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The Hidden Secret (Al-Muddath-thir)
56 verses, revealed in Mecca after Unknown Person (Al-Muzzammil) before The Key (Al-Faatehah)
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
O YOU ENFOLDED in your mantle (of reform), 1 Arise and warn! 2 proclaim the greatness of your Lord, 3 and purify your clothing, 4 And uncleanness do shun, 5 And give not a thing in order to have more (or consider not your deeds of Allah's obedience as a favour to Allah). 6 And for the good-will of thy Lord be thou patient. 7 Then, when the Trumpet is sounded (i.e. its second blowing); 8 That Day will be a difficult day 9 Far from easy for those without Faith. 10 Leave Me with him whom I alone have created, 11 and designated for him ample wealth, 12 And sons always present by his side, 13 To whom I made (life) smooth and comfortable! 14 And who yet coveteth that shall increase. 15 By no means! He has been stubbornly hostile to Our revelation: 16 I will constrain him to a hard ascent. 17 Indeed, he thought and deliberated. 18 and woe to him; how he plotted! 19 Again accursed be he, how evilly did he decide! 20 Then he looked, 21 frowned and scowled; 22 Then turned he away in pride 23 He said, 'This is naught but a trumped-up sorcery; 24 This is not but the word of a human being." 25 I will soon fling him into hell. 26 What could make you conceive what hell-fire is? 27 It does not allow to live, and neither leaves [to die,] 28 Blackening the skins. 29 Over it are nineteen (angels guarding). 30 We have made only angels as the keepers of the fire (for they are the strongest in carrying out Our commands). Our informing (people) of the numbers of these angels is a trial for the disbelievers. It gives more certainty to the people of the Book and strengthens the faith of the believers. The people of the Book and the believers have no doubt about it. We have fixed the number to make the disbelievers and those whose hearts are sick say, "What does God mean by such a parable?" Thus, God guides and causes to go astray whomever He wants. No one knows about the army of your Lord except He Himself. This parable is a reminder for mankind. 31
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