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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

26. The Poets (69 – 104)

69Tell them the story of Abraham, 70when he asked his father and his people, ‘What do you worship?’71They said, ‘We worship idols, and are constantly in attendance on them.’ 72He asked, ‘Do they hear you when you call? 73Do they help or harm you?’ 74They replied, ‘No, but this is what we saw our fathers doing.’ 75Abraham said, ‘Those idols you have worshipped, 76you and your forefathers, 77are my enemies; not so the Lord of the Worlds, 78who created me. It is He who guides me; 79He who gives me food and drink; 80He who cures me when I am ill; 81He who will make me die and then give me life again; 82and He who will, I hope, forgive my faults on the Day of Judgement. 83My Lord, grant me wisdom; join me with the righteous; 84give me a good name among later generations; 85make me one of those given the Garden of Bliss—86forgive my father, for he is one of those who have gone astray—87and do not disgrace me on the Day when all people are resurrected: 88the Day when neither wealth nor children can help, 89when the only one who will be saved is the one who comes before God with a heart devoted to Him.’

90When the Garden is brought near to the righteous91and the Fire is placed in full view of the misguided, 92it will be said to them, ‘ Where are those you worshipped 93beside God? Can they help you now, or even help themselves?’ 94and then they will all be hurled into Hell, together with those that misled them, 95and all Iblis's supporters.a See note to 37: 173. 96There they will say to their gods, as they bicker among themselves, 97‘We were clearly misguided 98when we made you equal with the Lord of the Worlds. 99It was the evildoers who led us astray, 100and now we have no intercessor 101and no true friend.102If only we could live our lives again, we would be true believers!’103There truly is a sign in this, though most of them do not believe: 104your Lord alone is the Almighty, the Merciful.

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a See note to 37: 173.

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