lord and Lord of your forefathers?
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But they denied him, so they surely will be haled forth (to the doom)
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Save single-minded slaves of Allah.
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And we left for him among the later folk (the salutation):
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Peace be unto Elias!
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Lo! thus do We reward the good.
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Lo! he is one of our believing slaves.
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And lo! Lot verily was of those sent (to warn),
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When We saved him and his household, every one,
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Save an old woman among those who stayed behind;
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Then We destroyed the others.
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And Lo! ye verily pass by (the ruin of) them in the morning
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And at night time; have ye then no sense?
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And lo! Jonah verily was of those sent (to warn)
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When he fled unto the laden ship,
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And then drew lots and was of those rejected;
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And the fish swallowed him while be was blameworthy;
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And had he not been one of those who glorify (Allah)
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He would have tarried in its belly till the day when they are raised;
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Then We cast him on a desert shore while he was sick;
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And We caused a tree of gourd to grow above him;
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And We sent him to a hundred thousand (folk) or more
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And they believed, therefor We gave them comfort for a while.
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Now ask them (O Muhammad): Hath thy Lord daughters whereas they have sons?
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Or created We the angels females while they were present?
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Lo! it is of their falsehood that they say:
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Allah hath begotten. And lo! verily they tell a lie.
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(And again of their falsehood): He hath preferred daughters to sons
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What aileth you? How judge ye?
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Will ye not then reflect?
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Or have ye a clear warrant?
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Then produce your writ, if ye are truthful.
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And they imagine kinship between him and the jinn, whereas the jinn know well that they will be brought before (Him).
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Glorified be Allah from that which they attribute (unto Him),
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Save single-minded slaves of Allah.
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Lo! verily, ye and that which ye worship,
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Ye cannot excite (anyone) against Him
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Save him who is to burn in hell.
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There is not one of Us but hath his known position.
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Lo! We, even We are they who set the ranks.
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Lo! We, even We are they who hymn His praise
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And indeed they used to say:
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If we had but a reminder from the men of old
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We would be single-minded slaves of Allah.
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Yet (now that it is come) the, disbelieve therein: but they will come to know.
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And verily Our word went forth of old unto Our bondmen sent (to warn)
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That they verily would be helped,
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And that Our host, they verily would be the victors.
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So withdraw from them (O Muhammad) awhile,
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And watch, for they will (soon) see.
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Would they hasten on Our doom?
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But when it cometh home to them, then it will be a hapless morn for those who have been warned.
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Withdraw from them awhile
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And watch, for they will (soon) see.
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Glorified be thy Lord, the Lord of Majesty, from that which they attribute (unto Him)
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And peace be unto those sent (to warn).
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And praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds!