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And when thy Lord took from the Children of Adam, from their loins, their seed, and made them testify touching themselves, 'Am I not your Lord?' They said, 'Yes, we testify'-- lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection, 'As for us, we were heedless of this,' (172) Or say: 'Our forefathers before us who associated others with Allah in His divinity; we were merely their offspring who followed them. And would You destroy us for that which the unrighteous did?' (173) Thus do We explain Our revelations so that they might return to (the right path). (174) And O dear Prophet (Mohammed peace and blessings be upon him) recite to them the case of the one to whom We gave Our revelations, and in response he departed from them completely so Satan went after him he therefore became of the astray. (175) And if We had willed, we could have elevated him thereby, but he adhered [instead] to the earth and followed his own desire. So his example is like that of the dog: if you chase him, he pants, or if you leave him, he [still] pants. That is the example of the people who denied Our signs. So relate the stories that perhaps they will give thought. (176) How evil an example [is that of] the people who denied Our signs and used to wrong themselves. (177) He alone is guided whom God shows the way; and whom He leads astray is surely lost. (178) And most certainly have We destined for hell many of the invisible beings and men who have hearts with which they fail to grasp the truth, and eyes with which they fail to see, and ears with which they fail to hear. They are like cattle - nay, they are even less conscious of the right way: it is they, they who are the [truly] heedless! (179) And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names. They will be requited for what they used to do. (180) Among those whom We created there is a nation who guide with the truth and with it they are just. (181)
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