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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

29. The Spider (24 – 44)

24The only answer Abraham's people gave was, ‘Kill him or burn him!’ but God saved him from the Fire: there truly are signs in this for people who believe. 25Abraham said to them, ‘You have chosen idols instead of God but your love for them will only last for the present life: on the Day of Resurrection, you will disown and reject one another. Hell will be your home and no one will help you.’26Lot believed him, and said, ‘I will flee to my Lord: He is the Almighty, the All Wise.’ 27We gave Isaac and Jacob to Abraham, and placed prophethood and Scripture among his offspring. We gave him his rewards in this world, and in the life to come he will be among the righteous.

28And Lot: when He said to his people, ‘You practise outrageous acts that no people before you have ever committed. 29How can you lust after men, waylay travellers, and commit evil in your gatherings?’ the only answer his people gave was, ‘Bring God's punishment down on us, if what you say is true.’ 30So he prayed, ‘My Lord, help me against these people who spread corruption.’ 31When Our messengers brought the good news [of the birth of a son] to Abraham,a Cf. e.g. 51: 28. they told him, ‘We are about to destroy the people of that town. They are wrongdoers.’ 32Abraham said, ‘But Lot lives there.’ They answered, ‘We know who lives there better than you do. We shall save him and his household, except for his wife: she will be one of those who stay behind.’ 33When Our messengers came to Lot, he was troubled and distressed on their account. They said, ‘Have no fear or grief: we shall certainly save you and your household, except for your wife—she will be one of those who stay behind—34and we shall send a punishment from heaven down on the people of this town because they violate [God's order].’ 35We left some [of the town] there as a clear sign for those who use their reason.

36To the people of Midian We sent their brother Shu’ayb. He said, ‘My people, serve God and think ahead to the Last Day. Do not commit evil and spread corruption in the land.’ 37They rejected him and so the earthquake overtook them. When morning came, they were lying dead in their homes. 38[Remember] the tribes of ‘Ad and Thamud: their history is made clear to you by [what is left of] their dwelling places. Satan made their foul deeds seem alluring to them and barred them from the right way, though they were capable of seeing. 39[Remember] Qarun and Pharaoh and Haman: Moses brought them clear signs, but they behaved arrogantly on earth. They could not escape Us 40and We punished each one of them for their sins: some We struck with a violent storm; some were overcome by a sudden blast; some We made the earth swallow; and some We drowned. It was not God who wronged them; they wronged themselves. 41Those who take protectors other than God can be compared to spiders building themselves houses—the spider's is the frailest of all houses—if only they could understand. 42God knows what things they call upon beside Him: He is the Mighty, the Wise. 43Such are the comparisons We draw for people, though only the wise can grasp them. 44God has created the heavens and earth for a true purpose. There truly is a sign in this for those who believe.

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a Cf. e.g. 51: 28.

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