But say they: Verily we found our fathers of that persuasion, and verily, by their footsteps do we guide ourselves.
And thus never before thy time did we send a warner to any city but its wealthy ones said: Verily we found our fathers with a religion, and in their tracks we tread.
Say,such was our command to that apostleWhat! even if I bring you a religion more right than that ye found your fathers following? And they said, Verily we believe not in your message.
Wherefore we took vengeance on them, and behold what hath been the end of those who treated our messengers as liars!
Save Him who hath created me; for he will vouchsafe me guidance.
And this he established as a doctrine that should abide among his posterity, that to God might they be turned.
In sooth to these idolatrous Arabians and to their fathers did I allow their full enjoyments, till the truth should come to them, and an undoubted apostle:
But now that the truth hath come to them, they say, Tis sorcery, and we believe it not.
And they say, Had but this Koran been sent down to some great one of the two cities6 !
Are they then the distributors of thy Lords Mercy?7 It is we who distribute their subsistence among them in this worlds life; and we raise some of them by grades above others, that the one may take the other to serve him: but better is the mercy of thy Lord than all their hoards.
But for fear that all mankind would have become a single people of unbelievers, verily we would certainly have given to those who believe not in the God of Mercy roofs of silver to their houses, and silver stairs to ascend by;
And doors of silver to their houses, and couches of silver to recline on;
And ORNAMENTS OF GOLD: for all these are merely the good things of the present life; but the next life doth thy Lord reserve for those who fear Him.
And whoso shall withdraw from the Warning of the God of Mercy, we will chain a Satan to him, and he shall be his fast companion:
For the Satans will turn men aside from the Way, who yet shall deem themselves rightly guided;
Until when man shall come before us, he shall say, O Satan, would that between me and thee were the distance of the East and West.8 And a wretched companion is a Satan.
But it shall not avail you on that day, because ye were unjust: partners shall ye be in the torment.
What! Canst thou then make the deaf to hear, or guide the blind and him who is in palpable error?
Whether therefore we take thee off by death, surely will we avenge ourselves on them;
Or whether we make thee a witness of the accomplishment of that with which we threatened them, we will surely gain the mastery over them.9
Hold thou fast therefore what hath been revealed to thee, for thou art on a right path:
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