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the qurʼân.

gives me food and drink. 80 And when I am sick He heals me; He who will kill me, and then bring me to life ; and who I hope will forgive me my sins on the day of judgment ! Lord, grant me judgment, and let me reach the righteous ; and give me a tongue of good report amongst posterity; 85 and make me of the heirs of the paradise of pleasure ; and pardon my father, verily, he is of those who err ; and disgrace me not on the day when they are raised up again; the day when wealth shall profit not, nor sons, but only he who comes to God with a sound heart. 90 And paradise shall be brought near to the pious ; and hell shall be brought forth to those who go astray, and it shall be said to them, “ Where is what ye used to worship beside God ? can they help you, or get help themselves ?” And they shall fall headlong into it, they and those who have gone astray, 95 and the hosts of Iblîs all together !

‘ They shall say, while they quarrel therein, “By God ! we were surely in an obvious error, when we made you equal to the Lord of the worlds ! but it was only sinners who led us astray. 100 But we have no intercessors and no warm friend ; but had we a turn we would be of the believers.”’ — Verily, in that is a sign, but most of them will never be believers ; and, verily, thy Lord He is mighty and merciful.

105 The people of Noah said the apostles were liars, when their brother Noah said to them, ‘ Will ye not fear ? verily, I am a faithful apostle to you ; then fear God and obey me. I do not ask you for it any hire ; my hire is only with the Lord of the worlds, 110 So fear God and obey me.’ They