۞ Had God hastened the punishment of men as He hastens the good, the end of their term of life would already have been reached. We leave those who do not hope to meet Us groping along in their arrogance. (11) And when some hardship reaches man he prays to Us, while reclining and sitting and standing; and when We remove his hardship, he goes away as if he had never prayed to Us because of any hardship; this is how the deeds of the transgressors are made seeming good to them. (12) Generations before you We destroyed when they did wrong: their messengers came to them with clear-signs, but they would not believe! thus do We requite those who sin! (13) We have made you their successors in the land so that We could see how you behaved. (14) And when Our clear revelations are recited unto them, they who look not for the meeting with Us say: Bring a Lecture other than this, or change it. Say (O Muhammad): It is not for me to change it of my accord. I only follow that which is inspired in me. Lo! if I disobey my Lord I fear the retribution of an awful Day. (15) Say: If Allah had so willed I should not have recited it to you nor would He have made it known to you. I dwelt among you a whole lifetime before it (came to me). Have ye then no sense? (16) Who is more unjust than he who imputes lies to God or denies His revelations? The sinners will surely not be reprieved. (17) And they serve beside Allah what can neither harm them nor profit them, and they say: These are our intercessors with Allah. Say: Do you (presume to) inform Allah of what He knows not in the heavens and the earth? Glory be to Him, and supremely exalted is He above what they set up (with Him). (18) Mankind was only one community, but then they differed, and had it not been for a prior word from your Lord, their differences would have been settled for them. (19) And they say, “Why is not a sign sent down upon him from his Lord?” Proclaim, (O dear Prophet Mohammed peace and blessings be upon him), “The hidden is only for Allah, therefore wait; I too am waiting with you.” (20)