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The Qurʾan What is This? A current English-language version of the Qur'an, published in 2004
Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

21. The Prophets (21 – 40)

21Have they chosen any gods from the earth who can give life to the dead? 22If there had been in the heavens or earth any gods but Him, both heavens and earth would be in ruins: God, Lord of the Throne, is far above the things they say: 23He cannot be called to account for anything He does, whereas they will be called to account. 24Have they chosen to worship other gods instead of Him? Say, ‘Bring your proof. This is the Scripture for those who are with me and the Scripture for those who went before me.’ But most of them do not recognize the truth, so they pay no heed.25We never sent any messenger before you [Muhammad] without revealing to him: ‘There is no god but Me, so serve Me.’26And they say, ‘The Lord of Mercy has taken offspring for Himself.a The Meccan polytheists claimed the angels were God's daughters. May He be exalted! No! They are only His honoured servants:27they do not speak before He speaks and they act by His command. 28He knows what is before them and what is behind them, and they cannot intercede without His permissionb See 20: 109.—indeed they themselves stand in awe of Him. 29If any of them were to claim, ‘I am a god beside Him,’ We would reward them with Hell: this is how We reward evildoers.

30Are the disbelievers not aware that the heavens and the earth used to be joined together and that We ripped them apart, that We made every living thing from water? Will they not believe? 31And We put firm mountains on the earth, lest it should sway under them, and set broad paths on it, so that they might follow the right direction, 32and We made the sky a well-secured canopy—yet from its wonders they turn away. 33It is He who created night and day, the sun and the moon, each floating in its orbit. 34We have not granted everlasting life to any other human being before you either [Muhammad]—if you die, will [the disbelievers] live for ever?

35Every soul is certain to taste death: We test you all through the bad and the good, and to Us you will all return. 36When the disbelievers see you, they laugh at you: ‘Is this the one who talks about your gods?’ They reject any talk of the Lord of Mercy.

37Man was created hasty: I will show you My signs soon, so do not ask Me to hasten them. 38They say, ‘When will this promise be fulfilled, if what you say is true?’39If the disbelievers only knew, the time will arrive when they will not be able to ward off the Fire from their faces or their backs, and they will get no help. 40It will come upon them suddenly and stupefy them; they will be powerless to push it away; they will not be reprieved.

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a The Meccan polytheists claimed the angels were God's daughters.

b See 20: 109.

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