In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful3
For thou art of a noble nature.4
But thou shalt see and they shall see
Which of you is the demented.
Now thy Lord! well knoweth He the man who erreth from his path, and well doth he know those who have yielded to Guidance;
Give not place, therefore, to those who treat thee as a liar:
They desire thee to deal smoothly with them: then would they be smooth as oil with thee:
Defamer, going about with slander,
Hinderer of the good, transgressor, criminal,
Harshbeside this, impure by birth,
Though a man of riches and blessed with sons.
Who when our wondrous verses are recited to him saithFables of the ancients.
We will brand him on the nostrils.
Verily, we have proved them (the Meccans) as we proved the owners of the garden, when they swore that at morn they would cut its fruits;
But added no reserve.5
Wherefore an encircling desolation from thy Lord swept round it while they slumbered,
And in the morning it was like a garden whose fruits had all been cut.
Then at dawn they called to each other,
Go out early to your field, if ye would cut your dates.
So on they went whispering to each other,
No poor man shall set foot this day within your garden;
And they went out at daybreak with this settled purpose.
But when they beheld it, they said, Truly we have been in fault:
Yes! we are forbidden our fruits.
The most rightminded of them said, Did I not say to you, Will ye not give praise to God?
They said, Glory to our Lord! Truly we have done amiss.
And they fell to blaming one another:
They said, Oh woe to us! we have indeed transgressed!
Haply our Lord will give us in exchange a better garden than this: verily we crave it of our Lord.
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