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78 THE TIDING (1 – 30)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Of what do they question one another? Of the mighty tiding whereon they are at variance. No indeed; they shall soon know! 5Again, no indeed; they shall soon know!

Have We not made the earth as a cradle and the mountains as pegs? And We created you in pairs, and We appointed your sleep for a rest; 10and We appointed night for a garment, and We appointed day for a livelihood. And We have built above you seven strong ones, and We appointed a blazing lamp and have sent down out of the rain-clouds water cascading 15that We may bring forth thereby grain and plants, and gardens luxuriant.

Surely the Day of Decision is an appointed time, the day the Trumpet is blown, and you shall come in troops, and heaven is opened, and become gates, 20and the mountains are set in motion, and become a vapour. Behold, Gehenna has become an ambush, for the insolent a resort, therein to tarry for ages, tasting therein neither coolness nor any drink 25save boiling water and pus for a suitable recompense. They indeed hoped not for a reckoning, and they cried loud lies to Our signs; and everything We have numbered in a Book. 30‘Taste! We shall increase you not save in chastisement.’

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