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Ⅵ, 124-130.
131
the chapter of the cattle.

to put His message. There shall befall those who sin, meanness in God's eyes, and grievous torment for the craft they used.

125 Whomsoever God wishes to guide, He expands His breast to Islâm; but whomsoever He wishes to lead astray, He makes his breast tight and straight, as though he would mount up into heaven[1]; thus does God set His horror on those who do not believe.

This is the way of thy Lord — straight. We have detailed the signs unto a mindful people ; for them is an abode of peace ; and their Lord, He is their patron for what they have done.

And on the day when He shall gather them all together, ‘ O assembly of the ginns ! ye have got much out of mankind.’ And their clients from among mankind shall say, ‘ O our Lord ! much advantage had we one from another;’ but we reached our appointed time which thou hadst appointed for us. Says He, ‘ The fire is your resort, to dwell therein for aye ! save what God pleases ; verily, thy Lord is wise and knowing.’

Thus do we make some of the unjust patrons of the others, for that which they have earned.

130 O assembly of ginns and men! did there not come to you apostles from among yourselves, relating to you our signs, and warning you of the meeting of this very day of yours ? They say, ‘ We bear witness against ourselves.’ The life of this world deceived them, and they bear witness against themselves that they were unbelievers.


  1. That is, makes him appear as one who would attempt some great but impossible thing and fails therein.

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