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67 THE KINGDOM (1 – 21)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Blessed be He in whose hand is the Kingdom— He is powerful over everything— who created death and life, that He might try you which of you is fairest in works; and He is the All-mighty, the All-forgiving— who created seven heavens one upon another. Thou seest not in the creation of the All-merciful any imperfection. Return thy gaze; seest thou any fissure? Then return thy gaze again, and again, and thy gaze comes back to thee dazzled, aweary. 5And We adorned the lower heaven with lamps, and made them things to stone Satans; and We have prepared for them the chastisement of the Blaze.

And for those who disbelieve in their Lord there awaits the chastisement of Gehenna— an evil homecoming! When they are cast into it they will hear it sighing, the while it boils and wellnigh bursts asunder with rage. As often as a troop is cast into it, its keepers ask them, ‘Came there no warner to you?’ They say, ‘Yes indeed, a warner came to us; but we cried lies, saying, “God has not sent down anything; you are only in great error.”’ 10They also say, ‘If we had only heard, or had understood, we would not have been of the inhabitants of the Blaze.’ So they confess their sins. Curse the inhabitants of the Blaze!

Surely those who fear their Lord in the Unseen— there awaits them forgiveness and a great wage.

Be secret in your speech, or proclaim it, He knows the thoughts within the breasts. Shall He not know, who created? And He is the All-subtle, the All-aware.

15It is He who made the earth submissive to you; therefore walk in its tracts, and eat of His provision; to Him is the Uprising.

Do you feel secure that He who is in heaven will not cause the earth to swallow you, the while it rocks? Do you feel secure that He who is in heaven will not loose against you a squall of pebbles, then you shall know how My warning is?

Those that were before them also cried lies; then how was My horror!

Have they not regarded the birds above them spreading their wings, and closing them? Naught holds them but the All-merciful. Surely He sees everything.

20Or who is this that shall be a host for you to help you, apart from the All-merciful? The unbelievers are only in delusion. Or who is this that shall provide for you if He withholds His provision? No, but they persist in disdain and aversion.

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