[Image]  AL-ANBIYA

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          In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

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021.001

PICKTHAL: Their reckoning draweth nigh for mankind, while they turn away in
heedlessness.

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021.002

PICKTHAL: Never cometh there unto them a new reminder from their Lord but
they listen to it while they play,

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021.003

PICKTHAL: With hearts preoccupied. And they confer in secret. The
wrong-doers say: Is this other than a mortal like you? Will ye then succumb
to magic when ye see (it)?

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021.004

PICKTHAL: He saith: My Lord knoweth what is spoken in the heaven and the
earth. He is the Hearer, the Knower.

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021.005

PICKTHAL: Nay, say they, (these are but) muddled dreams; nay, he hath but
invented it; nay, he is but a poet. Let him bring us a portent even as
those of old (who were Allah's messengers) were sent (with portents).

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021.006

PICKTHAL: Not a township believed of those which We destroyed before them
(though We sent them portents): would they then believe?

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021.007

PICKTHAL: And We sent not (as Our messengers) before thee other than men,
whom We inspired. Ask the followers of the Reminder if ye know not?

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021.008

PICKTHAL: We gave them not bodies that would not eat food, nor were they
immortals.

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021.009

PICKTHAL: Then we fulfilled the promise unto them. So we delivered them and
whom We would, and We destroyed the prodigals.

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021.010

PICKTHAL: Now We have revealed unto you a Scripture wherein is your
Reminder. Have ye then no sense?

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021.011

PICKTHAL: How many a community that dealt unjustly have We shattered, and
raised up after them another folk!

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021.012

PICKTHAL: And, when they felt Our might, behold them fleeing from it!

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021.013

PICKTHAL: (But it was said unto them): Flee not, but return to that
(existence) which emasculated you and to your dwellings, that ye may be
questioned.

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021.014

PICKTHAL: They cried: Alas for us! we were wrong-doers.

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021.015

PICKTHAL: And this their crying ceased not till We made them as reaped
corn, extinct.

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021.016

PICKTHAL: We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between
them in play.

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021.017

PICKTHAL: If We had wished to find a pastime, We could have found it in Our
presence - if We ever did.

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021.018

PICKTHAL: Nay, but We hurl the true against the false, and it doth break
its head and lo! it vanisheth. And yours will be woe for that which ye
ascribe (unto Him).

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021.019

PICKTHAL: Unto Him belongeth whosoever is in the heavens and the earth. And
those who dwell in His presence are not too proud to worship Him, nor do
they weary;

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021.020

PICKTHAL: They glorify (Him) night and day; they flag not.

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021.021

PICKTHAL: Or have they chosen gods from the earth who raise the dead?

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021.022

PICKTHAL: If there were therein gods beside Allah, then verily both (the
heavens and the earth) had been disordered. Glorified be Allah, the Lord of
the Throne, from all that they ascribe (unto Him).

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021.023

PICKTHAL: He will not be questioned as to that which He doeth, but they
will be questioned.

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021.024

PICKTHAL: Or have they chosen other gods beside Him? say: Bring your proof
(of their godhead). This is the Reminder of those with me and those before
me, but most of them know not the Truth and so they are averse.

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021.025

PICKTHAL: And We sent no messenger before thee but We inspired him,
(saying): There is no Allah save Me (Allah), so worship Me.

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021.026

PICKTHAL: And they say: The Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a son. Be He
Glorified! Nay, but (those whom they call sons) are honoured slaves;

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021.027

PICKTHAL: They speak not until He hath spoken, and they act by His command.

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021.028

PICKTHAL: He knoweth what is before them and what is behind them, and they
cannot intercede except for him whom He accepteth, and they quake for awe
of Him.

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021.029

PICKTHAL: And one of them who should say: Lo! I am a god beside Him, that
one We should repay with hell. Thus We Repay wrong-doers.

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021.030

PICKTHAL: Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the
earth were of one piece, then We parted them, and we made every living
thing of water? Will they not then believe?

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021.031

PICKTHAL: And We have placed in the earth firm hills lest it quake with
them, and We have placed therein ravines as roads that haply they may find
their way.

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021.032

PICKTHAL: And we have made the sky a roof withheld (from them). Yet they
turn away from its portents.

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021.033

PICKTHAL: And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and
the moon. They float, each in an orbit.

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021.034

PICKTHAL: We appointed immortality for no mortal before thee. What! if thou
diest, can they be immortal!

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021.035

PICKTHAL: Every soul must taste of death, and We try you with evil and with
good, for ordeal. And unto Us ye will be returned.

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021.036

PICKTHAL: And when those who disbelieve behold thee, they but choose thee
out for mockery, (saying): Is this he who maketh mention of your gods? And
they would deny all mention of the Beneficent.

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021.037

PICKTHAL: Man is made of haste. I shall show you My portents, but ask Me
not to hasten.

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021.038

PICKTHAL: And they say: When will this promise (be fulfilled), if ye are
truthful?

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021.039

PICKTHAL: If those who disbelieved but 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!

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021.040

PICKTHAL: Nay, 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.

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021.041

PICKTHAL: Messengers before thee, indeed, were mocked, but that whereat
they mocked surrounded those who scoffed at them.

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021.042

PICKTHAL: Say: Who guardeth you in the night or in the day from the
Beneficent? Nay, but they turn away from mention of their Lord!

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021.043

PICKTHAL: Or have they gods who can shield them from Us? They cannot help
themselves nor can they be defended from Us.

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021.044

PICKTHAL: Nay, but We gave these and their fathers ease until life grew
long for them. See they not how we aim to the land, reducing it of its
outlying parts? Can they then be the victors?

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021.045

PICKTHAL: Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): I warn you only by the
Inspiration. But the deaf hear not the call when they are warned.

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021.046

PICKTHAL: And if a breath of thy Lord's punishment were to touch them, they
assuredly would say: Alas for us! Lo! we were wrong-doers.

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021.047

PICKTHAL: And We set a just balance for the Day of Resurrection so that no
soul is wronged in aught. Though it be of the weight of a grain of mustard
seed, We bring it. And We suffice for reckoners.

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021.048

PICKTHAL: And We verily gave Moses and Aaron the Criterion (of right and
wrong) and a light and a Reminder for those who keep from evil,

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021.049

PICKTHAL: Those who fear their Lord in secret and who dread the Hour (of
doom).

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021.050

PICKTHAL: This is a blessed Reminder that we have revealed: Will ye then
reject it?

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021.051

PICKTHAL: And We verily gave Abraham of old his proper course, and We were
Aware of him,

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021.052

PICKTHAL: When he said unto his father and his folk: What are these images
unto which ye pay devotion?

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021.053

PICKTHAL: They said: We found our fathers worshippers of them.

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021.054

PICKTHAL: He said: Verily ye and your fathers were in plain error.

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021.055

PICKTHAL: They said: Bringest thou unto us the truth, or art thou some
jester?

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021.056

PICKTHAL: He said: Nay, but your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the
earth, Who created them; and I am of those who testify unto that.

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021.057

PICKTHAL: And, by Allah, I shall circumvent your idols after ye have gone
away and turned your backs.

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021.058

PICKTHAL: Then he reduced them to fragments, all save the chief of them,
that haply they might have recourse to it.

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021.059

PICKTHAL: They said: Who hath done this to our gods? Surely it must be some
evil-doer.

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021.060

PICKTHAL: They said: We heard a youth make mention of them, who is called
Abraham.

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021.061

PICKTHAL: They said: Then bring him (hither) before the people's eyes that
they may testify.

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021.062

PICKTHAL: They said: Is it thou who hast done this to our gods, O Abraham?

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PICKTHAL: He said: But this, their chief hath done it. So question them, if
they can speak.

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021.064

PICKTHAL: Then gathered they apart and said: Lo! ye yourselves are the
wrong-doers.

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021.065

PICKTHAL: And they were utterly confounded, and they said: Well thou
knowest that these speak not.

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021.066

PICKTHAL: He said: Worship ye then instead of Allah that which cannot
profit you at all, nor harm you?

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PICKTHAL: Fie on you and all that ye worship instead of Allah! Have ye then
no sense?

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PICKTHAL: They cried: Burn him and stand by your gods, if ye will be doing.

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PICKTHAL: We said: O fire, be coolness and peace for Abraham,

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021.070

PICKTHAL: And they wished to set a snare for him, but We made them the
greater losers.

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021.071

PICKTHAL: And We rescued him and Lot (and brought them) to the land which
We have blessed for (all) peoples.

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021.072

PICKTHAL: And We bestowed upon him Isaac, and Jacob as a grandson. Each of
them We made righteous.

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021.073

PICKTHAL: And We made them chiefs who guide by Our command, and We inspired
in them the doing of good deeds and the right establishment of worship and
the giving of alms, and they were worshippers of Us (alone).

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021.074

PICKTHAL: And unto Lot we gave judgment and knowledge, and We delivered him
from the community that did abominations. Lo! they were folk of evil, lewd.

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021.075

PICKTHAL: And We brought him in unto Our mercy. Lo! he was of the
righteous.

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021.076

PICKTHAL: And Noah, when he cried of old, We heard his prayer and saved him
and his household from the great affliction.

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021.077

PICKTHAL: And delivered him from the people who denied Our revelations. Lo!
they were folk of evil, therefor did We drown them all.

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021.078

PICKTHAL: And David and Solomon, when they gave judgment concerning the
field, when people's sheep had strayed and browsed therein by night; and We
were witnesses to their judgment.

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PICKTHAL: And We made Solomon to understand (the case); and unto each of
them We gave judgment and knowledge. And we subdued the hills and the birds
to hymn (His) praise along with David. We were the doers (thereof).

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PICKTHAL: And We taught him the art of making garments (of mail) to protect
you in your daring. Are ye then thankful?

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021.081

PICKTHAL: And unto Solomon (We subdued) the wind in its raging. It set by
his command toward the land which We had blessed. And of everything We are
Aware.

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021.082

PICKTHAL: And of the evil ones (subdued We unto him) some who dived (for
pearls) for him and did other work, and We were warders unto them.

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021.083

PICKTHAL: And Job, when he cried unto his Lord, (saying): Lo! adversity
afflicteth me, and Thou art Most Merciful of all who show mercy.

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021.084

PICKTHAL: Then We heard his prayer and removed that adversity from which he
suffered, and We gave him his household (that he had lost) and the like
thereof along with them, a mercy from Our store, and a remembrance for the
worshippers;

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PICKTHAL: And (mention) Ishmael, and Idris, and Dhu'l-Kifl. All were of the
steadfast.

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021.086

PICKTHAL: And We brought them in unto Our mercy. Lo! they are among the
righteous.

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021.087

PICKTHAL: And (mention) Dhu'n-Nun, when he went off in anger and deemed
that We had no power over him, but he cried out in the darkness, saying:
There is no Allah save Thee. Be Thou Glorified! Lo! I have been a
wrong-doer.

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PICKTHAL: Then we heard his prayer and saved him from the anguish. Thus we
save believers.

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021.089

PICKTHAL: And Zachariah, when he cried unto his Lord: My Lord! Leave me not
childless, though Thou art the Best of inheritors.

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021.090

PICKTHAL: Then We heard his prayer, and bestowed upon him John, and
adjusted his wife (to bear a child) for him. Lo! they used to vie one with
the other in good deeds, and they cried unto Us in longing and in fear, and
were submissive unto Us.

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PICKTHAL: And she who was chaste, therefor We breathed into her (something)
of Our Spirit and made her and her son a token for (all) peoples.

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021.092

PICKTHAL: Lo! this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so
worship Me.

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021.093

PICKTHAL: And they have broken their religion (into fragments) among them,
(yet) all are returning unto Us.

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021.094

PICKTHAL: Then whoso doeth some good works and is a believer, there will be
no rejection of his effort. Lo! We record (it) for him.

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021.095

PICKTHAL: And there is a ban upon any community which We have destroyed:
that they shall not return.

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021.096

PICKTHAL: Until, when Gog and Magog are let loose, and they hasten out of
every mound,

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021.097

PICKTHAL: And the True Promise draweth nigh; then behold 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 wrong-doers!

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PICKTHAL: Lo! ye (idolaters) and that which ye worship beside Allah are
fuel of hell. Thereunto ye will come.

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021.099

PICKTHAL: If these had been gods they would not have come thither, but all
will abide therein.

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021.100

PICKTHAL: Therein wailing is their portion, and therein they hear not.

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021.101

PICKTHAL: Lo! those unto whom kindness hath gone forth before from Us, they
will be far removed from thence.

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021.102

PICKTHAL: They will not hear the slightest sound thereof, while they abide
in that which their souls desire.

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021.103

PICKTHAL: The Supreme Horror will not grieve them, and the angels will
welcome them, (saying): This is your Day which ye were promised;

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PICKTHAL: The Day when We shall roll up the heavens as a recorder rolleth
up a written scroll. As We began the first creation, We shall repeat it.
(It is) a promise (binding) upon Us. Lo! We are to perform it.

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021.105

PICKTHAL: And verily we have written in the Scripture, after the Reminder:
My righteous slaves will inherit the earth:

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021.106

PICKTHAL: Lo! there is a plain statement for folk who are devout.

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021.107

PICKTHAL: We sent thee not save as a mercy for the peoples.

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021.108

PICKTHAL: Say: It is only inspired in me that your Allah is One Allah. Will
ye then surrender (unto Him)?

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021.109

PICKTHAL: But if they are averse, then say: I have warned you all alike,
although I know not whether nigh or far is that which ye are promised.

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021.110

PICKTHAL: Lo! He knoweth that which is said openly, and that which ye
conceal.

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021.111

PICKTHAL: And I know not but that this may be a trial for you, and
enjoyment for a while.

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021.112

PICKTHAL: He saith: My Lord! Judge Thou with truth. Our Lord is the
Beneficent, Whose help is to be implored against that which ye ascribe
(unto Him).

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