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29 THE SPIDER (1 – 26)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Alif Lam Mim

Do the people reckon that they will be left to say ‘We believe,’ and will not be tried? We certainly tried those that were before them, and assuredly God knows those who speak truly, and assuredly He knows the liars. Or do they reckon, those who do evil deeds, that they will outstrip Us? Ill they judge! Whoso looks to encounter God, God's term is coming; He is the All-hearing, the All-knowing.

5Whosoever struggles, struggles only to his own gain; surely God is All-sufficient nor needs any being. And those who believe, and do righteous deeds, We shall surely acquit them of their evil deeds, and shall recompense them the best of what they were doing. We have charged man, that he be kind to his parents; but if they strive with thee to make thee associate with Me that whereof thou hast no knowledge, then do not obey them; unto Me you shall return, and I shall tell you what you were doing. And those who believe, and do righteous deeds assuredly We shall admit them among the righteous.

Some men there are who say, ‘We believe in God,’ but when such a man is hurt in God's cause, he makes the persecution of men as it were God's chastisement; then if help comes from thy Lord, he will say ‘We were with you.’ What, does not God know very well what is in the breasts of all beings? 10God surely knows the believers, and He knows the hypocrites.

The unbelievers say to the believers, ‘Follow our path, and let us carry your offences’; yet they cannot carry anything, even of their own offences; they are truly liars. They shall certainly carry their loads, and other loads along with their loads, and upon the Day of Resurrection they shall surely be questioned concerning that they were forging.

Indeed, We sent Noah to his people, and he tarried among them a thousand years, all but fifty; so the Flood seized them, while they were evildoers. Yet We delivered him, and those who were in the ship, and appointed it for a sign unto all beings.

15And Abraham, when he said to his people, ‘Serve God, and fear Him; that is better for you, did you know. You only serve, apart from God, idols and you create a calumny; those you serve, apart from God, have no power to provide for you. So seek after your provision with God, and serve Him, and be thankful to Him; unto Him you shall be returned. But if you cry me lies, nations cried lies before you; and it is only for the Messenger to deliver the Manifest Message.’ (Have they not seen how God originates creation, then brings it back again? Surely that is an easy matter for God. Say: ‘Journey in the land, then behold how He originated creation; then God causes the second growth to grow; God is powerful over everything, 20chastising whom He will, and having mercy on whomsoever He will, and unto Him you shall be turned. You are not able to frustrate Him either in the earth or in heaven; and you have not, apart from God, either protector or helper. And those who disbelieve in God's signs and the encounter with Him—they despair of My mercy, and there awaits them a painful chastisement.) But the only answer of his people was that they said, ‘Slay him, or burn him!’ Then God delivered him from the fire; surely in that are signs for a people who believe. And he said, ‘You have only taken to yourselves idols, apart from God, as a mark of mutual love between you in the present life; then upon the Day of Resurrection you will deny one another, and you will curse one another, and your refuge will be the Fire, and you will have no helpers.’ 25But Lot believed him; and he said, ‘I will flee to my Lord; He is the All-mighty, the All-wise.’ And We gave him Isaac and Jacob, and We appointed the Prophecy and the Book to be among his seed; We gave him his wage in this world, and in the world to come he shall be among the righteous.

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