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Ⅶ, 58-67.
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the chapter of al aarâf.

we do surely see you in obvious error.’ Said he, ‘ O my people ! there is no error in me ; but I am an apostle from the Lord of the worlds. 60 I preach to you the messages of my Lord, and I give you sincere advice ; and I know from God what ye know not. What ! do ye wonder that there came to you a reminder from your Lord by a man from amongst yourselves, to warn you, and that ye may fear ? but haply ye may receive mercy.’

But they called him a liar, and we rescued him and those who were with him in the ark; and we drowned those who said our signs were lies, verily, they were a blind people.

And unto ‘Ad[1] (we sent) their brother Hûd[2], who said, ‘ O my people ! serve God, ye have no god save Him ; what ! will ye not then fear ?’ Said the chiefs of those who misbelieved amongst his people, ‘Verily, we see thee in folly, and, verily, we certainly think thou art of the liars.’ 65 He said, ‘O my people ! there is no folly in me; but I am an apostle from the Lord of the worlds ; I preach to you the messages of your Lord ; and, verily, I am to you a faithful adviser. What! do ye then wonder that there comes to you a reminder from your Lord by a man from amongst yourselves, to warn you ? remember when He made you vicegerents after Noah′s people and increased you in length of stature ; remember, then, the benefits of God, —


  1. An extinct tribe of the ancient Arabs.
  2. Hûd and Thamûd, both mentioned in the works of Ptolemy, were two tribes of the ancient Arabs, extinct in Mohammed′s time, whose disappearance had been attributed, by popular tradition, to divine vengeance.
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