But they treated him as an impostor: so an earthquake assailed them; and at morn they were found prostrate and dead in their dwellings.
And we destroyed Ad and Themoud. Already is this made plain to you in the ruins of their dwellings. For Satan had made their own works fair seeming to them, and drew them from the right path, keen- sighted though they were.
And Corah and Pharaoh and Haman. With proofs of his mission did Moses come to them, and they behaved proudly on the earth; but us they could not outstrip;10
For, every one of them did we seize in his sin. Against some of them did wesend a stone-charged wind: Some of them did the terrible cry of Gabriel surprise: for some of them we cleaved the earth; and some of them we drowned. And it was not God who would deal wrongly by them, but they wronged themselves.
The likeness for those who take to themselves guardians instead of God is the likeness of the SPIDER who buildeth her a house: But verily, frailest of all houses surely is the house of the spider. Did they but know this!
God truly knoweth all that they call on beside Him; and He is the Mighty, the Wise.
These similitudes do we set forth to men: and none understand them except the wise.
God hath created the Heavens and the Earth for a serious end.11 Verily in this is a sign to those who believe.
Recite the portions of the Book which have been revealed to thee and discharge the duty of prayer: for prayer restraineth from the filthy and the blame-worthy. And the gravest duty is the remembrance of God; and God knoweth what ye do.
Dispute not, unless in kindly sort, with the people of the Book;12 save with such of them as have dealt wrongfully with you: And say ye, We believe in what hath been sent down to us and hath been sent down to you. Our God and your God is one, and to him are we self-surrendered (Muslims).
Thus have we sent down the Book of the Koran to thee: and they to whom we have given the Book of the law believe in it: and of these Arabians there are those who believe in it: and none, save the Infidels, reject our signs.
Thou didst not recite any book (of revelation) before it: with that right hand of thine thou didst not transcribe one: else might they who treat it as a vain thing have justly doubted:
But it is a clear sign in the hearts of those whom the knowledge hath reached. None except the wicked reject our signs.
And they say, Unless a sign be sent down to him from his Lord. SAY: Signs are in the power of God alone. I am only a plain spoken warner.
SAY: God is witness enough between me and you.
He knoweth all that is in the Heavens and the Earth, and they who believe in vain things13 and disbelieve in Godthese shall be the lost ones.
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