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

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Sūra LI.

Zāriyāt, or the Winds That Scatter.

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

1. By the (Winds)
That scatter broadcast;

2. And those that
Lift and bear away
Heavy weights;

3. And those that
Flow with ease
And gentleness;

4. And those that
Distribute and apportion
By Command;—

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5. Verily that which ye
Are promised is true;

6. And verily Judgment
And Justice must
Indeed come to pass.

7. By the Sky
With (its) numerous Paths,

8. Truly ye are in
A doctrine discordant,

9. Through which are deluded (away
From the Truth) such
As would be deluded.

10. Woe to the falsehood-mongers,—

11. Those who (flounder) heedless
In a flood of confusion:

12. They ask, "When will be
The Day of Judgment
And Justice?"

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13. (It will be) a Day
When they will be tried
(And tested) over the Fire!

14. "Taste ye your trial!
This is what ye used
To ask to be hastened!

15. As to the Righteous,
They will be in the midst
Of Gardens and Springs,

16. Taking joy in the things
Which their Lord gives them,
Because, before then, they
Lived a good life.

17. They were in the habit
Of sleeping but little
By night,

18. And in the hours
Of early dawn,

They (were found) praying
For Forgiveness;

19. And in their wealth
And possessions (was remembered)
The right of the (needy,)
Him who asked, and him
Who (for some reason) was
Prevented (from asking).

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20. On the earth
Are Signs for those
Of assured Faith,

21. As also in your, own
Selves: will ye not
Then see?

22. And in heaven is
Your Sustenance, as (also)
That which ye are promised.

23. Then, by the Lord
Of heaven and earth,
This is the very Truth,
As much as the fact
That ye can speak
Intelligently to each other.


24. Has the story
Reached thee, of the honoured
Guests of Abraham?

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25. Behold, they entered
His presence, and said:
"Peace!" He said, "Peace"
(And thought, "These seem)
Unusual people."

26. Then he turned quickly
To his household, brought
Out a fatted calf,

27. And placed it before them…
He said, "Will ye not

28. (When they did not eat),
He conceived a fear of them.
They said, "Fear not,"
And they gave him
Glad tidings of a son
Endowed with knowledge.

29. But his wife came forward
(Laughing) aloud: she smote
Her forehead and said:
"A barren old woman!"

30. They said, "Even so
Has thy Lord spoken:
And He is full
Of Wisdom and Knowledge."

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31. (Abraham) said: "And what,
O ye Messengers,
Is your errand (now)?"

32. They said, "We have
Been sent to a people
(Deep) in sin;—

33. "To bring on, on them,
(A shower of) stones
Of clay (brimstone),

34. "Marked as from thy Lord
For those who trespass
Beyond bounds."

35. Then We evacuated
Those of the Believers
Who were there,

36. But We found not there
Any just (Muslim) persons
Except in one house:

37. And We left there
A Sign for such as
Fear the Grievous Penalty.

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38. And in Moses
(Was another Sign):
Behold, We sent him
To Pharaoh, with authority

39. But (Pharaoh) turned back
With his Chiefs, and said,
"A sorcerer, or
One possessed!"

40. So We took him
And his forces, and
Threw them into the sea;
And his was the blame:

41. And in the ‘Ād (people)
(Was another Sign):
Behold, We sent against them
The devastating Wind:

42. It left nothing whatever
That it came up against,
But reduced it to ruin
And rottenness.

43. And in the Thamūd
(Was another Sign):
Behold, they were told,
"Enjoy (your brief day)
For a little while!"

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44. But they insolently defied
The Command of their Lord:
So the stunning noise
(Of an earthquake) seized
Them, even while they
Were looking on.

45. Then they could not
Even stand (on their feet),
Nor could they help themselves.

46. So were the People
Of Noah before them:
For they wickedly transgressed.


47. With power and skill
Did We construct
The Firmament:
For it is We Who create
The vastness of Space.

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48. And We have spread out
The (spacious) earth:
How excellently
We do spread out!

49. And of every thing
We have created pairs
That ye may receive

50. Hasten ye then (at once)
To God: I am from Him
A Warner to you,
Clear and open!

51. And make not another
An object of worship
With God:
I am from Him
A Warner to you,
Clear and open!

52. Similarly, no apostle came
To the Peoples before them,
But they said (of him)
In like manner,
"A sorcerer, or
One possessed"!

53. Is this the legacy
They have transmitted,

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One to another
Nay, they are themselves
A people transgressing
Beyond bounds!

54. So turn away
From them: not thine
Is the blame.

55. But teach (thy Message):
For teaching benefits
The Believers.

56. I have only created
Jinns and men, that
They may serve Me.

57. No Sustenance do I require
Of them, nor do I
Require that they should
Feed Me.

58. For God is He Who
Gives (all) Sustenance,—
Lord of Power,—
Steadfast (for ever).

59. For the wrong-doers,
Their portion is like

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Unto the portion of their
Fellows (of earlier generations):
Then let them not ask Me
To hasten (that portion)!

60. Woe, then, to the Unbelievers,
On account of that Day
Of theirs which they
Have been promised!

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