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ST. LUKE’S 2018

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THE INVENTION OF OPERA

SOME CONTEXT

Often when you quote a particularly barbaric verse from the Quran, perhaps one of those endorsing sex-slavery or calling for the murder of non-Muslims, you are met with the outraged accusation that you have taken the words “out of context.”

Well, that’s what a quote is. The alternative, giving these words “in context,” would mean reading the entire book. And while everyone is recommended to try this, the Quran is forbiddingly difficult; few of us will get through the whole thing.

Here, then, to provide an insight into its nature – some context, as it were – is every sentence in the Quran relating to disbelievers, those who reject Islam. Please note that I have not included rhetoric directed at specific types of disbelievers, i.e. at Christians or Jews or pagans/polytheists/idolators. If I had included those verses, the following would be around twice as long.

This, remember, is supposedly God speaking:

AS FOR THE DISBELIEVERS, WHETHER YOU WARN THEM OR YOU WARN THEM NOT, IT IS ALL ONE FOR THEM; THEY BELIEVE NOT. GOD HAS SEALED THEIR HEARING AND THEIR HEARTS, AND ON THEIR EYES THERE IS A COVERING. THEIRS WILL BE AN AWFUL DOOM… GUARD YOURSELVES AGAINST THE FIRE PREPARED FOR DISBELIEVERS… THEY WHO DISBELIEVE, AND DENY OUR REVELATIONS, SUCH ARE THE RIGHTFUL PEOPLE OF THE FIRE. THEY WILL REMAIN IN IT… GOD HAS CURSED THEM FOR THEIR UNBELIEF… THE CURSE OF GOD IS ON DISBELIEVERS… FOR DISBELIEVERS IS A SHAMEFUL DOOM… GOD IS AN ENEMY TO THE DISBELIEVERS… WE HAVE REVEALED TO YOU CLEAR SIGNS, AND ONLY MISCREANTS WILL DISBELIEVE IN THEM… FOR DISBELIEVERS IS A PAINFUL DOOM… HE WHO CHOOSES DISBELIEF INSTEAD OF FAITH, HE HAS GONE ASTRAY FROM A PLAIN ROAD… WHO DISBELIEVES IN THE SCRIPTURE, THEY ARE THE LOSERS… AS FOR HIM WHO DISBELIEVES, I SHALL LEAVE HIM IN CONTENTMENT FOR A WHILE, THEN I SHALL COMPEL HIM TO THE DOOM OF FIRE: AN UNHAPPY JOURNEY’S END! …THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, AND DIE WHILE THEY ARE DISBELIEVERS, ON THEM IS THE CURSE OF GOD AND OF ANGELS AND OF MEN COMBINED. THEY EVER DWELL IN IT. THE DOOM WILL NOT BE LIGHTENED FOR THEM, NEITHER WILL THEY BE REPRIEVED… THE LIKENESS OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE IS AS THE LIKENESS OF ONE WHO CALLS TO THAT WHICH HEARS NOTHING EXCEPT SHOUTS AND YELLS. DEAF, DUMB, BLIND, THEREFORE THEY HAVE NO SENSE… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE MAKE FUN OF THE BELIEVERS, BUT THOSE WHO KEEP THEIR DUTY TO GOD WILL BE ABOVE THEM ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION… WHO BECOMES A RENEGADE AND DIES IN HIS DISBELIEF, SUCH ARE THEY WHOSE WORKS HAVE FALLEN BOTH IN THE WORLD AND THE HEREAFTER. SUCH ARE RIGHTFUL OWNERS OF THE FIRE: THEY WILL REMAIN IN IT… THE DISBELIEVERS, THEY ARE THE WRONGDOERS… AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, THEIR PATRONS ARE FALSE DEITIES. THEY BRING THEM OUT OF LIGHT INTO DARKNESS. SUCH ARE RIGHTFUL OWNERS OF THE FIRE. THEY WILL REMAIN IN IT… GOD GUIDES NOT THE DISBELIEVING PEOPLE… “GIVE US VICTORY OVER THE DISBELIEVING PEOPLE.” …THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE THE REVELATIONS OF GOD, THEIRS WILL BE A HEAVY DOOM… NEITHER THE RICHES NOR THE PROGENY OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE WILL BENEFIT THEM ANYTHING WITH GOD. THEY WILL BE FUEL FOR FIRE. LIKE PHARAOH’S PEOPLE AND THOSE WHO WERE BEFORE THEM, THEY DISBELIEVED OUR REVELATIONS AND SO GOD SEIZED THEM FOR THEIR SINS. AND GOD IS SEVERE IN PUNISHMENT. SAY TO THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE: “YOU SHALL BE OVERCOME AND GATHERED TO HELL, AN EVIL RESTING-PLACE.” …WHO DISBELIEVES THE REVELATIONS OF GOD WILL FIND THAT GOD IS SWIFT AT RECKONING… LET NOT THE BELIEVERS TAKE DISBELIEVERS FOR THEIR FRIENDS IN PREFERENCE TO BELIEVERS. WHO DOES THAT HAS NO CONNECTION WITH GOD UNLESS IT BE THAT YOU BUT GUARD YOURSELVES AGAINST THEM… GOD LOVES NOT THE DISBELIEVERS… AND THE DISBELIEVERS SCHEMED, AND GOD SCHEMED AGAINST THEM: AND GOD IS THE BEST OF SCHEMERS… O JESUS! I AM CLEANSING YOU OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND AM SETTING THOSE WHO FOLLOW YOU ABOVE THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE UNTIL THE DAY OF RESURRECTION… AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, I SHALL CHASTISE THEM WITH A HEAVY CHASTISEMENT IN THE WORLD AND THE HEREAFTER; AND THEY WILL HAVE NO HELPERS… WHOEVER SEEKS AS RELIGION OTHER THAN THE SURRENDER TO GOD, IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM HIM, AND HE WILL BE A LOSER IN THE HEREAFTER… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, AND DIE IN DISBELIEF, THE WHOLE EARTH FULL OF GOLD WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM SUCH A ONE IF IT WERE OFFERED AS A RANSOM FOR HIS SOUL. THEIRS WILL BE A PAINFUL DOOM AND THEY WILL HAVE NO HELPERS… THE RICHES AND THE PROGENY OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE WILL NOT BENEFIT THEM ANYTHING AGAINST GOD; SUCH ARE RIGHTFUL OWNERS OF THE FIRE. THEY WILL REMAIN IN IT. GOD WRONGED THEM NOT, BUT THEY DID WRONG THEMSELVES. O YOU WHO BELIEVE! TAKE NOT FOR INTIMATES OTHERS THAN YOUR OWN PEOPLE… HE MAY CUT OFF A PART OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, OR OVERWHELM THEM SO THAT THEY RETIRE, FRUSTRATED; FOR THEY ARE EVILDOERS… WARD OFF FROM YOURSELVES THE FIRE PREPARED FOR DISBELIEVERS… GOD MAY PROVE THOSE WHO BELIEVE, AND MAY DESTROY THE DISBELIEVERS… “GIVE US VICTORY OVER THE DISBELIEVING PEOPLE.” …IF YOU OBEY THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, THEY WILL MAKE YOU TURN BACK ON YOUR HEELS, AND YOU TURN BACK AS LOSERS… WE SHALL CAST TERROR INTO THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE… LET NOT THEIR CONDUCT GRIEVE YOU, WHO RUN EASILY TO DISBELIEF, FOR THEY INJURE GOD NOT AT ALL. IT IS GOD’S WILL TO ASSIGN THEM NO PORTION IN THE HEREAFTER, AND THEIRS WILL BE AN AWFUL DOOM. THOSE WHO PURCHASE DISBELIEF AT THE PRICE OF FAITH HARM GOD NOT AT ALL, BUT THEIRS WILL BE A PAINFUL DOOM. AND LET NOT THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE IMAGINE THAT THE REIN WE GIVE THEM IS GOOD FOR THEIR SOULS. WE ONLY GIVE THEM REIN THAT THEY MAY GROW IN SINFULNESS. AND THEIRS WILL BE A SHAMEFUL DOOM… LET NOT THE FORTUNE OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE DECEIVE YOU. IT IS BUT A BRIEF COMFORT. AND AFTERWARD THEIR HABITATION WILL BE HELL, AN ILL ABODE… WHO DISOBEYS GOD AND HIS MESSENGER AND TRANSGRESSES HIS LIMITS, HE WILL MAKE HIM ENTER FIRE, WHERE HE WILL DWELL FOREVER; HIS WILL BE A SHAMEFUL DOOM… FORGIVENESS IS NOT FOR THOSE WHO DIE WHILE THEY ARE DISBELIEVERS. FOR SUCH WE HAVE PREPARED A PAINFUL DOOM… FOR DISBELIEVERS WE HAVE PREPARED A SHAMEFUL DOOM… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED AND DISOBEYED THE MESSENGER WILL WISH THAT THEY WERE LEVEL WITH THE GROUND, BUT THEY CAN HIDE NO FACT FROM GOD… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE OUR REVELATIONS, WE SHALL EXPOSE THEM TO THE FIRE. AS OFTEN AS THEIR SKINS ARE CONSUMED WE SHALL EXCHANGE THEM FOR FRESH SKINS THAT THEY MAY TASTE THE TORMENT… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE DO BATTLE FOR THE CAUSE OF IDOLS. SO FIGHT THE HELPERS OF THE DEVIL… MAYBE GOD WILL RESTRAIN THE MIGHT OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE. GOD IS STRONGER IN MIGHT AND STRONGER IN INFLICTING PUNISHMENT… THEY LONG THAT YOU SHOULD DISBELIEVE EVEN AS THEY DISBELIEVE, THAT YOU MAY BE ON A LEVEL WITH THEM. SO CHOOSE NOT FRIENDS FROM THEM TILL THEY FORSAKE THEIR HOMES IN THE WAY OF GOD; IF THEY TURN BACK TO ENMITY THEN TAKE THEM AND KILL THEM WHEREVER YOU FIND THEM, AND CHOOSE NO FRIEND OR HELPER FROM AMONG THEM… IN TRUTH THE DISBELIEVERS ARE AN OPEN ENEMY TO YOU… GOD PREPARES FOR THE DISBELIEVERS SHAMEFUL PUNISHMENT… WHOEVER OPPOSES THE MESSENGER AFTER THE GUIDANCE OF GOD HAS BEEN MANIFESTED TO HIM, AND FOLLOWS OTHER THAN THE BELIEVERS’ WAY, WE APPOINT FOR HIM THAT TO WHICH HE HIMSELF HAS TURNED, AND EXPOSE HIM TO HELL: AN UNHAPPY JOURNEY’S END! …WHO DISBELIEVES IN GOD AND HIS ANGELS AND HIS SCRIPTURES AND HIS MESSENGERS AND THE LAST DAY, HE TRULY HAS WANDERED FAR ASTRAY… GIVE TO THE HYPOCRITES THE TIDINGS THAT FOR THEM THERE IS A PAINFUL DOOM; THOSE WHO CHOSE DISBELIEVERS FOR THEIR FRIENDS INSTEAD OF BELIEVERS! …GOD WILL GATHER HYPOCRITES AND DISBELIEVERS, ALL TOGETHER, INTO HELL… GOD WILL NOT GIVE THE DISBELIEVERS ANY WAY OF SUCCESS AGAINST THE BELIEVERS… CHOOSE NOT DISBELIEVERS FOR YOUR FRIENDS IN PLACE OF BELIEVERS. WOULD YOU GIVE GOD A CLEAR AUTHORITY AGAINST YOU? …FOR DISBELIEVERS WE HAVE PREPARED A SHAMEFUL DOOM… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND HINDER OTHERS FROM THE WAY OF GOD, THEY TRULY HAVE WANDERED FAR ASTRAY. THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND DEAL IN WRONG, GOD WILL NEVER FORGIVE THEM, NEITHER WILL HE GUIDE THEM TO A ROAD, EXCEPT THE ROAD OF HELL, IN WHICH THEY WILL REMAIN FOREVER… AS FOR THOSE WHO WERE SCORNFUL AND PROUD, THEM HE WILL PUNISH WITH A PAINFUL DOOM AND THEY WILL NOT FIND AGAINST GOD ANY PROTECTING FRIEND OR HELPER… THIS DAY THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE ARE IN DESPAIR OF EVER HARMING YOUR RELIGION… HE WHO DENIES THE FAITH, HIS WORK IS VAIN AND HE WILL BE AMONG THE LOSERS IN THE HEREAFTER… THEY WHO DISBELIEVE AND DENY OUR REVELATIONS, SUCH ARE RIGHTFUL OWNERS OF HELL… WHO AMONG YOU DISBELIEVES AFTER THIS WILL GO ASTRAY FROM THE RIGHT PATH… AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, IF ALL THAT IS IN THE EARTH WERE THEIRS, AND AS MUCH AGAIN WITH IT, TO RANSOM THEM FROM THE DOOM ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION, IT WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM THEM. THEIRS WILL BE A PAINFUL DOOM. THEY WILL WISH TO COME OUT FROM THE FIRE, BUT THEY WILL NOT COME OUT FROM IT. THEIRS WILL BE A LASTING DOOM… WHO JUDGES NOT BY THAT WHICH GOD HAS REVEALED: SUCH ARE DISBELIEVERS… WHO JUDGES NOT BY THAT WHICH GOD HAS REVEALED: SUCH ARE WRONGDOERS… WHO JUDGES NOT BY THAT WHICH GOD HAS REVEALED: SUCH ARE EVIL-LIVERS… HE AMONG YOU WHO TAKES THEM FOR FRIENDS IS ONE OF THEM. GOD GUIDES NOT WRONGDOING PEOPLE… WHOEVER OF YOU BECOMES A RENEGADE FROM HIS RELIGION, IN HIS STEAD GOD WILL BRING A PEOPLE WHOM HE LOVES AND WHO LOVE HIM, HUMBLE TOWARD BELIEVERS, STERN TOWARD DISBELIEVERS… GOD GUIDES NOT THE DISBELIEVING PEOPLE… GRIEVE NOT FOR THE DISBELIEVING PEOPLE… A PAINFUL DOOM WILL FALL ON THOSE OF THEM WHO DISBELIEVE… IF THEY BELIEVED IN GOD AND THE PROPHET AND THAT WHICH IS REVEALED TO HIM, THEY WOULD NOT CHOOSE THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE FOR THEIR FRIENDS. BUT MANY OF THEM ARE OF EVIL CONDUCT… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND DENY OUR REVELATIONS, THEY ARE OWNERS OF HELLFIRE… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE INVENT A LIE AGAINST GOD. MOST OF THEM HAVE NO SENSE… THOSE WHO RUIN THEIR SOULS WILL NOT BELIEVE… “I FEAR, IF I REBEL AGAINST MY LORD, THE RETRIBUTION OF AN AWFUL DAY.” …THOSE WHO RUIN THEIR OWN SOULS WILL NOT BELIEVE. WHO DOES GREATER WRONG THAN HE WHO INVENTS A LIE AGAINST GOD OR DENIES HIS REVELATIONS? THE WRONGDOERS WILL NOT BE SUCCESSFUL… THEY RUIN NONE EXCEPT THEMSELVES, THOUGH THEY PERCEIVE NOT. IF YOU COULD SEE WHEN THEY ARE SET BEFORE THE FIRE AND SAY: “OH, WOULD THAT WE MIGHT RETURN! THEN WE WOULD NOT DENY THE REVELATIONS OF OUR LORD BUT WE WOULD BE OF THE BELIEVERS!” THAT HAS BECOME CLEAR TO THEM WHICH BEFORE THEY USED TO HIDE. AND IF THEY WERE SENT BACK THEY WOULD RETURN TO THAT WHICH THEY ARE FORBIDDEN. THEY ARE LIARS… TASTE NOW THE RETRIBUTION FOR THAT WHICH YOU USED TO DISBELIEVE. THEY INDEED ARE LOSERS WHO DENY THEIR MEETING WITH GOD. EVIL IS THAT WHICH THEY BEAR… EVILDOERS FLOUT THE REVELATIONS OF GOD… THOSE WHO DENY OUR REVELATIONS ARE DEAF AND DUMB IN DARKNESS… AS FOR THOSE WHO DENY OUR REVELATIONS, TORMENT WILL AFFLICT THEM FOR THAT THEY USED TO DISOBEY… FOR THEM IS DRINK OF BOILING WATER AND A PAINFUL DOOM, BECAUSE THEY DISBELIEVED… GOD LAYS DISGRACE UPON THOSE WHO BELIEVE NOT… WHO DOES GREATER WRONG THAN HE WHO DENIES THE REVELATIONS OF GOD, AND TURNS AWAY FROM THEM? WE AWARD TO THOSE WHO TURN AWAY FROM OUR REVELATIONS AN EVIL DOOM BECAUSE OF THEIR AVERSION… THEY LOSE THEIR SOULS BECAUSE THEY USED TO WRONG OUR REVELATIONS… WE HAVE MADE THE DEVILS PROTECTING FRIENDS FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE NOT… THEY WHO DENY OUR REVELATIONS AND SCORN THEM: EACH ARE RIGHTFUL OWNERS OF THE FIRE; THEY WILL REMAIN IN IT. WHO DOES GREATER WRONG THAN HE WHO INVENTS A LIE CONCERNING GOD OR DENIES OUR SIGNS? …THEY WHO DENY OUR REVELATIONS AND SCORN THEM, FOR THEM THE GATES OF HEAVEN WILL NOT BE OPENED NOR WILL THEY ENTER THE GARDEN UNTIL THE CAMEL GOES THROUGH THE NEEDLE’S EYE. THUS DO WE REPAY THE GUILTY. THEIRS WILL BE A BED OF HELL, AND OVER THEM COVERINGS OF HELL. THUS DO WE REPAY WRONGDOERS… THE DWELLERS OF THE FIRE CALL OUT TO THE DWELLERS OF THE GARDEN: “POUR ON US SOME WATER OR SOME OF THAT WHICH GOD HAS PROVIDED YOU.” THEY SAY: “GOD HAS FORBIDDEN BOTH TO DISBELIEVERS IN HIS GUIDANCE.” THIS DAY WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THEM EVEN AS THEY FORGOT THE MEETING OF THIS THEIR DAY AND AS THEY USED TO DENY OUR SIGNS… WE DROWNED THOSE WHO DENIED OUR SIGNS. THEY WERE BLIND PEOPLE… WE CUT THE ROOT OF THOSE WHO DENIED OUR REVELATIONS AND WERE NOT BELIEVERS… WE TOOK RETRIBUTION ON THEM; WE DROWNED THEM IN THE SEA: BECAUSE THEY DENIED OUR REVELATIONS AND WERE HEEDLESS OF THEM… THOSE WHO DENY OUR REVELATIONS AND THE MEETING OF THE HEREAFTER, THEIR WORKS ARE FRUITLESS. ARE THEY REPAID ANYTHING EXCEPT WHAT THEY USED TO DO? …WE GAVE OUR REVELATIONS TO HIM BUT HE CAST THEM OFF, SO SATAN OVERTOOK HIM AND HE BECAME OF THOSE WHO LEAD ASTRAY. HE CLUNG TO THE EARTH AND FOLLOWED HIS OWN LUST. THEREFORE HIS LIKENESS IS AS THE LIKENESS OF A DOG: IF YOU ATTACK HIM HE PANTS WITH HIS TONGUE OUT, AND IF YOU LEAVE HIM HE PANTS WITH HIS TONGUE OUT. SUCH IS THE LIKENESS OF THE PEOPLE WHO DENY OUR REVELATIONS… EVIL AS AN EXAMPLE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO DENIED OUR REVELATIONS, AND USED TO WRONG THEMSELVES… THOSE WHO DENY OUR REVELATIONS: STEP BY STEP WE LEAD THEM ON FROM WHERE THEY KNOW NOT. I GIVE THEM REIN, FOR MY SCHEME IS STRONG… GOD CUT THE ROOT OF THE DISBELIEVERS… I WILL THROW FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE. THEN STRIKE THE NECKS AND STRIKE OF THEM EACH FINGER. THAT IS BECAUSE THEY OPPOSED GOD AND HIS MESSENGER. WHOEVER OPPOSES GOD AND HIS MESSENGER, FOR HIM GOD IS SEVERE IN PUNISHMENT. THAT IS THE AWARD, SO TASTE IT, AND KNOW THAT FOR DISBELIEVERS IS THE TORMENT OF THE FIRE. O YOU WHO BELIEVE! WHEN YOU MEET THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE IN BATTLE, TURN NOT YOUR BACKS TO THEM… GOD IT IS WHO MAKES WEAK THE PLAN OF DISBELIEVERS… TASTE OF THE DOOM BECAUSE YOU DISBELIEVE. THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE SPEND THEIR WEALTH IN ORDER THAT THEY MAY PREVENT MEN FROM THE WAY OF GOD. THEY WILL SPEND IT, THEN IT WILL BECOME AN ANGUISH FOR THEM, THEN THEY WILL BE CONQUERED. AND THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE WILL BE GATHERED TO HELL… IF YOU COULD SEE HOW THE ANGELS RECEIVE THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, STRIKING THEIR FACES AND THEIR BACKS AND SAYING: “TASTE THE PUNISHMENT OF BURNING!” …THEY DENIED THE REVELATIONS OF THEIR LORD, SO WE DESTROYED THEM IN THEIR SINS… THE WORST OF BEASTS IN GOD’S SIGHT ARE THE UNGRATEFUL WHO WILL NOT BELIEVE… LET NOT THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE SUPPOSE THEY CAN OUTSTRIP GOD’S PURPOSE. THEY CANNOT ESCAPE… THE DISBELIEVERS ARE A PEOPLE WITHOUT INTELLIGENCE… GOD WILL DEFEAT THE DISBELIEVERS… GIVE TIDINGS OF A PAINFUL DOOM TO THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE… THE HEADS OF DISBELIEF HAVE NO BINDING OATHS… TAKE NOT YOUR FATHERS NOR YOUR BROTHERS FOR FRIENDS IF THEY HAVE PREFERRED DISBELIEF OVER BELIEF: WHOEVER OF YOU TAKES THEM FOR FRIENDS, SUCH ARE WRONGDOERS. GOD GUIDES NOT WRONGDOING PEOPLE… GOD PUNISHED THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED. SUCH IS THE REWARD OF DISBELIEVERS… FIGHT AGAINST SUCH OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE SCRIPTURE AS BELIEVE NOT IN GOD NOR THE LAST DAY, AND FORBID NOT THAT WHICH GOD HAS FORBIDDEN BY HIS MESSENGER, AND FOLLOW NOT THE RELIGION OF TRUTH, UNTIL THEY PAY THE TRIBUTE READILY, BEING BROUGHT LOW… GOD GUIDES NOT THE DISBELIEVING PEOPLE… GOD MADE THE WORD OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED THE LOWERMOST… HELL IS ALL AROUND THE DISBELIEVERS… GOD PROMISES THE HYPOCRITES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, AND THE DISBELIEVERS FIRE OF HELL FOR THEIR ABODE. IT WILL SUFFICE THEM. GOD CURSES THEM, AND THEIRS IS A LASTING TORMENT… STRIVE AGAINST THE DISBELIEVERS! BE HARSH WITH THEM. THEIR ULTIMATE ABODE IS HELL, AN UNHAPPY JOURNEY’S END… GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE THEM. THAT IS BECAUSE THEY DISBELIEVED IN GOD AND HIS MESSENGER, AND GOD GUIDES NOT WRONGDOING PEOPLE… A PAINFUL DOOM WILL FALL ON THOSE OF THEM WHO DISBELIEVE… FIGHT THOSE OF THE DISBELIEVERS WHO ARE NEAR TO YOU, AND LET THEM FIND HARSHNESS IN YOU… AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, THEIRS WILL BE A BOILING DRINK AND PAINFUL DOOM BECAUSE THEY DISBELIEVED… THOSE WHO EXPECT NOT THE MEETING WITH US BUT DESIRE THE LIFE OF THE WORLD AND FEEL SECURE IN IT, AND THOSE WHO ARE NEGLECTFUL OF OUR REVELATIONS, THEIR HOME WILL BE THE FIRE BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY USED TO EARN… WE DESTROYED THE GENERATIONS BEFORE YOU WHEN THEY DID WRONG; AND THEIR MESSENGERS FROM GOD CAME TO THEM WITH CLEAR PROOFS OF HIS SOVEREIGNTY BUT THEY WOULD NOT BELIEVE. THUS DO WE REWARD THE GUILTY PEOPLE… WHO DOES GREATER WRONG THAN HE WHO INVENTS A LIE CONCERNING GOD AND DENIES HIS REVELATIONS? THE GUILTY NEVER ARE SUCCESSFUL… AFTER THE TRUTH, WHAT IS THERE EXCEPT ERROR? HOW THEN ARE YOU TURNED AWAY? THUS IS THE WORD OF YOUR LORD JUSTIFIED CONCERNING THOSE WHO DO WRONG: THAT THEY BELIEVE NOT… EVEN SO DID THOSE BEFORE THEM DENY. THEN SEE WHAT WAS THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THE WRONGDOERS! …THOSE WILL TRULY HAVE PERISHED WHO DENIED THE MEETING WITH GOD AND WERE NOT GUIDED… WE MAKE THEM TASTE A DREADFUL DOOM BECAUSE THEY USED TO DISBELIEVE… WE DROWNED THOSE WHO DENIED OUR REVELATIONS. SEE THEN THE NATURE OF THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THOSE WHO HAD BEEN WARNED… SAVE US FROM THE PEOPLE WHO DISBELIEVE… DO NOT BE OF THE WAVERERS. AND DO NOT BE OF THOSE WHO DENY THE REVELATIONS OF GOD, FOR THEN YOU WOULD BE OF THE LOSERS… IT IS NOT FOR ANY SOUL TO BELIEVE EXCEPT BY THE PERMISSION OF GOD. HE HAS SET UNCLEANNESS UPON THOSE WHO HAVE NO SENSE… IF YOU TURN AWAY, I FEAR FOR YOU THE RETRIBUTION OF AN AWFUL DAY… WHOEVER DESIRES THE LIFE OF THE WORLD AND ITS ADORNMENTS, WE SHALL REPAY THEM THEIR DEEDS IN IT, AND IN IT THEY WILL NOT BE WRONGED. THOSE ARE THEY FOR WHOM THERE IS NOTHING IN THE HEREAFTER EXCEPT THE FIRE. ALL THAT THEY CONTRIVE HERE IS VAIN AND ALL THAT THEY USED TO DO IS FRUITLESS… WHO DISBELIEVES, THE FIRE IS HIS APPOINTED PLACE… “BE NOT WITH THE DISBELIEVERS.” …THEY DENIED THE REVELATIONS OF THEIR LORD AND FLOUTED HIS MESSENGERS AND FOLLOWED THE COMMAND OF EVERY DISOBEDIENT RULER. A CURSE WAS MADE TO FOLLOW THEM IN THE WORLD AND ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION… SUCH ARE THEY WHO DISBELIEVE IN THEIR LORD; SUCH HAVE SHACKLES ON THEIR NECKS; SUCH ARE RIGHTFUL OWNERS OF THE FIRE, THEY WILL REMAIN IN IT… HE LAUNCHES THE THUNDERBOLTS AND STRIKES WITH THEM WHOM HE WILL WHILE THEY DISPUTE IN DOUBT CONCERNING GOD, AND HE IS MIGHTY IN WRATH… THE PRAYER OF DISBELIEVERS GOES FAR ASTRAY… FOR THOSE WHO ANSWERED NOT HIS CALL, IF THEY HAD ALL THAT IS IN THE EARTH, AND WITH IT THE LIKE OF IT, THEY WOULD OFFER IT AS RANSOM. SUCH WILL HAVE A WOEFUL RECKONING, AND THEIR HABITATION WILL BE HELL, A DIRE ABODE… AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, DISASTER CEASES NOT TO STRIKE THEM BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY DO, OR IT DWELLS NEAR THEIR HOME UNTIL THE THREAT OF GOD COMES TO PASS. GOD FAILS NOT TO KEEP THE APPOINTED TIME… LONG I BORE WITH THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED: AT LENGTH I SEIZED THEM, AND HOW AWFUL WAS MY PUNISHMENT! …THEIR SCHEMING IS MADE TO SEEM FAIR FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND THEY ARE KEPT FROM THE RIGHT ROAD. HE WHOM GOD SENDS ASTRAY, FOR HIM THERE IS NO GUIDE. FOR THEM THERE IS TORMENT IN THE LIFE OF THE WORLD, AND VERILY THE DOOM OF THE HEREAFTER IS MORE PAINFUL, AND THEY HAVE NO DEFENDER FROM GOD… THE REWARD OF DISBELIEVERS IS THE FIRE… WOE TO THE DISBELIEVERS FOR AN AWFUL DOOM… IF YOU ARE THANKLESS, MY PUNISHMENT IS DIRE… A SIMILITUDE OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE IN THEIR LORD: THEIR WORKS ARE AS ASHES WHICH THE WIND BLOWS HARD ON A STORMY DAY. THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OF ANYTHING THAT THEY HAVE EARNED. THAT IS THE EXTREME FAILURE… HAVE YOU NOT SEEN THOSE WHO GAVE THE GRACE OF GOD IN EXCHANGE FOR THANKLESSNESS AND LED THEIR PEOPLE DOWN TO THE ABODE OF LOSS, EVEN TO HELL? THEY ARE EXPOSED TO IT. AN UNHAPPY JOURNEY’S END! …IT MAY BE THAT THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE WISH ARDENTLY THAT THEY WERE MUSLIMS. LET THEM EAT AND ENJOY LIFE, AND LET FALSE HOPE DECEIVE THEM. THEY WILL COME TO KNOW! …WE SEND NOT ANGELS EXCEPT WITH THE TRUTH, AND IN THAT CASE THE DISBELIEVERS WOULD NOT BE TOLERATED… AS FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE NOT IN THE HEREAFTER, THEIR HEARTS REFUSE TO KNOW, FOR THEY ARE PROUD. ASSUREDLY GOD KNOWS THAT WHICH THEY KEEP HIDDEN AND THAT WHICH THEY PROCLAIM. HE LOVES NOT THE PROUD… DISGRACE THIS DAY AND EVIL ARE UPON THE DISBELIEVERS, WHOM THE ANGELS CAUSE TO DIE WHILE THEY ARE WRONGING THEMSELVES… SO ENTER THE GATES OF HELL, TO DWELL IN IT FOREVER. WOEFUL INDEED WILL BE THE LODGING OF THE ARROGANT… DO BUT TRAVEL IN THE LAND AND SEE THE NATURE OF THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THE DENIERS! …THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED MAY KNOW THAT THEY WERE LIARS… IS IT THEN IN VANITY THAT THEY BELIEVE AND IN THE GRACE OF GOD THAT THEY DISBELIEVE? …THEY KNOW THE FAVOUR OF GOD AND THEN DENY IT. MOST OF THEM ARE UNGRATEFUL… CONSIDER THE DAY WHEN THERE IS NO LEAVE FOR DISBELIEVERS, NOR ARE THEY ALLOWED TO MAKE AMENDS… FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND PREVENT MEN FROM THE WAY OF GOD, WE ADD DOOM TO DOOM BECAUSE THEY WORKED CORRUPTION… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE THE REVELATIONS OF GOD, GOD GUIDES THEM NOT AND THEIRS WILL BE A PAINFUL DOOM. ONLY THEY INVENT FALSEHOOD WHO BELIEVE NOT GOD’S REVELATIONS, AND ONLY THEY ARE THE LIARS… THEY HAVE CHOSEN THE LIFE OF THIS WORLD RATHER THAN THE HEREAFTER, AND GOD GUIDES NOT THE DISBELIEVING PEOPLE. SUCH ARE THEY WHOSE HEARTS AND EARS AND EYES GOD HAS SEALED. AND SUCH ARE THE HEEDLESS. ASSUREDLY IN THE HEREAFTER THEY ARE THE LOSERS… A TOWN DISBELIEVED IN GOD’S FAVOURS, SO GOD MADE IT EXPERIENCE THE GARMENT OF SHORTAGE AND FEAR BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY USED TO DO. VERILY THERE HAD COME TO THEM A MESSENGER FROM AMONG THEM, BUT THEY HAD DENIED HIM, AND SO THE TORMENT SEIZED THEM WHILE THEY WERE WRONGDOERS… WE HAVE APPOINTED HELL A DUNGEON FOR THE DISBELIEVERS… THOSE WHO BELIEVE NOT IN THE HEREAFTER, FOR THEM WE HAVE PREPARED A PAINFUL DOOM… WHOEVER DESIRES THAT LIFE WHICH HASTENS AWAY, WE HAVE APPOINTED FOR HIM HELL; HE WILL ENDURE THE HEAT OF IT, CONDEMNED, REJECTED… WHEN YOU RECITE GOD’S WORDS WE PLACE BETWEEN YOU AND THOSE WHO BELIEVE NOT IN THE HEREAFTER A HIDDEN BARRIER; AND WE PLACE UPON THEIR HEARTS VEILS LEST THEY SHOULD UNDERSTAND IT, AND IN THEIR EARS A DEAFNESS… AS FOR HIM WHOM GOD SENDS ASTRAY, WE SHALL ASSEMBLE THEM ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION ON THEIR FACES, BLIND, DUMB AND DEAF; THEIR HABITATION WILL BE HELL; WHENEVER IT SUBSIDES, WE INCREASE THE FLAME FOR THEM. THAT IS THEIR REWARD BECAUSE THEY DISBELIEVED OUR REVELATIONS… THE WRONGDOERS REFUSE ANYTHING EXCEPT DISBELIEF… WE HAVE PREPARED FOR DISBELIEVERS FIRE. ITS TENT ENCLOSES THEM. IF THEY ASK FOR SHOWERS, THEY WILL BE SHOWERED WITH WATER LIKE MOLTEN LEAD WHICH BURNS THE FACES. CALAMITOUS THE DRINK AND ILL THE RESTING-PLACE! …NOTHING HINDERS MANKIND FROM BELIEVING WHEN THE GUIDANCE COMES TO THEM, AND FROM ASKING FORGIVENESS OF THEIR LORD, UNLESS IT IS THAT THEY WISH THEY SHOULD BE CONFRONTED WITH THE DOOM… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE CONTEND WITH FALSEHOOD IN ORDER TO REFUTE THE TRUTH BY IT. AND THEY TAKE OUR REVELATIONS AND THAT WITH WHICH THEY ARE THREATENED AS A JEST. WHO DOES A GREATER WRONG THAN HE WHO HAS BEEN REMINDED OF THE REVELATIONS OF HIS LORD, YET TURNS AWAY FROM THEM AND FORGETS WHAT HIS HANDS SEND FORWARD TO THE JUDGEMENT? ON THEIR HEARTS WE HAVE PLACED COVERINGS SO THAT THEY UNDERSTAND NOT, AND IN THEIR EARS A DEAFNESS; THEIRS IS AN APPOINTED TERM FROM WHICH THEY WILL FIND NO ESCAPE… “WE SLEW A LAD: HIS PARENTS WERE BELIEVERS AND WE FEARED LEST HE SHOULD OPPRESS THEM BY REBELLION AND DISBELIEF.” …ON THAT DAY WE SHALL PRESENT HELL TO THE DISBELIEVERS; THOSE WHOSE EYES WERE HOODWINKED FROM MY REMINDER, AND WHO COULD NOT BEAR TO HEAR… WE HAVE PREPARED HELL AS A WELCOME FOR THE DISBELIEVERS. SHALL WE INFORM YOU WHO WILL BE THE GREATEST LOSERS? THOSE WHOSE EFFORT GOES ASTRAY IN THE LIFE OF THE WORLD, AND YET THEY RECKON THAT THEY DO GOOD WORK. THOSE ARE THEY WHO DISBELIEVE IN THE REVELATIONS OF THEIR LORD AND IN THE MEETING WITH HIM. THEREFORE THEIR WORKS ARE IN VAIN, AND ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION WE ASSIGN NO WEIGHT TO THEM. THAT IS THEIR REWARD: HELL, BECAUSE THEY DISBELIEVED, AND MADE A JEST OF OUR REVELATIONS AND OUR MESSENGERS… WOE TO THE DISBELIEVERS FROM THE MEETING OF AN AWFUL DAY. SEE AND HEAR THEM ON THE DAY THEY COME TO US! YET THE EVILDOERS ARE TODAY IN MANIFEST ERROR. WARN THEM OF THE DAY OF ANGUISH WHEN THE CASE HAS BEEN DECIDED. NOW THEY ARE IN A STATE OF CARELESSNESS, AND THEY BELIEVE NOT… HAVE YOU SEEN HIM WHO DISBELIEVES IN OUR REVELATIONS? WE SHALL RECORD THAT WHICH HE SAYS AND PROLONG FOR HIM A SPAN OF TORMENT… WE HAVE SET THE DEVILS ON THE DISBELIEVERS TO CONFUSE THEM WITH CONFUSION… THE DOOM WILL BE FOR HIM WHO DENIES AND TURNS AWAY… WHOEVER TURNS AWAY, HE TRULY WILL BEAR A BURDEN ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION, REMAINING UNDER IT: AN EVIL BURDEN FOR THEM ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION… HE WHO TURNS FROM REMEMBRANCE OF ME, HIS WILL BE A NARROW LIFE, AND I SHALL BRING HIM BLIND TO THE ASSEMBLY ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION. HE WILL SAY: “MY LORD! WHY HAVE YOU GATHERED ME HERE BLIND, WHEN I USED TO SEE?” HE WILL SAY: SO IT MUST BE. OUR REVELATIONS CAME TO YOU BUT YOU DID FORGET THEM. IN LIKE MANNER YOU ARE FORGOTTEN THIS DAY. THUS DO WE REWARD HIM WHO IS PRODIGAL AND BELIEVES NOT THE REVELATIONS OF HIS LORD; AND VERILY THE DOOM OF THE HEREAFTER WILL BE STERNER AND MORE LASTING… NOT A TOWNSHIP BELIEVED OF THOSE WHICH WE DESTROYED BEFORE… IF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED ONLY KNEW THE TIME WHEN THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DRIVE OFF THE FIRE FROM THEIR FACES AND FROM THEIR BACKS, AND THEY WILL NOT BE HELPED! NO, BUT IT WILL COME UPON THEM UNAWARES SO THAT IT WILL STUPEFY THEM, AND THEY WILL BE UNABLE TO REPEL IT, NEITHER WILL THEY BE REPRIEVED… THE PEOPLE WHO DENIED OUR REVELATIONS WERE PEOPLE OF EVIL, THEREFORE WE DROWNED THEM ALL… SEE THEM, STARING WIDE IN TERROR, THE EYES OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE! THEY SAY: “ALAS FOR US! WE LIVED IN FORGETFULNESS OF THIS! AH, BUT WE WERE WRONGDOERS!” …THE BELIEVERS AND THE DISBELIEVERS ARE TWO OPPONENTS WHO ARGUE CONCERNING THEIR LORD. BUT AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, GARMENTS OF FIRE WILL BE CUT OUT FOR THEM; BOILING FLUID WILL BE POURED DOWN ON THEIR HEADS, BY WHICH THAT WHICH IS IN THEIR BELLIES, AND THEIR SKINS TOO, WILL BE MELTED; AND FOR THEM ARE HOOKED RODS OF IRON. WHENEVER, IN THEIR ANGUISH, THEY WOULD GO OUT FROM THERE THEY ARE DRIVEN BACK INTO IT: TASTE THE DOOM OF BURNING… I INDULGED THE DISBELIEVERS A LONG WHILE, THEN I SEIZED THEM, AND HOW TERRIBLE WAS MY ABHORRENCE! …THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE WILL NOT CEASE TO BE IN DOUBT UNTIL THE HOUR COMES ON THEM UNAWARES, OR THERE COMES TO THEM THE DOOM OF A DISASTROUS DAY… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED AND DENIED OUR REVELATIONS, FOR THEM WILL BE A SHAMEFUL DOOM… WHEN OUR REVELATIONS ARE RECITED TO THEM, YOU KNOW THE DENIAL IN THE FACES OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE; THEY ALL BUT ATTACK THOSE WHO RECITE OUR REVELATIONS TO THEM. SAY: “SHALL I PROCLAIM TO YOU WORSE THAN THAT? THE FIRE! GOD HAS PROMISED IT FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE. AN UNHAPPY JOURNEY’S END!” …WHENEVER ITS MESSENGER CAME TO A NATION, THEY DENIED HIM; SO WE CAUSED THEM TO FOLLOW ONE ANOTHER TO DISASTER. A FAR REMOVAL FOR PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE NOT! …THEIR HEARTS ARE IN IGNORANCE OF THIS BOOK; TILL WE GRASP THEIR LUXURIOUS ONES WITH THE PUNISHMENT, LOOK! THEY SUPPLICATE. SUPPLICATE NOT THIS DAY! ASSUREDLY YOU WILL NOT BE HELPED BY US. MY REVELATIONS WERE RECITED TO YOU, BUT YOU USED TO TURN BACK ON YOUR HEELS IN CONTEMPT OF IT… THOSE WHO BELIEVE NOT IN THE HEREAFTER ARE INDEED ASTRAY FROM THE PATH. ALREADY WE HAVE GRASPED THEM WITH PUNISHMENT, BUT THEY HUMBLE NOT THEMSELVES TO THEIR LORD, NOR DO THEY PRAY, UNTIL, WHEN WE OPEN FOR THEM THE GATE OF EXTREME PUNISHMENT, LOOK! THEY ARE AGHAST AT IT… WE HAVE BROUGHT THEM THE TRUTH, AND THEY ARE LIARS… THEY LOSE THEIR SOULS, REMAINING IN HELL. THE FIRE BURNS THEIR FACES, AND THEY ARE GLUM IN IT. IT WILL BE SAID: WERE NOT MY REVELATIONS RECITED TO YOU, AND THEN YOU USED TO DENY THEM? …DISBELIEVERS WILL NOT BE SUCCESSFUL… AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, THEIR DEEDS ARE AS A MIRAGE IN A DESERT. THE THIRSTY ONE SUPPOSES IT TO BE WATER TILL HE COMES TO IT AND FINDS IT NOTHING, AND FINDS, IN THE PLACE OF IT, GOD WHO PAYS HIM HIS DUE; AND GOD IS SWIFT AT RECKONING. OR AS DARKNESS ON A VAST, ABYSMAL SEA. THERE COVERS HIM A WAVE, ABOVE WHICH IS A WAVE, ABOVE WHICH IS A CLOUD. LAYER UPON LAYER OF DARKNESS. WHEN HE HOLDS OUT HIS HAND HE CAN SCARCELY SEE IT. AND HE FOR WHOM GOD HAS NOT APPOINTED LIGHT, FOR HIM THERE IS NO LIGHT… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, THEY ARE THE MISCREANTS… THINK NOT THAT THE DISBELIEVERS CAN ESCAPE IN THE LAND. FIRE WILL BE THEIR HOME: AN UNHAPPY JOURNEY’S END! …FOR THOSE WHO DENY THE COMING OF THE HOUR WE HAVE PREPARED A FLAME. WHEN IT SEES THEM FROM AFAR, THEY HEAR THE CRACKLING AND THE ROAR OF IT. AND WHEN THEY ARE THROWN INTO A NARROW PART OF IT, CHAINED TOGETHER, THEY PRAY FOR DESTRUCTION THERE. PRAY NOT THAT DAY FOR ONE DESTRUCTION, BUT PRAY FOR MANY DESTRUCTIONS! …THEY FORGOT THE WARNING AND BECAME LOST PEOPLE… IT WILL BE A HARD DAY FOR DISBELIEVERS. ON THE DAY WHEN THE WRONGDOER BITES HIS HANDS, HE WILL SAY: “AH, IF ONLY I HAD CHOSEN A WAY TOGETHER WITH THE MESSENGER OF GOD!” …WE DESTROYED THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DENIED OUR REVELATIONS, A COMPLETE DESTRUCTION. AND NOAH’S PEOPLE, WHEN THEY DENIED THE MESSENGERS, WE DROWNED THEM AND MADE THEM A SIGN FOR MANKIND. WE HAVE PREPARED A PAINFUL DOOM FOR EVILDOERS… DO YOU THINK THAT MOST OF THEM HEAR OR UNDERSTAND? THEY ARE AS THE CATTLE; NO, THEY ARE FURTHER ASTRAY… OBEY NOT THE DISBELIEVERS, BUT STRIVE AGAINST THEM… YOU HAVE DENIED THE TRUTH, THEREFORE THERE WILL BE JUDGEMENT… THEY HAVE DENIED THE TRUTH BUT THERE WILL COME TO THEM TIDINGS OF THAT AT WHICH THEY USED TO JEER… HELL WILL APPEAR PLAINLY TO THE ERRING… THEY DENIED HIM; THEREFORE WE DESTROYED THEM. IN THIS IS INDEED A SIGN, YET MOST OF THEM ARE NOT BELIEVERS… THEY DENIED HIM, SO THERE CAME ON THEM THE RETRIBUTION OF THE DAY OF GLOOM. IT WAS THE RETRIBUTION OF AN AWFUL DAY… THEY WILL NOT BELIEVE IN IT TILL THEY BEHOLD THE PAINFUL DOOM… AS FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE NOT IN THE HEREAFTER, WE HAVE MADE THEIR WORKS FAIR-SEEMING TO THEM SO THAT THEY ARE ALL ASTRAY. THOSE ARE THEY FOR WHOM IS THE WORST OF PUNISHMENT, AND IN THE HEREAFTER THEY WILL BE THE GREATEST LOSERS… THEY DENIED OUR SIGNS, THOUGH THEIR SOULS ACKNOWLEDGED THEM, FOR SPITE AND ARROGANCE. THEN SEE THE NATURE OF THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THE WRONGDOERS! …WE SHALL GATHER OUT OF EVERY NATION A GROUP OF THOSE WHO DENIED OUR REVELATIONS, AND THEY WILL BE SET IN ARRAY; TILL, WHEN THEY COME BEFORE THEIR LORD, HE WILL SAY: DID YOU DENY MY REVELATIONS WHEN YOU COULD NOT COMPREHEND THEM IN KNOWLEDGE, OR WHAT WAS IT THAT YOU DID? AND THE WORD WILL BE FULFILLED CONCERNING THEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE DONE WRONG… THE DISBELIEVERS NEVER PROSPER… NEVER BE A HELPER TO THE DISBELIEVERS… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE IN THE REVELATIONS OF GOD AND IN THEIR MEETING WITH HIM, SUCH HAVE NO HOPE OF MY MERCY. FOR SUCH THERE IS A PAINFUL DOOM… NONE DENY OUR REVELATIONS EXCEPT WRONGDOERS… THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN VANITY AND DISBELIEVE IN GOD, THEY ARE THOSE WHO ARE THE LOSERS… HELL VERILY WILL ENCOMPASS THE DISBELIEVERS ON THE DAY WHEN THE DOOM WILL OVERWHELM THEM FROM ABOVE THEM AND FROM UNDERNEATH THEIR FEET, AND HE WILL SAY: TASTE WHAT YOU USED TO DO! …DO THEY THEN BELIEVE IN FALSEHOOD AND DISBELIEVE IN THE BOUNTY OF GOD? WHO DOES GREATER WRONG THAN HE WHO INVENTS A LIE CONCERNING GOD, OR DENIES THE TRUTH WHEN IT COMES TO HIM? IS THERE NOT A HOME IN HELL FOR DISBELIEVERS? …MANY OF MANKIND ARE DISBELIEVERS IN THE MEETING WITH THEIR LORD. HAVE THEY NOT TRAVELLED IN THE LAND AND SEEN THE NATURE OF THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THOSE WHO WERE BEFORE THEM? …EVIL WAS THE CONSEQUENCE OF THOSE WHO DEALT IN EVIL, BECAUSE THEY DENIED THE REVELATIONS OF GOD AND MADE A MOCKERY OF THEM… AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED AND DENIED OUR REVELATIONS, AND DENIED THE MEETING OF THE HEREAFTER, SUCH WILL BE BROUGHT TO DOOM… THEY DISBELIEVE IN THAT WHICH WE HAVE GIVEN THEM. TO SUCH IT IS SAID: ENJOY YOURSELVES A WHILE, BUT YOU WILL COME TO KNOW… SAY TO THE DISBELIEVERS: “TRAVEL IN THE LAND AND SEE THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THOSE WHO WERE BEFORE YOU!” …WHOEVER DISBELIEVES MUST BEAR THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS DISBELIEF… HE LOVES NOT THE DISBELIEVERS… WHEN OUR REVELATIONS ARE RECITED TO HIM HE TURNS AWAY IN PRIDE AS IF HE HEARD THEM NOT, AS IF THERE WERE A DEAFNESS IN HIS EARS. SO GIVE HIM TIDINGS OF A PAINFUL DOOM… WHOEVER DISBELIEVES, LET NOT HIS DISBELIEF AFFLICT YOU. TO US IS THEIR RETURN, AND WE SHALL TELL THEM WHAT THEY DID. GOD IS AWARE OF WHAT IS IN THE HEARTS OF MEN. WE GIVE THEM COMFORT FOR A LITTLE WHILE, AND THEN WE DRIVE THEM TO A HEAVY DOOM… NO-ONE DENIES OUR SIGNS EXCEPT EVERY UNGRATEFUL TRAITOR… THEY ARE DISBELIEVERS IN THE MEETING WITH THEIR LORD. COULD YOU BUT SEE WHEN THE GUILTY HANG THEIR HEADS BEFORE THEIR LORD: INASMUCH AS YOU FORGOT THE MEETING OF THIS YOUR DAY, WE FORGET YOU. TASTE THE DOOM OF IMMORTALITY BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU USED TO DO… IS HE WHO IS A BELIEVER LIKE TO HIM WHO IS AN EVIL-LIVER? THEY ARE NOT ALIKE… TASTE THE TORMENT OF THE FIRE WHICH YOU USED TO DENY… WHO DOES GREATER WRONG THAN HE WHO IS REMINDED OF THE REVELATIONS OF HIS LORD, THEN TURNS FROM THEM. WE SHALL REPAY THE GUILTY… ON THE DAY OF THE VICTORY THE FAITH OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE WILL NOT BENEFIT THEM, NOR WILL THEY BE REPRIEVED. SO WITHDRAW FROM THEM AND AWAIT THE EVENT… HE HAS PREPARED A PAINFUL DOOM FOR THE UNFAITHFUL… WHOEVER IS REBELLIOUS TO GOD AND HIS MESSENGER, HE TRULY GOES ASTRAY IN MANIFEST ERROR… INCLINE NOT TOWARD THE DISBELIEVERS AND THE HYPOCRITES. DISREGARD THEIR NOXIOUS TALK… GOD HAS CURSED THE DISBELIEVERS, AND HAS PREPARED FOR THEM A FLAMING FIRE, IN WHICH THEY WILL REMAIN FOREVER. THEY WILL FIND NO PROTECTING FRIEND NOR HELPER. ON THE DAY WHEN THEIR FACES ARE TURNED OVER IN THE FIRE, THEY SAY: “OH, IF ONLY WE HAD OBEYED GOD AND HAD OBEYED HIS MESSENGER!” …THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE IN THE HEREAFTER ARE IN TORMENT AND FAR ERROR… SUCH OF THEM AS DEVIATED FROM OUR COMMAND, THEM WE CAUSED TO TASTE THE PUNISHMENT OF FLAMING FIRE… DO WE EVER PUNISH ANY EXCEPT THE UNGRATEFUL? …THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE SAY: “WE BELIEVE NOT IN THIS BOOK NOR IN THAT WHICH WAS BEFORE IT,” BUT OH, IF YOU COULD SEE, WHEN THE WRONGDOERS ARE BROUGHT UP BEFORE THEIR LORD, HOW THEY CAST THE BLAME ONE TO ANOTHER… THEY ARE FILLED WITH REMORSE WHEN THEY SEE THE DOOM; AND WE PLACE SHACKLES ON THE NECKS OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED. ARE THEY REPAID ANYTHING EXCEPT WHAT THEY USED TO DO? WE SENT NOT TO ANY TOWNSHIP A WARNER BUT ITS PAMPERED ONES DECLARED: “WE ARE DISBELIEVERS IN THAT WITH WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN SENT.” …TASTE THE DOOM OF THE FIRE WHICH YOU USED TO DENY… THEY DENIED MY MESSENGERS: HOW INTENSE THEN WAS MY ABHORRENCE OF THEM! …IF YOU COULD ONLY SEE WHEN THEY ARE TERRIFIED WITH NO ESCAPE, AND ARE SEIZED FROM NEAR AT HAND, AND SAY: “WE NOW BELIEVE IN IT.” BUT HOW CAN THEY REACH FAITH FROM A DISTANCE, WHEN THEY DISBELIEVED IN IT LONG AGO. A GULF IS SET BETWEEN THEM AND THAT WHICH THEY DESIRE, AS WAS DONE FOR PEOPLE OF THEIR KIND OF OLD. THEY WERE IN HOPELESS DOUBT… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, THEIRS WILL BE AN AWFUL DOOM… IF THEY DENY YOU, THOSE BEFORE THEM ALSO DENIED. THEIR MESSENGERS CAME TO THEM WITH CLEAR PROOFS OF GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY. THEN I SEIZED THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED, AND HOW INTENSE WAS MY ABHORRENCE! …AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, FOR THEM IS FIRE OF HELL; IT TAKES NOT COMPLETE EFFECT UPON THEM SO THAT THEY CAN DIE, NOR IS ITS TORMENT LIGHTENED FOR THEM. THUS WE PUNISH EVERY UNGRATEFUL ONE. AND THEY CALL FOR HELP THERE, SAYING: “OUR LORD! RELEASE US; WE WILL DO RIGHT, NOT THE WRONG THAT WE USED TO DO.” DID WE NOT GRANT YOU A LIFE LONG ENOUGH FOR HIM WHO REFLECTS TO REFLECT IN IT? AND THE WARNER CAME TO YOU. NOW TASTE THE FLAVOUR OF YOUR DEEDS, FOR EVILDOERS HAVE NO HELPER… HE WHO DISBELIEVES, HIS DISBELIEF IS ON HIS OWN HEAD. THEIR DISBELIEF INCREASES FOR THE DISBELIEVERS, IN THEIR LORD’S SIGHT, NOTHING EXCEPT ABHORRENCE. THEIR DISBELIEF INCREASES FOR THE DISBELIEVERS NOTHING EXCEPT LOSS… BURN IN HELL THIS DAY BECAUSE YOU DISBELIEVED… THIS DAY THEY ARE SHARERS IN THE DOOM. THUS WE DEAL WITH THE GUILTY. FOR WHEN IT WAS SAID TO THEM, THERE IS NO GOD EXCEPT GOD, THEY WERE CONTEMPTUOUS. NOW TRULY YOU TASTE THE PAINFUL DOOM; YOU ARE REPAID NOTHING EXCEPT WHAT YOU DID… THEY DENIED HIM, SO THEY SURELY WILL BE DRAGGED OUT TO THE DOOM… THEY DISBELIEVE IN THE REMINDER; BUT THEY WILL COME TO KNOW… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE ARE IN FALSE PRIDE AND SCHISM… THEY ARE IN DOUBT CONCERNING MY REMINDER; BUT THEY HAVE NOT YET TASTED MY DOOM… THEY DENIED THE MESSENGERS, THEREFORE MY DOOM WAS JUSTIFIED… THOSE WHO WANDER FROM THE WAY OF GOD HAVE AN AWFUL DOOM, INASMUCH AS THEY FORGET THE DAY OF RECKONING. WE DID NOT CREATE THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH AND ALL THAT IS BETWEEN THEM IN VAIN. THAT IS THE OPINION OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE. AND WOE TO THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, FROM THE FIRE! …HE IS NOT PLEASED WITH THANKLESSNESS FROM HIS SLAVES… TAKE PLEASURE IN YOUR DISBELIEF FOR A WHILE. YOU ARE OF THE OWNERS OF THE FIRE. IS HE WHO PAYS ADORATION IN THE WATCHES OF THE NIGHT, PROSTRATE AND STANDING, BEWARING OF THE HEREAFTER AND HOPING FOR THE MERCY OF HIS LORD, TO BE ACCOUNTED EQUAL WITH A DISBELIEVER? ARE THOSE WHO KNOW EQUAL TO THOSE WHO KNOW NOT? BUT ONLY MEN OF UNDERSTANDING WILL PAY HEED… IF I SHOULD DISOBEY MY LORD, I FEAR THE DOOM OF A TREMENDOUS DAY… IS HE WHOSE HEART GOD HAS EXPANDED FOR THE SURRENDER, SO THAT HE FOLLOWS A LIGHT FROM HIS LORD, AS HE WHO DISBELIEVES? THEN WOE TO THOSE WHOSE HEARTS ARE HARDENED AGAINST REMEMBRANCE OF GOD. SUCH ARE IN PLAIN ERROR… HE WHOM GOD SENDS ASTRAY, FOR HIM THERE IS NO GUIDE. IS HE WHO WILL STRIKE HIS FACE AGAINST THE AWFUL DOOM ON THE DAY OF RESURRECTION AS HE WHO DOES RIGHT? IT WILL BE SAID TO THE WRONGDOERS: TASTE THAT WHICH YOU USED TO EARN. THOSE BEFORE THEM DENIED, AND SO THE DOOM CAME ON THEM FROM WHERE THEY KNEW NOT. THUS GOD MADE THEM TASTE HUMILIATION IN THE LIFE OF THE WORLD, AND VERILY THE DOOM OF THE HEREAFTER WILL BE GREATER IF THEY DID BUT KNOW… WHO DOES A GREATER WRONG THAN HE WHO TELLS A LIE AGAINST GOD, AND DENIES THE TRUTH WHEN IT REACHES HIM? WILL THE HOME OF DISBELIEVERS NOT BE IN HELL? …WHOEVER STRAYS, STRAYS ONLY TO ITS HURT… TURN TO YOUR LORD REPENTANT, AND SURRENDER TO HIM, BEFORE THERE COMES TO YOU THE DOOM, WHEN YOU CANNOT BE HELPED. AND FOLLOW THE BETTER GUIDANCE OF THAT WHICH IS REVEALED TO YOU FROM YOUR LORD, BEFORE THE DOOM COMES ON YOU SUDDENLY WHEN YOU KNOW NOT, LEST ANY SOUL SHOULD SAY: “ALAS, MY GRIEF THAT I WAS UNMINDFUL OF GOD, AND I WAS INDEED AMONG THE MOCKERS! OR SHOULD SAY: “IF GOD HAD ONLY GUIDED ME I WOULD HAVE BEEN AMONG THE DUTIFUL!” NO, FOR MY REVELATIONS CAME TO YOU, BUT YOU DENIED THEM AND WERE CONTEMPTUOUS AND WERE AMONG THE DISBELIEVERS… THEY WHO DISBELIEVE THE REVELATIONS OF GOD, SUCH ARE THEY WHO ARE THE LOSERS. SAY: “DO YOU ASK ME TO SERVE OTHER THAN GOD? O YOU FOOLS!” …THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE ARE DRIVEN TO HELL IN TROOPS. THE WORD OF DOOM OF DISBELIEVERS IS FULFILLED. IT IS SAID TO THEM: ENTER THE GATES OF HELL TO DWELL IN IT. THUS UNHAPPY IS THE JOURNEY’S END OF THE CONTEMPTUOUS… I SEIZED THEM, AND HOW AWFUL WAS MY PUNISHMENT. THUS THE WORD OF YOUR LORD CONCERNING THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE WAS FULFILLED: THAT THEY ARE OWNERS OF THE FIRE… ON THAT DAY THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE ARE INFORMED BY PROCLAMATION: VERILY GOD’S ABHORRENCE IS MORE TERRIBLE THAN YOUR ABHORRENCE ONE OF ANOTHER, WHEN YOU WERE CALLED TO THE FAITH BUT REFUSED… PRAY TO GOD, MAKING RELIGION PURE FOR HIM ONLY, HOWEVER MUCH THE DISBELIEVERS MAY BE AVERSE… HAVE THEY NOT TRAVELLED IN THE LAND TO SEE THE NATURE OF THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED BEFORE THEM? GOD SEIZED THEM FOR THEIR SINS, AND THEY HAD NO PROTECTOR. THAT WAS BECAUSE THEIR MESSENGERS KEPT BRINGING THEM CLEAR PROOFS OF GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY BUT THEY DISBELIEVED; SO GOD SEIZED THEM. HE IS STRONG, SEVERE IN PUNISHMENT… THE PLOT OF DISBELIEVERS IS IN NOTHING BUT ERROR… I SEEK REFUGE IN MY LORD AND YOUR LORD FROM EVERY DERIDER WHO BELIEVES NOT IN A DAY OF RECKONING… GOD DECEIVES HIM WHO IS A PRODIGAL, A DOUBTER… THOSE WHO ARGUE CONCERNING THE REVELATIONS OF GOD WITHOUT ANY AUTHORITY THAT HAS COME TO THEM, IT IS GREATLY HATEFUL IN THE SIGHT OF GOD AND IN THE SIGHT OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE. THUS DOES GOD PRINT ON EVERY ARROGANT, DISDAINFUL HEART… THE PRAYER OF DISBELIEVERS IS IN VAIN… THOSE WHO ARGUE CONCERNING THE REVELATIONS OF GOD WITHOUT AN AUTHORITY HAVING COME TO THEM, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE IN THEIR HEARTS EXCEPT PRIDE WHICH THEY WILL NEVER ATTAIN… THOSE WHO DESPISE MY SERVICE, THEY WILL ENTER HELL, DISGRACED… THERE IS NO GOD EXCEPT HIM. HOW THEN ARE YOU PERVERTED? THUS ARE THEY PERVERTED WHO DENY THE REVELATIONS OF GOD… HAVE YOU NOT SEEN THOSE WHO ARGUE CONCERNING THE REVELATIONS OF GOD, HOW THEY ARE TURNED AWAY? THOSE WHO DENY THE SCRIPTURE, AND THAT WITH WHICH WE SEND OUR MESSENGERS. BUT THEY WILL COME TO KNOW, WHEN SHACKLES ARE ABOUT THEIR NECKS, AND CHAINS. THEY ARE DRAGGED THROUGH BOILING WATERS; THEN THEY ARE THRUST INTO THE FIRE… THUS DOES GOD SEND ASTRAY THE DISBELIEVERS. IT IS SAID TO THEM: THIS IS BECAUSE YOU REJOICED IN THE EARTH WITHOUT RIGHT, AND BECAUSE YOU WERE PETULANT. ENTER THE GATES OF HELL, TO DWELL IN IT. EVIL IS THE HABITATION OF THE CONTEMPTUOUS… WHICH, THEN, OF THE SIGNS OF GOD DO YOU DENY? HAVE THEY NOT TRAVELLED IN THE LAND TO SEE THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THOSE BEFORE THEM? ALL THAT THEY EARNED DID NOT BENEFIT THEM. WHEN THEIR MESSENGERS BROUGHT THEM CLEAR PROOFS OF GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY THEY REJOICED IN THE KNOWLEDGE THEY THEMSELVES POSSESSED. BUT THAT WHICH THEY USED TO MOCK BEFELL THEM… THIS IS GOD’S LAW WHICH HAS EVER TAKEN COURSE FOR HIS SERVANTS. THE DISBELIEVERS WILL BE RUINED… THEY DENIED OUR REVELATIONS. THEREFORE WE LET LOOSE ON THEM A RAGING WIND IN EVIL DAYS, THAT WE MIGHT MAKE THEM TASTE THE TORMENT OF DISGRACE IN THE LIFE OF THE WORLD. AND VERILY THE DOOM OF THE HEREAFTER WILL BE MORE SHAMEFUL, AND THEY WILL NOT BE HELPED… WE GAVE THEM GUIDANCE, BUT THEY PREFERRED BLINDNESS TO THE GUIDANCE, SO THE BOLT OF THE DOOM OF HUMILIATION OVERTOOK THEM BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY USED TO EARN… VERILY WE SHALL CAUSE THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE TO TASTE AN AWFUL DOOM, AND VERILY WE SHALL REPAY THEM THE WORST OF WHAT THEY USED TO DO. THAT IS THE REWARD OF GOD’S ENEMIES: THE FIRE. IN IT IS THEIR IMMORTAL HOME, PAYMENT INASMUCH AS THEY DENIED OUR REVELATIONS… HE IS SEER OF WHAT YOU DO, WHO DISBELIEVE IN THE REMINDER WHEN IT COMES TO THEM; IT IS A MIGHTY BOOK… AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, THERE IS DEAFNESS IN THEIR EARS, AND IT IS BLINDNESS TO THEM… WE TRULY SHALL TELL THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE ALL THAT THEY DID, AND WE TRULY SHALL MAKE THEM TASTE HARD PUNISHMENT… CONSIDER: IF IT IS FROM GOD AND YOU REJECT IT: WHO IS FURTHER ASTRAY THAN ONE WHO IS IN OPEN FEUD WITH GOD? …THOSE WHO DISPUTE CONCERNING GOD AFTER HE HAS BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED, THEIR ARGUMENT HAS NO WEIGHT WITH THEIR LORD, AND WRATH IS UPON THEM AND THEIRS WILL BE AN AWFUL DOOM… AS FOR DISBELIEVERS, THEIRS WILL BE AN AWFUL DOOM… THOSE WHO ARGUE CONCERNING OUR REVELATIONS MAY KNOW THEY HAVE NO REFUGE… THEY ANSWERED: “IN WHAT YOU BRING WE ARE DISBELIEVERS.” SO WE REPAID THEM. THEN SEE THE NATURE OF THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THE REJECTERS! …HE WHOSE SIGHT IS DIM TO THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE BENEFICENT, WE ASSIGN TO HIM A DEVIL WHO BECOMES HIS COMRADE… FRIENDS ON THAT DAY WILL BE FOES ONE TO ANOTHER, EXCEPT THOSE WHO KEPT THEIR DUTY TO GOD… THE GUILTY ARE IMMORTAL IN HELL’S TORMENT. IT IS NOT RELAXED FOR THEM, AND THEY DESPAIR IN IT. WE WRONGED THEM NOT, BUT IT WAS THEY WHO DID THE WRONG. AND THEY CALL OUT: “O MASTER! LET YOUR LORD MAKE AN END OF US.” HE SAYS: HERE YOU MUST REMAIN. WE VERILY BROUGHT THE TRUTH TO YOU, BUT YOU WERE, MOST OF YOU, AVERSE TO THE TRUTH… IT WILL BE SAID: TAKE HIM AND DRAG HIM TO THE MIDST OF HELL, THEN POUR UPON HIS HEAD THE TORMENT OF BOILING WATER. THIS IS THAT OF WHICH YOU USED TO DOUBT… WOE TO EACH SINFUL LIAR, WHO HEARS THE REVELATIONS OF GOD RECITED TO HIM, AND THEN CONTINUES IN PRIDE AS THOUGH HE HEARD THEM NOT. GIVE HIM TIDINGS OF A PAINFUL DOOM… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE THE REVELATIONS OF THEIR LORD, FOR THEM THERE IS A PAINFUL DOOM OF WRATH… ON THE DAY WHEN THE HOUR RISES, ON THAT DAY THOSE WHO FOLLOW FALSEHOOD WILL BE LOST… AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED, IT WILL BE SAID TO THEM: WERE OUR REVELATIONS NOT RECITED TO YOU? BUT YOU WERE CONTEMPTUOUS AND BECAME A GUILTY PEOPLE. AND WHEN IT WAS SAID: “GOD’S PROMISE IS THE TRUTH, AND THERE IS NO DOUBT OF THE HOUR’S COMING,” YOU SAID: “WE KNOW NOT WHAT THE HOUR IS. WE DEEM IT NOTHING BUT A CONJECTURE, AND WE ARE BY NO MEANS CONVINCED.” THE EVILS OF WHAT THEY DID WILL APPEAR TO THEM, AND THAT WHICH THEY USED TO DERIDE WILL BEFALL THEM. AND IT WILL BE SAID: THIS DAY WE FORGET YOU, EVEN AS YOU FORGOT THE MEETING OF THIS YOUR DAY; AND YOUR HABITATION IS THE FIRE, AND THERE IS NO-ONE TO HELP YOU. THIS, INASMUCH AS YOU MADE THE REVELATIONS OF GOD A JEST, AND THE LIFE OF THE WORLD DECEIVED YOU. THEREFORE THIS DAY THEY COME NOT OUT FROM THERE, NOR CAN THEY MAKE AMENDS… CONSIDER: WHAT IF IT IS FROM GOD AND YOU DISBELIEVE IN IT, AND YOU ARE TOO PROUD? GOD GUIDES NOT WRONGDOING PEOPLE… HE SAYS: “THIS IS NOTHING EXCEPT FABLES OF THE MEN OF OLD.” SUCH ARE THE LOSERS… ON THE DAY WHEN THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE ARE EXPOSED TO THE FIRE IT WILL BE SAID: YOU SQUANDERED YOUR GOOD THINGS IN THE LIFE OF THE WORLD AND SOUGHT COMFORT IN IT. NOW THIS DAY YOU ARE REWARDED WITH THE DOOM OF IGNOMINY BECAUSE YOU WERE DISDAINFUL IN THE LAND WITHOUT A RIGHT AND BECAUSE YOU USED TO TRANSGRESS… SERVE NONE BUT GOD. I FEAR FOR YOU THE DOOM OF A TREMENDOUS DAY… THEIR EARS AND EYES AND HEARTS BENEFITTED THEM NOTHING SINCE THEY DENIED THE REVELATIONS OF GOD; AND WHAT THEY USED TO MOCK BEFELL THEM… WHOEVER RESPONDS NOT TO GOD’S SUMMONER CAN IN NO WAY ESCAPE IN THE EARTH, AND HE HAS NO PROTECTING FRIENDS INSTEAD OF GOD. SUCH ARE IN MANIFEST ERROR… ON THE DAY WHEN THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE ARE EXPOSED TO THE FIRE THEY WILL BE ASKED: IS NOT THIS REAL? THEY WILL SAY: “YES, BY OUR LORD!” HE WILL SAY: THEN TASTE THE DOOM FOR THAT YOU DISBELIEVED… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND AVERT FROM THE WAY OF GOD, HE RENDERS THEIR ACTIONS VAIN… WHEN YOU MEET IN BATTLE THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, SMITE THEIR NECKS UNTIL YOU HAVE DEFEATED THEM, THEN TAKE THEM AS CAPTIVES, AND EITHER CONFER GRACE AFTERWARD OR RANSOM THEM UNTIL THE WAR LAYS DOWN ITS BURDENS… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, DAMNATION IS FOR THEM, AND HE WILL MAKE THEIR ACTIONS VAIN. THAT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE AVERSE TO THAT WHICH GOD HAS REVEALED, THEREFORE HE MAKES THEIR ACTIONS FRUITLESS. HAVE THEY NOT TRAVELLED IN THE LAND TO SEE THE NATURE OF THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THOSE WHO WERE BEFORE THEM? GOD WIPED THEM OUT. AND FOR THE DISBELIEVERS THERE WILL BE THE LIKE OF IT. THIS IS BECAUSE GOD IS PATRON OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE, AND BECAUSE THE DISBELIEVERS HAVE NO PATRON… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE TAKE THEIR COMFORT IN THIS LIFE AND EAT EVEN AS THE CATTLE EAT, AND THE FIRE IS THEIR HABITATION… THOSE WHO TURN BACK AFTER THE GUIDANCE HAS BEEN MANIFESTED TO THEM, SATAN HAS SEDUCED THEM, AND HE GIVES THEM THE REIN… THEY FOLLOWED THAT WHICH ANGERS GOD, AND HATED THAT WHICH PLEASES HIM. THEREFORE HE HAS MADE THEIR ACTIONS VAIN… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND TURN FROM THE WAY OF GOD AND OPPOSE THE MESSENGER AFTER THE GUIDANCE HAS BEEN MANIFESTED TO THEM, THEY HURT GOD NOT A JOT, AND HE WILL MAKE THEIR ACTIONS FRUITLESS… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND TURN FROM THE WAY OF GOD AND THEN DIE AS DISBELIEVERS, GOD SURELY WILL NOT PARDON THEM… AND SO FOR HIM WHO BELIEVES NOT IN GOD AND HIS MESSENGER: WE HAVE PREPARED A FLAME FOR DISBELIEVERS… HE WHO TURNS BACK, HIM GOD WILL PUNISH WITH A PAINFUL DOOM… IF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE SHOULD FIGHT YOU THEY WILL TAKE TO FLIGHT, AND AFTERWARD THEY WILL FIND NO PROTECTING FRIEND NOR HELPER… IF BELIEVERS AND THE DISBELIEVERS HAD BEEN CLEARLY SEPARATED WE SURELY HAD PUNISHED THOSE OF THEM WHO DISBELIEVED WITH PAINFUL PUNISHMENT… THOSE WITH MUHAMMAD ARE HARD AGAINST THE DISBELIEVERS… GOD MAY ENRAGE THE DISBELIEVERS WITH THE SIGHT OF THE BELIEVERS… GOD HAS MADE DISBELIEF AND LEWDNESS AND REBELLION HATEFUL TO YOU… THEY HAVE DENIED THE TRUTH WHEN IT CAME TO THEM, THEREFORE THEY ARE NOW IN A TROUBLED STATE… THEY DENIED THEIR MESSENGERS, THEREFORE MY THREAT TOOK EFFECT… THEY REBELLED AGAINST THEIR LORD’S DECREE, AND SO THE THUNDERBOLT OVERTOOK THEM EVEN WHILE THEY GAZED; AND THEY WERE UNABLE TO RISE UP, NOR COULD THEY HELP THEMSELVES… WOE TO THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, FROM THEIR DAY WHICH THEY ARE PROMISED… WOE THAT DAY TO THE DENIERS, WHO PLAY IN TALK OF GRAVE MATTERS; THE DAY WHEN THEY ARE THRUST WITH A DISDAINFUL THRUST INTO THE FIRE OF HELL: THIS IS THE FIRE WHICH YOU USED TO DENY! ENDURE THE HEAT OF IT, AND WHETHER YOU ARE PATIENT OF IT OR IMPATIENT OF IT IS ALL ONE FOR YOU. YOU ARE ONLY BEING PAID FOR WHAT YOU USED TO DO… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE, THEY ARE THE TRAPPED! …WITH DOWNCAST EYES THEY COME OUT FROM THE GRAVES AS IF THEY WERE LOCUSTS SPREAD FAR AND WIDE, HASTENING TOWARD THE SUMMONER; THE DISBELIEVERS SAY: “THIS IS A HARD DAY.” THE PEOPLE OF NOAH DENIED BEFORE THEM: WE OPENED THE GATES OF HEAVEN WITH POURING WATER… THE HOUSE OF PHARAOH DENIED OUR REVELATIONS, EVERY ONE: THEREFORE WE GRASPED THEM WITH THE GRASP OF THE MIGHTY, THE POWERFUL. ARE YOUR DISBELIEVERS BETTER THAN THOSE, OR IS THERE AN EXEMPTION FOR YOU IN THE SCRIPTURES? NO, BUT THE HOUR OF DOOM IS THEIR APPOINTED TIME, AND THE HOUR WILL BE MORE WRETCHED AND BITTER THAN THEIR EARTHLY FAILURE. THE GUILTY ARE IN ERROR AND MADNESS. ON THE DAY WHEN THEY ARE DRAGGED INTO THE FIRE UPON THEIR FACES IT IS SAID TO THEM: FEEL THE TOUCH OF HELL… THIS IS HELL WHICH THE GUILTY DENY. THEY GO CIRCLING ROUND BETWEEN IT AND FIERCE BOILING WATER… THE ERRING, THE DENIERS, WILL DRINK OF BOILING WATER, DRINKING EVEN AS THE CAMEL DRINKS. THIS WILL BE THEIR WELCOME ON THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT… IF HE IS OF THE REJECTERS, THE ERRING, THEN THE WELCOME WILL BE BOILING WATER AND ROASTING IN HELLFIRE. THIS IS A CERTAIN TRUTH… THIS DAY NO RANSOM CAN BE TAKEN FROM THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED. YOUR HOME IS THE FIRE; THAT IS YOUR PATRON, AN UNHAPPY JOURNEY’S END… AS FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND DENY OUR REVELATIONS, THEY ARE OWNERS OF HELLFIRE… FOR DISBELIEVERS IS A PAINFUL DOOM. THOSE WHO OPPOSE GOD AND HIS MESSENGER WILL BE DISGRACED EVEN AS THOSE BEFORE THEM WERE DISGRACED; WE HAVE SENT DOWN CLEAR SIGNS, AND FOR DISBELIEVERS IS A SHAMEFUL DOOM… THE DEVIL HAS ENGROSSED THEM AND CAUSED THEM TO FORGET REMEMBRANCE OF GOD. THEY ARE THE DEVIL’S PARTY. IS IT NOT THE DEVIL’S PARTY WHO WILL BE THE LOSERS? THOSE WHO OPPOSE GOD AND HIS MESSENGER, THEY WILL BE AMONG THE LOWEST… YOU WILL NOT FIND PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN GOD AND THE LAST DAY LOVING THOSE WHO OPPOSE GOD AND HIS MESSENGER, EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY BE THEIR FATHERS OR THEIR SONS OR THEIR BROTHERS OR THEIR CLAN… THE CONSEQUENCE FOR DISBELIEVERS WILL BE THAT THEY ARE IN THE FIRE, REMAINING IN IT. SUCH IS THE REWARD OF EVILDOERS… BE NOT AS THOSE WHO FORGOT GOD, THEREFORE HE CAUSED THEM TO FORGET THEIR SOULS. SUCH ARE THE EVILDOERS… THERE HAS ARISEN BETWEEN US AND YOU HOSTILITY AND HATE FOREVER UNTIL YOU BELIEVE IN GOD ONLY… BE NOT FRIENDLY WITH A PEOPLE WITH WHOM GOD IS ANGRY, A PEOPLE WHO HAVE DESPAIRED OF THE HEREAFTER AS THE DISBELIEVERS DESPAIR OF THOSE WHO ARE IN THE GRAVES… WRETCHED IS THE LIKENESS OF PEOPLE WHO DENY THE REVELATIONS OF GOD. GOD GUIDES NOT WRONGDOING PEOPLE… HAS NOT THE STORY REACHED YOU OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVED BEFORE AND SO DID TASTE THE ILL-EFFECTS OF THEIR CONDUCT? THEIRS WILL BE A PAINFUL DOOM… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE AND DENY OUR REVELATIONS, SUCH ARE OWNERS OF THE FIRE; THEY WILL REMAIN IN IT: AN UNHAPPY JOURNEY’S END! …HOW MANY A COMMUNITY REVOLTED AGAINST THE ORDINANCE OF ITS LORD AND HIS MESSENGERS, AND WE CALLED IT TO A STERN ACCOUNT AND PUNISHED IT WITH DIRE PUNISHMENT, SO THAT IT TASTED THE ILL-EFFECTS OF ITS CONDUCT, AND THE CONSEQUENCE OF ITS CONDUCT WAS LOSS. GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THEM STERN PUNISHMENT… WARD OFF FROM YOURSELVES AND YOUR FAMILIES A FIRE OF WHICH THE FUEL IS MEN AND STONES, OVER WHICH ARE ANGELS SET STRONG, SEVERE, WHO RESIST NOT GOD IN THAT WHICH HE COMMANDS, BUT DO THAT WHICH THEY ARE COMMANDED. THEN IT WILL BE SAID: O YOU WHO DISBELIEVE! MAKE NO EXCUSES FOR YOURSELVES THIS DAY. YOU ARE ONLY BEING PAID FOR WHAT YOU USED TO DO… STRIVE AGAINST THE DISBELIEVERS AND BE STERN WITH THEM. HELL WILL BE THEIR HOME, AN UNHAPPY JOURNEY’S END… FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE IN THEIR LORD THERE IS THE DOOM OF HELL, AN UNHAPPY JOURNEY’S END! WHEN THEY ARE FLUNG IN IT THEY HEAR ITS ROARING AS IT BOILS UP, AS IF IT WOULD BURST WITH RAGE. WHENEVER A FRESH GROUP IS FLUNG IN IT THE GUARDIANS OF IT ASK: “CAME THERE TO YOU NO WARNER?” THEY SAY: “YES, TRULY A WARNER CAME TO US; BUT WE DENIED AND SAID: GOD HAS REVEALED NOTHING, YOU ARE IN NOTHING BUT GREAT ERROR.” AND THEY SAY: “HAD WE LISTENED OR HAD SENSE, WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AMONG THE DWELLERS IN THE FLAMES.” SO THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR SINS; BUT FAR REMOVED FROM MERCY ARE THE DWELLERS IN THE FLAMES… VERILY THOSE BEFORE THEM DENIED, THEN SEE THE MANNER OF MY WRATH WITH THEM! …WHEN THEY SEE IT NEAR, THE FACES OF THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE WILL BE AWRY, AND IT WILL BE SAID TO THEM: THIS IS THAT FOR WHICH YOU USED TO CALL… WHO WILL PROTECT THE DISBELIEVERS FROM A PAINFUL DOOM? …WHEN OUR REVELATIONS ARE RECITED TO HIM, HE SAYS: “MERE FABLES OF THE MEN OF OLD.” WE SHALL BRAND HIM ON THE NOSE… THE TRIBES OF THAMUD AND AAD DISBELIEVED IN THE JUDGEMENT TO COME. AS FOR THAMUD, THEY WERE DESTROYED BY THE LIGHTNING. AND AS FOR AAD, THEY WERE DESTROYED BY A FIERCE ROARING WIND… THEY DISOBEYED THE MESSENGER OF THEIR LORD, THEREFORE HE GRIPPED THEM WITH A TIGHTENING GRIP… TAKE HIM AND FETTER HIM, AND THEN EXPOSE HIM TO HELLFIRE, AND THEN INSERT HIM IN A CHAIN OF WHICH THE LENGTH IS SEVENTY CUBITS. HE DID NOT BELIEVE IN GOD THE TREMENDOUS… IT IS INDEED AN ANGUISH FOR THE DISBELIEVERS… THERE IS A DOOM ABOUT TO FALL UPON THE DISBELIEVERS WHICH NO-ONE CAN REPEL… IT IS THE FIRE OF HELL, EAGER TO ROAST; IT CALLS HIM WHO TURNED AND FLED FROM TRUTH… WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE? …NOAH SAID: “MY LORD! LEAVE NOT ONE OF THE DISBELIEVERS IN THE LAND. IF YOU SHOULD LEAVE THEM, THEY WILL MISLEAD YOUR SLAVES AND WILL ONLY BEGET LEWD INGRATES.” …WHO TURNS AWAY FROM THE REMEMBRANCE OF HIS LORD, HE WILL THRUST HIM INTO EVER-GROWING TORMENT… WHOEVER DISOBEYS GOD AND HIS MESSENGER, HIS IS FIRE OF HELL, IN WHICH SUCH DWELL FOREVER. TILL THE DAY WHEN THEY SHALL SEE THAT WHICH THEY ARE PROMISED THEY MAY DOUBT; BUT THEN THEY WILL KNOW FOR CERTAIN WHO IS WEAKER IN ALLIES AND LESS IN MULTITUDE… LEAVE ME TO DEAL WITH THE DENIERS… HOW, IF YOU DISBELIEVE, WILL YOU PROTECT YOURSELVES UPON THE DAY WHICH WILL TURN CHILDREN GREY? …SURELY THAT DAY WILL BE A DAY OF ANGUISH, NOT OF EASE, FOR DISBELIEVERS… HE HAS BEEN STUBBORN TO OUR REVELATIONS. ON HIM I SHALL IMPOSE A FEARFUL DOOM… HE SAID: “THIS IS NOTHING ELSE THAN SPEECH OF MORTAL MAN.” HIM SHALL I FLING TO THE BURNING. AH, WHAT WILL CONVEY TO YOU WHAT THAT BURNING IS! IT LEAVES NOTHING; IT SPARES NOTHING. IT SHRIVELS THE MAN. WE HAVE APPOINTED ONLY ANGELS TO BE GUARDIANS OF THE FIRE, AND THEIR NUMBER WE HAVE MADE TO BE A STUMBLING-BLOCK FOR THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE… CONCERNING THE GUILTY: WHAT HAS BROUGHT YOU TO THIS BURNING? THEY WILL ANSWER: “WE WERE NOT OF THOSE WHO PRAYED… WE USED TO DENY THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT, UNTIL THE INEVITABLE CAME TO US.” THE MEDIATION OF NO MEDIATORS WILL BENEFIT THEM THEN. WHY NOW DO THEY TURN AWAY FROM THE ADMONISHMENT, AS IF THEY WERE FRIGHTENED DONKEYS FLEEING FROM A LION? …HE DENIED AND SHOWED CONTEMPT, THEN HE WENT TO HIS PEOPLE WITH GLEE. NEARER TO YOU AND NEARER, AGAIN NEARER TO YOU AND NEARER IS THE DOOM… WE HAVE PREPARED FOR DISBELIEVERS MANACLES AND IRON COLLARS AND A RAGING FIRE… WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! …WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! …WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! …WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! IT WILL BE SAID TO THEM: DEPART TO THAT DOOM WHICH YOU USED TO DENY… WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! THIS IS A DAY IN WHICH THEY SPEAK NOT, NOR ARE THEY SUFFERED TO PUT FORWARD EXCUSES. WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! … WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! …WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! …WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! WHEN IT IS SAID TO THEM: BOW DOWN, THEY DO NOT BOW DOWN! WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! …HELL LURKS IN AMBUSH, A HOME FOR THE REBELLIOUS. IN IT THEY TASTE NEITHER COOLNESS NOR ANY DRINK, EXCEPT BOILING WATER AND A PARALYSING CHILL: REWARD PROPORTIONED TO THEIR EVIL DEEDS. FOR THEY LOOKED NOT FOR A RECKONING; THEY CALLED OUR REVELATIONS FALSE. SO TASTE OF THAT WHICH YOU HAVE EARNED. NO INCREASE DO WE GIVE YOU EXCEPT OF TORMENT… WE WARN YOU OF A DOOM AT HAND, A DAY ON WHICH THE DISBELIEVER WILL CRY: “WOULD THAT I WERE DUST!” …AS FOR HIM WHO REBELLED, AND CHOSE THE LIFE OF THE WORLD, HELL WILL BE HIS HOME… SOME FACES ON THAT DAY, WITH DUST UPON THEM, WILL BE VEILED IN DARKNESS: THOSE ARE THE DISBELIEVERS, THE WICKED… WOE TO THE REPUDIATORS ON THAT DAY! THOSE WHO DENY THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT, WHICH NONE DENIES EXCEPT EACH CRIMINAL TRANSGRESSOR, WHO, WHEN YOU READ TO HIM OUR REVELATIONS, SAYS: “MERE FABLES OF THE MEN OF OLD.” NO, BUT THAT WHICH THEY HAVE EARNED IS RUST UPON THEIR HEARTS. NO, BUT SURELY ON THAT DAY THEY WILL BE COVERED FROM THE MERCY OF THEIR LORD. THEN THEY VERILY WILL BURN IN HELL, AND IT WILL BE SAID TO THEM: THIS IS THAT WHICH YOU USED TO DENY… THIS DAY IT IS THOSE WHO BELIEVE WHO CAN LAUGH AT THE DISBELIEVERS… ARE NOT THE DISBELIEVERS PAID FOR WHAT THEY USED TO DO? …HE SURELY WILL INVOKE DESTRUCTION AND BE THROWN TO SCORCHING FIRE: HE LIVED JOYOUSLY WITH HIS PEOPLE, HE THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD NEVER RETURN TO GOD… WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THEM, THEN, THAT THEY BELIEVE NOT, AND, WHEN THE BOOK IS RECITED TO THEM, THEY WORSHIP NOT GOD? NO, BUT THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE WILL DENY; AND GOD KNOWS BEST WHAT THEY ARE HIDING. SO GIVE THEM TIDINGS OF A PAINFUL DOOM… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE LIVE IN DENIAL, AND GOD, UNSEEN, SURROUNDS THEM… THE MOST UNHAPPY WILL VIOLATE THE REMINDER: HE WILL BE FLUNG TO THE GREAT FIRE IN WHICH HE WILL NEITHER DIE NOR LIVE… HE WHO IS AVERSE AND DISBELIEVES, GOD WILL PUNISH HIM WITH DIRE PUNISHMENT… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE OUR REVELATIONS, THEIR PLACE WILL BE ON THE LEFT HAND. FIRE WILL BE AN AWNING OVER THEM… I HAVE WARNED YOU OF THE FLAMING FIRE WHICH ONLY THE MOST WRETCHED MUST ENDURE: HE WHO DENIES AND TURNS AWAY… HAVE YOU SEEN HE WHO DENIES GOD’S GUIDANCE AND IS REBELLIOUS? IF HE DOES NOT DESIST WE WILL SEIZE HIM BY THE FORELOCK – THE LYING, SINFUL FORELOCK – THEN LET HIM CALL UPON HIS HENCHMEN! WE WILL CALL THE GUARDS OF HELL… THOSE WHO DISBELIEVE WILL REMAIN IN THE FIRE OF HELL. THEY ARE THE WORST OF CREATED BEINGS.

WE WISH YOU…

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