But they turned aside: so we sent upon them the flood of Irem;4 and we changed them their gardens into two gardens of bitter fruit and tamarisk and some few jujube trees.
Such was our retribution on them for their ingratitude: but do we thus recompense any except the ungrateful?
And we placed between them and the cities which we have blessed, conspicuous cities, and we fixed easy stages: Travel ye through them by night and day, secure.
But they said, O Lord! make the distance between our journeys longer,5and against themselves did they act unjustly: so we made them a tale, and scattered them with an utter scattering. Truly herein are signs to everyone that is patient, grateful.
SAY: Call ye upon those whom ye deem gods, beside God: their power in the Heavens and in the Earth is not the weight of an atomneither have they any share in either; nor hath He a helper from among them.
No intercession shall avail with Him but that which He shall Himself allow. Until when at last their hearts shall be relieved from terror, they shall say, What saith your Lord? they shall say, The Truth; and He is the High, the Great.
SAY: Who supplieth you out of the Heavens and the Earth? SAY: God. And either we or ye have guidance, or are in palpable error!
SAY: Not as to our faults shall ye be questioned; neither shall we be questioned as to your actions.
SAY: Our Lord will gather us together: then will He judge between us in justice; for He is the Judge, the Knowing!
SAY: Shew me those whom ye have united with Him as associates: Nay, rather, He is God, the Mighty, the Wise!
And we have sent thee to mankind at large, to announce and to threaten. But most men understand not.
And they say, When will this threat come to pass? Tell us, if ye be men of truth.
SAY: Ye are menaced with a day, which not for an hour shall ye retard or hasten on.
The unbelievers say, We will not believe in this Koran, nor in the Books which preceded it. But couldst thou see when the wicked shall be set before their Lord! With reproaches will they answer one another. The weak shall say to the mighty ones, But for you we had been believers:
Then shall the mighty ones say to the weak, What! was it we who turned you aside from the guidance which had reached you? Nay, but ye acted wickedly yourselves.
And the weak shall say to the mighty ones, Nay, but there was a plot by night and by day, when ye bad us believe not in God, and gave him peers. And they shall proclaim their repentance after they have seen the punishment! And yokes will we place on the necks of those who have not believed! Shall they be rewarded but as they have wrought?
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