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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

44. Smoke (22 – 57)

22[Moses] cried to his Lord, ‘These people are evildoers!’ 23[God replied], ‘Escape in the night with My servants, for you are sure to be pursued.24Leave the sea behind you parted and their army will be drowned.’ 25Many a garden and spring they left behind, 26many a cornfield and noble building, 27many a thing in which they had delighted: 28We gave these to another people to inherit. 29Neither heavens nor earth shed a tear for them, nor were they given any time. 30We saved the Children of Israel from their degrading suffering 31at the hands of Pharaoh: he was a tyrant who exceeded all bounds.32We chose them knowingly above others: 33We gave them revelations in which there was a clear test.

34These people hereb The Meccans. assert, 35‘There is nothing beyond our one death: we will not be resurrected. 36Bring back our forefathers, if what you say is true.’ 37Are they better than the people of Tubba’c Honorific title of the King of Yemen given to a succession of powerful kings who ruled over southern Arabia in ancient times. and those who flourished before them? We destroyed them all— they were guilty.38We were not playing a pointless game when We created the heavens and earth and everything in between;39We created them for a true purpose, but most people do not comprehend.

40The Day of Decision is the time appointed for all;41a Day when no friend can take another's place. 42No one will receive any help except for those to whom God shows mercy: He is the Mighty, the Merciful Lord. 43The tree of Zaqqum 44will be food for the sinners: 45[hot] as molten metal, it boils in their bellies 46like seething water. 47‘Take him! Thrust him into the depths of Hell! 48Pour scalding water over his head as punishment!’ 49‘Taste this, you powerful, respected man! 50This is what you doubted.’ 51But those mindful of God will be in a safe place 52amid Gardens and springs, 53clothed in silk and fine brocade, facing one another: 54so it will be. We shall wed them to maidens with large, dark eyes. 55Secure and contented, they will call for every kind of fruit. 56After the one death they will taste death no more. God will guard them from the torment of Hell, 57a bounty from your Lord. That is the supreme triumph.

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b The Meccans.

c Honorific title of the King of Yemen given to a succession of powerful kings who ruled over southern Arabia in ancient times.

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