But he who saith to his parents, Fie on you both! Promise ye me that I shall be taken forth from the grave alive, when whole generations have already passed away before me? But they both will implore the help of God, and say, Alas for thee! Believe: for the promise of God is true. But he saith, It is no more than a fable of the ancients.
These are they in whom the sentence passed on the nations, djinn and men, who flourished before them, is made good. They shall surely perish.6
And there are grades for all, according to their works, that God may repay them for their works; and they shall not be dealt with unfairly.
And they who believe not shall one day be set before the fire. Ye made away your precious gifts during your life on earth; and ye took your fill of pleasure in them: This day, therefore, with punishment of shame shall ye be rewarded, for that ye behaved you proudly and unjustly on the earth, and for that ye were given to excesses.
Remember, too, the brother of Ad7 when he warned his people in AL AHKAF8and before and since his time there have been warnersWorship none but God: verily I fear for you the punishment of the great day.
They said, Art thou come to us to turn us away from our Gods? Bring on us now the woes which thou threatenest if thou speakest truth.
That knowledge, said he, is with God alone: I only proclaim to you the message with which I am sent. But I perceive that ye are a people sunk in ignorance.
So when they saw a cloud coming straight for their valleys, they said, It is a passing cloud that shall give us rain. Nay, it is that whose speedy coming ye challengeda blast wherein is an afflictive punishment:
It will destroy everything at the bidding of its Lord! And at morn nought was to be seen but their empty dwellings! Thus repay we a wicked people.
With power had we endued them, even as with power have we endued you; and we had given them ears and eyes and hearts: yet neither their eyes, nor their ears, nor their hearts aided them at all, when once they gainsaid the signs of God; but that punishment which they had mocked at enveloped them on all sides.
Of old, too, did we destroy the cities which were round about you; and, in order that they might return to us, we varied our signs before them.
But did those whom they took for gods beside God as his kindred deities, help them?9 Nay, they withdrew from them. Such was their delusion, and their device!
And remember when we turned aside a company of the djinn to thee, that they might hearken to the Koran: and no sooner were they present at its reading than they said to each other, Hist; and when it was ended, they returned to their people with warnings.
They said, O our people! verily we have been listening to a book sent down since the days of Moses, affirming the previous scriptures; it guideth to the truth, and to the right way.
O our people! Obey the Summoner of God, and believe in him, that He may forgive your sins, and rescue you from an afflictive punishment.
And he who shall not respond to Gods preacher, yet cannot weaken Gods power on earth, nor shall he have protectors beside Him. These are in obvious error.
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