In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
PRAISE be to God! to whom belongeth all that is in the Heavens and all that is on the Earth; and to Him be praise in the next world: for he is the All-wise, the All-informed!
He knoweth what entereth into the earth, and what proceedeth from it; and what cometh down from heaven, and what goeth up into it: and He is the Merciful, the Forgiving!
Never, say the unbelievers, will the Hour come upon us! SAY: Yea, by my Lord who knoweth the unseen, it will surely come upon you! not the weight of a mote either in the Heavens or in the Earth escapeth him; nor is there aught less than this or aught greater, which is not in the clear Book;
To the intent that God may reward those who have believed and done the things that are right: Pardon and a noble provision shall they receive:
But as for those who aim to invalidate our signs,a chastisement of painful torment awaiteth them!
And they to whom knowledge hath been given see that what hath been sent down to thee from thy Lord is the truth, and that it guideth into the way of the Glorious one, the Praiseworthy.
But the unbelievers say to those whom they fall in with, Shall we shew you a man who will foretell you that when ye shall have been utterly torn and rent to pieces, ye shall be restored in a new form?
He deviseth a lie about God, or there is a djinn in him, but they who believe not in the next life, shall incur the chastisement, and be lost in the mazes of estrangement from God.
What! have they never contemplated that which is before them and behind them, the Heaven and the Earth? If such were our pleasure, we could sink them into that Earth, or cause a portion of that Heaven to fall upon them! herein truly is a sign for our every returning servant.
Of old bestowed we on David a gift, our special boon: Ye mountains and ye birds answer his songs of praise. And we made the iron soft for him: Make coats of mail, and arrange its plates; and work ye righteousness; for I behold your actions.
And unto Solomon did we subject the wind, which travelled in the morning a months journey, and a months journey in the evening. And we made a fountain of molten brass to flow for him. And of the Djinn were some who worked in his presence, by the will of his Lord; and such of them as swerved from our bidding will we cause to taste the torment of the flame.
They made for him whatever he pleased, of lofty halls, and images, and dishes large as tanks for watering camels, and cooking pots that stood firmly. Work, said we, O family of David with thanksgiving: But few of my servants are the thankful!
And when we decreed the death of Solomon, nothing shewed them that he was dead but a reptile of the earth that gnawed the staff which supported his corpse.2 And when it fell, the Djinn perceived that if they had known the things unseen, they had not continued in this shameful affliction.3
A sign there was to SABA, in their dwelling places:two gardens, the one on the right hand and the other on the left: Eat ye of your Lords supplies, and give thanks to him: Goodly is the country, and gracious is the Lord!
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