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۞ (O Muhammad), propound a parable to them. There were two men of whom We bestowed upon one of the two vineyards, surrounding both of them with date-palms and putting a tillage in between. (32) Both the vineyards yielded abundant produce without failure and We caused a stream to flow in their midst (33) (Abundant) was the produce this man had: he said to his companion, in the course of a mutual argument: "more wealth have I than you, and more honour and power in (my following of) men." (34) Then he entered his vine-yard and said, wronging himself: "Surely, I do not believe that all this will ever perish. (35) And I do not think the Hour will occur. And even if I should be brought back to my Lord, I will surely find better than this as a return." (36) His fellow said unto him, while he spake with him: hast thou disbelieved in Him Who created thee of dust, then of a sperm, and formed thee a man? (37) "But as for my part (I believe) that He is Allah, my Lord and none shall I associate as partner with my Lord. (38) Wherefore saidst thou not, when thou enteredest thy garden: whatsoever Allah may will! there is no power save in Allah! If thou beholdest I am inferior to thee in substance and offspring. (39) yet it may well be that my Sustainer will give me something better than thy garden - just as He may let loose a calamity out of heaven upon this [thy garden,] so that it becomes a heap of barren dust (40) or its water may sink into the earth, so that you will never be able to find it again!" (41) Eventually all his produce was destroyed and he began to wring his hands in sorrow at the loss of what he had spent on it, and on seeing it fallen down upon its trellises, saying: "Would I had not associated anyone with my Lord in His Divinity." (42) He had no party to help him against God, nor was he able to defend himself. (43) The jurisdiction in this province belongs to God. His is the best reward, and His the best requital. (44)
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