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Yusuf AliCloser and closer to mankind comes their Reckoning: yet they heed not and they turn away.
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Yusuf AliNever comes (aught) to them of a renewed Message from their Lord, but they listen to it as in jest,-
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Yusuf AliTheir hearts toying as with trifles. The wrong-doers conceal their private counsels, (saying), "Is this (one) more than a man like yourselves? Will ye go to witchcraft with your eyes open?"
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Yusuf AliSay: "My Lord knoweth (every) word (spoken) in the heavens and on earth: He is the One that heareth and knoweth (all things)."
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Yusuf Ali"Nay," they say, "(these are) medleys of dream! - Nay, He forged it! - Nay, He is (but) a poet! Let him then bring us a Sign like the ones that were sent to (Prophets) of old!"
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Yusuf Ali(As to those) before them, not one of the populations which We destroyed believed: will these believe?
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Yusuf AliBefore thee, also, the messengers We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration: If ye realise this not, ask of those who possess the Message.
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Yusuf AliNor did We give them bodies that ate no food, nor were they exempt from death.
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Yusuf AliIn the end We fulfilled to them Our Promise, and We saved them and those whom We pleased, but We destroyed those who transgressed beyond bounds.
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Yusuf AliWe have revealed for you (O men!) a book in which is a Message for you: will ye not then understand?
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Yusuf AliHow many were the populations We utterly destroyed because of their iniquities, setting up in their places other peoples?
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Yusuf AliYet, when they felt Our Punishment (coming), behold, they (tried to) flee from it.
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Yusuf AliFlee not, but return to the good things of this life which were given you, and to your homes in order that ye may be called to account.
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Yusuf AliThey said: "Ah! woe to us! We were indeed wrong-doers!"
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Yusuf AliAnd that cry of theirs ceased not, till We made them as a field that is mown, as ashes silent and quenched.
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Yusuf AliNot for (idle) sport did We create the heavens and the earth and all that is between!
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Yusuf AliIf it had been Our wish to take (just) a pastime, We should surely have taken it from the things nearest to Us, if We would do (such a thing)!
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Yusuf AliNay, We hurl the Truth against falsehood, and it knocks out its brain, and behold, falsehood doth perish! Ah! woe be to you for the (false) things ye ascribe (to Us).
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Yusuf AliTo Him belong all (creatures) in the heavens and on earth: Even those who are in His (very) Presence are not too proud to serve Him, nor are they (ever) weary (of His service):
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Yusuf AliThey celebrate His praises night and day, nor do they ever flag or intermit.