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The Holy Quran, tr. by Yusuf Ali, [1934], at

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Sūra L.


In the name of God, Most Gracious,
Most Merciful.

1. Qāf.

By the Glorious Qur-ān
(Thou art God's Apostle).

2. But they wonder that
There has come to them
A Warner from among
So the Unbelievers say:
"This is a wonderful thing!

3. "What! When we die
And become dust, (shall we
Live again?) That is
A (sort of) Return
Far (from our understanding)."

4. We already know
How much of them
The earth takes away:
With Us is a Record
Guarding (the full account).

5. But they deny the truth
When it comes to them:
So they are in
A confused state.

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6. Do they not look
At the sky above them?—
How We have made it
And adorned it,
And there are no
Flaws in it?

7. And the earth—
We have spread it out,
And set thereon mountains
Standing firm, and produced
Therein every kind of
Beautiful growth (in pairs)—

8. To be observed
And commemorated
By every devotee
Turning (to God).

9. And We send down
From the sky Rain
Charged with blessing,
And We produce therewith
Gardens and Grain for harvests;

10. And tall (and stately)
Palm-trees, with shoots
Of fruit-stalks, piled
One over another;—

11, As sustenance for
(God's) Servants;—
And We give (new) life
Therewith to land that is
Dead: thus will be
The Resurrection.

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12. Before them was denied
(The Hereafter) by the People
Of Noah, the Companions
Of the Rass, the Thamūd,

13. The ‘Ād, Pharaoh,
The Brethren of Lūṭ,

14. The Companions of the Wood,
And the People of Tubba‘;
Each one (of them) rejected
The apostles, and My warning
Was duly fulfilled (in them).

15. Were We then weary
With the first Creation,
That they should be
In confused doubt
About a new Creation?


16. It was We Who
Created man, and We know
What dark suggestions his soul
Makes to him: for We
Are nearer to him
Than (his) jugular vein.

17. Behold, two (guardian angels)
Appointed to learn (his doings)
Learn (and note them),
One sitting on the right
And one on the left.

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18. Not a word does he
Utter but there is
A sentinel by him,
Ready (to note it).

19. And the stupor of death
Will bring truth (before
His eyes): "This was
The thing which thou
Wast trying to escape!"

20. And the Trumpet
Shall be blown:
That will be the Day
Whereof Warning (had been given).

21. And there will come forth
Every soul: with each
Will be an (angel) to drive,
And an (angel) to
Bear witness.

22. (It will be said:)
"Thou wast heedless
Of this; now have We
Removed thy veil,

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And sharp is thy sight
This Day!"

23. And his Companion will say:
"Here is (his Record) ready
With me!"

24. (The sentence will be:)
"Throw, throw into Hell
Every contumacious Rejecter
(Of God)!—

25. "Who forbade what was good,
Transgressed all bounds,
Cast doubts and suspicions;

26. "Who set up another god
Beside God: throw him
Into a severe Penalty."

27. His Companion will say:
"Our Lord! I did not
Make him transgress,
But he was (himself)
Far astray."

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28. He will say: "Dispute not
With each other
In My Presence:
I had already in advance
Sent you Warning.

29. "The Word changes not
Before Me, and I do not
The least injustice
To My Servants."


30. One Day We will
Ask Hell, "Art thou
Filled to the full?"
It will say, "Are there
Any more (to come)?"

31. And the Garden
Will be brought nigh

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To the Righteous,—no more
A thing distant.

32. (A voice will say:)
"This is what was
Promised for you,
For every one who turned
(To God) in sincere repentance,
Who kept (His Law),

33. "Who feared (God)
Most Gracious unseen,
And brought a heart
Turned in devotion (to Him):

34. "Enter ye therein
In Peace and Security;
This is a Day
Of Eternal Life!"

35. There will be for them
Therein all that they wish,—
And more besides
In Our Presence,

36. But how many
Generations before them
Did We destroy (for their
Sins),—stronger in power
Than they? Then did they
Wander through the land:
Was there any place
Of escape (for them)?

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37. Verily in this
Is a Message
For any that has
A heart and understanding
Or who gives ear and
Earnestly witnesses (the truth).

38. We created the heavens
And the earth and all
Between them in Six Days,
Nor did any sense
Of weariness touch Us.

39. Bear, then, with patience,
All that they say,
And celebrate the praises
Of thy Lord, before
The rising of the sun
And before (its) setting,

40. And during part
Of the night, (also,)
Celebrate His praises,
And (so likewise)
After the postures
Of adoration.

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41. And listen for the Day
When the Caller will call
Out from a place
Quite near,—

42. The Day when they will
Hear a (mighty) Blast
In (very) truth: that
Will be the Day
Of Resurrection.

43. Verily it is We Who
Give Life and Death;
And to Us is
The Final Goal—

44. The Day when
The Earth will be
Rent asunder, from (men)
Hurrying out: that will be
A gathering together,—
Quite easy for Us.

45. We know best what they
Say; and thou art not
One to overawe them
By force. So admonish
With the Qur-ān such
As fear My Warning!

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