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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 your clothing purify 4 and shun uncleanness, 5 And show not favour, seeking wordly gain! 6 Exercise patience to please your Lord. 7 For when the trumpet is sounded, 8 It will be a day of distress, 9 and for the disbelievers, in particular, it will not be at all easy. 10 Leave Me (to deal) with him whom I created lonely, 11 And then bestowed upon him ample means, 12 and sons standing before him, 13 To whom I made (life) smooth and comfortable! 14 After all that he desires that I should give more; 15 Not at all! Surely, he has been disobedient to Our verses. 16 I shall force him to endure a painful uphill climb! 17 Indeed, he thought and deliberated. 18 Perish he! How maliciously he devised! 19 Again, may he be cursed how he plotted; 20 Then he thought; 21 Then he frowned and he scowled; 22 Then he turned back and was arrogant 23 And said, "This is not but magic imitated [from others]. 24 this is nothing but the word of a mere mortal!” 25 Him shall I soon roast in Hell. 26 And what will make you know exactly what Hell-fire is? 27 It neither spares, nor releases, 28 It shrivelleth the man. 29 Over it are appointed nineteen. 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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