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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

23. The Believers (78 – 115)

78It is God who endowed you with hearing, sight, and hearts— how seldom you are grateful! 79It is He who made you multiply on earth. It is to Him that you will be gathered: 80it is He who gives life and death; the alternation of night and day depends on Him; will you not use your minds? 81But, like others before them, 82they say, ‘What? When we die and turn to dust and bones, shall we really be resurrected? 83We have heard such promises before, and so did our forefathers. These are just ancient fables.’ 84Say [Prophet], ‘Who owns the earth and all who live in it, if you know [so much]?’ 85and they will reply, ‘God.’ Say, ‘Will you not take heed?’ 86Say, ‘Who is the Lord of the seven heavens? Who is the Lord of the Mighty Throne?’ 87and they will reply, ‘God.’ Say, ‘Will you not be mindful?’ 88Say, ‘Who holds control of everything in His hand? Who protects, while there is no protection against Him, if you know [so much]?’ 89and they will reply, ‘God.’ Say, ‘Then how can you be so deluded?’ 90The fact is, We brought them the truth and they are lying. 91God has never had a child. Nor is there any god beside Him— if there were, each god would have taken his creation aside and tried to overcome the others. May God be exalted above what they describe! 92He knows what is not seen as well as what is seen; He is far above any partner they claim for Him.93Say, ‘Lord, if You are going to show me the punishment You have promised them, 94then Lord, do not include me among the evildoers!’95We certainly are able to show you the punishment We have promised them. 96Repel evil with good— We are well aware of what they attribute to Us— 97and say, ‘Lord, I take refuge with You from the goadings of the evil ones; 98I seek refuge with you, Lord, so that they may not come near me.’

99When death comes to one of them, he cries, ‘My Lord, let me return 100so as to make amends for the things I neglected.’ Never! This will not go beyond his words: a barrier stands behind such people until the very Day they are resurrected. 101On that Day when the Trumpet is blown, the ties between them will be as nothing and they will not ask about each other: 102those whose good deeds weigh heavy will be successful,103but those whose balance is light will have lost their souls for ever and will stay in Hell— 104the Fire will scorch their faces and their lips will be twisted in pain. 105’Were My messages not recited over and over to you and still you rejected them?’ 106They will say, ‘Lord, our waywardness overcame us and we went astray. 107Lord, take us away from this and if we go back to our old ways, then we shall really be evildoers.’ 108He will say, ‘Away with you! In you go! Do not speak to Me! 109Among My servants there were those who said, “Lord, We believe. Forgive us and have mercy on us: You are the most merciful of all.” 110But you kept on laughing at them: so intent were you on laughing at them that it made you forget My warning. 111Today I have rewarded them for their patience: it is they who will succeed.’ 112He will say, ‘How many years were you on earth?’113and they will reply, ‘We stayed a day or a part of a day, but ask those who keep count.’ 114He will say, ‘You stayed but a little, if you had only known. 115Did you think We had created you in vain, and that you would not be brought back to Us?

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