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IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God.
I need not swear by the resurrection day!
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Nor need I swear by the self-accusing soul!
Does man think that we shall not collect his bones? Able
are we to arrange his finger tips!
 Nay, but man wishes to be wicked henceforward! he asks,
When is the resurrection day?
But when the sight shall be dazed, and the moon be
eclipsed, and the sun and the moon be together,  and man shall say upon
that day, 'Where is a place to flee to?'-nay, no refuge! and to thy Lord that
day is the sure settlement: He will inform man on that day of what He has sent
forward or delayed!
Nay, man is an evidence against himself,  and even if
he thrusts forward his excuses - .
Do not move thy tongue thereby to hasten it 1. It is for us to collect it and to read it; and when we read it
then follow its reading. And again it is for us to explain it.
 Nay, indeed, but ye love the transient life, and ye
neglect the hereafter!
Faces on that day shall be bright, gazing on their Lord!
And faces on that day shall be dismal!
 Thou wilt think that a back-breaking calamity has
happened to them!
Nay, but when the [soul] comes up into the throat, and it
is said, 'Who will charm it back?' and he will think that it is his parting
[hour]. And leg shall be pressed on leg 2;  unto thy
Lord on that day shall the driving be.
For he did not believe 3 and did not pray;
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he said it was a lie, and turned his back! Then he went to
his people haughtily-woe to thee, and woe to thee! again woe to thee, and woe
Does man think that he shall be left to himself?
Wasn't 1 he a clot of
emitted seed? Then he was congealed blood, and (God) created him, and fashioned
him, and made of him pairs, male and female.
 Is not He able to quicken the dead?