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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

28. The Story (56 – 75)

56You [Prophet] cannot guide everyone you love to the truth; it is God who guides whoever He will: He knows best those who will follow guidance. 57They say, ‘If we were to follow guidance with you [Prophet], we would be swept from our land.’ Have We not established for them a secure sanctuarya Mecca. where every kind of produce is brought, as a provision from Us? But most of them do not comprehend. 58We have destroyed many a community that once revelled in its wanton wealth and easy living: since then their dwelling places have barely been inhabited—We are the only heir. 59Your Lord would never destroy towns without first raising a messenger in their midst to recite Our messages to them, nor would We destroy towns unless their inhabitants were evildoers. 60Whatever things you have been given for the life of this world are merely [temporary] gratification and vanity: that which is with God is better and more lasting—will you not use your reason?

61Can the person who will see the fulfilment of the good promise We gave him be compared to someone We have given some enjoyments for this worldly life but who, on the Day of Resurrection, will be summoned?b For punishment. 62The Day will come when God will call them, saying, ‘Where now are those you allege are My partners?’ 63and those [ringleaders] against whom the verdict will be passed will say, ‘Our Lord, these are the ones we caused to deviate. We caused them to deviate as we ourselves deviated, but now we disown them before You: they did not really serve us.’ 64It will then be said to them, ‘Now call those you worshipped as partners,’ and they will call them but receive no answer. They will see the suffering and wish they had followed guidance. 65On that Day He will call them, saying, ‘How did you respond to My messengers?’ 66All arguments will seem obscure to them on that Day; they will not be able to consult one another. 67Yet anyone who has repented, believed, and done good deeds can hope to find himself among the successful. 68Your Lord creates what He pleases and chooses those He will—they have no choice—so glory be to God, and may He be exalted above the partners they ascribe to Him! 69Your Lord knows what their hearts conceal and what they reveal. 70He is God; there is no god but Him; all praise belongs to Him in this world and the next; His is the Judgement; and to Him you shall be returned.

71Say [Prophet], ‘Just think, if God were to cast perpetual night over you until the Day of Resurrection, what god other than He could bring you light? Do you not listen?’ 72Say, ‘Just think, if God were to cast perpetual day over you until the Day of Resurrection, what god other than He could give you night in which to rest? Do you not see?73In His mercy He has given you night and day, so that you may rest and seek His bounty and be grateful.’ 74The Day will come when He will call out to them, saying, ‘Where are the partners you claimed for Me?’ 75We shall call a witness from every community, and say, ‘Produce your evidence,’ and then they will know that truth belongs to God alone; the gods they invented will forsake them.

Notes:

a Mecca.

b For punishment.

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