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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 THOU [in thy solitude] enfolded! 1 arise and warn, 2 Thy Lord magnify, 3 And thy garments keep free from stain! 4 and flee from the statues! 5 And bestow not favors that you may receive again with increase, 6 And be patient for the sake of your Lord (i.e. perform your duty to Allah)! 7 When the trumpet is sounded,. 8 that Day will be a hard and distressing Day. 9 not of ease, for all who [now] deny the truth! 10 Leave to Me the one, whom I have created all by Myself, 11 And gave him vast wealth. 12 and sons standing before him, 13 And made several preparations for him. 14 And yet he desires that I should add more! 15 Never will he receive more. He has been hostile to Our revelations. 16 Soon will I visit him with a mount of calamities! 17 Indeed he thought, and inwardly decided. 18 And woe to him! How he plotted!- 19 Again, death seize him, how he determined! 20 Then he looked round; 21 Then frowned he and showed displeasure. 22 then he retreated, and waxed proud. 23 and said, "This is nothing but sorcery from the ancients. 24 This is naught else than speech of mortal man. 25 Soon will I cast him into Hell-Fire! 26 And what will explain to thee what Hell-Fire is? 27 It leaves nothing, nor does it spare; 28 It strips away the hide of man. 29 and it has nineteen angelic keepers. 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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