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(Such were the circumstances) when We sent forth Noah to his people. (He said): 'I have been sent to you to warn you plainly (25) That you shall not serve any but Allah, surely I fear for you the punishment of a painful day. (26) Said the Council of the unbelievers of his people, 'We see thee not other than a mortal like ourselves, and we see no? any following thee but the vilest of us, inconsiderately. We do not see you have over us any superiority; no, rather we think you are liars.' (27) He said: bethink ye, O my people! if I rested upon an evidence from my Lord, and a mercy hath come unto me from Him, and that hath been obscured unto you; shall we make you adhere to it while ye are averse thereto? (28) “And O my people! I do not ask any wealth from you for it; my reward is only upon Allah, and I am not going to repel the Muslims; indeed they will meet their Lord, but I find you people completely ignorant.” (29) “And O my people! Who would rescue me from Allah if I repel them? So do you not think?” (30) And I do not say to you that I have the treasures of Allah and I do not know the unseen, nor do I say that I am an angel, nor do I say about those whom your eyes hold in mean estimation (that) Allah will never grant them (any) good-- Allah knows best what is in their souls-- for then most surely I should be of the unjust. (31) They said, "Noah, you have argued with us a great deal. Bring down on us whatever torment with which you have been threatening us if what you say is true". (32) He said: Allah only will bring it to you if He please, and you will not escape: (33) My advice will be of no benefit to you if God wants to let you go astray. He is your Lord and to Him you will all return." (34) If they say, "He has invented it himself," say to them, "If I have indeed invented this myself, then may I be punished for my sin; I am innocent of the crimes that you commit." (35)
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