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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

53. The Star (33 – 62)

33[Prophet], consider that man who turned away: 34he only gave a little and then he stopped.35Does he have knowledge of the Unseen? Can he see [the Hereafter]? 36Has he not been told what was written in the Scriptures of Moses 37and of Abraham, who fulfilled his duty: 38that no soul shall bear the burden of another; 39that man will only have what he has worked towards; 40that his labour will be seen 41and that in the end he will be repaid in full for it;42that the final goal is your Lord;43that it is He who makes people laugh and weep; 44that it is He who gives death and life; 45that He Himself created the two sexes, male and female, 46from an ejected drop of sperm; 47that He will undertake the second Creation; 48that it is He who gives wealth and possessions; 49that He is the Lord of Sirius;c The star worshipped by the pagan Arabs. 50that it was He who destroyed, in their entirety, ancient ‘Ad 51and Thamud, 52and before them the people of Noah who were even more unjust and insolent; 53that it was He who brought down the ruined cities 54and enveloped them in the punishment He ordained for them? 55Which then of your Lord's blessings do youd The man who turned away (verse 33). deny?

56This is a warning just like the warnings sent in former times. 57The imminent Hour draws near 58and only God can disclose it. 59Do you [people] marvel at this? 60Why do you laugh instead of weeping? 61Why do you pay no heed? 62Bow down before God and worship.

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c The star worshipped by the pagan Arabs.

d The man who turned away (verse 33).

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