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116 the qur’ân. Ⅵ, 4-12.

There came not to them any sign of the signs of their Lord, but they turned away ; 5 and they have called the truth a lie now that it has come to them, but there shall come to them the message of that at which they mocked.

Do not they see how many a generation we have destroyed before them, whom we had settled in the earth as we have not settled for you, and sent the rain of heaven upon them in copious showers, and made the waters flow beneath them ? Then we destroyed them in their sins, and raised up other generations after them.

Had we sent down to thee a book on paper, and they had touched it with their hands, still those who misbelieve would have said, ‘This is naught but obvious magic.’ They say, ‘Why has not an angel been sent down to him ?’ but if we had sent down an angel, the affair would have been decided, and then they would have had no respite.

And had we made him[1] an angel, we should have made him as a man too ; and we would have made perplexing for them that which they deem perplexing now.

10 There have been prophets before thee mocked at, but that encompassed them which the scoffers among them mocked at.

Say, ‘Go about in the earth, then wilt thou see how has been the end of those who called them liars.’

Say, ‘Whose is what is in the heavens and the earth ?’

Say, ‘God’s, who has imposed mercy on himself.’

  1. I.e. the prophet.